Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for 1/21

Another week, and more MCU news!  A lot of little things, but the most exciting may be the announced director for the first 2 episodes of The Inhumans (the ones premiering in IMAX).  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

Expectations and review for this week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "The Patriot."  Did anyone really see the Mace twist coming before the episode started?

MCU News

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Marvel Entertainment, the company overseeing everything Marvel-related except Marvel Studios (the movies) named a new president:  Dan Buckley.

With the IMAX premiere in September looming ever closer, Marvel just announced the director for the first 2 episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans, Roel Reine, and at the same time Vin Diesel indicated that he thinks the Inhumans should still be a movie at some point.  I still think it’s possible for Vin Diesel to play Black Bolt, even on TV, if Marvel works the contract in such a way that he gets a good payday out of an Inhumans movie in the near future.

It turns out that Agent Carter was not cancelled by Marvel TV; ABC made the call.  Darn you, ABC!

In that same interview, Jeph Loeb explained that the Netflix format really appealed to Marvel for the Defenders.  I can’t say I blame them…

News from Around Geekdom

Anything not related to the MCU that I find interesting

DC’s Shazam plans have apparently been split up.  Now Black Adam (starring Dwayne Johnson) is its own separate movie, in addition to the still-to-come Shazam.  No news on when either of these films will come out.

Good news and bad news on the Star Trek: Discovery front.  Good news:  The series will begin filming this month and cast James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek, as a “key character.”  Bad news:  It may get delayed again.

Well, that’s finally over.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about the Axanar settlement.  On the one hand, it is nice to see the fan film moving forward and Paramount still giving them that chance (and the lawsuit over).  On the other hand, at least some of the requirements Paramount is placing on Axanar and other fan films seem certain to hurt the Star Trek brand in the long run, particularly putting a $50,000 cap on production expenses (you can do a lot with $50,000, but depending on the project you can’t do it all well) and banning professional actors from appearing (even if they are not being paid).

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