The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including whether there will be a post-credits scene at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, the 2016 Golden Globe nominations, and much, much more.
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Four days. That’s how much longer until Star Wars: The Force Awakens open. It both feels like it’s come suddenly and taken forever. Usually in this column, the opening paragraph would be ended with a snarky one-liner. Not this time. This is genuine excitement…
Make the most of those pre-opening crawl moments, because you sure won’t be getting anything after The Force Awakens ends. Abrams confirmed this week that there will be no post-credits scene. Scott Davis and I debated whether there should be one in this week’s Flickering Myth Podcast episode.
The director also spoke about handing over the reins to Rian Johnson for Episode VIII. George Lucas is feeling you, bro. The Bearded One gave his odd reaction to seeing the latest Star Wars instalment this week, shortly after his BFF FFC (Best Friend Forever Francis Ford Coppola) said it was a “pity” Lucas got lost in the blockbuster world.“I regret nothing.”
The first public trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will also be attached to Star Wars, but Fox decided to debut the teaser this week instead. We at Flickering Myth had mixed reactions, but the best line goes to Chris Cooper’s two syllable summary: “X-Meh.”
The eventual solo Spider-Man movie seems much more promising, if Peter Parker actor Tom Holland’s hype is anything to go by. He claims the reboot will be “the biggest independent film ever,” displaying a complete misunderstanding of what an ‘independent film’ actually is (e.g. one not produced by Sony). You can see what he’s trying to say, though – a blockbuster superhero movie with ‘indie’ sensibilites. ‘Spider-Man via John Hughes’ is the phrase banded around most about Jon Watts’ approach to the movie.Spider-Man battles the dastardly Web of Copyright.
Elsewhere in Marvel, Cate Blanchett is reportedly in talks for Thor: Ragnarok, quite the coup after her award nominated turn in Todd Haynes’ Carol. Captain America: Civil War director Anthony Russo also set fanboy hearts a-fluttering this week, saying it’s “possible” Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the other Netflix heroes could turn up in Avengers: Infinity War.
Head to the next page to find out which other Justice League superhero we’ll be seeing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a whole load of brand new trailers and who is leading the nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes…