Marvel News, In Brief

Courtesy of Marvel.
- Thor: The Dark World (really, Marvel, no one pitched you The Dark Realm? Come on...) has pretty much nailed down it's cast. Chris Hemsworth, of course, will be returning, along with Natlie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Alexander, Idris Elba, and Stellen Skarsgaard. New to the cast will be Christopher Eccleston, Zachery Levi, and Alice Krige. No official word on the return of Anthony Hopkins as Odin, though I would expect unless his absence is part of the plot, that will happen, or Rene Russo as Thor's mom.
Confirmed yesterday was Kat Dennings, who will reprise the role of Darcy, this time complete with a lat name, Lewis. Dennings stole the show last time around, and co-opted a few of the funnier lines originally meant for Portman. Her role will be increased, apparently, and will be worked around her filming of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, though really who would notice if they just shut that show down?

- Captain America: The Winter Solider is looking for a love interest, and has it narrowed down to three actress. Normally, I wouldn't give a damn until they actually picked one, but I needed something to pad out the post. Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, and Imogen Poots are all up for the role of Sharon Carter, descendant of Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. The role of Sharon was thought to have already been cast in the first movie, as the unnamed SHIELD agent played by Amanda Righetti who appeared in the movie's final moments. Guess not. Of the three choices, my preference is for Felicity Jones, if only because she is naturally British, bares something of a resemblance to Atwell, and I haven't seen Poots perform in anything.

One of these ladies will join Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Macke in a film that, because of the time jump, will see almost none of the original cast return.

- Finally, and most excitingly, Marvel is apparently interested in James Gunn, the second man after Joss Whedon to give Nathan Fillion a starring role, director of Slither, Super, and creative director on the game Lollipop Chainsaw, for the director's seat on Guardians of the Galaxy.

They could not make a better choice. Yes, he's never done sci-fi, like proper Star Trek style science fiction, before, but he has the style and the attitude to make Guardians both completely insane, and tremendously fun. And once again, I've got to give to Marvel for not giving these movies to big names, but to smaller, mostly genre indulgent directors with unique styles.

Via Den of Geek, Virgin Media, and Topless Robot.
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