Saturday, April 16, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 4/16

Another week, and more MCU news!  Marvel must have noticed how little news I had last week and decided to release as much news as possible, because there was a ton of news!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

First up, my review of Daredevil season 2, episode 4, “Penny and Dime,” the conclusion of the “Punisher origin” arc.

Next, expectations and review for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, episode 16, “Paradise Lost.”  What did you think of this episode?

Have you noticed how the conflict of Civil War has been built into the MCU from the beginning?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Daniel Bruhl shared a little information about Baron Zemo’s role in Captain America: Civil War.  I like that he will be working behind the scenes; the focus really needs to be on the heroes.  My hope is that his role in this movie will build to a greater role in Phase 4 and beyond.

Here are the first and second official posters for Doctor Strange!
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And here’s the first trailer!

According to Kevin Feige there is a high degree of collaboration between the two studios when it comes to Spider-Man.  Also, they will not give him a straight-up origin story again.

Do you want to see Spider-Man take on the Vulture in his reboot movie?  And would you like to see Michael Keaton play the villain?

Spider-Man: Homecoming added a couple more cast members in Tony Revolori and Laura Harrier.

The official title for Spider-Man is now Spider-Man: Homecoming.  I like this; it was actually my favorite of the 4 rumored titles.

Interesting news on the Thor: Ragnarok front:  Tessa Thompson has been cast in a “key” role, which is rumored to be as Thor’s new love interest, as the Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that Natalie Portman will not be returning.  Any ideas who Tessa Thompson could be playing?  I hear “actress cast for Thor 3” and my first thought is Valkyrie, but I might be the only one.  Pre-publishing update:  This is one of the downsides of waiting until Saturday to publish this article every week.  On Thursday, ScreenRant reported that “Rumor Has It” that Tessa Thompson will indeed be playing Valkyrie.  So now my “I totally called that!” moment is more of a “Yeah, I said it after the fact, but I was totally thinking it first, right?”

Black Panther is set to start filming in 2017, with Ryan Coogler set to both direct and co-write.

Captain Marvel news should be coming this summer!

According to Kevin Feige, Inhumans has not been canceled, but it may be moved.  That’s kind of disappointing, especially with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really driving the hype train for that movie over the last season or so.

In other female Avenger movie news, Kevin Feige yet again teased the possibility of a Black Widow movie in Phase 4.  Throw in Hawkeye and a few other S.H.I.E.L.D. characters, and you’ve got me sold!

Kevin Feige is also teasing the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 could come early in Phase 4!  At this point another sequel seems like a lock, though we still know next-to-nothing about Vol. 2  Maybe this will provide a jumping-off point for Inhumans.

Iron Fist now has three cast members confirmed, as David Wenham has been cast as Harold Meachum.  If the series follows the comic book origin, Meachum will serve as a villain in the series.

The Defenders will start filming this year!  In fact, “this year” apparently means “August to October.”  Based on this, it is entirely possible that The Defenders will come out in early 2017 (say around March).

In other news, we now know who the showrunners for The Defenders season 1 will be:  Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, the showrunners of Daredevil season 2.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that The Defenders will pick up where Daredevil season 2 left off, but it is a good guess.

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

FOX has officially announced Deadpool 2 (the one that’s supposed to have Cable).

Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie is still moving forward.  I’m actually kind of excited for this.  Say what you will about previous live-action Spider-Men, but the animated ones generally are pretty good, including the current TV series.  Plus, Lord and Miller have done some critically-acclaimed animated films.

Based on early figures, Batman v. Superman fell to just $23.4 million in weekend 3, which was enough to pass Man of Steel at the domestic box office, but not enough to beat newcomer The Boss.

It’s not all bad news on the financial front for Batman v. Superman, though.  The movie passed $800 million at the box office, meaning that it will at least turn a profit.

After Dawn of Justice, who else is excited to see Batfleck write, direct, and star in his own Batman movie?

And the finalist to play the young Han Solo is… Alden Ehrenreich.  I’ve gotta be honest:  I don’t know who he is.  But then, I didn’t know who most of the actors in The Force Awakens were before they were cast, so…

So it sounds like the new Star Trek series will be set between Star Trek VI and Next Generation and air on CBS All-Access after premiering on CBS itself.  This would place it in the original continuity rather than the rebooted universe, which will please fans like my wife, who wanted J.J. Abrams’ head on a platter when he rebooted Star Trek by blowing up Vulcan!

I really hope this does not mean Indiana Jones 5 will be another “Ancient Aliens” ripoff…

Ummm… who in their right mind wants an Emoji movie???  A movie taking place within the world of a smartphone?

Apparently the “Cinematic Universe Craze” won’t be going away any time soon, as Warner Bros. is trying to start a “Hanna-Barbera Universe” using the Scooby-Doo reboot S.C.O.O.B. as a launching point.  Are you interested?  I have to say, this sounds at least slightly more interesting than the previous entry…

Well, huh.  This… this is a unique brand of stupid.  Either you cast a certain ethnicity or your don’t; you don’t cast one ethnicity and then use effects to change it!  Of course, they may think of this as no different from giving an actor a CGI six-pack.

Netflix is raising at least some prices, increasing the price on their two-stream service to $9.99 across the board.  I don’t think that affects me, though, since we only get the streaming service and signed up after the customers affected by the price increases.

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