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Heel veel geruchten over Thor: Ragnarok deze keer en wat casting-nieuws voor Marvel’s Most Wanted en een teaser voor de Luke Cage-serie!
Hoewel we nog niet veel weten over de nieuwe Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-spinoff die dit jaar gaat verschijnen, werd wel bekendgemaakt dat een vrij onbekend karakter (Dominic Fortune) gecast is in Marvel’s Most Wanted naast Adrianne Palicki als Bobbi ”Barbara” Morse/Mockingbird en Nick Blood als Lance Hunter:
“Malcolm X” star Delroy Lindo has joined ”Marvel’s Most Wanted” as Dominic Fortune. Deadline describes the character as a former adventurer and handgun aficionado who once sought “wealth and excitement with his globe-trotting odysseys” during his adventures in the 1930s.
Fortune first appeared in Howard Chaykin’s “Marvel Preview” #2 in 1975. Duvid Jerome Fortunov grew up in New York during the 1920s, before assuming the name Dominic Fortune when he became a mercenary and costumed adventurer for hire. He has encountered characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Doom, Phil Coulson and more throughout his travels.
In addition to “Malcolm X,” Lindo has a regular series role as Sheriff Tip Harrison in “Blood and Oil.” He has also appeared in “Up,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and more. The show — which features the exploits of Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood as on-again, off-again partners Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse and Lance Hunter — will be executive produced by the ”Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” team of Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszweski No air date has yet been announced. It would be the third Marvel Studios show on ABC, following “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and ”Agent Carter”.
Eerder werd al gesproken over een Planet Hulk-storyline in een toekomstige MCU-film. Aangezien Marvel Studios de volledige rechten over een Hulk-solofilm niet heeft (Universal heeft de distributierechten en Marvel wil geen geld verliezen waarschijnlijk), zou het een goede oplossing zijn om delen van de Planet Hulk-storyline op te nemen in Thor: Ragnarok en Avengers: Infinity War:
”According to a new rumor from Geek.com, when Thor first meets Hulk in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, it will be in the gladiatorial arena of an as yet unnamed planet! Last week, a rumor surfaced that involved Thor being banished from Asgard by Loki and Hela and this new rumor ties neatly in to that.
“Loki and Hela’s plan involves the major arc of the Marvel Universe, and just when it looks like Thor is about to put a stop to it, he gets banished — but not to any old planet. He ends up on a gladiatorial planet where his head is shaved and he’s forced to fight for his life. Let’s call this planet Sakaar, like it was in the comic books.
Thor knows that he has to get to some MacGuffin weapon object to defeat Hela and Loki (could this be the Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos is in possession of, or maybe an assemblage of Infinity Stones?) and he has to get off the planet. Thor runs through all of his alien opponents in gladiatorial combat, even without his trademark hammer. Finally, Thor has to face the current champion of the arena, and wouldn’t you know who that ends up being? The Hulk.”
This new scoop adds that when the Odinson is banished, it is to a nearby planet (Sakaar?) where his golden locks are shorn and he is forced to compete as a gladiator. Being Thor, he apparently has no problem defeating his first opponents, so the overlord of the arena (presumably the Red King?) decides he needs to face a real challenge and brings out the champion: the Hulk!
It sounds as if the Hulk has undergone some interesting changes since he headed off in the Quinjet during the third act of Avengers: Age of Ultron . The rumor indicates that in the time that has passed, Hulk has not changed back into Bruce Banner, but that some of Banner’s memories and traits are starting to merge with the Hulk. It is this combo personality that allows Hulk to realize Thor is an ally and get the two off planet and into the thick of things. If this rumor does prove to be true, it could be an interesting way to incorporate the best bits of the Planet Hulk story into the MCU and be an entertaining way to kick off the “Cosmic road trip” that Hulk and Thor are said to be taking. It will be very interesting to see what other competitors are in the arena, if this pans out. Could this be a way to introduce fan-favorite Beta Ray Bill? We know Marvel commissioned artist Josh Nizzi to make some concept art of several characters involved in the Planet Hulk comic. Could they finally be using these characters in Thor: Ragnarok? Given the time that has passed since we last saw Hulk, could Marvel Studios lay the groundwork for Skaar, the son of Hulk?”
Hier kwam dan ook nog een interview met Mark Ruffalo die precies zegt dat The Hulk’s verhaal in Thor: Ragnarok en Avengers: Infinity War als een solo-film zal voelen en Planet Hulk is toch wel het bekendste verhaal van The Hulk, zeker in de opmaat naar Infinity War:
”Mark Ruffalo has continued to tease his return as the Jade Giant not just in 2017 Marvel threequel, but also in the highly-anticipated two-part Avengers: Infinity War event. When Yahoo caught up with the three-time Academy Award-nominated actor at the Sundance Film Festival, the site had first asked about another solo Incredible Hulk movie which Ruffalo reassures isn’t happening. “I’d love to do a Hulk movie, but that’s beyond my control,” Ruffalo explained. “It’s controlled by Universal [Pictures]. Marvel doesn’t even hold the rights to it. So, it’s not on the horizon. And I don’t know if it will be. But we have worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie.” From this, it’s safer to say that the Incredible Hulk will appear in both Avengers: Infinity War movies, and that the studio already knows what is in store for Bruce Banner and his alter-ego. And with this character arc spanning three films, that sounds about right for a Planet Hulk/ World War Hulk adaptation.
