Though Iron Man 3 is the first Phase Two Marvel project out of the gate, we’ve got more Marvel goodness to look forward to later this year with the release of Thor: The Dark World. Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor steps into the director’s chair this time around, and we know that the central villain will be Dark Elf Malektih, played by Christopher Eccleston. There will also be a couple of other anatgonists featured in the film, as Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is pulling double duty as the characters Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
The Lost alum recently talked rather extensively about his work in the film, teasing the numerous fight sequences and revealing that he’s talking with Marvel about possibly working on another one of their movies. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Jaimie Alexander, known for playing Lady Sif in Thor, stars as a more mortal crime-fighter alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand. Though we’ll be running our full interview with Alexander later this week, we wanted to bring you her comments on some of her future projects, including Thor: The Dark World, writer/director David Marconi’s Intersection with Frank Grillo and an undisclosed action movie. Alexander also revealed her wish to star in a wacky comedy with the likes of Will Ferrell.
Also starring Rodrigo Santoro, Luis Guzmán, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare and Zach Gilford, The Last Stand opens on January 18th. Check out what Alexander had to say about her upcoming projects after the jump.
As 2012 winds down to a close, it’s tough to see us having another year filled with so many good movies anytime soon. Nevertheless, looking to 2013 there’s certainly reason to be excited, and what better way to kick off the new year than to take a look at what 2013 has in store for us by way of blockbuster filmmaking? We’ve compiled a list of 20 “blockbusters” to look forward to in the coming year, and the resulting preview teases some promisingly diverse fare. Naturally there’s no lack of superhero movies headed our way, but we’ve also got a great mix of exciting entries in horror, comedy, sci-fi, and drama to look forward to. Hit the jump to take a look at our 2013 Blockbuster Preview.
Iron Man 3 has become so exclusive that even Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) isn’t allowed in. The “No Avengers Allowed” production directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is locked down as a Tony Stark-centric experience after the fallout of the events in The Avengers. While Robert Downey Jr. won’t have to share any screen time with his heroic teammates this time around, you can be sure to expect some sort of end credits tag linking it to Thor 2, aka Thor: The Dark World. Surprisingly, Jackson may not appear in that film either, but will next play Fury in Captain America 2, aka Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hit the jump to see what Jackson had to say.
Location work continues in a London courtyard for director Alan Taylor’s (Game of Thrones) sequel Thor: The Dark World, and it appears that the production is focusing on a fairly intricate battle sequence. We’ve seen a number of images and video from the same London set over the past couple of weeks, and a few new videos have surfaced today that give us a look at some fun stunt work. The fight sequence involves Chris Hemsworth’s Thor battling Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith and his band of Dark Elves, and we see a couple of stunts involving the two main characters in these new videos.
Hit the jump to watch the set videos. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8, 2013.
Production is currently underway in London on Marvel’s sequel Thor: The Dark World, and we’ve been keeping tabs on the pic with plenty of set photos and videos. We still don’t know much plot-wise about the follow-up, but Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor is behind the director’s chair this time around and Christopher Eccleston is onboard as the principal villain Malekith the Accursed.
Hemsworth recently took a break from shooting to talk a bit about how The Dark World differs from the first film and how Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster factors into the plot. Moreover, he also offered his thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi pic Robopocalypse, which he films next year. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Plenty of Marvel fans were disappointed when the massive “Phase One” box set containing Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers hit a snag over a legal issue regarding the design of the case. The set now has a new case, new date, new features, but the same glowing Tesseract cube in the middle. The new “Phase One” box set will be available for pre-order later today, and will hit shelves on April 2, 2013. Marvel will also make up the delay to fans by adding features like new deleted scenes, and more importantly, a sneak peek at the upcoming “Phase Two” films, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2.
Hit the jump for more and click here to pre-order the box set.
by Jason Barr Posted: November 17th, 2012 at 2:06 pm
I try and heed the wise words of Conan O’Brien and resist the urge to be cynical. I really do. But while digging through our The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 coverage in anticipation of this week’s post I stumbled across this poster for the film and all of my best laid plans went to waste. There is just no excuse for a franchise of its stature to have a poster that terrible. I’m far from an expert in graphic design, but mercy…I re-read Adam’s original post several times hoping to find the sentence where he points out that the poster was the Grand Prize winner of Summit’s “Design the Worst Damn Movie Poster Possible” contest. Sadly, there was no mention of such a contest. This was real and it made my heart hurt.
All cynicism aside, in this week’s Top 5, The Twilight Saga comes to a merciful end with interviews and things of the like, Damon Lindelof‘s draft of the Prometheus script becomes available for your reading pleasure, news regarding the debuts of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ first trailer and first 9 minutes of the film surfaces, a handful of images and a video from the set of Thor: The Dark World make their way onto the Interwebs, and believe it or not, more news regarding Star Wars: Episode VII gets discussed. I trust you know where to find a brief recap and link to each.
Just the other day we got a glimpse of Christopher Eccleston as the villain Malekith on the set of Marvel’s sequel Thor: The Dark World alongside his Dark Elf brethren, and today more photos and video from the set have surfaced. Today’s batch could be considered spoilery, as they reveal Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and that dastardly Malekith duking it out on location in London. Really nothing is revealed other than the fact that they’re fighting, but it’s clear that Eccleston is wearing motion-capture dots on his face so I’m interested to see what the final design for Malekith will look like after the visual effects are completed.
