by Brett White
Comic Book Movie is at it again with the snoopy scoopage. Earlier today they reported that Doctor Strange may be the new key figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; now they're saying that S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a new, non-airborne home base when "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" hits theaters.
S.H.I.E.L.D. was famously stationed on a helicarrier in last year's "Marvel's the Avengers." But as cool as having a flying fortress is, that also means that every bad guy's primary goal will be to crash it... which is exactly what Loki nearly did. It makes sense that the organization would have a ground operation. But where?
Check out the scoop after the jump!
So, "Ant-Man" is leading the charge for Marvel's Phase Three. Beyond that, we know from Kevin Feige that Marvel is developing "Doctor Strange," and a new rumor this week suggests "Planet Hulk" and a "World War Hulk"-inspired "Avengers 3" as the other current Phase Three contenders.
Let's assume for the moment that all four of those films are indeed part of Phase Three. Even then, that's just four titles — a bit thin for an entire phase of Marvel films, no?
With that in mind, here are our suggestions for other Phase Three movies that would pair brilliantly with what's already planned and rumored.
Captain America won't have Earth's mightiest heroes backing him up on his next solo adventure, but it sounds like he'll have the next best thing: the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
In addition to news of Frank Grillo signing on for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" comes word that agents Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Black Widow will all be on board for the upcoming Marvel sequel. But even as these high-valued S.H.I.E.L.D. agents line up for more fun at the House of Ideas, we're left wondering a couple of questions.
It's no secret that we really want Clark Gregg to return to the Marvel cinematic universe. Like, we really, really want him to come back. And we aren't alone in this.
Fans have been clamoring for Gregg to play The Vision seemingly since "The Avengers" hit theaters, one even going as far as to create a life-like sculpture to prove he's a perfect fit for the character. Movies.com recently caught up with the actor and asked him if he'd be interested in taking the role, and he didn't immediately shoot the idea down.
"You know the Vision is synthetic with a soul, sort of, and he's an amazing character who I loved when I used to read those comics. I love the idea of Coulson as that guy, but I don't know if that's in the cards," he said.
Once upon a time, "The Avengers" had a very different beginning, one that established a much darker tone for the film to follow. Key to that alternate opening is Maria Hill, the young S.H.I.E.L.D. agent played by Cobie Smulders. Interrogated by her higher-ups on the New York disaster spawned by Loki and his Chitauri forces, Hill seemingly throws Nick Fury under the bus as the main man responsible for the catastrophe — a notion that would have likely been overturned by the film's end.
Of course, "Avengers" did not go for the dark, somber alternate opening we saw earlier this week. And in the end, Maria Hill did not play the critical role that she might have otherwise in Earth's mightiest superhero flick. That doesn't mean she won't have a key part in what's coming up next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of course, particularly based on some very happy small-screen news that broke earlier this week.
"The Avengers" was without a doubt one of the best superhero movies of 2012, if not the very best. But realistic? No, that's not a word we would use to describe a movie filled with a time-displaced super-soldier, an armor-clad multi-billionaire industrialist, a thunder god and a gamma-infused titan.
That's not even mentioning the various forms of technology seen throughout the Joss Whedon super-flick, like pretty much everything owned and operated by S.H.I.E.L.D., for example. The Helicarrier, in particular, is a very cool idea, but one that wouldn't quite work in the real world.
But YouTube user Native118 disagrees, not only believing in the Helicarrier's potential to exist in our world, but setting out to prove it by building a remote-control Helicarrier of their very own. Check it out in motion in the video below!
Not only is Joss Whedon directing Marvel's "Avengers" sequel, he's also helping to develop a live-action Marvel TV series for ABC. Beyond that bit of information, everything is speculative — from whether or not this is the rumored show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the exact characters Whedon and Marvel plan to focus their program on.
So, while we're in the rumor stage, how about we join in on the fun and pick a few shows we think are right up Whedon's alley? Given his proven track record with ensemble series and the way he handled a certain angry scientist in "Avengers," here are five Marvel properties we think Whedon could bring to the small screen.
Longtime fans of both Nick Fury and Samuel L. Jackson should be especially excited to see the character more fully fleshed out than ever before in "Marvel's The Avengers" this weekend.
Jackson has been teasing us with his well-placed cameos in prior Marvel movies like "Iron Man," "Thor" and "Captain America," but "Avengers" finally brings Nick Fury front and center. When MTV News caught up with Jackson recently, we asked him what we learn about Fury specifically in this film.
"We do know that his organization is a real organization," Jackson said. "His paranoia [about a real threat to national/global security] is not paranoia but a real founded fear."
The cast of "The Avengers" was in high spirits this past weekend as they hit the Tribeca Film Festival to premiere their marvelous movie (too corny?), and we're not surprised. The film has already raked in a whopping $178.4 million overseas. When the film is finally released to U.S. audiences this weekend, we wouldn't be shocked if it broke a few box office records.
When MTV News caught up with Cobie Smulders to discuss future "Avengers" films, she said that a "S.H.I.E.L.D." movie isn't yet set in stone, but she'd love to be involved in any future projects.
"I mean, everything's up in the air right now. I know they're starting 'Iron Man 3' and then 'Thor ' and then 'Captain America' again. I don't know about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s involvement with all of them, but I hope to be a part of it."
Fifteen days, "Avengers" fans! You know, not that we're counting or anything. Oh, who are we kidding? Of course, we're counting down! To help as you drudge through the long days that lie ahead before the midnight release, we have another "Avengers" interview for you: Nick Fury himself, Samuel L. Jackson!
When MTV News caught up with the actor, our correspondent mentioned to Jackson that there are a lot of people who would love to see just him in a S.H.I.E.L.D. film.
"Really?" he questioned. "Just handling it?"
The actor was surprised because he knows there are key characters necessary for any S.H.I.E.L.D. movie. "Natasha is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn't do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They're essential elements of what's there," Jackson said.