Saturday, May 14, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 5/14

Another week, and more MCU news!  Captain America: Civil War has been out for a week, Black Panther has started casting, and we got some disappointing news on the TV side of things.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

Let’s start off with reviews of Captain America: Civil War.  First, spoiler-free, and then spoiler.

Next, my review of Daredevil season 2, episode 8, “Guilty as Sin.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s penultimate episode, “Emancipation,” aired this week (expectations and review).  What was your favorite part?

Here are my thoughts on the tie-in between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Civil War.  Do you consider AoS to be spoilers for the movie?

Finally, a comparison of Civil War and Batman v. Superman.  What do you think of the two movies?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Captain America: Civil War made $181.7 million domestically last weekend, and is up to $678 million globally after the weekend.  Wow!

Currently, Civil War is up to $788 million globally ($223 million domestically) as of Thursday.  This thing could easily top $1 billion by the end of the weekend!

Huh.  I actually didn’t realize this.

Kevin Feige confirmed that Natalie Portman will not be in Thor: Ragnarok.

Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly in talks to join Black Panther as a love interest.  My two thought are that either she is Maz Kanata again (“It’s ALL connected!”) or a Kenyan Inhuman named Ororo Munroe with weather-based abilities (who totally doesn’t go by the name “Storm”!).  Who do you want Black Panther’s love interest to be?

Yet another Human Torch actor has joined the MCU, as Michael B. Jordan has been cast in Black Panther in an undisclosed role.  No word yet on when they are going to cast Jay Underwood in an MCU movie!

According to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of Avengers: Infinity War, there are some major logistical problems associated with bringing the TV characters into the movies.  Considering that they are currently writing Infinity War while The Defenders hasn’t even come out yet, that is absolutely true.  And considering that there’s never any guarantee of what the TV landscape will look like in 3 years, there’s no way of knowing what shows Marvel will have at the time that these movies come out.  However, there are several small ways to work them in.  I will have a quick article suggesting a few later today.  In the meantime, what are your thoughts?

According to Kevin Feige, the Inhumans movie is still coming, but they didn’t want to just cram it into Phase 3.  To me that makes a lot of sense, particularly with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 really running with the concept.  My guess is that Inhumans will come in Phase 4.

Well this is disappointing:  no Marvel’s Most Wanted next year.  Considering that it sounded like a sure-fire pickup and a really interesting premise, I’d love to know why they passed on it.

Also disappointing, Agent Carter is officially cancelled.  It’s disappointing, but I’m not terribly surprised.  Perhaps they can put a third season on Netflix to wrap up the show’s loose ends.  First they’d need to put the first 2 seasons on Netflix, though.

According to Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones season 2 will film back-to-back with The Defenders.  This means we will get season 2 in 2017 (alongside The Defenders and probably Iron Fist)!

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

The Wolverine 3 has begun filming and is going to be rated R.

Greg Barlanti confirmed that he is involved with an in-development Booster Gold movie.  Are you interested?  I wonder if there’s a way to use Booster Gold and Rip Hunter (and the multi-verse) to bridge the gap between the DCEU and DCTVU.

It is now confirmed that Supergirl season 2 will be moving over to the CW.

SyFy Channel ordered a pilot for the Superman prequel series Krypton.

NBC has ordered Powerless to series.  Are you going to watch it?  For me it depends on when it’s on whether I will check it out.

Umm… no.

Kind of lost in the shuffle:  Warner Bros. is turning Kong into a franchise, with a second installment due out in March 2019 and Godzilla vs. Kong scheduled for May 2020.  Interested?

You know how they recently decided to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the US $20 bill?  I’m wondering now why they don’t put Mickey Mouse on the $10.  Heaven knows we give enough of our $10 bills to the Mouse for movie tickets!

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