Marvel New Roundup – TV, Movies, and ?

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Avengers: Age of Ultron has only been out a week and we are already getting more and more information about future Marvel movies.

Captain America: Civil War has released an official synopsis and a cast list so big it might as well be Avengers 2.1. Of interest is that the new roster of Avengers is returning including both Vision and Scarlet Witch. Paul Rudd will also be reprising his role as Ant-Man in the movie. Also of interest is that Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit trilogy) is joining the cast in a as of yet unannounced role. Apparently he and Bennidict Cumberbatch must do every franchise together. My favorite surprise casting is the return of William Hurt as General “Thunderbolt” Ross.

There’s even been some news surrounding the next two Avengers films which are still years down the road. Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II will be the first films in Hollywood history to be filmed completely in IMAX/ARRI digital camera technology. The Russo brothers who are directing the two Avengers films will use the technology for certain scenes in their next MCU outing as well: Captain America: Civil War.

“The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring 10 years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax.” said the brothers. “We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/Arri Digital camera.”

On the small screen, ABC has announced which shows are getting renewed next season. The good news is that both Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter are getting new seasons. The bad news is that the rumored spin off show got dropped. But that’s mostly ok with me. With two movies coming out every year, two shows on network television and two more coming next year to Netflix (with more coming), that’s a lot of MCU – and this is coming from the guy who just watched all 11 movies in a row.

Looks like I might be shelling out a few more dollars in 2018 for the next Avengers movie. What about you?

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4 thoughts on “Marvel New Roundup – TV, Movies, and ?

  1. Mr. Sig

    Call me crazy, but I think the reason Marvel’s movies have been the opposite of family-friendly is that they’re rushed through and there’s no time for editing or keeping it clean. I mean, if they’re planning on selling merchandise based on these movies to children, they ought to take a hint from Marvel’s animated shows, including the ones on Disney XD, and realize what they’re throwing at their audience.

    1. Chris

      I don’t know that they’re rushed through. Civil War is starting production now even though it’s not releasing until this time next year. I think the problem is that they’re marketing a PG-13 movie to kids well under 13. I saw a review from a nine-year-old who didn’t like the movie and the adult author was making the case that if the target audience, i.e. 9-year-old boys, didn’t like it, then it wasn’t a good movie. But a PG-13 movie’s target audience, by definition, is older than 13. In my opinion, it’s on the parents to know whether or not their kids should see these movies.

      I don’t like the idea of them taking a cue from the animated shows because, honestly, I don’t like the animated shows. They represent everything I dislike about children’s TV: cheap animation and storytelling.

      1. Mr. Sig

        If I may rephrase my last statement, they ought to learn from Marvel’s comic books of yesteryear and see that it’s not required to (occasionally) throw in crude content that the comic writers, including Stan Lee himself, would never use.

  2. Steve

    I don’t know Mr. Sig… I think they’d lose a lot of movie audience if they made them too kid-friendly, and the shows you mention sell the same merchandise.. in fact, seems like a two pronged attack… the tv show gets the kid to buy the $9.95 version at Wal-Mart to play with, and the movies get the older geeks to shell out $280 for a die-cast metal detailed version of Iron Man.

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