Marvel Movie News Guide for Episode #65 — MATT KEY TALKED TO THE RUSSOS ABOUT CIVIL WAR, AGENT CARTER AND DOCTOR STRANGE CROSSOVER, DAREDEVIL IS AWESOME!
Marvel Movie News #65
January 14, 2016
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On today’s show, we talked:
Captain America: Civil War
PLUS, we chat about the Finale to Jonathan Hickman’s
DAREDEVIL SEASON 2
Second Poster for Daredevil
Jeph Loeb Excited About Daredevil 2
“If you love season one, you’re going to love season two…Jon Bernthal has succeeded in his quest [to not screw up the character]. His Punisher is extraordinarily memorable, in every way.
“You will fall in love with Elodie Yung as Elektra, and she will break your heart, because that’s what Elektra does to people…”
“For Matt, who believes in the law, the question of whether or not he is a vigilante, and whether or not that makes him the same as these people, is something that will drive the story, and will drive Matt,”
Season explores “what it is to be a hero?”
“What’s fantastic about the story is, is that it’s created this enormous division in his life, because the woman that he once loved has returned, and she certainly has some issues with morality, and how you get the job done, and going on the other end of the spectrum is Frank Castle, who believes that justice needs to be served in a particular way.”
John Ridley’s Mystery Project Still Alive
Marvel’s Most Wanted Gets Pilot Order
Second Marvel Comedy in Development (in addition to Damage Control)
Damage Control — a half-hour, single-camera sitcom about the people who clean up the messes left by superheroes battling in their city.
“That’s the one that’s going to be coming out this season. I haven’t read it yet. I can’t wait to see it. We hope it’s going to be great.”
— ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee
No word on the second show. Lee simply said “in the long term, we’d love it to be on ABC. We definitely want to do Marvel comedies as well as dramas and of course, as you know, we supply lots of dramas to Netflix.”
Madame Masque Will Never Wear a Gold Mask
First Good Look at Madame Masque
New Clip for Agent Carter
Doctor Strange Connects to Agent Carter through Darkforce Dimension
“You’ll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce, but because they’ve never seen it before they just name it Zero Matter. That’s our tie-in to the ‘Doctor Strange’ universe, and also to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because you’ve seen it in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.” — Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters
How Deadpool Fits Into the X-Men Universe
“This film certainly works within the context of the X-Men universe, but it doesn’t necessarily include the sensibilities of an X-Men movie. It’s like taking an X-Men character, pumping him full of LSD and then releasing him back into that fold.”
The actor says Deadpool touches on the wider series “in our own very brief, glib way…”
RATED-R IS OFFICIAL
“strong language and violence throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.”
New Rom Com Deadpool Posters
Nominated for Five Razzies
Worst Picture, Worst Remake, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay
RUSSOS TALK CIVIL WAR
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
“Some New Avengers in phase 4 are going to become prominent and then maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore. So, we’ll see how all this plays out but you have to treat every character with respect.”
SECONDARY CHARACTER TO THE FOREFRONT
“I want to see some storytelling from some of the secondary characters. We’re focusing on that right now with Infinity War while we’re breaking into those movies, is which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven’t had their own ‘A’ story arc to this point. I think you’ll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers.”
TIME BETWEEN FILMS
“We like to say that the amount of time that has passed in between films is the amount of time that has passed in the movies,”
CAP AT BEGINNING OF CIVIL WAR
“We find Cap leading the Avengers. He’s tutoring or mentoring Scarlet Witch in the beginning of the movie and bringing her into the fold. We find them on a mission at the start of the film. The effect that Ultron has had on everyone certainly is central to the storytelling of the movie.
THEMES DEALT WITH THROUGHOUT CIVIL WAR
It’s very strong. We’re dealing with issues of collateral damage, imperialism, what rights do superheroes have to pursue villains across borders. It’s very politically minded. Cap’s dealing with all of that at the beginning.”
