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What we learned about Marvel movies and Netflix shows from ComicCon

first_imgThe Hall H audience was also shown a sizzle reel of concept art, costume tests, and animatics for a bunch of things in the movie. Not a lot of them were surprising to us, though, as Geek.com called Thor getting a haircut and how The Hulk is going to appear in gladiator mode. There was also a shot of Hela looking like… evil Cate Blanchett in a headdress. But the headdress is there!Black PantherBlack Panther won’t start filming until early next year, but some things can be divined from casting. The panel confirmed Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, added The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Okoye (head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s elite guard), and revealed Lupita Nyong’o to be Nakia (also a Dora Milaje). It was Birth Movies Death that first spotted the connection between Nakia and Killmonger from the comics:Nakia in the comics isn’t just a member of the Dora Milaje. She is a member of the Dora Milaje who is in love with T’Challa but cannot marry him, and she ends up kicked out of the security force after she tries to kill Panther’s girlfriend. She ends up crossing paths with none other than Killmonger, who saves her life and renames her “Malice.” Under that identity she becomes a villain who uses a toxic herb that makes men obsessed with and obedient to her. Chadwick Boseman fighting off Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o is going to be one of the most attractive showdowns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this franchise has Chris Hemsworth fighting Tom Hiddleston in it.Captain MarvelCapping of the Marvel Studios Hall H panel was the announcement that Brie Larson, long rumored to be among the top pics to be Captain Marvel in March 2019, is actually Captain Marvel. The movie is going to be written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and is probably still being drafted. What we can expect with Larson’s early casting is a cameo of some sort before her solo appearance. Her character’s background would fit right in with the Kree that apparently show up in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, but that doesn’t make it a sure thing, just “still possible.” There was a time a few months ago when some people (myself among them) were debating if Marvel Studios even needed to attend San Diego Comic-Con, let alone attempt to close out Saturday with a bang. Then, a couple stars and directors of upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films confirmed they’d have a presence and the conversation began to switch to just what Marvel could do in Hall H to make things exciting this year.Since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has made a habit of breaking their own news, casting and otherwise, about upcoming films through their own channels like Marvel.com. To the person not inside Hall H while Marvel Studios was putting on their show, it didn’t seem like a lot of tantalizing information was released. Inside Hall H, several attendees claimed Marvel had “won” Comic-Con again. Much of this probably came from the exclusive footage and appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch and full costume members of the Ravagers from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.Meanwhile, the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the opposite approach and included teaser videos with almost all of their announcements.Oh, yeah, and most of the stuff Geek.com predicted about Thor: Ragnarok ended up getting confirmed or hinted at. Let’s check out what we learned about these Marvel properties in Comic Con 2016.Daredevil S3The first new news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just a brief mention for the Netflix series Daredevil: the show has officially been confirmed for a third season. No mention as to when that season would be placed in the line-up of Netflix shows, and considering all the other stuff the Netflix panel announced, chances are it is a long way off. But it is happening, for those of you who thought season two ending on a cliffhanger and without introducing Bullseye was the end of the series run.Luke CageLuke Cage drops on Netflix in about two months, so the panel showed off some exclusive footage beyond the teaser trailer that was released to the masses.The first clip was an extension of the teaser that appears on Netflix already, but an extension of the scene where Luke is looking for “Cottonmouth’s guns.” He eventually extracts the information by threatening to throw a goon out a window and also picks up his hoodie there (likely the one he’s wearing in the teaser, placing this clip earlier than the trailer building assault).The second clip showed Cottonmouth (Cornell Stokes) wrecking a bar with a baseball bat before Black Mariah comes in and talks him down. Things aren’t going well for the crime boss and they have some sort of confrontation that ends when they are informed the cops are outside.The third clip featured Misty Knight seducing Luke Cage and making out with him, though the clip cut out before the couple had sex. Knight is a detective, so it’s unclear if this is actually a romance or if she’s gathering intelligence on Harlem’s newest hero for hire.The fourth Luke Cage clip was another one featuring Cornell Stokes who beats a man in front of a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. and says that everyone wants to be king. Luke Cage as a series looks like it’s going to be about Cage’s return to Harlem only to find his criminal past kicked up by Stokes and Black Mariah. We’ll probably also get some flashbacks to his life before he had powers and the actual moment when he got them. Pretty standard first season Marvel/Netflix stuff.Iron FistSpeaking of, the Iron First trailer shows off some origin stuff. In the comics, Danny Rand’s father was trying to rediscover the magical city of K’un-Lun when a fall killed him and his wife. Danny was taken in by the people of K’un-Lun and he was taught the ways of the