Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. paid the requisite lip service to Captain America: Civil War by last week’s ante-penultimate hour (also unintentionally eulogizing Agent Carter in the process), but series star Chloe Bennet appears to have had enough of the one-way street. “The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all,” Bennet opines in a new interview.
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Natalie Portman not showing up in the next Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, is not news. (Neither is the addition of Tessa Thompson to the cast in her absence.) We’ve known that for a few months now. The explanation for Portman’s absence hasn’t be fully revealed yet, though, and that’s something Marvel Grand Poobah Kevin Feige got into a little bit during his recent appearance on the Empire Film Podcast.
Fans of Marvel’s ABC block took small comfort after the cancellations of Agent Carter and Most Wanted that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would at least return for Season 4, and ahead of tonight’s finale, the Avengers-adjacent drama has some big news of its own. Team Coulson will remain on Tuesdays, but airing in the latest possible primetime slot, and making some tonal changes while they’re at it.
The comic book version of Baron Zemo looks quite different from the way he was portrayed in Captain America: Civil War — most notably, the character is typically seen wearing a purple hood, which was permanently fused to his face following an unfortunate run-in with an experimental adhesive. But Daniel Bruhl’s version of Zemo in Civil War is depicted without the hood, or any real resemblance to his comic book counterpart, for that matter. Although that choice was probably for the best, unused concept art shows what Bruhl might have looked like if Joe and Anthony Russo had remained more faithful to the source material.
Marvel first announced an Inhumans movie as part of their Phase 3 plan back in 2014, but a subsequent release delay and a lack of updates on the project seemed to signal a bit of trouble — an assumption that proved correct when the studio recently pulled Inhumans from its Phase 3 schedule, leaving us to speculate as to whether the film had simply been delayed again or canceled entirely. According to Kevin Feige, it’s the former, as Marvel is still plotting an Inhumans film…eventually.
When Marvel announced Ryan Coogler as the director of Black Panther, it seemed like only a matter of time before he cast his lucky charm: Creed and Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan. That time has come, as Jordan has officially joined Chadwick Boseman in the Wakandan hero’s solo outing, which hits theaters in 2018.
If the cancellation of Agent Carter weren’t a sure-enough sign that Marvel TV wasn’t bulletproof, the network’s other Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff has also been put to rest. ABC has officially passed on Marvel’s Most Wanted, leaving Bobbi and Hunter’s adventures in limbo once more.
Chadwick Boseman made one hell of a debut as Black Panther in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War. As T’Challa, the new King of the African nation of Wakanda, Boseman gave a terrific and intense performance as both the angry diplomat (and grieving son) and the tough-as-nails superhero. And when your nails are made out of unbreakable vibranium, that means you’re pretty damn tough.
Marvel’s Netflix schedule hasn’t gotten any less confusing with the addition of a Punisher spinoff alongside Defenders team-up filming, but Jessica Jones fans might finally have something to look forward to. Krysten Ritter says Season 2 will start production immediately after The Defenders, for which she’s already begun training.
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ builds to Season 3’s final episodes with a touch of ‘Civil War,’ but does Cap and Iron Man’s brawl have any impact on the big “Emancipation” twist this week? Find out in our full review of tonight’s ante-penultimate ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’!