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Bad news, Marvelites: word of an “Avengers” Director’s Cut hitting theaters later this year has been greatly exaggerated.
At Comic-Con, we had a few minutes to chat with director Joss Whedon and he told us that it’s “not true” that an extended version of his mighty superhero film would be returning to cinemas later this year. We spoke with him about a whole lot of other topics, too, including his big “Firefly” reunion at the show, his plans for “Much Ado About Nothing,” the possibility of “Doctor Horrible 2” and more. Check it all out in the video below!
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There’s plenty we know about Oliver Queen’s character in the CW’s upcoming “Arrow,” but the one aspect of his storyline we’re most intrigued by is his five years spent on the island. We’ve already met our China White, but when MTV News sat down with stars Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy at Comic-Con, we asked just how the island storyline would work in the context of the rest of the plot.
“If we set our show in the real world, if we ground it in reality, then he doesn’t just magically get archery skills and jujitsu skills and parkour skills and a sense of hearing and just a keen awareness. That is learned, and I would wager to bet painfully earned along the way,” Amell said. “So it’s really fun because I get to play all those different characters along the way. I think that the Arrow character is actually him. Technically I have a costume on, but that seems to be the real me.”
Fans won’t have to wait to see the island, as Amell promised “we go back there immediately.” And though there is “a little mythology on the island” as he says, Cassidy promised that there’s a nice balance between that and the present day.
“They really brought it together in a very nice real way because I think it’s a tough thing to do,” she said.
Amell elaborated by saying that “Arrow” won’t be “married to the island” the same way a show like, say, “Lost” was. And speaking of “Lost,” “Arrow” goes as far as to have a reference to ABC’s hit mystery series in its pilot episode.
“Our executive producers have said we’re not married to the island. We don’t have to be there every episode. I don’t need to learn something on the island that I apply to the present day, which was certainly the structure of the first couple of seasons of ‘Lost,’” he said. “I’m sure at a certain point we’ll veer that way, but it could be more episodically structured as well.”
Are you looking forward to the island portions of “Arrow”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
by Ryan J. Downey
This, True Believes, is why people stock up on coffee and snacks, pull up lawn chairs and do whatever it takes to endure those horrendously long lines for Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con: Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″ panel unleashed a torrent of information about several in-production properties including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the sequels to “Thor” and “Captain America” and much more.
The proceedings kicked off with a montage looking back on the last several years of Comic-Con presentations, including a bit from Marvel Films honcho Kevin Feige talking about how he’d love to see an Avengers movie way back in the pre-schawarma days of 2006. The montage wrapped up with these incredibly exciting words: “PHASE TWO BEGINS… NOW!” And boom, here came the Marvel bombshells faster than you can say “Excelsior!”
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely happening. Concept art was shown. The team’s lineup — Star-Lord, Draxx the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon (!) and Gamorra – was revealed. Steve Rogers’ next cinematic chapter will officially be titled “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” which was met with huge applause. His Mjolnir-wielding Asgardian teammate’s next outing will officially be titled “Thor: The Dark World.”
Edgar Wright may have tweeted about being in London but – boom! – there he was on the Hall H stage, “Ant Man” test footage in tow! We couldn’t see who was wearing the mask, of course, but we saw a great fight scene where Hank Pym pops in and out of various sizes. “He’s going to kick your ass one inch at a time,” declared the “Shaun of the Dead” filmmaker, just after the audience saw the hero bust somebody’s tooth.
A nice, meaty chunk of “Iron Man 3″ footage confirmed that Ben Kingsley is definitely playing The Mandarin after all. Things got meta when Tony Stark chastised Happy Hogan for quitting on him and his former driver complained about all of the time Iron Man has been spending with his “super friends.” Happy himself, “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau, joined Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle (who dons the Iron Patriot armor), Feige and “Iron Man 3″ director Shane Black on stage where they joked, chided, ribbed and laughed their way through a rollicking good time.
Stick with MTV as we bring San Diego Comic-Con to you with wall-to-wall convention coverage from the panels to the streets. Hosts Josh Horowitz and Steven Smith are onboard for live broadcasts on fan-favorite movies, comic creators, TV shows, cosplay, gaming and more!
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Follow MTV Geek all weekend as we live stream from the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con!
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Join MTV News’ Josh Horowitz for another round of live interviews from San Diego featuring “The Expendables 2″ and more “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ goodies!
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Casts of ‘Glee’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ (and hopefully some surprise guests) will also be on hand in San Diego.
By Kara Warner
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Calling all nerds! If you’re heading down to Comic-Con this year and would like to write for MTV News, we want to hear from you!
The MTV Movies team is seeking Comic-Con contributors to attend and report on a wide range of panels and events. Already planning on checking out the Marvel movie panels? Are you hoping to brave the zombie apocalypse through the “Walking Dead Escape” obstacle course? Write about your experiences for us and make your voice heard!
Candidates should have prior writing and editing experience with online publications. You must be able to churn out copy with authority, wit, enthusiasm and factual accuracy. Just as importantly, you need to already have your Comic-Con passes in hand — we won’t be able to provide these for you.
If you’re interested in signing on as one of our Comic-Con contributors, then send over an introductory letter, writing samples, and a list of the panels and events you’re hoping to cover to firstname.lastname@example.org; submissions without all three will not be considered.