Black Panther expands its cast. James McAvoy might be a part of New Mutants. Get a close a look at Spidey’s suit in Homecoming. The Handmaid’s Tale adds a crucial character from the novel. Plus, new pictures from the return of Arrow, and a ton of cryptic new teaser images for The Walking Dead. Spoilers!
The first official synopsis for the movie has been sent out to the press, confirming that Thor’s reason for being away from Asgard will be because he’s incarcerated on the other side of the universe — presumably by Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, given that he’ll be put to fighting in gladiatorial combat against the Hulk.
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilisation — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!
Also interesting to note? Thor will not be wielding his trusty hammer Mjlonir when the film begins, something backed up by recent promotional art that made its way to the web. Whether or not that’s simply part of his imprisonment, or perhaps that, like in the recent comics, Thor has become “unworthy” of wielding the weapon, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, a new behind-the-scenes photo of director Taika Waititi at work has also been released.
Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast as N’obu, mysterious character described only as “a figure from T’Challa’s past”. [/Film]
Moonlight‘s Trevante Rhodes has been cast as the best friend of Boyd Holbrook’s lead character. [THR]
In an interview with Coming Soon, Anya Taylor-Joy may have let it slip that James McAvoy will return as Professor X for the film:
I mean, I think James is already a part of it, isn’t he?
Given her relatively unsure answer, it’s equally likely she simply meant that McAvoy is already a wider part of the X-Men movie franchise, rather than specifically New Mutants.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The full synopsis for the movie has also been released by Disney:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazer (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea — notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Benton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitiful small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has never faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
Take a brief video tour of Spider-Man’s upgraded costume.
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The Belko Experiment
Here’s a new poster for James Gunn’s upcoming office block horror movie.
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The Handmaid’s Tale
Alexis Bledel has joined the cast of the series as Ofglen, Offred’s partnered handmaid who turns out to be a “daring and subversive” influence on her. [Vanity Fair]
New images from “Who Are You?”, the midseason debut episode, have been released. You can find more at the link. [Green Arrow TV]
We also have a synopsis for the episode:
Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver (Stephen Amell) looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance (guest star Katie Cassidy). However, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), still reeling from Detective Malone’s murder, is bent on revenge — she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle (David Ramsey) fights for his life.
The Vampire Diaries
Sybil gets her revenge on Damon in the synopsis for “Nostalgia’s a Bitch”.
Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state. Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon’s mind and run into familiar faces from the past, only to discover Stefan is the key to Damon’s fate. It’s a race against time for the bell as both Sybil and her sister Seline jockey for its control.
The shadowhunter world is rocked by mystery and suspicion in a new synopsis for “Day of Wrath”.
Clary continues to struggle with the new Shadowhunter order as Jace is being held in the City of Bones with an unknown fate, and all suspicion in the Shadowhunter world continues to rest on Valentine’s daughter. When duty calls, Clary gets a little reprieve from the family drama as she helps Alec and Isabelle hunt down a powerful demon. But what starts out as a routine mission quickly puts the Institute on high alert, and what happens next will change everything for the Shadowhunters and the Downworlder friends.
The Walking Dead
Finally, AMC has released a ton of cryptic teaser images for the show’s return next month that leave much to be desired in terms of giving you tangible information about the show outside of the fact that both rockmelons and rubber ducks will appear. Head on over to the link to see even more. [TV Guide]