Chris Hemsworth hopes Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences to reopened cinemas

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love a…

Chris Hemsworth hopes that the upcoming Marvel blockbusters will bring audiences back to cinemas once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The 36-year-old, who has played the Norse god Thor since 2011, is gearing up to star in the fourth film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which was due to being production this summer.

However, production on numerous films has been halted due to the pandemic, which has led to the closure of cinemas and the postponement of film releases, with Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters such as Black Widow and Eternals getting pushed back.

Hemsworth believes that these superhero movies are the key to reigniting the industry once the cinemas reopen.

“Films (like Marvel) that you can best appreciate on the big screen, those will draw people out of their homes again,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He also said he understood the critics of Marvel movies, including Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who slammed the big-budget flicks for eradicating the competition.

“I hear those concerns, too. That (the MCU) takes up so much real estate, (and) is there enough room for the other things to exist, the art house films and the smaller films we love and admire equally,” Hemsworth explained.

Right now, the Thor star is enjoying a break from his intense Marvel schedule as he self-isolates in Australia with wife Elsa Pataky and their three children.

“I’ve wanted to just stop being controlled by a schedule,” he said. “So to be home now with the kids full time, and to be able to go ‘Wow, this is truly what’s important.’ It would be a real miss if I didn’t use this opportunity to soak up that time.”

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Florence Pugh wanted to ‘call the shots’ with Black Widow training

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow. The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic…

Florence Pugh was determined to “call the shots” with her physical preparation for Black Widow.

The Little Women actress stars as Yelena Belova, a Russian spy and sister figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) blockbuster.

Many stars have embarked on gruelling workouts, intense training plans, and strict diets to prepare for a Marvel role, but one of the first conversations Pugh had when she landed the part was to make it clear she didn’t want people checking up on her to ensure she was getting into the “right shape”.

“When I got the job, I wanted to know what the regime was,” she explained to Elle U.K. magazine. “I wanted to know whether it was them or me calling the shots. That was a big deal for me. I didn’t want to be part of something where I was constantly checked on. And people making sure I was in the ‘right’ shape. That’s not me at all.”

The Oscar nominee, who is also known for her cookery videos on Instagram, made her own meals before every shoot day and brought them into work because she finds cooking helps her unwind.

“Scarlett had this amazing guy who cooked beautiful things for her and her team. I thought that was clever because you’re doing fitness all the time and you need to have someone who’s on top of what you’re eating and the nutrients you’re getting,” the 24-year-old recalled. “I remember her asking, ‘Why are you cooking for yourself? Just let us feed you!’ And I was like, ‘Nope’… Genuinely, my therapeutic thing is chopping and cooking and stirring and tasting.”

Black Widow is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Taika Waititi impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to Hulk role

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in…

Taika Waititi was impressed by Mark Ruffalo’s commitment to fully immersing himself in the role of the Hulk.

The three-time Oscar nominee reprised his role as Dr. Bruce Banner and his powerful green alter ego for the 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok, in which he starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Tessa Thompson.

And the New Zealand native filmmaker was wowed by Ruffalo’s decision to perform all the motion capture work himself, rather than relying on a stand-in.

“He has very strong opinions about what Hulk would say and how he would say it,” Waititi told Variety. “People assume, ‘Oh, well it’s a CGI character. Why would an actor do the movements?’ But he insisted on doing all the work in motion capture…. All of that stuff is him, dressed in those ridiculous pyjamas that you have to wear with ping-pong balls on his head.”

While the third instalment of the Thor franchise saw Hemsworth reveal a more comic side to the Norse god, Waititi was also excited for Ruffalo to explore how Hulk had finally gained control and overtaken nerdy scientist Banner.

“He wanted to show that Hulk was driving the vehicle and Banner was left in the trunk,” he explained.

Ruffalo recently teased the idea of reprising his role as the Hulk, after it was revealed in Avengers: Endgame that Hulk and Banner had learnt to co-exist as a half-man, half huge green superhero.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal,” he teased. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting.”

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Taika Waititi using lockdown to work on Thor: Love and Thunder script

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies includ…

Taika Waititi is using the Covid-19 lockdown to work on the script for Thor: Love and Thunder.

The fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise has been delayed due to the global pandemic, which has forced Hollywood to shut down production on movies including The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, and Cinderella.

