Whether or not you think there’s too many superhero movies in the world (and James Gunn, bless him, sure as hell doesn’t), there are plenty to be found in today’s Movie Morsels. We’ve got Joss Whedon explaining why Ant-Man isn’t Avengers: Age of Ultron, Donald Glover on whether he could yet don the mask of Spider-Man in the character’s next solo film, a snippet of new Fantastic Four footage, and perhaps the first video interview of once and future Star-Lord Chris Pratt on those rumors he’ll play Indiana Jones!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Wondering why Ant-Man won’t be in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Director Joss Whedon shared the answer with Empire:
“Of all the heat I’ve ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things. The fact of the matter was, Edgar [Wright] had him first and by virtue of what Edgar was doing, there was no way for me to use him in this.”
Whedon added that original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, would be, after Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, one brainy guy too many for his movie:
“Ultron needs to be the brainchild of the Avengers, and in the world of the Avengers and the MCU, Tony Stark is that guy … It didn’t make sense to introduce a third scientist, a third sciencetician, to do that. It was hard for me, because I grew up on the comics, to dump that, but at the end of the day, it’s a more interesting relationship between Tony and Ultron if Tony was once like, ‘You know what would be a really great idea?’ They’re doing what they always do — which is jump in headfirst, and then go, ‘Sorry, world!’ But you have to make it their responsibility without just making it their fault.”
Now that Marvel and Sony are rebooting Spider-Man (yet again), many fans are holding out hope that this incarnation of the wallcrawler could be Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker, and see Donald Glover in the role. Of course, Glover already voices Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, but is he back in the running for the role on the big screen (after a campaign to see him star in The Amazing Spider-Man)? The actor address the question via Yahoo Movies…
Indiana Jones 5
Speaking with MTV from the red carpet of Sunday night’s 2015 Academy Awards, everyone’s best friend Chris Pratt says that while he’s not too intimidated by the prospect of playing Indiana Jones in a fifth film about the globe-trotting archaeologist/adventurer, it’s not a done deal yet:
“I don’t think it’s overwhelming to contemplate,” said Pratt. “The pressure would come because it’s such a great franchise, and you wouldn’t want to get it wrong. It would have to be perfect to do it, you know what I mean? So, we’ll see… It’s nothing until it’s something.”
It ain’t much, but there a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it snippet of new footage of bashful Benjamin J. Grimm in this Fantastic Four international trailer. Josh Trank’s film — starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan — arrives on August 7th.
Oliver Stone’s film about whisteblower Edward Snowden — titled, fittingly, Snowden — has just signed on the ubiquitous wild card Nicolas Cage to star as “a former U.S. Intelligence Official.” The film is currently shooting in Munich, and will be in production at various locations across the world through the middle of May. At Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, director Laura Poitras’ nonfiction film about Snowden, Citizenfour, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
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