A familiar face is confirmed for Avengers 4. David Harbour says the Hellboy reboot isn't an origin story. Could there be an extra, secret hero joining Justice League? Plus, Rian Johnson offers a tiny Last Jedi tease, and a classic Transformers look appears on the Bumblebee set. To me, my spoilers!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
On a recent Facebook Q & A, James Gunn revealed Marvel is considering introducing Nova to their roster of characters, and that the third Guardians movie will set-up "the next 10-20 years of Marvel movies".
Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I'm doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — that will take place after the next two Avengers movies — and it will help to setup the next 10-20 years of Marvel movies. It's going to really expand the cosmic universe. We're going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gwyneth Paltrow was recently spotted on set — including in a photo posted by Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan). That safely confirms the return of Pepper Potts.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 23, 2017
On a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, David Harbour revealed the film will not be an origin story, and instead opens with a sequence similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark:
There is some (explanation of Hellboy), but it's not really an origin story movie. We kind of pick up the movie like we're running and gunning. We do have a little bit of stuff where we show stuff, but it really is a story and you just drop in with this guy. So in a way, I feel like that's kind of what Indiana Jones was. You start with him stealing the idol, but also you do go back to the university and you understand he's an archaeologist, you understand these things, but this is just a guy who goes and steals idols and fights Nazis and wants to steal the Arc of the Covenant. But you never go back when he's a kid and you're like, 'How did he become Indiana Jones?' It's like no, we accept that this is Indiana Jones and I think that's kind of what our story does too. You accept that there's this half-demon guy running around the world and being a paranormal investigator and solving crimes and also dealing with his own issues at the same time.
Harbour also explained how his performance will differ from Ron Perlman's.
There are things I'm going to do that are different than that. Hellboy is the same character from the comics, and from what Ron did. There are certain things that are the same thing. There's a different approach. Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, that kind of is this thing, and I really like it and I think it's super fun and it's a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he's the lion and has to roar, but I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don't think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies did. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he's a little less skilled at constructing that persona.
Bumblebee's original disguise — a yellow Volkswagon Beetle — has been spotted on set.
Aquaman rages at the heavens in a new set photo from Zack Snyder's Vero account.
Salt shakers at the ready, but a post to the DCEU Leaks Reddit claims that the film's soundtrack includes a song by Imagine Dragons called "Unite the Seven" — which could hint at the appearance of a seventh, unannounced member of the League dropping by for a cameo.
While appearing as a guest on the Hey U Guys podcast, Channing Tatum confirmed the solo Gambit film has "started over" from scratch:
I look for a personal connection to the movies I make and it may not be immediately obvious…In every story, I have a personal connection… With Gambit, I just never found that personal way in. We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water. I think we got lucky — we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason.
We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn't seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down. Now we're really getting to do some of the things we've always wanted to do with the script — we've just sort of started over.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson teased this massive explosion from the film's editing bay. Something blowing up in a Star Wars movie? Well I never.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Adam Wingard revealed to /Film the rematch between King Kong and Godzilla will be set in the present day, to coincide with the continuity of the modern-set Godzilla movies:
No, ours is more in continuity with the sequel to Godzilla right now. They're doing Godzilla 2 with Mike Dougherty directing, so our film is in [the] present day. We have a couple characters from Godzilla 2 in ours, but it will be interesting to see how Kong has fared over the years. You see him in that film and he's just constantly under attack. Things are going wrong and there's probably been lots of human intervention since then. It will be interesting to see a more rugged, a bit more aged Kong in this film.
A group of documentary filmmakers run afoul of a mutating bacteria, several mutilated bodies, and, judging from the poster, a pack of wolf men in the trailer for the French horror film, Cold Ground.
And here's the awesome, retro poster, courtesy of First Showing. "The Lucky Ones Freeze to Death!"
In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town's only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he'll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex. Miller, who serves as showrunner, executive produces with Bacon, David Schiff and Jessica Rhoades.
A Discovery Of Witches
Matthew Goode will star alongside Teresa Palmer in a TV series adapted from Deborah Harkness's vampire romance novels.
Ivana Milicevic will recur as Charmaine Diyoza, one of the mysterious criminals aboard the prison ship introduced in the season four finale. Charmaine is described as a "ruthless military strategist" who will "leave an indelible legacy on our new world". [Entertainment Weekly]
Episodes 10, 11 and 12 of season three are titled, "Once Upon a Time in the Nest", "Cradles and Grave", and "West Side Story", respectively. [Spoiler TV]
Episodes four through 11 of the new Spider-Man animated series have had their titles released, giving a good indication of the season's trajectory.
Episode 1.04 - Party Animals
Episode 1.05 - A Day in the Life
Episode 1.06 - Origins
Episode 1.07 - Sandman
Episode 1.08 - Stark Expo
Episode 1.09 - Symbiotic Relationship
Episode 1.10 - Ultimate Spider-Man
Episode 1.11 - Kraven's Amazing Hunt
Game Of Thrones
Director Alan Taylor told Huffington Post about Sansa and Arya's tumultuous relationship, even hinting that it's meant to feel for the audience that either one of the sisters could be doomed by the time the show has come to a close.
I think both characters have been through absolute hell since the death of their father in very different ways, and have turned into absolute lethal individuals. We're very aware of how lethal Arya is, because she's displayed it over and over again. But I love the fact that the tables do turn back and forth between them; it really is a shifting back and forth of power between them in those scenes we had. And when Sophie says she won the Battle of the Bastards, she's right. I love the fact that these two come back, they're both lethal, and I just wanted to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die. But you're not sure which one.
Legends of Tomorrow
Speaking to DC Legends TV, producer Phil Klemmer revealed Captain Cold will be the polar opposite of the Leonard Snart we're familiar with in the show's third season, thanks to time-travel shenanigans:
It will be about as polar opposite as the Snart that he's played on our show. We've got a cool pitch to justify that version of him, which I don't want to give away. But it's going to be really traumatic for Mick Rory, because he has deified this version of his dead partner in his head, and in a way, Snart's return is his greatest wish come true, but the fact that he doesn't get the version that he's held in the back of his mind is deeply unsettling. Rory's made a lot of progress as well in the meantime, but he's certainly not ready to call himself a hero.
Finally, here's a clip from this week's episode of Wynonna Earp, "I Hope You Dance".
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