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:
Yesterday, Ladies Love Cool James AKA the GOAT tweeted this:
setting the internet ablaze. This is very exciting, being a huge rap fan, there’s nothing like seeing 2 worlds you love collide, like when the WWF released the Aggression album or Ghostface turning up in Iron Man 2.
Speculation of course has already started on who he will be playing, with Luke Cage being the favourite despite LL’s tweet of it being a movie, maybe it’s an indication that Luke Cage won’t just be turning up on the Netflix shows but in the movies as well. Others think he may turn up in Black Panther.
Can we get Canibus as his villain though?
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.
This looks intense! Definitely the Empire Strikes Back of the Avengers. Someone is going to die, this is Joss Whedon after all.
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.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has really changed the game. Remember how excited people were at the Superman mention in Batman and Robin despite how terrible that film might be. Or remember seeing the name Remy LeBeau on Yuriko’s computer in X-Men 2 and being like “that’s Gambit, we need Gambit.” We tirelessly scanned these films for hints at a larger universe. Then Nick Fury turned up at the end of Iron Man 1 and everything changed.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of shared universes, it makes sense for Marvel and DC to have one, Star Wars also, and Fox have enough mutants that they could also create something substantial. However then you have Sony, who are feel are kind of pushing it with attempts to create a Spider-Man shared universe. And now just this week there has been news that Dracula Untold is going to be the start of a Universal Monster’s shared universe and that Sony want a Robin Hood shared universe and now I just feel like it’s overkill. This was actually discussed on an episode of Get up Off This with Matthew Robinson and Jensen, which can be listened to here, that it feels like everything is part of a shared universe now. Drew McWeeny on that podcast said that he felt like Amazing Spider-Man 2 felt like a 2 hour trailer for future films, and we know that the subtitle for Batman v Superman is “Dawn of Justice,” are we going to be watching a 2 hour trailer for a Justice League movie?
While the prospect of seeing 2 established characters mixing on the big screen is always exciting, the more it happens, the more it could become diluted, talk of an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover was met with a negative response by many people due to the vastly different tones of both franchises. We don’t shared universes for the sake of having a shared universe, it needs to feel natural. The Avengers felt natural, it had a great build up and then they knocked it out of the park. Marvel took a huge risk with the Nick Fury appearance and it paid off. However, the more we hear about Batman v Superman, the less confidence people have in it actually being any good. We’ve gone from Man of Steel which had a Wayne Enterprises logo and that was it in terms of a shared universe, to Batman v Superman which will feature already established Batman and Wonder Woman, and also introduce Cyborg, possibly Aquaman. It doesn’t feel natural, DC really should have taken that risk in Man of Steel to have maybe Bruce Wayne turn up or anyone else from the Justice League. Yeah you would get people screaming that they’re just copying Marvel’s formula, but the excitement would soon drown that out.
Say what I want about Batman v Superman, we’re all going to go see it though. Even if we do complain about it. I just hope that by the time it comes out, we’re not suffering from shared movie universe oversaturation.