MARVEL Roundup: Chris Evans Clarifies His Contract Comments, Scarlett Johansson Teases AVENGERS 2, And Karen Gillan Talks Nebula

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marvelThere has been a lot going on in the world of Marvel of the last few weeks. We had a live Guardians of the Galaxy Q&A, some Captain America: The Winter Soldier clips dropped, news that Joe and Anthony Russo were coming back for Captain America 3 was confirmed, and a new Doctor Strange director shortlist has emerged. Well there are a few more things going on in the MU, and we’ve rounded them up into one convenient location for your reading pleasure. Chris Evans clarifies his contract comments that caused a little bit of a stir, Scarlett Johnasson gives her assessment of the Avengers: Age of Ultron script, and Karen Gillan talks a little bit about Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nebula.

la_ca_0102_Captain_AmericaLast week Chris Evans had some comments about his Marvel contract that made people think after his deal was through he’d be taking a break from acting and focusing on directing. His debut directorial effort, 1:30 Train, was something the actor really enjoyed. While he is focusing on directing, he tells Collider that his comments didn’t mean what we all thought:

Oh yeah, this was a big thing! I gotta watch what I say! I will absolutely clarify. I have a six-movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me, and they make great movies. I did direct last year and it was a really fantastic experience, I really enjoyed it. So I’m certainly looking to do that a bit more, so when it comes to exploring other acting jobs I may not be as proactive in trying to find those, I may kind of stick with my Marvel universe in terms of getting in front of the camera, and then getting behind the camera outside of it.

He also states that his spectacular Thor: The Dark World cameo didn’t count toward his six-picture Marvel commitment either. Sometimes cameos count, sometimes they don’t. This appears to be one of the ‘don’ts.’ That appears to be a freebie (that Evans was happy to do) as far as the actor knows.

In another news nugget from Collider at the Winter Soldier press junket, Scarlett Johansson weighed in on Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron script. She adds to Chris Hemsworth’s assessment from the other day and states:

I was just amazed—Joss is something else, he really is. He locks himself away for God knows how long; I think he has the dark circles to prove it. [He] just came out with something totally solid. I was really impressed by his ability to make this ever-expanding Marvel universe feel very close-knit and cerebral and progressive. I mean this movie feels like the continuation of The Avengers, it doesn’t feel like a tag-on or the rehashed version or just ‘let’s throw a bunch of new characters in there and keep the thing alive.’ It really feels like the next step, and all of our characters, our relationships with one another continue to progress, become more intertwined, more complicated, more meshed. And the film has a lot of great comic book moments that the fans are gonna love, but it’s also got a lot of really great dramatic moments that audience members, I think, will really relate to.

nebulaFinally, Karen Gillan talks a little about Nebula‘s look in Guardians of the Galaxy and how it helped with her performance as the villainous space assassin. Speaking with, you guessed it, Collider, Gillan was asked how much her look in the film helped her channel her inner villainous:

I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Whoa!’ I’d seen mock-up pictures and things, and I think they had done make-up tests on other people, so I had like an idea, but when I saw it on myself it was really scary. It did half the job for me. Having shaved my head, and working out so much, I felt like another person. That really helped with the performance.

The actress went on to say that her role is sizable, considering she is the female villain with Lee Pace‘s Ronan the Accuser serving as the male villain. While she is done with her part of the James Gunn space epic, she says if something happened and she needed to do some addition filming, she would shave her head again. She wants to work around it if it is at all possible, but she would shave her head if there was no other way.

And that’s the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What do you think about Evans, Johansson, and Gillan‘s comments?

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