However, as countries around the world impose strict restrictions on people’s movement to stop the spread of the virus, Waititi is using his time in self-isolation to tweak the script for his follow-up to 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

“There are a few positive things I can take away (from the crisis). One of them is that a lot of these films, and films in general, are rushed, or you don’t have as much time as you’d want to have on the script and things like that,” the 44-year-old told Total Film magazine.

Waititi added that he was confident his script, which he has co-written with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, will be better than ever as he has more time to tinker with it.

“We’re still writing Love and Thunder, and I think it’s good to just keep writing, and then you know, we’ll have a really, really good script. And with writing, especially, you should use as much of that time as possible to get your story right, because you never really get it later on,” the Jojo Rabbit filmmaker shared. “Film is an industry where you’re always complaining about not having enough time. I think, right now, we’ve given ourselves a huge amount of time to work on all sort of things, so we may as well use it.”

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Christian Bale, in Thor: Love and Thunder, which has been moved from its original release date of November 2021 to 18 February 2022.

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Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as Hulk

Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as the Hulk in The Avengers.The actor was best known for starring in dramas such as The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, and Shutter Island before he was approached by the director and Robert Downey …

Mark Ruffalo tried to talk Joss Whedon out of casting him as the Hulk in The Avengers.

The actor was best known for starring in dramas such as The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, and Shutter Island before he was approached by the director and Robert Downey Jr. about the possibility of starring in the Marvel blockbuster as Dr. Bruce Banner and his green alter ego.

Talking to Variety, the 52-year-old confessed he was terrified of playing the scientist on the big screen due to the extensive technology and special effects needed to transform him into the Hulk.

“I did try to talk them out of casting me. I said, ‘I don’t know if I’m the right guy, I’ve never done anything like this.’ Between Joss and Robert, they were pretty convincing that I could do it,” Ruffalo recalled, before admitting that he is still scared, even after playing the Hulk in four more Marvel movies.

“I was scared. I was really scared. I’m still scared. The technological aspect of it makes it really hard to work that way. I struggle with it all the time. But my motto is make fear your friend. Just keep pushing yourself into those places where you feel scared or challenged,” he added.

Don Cheadle, who plays James Rhodes and his superhero alter ago War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said the pair bonded during filming the Avengers franchise as they both had to wear motion capture suits.

“Mark and I get to share that misery,” Cheadle joked. “Everyone else is walking around in their cool clothes. Mark and I are walking around in these unitards with symbols and dots and balls attached all over them.”

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Chris Hemsworth teases ‘pretty insane’ Thor: Love and Thunder script

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer,…

Chris Hemsworth has promised fans the script for Thor: Love and Thunder is “pretty insane”.

The Australian star is reprising his role as the Norse god for the fourth instalment in the Marvel franchise, and in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, revealed that director Taika Waititi, who helmed Thor: Ragnarok, has pulled no punches this time around.

“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read in years. It’s Taika at his most extreme, and at his best. If the version I read is the one we get running with, it’s going to be pretty insane,” the 36-year-old told the publication.

The coronavirus outbreak has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of the blockbuster, which also features Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Christian Bale, as production was due to begin this summer.

But Waititi recently spoke about Thor: Love and Thunder in an Instagram Live Q&A with Thompson, and told followers that the comic book adaptation makes Thor: Ragnarok look “safe”.

“There’s so many great, great things in it,” he shared. “It’s so over the top now, in the very best way. It makes Ragnarok look like a really run-of-the-mill, very safe film.”

The filmmaker joked: “This new film feels like we asked 10 year olds what should be in a movie, and then we said yes to every single thing. Space sharks, if you know anything about the comics… That’s all I’m gonna say… Space sharks.”

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated for release in U.S. cinemas in February 2022.

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Venom 2 given official title and new release date

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage. The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously…

The delayed follow-up to Venom has been officially titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

The much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who has merges with an alien symbiote to become Venom, was previously slated to hit cinemas on 2 October 2020, but production, which was believed to have still been underway in San Francisco, California, was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Variety, the sequel has now been postponed to 25 June 2021, a date recently vacated by Warner Bros.’ The Batman, and will be officially titled Venom: Let There By Carnage. Director Andy Serkis and Hardy both shared a video teaser which confirmed the new title and release date on Instagram on Tuesday.

Fans will appreciate the humour in the title, with Carnage, also known as Cletus Kasady, being the antihero character that was played Woody Harrelson in a teaser at the end of Venom, which received a lukewarm response from critics upon its release. However, fans embraced the film’s unique take on the Marvel Universe and it became an unexpected success, taking $855 million (£696 million) at the global box office.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which also stars Michelle Williams, Reid Scott, and Naomie Harris, is the latest movie to be reshuffled by Sony executives, who recently pushed back many of the studio’s major films, including Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Uncharted.

