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More Benedict Cumberbatch in New Star Trek Clip

I think the most interesting thing about all the clips and previews we’ve seen from the new Star Trek movie is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch. Not just in a  “Oh who is he?” sort of way, (although GODDAMMIT WHO IS HE?!), but more in that he’s probably the best actor of the bunch, with the possible exception of Karl Urban. I say Karl Urban, because I defy you to watch Dredd and think that dude pulled off the most menacing and accurate portrayal of Judge Dredd, all only using the lower half of his face. That’s irrelevant though, because the real meat and bones here is the fancy new clip we have of Benedict acting circles around Chris Pine. Probably because of his soothing, baritone voice and limey accent. Those brits always have inherently more authoritative voices don’t they? Here, judge for yourself:

There’s been talk about the “villain in a glass cage” trope that’s being used here, but I don’t really find that all that interesting or revelatory. Tropes exist and will continue to do so. The creation of a new one isn’t anything to be particularly surprised about, unless for some terrible reason anal-eel interrogations become a new movie trope, and every movie has a scene with a good guy getting violated anally by writhing eels while the villain taunts and cackles from the darkness. Is that how Zero Dark Thirty started? I know there was an interrogation scene somewhere… Oh god I hope my horrific prediction hasn’t come true! HOLLYWOOD, NO ANAL EEL INTERROGATION SCENES PLEASE!

Well to get that awful image out of your head, here’s a few new posters featuring Chekov and Scotty via Moviefone. Frankly I find that Chekov adorable. Much more adorable that Walter Koenig ever was. Granted Koenig was amazing in his role, but have you seen him lately? So not adorable anymore.

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Oh and lastly, a friend of mine was browsing through a bookstore and found a new Star Trek novel, where the cover art is strangely drawn so that Kirk looks halfway between Shatner and Pine and the more I look at it the more convinced I am it’s ripping my sanity in half.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Gets New International Trailer!

It’s about that time; that time being just long enough in between Star Trek teasers and trailers that people started to get ready to actually see the movie to have its secrets revealed to them, which means it’s also time for them to release a big, “show-everything-basically” trailer internationally that more or less spells out the plot of the film. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great trailer and all, but it’s had sort of a reverse effect of making me less excited. Now Benedict Cumberbatch is so clearly just an original new villain for the series, rather than some updated or remade villain like we were all thinking a while ago. On top of the basic plot being revealed, (Cumberbatch is mad at the Federation while destroying things and getting revenge; Kirk & Co are the only ones to help), it’s also more or less telling us that we’re not getting interesting reinterpretations of older characters rather it will continue it’s own new path. Which I have mixed feelings on, but here, judge for yourself first:

While I like the idea of the Star Trek franchise moving forward and creating all new everything to complement and refresh the franchise for new and old fans alike, a part of me still wishes to see everything old, but new again. We’ve been teased with Klingons and Kahn and whatnot for so long, just little hints at these things make us salivate. It raises the question, is it bad that they’re seemingly not going this way? At this point I can’t really decide one way or the other, I’m just glad the movie still looks good. I’m also glad that apparently Peter Weller is in the film, which was a shock to me, but a happy one because I f***ing love Robocop. I’m also glad that cute blond girl they’ve been showing in the trailers up until now definitely gets in her skivvies, because I’m a disgusting man-pig.

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What?! SHE HAS GREAT… ABS!

I’m sure there’s probably a bit more that the more hardcore Trekkie could get into, but more or less, this trailer was full of a lot of repeated footage, with some new stuff added in between. It’s nice to get a thematic preview of what the movie will be, and if it still turns out somehow that Cumberbatch actually IS a new version of an old character, it’ll still be surprising reveal. Maybe they  are playing some double-negative-mega-reverse-double-bluff with us about his character all along? OH GOD I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE! Let’s just have the movie come out already okay? I don’t think my heart can take this much more. Especially if it includes cute blonde girls half-naked in their underwear.

{Amanda- while the guys have their moment with the cute blonde, excuse me as I geek out over a new poster, ooooohhhh Benedict Cumberbatch!}

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And because once is never enough… in German!

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New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Teaser Teases You Even More!

