The end credits to the record breaking Avengers Assemble, have got fans eager to find out who the next villains will be in Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and the next Avengers movie. See, Thanos: the extraterrestrial Mad Titan, was the villain seen in the end credits of Avengers Assemble, grinning at the prospect of “courting death”. This leads us to presume that he will most definitely be a future villain, yet with some of Iron Man 3’s villains now confirmed as Coldblood/Eric Savin and Firepower, not to mention Ben Kingsley’s character, surely the film cannot handle anymore villains. Which leads us to believe that Thanos might be the villain in Thor 2. However, when asked about this during an interview with Empire, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige made it clear Thanos would not be appearing in Thor 2, or even Iron Man 3. Here is what he said about the possibility of Thanos appearing in Thor 2:
“No, future, future. But there will be a major new villain. A major, major new antagonist…”
Who will that major new villain in Thor be? Well, we all know that Loki had a fair few problems come the end of The Avengers Assemble, and even though he is due to return in Thor 2, his character will not be the main villain. What we do know, is that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has signed on as the new villain in Thor, but it is not yet known who he will be playing. Could there be yet another villain being added to Thor 2? While Feige would not confirm anything about Thor 2’s villain, he did offer up a small insight into the film plot:
“We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”
Thor 2 see’s the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster (who was whisked away to a safe island in The Avengers Assemble), Thom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig and Idris Elba as Heimdall.
In further news, Feige also confirmed that The Avengers Assemble was just the tip of the iceberg for Marvel:
“The Avengers was not the finale for us. It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale. We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe.”
Moving on to Iron Man 3, and Feige also offered a small insight into what we can expect from the third, possibly biggest Iron Man film yet:
“We don’t equate bigger with better. It’s Tony’s most personal journey since he was trapped in a cave in the first half of the first movie, but it’ll also have the largest spectacle of any of the Iron Man movies.”
Iron Man 3 began filming in Wilmington, NC last Wednesday, and took a break for Memorial Day weekend. Filming commenced again on the Shane Black directed movie yesterday, and Comic Book got an exclusive report on the film:
Film crews with Iron Man 3 wrapped up at the Cape Fear Club on Chestnut & Second Streets in Wilmington in about 3 hours; earlier than expected. Police and security guards kept fans back as crews filmed inside the CapeFear Club. We’ve also learned that the crew is also filming scenes near Wilmington International Airport.
And Comic Book exclusively adds, We’ve been talking to some people close to the production in Wilmington and have confirmed earlier rumors that some of the film’s story will take place in Miami, Florida. At any rate, an unnamed, but trustworthy, source close to the production told one of our editors last night that he had seen emergency vehicles–police, ambulance and fire-rescue vehicles–emblazoned with logos for the city of Miami and Miami PD being unloaded from production trucks near the closed part of the set last night while crews prepared to begin shooting Iron Man 3 at the Cape Fear Club later today.
With Iron Man 3 now filming, and set for a planned release of 3rd May 2013, Marvel President Kevin Feige is confident the film will be a huge success since Iron Man was Marvel’s biggest film prior to the Avengers Assemble. Speaking of the Avengers Assemble, Feige said this about the film staggering success:
“I was just hoping it would beat the opening weekend of Iron Man 2, which was the biggest opening weekend for any Marvel Studios movie. We did 80 or 90 million above that. As the numbers started coming in on Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night, they just kept getting bigger and bigger, into areas I would never in a million years have believed.”
In more casting news for Iron Man 3, Twitch have reported unconfirmed rumours that “China’s Monica Belluci” Fan Bingbing may be joining the cast. With Andy Lau still not confirmed to be appearing in the film,yet with some sources saying he will appear, it has been rumoured that Bingbing will be playing Lau’s wife. This is great news for hotting up the cast, as Bingbing is seriously good looking. She has appeared in almost 30 Chinese film, and will be most recognisable for her role in the recent Shaolin with Jackie Chan and Andy Lau.
Hong-Kong based newspaper the Apple Daily have stated that the Beijing and Shanghai portions of the shoot will center on Tony Stark’s attempt to rescue a friend’s daughter who has been abducted and taken to China. Lau’s scientist character supposedly plays a substantial role in helping equip ol’ Shellhead to defeat The Mandarin. Oh, and part of the battle might take place in and around The Great Wall of China!
(Sources: Empire, Comic Book, Twitch)
By Matt Wavish