Trying to get one’s head around all the news that dropped at Comic Con isn’t easy when more of it keeps coming out! Especially when I’m still anxious to hear that we won’t have to wait until 2019 for that third season of Daredevil. Sadly, it is now confirmed it’s not coming next year, but it sounds like Matt and Jessica will both have seasons in 2018, while The Punisher may be the one that waits longer. Which might be smart; it’ll give them time to figure out how to center a series around a character like Frank Castle, since that’s not the easiest thing to do.
The Good: Young Groot! And apparently good things will be coming out of him and Rocket both in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is even better!
The Bad: Joss Whedon threatening to come back and direct any Black Widow movie that gets made. I really hope he doesn’t get to. He did enough damage to her in Age of Ultron, his female characters might have been all very well in the 90s but the times have left him behind, I will never trust him with Natasha again, and quite frankly, a Black Widow movie that ruins her would be even worse than no Black Widow movie at all.
The Expected: Brie Larson as Carol Danvers. Wouldn’t have minded an older actress, but at least having her cast makes it harder to kick her movie further down the road? But honestly, what I really want to know is who is going to direct it?
The Google Searched: I am reserving final judgement of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. version of this Robbie Reyes person when I see it, but a character of color with complicated relationships with the person he cares about and a dark story is just up their alley(although unfortunately if he’s a villain he’ll probably ultimately end up dead). I also deeply appreciate their talking about acknowledging the changes Doctor Strange is bringing into the universe and trying to move their universe along with the movies, even if said movies seem to see themselves as above returning the favor.
The Funny: Speaking of Doctor Strange, I remain wary, but I can’t deny that trailer stringer was laugh-out-loud hilarious. Sometimes I think my favorite part of the MCU is observing how these characters, most of whom were created decades ago, and their mysticisms interact with our modern world where their lives, unlike those of their comic-book counterparts, take place in real time. Well, mostly…
The Odd: The casting news for Black Panther was all well and good, and I especially like the idea of looking at the political scene of a country where the monarch’s a superhero. But the movie’s having T’Challa work with the CIA? (Is Sharon Carter going to make a very weird cameo?) The people they work with in Africa usually ain’t the good guys, after all.
The Why-Can’t-We-All-See-This?!-I want to see that Thor segment! Seriously, can’t they release that at some point in the future?
The WB-Of course the Wonder Woman trailer was important, and it looks promising too, and I also like that some movie franchises accept that their TV characters are part of the universe and let them in. But I’m finding it hard to stay enthused about Fantastic Beasts; we are getting this revival of the Harry Potter franchise shoved at us too much, I fear. And really, nothing is more important than the upcoming Lego Batman movie. Let’s be honest, can anything beat this?