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Will The Avengers 2 Be Like Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back? “Not The Happy Ending” Says Joss Whedon

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3004:]]We previously heard from Joss Whedon about his thoughts on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and director James Gunn, and now coming out of the Toronto Film Festival, the billion-dollar-plus director comments on The Avengers 2.

Whedon’s The Avengers movie has already amassed $1.6 billion – and climbing – as audiences saw the Assemblers come together for the first time with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye assembling against the likes of Loki and his alien army.

So with The Avengers 2, where will Joss Whedon be taking his Avengers? The director offers a few comments on the upcoming sequel, which almost sounds as if Part 2 will not be getting the happy ending audiences saw with the first — perhaps reminiscent of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.

Joss Whedon notes that as audiences saw with the first movie – a happy ending with the creation of the Avengers – that doesn’t mean that’s going to continue with the The Avengers 2, as that’s only the start.

“The creation of the team is not the happy ending,” Whedon said, reports Vancouver’s 24H. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult.”

Joss Whedon goes on stating he is going to further explore the characters in The Avengers 2, but says that in doing so he’s going to “twist the knife.”

“Now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me,” Whedon said.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3005:]]As Star Wars fans will note, Luke “saved the day” at the end of Episode 4 by firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star, but Empire Strikes Back saw – just as the title implies – Luke defeated at the hands of Darth Vader, his father, as well as Han Solo captured and encased in carbonite by the likes of Jabba the Hut.

The Star Wars comparison to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers would be Tony Stark “firing the shot” that sealed the portal, so what will Whedon’s “Empire Strikes Back” look like?

Will one of the Avengers meet their doom or will the Avengers find themselves disassembled?

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The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Star Wars Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer Now Online

Check out the new trailer for Season 5 of Star Wars Clone Wars. We see Darth Sidious taking on Darth Maul?! Star Wars Clone Wars moves from its Friday night time slot to Saturday mornings with Season 5 premiering on September 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM on Cartoon Network.

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Doctor Who Season 7: Star Wars’ Biggs Garrick Hagon To Guest Star

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:900:]]Garrick Hogan, better known as playing Biggs in Star Wars, will be a guest star on this Fall’s upcoming season 7 of Doctor Who.

The organizers of the FreakCon convention in Spain, where Who is currently filming, let loose the information on Twitter.

Translation: “Garrick Hagon, our guest at FreakCon, is currently shooting in Almeria, filming a series of Doctor Who.”

Roberto Cavazos, another guest star, also confirmed the news with a tweet of his own:

Hogan is no stranger to the world of Who, as the actor had a guest role on an episode with Jon Pertwee way back in 1972.

We’ve also recently learned that Farscape and Stargate SG-1 actor, Ben Browder, has been cast as well.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Doctor Who Hub for more news, images, trailers and more.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns On Season Finale (Preview)

Darth Maul returns on Star Wars: Clone Wars in Part 1 of the Season finale — tonight!

The former(?!) Sith Lord returns after a 10 year absence, voiced by Being Human‘s Sam Witwer.

Check out a preview below, and be sure to tune in or set your DVRs for Cartoon Network at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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Kevin Smith Holding Animated Batman Vs. Darth Vader Contest; Winner Announced During Comic Book Men

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:833:]]Kevin Smith, the well-known creator of Clerks, Mallrats, AMC’s Comic Book Men and a host of others, announced that he is holding an animated Batman Vs. Darth Vader contest.

The Dark Knight meets The Dark Side!

Up for grabs are three prizes including the top prize of $500 and the offer for a job cartooning for SModCo, Smith’s animated show.

Second prize stands to grab $200 with the third prize awarded a cool one hundred bucks.

Smith says the artists own all their stuff, the deadline is Friday, March 16th, 2012, and he will announce the winner on Twitter during the March 18th Comic Book Men season finale.

And they will be just that: my picks. We’re not choosing “winners” because, let’s be honest…

When anybody animates Batman vs. Darth Vader, we’re all winners!

May the Force (of Batman’s fist in your enemy’s face) Be with You!

Head on over to SilentBobSpeaks.com for more info.

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Review: Wookiee The Chew: The House at Chew Corner

If you are not familiar with the works of James Hance already, let me introduce you. James’ wonderful art takes pop culture icons and mashes them together with other characters and situations that will surely be recognized. Boba Fett mashed with The Fonz? Check! Doctor Who and Calvin and Hobbes? Yes, please! The Goonies in Sergeant Pepper?! What?! Each of his masterfully created works of art meticulously stay true to the source material, and will be sure to pull at heart strings of every Geek Mom, Dad and would-be Geek in training.

A few years ago James decided to create a comic sized all ages book based on one of those same works of art, Wookiee the Chew. This series of prints blended A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh with George LucusStar Wars to create some truly original and nostalgic images.   

