In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hulk is very much the aloof older brother of the group. Sure he’s there for family gatherings and gets on with everyone, but he’s got his own stuff going on and doesn’t feel the need to draw attention to himself. Since no standalone movies have been announced for the mean green machine in Phase 3, it seemed as though we wouldn’t see the Hulk until the next reunion in the two part Infinity War. But there are growing whispers and evidence that Mark Ruffalo will be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Continue reading Mark Ruffalo Spotted in Berlin – Is Hulk Gonna Show Up in “Civil War”?
There’s been rumours flying all over the place about Daniel Bruhl and the part he will play in the Marvel Universe since his name was attached to the Studio late last year. Well the answer has finally revealed itself as io9 reports the Rush actor will play Captain America’s nemesis Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War.
What? You don’t know who Baron Zemo is? You think he sounds like the name of a disappointing brand of German wine? Relax – for a very important villain, he’s not that well known. He’s most commonly seen going toe to toe with the cap. An advanced weapons builder strongly connected with the Nazis in World War 2 and world domination by the master race, it would be very easy to confuse this dude with Captain America villain the Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving. The main difference? Baron Zemo wears a hood. All the time. Seriously, it’s glued onto his face with a super-strong adhesive that he created and Captain America used against him.
But don’t worry, there doesn’t necessarily need to be a whole bunch of flash backs and cryo-freezing to bring this villain into the modern day. Like most comic book heroes and villains, Zemo has multiple incarnations including a son who succeeds his father. The son also has significant ties to the Marvel Civil War storyline, having recruited villains to fight for Iron Man and promote the registration of super-heroes. Whether or not this is the way the film is going to go is uncertain – despite the film having “Civil War” in the title, we can’t be sure how faithful it will be to the comics. In any case, Zemo would have a lot of information about Captain America’s past should Tony Stark want to use it against him. Also, Sebastian Stan is confirmed to be returning as the Winter Soldier, so could the two be working together?
This would be Daniel Bruhl’s second turn as a Nazi, having played a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds. Garnering critical acclaim for films like Rush, A Most Wanted Man and The Fifth Estate, this will be Bruhl’s first baby step into the Marvel universe. Let’s hope he pulls it off – it’s a big hood to fill. Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.
It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about Helen Mirren‘s latest project Women in Gold. In fact, it was two days ago. Weren’t expecting that, were you?
We got a poster to look at for the Simon Curtis film that sees Mirren reclaiming a painting of her aunt that was taken during World War 2 by a whole mess of Nazis. The film is based on the real life adventures and misadventures of Maria Altmann, and also stars Ryan Reynolds in a surprising naive-but-goodhearted-lawyer role – although that may be because I’m used to seeing Reynolds in either terrible or potentially brilliant superhero costumes.
Here’s the trailer, courtesy of the folks at Apple:
This is the second film of 2014 about Nazis stealing artwork that looked more or less OK in the trailer. It does fell like Woman in Gold could go the way of Monuments Men and not take the subject matter quite as seriously as they should for the sake of a few middle-of-the-road gags. Hopefully this isn’t the case, because the film has a decent enough cast, with Daniel Bruhl and Charles Dance alongside Mirren and Reynolds. Mind you, Monuments Men had a pretty good cast too. So we’ll have to see if this project surpasses its trailer.
We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.
Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.
So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:
Affleck and Brolin Stand Up for American Sniper
It’s been a surprising few weeks for Bradley Cooper. While he’s been on Broadway with Elephant Man, Award-magnet American Sniper has been entirely snubbed by the SAg and Golden Globe Awards. As if that weren’t mind-boggling enough, now fellow Oscar contenders Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) and Ben Affleck (Daredevil 2…just kidding, Gone Girl) have spoken publicly in favour of Cooper’s performance and the importance of the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. It’s relatively unheard of for Oscar competitors to be rooting for one another this late in the game, so maybe the spirit of Christmas is still working miracles in Hollywood.
Official Set Image for Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller
It’s hardly a surprise to see Steven Spielberg taking on a project that depicts an important moment in American history. Even less of a surprise is his reunion with collaborator Tom Hanks. But then who needs surprises when it’s all good news? Well now we have an exclusive image from the set of Spielberg’s untitled Cold War epic that sees Austin Stowell play Francis Gray Power, an American pilot who is shot down over Soviet airspace in a spy plane. Good thing he has Hanks to rely on as attorney James Donovan. The image is a little non-descript, but it all looks good. More news soon hopefully!
Sony and Robert Rodriguez Play with Fire and Ice
Remember Fire and Ice? Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s animated fantasy feature from the 1980’s that combined traditional cell animation and rotoscoped live action footage? No? Well you’re about to. Sony is taking a wary step out of its front door and picking up Robert Rodriguez’s project, a live action reboot of the animated feature. This will be the first film that Rodriguez has directed in four years that isn’t a sequel, so it will be cool to see him working with some new material again. Well, not new, but you know what I mean. It’s a fairly epic fantasy storyline, taking place between the fortresses of Icepeak and Firekeep with the kidnapping of a princess by the evil Queen Julianna.
Exclusive Poster for Helen Mirren’s Woman in Gold
Helen Mirren and Nazis!? I’m in! This is an exclusive poster for Mirren’s latest project, in which she plays a woman who bravely plans to reclaim a Gustav Klimt painting that was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War 2…well when else would Nazis be operating? Mirren will be starring alongside Katie Holmes, Daniel Bruhl and Ryan Reynolds, who I can only hope is playing a wise-cracking SS officer. Any chance of that? Simon Curtis is directing and the Weinstein Co. is releasing the feature in 2015. Expect a trailer on Monday!
Horrifying Holiday Greetings from The Babadook
Let’s end the weekend on a creepy high! There’s been no end of amazingly eery extras following the success of The Babadook that has been steadily building since Sundance. Now we have a Christmas fable to add to the canon. The Christmas message is only 45 seconds long but has all those monochrome shivers that we’ve come to expect.
And that’s the weekend. See you all next week!