Saturday, June 25, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 6/25

Another week, and more MCU news!  Some new Spider-Man: Homecoming news, a lot of new Star Trek stuff, and a little other stuff to tide us over.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

I finally reviewed the Daredevil season 2 finale, "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen"... and Luke Cage comes out in just 2 months!

Here is my review of Thor.  Do you agree with my assessment?

This is the beginning of a new series running down what could happen with the Daredevil characters after season 2.  This week was the heroes and supporting characters.

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

New plot summaries for Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Doctor Strange:

“Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

Not a ton of new information from either, really.

Spider-Man: Homecoming just started production, and we got a few updates on casting.

Spider-Man: Homecoming added another villain in the form of Bokeem Woodbine.  They also added Michael Mando.

Good news on the Spider-Man front:  Sony gave Marvel full creative control, though they have “greenlight” control.  Also, they are not going to cheap out on it.

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

So it turns out that the villain for the first Justice League movie won’t be Darkseid, but will instead be Steppenwolf.

Here is the first synopsis for Justice League:

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

Willem Dafoe will be playing Aquaman supporting character Vulko in Justice League and Aquaman.

Forest Whitaker’s Star Wars: Rogue One character is Saw Gerrera, who first appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars!  Gerrera is a freedom fighter fighting against the Separatists on Onderon during an arc of season 5.

Sadly, Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, died this week in an accident at 27.  Pray for the family.

Finally, some positive news on the new Star Trek series.

What do you think of the official list of Fan Film Guidelines that Paramount established to ensure that they don’t have another Star Trek Axanar situation on their hands?  I think much of it makes sense, but I would disagree with a few of them:  the 30-minute duration limit, ban on professional actors (even working pro bono), and prohibition on DVD releases.  I’m not the only one questioning some/all of these guidelines, Alec Peters, executive producer of Star Trek: Axanar, is also disappointed with them.  Side note:  I could’ve sworn that Paramount finally dropped their suit against Axanar Productions, but ScreenRant (and the original article) suggests it is still ongoing.  I guess JJ wasn’t speaking for the studio when he said they were not pursuing it.

Huh.  They’re already planning more Indiana Jones movies.  I want to know that they’re going to do right by Indy in this one before they try doing it again!

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