Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 3/13

Another week, and more MCU news!  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned this week, a new Captain America: Civil War trailer debuted this week, and Luke Cage received a release date.  Oh, and Daredevil is just one week away!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

With the rumor that Shang-Chi will appear in Iron Fist last week, I decided to write an introduction to the character along with some thoughts on how he could appear.

I really think Sony’s Venom plans will blow up in their face.  Do you want to see a Venom movie series not connected to the MCU?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 returned this week with its midseason premiere, “Bouncing Back” (expectations and review).  Are you excited about it?  I know I am!

Here is my review of the first episode of ABC’s new “swords-and-sandals-meets-Game-of-Thrones” series, Of Kings and Prophets.  Do you want me to keep posting these reviews here?

Here is an introduction to the Hand for Daredevil season 2.

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

The second Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped Friday, and it’s pretty awesome!  Among other things, it gives us our first look at Spider-Man:
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What do you think about the new suit?

Captain America: Civil War is now confirmed to be 2 hours and 26 minutes long, making it the longest MCU movie to-date.

Am I the only one who’s a bit embarrassed for the Civil War writers after reading about this interview?  They were asked last summer (shortly after the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere) if the fish oil would play a role in Captain America: Civil War, and their response was confusion.  I get that they were busy when the episodes originally aired, but shouldn’t there be at least a little communication between the TV and movie writers—at least enough for the Civil War writers to work a reference to “other enhanced individuals” into the dialogue somewhere?  Admittedly this interview is nearly a year old, so that’s plenty of time for them to have worked something into the movie that at least references all the major events on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  According to producer Nate Moore they do want to incorporate Marvel TV into the films, but haven’t been able to figure it out yet.

It was first reported last week that Sylvester Stallone may be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  This week a report emerged suggesting that this is indeed the case, and that his costume “looks a lot like Judge Dredd.”  There are a few options with this description, but the most obvious choice is the Nova Corps.  However, the new report is that he's actually playing a Ravager.

Disney Channel actress Zendaya has reportedly been cast in Spider-Man in a “key role” as a character named “Michelle,” though she is rumored not to be a love interest.  According to an MCU Exchange update, she will have a minor part in this film but is being set up for a bigger role in future installments.  I can’t really think of any “Michelles” in the Marvel Universe off the top of my head, and all the top search results on Marvel Wiki are people who worked on various comics.  The only character I found with a connection to Spider-Man named “Michelle” is this one, but I doubt that she’s playing this character.  Assuming that “Michelle” is a casting alias, she could be playing any number of characters, from Cindy Moon (Silk) to Felicia Hardy (Black Cat).  What do you think “Michelle’s” role will be in the film?

According to Jeph Loeb, Marvel has 9 or 10 shows in various stages of development.  It’s not clear if shows which are past the development stage and in the airing stage (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones) are included in this list, but either way that’s quite a few shows!  We already know about Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Damage Control, the in-development John Ridley series, the rumored Punisher and Shang-Chi Netflix shows, an another rumored comedy.  That’s 9 right there.

Luke Cage is set to debut on September 30!

Here’s a whole bunch of news about the casting for Iron Fist, which seems to suggest that Colleen Wing will be appearing.  Considering that Misty Knight will be in Luke Cage.

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

You know all those fans begging for J.K. Simmons to come back as J. Jonah Jameson for the MCU reboot?  It sounds like they are probably going to be disappointed, as J.K. Simmons was cast this week as Commissioner Gordon in the DCEU, starting with Justice League Part 1.

The CW has officially renewed its entire slate of TV shows, including all three of its DCTVU shows:  Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

The Han Solo solo film is now reported to be an origin story for Han and Chewie.  Are you excited?

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