Here’s the problem with teasers. I hate writing about them. Not in a whiny “Oh, I don’t wanna write this” way (although I am a whiny little b**ch about things like that), but because by their very nature I don’t like them. I mean who really, actually likes being teased? I mean, I know I don’t. I know some ladies who claim they do, but that’s not the kind of thing I’m into. When it comes to my sci-fi entertainment I want it big, hard, fast and now. I want you to give me aural and ocular pleasure, and I want my needs sated, right this moment. Don’t wiggle your little teasing sci-fi movie member around my entertainment erogenous zone and make me beg, just stick that thing in so we can both come together in science fiction ecstasy! [Ed. Note: I feel like I should have censored something… Oh well.]

Aside from providing the most disgusting metaphorical description of why I hate teasers, I also hate teasers because they seemingly never end. Is it too much to just be kept in the dark until the thing comes out? I know there are a lot of nerds out there who love this sort of thing, but man, I am so not one of them. I love Star Trek to bits but waiting for this sequel is killing me. That’s the worst thing about JJ Abrams is he loves to make his fans just beg for his sci-fi wang, all bedazzled and shining with lens flare. Well, here’s some more of that proverbial sci-fi c*ck teasing for all of us Trekkies, with yet another teaser aimed to make us all cream our pants once again.

It’s more or less a mishmash of what we’ve seen before, but every little split second of new scenes is another thing to obsess over, speculate about, compare to previous Star Trek canon and spread to all of our friends on the internet. I personally can’t wait to see if Captain (Admiral?) Pike ends up as Mr. Box man like he was in the Original Series.

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Ladies?

But the whole thing is a just a ploy, a way to keep us waiting patiently so as to build up a huge opening for the movie when it releases. It’s basic movie marketing, I know, but I suppose this strategy is for non-Trekkies, because apparently they’re the folks who need to be convinced to go see this movie. The rest of us are dying and can’t wait to see it already. CURSE YOU ABRAMS, WHY MUST YOU BE SO CRAZY SEXY CRUEL!

Star Trek 2 Gets New Title: Into Darkness.

Star Trek is a thing that is near and dear to my heart. Granted, there was a time, when I was young and foolish, and didn’t get it. I remember seeing my Mom watch the movies, liking the ships, but not understanding the story and thinking it was boring, especially compared to Star Wars. Only as I got older, and found myself appreciating the original series, did I REALLY start getting into it. I even started catching episodes of The Next Generation from time to time, following the story when I could, in between bouts of Goldeneye 64 matches, or Wrestlemania 2000. I even got into the movies, and, found that the original series movies were way more awesome than I remembered, and First Contact was probably the best space/cyborg/zombie film of all time. So unlike a lot of people, I wasn’t born a Trekkie, I slowly became one. Bit by bit, won over by its charm, writing, characterization, and social commentary.

Jonathan Frakes’ gorgeous beard helped as well.

I have a feeling that that’s how a lot of the populace felt in 2009, after JJ.Abrams took the concepts and characters of Star Trek, and made them accessible to a new audience, not pre-conditioned to Sci-Fi fandom. Despite the film having some plot holes, inconsistencies, and weird “What’s canon? What’s a reboot? What’s ret-conned?” issues, managed to be massively entertaining to an entire new generation of fans, who might have never given Star Trek a chance otherwise. Factor in the advent of Netflix bringing all 5 live action series being readily available, and it seemed like the dawn of a new era of fandom for Star Trek. I personally know several people who only are fans of the movies, or are fans of the shows, or both, or one particular show and not another, and multiple combinations of all. Star Trek is unique in that it really does have something for everybody, and the newer fans from 2009 have been waiting for a sequel pretty patiently for 3 years now, along with all the other die-hard Trekkies.

