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In the latest Empire Magazine podcast, James Mangold talked about the Wolverine.

He spoke about wanting to make a different type of superhero movie by not necessarily making a superhero movie. Shooting in Japan helped accomplish this. He was also hesitant about making a superhero movie, but it was his friendship with Hugh Jackman and his trust in him that help make the decision easy.

Regarding the absence of a Stan Lee cameo, Mangold is so focus on making his movie that he didn’t want to add elements that would take you out of the movie, even for a second. He did not want to worry about where and how Stan would appear without appearing to be just a moment of stunt casting.

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Empire Comics

From Marvel.com, when asked what attracted him to the project.

“When I read this script, what struck me was that the product was so different than anything else out there,” recalls Mangold. “Not because it was a Wolverine picture, but because of where Wolverine was going. The setting that Wolverine was being plunged into and the fact that we’re basically making a kind of international picture, maybe the only one you’ve really seen where you’ve got [one of the] super mainstream, pantheon comic book heroes who is, in the movie sense, kind of in a completely foreign setting.”

How did Mangold relate to Wolverine?

“He’s a real mythological hero,” relates the director. “What I mean by that is that there’s such resonance to his struggle, to his sense of immortality, to his sense of pain, to the world-weariness to keep having to help us with our screw ups and our hurting ourselves, and also having to say goodbye to so many people. One of the first things I said to Hugh and one of the first things I brought to Fox about it was just that, that everyone I love will die. I thought that tone, the idea for Wolverine that everyone he’s loved has died, [worked as an entry point] into the [Chris] Claremont [story and] the saga that exists. My whole feeling was just to be really sure that we understand that we’re landing with him at the tail end of the sagas we’ve seen in which he’s lost everyone and everything.”

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What was the influence of the original Wolverine Limited Series by Claremont and Miller?

“I think everything has always been guided and inspired by Miller and Claremont,” elaborates the director. “And I think that all we’re ever trying to do is make the most kick-ass film that actually maintains suspense, that enlivens and inhabits all the characters and is completely loyal to the underpinnings of this universe, and at the same time not turning into an endless libretto where every character arrives stating twelve pages of backstory. For me, the real thing was to make a great film. The goal was always to make a great film. I’m a real genre-hopper, and I feel like I learn from each genre and try to bring whatever I’ve learned from one genre to the next. I learned a lot on ‘Walk the Line’ that really helped on ‘3:10 to Yuma.’ And so there’s a lot you can keep learning from how to regenerate it.”

The Nerdist asked Joss Whedon about the Scarlet Witch:

N: Okay, I have to ask an obligatory Avengers question; so will the Scarlet Witch have her head thingy in Avengers? I’m probably the only person who cares. I think the head thingy she wears is fierce.

JW: No. She might wear a headband or something that might echo it. The guys at Marvel, the conceptual artists, are phenomenal, and they are so good at taking the essence of what works and interpreting it for the actual human body, and when they paint something you can not only tell how it’s gonna work on a person, you can even tell what fabric it’ll be. They are very specific, very talented. So I’m excited to see the designs. Obviously we want to echo the look that people know, but there’s the classic look and the Ultimates look, but you have to do it in a way that will work. But it can’t be too old school… she can’t wear a leotard.

by Tom Lyle

by Tom Lyle

You can read more of the interview with details about the next season of Buffy and Angel & Faith at the Nerdist.

The following comes from the Guardians of the Galaxy press conference that took place after the Marvel Studios presentation in Hall H.

Source – Newsarama

Moving to the Guardians of the Galaxy side of things, the film was represented by writer-director James Gunn, Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Benicio del Toro (The Collector), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Karen Gillan (Nebula, and newly shaved bald for the role), Djimon Hounsou (Korath) and Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige.

The first question to Gunn was one on many reporters’ minds: When will there be an announcement on who’s voicing fan-favorite characters Rocket Raccoon and Groot? “Soonish,” Gunn replied.

Guardians of the Galaxy concept art
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The next reporter up asked a considerably more complex question: What’s the basic “moral premise/conflict of the film? “Guardians is about a family coming together,” Gunn said. “It’s about a group of individuals who have acted selfishly throughout their lives, and learning something about themselves that makes them heroes.”

Gunn was also asked if Guardians was in a similar “darkly comedic” territory as his past films like Super and Slither.

