Friday, July 8, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 7/9

Another week, and more MCU news!  Not a ton of new information, though the Doctor Strange prequel comic came out.  Oh, and Hikaru Sulu came out, too!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

On the review side, this week I looked back at The Avengers.  Easily my favorite movie of Phase 1, and still near the top of the list even now.

Also this week, the final installment in my series following up on the characters from Daredevil season 2:  the villains.  Which villain do you most want to see in the future?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Have you read the Doctor Strange prequel comic yet?  I haven’t, but I definitely want to, since among other things Nico Minoru’s mother (Tina Minoru) is a character.

Somewhat good news (though it had already been suspected for quite a while):  according to James Gunn, though some individual Skrulls are owned by FOX, the race as a whole is co-owned by FOX and Marvel.  I was hoping that at some point the Skrulls could appear in the MCU, perhaps on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Thor: Ragnarok has begun filming in Australia!

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

The Iron Man in the comics is a new character named Riri Williams, an African-American woman who is a brilliant MIT student.  With all the uproar about making another established hero non-white and non-male, I have to point out:  she’s not the first black Iron Man; that honor went to Rhodey years ago.  At first I was a little annoyed by the whole “Iron Man” rather than “Iron Woman” thing, but after seeing how unisex the new suit actually is, I’m surprisingly okay with it.  It’s not like they’re making Tony Stark a black woman; Tony Stark is passing the mantle to someone new.

News for upcoming X-Men movies:  New Mutants and Deadpool 2 will begin production in 2017, and Simon Kinberg is writing another new X-Men movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Constantine, which is now available on the CW Seed online streaming service.

So… now Sulu’s gay.  Thoughts?  I have to say, I find it amusing that George Takei himself said he’s disappointed that they changed an established character (his established character) to be gay (like he himself is), rather than introducing a new character.  Funny enough, that’s exactly what every fan ever has said when the powers that be change an existing character for the sake of diversity!  Diversity isn’t in and of itself a bad thing, but when you change an existing character for the sake of diversity, you send a clear message that people wouldn’t care about this particular demographic if they weren’t already invested in the character as something else.

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