What’s cooking in the world of movie geekery today? Oh, nothing much, just a release date for the new Riddick movie, some Avengers tidbits from Joss Whedon, Hugh Jackman being confirmed for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and some cool Iron Man 3 merchandise. Slow news day, right?
We kick things off with the officially announced release date for Vin Diesel’s Riddick. Mark your calendars for September 6, because that’s when the antihero star of Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick will finally make his return to the big screen.
David Twohy and Diesel reunite for the third outing, which finds Riddick “…left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.” Sounds pretty great to us – Riddick fighting aliens and mercs should be recipe for awesomeness. [via THR]
Joss Whedon reveals Avengers cuts
Director Joss Whedon recently held a lengthy Q&A after a screening of his summer hit The Avengers and he was fairly candid about the process of making the movie, working with Marvel, and what didn’t quite make the final draft (he wrote 160 pages – almost three hours of screen time – before asking for help with revisions).
It turns out early drafts of the screenplay featured a lot of Marvel character the Wasp. He told attendees that he “wrote a very Waspy draft” but felt he got carried away. Whedon apparently finds the character “adorable.”
He then goes on to speak about how Marvel dictated that Loki be the villain in the film, but that he also argued for a second big bad to appear as well. Whedon won’t reveal who the character was (because he could turn up in a future film), but did say that the bad guy was someone the Avengers could really wail on. Start speculating now.
Check out more goodies over at Collider – including tidbits on a Buffy animated series and more.
Hugh Jackman officially joins Days of Future Past
In news that isn’t particularly surprising, Bryan Singer took to Twitter to reveal that Hugh Jackman will be playing Wolverine in the new film X-Men: Days of Future Past. The sequel to X-Men: First Class is set to debut in summer of 2014 and will re-create a very popular story arc from the X-Men comic book series. [via Coming Soon]
Iron Man 3 merchandise turns up online
We’re still months away from the theatrical debut of Iron Man 3, but it’s never too early to start the merchandising tie-ins.
The first product images are essentially what you’d expect – action figures, vehicles, T-shirts – but they might also give us a hint of things that may appear in the film. Take, for instance, Tony Stark’s new ride – the Iron Assemblers Battle Vehicle. It’s sort of like a Batmobile, and it would be kind of strange if they made a toy that wasn’t somehow tied into the movie.
Apparently, the Battle Vehicle will launch Tony Stark into battle from the front of the vehicle. Psh. My car does that too – I just have to hit a tree at 80 mph while not wearing a seatbelt.
Check out the Iron Assemblers Battle Vehicle below and then swing by Idle Hands for more goodies.