COMIC REEL: McAvoy on Picking up Xavier's "Days of Future Past" Torch; "Arrow" Heads to Finale

Thu, May 8th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT

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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

"Good Morning America" had the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on as guests during a recent show, with James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page and Hugh Jackman as well as producer Lauren Shuler Donner (via THR).

"When I took over the role, I never thought for a minute we'd be in the same movie together, let alone share a scene together, but my first day, which was Patrick's last day on the set, just to get that handover, which I never had in the previous movie,it really felt like a kind of relay and that energy being passed," McAvoy told GMA of taking on Professor X opposite Patrick Stewart. "The custodian of this wise, empathetic, caring, priestly character, at times, being handed over to this reprobate with long hair dressed in '70s gear with a pink psychedelic shirt. It felt like, 'We shouldn't be doing this. This character will not be safe with me.' But it was nice."

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Weta Workshop has posted some behind-the-scenes footage on the creation of "Amazing Spider-Man 2's" Green Goblin, and how the character got brought to life from concept designs to armor creation and more.

/Film spoke with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach about the franchise as a whole and the possibility of bringing in more heroes from the Spider-Man side of the Marvel U.

"The human heroes in the Spider-Man universe… the supervillains, some of them become on the cusp [between hero and villain]," Arad told /Film. "They’re not really villains. Like Venom. Like him, there are others that, if you take the earlier reincarnation, they’re good guys. Something happened, and they consider it an injustice so it caused a mutation, they’re angry at Spider-Man. So it’s wide open. There are a lot of women in the universe, some of them very very interesting for how will they interact with Peter Parker and Spider-Man. We are just touching the tip of the iceberg."

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ARROW

John Barrowman spoke with CBR about his return to "Arrow" in last night's episode, cryptically teasing what's going to happen with Malcolm Merlyn in the series finale.

"Anybody who is a fan of the show -- I'm over here in London, and I was just in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. I have people coming up to me, who are big fans of 'Doctor Who' and 'Torchwood,' and are now fans of 'Arrow,'" Barrowman told CBR. "They're like, 'Tell me what's going to happen.' I'm like, 'Guys, all I can tell you is that when you get to that final episode, you're going to look at your television and go, 'What??? Bring it back! Bring it back!'' Everything is going to be chucked up in the air. It's like someone has taken a trampoline and bounced everybody off of it. You are not going to know what's going to happen."

Here's the official promo for "Unthinkable," the season two finale set to air next week.

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NEMESIS

"Nemesis" director Joe Carnahan spoke with /Film with an update on the adaptation of Mark Millar's graphic novel and the content of the script.

"['Nemesis'] is an extremely controversial script, man," Carnahan told /Film. "To encapsulate, it’s a very thorny, very dark paean to anarchy in this country. You know what I mean? Listen, I know how much Mark [Millar] loves it. I think the script’s great. But again, you come back to that same thing. It’s like we can continue to generate these things. And if they ain’t getting made, for whatever reason, are you gonna keep lamenting the fact they’re not getting made or are you gonna go do something else? I feel like there’s a time and a place for that script. I would like it to be sooner rather than later ’cause I think there’s a lot of extremely topical, extremely contemporary, extremely hot button things within that script. But you know what? If we’re having this conversation in 1975 and I wanna make 'Nemesis,' it’s a greenlit film."

THE FLINSTONES

"The Flinstones" are coming back to the big screen. Courtesy of "Anchorman" creative team and Funny or Die founders Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the film will go back to its animated roots this time around. Chris Henchy is set to write the script. No other information was revealed, but it'd be pretty shocking if Ferrell isn't at least one of the voices in the film.

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TAGS:  x-men days of future past, amazing spider-man 2, arrow, nemesis, the flinstones (film)

 
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