Marvel at #SDCC 2017: Captain Marvel, Thor, and Infinity War

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 Cinematic universe … Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s.

… What?

It’s been confirmed that the Skrulls will actually show up in the film, despite a half dozen missed opportunities for them to have shown up earlier.
  • 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.
It’s almost like they were cautious about showing another alien race that wasn’t tall and blue. But I suppose that legal issues have been settled.
Supposedly, Captain Marvel will apparently feature the Kree-Skrull war, which is a running gag going back decades in the comics… they don’t need a reason to kill each other, they just need an excuse. Having the war will be odd for the MCU, considering the Kree-Xandar war of Guardians. Unless Captain Marvel  will feature an actual end to said war. Eh. Who knows?

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.

About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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1 Response to Marvel at #SDCC 2017: Captain Marvel, Thor, and Infinity War

  1. Uh…. When I looked up Carol Danvers, I heard that she got her powers from the Kree Captain Mar-Vell, and that the Kree were responsible for the Inhumans’ creation. I never heard that her powers came from the Skrulls. Since I actually don’t like Carol Danvers, I’m really happy she won’t be in Infinity War. Nick Fury with two eyes – wow, that’s terrifying.

    Is anyone else having a hard time getting used to Cap’s beard and Widow’s hair? I did not see those coming.


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