Marvel’s “Phase Two” initiative is proving to be as much fun for fans as the “Phase One” buildup was; everyday brings new rumors about characters, storylines and casting we may or may not see happen, with plenty of fun speculation left over to discuss.
As of late, Rumors about the more imminent sequel films - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3 – have been taking up our time, but we now have new word about a film that is just taking solid shape: the recently confirmed Ant-Man solo film. In addition, we have an update on a recent rumor that had to do with Doctor Strange appearing in Thor 2 – specifically in regards to who might be playing the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Website Omelete scored an interview with Victoria Alonso, who has co-produced/executive produced virtually every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (notable exception being Incredible Hulk), and who will be involved with this next batch of films as well. Alonso had some interesting updates regarding the latest pool of rumors, staring with Ant-Man.
Anyone following this film knows that writer/director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has been working on an Ant-Man script for years now. Wright also directed the Ant-Man test footage that premiered at Comic-Con 2012 - to overwhelmingly positive fan response.
According to Alonso, it’s possible that Wright’s Ant-Man teaser could be released online – it all depends on fan demand. Collider translated her quotes from Porteguese to English:
“What we showed at Comic-Con was a work in progress. We’re working on finishing it, and I think you might see it. Not sure where, but we always listen to the fans. And if the fans demand it we make sure they get it. I don’t know if we are going to post it online, but I don’t have [any reason] to believe we may not.”
Alonso continues that Wright is still the man being eyed to direct the film, given how happy the studio is with his script. Of course, Wright is currently working on The World’s End, a finale to his “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy (started by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz); however, as we’ve previously speculated, Marvel’s timeline for Ant-Man puts it in a place where Wright could finish shooting World’s End and pick up with Ant-Man in early 2013. The film could conceivably hit theaters in 2014, in what could be Marvel’s biggest gamble yet, putting out not two but three films - Captain America 2 and new properties Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man – all in one year.
We’ll keep you updated, as casting news about this film is sure to come flying at us in the fall season.
Rumor has it that part of Thor 2 will involve Odin’s vault being breached, sending several of its powerful artifacts out into the larger Marvel Universe where they will affect the fates of several characters we know (Thanos), while possibly giving rise to some new characters we have yet to meet – i.e., Doctor Strange. The character is rumored to be part of the Thor sequel in his pre-superhero form (as (doctor? Scientist?) Stephen Strange), who will be an acquaintance of Thor’s love interest, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). One of the items in Odin’s vault happens to be the mystical object that (in the comics) gives Stephen Strange the powers of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange – which will presumably be an origin we see in perhaps the post-credit “button scene” for Thor: The Dark World.
Naturally, comic book fans have been excited by this rumor, leading to much speculation about which actor could appear in Thor 2 as Strange to bolster the franchise. The top rumors pointed to Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, Lord of the Rings) taking on the iconic role.
Well, Alonso’s following quote makes it seem as though rumors of Mortensen being eyed by Marvel are just that: RUMORS. See for yourself:
“We would love to work with Viggo Mortensen. I’ve been trying that for years. But I don’t know if Viggo is even acting anymore. I thought he wasn’t acting anymore. It would be great to work with him in the future, but we don’t have him signed, no.”
Of course, the way she phrased that leaves room for rumor to possibly inspire truth. In other words: she leaves the door open for Mortensen to bite, should he be as interested in working with them as they are with him. (In case you’re wondering, Mortensen isn’t quitting acting, having recently done films like A Dangerous Method and On the Road in the last few years, with new projects like The Two Faces of January (a thriller co-starring Kirsten Dunst and directed by the writer of Drive) which is currently in production.)
Reading deeper into the quote, it’s also apparent that Viggo Mortensen hasn’t been all that responsive to Marvel’s ‘years’ of interest in him, so on the one hand it’s hard to see him coming around to this particular role. However, as our own Rob Keyes pointed out: “Mortensen was a top choice for the lead role in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and…’The Dark Tower,’ so he’s not averse to returning to blockbuster franchise roles.”
Finally: Did you notice that Alonso DIDN’T outright deny the planning of a Doctor Strange movie? Or that the character will appear in Thor 2? If this quote is indeed accurate, she may have inadvertently said a lot more than she intended…
We’ll keep you updated about the whole Doctor Strange and Thor 2 situation as it develops.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 – with Ant-Man possibly hitting theaters in mid-summer 2014.
Header Image Sources: Marvel Comics (Ant-Man: Season One by Tom DeFalco and Horacio Domingues; Doctor Strange: Season One by Greg Pak and Emma Rios)