This probably qualifies as being geeky enough for our readership: a quick look at some of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe had at San Diego Comic Con this year. This is “some,” in part, because they dropped an Infinity War trailer during SDCC … and not to the public. It was leaked and taken down in short order.
To start with, it seems to have been confirmed that the Punisher will be in The Defenders. Meaning there will be a four character I’ll care about (Stick, Daredevil, and possibly Luke Cage are the other three).
Though if the Punisher isn’t in Defenders, then they’ve got some explaining to do. (At the 60 second mark).
Other than the Punisher, the trailer didn’t add much … except show us that Stan Lee is still alive. Good for him.
The next part of the MCU gave us a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok
Early on, I had been worried Ragnarok would focuse on Hulk only. But Bruce Banner appears in the trailer as Bruce Banner. It could have been all too easy for them to have the not so jolly green giant have all the screen time. Seeing Mark Ruffalo is reassuring.
And …Is that Hulk versus Fenris? Really? Thor and Loki wielding fully automatic blasters, mowing people down like Commando. We’ve got more of a humor vibe here, with our opening to the trailer, and even the conversation — actual whole sentences from Hulk, huh — at the end. And I’m still getting more and more of a Guardians, over the top vibe.
Though I’m amused that Jeff Goldblum is even in the franchise now. Could it be that he’s stopped with the Jurassic Park stutter?
All that’s nice, but want to see how Doctor Strange shows up in the film. I’d rather it would be more than just a glance at the end — or worse, not in this film at all.
Though I’m curious about how much Ragnarok is going to be a direct lead in to Infinity War. The Infinity War trailer that was disappeared from online had opened with the Guardians of the Galaxy running into space debris … an unconscious, beaten up Thor, wearing the same costume in Ragnarok. Which makes me wonder if Ragnarok is actually well-titled.
Speaking of Avengers Infinity War, it’s also got some poster art.
In other news, SDCC discussed the Captain Marvel film. In the comics, Carol Danvers, air force fighter pilot, was kidnapped by aliens called the Skrulls, experimented on, and turned into a flying juggernaut who shoots lasers out of her hands, and is build like Marilyn Monroe.
- In the comics, the Skrulls are the long-running foe of the Kree … yet in Guardians of the Galaxy, they were at war was Xandar?
- In the comics, the Skrulls created the Inhumans as living weapons that worked too well … yet they gave that to the Kree in the MCU as well.
- In the comics, the Skrulls were as much a pain in the butt to the universe as the Kree, but we’ve never heard about them, once, in the entire series thus far.
The film will also star Samuel L. Jackson with two eyes. Because the 90s.
Yeah, I have no idea why they’d set it in the 90s. The actress they have for Captain Marvel, Brie Larson, looks like she’s 12. Unless they’re going to say that her powers have slowed down her aging, this would make her a middle aged superheroine today … but if that’s the case, where the bleep has she been through: three alien invasions, a robot army, and a SHIELD meltdown?The answer is probably … IN SSSSSPPPPPPAAAAAAAAAACCCCCEEEE.
But we’ll see. For all I know, they may have the balls to actually kill off a superhero…
No, I don’t think so either.
All in all, it looks like Marvel is going to stay on top for at least another year or so. As long as you don’t count their network TV shows. Those still look like they merely suck.