MCU News: Phase 3 begins!

A war draws near…the world shivers as cosmic forces threaten to tear it apart…and Marvel’s Phase 3 is upon us. So I thought that I’d give a little update on some of the happenings lately as Phase 3 prepares to kick off in earnest with Captain America: Civil War!


Doctor Strange’s Teaser Trailer released


Here you go.

Check out this post here for my analysis of it :).


Thor: Ragnarok – Tessa Thompson’s Mystery Character


Tessa Thompson, from Indiewire

Tessa Thompson (Creed) was recently announced to be following her director’s (Ryan Coogler) steps by entering the Marvel CInematic Universe, and will be making an appearance in the third instalment of the Thor franchise,

Since the grand portion of the film will take place in the cosmos, by word of Lord Feige, it seems reasonable then to rule out most human women. The possibility is there of course for superpowered individuals, but those are quite few in number – at least, in terms of those capable of stellar travel. I believe her to potentially be playing the role of Monica Rambeau or Valkyrie.

Rambeau

Monica Rambeau

Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Monica Rambeau fits the profile perfectly, not least because of her physical appearance. A powerful cosmic superhero, whatever character she plays, she’ll need to be bringing a fair bit of firepower if the intention is indeed to have her reprise her role as the report says, as she’ll presumably then appear in Avengers: Infinity War to aid Thor against Thanos. Some people have suggested Valkyrie, but I’m not certain on that – whilst they have racebent before – Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton as Heimdall and the Ancient One for example –  Marvel’s track record with POC is…not the best. Though more with of South East Asian descent than those with darker skin, admittedly. Anyway that’s not the point.

Her being Valkyrie is still a possibility however – someone will need to represent Asgard once Thor is gone, since Chris Hemsworth’s contract expires with Infinity War, and Valkyrie is one of the more prominent heroes from Thor’s corner of the Marvel Universe. With Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster not returning for the film. it’s doubtful that she’ll be taking up the position of Thor after Phase 3, as is the case in the current run of Thor comics. Valkyrie, therefore, is a good way to keep the Asgardian representation up. Unless they all die, which is always possible given the subtitle. But that’s counterproductive to having her reprise her role in future instalments, so. We’ll have to wait and see.


Captain Marvel information is coming soon!


I am a member of the Carol Corps, so I was pretty pleased to hear in a report from Collider that Kevin Feige has officially confirmed casting information and the like for the Captain Marvel film (scheduled to be released in 2019) will be announced shortly in the coming months. Judging from the time frame, it may well be announced at the biggest comic event of the year, Comic Con, which is just three months away!

With Infinity War set to introduce new characters in its sprawling epic, it makes sense that they’d cast her soon, because filming of that takes place in November this year, and Captain Marvel may well be appearing in one of those films. We’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out.


Spider-Man official title is Spider-Man: Homecoming + Michael Keaton circling a villain role + other casting


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At CinemaCon, it was officially confirmed by Sony that the title for the upcoming Spider-Man film next year will be Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rather on the nose, and frankly a bit weird in my opinion, but I’m sure that they have their reasons. The character will be 16 or so in the film’s chronology, so we can expect Marvel’s promise that this Spidey will actually struggle with balancing his school life with his superheroics to come true.

As pre-production ramps up for shooting, which is expected to begin around June, same as Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel has been steadily adding cast members to join Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) and Zendaya (Michelle). Among their targets is Michael Keaton, according to Variety, which claims that Keaton is circling a villain role. It’s a bit funny actually, considering that JK Simmons (who played J. Jonah Jameson to critical acclaim in Sam Raimi’s iconic Spider-Man trilogy) just recently confirmed that he had been recruited by Warner Bros. to play Commissioner James Gordon, major Batman ally, in the first Justice League film (and probably the standalone Batman feature as well). Michael Keaton is a former Batman, donning the cowl in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). What’s next, Michael Caine as Uncle Ben?

