Marvel Phase 2 News

There is less then a month to go before Iron Man 3 hit theatres, Thor: The Dark World is well into post production, and as of  Monday, filming has begun on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, set for release one year from now. Marvel has released the official synopsis of the film, which like it did with Thor and Iron Man, reveals very little.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C."
The biggest news to come out of this announcement is the reveal that Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow isn't just putting in a cameo, but is actually co-lead of the film, cementing her role as the highest profile female character in the MCU, and making her the third most ubiquitous supporting character, behind Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury (who will also be appearing in the Cap sequel), and Clark Gregg's Coulson (who won't be. He's busy elsewhere).

It was also revealed that screen legend Robert Redford, whose casting was announced last month, will be playing Alexander Pierce, a senior SHIELD agent, who in the comics was Fury's right hand man, and an expert in the workings of HYDRA. Undoubtedly, his role will include a bit of history with Cap's war time foes, and the appearance of the Winter Soldier. That, paired with the return of Toby Jones as HYDRA mastermind Arnim Zola and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter also suggest flashbacks to the post-Cap war period, and the possible Soviet expansion of HYDRA's activities.

Elsewhere, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the next film in the lineup and slated for an August 2014 release, has been shoring up its cast. Joining Chris Pratt as Peter Quill will be MMA fighter Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. This leaves only the roles of Rocket Raccoon and Groot the Space-Ent left from the main cast left to fill, and both of those will be CG or motion capture roles. Marvel is interested in either Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler for Rocket Raccoon, clearly intending on making him the Ted style comedic relief, though I can think of a dozen voice actors who would be better in the role then either of those two 90's call backs.

Bautista has spent years in the WWE and MMA, and has recently moved into acting, appearing in The Man with the Iron Fists, and the upcoming Riddick. Saldana, despite making a big splash with her roles in Star Trek and Avatar, has yet to find success outside of sci-fi genre work, and is obviously sticking with what works (Guardians, while representing the biggest risk to Marvel's run of success, has the potential to be a lucrative franchise for the company, with the resurgence of large scale space operas spurred on by Star Trek and Star Wars).

If Guardians films this summer, for a fall release next year, next will follow Joss Whedon's sequel to Avengers, set for release in spring 2015, and Ant-man the fall of the same year. While Marvel isn't releasing any details about either of those films just yet (other then Joss Wheodn teasing that his philosophy in writing the sequel is "Death, death and death."), Morris Chestnut might have just nerdgasmed his way out of a potential role, tweeting that "Not final. #BlackPanther may be in #avengers2 first." The suggestion that Chestnut has auditioned, or at least talked about playing the role, and giving away the farm on Twitter will probably result in Marvel denying it first to us the public, and then to Chestnut himself by not returning his phone calls.

Rule number one, especially when dealing with Marvel: don't shoot yourself in the foot. Just ask Jason Momoa.

Via Collider. Again and again.
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