Itâ€™s been another packed week in the world of superhero movie news.Â Disneyâ€™s boss has confirmedÂ that Marvel will outlive all of us like some sort ofÂ superpowered celluloid cockroach that people love, while we also learned that Ben Affleckâ€™s Dark Knight will actually be the Darkest Knight, andâ€”perhaps most shocking of allâ€”that the third Thor movie might actually be good. Shocked? You wonâ€™t be after you read the highlights of the superhero movie news from the last seven days.
SUPER IDEA: Marvel? More likeÂ MOREvel!
File under â€œentirely unsurprising,â€ but Disney chairman Bob Iger told the BBC this week that Marvelâ€™s movies are planned as an infinite franchiseÂ forÂ as long as the audience wants them. â€œYouâ€™re dealing with thousands and thousands of charactersâ€”that will go on forever,â€ he said, before answering a question about potential superhero movie fatigue with a simple, â€œNo, I donâ€™t think [the audience is] getting weary.â€ (Iger also pointed to Star Wars as a second ongoing money machine, saying, â€œThere will be more after [2019â€™s Star Wars: Episode IX], I donâ€™t know how many, I donâ€™t know how often.â€ Itâ€™s Disneyâ€™s world, we just pay for the privilege of living in it.)
Why this is super: Not that anyone really thought that Marvel was headed towards an endpoint any time soon, but for those whoâ€™ve gotten used to the twice-annual visit to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this has to be taken as a good thing.
SUPER IDEA: Mark Ruffalo Is The New Charles Grodin
With Thor: Ragnarok soon to head into production, spoilers about the movie are beginning to pop up onlineâ€¦ presuming, of course, that theyâ€™re genuine. For example, Geek.com suggested a Midnight Run-esque caper featuringÂ Thor and a semi-intelligent Hulk searching for a mysterious object, which they need to defeat the big bad of the movieâ€”whoâ€™ll be Cate Blanchett, playing Hela, queen of Hel. (No, not Hell; this one has one â€œLâ€ and is obviously very different.) Of course, Loki will be in there as well, because who doesnâ€™t want to see Tom Hiddleston (and, you know, he was left in charge of Asgard pretending to be Odin at the end of 2013â€™s Thor: The Dark World). The Midnight Run direction would fit in with director Taika Waititi telling The Wrap that he just wanted to remake Dark World and add in more jokes.
Why this is super: Chris Hemsworth does comedy well, and Thor makes for a great straight man. Bearing these two things in mind, the idea of a comedy Thor movie seems like the best thing that could happen to that particular series.
SUPER IDEA: Around The World In 80 Tweets
Ryan Reynolds continues to use Twitter as his one-man promotional machine for Deadpool, sharing the following images during his current world tour:
â€” Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 24, 2016
(Translated, it reads, â€œDonâ€™t you hate when visiting actors pretend to speak Russian?â€)
Berlin! Endlich sehe ich den Ort, an dem David Hasselhoff die Mauer mit seiner mÃ¤chtigen Stimme vernichtet hat! pic.twitter.com/MsW1C6VYY1
â€” Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 26, 2016
(Translation: â€œBerlin! Finally I see the place where David Hasselhoff has destroyed the wall with his powerful voice!â€) Meanwhile, the official Deadpool account also got into the act to celebrate Australia Day:
Why this is super: Look, even if the movie isnâ€™t any good (and early word has been very positive, so itâ€™s not as if weÂ know something you donâ€™t), can we at least admit that it should lead to an ongoing promotional campaign wherein Reynolds and co. offer periodical bon mots on social media?
SUPER IDEA: The Dark(seid) Knight Returns
So, itâ€™s turns out that those rumors of the villain Darkseid showing up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might not be too far off the mark: new images shared via Empire include a teaser of a new bad guy in the movie who, according to director Zack Snyder, is â€œone of the DC Universeâ€™s most iconic and powerful villains.â€ Heâ€™s notably standing in front of a giant omega symbol, suggesting both Darkseidâ€™s Omega Beams and his awesome gloves. Assuming this isnâ€™t some kind of fake-out, that brings the villains in BvS to four: Lex Luthor, Doomsday, Darkseid and Zod. But at least we know that Zod is dead. Oh, and Batmanâ€™s kind of a villain himself; according to producer Charles Roven, who told Empire that the new Dark Knight has appointed himself â€œjury and executionerâ€ to criminals in Gotham. So, you know, fun for the whole family.
Why this is super: While the super-dark Batman doesnâ€™t exactly thrill us, weÂ canâ€™t deny thatÂ weâ€™reÂ hopeful for a cinematic Darkseid, one of theÂ great villains in any medium, and one who has a special bond to both Superman (Jack Kirbyâ€™s Fourth World mythology, where Darkseid belongs, got its start in a Superman spin-off comic, and the villain ended up the big bad for the 1990s Superman animated series) and Batman (Darkseid was the villain responsible for the heroâ€™s short-lived â€œdeathâ€ in the comics a few years back). Donâ€™t let usÂ down, movie people.
WORRYING IDEA: The Rhodes Ahead
As fans have seen in the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, things donâ€™t look too great for War Machine (Don Cheadle), whoâ€™s glimpsed lying in Tony Starkâ€™s arms. If youâ€™re hopingÂ for a sunny outcome, though, prepare to be disappointed; talking to SuperheroHype this week, all CheadleÂ would say is, â€œI never know where the characterâ€™s going to go, but heâ€™s become more and more and in the next one, youâ€™ll see that what happens to Rhodey is a little bit more intense and pivotal to what happens in the rest of the stories.â€ Pivotal and intense likeâ€¦ he dies and that causes an all-out war between the two sides of heroesâ€¦? Surely not. And yet, Cheadle did admit, â€œThey keep their cards very close to their breast with Marvel.â€ (And maybe this is the editor in us, but did he really say â€œbreastâ€ and not â€œvestâ€?)
Why this is worrying:Â There was a rumor last weekÂ suggestingÂ that War Machine was safe, but this quote still has usÂ wondering: Marvel wouldnâ€™t kill off one of its few non-white heroes in the same movie as it finally introduces a black lead character, would it? That seems ridiculous, and yetâ€¦