It’s also been reported by The Wrap and Deadline that Homecoming has added Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori to its cast. Harrier apparently has a significant role, whilst Revolori is a schoolmate, but not a villain. With the unanimous praise of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from lucky viewers able to see early screenings, things sure are looking up for the Spider-Man franchise after its recent streak of bad luck, and we can’t wait to see what Homecoming brings us! Please no teenage romance, please no teenage romance…oh who am I kidding? 😉


Black Panther


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Following on what lucky early viewers have described as a show-stealing entrance, Chadwick Boseman will reprise the role of Black Panther in a standalone debut in 2018. Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview with Collider that filming for the movie would commence at the very start of 2017, with director Ryan Coogler (Creed) also co-writing. With Coogler’s last effort, Creed, having been widely expected to receive several nominations at the 2016 Academy Awards (although ultimately it only got one, and that for a supporting actor role, which definitely fanned the #OscarsSoWhite controversy), it’ll be very very interesting to see what Coogler’s talents can do with the Black Panther.


Star-Lord appearing in Infinity War


In an interview with Comic Book, the Russo brothers finally officially confirmed that Star-Lord would be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War. And where Star-Lord is, the rest of the Guardians shouldn’t be too far behind…after all, Drax the Destroyer wants to kill Thanos himself. But first, we’ll have to see how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays out.

On a side note, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) has announced in a Facebook video that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, will wrap filming in June, and will then be in post from then until a few weeks before release in May 2017. If we’re lucky then, perhaps we might even see a little sneak peek when Comic Con rolls around in July, though I’m not holding my breath on that one.


The Secret Warriors unite!


The long awaited moment has arrived. This is everything the past 16 episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been building towards so far, and it’s sure to be glorious as Marvel’s first superpowered team on the small screen hits the stage!

Right now, there are four members – Daisy Johnson, Lincoln Campbell, Joey Gutierrez and judging from the episode promo, Elena Rodriguez, who we were introduced to a few episodes back. Johnson can release shockwaves from her hands, Campbell can shoot electricity, Gutierrez can melt metal, Rodriguez can move at super-speed although she must always bounce back to her starting point like a yo-yo.

It’s a little bit of a stretch, but we might even see Carl Creel, the Absorbing Man, join the team, if only for a short while. Whilst traditionally a villain in the comics, here in the MCU Creel is a formerly brainwashed agent of HYDRA, who has ostensibly now turned over a new leaf. His power set, as you can guess, is to absorb the properties of a material and let his body be encoated by said material – making him a tank that the Secret Warriors may dearly need right now. In any event, this is going to be fun!


The Defenders


And speaking of the small screen, let’s take a look at the Netflix corner of the MCU. With Daredevil having just released its second season a month before and Jessica Jones confirmed to be receiving a second season after its first debuted to universal applause back in late November, the Netflix corner of the MCU is well and truly in motion. Not only will another Marvel/Netflix series (Luke Cage) be debuting on the 30th of September this year, but production on Iron Fist will be starting any day now, ahead of the crossover miniseries The Defenders, starring all 4 titular heroes, which in turn starts filming sometime around the end of this year according to Daredevil star Charlie Cox.

It seems then that Netflix will probably release Iron Fist either at the end of this year, or very early next year, with The Defenders coming in the latter half, around September or so, operating under the assumption time taken for filming and post-production is similar to the other MCU Netflix shows. As for a second season of Jessica Jones and a third of Daredevil? Back in January the CCO of Netflix, Ted Sarantos said that they did not plan on releasing more than 1 or 2 Marvel Netflix shows per year, so we won’t be able to see them before Defenders arrives on the scene. 2018 will probably be the best estimate for their release dates.


Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger


Variety broke a piece nearly 2 weeks ago, announcing that ABC-owned channel Freeform was entering the MCU, greenlighting a show based on Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger characters with a straight-to-series order. Variety describes the show’s premise as following two teen heroes, from very different backgrounds, who have recently come into their powers, with the complication of romance between them to boot.

Cloak can teleport and become intangible through a ‘darkness dimension’; Dagger can create light daggers to drain people of vitality, as well as heal people. Moreover, they have somewhat of a symbiotic relationship, with Cloak being able to absorb Dagger’s…daggers to prevent her becoming overcharged, whilst in turn this feeds his ‘hunger’.

The first season of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger is being aimed to launch in 2017.


That’s about everything. So I’ll end as usual – please share this post, and if there’s anything big I missed, let me know and I’ll add it right in! And of course, what do you think about these developments?

But before I go, I have to ask – whose side are you on?

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Sources: Collider, Marvel Entertainment, The Wrap, Deadline, Variety, James Gunn, Comic Book

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