Marvel Mutterings: Spider-Man, Captain America & The Avengers

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

This week: new flix & pix for Cap Am & Spidey, and some stunning concept art for The Avengers 2!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A new poster for the super-soldier’s next outing…


New clips all round for Cap Am with:

Meet The Black Widow:

Playing frisbee with Mr. Winter:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released in the UK on 26 March.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

What looks to be the final trailer in a series of 1,000, we get some nice fight sequences:

And as part of Sony’s plan to drip-feed the entire film to us we have more clips & featurettes:

Electro in action at NY’s Time Square:

Andrew Garfield talks about playing Peter Parker:

Also we have a new poster from the Far East:


And the creators of The Amazing Spider-Man (1 & 2) talk about their plans to expand their portfolio to hold on to their coveted Marvel property:

“We’ve been talking about how to make this universe even bigger, and really get underneath the skin of all the incredible characters,” says director Marc Webb. “The cinematic possibilities of all these storylines are just magnificent. We’ve got some of the greatest writing minds around – they’re all young, and everyone’s really enthusiastic, and they’re all fans. It’s a really great group of people who care very deeply about this. I can’t imagine a more interesting situation – you get all those guys in a room and they’re incredibly smart.

Producer Matt Tolmach talked about the new blood in the creative team: “That’s the new thing that we constructed.” “We brought in [Alex] Kurtzman and [Bob] Orci and [Jeff] Pinkner on this last movie as the writers and we fell in love with that dynamic. We were all so enamoured of the script they wrote, and just the spirit of the collaboration, that we decided that there are all these other stories to tell: not just Spider-Man movies but the ones that we’ve announced, The Sinister Six and Venom, and they all come from the same place. We realised it would be really good in terms of storytelling to have a grand scheme for where and how these stories grow out of the centrepiece, which is always Spider-Man. And if all these people are talking to each other, if Drew Goddard is going to do Sinister Six, it would be really good for him to be part of the conversation about Spider-Man. And obviously Alex is the writer of Spider-Man and the person who’s going to be doing Venom. We should all be talking so that these movies feel as though they’re of a piece, so the fans feel like there’s symmetry. It’s a crazy luxury to have all these smart writers sitting around in a room brainstorming. Our jobs remain the same in terms of having to produce and direct the movies but it’s like putting together an all-star team – why not have the best players there all the time? So that was kind of a breakthrough idea that we’re just now really tapping into.

With regards to the prospect of headlining a film with a villainous team (The Sinister Six), Tolmach said, “It’s a challenge in every sense.” “Obviously questions of traditional hero/villain dynamics have to be looked at. At the same time it’s an awesome challenge, because some of the greatest characters are in fact villains, and how you construct that is so much fun. People love those bad characters if they’re good bad characters, and love to watch them. And nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad, and so where we end up with that story, I think, is a really awesome challenge, and we all smile when we think about what you can do. It’s definitely a bad-ass group of people and I think it’s going to be a ton of fun to watch them.

And veteran Spidey-saga producer Avi Arad confirmed they are actively looking for characters to build upon: “Yeah, I think it’s a fair statement. With Marvel characters, the villains are victims of circumstance. If you look at our villains, none of them were born like that. Our villains are nice and complex and in the world of film writing you can play with that, you can make some wonderful things out of it. The Spider-Man universe has amazing villains, they are all character driven.” Speaking specifically about a Venom movie he said, “Venom hated only one guy – Spider-Man. He wasn’t innately bad, he was a shortcut guy, not really into fighting hard for achievement. That’s the Venom story. Can he also be a good guy? As you know, Venom was also called ‘lethal defender of the innocent’. We had a great history with him, especially caring for the homeless, which is a very sensitive issue and something that many of us are very concerned with. Our villains all represent a different side of the misunderstood, and some of them unfortunately turned to the dark side. Venom happened to be a phenomenal character. With Eddie Brock, or if you do Flash Thompson, it doesn’t matter who is going to be inside the suit – what’s important is that a man like him is going to realise there comes a time when you wake up in the morning and say ‘How did I get here? There must be a better way.’”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released in the UK on 18 April.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Squee! Marvel just released some new concept graphic images for the upcoming Avengers sequel, and by Odin, they look great! Of huge interest is a first peek at what brother & sister team, Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch look like…

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And the big news was the supposed release (but not on Marvel’s website) of images purported to be the real Hulkbuster suit in The Age of Ultron:

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Sources: SFX, Marvel

GS Reporter: SilverFox

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