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Joss Whedon on Avengers 2

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Joss Whedon talked to Total Film magazine recently and rather than be intimidated by topping the #3 highest-grossing film of all time, he seems absolutely enthused about furthering the Avengers mythos on film.  Iron Man 3 will kick off Phase 2 off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Avengers 2 will provide its period in May 2015.  Here’s what Whedon had to say:

The only pressure is the pressure that is there every time I do a new project. Is it going to be good? It is going to be different? Is there even a reason to make another one? Is there a reason for this to be my next thing? Can I pull it off? I am not going to try and match the box office of the first one because that would be bonkers. Yes, there is a certain level of safety [knowing there’s a huge audience] – because now people know about The Avengers and they like the characters so it probably won’t completely crash and burn. But you don’t want to just get by and do something that is merely OK. If I am going to dedicate three years of my short life to this then I want to do something that I have never done before. So I think of The Avengers 2 as a glorious challenge – it is a sequel, yes, but how can it be different? Of course, the pressure that I don’t feel, my body internalises. It happens all the time. I was comfortable making the first Avengers, but I didn’t sleep during it.

‘Glorious challenge’ is what you want to hear!  I’ve been a Whedonite since the Buffy days so I have no doubt he’ll deliver in Avengers 2.  He also told Total Film that the script outline he’d turned in to Marvel contained “seven things worth the price of admission alone”.  WOOT!

Black Panther to Debut in Avengers 2?

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There have been Black Panther movie rumors going back to when Wesley Snipes was making the first Blade movie.  Snipes had time to make two more Blades, get convicted for tax evasion and serve his entire prison term and we still don’t have T’Challa son of T’Chaka ruler of Wakanda on the big screen.

If Marvel wants to make the team bigger for Avengers 2, and all accounts are that they will (Joss Whedon has specifically mentioned more women), Black Panther would be a good fit because he has virtually no name recognition outside comic geek circles and he has no rogues gallery (the guy in the white gorilla suit does not count).  It would be tricky giving him his own film, but if freaking Ant Man is getting one, why not?  Panther has been one of my favorite heroes as long as I’ve read comics.  Chris Priest’s run in the Marvel Knights days was one of the things that brought me back into comics after a few years off.  I want to see him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Well, it looks like the Panther may be Morris Chestnut (Kick Ass 2) if he can stop tweeting about it.  Earlier this week the actor tweeted:

“It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!,”
(this tweet got deleted post-haste)

However, today, the Mad Tweeter just twittered (I cannot type anything having to do with Twitter and not feel silly):

“Not final,” he writes. “#BlackPanther may be in #avengers2 first. RT @jamaal91604133: @Morris_Chestnut Can’t wait to see this movie. #BlackPanther

It may be all complete rubbish, but that’s what we’re here to debate, folks.  If Black Panther is going to be in MCU Phase 2, I see no other place than the Avengers 2 unless he does some kind of cameo as simply T’Challa in Captain America 2.  Either way, there’s still Phase 3 and we’ve got Dr. Strange and Daredevil out there to play with too!

Trailer Time: Kick Ass 2 (2013 – Green Band Trailer)

I haaaaated Kick Ass the comic.  HATED it.  I went to the movie against my will and ended up LOVING it.  I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before.  I haven’t read Kick Ass 2, but I know the general gist of the story.  There was a red band trailer that was released a few weeks ago but…yeah, no that wasn’t going up here.  I’m not feeling it from the trailers and Matthew Vaughan isn’t directing so I don’t know if even Hit-Girl can save this.

Marvel Phase Two Photos and Concept Art

If you were lucky enough to get the nifty SHIELD briefcase edition of Marvel Phase One, you were treated to a sneak peek at Phase Two.  Part of that peek were a number of photos and concept art from Ant Man (which I thought was phase 3…cameo in an earlier film?), Thor The Dark World showing Jane Foster in Asgard, Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing our first look at The Winter Soldier and the Falcoln, and Guardians of the Galaxy showing wide galactic vistas and the core team of Starlord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora (just cast as Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer.  Widen your eyes in geeky wonder and drink in the possibilities.  What do you glean from all this visual insight?  Phase two is only a few weeks away, people, we got to get our geek on here.

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