Next year sees Marvel Studios celebrate ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s amazing to think what they’ve accomplished in the last decade. Never has that been more clear than the recently released covers for Vanity Fair which features the cast of Avengers: Infinity War including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Paul Bettany (Vision), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts). Wow. Check those out here.
Another batch of concept art has arrived online for Thor: Ragnarok from artist Andy Park, this time showing an alternate design for the God of Thunder’s Gladiator arena battle armour. Check it out here.
Joe Manganiello has been speaking with Mic about the future of Deathstroke and which comics he would like to see adapted for Matt Reeve’s The Batman. “If something were to come my way, in that way, I would happily accept it,” he said. “I was a fan of DC comics and I’m a big fan of Geoff Johns’ Batman: Earth One, which was a really great series. For anyone who’s a comics fan who hasn’t read it, I highly recommend it.” Read more here.
There has been some contention with DC fans over Danny Elfman’s score for Justice League, with many wishing Joss Whedon had kept Junkie XL’s original music. Elfman has spoken with DC All Access about the process of scoring the movie, and has revealed that his favourite part was creating a whole new melody that incorporated every character. “It was fun,” he said. “It was a huge puzzle coming into it. It was like a science project, but there’s a sequence at the end that really I think was the most fun for me, where it ties all the characters together and you have a moment with each of the characters, and using a single thematic throughline tying it all together was, I felt my best accomplishment for bringing something to the film.” Read more here.
Gary Collinson – who literally wrote the book on Batman – has written a piece about DC and their handling of the Extended Universe, which you can read here.