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With the Fantastic Four officially set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rumors have been swirling around who will play the superhero family, and one name keeps popping up more and more: John Krasinski, who’s not exactly shy about his desire to play Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic. Here’s what he previously told Esquire when asked about the role:
“I was just about to walk into the worst pun ever, but I was like, that’s a fantastic role. That would be awesome,” Krasinski said. “Marvel wrote the playbook on secrecy and awesome sort of tantalizing lay and wait until everything’s announced. I am not committed to the role or anything, but I don’t know when they’re doing it. But if and when they do it, I would love to talk to them about it.”
However, in a new interview with Comic Book, Krasinski set the record straight that talks of him playing Mr. Fantastic are simply speculative along with the new rumor that he might be directing a Marvel film:
“Wow, that’s a cool idea. It’s so interesting because I’m such a huge fan of Marvel. I think they do their own… They have such a great formula. Yeah, I’d jump in there. In Kevin [Feige] I trust. That dude is not only the most talented guy, but the nicest guy. Yeah, whatever he wants, we’d discuss it.”
Except Krasinksi isn’t the only in his family being tied to the Fantastic Four. His real-life wife Emily Blunt could be in the mix as Susan Storm, and when asked by Comic Book about the persistent rumors, she was noticeably coy. Just like Krasinski’s answer, Blunt deferred to Kevin Feige:
When asked about the Fantastic Four, Blunt knew where he was going, noting it had been a hot topic already. Killian then asked, “are you prepared for the internet backlash if you guys don’t get cast in Fantastic Four?”
“Well I don’t know, you’re gonna have to speak to Feige about it, right? No, fan casting is obviously so flattering and lovely, but I don’t see it as anything other than hypothetical until they cast someone else,” Blunt said. “I don’t know.”
On an interesting note, Krasinski auditioned for Captain America, and Blunt was originally offered the role of Black Widow, but turned it down. If these rumors are true, this would give the couple the opportunity to enter the MCU on their own terms. In the meantime, comic book fans can’t help but notice Krasinski’s very specific color choice for The Quiet Place II world premiere.Getty Image
What’s so special about Krasinski’s suit? Blue, black, and white are the exact colors of the Fantastic Four uniforms. Is Krasinski doing some low-key campaigning to catch Marvel’s eye?
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Tim Miller directed the first Deadpool, but when it came time to make Deadpool 2, Miller and star Ryan Reynolds didn’t see eye to eye. As a result, Miller left the sequel, and David Leitch took on directorial duties. But what would Tim Miller’s Deadpool 2 have been like? According to Miller himself, it would’ve had a more “comic accurate” version of Cable, and perhaps most surprising of all, a cameo from Fantastic Four team member The Thing.
During a conversation on The Playlist’s Fourth Wall podcast, Tim Miller opened up a bit about what his Deadpool 2 might have looked like. For one thing, Miller claims that he “cracked the secret to the Vanessa storyline.” Vanessa is Deadpool’s girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin. In the Deadpool 2 that was eventually released, Vanessa gets killed off before the credits roll – something that didn’t sit too well with some folks, since it fits into the fridging trope of bumping off female characters just to give male characters some sort of motivation.
According to Miller, in his never-made Deadpool 2, “Vanessa had a far richer character arc than what was presented in the final cut of the film seeing her transformation into the iconic character Copycat and a deeper exploration of the love story between herself and Wade.” Miller was very passionate about getting Vanessa’s arc right, and “fought hard” to make it happen, even pleading with Fox executives to keep the storyline intact while he was exiting the project.
Other differences Miller highlighted were a more comic accurate Cable who was 6 feet, 7 inches tall – something Josh Brolin’s Cable obviously is not they even make a joke about this in the movie. And then there was a surprise cameo from The Thing from the Fantastic Four. The plan was to have “The Thing throwing down with Juggernaut” in the film’s climax. Instead, Juggernaut ended up battling Colossus in the Deadpool 2 that made it to theaters.