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Sam Raimi confirms involvement with Doctor Strange sequel

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the power…

Sam Raimi has confirmed his involvement in the Doctor Strange sequel.

It was reported in February that the Evil Dead filmmaker would be helming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the powerful sorcerer.

Raimi, who previously directed the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire, recently spoke about his involvement with the Marvel gig, but stopped short of confirming he’ll direct.

“I loved Doctor Strange as a kid, but he was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me, he was probably at number five for me of great comic book characters. He was so original,” he quipped during a press junket to promote his upcoming Quibi series, 50 States of Fright, according to GamesRadar+.

He also talked about a scene in Spider-Man 2, in which Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, played by J.K. Simmons, discusses what nickname he should give Doctor Octavius, who is terrorising New York City. When the name Doctor Strange is suggested, Jameson notes that it’s perfect, but “is already taken”.

“When we had that moment in Spider-Man 2 I had no idea that we would ever be making a Doctor Strange movie, so it was really funny to me that coincidentally that line was in the movie. I gotta say I wish we had the foresight to know that I was going to be involved in the project,” Raimi explained.

Raimi is believed to be replacing Scott Derrickson, who stepped down from the project due to creative differences with Marvel, although he’s still attached to serve as an executive producer. Derrickson has publicly declared his support for Raimi on Twitter.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released in November 2021.

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Mark Ruffalo open to playing Hulk in future Marvel projects

Mark Ruffalo is keen to reprise his role as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, in any future Marvel projects.The three-time Oscar nominee made his debut as the scientist with the angry alter ego in The Avengers back in 2012, and went on to star in the blockbu…

Mark Ruffalo is keen to reprise his role as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, in any future Marvel projects.

The three-time Oscar nominee made his debut as the scientist with the angry alter ego in The Avengers back in 2012, and went on to star in the blockbuster ensemble movies Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

In a new interview with Variety, Ruffalo confessed he’d love to play the Hulk once again, but the decision ultimately lies in the hands of Marvel bosses.

“There’s nothing completely at a place where it’s a done deal. There’s some talk of having Banner/Hulk show up in She-Hulk,” he explained, referencing the upcoming Disney+ series. “If we come up with something good, that would be really interesting. Right now, that’s about it. That’s all there is on the table.”

He also revealed that he’d like to have a standalone Hulk movie, following in the footsteps of Eric Bana and Edward Norton, who both fronted their own blockbusters while playing the green superhero.

“There’s an idea that I think could be really interesting. We’ve never really followed him into his life. He’s always kind of off on the side. He’s like the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of the Avengers,” Ruffalo joked, referencing the infamous side characters in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. “It’d be interesting to fill in all the blanks about what happened to him in between all these movies.”

And just to keep fans on their toes about the possibility of a future crossover between the Avengers and X-Men, following Disney’s merger with Fox, Ruffalo said he’d love to team up with one particular razor-clawed hero.

“Maybe Hulk and Wolverine could hook up,” he laughed.

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Salma Hayek ‘blown away’ by Eternals director Chloe Zhao

Salma Hayek decided to star in Marvel’s Eternals after learning Chloe Zhao was attached to direct.The Frida actress will portray spiritual leader Ajak in the superhero upcoming flick, which follows on from the events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.Explain…

Salma Hayek decided to star in Marvel’s Eternals after learning Chloe Zhao was attached to direct.

The Frida actress will portray spiritual leader Ajak in the superhero upcoming flick, which follows on from the events of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

Explaining why she decided to sign on for a Marvel Studios project in a recent interview for Total Film magazine, Hayek noted that filmmaker Zhao was a big part of the reason.

“The one thing that excited me the most (about Eternals) was the director,” she told the publication. “(Zhao) is amazing. Did you see her first movie? The Rider? I was blown away.”

Hayek is not alone in her respect for the up-and-coming Chinese director, with contemporary western The Rider winning acclaim at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and landing a mention on former U.S. President Barack Obama’s list of favourite films for 2018.

In addition to getting to work with Zhao and play a superhero in Eternals, the star is also excited to be working alongside an ensemble cast featuring the likes of Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie, and Kit Harington.

Describing the group as a bunch of “misfits”, Hayek proceeded to joke: “All of them are people you would never have imagined. Except for Angelina (Jolie). Angelina – she was born to be a superhero!”

Eternals is set to be released in February 2021.

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