John Krasinski keen to play Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four reboot

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marv…

John Krasinski would love to play Mr. Fantastic in a possible reboot of the Fantastic Four.

The 40-year-old famously lost out on the role of Captain America to Chris Evans back in 2010, but the actor/director hasn’t given up hope on starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Krasinski first expressed his desire to play scientist Reed Richards, who transforms into Mr. Fantastic after being exposed to cosmic radiation in space, almost two years ago.

And in an interview with Total Film, he revealed he’s still hopeful he’ll be able to play the superhero on the big screen one day.

“I would love to be in the Marvel Universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies,” Krasinski explained. “I have no idea what (Marvel) are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

But The Office star, who made his directorial debut with critically-acclaimed horror A Quiet Place in 2018, ruled himself out of helming a Marvel blockbuster in the future.

“Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun,” he laughed.

Marvel producers have not yet formally announced a reboot of the beleaguered Fantastic Four franchise, but rumours have swirled since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox last year.

The most recent adaptation of the comic book was back in 2015. However, the flick, which starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara, was mauled by critics and flopped at the box office.

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Chris Evans struggling to find material for second directorial effort

Chris Evans is struggling to find a screenplay he wants to direct.The Captain America star made his directorial debut in 2014 with independent romantic drama Before We Go, in which he also starred in alongside Alice Eve, and while he is keen to step be…

Chris Evans is struggling to find a screenplay he wants to direct.

The Captain America star made his directorial debut in 2014 with independent romantic drama Before We Go, in which he also starred in alongside Alice Eve, and while he is keen to step behind the camera for a second time, he is struggling to find a good script to work with.

“I’m dying to direct, but I don’t have the courage or focus to write, and the hardest thing is finding material,” Evans said during an interview with Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

“The good material isn’t just sitting there untouched,” the 38-year-old said of the film. “When I directed, one of the trickiest things was I found some little broken-bird script and thought, ‘Oh, I can nurse this thing back to health.’ In retrospect, I do think even the best version of the movie I directed, there may still have been a ceiling based on the material.”

When Johansson asked Evans if there were any subjects he’d like to develop for the screen, he shared his interest in Buddhism.

“Those are stories that I think can touch people. I think we’re all looking to find out, from an egoic standpoint, what our relevance is, who we’re supposed to be, what the definition of joy and love and purpose is,” Evans said. “Loose concepts of Buddhism address a lot of that. I certainly don’t have the skillset to write it, so I’m just on the hunt.”

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Chris Evans reluctant to play Captain America again

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved …

Chris Evans has reservations about reprising the role of Captain America again.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns from a time-travelling mission as an old man, revealing that he went back to the past to enjoy life with his beloved Peggy Carter before passing on his shield to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, effectively making him the new Captain America.

When asked by his Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson if he would ever return to the role during their interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, he vaguely replied: “Never say never.”

When pressed for a more definitive answer, the 38-year-old admitted that he would be hesitant to jump back into the role and ruin the bittersweet conclusion of his character’s storyline.

“It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either,” Evans said. “There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”

Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in the Avengers films, added that Captain America deserved his “beautiful cathartic ending” and Evans replied, “It’d be a shame to sour that… I’m very protective of it. It was such a precious time and jumping onto the movie was a terrifying prospect to me. I said no a bunch of times, and there’s a million and one ways it could have gone wrong. It almost feels like maybe we should let this one sit.”

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Hayley Atwell joins Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that …

Hayley Atwell is joining Tom Cruise in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been in charge of the franchise since 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, announced over the weekend that the actress had joined the cast on his Instagram page by sharing a black-and-white snap showing Atwell’s headshot photograph resting on top of a folder for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), the fictional agency in the series.

“@wellhayley Should you choose to accept…” he wrote in the caption, referencing the iconic line, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.”

In the comments, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt in the films since 1996, wrote, “Welcome to the team, @wellhayley.”

The Captain America star shared the same photo on her Instagram page and hinted at her character’s storyline in the caption, in which she wrote: “@christophermcquarrie Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

It is not known what character the 37-year-old will be portraying, or if she will appear in both the seventh and eighth instalments, which are being filmed back-to-back.

According to IMDb, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in the seventh movie. It is not yet known if other regulars, such as Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Alec Baldwin will return.

McQuarrie will direct both films from his own screenplays and will produce along Cruise and J. J. Abrams, among others. The first instalment is set for release in July 2021, while the follow-up will arrive in August 2022.

Atwell, who is perhaps most famous for playing Captain America’s love interest Peggy Carter in the Marvel films, was recently seen in Avengers: Endgame and Blinded by the Light. She is currently filming TV show Criminal.

