Lets Stay On Marvel For A Moment, Yes?

A lot of Marvel news has broke recently, and the previous article got me in a mood, so we'll just stay on this thread for a bit longer.

First up, confirmations for Age of Ultron casting. Despite the fact that Marvel, Kevin Feige or Joss Whedon haven't given the official word yet (they rarely do before press release time), some actors themselves have said they'll be in the film. Cobie Smulders will be returning as Maria Hill, to no ones surprise, considering her role in The Winter Soldier, and a presumed waiting place in the Agents of SHIELD cast. Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed that she will be playing Wanda Maximoff, AKA the Scarlet Witch, and Aaron Johnson will be playing her brother Pietro, AKA Quicksilver. They will be joining the entire returning cast of the initial Avengers film, with the exception of Tom Hiddleston, whose Loki will be replaced by the titular Ultron, motion captured by the ever excellent James Spader (don't think that'll be well done, remember that Mark Ruffalo mo-capped the Hulk in the first film).

Switching gears to the newly expanded television side of the MCU, two of the four Netflix backed series have announced creative directors, and I mean the writers that will guide the creative direction of these new shows. Melissa Rosenberg, former Dexter and Twilight writer, will head up the Jessica Jones series, which she had previously pitched to ABC back in 2010 as AKA Jessica Jones. This suggests to me that Marvel was impressed with her pitch, and while ABC wasn't interested back then, and Marvel had yet to develop their television strategy, that they brought her back after all this time might speak to the strength of her vision for the character.

Also announced (or, rumours are) that Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard will be writing the Daredevil series, which Kevin Feige has suggested will be a police procedural. Goddard got his start on Buffy, and is one of Joss Whedon's go to guys, having written for Angel and co-written Cabin, as well as work on LOST and on the film Cloverfield. Goddard's involvement in the series is a real boon to a series that might be a hard sell, considering that the best known version of the character is the Ben Affleck film (if you're looking to be swayed by the character, forget about Frank Miller and take a look at Mark Waid's recent run on the title). And it's nice to see that Whedon's influence over the MCU might be expanding. I can't imagine that Goddard didn't use him as a reference.

No word yet on who will be heading up the Iron Fist or the Luke Cage series, and how Marvel intends to blend the four together for the Defenders. Though considering the one-two punch of these announcements, it might not be long.
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