Chapter 1 of this planned trilogy is titled “The House at Chew Corner.” The story takes us on the adventure of Wookiee the Chew and his sidekick Droidlet as they seek to find something to eat. Along the way we are treated to a Milne-esque story intertwined with James’ wonderful Lucus inspired art and characters. Will our adventurer’s quench Chew’s insatiable appetite for bobaberries and escape the swarms of flyfighters? I’ll leave that for you to discover yourself with each smile inducing page turn.

Overall this is a great all ages story; it’s more book than comic book, but an awesome introduction to these two pop culture staples for any age. When this first came out I immediately bought enough copies to give each of my kids and all of my then and future nieces and nephews. I had thought they had all been given away or lost, but I was happy to find a copy tucked away on my son’s shelf (bagged and boarded of course…) and finally get to read this story and enjoyed every minute of it.  With the industry not paying much attention to younger readers, this is a true gem that should not be missed.

This book and James Hance’s other works of art can be found at his website http://www.jameshance.com.

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2012 Toy Fair: The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, G.I. Joe and more Images Galore

Here are a bunch of images from the 2012 Toy Fair featuring action figures and more from The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and G.I Joe: Retaliation.

Also included are a few Marvel Legends and 3.75″ Marvel Universe figures featuring Puck, Beta Ray Bill, Nighthawk, Fantomex, Armin Zola build-a-figure, a Bombastic Bagman figure, and also, a Death’s Head figure is said to be on the way in 2013.

Last, but not least, is the 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusive Star Wars Jar Jar Binks Carbonite Figure. Definitely deserves to be put on ice after finding out about this!

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Jar Jar Binks Deleted Scene Connects To Dark Side

This should come to no surprise to any Star Wars fan.

Seems Jar Jar Binks is really part of the Dark Side!

The actor who played Jar Jar Binks, Ahmed Best, recently spoke to EW and revealed a cut scene from Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith where a conversation between the Emperor and Jar Jar Binks leads to Palpatine thanking the Gungan for helping him ascend to power. However, the scene never made it, in part due to, of course, George Lucas.

“In Revenge of the Sith, there was a scene that was cut where I’m walking down a long pathway with Ian McDiarmid before he is turned into the Emperor,” Best explains. “And Palpatine kind of thanks Jar Jar for putting him in power. It’s a really interesting scene, and it shows the evolution of Jar Jar from this fun-loving kid’s character into this manipulated politician. And it was an interesting arc for the character that I thought could have been explored, because the scene is really dark. But it just didn’t fit in the movie, which I understand. But yeah, George’s take on it is Jar Jar is now just a politician.”

The conversation that was deleted references Jar Jar Binks‘ speech to the Senate from Clone Wars where Binks, now a delegate from his home planet of Naboo, supports granting Palpatine emergency powers, which we all know leads to the rise of the Empire.

The EW article also reveals that the cast thought Jar Jar Binks was going to be a “break out character” from Phantom Menace, but due to audience reaction, Jar Jar’s part in the next two movies was diminished.

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George Lucas Says Greedo Always Shot At Han Solo First

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George Lucas has been making the rounds as of late promoting the 3D version of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menance.

This time Lucas is asked about fan reaction to changes in his movies, with of course, “Han Shot First” coming up front and center.

And it turns out that Han never actually shot first – according to Lucas.

Well, it’s not a religious event. I hate to tell people that. It’s a movie, just a movie. The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.

Learn something new everyday, right?

(via THR)

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Star Wars TV Series: Rumor About Time Travel Episodes

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:328:]]Potential spoilers below, folks!

While we may or may not see the Star Wars TV series, dubbed “Star Wars Underworld,” apparently some details on the first few episodes have made their way on to the net.

AICN has word that the episodes are about time travel, specifically a group going back in time to put a stop to — Darth Vader!

Here’s the blurb:

one of the series’ first episodes will involve a group of bandits acquiring the capability of time travel, and using it to travel back in time to stop Darth Vader from ever existing.

Could be the bandits(?!) attempt to stop Anakin from joining the Dark Side, as Bleeding Cool noted, and not actually killing him, which might interfere with the births of Luke and Leia depending on the timeline.

Would beg the question if Anakin doesn’t become the Sith Lord of the Emperor – who?! Would be a cool alternate reality story if, say, further into the future Luke or even Leia became a dark lord of the Sith! Though that was at least touched upon in the comics, I think.

And apparently this isn’t the first about time travel in the Star Wars U.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012): Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Parody Trailer

YouTube users are having a field day creating their own parody trailers based on The Dark Knight Rises.

We’ve already posted a bunch, how about another?!

This one uses footage from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith!

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The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.

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Star Wars (3-D) Freebies: Darth Maul and Podracer 3-D Glasses To Be Given Out

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace premiers in 3-D on February 10th.

With that, RealID theaters will be giving the following Darth Maul 3-D glasses out to movie goers who purchase tickets opening day.

Not to be out done, AMC Theaters will be giving away the all-new Hasbro “Star Wars” Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3-D ticket all weekend long. In addition, 10 AMC Theaters will be giving out Anakin Skywalker Podracer 3D glasses with ticket purchase (see below for more).

