Got a case of the Mondays keeping you down? We’ll do our best to turn those frowns upside down with some geeky goodies related to Star Wars: Episode VII, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers 2 in today’s Geek News roundup.
First up, let’s take another trip to a galaxy far, far away.
Carrie Fisher Already Training to Play Princess Leia Again
Actress Carrie Fisher announced she was going to be in the newest Star Wars movie back in March – but since she apparently blurted that out before anyone was ready for it to be revealed, she quickly followed up by insisting she was joking. Turns out, we now officially know that she wasn’t. Fisher told a crowd at the BMO Centre in Calgary that she’s returning as Princess Leia in J.J. Abrams new film -- and she's excited to get training.
“I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”
New Star Wars Movies Won't Be Shrouded in Secrecy
That early snafu about the reveal had many worried about the level of secrecy that is sure to surround the new film – a concern that only grew when J.J. Abrams was hired as director. Abrams is well known for keeping pretty much everything about his films secret, but LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy says that’s not going to be the case with Episode VII.
Kennedy addressed the issue of secrecy in the video interview below, saying they need to “embrace” the fans’ desire to know things about the project. That’s cool – but we’d really hate it if we know everything about the new film a year before it hits theaters. Hopefully Kennedy and Abrams can find a balance between keeping fans informed and maintaining some surprises…
Anthony Mackie Compares Captain America Sequel to The Avengers
For matters more grounded on earth, we turn to Anthony Mackie for an interesting observation about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Mackie, who’s out doing press for Pain & Gain, had this to say about the sequel in an interview:
"First, I’ll say that being a part of it is great. I think that Marvel has it down to a science and they’ve been very deliberate about what they want and what they don’t want out in the world. And they’re very focused on timelines as far as releases and stuff. This movie, Captain America, has kind of become Avengers 1.5; if you look at the cast they’ve put together, if you look at the number of characters that are in this movie. I mean, it’s a huge number of superheroes and characters. The basic idea is that you have Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon that get together to take down the Winter Soldier."
Avengers 1.5? We like the sound of that…
Joss Whedon Dishes on the Avengers Sequel and Robert Downey Jr.
Speaking of Earth’s mightiest heroes, director Joss Whedon continues to tease the new film – which isn’t due out until 2015.
Whedon opened a recent interview (thanks to Comic Book Movie for sharing) by commenting on the whole Robert Downey Jr. situation. RDJ’s Marvel contract is up and negotiations for his return as Iron Man are ongoing. It’s not a slam dunk that he’ll be back.
“I am not the guy who has to worry about him [Robert Downey Jr.] being replaced. He is Iron Man at this point. When I heard that he was cast I knew that something had just changed, and I usually don't know stuff like that. I was like 'Now we are in a new phase.' The way he embodies it… I love working with him. He is so perfect for it, Shane [Black] captures it so perfectly in this movie.
"I want him to play it forever. The great thing is that he has a flying metal suit. So it's not like those Charles Bronson or Roger Moore movies where you're like 'Dude, you can barely stand.' He’s got some fight in him. At the same time, if Robert decides to hang it up, he has a perfectly good excuse."
After that observation, Whedon got back to talking about the actual film – particularly why Thanos is a legitimate threat to The Avengers.
"Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful, he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I've got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they're not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment."
These statements have led some to speculate that Thanos might not be completely defeated until a third Avengers film – but Whedon has neither confirmed nor denied that theory. Whichever way it goes, we’re excited about the prospect of this match up. Thanos will make a very worthy adversary for the Avengers team and we suspect Whedon will do material justice.
[via /Film, Comic Book Movie, Coming Soon]