TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES New Origin Revealed, Agent 13, Birds of Prey, More
Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster
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Emily VanCamp in Normal Street Clothes
Yes, Agent 13 finally got her own poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but no, her signature white catsuit S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's just Emily VanCamp in a button down and slacks, standing on what looks like the bridge of a helicarrier.
Mild Possible Spoilers for people who know nothing about Captain America: Also of note is that Marvel Studios continues in all press to call VanCamp's character simply "Agent 13" and not by her comic book civilian name, Sharon Carter. Why is that name significant? Well because she's the niece (or maybe grand-niece thanks to sliding continuity) of Peggy Carter, Cap's love interest from the first film, that's why.
Surprise Twist to TMNT Origin Revealed
Last night Paramount showed off the new Michael Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, revealing their look on-screen for the first time. io9 watched the footage, and pointed out two main things: the Turtles are very large, or as they say “simply massive,” implying that they’ll be a bit more monstrous than previous incarnations, which have held the Turtles to about the 5’6” mark.
Second is in their origin. No, they’re not aliens as was rumored for an early draft of the screenplay - however, it seems that Shredder, played by William Fichtner in this film, and April O’Neil’s father are the actual creators of the Ninja Turtles.
It’s not said exactly how, or if this was a mistake or a planned, purposeful creation, but the narration is quite clear that those two men are their creators and they they were “trying to create heroes,” as Shredder tells April O’Neil in the teaser footage. Shredder also seems to be something of a social crusader, the Sinestro-type that thinks he can save the city by bringing it order, all under his foot.
The Foot Clan has a slight redesign with a metallic mask over the cloth hood, the mask of Shredder was revealed in the footage, and the green ooze is still there and intact.
We expect the footage will hit the internet in the near future.
Huntress Returns to ARROW
The Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, is back on Arrow for the special episode titled "Birds of Prey," which will see Oliver's old flame meet his new one and have the Huntress and Black Canary face-off for the first time. Yeah, we can't wait either.
Luckily, there's a new clip from the episode to tease the return, with Helena versus daddy dearest.
Chris Evans Leaving Acting Behind (After Cap Contract)
It's been previously reported on the Captain America: The Winter Soldier press circuit that Chris Evans plans to finish out his Marvel Studios contract then leave the character - and acting - behind, for at least an extended break. Variety goes into more detail with the actor, who signed a six-movie contract (which is nothing compared to costar Sebastian Stan's nine-movie Marvel deal) in 2010, and has his third hitting theaters Friday April 4, 2014. Fans need not fret, then, as he has Avengers: Age of Ultron, and likely Cap 3 and Avengers 3 still in his future. After, however, the 32 year-old plans to move into a direct career, something he played with during a 19-day hiatus, directing an independent feature he co-starred in with Alice Eve.
He tells Variety, though, that he isn't just planning a hiatus, but to retire from acting altogether, likely as of now for anything outside of portraying Captain America.
“If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing. I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do," Evans said. He does appreciate and enjoy the Marvel Studios and Captain America experience, though, saying that "without these movies [he] wouldn't be directing."
As for that movie he is acting in that's releasing on April 4, 2014, Evans trained in gymnastics and parkour to make his movement more fluid for this film, and promises that Cap is "more bad-ass in terms of his fighting style. He's much more aggressive, and he loks more lethal." He also revealed that his original offer was for a nine-movie contract like his costar, but he negotiated down to six. It was Robert Downey, Jr. who finally got Evans to say yes to the deal with a personal phone call encouraging him to take the role.
Evans of course has a deep history with comic book roles. In addition to three films as Captain America, he played Johnny "The Human Torch" Storm in two Fox Fantastic Four movies, and has roles in Snowpiercer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Losers, a voice in TMNT, and the lead in the comicbook-inspired, though not adapted, Push.
While he's announcing plans for a retirement from acting, he's smart enough not to rule out a return. "For all I know, in five years, I might say, 'Shit, I miss acting,'" Evans said. But for now, directing (and Captain America) is his future.