SPIDER-MAN IN HIGH SCHOOL IS IMPORTANT
“He was my favorite character growing up, so the opportunity to bring Spider-Man to the screen is a dream come true. It’s something that I spent a lot of time thinking about as a kid. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.
SPIDER-MAN IN A CONTEMPORARY, REALISTIC CONTEXT
It was also important to us that the actor that was cast feel contemporary because the other films that portrayed where he lived is more… they honored the comic books in terms of the choices. But you go look at the home that Tobey Maguire lived in in Raimi’s Spider-Man was… those were very expensive homes. We wanted to relate it to the reality…”
“The everyman appeal of the character, which is something we’ve always loved,” added Anthony Russo.
THE REALITY OF SPIDER-MAN AS A LOW-INCOME HERO
“A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family… Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions. We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character. Again, in combination those are all of the things that we try to do, and of course, to bring our own touches, too.”
“I would also add, again, we’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie,” said Anthony Russo. “If you look at what we did with Winter Soldier with the Cap character in terms of bringing him into the modern world, trying to ground the movie tonally into something that was a step toward real-world, at least to the degree you can do that in a superhero movie, that’s still the tonal universe that we’re playing in in Civil War. We’re bringing a character… we’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”
RUSSOS ARE SUPER FANS OF SOURCE MATERIAL
These things are really important to us and because we have a history with these characters, all of them, I read almost every comic book character you could think of when I was a kid. I have at least several histories of every character. There’s a deep history that we can draw upon where we had great emotional and strong psychological connection to the characters as a child. We want to reach into that and understand what elementally motivated you to love the character. That’s what we try to bring out in the characters now. There are certain things. We talked about Cap. There are things that bothered me as a kid about him. We tried to correct those things in our interpretation of the character.
I want to be clear. We’re not trying to denigrate other interpretations of Spider-Man. Raimi’s movies are fantastic. Spider-Man one and two are amazing. Two, is one of if not my favorite comic book movie of all time. But he made a very strong choice with those movies from a color palate standpoint to a costume standpoint, execution standpoint, camerawork standpoint to honor the feeling of the comic book. We’re trying to honor the feeling of naturalism and to honor the feeling of reality. The harder we can pull these characters into reality, the better for us, especially because we’re all so connected now through social media, the Internet. We’re all so dialed in to what’s happening in current events. That it’s important for us that these characters live in the world that we live in because it makes them more real and it makes our experience of watching them more passionate and more well-rounded.”
PSYCHOLOGICAL SHIFT IN CHARACTERS
“It’s going to be more evolved than it ever has been with in any of the films. Winter Soldier created a seismic shift in terms of the world of the Marvel Universe. This is going to create a seismic shift in the psychology of the character which is more profound. It’s a very profound shift.”
Matt Key’s Interview with the Russo’s!
— In my interview with them, they discussed that Civil War sees Captain America at his most selfish. He’s always done things for others, always put them first, but that’s not necessarily the case here.
Joe Russo added, “For us, we really are firm believers in stakes. We like movies with high highs and low lows and we just feel like you get a more well-rounded experience in that type of film. Now that we’re engaged in serialized storytelling, it starts with Winter Soldier and ends with the Infinity War movies. We feel it’s very important that those four films, Civil War, and both Infinity War movies, have a very profound effect on the audience. I think a lot of shocking things are going to happen, which is really interesting because you haven’t had this kind of… maybe other than Harry Potter, I guess you can count the Bond series… but the kind of investment over a period of time with this many characters behaving in a universe. I think our job is to send you on a very profound experience between now and 2019 and it starts with Civil War. I don’t know if people will be prepared for what this movie is going to include.”
67 Characters In Infinity War?
“We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters on it. You have to forgive him.”
““We were being figurative when we said [67 characters] and people took it as literal but there’s a lot of characters.”
Ryan Coogler Confirmed by Marvel as Director for Black Panther
Coogler Talks Black Panther
“I’m excited. I grew very into pop culture, very into comic books, so it’s something that is just as personal to me as the last couple of films I was able to make. I feel really fortunate to be able to work on something I’m this passionate about again.”
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