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April’s Marvel movie roundup

April 20th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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It’s that time again, folks. Marvel’s got movies coming out. Who knew?

First off, there’s the news that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has had a (small) hand in the writing of Captain America: Civil War. Some extra bits have apparently been shot to incorporate what Creed director Coogler has in mind for the character’s 2018 solo outing. According to Marvel Studios supremo Kevin Feige:

Ryan came in and watched the movie. We did a little bit of additional photography here and there and Ryan did a pass at a couple of those scenes. So there’s a line or two that Panther says in the movie that Ryan contributed to. [Civil War screenwriters] Chris [Markus] and Steve [McFeely] absorbed it into their draft, put their spin on it and words to it, but Ryan has started to be involved in earlier cuts of this movie.

Can’t doubt the guy’s commitment to the project. Speaking of Civil War, directors the Russo Brothers have been talking about the thirteen minutes they cut out of the movie, on top of script edits that cut The Wasp out of the airport battle scene. Almost a quarter-hour of scenes didn’t make the final cut, with Anthony Russo saying this:

We work very well with our writers Markus and McFeely, the writers. We work very hard with them on the script before we shoot. That time on set is so precious. It kills us to shoot anything that’s not gonna end up in the movie so we try to have a very, very, very tight script going into the film and so there is a couple things but they’re not big things.

Even with thirteen minutes docked, the movie still comes in at a back cramp-inducing 2 hours 28 minutes. Here’s hoping it’s all worth it. Oh who am I kidding, the fight scenes alone’ll make it worth it!

Staying with the Russos (there’s a sit-com in that), the pair are moving on with speed from Civil War to their next project. Which is, of course, Avengers: Infinity War. Comic asked them recently if Infinity War will be even bigger than the already pretty damn epic Civil War, with Anthony confidently announcing:

Oh, yeah! I mean, it has to. It’s a culmination of everything that’s occurred in the Marvel Universe up to the point where the Marvel Universe is released. Some of those films haven’t even hit yet. We’re going to be dealing with some of the characters from those movies who are going to be in Infinity War. They’re massive in scope and scale but that’s the point. The point is for them to be as ambitious as they possibly can be. They’re going to be multi-perspective films. They’re not called ‘Captain America: Infinity War,’ they’re called Infinity War. You’re going to be moving around through different perspectives of the characters. It’s like Nashville for super heroes. It’s storytelling that is vignetted storytelling. It’s to composite all of them under one story – everybody. You can culminate without all of them, so…

They’re also looking forward to getting to play with Thor and Star Lord, since the two characters haven’t shown up in any of their movies yet. Yes, I see the double entendre there, and I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who want the opportunity to play with Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth.

I’ll get me coat…

Sources: io9; Comic

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...