Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mid-week Marvel News Round-up

Been a slow week of posting because I'm in Petoskey looking at this all week long when I haven't been in these incredible professional development sessions during the day.  I feel like I've learned and grown so much and will take a lot back to my classroom in a couple of weeks, but I most certainly have neglected Brain Splatter.

It's been a week full of exciting bits so I'm going to get to them in the order in which they seep out.

1.  Rocket Racoon Finds a Voice???

This is by far the best piece of news to come out of this week.  Last night, supa-dupa, Latino scooper, El Mayimbe dropped the news that Rocket Racoon, the heart and soul of the Guardians of the Galaxy, might just be voiced by Bradley Cooper.  Then, just a few hours ago, Deadline backed up El Mayimbe with the news that negotiations were, in fact, under way and that a deal might be reached as soon as next week.
This is an absolutely brilliant move by Marvel.  I've wanted Cooper to be a part of the MCU for a while though I had hoped it would come as a live-action role; however, the idea of Cooper, having fun and going all out as Rocket sounds amazing.  I'm envisioning the Cooper from the beginning of A-Team, having a blast and going over the top at times and I am loving the possibilities.  I've said it before but it's becoming really hard to question the casting decisions Marvel makes.

2.  We Have a Witch?
Speaking of great casting decisions, it seems in addition to attempting to lock up Bradly Cooper, Marvel has also entered into negotiations with the beautiful Elizabeth Olsen, of the Olsen twin family but not of the Olsen twins, to play Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The Hollywood Reporter confirmed earlier rumors from Bleeding Cool that suggested Olsen was in negotiations for the role.  It seems that her deal is much closer to being sealed than Coopers and could be done at any time.  It's likely now into sorting out how many films she'll be contracted for and all the fine details multi-millionaires are bored with.  

Another great addition to the roster of heroes.  With Aaron Taylor-Johnson all but in the role of Quicksilver, Wanda's brother, it seems the Avengers sequel will reunite Johnson and Olsen who worked together on next summer's Godzilla reboot.

3.  Ultron to be Throttled Back in Avengers: Age of Ultron

In a recent chat with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel mafia boss Joss Whedon talked a little about why Ultron was his choice for the villain and reveals that while we won't see an exact replica of the comic book Ultron, we will see the rage and rancor that is really the driving force behind Ultron.  I'm a little less concerned about Ultron's origin story and different powers in the film than I am about him providing an almost insurmountable foe for the Avengers.  It's sometimes hard, as a fan of the comics, to imagine one of the characters any differently than what we've known, but we have to remember that plenty of amazing villains in non-CBMs are original and not pulled from the pages of pre-existing source material.  My money is on Whedon to deliver an effective, if not alien, Ultron when we see him on screen in 2015.