Welcome to the latest installment of Movie News Bits. Today, Sebastian Stan talks about his Black Panther role, Avengers: Infinity War has cast Proxima Midnight, directors Joe and Anthony Russo reveal which X-Men character they wish they could add, The American Way is getting a movie, and Lynda Carter in Wonder Woman 2 is inching closer to becoming a reality.
After going back under the ice in Captain America: Civil War, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes returned in Black Panther‘s post-credits scene – just in time for Avengers: Infinity War. However, it turns out the scene was originally going to be longer.
At Wizarding World Portland recently (via CinemaBlend), Sebastian Stan reveals that he originally shot at least 8 minutes worth of footage for Black Panther. “There was something really actually funny about that scene. It’s definitely better the way it is now, I think. But that scene was at least 8 more minutes long than what we saw. And it was like a more inquisitive Bucky. He was kind of really going, ‘Why do they call it these?’ And [Shuri] was telling him a little about it, and they kind of walk in a direction, and then he walked over and started hanging out with elders and playing with the kids, but you don’t see that.”
While we may have missed out on extra Bucky in this movie, he’ll be reuniting with Steve Rogers and others in Infinity War next week.
Black Panther is still out in theaters, and it will hit digital platforms on May 8th, with the Blu-Ray arriving on May 15th.
Joining Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War will be his children, the Black Order. So far, a lot of details on this group have been under wraps, but the Russo brothers have confirmed most of the actors playing them.
Speaking with Radio Times, the Russos confirm that Proxima Midnight is played by Emmy nominated actress Carrie Coon, using both voice acting and motion-capture. Coon joins Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw and Terry Notary as Cull Obsidian, the latter of whom is a mostly silent character. The actor playing Corvus Glaive is currently unknown.
Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit theaters on April 27th. The 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio del Toro, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Peter Dinklage, and Don Cheadle. Joe and Anthony Russo direct from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Speaking of Infinity War, the Russos recently did an interview with Games Radar. When asked which character they wish they could have put in the movie, Joe quickly answered with the most obvious choice. “It would probably be Wolverine.” The brothers then acknowledge that Wolverine joining the MCU could be close, due to Disney’s pending acquisition of Fox.
With Hugh Jackman retiring from the Wolverine role after Logan, Marvel will likely reboot the character quickly after the acquisition goes through. While seeing Wolverine and his fellow X-Men join the MCU would be amazing, we still have a few years to go before that’s a reality…
Next, we have confirmation of a new type of comic book movie in development. According to Deadline, John Ridley is writing and directing an adaptation of his comic The American Way, which explores social issues like race through the lenses of superheroes. He will collaborate with Jason Blum at Blumhouse Productions. The project is currently on the fast track.
Published by DC Comics’ Wildstorm Signature imprint, The American Way follows a parallel history in the United States. The government forms a group of superheroes called the Civil Defense Corps to fight alien invasions, communism, and more. After an African-American named New American joins, turmoil begins.
And finally, we have news that should please Wonder Woman fans. While speaking with Megyn Kelly on the Today Show, former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter confirms that she has been talking with director Patty Jenkins about a role in the next movie. “That is up to Patty Jenkins. I’ve been talking to her about it. She’s given me some hints about it and I guess it’s up to Warner Bros. if they want to spend the money … It really is up to Patty, and if it works in an organic way it’ll be great fun and it’ll be wonderful to do.” (Transcription via CBM)
Fans were hoping for Lynda Carter to cameo in the first Wonder Woman movie, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Fingers crossed that things will work out this time around.
Wonder Woman 2 stars Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal. The film will start shooting this summer for a November 1st, 2019 release.
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