So after 3 years, with only set photos, and the occasionally purposely leaked screenshot, we’ve gotten yet another tasty morsel of information from the project, and this time, it’s the alleged  confirmed title of the film:

Star Trek Into Darkness

My first thoughts on the title? I’m not really impressed. It’s actually kind of corny, and borders on almost being a pun. But, I suppose the attempt to make a title that’s memorable has succeeded, because everyone expected the typical STAR TREK 2 COLON SUBTITLE style of title instead. In that way, it goes along with the previous movie’s intentions to subvert our expectations and help keep things new and fresh. Will the second sequel continue in this fashion? Star Trek Where No Man Has Gone Before? Actually, holy shit, they could totally use that for the next movie if they wanted. This whole title sets up a precedent. Here, I’ll come up with some more for them.

Potential future Star Trek Titles:

Star Trek Where No Man Has Gone Before

Star Trek Across The Universe

Star Trek Back Home

Star Trekkin’

Star Trekkin’ AGAIN

Star Trek to Electric Boogaloo

Star Trek Over To Bennigans, I Hear Their Broccoli Bites Are Amazing

All jokes aside, the actual movie does sound pretty awesome. What little we know of its plot, is mostly due to Karl Urban, who plays Doc McCoy. During an interview, he made one revealing comment about Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in the film.

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At a promotional junket for Dredd, Karl Urban looks to have let slip to SFX who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel. When asked what it was like having the Sherlock actor on set, Urban said:

“He’s awesome, he’s a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Gary Mitchell was a pretty big deal back in The Original Series. Basically he was an officer who came into contact with an energy barrier, and it gave him godlike psionic abilities.

Bad ass silver eyes too!

He started using them in increasingly dangerous ways, until he was stopped by Kirk and Company, as is to be expected. What was fascinating about the episode, was seeing an everyday man, transcend past humanity, into figurative Godhood, into believing he was actually above all of humanity entirely. It’s one of the best episodes from the original series, and I always thought that his character was intriguing. Hopefully, we’ll get to see an interpretation of his character, now with a much larger budget, and modern special effects crew to really demonstrate what a powerful, godlike being he is/became. I know a lot of fans were a bit disappointed we won’t get to see the new continuity’s version of Khan in this movie, but he’s coming. We all know he is, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a few mentions of the “Eugenics Wars”, or whatnot, in the background of this film. Khan is a role that was pretty solidly Ricardo Montalban’s, and casting that role is just as hard, if not harder than casting the entire crew of the Enterprise. Factor in that Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan is by far the most popular Original Trek film, and I really don’t blame JJ for trying to hold off on that for a while. If I had to cast Khan right now? Benicio Del Toro. The guy has the unique look, voice, and acting skills to make you forget all about Ricardo Montalban’s Khan, and would work tremendously. I have a feeling he’d be a bit too old for the role though, and my back up would be Jason Momoa, known most widely as Khal Drogo, from Game Of Thrones fame.

It goes without saying that I’m stoked for the film to come out already, and I’m really looking forward to seeing JJ Abrams’ new interpretation of all the original series concepts that were so wildly imaginative, but limited 47 years ago by technological and budgetary restraints of the time. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more and more of those ideas re-imagined for the big screen, where they can be appreciated by a wider audience. I’m always supportive of Science Fiction being more readily accepted and viewed by the mainstream public, because in my opinion, it’s the best genre out there, and Star Trek, is, has been, and always will be the best example of it around.

…Except for this news that Worf is getting his own series. Worf was the worst Lieutenant ever.

Ever.

Star Trek 2 Set Photos: Benedict Cumberbatch!

So here’s a couple of quick little glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of Star Trek 2, as he is playing the new supposed mystery villain in the forthcoming (And eagerly anticipated) sci-fi sequel. But then again maybe it won’t be such a mystery once his name is revealed. I’m sure some mindless Trekkies will blurt out a dozen theories about which character he is supposed to be from the old show. Check out the first picture with Cumberbatch feeling the wrath of the Vulcan Death Grip:

Our next photo shows him being held at phaser point by the beautiful Zoe Saldana who plays Uhura in the new Trek films:

One can only hope that we’ll soon have a trailer for this bad lad. 2009’s Star Trek was by far one of the best movies that year. It re-invigorated that franchise and brought in tons of new fans, myself included. I always hated Star Trek, but absolutely loved the new one. Not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch from BBC’s Sherlock is in it to play the newest villain. I’ve not watched any of Sherlock, but Dr. Kronner talks like he would totally make out with Buttercup Cumberbatch because the show is so amazingly awesome. I’m sure in the coming days more and more set photos will begin hitting the web and eventually plot details. Stay tuned for more info as we get it!

