Another week, and more MCU news! Doctor Strange has been out for a week, we have a new President-Elect in the U.S., and there’s all kinds of exciting things happening with Marvel TV… even though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on a 3-week break. Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!
Mostly MCU Reviews
My articles from the week
Just about everything this week was for Doctor Strange: expectations, non-spoiler review, and spoiler review.
The one non-Doctor Strange article this week is my review of Luke Cage season 1, episode 4, “Step in the Arena.”
Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU
Doctor Strange has broken $100 million domestically and is up to over $344 million worldwide. That is quite impressive; even if it is below the pace set by Iron Man in 2008, it is still doing better than a number of other MCU movies.
Apparently Tom Holland is signed on for another 4 movies after Spider-Man: Homecoming and Captain America: Civil War.
Zendaya may or may not be playing Mary Jane and is not a love interest.
According to Kevin Feige, they already know where the MCU is going after Avengers: Infinity War (no surprise there), but the titles of the 2020 movies would be spoilers for the 2 Avengers movies. Again, no surprise there. If I were in charge, I would probably shuffle things slightly and use 3 tricks to avoid spoilers: team-up movies, new characters, and time-travel/period movies. If you have a movie titled Guardians of the Galaxy, that’s not a huge spoiler because any of the originals could die and be replaced; all you know is that there will still be a galaxy and someone will be guarding it. If you announce a Moon Knight movie (doubtful), all you know is that Moon Knight is coming at some point, not whether he will appear in either Avengers movie. And if you make a WWII-set Isaiah Bradley movie, there’s very little chance of him even appearing in the Avengers movies since he would be around 100 by then! Alternatively, a Captain America movie doesn’t imply that Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, or Sam Wilson will actually survive the Avengers movies; it just implies that there will be something calling itself America still. The movie could be about America Chavez protecting an American spacecraft full of human refugees fleeing Thanos’ utter destruction of Earth and the Avengers.
Elektra is confirmed to appear in The Defenders (um... spoilers?)
According to Gabriel Luna, Marvel is already talking about the future of Ghost Rider, including the possibility of a spinoff series! Do you want to see him headline his own series or film? I know I do!
Now for our first Cloak and Dagger news since they announced Cloak and Dagger: the series will be coming out in winter 2018, with Joe Pokaski announced as showrunner.
News from Around Geekdom
Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting
Young Justice season 3 is now in production!
So Rowling is hinting that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 may delve into Dumbledore’s sexuality. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Honestly, I’d rather they avoid that, since that was my least-favorite “revelation” from Rowling after the final book’s release.
Apparently the Fantastic Beasts series is going to span 19 years, up to 1945—the year Dumbledore defeats Grindelwald. This series is sounding more and more like a Dumbledore prequel and less and less like a series about magical creatures. Is Rowling saying that Dumbledore and Grindelwald are “Fantastic Beasts”? Cuz it kinda sounds like Rowling is saying that Dumbledore and Grindelwald are “Fantastic Beasts”! Also, it seems oddly appropriate for Grindelwald (one of the aforementioned “Fantastic Beasts”) to be played byJohnny Depp!
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