Hello Marvel movie fans! Today we have new bits to offer about two upcoming superhero films. Fox’s newest installment in X-Men movie franchise, The Wolverine, now has an official synopsis – and it (in no uncertain terms) hints a truly epic movie experience.
We also have word on the shortlist of actors that Sony is eyeing to star in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as Peter Parker’s friend (turned enemy) Harry Osborn, a role made famous by James Franco in the original Spider-Man movie trilogy.
The Wolverine: Official Synopsis
Fox has been doing a good deal of PR as of late, trying hard to establish The Wolverine as a standalone film experience. Director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) and star Hugh Jackman recently did an online Q&A session, where it was firmly established that the film is NOT ”Wolverine 2″ by any means; it does take place after X-Men 3 and will be a sort of new starting point for the character; and the story will go deeper and the action will be more grounded (but fiercer) than any other depiction of the character, to date.
As you can see for yourself below, the official synopsis for The Wolverine certainly seems to echo those assertions:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
A few gems in the synopsis would be the reference to Silver Samurai, the film’s big mutant antagonist, and clues to the oft-mentioned thematic arc of the film, which finds Wolverine having to deal with his own immortality after having watched so many friends and loved ones (like those in X3) die. The only lingering question I personally have is whether or not that last part, about the “new Wolverine” we’ll get by the end of the film, will have any bearing on the events of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. With Fox now building their own Marvel Movie Universe, it’s certainly possible.
The Wolverine will be in theaters on July 26, 2013
Amazing Spider-Man 2: The New Harry Osborn
THR reports that Sony and the filmmakers behind Amazing Spider-Man 2 have set their sights on three potential actors to play Harry Osborn. It’s reported that the role is changing from athletic likable guy to ‘dark and edgy’ guy – and as such, the potential actors for the role all fit that mold.
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lincoln), Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Melancholia) and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Stoker) are the three actors on the shortlist. Of the three, I’m most familiar with DeHaan and I’m fairly sure he would be most fans’ pick for the role. The young actor definitely made Chronicle into something special: his slow-burn transformation from victimized teen into super-powered maniac was a breakout role, for sure. He quickly thereafter managed to impress in completely different fashion, playing a slow-witted but lovable sidekick to Shia LaBeouf’s character in Lawless. DeHaan also has a memorable cameo in the opening moments of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (as a dim-witted but dedicated Union solider) – and if he’s already running alongside heavyweights like Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s clearly ready for this kind of blockbuster role.
That’s not to say Corbet or Ehrenreich aren’t worthy as well: Corbet has been playing young men with dark sides in everything from the 24 television series to starring as one of the young sociopaths who terrorizes a yuppie family in the psychological horror flick, Funny Games. He’s definitely the sort of guy you could imagine wanting to murder Peter Parker while smiling in his face and patting him on the back.
Ehrenreich is more of an unknown quantity, but he has a starring role in a potential blockbuster young adult franchise (Beautiful Creatures), and his inclusion in the twisted Stoker suggests good things. (Not to mention, he’s got a kind of young Benecio Del Toro thing going on, which could work for Harry Osborn.)
Amazing Spider-Man 2 will continue to explore the nature of Spider-Man’s family history and that history’s ties to his superhero origin. There is the question of whether Spidey will be getting a new costume, but we know Peter Parker will have girl trouble in the form of a new love interest (Mary Jane Watson). On the villain side, we’re all waiting to see if Sony will indeed cast Jamie Foxx as Electro, but there is still the mysterious threat of Norman Osborn (Harry’s father) waiting in the wings.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.