Cape Watch: Let’s Talk About Lex Luthor’s Fashion Choices
With Avengers: Age of Ultron still fresh in everyone’s minds, attentions have turned to other super teams in the world of cinema—who could have failed to anticipate that plot twist in Pitch Perfect 2 when the Bellas all got powers and saved the world with their harmonies?—including the mass pile-up of in-production X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, andCaptain America: All The Heroes Except For Thor For Some Reason (Poor Thor). There are some other irons in future fires, as you’ll be able to see below, but if you’re not ready for the thought of Jesse Eisenberg pumping iron (man), then perhaps you need to take a deep breath first. Here are the highlights of the last week in superhero movie news.
SUPER IDEA: The Black Panther Going After the Winter Soldier
Turns out, it’s not just the Marvel fandom hordes that are on the lookout for Bucky Barnes (although, judging by the amount of set pics that have shown up fromCaptain America: Civil War’s Atlanta shoot, there are more than enough of them out there): According to the newly-launched Heroic Hollywood, the Black Panther will make his movie debut hunting down the Winter Soldier for reasons unknown in the Avengers: Age of Ultron follow-up.
Why this is super: Marvel’s official plot synopsis for the third Cap movie says that “an international incident” sets off the titular conflict between the superheroes. What if that conflict is an African superhero hunting down an American super soldier? What if, instead of just being a brief cameo in an overstuffed movie, the Black Panther is one of movers and shakers behind the movie’s plot? Oh, and while we’re talking about next year’s Civil War…
MEH IDEA: The First Confirmed Death in Civil War Is…
A photo of a prop from the Captain America threequelshowed up online last week, identifying an unsurprising, but no less depressing death from the movie. (Spoilers in the very next sentence, so jump ahead to the next item right now if you’re planning to avoid it.) Presuming the prop is genuine, the movie will feature the funeral of Peggy Carter, with a program for the event, held at St. Luke’s Cathedral, showing that she died aged 95. When you think of it in those terms, it seems less sad than an inevitability, but nonetheless: Peggy!
Why this is villainy: Sure, the character’s almost a hundred years old, and she’ll continue on in her 1940s-set TV show on ABC. But of all the characters we’d happily see come to an end in the Marvel Universe, that name was not on the list. Now, half the cast ofAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D., most definitely.
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SUPER IDEA: Lex Luthor as Movie Fans Have Never Seen Him Before, Maybe Never Wanted to See Him at All
Considering the amount of discussion about whether or not Jesse Eisenberg would shave his head to play Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor in next year’sBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s almost surprising that no one thought to wonder “Will he be wearing that Iron Man-esque war suit he’s worn on and off in the comics since the 1980s?” Becauseaccording to JoBlo, he will be. Are audiences ready for the sight of Evil Faux Mark Zuckerberg in high tech armor? We’ll soon find out.
Why this is super: This has the potential to go either very right, or very, very wrong. Sure, audiences are more likely to accept the idea because of the groundwork laid by Marvel’s Iron Man, but nonetheless, the idea of Lex-in-armor feels like it might be too much in a movie that’ll already feature Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, not to mention rumored appearances by the rest of the Justice League.
SUPER IDEA: His Name Is Barry Allen. On Television or Movies He’s the Fastest Man Alive
Even as we reel from the season finale of the CW’s The Flash—we can all agree that was a great first year, right?—people are already thinking about the character’s first big screen adventure, scheduled for 2018. “We’re trying to break a story,” Phil Lord (who’s co-writing and co-producing the movie with his Lego Movie and Last Man on Earth partner Chris Miller) told the HippoJuice podcast. “It really is its own thing [separate from the TV show], and kind of a standalone movie… It’s kind of a different take on superhero stuff.” The Flash, he confirmed, would once again be Barry Allen, instead of the many alternatives on offer in comic book lore. Sorry, Wally West, Jay Garrick, John Fox, or Bart Allen fans.
Why this is super: As if the prospect of a superhero movie from the people who gave the world The Lego Movie wasn’t exciting enough on its own, the fact that Lord and Miller are tackling the superhero who has already proven that lighthearted superheroes can work on the small screen (and teasing “a different take” on a movie genre that has especially gotten a little too dark when it comes to the DC properties) can only be a good thing.
SUPER IDEA: From Space Schlub to Guest Star: The Star-Lord Story
In a profile for GQ, Chris Pratt revealed we’ll be seeing a lot more of his Guardians of the Galaxy character Star-Lord over the next few years. “I’m tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is,” he explained. Five more Guardiansmovies? Well, not exactly. Pratt clarified that number by saying “You know, two more Guardians plus another couple…” So, could that mean guest-spots in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies, or something else?
Why this is super: Remember when people thoughtGuardians of the Galaxy was the risky Marvel movie? Wonder if we’ll be saying similar things about Ant-Man a year from now. (Spoilers: Probably not, but he’s showing up in the next Captain America anyway.)
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