Posts Tagged ‘Avengers 2’

From BleedingCool

sw4Well, Wolverine lost his cowl in the X-Men movies. Now it looks as if Scarlet Witch will lose hers too for Avengers: The Age Of Ultron.

When asked if Scarlet Witch will keep her head dress,Joss Whedon told Nerdist;


Well that’s nice and clear then. He went on.

No. She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school… she can’t wear a leotard.

I’m okay with this. I like what they did with her hair in EVO to echo the cowl, though I would prefer they kept it long and curly to befit her background. A simple fix might be giving her red streaks in her bangs (not the whole bangs) but yeah, the conceptual artists have been pretty good so far, I have faith in them.

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Vin Diesel at Marvel via FacebookVin Diesel has let it be known quite publically that he’s in talks with Marvel/Disney for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This could be a little dicey/dodgy for him because some studios/execs don’t like their actors running about and blabbing everything.

That aside, the big question is: Who will he play?

There isn’t a shortage of choices, though some roles he’s better fit for than others. The people at io9 seem to think he’ll play The Vision, and it’s a really popular rumor right now, especially since Vin jockeyed for it back when Avengers came out.

It’s possible, he certainly has the “look” for Vision (tall, stoic, bald)… but here is my problem: he’s too old for Vision.

Before you yell ‘agest’, let’s look at the fine points here. The Vision is an android which means he doesn’t age, he’ll always look the same. If they want to use the character for several films then getting a younger actor simply makes the most sense. Just as you get an older actor who has already gone through puberty to play a teenager (that way you don’t have to worry about the sudden growth spurts, etc), you start with a young actor for a character who doesn’t age. Because no matter how well they stay in shape, they will eventually show their age once they hit the hill. (I’m sorry Hugh, you’re a wonderful Wolverine, and still sexy as hell, but Wolvie is looking rough around the edges now.)

So, if Vision aged like everyone else, then there wouldn’t really be a problem with Vin… except…

If they are looking at the likes of Saoirse Ronan to play Wanda Maximoff, or at least someone like her, then Marvel/Disney probably would want to get a guy in their 20s to play Vision as Wanda and Vision are the Avenger’s power couple. Granted, since Vision doesn’t really have an ‘age’ and there isn’t anything wrong with the age difference in general, an argument could be made that it’s perfectly fine to have a 46 year old Vin and 20 year old Saoirse (at time of filming) do a romantic sub-plot. But more likely Marvel/Disney will want to cash in on the pre-teen and young adult demographic and go with someone who can play the young romance/angst against Saoirse (or whoever gets cast as Wanda).

From a completely corporate/capitalism/what makes the most money view, Vin is not a good fit for Vision, which is why I think Marvel/Disney will cast him as someone else. Then they’ll get a 20-something for Vision, probably a small-name like Chris Hemsworth was before Thor, someone they can pay scale and contract for several films.

Anyway, personally, I love Vin Diesel and can’t wait to see him in the MCU, but I don’t see it happening as The Vision. There are a lot of options out there… he could be playing a villain for all we know. So until we have more to go on, I’m not going to even bother to speculate.

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Aaron Taylor-JohnsonOkay, if ‘sources close to the production’ of Avengers 2 is to be believed as reported by The Wrap, then Whedon and Marvel/Disney are looking to cast Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver. He’s the right age, British, and knows a little bit about being an action super-hero because he plays Dave Lizewski aka Kick Ass.

Kick Ass is of course the title character of the Kick Ass comics owned by Marvel.

A comic written by Mark Millar… who is Fox’s ‘consultant’ for their Marvel/super hero films, although it’s unclear just how much input or direction he has had on Days of Future Past.

It would be even crazier if Kick Ass was a Fox film but it was distributed domestically by Lionsgate, the sequel by Universal.

Now, the casting rumor is coming quite soon after Bryan Singer tweeted his now edited Avengers tweet announcing Quicksilver had already been cast for Days of Future Past, which in turn came only weeks after Whedon confirmed Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be in Avengers 2.

This could all be a coincidence but when they start to stack up…

While I still give Singer the benefit of the doubt on his using Quicksilver (considering early rumors where that the First Class sequel was going to center more on Magneto it makes sense his son would be included so Quicksilver could have been planned from the very beginning), it makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing a lot more little ‘pokes and prods’. Neither studio want to look like bullies, already Marvel/Disney has egg on its face with the issues surrounding how much they pay their lead actors, so I doubt things will get too heated in any way.

Though I am very much interested to see just how far this Cold War might extend between these two companies… and how many other characters might get dragged into the mix.

As for Aaron, to be honest, I’ve only ever seen him in Kick Ass and from what I’ve seen there… I’ve got no quarrel with this casting choice.