When asked about his preparation for Thor: Ragnarok, which starts shooting in Australia this summer, Ruffalo said he’s not trying to get as fit as leading man Chris Hemsworth, but he is very enthusiastic about working with the director. “Taika Waititi’s coming in and I love him,” Mark fessed. “That’s a surprise and it fits part of this Marvel doing the unexpected, casting the unexpected, and now bringing in the unexpected for writer and director. I’m really interested in where that’s going. They’re writing the script now. I am thinking about it, I’m doing script meetings and stuff so we’re starting to prep it.”
During this very interview, Mark Ruffalo had also reflected on Avengers: Age of Ultron and how it was probably the last time that he’d be working with writer/director Joss Whedon on a Marvel movie. “Yeah, he basically told me it was [his last one] and I was like ‘goddamn it, you dragged me in to this world and now you’re abandoning me here!’” said Ruffalo of Whedon. “But they’re doing fine. Joss’ll do fine. I just miss him, and I will miss him. He cracked this character, he obviously cracked the Avengers which was nearly impossible. It was a miracle and he did it so beautifully.” However, the actor is still very much looking forward to playing the Hulk under someone else’s direction. And after Taika Waitit, it’ll be with Joe and Anthony Russo, who are helming Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. “I think the Russo brothers are great and I think they’re well positioned to take it on, and I’m happy to be doing it with them, but I’m friends with Joss,” he reassured. “He had a hard time making the first one and he had a hard time making this one. I think it’s partially the nature of that beast.”
En als laatste Thor: Ragnarok-interview hebben we dan nog Taika Waititi (de regisseur van Thor: Ragnarok) die eindelijk officieel bevestigd dat Cate Blanchett echt in de film zit (ondanks dat Marvel zelf nog niks bevestigd heeft):
”While making rounds to promote Hunt for the Wilderpeople at the Sundance Film Festival last week, Taika Waititi talked more about Thor: Ragnarok with Wired and SuperheroHype. More specifically, the director briefly discussed Tom Hiddleston’s return as Loki, as well as the possibility of Cate Blanchett portraying the villainess Hela, among other things.
“At the moment, everyone’s trying to figure it out, like ‘What’s he going to do?’” said Taika Waititi of the God of Mischief. “Everyone loves that character.” Though it’s been all but confirmed that Cate Blanchett will be joining the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi gave a long pause before saying “Yes,” the Academy Award-winner is joining the Marvel threequel. “Look, it’s so early I’m not sure exactly what the extent of it is, but it’s looking good, which would make me very happy,” he said of Blanchett’s casting. About the rumors that she’ll be playing none other than Hela, Waititi was a bit more tight-lipped. “Yeah, the rumor … Here’s the thing. I can’t say anything. I’ve probably said way too much.”
When SuperheroHype asked Taika Waititi why he’s making the jump from indie movies to the big-budget likes of Thor: Ragnarok, the director sort of implied he’s experimenting. “I feel like for me to keep this filmmaking job interesting, I gotta change it all the time,”Waititi explained. “This is an opportunity for me to make something that’s so out of my usual go-to topics and style of filmmaking and make something that’s big and exciting and to test myself. This is the thing. I’m so relaxed in my life right now that it doesn’t matter what happens. I just feel like this is just a great opportunity to learn something. You gotta do that, you just gotta keep learning and that’s what this is for me.” As to why he chose a comic book movie, “Plus also I collected comics as a kid and what filmmaker doesn’t have somewhere in their head that question, ‘Can I do a blockbuster?’”
When asked how he plans to inject humor in a movie based on the Norse apocalypse, or rather the comic book event inspired by the Norse mythology, Taika Waititi laughed.“Nobody knows what Ragnarok is,” he said. “I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy! But that’s what I’m going to really concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing. For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything. It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.” Speaking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could see Thor: Ragnarok set up Avengers: Infinity War, Waititi said he’s not concerned about the movies after his. “This is the cool thing is that anything goes in these early stages, ideas-wise, and we really are in the early stages,” he assured.”
Dan springen we over naar Netflix waar de streamingdienst een November-release voor de Luke Cage-serie teased met een Jessica Jones-foto:
Er is helaas nog geen officiële bevestiging dat Marvel’s Luke Cage ook daadwerkelijk in november komt, maar dit lijkt mij een duidelijke aanwijzing dat de serie een tijdje later word gereleased dan we aanvankelijk dachten (ik gokte op Juli voor Luke Cage en een Jessica Jones Seizoen 2 in November, maar Iron Fist en The Defenders komen waarschijnlijk eerder dan het vervolg op Jessica Jones), maar dat is niet erg, want Agent Carter is nog volop bezig, Agents of SHIELD komt er weer aan en Daredevil is ook nog maar een maandje wachten en voor je het weet zijn Captain America: Civil War en X-Men Apocalypse in de bioscoop te zien. Deadpool leidt natuurlijk de dans, die komt al over een kleine twee weken!
Over Deadpool gesproken, er werden weer wat toffe clips en promo-video’s gereleased, bekijk ze hieronder:
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