With The Avengers ready to assemble later this week, there’s no better time than the present to start talking about all of the upcoming sequels on Marvel Films’ docket – and luckily enough, the folks who’re up close and personal with those very projects have been pretty open about what the comics giant has in store for us in the not too distant future. Read on for the full skinny.
MTV recently caught up with the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth, who shed some light on Thor 2 – mostly about what he hopes director Alan Taylor will bring to the table.
Hemsworth hopes the Game of Thrones co-creator will bring some of that show’s “magical realism” to the world of Asgard in the upcoming sequel. He tells MTV “[Game of Thrones] had a real mythical element to it, but it was rooted in such an organic and tangible world. I think Asgard could really benefit from that sort of a grittier, aged feel to it and not so ethereal. The big thing about the comics for me was the origin story. Thor was interesting, but what I found more fascinating was the other worlds and realms that you can be taken off into."
We agree with Hemsworth’s assessment. Asgard could benefit from Game of Thrones’ gritty sense of magical realism. That being said, don’t hold your breath on the show’s copious sex, violence, and nudity making the jump. Something tells us Marvel’s not down with that. [via Blastr]
Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige is once again doling out intriguing bits of info about future projects that aren’t officially on the upcoming releases list – today, he tells Movieline about the studio’s plans for Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow character.
“I think people are going to be surprised by how powerful Scarlett is in this movie, and how evolved her role is. We have already planned her next appearances and where to take that character because we believe in it and we believe in her in a big, big way. When will there be a standalone? Both is what we're heading toward.”
He goes on to add that while a Black Widow standalone film is certainly in the cards at some point, expect more appearances from the character in other films in the interim.
“We do like when some of the characters appear in other people's movies.” He then continues, “and that's probably where you'll see Black Widow next.”
Captain America 2
Feige wasn’t done there, though – he had time to dish on the evolution of Captain America 2 as well.
“Cap's in the modern day now. So if we looked at war movies from the '40s as our inspiration for the first Cap, the next one we're looking at very different movies, very different inspiration. So it will almost be a different genre of film, which I've never seen before in a sequel.”
It’s a risky move for sure – but if there’s a character in all of comics who can pull it off, it’s probably Captain America. [via io9]
Finally, Collider caught up with actor Mark Ruffalo (who plays The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers) recently, and the performer announced that he’s signed a six-picture deal with Marvel. This not only means we’re likely to be seeing more Hulk cameos in upcoming Marvel movies, but it also seems likely that another standalone Hulk film will be coming our way at some future date.
For whatever reason, Marvel’s had issues in bringing the Green Goliath to the screen. Two previous attempts, one directed by Ang Lee and the other with Ed Norton in the lead role, never took off in the way the studio hoped. Perhaps the third time’s the charm? Early reports say that Ruffalo is great as the character, so maybe Marvel has finally found the winning combo. Let’s hope so – Hulk is an awesome character who deserves his own franchise.