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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