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Since our initial report of Ruffalo appearing as Hulk in the film we’ve heard rumors of how the story will play out and just how “Planet Hulk” the film will be. Well, here’s what we know: The film will definitely have the Planet Hulk element in it, operating as a kind of mash-up with the Ragnarok story. How Thor ends up on the planet in question is unclear, but he will definitely be involved in some gladiatorial games run by none other than Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. In terms of Hulk’s appearance in this portion of the film, he will be rocking the one-shoulder armor as seen in the comics, so expect him to be decked out in the familiar Planet Hulk look.
And speaking of appearances, expect a major change in the look of The God of Thunder himself for this part of the film as he will be sporting a shaved head (but not completely bald) for at least a portion of the film. Also, expect a very different look for Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, who is traditionally a blonde-haired warrior type in the comics. For RAGNAROK she’ll be wearing war paint on her face, much like a Native American warrior, which should be an interesting take on this variation of the character.
In terms of story, there’s still much in the air, but the gist of Thor’s mission in the film is that he needs to find the ultimate weapon to stop Ragnarok and reset the universe. What is that weapon and how does he gets set on that path? Your guess is as good as ours, but the whole thing just sounds like a big ball of awesome already, so we’re on board with whatever direction they go. With the official cast details released last week and now more on the look and feel of the film, THOR: RAGNAROK is sounding more and more like a solid event film more so than another solo outing. Sound familiar? I’m pretty sure the solo Marvel films will only remain as such for the first outing with each new sequel being more of an ensemble piece going forward. Expect to see that across the board and we’ve already seen it trickling into the comic book films of DC and Fox’s X-Men films. It’s the new shit, so settle in.
Now, on top of the Thor scoopage, we also have some tidbits on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, although these are more confirmations than brand new scoopage, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
Director James Gunn is hip deep in production on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 and thus far we don’t know too much about what he has in store for the next iteration of Marvel’s space-set franchise. But, just to get caught up before I put out this latest bit of info, here’s what we know so far.
However, there’s one other star that we don’t know of yet and that’s Elizabeth Debicki, who you may know from THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE GREAT GATSBY, and The Night Manager. Now, although we can’t confirm that she’s playing this specific role, we can confirm who the main villain of GUARDIANS 2 is…and it fits Debicki quite well.
The villain is none other than Ayesha aka Her aka Kismet aka Paragon. Yes, she’s gone by many names and had quite a few forms in the comics, but almost always as a blonde goddess-like being.Comic Book Movie broke this back in March, so credit where it’s due, but we can confirm from our own independent sources that the villain in the film is, in fact, Ayesha.
Now, the significance of Ayesha in GUARDIANS 2 and the greater MCU is rather huge, especially when you consider that she was created by The Enclave, a group of scientists dedicated to taking control of the world, starting with the creation of the perfect genetic beings, made to restart humanity. Their first version of this, called HIM, would later evolve into the character known as Adam Warlock, who escaped The Enclave. However, The Enclave made a second being, which became HER aka Ayesha, who also escapes and goes looking for HIM, who she considers to be her perfect mate to start a new perfect race.
How much of that origin factors into GUARDIANS 2 we can’t say, but we know that Ayesha is the main antagonist for our fun-loving space criminals/superheroes and it certainly teases at some broader strokes into the cosmic realm of the MCU.
In addition to confirming Ayesha as the main villain, we can also confirm that Guardians of the Galaxy will most definitely be teaming up with The Avengers for the upcoming AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR films. How much or how little they’ll appear is unclear, but expect the team-up that The Russo Bros. have been tap dancing around in the press rounds for Civil War.
And that wraps up this little Marvel scoop. Again, nothing major or hugely spoilerish, just some fun elaborations on already announced information that should help get you excited for things to come.
THOR: RAGNAROK is scheduled to hit theaters on November 3rd, 2017 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is set to hit play on May 5th, 2017.
Comic book collector Carlos Rosaly had 10 to 12 of his high value books stolen at Megacon over the weekend. It happened outside the show, as he put his Ghostbusters proton pack on before entering the show.