Hit the jump to check out the images and video. Directed by Alan Taylor, the film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8, 2013.
New photos from the set of Thor: The Dark World have revealed the film’s baddies, the Dark Elves. As we learned from the official synopsis, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has to stop the vengeful Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) from plunging the universe back into darkness, and no one likes darkness. You just keep bumping into stuff. As for the look of the Dark Elves, they’ve got the neat armor that fits well into the look of the supernatural realms established in the first movie. The unmasked dark elf has a half-black, half-white face, which I thought was a sign of peace according to Jerry Seinfeld’s appraisal of black-and-white cookies. Then again, that cookie ended up breaking his vomit streak, so perhaps this dark elf is the true face of terror. [Upon closer inspection, it looks like the elf's face has been burnt off, so that's much better]
Hit the jump to check out the images along with some quotes from Tom Hiddleston, and click here for other recent set photos. The film also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: The Dark World opens in 3D on November 8, 2013. [Update: We've added more images of the dark elves after the jump.]
It’s been a while since we last saw some images from the set of Marvel’s sequel Thor: The Dark World, but today some new photos have popped online featuring star Chris Hemsworth filming in London. These images aren’t as exciting as the previous batch that teased a ginormous battle on an alien planet, but we do get to see Hemsworth strike some Thor poses and roll heroically. Apparently the scene in question involves the character throwing his hammer down and summoning some good old-fashioned lightning.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Directed by Alan Taylor, the film also stars Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and Tom Hiddleston. Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8th, 2013. [Update: More high-quality images from the set have surfaced and are now included in the gallery after the jump.]
Disney has just sent out a press release announcing release dates and changes for their upcoming slate of films. The most notable announcement is that Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man finally has a release date. The little-big-superhero is due to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. Since this will be the first Marvel movie to follow The Avengers 2 (which opens May 1, 2015), I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Hank Pym pop up in Joss Whedon‘s film.
Here’s the rest of the list:
- Iron Man 3 will now be available in 3D – previously announced 5/3/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
- Phineas and Ferb moves to “2014 Undated Wide” (from 7/28/13 wide)
- Thor: The Dark World is final title of previous “Thor 2” and will now be available in 3D – previously announced 11/8/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)
- Bears is now dated on 4/18/14 wide (Disneynature)
- Guardians of the Galaxy is final title of previous “Marvel Untitled” – previously announced 8/1/14 is unchanged (Marvel)
- DISNEY ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on 11/7/14 wide
- PIXAR ANIMATION UNTITLED is now dated on Wed 11/25/15 wide
Though Phase One of Marvel Studios’ film slate came to an end just a few months ago with The Avengers, production on Phase Two is already well underway. The studio is currently in the midst of filming two upcoming sequels at the same time: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. The Iron Man production is winding down to a close ahead of that film’s May 2013 release date, but filming on Thor: The Dark World is still going strong in London and today the first official synopsis for the Asgardian pic has been revealed.
The logline essentially tells us what we already know: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must fight against Maleketih (Christopher Eccleston) and his race of Dark Elves, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is back, the fate of the universe is in the balance, etc. However, the synopsis does tease the film’s epic scope and the fact that Thor is forced to “sacrifice everything” in order to save us all (Thor dies?!). Hit the jump to check out the full synopsis, which includes the full cast list. Directed by Alan Taylor, Thor: The Dark World opens on November 8th, 2013.
Director Alan Taylor’s sequel Thor: The Dark World has added two veteran actors in heroic roles. First up is Richard Brake, who is making the jump from DC to Marvel (fans of Batman Begins may remember him as Joe Chill, the hoodlum who murdered Bruce Wayne’s parents). Joining him will be Clive Russell, an imposing Brit perhaps best known for playing Captain Tanner in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Kat Dennings, opens November 8th, 2013. Hit the jump for more casting details.
Every once in awhile you land an interview that you can’t wait to share. The one you’re about to watch with Chris Evans is one of those. At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I got to sit down with Evans for over twenty minutes (we were scheduled for a lot less) to talk about his great work in director Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman. As you can see in the first trailer, Evans plays a killer and is nearly unrecognizable in dirty long hair as Richard Kuklinski’s (Michael Shannon) friend and partner.
I’ve spoken to Evans a lot over the years, and one of the things I love about him is his honesty and willingness to talk about everything. If you ask him a question about his career, or even his contract with Marvel, he’ll talk about it. Most actors will try and deflect the question, or give a politician’s answer. That’s not how Evans operates and it’s very refreshing. So besides talking about The Iceman and working with Michael Shannon, Evans talked about how his career has blown up, the intricacies of his Marvel contract, the business of Hollywood, playing a critical character of the Marvel universe, Captain America 2 (Captain America: The Winter Solider), whether he knows anything about Captain America 3, the success of The Avengers, Joss Whedon, Thor 2, Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, the greatness of Hayley Atwell, his upcoming anti-romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing with Michelle Monaghan, and so much more. Hit the jump for more.