Hero Express – Ghost Rider Trailer, Amazing Spider-Man Banners, and Justice League: Doom

Welcome back to the Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film and TV.

This is the Hero Express for December 29th, 2011:

New Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Trailer – (SuperHeroHype)

Now I know this dropped a little while ago but the holidays killed me, so we’re going to push through a bunch of news today and the next Hero Express will be even newsier. This trailer dropped, and while still good, it wasn’t as good as the first trailer. However both trailers look better than the entire first movie, so we are already ahead of the game.

Blackout looks cool, GR looks very cool, and it has Christopher Lambert. Highlander/Raiden and Nic Cage in one movie? Sold.

New Ghost Rider Poster – (CinemaBlend)

And a new poster to go along with the trailer and it continues to bring the awesome. This is ramping up to be one of my most anticipated movies of 2012, and I never thought I would say that about a Ghost Rider sequel.

Ghost Rider Official Site Launches – (GammaSquad)

The site has launched, and it is full of awesome goodies. Animated GIF’s, both trailers, character bios, wallpapers, you name it. A ton of great stuff, and a game coming soon, apparently. You can check out the site here. These alone make it worthwhile:

The Amazing Spider-Man Banners – (/Film)

Three new banners have arrived apparently for international marketing, and they offer us a bit of a brighter and more upbeat look at the film than the last teaser poster.

Very cool, I’m digging the costume, and this is easily another of my t0p 5 most anticipated movies of 2012.

Official Spider-Man Site Goes Live – (GammaSquad)

And another site goes up, bringing some cool pics and information to us. It also has detailed looks at the cast and characters with new pics of each, downloadable wallpapers, the trailer, and some cool subtle animated backgrounds. Another cool site, which you should check out here.

Webb Discusses Spider-Man with Scene Details – (GeekTyrant)

Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man, was interviewed by Empire Magazine, where he dropped some info on his take on the movie, why its not a remake, and the similarities between Pete and Dr. Connors. Also included is the cover to the mag, which features a battle damaged Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield.

I don’t have a problem saying that word. It’s not a remake, we’re not making Sam’s movie again. It’s a different universe and a different story with different characters. There are certain mythological obligations people have in any story, but it’s so radically different in terms of tone and what Peter Parker experiences that I’m very comfortable with the movie occupying a different space.

I wanted to start from a place where it felt like, if you walked into the theatre, that it was the same universe you lived in. Which is difficult when you have a giant lizard running down the street…

He’s the literal embodiment of the theme of the movie, which is we all have a missing piece. He has no arm. Peter has no parents, and he fills that void with Spider-Man. Curt is not as strong as Spider-Man on the inside, but he wants to get back his arm and fill that void, and essentially he becomes a big bully.

The movie starts off pretty small and gradually merges into something that’s more fantastic and vibrant and filled with scope,” he says, and by way of illustration, runs three scenes in which we see Spider-Man swing. The first is entirely practical, with Garfield – in Parker duds – swinging around inside a disused warehouse, with the giant wired rig to which the whooping actor is attached yet to be deleted via CGI. 

The second, from a little later in the film, is the only sequence Empire sees that is even somewhat redolent of Raimi-vision, as Spider-Man swings giddily along a bridge in pursuit of something, even running briefly on the side of a passing truck. 

The third one, though, shows that Webb hasn’t abandoned CG. Far from it. The sequence – which is from the third act so we’ll be sure to tread carefully – features Spider-Man in pursuit of The Lizard (here seen just once, in very rough animatic form, from a distance as he scales a building), while being pursued himself by cops. Following an excellently staged fight with the cops, and an emotionally charged confrontation with, erm, A Major Character, the sequence follows a wounded Spider-Man as he tries desperately to swing across New York in order to save the day.

Sounds like a few great scenes, and there’s even more at the link from Webb. With so much news its easy to forgot that this is the start of a whole new trilogy, so here’s a look to the past, and what might have been.

