Calling all movie geeks: we’ve got some news about superhero movies and Star Wars spin-offs that warrant your attention:
Avengers: Infinity War
First up, we’ve got a Marvel Cinematic Universe tidbit. Although Avengers 4 has begun production, there may still be some shots being done for the third installment, Avengers: Infinity War. That would explain why a reunion of Roberty Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Favreau, all of whom have been part of the MCU since the beginning, with 2008’s Iron Man, captioned a new set photo “Infinity Trinity.”
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) August 23, 2017
The trio, who portray Tony Stark/Iron Man, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan, will make this their fourth outing together, and hopefully they’ll be sticking around for Avengers 4. They were most recently seen reunited at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, following a four-year absence from Pepper and Happy. Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
Onto DC Comics movies, this one apparently won’t be canon with the DC Extended Universe. Similar to this week’s news that Warner Bros. is developing a standalone non-canon Joker origin movie, that character’s heroic nemesis is also getting his own feature without ties to the ongoing franchise. Here’s what The Batman director, Matt Reeves, told Los Angeles radio station KCRW (via The Wrap):
Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they [Warner Bros.] approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.’
The Batman being separate allows Ben Affleck to continue with the Justice League series while a new, younger Caped Crusader could appear in this.
The solo Han Solo movie hasn’t been officially titled yet, but some are speculating based on some toy packaging that it’s simply Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Meanwhile, we do have some confirmation on another name: Kura. That’s the moniker used by the recently cut Michael K. Williams to reference Emilia Clarke’s character in a new Vanity Fair interview. And it’s been confirmed by sources close to the production.
As far as we know, there’s no pre-existing significance for the name — for a person, anyway. There is a Kura City in a recent X-Wing novel, but that’s it. We’ll get to meet her soon anyway, as Han Solo arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018.