Iron Fist. It looks like the show is going to forgo the father angle and have Danny rescued after a plane crash back when there were still clickwheel iPods. Presumably, Danny’s coming back to New York to reclaim his Rand birthright. But something’s going to go wrong when he tries to retake his company from the people who are running it in his absence. Looks like Iron Fist is going to be a little like Arrow on the CW as far as storytelling structure goes.The DefendersNirvana tells us nothing, we already knew the team members involved (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), and the Stick voiceover suggests Daredevil’s master will be in it. Since this is coming before Daredevil season three, we can only assume that Charlie Cox’s character is the one who assembles the Defenders to help fight back against whatever a revived Elektra/Black Sky is. Or we can do Shadowland, right? Shadowland anyone?Doctor StrangeDoctor Strange mostly came to debut a new trailer, which can also be seen online. The most puzzling part of which is the montage of magic at the climax. In that montage there’s a shot of Strange and another person engaging in fisticuffs in the street while crumbling buildings rebuild themselves around them. The reason this shot is more interesting than the kaleidoscope themed magic elsewhere in the trailer is that the Time Stone, one of the all-important Infinity Stones, is still to be introduced in the MCU.There are only so many movies before the two-part Avengers Infinity War saga (once called Infinity Wars Part 1 & 2, now titles pending) where Thanos will presumably unite all the stones into that glove we saw him put on in a post-credits scene last year. Most of the magic in the Doctor Strange trailer have had a fractured glass or kaleidoscope design, that one shot is straight-up time kookiness. Make of that what you will.Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has already wrapped production, so James Gunn and Chris Pratt were comfortable sharing that the second film takes place a couple of months after the first and Star-Lord is a bit more famous this time around.Characters were revealed or confirmed, one of particular interest: Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, otherwise known as “Her.” She’s a being that was created to be the perfect specimen. Comic book fans will know her to be another attempt at an Adam Warlock-like being, which could indicate ol’ Warlock hasn’t been excised from the Infinity canon quite yet.There was a whole scene shown where Yondu (Michael Rooker with a full fin on his head this time), Rocket, and Tiny Groot are thrown into a jail cell by Ravagers and told they’ll be turned over to the Kree. Tiny Groot breaks free of his tiny cage and fetches Yondu’s arrow of death (after getting underwear and a severed finger in misunderstanding). Once they have the arrow, there’s a montage set to “Come a Little Bit Closer”) where the three break through and kill a bunch of Ravagers (Tiny Groot grows branch hands and throws one over a railing, apparently!).Then there was an extended montage set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Break the Chain” that saw the Guardians facing off against some sort of space tentacle monster, Star-Lord teasing Rocket about being a “trash panda,” Rocket approaching “Her,” and two casting reveals. The first was a shot of Sylvester Stallone as a Ravager (between him, Tessa Thompson in Thor, and Ryan Coogler directing Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther, it’s obvious Marvel loved Creed) and the second was a clip revealing that Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet! The clip involved confirming that Ego can take human form and, yes, that includes a penis. It’s very Zeus, I like it.As to suggestions that revealing Star-Lord’s planet-father was too big a spoiler to let loose before the movie was released, Gunn responded on Facebook:If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn’t tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn’t tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn’t tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn’t say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill’s father is Ego The Living Planet. However, the world is imperfect.” Thor: RagnarokDirector Taika Waititi didn’t have much time on the Thor: Ragnarok set before having to present something at Comic-Con, that’s why he made a short comedy film about Thor living in Australia during Civil War, trying to figure out who Thanos is, having his calls screened by the Avengers, and being cursed with a normal roommate. Apparently this short isn’t going to be released online anytime soon (damn!), but pieces of it have been popping up from the production.last_img read more

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Riverdale Buries Jason Blossom but the Mystery Remains

first_imgStay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 This week, Riverdale finally got around to burying Jason Blossom. It seems like it’s been a little long since his body washed up in the river, but I guess a murder mystery will delay a memorial a bit. As the episode began, we learned that it would take place at the Blossom mansion, which Jughead describes as the creepy old house the kids stay away from.Though it appears that the scariest thing about it might be how the Blossom family treats each other. Cheryl is in Jason’s old room, having fallen asleep writing his eulogy. After a particularly terrifying dream where Jason comes back from the dead to haunt her, Cheryl awakens to an even scarier sight. Her mother. After telling Cheryl not to sleep in her brother’s old room, Penelope Blossom then refuses to let Cheryl speak at Jason’s funeral. She might say something to embarrass the family. So maybe there’s a reason she treats other people the way she does.Things aren’t going well for anyone in Riverdale, despite the town ridding itself of a child molester last week. Archie still blames himself for Grundy’s departure and is burying all his feelings in football. In his mind, football will lead to scholarships, which will allow him to study music. That’s what he’s telling himself anyway. As it has been with most weeks, Archie’s storyline was the weakest subplot this week. There are so many interesting things going on in Riverdale; it’s hard to care about the guitar-playing football star’s problems.