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!
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens this Friday in the USA, which means two things: A) It’s already been released in several international markets, making roughly $201 million, and B) I’ve already seen and reviewed it (spoilers: I like it, it’s really fun). It’s set for a big splash in the States, with pre-sale tickets already quadrupling that of 2012’s Avengers. Oh, and though the film isn’t fully out yet pre-orders on the Blu-Ray release have implied that it will include an extended cut and an alternate ending.
This week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will lead into Age of Ultron and some pretty big things will happen. On the show we’ve had Coulson reluctantly team up with Ward in order to get closer to HYDRA, we finally saw May’s backstory, detailing how she became so cold and detached (spoilers: she had to kill a little Inhuman girl) and Skye has been getting to grips with her powers, had a full family reunion and has a buddying relationship with Lincoln, a fellow Inhuman.
A new trailer for Ant-Man hit, and most are in agreement that it’s better than the first one. The film is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun, and this trailer highlights more of the comedic side of the film. Personally, I laughed more at that final train bit than I care to admit. Peyton Reed’s job might be thankless, but he seems to be giving it his all.
Daniel Brühl says he’s playing Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, which started filming yesterday, confirming a longstanding rumor. Elizabeth Olsen also says she’s in the movie, meaning that the clash between Avengers might have the most sprawling cast of any MCU films yet. That said, Infinity War will dwarf it, with signs pointing towards the Defenders, the team-up of the leads of the four Netflix series, joining that film, or rather the second part. According to Chris Evans both films will be shot back-to-back on a grueling 9 month schedule.
A couple of Captain Marvel confirmations and rumors have been making the rounds. Joss Whedon reportedly shot effects plates for Captain Marvel to show up at the end of Age of Ultron, with that plan abandoned at the last minute. Nicole Pearlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Inside Out writer Meg Lefauve have been confirmed as script writers on the film and Angelina Jolie might be wanted for the director’s chair. I’d rather have Michelle Maclaren, personally, but as a name Jolie would be a huge get. Kevin Feige also talked about wanting Adam McKay for a Marvel directorial gig and the most likely candidate is Inhumans, though Feige didn’t say as much.
Rumors, from grapevine overlord Umberto Gonzales of Latino-Review, are calling the new Spidey film “Spiderman: The New Avenger“, a fine title that keeps Marvel’s simple hero name titling, and has a subtitle that both harkens back to phase one (Captain America: The First Avenger) and points forward towards Infinity War. A shortlist of young, white actors has been floating around, giving us some sense of what Marvel are looking for in their Peter Parker: Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield (who might be the frontrunner), Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James.
Daredevil has been a smash hit, both with viewers and critics, leading to a second season order from Netflix, but with new showrunners stepping in to replace Steven S. DeKnight. No word yet on if this will cause a shake-up of the schedule for the other series. In further TV/Netflix news and rumors a few set photos from A.K.A. Jessica Jones, show Krysten Ritter as Jessica, Mike Coultier as Luke Cage and David Tennant as the (very dapper) Purple Man.
Bleeding Cool sources say that Agent Carter is 75% of the way to Season 2, fingers crossed. Hopefully we can move forward to at least the 60s.
In a cool bit of interconnectivity, Matt Murdock and Skye were at the same orphanage as kids, yet another instance of subtle ways that Daredevil ties into the MCU. Other Netflix series might do so more directly, with some rumors saying that Doctor Strange, or at least his disembodied voice, will show up in Iron Fist. Mysticism plays are role for both characters so the combo makes sense.
John Ridley, the man behind American Crime and producer of 12 Years A Slave, is apparently adapting and reinventing an existing Marvel superhero for the small screen on ABC. Some are saying this might follow the new Ms. Marvel and Inhuman, Kamala Khan. That would be really cool in my book. Take note that this is not the rumored Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, that might focus on Mockingbird and Hunter, and will run concurrently with AoS.
So just to recap: ABC might have four MCU shows on the air by this time next year, while season two of Daredevil might hit at the same time as Luke Cage, all with Civil War looming. So. Much. Stuff. I love it.