LAFF: Derek Luke teases that Gabe Jones “could be a spy” in “Captain America 2”


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With “Captain America 2” making the jump to the present day, the fate of his Howling Commandos remains unknown. The squad was a major part of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but they might not fit as well in Cap’s world sixty five years in the future.

That being said, Derek Luke wasn’t so quick to write off his Commando, Gabe Jones, when IFC caught up with him at the Los Angeles Film Festival red carpet for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” In fact, he seemed to think that he would be back for a second go at the Marvel Universe.

“I don’t know, but I figure if Captain can go to the future, so can I,” he teased. “I’m optimistic. I’ve been hearing calls about it, so we’ll hear what they’re going to do.”

Even after his time in the Howling Commandos, Jones goes on to have a big role in the Marvel comic books. We mentioned that to Luke, and he said we were thinking in the right direction.

“He has a huge role, and here’s the thing is that he could be a different character, actually. He could be a spy. That’s all I’m going to say,” Luke teased with a smile.

Let the speculation begin.

Jones was a pretty important character in the Marvel comic books, especially when it comes to S.H.I.E.L.D. As a former underling to Nick Fury in World War II, Jones went on to virtually become the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader’s second-in-command once the secret organization was formed. So assuming that happens in the Marvel movie universe as well, we can start to guess how Luke would work as a character who looks the same as Jones but is actually a spy.

It could be that “Captain America 2” will deal with the Deltite storyline from the comics, which would explain some of Luke’s cryptic quotes. The sentient Life Model Decoy androids slowly infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. during one storyline by taking on the personas of some of its agents, eventually managing to label Fury as a traitor and expel him from the organization. Though Jones was not one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. members who was killed and replaced in the comics, that could be changed for the movie.

Of course, if Jones and Fury are so close in the Marvel cinematic universe, why wouldn’t Fury have reintroduced him and Captain America to one another once the latter was discovered frozen in the Arctic in “The Avengers”? Then again, “The Avengers” had a shoddy explanation for why Thor wasn’t able to go see Jane during the movie as well, so that seems like an easy plot hole to be ignored.

But this does seem to fit with what we’ve heard of “Captain America 2’s” plot so far. The flick will pick up where “The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers “continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.” Considering the fact that the new movie will likely be S.H.I.E.L.D. heavy, the Deltite storyline doesn’t seem so far off. Kevin Feige elaborated “Captain America 2’s” premise in an interview last month.

“Cap, who is stuck in the modern day with no friends or family, there will be some revelations of who is still alive from his days in WWII, but S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury are kind of his confidants right now,” he said. “So of all these movies, ‘Captain America 2′ will be most closely associated with ‘Avengers.’”

“Captain America 2” will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. It’s due in theaters on April 4, 2014.

Would you like to see Luke return for “Captain America 2”? Who do you think he could be playing? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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