ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, check out Marvel and DC movie concept art, get your first tiny glimpse at Captain America 3, and gaze at Suicide Squad set footage.
Despite a cast that is pretty well jam-packed, Captain America: Civil War is not quite done. The upcoming Marvel sequel — jokingly codenamed Avengers 2.5 — has now added Emmy-winning actor and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman to the cast in an unspecified and secret role.
It’s always an interesting thing when actors host ‘SNL.’ You know, actors in the sense that there’s just no way to know if his or her talent will translate to ‘SNL.’ They are true wild cards. Two years ago, Christoph Waltz hosted ‘SNL’ and it was one of the best shows of that season. Who knew? And now here comes Martin Freeman as yet another true wild card. No one knew what to expect—and, as it turns out, Freeman is so quirky as a host, sometimes he just felt like a member of the cast. These are the best kind of hosts. This might not have had an Internet friendly signature moment, but, top to bottom, this is one of the best ‘SNL’’s in the last five years. (Put it this way, there was only one sketch in the “bad” category and it’s the first time in the five years of ‘SNL’ Scorecard that there hasn’t been an “Ugly.” There just wasn’t one this show.) Here is your Scorecard...
Although he’s already given the world plenty of reasons to love him with ‘The Office,’ ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Fargo’ and the ‘Hobbit’ movies, Martin Freeman won our hearts anew by hosting ‘SNL,’ where he led one of the best episodes in ages. The show got off to a strong start with the opening monologue, which saw Freeman reunited with some of his fellow British thespians: Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith.
Since few guest hosts do ‘SNL’ unless they have something new and/or exciting to promote, it was inevitable that the show would do something tied into ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ when Martin Freeman joined the cast for a week. However, the end result was unexpected, endearing, and probably only meant to be fully appreciated by a small portion of the viewing audience: they sent ‘The Office’ to Middle-Earth.
Having gone on an unexpected journey and endured the desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s bloated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ finally comes to ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which is less of a climax to this trilogy than a distended epilogue. After spending two movies and 330 minutes building up the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) as the ultimate antagonist, he’s eliminated from the story completely in the first ten minutes. He’s literally gone before the title appears onscreen.
This past weekend's latest 'SNL' with three-time host James Franco didn't quite bring anything new to the table, but will the series have better luck with fresh blood from Martin Freeman? The first promos for the 'Sherlock' star's guest turn have arrived, and don't worry, there's plenty of 'Hobbit' references and British-isms for everyone.
Ever-increasing as demand for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman becomes, ‘Sherlock’ fans well-know that the gap between series can be murder. And though we’ll have Sherlock and Watson returning for a BBC special one-off sometime in 2015 before production begins on season, our first look at the Baker Street boys back in action has already arrived in a gloriously mustachioed photo!
‘SNL’ scored a major win this past weekend with ‘The Hunger Games’ star Woody Harrelson’s return hosting gig, and we’re keeping positive for Cameron Diaz this coming Saturday, but what of the final 2014 slots? Get ready for ‘SNL’ December, with James Franco, Martin Freeman and Amy Adams all taking turns as host! Also, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. If that’s your thing.
The final 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer has arrived and, well, it looks like another 'Hobbit' movie. If your faith in director Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-Earth remains unshaken, prepare to get excited. If the previous two films have muted your excitement for the series, prepare to see...more of the same.