Turns out the guy we thought would play the villain in next year's Thor 2 will not, in fact, be causing mayhem in the Nine Realms or getting He-Man pimp-slapped by Mjolnir. Mads Mikkelsen, who was previously in talks to portray the unspecified bad guy in the Thor sequel, has revealed that the plan to have him join Chris Hemsworth and company went awry, meaning Marvel has to find somebody new to go up against the titular Thunder God and Avenger.
Remember how Marvel Studios, Disney, and Paramount worked it all out to bring consumers a massive ten-disc, six-movie Blu-ray set that includes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers? The one we just saw a trailer for a few weeks ago? That one. Well, today we actually find out just when "Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One: Avengers Assembled" will be available for purchase. In a bit of a consumergasm, we also get to take out first look at the set itself, including artwork for each of the individual movies.
You really have to hand it to Marvel Studios and Disney. Not only is The Avengers now the third-biggest movie of all time, but they know how to maintain interest and continue building hype. A day after unveiling the first teasery teaser for the mammoth "Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One: Avengers Assembled" ten-disc, six-movie Blu-ray set, Marvel has officially announced the September 25th release date for The Avengers on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, and 3D Blu-ray.
Now that six movies of cross-pollinating franchises have paid off handsomely with a $600.4 million domestic haul — $1.4 billion global total — on The Avengers, Marvel has completed "Phase One" of it's big cinematic plan. Marvel Studios, Disney, and Paramount have found a way to work out some delicate wrangling and will present all six Marvel movies, from Iron Man to The Avengers on a huge six-movie, ten-disc Blu-ray set. That Blu-ray set now has a teasing trailer.
Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg didn't have too much to do in last year's Thor. They tagged along to Jotunheim and then showed up on Midgard to be all like, "Hey buddy, your dad's in an Asgardian coma and Loki's being a total douche" before a brief engagement with a metallic bad guy. Hopefully in Thor 2 they'll have more to do, but one of them will have a new face, as Josh Dallas won't be returning as Fandral, necessitating a new actor to fill out the eponymous thunder god's posse, The Warriors Three.
The action-oriented, visually Lord of the Rings-tinged fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman has only been in theaters for a week now, but Universal Pictures is eager to get a sequel moving. The film, an epic kingdom-in-rebellion take on the well known fairy tale, has long been planned as the first in a trilogy, and apparently the $118 million that Snow White and the Huntsman has grossed globally in the last seven days is promising enough to get the ball rolling on part two.
With The Avengers continuing to make money hand over Hulk-Sized fist ($1.32 billion and counting), Marvel Studios and Disney have a plan. Actually, make that multiple plans. First and foremost, there's the plan for Phase 2 of interconnected Marvel movies: Iron Man 3 is currently filming for a theatrical bow in 2013, along with Thor 2, as well as a Captain America sequel an an unspecified mystery project scheduled for 2014.
Opening in theaters on June 1st is the highly anticipated new film Snow White and the Huntsman, which is a "Lord of the Rings-style" retelling of the classic fairy tale. The film was helmed by first time director Rupert Sanders and stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart in the title role. In addition to Stewart, the movie features an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), as well as Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Ray Winstone (Edge of Darkness), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Nick Frost (Attack the Block) as the Dwarves.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Sam Claflin at the London Hotel in Los Angeles to discuss his work on Snow White and the Huntsman. The actor talked about the new film, his initial reaction to the script, how he got cast in the film, changes that he made to his character, the rivalry between Prince William and the Huntsman, William's love for Snow White, working with both Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, archery training, and the movie's stunning visual effects.
After spending a lot of time developing the crazily ambitious Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower across a movie trilogy and two limited-run television series to no avail at Universal, Ron Howard jumped right into directing Rush. Now that production has wrapped, a new behind-the-scenes video featurette clocking in at just under four-minutes shows just what Howard's been up to on his Formula 1 racing drama.
With The Avengers, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, has now served as the principal antagonist for two Marvel movies, so we couldn't expect that he'd be shouldering the villainous burden alone for a third time. Thor 2 is set to be Marvel Studios' second post-Avengers movie, and it looks the studio and director Alan Taylor have found an actor to play a new villain, as a familiar bad guy is in talks to join the cosmic party.