It’s been a slow few weeks for new Marvel news, but slow does not equal boring so let’s get to it.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be introducing a new super-villain when it returns in January. In the comics, Donnie Gill is Blizzard (take a guess as to what his powers are) and actually has connections with Justin Hammer. I don’t think this Blizzard will though as the episode promos seem to make a connection between him and the return of Ian Quinn.
Guardians of the galaxy director, James Gunn, gave a quick interview at the Dark World premiere. Highlights include the role of Thanos in the film and what we can expect from the upcoming teaser (as an aside, teasing a teaser is a weird thing to me).
Disney and Marvel pit together short animated videos based on the new Lego Marvel Heroes video game. You can watch them in pieces on YouTube but they also released the whole thing on Netflix.
Casting news – Elizabeth Olson will be playing the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Paul Rudd will kick off Phase Three of the Avengers as Ant-Man.
These are well and good, but the big news is the deal that Disney and Marvel have made with Netflix. This could really be a blog post itself, but the basic gist is this: Starting in 2015, Netflix will put out four live action shows based on Marvel’s heroes. The first will be Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The connection between these heroes is that they are all based in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York. Then the characters will team up for a mini-series called “The Defenders.” Sound familiar?
I am really looking forward to this. This could be a grittier look into the MCU. What do you think of the Marvel/Netflix deal?