Saturday, August 6, 2016

Weekly MCU Review for 8/6

Another week, and more MCU news!  We got some news on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. released a synopsis, and there's quite a bit of other TV news, too!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

First up for the week is my retro-review of Guardians of the Galaxy.  As this point I’ve reviewed all the MCU movies, so I am going to review Big Hero 6 next (somehow I missed reviewing that) and then write “retro-reviews” of the MCU movies I reviewed when they first came out.

After last week’s discussion of Tie-Ins, this week I talked about how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can Tie-In with the upcoming movies.  We already know at least one Thematic Tie-In with Doctor Strange—Ghost Rider will bring the magic to the small screen—but what other possibilities are there?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Here is our first look at Yondu’s new fin for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

I like it.  It looks very comic book accurate.

That Hashtag Show dropped the rumor that the Cotati (the race that created Mantis) will appear in Thor: Ragnarok.  Do you want to see Guardians and Thor connect like this?  Personally, I like the idea, as long as the execution makes sense.

The title for episode four of Luke Cage:  Step in the Arena.”

We now know of at least two (three including the obvious one, Claire Temple) supporting characters who will join the four heroes in The Defenders.  Eka Darville (Malcolm) confirmed that he would be in it a while back, and now Elden Henson is saying the same thing.

Jason O’Mara was cast as the new S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, a comic book character whose roots go back to the 1940s.  No news yet on who he’s playing, though.  I won’t even bother trying to guess this time around, considering that I wasn’t even close to accurate when trying to guess the Constance Zimmer character last year!

Here is the first official synopsis for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4:
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.

Marvel and ABC are currently having discussions about some MCU TV projects which could debut in the near future.  Some are new ideas and some are old idea.  Unfortunately this doesn’t include a second look at Marvel’s Most Wanted.  I am curious what else they have in mind, though.

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

Well, Suicide Squad comes out this weekend, and most of the early reviews are negative.  Some of the collected reviews are absolutely scathing.  Are you going to see it?  I probably will see it at some point and write my own review, but I have to admit that these negative reviews for DC movies are starting to wear on me.  With BvS, there was definitely fire underneath all the smoke, though it was better than I thought it would be.  Maybe the same will hold true with this one.

A live-action Star Wars TV series is still a possibility at ABC.  I would love to see that!

Here is some news about the new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery.  Apparently it will be set before The Original Series.

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