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18 августа 2018, 23:57

MCU News: The Smartest Hero Confirmed, Runaways’ Return & More


Stay on target

It’s an odd time to be a Marvel fan. There are no movies to look forward to until next year, and while both of them are incredibly exciting, we have a while to wait before we see anything from them. Also, there’s the whole James Gunn firing, which puts a damper on things. We learned yesterday that Disney is standing by their decision to cave to the manufactured outrage of disingenuous trolls. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will not be directed by Gunn. It sucks, but it’s important to remember that a lot of great people still work there. Gunn was perfect for the Guardians movies, but there are plenty of directors who are still putting out some fine work at the studio. For now.

Like the Russo Brothers. Joe and Anthony Russo sure are great at these big superhero team-up movies. From Captain America: Civil War to Avengers: Infinity War, they sure know how to handle an ensemble, while giving each character at least one scene where they’re the star. You get the sense that they’ve really gotten to know these characters. Which means, of course, they’ve come to the same conclusion that everyone else has: Shuri, not Tony or Bruce, is the smartest character in the MCU. No question. The directors confirmed as much in a recent video for Wired.

It makes perfect sense when you realize she’s only been in two movies and has already de-brainwashed Bucky Barnes, invented gadgets for her brother that are so much cooler and sleeker than anything in Tony Stark’s arsenal, and she figured out how to get the Mind stone out of Vision without killing him… too bad Thanos didn’t give them enough time to finish that project. (RIP, Vision. May we see you get your home in the suburbs someday.) Shuri has always been awesome and we finally have some canonical, official MCU recognition of that fact. Honestly, I know there’s a lot Avengers 4 has to do, but I really want some scenes of Shuri running circles around Tony Stark in that movie. Give it to us, Russos! You just told us you know she can do it.

Runaways

Over on TV, Marvel has had some impressive hits, particularly in the teen drama side of superheroism. Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger was fantastic and before that, Hulu had a big hit with Runaways. A nuanced, emotionally affecting adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s classic series, Runaways gave us a more complex look at the superteens vs. evil parents story. Now, we’re starting to get some details on Season Two, and things are about to get a little more complicated. The first season was fairly isolated from the rest of the MCU. It took place in the same universe to be sure, but it was all the way across the country. The big superheroes were in New York and the kids were in Los Angeles. On their own. Now we’re learning Season Two is going to be a little more connected.

Just a little at first, as Comic Book reports. During a press visit to the set, showrunners Josh Schwartz and Samantha Savage said there would be a small reference late in the season to the larger universe. “We’ll have a reference, late in the season, that will probably be our first real breadcrumb that connects us to the MCU in some way,” said Savage. Breadcrumb would imply there will be more. And that it will (we hope) lead somewhere substantial. We just don’t know how big the reference will be. Will it refer to the world-altering events of Infinity War? Or will somebody no a guy who knows an Avenger? Obviously, they’re not telling.

What’s interesting is how long Runaways is waiting to namedrop its MCU connection. The Netflix series talk about “The Incident” and “the big green guy” from the start. Even Cloak and Dagger had a cool Luke Cage reference in the first season which turned out to be reciprocal. Runaways has been content to tell its own story, and only start connecting to the larger MCU when it makes sense. Just one of the many things this show has going for it. The second season is going to start pulling more from the comics too, which is cool. They’ll have their hideout and a few characters from the original series will also show up. Of course, they’re not telling anyone who that is. There’s proof right there that this is a Marvel show.

Jumping to another streaming service, we have a full trailer for Iron Fist Season Two. People are really excited about this one. Even after Season One, the tide seems to be turning for Danny Rand. How? He was the lamest Defender, how can a guy who calls himself “the immortal Iron Fist” ever be considered cool?

Oh. That’s how. It’s amazing how good a superhero show can be when its titular character starts acting like a superhero. And has a real antagonist to fight against and a goal to work towards. All these things were missing in Season One, and even just in this trailer, they’re here in full force. Danny’s much less annoying in the hands of a different showrunner, but more importantly, this season looks to contain a whole lot more Colleen Wing and Misty Knight getting in on the fight. That’s what we really want to see.

