Scarlet Johansson and Anthony Mackie Give More Details on Cap 2

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Black Widow and Falcon (or Scarlet Johansson and Anthony Mackie as people who dabble in reality call them) have both given interviews this week that shed a little more light on what we can expect from next year’s first Marvel movie: Captain America The Winter Soldier.

Johansson confirmed that Cap 2 will take place two years after the events of The Avengers, which would put them 18 months  after Iron Man 3 and Thor 2.  If I had to take a wild reason as to the gap, it would be to allow Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD to fill in and flesh out SHIELD as an organization before it takes center stage in Cap 2.

“This film is in real time,” she said in an interview with Refinery29. “It’s been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship.

“By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate. They share many similarities because they live on the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity.”

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Anthony Mackie has been so excited about playing Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, that by this point Marvel probably has someone following him around with a tranq gun in case he drops any more tidbits.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, he spoke about his costume in the film and how early footage screened from the film has been received.

“I wanted Falcon to be really lean,” he said. “So it couldn’t have worked out better timing wise. I worked so hard to get my body in shape that I wanted to show it off. So I told Marvel I just wanted to be in spandex. But they decided that they wanted Falcon to be more of a military character, which I’m not complaining about, because my gear looks dope and I get to kick a lot of ass. Ever since I got in good shape, though, I’m all about spandex.”

“It looks amazing [The movie not Mackie, though he’d probably spot you both]. It’s so much bigger than everyone thought it would be, and we’re kicking a lot of ass. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of, especially with Samuel L. Jackson, who’s been my mentor for so many years.”

On whether or not The Falcon will be a recurring character in the MCU, he seems as in-the-dark as everyone….except Samuel L. Jackson who is standing behind you in your house right now looking secretive.

“It can be frustrating at times, because if you’re not “in house” with them, if you’re not one of the people making the vision and you have no way of knowing what’s going on. It’s kind of like a sports game – something great can happen at any moment. One day you’ll get a call from Marvel that’s like, “Hey, we need you in New Mexico right now for The Avengers 2.” I’d ride a moped to that set if I had to. My friends keep saying, “you’ll be doing these forever,” but I don’t know about that. If it works out, it works out. It’s all very hush.”

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014.
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Top 5: XBOX One Launch Games

We are only a month and a half away from the launch of Xbox One and have decided to go day one for the first time in any generational launch.  I think most people are going to start to make the leap over when Destiny hits in early 2014 and the next HALO game will grab the rest, but looking over the just under thirty options at launch, here are the five, in order, that most intrigue me.  What about you?  Who’s in on day one?  I may find my friends list a lonely place for awhile….though it’s worth mentioning that if you pre-order Destiny you qualify for the beta and that is not too far away.
1. Watch Dogs
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2. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
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3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
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4. Call of Duty: Ghosts
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5. Dead Rising 3
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Trailer Time: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)


Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Peter Andersson, Kenneth Branagh, David Paymer and Colm Feore.

Based on the Jack Ryan character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy,who passed away this week, the film is a contemporary action thriller set in the present day. The original story, written by David Koepp, follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.  Pine is such a fantastic actor, I think he could really embody this character as no one before has and play him for years to come.  Jack Ryan will open on Christmas Day.Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, Chris Pine, Tom Clancy

The Scarlet Witch Has Been Cast….and it’s an Olsen Sister?

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OK, first of all put the firearm back down.  Back away from whatever you just pointed at the computer and/or yourself.  It’s not one of the Full House twins.  OK?  Need a minute?  Ok, take that minute.

Neither Marvel or Disney has confirmed this, but Elizabeth Olsen, sister of child actors-turned-emaciated train wrecks Mary Kate and Ashley, has been increasingly mentioned over the last month in connection with the Scarlet Witch.  The last week, the rumor has been that Saorise Ronan had been offered the part, but turned it down to do Star Wars Episode VII.  Whether Ronan’s headed to a galaxy far far away, we don’t know, but confirmation of Olsen’s casting came from the top man at SHIELD himself: Samuel L. Jackson (I meant Nick Fury…meh, same thing).

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Jackson said: “I don’t think we begin shooting before March of next year. I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen [who will play the Scarlet Witch], but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.”

Kick-Ass 2‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been the only name solidly linked with playing Scarlet Witch’s brother, Quicksilver, but that’s unconfirmed, though Taylor-Johnson has expressed extreme interest in playing the speedster.

Olsen has had a number of well-received roles in smaller, independent films and can next be seen in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake this November and then Gareth Edwards ‘Godzilla reboot (also starring Taylor-Johnson) in May 2014.

First James Spader and now Elizabeth Olsen.  Joss Whedon‘s got my trust but they’re not obvious choices.  I wonder if we’ll be seeing any of these characters before Avengers 2 with casting being announced nearly a year before production starts…  Avengers old and new will return to the screen in Avengers Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
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