It looks like Marvel news wants to close out the week strong, and after the reveal of Guardians of the Galaxy among other projects yesterday, we have a ton of news to catch up on. Here’s a run down of what’s waiting for you below:
- Stellan Skarsgard confirms he’s returning to Thor 2, and reveals when the sequel will start production.
- Captain America 2 will share a familiar filming spot with Iron Man 3.
- Guardians of The Galaxy has been confirmed by multiple more publications.
- Marvel and Disney are said to be working on a third 2014 release in the form of an animated adventure.
- Marvel has officially released the trailer and details for The Avengers‘ Blu-Ray and DVD release.
- First up, Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed to Hey U Guys that he will be returning for his third Marvel movie as Dr. Erik Selvig in Thor 2. Skarsgard’s screentime is unclear, given that he played a supporting role in the first film and that he also will have another film to balance with the new Lars Von Trier film. Skarsgard joins a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Mads Mikkelsen, Jaimie Alexander, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Zachary Levi. Furthermore with Skarsgard’s inclusion, it’s likely that there may be a spot for Kat Denning’s returning comedic relief in Darcy as well.
In another interesting bit, Skarsgard revealed that the sequel will begin to shoot in August, giving an official production start to the film that has only previously been revealed as starting sometime this summer. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) will be stepping behind the camera for a November 8th, 2013 release.
- Meanwhile on another sequel front, North Carolina is looking into extending a tax break for film productions, as it expires on January 1st, 2014. Representative Danny McComas believes that extending the break will help out big budget films such as Marvel’s future productions, and it’s said that the next film that will swoop into Wilmington, North Carolina will be Captain America 2. No word yet on when the film will begin shooting, but it’s schedule to begin rolling either at the end of this year or at the start of 2013.
- In a brief update to our story yesterday regarding Guardians of the Galaxy set to be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con by Marvel, both Variety and THR have also consulted sources who confirm that Marvel is prepping an announcement for Comic-Con and will reveal the film at the presentation. Latino Review originally reported on Guardians of the Galaxy takiing the May 16th, 2014 spot, and now that multiple sources have confirmed the same claim, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the talk becomes a reality.
- There was talk in the past few months that Marvel and Disney could be working together to bring an animated Marvel feature together. Now, The Grid and Blue Sky Disney have reports stating that the two are teaming up for another 2014. From the 90s catalog of Marvel comics, it’s said that Disney and Marvel are brining Big Hero 6 to the big screen.
Said to be directed by Don Hall, the project is not “fully green lit” but has been approved by Jon Lasseter and is already story boarded. There has yet to be a script, with no writers yet assigned, but the story deals with a group of superheroes formed by the Japanese government in 1998 and features a diverse group of superheroes. It’s said to hit around Thanksgiving 2014, and there’s no word whether it will be CGI animation or traditional 2D style.
- Finally, Marvel has revealed the official Blu-Ray and DVD details for The Avengers, hitting store shelves on September 25th. The trailer is below, along with the press release the details the special features, and the Blu-Ray 3D cover art:
Coming this fall, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the #1 movie in the world, “Marvel’s The Avengers” assembles as you’ve never seen it before on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand platforms on September 25, 2012. In anticipation of this release, Marvel is also launching an all-new App in July – “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App” (available for the first time on iPhone) – that gives fans unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release.
The announcement comes as “Marvel’s The Avengers” crossed the incredible $600 million domestic box office threshold on June 26 – only the third film in history to do so. It has now grossed an estimated $1.44 billion globally.
Providing viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension on Blu-ray hi-def with stunning visual effects, superior sound and unparalleled bonus content.
Extras include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film, the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on their experiences in bringing these larger than life characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise” Music Video, deleted scenes and more!
Also for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.” By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi-weekly in July & August and weekly in September leading up to a full immersive experience accompanying the film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, invitations to “special missions” either remotely or in the field, links to character profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital reader comic books and more. App owners will receive push notifications whenever new content is uploaded and available for their viewing.