MARVEL Roundup: Scarlett Johansson On AGE OF ULTRON, Dominic Cooper Talks AGENT CARTER, And Vin Diesel Teases GROOT


marvel bannerWe’re not even two weeks into the new year, but it has already been a pretty good time for comic book movie news. There’s a lot going on with both Marvel and DC in both the TV and movie realms. This summer will kick off an absolutely jam-packed two years of movies as we get closer to things like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars VII and X-Men: Days of Future Past to name just a very few. This week a few things have been going on in the world of Marvel, and we’ve rounded them up into one convenient place for your reading pleasure. Scarlett Johansson talks a little bit about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dominic Cooper reveals he’d be up for the Agent Peggy Carter TV series, and Vin Diesel makes some big claims about Guardians of the Galaxy.

black widowSpeaking with the Huffington Post about her odd role in the movie Her and being snubbed for a Golden Globe because of it, Scarlett Johansson took time to field a Marvel question. The Black Widow actress was asked what the similarities and differences between The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron were. Johansson says they are demanding and meaty roles even though she’s a supporting character in both films:

“My first Marvel film was “Iron Man 2” and then we did “The Avengers” and then Chris Evans and I did “Cap 2,” but I think that film, there’s a couple of new characters. The Falcon [played by Anthony Mackie] is a new character in that, and of course Sebastian Stan is kind of continuing his character, obviously he’s playing the Winter Soldier. But these characters really kind of take on something bigger than they’ve ever seen, so I think it’s something that they can’t do without each other. In that sense, we were in it, kind of neck-and-neck, and it’s a bigger responsibility. But then again, even in “Avengers 2,” we all play in it, it’s not like, “Great, I’ll be booking, like, two days a week and then be eating sandwiches the rest of the week.” No, it’s on. We all are fighting in it together, we’re all fighting our own battles and our own demons and it’s a lot of dramatic work, and the physical part of it, so the films all have their own challenges, but it’s fun.”

On the TV front, it seems that the Agent Peggy Carter series starring Hayley Atwell seems to be all but officially confirmed. Atwell, Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb, and even Dum Dum Dugan actor Neil McDonough have said the show is a real possibility. Well now Dominic Cooper has chimed in about the show and and says he’d like to come back as Howard Stark. The actor told Zap2ItI would like to do any way possible that Howard Stark can make a return. He’s such a fun character to play, and I really believe that he could make quite an exciting character to watch more of. The flawed entrepreneur, the kind of crazy playboy, from that era is an exciting concept. I saw Hayley recently, and I think that the ‘Carter’ thing is possibly going to happen, so yeah. I’d love to. I wouldn’t hesitate.” The actor also said he’d like to pop back up in the movies if it’s possible. Cooper says there’s always talk about how to bring Howard back, so it’s just finding the right opportunity.

dieselFinally, Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page yet again to tease his involvement in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor has apparently begun filming his voice over for Groot, though there’s no telling how long that will take. Whil Diesel only has one line, he has to say it in many different ways with many different inflections. One positive sign the actor saw when beginning work was that his Iron Giant sound engineer was working on the film. Says Diesel:

Some of you may remember the character I voiced back in 1998…
Last month I had the opportunity to voice a new character, on the Disney lot… and I was shocked to see the same sound engineer, Doc, who was there when Brad Bird was directing me 15 years earlier, as the Iron Giant.
As artists we are susceptible to clocking omens… and this was a great sign.
As I worked, with James Gunn, breathing life into GROOT… I saw more and more of the film… wow.
P.s. This summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is going to blow you away… Grateful for the opportunity to make magic…

That’s a pretty big claim. Marvel holds many records, but I’m sure the one that immediately springs to mind is The Avengers‘ record-shattering opening weekend. Guardians is going to be successful, of that I have no doubt, but it will be interesting to see how Diesel‘s claim holds up. What do you think about the latest goings on in the Marvel world?

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