MCU Update | Thor: Ragnarok Casting Update, Spider-Man vs Birdman Back On, Netflix Rumours And More

It’s been a busy month for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so allow us to bring you up to date on what you may have missed.

On the Big Screen
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Thor: Ragnarok
This 2017 threequel has added some heavyweight stars for its latest outing. In a press release, Marvel have revealed that two-time Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett has joined the cast as villainess Hela. Also, Jeff Goldblum will be playing Grandmaster, Karl Urban portrays Skurge (aka Executioner) and Tessa Thompson is confirmed to be Valkyrie.

It’s a talented, diverse list that adds some pizazz to an already talented core cast. The characters chosen could provide insight into the intricacies of the plot – does Skurge’s appearance mean we may be getting the Legion of the Unliving too?

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Spider-Man: Homecoming
Back in April, Michael Keaton was the frontrunner to play The Vulture. As quickly as those reports surfaced, follow-ups arrived stating that an agreement couldn’t be reached. Deadline are now reporting that, not only are things back on, but a deal has been reached!

But that’s not all! JoBlo has claimed an exclusive scoop that The Vulture will not be the only villain Spidey has to dispatch – our malevolent Birdman will apparently be aided by The Tinkerer.

After a deservedly well-received cameo in Captain America: Civil War, hopes are high that this the could be the best web-slinger flick to date. Adding Keaton to play one of Spidey’s better known antagonists goes someway to making this happen.

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Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Studios continue to show their strength at the box office. At the time of writing, Box Office Mojo has Civil War sitting at 25th in the all time gross list. It should also become the fourth film in the franchise to surpass $1bn worldwide and a certified smash hit.

If you haven’t already got down to seeing Marvel’s latest offering, then what are you waiting for? You can check our review of it here. Once you have seen it, have a read at why Simon is Team Iron Man and Mike is Team Cap. Which side are you on?

On the Small Screen

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Netflix Rumour #1 – Agent Carter
The first of two rumours from moviecreedlive is that the recently cancelled Agent Carter could be heading to the popular streaming service. Considering Hayley Atwell is now starring in ABC’s Conviction (see the trailer here), call us (sadly) skeptical on this one.

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Netflix Rumour #2 – Blade, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight
As above, until we hear from another/more credible sauce it is worth taking this with a pinch of salt, but moviecreedlive are claiming that a source has revealed Netflix to have lined-up shows for all three of the above, and that they are close to choosing who they want to run each project.

All we can say at this point is that we hope this does indeed be the case. While Blade has a decent run on film, the short-lived TV series was roundly panned. Ghost Rider had an average big screen outing, followed by a poorer sequel. Moon Knight is the most interesting of the bunch – not quite as famous as the rest, but with a very interesting character and mythology, Netflix could end up with something special. 

Renewals and Cancellations
As mentioned above, Agent Carter was unfortunately cancelled. It is a shame, as the show was at the better end of the superhero tie-in spectrum, and gave us an excellent leading lady. Hopefully someone like Netflix will take a punt on it.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. received better news, with confirmation of another series order. After a mixed bag opening season, the show has gone from strength-to-strength and is a must watch for Marvel fans.

Still idling in limbo is Marvel’s Most Wanted. The touted spin-off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has reportedly done its pilot, but there is no series order awaiting it. Hopefully the touching write-out that Bobbi and Hunter received in Agents… wasn’t all for nought.

And the rest…
Little else is known of ABC’s half hour comedy series Marvel’s Damage Control. All we know is that a pilot was ordered in October, and that ABC President Paul Lee stated that it would come out “this season” (ie the 2016-17 television schedule).

Described as a “superhero love story”, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger has been confirmed to be arriving on Freeform (an ABC owned network) in 2017.

It is not yet known the order in which Netflix will air Iron FistThe DefendersThe Punisher and the second season of Jessica Jones. What we do know is that JJ and Defenders are meant to be being filmed back to back, towards the end of this year.

Your Thoughts

What do you think to the above? Do you like the Thor and Spider-Man casting news? Excited by the prospect of more shows on Netflix? Comment below, or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.

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One thought on “MCU Update | Thor: Ragnarok Casting Update, Spider-Man vs Birdman Back On, Netflix Rumours And More

  1. Yay! More Marvel! I just can’t get enough! 😀

    Marvel studios have smashed it out of the park with the whole MCU, cross overs, cameos – never has this been done and to such a scale! It really is a thing of beauty and will redefine the future of other franchises to come.

    Thor 3 casting is sounding spot on, and generating much excitement and anticipation, adding to the credibility of the ever expanding MCU. Too right i’m looking forward to it and delving deeper into Asgard mythology.

    Spiderman: Homecoming – is probably THE one film I am so looking forward to in the history of films (haha) – Civil War’s introduction of Spider Man was…Amazing! (see what I did there), it was spot on perfectly balancing the personality of Peter and he’s growing confidence and banter as Spider Man. Ever since Hulk and Iron Man 1 I have been praying for Spider Man to return to Marvel Studios – something that was back then considered an impossibilty – but here we have it – miracles do happen! (thank you Sony!)

    So..Homecoming – The possibility of seeing Vulture and Tinkerer already promises that the storyline will be at the core of the film (rather than just “action packed”) and choosing such villains only has me pondering about what this means for the MCU – Daredevil, The Punisher, Blade, maybe even S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Basing this wonderment on the knowledge of the Tinkerer who makes weaponry and gadgets for all sorts of bad guys.

    Sad news to hear about Agent Carter – I liked series 1 (haven’t got round to series 2 yet!).

    I would definitely like to see a new re-visioning of Ghost Rider, a lot could be done with it especially as we have Dr Strange and Ironfist coming up – but then this is me, I’d be happy with anything that’s from Marvel 😉

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