Indiana Jones, Robert Downey Jr. and Time Travel…

The last week has seen a foray of palpitating updates regarding some of the world’s biggest film franchises, so let’s talk about them!

First off, Latino Review has recently breathed life into a particularly exciting rumour: following its [relatively] recent acquisition of the rights, Disney has its eyes set on producing more Indiana Jones films! I know what you’re thinking, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sucked the big one, so why should this be any different? Hell, the too Shia LaBeouf-heavy, CGI cluster fuck that is Indian Jones 4 (2008) is indisputably one of the most disgraceful examples of modern cinema, but here’s where this news gets interesting: Bradley Cooper is apparently among the list of names being considered to reprise the role of the badass archaeology professor!

With ambitions of doing a James Bond style franchise, where actors will come and go from the role indefinitely, we could finally be reunited with our favourite adventurer. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love Harrison Ford, it’s fair to say that his time has probably passed for this particular role, and a fresh face might be just what the series needs to kick-start it back into cinematic prominence. I know there were rumblings of LaBeouf donning the fedora and whip back in ’08, but he’s not famous anymore, so hopefully that terrible idea won’t ever seriously present itself as a possibility.

Staying on topic of Disney shenanigans, Robert Downey Jr. was in a recent interview with Variety, in which he said the following regarding the upcoming Avengers (2012) sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron:

“This one is a very ambitious sequel. If you read it, it’s dense, it’s smart… There’s always so many plates to spin to get these things half-right, and I’m really excited about this one.”

Okay, so there’s nothing particularly surprising about the interview, Downey sort of has to say stuff like this when discussing a project with his name attached, but it’s an exciting prospect to consider! Love it or hate it (I, personally, loved it), The Avengers was an extremely ambitious project in itself so, in order to follow on from its success, Joss Whedon et al. really have to up the ante.

Everything seems to be in place to do so, with many of Marvel’s existing and upcoming films feeding into the hype already, so I’m currently optimistic. Of course, we still have to wait until May 2015 for its release, but already it’s sounding great!

Finally, moving away from Disney but keeping with the Marvel hype, the latest trailer for Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past hit the airwaves recently and it looks brilliant!

We’ve already seen one trailer preceding this, along with countless quantities of BTS photos, posters and interviews [see: Internet], so I’m not going to go into all of that (I can’t, it’s unreasonable, sorry), but I just wanted to draw your attention to the newest trailer, if you hadn’t already seen it.

With Bolivar Trask (played by the magnificent Peter Dinklage) finally making an appearance in a cinematic adaptation of the mutant series, with his terrifying Sentinels, and a healthy dosage of Time Travel, this is another film I cannot wait for!

– Joe

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