MARVELous News: THE DARK WORLD, THOR 3, AGE OF ULTRON, ANT-MAN And More
Another day, another wave of Marvel news. This time things are a little more Thor-centric with some news regarding The Dark World as well as the potential third Thor film, but there are a few bits and pieces about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and some Marvel TV talk. I’ve rounded it all up into one convenient location for your reading pleasure. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover so strap in and read on!
We’re two weeks away from the premiere of Thor: The Dark World. The cast and crew are walking the red carpet, smiling for the cameras, and hitting the press rounds hard. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will have the dual roles of the Dark Elf Algrim and Kurse. The actor recently spoke to Marvel.Com about the role. After reiterating some of the things he’s said in the past about the make-up process, AAA touched on how his lack of comic book knowledge allowed him to be a little more free with how he went about bringing the characters to life:
I think what [not knowing the characters prior to filming] did was allow me not to have the preconceived notions, and come up with something that was a little more unique. Obviously Marvel and the director [Alan Taylor] had preconceived notions…and it just allowed me to come with a different kind of energy from a different side.
There’s a furiously loyal bond between [Malekith and Algrim] because they’ve been on the frontline together. [Algrim] is somebody who would lay his life on the line for a cause, and he feels that Malekith heads that cause. So they’re tight. [With] Kurse…the rage becomes something else, but what I’ve tried to do instead of just making him this ogre, this powerful brute, is keep the Algrim within him.
While on the subject of The Dark World, Moviefone has released a brand new clip featuring Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) going around Asgard in one of the Dark Elves’ ship. It’s an action-packed and surprisingly humorous scene. The movie features a little more comedy this time around and this clip gives us a little taste of that.
After The Dark World we’ll next see Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron. After that he’ll probably get another solo movie. Kevin Feige revealed that ideas were being batted around even though the film wasn’t official just yet. Speaking to ScreenRant, Chris Hemsworth talked a little bit about where he would like to see it go. It sounds like he wants to take on Ragnarok and face down Fire Demons like Surtur:
I think what’s good about this is that each time, with the Avengers, we sort of made it difficult to separate them each time there’s some sort of conflict it’s like where’s the rest of the team? And I liked that Thor has another universe or the universe to sort of take care of and keep him occupied. I think that in the comic book the sort of end of days, Armageddon aspect is probably the direction in which it will all head in. Where it’s sort of the end of all things and there’s obviously no script or anything when I read the comic books I thought it was an interesting way to go.
When asked specifically about Fire Demons the fan favorite villain Surtur, Hemswroth only laughed and said “Yeah, bring them all in.“
While Thor may be wanting to do something new with Surtur, Loki wants to try new things as well. In the comic Loki has taken on many forms. Most notably is a late-2000s run where he became a lady after taking over the body of Lady Sif. When Thor 3 comes around, some of the actors may want to take their final bow. If Tom Hiddleston was to leave, he would like to follow along with the comics and give Loki a gender swap. ScreenRant asked the actor if he would like to see an actress take over the role:
Oh that’s a good question. We know that in the comics he comes back in the body of Sif. So I say the first obvious port of call is Jaimie Alexander.
Pretty obvious answer, but that would be an interesting turn of events for a future Marvel flick.
Kevin Feige and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor spoke with IGN about future Marvel films and what may or may not be happening on TV. You can watch the short clip below to hear everything, but here’s the short version: Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is being worked on now and we could see it before the end of the year possibly, Alan Taylor would love to do something for Marvel TV but Feige says he’s not sure what the plans are since TV is a different branch with different people in charge, Ant-Man has been described as a heist movie and not really a straightforward comedy, and Doctor Strange will obviously open up the supernatural side of Marvel.
We’ll finish things out with some Avengers: Age of Ultron news. Kevin Feige spoke with Fandango about the Joss Whedon sequel:
It’s still early days, but I will say that like the first Avengers, [The Avengers: Age of Ultron) is the culmination of the films before it while at the same time being structured in a way that it could stand on its own. That’s one of the big challenges with all our films. And the script that’s coming together for Age of Ultron is absolutely influenced by all the movies post-Avengers that lead up to it, but at the same time structurally it’ll be able to stand on its own. It’s exciting to see exactly how different the world of the Avengers is at the beginning of Avengers 2 than it was at the end of The Avengers, in large part because of the stories in between.
Feige said that they only have very early parts of Phase 3 mapped out, though there are pipe dreams about Phases 4 and 5. The Marvel head honcho also said he doesn’t see Batman vs. Superman and Age of Ultron competing with each other since they’re five weeks apart, though he is “excited to see it.” And with that comment we put a bow on another roundup. What do you think about the latest rundown of Marvel news?