Welcome to the MCU Weekly Pulse, a rundown of all the stories throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we didn’t cover in News or Features this past week.

Filming On Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 Nearly Finished


It’s only a matter of days before James Gunn’s follow-up to Guardians of the Galaxy concludes principle photography and this week saw Gunn release what he’s said is going to be the penultimate ‘What We Shot Wednesday’ post on social media. Again, speculation’s abound as to what’s happening, but it looks like we’ve got a Baby Groot on our hands?

The cross-pollination of cosmic and earth-bound MCU heroes hasn’t happened onscreen …yet. But to whet our appetites, this image of Captain America: Civil War‘s Tom Holland (Spider-Man) meeting Dave Bautista (Drax) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) appeared on Imgur.

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James Gunn has done a good job of keeping fans abreast of milestones achieved during filming – and this week he tweeted confirmation that Zoe Saldana and new-comer Pom Klementieff have both wrapped on the movie. Again, Gunn injects these posts with a real hum of positivity, the kind of good vibe that indicates that his creative process has been in full swing for this second outing.

If you’re interested in saving the rainforest AND getting your hands on a photo signed by Gunn and his starring ensemble, he posted this tweet with the relevant link.

Karen Gillan – who’s been playing the character Nebula with particularly formidable presence considering the actor is so seemingly mild-mannered in real-life – has also been tweeting..and hob-nobbing, apparently, with Marvel Granddaddy Stan Lee, who’s been dispensing his own personal some brand of wisdom according to her post.

Guardian of the Galaxy: Vol.2 is out May 2017.

Source: James Gunn on Instagram and Twitter, Karen Gillan on Twitter

Win A Chance To Watch Agent Carter Musical Number


Depending on who you ask, the Agent Carter‘s season 2 musical number Whatcha Gonna Do? was either a tonal misstep or the best thing Marvel has ever done. If you fall in the latter category, you may want to try your luck, or creative talent(?), with this competition to see a performance of the showtune inspired song. You’ll get to have dinner with lyricist David Zippel and composer Christopher Lernnertz.

You can relive Peggy’s broadway-tastic musical dream sequence here.

Elsewise, it’s been fairly quiet on the Marvel ABC front following the conclusion of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D‘s season 3 and Agent Carter‘s much lamented cancellation.

There was this tweet however from visual effects supremo Mark Kolpak, who posted images of the visual inspirations behind AoS’s speedster Inhuman Yo-Yo Ramirez.

Sources: Costa Communications and Mark Kolpack on Twitter

Mark Ruffalo Echoes Fan Excitement For Thor:Ragnorok’s Casting Line-up


New casting additions, not to mention fresh off-world scene-setting, looks set to reinvigorate the Thor franchise and then some. With the internet tweeting with collective glee at the recent announcements of Cate Blanchett as Hela, Karl Urban as Skurge the Executioner, and Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Mark Ruffalo seemed positively glowing with enthusiasm for the upcoming project.

Also looking pretty pumped for these casting announcements is Skurge himself. Karl Urban tweeted this photo from Weta Workshop teasing the creation some sort of prop – which could very well be Skurge’s signature big chopper.

And while we’re talking Asgardian weaponry – what’s better than Mjolnir, a mighty hammer with no equal, forged in the heart of a dying star and fit for a would-be king? How about …THIRTY Mjolnirs!??

It’s been revealed that the making of Thor: The Dark World involved no less than thirty prop ‘Myeuh-muhs’ as detailed in this tweet from the official Thor channel.

Thor: Ragnorok hits theaters next November.

Source: E! News, Karl Urban and Official Thor on Twitter.

Krysten Ritter Wins Best Actress, Again


Netflix Marvel’s first lady Krysten Ritter can’t be stopped from gobbling up the accolades. This time her now iconic performance as the traumatised private investigator Jessica Jessica is winning acclaim in the UK from Glamour Magazine. This on their official Twitter feed.

Seems like Karen Gillan isn’t the only MCU cast member to have basked in the radiant presence of Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. Here’s Jon Bernthal looking like a bad-ass, next to Stan, who’s also looking pretty bad-ass.

Stan the man.

A photo posted by Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) on

Daredevil on Twitter released this image of the ‘Dogs of Hell’ pool table design. Again, Bad-ass.

Meanwhile, star Charlie Cox, having really applied himself to playing a character without a sense of conventional eyesight in the role of Matt Murdoch, met with blind fans at the New York Institute of Education. This on there Twitter feed.

Jessica Jones season 1 and Daredevil season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix now.

Source: Glamour Magazine and Daredevil on Twitter, Jon Bernthal on Instagram

Scoring Set To Begin Shortly on Doctor Strange


Michael Giacchino posted this photo of a strangely empty sound stage and revealed that he’s set to kick-off the scoring session for Doctor Strange next week!

Mixing today – but one last day of recording for Trek coming up this week. Then off to Strange-land!

A photo posted by Michael Giacchino (@m_giacchino) on

And proof enough of the sheer level of inter-connectivity inherent to the MCU, is this tweet from Louis D’Esposito which reveals him having worked on a total of five Phase 3 movies in a single day.

Source: ComicBook.com, Michael Giacchino and Louis D’Esposito on Twitter

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