Modern Marvels #11: Don’t Call it a Reboot

Modern Marvels is a bi-weekly column where I, Sverrir Sigfusson, speak openly about the happenings and goings-on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; be it re-caps of the most recent episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., thoughts on past developments or rumors regarding the future of Marvel’s properties. Hell, my own crazy ideas or theories might show up as well!

All right, fresh start: The unannounced hiatus is over. I’m thinking of reworking the format a bit, tightening up the overall post and being more concise. And I’m also going to change up the TV section, focusing instead on pinpointing certain developments, rather than full recaps. So, let’s catch up shall we.

Looks like Drew Goddard will write and direct Spectacular Spider-Man (which is apparently the title now, looks like they went with one of mine). That makes me giddy with excitement, Cabin in the Woods was my favorite film of 2012 and I have complete faith in Goddard to deliver a great Spider-Man movie, and one supposedly featuring Kraven the Hunter as its villain, as per Latino Review. Current reports are stating that a 16-year old actor has been tested and that they’re looking for others in that age range. Either way, we’ll probably have something more substantial soon. Hopefully.

There was a new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the *final* trailer, that proportedly focuses on Black Widow, I say that because I haven’t actually seen it and I don’t think I want to. The TV spots last week were a nice way to end seeing any more of that film before it comes out. Heck, I don’t have to wait as long as most of you anyway. It’s kind of crazy, because they released a new trailer before I could even talk about the last one, which I thought was “the final trailer.” That trailer looks spectacular. As predicted there’s been a richer focus on jokes in the later phases of the marketing, to contrast the seriousness of the initial trailer. It’s still plenty dark and foreboding, but now the humor is also present. We hear Quicksilver speak and get some scenes of the twins using their power. It is also implied that Scarlett Witch’s action pose from the first trailer is in fact her big “fighting with the good guys moment.” I’m also loving how good a villain Ultron is shaping up to be. He’s not just a big bad robot that shoots lasers, he’s a psychopath who happens to be a robot. Man, I’m so damn excited, the action shots look absolutely fantastic, some even as if they were ripped from the pages of a comic book in their composition.

In further Avengers news, the Russo’s, of TWS fame, have been confirmed as the directors of Infinity War, Part 1 and Part 2. That’s still a ways off, but shows Marvel’s confidence in them which they’ll probably roll into Captain America: Civil War, which starts shooting soon. A leaked synopsis from an Atlanta casting call details how the film will focus on a political act for registration of superheroes, calling for accountability and such. This will in turn set Cap up against Iron Man, with personal liberty being the issue rather than secret identities. All of this is thematically consistent with what’s been going on in the MCU and where it looks like it’s going in Age of Ultron and AoS. Also, Latino Review are reporting, so take it with a grain of salt although they have been pretty darn solid, that Captain Marvel has already been cast and will appear in Age of Ultron. Julie Delphy and Linda Cardinelli are also apparently in the film in unannounced roles, which is supremely interesting. Could those two be connected in any way?

In the TV realm a lot has happened since we last spoke (read?). Agent Carter ended with a great finale, tying emotionally into the ending of The First Avenger and depicting two events that reverberate throughout the MCU: 1) Dr. Faustus being imprisoned with Arnim Zola, which helps the rise and sinister growth of HYDRA, along with Winter Soldier’s programing, and 2) Peggy pouring the vial of Steve’s blood sets in motion the race to try and recreate the Super Soldier Serum in imperfect ways, which directly leads to the creation of the Hulk.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back with a bang. The series has course corrected sharply, into an X-Men-esque focus on metahumans and their prosecution by the government, or rather S.H.I.E.L.D.. The plot is really moving, with no time spent on Skye/Daisy/Quake hiding her powers from the team. Fitz found out in the first episode and by the end of the second one everybody knew. There’s still a huge amount of mystery surrounding the teleporter and the rest of the Inhumans, whose precise nature is still unknown to S.H.I.E.L.D., although Simmons has proposed splitting up classification into people that have been modified and those who are inherently gifted. This also feels like groundwork for Civil War. Speaking of which, we’ve had the revelation that Mockingbird and Mack are working for “The real S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as sort of splinter organization founded, the day HYDRA had its big coming out party, on the principals that Nick Fury fashioned himself as too much of a king and held too many secrets. They also seem super racist against people with powers, especially the genetic kind. They now hold most of the cards with most of Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. in their custody, but there’s still hope as Coulson and Hunter are in the wind and Gordon the teleporting Inhuman whisked Skye away to safety, right after she demonstrated considerably more control over her powers. We now have four factions: Coulson & co., the real S.H.I.E.L.D., The Doctor’s freaks and the Inhumans (possibly called Afterlife). As an aside, Jamie Alexander was fantastic in the fish out of water role as an amnesia ridden Sif in a very fun crossover episode that didn’t stop the overarching story but pushed it forward with a Kree bounty hunter on the trail of Inhumans. The ‘Inhumans are abominations’ angle is one that the series is now pushing heavily and it will be interesting to see how that all plays out and how character allegiances shake out.

Daredevil comes out on Netflix this Friday, I’m prepared:

I probably won’t do episode-to-episode recaps, what with everything being dumped on one day. Instead, I’ll do some sort of review (if Vivek doesn’t want to/can’t). No matter what, you’ll get my thoughts in some form or another. Until next time, here’s a trailer:

Written By Sverrir Sigfusson

Tall, dark and handsome. Student of film theory at the University of Iceland. Purveyor of news and reviews. Consumer of fine music, quality films and fantastic video games. Opinionated and brutally honest yet totally nice and a huge fan of colorful pants.

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  • Andrew Ellington

    I like the idea of Kraven…but I just can’t with a new Spiderman coming every few years. Let it rest a while…why do we need to continually reboot the series. Is this another origin story? I can’t imagine that it won’t be…and if it is…I’m at a loss as to why this has to happen now.

  • Sverrir Sigfússon

    Yeah, it’s very unfortunate that we’re getting so many Spidermen in such a short span of time, but I believe that he’s in the right hands now. Currently it’s generally thought, with people having heard it through the grapevine, that this won’t be an origin story, Peter will already be somewhat established as Spidey, he’ll be in his mid-to-late teens, and the romantic focus will be to the side, rather than the main thrust of the plot. And this *has* to happen now because of money, though I’m confident that Marvel also wants to do right by their fans.