Some interesting Superhero movie news abound this week! With Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning in May of 2016 with Captain America: Civil War, we’re being drop-fed bits and pieces of other movies, including Gambit, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Batman v Superman, and Thor: Ragnarok.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is prepared to be one of next year’s biggest films. Coming out on March 25, the movie pits DC’s biggest names against each other, with a healthy dose of extras: Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, and more. Such a huge production usually ends up with a lot of extra film, which producer Charles Roven said could end up in an extended edition of the film: “I don’t know if you’ll ever get the 4-hour version, but there may be something that’s coming along that might be slightly less long than that.”
Less happy news from the Marvel side: Channing Tatum will indeed play his favorite superhero as the star of Gambit, but production has stalled for the film about our Ragin’ Cajun. With an original release date of October 2016, initial director Rupert Wyatt left the project after creative differences. Doug Limon, director of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Edge of Tomorrow joined, with production starting in spring. Producer Simon Kinberg said the film will be like a “heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way.”
Thor: Ragnarok is the third movie in the Thor Franchise, and will feature the only two Avengers not present for Civil War: Thor, natch, and Hulk. Moreover, the movie is set to introduce a major female villain, as well as Valkyrie, a heroine related to Asgard but not fully understood. As far as the plot of this film, it’s possible Surtur, leader of the fire demons of Muspelheim, is the next big bad.
With scripts delivered to actors, shooting looks to begin for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in February. News headlines say Matthew McConaughey turned down the role of the main villain which – for good reason – some suspect could be Peter Quill’s father, though this is far from confirmed. The story is supposed to be emotional, and “about fathers”; it deviates enough from the comics to make Marvel executives call it “risky.” It will almost certainly feature Star-Lord’s dad, as well as a possibility for other relationship conflicts, such as Gamora and Nebula’s relationship with Thanos, or even Drax’s assumed-dead daughter Moondragon.
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