Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Marvel News Round-Up for April 1st: More Cap on Set, Hawkeye Sends a Message and Feige Talks Age of Ultron

It's April 1st and of course there are prank stories up and running everywhere. However, here's a collection of the real deal that's gone on this morning.

Shooting has resumed on Avengers: Age of Ultron on the Mapo Bridge over the Han River in Seoul, South Korea and has given us another look at the new gear that Captain America will be sporting in the sequel.

As many people have been pointing out, the new suit bears a pretty striking resemblance to the one Cap wears in the Marvel NOW! comics.

The other picture below shows a couple of likely stuntmen trying out some Flyboards. Flyboards are jet packs that use water pressure to propel the wearer above the water and come close to flying. It's not clear who will be using the Flyboards in the film, but they're still pretty damn cool.

The other day we saw a quick video in which Joss Whedon apologized to the folks of Seoul, South Korea for the delays and mess that would result from the filming taking place there. Today, Jeremy Renner delivered his own message to the friendly folks of Seoul.

And, as is tradition around the release of Marvel films, Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige has been making the rounds doing interviews with just about every website with ties to movies or comics. I've picked out a few interesting tidbits from his interview with the good folks of JoBlo.com.

On the possibility of killing off one of the main characters:
Sure. But you want to do it in a way that can stick. The comics are famous for this, Bucky being a good example of people that go away and are coming back. I think anything is on the table as you make more and more of these movies. 
On a potential sequel to 2008's The Incredible Hulk, giving Mark Ruffalo his own film:
 It’s a good question. I would love to do that with Mark Ruffalo. But part of the fun of Age of Ultron was saying, you’ve seen another Iron Man adventure before, you see another Thor adventure and another Cap adventure, but we haven’t seen the Green Goliath again. So that was important in the characters you haven’t seen – Hulk being one of them and Hawkeye being one of them – Ultron will make up for it. They have very big parts in Age of Ultron.
The rest of the interview should really be read in its entirety as it contains a lot of good info, but it's worth noting that BOTH killing off a character AND having a solo-Hulk movie are on the table. I've been banking on Hawkeye dying off in Avengers: Age of Ultron for a while now and I'm on the side that thinks Captain America will eventually die on-screen as well. I also believe, despite denials, that there has been development on a Planet Hulk film. Now, whether the film will actually see the big screen is a different matter, but there's no doubt they've talked about it.

Feige also talked with Fandango about the future of the MCU:

On Guardians of the Galaxy, the studios first true foray into Marvel Cosmic:
It's fair to say that one steps out on its own first. We spend a tiny bit of time on Earth, but 98% of the movie is in a section of the galaxy we've never seen. But if you keep your eyes open, in some Easter egg-y ways and some very overt ways it is very clearly the same universe that the other movies inhabit – in very big ways. There's a certain purple guy that smirked at the end of Avengers that makes an appearance. So in that way it continues to build on the broader MCU mythology, but certainly the whole idea behind Guardians was – which is kind of the idea behind every movie we try to make nowadays – 'Let's do something unique. Let's do something different.
On where the studio stands in its development of a Doctor Strange film, something many have expected to be a lock for 2016:
Not as close as I'd like to be, but we're getting there. I think the Internet thinks we're closer than we are. But we're getting there.
If you've been paying attention, it's not all that shocking to find out that we may be waiting a little while longer before seeing the Sorcerer Supreme on stage. It's very important that Marvel get that film right going forwards. I'd expect Strange to play a key role in the next group, the NEW group, of Avengers films so his solo film has to be a success and Marvel won't go forward with it until they are sure.

Keep your wits about you today as everyone tries to fool you. No, Ben Affleck has not dropped out. No, the Fantastic Four rights have not reverted (tragically). No, Spider-Man has not officially joined Avengers: Age of Ultron.