Saturday, December 12, 2015

Weekly MCU Review for 12/12

Another week, and more MCU news!  Trailers, trailers everywhere!  And Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. is going on break.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up (*ducks*) on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

Only three articles this week:

Jessica Jones season 1, episode 3, “AKA It’s Called Whiskey” review.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episode 10, “Maveth” expectations and review.

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

The Spider-Man costume for Captain America: Civil War will reportedly require a lot of special effects.

Sony executives this week screened Captain America: Civil War to offer notes and approval of the depiction of Spider-Man.  I just hope their notes don’t make the movie worse (*cough*The Amazing Spider-Man 2*cough*).

Variety is reporting that Marvel is after Cate Blanchett for a role in Thor: Ragnarok.  Galadriel, maybe?

The writing team for Ant-Man and the Wasp has been officially finalized:  Paul Rudd, Adam McKay, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari.

Evidently, though Ant-Man and the Wasp will borrow from the tone of Ant-Man, it will “have an entirely different template.”

According to Anthony Russo, working the Defenders into Avengers: Infinity War would be “complicated.”  In other news, water is wet!  Of course this kind of thing would be complicated; Marvel has been making a living on “complicated” ever since RDJ showed up in the mid-credits scene of someone else’s movie to promote a combined sequel!  He notes that there needs to be a compelling reason, and I think plot-wise they could easily make this kind of thing work:  Thanos wants to destroy the world, and last I heard that includes Hell’s Kitchen!  Having said all that, however, I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to have the Defenders and S.H.I.E.L.D. show up in Avengers: Infinity War, but it is definitely necessary for them to be involved in the Infinity War (which is going to span a full year, with 2 direct movies, 2 movies between, and a full season’s worth of TV).

Jessica Jones has only been out a couple weeks, and we’re already getting news about the next series on the release slate:  Daredevil season 2.  They showed some footage at a Comic-Con in Brazil, and from the description it sounds pretty awesome:  Daredevil vs. The Punisher!

Well, huh.  Frank Miller is apparently not a Daredevil fan.  Too bad, considering that the Netflix series actually did his character justice—and will probably do the same with his other character, Elektra, in season 2!

And just like that, we now know more about Iron Fist than we’ve known about it since Marvel announced the series:  Scott Buck is going to be the showrunner and we now have our first official synopsis:

Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

The synopsis sounds great:  they’re not straying away from the mystical elements as some of the rumors suggested, and they are definitely going to make him unique by comparison with Daredevil.  What do you think?

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

What do you think of this first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer?

Tying in with the trailer release, Marvel announced its new “X-Men: Apocalypse Wars” comic book.  This is the first time in quite a while that Marvel has actually tried to promote a Fox movie property in their comics!

I’m kind of confused by this article.  You see, I could’ve sworn that they announced the Flash for Batman vs. Superman a while back.  Maybe that was a semi-confirmed rumor and this is confirmation.

Do you want to see Will Smith’s Deadshot in the Batman solo film?

So, do you agree with Stephen Amell that Green Arrow could beat Batman?  I’m not going to dismiss the possibility out of hand like many, but I think it only happens under very specific circumstances.  Namely, it can only happen if Arrow is sniping him from a distance and Batman doesn’t know he’s being targeted (or that Arrow is even there).

Another in a long line of DC Comics characters to appear in the DCTVU:  [SPOILER].

Huh.  So The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow are starting/returning January 19, 20, and 21, respectively.  For some reason I thought Legends of Tomorrow was supposed to be a midseason-break-series, and that Arrow and The Flash would return after it finished.
Do you want a USB car charger shaped like the Death Star with Grand Moff Tarkin’s voice?

So apparently December 18 is going to see a tear form in the space-time continuum:  the trailer for Star Trek Beyond is going to run before Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  I feel like those two can’t actually share a screen together…  Also included with Episode 7 are Captain America: Civil War, Batman v. Superman, and Deadpool.

What do you think of the TMNT 2 trailer?

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