Cape Watch: Big Trouble in Little Marvel Universe
Just for a second, let’s pretend that anyone is thinking about any movie that isn’t Star Wars: The Force Awakens right now, and that you’re still interested in superhero movie news. Because, if you are, then there’s new Suicide Squad info, Oscar Isaac teasing complications to the backstory of the X-Men’s new bad guy, and the potential identity of Chris Pratt’s on-screen papa. These might not be the droids you’re looking for, but they are the highlights of the last week’s superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: Squad Goals
Wondering what next year’s Suicide Squad movie is all about? An answer came in the most unexpected of places: solicitations for DC Collectibles’ statues based on the movie versions of the characters. Visuals of the statues won’t be released until later (and the statues themselves won’t be available until summer 2016), but for now, this is what to expect from the movie: “It feels good to be bad … Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. US intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
Why this is super: The best part about this (still vague) synopsis is the suggestion that the Squad isn’t going to discover their inner light and resolve to be better people. Nope, it sounds like they’re going to try and succeed in order to: 1. Stay alive, and 2. Spite Amanda Waller. We’re 100 percent on board with this take on things, if that’s the case.
SUPER IDEA: Big Trouble in Little Marvel Universe
While the identity of Star-Lord’s father remains a mystery, a new casting rumor from The Wrap suggests that, whoever he’ll be, he might be played by Kurt Russell. It’s early stages in negotiations right now—the report suggests that Russell hasn’t even read the script, and the two parties have yet to sit down for formal meetings—but we can only hope this actually happens. And that Star-Lord’s dad is canonically Snake Plissken. Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Escape From The Milky Way has a ring to it, right?
Why this is super: Who’d’ve thunk it would take Marvel Studios to make the Kurt Russell/Josh Brolin showdown we all wanted an actual possibility? (Although, really, Thanos is likely to be entirely absent from the second Guardians. But still!) The only question now is whether or not we’ll be able to recognize Russell under the make-up/CGI he’ll receive for the role, should he accept it.
SUPER IDEA: Too Many Apocalypses
If the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse—essentially the same one shown at Comic-Con International in San Diego, minus a wonderful, if not safe for work, line from Michael Fassbender’s Magneto—got you all hyped for next year’s mutant movie, Oscar Isaac (aka Apocalypse himself) wants you to be prepared for potential disappointment. “There’s X-Factor, there’s X-Men, there’s the Age of Apocalypse, there’s the animated series, there’s X-Men: Evolution, so when someone says Apocalypse without referring [to] a comic book, it’s a very general question. They may want to state which is their Apocalypse first,” the actor told BlackFilm. “He’s definitely not going to be everyone’s favorite version of Apocalypse, but he’s my favorite version of Apocalypse. It’s something from the ’80s mixed in with something new.”
Why this is super: Not having read many Apocalypse stories, we’re less invested about which version of the character appears in the movie than we are oddly thrilled that Isaac is clearly a fan of the source material. How quickly can we get him on X-Plain The X-Men to geek out about Walt Simonson’s artwork?
SUPER IDEA: The Man In The Santa Suit
It’s beginning to look a lot like Deadpool. No, really:
Yup, that’s right—expect lots of new Ryan Reynolds snark between now and Christmas Day, with various teases, posters and the like ahead of the release of the new trailer for the movie. It seems like a dangerous time to run this promotion, considering that everyone is just paying attention to Star Wars right now (let’s not kid ourselves otherwise), but considering it’s just two months until the movie’s release, there’s no better time to remind people that it’s coming.
Why this is super: There’s something undeniably fun about the promotion for Deadpool, even if it feels as if the movie is far further out from release than February next year. Are these 12 days just a rehearsal for a January filled with Ryan Reynolds reminding us that this movie exists? If so, we’re in.
SUPER IDEA: The Doctor Is In (Rewrites)
Well, now we know who’s working on the Doctor Strange screenplay for Marvel:
So yeah. It’s finally out in the wild. I’ve been working on this for the better part of the last year. pic.twitter.com/BTZDaItsbt
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) December 14, 2015
For those unfamiliar with C. Robert Cargill, he’s a frequent collaborator with Strange director Scott Derrickson, having written screenplays for both Sinister and Sinister 2. Cargill replaces Jon Spaihts, who’d written the previous incarnation of the script, but has since moved on to write Tom Cruise’s new Mummy movie.
Why this is super: While we’re not on the team of people who hated Prometheus so much that we’d celebrate Spaits’ disappearance from this project as a result (Spaits also worked on that Alien prequel), there’s something to be said for Derrickson bringing in someone he’s more simpatico with, and knowing that he’s been working on it for most of the last year shows that he’s not being rushed for rewrites. Good luck, Stephen Strange. We’re all hoping for the best from you.
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