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Amer­ica the brave!


Chris Evans in­sists he’s not about to re­tire from the red, white and blue. “Who’s hand­ing off the shield?” he asks MTV, coun­ter­ing ru­mours that fel­low cast- mem­bers An­thony Mackie or Se­bas­tian Stan will step up to su­per­pa­triot duty in the third Cap­tain Amer­ica movie. “Don’t take my job from me pre­ma­turely, dude. I’m sure it’ll hap­pen at some point. All good things have to come to an end. But I’m re­ally happy play­ing the character.” Screen­writ­ers Christo­pher Markus and Stephen McFeely re­cently de­liv­ered a draft to Mar­vel and the film­mak­ers say there’s a mo­men­tous, fran­chise- quak­ing idea at the heart of it. “The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Cap­tain Amer­ica 2 was the fall of Hy­dra,” co- di­rec­tor Joe Russo tells Crave On­line. “Sim­i­larly there is a very, very big idea at the cen­tre of Cap­tain Amer­ica 3…”

Bust­ing out!


It’s all Mar­vel’s fault. Se­quels? His­tory. Spin- offs? Passe. Fran­chises? Out­dated think­ing. Now ev­ery stu­dio needs an in­ter­lock­ing cin­e­matic uni­verse to call its own. “I’m think­ing now ‘ What does the whole brand mean to Sony?’” found­ing Ghost­buster Dan Aykroyd tells the Belfast Tele­graph. “What’s Pixar and Star Wars mean to Dis­ney?” Yes, Aykroyd and Co are think­ing big. Me­ga­lo­ma­ni­a­cally big. “What do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Not just another movie or another TV show, but what’s the to­tal­ity of it? What’s the whole mythol­ogy from the be­gin­ning of their lives to the end of their lives? Ghost­busters at nine years old, Ghost­busters in high school…” Bill Mur­ray, mean­while, is down with the ru­mour of an all- fe­male Ghost­busters 3: “It sounds as good an idea as any other. There are a lot of women that could scare off any kind of vapour…”

They are Le­gion! LE­GION OF SU­PER­HEROES

Andy Warhol told us that in the fu­ture ev­ery­one would be fa­mous for 15 min­utes. The fu­ture put an un­ex­pected wrin­kle on that prophecy: you’ll ac­tu­ally have your very own movie, so long as you’re a su­per­hero. And there’ll be an aw­ful lot of su­per­heroes jostling for close- ups in this DC Comics adap­ta­tion. First seen in the pages

of Ad­ven­ture Comics in 1958, the Le­gion are a col­lec­tive of su­per­pow­ered 30th cen­tury teens, num­ber­ing among their ly­cra- clad ranks Cos­mic Boy, Light­ning Lad and, yes, Trip­li­cate Girl ( she de­feats evil by be­ing bloody bril­liant with forms). Warner Bros are said to be hunt­ing writ­ers for a big screen ver­sion, doubtlessly hop­ing the Le­gion’s sig­na­ture mix of shiny SF and su­per­heroics will steal a lit­tle Guardians Of

The Galaxy ac­tion.

Aliens alien­ated!


Ri­d­ley Scott is still promis­ing a se­quel to Prometheus – rather hero­ically, given the orig­i­nal sunk into an in­dus­trial- sized vat of “Meh”. He has a clear vi­sion for the follow- up, though – and it’s one that loosens the con­nec­tion to the

Alien fran­chise by ban­ning xenomorphs from the party. “The beast is done,” Scott de­clares to Ya­hoo UK. “Cooked. I got lucky meet­ing HR Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to re­peat that… after four, I think it wears out a lit­tle bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with some­thing more in­ter­est­ing. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the En­gi­neers were quite a good start.” Scott re­veals the se­quel is still at the word- wran­gling stage – “I’ve had 15 drafts evolv­ing” – and will fo­cus on the fate of the first film’s sur­vivors, in­clud­ing Michael Fass­ben­der’s Bowie- droid. “Find out how he gets his head back on,” teases Scott.

None more Bla ck!


Now we know ex­actly what the Rock was cook­ing with all those in­ter­net- bait­ing hints of his. You’ll re­mem­ber the state of quantum un­cer­tainty over just who he was play­ing in this one – noble Cap­tain Mar­vel or per­fid­i­ous Black Adam. Well, the dark side has of­fi­cially claimed Dwayne John­son’s soul and he’s signed to play the bad guy. We imag­ine he has the juicier lines… It’s New Line Cin­ema who are han­dling this DC Comics adap­ta­tion, so don’t ex­pect it to slot into Warn­ers’ scowly, joke- shy Bat­man and Su­per­man uni­verse. “It feels to me like Shazam will have a tone unto it­self,” New Line pres­i­dent Toby Em­merich tells

En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “It’s a DC comic but it’s not a Jus­tice League character… The tone and the feel­ing of the movie will be dif­fer­ent from the other range of comic book movies. [ It] will have a sense of fun and a sense of hu­mour, but the stakes have to be real.”

Beam­ing up Bill?


Ah, the noble James T Kirk. The cap­tain who wres­tled with al­li­ga­tor men, in­duced ex­is­ten­tial trauma in com­put­ers and pow­ered star­ships with pure libido. We all know he didn’t de­serve to die twat­ted by scaf­fold­ing on Planet Un­der­whelm­ing. Now comes word that Wil­liam Shat­ner may re­vive his ca­reer- defin­ing role along­side fel­low Starfleet veteran Leonard

Ni­moy in the 50th an­niver­sary Trek movie. Is it a cameo? A cru­cial part of the plot? Or a ru­mour that’s sim­ply so much sub- space static? Di­rec­tor Roberto Orci pleads the Fifth: “Not in my in­ter­est to con­firm or deny any­thing be­cause it lim­its my op­tions while main­tain­ing my in­tegrity as a truth teller.” Fair enough, Bob. The mighty Shat, mean­while, bullishly re­veals JJ Abrams has al­ready called him, sound­ing him out on a po­ten­tial res­ur­rec­tion. “I said ‘ Oh, yeah. If it is mean­ing­ful… I would be de­lighted.’”

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