Saturday, December 19, 2015

Weekly MCU Review for 12/19

Another week, and more MCU news!  Not a lot to talk about on the Marvel front, but there’s some DC news.  Oh, and this little independent film just opened last night.  What’s it called?  That’s right:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

This was a pretty light week.  First up is my review of Jessicda Jones, season 1, episode 4, “AKA 99 Friends.”

AoS-less Tuesday discussion for the week:  What Inhuman power would you want?

AoS midseason break discussion.

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Here is a new piece of concept art for Captain America: Civil War teasing the superhero fight.  Wow.  Take a look and let me know what you think!
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Tom Holland recently visited the set of Doctor Strange, leading to some speculation that he could make an appearance in that movie.  While Spider-Man doesn’t exactly scream “Doctor Strange cameo” to me, the animated series has put the two together for some interesting stories.  Add to that the fact that they are both (in the comics, at least) New York-based heroes and I can definitely see the case being made for them to cross paths at some point, specifically when Strange is in New York.  You know, at some point (The Defenders?) I want to see all the New York-based heroes (the Defenders, plus Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and maybe a few others) on screen together.

James Gunn reportedly wants Kurt Russell to play Star Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

We got some moreinformation about Iron Fist this week, specifically casting announcements for a couple of series regulars, as well as the casting directors, both of whom were involved with Daredevil season 1:  Laray Mayfield (full season) and Julie Schubert (1 episode).  Additionally, ScreenRant suggests that the series will shoot spring – fall 2016, with an airdate of early 2017 (very soon after Doctor Strange premieres).

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

If you’re excited for Agent Carter to start on January 19 at 9:00 PM ET, you have something else to be excited about.  ABC and Marvel are producing a Captain America 75th Anniversary Special to air right before the Agent Carter season premiere.

Stephen Amell came out this week and said that he would be interested in adding yet another comic book role to his résumé (he’s already Green Arrow and Casey Jones if you didn’t already know) if Marvel comes calling with a movie role.  All I can say is:  no kidding.  About the only person crazy enough to turn down a potentially-huge movie role in a blockbuster franchise that churns out spinoffs and sequels like Detroit churns out cars is Jason Statham!  That being said, since Amell already has a TV series and a movie franchise on his plate, do you think he would have time to play a Marvel hero, too?

Vixen and Arrow are going to cross over, with Megalyn Echikunwoke, the voice actress who voices the title character playing the live-action version of the character on Arrow.  Pretty impressive how the CW is building their DCTVU.

Who’s excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens?  Who’s already seen it?  My wife and I are going to wait until next week to see it (meaning I won’t be reviewing it this weekend).  In the meantime, here is ScreenRant’s guide to the Journey to the Force Awakens publications from Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Disney.  They’ve got some interesting details in there; among other things, the New Jedi Order and New Republic are both canon… but no details as to what form they really took or why they Luke is in hiding and the New Republic is now “The Resistance.”  I’m assuming that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will answer some of these questions.

The Force Awakens has become the first movie in history to sell over $100 million in advance tickets before it even opens!  The Thursday night preview topped $57 million, shattering the record previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Estimates for Friday’s box office total range from $100 million all the way up to $145 million.  I’m pretty sure this thing is going to shatter all the records!

Do you think posting Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers on the Internet should be a crime?  Evidently the Philadelphia Police Department thinks so.

Wow.  People are really sensitive.  This is the kind of logic that thinks a kid pretending that his pencil is a bow-and-arrow or biting a Pop-Tart into an L-shape is actually dangerous.  When did guns become taboo in America???  And, to bring this back to the point of the article, since when is a Star Wars shirt threatening?????

You know how shared universes are all the rage?  Apparently Hasbro wants to get in on that action with G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and Rom The Spaceknight.  In what universe does this make sense?  Movies based on toys, board games, and video games just don’t seem to work, and the G.I. Joe movies have not exactly done well enough to warrant universe-building, so…  Plus, it would be nice to see Hasbro let Rom the Spaceknight join the MCU, considering that they previously let Marvel have the comic book rights to the character (which expired).

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