Cape Watch: Now This Is How You Make a Thor Movie
It’s been a while since fans got a baseless superhero movie rumor that actually sounded thrilling. And yet, there have been quite a few of those over the last week or so—including a genuinely surprising one for the new Thor movie that makes it sound a lot more fun than anyone expected. Meanwhile, comic publisher Valiant’s CEO is dropping hints about mystery directors, the X-Men aren’t sure about their futures, and Batman chose a villain that proves he’s secretly a fan. Oh, superhero movies, you’re so wonderful. Want proof? Here’s a roundup of the best news from the genre from the past seven days.
SUPER IDEA: More Rock, Less Ragnarok
What if Thor: Ragnarok isn’t anything like what everyone expected? A new online rumor suggests that the title doesn’t actually refer to the mythical death of the gods at all, but is instead the name of the warrior planet that Thor and Hulk both end up on, describing the movie—where the heroes have to fight in arenas to survive—as having “a Gladiator meets Mad Max aesthetic.” Well, that’s certainly unexpected, especially from Marvel Studios… but certainly not unwelcome.
Why this is super: If this rumor is true, it throws out a bunch of speculation fans had about what to expect about the third Thor movie, and instead makes everything feel much more open-ended and exciting again. Yet how that would dovetail into the hanging Loki/Odin plot remains to be seen.
SUPER IDEA: Spider-Man’s New Not-Super-Powered Nemesis
While we’re on the subject of unconfirmed rumors, what about this report that suggests that the “third villain” for Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t actually super-powered, but is instead a character that gives Peter Parker a hard time while dating Aunt May? And that’s not all; apparently, there will also be a “surprise appearance from a character that is central to the Spider-Man mythos, one who will play a larger role in upcoming films,” although no names were mentioned.
Why this is super: Less supervillains—and more secret identity angst—is certainly what the Spider-Man movie franchise needs, so this is definitely a good sign. But just who could the unexpected Spider-character be? Flash Thompson? Harry Osborn? (Please, no.) Please, please, please, be J. Jonah Jameson!
IMPROPER IDEA: Not Telling Jubilee If She’ll Need to Come Back to Work
Let’s be honest: X-Men: Apocalypse would’ve been roughly a hundred times better if it had featured more Jubilee. In an interview promoting the home release of the movie, actress Lana Condor agreed, but admitted she had no idea where (or if) she’d get to play the character again. “I’ve read blogs about [Jubilee being in the New Mutants movie], rumors type of thing,” she said. “I would love to be in it. No one has told me anything… It’s still going to be part of the franchise… I don’t know anything about it.” Someone at Fox, greenlight a Jubilee solo movie now, please.
Why this is improper: While we believe that the executives at Fox know what they’re doing with the X-Men franchise for the most part, it only seems polite to actually tell actors if they’ll be needed again sometime in the future, doesn’t it? Manners count, Fox executives.
SUPER IDEA: The World’s Greatest Detective Versus the World’s Greatest Killer, Because… Well, World’s Greatests
If you’re wondering just what made onscreen Batman (and director of the upcoming Batman solo movie) Ben Affleck excited for Teen Titans bad guy Deathstroke as the villain for his movie, the answer is apparently that he’s a massive fanboy. “He’s a great villain because—I just had an instinctive feeling that [Batman] would match up with him well,” Affleck told Collider in a recent interview. “You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.” Whether he means the violent antihero of the 2011 series or the younger assassin who takes on literal gods of the 2014 series remains to be seen, of course.
Why this is super: While we’re not quite the Deathstroke fans that others—including Affleck, apparently—are, there’s something oddly charming about him namedropping the New 52 in particular when talking about a decision that’s otherwise fairly boilerplate. (“Why Deathstroke? Why not?”) On a related note, Affleck has also seemingly confirmed that the title for the solo Batman movie will be, as expected, The Batman. Can we attach definitive articles to all the DC movies? The Wonder Woman definitely has a ring to it.
SUPER IDEA: Two Become One
Sony and Valiant Entertainment announced a while back that they had made a deal to bring Harbinger and Bloodshot to the screen, but what about the publisher’s X-O Manowar? Turns out, that’s in the works as well, as this video makes clear:
The real takeaway for most fans was the accidental tease dropped by Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’ve got some live-action content that I can’t tell you about and we’ve got movies that I can’t tell you about,” he said. “But I can say that I wish the directors on X-O Manowar would leak so that I can talk about them. Because not only are they mind-blowingly awesome, the things they’re doing with X-O Manowar will make fanboys’ heads explode,” he said. Wait. Directors? Plural?
Why this is super: People have already started speculating that Shamdasani was referencing the Russo Brothers, as well as Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, but it sounds like it’ll be some time before an official announcement is made. What if it’s the Wachowskis? The Soska sisters?
SUPER IDEA: The Next Wolverine Movie Getting a Title
News of the latest, possibly R-rated, Wolverine movie has been circulating for months with no word on what the film would actually be called. That changed this week when Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, tweeted out the movie’s title, release date, and new poster all at once:
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) October 5, 2016
There you have it. Logan. Check it out when it hits theaters March 3, 2017.
Why this is super: Jackman has said this will be his last turn as Wolverine, so it’s fitting that the final movie will (presumably) focus on the man behind the beard.