As the world knows already, character actor Frank Grillo was recently cast as the villainous Crossbones in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' These days, when you're lucky enough to find yourself in a Marvel movie, it seems as though you're gearing up not just for one flick, but for two or three. (Unless you're Hugo Weaving.) So does that indicate that Grillo's Crossbones will be making an appearance in a certain mega-gigantic-super-sequel that is scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
We're still years away from an 'Avengers' sequel (we've got at least four stand-alone Marvel movies to get through first), but the rumors are already flying about which characters will join the roster in part two and who will play them. The current nugget floating around these here internet parts is that Emily Blunt is being eyed for the role of Ms. Marvel.
One of the breakout stars of 'The Avengers' was Mark Ruffalo and his turn as the Hulk. He was the third actor to take on the role, but between the actor and Joss Whedon's writing and directing, the character finally clicked. After the release, many people mentioned wanting a new Hulk movie, but if that comes to pass it's going to be a long wait.
This is what happens any time you play a superhero in a major comic book franchise: No matter the movie that you are trying to promote, you’ll have to answer a handful of questions about the superhero blockbuster that you eventually are going to film (even though cameras don’t roll for months, at the earliest).
Take Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in Marvel’s string of popcorn thrillers. He’s trying to talk to the media about ‘The Iceman,’ a serial-killer-hitman drama that he and Michael Shannon brought to the Toronto International Film Festival. But instead, he has to spend time talking to outlets about his Marvel future. And Evans talks. To his credit, he knows where his bread is being buttered these days. Movies like ‘The Avengers’ and the upcoming 'Captain America 2' allow him to do as many ‘Iceman’ movies as he’ll want for the foreseeable future.
Thanos (aka the most highly-anticipated villain in superhero movie history thanks to his minute-long cameo in 'The Avengers') is about to be a busy guy. Undoubtedly the main baddie in 'The Avengers 2,' the Mad Titan could end up appearing on the big screen before then; perhaps in 2014's 'Guardian of the Galaxy.' Find out what Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is willing to reveal after the jump.
All the non-comic book lovers were scratching their heads at the end of 'The Avengers' when an image of the Mad Titan Thanos popped up in a bonus scene after the credits. Now, this big guy is the only thing anyone's talking about when on the subject of 'The Avengers 2.' We all assumed that moment was Joss Whedon's unofficial statement that Thanos would be our new villain in the sequel, but has it been made official? And what about the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie? Will Thanos be in that too?
Following the smash success of 'The Avengers,' writer and director Joss Whedon has instantly become Marvel's golden goose. Whedon is now overseeing what the studio calls "Phase 2," and in a recent interview he divulged some details on what that means and where he'd like to go with 'The Avengers 2.'
So far most of our information, at least in regards to the latter, comes from the comics -- Thanos is a member of The Eternals, a group of god-like beings with immense power, far beyond that of humans. Thanos is referred to as the "Mad Titan" in the comics for attempting to demolish the entire human race with his Infinity Gauntlet, capable of manipulating, time, space, reality and even the human soul.
There's also talk that this entity will appear in the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' due to an analysis of the comic book plot on which the film is based. All that's left, really, is a high-profile actor to take on this role.