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Brock and roll! CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR
We know Tony Stark is set to bring conflict to the third Captain America movie, laying the ideological smackdown over the Superhuman Registration Act. But who’ll be the film’s true villain? Word is Winter Soldier’s Frank Grillo will reprise his role as Hydra operative Brock Rumlow, better known as Crossbones in the comic books, and may earn promotion from henchman to chief nemesis ( we like to imagine him perfecting his triumphant cackle and swatting up on World Conquest For Dummies). Also adding to the villainy quotient is Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl, signed to play an unnamed antagonist who’s rumoured to segue into the Doctor Strange movie. “With Daniel’s ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes,” says Marvel supremo Kevin Feige.
So what’s the future for the Spider- Man franchise? There’s still no firm word on a new screen adventure for Peter Parker but Sony is said to be plotting some further web- slinging brand extensions. Glass Ceiling is reportedly the working title of a movie uniting the major female players in the Spidey- verse – Spider- Girl, Spider- Woman, Silk, Silver Sable, Firestar and the Black Cat. This is the project Burn Notice’s Lisa Joy was hired to script earlier this year. At the more preposterous edge of the rumour- web lies word that Sony’s also developing an Aunt May solo movie, shifting focus from her weekly trips to the cardiologist to spotlight her heretofore unsuspected younger days as a kick- ass espionage agent. We want to believe this is true if only to see a poster campaign crying “She ain’t no aunt! She’s pure Mayhem!”
A- holes reassemble! GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
Director James Gunn promises the Guardians sequel won’t simply reheat the first film’s successes. “It’s not about recapturing it,” he tells IGN, “because Guardians Of The Galaxy was really good at what it did… It’s about taking the characters in new directions and learning new things about them.”
Expect one of those key revelations to be the identity of Peter Quill’s father. Gunn says he’ll ignore the comic book lore that established Papa Star- Lord as J’son, emperor of the Spartoi empire. “I just thought there was a more interesting way to go for the cinematic universe that was more believable. There’s things in the comic that on film were a little too
Star Wars for me. And I’m not a big fan of the name J’son… We’ll find out who his dad is, and it’s going to serve the story. It’s not going to be like in The Crying Game, though, where the big thing was ‘ He has a penis!’”
Howl do you do?
Universal continues to disinter its horror icons. Newly prised from the secret, curse- laden vault beneath 100 Universal City Plaza Drive is the Wolfman, set to follow the Mummy as part of the studio’s Marvel- aping, cross- creature Monsterverse. Universal plans to apply an adrenalinised, modern day spin. “We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies – unsuccessfully, actually,” chairman Donna Langley tells The Hollywood Reporter. “So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of horror, put it more in the action adventure genre… bringing these characters into the present day and reintroducing them to a contemporary audience.” Brace yourselves for The Fangs
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Render unto Caesar! PLANET OF THE APES 3
Fate is about to fling a moist pawful of monkey poop in the general direction of Caesar.
Subscribe at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/sfx “The ape community has fallen apart,” the hirsute revolutionary’s mo- cap alter- ego Andy Serkis tells Coming Soon. “There’s potential war. He’s going to have to lead the apes in darker times. I think it’s going to be very powerful.” Director Matt Reeves is currently shaping the next storyline with returning screenwriter Mark Bomback. And he has biblical ambitions for his chimp insurrectionary. Reeves says we’ll witness how Caesar “becomes a seminal figure in ape history. He almost becomes sort of like an ape Moses. We’re trying to play out those themes and continue to explore human nature under the guise of apes.” The next part of the reborn Planet Of The
Apes saga arrives 28 July 2016.
Hello, young lovers!
X- MEN: APOCALYPSE
Just as X- Men: First Class substituted key mutants with their younger counterparts, ’ 80s- set
sequel Apocalypse will recast Jean Grey and Cyclops. Hit- Girl Chloe Moretz and Maleficent’s Elle Fanning are said to be frontrunners for Jean while EastEnder Ben Hardy, The Boat That Rocked’s Charlie Rowe and Interstellar’s Timothee Chalamet are in the frame for a teenage Scott Summers. Star Wars: The Force
Awakens’ Oscar Isaac has signed up to play the eponymous villain, and the story is rumoured to focus on the romance between Michael Fassbender’s Magneto and
Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique. “I really don’t know where she’s going to go,” says Lawrence of the shape- shifter. “I’ve had a few conversations about where we’ll find her. She obviously needs to be in hiding somewhere.” X- Men:
Apocalypse hits 27 May 2016.