With such a saturated market for comic book media both on the big and small screens, its no surprise to hear that some shows survive whilst others don’t. This post gives a list of their current statuses and other developments. Let’s cut to it, shall we?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: RENEWED FOR SEASON 4
Agent Carter: CANCELLED
Most Wanted (pilot): PASSED OVER
Krypton (pilot only): ORDERED
Arrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 5
The Flash: RENEWED FOR SEASON 3
Legends of Tomorrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2
Supergirl: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2, moved from CBS network
This is a follow-up to another post, written before Civil War came out. So I’ve seen Civil War twice now, and liked it both times. Now that Marvel’s Phase 3 has officially gone into full swing, let’s take a look at what the film set up for the rest of Phase 3.
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl
Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Please note: deemed spoiler free on the caveat that viewers have seen the trailers for this film.
What’s it about?
1 year after Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are involved in another political incident and enough is enough for the powers that be – they introduce an international law to govern the Avengers and make them accountable for their actions. Whilst Iron Man, motivated by guilt over his actions that prompted Age of Ultron, is all for the act, Captain America is not. The Avengers are torn into two factions, and the schism widens as war erupts between them. All the while, some new players enter the game…
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!
Holding a Doctor Strange book, director Scott Derrickson officially announced on his Twitter account that filming on his Marvel project had concluded about a week and a half ago. Having commenced filming in Nepal during November last year, production moved to London for the next several months, only recently filming a few action sequences in New York City, in which actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelson were seen.
But who is Doctor Strange? Well, to put it simply, Doctor Strange is the man who punches out Cthulhu and keeps creatures that would make it scream away from our dimension. A dimension-hopping, magic wielding badass, he is the Sorcerer Supreme. The mightiest humanoid in existence.
And now, we have been graced with the long-awaited Doctor Strange trailer at long last.
In a recent interview with Forbes, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and both parts of Avengers: Infinity War (2018, 2019) Anthony and Joe Russo talked about Captain America: Civil War, which releases in about a month and a half, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Phase 3 goes forward. Journalist Simon Thompson asked them as to what they thought of recasting Iron Man, who has been played since 2008 by Robert Downey Junior, and is expected to do so all the way to 2019.
Both directors were reticent, saying ‘It’s almost impossible to replace Robert, he’s the biggest movie star in the world’. They did suggest however that when Downey was finally done with the character, we might see Iron Man disappear for a while, so as to provide a generational gap that would hopefully alleviate any potential successors from the shadow of Downey’s portrayal. They also pointed out that ‘There are so many characters in the Marvel universe that can pick up the ball and run without it through the next phase or two before you need to see Iron Man again, frankly’, which is very true. With the new heroes that have been introduced, and will be introduced going forward into Phase 3 – Ant-Man, Wasp, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) – there’s more than enough substance there to carry the MCU for several years.
Do you think that when RDJ is well and truly done with Iron Man, the role should be abandoned – after all, it IS a very, very tough act to follow – or should Marvel follow the Russos’ suggestion?
In the meantime, we’ll see RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man very soon when Captain America: Civil War enters theatres.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is, in monetary terms at least, the biggest movie franchise ever, grossing about nine billion dollars over 12 films. Incredibly successful, it has also seen a massive expansion onto the small screen over the past three years, producing Agent Carter and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with ABC, as well as making a deal with Netflix to produce 4 TV shows – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as well as a Defenders miniseries. In total, Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, says that there are currently nine or ten shows in various stages of development.
With its unprecedented scale, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been praised by many for its ability to weave in aspects of other films and TV shows, whilst still being able to tell a standalone tale. Mostly, this connection is film-to-film, or film-to-TV, and very rarely, TV-to-film. With the serialised format of the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, it’s strange that the show hasn’t had much of an impact on the movies. Indeed, in its first season, Agents had most of its episodes dragging on, awaiting the aftermath of the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by terrorist organisation HYDRA years before.
Marvel Studios’ long awaited Phase 3 is about to begin in a little over a month and a half, with *drumrolls* Captain America: Civil War! The sequel to The Winter Soldier and the third instalment in the Captain America franchise, the directorial team of Anthony and Joe Russo return,along with the screenwriting team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. A trailer just dropped a little over a day ago and so we’ve decided to to analyse and speculate on the new material we’ve been given – and there’s a fair amount of it.
A refresher of Civil War: It’s been one year since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and another international incident involving the Avengers resulting in collateral damage occurs. Politicians lobby for a set of accords to bind and regulate the Avengers’ activities and to install a system of accountability. But when his best friend, is framed for the incident and caught in the crossfire, Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America takes up his shield against the surprising supporter of the legislation, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Avengers new and old fracture into two factions – one led by Rogers, who after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is done with governmental oversight, and one by Stark, who, motivated by guilt from the fallout of Age of Ultron, supports the act. And, predictably, the world is threatened by a new enemy.
In this trailer not only do we get some glorious shots of the two factions, but we also get to see some of the two most anticipated new characters of the MCU in action, and they are amazing! That’s right, Black Panther and our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man have entered the building.
Spider-Man’s levity will definite be needed in this film, because judging from the trailer, the Russo brother do NOT hold back. Now, shall we begin?