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.

Jon Berthnal And Elodie Yung Talk ‘The Dark Inside’

DD, Punisher, and Elektra

Daredevil‘s now basking in the afterglow of its warmly received second season – but that hasn’t stopped a steady drip-feed of promo content across social channels. This week, the official twitter feed put out these two featurettes concerning the series’ two new additions – Elektra and The Punisher. In them, Elodie Young and John Berthnal discuss bringing their character’s darker personality traits to an already dark piece of television.

Hot Toys, esteemed purveyors of the very finest action figures, have released this teaser for a forthcoming Daredevil model. While we might be holding our breath for a meticulously detailed Jessica Jones figurine (complete with ‘bottle of Wild Turkey’ accessory), this does potentially open the door for you to own any number of Marvel Netflix Hot Toys if this one sells well. $300 Iron Fist action figure anyone?

DD Hot Toys Promo

Speaking of which, we don’t know who Michael Maize is going to be playing in next year’s Iron Fist, but the actor sung the praises of lead Finn Jones with the following tweet.

We haven’t seen much of Jones in this season of Game of Thrones but, when he has appeared, the actor’s been giving charged, weighty performances and it all bodes well for what increasingly looks to be his break-out role.

Daredevil seasons 1 and 2 are available now on Netflix, while Iron Fist is set to be released in 2017.

Source: Daredevil and Michael Maize on Twitter, Hot Toys

Team Cap And Team Ironman Rally In Aid Of Fan Battling Cancer

Civil War Banner

Gwenyth Paltrow has a big heart and so when she heard about Ryan Wilcox, an 18 year-old Marvel super-fan from San Diego fighting a battle with cancer, she took it upon herself to send in The Avengers’ power-players.

Hey @robertdowneyjr and #chrisevans, want to take a road trip? I will drive you guys down. #Repost @hizrarejwl with @repostapp. ・・・ This is Ryan Wilcox, he’s an 18 year old guy from San Diego battling cancer and he absolutely LOVES Captain America and the Avengers and what we want for Ryan if possible is to meet the actors and actresses of the Avengers, especially Chris Evans who plays Captain America. He isnt doing too well and this would be a major way to boost his spirits and quite frankly be the best moment of his life if he literally got to meet his hero! Please share this to help get the attention of Chris, Robert, Scarlett, and the rest of the Avengers cast and try to make his dream come true! ‪#chrisevans #avengers #makeawish

A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. gracefully heeded the call and scrambled a quinjet – resulting in these really touching follow-up posts.

Let’s do this #ryanstrong @robertdowneyjr #chrisevans

A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on

In similarly charitable fashion, everyone’s favorite brain-scrambled assassin Sebastian Stan hosted a Big Brother Big Sister event, during which he spoke on the importance of mentorship and guidance from positive role-models. He then went on to introduce a private screening of Captain America: Civil War featuring himself kicking all kinds of ass.

And, proof enough that RDJ’s billionaire philanthropic disposition extends to everyone and anyone in need, here’s photo of him telling Joe Russo where to go.

Captain America: Civil War is out now.

Source: Gwenyth Paltrow and Big Brother Big Sisters on Instagram, The Russo Brothers on Facebook

James Gunn And Co. Still Hard At Work On Vol.2

Guardians Star-Lord

Meanwhile, at the other end space, James Gunn kneels in a rehearsal studio wearing a ‘tiny camera hat’ readying Dave Batista and Pom Klementieff for a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 scene. The comments thread reveals some praise from Gunn for newcomer Klementieff who seems to have integrated well into the GotG family.

Which leads us to ask, what did James Gunn shoot on Wednesday? There seems to be rampant speculation abound in the comments accompanying this week’s post that we’re looking at none other than Ego the Living Planet – But we’ll let you judge for yourself.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is out April 25th, 2017.

Source: James Gunn on Facebook and Twitter

Win A Trip To See Doctor Strange Premiere With Mastercard


Being magically enabled, Stephen Strange probably doesn’t have need for a credit card, but if he did he’d probably carry a Marvel MasterCard®. Apply for one yourself and, not only will you get to choose from a range of Marvel-themed plastic, you’ll also be in with a chance of using it to pay for popcorn at the Doctor Strange premiere in late October.

Doctor Strange is released on November 4th.

Source: Marvel Entertainment on Twitter

And with that, we’ll just leave you with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi‘s fantABulous Thor drawing.

My first design concepts starting to take shape. I’m all over this sheeeit. #14pack

A photo posted by Taika Waititi (@taikawaititi) on

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