¶ It’s official. On May 1, 2015 we will all be standing in line for AVENGERS 2. That’s the release date that Marvel announced yesterday.
¶ In other Marvel news, Robert Downey Jr. hurt his ankle doing a stunt on the set of IRON MAN 3, causing a production shutdown. Elevate, wrap and Alleve, that’s our Rx.¶ The plot for THE WOLVERINE, now shooting, was revealed on the film’s Facebook page.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
Finally a superhero movie where the hero is changed forever! Been waiting for that for a while.
¶ Marvel Agent M (Ryan Penagos) has been tweeting from the set in Japan, but of course all he was allowed to show was the above photo of the wind blowing in the trees.
¶ Similarly, an industry film site was uncovered by Brendan Connolly which supposedly gives the first glimpse of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie:
About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.
So it IS Green Lantern.
¶ Meanwhile, over at Team WB, they unleashed a “Shirtless Arrow” pic of Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. Oh boy!
¶ And elsewhere, Paramount’s growing animation division is working on a film based on the Penny Arcade strip “New Kid,” which is about a human child who is the only Earth kid in an alien school. Above, a panel from the strip. The film is being developed by Mary Parent (NOAH, PACIFIC RIM) and written by Gary Whitta, who in addition to his screen credits is writing OLIVER, the new Image book drawn by Darick Robertson.
Aside: This is actually the same concept as Mark Fearing’s graphic novel EARTHLING! which came out earlier this year.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.