This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn’t be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos’ appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!

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Peter Sciretta on the set of Thor: The Dark World

Last year, I traveled to London to visit the set of the Marvel sequel Thor 2: The Dark World. The photo above is me holding Mjölnir, Thor’s iconic hammer – it’s actually heavier than it looks — in the massive weapon room of the film’s production offices. After the jump you can read about the many things that I learned while on set, and watch a video blog reaction I recorded after the visit. Later this week we’ll be publishing some of the interviews we conducted on set with the talent and crew, so be on the look out for them as well.

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The lights went out during the Marvel panel and Loki appeared on the stage at Hall H. Watch the video after the jump now.

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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Features a Comedic Cameo

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Marvel Studios has become such a moneymaking juggernaut that it is able to bring a diverse approach to casting. Look at some of the great names that have decorated Marvel movies in the past couple years: Stanley Tucci, Idris Elba, Hugo Weaving, and Tommy Lee Jones are just a few. The studio is pulling in other talents, too, and is drawing from the world of comedy to populate some of its second wave films. Chris Pratt of Parks and Rec is in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kat Dennings returns for Thor: The Dark World.

Also appearing in Thor 2 will be an actor who cut his teeth on British comedy shows before appearing in one of the biggest US comedies of the past few years. Sounds like his Thor appearance will be a cameo only, and to spare those who don’t want spoilers, we’ve got the details below the break.  Read More »

It’s always difficult to rely upon an interview run through one of the various automatic translators on the internet, no matter how good the babel fish in question might be. So take what follows with a slightly elastic spirit — unless you speak Swedish, and want to verify the translation of the original text.

Stellan Skarsgard talked to Moviezine in Sweden and discussed a couple of his upcoming films — Thor 2, and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac — as well as a film that he isn’t yet cast in, to the best of his knowledge. (That would be The Avengers 2, which is far enough out right now that no one is really cast in it.)

Aside from mentioning that he’d let his kids watch Nymphomaniac — seeing sex is better than seeing violence is essentially his comment — nothing Skarsgard says is too far out there. But if you’re looking for info on either of those two projects, press on. Read More »

Get a nice long look at some behind-the-scenes goings-on in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Kung Fu Panda‘s John Stevenson will direct Sherlock Gnomes
  • Is this our first look at the Hobbit trilogy’s Bolg the Goblin-king?
  • See pics of Mother Russia and Hit-Girl’s bike from the Kick-Ass 2 set
  • Check out more photos from Thor: The Dark World‘s Bourne Wood set

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Briefly: There isn’t a lot of info at this point, but it looks like Thor: The Dark World has a new bad guy to replace the departed Mads Mikkelsen. Christopher Eccleston, known for his films with Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later) and his stint as the ninth Doctor on Doctor Who, is in final talks to play the film’s new baddie.

There’s also some confirmation there, as Eccleston will be Malekith The Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. The involvement of the Dark Elves was suspected thanks to the film’s official title, and the statement a stuntman made not long ago. I’ve liked Eccleston a lot in some roles (he’s great in all the aforementioned films; not so much in The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, as pictured above) and it’s almost perfect that he’s done mostly TV work since appearing in the first G.I. Joe film a few years ago. He might almost feel fresh showing up as a Dark Elf.

Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) is directing the film. [THR]

 

The Marvel Studios panel just began in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, and president Kevin Feige didn’t waste any time announcing loads of new details. He was preceeded by a video reel that proclaimed “Phase Two Begins Now!” and gave titles to a pair of Marvel sequels, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Solider.

That Cap sequel title should make a lot of people happy, and tells fans a lot about the storyline of the sequel — pretty much everything we need to know, really. We should see scenes that take place in World War II as we learn the truth about Cap’s sidekick Bucky, and then scenes in the present day in which the seemingly dead soldier is revived as a personality that isn’t exactly friendly to Cap.

In addition to those titles, Endgar Wright showed up to help announce Ant-Man, and that’s going on as I type this. We suspect some test footage will be shown, and Germain will have an update on Ant-Man in a few minutes.

In the meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on August 1 2014. That’s the logo above, and a concept shot of the team is after the break, along with new logos for the other films.

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