So What Do We Know Now That We Didn’t Before Comic Con?

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.

Meanwhile:

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The Marvel Movieverse Tears Itself Apart

It seems 2016 is the year everyone in the MCU breaks up and wrecks their lives.  We expected such things from Civil War, of course, what with it being the Civil War.  But much more heartbreaking was actually the second season of Daredevil, especially since while we know the Avengers will be reunited in two years’ time, and the final sequence of Civil War even laid the ground for it, two months after it dropped we’re still waiting anxiously to see if that third season even happens(and if it does, and they do Born Again, it’ll get worse before it gets better).  And meanwhile in real life, we’re starting to see even more sharply the divide between the movies and the TV universes, with a huge global phenomenon from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting what seems like a begrudged line of vague lipservice in Civil War.  Which is not good; the whole appeal of this franchise is that they’ve got this shared universe with shared history, and the movies would be well to suck it up and accept that they’re not the only thing writing said history.

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They know what we care about

I was almost amused, watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday night and seeing what they were emphasizing and what they weren’t.  Yeah, it was shown as somewhat important what Hive was doing, but the focus was more on exactly what’s going on with Daisy, cause we care about that more.  Hydra’s infrastructure getting blown up got only brief screentime; I suspect in fact that might even be put in there to help set up for Civil War more than anything else(that the ticker on the latest Christine Everhart clip said Talbot was retiring out of the military makes me even wonder if he’s doing to do a movie cameo). Because really, we say, never mind that, are Fitzsimmons finally going to do the do?

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Or maybe Marvel isn’t being smart about the promotional releases

I didn’t even go to look at the promo pics for “The Singularity.” They were tweeted into my timeline, certain people demanding to know what the hell was going on. But that I’d seen two unlikely characters looking so chummy with each other…well, once it became clear that the twist of “The Team” was going to include mind control? I knew exactly what was going on. Apparently those who didn’t see the pictures was absolutely shocked by the twist, and obviously everyone was supposed to be, but I don’t think anyone who saw those pictures could be. Oops.

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Anticipation

Back during the hiatus, I wondered why the brass at Marvel had allowed the synopsis of Marvel’s Most Wanted to come out even before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resumed, giving away that either the show’s leads were going to have some terrible falling out with S.H.I.E.L.D. or the organization itself was going to get wiped out again, although the latter looked less likely after the show was also announced as renewed.  Then we opened up the second half of the season with its conclusion, and now I’m think Marvel’s taken the next step in the art of plot twists and secrecy: giving pieces of the end away beforehand, then leaving us second guessing the entire way about how things are going to happen.  This week’s episode even did this whole process within its running time.

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Conclusions this week in the MCU has given us

Discussed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Most Wanted already, and what’s come out sicne about the former feels overshadowed by that, but looking at the other news since that synopsis turned the future prospects upside down:

Someone needs to give James D’Arcy an Emmy.  But it seems unlikely, when none of the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agent Carter can even manage a Saturn nomination.  (Seriously, Iain or Liz would’ve definitely been worthy).

If you are going to ignore an internet campaign and cast some blonde dude as a character who really was a very appropriate character for racebending, if only to offset the Orientalism in his story(and when they’ve been doing Dr. Strange already too), maybe don’t announce it on the day you drop a Daredevil trailer.  You’re leaving your audiences too depressed to enjoy the trailer properly.  Should’ve waited a day.  (Or better yet, listened…)

Elektra comes off a little better when she get some more screentime, but I’m still a little uneasy.

Besides, everyone knows no relationship is more important than the Matt/Foggy bromance.  The hardest-hitting parts of this new trailer were when they were arguing.  Which raised the interesting question of is it going to be as bad as the trailer implies, or are they just playing that up because they know that hits the feels?  The series being what it is, it could go either way…

Speaking of bromances on the rocks, maybe no moment is more impactful than when Peggy yells at Jarvis, though, as usual, she’s pretty much right.  Poor Peggy will never meet a man that doesn’t get it dead wrong at some point and have to be yelled at.

Neither of those two men she’s got a choice of are really worthy of her.  Maybe the only man who ever was is the one stuck under the ice.

Indeed, maybe it says something that for a song about choosing between two men, there was definitely a homoerotic vibe going on in that number with Angie singing to Peggy.  Dottie establishing herself as always in Peggy’s head doesn’t exactly help with that either.

WHAT IS GOING ON?!

So we got yet another promo yesterday of the Punisher holding Daredevil’s hood in such a way to indicate he’s killed him, which is unnerving, except really, we know they’re not going to kill our hero; he’s got the Defenders to be in, and even if he didn’t, the series has been too much of a success to end it after two seasons. So that’s not what really set the alarm bells off. No, that was the synopsis for Marvel’s Most Wanted.  Which, reading it, I’m kind of amazed they released it this early, given what it says about what’s going to happen in the upcoming second half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s third season.

At best, this indicates that Lance and Bobbi are going to have some sort of catastrophic falling out with the other characters, possibly getting framed by the “conspiracy” mentioned in the synopsis, which is what most people seem to be thinking.  But thinking about the way events and characters alike have been going, I’m thinking that “no S.H.I.E.L.D.” might be literal, as in, probably directly thanks to the sin Coulson committed, the organization gets disbanded again, possibly even wiped out completely with Lance and Bobbi as the only survivors.  Conspiracies in the MCU have a tendency to wipe out things.  Although maybe if the other characters of the show are lucky, they’ll merely be arrested.

Killing them all would mean Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have to end, of course.  But is it that unlikely they’d end it?  It hasn’t been getting the highest ratings, they’ve got two new shows in the works, and also, the whole thing where it has big events happen in the MCU but the movies don’t always acknowledge them is getting awkward; the brass may have decided they can’t have that continue.  Although the Civil War could help provide an explanation to Lance and Bobbi’s situation, especially since it’ll probably be set up after that movie comes out.

Also, apparently the series is coming out this year.  That means two likely times it would: this summer and this fall.  The way they’re talking about production, I’m not sure they’re aiming to have it ready to air this summer.  That makes me think it might be coming this fall, which means it’s probably less a spinoff than a replacement series.

If I’m right, this is going to be very painful to watch…