There have been a number of Marvel stories doing the rounds today, so I thought it best to briefly cover them all in one handy post, so let’s get started!
Firstly the synopsis for Thor 2: The Dark World has made its way on-line, and we will share a snippet of the story here. To see the entire thing, head over to Coming Soon for the full details. What we already know is that most of the cast from the Kenneth Branagh’s first film, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are back. We also know that Christopher Eccleston has been added to the list to play the main villain, Malekith the Accursed, ruler of The Dark Elves. The last piece of casting news announced that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had joined the cast as the most powerful of the Dark Elves, Algrim The Strong, before being transformed into Kurse. Now we can share with you exactly where those characters will fit in, and it sounds like an epic battle between good and evil that’s for sure. Check out a snippet of the synopsis next:
“Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all”
In further news, some rumours have been circulating about some names being targeted to join Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now, it must be stressed that these are simply rumours, but the news comes from Latino Review, a source which more often than not gets things right.
A short-list of actresses has been revealed for the films female lead, and initially it was thought the part could go to either of the following: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Alison Brie (Community) or Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey). The role is that of Sharon Carter, AKA Agent 13 and niece of First Avenger female lead Peggy Carter. Judging by the names here, it would appear the producers are looking for a British actress, or someone who can do a British accent well.
However, according to Latino Review, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the actress being targeted for the role. Winstead has had a pretty impressive career of late, appearing in big films like Die Hard 4 (and the upcoming A Good Day To Die Hard), Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Thing, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Smashed. She certainly has the credentials for the job, and would be very pleasing on the eye for fans.
In other casting rumours for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Latino Review say that producers are looking for two male’s to fill very physical roles which will probably be for the villains. Lost’s Josh Holloway and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster Waldau are supposedly on the hot list, and also Kevin Durrand (Cosmopolis, Lost) has also been mentioned.
Finally, Latino Review have also reported on just how the characters in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy could be used. Not everyone is familiar with these space based superheroes, and while the story is based around five key characters, LR says that the film will mostly focus on just three.
The talking Raccoon known as Rocket and the Tree called Groot, will apparently still appear in the film, but will take a backseat to the more dominant characters in order to help ‘ease’ people in to this new world. The main characters will be Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax the Destroyer.
For those who don’t know, Star-Lord is a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict, so he’s a natural protagonist to introduce audiences to the world of Guardians.
However, these are just rumours, so take all this with a pinch of salt, and don’t start getting too excited until something official is announced. However, being Marvel and Disney, don’t expect anything too soon.
(Sources: Latino Review, Coming Soon.net)