Saturday, August 8, 2015

Weekly MCU Review for 8/8

Note:  I apologize for how late I’m posting this.  We had a major storm last night which knocked out our power for a bit.  We didn’t suffer any serious damage, but the rest of the town wasn’t so lucky.  Oh, and we don’t have internet at home.  Hopefully everything will be back to normal tomorrow, though.

But now, onto the MCU Review!

Another week, and more MCU news!  News about Marvel ABC, Captain America and Doctor Strange rumors, and even some news about a certain movie that premiered yesterday.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up (*ducks*) on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

I started a series of reviews for Agent Carter season 1 with the pilot episode, “Now is Not the End” this week.  What did you think of that series?

Reviews for the last 2 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, “Ragtag” and “Beginning of the End.”  What was your opinion of AoS season 1?

Here is my proposal for a Marvel One-Shot as a follow-up to Ant-Man.  What do you think?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Ant-Man fell to 3rd in the box office last weekend, but it has now more than made back its budget:  $132.1 million domestically, $291.6 million globally.  And all of this is on a $130 million budget, meaning that it has so far made about $30 million profit.  Where do you think Ant-Man will end up in terms of box office revenue?  My guess was around $400 million, but I may need to push that up to $450-$500 million.  Regardless, Ant-Man is definitely going to have a very respectable profit margin.

Here is a report that Mark Ruffalo was seen on the set filming Captain America: Civil War in Germany.  Does this confirm that the Hulk will appear in the movie?  It’s looking more and more likely… (Note:  According to this he was not actually on-set)

What do you think of these rumors about Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange costume?

And here’s some more Doctor Strange information, specifically that the movie’s gonna get trippy.  I have to admit, a Marvel movie inspired by M.C. Escher and Fantasia definitely sounds different!  Excited yet?

Rumor has it that the villain for the Spider-Man reboot will be Kraven.  I think the first movie might be too soon for a “Kraven’s Last Hunt” adaptation, but the second or third in the series would be a good time to bring that in.  But what do you think?

Let the speculation… continue!  What happened to Simmons?  Elizabeth Henstridge hinted that “She’s definitely changed by the experience, and what’s happened to her is going to impact the season – kind of as a theme or something like that.”  Something that just occurred to me this week (as a follow-up to my series on potential Secret Warriors) is that her character and the Sarah Garza character from the comics could be merged—meaning that Simmons would have energy projection abilities which she struggles to control.  What do you think?

Do you think Kermit the Frog (and the new Muppets TV series) should have a crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  Kermit wants to join them.  I have 3 words for you:  Kermit the Throg.”

Here and here is some information—teases really—about Skye/Daisy/Quake’s character for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.  Excited?  It’s less than 2 months away!

Add this to the list of questions I never thought I’d be asking myself:  Did Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter have sex?  Hayley Atwell thinks they did.  Personally, I disagree with her based on their respective characters:  I do not think Steve Rogers is the kind of guy to sleep with a woman before they’re married—and certainly not before going into the ice.  I think they would both want to (and so I can see some arguments in favor of it), but that’s not the same thing as saying they did.  I will post a more-detailed answer on Tuesday, but in the meantime, what do you think?

We now know who the villain will be for Agent Carter season 2:  Madame Masque.  Are you excited to see a retro take on Madame Masque facing off against Peggy?

So apparently this is still a thing, and “99.99999%” of the speculation is off-the-mark—meaning it’s probably not Ms. Marvel, Cloak and Dagger, Deathlok…  What is your out-there speculation?  Mine is Isaiah Bradley, the second (unofficial) Captain America, as an Agent Carter spinoff.

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

Are you excited for the Disney XD Guardians of the Galaxy series?  I admit, I enjoyed watching Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on Netflix, along with Spider-Man: Web Warriors.  However, I’m not sure if I will watch it, though it looks really interesting.  Saturday mornings just don’t work for me, unfortunately.

Are you interested in “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers”?  I am definitely tempted to get it for PS3:  It has Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Squirrel Girl!

Apparently rumors of Gambit’s demise have been greatly exaggerated:  Channing Tatum will in fact be playing the Ragin’ Cajun!

The Fant4stic cast was talking about possibilities for the/a sequel, and 2 suggestions were Silver Surfer and Namor.  Unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be), I’m pretty sure Namor has a better chance of showing up in the MCU.

