We’re one day shy of DC rolling out their first phase of Convergence titles along with the rest of tomorrow’s new comic book day lineup, in the mean-time, here are a few of the entertainment headlines catching notice this week:
– The Marvel Studios films have become synonymous with post-credit stingers. At this point, audiences have become trained to not walk out of a Marvel film until the final credit has rolled, which I’d say is a good thing given the hard work that’s put into these blockbuster entertainments. Even non-Marvel films have attendees wondering if they should stay after the credits. No joke, I once heard some guys behind me at an Interstellar screening last year sticking around for a post-credits tag.
With Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron though, Joss Whedon tells Entertainment Weekly that you won’t have to stick around too long after the final scene:
There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out. We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!’
He’s probably referencing the reactions to the final post credits scenes of Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, both of which elicited some groans from audiences that I attended with. To be fair, I found both of those examples to be the most germane scenes to the films that preceded them, but clearly, audiences are in it for the big surprises.
Kevin Feige quickly stepped in and clarified that there would be a mid-credits stinger, just not a second one. So, feel free to make your plans accordingly.
– We’ve got another character confirmation for 2016’s Deadpool, as Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) has revealed on Twitter that he will be playing Ajax in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-starring X-Men spin-off (that’s a lot of hyphens).
— Ed Skrein (@edskrein) April 7, 2015
Ajax is a mentally unstable member of the Weapon X program that crosses Deadpool’s path during their time there. Later on, he goes on a killing spree, attempting to take out anyone involved in the top-secret project, including Deadpool himself.
– In only tangentially news, the third Tron film continues to gear up at Disney, as both Garret Hedlund (one of the stars of the upcoming Pan) and Olivia Wilde (The Lazarus Effect) are set to reprise their roles from 2012’s Tron Legacy, itself a sequel to 1982’s cult classic Tron.
While the film is still untitled and the plot remains under wraps, the new sequel will also see the return of Tron Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski.
Tron Legacy accumulated around $400 million at the box office, sparking off a new franchise hit for the House of Mouse. This new outing will begin shooting sometime this fall. Wilde is repped by WME, Untitled and Ziffren Brittenham, Hedlund by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Entertainment Editor for The Beat covering film, television and the occasional comic book. His work can also be found at GeekRex.com and can be heard on the GeekRex podcast. Also, your go-to Grant Morrison/Love & Rockets/Hellboy/Legion of Super-Heroes expert.