Talking with Speakeasy, director James Mangold discussed the film's more intimate story. "Everyone around Wolverine dies, which is why the movie starts off with him isolated and alone," he said. Instead of having Logan face a world-threatening crisis, he sought to make a film in which the title character "explores his past and exorcises some of his demons." I guess that makes it the first "proper" Wolverine movie then. Meanwhile, our own Josh Wigler calls the film "well worth seeing" in his review here at CBR.
Release date: July 26th, 2013
THE SECRET SERVICE
According to Variety (via Superhero Hype), newcomer Taron Egerton is the lead in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Mark Millar comics. In the film, Egerton plays the rebellious nephew of a British secret agent (Colin Firth). Firth's character must recruit and train his younger relative. Talking with /Film, Millar also confirmed one other actor appearing in the film. "Michael Caine is the head of this spy organization," he said. In that interview, Vaughn also offered a few updates on "Superior" and "Wanted 2."
Release date: November 14, 2014
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
If you track movies like the Reel does, then you've seen the photo of Emma Stone in a particular costume and wondered, if, just maybe, the film will feature Gwen Stacy's most famous moment. MTV News's Josh Horowitz also wants to know what her wardrobe means and asked director Marc Webb about it. His answer is contained in the following video. He also offers a few tidbits on the third and fourth film.
Release date: May 2nd, 2014
THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
While talking at Nerd HQ (via MTV News and ScreenRant) over the weekend, director Joss Whedon let it be known that Black Widow and Hawkeye will get prominent roles in the second film. "[Hawkeye] did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the [first] movie, so now it's nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys," he said of the increasingly popular archer. Whedon also mentioned Natasha's place in the story. "These guys are heroes, [she's] a spy. It's a different thing—it's a different skill set—and you don't have their moral high ground or any of that good stuff." He said the material for her in the sequel is "killer." Nerd HQ made the entire discussion available. Here's the video, but beware, the talk begins 28 minutes in for some reason:
Directed by Joss Whedon & starring everybody, release date: May 1st, 2015
IRON MAN 4?
While talking with Collider on a variety of topics, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige let slip this idea about future "Iron Man" flicks: "I believe Tony Stark is as strong a character as Batman. We're about to head into our fifth or sixth Batman – however, you wanna look at it – James Bond, etc. So, there will absolutely be future Tony Starks and future Iron Mans. Who makes those movies, and when those movies are made, who knows? I don't know." I guess that's another role that will go to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Release date: TBA
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
IGN has a video profile of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda May (played by Ming-Na Wen):
Premieres: September 24, 2013
Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Digital Spy that while Nightwing is still his "holy grail" of DC characters to import into the show, the "Batman vs. Superman" reveal may make it all the more complicated. "[It's] is a little bit out of our control, [and] I think [that movie] announcement made it a lot more out of our control!" he said. Back in March, Kreisberg told me the movie rights situation makes it difficult for the show to utilize mainline Batman and Superman characters. He also mentioned getting Vic Slade on the show. I kind of want that to happen.
Returns: October 13th, 2013
A DALY MEME
Nice to be with you guys the past couple of days. I'm glad I was around for that Robotech thing on Wednesday. If Leo can make it happen, then rock on. Meanwhile, I have one last video to share with you this week: Tim Daly congratulates his son on joining the ranks of actors to play Superman either in front of the camera or behind the mic. I have to give these guys credit for their willingness to be this wacky: