Marvel dropped a huge bomb on Tuesday that not only has the comic world buzzing , but has DC staggering like a fighter reeling from a over hand right delivered by Mike Tyson. What can I say about Marvel that has not already been said- this proves Kevin Feige is a genius; they are the Michael Jordans of the comic world. I saw the news Tuesday night before watching Gotham and after seeing not only the news, but how Marvel presented the information; it just absolutely shot a fusion of excitement and energy into my system as well as inspiration, as a comic fan these are the days you look forward to and cherish as I mentioned in my last post, growing up I would never have dreamed that I would be subject to a time when I have the opportunity to witness something this great, something this exciting. It not only has me but the rest of the world feeing just like kids on Christmas Eve, holy crap what can’t Marvel do?
If anyone in the world wants to know the difference between Marvel and DC , which was my very first blog, then just check out what they will be doing moving forward below and how it was presented, they know what the fans want; Feige and company truly make us feel like we are a part of what they are doing as opposed to DC who clearly seems detached from the fans. Without further ado let’s check out what Marvel announced at last Tuesday’s event in Los Angeles. I have posted a video that was taken at the event followed by a round table discussion from the folks over at AMC Movie Talk.
Black Panther Takes The stage!!!!
The folks over at AMC Movie News, discuss their thoughts on Marvel Phase 3!
Now it's my turn to weigh in what Marvel is bringing to us the fans, in order of excitement for me!!
Check it out !!!
Black Panther: November 3, 2017
I am so very very very excited to finally have this officially announced; Panther is one of my all time favorite characters and to have another Africa-American superhero implemented within Marvel’s films is truly amazing, in many ways T’Challa is Marvel’s Batman, and to top it off they have castes the actor that I wanted them to cast, Chadwick Boseman, this makes it so much sweeter as this guy will absolutely crush this role. I loved him in 42 and I feel he will make T’Challa his own just as Robert Downey Jr is Iron man and Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. I am ready to see Panther hit the big screen, and in saying so I feel I will see him maybe in Avengers 2 especially with the Klaw teaser; I feel he definitely will be in Cap 3; boy I tell you, this just keeps getting better and better!!!!
Marvel Infinity War Part 1 2018, Part 2 2019
Holy ever lovin’ Crap!!! How amazing was that Infinity War Trailor!! Man , Marvel just stepped up their game even more so, if that was even possible, with all they have given us thus far. I knew we were getting Avengers, some more stand alone films such as Guardians, Ant Man, Doctor Strange and some Cap and Thor films with the possibility of Black Panther, but THIS, this is so big especially for someone who grew up reading the Infinity War comic featuring Thanos, Adam War Lock who supposedly escaped from his cocoon that he was stored in during Guardians of The Galaxy as a result of the explosion caused but one of the Infinity Stones in the Guardians of The Galaxy Film. This story just happens to involve the ENTIRE Marvel Universe which makes this so special, I felt that both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will take on Thanos however it is evident that will be only the tip of the iceberg as not only those teams will be involved but also Black Panther, Ant Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Inhumans (all of whom who I will talk about in a bit) along with whoever Marvel announcers along the way. Do a see a Spider Man sighting on the horizon? I am still holding out hope that ‘ol Web Head will join the MCU as it only makes perfect sense. Every year Marvel seems to be making its own history.
When seeing the Infinity War poster I immediately shouted out in excitement as this is absolutely huge!!! I wondered how Marvel would handle Thanos and the big showdown with the Mad Titian and now I have my answer, what better way to tell this epic story but in not one, but a two part story arch. This film will rock the comic book world just as Batman Begins, Avengers, and Captain America 2; these two films will take Marvel to yet another level of greatness, as there is so much that they can do with this story and within all they have built and will build within this massive Marvel universe. From the earth bound Avengers to the cosmic world of Captain Marvel, the Guardian of The Galaxy, Adam Warlock to Thor and his world, to that of the Mystic world with Doctor Strange (another favorite of mine)! Whether you are a comic fan or the casual movie goer this film will be for you. When going back to re-read the Infinity War saga I will do such with that much more appreciation and excitement. Below Thanos picture which showcases the Infiniy Gauntlet, you will see all the Infinity stones we have witness thus far within the Marvel films. Which of the Marvel Phase films will the next Infinity Stone be featured? Stay tuned!!
Captain America: Civil War: May 6, 2016
It is all going down between Captain America and Iron Man. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I along with half, if not all, of the comic world saw this coming especially after seeing Robert Downey casted to be in Cap 3. As I mentioned earlier I believe Black Panther will be in Captain America 3 along with Hawkeye, Falcon, Iron Man, Black Widow and let’s not forget the Winter Solider, he is still out there. I thought the film would follow the journey of Cap reuniting with the Winter Soldier, but oh was I wrong Marvel just threw a little bit more flavor to the pot. This film is going to top Cap 2; I had it as the best movie of the summer as well as one of my all-time best comic film, right up there with the Dark Night Trilogy. This film of course will not follow the comic story as there are no secret Identities as I had explained in my last post, but will be more about registering heroes with the government post the events of Age of Ultron , way is due in theaters this summer(May cannot get here soon enough). For Marvel to add this element with all that is happening with the Infinity Stones is pure genius, while sides are feuding on what should be done with the heroes, out in the cosmos there is something even bigger brewing that will call for these heroes to put aside their differences and fight for the very thing that they banded together for in Avengers 1 and that is to stand as a beacon of protection for all mankind.
Feige did explain that after Avengers 2 the roster will experience a changeup which is pretty interesting especially with Civil War coming; different sides will be drawn at the conclusion of Avenger 2, more characters will be introduced as we continue on within the Marvel universe, this stays true to the comics as the Avengers lineup has always changed which I felt kept it fresh and interesting; there are so many heroes spanning all over the Marvel universe who has an Avengers card, whether you are an X-Men a Fantastic Fours(who want be in the film) or lone heroes many were given the opportunity to join this club as both Full or part-time. Check out what Fiege has to say on the subject:
The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins. It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was.
"I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the roster is altered by the finale of this film."
There you have it, by the end of Age of Ulton, big things are in store for the heroes we have grown to know and love within the Avengers franchise. I am still speculating that the Hulk gets shot into space, which will open up more plot points for one of the most powerful beings in the MCU. But he will be back for Infinity War part 1 and two. I also feel many of the original Avengers team will disband until Infinity Wars, leaving the door for Quicksilver, Scarlett Witch, Vision, War Machine and Black Panther to take the reins for a while. There are many characters and so many possibilities.
Inhumans: November 2, 2018
I am very excited for this as this will be another Marvel hit, what we have here is Marvel’s answer to fans who fell in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy. I do not know much about this group, I know about 2 of the members: Black Bolt who represents one of Marvel’s most intelligent being, he has the ability to cause massive destruction with his voice, he wears a suite which helps harness his ability, this alone is going to be interesting to see, he is not only the leader of the group, but also a member of the group the Illuminati which consists of Marvels best minds in Tony Stark, Professor Xavier, Namor, Reed Richardson(Mr. Fantastic) and Doctor Strange. I feel that an incarnation of this a group that will be implemented into Marvel’s story at some point. Another member that I am familiar with is Lockjaw who happens to be a “huge” canine that has the ability to teleport. The other members consist of Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal and Maximus the Mad.
Now when reading back into and seeing these characters I do recall Crystal being a member of the Fantastic Four. It is also said that Medusa was once a member as well. I can also recall the Inhumans having teamed with the Fantastic Four on a number of occasions, so I guess I know a bit more than I thought; however there is much I am in the dark on about this team yet I am so excited and interested to see how Marvel pulls this off..
