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Arad talks X3 & more

06.21.2005

X3 teaser poster Avi Arad recently sat down with MTV and gave some info about pretty much every single high profile and some low profile comic adaptations that Marvel has in the pipeline. Here are some of the highlights:

Regarding the X-Men universe, he confirmed that Vinnie Jones will indeed be playing Juggernaut and the cast from the previous films are all coming back for X3. Does that include Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler? I bloody well hope so! As far as the Phoenix storyline, he mentioned "Dark Phoenix should not be the centerpiece of the movie." Why the hell not? It's a great f*cking storyline! Finally, regarding the spin-off films MAGNETO and WOLVERINE, he mentioned that MAGNETO is being written and will "be a smaller movie, [but] very true to the origin" and while the film will star a much younger actor in the titular role, it does not mean that Ian McKellen won't be in it. According to Arad, "There's no way for me to think of not walking into the story through him…Ian is an ambassador for this, and he needs to be there."

Regarding SPIDER-MAN 3, he mentioned that Dylan Baker, who played Dr. Kurt Connors in SPIDER-MAN 2 and who later goes on to become Spidey's villain as The Lizard, will be back for the sequel. Does this mean they're leaving the door open for another sequel and another villain? Man, I hope so.

As for the 10 picture deal Marvel recently made with Paramount, he mentioned that THE ANT-MAN, DR. STRANGE and BLACK PANTHER are all part of it, as well as some sequels.

Finally, here's what he had to say about SILVER SURFER - "There is a director who should make 'Silver Surfer' — he is mentally committed to it. He's doing another movie now. What's most important to me about this guy, first, is that he's incredible with visuals. But he's also a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist." Call me crazy but I don't really see the connection between having "incredible visuals" and being a Zen Buddhist. I guess he's saying that he'll bring his spirituality to the film but it almost kinda sounds like he meant to say "he's incredible with visuals. But he's also a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist. So we'll have to work around that, you know." He also mentioned that Galactus will be in it but will most likely be all CGI since he's a "force of nature" and not a "being".

To read more about what he had to say about CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN, IRON FIST, PUNISHER, LUKE CAGE, NICK FURY and a HULK sequel, go HERE.

Source: MTV

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