COMIC REEL: Hopkins on "Thor: The Dark World"; Howard on "Iron Man" Exit

Fri, November 15th, 2013 at 8:58am PST | Updated: November 15th, 2013 at 8:59am

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

STAR WARS

The Bad Robot Twitter account has posted a behind-the-scenes photo featuring an old familiar face next to J.J. Abrams.

Many posit that the photo means R2-D2 is a lock for "Episode VII," but even without the photo, it was pretty likely the droid would show up in the upcoming sequel. Either way, it's a pretty cool picture.

Opens December 18, 2015

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

The L.A. Times spoke with Anthony Hopkins about his role in "Thor: The Dark World" and where Odin might be when "Thor 3" comes around. (Beware, spoilers ahead.)

"I’m not sure. He hasn’t physically died on screen, but I played him as a man who’s on his way out," Hopkins told the L.A. Times. "I think they would have to explain in 'Thor 3,' if there is one, what happens to Odin. Or maybe it’ll just be a story line, maybe he went to Tahiti or something for a holiday. I don’t know."

Now in theaters

THE WOLVERINE 2

Hugh Jackman discussed possibly returning for a "The Wolverine" sequel with Entertainment Weekly, saying that the movie "has to be great."

“I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” he said. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet. [...] “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of 'The Wolverine.' … I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one. I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted."

Arrives on DVD/Blu-ray December 3

2 GUNS

Entertainment Weekly spoke with "2 Guns" director Baltasar Kormakur about a possible sequel to the film, given that there seems to be more to tell about the two protagonists.

"Yeah, [Mark Wahlberg and I] talked about it as a possibility, absolutely, but it hasn’t got to the stage of like, 'Let’s do it,'" Kormakur told EW. "Of course, I would love to, but that’s a financial discussion that I haven’t had. Certainly, there could be more to come from them. It’s a great opportunity to do that and have more fun, but if not, that’s fine."

Arrives on DVD/Blu-ray November 19

DEAR MR. WATTERSON

Spinoff Online spoke with "Dear Mr. Watterson" director Joel Allen Schroeder about the cultural impact of "Calvin and Hobbes."

"I knew that I clearly needed to set up that there is an impact," Schroder told Spinoff Online. "Actually, I know one review I read about the film is that they wanted to hear from fans even more to sort of further prove the wide impact. But I knew we needed some impact from fans, and I felt that we needed a thread from myself. I knew I would be in the film as some sort of narrator, but then it became a little more clear with the urging of our producers, that I did need to be in it a little bit myself. So when fans come to watch the movie, hopefully right away they are introduced to me as someone very much like them, and that the film is coming from a place of love."

Available now via On Demand

STRETCH ARMSTRONG

Remember when a "Stretch Armstrong" movie was in-development starring "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner? Apparently, Collin Grant and animator James Rothwell worked up an animatic that shows one of the action sequences of the movie. It definitely would have had a lot of effects if it had gone to production.

IRON MAN

Terrence Howard appeared on Bravo TV and spoke candidly about why he didn't return as James Rhodes for "Iron Man 2." The story is somewhat fascinating.

"Well, it turns out in order for -- this is going to get me in a lot of trouble -- it turns out that the person I helped become Iron Man when it was time to re-up for the second one took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out," said Howard. "We did a three picture deal. That means you did the deal ahead of time -- there was going to be a certain amount for the first one, a certain amount for the second, a certain amount of the third -- they came to me and said, 'We'll pay you one-eighth of what we contractually had for you, because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.' I called my friend who I helped get the first job and he didn't call me back for three months."

MOVIE POSTER FUN

Midtown Comics posted a fun poster on its Twitter account yesterday. The running theory seems to be that it's a fake, promotion for the "Entourage" movie or a piece of fanart. You decide.

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TAGS:  star wars, star wars episode vii, thor the dark world, the wolverine, 2 guns, dear mr watterson, stretch armstrong, iron man

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