Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekend Update: Marvel Movie News

1.  Get Your Age of Ultron News...Get Your Age of Ultron News

A good deal of business this week on the sequel to some low-achieving film called The Avengers...who reads all this business anyway.

I suppose you have to start with the news that James Spader has been cast as Ultron.  I'm curious to find out if, as I assume (dangerous word), Spader is only doing voice work or if he's going to be doing some mo-cap for the A.I. gone bonkers.  Spader may not look too nice in one of them there fancy mo-cap suits come to think of it.  Earlier in the week there were rumos that Paul Bettany, the actor who does the voice work for J.A.R.V.I.S, would be voicing Ultron but that was quickly proven inaccurate when, only a day after those rumors surfaced, Spader was announced by Marvel Studios as the villain.  Interestingly, rumors also exist that Bettany may actually be taking on the role of Vision, a synthezoid member of the Avengers and, in the comics, a creation of Ultron.  It's easy to see the connection between the two rumors and, if true, it'd be amazing to see Vision and his powers on screen (does anyone sniff a Vision Meet and Greet on the way?)

In news that seems to make a whole lot of sense, Iron Man 3 screenwriter, Drew Pearce, reveals, in an interview with SciFiNow, that the decision to make Ultron the antagonist of the Avengers sequel was made over a year ago.  Some interesting implications there if you consider that Whedon has had this in mind for that long and wonder how it will impact the next couple of Phase 2 films (Thor and Captain America) which began filming after the inception of this idea.  We have been told that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will have the most direct link to Avengers: Age of Ultron so I suppose we will some some foreshadowing of Ultron in that film.

2.  Guardians of the Galaxy Still Getting Some Buzz

Guardians of the Galaxy has had everyone's attention since the footage was first shown at SDCC '13 and it continues to make headlines despite the fact that it is still in production and that most of the production has and will take place indoors and not be exposed to the public.

Just a day after Spader was announced as Ultron, speculation and rumors were confirmed when Marvel officially announced that Bradley Cooper would be the voice of Rocket Racoon.  I've loved this idea since it was rumored and I can't wait to see what Cooper brings to Rocket.  Nothing about this movie has sounded anything but brilliant from day one.  Signing a star like Cooper is interesting and makes you wonder what plans the studio has for the star and the franchise.

Speaking of the franchise, two members of the cast spoke this week about the potential for future Guardians of the Galaxy films.  In an interview with SuperHeroHype, Michael (Merle) Rooker, who will play Yondu, spoke about the possibility of future installments just a day after Chris Pratt, who will play Star-Lord/Peter Quill, the leader of the Guardians, spoke to IGN about the same topic along with the  possibility of his character crossing-over into other MCU entries.

While director James Gunn has mentioned that this film stands alone, it's a near certainty that, if it is successful, there will be more Guardians films and it is even more certain that we will see some of these characters showing up in other films.  This movie could very well reshape the MCU and Marvel Studio's already impressive reputation.

Alrighty then...all caught up...for now.