MARVEL MOVIE NEWS-A-PALOOZA: AVENGERS 2, CAP 2, IRON MAN 3, AND DR. STRANGE
It’s been a wild and wooly past few days as far as Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two news goes. “Phase Two” is the term being used to describe Marvel Studios’ slate of post-Avengers films, which includes Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Avengers 2, and a possible “mystery film” in late 2014/early 2015. Let’s discuss that “mystery film,” first, shall we?
Several sources close to those who are “in the know” at Marvel Studios are reporting that the mystery film will indeed be a solo adventure starring Earth’s mustachioed Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange. And that’s not all these sources are saying. One of the biggest “deep throats” as it pertains to Marvel film news on the Interwebs is a guy on Twitter by the name of Roger Wardell, who tweeted that not only would the character first appear in Thor: The Dark World, but also that Marvel wants Viggo Mortensen to play the master of the macabre.
Now, obviously this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt the size of a boulder, but apparently this guy has leaked information that turned out to be true in the past. If Strange is indeed making an appearance on Asgard, and Viggo is playing him, I can’t imagine a better place to introduce the character, or a better actor to play him. Viggo Mortensen – like Robert Downey Jr. – is one of those actors that you simply never think of when conjuring up your own fan-casts, when you stop to think about it for a moment, is actually perfect. I can easily see Mortensen bringing a spacey, creepy edge to Dr. Strange, but also a sense of charm and worldly refinement. When his name was brought up, my mind instantly flashed to an early scene in The Fellowship of the Ring, where Aragorn ominously addresses Frodo: “Are you frightened? Not nearly frightened enough!” Tell me you can’t picture a similar scene in a Dr. Strange film, as Viggo is at the door, addressing someone who is preparing to enter his Greenwich Village Sanctum Santorum.
Joss Whedon, lord and master of time and space, recently sat down with Canadian news outlet 24 Hours and discussed his new role as the official “overseer” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Regarding what Avengers 2 is looking like at this early stage, Whedon commented:
Oh well, that’s comforting, I think tha–OH DEAR BABY JESUS WHEDON IS GOING TO HORRIBLY MURDER MORE PEOPLE THAT WE ALL LOVE, THAT SON OF A BITCH!!
*ahem* Sorry about that. But hey, you know what? I just had a very dark thought flash across my mind — what if Whedon was foreshadowing a HUGE death in that first Avengers film? What if a certain scene towards the end of the movie, involving a certain metal-clad billionaire philanthropist, was meant as a harbinger for a more gut-wrenching loss to come? Robert Downey Jr. isn’t contracted for any more appearances as Iron Man after Avengers 2. Could Joss really rip our hearts out and kill Tony Stark? Hmmm….
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Not much news on this front lately, but it’s possible that Hayley Atwell will be back as Peggy Carter (in WWII flashback sequences, obviously). This news was reported by Bleeding Cool, after they asked the stunningly gorgeous actress about the rumors of her return:
Collider also talked to Cap himself, Chris Evans, and the star told them he was scheduled to start filming on the sequel in March of 2013. The film will be officially released on April 4th, 2014.
Iron Man 3
If this particular rumor is true, Iron Man 3 is going to have one of the most insane and epic final battles of all-time. Latino Review ran a story that purported the Iron Man armor that was unveiled at San Deigo Comic-Con was in fact, the Mark XLVII ( that’s 47 to you roman numeral-challenged individuals). So, if the armor seen at the end of The Avengers was the Mark VII…what happened to armors 8-46? Well, if this rumor turns out to be fact, we will see Tony remote-controlling 40, that’s right, FORTY “drone” Iron Men in the climactic battle with The Mandarin and his “Extremis” -powered cronies. I think that’s a good place to stop…I need a smoke…