Previously on THE ROCK FATHER... We took a journey to Los Angeles, following Agent Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis in their relocation from New York, setting up shop in the newly-created West Coast Office of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). There we met with actors Hayley Atwell and James D'Arcy, along with showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to discuss Season Two of MARVEL's AGENT CARTER. Now that story continues...
What is visible on the surface is often just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg - the front-facing public visage of the SSR being much the same. Hidden behind the New York Bell Company on the East Coast, the precursor to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have taken on a very "Hollywood" front for their entry into the sunnier climate, naturally, a talent agency. Behind the painted glass window of the Auerbach Theatrical Agency, the familiar Rose Roberts mans the phones, a task in which she's well-versed - but here she finds herself fending off a seemingly endless onslaught of Hollywood hopefuls with stars in their eyes. "We don't advertise. Our sign is barely legible. Our address is wrong in the city directory. And yet, somehow, they find us," she tells Agent Carter upon her arrival, speaking of the hungry actors who constantly come calling. Perhaps a talent agency wasn't the best front they could've chosen, but with Howard Stark now moonlighting as a film producer, a natural one to fit with the show's new West Coast narrative... and a fun one in which to play a bit of "make believe" for the cast and crew.
On a December afternoon, somewhere in Burbank, not far from where Doc Brown and Marty McFly once traveled back in time to 1955, I too, found myself taking a step into the past for a glimpse into the future. Walking into a soundstage and onto the 1947 set of MARVEL's AGENT CARTER, I settled into the almost-too-real-to-be-fake Los Angeles Office for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), joining a familiar crew of fellow writers to meet up with Showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (both of the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL comic relaunch), along with stars Hayley Atwell (Agent Peggy Carter) and James D'Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) to pull back the curtain on what second season adventures await... and the off-screen shenanigans that bring the cast and crew of AGENT CARTER closer together.
How did I get here? There was a moment of pause that was punctuated with misty eyes as I looked over an itinerary placing me in the same room - and the same table - with actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o and filmmaker J.J. Abrams. What really took a moment to sink in was the other name present - Harrison Ford. This is a man who was there the first time around - when STAR WARS was a new thing, and a little boy named "Jimmy" would spend countless hours having adventures with Ford's dashing smuggler, Han Solo in Kenner action figure form. It was STAR WARS that inspired me to try my hand at working in film and television, and here we are on the cusp of a new film that continues the original saga, with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS hitting theaters on December 18th... and I've been invited to Los Angeles to cover the Global Media Days! While The Force is strong with this adventure, my journey to a galaxy far, far away is just one piece of the puzzle that includes projects from Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel and ABC...
Well this is a pleasant surprise... tonight the first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has arrived, giving audiences their first official look at the chaos that will hit screens on May 6, 2016. If the image of Captain America and The Winter Soldier viciously pummeling Iron Man sounds appealing - you're in luck. Tension between Cap (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been brewing for awhile, and this is where it all boils over... and THE AVENGERS will be forced to choose a side. Check out the trailer and poster below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!
MARVEL's ANT-MAN scored big this summer by becoming the first true "family film" in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. I covered the film extensively, interviewing the entire principle cast (including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, T.I., Michael Pena and David Dastmalchian), Director Peyton Reed, and MARVEL Studios Chief Kevin Feige. In speaking with all of those folks, I had to talk toys - and the one thing that really stood out is how excited Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll and Michael Douglas were about getting the LEGO treatment. Out of all the toys and collectibles that hit stores this summer, it was becoming a LEGO Minifigure that truly made some eyes light up. Released as part of the LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes line, the ANT-MAN FINAL BATTLE is a terrific, 183-piece set recommended for ages 6+, and one that lands as a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.
One of my favorite movies of the year is coming home for the Holidays! MARVEL's ANT-MAN arrives on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on November 17, with 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 8! Check out the all-new Blu-ray trailer (narrated by Michael Pena of the #Antourage) below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!