Raimi’s Green Goblin FX Tests – (SuperHeroHype)

When Raimi‘s Spider-Man first came out the main complaint was easily Green Goblin’s costume. A far cry from the original, but grounded in the movie enough to make sense. This video was recently released that shows he at least attempted to go with the classical look. Might have been kick ass, might have been even worse. We’ll never know, but it’s still cool to look at.

did or what Sam wanted to do. I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn’t get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do straight-faced. I wanted to start with Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, and I wanted to kill Gwen Stacy.”

And just how exactly would Fincher have set up Stacy’s death? With an elaborate, operatic title sequence of course:

“The title sequence of the movie that I was going to do was going to be a ten minute — basically a music video, an opera, which was going to be the one shot that took you through the entire Peter Parker [backstory]. Bit by a radio active spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy. It was a very different thing, it wasn’t the teenager story. It was much more of the guy who’s settled into being a freak.”

Vastly different approaches from everyone, which just goes to show how relatable Spidey can be to every individual. What you love about him might be different than what I love about him, and therein lies the magic.

Justice League: Doom Releases Feb. 28th – (GothamKnightsOnline)

The next in a long line of great direct-to-DVD animated movies is DC’s Justice League: Doom. Following the epic Gordon Batman: Year One, The Justice League tackles their opposite number, the Legion of Doom. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet you can check it out here:

That does look pretty awesome, but it’s important to note that Cyborg is included in the JL roster, which would lead me to believe that this is definitely influenced by the New 52. The film is set to be released Feb. 28th, and here’s the press release detailing the plot and actors:

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel.”

Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Tim Daly (Private Practice), the reigning voices of Green Lantern and Superman, respectively, join a group of eight actors reprising their famed Justice League cartoon roles. Fillion made his debut as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan in the recent Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, and took his initial DC Universe movie bow as the voice of Steve Trevor in the 2008 hit Wonder Woman. Daly originated his role as Superman’s voice in the landmark cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series. He has reprised the role in two DC Universe films: the 2009 extravaganza Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the 2010 thriller Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

The grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, includes Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Batman, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) as Flash, Susan Eisenberg (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly (Alias) as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson (A Different World, Transformers: Animated) joins the cast as Cyborg.

The Justice League faces two sets of villainous teams in the film – The Royal Flush Gang and a sextet of notable evildoers. The latter group includes three voice acting alumni of the Justice League animated series: Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire, and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Also opposing our heroes are Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah.

David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One), and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One), who is also credited as producer alongside Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series). Justice League: Doom is the final DC Universe film script from the late Dwayne McDuffie (All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), who passed away in February 2011. Casting and dialogue direction is once again in the capable hands of Andrea Romano (Batman: Year One, Justice League).

“Justice League: Doom has all the classic ingredients of a great super hero film – a cavalcade of dynamic villains, internal strife amongst our heroes, treacherous twists and turns, and a cast that brings together some of today’s popular primetime television actors with many of the fans’ favorite voices from the original series,” said Hersin Magante, Warner Home Video Marketing Director, Family & Animation. “I think fans will embrace Dwayne’s McDuffie’s final DCU script, particularly as it has been nuanced by Bruce Timm and the Warner Bros. Animation team. Warner Home Video is proud to distribute Justice League: Doom as the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie.”

Probably going to be another great one, complete with a new Animated Short, which i have grown to love.

And that’s it for this edition of the Hero Express! Next time we’ll have a look at Man of Steel, The Avengers, and Star Trek 2!

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Hero Express: Lizard Revealed, Hawkeye Spin-Off, and MiB III

Welcome back to the Hero Express, your one-stop sometimes SPOILER filled shop through the news filled world of superhero’s in Film, TV, Video Games and whatever else floats your boat.

This is the Hero Express for December 1st, 2011:

Amazing Spider-Man Lizard Revealed!  (SuperHeroHype)

Finally, something a lot of us have been waiting for. A possible look at the Lizard in Marc Webb‘s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. Now this is only concept art, and looks slightly different from the version that was shown at Comic-Con, but still pretty decent.

