Defenders! Lots of Defenders!

If one was looking for a distraction from our possible impending doom last night, Marvel & Netflix certainly provided it.  I may have yelled in relief when I heard Daredevil is indeed getting its third season, right before all the trailers suddenly started dropping.

Reading more about the panel this morning, it seems, unfortunately, that the clip we’ve gotten of Luke Cage is actually the least informative of the ones shown as Comic Con last night.  Luke wrecking havoc with a car door is all well and good, but I’d have rather seen Misty Knight.  Although we do at least now have it confirmed that we’re getting Luke’s backstory, and it’s sounding pretty similar to the one from the comics.  Likely we’ll get a more informative trailer sometime next month.

The Defenders teaser, on the other hand, told us a surprising amount for a clip where the only actual footage was a single voiceover line.  But between that voice being Stick’s, and the outline of the Hand, it’s pretty obvious who the villains for the teamup are going to be.  I suspect we may be getting Elektra back too, though whether she will be still around or truly gone for good at season’s end is another matter.

I suppose I should be getting excited over Iron Fist, but…

And meanwhile we have both of those now confirmed for 2017, which means we’re left with three series seasons floating around with no release date yet, and one of will have to wait until 2019, unless they decide to start releasing more per year.  They may have to, if their dance card gets much more crowded.  Given how excited people are getting over Luke Cage, I’d be surprised if we don’t also eventually get a second season of that, and the other upcomings series also have good chances of it.  I hope they do it.  I do not want to wait two and a half more years for the third act of Daredevil…

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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Oh now the news is truly bad

So Agent Carter got cancelled, and I was just writing a blog about that.  Heartbreaking, yes, but we knew the odds weren’t looking good.  But now, after all the hype for Bobbi and Lance getting their own series, ABC goes and friggin passes on it?!   At least Peggy got a lot of her story told.  Bobbi may never have hers told now.  Leaves two MCU characters, including an important female one, in limbo, and now the only female lead left on any of our screens is Jessica Jones, at least until Captain Marvel finally happens, and who knows how many times they’ll push that damn movie back.  Marvel should not have female leads only on Netflix!  Seriously, I’m furious now.

The only way this can possibly be made up for is if they announce a Black Widow movie.  NOW.  They’d better not use the fate of these two female-led shows as an excuse to back off on those Black Widow movie comments.  If anything, when there’s plenty of evidence it’d do just fine financially, thank you very much, there’s all the more reason to put another movie with a female lead onto the schedule.

Would see a little sad to see Galavant go, relieved that the Muppets will no longer be insulted by those people who made that mockery of a show about them, and satisfied to see we will not be subject to a version of Castle that Kate Beckett was kicked out of, if I had room for such feelings right now.



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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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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Agent Carter has an odd ending

So we don’t know if there’s going to be a third season of Agent Carter, even though we do now know there’s going to be a fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(so much for my rocks fall, everybody dies except Lance & Bobbi theory).  One does wonder what they’d do next season.  This season, when it comes down to it, wasn’t quite as solid at the first.  But it sure was a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

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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…

What’s going on with Karen???

So, latest teaser:

Karen in the office late at night with Punisher paraphernalia. Also looking way too glamorous, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Makes one think she might be doing something about him on her own. It seems to be what she does. Is that how she’s going to find out who Daredevil is?
(If she ends up rescuing Matt at any point I will die of joy. Even if the writers will then probably insist on them kissing right afterwards.)

As I said last week

We had a number of cliffhangers last week after one hour of Agent Carter, but this week, after two, it seems everything has gone to hell in a handbasket, and this time the woman bleeding from her gut got shot and we can’t know she won’t die(and between the promo and the indication that most of episode 9’s going to occur in Peggy’s head, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t find out next week either).  Which may be why personally, I’m feeling most anxious on that point, since we basically know how the rest of it’s going to turn out-except it’s what we know about that which gives this whole story its bittersweet flavor.

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Daredevil & Star Wars!

We’ve been anticipating the new Daredevil trailer and our first extended look at the new season since yesterday, but then Star Wars went and dropped this:

Which of course tells us absolutely nothing, but still, it’s fun to celebrate this moment with the people actually making the movie.

And then there’s this:

Strange, how even those of us who have no prior exposure to the Punisher have now spent months hearing enough of his story that the opening of this trailer, the reminder of his murdered children, can hit us this hard. And oh, Foggy, just wanting Matt to not destroy himself. And Karen, too; I’m still not shipping her and Matt, but her willingness to argue with Matt over the rightness of his actions is a good sign. I’m kind of meh on Elektra right now, though. A bit too much femme fatale for my tastes. Maybe the second trailer will make her more interesting, since it looks like that’s going to focus on her.