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The 10 participating Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace exclusive event screening theaters are:
 
Atlanta: AMC Southlake 24; Boston: AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20; Chicago: AMC South Barrington 30; Denver: AMC Highlands Ranch 24; Los Angeles: AMC Tustin 14 at The District; AMC Ontario Mills 30; New York: AMC Empire 25; AMC Garden State 16; Phoenix: AMC Mesa Grand 24; San Francisco: AMC Emeryville Bay Street 16
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Advanced Review: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0

The Force has always been a mysterious element in the Star Wars universe. It drives all living things, the world around them, and can help to shape the destiny of those that can harness it. But where did it all begin? Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi is a comic book series that is going to attempt to explain the origins of the Jedi Order and their dark force rivals, the Sith.

Issue zero is mostly background information about the galaxy and worlds that these early days of the Je’daii will inhabit this story. Je’Daii means mystic (je) and center (daii), which refers to the mysterious Force that binds everything together. And if there’s one thing this issue zero does well, it’s that it binds everything together. In this handy introduction to the series you’ll know who the characters are, what planets they’re on, and you’ll get some inside information for plot points down the road.

The artwork by Jan Duuresma feels like authentic Star Wars technology, characters, and settings. Unlike the Clone Wars stories that are so popular nowadays, this art style focuses less on super sleek and modern and goes for the more classic tech look of the original Star Wars stories. There’s also some great allusions to where some of the modern weapons and ships found in the later stories come from, and I for one can’t wait to see them in action.

The writing by John Ostrander feels almost like a video game or roleplaying guide, which isn’t a bad thing, but it does give you more of a feeling of experience with the oncoming story. All of the background information and locations will make these places feel even more real as characters begin to interact in them. The backstories of the characters don’t feel forced or contrived, and you can tell that the writer was detail oriented in a way that’s subtle and not overbearing.

If you’re a Star Wars comic book fan and are eagerly awaiting this series, then this is an issue worth having in your collection.

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George Lucas Is Retiring; Snubbed By Studios, Fed Up With Fanboys

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:434:]]In a lengthy interview with the NY Times, George Lucas announced that he is finished with doing anymore big blockbuster-type movies.

I’m retiring,” Lucas told the Times. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.”

While the Times does state Lucas will still be involved with Indiana Jones 5, Lucas’ current flick, Red Tails, will be the last. Apparently, Lucas feels slighted that when he approached the studios about the film, an all-black movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, they didn’t bother to give it much thought, with an exec not even showing up.

 â€œIsn’t this their job?” Lucas says, astonished. “Isn’t their job at least to see movies? It’s not like some Sundance kid coming in there and saying, ‘I’ve got this little movie — would you see it?’ If Steven (Spielberg) or I or Jim Cameron or Bob Zemeckis comes in there, and they say, ‘We don’t even want to bother to see it. . . .’ ”

In addition to feeling snubbed by the movie studios, Lucas seems to be fed up with the fanboys as well. Lucas has a few words for those upset by his edits to Star Wars, with Lucas making a note that it is his movie.

“On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie,” Lucas says, referring to fans who, like the dreaded studios, have done their own forcible re-edits. “I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.’ ”

Lucas continues, mentioning how fans would like even more Star Wars movies, but seeing how they treat him — why should he bother.

“Why would I make any more,” Lucas said. “when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?”

Lucas will not be out of the movie making business completely, as he will go back to doing smaller art-housed movies similar to the films he was shooting before Star Wars.

Regarding Red Tails, Lucas bank-rolled the movie himself at the cost of $100 million.

Head on over to the NY Times via the link above for more with George Lucas.

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Star Wars TV: Dubbed “Underworld”; Bigger Than Any of the Prequels

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IGN spoke with George Lucas’ right hand man, Producer Rick McCallum, about the Stars Wars television series that never came to be. However, given enough time we just may see it!

You can check out the full video below with McCallum, here are some highlights that I recapped (not verbatim):

•  The script is timeless as it takes place between Episode III and IV, that 20 year period when Luke is growing up, but it’s not about Luke. 

• It’s about when the Empire is trying to take everything.

•  It’s basically underneath what’s going on, and the working title is called “Underworld.”

•  It’s the criminals, the gangs, like the guys running Wall St. and basically the United States.

•  It’s really a budget thing. It’s really tough because they are trying to have the same special effects in one hour that a two hour movie has, and do it every week. That’s tough — and try to do it for $5 million.

•  It’s not about making money, it’s about breaking even. Other shows go to HBO and sell the worldwide rights, and HBO will give them say $8 million and tell them to cast this actor and that. That isn’t the way they work and that’s the last thing George wants to do.

•  There are 50 unbelievable scripts, each one hour episode is bigger than any of the prequels. They are huge, complex, dark, and adult.

•  Right now it isn’t technologically possible as they only have $5 million an episode, and they have so many digital effects and characters that they are going to hold off and wait to see if there are any major breakthroughs in the next year or so.