MARVEL MINUSTES #1: A Bevy Of Infinity War Updates, Vin's Slip Up, And More.

So welcome to the first edition of MARVEL MINUTES, where I put together Marvel news be it for television, 20th Century Fox, or Marvel Studios. I used to this when I was more active on this site a while back with MARVEL MADNESS but much like comic-books a reboot had to happen.

But enough of that, this week is predominately based on Infinity War updates from the directors of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo, a small one from Vin Diesel and a bit more. Also in the news a confirmation of an old face returning to the world of Ant-Man. With that all said, here is your MARVEL MINUTES.
Anthony and Joe Russo were interviewed by Yahoo Movies when the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the summer mega-hit Civil War. In the interview they talked briefly about Infinity War and other things.

They first talked about their support for fans and Anna Kendrick herself campaigning to play Squirrel Girl.“It would be perfect casting, and we’re huge Anna Kendrick fans,” Joe Russo said showing his admiration for Kendrick.

While for many it would be a fun and enjoyable notion, Anthony Russo quickly countered that the brothers have their “hands full trying to tell the story we have with our pre-existing characters” in the 2018 hero ensemble Avengers: Infinity War. “Anthony would probably die from exhaustion if we introduced another character,” Joe said before Anthony hinted, “That’s not to say we’re not going to introduce a new character.”

Perhaps Captain Marvel?

“If they ever cast that role, maybe,” Anthony replied, clearly joking. “Do you know if they’ve cast it yet?” The role has been given to Oscar winner Brie Larson, a casting that was made official during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July. In a more acute fashion the co-director added, “That’s one we’re going to have to plead the fifth on.”

When asked about narrowing down the number of people in Infinity War, the Russo Bros. had more jokes. “Yeah, it’s down to 66,” Joe said. “Remember Dr. Fine, [the S.H.I.E.L.D. surgeon] from Winter Soldier? He’s off the board. Wanted too much money." For those who don't know Dr. Fine was played Joe Russo himself.

Captain America: Civil War hits Digital HD on Sept. 2 and Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand Sept. 13.

- Source: Yahoo

It has been confirmed that Michael Pena will return to the Marvel Universe for the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and will reprise his role as Luis. Fans will remember Luis as the man who knows how to tell a story and accomplish a heist.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated to begin sometime next year, with Peyton Reed returning to direct and a story that will bring Evangeline Lilly’s character into a co-starring role opposite Paul Rudd. Rudd is once again contributing to the script alongside Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the on-set writers for Ant-Man, with Adam McKay contributing to the story. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for release on July 6, 2018.

- Source: THR

Vin Diesel, who lends his voice for Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot, let slip on his Facebook page that there will indeed be a crossover event between the Guardians and Avengers in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. While live-streaming Vin made it known that this event will happen while reminiscing of the days of posting pictures of him in Marvel HQ pre-being Groot.

Vin said the following:
"Next year you’ve got Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming and that whole concept started from you all saying "when are you gonna be in a Marvel movie? When are you gonna be in a Marvel movie?" And you remember the first picture after that Marvel meeting that I had where I was standing [with] the Avengers thing in the back – some of you can look up that picture, you know that picture…there was an old Avengers copy that was behind me in that picture, if you look back on my Facebook page you can find that. What’s gonna be surreal is that picture is going to come to pass because now the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War and that’s incredibly exciting. Incredibly exciting. Incredibly exciting and something that if you were a part of our page, you knew before everybody."

- Source: Vin Diesel (via Joblo)

The Russos had another chat when promoting the Blu-ray release of Civil War this time with CinemaBlend.

The site was curious as to why the recent change to make Infinity War be one film and not a two-parter like it was previously announced as. The Russos gave a broad but needed explanation for this change: "We wanted the movie to be very different and distinctive, you know. There's certainly cross-pollination between characters and some story-arcs, but you know, the first movie is very clearly Avengers: Infinity War and, in time, we will reveal what the second film is."

For the impatient fans that reveal will deliver on its own time: "You'll learn that, but not for quite some time."

- Source: CinemaBlend

Speaking to CinemaBlend again, The Russo Brothers talked about the why that certain other Avengers didn't appear in the Lagos scene in Civil War. Joe Russo gave a quite good response:

"We wanted to show that the Avengers were functioning like a military unit now - that they would take specialist into each location dependent on what was required. They're beginning the mission undercover, and it's easy for Wanda and Natasha to be undercover. They have the eyes in the air in Falcon and Cap, so we wanted to kind of create this idea that they're dealing with hotspot issues all over the world. And Vision and War Machine can be dealing with one problem, while they're off in Lagos dealing with another problem. So they divide and conquer using their resources on a mission dependent basis."

As for not including other members of the Avengers, there was a narrative rationale behind it, as Joe went on to explain that they wanted to slowly build the pre-existing team that was in Winter Soldier and not have everyone there at that moment:"We thought it would be best to bring back that group from Winter Soldier, just to re-embed you in Cap's story, and obviously Wanda is very story-specific in that sequence. And this is about Cap mentoring her and a tragic mistake that happens, so it made sense that she would become part of that group. But we wanted to slowly expand the group from Winter Soldier, just so you're coming into it from Cap's point of view. You're coming into the storytelling from Cap's point of view."

- Source: CinemaBlend

Talking to IGN this time, they moved on to talking about their next venture into the MCU, which is Infinity War. They explained how it will be the point where the everything lead to.

"I can't get into too much detail about who we're introducing, but these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first Iron Man movie," Anthony Russo said. "In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways, they're going to be the beginning of certain things."

The Russos declined to comment further on what "certain things" will begin with the next Avengers films, including what new characters might appear. They did, however, address the process of nailing down which characters to actually choose for the films and whether personal preference or story demands rule those decisions.

"It's a little bit of both, because you always have to make sure that your choices feel organic to the storytelling, and really, you have to sort of structure them in the way that they need to be there," Anthony Russo said. "You have to have them, or they shouldn't be in the movie. It's a little bit of a dance between the two, where you have big eyes, and you want everybody included in the movie, but you have to go through the process of... what's the best story that you can tell."

- Source: IGN

That wraps up the first edition of MARVEL MINUTES, and I hope you liked it, as said above this won't be a weekly thing more of a spontaneous one. I'll do more of these whenever there's a certain magnitude of bite-sized news for Marvel as a whole.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018;Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

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