The odds were against them, but Marvel appears to have turned the series around. Davos works as a villain because we immediately recognize him as a legitimate challenge to Danny. His motivations are intertwined with Danny’s, making for a much more intriguing story. And that red version of the Iron Fist looks cool. Oh, there’s also the fights. Even in trailer form, the fights hold on shots for longer than the first season ever did. We can follow the action without the camera making us dizzy. I honestly never thought I’d be this hyped for another full season of Iron Fist. Now let’s see if the real thing can live up to all this promise on September 7.

Samuel L. Jackson in Avengers Infinity War (Photo via Marvel)

Back to movies, we have such a long time to wait before we get any answers regarding Infinity War, so fan theories are bound to pop up. Syfy Wire reported on one that sounds eerily plausible concerning that post-credits scene. Specifically, it tries to answer the question of why Nick Fury waited until he was disintegrating to call Captain Marvel. And why didn’t she show up at any point prior to The Snap. It all has to do with what may happen in Ms. Marvel, and why it’s so important that it take place in the ’90s.

The theory is partially based on a conversation between Nick Fury and Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The one where Tony tells Nick about a vision he had where he kills all the Avengers and the whole world. There’s also a line about the worst part not being that all his friends die, the worst part is Tony didn’t. Which makes that final shot of Tony after Spider-Man disappears extra heartbreaking. More importantly, the theory posits that Nick knew more about what was coming than he was letting on.

We know that Captain Marvel will involve The Skrulls and that Nick Fury will have a major roll. It’s possible he sees, somehow, a vision of what’s going to happen in the future. Iron Man, Thanos, all of it. That would explain why he was so quick to start the Avengers Initiative after Tony announced he was Iron Man. As for where Captain Marvel is, and why she wouldn’t show up on Earth during the huge battle before the snap, it’s entirely likely her movie ends with her in deep space. For some reason, she’ll have to leave Earth, leaving Nick Fury with a special pager he can use to summon her when the time comes. The theory states the Fury has always had a very specific plan in mind for how this would all play out. That’s supported by the fact that in that final scene, Fury doesn’t seem desperate. He doesn’t reach for the pager in a panic. He does it with purpose. Like he knows it’s time.

It’s not a perfect theory, and it’s all purely speculation, but it certainly sounds plausible. Part of the fun of the MCU is it lets us guess at major developments like this in between movies. And hey, we only have to wait until February for Captain Marvel to show us how wrong we all are.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Sony Pictures)

Finally, one Marvel movie we’re looking forward to, almost more than any other, isn’t even connected to the MCU. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wowed everyone with its first trailer featuring a gorgeous animation style, breathtaking Spider-Man action, and some genuinely funny interactions between Miles Morales and his dad. And Miles and Peter. Miles is just cool, OK? We already knew there would be more than two Spider-Men in this movie. In addition to the Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen in the trailer, we know of another Peter Parker: Spider-Man Noir. This 1930s version of the superhero will be voiced by none other than Nicolas Cage. Yes, perfect. Even better is the way Cage plays him, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“I tried to channel those noir films with [Humphrey] Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with [James] Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking. I tried to give the character that. It was a lot of fun,” Cage said. “I think it should be quite funny. The movie definitely has a sense of humor, and that’s a good thing because it’s good for the whole family.”

Now we know that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will feature Nicolas Cage doing his best Humphrey Bogart impression, with a little bit of James Cagney thrown in. I can not wait to hear that. Has there ever been a better casting in a Spider-Man movie. I mean besides Willem Dafoe as The Green Goblin? No. Nicolas Cage, though an Oscar-winning actor, is best when he’s just hamming it up, and it sounds like that’s what we’re getting here.

This movie looks better the more we hear about it. We’ll definitely be there day one when it hits theaters on December 14.

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