In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). Let’s begin:
Guardians of the Galaxy NewsLots of news in regards to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie this week. Marvel has made an offer to actor John C. Reilly for the part of Rhomann Dey. Dey is supposed to be the Agent Coulson of the Guardians movies and was mentioned to have a liaison that bridges the Guardians team with the Nova Corps. It didn’t take long for this liaison to be chosen as we later learned that Glenn Close had been cast in a leadership role for the Nova Corps. The last bit of news concerned Lee Pace’s mystery role. Apparently his character is being eyed for a standalone movie, an announcement that is quite surprising as previously he had been announced to be playing a villain. Is a heroic turn in his future? Regardless, this movie continues to shape up nicely and I get more and more excited with each passing revelation!
The Maximoff Chronicles: Part 2Bryan Singer announced via Twitter: “Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.” This comes on the heels of Joss Whedon haven revealed that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch would be featured in Avengers 2. A report at HitFix revealed that this is most definitely not a case of cooperation: “This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world. In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would. The thing is, Bryan Singer has designed a sequence that he feels only works with Quicksilver, and Joss Whedon feels that there is a pressing reason for Quicksilver to show up in “The Avengers 2,” and so what we’re going to see is a legally-negotiated stand-off in which we’ll get two totally different versions of one character. Marvel has larger plans for the character, though, and wants to use him for more than just one action sequence. If they push forward and allow Singer to include the character, there’s a chance they’re burning down any future cooperation with Marvel, who have proven themselves to be hard negotiators who aren’t afraid to flex whatever muscle they have. The way the arrangement works, Marvel Studios cannot refer to the character as a ‘mutant,’ and they can’t mention Magneto at all. Likewise, Fox can’t make any reference to The Avengers in their film. That means they’ll have to either explain his powers in a different way in The Avengers 2, or they’ll just have to make no mention of his origin at all.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit had this to say as well: “Heard that Fox can actually use the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch names… Marvel can use the names Pietro and Wanda. Also, to insert the character so late in the game (X-Men is already shooting) is Fox’s way of asserting the character and a dig at Marvel.” Joss Whedon revealed why he wants to use the characters so badly: “Besides the fact that I grew up reading them, their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was, everybody basically had punchy powers. ‘I can hit,’ ‘I can also hit.’ Hopefully it didn’t get too boring. But coming into the second one, he’s got super speed, she can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There’s good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh.” I think this is a pretty low blow on FOX’s part as I’m sure Quicksilver wasn’t even considered until the Avengers 2 announcement. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of this story, I’m sure of that.
(#1) Word is circulating that we should expect to see a Booster Gold ongoing series to emerge in the coming months. I love Booster Gold so this is welcome news indeed and if the TV show starts to get running I wouldn’t know what to do with myself!
(#2) DC’s Villains Month may have a new title: Forever Evil. Whether that is true is up for debate but what is known is Forever Evil will at the very least be the name of one of the titles in Villains Month. It may or may not be a weekly series for that month but David Finch is rumored to be the artist. More as the story develops…
There are no notable non-TV or movie news from Marvel this week.
(#1) This past week, Iron Man 3 became the fifth highest grossing movie in history. Quite a feat and proving that the Avengers-effect is rubbing off on the other movies in the Marvel cinematic universe.
(#2) The Executive Producer of Arrow, Marc Guggenheim, had this to day regarding Laurel’s future on the show: “Because her building has been destroyed, Laurel is looking for a new job and she will not be returning to CNRI next year. She’ll have a new job and a new mission and I’ll leave it to people to speculate for the next three months as to what that mission could be.” Let said speculation begin!
(#3) Rob Liefeld tweeted this week that “Maybe it’s best Cable didn’t make the final script of Days of Future Past. Limited screen time indeed! Bring on X-FORCE!!” That Cable was being considered for the movie wasn’t too surprising given his history but I’m happy that he’ll possibly get his just due in another movie that isn’t so crammed with characters.
(#4) Peter Dinklage’s role in X-Men: Days of Future Past has long been rumored to be none other than Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. This week director Bryan Singer tweeted a picture of an unknown worker wearing a pair of Trask Industries overalls. Seems like that rumor is all but confirmed.
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