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**SPOILER ALERT** Anthony Mackie cried with Chris Evans after discovering Avengers: Endgame conclusion

Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie cried together as they bonded over the ending of Avengers: Endgame. Mackie plays Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the final installment of the Avengers franchise, Evans’ Steve Rogers retir…

Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie cried together as they bonded over the ending of Avengers: Endgame.

Mackie plays Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in the final installment of the Avengers franchise, Evans’ Steve Rogers retires as Captain America as he hands over his famous shield to his flying sidekick.

Evans was so excited to find out the unexpected ending of his tenure as the superhero that he rushed to share the news with Mackie before he’d had chance to read the script for himself.

Mackie told IMDb, “We were at his house and he goes, ‘You excited?’ And I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ and he goes, ‘You don’t know?’ He jumps up, runs out of the room and comes back in with the script.”

After reading the ending with Evans, the 8 Mile star admitted he was “blown away”.

“We cried. We drank. We laughed,” he shared. “I am very happy I got that moment with Chris, for him to not only pass me the shield, but to tell me it was happening.”

The actors first worked together as Captain America and Falcon in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was also directed by Endgame filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo.

And filming the closing scenes on Endgame was incredibly emotional for Mackie, as the father-of-three admitted the significance of becoming the first black Captain America began to really dawn on him.

“It means a lot to me for my sons to see Captain America as a black dude and for me to be that dude to my sons,” the 40 year old continued. “So that moment was not just, ‘Hey, we’re acting.’ It was more of a thing. And then they (the Russo brothers) cut and I cried. And Chris cried. And the Russos cried. And everyone cried. It was an emotional day.”

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Mark Ruffalo: ‘Playing Hulk has been the trip of a lifetime’

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center…

Mark Ruffalo bid an emotional farewell to his Avengers alter ego at the world premiere of final flick Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles.

Mark was joined on stage by the majority of his A-list co-stars on Monday night (22Apr19) at the LA Convention Center, including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

Talking after the credits rolled, Ruffalo, who has played The Hulk since 2012’s Avengers, told the audience how important the last seven years have been for him.

“It’s been an amazing ride and so moving, I love all of you guys so much. It’s been the trip of a lifetime, and what you did up there tonight was so beautiful. My brother and sister Avengers, I love you so much,” he gushed, according to Variety.

Captain America actor Evans echoed his sentiments, stating: “I have a lot of my friends and family here tonight, and a lot of them are right up here. We have this bond that transcends what we do for a living… I cried like six times (tonight).”

Notable absences from the star-studded premiere were British stars Tom Holland and Tom Hiddleston, who play Spider-Man and Loki receptively, who both had work commitments elsewhere; Holland is filming new film Chaos Walking in Atlanta, while Hiddleston is treading the boards in his native London in play Betrayal.

However, fans were excited by the presence of Natalie Portman, and have speculated she’s making her return as genius scientist Jane Foster, after last being seen in Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas around the world from Wednesday.

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Marvel release Avengers: Endgame teaser as fans countdown film’s release

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in t…

Marvel marked the one-month countdown until Avengers: Endgame hits cinemas by releasing 32 new character posters and a featurette.

The next instalment of the super hero franchise begins showing in theatres around the world on 24 April (19), opening in the U.K. the following day, and in the U.S. on 26 April.

With the fate of some of Marvel’s most loved characters unknown following Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) destruction at the end of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been given an early glimpse at what’s to come in the new video.

“The fans’ reaction to the end of Infinity War, when half their favourite characters turned to dust, really was indicative of how emotionally connected the world has gotten to these characters,” Marvel president Kevin Feige says in the video.

While Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, comments that people are still “coming to grips” with what’s happened, and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson says her character has become hardened after the fallout from the last film.

Captain America Chris Evans adds that the characters are all doing their best to keep their head above water.

“But it’s kind of a losing battle – we lost and we’re not used to losing,” he said.

“They’ve truly levelled us, not just literally but morally and emotionally…. The good thing is that it’s always easier to build people back up after they’ve been broken down. That’s what Marvel’s great at doing. It’s that shred of hope that everyone is looking for.”

Some of the cast also shared their character posters on social media with the hashtag #AvengersEndgame and the one-month countdown, including Evans and Don Cheadle, aka War Machine.

Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as Nick Fury in Marvel’s flicks but isn’t credited as being in the new film, shared the featurette, telling fans: “We’re in the endgame now. Watch this brand-new featurette from Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame, in theaters in one month.”

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Brie Larson was ‘weirdly emotional’ over Captain Marvel offer

Brie Larson felt “very weirdly emotional” when she was offered the role of Captain Marvel.The Oscar-winning actress plays the title character, also known as Carol Danvers, in the upcoming superhero film, and in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, …

Brie Larson felt “very weirdly emotional” when she was offered the role of Captain Marvel.

The Oscar-winning actress plays the title character, also known as Carol Danvers, in the upcoming superhero film, and in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, she admitted she struggled to decide whether to accept the offer to lead Marvel’s first-ever female standalone movie.