Talk of a Fant4stic sequel may be premature, however; here are some quotes from early reviews.  And here is’s review.  And ScreenRant’s review.  Oh, and Rotten Tomatoes has it at 11%, lower than the 2005 version’s 25%.  Summary:  Save your money!  Are you still going to see it?  I had been planning to see it, but I’m going to save my money.  When it’s in the bargain bin at Walmart next month, maybe I’ll buy it and review it.

So they went back and changed Victor Domashev’s name to “Victor von Doom” in post-production for Fant4stic (And here’s why).  Huh.  In recent weeks there really hasn’t been anything about this movie that has excited me, and for some reason I actually wish they’d just left the name as is—whatever problems there are with this movie will not be solved by changing the villain’s name back to the comic book original.  But does this do anything for the rest of you?

How bad is Fant4stic?  It’s so bad that it created a rift in the universe, shunting itself into a universe running parallel to the X-Men movies.  Of course, this doesn’t mean that there’s no chance of a crossover; after all, the whole Fant4stic movie hinges on interdimensional travel…  But now the question is, do you want them to cross over?

In fact, thus far Fant4stic is the worst-reviewed Marvel movie ever!  Rotten Tomatoes has it worse than Elektra, Howard the Duck, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Remember how Josh Trank tweeted out that his cut was better than the theatrical cut?  Well, here’s some more news on how the FOX front office messed it up:  they cut major set pieces, removed action scenes, took the third act out of his hands, and didn’t let the director into the editing room.  Ugh.

It’s not all bad news for Fant4stic, however.  It still managed to make $2.7 million in Thursday night showings.  Does that mean they will win the weekend… or not flop?  I’m not sure.  Social media—and terrible reviews-can actually kill a movie over the course of a single day.  Sure enough, the bad word-of-mouth has Fant4stic’s Friday numbers down and weekend predictions plummeting.  Friday’s number:  $11.3 million including Thursday night.  Ouch.

FOX is actively developing an X-Men TV series.  However, the first order of business for them is “negotiations with Marvel.”  It doesn’t state exactly what they are negotiating for, but I remember hearing a while back that Marvel still owns TV rights to the mutants, so FOX may be trying to work out a way to get TV rights to the characters whose movie rights they already own.  And I actually hope that those negotiations are fruitful:  I’d like to see Marvel get movie rights to a few characters—either outright or shared with FOX.  I’ll post a quick article later today with my proposal for such a deal.  In the meantime, what would your ideal deal between FOX and Marvel look like (preferably a fair one; no “give Marvel all their characters back!”)?

Yet another hero has been cast in the DCTVU.  How many heroes does this bring them up to now?  Say what you will about DC falling behind Marvel on the big screen, but DC is really bringing it to The CW.

And no soon had news of Hawkman’s casting dropped than The CW announced Casper Crump to play Vandal Savage.  And Savage will make his debut in a crossover episode between Arrow and The Flash.  Excited?

And another hero (okay, sidekick) has been cast for The Flash:  Wally West.  Which new character are you most excited for?

So Lucy Lane will be appearing in Supergirl.  Are you excited for this show?

Who’s excited for Star Wars Battlefront III?  I’m disappointed that they don’t have it for PS3, but I may decide to get it for PC.

Who’s up for a Stuart Little reboot?

So… Dungeons and Dragons remake:  Good or bad?  And... discuss.

According to Colin Trevorrow, the Jurassic World sequel may see the dinosaurs enter the 21st century through open source.  In other words:  dinosaurs created all over the world and not for a theme park.  What do you think?

Apparently Sony has decided to double-down on Bad Boys.  I can’t say I blame them, considering the star power Will Smith brings, but considering that it will have been 14 years between the second and third sequels—and the second one got a ton of negative reviews—is this really their smartest move?  Oh wait… it’s Sony!

Another sequel in the works:  Sherlock Holmes 3 with RDJ and Jude Law.  I really liked the first 2, so I can’t wait for this one.  However, there’s something of an Inception thing going on with Sherlock Holmes and Marvel:  Sherlock Holmes is playing Iron Man and Doctor Strange, and Sherlock Holmes’ love interest is possibly playing the love interest of Sherlock Holmes… but the wrong Sherlock Holmes.  And if Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes are ever on the screen together in a non-Sherlock Holmes film/series, will that cause a quantum singularity pulling the entire MCU into an alternate dimension?

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