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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So there was another change of plans

It was inevitable, perhaps.  From the time Ant Man proved such a success, and there was the comment about Hope van Dyck not appearing in Civil War because she needed more room for her story to happen, we knew there was going to have to be a sequel, and that they might not want to wait until after Phase 3.  At least this new movie inserted into the lineup has a female co-lead, even as the movie with the sole female lead gets pushed back as a result again.  And honestly, I’m kind of hoping Hope will be the true lead of Ant Man and the Wasp, even if she has to share the movie title with the white male character.  She’s the one with the story that really needs to be told now, after all.  Which means that so far in the MCU franchises, we have had one TV show with a sole female lead, another one where one of the female characters has pretty much become the secondary lead, one upcoming Netflix series and (at last report) one upcoming ABC series which will also have female leads, and now, one upcoming movie with a female co-lead and one upcoming(if continually delayed) movie with a sole female lead.  But how good a job are they doing with them all?

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There has been a change of plans…

I suppose it makes sense that Marvel would go get Spider-Man back, at least enough so that their cinematic universe can include him.  He is, after all, one of the biggest characters in their repertoire, and a lot of people have long regretted that he hasn’t been able to play with the other characters on the big screen.  So of course once they were able to work things out with Sony they did, and of course that means he gets a movie of his own.  It’s pretty clear he’s going to be introduced in the Civil War movie first, which also makes sense, since apparently he played a large part in that story in the comics.  Smart too, with such a late and no doubt major arrival to the MCU, it also makes sense to establish him in relation to everything already established in the universe, before they figure out what web he’s going to spin on once he’s on his own.

And yet, I don’t really feel that much excitement over seeing him.  I kind of feel that with Sam Raimi doing what started as a pretty good Spider-Man series last decade that then suffered third-movie syndrome, and the reboot after that apparently not being that good, we ought to be Spider-Maned out for the moment.  Still, his stand-alone doesn’t come out until 2017, so we have some time to get interested again.  But meanwhile, it means we have to wait longer for four movies that I, for one, was definitely more excited about, including our first black lead and our first female lead.  It also raises the question, unless we abandon the current real-time chronology the second phase has stuck to although the first phase didn’t have it, of whether either of two said leads will even be involved in this big Infinity War, which sounds like something one would think would impact everybody, especially if it’s a story that takes two movies to tell, since while Captain Marvel’s movie was already coming out after the first part, now Black Panther’s is too, and the Inhumans won’t hit the big screen until after both movies are out.  In fact, I even wonder if they are deliberately  only interfering with the schedule after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, if those guys are involved in the Infinity War, although the third Thor movie shouldn’t be affected too much, I think, by coming out the November before the first Infinity War movie instead of the July before, and it may simply be that when they’ve only just gotten the ability to have the character, they want the full two and a half years to make their movie.

Buried in the big news story, I also read this morning that someone’s claiming they’re considering Angelina Jolie to direct Captain Marvel, and that, more importantly, they want a female director for that one.  I really hope the latter’s true, though it seems strange they were impressed by Unbroken, since apparently that was not a good movie-although the criticisms I’ve seen are ones perhaps blamable on the script.  Still, since she’s reaching the age where it may be hard for her to keep finding good roles in front of the camera, getting her behind it for a major franchise movie instead doesn’t seem like that bad an idea.