Your mid-week round-up of entertainment related headlines, on this gross, gloomy Atlanta Tuesday.
– Collider has been posting some great interviews with the various stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron throughout the past few days, and today, the site unveiled new interviews with Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Chris Evans (Captain America). For Clint Barton, it looks like a big major part of his arc will deal with his relationship with new teammates Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and Renner states that we’ll get some evolution to Hawkeye as a character this time around:
It’s a lot of the stuff that Joss [Whedon] and I talked about to do in the first one but it just didn’t work out that way, so it’s really exciting for me and Joss to kind of dive into the character a little bit more. There’s some wonderful secrets and relationships deepen, so there’s a lot more of him to deal with versus the hypnotized version of him.
Additionally, we’ll learn where he was during the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
As for Evans, he had some interesting words to say about the psychology of Ultron and what will make him stand-apart from the typical Marvel-villain fare:
There’s, you know, there’s an ideology behind Ultron that makes him more unique that just a bad guy. He doesn’t wanna just kill the Avengers. He doesn’t wanna just destroy the world. He has these monologues and these beautiful speeches that kind of embody a certain mentality about what’s wrong with humanity. It represents something deeper than just “I’m evil and I don’t like the good guys.” So it’s hopefully things like that. That’s what makes you care a little bit more about the story than just, “I’m an evil bad guy.”
Look at what [Tom] Hiddleston did with Loki. He made a real character. He made a real conflict and Loki could have a movie that has something to do with superheroes. It would just be a really interesting character study; like this guy needs a therapist. But it’s deep and that’s what makes you give a shit. I think that’s what we’re gonna have with Ultron.
Check out the full interviews at the links above for more.
– Speaking of the Avengers, Variety reports that Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the rumored heir-apparents to Avengers: Infinity War have just signed a three-year “first look” deal with Sony. Basically this means any original material they develop, Sony gets the first crack at it. Does this have any bearing on the new Avengers movie? Perhaps, as the three years would cover any time they might be required on set for a potential 2017 shooting date for Infinity War. This is, of course, dependent on when and if they develop an original property for the studio and if they opt to sign on in a directorial capacity.
– Supergirl has added another potential villain as Smash actor Jeremy Jordan has signed aboard as the latest television incarnation of Winslow Schott aka The Toyman. For this series, he’s described as a tech-savvy colleague of Kara’s, and I guess computers could be considered toys of a certain type.
– And just for fun, and because I have a deep abiding love for everything Dan Harmon touches, here’s the first trailer for Community Season 6, which will debut on Yahoo Screen on March 17th:
Now, let’s get that second season of Rick & Morty up and running!
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