COMIC REEL: Ben Kingsley's Secret Marvel Project; More on Rocket Raccoon

Tue, October 22nd, 2013 at 8:44am PDT

TV/Film
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Collider spoke with "Thor: The Dark World" leading actress Natalie Portman about Jane Foster's expanded role in the upcoming sequel.

"It was cool because the way she gets involved [in the action] is because of her scientific expertise," said Portman. "It's not like all of a sudden, Jane knows how to do kung fu. I feel like often in these movies, they want to make this kick-ass heroine and all of a sudden, this girl we've never seen do anything before can lasso and do some crazy kicks and flips and stuff. It was cool because it was related to something where she actually would use her science to help the situation."

Opens November 8

MARVEL STUDIOS

Screenrant spoke with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Joss Whedon's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" wraps.

“It’s still being determined," Feige told Screenrant. "All of his efforts right now are in what he’s doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping 'Age of Ultron' but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts and to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of 'Age of Ultron' and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it’s all about leading up to 'Age of Ultron.'”

Feige also participated in a Google Hangout with Empire, answering fan questions about the MCU and beyond.

Meanwhile, "Iron Man 3" actor Sir Ben Kingsley spoke with Belfast Telegraph about a top-secret Marvel project he's currently working on.

"It's a secret Marvel project. I'm not allowed to say any more, you're going to have to wait and see," Kingsley told the Belfast Telegraph. "I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family. I think they have enormous taste as creative artists. There's nothing lazy or gratuitous about their work. They are at the top of their game, and they're great company to keep."

It's likely that Kingsley will be reprising his role as Trevor Slattery, the actor who played the Mandarin persona in "Iron Man 3." My best hypothesis is that the actor is involved in a Marvel One-Shot about the character -- but there are still no real details about it.

ARROW

Here's a new clip from tomorrow's episode of "Arrow," "Broken Dolls," as Officer Quentin Lance negotiates with a kidnapper -- a creepy kidnapper.

Airs Wednesdays on the CW

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel.com has posted three new clips from tonight's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Girl in the Flower Dress." Check them out below.

Airs Tuesdays on ABC

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Kevin Feige spoke with TotalFilm about Chris Pratt's recent comments on Rocket Raccoon, expanding on the challenge of getting the character right.

"I think Chris is being slightly modest, because he's the one with the performance that people are going to crazy for in this one," said Feige. "But yes, we have said early on that the entire movie hinges on Rocket, hinges on our ability to make the audience accept this gun-wielding raccoon in space and it started with a great character in the comics, James Gunn doing an amazing job writing this character and the animation that the vendors are working on now; and Bradley Cooper bringing this character to life. The key to Rocket is he doesn't necessarily know or care that he's a raccoon. If you point that out to him, he's not particularly pleased about it. Yes, I'm glad that's gotten traction."

TEEN TITANS GO!

Cartoon Network has released a clip of this week's "Teen Titans Go!" episode where Robin merges his powers with Cyborg.

Airs Wednesdays on Cartoon Network

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TAGS:  ben kingsley, marvel studios, thor the dark world, kevin feige, agents of shield, guardians of the galaxy, teen titans go

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