Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting news to rumored directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week, we have news regarding a crazy new cross-over movie, the massive plans for James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, and our first look at Matt Damon in his return to the Bourne series. Check it all out and more below!
1. Will Iron Man appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
We already know our friendly neighborhood web-slinger will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War. That still leaves a lot of questions open-ended though about just much of the MCU we’ll see once Sony reboots Spider-Man for the second time. Already we’re hearing talk that Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing as Iron Man, and Jimmy Kimmel at least got some semblance of an answer for us in an interview with the man himself. When asked about Iron Man being involved with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Downey answered, “Perhaps I will. We don’t have a contract yet.” He goes on to talk about his love for the web-slinger growing up, so we imagine Sony would at least try to bring him on (provided they can afford his $40 million price-tag).
2. James Cameron confirms four planned Avatar sequels
It’s been seven years since James Cameron’s Avatar shattered virtually every box office record in the world. The project was the culmination of 15 years of work, coming to fruition in a revolutionary 3D format. Plans have been in the works for awhile now on multiple sequels, but now we finally know just how much Avatar we’ll be getting in the coming years. Cameron took the stage at Cinema-Con to announce a whopping four planned movies for the series, due out in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023 respectively. Whether it can compete in a world rife with Star Wars and superheroes though is completely up in the air. For what it’s worth, Cameron describes it as “a true epic saga,” bringing out all the stops once it hits theaters in two years.
3. Yes, that insane Men in Black/Jump Street crossover is actually happening
It’s been talked about for awhile now, but Sony finally confirmed it at Cinema-Con: The Jump Street/MIB crossover is officially a go. Titled MIB 23, it’ll bring together two completely unrelated universes for what has to be one of the the craziest ideas Hollywood has ever had. Details are scarce past that, but needless to say this is going to be patently bonkers. If Sony can somehow finagle this into a halfway decent movie, who knows what kind of crossovers other studios will force out to capitalize on it? The answer is of course “too many and we hope no one else tries to do this.”
4. The Killing Joke lands an R-Rating
Deadpool kicked off the R-Rated craze with its February release, and it looks like the next superhero project to follow suit will be DC’s animated Killing Joke movie. It’s just the second animated DC movie to net an R-Rating, and it comes around at the perfect time. Alan Moore’s original comic is a violent and demented look inside the Joker’s mysterious origin, and trying to neuter it down to a PG-13 rating simply wouldn’t do the source material justice. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are also signed on reprise their roles as Batman and the Joker respectively.
5. Our first look at Matt Damon in the new Bourne movie
It’s been almost a full decade since Matt Damon last played Jason Bourne, and soon he’ll be reprising the role that turned him into a full-fledged action star. Director Paul Greengrass spoke to Entertainment Weekly, describing a movie that “marries action with a really intense, emotionally truthful next chapter in the Jason Bourne story.” Julia Stiles also returns, officially making it so the band is well and truly back together. And while Damon may be older, Greengrass claims the actor is “astonishing shape.” It won’t be long before we see for ourselves, when Jason Bourne releases July 29.
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