For how happy I am that I finally got to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m also a little sad, too. It was the culmination of two years of anticipation—well, technically many more, but the film was announced in 2013—and it delivered a wonderful experience. But now what are we going to look forward to? Don’t worry, there are many more Star Wars movies to come.

Now it’s time for Disney and Lucasfilm to start looking ahead to Rogue One and Episode VIII, which come out in 2016 and 2017, respectively. What did you think of The Force Awakens? Was it everything you expected and more? Or were you disappointed? I’m very anxious to see it again; the first time around was just so overwhelming that it was over before I could even process what was happening.

The following weeks will no doubt continue to be dominated by Star Wars news as the movie continues to smash box office records. And if you haven’t seen it, check out our review before rushing out to theaters over the Christmas break.


Kurt Russell confirms Guardians 2 interest

Last week a rumor claimed Marvel Studios wanted Kurt Russell for the role of Starlord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Russell has confirmed that the rumor is true. The only problem? Russell said he has never seen the first Guardians movie, so he doesn’t feel he has anything to bring to the project. That doesn’t meant he won’t find the time to watch the film and read for the part, but Marvel might move on to someone else as filming for the second movie approaches. [HappySadPodcast]

Batman v Superman characters

In addition to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, a new report from Latino Review again reiterates earlier claims that the film will also feature Aquaman, Flash and even Cyborg. Apparently Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) will have a lot to do with Aquaman’s appearance, while Flash is expected to appear both in and out of costume. Cyborg, meanwhile, will be introduced as his pre-Cyborg persona, Victor Stone, in a minor role. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like any of the Green Lanters will appear, though maybe we’ll see some kind of tag at the end of the film. [Latino-Review]

J.J. Abrams loves Episode VIII script

According to one of Abrams’ longtime friends, Greg Grunberg (who plays a small part in The Force Awakens), Abrams loved the Episode VIII script so much that he wished he was directing the movie.

“He read it and said something he never, ever says,” Grunberg explained. “He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.’”

Instead, Rian Johnson (Looper) has been given the reins for Episode VIII, which doesn’t come out until May 2017. [EW]

Mark Ruffalo discusses the Hulk

Mark Ruffalo recently sat down with Yahoo Movies to discuss the prospect of a new standalone Hulk film, to which the actor revealed it’s probably not going to happen.

“Marvel and Universal famously don’t get along very well, and so that’s working against us, definitely,” Ruffalo explained. “But I know for a fact that everyone is holding out hope that one day we can do it. But the nature of the relationship right now, it’s a little prohibitive. And I hope that changes, that changes with the regimes, it changes over the course of time. But right now it doesn’t look particularly promising.” [Yahoo]


J.J. Abrams talks about that “one” scene that didn’t make the cut

Following the release of The Force Awakens, many people noticed that some of the scenes shown in the early trailers didn’t actually appear in the final film. One scene in particular saw Maz Kanata hand Luke’s lightsaber over to Leia, but it didn’t wind up in the movie. Why?

According to Abrams, it was a victim of editing, and just wouldn’t have made sense. “Sometimes you discover that things you would have cut of a limb to shoot on the day are absolutely inconsequential, and in fact less impactful if you were to remove it,” Abrams said. [EW]

Quentin Tarantino wanted to make Luke Cage movie

In a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino revealed he desperately wanted to make a Luke Cage movie in the 90s, but was talked out of it by his friends, so he moved on to other projects. Tarantino did say, however, that if he does wind up doing a comic book movie, it would be an original character. “It should be something I create rather than try to fit in,” he said. [Blastr]

New actors being added for Star Wars: Episode VIII

According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, all the big characters we saw in The Force Awakens will return to Episode VIII, while some new cast members will be added as well. Kennedy also said Episode VIII will begin shooting in January, so you know what that means? Set photos, rumors, and more will dominate the next several months. [Standard]