“I don’t think of it as darkly comedic,” Gunn said. “I do think of it as me. Their biggest note was ‘more James Gunn,’ which freaked the hell out of me. I think it’s a really unique movie. With every movie I do, I’m speaking to a certain part of myself, and I’m speaking to an audience. [Guardians] really is for a much broader audience.”

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Pratt, the Parks and Recreation actor at the center of the film, was asked if there was a feeling of “intimidating” in taking on a lesser-known property from within Marvel’s roster of characters.

“I don’t think the reason all the Marvel movies thus far have been received so well is because they were such famous comic books. I think they were great stories,” Pratt said. “Iron Man is Iron Man now to people because of Iron Man the movie. It was a comic, and certainly people knew it, but they love it and went back to it because of great storytelling.”

“This is a really cool story,” Pratt continued. “Marvel, they know what they’re doing. They know how to tell a story, and they know how to make this movie. I really don’t feel intimidated.”

Saldana, a veteran of genre filmmaking between this, Avatar,The Losers and her role as Uhura in the current Star Trek films, called Guardians, “The antihero hero movie. They’re going to be learning very big lessons. The levity will be very abundant. That’s what keeps it awesome. My 10-year-old niece and I both walked into one of the sets they had built, and we were both drooling.”

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Bautista, a former WWE Champion pro wrestler, called the process of making the film — they’re about two weeks into shooting right now — “absolutely terrifying,” but said he’s not afraid to ask questions to the more veteran actors.

“This project is by far the biggest thing I’ve done in my entire life,” Bautista said, adding that the key to staying young is learning new things and pursuing endeavors that you love.

Hounsou, one of the most recently announced additions to the cast, explained that some of his reasoning in taking the role of Korath, in the comic books an ally of Ronan the Accuser, came from a talk with his four-year-old son.

“One day he looked at me and said, ‘I want to be light-skinned, so I can be Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is light-skinned,’” Hounsou said. “That was shocking to me. I’m extremely excited to be part of the Marvel Universe,” the actor continued, to help provide, “a diverse outlook of superheroes.”

At first glance, Guardians of the Galaxy has less overt connection to the other Marvel Studios films than the past entries in the franchise. When asked what connects this movie to the others, Feige replied with Thanos, the powerful cosmic supervillain glimpsed in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers.

“We have Thanos,” Feige said, though it’s yet to be determined exactly what role the character will have in Guardians, given that it already looks to have plenty of villains including The Collector, Ronan the Accuser and Nebula. “Thanos is the thing that connects us to the Marvel Universe at this point. In the future, we’ll see what happens after this. For right now, we’re connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe because of three seconds at the end of The Avengers.”

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Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Community)
Writer: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Chris Evans – Captain America
Toby Jones – Armin Zola
Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes
Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow
Cobie Smulders – Maria Hill
Robert Redford – Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter
Anthony Mackie – Falcon

The film will pick up where “The Avengers” left off, with Evans’ Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world and teaming up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington.


7/20/13 – From Marvel Studios Panel at Comic Con (Source: Newsarama)

Evans opened up a bit when asked about the challenge inherent with Captain America’s wholesome nature, and black-and-white approach to good and evil.

“To be candid, that’s kind of the hurdle with Captain America,” Evans said. “His nature to put himself last. His nature is to take everyone’s conflict, and put it on his back, and it makes it hard to have an interesting film.”

Yet in Winter Soldier, Cap will be facing a more vexing moral situation, Evans said. “It’s not about just doing the right thing, but ‘What is the right thing?’ It’s not black and white, it’s grey.”

Evans also pointed out that Winter Soldier‘s Steve Rogers will be much more acclimated to modern times.

“I think you get a little tired if every joke is, ‘What’s the Internet?’ He gets it,” Evans told the dozens of assembled reporters. “The problem is, he doesn’t sling jokes. He’s not sarcastic. It’s hard to find humor, unless the humor is self-deprecating. He’s up to speed, he has a cell phone.”

Johansson was frank when asked about the female roles in Marvel Studios productions, telling the crowd that, “Most female superhero films are simply not really good. They’re just not well made. They fall back on this kind of hair-flipping, pose-y, hand on hips kind of thing. We do a little bit of that, of course. It’s important that it looks good.”

