I have not been on this blog for a while, but I have been meaning to return and what better way to return, what better news to return to, than the news of Michael B Jordan joining the cast of Black Panther.
Creed was one of my films of the year (in 2016 because it came out late in the UK) and the chemistry between Coogler and Jordan is undeniable, in fact I saw a few comments online lamenting that Jordan couldn’t be the Black Panther (I’m sure minds were changed after they saw Chadwick Boseman kill it in Civil War).
With Coogler behind the camera I hope we get more epic scenes like this one:
The end of Guardians of the Galaxy might rank up there for best endings for Marvel movies. But in this outtake, it gets even better as Ronan the Accuser takes up Star Lord on his offer to a dance off.
The idea of Hayley Atwell running around in the 40’s beating people up is exciting. Also the involvement of Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the creators of Reaper, guarantees a good time.
We finally get to see the clip from Comic Con of the gang having a contest to see who can life Thor’s hammer, very Whedon like moment. Ultron quickly comes in to ruin it.
We need Beta Ray Bill to come in and lift that hammer up.
Benedict Cumberbatch joins another franchise you love as Deadline is reporting he is Marvel’s choice for the role of Dr. Strange. It was a matter of time before he started in a superhero film and Dr. Strange suits him. It also continues Marvel’s run of casting actors from cult TV shows, with this being the most high profile casting.
Tumblr is going to shut down when he interacts with the other Avengers.
The weekend just gone was New York Comic Con and the panel many people were anticipating was the one for the Netflix Daredevil show, the show that is going to wash away the nasty taste that many feel the 2003 Daredevil movie left. But I’ll admit, I kind of liked it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not amazing and in comparison to what came after it, the Nolan Batman trilogy, the MCU stuff, it pales in comparison, but by itself, it’s decent. Now I do have to say, I have not seen the theatrical cut, I’ve only seen what is considered the better Director’s Cut.
From what I understand, the Director’s Cut left out much of the romance storyline between Matt Murdoch and Elektra and added an entire subplot featuring a character played by Coolio, which allows Affleck to flex his lawyer acting muscles a bit more and gives us a reason for the action, along with making the fight scenes longer and a bit more brutal. I heard that in the original cut, the Kingpin fight was very short, but in the Director’s Cut, you see a proper battle take place between Kingpin and Daredevil.
Me seeing this film is why I had no problem with Ben Affleck being announced as Batman, I felt he was good at the role and has only grown as an actor in the past 10 years since. He also has the gravitas for the Bruce Wayne side of the role, when you see an interview with Ben Affleck, he is a star, it’s undeniable, you can tell from the way he carries himself, and if that translates over to the Bruce Wayne side of things, then he could own the role of Batman.
Saying all that, I’m really looking forward to the Netflix series. I hope they have a good fight choreographer as much of the appeal of Daredevil is the gritty New York street fights, and seeing as we’re also getting Iron Fist and Luke Cage, we need some epic street fights.
So I woke up to see the rumours that have taken the internet by storm this morning. That Captain America 3 will feature Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and that this will be the start of the Civil War storyline. The Civil War storyline, for those that don’t know, was a comic arc that revolved around a superhero registration act, making superheroes apart of the law. Iron Man was for it and Captain America was against it and people took sides then it all kicked off.
Now one of the problems people are having about turning this into a film storyline is that, are there enough characters in the MCU to warrant calling it a civil war? I think it could work, you have the main Avengers so that’s 6 already, Doctor Strange and Ant Man, the Netflix series adds another 4. Then you have guys who appear in the solo films, War Machine, The Falcon, possibly Winter Solider if his retribution is done by then. Plus we’re getting Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and the big rumour that Spider-Man is coming back into the fold. And I’m sure if need be, they could use Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. to introduce anyone else. This also lends weight to the rumours that Avengers 3 is going to feature Iron Man and a new team of heroes, with Avengers 4 being the reunion. The way it could play out is the Superhero registration act takes place with people picking up sides, I imagine whoever is in charge won’t make Iron Man out to be a villain in this, or Captain America. The people who take Tony Stark’s side make up the Avengers in Avengers 3, with Thanos winning the battle, with Avengers 4 being the moment of glory where everyone is reunited and beats Thanos, by then we’ll hopefully see Captain Marvel and Black Panther added to the mix. I’m just sad that Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes never got a second season because that’s where it looked like they were heading.
In the MCU we trust.