Saturday, July 4, 2015

Weekly MCU Review for Independence Day

Instead of a ketchup bottle, have a
Happy Independence Day!
(If you're American, that is)

Another week, and more MCU news!  Ant-Man is just a couple weeks away, and they are really revving up the hype machine!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up (*ducks*) on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

First up is my review of Daredevil season 1, episode 12, “The Ones We Leave Behind.”

Here is the first part of what is now a four-part series looking ahead to the Secret Warriors on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Who do you want to see on the team?

Reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episodes 11, “The Magical Place,” and 12, “Seeds.”  What was your favorite part of AoS season 1?

Are you excited for Ant-Man?  I am!  Here’s an overview of Hank Pym’s comic book history.

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

According to a recently-released viral news report, cyber-criminal Scott Lang is about to be released from prison.  Do you like this marketing tactic?

This may be considered a spoiler—or a “no, duh”—but stay after the credits for Ant-Man.

From the realm of “no, duh” comes Kevin Feige’s confirmation that Marvel has definite plans for the Wasp in the MCU.

Here is an interview with Michael Douglas.

Forget about an Ant-Man sequel, Peyton Reed is talking prequel!  Would you be interested in a prequel focusing on Hank Pym?  I know I would!

Still on the fence about Ant-Man?  Does it help to know that James Gunn thinks it’s his favorite Marvel movie since the first Iron Man?

Sadly, Hulk is not a “primary part” of Captain America: Civil War.  But Feige hasn’t exactly slammed the door shut of his possible involvement, so…

However, Black Panther will be a key player in CA:CW both as a third-party independent of the Avengers and as someone who is new to the hero mantle and discovering himself as a ruler and hero.  What new character are you most excited to see in CA:CW?  Black Panther?  Spider-Man?  Dare I say… Red Hulk?  Or maybe even Wasp?

The Godfather of Marvel himself, Stan Lee, approves of Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

So according to Kevin Feige, Doctor Strange is going to embrace the “weirdness” of the comics.  What upcoming MCU movie are you most excited about?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 now has an official title:  Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.  I like this title for its double entendre:  first, the fact that comic collections are released in volumes; second, the fact that at the end of the first one Quill received the “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”—it’s a music term, too.  It’s not a terribly exciting title, but I think it sets the right tone.  What do you think?

GotGV2 will also be a more emotional story than the first one.  Of course, we already kind of knew that.

Benicio Del Toro wants to return as the Collector for Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  He really seems to be into this character.  Do you want to see him “weird it up” again in the sequel?

James Gunn did yet another Q&A session this week about a whole bunch of different things.  Among others, the possibility of a Runaways movie.  Would you want to see that after Infinity War?  I sure would.

Now that we have an actor and director for the Spider-Man reboot, there is going to be a lot of news coming out about the movie.  Kevin Feige’s goal is for this Spider-Man to be as faithful as possible to the comics.  Here is some information suggesting that the movie will focus on the high school drama and introduce “villains we haven’t seen before.”  And here is Feige’s explanation of what will set this one apart from the last 2:  youth and MCU.

So next on the docket for announcements is Thor: Ragnarok.  Specifically, we should be getting casting and director announcements this summer.  Also, Feige has said we will start seeing TV characters cross over to the movies soon, so could my Lorelei theory be accurate?

What movies would you like to see set in the MCU’s past?  My vote would be to fill in Cap’s World War II service and bring in the Invaders.

Marvel Studios will be busy next summer…

Edwin Jarvis and Agent Daniel Sousa will be joining Peggy in Agent Carter season 2.  Thus far these are the only confirmations about season 2 beyond the LA setting.  Here is some information from the showrunners about what to expect.

Wondering why we haven’t heard anything about Iron Fist lately?  According to this rumor Marvel is having some trouble figuring out just how they want to bring him to the screen.  I’m already thinking about a response, but I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on what Marvel should do.

So here is some explanation from Kevin Feige as to why we haven’t gotten any Marvel One-Shots in a while.  Do you want to see more?

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

Marvel may be starting up a new Spaceknights series soon.  Could this be another post-Secret Wars series?  (Yes)

Spider-Woman is going to be very pregnant when Marvel relaunches post-Secret Wars.  Well, huh.  That brings up a lot of questions, to say the least.

What do you think of this new Spidey suit and Spider-Mobile?

And then this drops.  Wow, that’s a lot of new series announcements all at once.  Among other things, there’s a ton of Spider-(Wo)Men.  Which are you most excited for?

WB has decided to slide it’s DC-Vertigo movies over to New Line Cinema.  Does this mean they won’t be part of the DCMU?  Also, Guillermo del Toro left Justice League Dark.  To be completely honest, the most interesting thing about that movie to me would be if they work Matt Ryan’s Constantine into it and pick up elements from Constantine season 1.

Justice League Part 1 has a script already.  Are you excited for it?

So here is Ben Affleck’s take on the difference between Marvel and DC movies.  Do you agree with Batfleck?

Warning:  Don’t search for Aquaman online.

Interesting Star Wars: The Force Awakens rumors coming out this week.  Are you excited for December?

On top of those rumors comes this release with more information about what happened between Episode VI and Episode VII.  Apparently the Moffs and Generals stepped in to keep the Empire together based simply on the might of the Imperial Starfleet.  Too bad; I liked all of the EU stories where the Emperor’s fall led to the birth of the small but growing New Republic.

So… do you want to see a Top Gun sequel?  Exploring drone technology and its impact on military tactics sounds like an interesting premise—one that’s already been explored—but it does have me tentatively interested.

Has Disney finally lost its mind?  They are seriously developing a movie based on Charles Darwin.  Yeah, no.

Do you want to see a Hellboy III?  I haven’t watched the second one, but I enjoyed the first one, so I’m at least interested.

Star Trek Beyond.  Are you excited for it?  I’ve been watching The Original Series on Netflix, and I have to say, it’s insanely campy at times.  That being said, I like that at least parts of Star Trek (the reboot movie) are so much more realistic than The Original Series was.  Excuse me; I’ll be in my bunker to avoid the flying produce!

In case you forgot about it TMNT2 is currently filming, and there are some new details emerging.  What do you think of it?

So did you know that Daredevil (the movie) stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married?  Well, you didn’t miss anything; they’re getting a divorce.  Divorce is never a good thing.

Why is this happening?  Why???

Why is this happening?

Did you know this was coming out?  Am I the only one who missed that news?  Evidently I’m going to be seeing it next February—by which I mean my wife really wants to see it now!

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