“I’ve really had a great opportunity. Joss [Whedon] really set the bar in Avengers to celebrate these female characters that are usually kind of bookends, or ornaments, to sell the sex appeal. He was such a pioneer. It’s been a real pleasure for me to play those multilayers, and be able to act, and not just pose. Our characters have some real storylines here. We’re not just the romantic interests. And thank god for that.”

Asked about the transition from Bucky to Winter Soldier, Stan said, “In a sense, he’s very similar to Steve Rogers, in that he’s another lost man in this new world. For me, it was, how was I going to tie that to what people had already seen in the first film, and still recognize the same person, in the end.”

Another major Captain America supporting character featured in the film is Falcon, and Joe Russo said that while he couldn’t say exactly how much the character figures into a film, he stated that Sam Wilson is “very personal” to the Russo brothers, due in part to the role he played in the comic books they read growing up.

“Cap’s looking for a friend in the modern world, and Falcon could be that guy, if that gives you any hint,” Joe Russo said.

When asked if there’s a chance Falcon might join the Avengers down the road (the character is part of the main cast of the current animated series Avengers Assemble, along with the heroes from the 2012 film), Mackie answered, “My brother was a huge comic book person, and he always showed me the comic books with Black Panther and the Falcon. If the Falcon happens to be added to the Avengers world, I’m looking for the opportunity to take down Iron Man.”

Vam Camp was also elusive when talking about her role, stating, “I think people have a certain idea of what I’m meant to be playing, but I think they’ll be surprised at how we introduce this character.”

4/8/13 – Production begins. Set to film in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Cleveland.

3/4/13 – Kevin Feige states:

What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. (SFX Magazine)

Principal Photography begins March 2013.

9/28/13 – Announced that parts of the movie will be shot in Cleveland (Source)

Here are some highlights of the panel for X-Men: Days of Future Past at San Diego Comic-Con 2013:

Hugh Jackman, who had just spoke about The Wolverine, introduces Director Bryan Singer to the panel. Singer brought a small 3-D clip but said there is still a month left of principal photography left and a year for the movie to premiere.

The panel was attended by Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Bryan Singer (Director), Simon Kinberg (Writer), Lauren Schuler-Donner (Producer), Omar Sy, Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James MacAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Holt, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters.

Evan introduced himself as Quicksilver and said, “I’m really fast.” Dinklage said, “I am Bolivar Trask.”

Singer said he loves working with an ensemble, there’s “a lot of interesting people and things to cut to.” Specifically of directing again, “It’s wonderful to return to this family and work with these new people.”

Halle Berry says that she loves that Storm is so calm and collected, the “Earth mother” of the group. But she hates that Storm “doesn’t get some! Is she asexual in the comics?”

Page siad the first movie “blew her mind” with the size and scale of it. “Never did I expect to be back playing Kitty Pryde again and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Newcomer Omar Sy, talking about his character Bishop, said, “he’s a guy from the future, and he fights for survival, like all of us.”

Boucher asked the producers what was most important, and Kinberg said, “the most important thing is to stay loyal and honor the original books and original stories.” Schuler-Donner thanked the crowd and said she shares their love of the X-Men. “Getting to this one for me personally, I almost want to cry, I’m so happy.”

Source: Newsarama

Avengers Age of UltronJoss Whedon announced during the Marvel Studios presentation at Hall H the sequel to Avengers will be Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The sequel, written and directed by Joss Whedon, hits theaters May 1, 2015.

Marvel.com spoke to Whedon later spoke about any possible tie-ins with the Marvel event of the same name, Age of Ultron.

“Well, because there was a book called ‘Age of Ultron’ quite recently, a lot of people have assumed that is what we’re doing, but that is not the case. We’re doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron. In the origin story, there was Hank Pym, so a lot of people assumed that he will be in the mix. He’s not. We’re basically taking the things from the comics for the movies that we need and can use. A lot of stuff has to fall by the wayside.”

“We’re crafting our own version of it where his origin comes more directly from The Avengers we already know about”, says Whedon. “It’s a little bit darker than the other film because Ultron is in the house. There’s a science fiction theme that wasn’t there in the other one. Ultron is definitely something that evolves, so we’re going to get together a couple of different iterations. Nothing can be translated exactly as it was from the comics; particularly Ultron.”

Whedon also spoke of the role of Hawkeye in the Avengers sequel.

“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”