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Alright, let’s get through this. Val sets Archie up with a very strict music teacher who isn’t all that impressed with Archie’s music. That makes Archie doubt himself until Val reminds him he doesn’t need any permission to play. The coach sets up a competition between Archie and Reggie to see who gets to be captain. They both play hard, but ultimately, Archie’s decision to retire Jason Blossom’s number and give his Jersey to the family seals it. Archie is made captain but turns it down because he needs to focus on his music. The end. Can we give this kid something interesting to do now? The only decent part of this arc was the budding relationship between Archie and Val. They actually have decent chemistry together, and after the Grundy business, it’s nice to see him with someone his own age.Over at the more interesting part of the show, Veronica is still one of the few decent people in town. Realizing that Cheryl may be acting especially mean because she’s burying her brother at the end of the week, Veronica makes a peace offering. In return, Cheryl invites her for a sleepover the night before the memorial. Cheryl says she doesn’t want to be alone that night. Given what we learn about her parents this episode, I wouldn’t blame her for not wanting to be alone with them ever. One of the many creepy things about them: Everyone they’ve invited to the memorial is someone they see as a murder suspect.Speaking of murder suspects, remember how someone trashed the sheriff’s investigation board last week? Kevin has done his best to recreate it in the school newspaper office. He, Betty and Jughead decide they’re going to use their journalistic powers to figure out what exactly happened to Jason. On a date with one of his old friends, Betty asks some probing questions about what Jason was like in the weeks leading up to his death. She learns Jason started blowing off plans and started selling drugs, trying to get as much money together as possible. All this started just a few weeks after Jason and Polly began dating. To answer the question of why a rich kid would need so much money, Jughead suggests they sneak into Jason’s room during the memorial.Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW)The night before the memorial arrives, and Cheryl’s sleepover is just about as awkward as you could imagine. Veronica, it turns out, is the only one Cheryl invited. She tries to focus on her dinner while Cheryl’s parents make passive aggressive comments towards their daughter. It’s probably the most uncomfortable the show has made me so far, so congrats on that, I guess. After dinner, though, Veronica and Cheryl begin to form something like a real friendship. After hearing that Cheryl is forbidden from giving a Eulogy, Veronica vows to help Cheryl no matter what consequences it brings.The next day, we get to see the strangest, most tense funeral in history. When Archie gives Jason’s old jersey to Penelope, she talks about how much Archie looks like Jason. Then, she caresses his face, which might be the creepiest moment in this episode. Penelope is taken aback when Cheryl gives her eulogy, but Veronica reminds her that stopping Cheryl will only make things worse. The eulogy isn’t accusatory or embarrassing. It’s pretty much what you’d expect someone who lost a teenage brother to say. Still, Penelope drags Cheryl off and slaps her, threatening to send her to a boarding school somewhere.Betty and Jughead break off from the funeral to explore Jason’s room. They don’t get too far before Jason’s grandmother appears behind them. She was just sitting alone in the shadows, apparently. Can anyone in this family not be creepy? Thinking Betty is her sister, Polly, Grandma Blossom asks Betty about the engagement ring Jason gave her. That news is enough to make Betty drag her father home from the memorial and ask a few questions. It turns out her dad knew about Polly and Jason’s engagement but wasn’t happy about his daughter becoming a Blossom.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)He reveals, in the most serious of monologues, that Betty’s great grandfather used to be in business with Jason and Cheryl’s great-grandfather. What business is that? Maple syrup. Apparently, the maple syrup business was so good the Blossoms’ great grandfather was willing to kill the Coopers’ great grandfather for the profits. That’s why the Blossoms live in a mansion, and the Coopers live in a… still very nice house. Ever since then, the Coopers have hated the Blossoms, and Betty’s dad wasn’t about to let the Blossom’s take one of his daughters too. All that over maple syrup. It’s this kind of pure, distilled, unadulterated melodrama that makes Riverdale so special. As Betty brings everything she’s learned back to Jughead and Kevin, she figures out who must have destroyed Sheriff Keller’s investigation board. It was her dad.After last week’s episode ended with a dud, this week felt like the show was getting back to the weirdness that made us love it in the first place. There is something seriously wrong with the Blossom family, and I don’t think we’ll find out what that is for a while. Maybe it’s a constant sugar crash from all that maple syrup? This is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of from Riverdale. This melodramatic, unabashed strangeness that separates it the teen soap operas of the past. We also have a new murder suspect in Betty’s father, but I’d be surprised if it actually turned out to be him. It’s a little early in the show’s run to reveal the real culprit. Something is definitely going on, though. Sooner or later, we’ll have to see what really happened to Polly, and I don’t think it’s going to match up with the story the Coopers are telling.last_img read more

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