This Week In The Marvel Universe

 

What with everyone distracted by Agent's of SHIELD's big time drop in the ratings this past week (it's just levelling out, hopefully. Premiere numbers are always soft), the rest of the MCU has been hard at work spouting every sort of rumour it can. So, let's catch up.

First off, Edgar Wright has posted the above image to his twitter, saying, "now I'm back in L.A., it's high time to finish a little something I've been working on." Since Ant-man doesn't yet have a finished script, I'd guess that this is a production still from his comic-con test footage, and is using it to get us excited for when his long awaited entry into the MCU finally goes into preproduction. And it's working. It's no angry raccoon, but it's something new, and that's always good.

Elsewhere, Samuel L. Jackson, fresh off his recent and successfully secret cameo on SHIELD (more of those, please) has been chatting about the Avengers 2. Despite the fact that he'll next be appearing in Captain America: The Winter Solider, that has been finished shooting for a while (with hopefully a trailer attached to next month's Thor). So, Avengers is next on the list. He said:
"I don’t think we begin shooting [Age of Ultron] before March of next year. I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen, but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script."
This is the first word of confirmation about Olsen playing the Scarlet Witch since it was revealed she was auditioning for the part a couple months ago. There has been no official word from Marvel, Kevin Feige, or Joss Whedon though, so take what Jackson says with a spoon full of salt. 

Hit the jump for more, including another Marvel TV series, James Spader speaking about Ultron, and SCIENCE!


Staying on the Age of Ultron, while doing press for his recent NBC drama the Blacklist, Spader was asked about how he's looking forward to playing the obsessive robotic baddie in Whedon's followup. He said, "I have spoken to Joss Whedon about it. And yes, actually, just this weekend I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!" So that clears up whether he'll be mo-caping his performance or not.

In the build up to, and wake of, the first week success of SHIELD, rumours abound that Marvel is looking at adapting the Peggy Carter short, appearing on the Iron Man 3 blu-rays, into a second potential TV series, which would follow Carter in the post war era, presumably as she helps set up what will become SHIELD (lots of potential for crossovers between the two series). While Marvel has remained mum on the subject, Hayley Atwell was asked about it, and said, "It’s certainly something I would be a part of doing. I’d be interested to show different sides of Peggy. I love the Marvel lot, they’re really great people to work with, so it would be nice to go back and work with them again. I’d definitely do it.” If she's game, it would be a greater waste to abandon the character then to find a way for Atwell to continue in the role.

And now, to the nearest new addition to the universe, Thor: the Dark World is less then a month away, and the cast are beginning to speak out. Tom Hiddleston, who has proven to be extremely popular with fans, and very into his continuing role as Loki, has said that further Thor films should continue exploring the characters of the universe, especially The Enchantress. He said, "when I was first reading the comics, the relationship with the Enchantress was one of the really fun things I though would be good to explore, and may have even pitched it to Kevin Feige at some point." He's exactly right, and I'm on record as believing that Enchantress is the only logical place for a potential third Thor film to go with the mythos, with or (hopefully, woefully) without Loki.

And finally, despite her initial reservations about appearing in the sequel at all, Natalie Portman and Marvel are doing something extraordinarily good. They've set up the Marvel Ultimate Mentor Adventure, a contest for (sadly, only) American girls ages 14 to 17, wherein "girls interview a woman working in STEM [science, tech, engineering, and/or math] and then create a five-minute unedited video of themselves talking about the interview, themselves, and why they want a STEM career." The winner gets to attend the Thor premier in Hollywood, but runners up are also provided with resources to help them continue down this path.

I cannot stress how cool and important this contest is. STEM related careers are among the most plentiful, and yet painfully few women choose these career paths, mostly due to a cultural bias that science and tech is a man's game. This is absolute hock, a cumbersome stereotype left over from the Victorian era that needs to be expunged as soon as possible. As one of the most prominent (and qualified) fictional female scientists, in the modern culture, Portman (herself no slouch in the being a scientist department) has the best opportunity to influence a generation of young minds, and help guide them into a fun and rewarding career.

And, if Lego is making women scientists now, there isn't any excuse for real science, is there?

Via Den of Geek, The Mary Sue, Collider, /Film, Uproxx and the Bad Astronomer.
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