The Inhumans are a result of experiments carried out by the Kree, to create the ultimate fighting solider, to combat the Skrull a race of shape shifting aliens who they have been at war with for ions. I feel the Skrulls will no doubt be some day implemented within one of Marvel’s phase of films, maybe Phase 4. Now back to the Kree; does that name sound familiar? Well it should if you watched Guardians of the Galaxy as they were the plot. Ronan the Accuser has ties with Black Bolt in the comics, which will no doubt play out within not only the Inhumans story arch but the Infinity War. I will absolutely be pulling some Inhumans comics to read in the coming weeks!!!! Bring on the Inhumans
Captain Marvel: July 6, 2018
This was no surprise, although I was excited to have confirmation that this is actually going to happen. I felt that I would get a chance to see Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers debut in Avengers 2, now with it being said that she has yet to be cast, I feel she will make her debut in Cap 3 Civil War. I loved what the Avengers animated series did with her character as the portrayal of Danvers is spot on, she is a no non sense, duty driven fight to the end type of a character who can step into that leadership role if needed. Although casting has not been officially announced I am pretty sure Marvel has their sights set and are already in talks with someone about the role, or they may have the person but are just holding on to this news at another time just as they had with Black Panther. I am ready to see a female hero setup and have their own solo film and what better character for it to be but Captain Marvel; now given there are many incarnations of the character but this is the one I feel is needed for the Marvel universe especially in trying to add more diversity to the ranks of the Avengers. Danvers powers of super strength, flight, durability and immunity to toxins and poisons. Now I don’t know about you, but I absolutely see the connection between her and the Inhumans as both have ties to the Kree. This leaves so many possibilities for plots as well as movie crossover for future films with both TGOTG and the Inhumans for Captain Marvel.
Doctor Strange: May 4, 2016
Although Marvel has yet to confirm the reports that Benedict Cumberbatch will play the Sorcerer Supreme, I am ready for this film to happen because this just adds an interesting element to the Marvel universe which is the mystic side, which I feel will be so great. This film will bring fans to a world filled with crazy mystic creatures who Doctor Strange and his assistant Wong (interested to see who they cast for this role, I love the friendship and respect that they two have for one another) will deal with.
I hope that Marvel will go the route or similar to that of its 2007 Doctor Strange animated film which was amazing, if it’s anything like that Marvel is absolutely going to have the comic world going crazy on opening night, either way Marvel will make this work. Cumberbatch is the perfect choice for Strange and if he is casted that will make me 2 for 2 in actually having both actors I wanted casted for a particular character, he will bring the presence of one who have learned and studied the mystic arts, but prior to that one who was full of arrogance , selfishness one who lacked heart or sympathy for others; only to be changed forever during an accident which injured his hands, which begins a journey for the ages for Strange in which Cumberbatch with his versatile acting ability can pull off easily. I liked him in Star Trek into the Darkness and although I have not seen him in the Sherlock Holms series many say that fact that he can play that character shows that Playing Doctor Strange will be an easy transition as both characters show similar personality traits.
Guardians of the Galaxy: May 5, 2017
This mega hit was originally slated for July 2017 release however the studio thought it best to give us this film a bit earlier which is awesome. I called it from the very beginning, I knew this would be Marvel’s biggest hit and it was right up their with Avengers, which received an endorsement from Robert Downey Jr stating it was the best Marvel film to date. I raved about his film in my review, and I feel part 2 will be even greater, Gunn knows just how to tap into what the fans want which will make for another exciting yet fun adventure. Truly hope to see Adam War Lock in this one as he plays a huge part in the war against Thanos, look forward to seeing if Star Lord’s dad is revealed as there has been a lot of speculation. Cannot get enough of Rocket the Raccoon , Groot and Drax who were all awesome, cannot wait for the release of the Blu Ray so that I can watch this film over and over as it was absolutely a top 3 Marvel film for me along with Captain America 2 and Avengers. Bring on the Guardians.
Thor 3 Ragnarok: July 28 , 2017
Absolutely love the last Thor film, I felt it was better than the first; it will be interesting to see what trouble lies ahead for Asgard. Ragnarok is said to be a Thor clone which debut in Civil War due to Tony Stark keeping an strand of Thor’s hair ultimately creating a clone of him to aid in his fight against Captain America’s group who was against registering heroes; not sure if this is the route they will go; I am all in for what Thor and company has in store and I look forward to seeing how this will shape Thor stories.
Fans are store in for some exciting times as Marvel will take us deeper into their universe with their many plot lines. I am very excited to witness and be a part of something so epic and so great. I am ready to get my first glimpse of what is to come for our heroes. I am sure Avengers: Age of Ultron will set the bar for comic film as Marvel continues to soar to greater heights. Hopefully we are treated to more Stan Lee cameos; they are an absolute joy to watch!!! Absolutely Make Mine Marvel!!!!!