Daredevil fans finally got their wish with news that Season 2 would feature famous Marvel femme fatale Elektra, though character creator Frank Miller revealed himself none-too-enthused with the prospect, denouncing any take but his own. Word naturally reached Season 2 showrunners Doug Petrie and Marcos Ramirez, who now seem to have taken the criticism in stride.
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With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 not hitting theaters until 2017, it’ll still be a while before Marvel officially reveals new cast members, concept art or any of the other stuff we’re dying to know about the sequel. But today we’re one step closer to the Guardians sequel becoming a reality, as James Gunn has revealed that the script is officially complete.
I’m on the fence about Deadpool as a movie. On the one hand, I like the irreverent tone and how it mostly seems to be sending up all the cliches we’ve become used to in modern superhero movies. On the other, I could see this potentially getting annoying and grating over the course of an entire movie. But, one thing I think we can universally agree on is that the marketing so far has been brilliant. Latest case in point? This Los Angeles billboard which uses emoji in the dumbest and most immature way. And it’s fantastic.
Say what you will about Marvel’s TV branch maintaining little connection to the films, Agent Carter has managed to feel perfectly at home with both Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alike. Now, we can add Doctor Strange to that list with a surprising connection, while a new clip introduces Peggy’s new love interest for Season 2.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly given her incredibly intriguing back story briefly explored in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans have long wondered when or if Natasha Romanoff would get her own solo movie, and while Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has admitted that he’s open to the idea, the studio has yet to reveal any plans for a Black Widow spinoff. But that could still change, and with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo in her corner, a Black Widow movie could be closer than ever.
The end of Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced a new lineup of Marvel’s A-game heroes, with Scarlet Witch, Falcon, War Machine and Vision joining the team. With all the new and upcoming heroes to be introduced in the MCU, it’s safe to assume that by the time Infinity War rolls around, that lineup will undergo a bit of a change once again, and according to directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo, that’s definitely the idea.
Most of the original Guardians of the Galaxy cast is expected to return for the sequel. In fact, most of the original Guardians of the Galaxy cast is contractually obligated to return for the sequel. But, there’s one person who won’t be returning, despite early promises that he’d be a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward: Benicio Del Toro. The actor, who played Taneleer Tivan, aka The Collector, says he won’t be returning for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
And in other Marvel news… Although Cate Blanchett has not yet been confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok, that isn’t keeping one of her potential co-stars from gushing over her role in the upcoming sequel. Mark Ruffalo has maybe-possibly spilled the beans on Blanchett’s part in the film, revealing that she’s in talks to play the “baddie.”
On the heels of today’s news that MGM has scheduled Creed 2 for 2017 comes word that Ryan Coogler has been officially confirmed to helm Marvel’s Black Panther solo film, which would make the director somewhat unavailable for the Creed sequel. It’s a bit of bittersweet news, but who among you isn’t stoked for Coogler to tell T’Challa’s superhero story?
The other day saw John Ridley confirming that his long-developing Marvel TV series was still in the mix, even as no one knows what, or when the project represents. And even as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gears up for a spinoff, it seems another live-action comedy behind Marvel’s Damage Control may be in contention for the ever-expanding universe.