While Joss Whedon has been talking about two new possible superhero additions for ‘The Avengers 2,’ namely the brother-sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (who 20th Century Fox has snuck into ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’), in a recent chinwag with Empire, the writer-director spoke about the villain in the film – long rumored to be Thanos. “I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them.”
Joss Whedon continued, “The other thing is, you don’t try to top it. I know I will never make a moment as pleasing in a film as Hulk and Loki. You can’t chase that dragon. If you try to do exactly the same thing, the chances you’re going to do it better are very slim, and the only reason for me to devote three years to making another Avengers movie is the hope of making a better one.”
20th Century Fox has unveiled five new stills from ‘The Wolverine.’ Alongside Hugh Jackman as the titular character, ‘The Wolverine’ stars Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen, Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida, Tao Okamoto as Mariko, Brian Tee as Norubo Mori, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai, Rila Fukushima as Yukio, and Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. Scheduled for release on July 26th, ‘The Wolverine’ is directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, Knight and Day), while the script is by ‘The Usual Suspects’ scribe Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.
Describing ‘The Wolverine’ as a “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it”, James Mangold recently said the film is set after the previous X-Men movies. ‘The Wolverine’ takes inspiration from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan. There, samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. The official synopsis for ‘The Wolverine’ can be read below.
Universal Pictures has set loose this latest banner poster for ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ The superhero sequel is directed by Jeff Wadlow, with ‘Kick-Ass’ helmer Matthew Vaughn co-producing and co-writing the screenplay. An adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr comic, ‘Kick-Ass 2′ is set for a July 19th release in the UK and a August 16th release in the US. You can check out the banner in higher resolution here.
For ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz are reprising their respective roles of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse will return as the villainous Red Mist. Newcomers to the sequel include Jim Carrey as The Colonel, Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia, Robert Emms as Insect Man, Lindy Booth as Night Bitch, Daniel Kaluuya as Black Death, and John Leguizamo as Javier, a bodyguard who is assigned to protect Red Mist (though that name will soon become “The Motherf–er” in the sequel). Morris Chestnut replaces Omari Hardwick as Sergeant Marcus Williams. The official synopsis for ‘Kick-Ass 2 can be read below.
Highlighting two of the monstrous Kaiju’s in ‘Pacific Rim,’ Empire has released these two stills from Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming action-adventure movie. Describing his lifelong love of monsters to the Magazine, Del Toro said, “There was something weird about me from the beginning. I don’t know exactly when I started loving monsters so much, but it was definitely early. When I was 4 or 5 years old, I would ask my mother, ‘Can I sleep in the coffin tonight?’ and I would lie down in a drawer or I would sleep in a toy box. There’s even a recording of me, aged three or four, asking for a mandrake root, for Christmas, to use in magic rituals.”
He also talked about his approach to ‘Pacific Rim’ itself and the fight scene shown in one of these images. “In creating Pacific Rim, I wanted the fights to have structure, like the wrestling matches of my childhood, so each fight brings a very different kind of aesthetic and a different dynamic. The first fight is very operatic, theatrical: Wagnerian. It happens in the middle of an iceberg-strewn sea, in the middle of a storm, with huge waves crashing on the Jaeger and Kaiju. We worked really hard at making water a character in this movie, frequently referring to Hokusai or the Fuji wave, and trying to make the water enhanced and add to the drama. This fight tries to quote the majesty of a painting by Goya called the Colossus.”
Talking to the Independent for the June 7th release of ‘The Iceman’ in the UK and Ireland, Michael Shannon confessed he still can’t believe he will be in a Superman film. The Oscar nominee, who takes on the villainous role of General Zod in Zack Snyder’s superhero reboot ‘Man Of Steel,’ admitted it’s still sinking in. “It’s a nice feather in my cap, for sure. It’s not anything I ever imagined I would be a part of and I’m still trying to process it really. When I started acting, I never thought I would be in a Superman movie so it’s pretty neat. I did some big blockbusters before, but never this prominent a role.”
Michael Shannon added, “I can’t fathom how people would say no to ‘Man Of Steel.’ I thought they were pulling my leg… Then I got on set, and realised they were serious. I had no qualms about doing it. I loved it. It was a blast.” The actor continued, “I don’t think Zack has anything to worry about. I got to see it and I’m really bowled over by what he did. I think it’s really special.”
Paramount Pictures has let out the hatch, via Total Film, these two new banners for the upcoming post-apocalyptic zombie flick, ‘World War Z.’ Based on Max Brooks’ fantastic novel of the same name, ‘World War Z’ features a top-notch cast in Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse. The story revolves former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Look out for the film in cinemas on June 21st. You can check out the two posters in hi-res here: Rome and Berlin. UPDATE: Sydney poster added.