While I wasn’t exactly itching for a Tim Miller directed Deadpool sequel I’m a weirdo who liked the second movie more than the first, I will say that giving Vanessa an actual storyline and not just fridging her would’ve made for a much better moviegoing experience.
Miller may have had to part ways with Deadpool, but things worked out fine for him in the end, since he got the chance to helm another blockbuster franchise entry – Terminator: Dark Fate, which opens in theaters this weekend.
Leading up to the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, there was plenty of hype trying to get audiences into theaters for the latest installment of the long-running sci-fi franchise. But along with the typical publicity fluff trying to sell the movie, producer James Cameron got rather honest about the creative struggles in the editing room thanks to having a different perspective than director Tim Miller. But now it’s the director’s turn to talk about what went wrong with the movie and with his relationship with Cameron now that the movie has bombed.
Tim Miller was recently a guest on KCRW’s The Business podcast via IndieWire, and he was a little more blunt about the creative clashing that took place between himself and James Cameron behind the scenes. First of all, Miller isn’t entirely sure why the movie ended up being a box office failure:
“I’m sure we could write a book on why it didn’t work. I’m still not sure and I’m processing, but I’m very proud of the movie.”
Considering the critical reaction to the sequel was fairly positive, it really is a shame that the box office returns likely mean we won’t get to see the rest of what would have been a new trilogy. It’s likely due to the bad taste left in the mouth of Terminator fans by both Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.
No matter what the reason is, Miller sounds like he might be more frustrated by how difficult it was to work with James Cameron. Miller first explained their disagreement on fundamental plot points in the movie. For example, Skynet ends up being replaced with Legion, another dangerous artificial intelligence gone wrong. When it comes to Legion, Miller and Cameron disagreed on how things in the new future time should play out with Legion:
“[I suggested] Legion is so powerful, the only way to beat it is going back in time and strangle it in the crib. Jim says, ‘What’s dramatic about the humans losing?’ And I say, ‘Well, What’s dramatic about the humans winning and they just need to keep on winning?’ I like a last stand. It’s not his thing.”
Miller says there were also several small details, such as lines that he felt were “poetic and beautiful,” which ended up on the cutting room floor. That explains James Cameron’s description of the movie being “forged in fire.” But Cameron may not have been the only one to disagree with Miller’s choice in that regard. On the press tour, Dark Fate star Linda Hamilton remembered Miller wanting to give Sarah Connor lines to make her more relatable as a character, thereby softening her up. So maybe she and Cameron were right to push back in those instances.
In Miller’s mind, he felt an obligation to fight for his vision because “that is what the director is...
Woody Allen’s controversial memoir “Apropos of Nothing” has at least one major admirer: Larry David. In a recent interview published by The New York Times, the “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator shared some praise for Allen’s memoir, which was surprise released on March 24 courtesy of Arcade Publishing. David said, “Yeah, it's pretty great, it's a fantastic book, so funny. You feel like you're in the room with him and yeah, it's just a great book and it's hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong.”
Arcade touts Allen’s memoir as “a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life, ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.” Allen uses the memoir to once again deny allegations of child molestation made against him by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. The director writes the allegation was a result of Mia Farrow’s “Ahab-like quest” for revenge against him.
“I never laid a finger on Dylan, never did anything to her that could be even misconstrued as abusing her; it was a total fabrication from start to finish,” Allen writes, adding that he did place his head on Dylan's lap during an August 1992 visit to Farrow's Connecticut house. “I certainly didn't do anything improper to her. I was in a room full of people watching TV mid-afternoon.”
“Apropos of Nothing” was originally scheduled for release by book publisher Hachette, but widespread backlash to the book’s distribution and company walkouts forced the company to kill the release. Hachette returned to the rights to the novel to Allen and Arcade stepped in to release the book last month. Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver defended the release of the book in a statement that reads: “In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as 'fake news,' we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him.”
Allen’s book is now available for purchase. Head over to The New York Times to read more from David’s interview.