MMA Weekly Web-Up, 09-07-14

After two strong weeks of movie news and rumors, Marvel was pretty quiet coming out of the Labor Day Holiday. The main cinematic scoops revolved around more speculation concerning Blank Panther and Carol Danvers appearing in future movies, as well as a push for Black Widow to get her own solo film. Also in the Web-Up, a popular Marvel writer secures an exclusive contract from the House of Ideas, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. drops a new trailer for their second season in advance of the show’s return this month. 


Black Widow. Robert Downey Jr. is still unsure about the future of the Iron Man franchise, but the Tony Stark actor has been a vocal supporter for the rest of his Avenger cast mates receiving their own stand alone movies. In an interview with Variety Downey threw his support behind Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo appearing on their own as Hawkeye and Hulk, respectively, but he also said it’s time for Scarlett Johannson’s Widow to venture out on her own. It helps when Black Widow is already an established strong female character, but Downey even praised the actress herself saying “it just seems like whatever Scarlett does people want to go see it.”

Black Panther. Recently Stan Lee himself offered his opinion on a Black Widow movie at Fan Expo Canada. However, the interesting part of his response dealt with another similarly dark-clad and dark-named hero, the Black Panther, as Lee may have let slip what Marvel Studios has in the works. “…eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about.”

Guardians of the Galaxy. Speaking of Stan the Man and female superheroes, Guardians director James Gunn recently released an alternate cameo for Lee which was ultimately cut from the film. The scene would have featured Lee being a part of the Collector’s sordid compilation, and presumably extending his middle finger to Groot. Early reports claimed Disney requested it removed but Gunn reputed those statements by saying it was omitted for creative reasons.

Gunn also shot down any chance of Carol Danvers appearing in the Guardians sequel, opting to stay away from other “Earthlings” and introduce other female characters involved in the cosmic universe.

ComicsNewsBannerCharles Soule. Rising star comic writer, Charles Soule, signed an exclusive deal with Marvel. This will end his current run on DC Comics books such as Red Lanterns and Swamp Thing early next year. Soule, a practicing attorney who currently writes She-Hulk, Inhumans and the current Death of Wolverine story for Marvel, stated the new contract is way to balance things out, and had nothing but good things to say of the competing comic publisher.

Spider-Verse. Marvel previewed the next genre-themed Spider-Man for their Spider-Verse event. Patton Parnell, marketed as Spider-Man with a horror-twist, is yet another version of the famous character described as having “all the power and none of the responsibility.”

Anti-Bullying Variant Covers. In the same vein as the ALS ice bucket challenge – being that if you’re going to participate in trendy stunts, at least make it for a good cause – Marvel is teaming up with STOMP Out Bullying to produce a handful of anti-bullying variant covers in October (National Bullying Prevention Month). Variants will be offered for Captain America, Hulk and a trio of Guardians-related comics. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso stated, “the center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest Super Heroes having to contend with — and rise above — bullying, in all its forms.”

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Ultimate Spider-Man. This fall Milo Ventimiglia is adding another superhero voice-over credit to his resume when he appears as Spider-Man Noir in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. Ventimiglia, known as a different Peter from the NBC show Heroes, previously voiced Wolverine in the mutant hero’s Anime series, as well as one of the three playable characters in the X-Men: Destiny video game. Christopher Daniel Barnes, the voice of the ’90s animated Spider-Man, will also be heard as a character called Spyder-Knight.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Phil Coulson and the rest of his loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents return to ABC, Tuesday, September 23, and they promise to continue protecting the public while rebuilding the agency. A teaser trailer for the upcoming season was released which highlights a few of the team’s losses and struggles in their first year as well as showcases some new clips from future episodes.

USA Today also released a deleted scene from Season 1 in advance of the season’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, Tuesday September 9. The clip comes from the seventh episode and features Agent May and Agent Simmons

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