Pez Dispensers Also Reveal The Lizard! (Splashpage)

Well, maybe not reveals but gives us a look at his face, which puts to rest any hope that the long snouted lizard would be making an appearance in the movie world.

Jeremy Renner Dishes On The Avengers (SuperHeroHype)

I seriously can’t wait for this movie. The build up is destroying me personally, especially when it comes to seeing one of my all time favorite Avengers in action. Yes, I’m talking about Hawkeye, who Jeremy Renner will be bringing to the big screen. He talked to SHH about his role in the film.

“I never went after a big franchise,” Renner said of his upcoming blockbuster slate. “I never went after a big action movie. They just sort of kind of manifested in a way… It started off by me saying, ‘Why not be in a movie that will play all over the world, but that still has something that I can do in it?’ Why not?”

 Already featured in a brief cameo in this past summer’s Thor, Renner will soon wield Clint Barton’s bow in a more significant capacity come May 6, 2012.

 “[I] was blessed to be a part of [the Marvel] universe,” he continued, “because I love what Marvel did with something so fantastical and unrealistic, making it kind of plausible, like when they did “Iron Man”. I just thought those were really great movies, the first one in particular… The character of Hawkeye was always cool. He’s kind of a rogue, shadowy character. That’s what attracted me to him. Then he’s also a human being. He just has a high skill set, so they call him a superhero.”

Renner Discusses Possible Hawkeye Spin-Off (MTV)

And in some of the better spin-off news we’ve heard, Renner talks about the potential of a Hawkeye movie. I for one emphatically endorse the movie and expect Marvel to as well, because I said so.

MTV News caught up with Jeremy Renner recently while he was promoting “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” and he was quick to clam up when “The Avengers” was mentioned. His character Clint Barton, who goes by the alias Hawkeye, is one of the few Avengers who doesn’t have any superpowers. When asked what Hawkeye brings to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier table, he wasn’t able to tease too much.

“A bow and arrow. He’s good with it,” Renner deadpanned. “I can’t give you anything on that one.”

When asked to elaborate, Renner said he couldn’t give any more information. “You know I can’t talk about any of that stuff. Yeah, I play Hawkeye. He’s got a bow and arrow and he’s a badass. That’s about all I can say,” the actor said.

But that doesn’t mean Renner isn’t afraid to look into the future. While Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk all got their moments to shine in stand-alone movies, Hawkeye had to rely on one tiny cameo in “Thor” to introduce him to audiences. So will there ever be a Hawkeye spin-off movie?

“I don’t know. I think, yeah, there’s a possibility for anything,” Renner said. “Who’s to say? I don’t have a crystal ball. I’m not a soothsayer. But I was happy to be a part of that project. A great cast. That was the best thing about that job was the amazing group of actors I got to know.”

Depending on which Marvel Universe version of Hawkeye they are going with, a long history of bad-assery follows the character and would make a great solo movie.

Branagh Open To More Marvel Movies? (Splashpage)

A collective single tear fell when the world learned Kenneth Branagh wouldn’t be directing the sequel to Thor. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t do another Marvel film. He talks about this and his involvement with Thor.

In a recent interview with Variety, Branagh talked about his experiences with the production and his love of the story.

“Of all the American comics, ‘Thor’ was the only one I was really familiar with from my childhood, and it intrigued me, maybe because it was a bit more European, with those Viking helmets and its basis in Norse myth,” Branagh said. “The scale was exciting, and I did love the character and the story. It had depth and gravity in addition to being an entertaining ride.”

According to the Variety story, Branagh considered the entire project “a joy,” and that his decision to turn down the sequel was not out of any bad feelings, but because of timing. “Monster” director, Patty Jenkins, will take over for “Thor 2.”

But are other Marvel properties out of the question? Branagh leaves his options open, saying “I certainly wouldn’t rule out a return to Marvel; we had an excellent collaboration.”

As I’ve said before, I think Branagh worked wonders on Thor, and I would love to see him return to Marvel. I would love to see a Branagh helmed take on The Inhumans, that would be beyond awesome.

