Marvel Mutterings: Mandarin, Fan-Four, Dr Strange, Cap-Am, SHIELD & X-Men

Whether it’s Fox, Sony or the Marvel stable themselves, here are the world-wide witterings!

This week: Ben’s One-Shot behind bars, The Fab Four Officially Cast, Dr Strange will soon have Direction, Turbulent Times for Cap Am, Sif in S.H.I.E.L.D. and new X-Men pictures…

All Hail The King: Check out this new clip Marvel’s latest One-Shot – to appear on the DVD release of Thor 2: The Dark World… Sir Kingsley gives a great Jekyll & Hyde performance, but of course – we saw him coming…

The Fantastic Four: In a move guaranteed to create much internet chatter , director Josh Trank unveiled his official cast for the Fab Four’s reboot:

  • Miles Teller (Divergent) will star as Reed Richards,
  • Michael B Jordan (Chronicle) is the Human Torch,
  • Kate Mara (American Horror Story) will play Invisible Girl Sue Storm
  • Jaime Bell (Billy Elliot) will be Ben Grimm, aka The Thing.

Whilst its clear that this first film will be some kind of origin story, and putting aside the furore over a black Johnny Storm, the most striking thing is the significantly younger ensemble that Trank has. Whatever the plot-line, casting these kids as credible scientists/engineers with academic achievement under their collective 4-buckled belts, worthy of helming their own space mission, is going to be a tough call; so the big question is, what form will the origin story take, bearing in mind it has a release date of 18 June 2015?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Co-director Joe Russo states that the biggest challenge may be a psychological one for Cap Am as he struggles to get to grips with life in the 21st Century: “There is a psychological journey for him,” says Russo. “Cap has a very simple arc as a character. He does go on a journey but he’s also a guy whose journey is faith in his code and his will to maintain a fidelity to that code. We’ve compared him to Rocky when we’ve had conversations with the creative team about his character. Or he’s very similar to Bullitt, Steve McQueen’s great film.”

“The character’s changed dramatically from the first movie to this movie. There’s a contemporary quality to the character. He has embraced the current times off-camera, so we’re coming into him in a very different place, much different even than The Avengers. I think Chris [Evans] is enjoying the ability to shape the character as the series moves forward, which is unique to any other series because he’s a Rip Van Winkle character – you can’t do that with Thor, you can’t do that with Iron Man. With Cap you can have a shift in the way that the character behaves because he’s now in a different time period. I think that’s a significant shift in the character and that’s something that he loved. But also I think that he was very excited about the tonal shift and the intensity and the edginess that is in this film.”


Commenting on the Cap’s new partnership with the Falcon, Russo said: “They end up developing a similar relationship,” co-director Anthony Russo tells SFX. “Cap finds himself in the world, waking up 70 years later. Practically everyone he knew in his former life is gone, and we thought that was a very profound experience for the character to have, that hadn’t quite been settled into yet in the movies. We all have experiences of losing somebody in our lives but very few people have the experience of losing everybody, and that’s what happened to Cap. He’s vulnerable on that level in the sense that there’s nobody he grew up with, nobody he came of age with, nobody’s around any longer that he shared those years with. He’s definitely in a place where he needs to form new relationships with people. Falcon is definitely one of the characters that we explore that need in, and we explore that quite extensively in his relationship with Black Widow in this movie, and Nick Fury… it’s very much a theme in this movie, Cap’s process of forming new friendships and relationships and his varying levels of trust with people.”

Doctor Strange: Marvel Studios have lined up four directors for their long-mooted Doctor Strange movie. The last news surrounding the project was that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was up for the role of Marvel’s Mandrake, and that the screenplay was being developed by Kung Fu Panda duo Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. The four contenders are:

  • Mark Andrews who directed and co-wrote Pixar’s Brave, and wrote Disney’s John Carter.
  • Nikolaj Arcel who wrote the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film and directed the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair.
  • Jonathan Levine who most recently directly Warm  Bodies.
  • Dean Israelite, who best credit is his 2006 short film Magician

At least Marvel are moving the project in the right direction to actually being made!

Agents of SHIELD: Get ready for a(nother) great Asgardian crossover as Jaimie Alexander’s Sif joins Coulson and the crew in an upcoming episode… maybe he’ll let her touch Lola?


X-Men: Days of Future Past: while I have no actual words to say except “Hold tight, it’s coming real soon!”, check out these new pictures of “ChErik”:

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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter,  The Hollywood Reporter, SFX

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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