Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.
We’re starting to break into blockbuster season, as Avengers: Infinity War continues to dominate cinema sales everywhere, and in the coming weeks, it’ll be joined by the likes of both Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story. So, understandably, big silly action movies dominate this weeks round-up (I mean that as a compliment), so if you’re looking for the low-down on high-brow entertainment, look elsewhere folks.
Snake Eyes, you win
Remember 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra?
What about 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation?
If the answer to those questions is ‘no’, then this news probably won’t do much for you. But if the answer was ‘yes’, and you’ve been wondering when Paramount were finally going to do something else with their G.I. Joe franchise, well, your time has come.
This week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Paramount is returning to the G.I. Joe franchise, not only for a sequel, but also, a spin-off. This is in line with the numerous previous claims that Paramount were going to re-imagine the G.I. Joe franchise and make their own cinematic universe, wherein the characters would have the chance to interact with other Hasbro properties like the Transformers and ROM.
This first spin-off will feature ‘Snake Eyes’, the silent ninja commando, previously portrayed by Ray Park (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, X-Men), who in the films is part of a ninja clan and has undertaken a vow of silence; a departure from his comic-book counterpart, who cannot speak due to severe vocal chord injuries.
Presumably, despite the previous claim of re-imagining the franchise, this will be the same iteration of the character, what with the fact that a third G.I. Joe film, Ever Vigilant, is also in development, with the Rock returning as Roadblock.
G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant shoots into cinemas on March 27th 2020
Early Solo reactions – the best Star Wars yet?
The saga of the filming of Solo was one plagued with- well, to be honest- fuck-ups. The whole thing seemed to be a goddamn disaster, leading many to dismiss the film long before it was even finished shooting (the second time, that is).
Then the trailers arrived, and won some people over. Although many were still skeptical (and oft times, highly dismissive) of leading man Alden Ehrenreich, who people believed didn’t have what it took to pull off the role of the most loveable scoundrel in that Galaxy far, far away…
Fortunately, the wait to find out what the deal with this film is is almost over, and as such, some critics have had the chance to see the film and share their initial thoughts on Twitter. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of said responses, so you can get a feel for what you’ll soon be flying in to:
Oh, thank the maker. It’s good. It’s sooo good. #Solo
— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) May 11, 2018
Yes, I live and breathe @starwars. I know with each new one, I say it’s the greatest one ever. But #Solo delivers in every way. Funny, suspenseful, emotional, a truly epic origin story. If this film doesn’t make your heart happy, then just give up on watching movies. #kesselrun
— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) May 11, 2018
#SoloAStarWarsStory: It takes a bit for it to find its feet and for AE to turn on enough charm to make you forget he’s not HF. But once it kicks into its hey-let’s-make-a-crew and yes-also-do-a-heist stuff, it totally flies.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 11, 2018
#Solo was a blast. The Kasdans nail the character of Han Solo. Yes, the story is a series of expected events (Han meets chewie….etc) but none of them happen as expected. Stay away from spoilers, big Marvel-level shit that will make you wonder where Lucasfilm is headed next.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) May 11, 2018
#SoloAStarWarsStory is reaaaaalllly good. Fun as hell. It’s a straight intergalactic heist movie, kind of refreshing to see a Star Wars movie w/o a Death Star or the rebellion’s fate at stake. Alden Ehrenreich is super impressive as Han, but L3 might be my favorite new character.
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) May 11, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story blasts into cinemas on May 24th 2018.
Avengers actors start to get spoilers out of their system
The build-up to Avengers: Infinity War was filled with film journalists and fans scrambling to uncover any details they could on the colossal new Marvel movie, only to be shot down by various cast members, many of whom claimed that they couldn’t spoil the film if they wanted to, due to the fact that none of them had recieved a complete script, and as a result, many of them didn’t know exactly what the film was about, what direction it went in, or in the case of some actors (like Tom Holland) who they were even interacting with in certain scenes.
Now, however, with the film out, various actors are starting to let what little details they do know slip, not about Infinity War, of course, but about Avengers 4. Obviously, don’t read if you want to go in blind, although some of this is speculation. And if you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, don’t read this at all.
One instance of this came from a birthday tweet from Chris Pratt to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 co-star Pom Klementieff, wherein he exclaimed how excited he was to begin filming Guardians Vol. 3 next year. This of course, highlights the obvious fact that their characters, Star-Lord and Mantis, among all the others who died at the end of Infinity War, will no doubt come back at some point in the next movie.
The next spoiler, while predictable, wasn’t one people could confirm for sure, but thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow, we can make some educated guesses on what goes down in the forthcoming Avengers movie. Speaking about her place in the MCU, Paltrow said the following:
“Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together. She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they’re married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve.”
Now, this was telegraphed at the start of Infinity War, but getting confirmation is interesting, and presents two distinct possibilities: the first is that Avengers 4 picks up some time after the events of Infinity War, and in this future, Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are married with a child, before Tony engages in whatever time-travel shenanigans are needed to save the dead half of the universe.
The more likely alternative is that Paltrow has just told us how the film ends, namely; Iron Man survives the Avengers rematch with Thanos, and goes on to get married to a pregnant Pepper. A big Avengers-filled wedding would be a very heartwarming way to cap of the first ten years of Marvel story telling, and would give Tony a proper reason to give up his super-heroics, after all, he’d be a pretty irresponsible dad if he kept blanking his kid to go fight aliens.