Del Toro Discusses the Hulk TV Show  (Splashpage)

When Marvel announced plans to bring three comic properties to TV fans were excited. Then we heard which comics would be getting the greenlight, and fans were surprised, to say the least. AKA Jessica Jones and a Cloak & Dagger show were announced, along with plans for a Hulk show created by Guillermo del Toro. He spoke about his take on the character, as well as Strain, another comic he wants to bring to the small screen.

“We delivered the screenplay to the network,” the “Hellboy” filmmaker told io9 in a recent interview. “I have a very specific idea of how to do it, and we’re waiting for the green light.”

 Del Toro said that he and writing partner David Eick have studied all corners of the “Hulk” mythos, including the Jade Giant’s appearances on the big screen, the small screen and the paneled page.

“We know all the iterations of the Hulk pretty good,” he said. “We’ve read all the essential stories, and we’re then riffing on that. There are so many incarnations and ideas. Jeph Loeb — who did a good run [on Hulk: Grey] — is involved, and I love Peter David’s Hulk. But there’s really no part in that mythos that we don’t know, so we are trying put our own personal spin on it.”

The filmmaker also spoke with io9 about the current comic book adaptation of his vampire novel “The Strain,” which he said could eventually be explored on television down the line.

“If we ever adapted it, we’d go for a long format, which would probably be a cable series,” he said. “I want to expand the story, the characters, and their arcs rather than contract it. Even if we made three movies, you would end up with six hours to deal with all these character arcs.”

Star Trek 2 Casting Rumors: Engage (MTV/CinemaBlend)

It was only a matter of time until the rumor mill started on a highly anticipated sequel like Star Trek II: The Untitled Movie. Here are a couple rumors from director J.J. Abrams featuring a possible bad guy for the film, as well as an unknown female character never before seen in the Star Trek universe.

“Well, we’re just in negotiations, we’re in discussions,” Abrams told us on the red carpet for the “Super 8” Blu-ray and DVD release in Los Angeles. “It’s not even negotiations — just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I’ve wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity.”

“It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor,” said Abrams. “He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything.”

“Except play Uhura,” he joked. “I wouldn’t buy that.”

“It’s too early to talk about what the role is, but he’s such an amazing actor,” said Abrams. “He’s so versatile. He could sort of do anything.”

“Except play Uhura,” he joked. “I wouldn’t buy that.”

I’d watch Benicio del Toro in a Benicio del Toro production written by Benicio del Toro. Music by RZA. And Abrams choice for a new female character just might be a little outta his league.

Variety has learned that Alice Eve, who was previously rumored for other geek films such as Captain America: The First Avenger and X-Men: First Class, is Abrams’ choice to play a new female character in Star Trek: The Next. As you probably guessed, details about the character are unknown, as are details about the film’s plot. The report does say, however, that the character will be one that has never before been seen in the Gene Roddenberry-created universe.A direct sequel to 2009’s reboot, that was loved by both critics and fans, the movie’s script was written by Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin are all expected to return.

Here’s hoping she takes the part, which I would imagine to be some sort of sex crazed alien nudist that Kirk has to bang in order to save the future. An in honor of how great that would be, let’s look at a couple more pics of Alice Eve. Why not?

Wow. Let’s move on to something else that features Alice Eve.

Men in Black III Posters Arrive (SuperHeroHype)

A movie that’s been plagued with trouble since the get-go finally unveils a couple of cool poster along with a viral site and facebook account.

Columbia Pictures has provided SuperHeroHype with two posters for Men in Black 3 featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Towards the bottom of the posters, you’ll also find the link TheMenInBlackSuitsAreReal.com, which takes you to a viral Facebook account that’s run by ‘BugEyes126’, who left the following message:

“I’ve uncovered that there’s these Men in Black suits who monitor and police alien activity on earth. Up until now no one believes me, so I’m on a mission to prove that they’re real and that’s why I started this Facebook page. More soon.”

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 25, the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed third installment stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Very cool. Still concerned about this movie. And before you start questioning my inclusion of Men in Black in Hero Express, I’d like to remind you that the Men in Black were a comic long before Fresh Prince and Two-Face got a hold of them.

And that’s it for this edition of the Hero Express! Next time we’ll make a stop at Dark Knight station and bring you some news from the Bat side of things.

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