Marvel Bits: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THOR: RAGNAROK, LUKE CAGE, and DOCTOR STRANGE
The past week gave us our first behind-the-scenes peek at Captain America: Civil War‘s Peter Parker, and while we’ll have to wait a while before we catch an official look at Spider-Man, new details from the film continue to roll in. In a film featuring Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuts of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), one of the lesser-talked about characters is Don Cheadle’s War Machine. Having premiered in 2010’s Iron Man 2, the established actor donned the armor in Iron Man 3 and last Summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, ultimately becoming one of the New Avengers alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
While discussing his directorial debut Miles Ahead at the Sundance Film Festival, Cheadle spoke on his future as Iron Man’s partner: “I never know what it’s going to be and they keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel,” said Cheadle of Marvel Studios. “I never know where the character’s going to go, but he’s come more and more and in the next one, you’ll see that what happens to Rhodey is a little bit more intense and pivotal to what happens in the rest of the stories,” he teased.
The trailer does feature Tony Stark holding a downed War Machine – is that the intense and pivotal event Cheadle is hinting at? A possible death is unlikely to be spoiled in a trailer, but Tony Stark witnessing the death of his best friend would certainly affect the character and the future films moving forward. While Cheadle was understandably mum about the character’s fate, he did declare he’s enjoying his turn as a Marvel superhero. “I ultimately like it when we’re there and I’m working with other actors and it’s fun, but it can be very tedious,” Cheadle said. “A lot of time you’re looking at a green screen and a tennis ball on a C-stand, and it couldn’t be more antithetical to doing what Miles Ahead was, but you just give over to the elements and go, ‘Oh these are the toys and I’m playing with the biggest and best toys’ and we’re flying around and doing stuff that if I was ten years old, I’d be having the greatest time in my life.”
While co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo have previously affirmed that Captain America: Civil War is most of all a Steve Rogers film, the filmmakers revealed in a new interview that the admittedly large supporting cast would be receiving their fair share of attention. “We love ensembles, but I think we’re kind of in tune to the idea of telling the story that has more than a single protagonist. We like that kind of story,” Anthony Russo shared. “We like depth storytelling. We like layered storytelling. Joe and I, as we were developing the script with the writers, we like to pick a path and look at the script from every different character’s point of view. Even though it’s Cap’s movie, and the ultimate way we decide where to go with the film is filtered through Cap’s perspective, we do take time and walk ourselves through the story from every single character’s point of view as if its their movie.”
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-director elaborated, saying, “We know how important these characters are. We love these characters ourselves. We know that there’s somebody sitting out there in the audience whose favorite character is that one, even if that character has only a few scenes in the movie. We want to make sure everyone’s coming to the movie and it’s going to get a lot of satisfaction and have a lot of fun with what’s being done with their favorite character in the movie, regardless of who it is. We work really hard to do a lot and do something special with characters who may only have limited screen time in the film.”
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th.
Another Marvel threequel – next year’s Thor: Ragnarok – will see the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) undergo a “cosmic roadtrip” alongside fellow avenger Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and reportedly carries an “apocalyptic” vibe. Helmed by Boy and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi, the filmmaker recently said he believes Marvel eyed him for the project because his filmography shows he wasn’t “a crazy comedy director or too dramatic.” Marvel Studios is known for the lighter tones in their cinematic adventures, and while Thor: The Dark World was criticized for being too light and comedic, it seems as though Ragnarok will be more serious fare without outright abandoning Marvel’s trademark humor. “For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything,” Taititi said. “It’s also part of a very well-established universe right now, but that’s why they got me.”
“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with [Charles] Grodin and [Robert] De Niro,” co-star Mark Ruffalo told Empire Magazine. “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner. It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading,” he elaborated. “It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”
Thor: Ragnarok lands November 3rd, 2017.
The newest Marvel Comics property to receive its chance in the sun arrives this Winter, and with filming underway for Doctor Strange, THR reports that The Martian‘s Benedict Wong (above) has joined the production. The actor will portray Wong, Stephen Strange’s longtime confidant and servant. Having debuted in 1963, the ever-loyal and kick-ass Wong is Doctor Strange’s most trusted ally, skilled in both the healing and martial arts. Wong is the latest talented actor to join the film’s tremendous cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Doctor Strange releases November 4th.
Finally, a new image from the official Twitter account for Jessica Jones – Marvel’s critically acclaimed, TV-MA Netflix production centered around a superpowered private eye – may have unveiled the release date for Luke Cage. An Alias Investigations file is marked with “Luke Cage – November,” most likely serving as a hint towards Luke Cage‘s incoming series debut.
Originally announced in 2013 alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, the Luke Cage solo series has yet to receive an official release date. Cage (Mike Colter) made his first appearance in Jessica Jones this past November, and with Daredevil‘s sophomore season set to bow in March, it makes sense for Netflix to release one series in Spring and a subsequent series in Winter. Centered around the titular, nearly-impenetrable and wrongfully accused former convict, Luke Cage may release to Netflix this November.