Thor, X-Men: First Class, Luke Cage: May 2nd Comic Reel

Mon, May 2nd, 2011 at 8:11am PDT | Updated: May 2nd, 2011 at 8:26am

TV/Film
Erik Amaya, Staff Writer

THOR

With only a few days to go before the release of "Thor," the press for the film roles on. The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex continues its countdown to release with a brief look at the cosmic element in the film. "There's a natural bridge to cinema that comics seem to beg. And we are crossing that bridge," says director Kenneth Branagh. Comicus.it talks with Legacy Effects about their work on the film, which mainly consisted of the Ice Giants and various armor pieces. "We didn't have a lot of time for the actual construction of the suits and prosthetics as we didn't get a lot of the performers until November, and we started shooting the movie with the Ice Giants on the 11th of January the following year," they recall. "We actually ended up making between 18 – 20 Ice Giant characters, some were full hero character suits with prosthetics and some were stunt versions of the suits with simple foam latex prosthetics or masks depending on the type of action needed for the scene." Lastly, Branagh explains to MTV News why he moved the Asgardian characters away from overtly Shakespearean dialogue. "It was important to me that they sounded different enough -- like they came from a royal family and in another life they would've gone to the best schools and picked up those kinds of things -- but also that they should be direct and real and natural," he says. "In a way, in the Shakespeare I've done, I've always tried to have the delivery of the dialogue feel as human and as normal as possible. Then, when necessary, you can really enjoy the fact that sometimes they're incredibly eloquent and passionate and their words are inspiring and uplifting."

Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: May 6th, 2011

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Writer's Guild of America made its final ruling on the credit situation: nothing has changed. Original writers Jamie Moss and Josh Schwartz remain off the list, but "Magneto" writer Sheldon Turner will share story credit with producer Bryan Singer. "According to sources, one of the key reasons the panel let the credits stand was that both 'Magneto' and 'First Class' use a Nazi doctor with mutant powers as a villain, and the character has the same story arc in both scripts," they write. Singer subsequently told THR that "To share credits with someone I had never met and had never worked with on this project seems a bit unusual."

Release date: June 3rd, 2011

LUKE CAGE

Superhero Hype reports that Idris Elba would "like a stab at Luke Cage." So, that's four or five actors interested in the part. I still vote for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Mr. Eko from "Lost."

Release date: TBA

COBRA THE SPACE PIRATE

Premiere.fr (via Ain't It Cool News) has the first poster for Alexandre Aja's adaptation of the manga series "Space Pirate Cobra."

Well, I'm sold.

Release date: TBA

PRIEST

Paul Bettany tells MTV News about the quality of the film's vampires and working with director Scott Stewart:

Release date: May 13th, 2011

THE AVENGERS

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige updates Collider on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and offers a few words about the superhero team-up. "The first day of 'The Avengers' [filming] included Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson," he says. The studio chief also offers this tease: "I saw Sam Jackson as Nick Fury in a slightly redesigned outfit with the eye patch turning around on the bridge of the Helicarrier and I went, 'Oh.  That is cooler than anything else.  That one shot.  That one thing.'" Superhero Hype reports that Tom Hiddleston talked about Loki's appearance in the film at a press conference Saturday. "I will be [heading to Albuquerque] soon ... That is a dead-set certainty. I'm so excited. Loki has big plans... and it's going to take eight superheroes to stop him this time as opposed to just his chunky brother," he said. Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth tells MTV News that there may be tension between the heroes:

Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 4th, 2012

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

A reader at Superhero Hype sent the site this photo of a New York building adorned with a certain company logo:

Very interesting...

Release date: May 28th, 2012

THE HOBBIT

Over on his Facebook page, director Peter Jackson announced that New Zealand actor Dean O'Gorman will take over the role of Fili and Lee Pace will play Elven King Thandruil, ending months of speculation that David Tennant might get the part. Pace starred as Ned on "Pushing Daises."

Release date: 2012

GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

An intrepid YouTuber (via Comic Book Movie) posted this brief clip of footage from the upcoming show:

Airdate: 2011

SMALLVILLE

Justin Hartley tells the LA Times Hero Complex where he thinks Oliver will go after the show ends. "I think Oliver, in my head, he was always doing what he did in the comics.  He's setting his sights on political aspirations and running things and defeating evil … becoming the strong hand of the law," the actor muses. He also discusses directing for the first time and his early days on the series.

Airs: Fridays

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

So, what a weekend, huh? Good episode of "Doctor Who," an amazing featherweight fight at UFC 129 and Bin Laden bit the big one. That's pretty stellar, but I guess Frank Miller will have to scrap his "Holy Terror!" project. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya, bracing for the future threat of the next shift on the world stage.

TAGS:  thor, x-men: first class, luke cage, cobra the space pirate, priest, the avengers, the amazing spider-man, the hobbit, green lantern the animated series, smallville

 
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