All The Ways Marvel’s Defenders Will Set Themselves Apart From The Avengers

All The Ways Marvel’s Defenders Will Set Themselves Apart From The Avengers

Alicia Vikander talks about the tonal approach of the Tomb Raider movie. Teen Wolf is coming to an end. Kevin Smith’s Buckaroo Banzai adaptation might have a new home. Plus, loads of new Joker footage from Suicide Squad, and new looks at The Exorcist and Kong: Skull Island. Spoilers now!

Bad Monkeys

Margot Robbie is to star and produce in an adaptation of Matt Ruff novel about a woman charged with murder who claims to be part of a secret organisation dedicated to fighting evil. [EW]

Jurassic World 2

Production of Jurassic World 2 begins in February 2017. [Coming Soon]

Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander has confirmed the somewhat unsurprising news that the movie will be based on the 2013 video game that rebooted the Tomb Raider franchise, re-imagining Lara Croft in her early days as a young archaeological student thrust into a fight for survival:

They told me they were doing the film based on the reboot of the game from 2013. That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way. So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh that will stand on its own two legs.



Edgar Wright’s movie about a sentient shadow attached to the world’s most boring person will be released in 2019. [/Film]

Before I Wake

A new trailer for the supernatural horror movie about a young boy’s night terrors coming to life has been released.

Suicide Squad

Watch a full minute of Jared Leto’s Joker in this new promo:

Kong: Skull Island

Here’s a new motion poster for the movie, teasing its Comic-Con panel.

Sausage Party

Here’s another — and very NSFW — red band trailer for the movie.

Train to Busan

Here’s a US trailer for a new Korean-made zombie movie.

The Defenders

Jeph Loeb tells Cinemablend about how the upcoming Netflix crossover will distance itself from the tone found in the Avengers crossover films:

The street level heroes always come from a very real place. If the Avengers are here to protect the universe — and nobody loves those movies more than I do — that’s an epic, action-adventure story that has great humour and great pathos.” While the Avengers aim to protect the world, the Defenders strive to watch over ‘the everyday man.’
What we’re trying to do is tell stories about men and women who are here to save, in some cases, the neighbourhood, and in some cases themselves. And if that’s the case, and you’re involved, and you’ll stick around for 13 hours, that’s an enormous commitment that we want!
The question that we want people to ask is, ‘What happens when these people meet each other?’ Because they each look at the world in a very different way. So when that happens, that’s ultimately what Defenders is all about. It’s not about ‘Who is the bad guy?’ or ‘What’s at stake?’ or any of those things. We’re still working in a very real, grounded world. The sky is not going to open up, and aliens aren’t going to come flying out of it. That’s the Avengers’ job! That’s what their supposed to do.


If you missed it in the deluge of Marvel Netflix news, the show has been renewed for a third season.

Teen Wolf

The show will end after season six. [TV Line]

Agents of SHIELD

Production on season 4 has begun, according to Ming-Na Wen:

Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension

Amazon is reportedly close to a deal to bring Kevin Smith’s TV show adaptation of the cult classic to its streaming service. [Deadline]

Black Magick

Michael London is producing an adaptation of the Greg Rucka comic, about a cop who’s also part of a coven of witches, for TV. [THR]

The Exorcist

Here’s a new trailer for the series from Comic-Con:

American Gods

Finally, here’s a new poster for the show. [Coming Soon]

Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson. Banner art by Jim Cooke.