It’s Basically Another “Avengers” Movie…
You’d think that with “Age of Ultron” in theaters, Marvel would take a breather before dominating the headlines with literally all the rest of their stuff. You would be wrong, because Marvel doesn’t sleep. It’s all about the Avengers these days. So much so that “Captain America 3: Civil War” is shaping up to be an Avengers movie in and of itself. Take a look at the cast list and see for yourself:
- Captain America/Steve Rogers – Chris Evans
- Iron Man/Tony Stark – Robert Downey, Jr.
- Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff – Scarlett Johansson
- Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes – Sebastian Stan
- Hawkeye/Clint Barton – Jeremy Renner
- Falcon/Sam Wilson – Anthony Mackie
- Vision – Paul Bettany
- War Machine/James Rhodes – Don Cheadle
- Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff – Elizabeth Olsen
- Ant-Man/Scott Lang – Paul Rudd
- Black Panther/T’Challa – Chadwick Boseman
- Crossbones/Brock Rumlow – Frank Grillo
- Baron Helmut Zemo – Daniel Brühl
- Agent 13/Sharon Carter – Emily VanCamp
- General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross – William Hurt
- Unnamed Role – Martin Freeman
If you are keeping score, there are way more characters above than the first and second “Avengers” installments. In fact, it would have probably taken up less space to write the characters who are NOT on board. Despite this, Downey insists that this movie will still be very much a “Captain America” film. On the subject, he said:
Ultimately it’s Steve’s story; it doesn’t say ‘Iron Man 4: Civil War’. I think that’s great too. I think Chris has been hungry to bring even more of an underside and some shadow to that. I remember the comics – on the surface you got the sense that Cap was baseball and apple pie, but underneath there was all this churning stuff of being a man out of time. Now we know he’s made his peace with that. What’s the bigger issue? It can have a little something to do with the past, but it can be about someone becoming more modernized in their own conflict.
In short, you can’t expect these guys to be going away any time soon. And they’re not the only ones…
“Agent Carter;” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.;” Others Renewed for Additional Seasons
Despite a slow start, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has quickly grown into one of the most entertaining shows on television. With less of an emphasis on superhero tie-ins and more spy-vs-spy action, the series has been on a creative high for the better part of the series. So it really came as no surprise to us that Phil Coulson and co. would continue into a third season.
“Agent Carter” was a different story. With only eight episodes and a self-contained story, it was unclear as to whether or not this series would be renewed for a second season. Despite only average ratings, ordered a second season. Luckily, with only eight episodes in the initial set, playing catch up won’t be hard for those who missed out.
On the DC side of things, “Gotham,” “Arrow,” and “Flash” were renewed for further seasons as well. The latter two come as no surprise. Talk to any comic book fan, and they’ll tell you that DC’s best television is currently airing on the CW. And since the two exist in the same universe, it seemed like the only course of action. Gotham, on the other had, has been a polarizing show, and with a love-it-or-hate-it divide among fans, Fox is standing by the series.
Fox standing behind a series? Never thought I’d see the day.
Not everything is going well on television, however. DC’s “Constantine,” on NBC, is not being picked up for a second season. The show got off to a rocky start and never really found its footing, so this comes as no surprise to us. Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, centered around Mockingbird and Hunter, is not moving forward either. While there are no details surrounding the spin-off, it seems to make sense…the two characters, currently involved in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” work well with the current cast, and having a separate show might bog down the agents and their adventures.
Ant-Man Poster Revealed
Like we said…Marvel is everywhere. Once you get back from seeing “Age of Ultron” for the third time, log on to the internet to check out the next movie, not three months away! Here is the official poster for the final Phase 2 movie:
Looks…like a pretty standard Marvel movie poster to me.
But Wait, There’s More!
While not a Marvel Studios film, “X-Men: Apocalypse” began production this week, and we did get a few great bits of information thrown at us. For one, Professor Charles Xavier will be bald in the story, as evidenced by James McAvoy’s commitment to the character:
The film will feature much of the ensemble cast from “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in what is, technically, the third film in this…trilogy? Honestly, with the timeline as muddy as it, we’re just going to call it “another movie.”
Hugh Jackman, however, did confirm that his role as Wolverine in 2017’s untitled solo flick will be his last outing as the character. But will 20th Century Fox recast the character or take a page from the recent “Death of Wolverine” story and…well…kill him? Internet speculators: GO!
Indiana Jones Returns (Again)
There have been a lot of rumors surrounding whether or not Disney will reboot/remake/continue the “Indiana Jones” franchise. With a lackluster fourth installment and no desire to see the role recast, many fans have been hoping the series will be left alone. Others looked at the Disney/Lucasfilm deal and thought, “Would Disney really shell out $4 Billion and NOT use all the intellectual property it aquired?” Well, the answer is upon us, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy went on record stating:
[Another film] will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.
Rumors have been circulating around potential actors to take the whip, but nothing has been confirmed, and judging from this quote, it sounds like there hasn’t even been a whole lot of talk from within the company. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for news.
Konami Reveals Metal Gear Solid…Clothing Line
Just in case Konami hadn’t made it absolutely clear they have no idea what they’re doing, they decided to tease and announce a new line of clothing branded around Metal Gear Solid. This is pretty much non-news at this point, but before we collapse into utter insanity, here is a link for the overpriced sweatshirts and T-Shirts. They come in both men and women’s styles, so there is truly something for everyone. Konami leaves no one out.
Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Destroys Kickstarter Campaign
In the most welcome gaming news in as long as we can remember, Playtonic Games (comprised of Rare veterans, the studio behind the much beloved Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country) announced they will be making another 3D Action-Platformer with youuuuuur help! The new mascot-ready duo, Yooka and Laylee (Ukulele, get it? We got it) promises to bring back the charm and fun from video games of our youth. What was the last new IP that featured lovable characters and fun platform exploration? Knack, you say? Hah.
Anyway, the incredible news is that the Kickstarter Campaign funded and met all of its stretch goals in just one day. If that doesn’t say something about the gaming industry and community, we don’t know what will get AAA game developers’ attention. Playtonic Games are currently sitting on £1,463,863, which is over 800% of their initial goal of £175,000.
McDonald’s Ruins the Childhoods of Everyone
Coming off a disappointing few quarters, McDonald’s has been look for ways to reinvigorate the brand and lure in new customers. With the reveal of the new Hamburglar, we see that we need to use the word “lure” in the most sinister way possible. Feast your eyes:
Yeah, that’s normal.
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