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Has the name Carolyn written on the cover)
Amazing Spider-Man #14 VG
Amazing Spider-Man #15 CGC 5.5
Avengers #1 CGC 3.0 (Avengers title was traced on the cover in pen)
Daredevil #1 (green overspray on the spine)
New Mutants #98 CGC 9.8
Secret Wars #8 CGC 9.8
Marvel Premiere #12 VF
Batman #251 VF+
Journey Into Mystery #103 VG
A Giant Size X-Men #1 High Grade was also stolen and sold to a dealer who returned it after seeing evidence of Carlos’ ownership.
The thief is described as “a man in his 50s, with a greyish mustache, very round with slick back greyish hair. He wore a military hat.”
It’s at this point that I’d like to reiterate that Captain America is a fictional character. Marvel Comics is invested in Captain America. Wherever the story will end up, Steve Rogers will probably not actually be a Nazi. And no matter how much you don’t like his story (especially if you didn’t actually read the thing) sending him a death threat on social media is even less like Captain America isn’t it?
Thanks to the roaring success of Deadpool, we know Cable will soon make his debut in the highly anticipated sequel, which means the long-rumored X-Force film can’t be too far off and according to Fandango, it’s actually a lot further along in its development process than we initially thought as in the script is being penned as we speak. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, it sounds like the next iteration of Wolverine will almost definitely be an integral part of the team.
A few weeks back, we caught word that James Mangold‘s Wolverine 3, which will (presumably) be Hugh Jackman‘s final adventure as the fan-favorite hero, might be looking to introduce his clone, X-23, to the X-Men films universe as a potential replacement to take on the mantle of Wolverine in future X-Men films. 20th Century Fox neither confirmed or denied the report, so Fandango decided to take it upon themselves to clear up the matter with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer.
While speaking with him at the X-Men: Apocalypse press junket in London, they learned that not only had Singer pitched an X-Force movie to the studio, he had already pitched the idea of a female Wolverine as well: “I have discussed that with the studio, I actually initially pitched the X-Force and the female.” Singer didn’t reveal much more about the new Wolverine, not even whether we would first see her in the Wolverine 3 or in the X-Force, but he did confirm that work on an X-Force script is currently underway: “Simon [Kinberg] is in the earliest script stage, so that’s kind of where that stands, and we’ll see how it evolves.” Singer added that his involvement at this time is strictly on the idea level.
On another positively exciting note, with the burgeoning success of Deadpool and the development of more unique X-Men spin-offs like Josh Boone‘s New Mutants and the X-Force, Singer teased that he absolutely envisions a scenario in the relatively distant future where we could see all of these properties unite with the X-Men on the big screen for a massive event picture. However, before everyone gets ahead of themselves, he assures fans, he has no plans on rushing it: “It has to be done right, Anytime you throw all these characters together to hit a start date, it can make a lot of money, but it can also be a clusterf**k. To me, it has to be done with a lot of care. These things can get overwhelming, and if a character doesn’t belong in a movie, don’t use him. If the tone can still maintain itself, I’m all for it. What I’m not for is throwing a bunch of characters together and hoping it works.” Sounds like the right way to do it, and would be a great opportunity to use Galactus as a common extinction-level threat.
As for Singer’s future with the long-running franchise, considering he’s been a producer on almost every single X-Men movie, save for the first, it’s a safe bet that he’ll be involved on some level moving forward. On the directing front, Singer doesn’t rule out possibly returning to helm the next X-Men sequel or even the aforementioned X-Force movie: “If I am the guy to produce or direct it, my input will grow. To where I’m either finding a director — like Matthew Vaughn, who did a magnificent job directing X-Men: First Class — or I’ll be on set myself, back in the same universe just trying to make a difference.” Luckily for him, he still has a ways to go before he has to make an official decision and for now, following the impending release of X-Men: Apocalypse, he can shift gears to his next project, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which kicks off production this fall.
So, what do you guys think? Excited for the future of the X-Men?