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BleedingCool – A Film Based On A Comic Book Just Won The Palme D’Or At Cannes

CinemaBlend – Composer Carter Burwell Leaves Thor’s Dark World

ComicBookMovie – Thor: The Dark World Debuts New Stills And An Official Website

ComicBookMovie – THE WOLVERINE Director James  Mangold Talks 3D, Easter Eggs And Possible After-Credits Scene

CinemaBlend – Joss Whedon Won’t Let The Villain Overshadow The Heroes In The Avengers 2 – “I’m very excited about the villain, and have a lot to say about him. But if you watch my shows, the one thing I’ve never been very good at is guest stars, because I’ve always been interested in the ensemble. With The Avengers, I’m still most fascinated by them.”

ComicBookMovie – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER  SOLDIER Shoots A Car Crash In Cleveland Set Video

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Reveals More X-MEN:  DOFP Details; Wolverine The One Who Travels Back In Time? – “Hugh’s got a big part,” the Scottish actor teased. “You throw Hugh  Jackman in there and he comes with so much rage. I’m really looking forward to  working with him. He’d better [frick]ing bring it.” – Even though I have thought and still think Wolvie could be the time traveller, this is not convincing to me. It could be 1973 Wolvie that is running around with the gang. Though I am a bit dismayed at him having ‘a big part’. This is X-Men, not Wolverine and some Other Guys

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman Reveals His  Enthusiasm For An AVENGERS And X-MEN Movie Crossover –  “I actually just asked the other day, I said, ‘I don’t know what the legal  situation is, but why don’t these companies come together? Why isn’t it  possible?’ Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr.  and Iron Man and kick his ass. It’d be great.”

io9 – Uh, DC just randomly killed the hell out of a major character – and the annoying part, I usually get this title but for some reason didn’t get it today when I got my pull list…

io9 – 7 Television Shows That Took Potshots at Fanfic Writers – let’s face it, Supernatural did it the best…

CinemaBlend – Theater Owners Want To Limit Trailers To Two Minutes Long

Empire Magazine – The Wolverine Empire Cover Is Here!

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Maximoff TwinsIGN has the scoop from Whedon himself, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be in Avengers 2.

“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”

To me this reads that, as I earlier suggested, and what is canon, these two will start out as villains. He talks about their rough beginning (which can allude to their being orphaned and growing up gypsies or to the fact they started out as villains in the Brotherhood), and that they represent people who wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers and won’t make it easier for them (which means they could be villains in the sense that at first they don’t work with the Avengers, but against them, just perhaps not for truly villainess reasons).

Upon some consideration about the twin’s back stories, seeing as they can’t be mutants due to the licensing issues, Whedon could completely ignore most of their background, as they do Black Widow and Hawkeye in Avengers. These twins are simply two people who have amazing abilities with a general blanket statement “this is magic/tech/whatever” and be done with it. They don’t have to go into their parentage or even being raised by gypsies or anything, or, again, just a quick statement to the fact such like BW’s “I’m Russian, or I was” moment. In a movie that will be full of heroes and villains, they don’t have a lot of time and they can probably get away with only some minor background, especially if the twins might be utilized in the Dr Strange movie (my conjecture).

Though, in reality, due to the licensing, I doubt we’ll ever get an origin story for them or their own movie, which kinda sucks but at least they aren’t being completely ignored.

Anyway, at the moment, things are looking good… but please can news outlets stop using the Ultimate’s version of the twins for their stories? This isn’t Game of Thrones people…

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The Maximoff Twins: Scarlet Witch and QuicksilverAt the moment, we have fairly good reason to believe that Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, will be in Avengers 2. Let’s hope they don’t get dropped from the script any time between now and filming.

Now, according to this article from SuperHeroHype, the siblings are going to get a bit of an overhaul. Why? Because the twins are stuck in limbo. They mostly belong under the Avengers title but they are mutants and the children of Magneto himself… so they could be used by Disney or Fox so long as the respective connections to Avengers or X-Men are ignored.

So, yeah, having the Maximoff’s not be mutants makes sense from a legal perspective. Disney doesn’t want to step on Fox’s toes regarding the licensing and Disney also probably doesn’t want to open the door to let Fox milk off their recent success.

Then what could our twins be? Lots of options. Experiments gone wrong. Augmented humans. Or down-right pure magic. Since Disney’s MCU isn’t taking itself nearly as hard-core serious, i.e. everything doesn’t have to be realistic and explainable, giving the twins Magic, whether inherent or learned, is their best bet. It gives them a reason to be ‘super’ without being ‘mutants’ and gives them connections to Dr Strange who is getting his own movie and has a connection to Wanda as a teacher of the magic arts.

