AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON CAST GROWS?
The cast of characters that are to appear onscreen in the forthcoming AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON seems to be growing further still, with rumours circulating that The Vision (apparently to be played by Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS) and Ms. Marvel (rumoured to be played by Katee Sackhoff) are to join the current lineup of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and newcomers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
Would yet more heroes overcomplicate the film with a crowded roster, or do they add further to the story? Plus, I'd be interested to see how they're going to add The Vision if they indeed do so, considering his origins. Although, having said that, maybe the Vision would be part of the creation of Ultron, especially with Bettany voicing JARVIS and the rumours that Stark's AI actually becomes Ultron in the first place.
Overcrowding the Avengers would run the risk of an incoherent film with too much going on and nothing getting enough attention (see X-MEN: THE LAST STAND as an example). Alternatively, these new additions could just further enrich the Marvel movie universe. Either way, I still think it'll whup the backside of any DC movie coming out in the next few years.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 IN 2016?
It's been said that Marvel's 2016 summer slot is to be taken up by a sequel to the forthcoming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. This is interesting, considering the outcome of the gamble that is the first film is yet to be determined.
This is one film in particular which Marvel are counting on to further expand their cinematic line, but with no popular characters in it and a tongue-in-cheek feel to the footage which has been screened, it's going to be one a lot of people will be checking the numbers for.
With the big sci-fi scale of the movie, a lot of cash has been poured into it and I wonder if the sequel will be canned if this first one tanks. Mind you, it's a Marvel Studios movie and for the most part they have been delivering the goods in damn fine style.
What is especially interesting is the expansion of the Marvel movie universe with some bigger science fiction concepts. Following the lead of the THOR movies, expanding the MCU with these ideas is a great big step towards bringing some of the more fantastical classic stories to the big screen at last.