“It was very weirdly emotional, and I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my god. Am I going to be a Disneyland character?’” she recalled, noting that the decision was harder to make because she was sworn to secrecy about the offer and couldn’t talk it through with loved ones.

However, Brie was convinced when she read the first draft of the script, because she felt like she had finally come across a female version of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, who became her ideal when she was young.

“I couldn’t think of a female equivalent,” she explained. “There was Sigourney Weaver in Alien, of course, but there wasn’t enough of that spectrum of confidence and sass and a little bit of a mess, just a mix of everything. Women weren’t allowed to do that.”

The 29-year-old also felt that taking on the superhero would help her continue her mission of challenging female stereotypes onscreen and making sure there is greater representation of realistic and strong female characters.

“The movie was the biggest and best opportunity I could have ever asked for,” the Room star continued. “It was, like, my superpower. This could be my form of activism: doing a film that can play all over the world and be in more places than I can be physically.”

She sought advice from Marvel veteran, Captain America’s Chris Evans, and asked him about how he dealt with the increased fame and fandom and he told her to pretend if as if it were “happening to someone else.”

Captain Marvel hits cinemas in March (19).

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Chris Evans clarifies his Captain America tweets

Chris Evans has insisted his recent tweets do not spoil anything about the eventual fate of his character, Captain America.Earlier this month (Oct18), the actor triggered fear amongst Marvel fans when he suggested that he would not be playing the super…

Chris Evans has insisted his recent tweets do not spoil anything about the eventual fate of his character, Captain America.

Earlier this month (Oct18), the actor triggered fear amongst Marvel fans when he suggested that he would not be playing the superhero beyond the upcoming Avengers 4 movie.

“Officially wrapped on Avengers 4,” he wrote on Twitter. “It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honour. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.”

With many fans taking this to mean that Captain America may die in the next film, Evans is adamant his comments didn’t suggest that.

“I should clarify that I know I did tweet something that made a lot of people think that it was in someway a spoiler. I should clarify that regardless of how Avengers 4 ends, I would have tweeted the exact same thing,” he explained during ACE Comic Con in Chicago over the weekend (13-14Oct18), as reported by ComicBook.com. “That last day of filming was a very emotional day and it was the culmination of almost 10 years of filming and 22 movies, this unbelievable tapestry.”

The 37-year-old added that he felt compelled to “share the gratitude” following his Marvel experience, and affirmed that he is “neither confirming or denying anything” regarding the Avengers 4 plot.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo also took to Twitter to announce that filming on the latest instalment had been completed, but only fuelled further speculation with their cryptic message.

The duo shared an image of a bright blue glowing light alongside the hashtag “#wrapped.”

One fan theory is that the picture indicates that one more hero is going to die, with Captain America being the most likely contender thanks to Evans’ tweet.

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Chris Evans wants to bow out on top as Captain America

Captain America star Chris Evans is determined to retire his superhero shield after the next two Avengers movies, because he wants to bow out on his own terms. The actor made his big screen debut as war hero Steve Rogers and his superhero alter ego in…

Captain America star Chris Evans is determined to retire his superhero shield after the next two Avengers movies, because he wants to bow out on his own terms.

The actor made his big screen debut as war hero Steve Rogers and his superhero alter ego in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and has reprised the role for a number of other Marvel movies ever since, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Last year (17), Chris made it clear he will walk away from the comic book character once he completes work on the fourth Avengers instalment, the Infinity War sequel, and it appears there’s little that will change his mind.

“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he explains in a profile piece for the New York Times.

Chris’ Marvel contract will be fulfilled after doing reshoots later this year (18) for the as-yet-untitled 2019 Avengers project, and the 36-year-old is looking forward to winding down his acting schedule, doing just one film a year.

“When I think about the times that I’m happiest, it’s not on a movie set,” he confesses. “I’ve stopped thinking about my trajectory, or my oeuvre, or whatever pretentious word you want to use. I’m just following whatever I feel creatively hungry for… I’m not afraid to take my foot off the gas. If someone said tomorrow, ‘You’re done, you can’t do anything else,’ I’d be OK.”

The screen projects he does take on will also likely move him away from blockbusters to focus on smaller films like his 2016 drama Gifted.

“I used to have thoughts of wanting to climb to the top of something, or wanting to be somebody,” Chris shares of his old Hollywood dreams. “But when you get the thing that you think you want and then you wake up and realise that you still have pockets of sadness, and that your struggle will reinvent itself, you stop chasing after those things and it’s liberating, because you realise that right here, right now, is exactly all I need.”

In the meantime, Chris is challenging himself in another way, making his Broadway debut in a revival of the Kenneth Lonergan play Lobby Hero, starring alongside Michael Cera. The production is currently in previews, and officially opens next week (26Mar18).

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