The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the impending new Star Wars trailer, The Hulk being confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok, Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios teaming up and much, much more…
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SPECTRE explodes into cinemas later this month, most likely assailing down the side of the theatre and dressed in an impeccably tailored tuxedo. Now is the time for the film’s stars to ramp up the promotion. Shout its achievements from the tallest structures in the Greatest of Britains. Big Ben. The Shard. Simon Cowell’s waistline. James Bond is soon to be back, and the entire Nation is excited…
…apart from James Bond himself. Daniel Craig has been in his characteristically grumpy mood when promoting SPECTRE this week. When asked who he’d like to be his replacement, Craig revealed he “doesn’t really give a…” stirred martini.He’s a SPECTRE agent!
Someone who *does* love the films he appears in, though, is Vin Diesel. So much so, in fact, that he’s angling for a second Marvel role – one where he’s not an animated tree. Most people reckon it’s the Inhumans’ leader Black Bolt; but nobody reckons it’s Iron Fist (mainly because of rumours Marvel are scrapping the planned Netflix series).
Vinnie will, however, be in xXx 3, which found its director this week – D.J. Caruso. Don’t worry, the major studios aren’t letting EDM pioneers helm their movies for publicity. ‘D.J.’ stands for Daniel John. There won’t be a David Guetta-directed Die Hard just yet.
The largest piece of Marvel news this week (but not the biggest from cinema overall – more on that later), however, is The Hulk being confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok. It’s being described as a “cosmic road trip.”
Elsewhere, Marvel reportedly want Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed) to direct Black Panther. It’s a shame T’Challa has already been cast, as Coogler’s muse Michael B. Jordan could have been perfect in the role. Well…until he starred as Johnny ‘Flame Off’ Storm in Twentieth Century Fox’s Fantastic Four.
That said, a Fox/Marvel super team-up movie now isn’t as unlikely as once thought. Just like Sony agreeing to joint custody of Spiderman earlier this year, Marvel and Fox are co-producing two X-Men television series, Hellfire and Legion. Some got too excited by this, and wildly claimed the Fantastic Four (movie rights owned by Fox) were returning to Marvel for a new film in 2020. Fox later Tranked these reports, stating their Fantastic Four sequel is still moving ahead.
In more depressing movie news, Steven Spielberg has said he’ll “probably” do Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford (he sounds so excited) and George Miller has confirmed there will be no Furiosa in his Mad Max sequels. She needs a spin-off. Funny Furiosa, or something. Jennifer Lawrence would agree, who has written a candid essay on gender inequality in Hollywood. For more sadness like that, read Anghus Houvouras’ The Week in Disappointment.The ‘THERE’S A NEW WHAT TRAILER OUT TODAY?!’ look.
Unfortunately, Lawrence’s comments are getting lost in this week’s sheer volume of movie news. A LexCorp viral video was released for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; Godzilla v Kong: Dawn of Guillermo del Toro’s Wet Dream has been confirmed for 2020; and a new Star Wars trailer has been confirmed for tomorrow (that’s this week’s aforementioned ‘biggest news from cinema’)!
And finally, on the auteur side of things, Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated dog film will star returning collaborators Jeff Goldblum, Ed Norton and Bob Balaban…along with a new addition – everyone’s favourite meth dealer, Bryan Cranston!
To see how formidable Cranston can be in real life, here he is delivering one of the finest ‘your mum’ jokes to a fan at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year.
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