Now that I think about it, they could treat magic like it’s treated in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, it’s basically a really high understanding of physics. Can you imagine Bruce and Tony trying to figure that one out? Oh… the comedic value alone…

What about their history?

DRSTR60_OpeningThe same SuperHeroHype article mentions that Disney is basically looking for 20-somethings for the twins. This makes sense for the legal reasons I mentioned. Also, if they are Mags kids and he lived through the Holocaust as a pre-teen then they’d be in their late 40s (at best, like if Mags had them when he was much older). So basically making the twins younger avoids a paradox and also steers them away from the licensing issue (though hopefully Whedon will at the very least just not mention their father, or say they were adopted, etc, to keep that little hint of something in there, rather than giving them a father who isn’t Max, erm, Erik).

The twins also joined the Avengers when they were relatively young, so it does fit their profile for them to do so in the MCU.

But the big thing is, if Disney wants to keep the Avengers going they need fresh ‘young blood’  who can be tied down to several future films. While I’m sure Dr Strange will be an older-ish character, anyone else they bring in, like Ant-Man and Wasp, will likely also be in the 20-something club as well.

Okay, there is also talk in that article that the twins are going to be British, rather than Eastern European. This could radically change their characters. One of the staples of the twin’s backgrounds is that they are gypsies (Romani) from Transia, a fictional country next to Romania. Thing is, Eastern European Romani are not like the gypsies everyone thinks of as not all gypsies are the same. For starters, in Eastern Europe they are predominately Muslim. If they want to make the Maximoff’s legit Eastern European Romani then they have to make them Muslim which I think would actually be really awesome, but, I fear that, for the sake of not wanting to offend anyone, they will make them British gypsies which are mostly Catholic/Protestant. That way they don’t have to bring up religious beliefs at all.

This of course assumes that they even keep the gypsy background. They could, again, as not to offend anyone, make them boring old British people from Croydon (wherever that is).

But how important is it that they are gypsies? Not being an avid Avenger’s reader, I’ve never seen it addressed in the comics I have read, and it is just part of their characters ‘mystic quality’, at least Wanda’s. That’s the thing though, if they are going to be magic users then being gypsies would definitely be a way to kinda cement their individuality. If they are just augmented humans, then I doubt anyone other than the fans would even notice their lack of Romani heritage.

I do like the hint that they are looking for “Euro” and “edgy”… the “edgy” part actually. The twins did try a stint at being bad guys at first but decided against that pretty quick. So it’s possible that they could actually be the sub-villians in Avengers 2 and somewhere in there turn good. Or maybe they are petty-criminals in the beginning who are recruited by Fury early on (or are simply just new recruits but that would be boring). This could all lead into Wanda perhaps being in the Dr Strange movie as a tie-in.

X-Men Evolution - Wana MaximoffLastly, the clothes. Yeah, the red corset and pink leggings are way to much even for the MCU. They should take a cue from X-Men: Evolution and give Wanda normal (but well-tailored) clothes and a red leather jacket. As for Pietro, anything would work, really, though I’m fond of giving him a silver racing-jacket in my fan fics.

Well, that’s all I have to say at the moment, we don’t really know a heck of a lot beyond some words thrown around and that’s too little to be able to really gain a love it/hate it opinion. Also, in the next six months Disney/Whedon could decide to drop them from the cast list. I hope they don’t though because these two could really have some fun on screen.

Oh, let the fan casting begin…

(though I’d like to note the hilarity of the fact that a great Pietro would be a young Michael Fassbender…)

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ComicBookMovie – RUMOR: Is Cyclops In X-MEN: DAYS  OF FUTURE PAST? – personally, I don’t believe in coincidences… and Famke flying to Japan did indeed turn into a cameo in The Wolverine… so we shall see…

Newsarama – New Minute of Footage From THE WOLVERINE – we get to see a little more of the Silver Samuari… and part of me is starting to wonder if they haven’t given away the ending…

CinemaBlend – Robert Downey Jr. Playing Hardball During Avengers 2 Contract Negotiations

ComicBookMovie – New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Images Appear To Be A Massive Spoiler

CinemaBlend – Get Over It: Iron Man 3’s Version Of The Mandarin Is Great

CinemaBlend – Iron Man 3 Ruined The Mandarin, And Real Fans Should Be Pissed – personally, I liked the twist, but all’s fair

ComicBookMovie – Marc Guggenheim On The  Possibility Of GREEN LANTERN Appearing On ARROW

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CinemaBlend – Dungeons & Dragons Reboot In Development

ComicBookMovie – Hugh Jackman On The Set Of  X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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