What better way to kick off the second “What’d You Miss?” update with a whole bunch of front-loaded Marvel news? It makes sense, seeing as Thor: The Dark World hits US theaters this coming Friday.

Marvel-ous

Looking ahead from Thor: The Dark World to the end of Marvel’s Phase 2, there’s more and more trickling out about The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the days and weeks pass. This week brings the news that Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) is a lock for Quicksilver/Pietro Maxomiff, the brother of Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene) and the son of Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr. The news, coming from The Wrap, confirms Latino Review’s scoop and the rumors that have been buzzing since June. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit screens – preceded by a massive Marvel marathon in Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres, one would venture to guess – on May 1, 2015.

Slashfilm brings news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be crossing over with Thor: The Dark World in an episode titled “The Well”, set to air on November 19th in the regular Tuesday timeslot of 8 PM. The episode, guest-directed by Jonathan Frakes (William Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and most notably guest-starring Peter MacNicol (Janosz Poha, Ghostbusters II), follows the team cleaning up some of the aftermath of the movie’s Earth-bound events. The crossover should provide a boost, seeing as the Extremis tech from this summer’s Iron Man 3 is creating an overall season-long arc for the show. And here’s hoping that there’s something Captain America: The Winter Soldier-related come next April. No guarantees, though.

Thor in an Asgardian chamber as a part of Disneyland's Thor: Treasures of Asgard exhibit.

Thor in an Asgardian chamber as a part of Disneyland’s Thor: Treasures of Asgard exhibit.

If you’re craving a little more interaction with your Marvel movies, give Disney and your travel agent a call! Out at Disneyland in California, a Thor: Treasures of Asgard prop exhibit is opening up, following Iron Man’s stint at Innoventions. And looking out to sea, kids on the Disney Magic cruise ship will be able to train with the Avengers – provided, I would assume, that they’ve adjusted to their sea legs. (via Slashfilm)

And venturing over to another branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a bit more news breaking about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to 2011’s franchise reboot starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Those craving a trailer are in luck, as Marc Webb (the returning director) tweeted in Elvish that the first trailer will unspool in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in a little over a month’s time.

 

The Wrap also comes bearing the news that Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einzinger, and Dave Stewart will be teaming up to score the superhero sequel. The sequel (set for May 2, 2014), directed by the returning Marc Webb, finds Peter dealing with Electro (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained), Rhino (Paul Giamatti, Sideways), and Norman Osborne (Chris Cooper, The Bourne Identity), possibly setting the stage for The Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which already has a set release date: June 10, 2016.

Casting Around

Also coming from The Wrap is word that Bill Murray (GhostbustersCaddyshack, Zombieland, etc.) is set to voice Addison Drake, a villainous ghost in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. Additionally, Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) have joined the cast. The film, set to hit theaters on June 5, 2015 (a little early for a kiddie Halloween film, if you ask me), follows two spirits (voiced by Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy) who are recruited to the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations – an elite counter-haunting unit – to save the world from the world’s greatest haunter.

Let’s Talk Film

I’m an NPR junkie. There, I said it. Why? There’s so much amazing content, both entertainment related and not. I, however, lean towards all things entertainment, so one thing that caught my attention recently was Alfonso Cuaron’s interview with Kurt Andersen on WNYC’s Studio 360 (above).

Additionally, Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass spoke with Terry Gross of Fresh Air about their experience filming Captain Phillips. It’s a solid 40 minutes, give or take, and hearing Tom Hanks talk about his various projects is something else.

Gags

Who doesn’t love Star Wars? And who doesn’t love gag reels? Without further ado, I present a recently unearthed gag reel from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (above)!

I’m a sucker for whatever Improv Everywhere puts out, and for the last few weeks, they’ve been posting a weekly series, entitled ‘Movies in Real Life’. This week’s, probably the best of the bunch so far, is a tribute to Back to the Future.

The fine folks over at How It Should Have Ended can be a little hit-and-miss with their parodies at times (just my opinion), but their latest parody for World War Z, arguably the summer’s only zombie flick, goes more for plot inconsistencies rather than lampooning tropes and genres. Well … maybe, maybe not.

And to close things off with a little Halloween hijinks, a Boise sportscaster decided to have some fun during the 6 PM Halloween newscast. You stay classy, Boise! (via Deadspin)

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We’ll see you back here next week with more film/entertaiment news you might’ve missed! And be sure to let us know if there’s anything we missed to include in next week’s post!







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