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.

Thor: Ragnarok


Tessa Thompson is currently in Australia to become Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. While her character will be protecting Asgard, she evidently didn’t protect her own cell phone behind the scenes.

when you leave an unlocked phone around @taikawaititi

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Director Taika Waititi was a busy man, he also took time to pose with Marvel Co-President Louis D’Esposito on set.

Fans are going to get to see their favorite villain return in Thor: Ragnarok, with Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki. Hiddleston reported for duty this week, transforming into the ever-polular God of Chaos.

He’s back!

A photo posted by Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) on

Hiddleston talked with Variety about his role in Ragnarok, which you can see in this video.

We’ll get to see more of Hiddleston, as well as the rest of the cast, when Ragnarok hits movie theaters on November 3rd, 2017.

Sources: Instagram 1, 2, Twitter, and Variety

Sebastian Stan Confirmed For Infinity War

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At the end of Captain America: Civil War, it was uncertain when we might see Sebastian Stan return as Captain America’s best friend, Bucky Barnes. While we don’t know if he will be seen when viewers go to Wakanda for The Black Panther, The Hollywood Reporter announced this week that he will be a part of Avengers: Infinity War. Infinity War will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who were also the directors for Civil War.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Black Panther Training

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The Black Panther movie doesn’t start filming until early 2017, but it appears that star Chadwick Boseman is already getting into training for the role.

Source: Twitter

Brie Larson Prepares For Captain Marvel

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It will be a while before we see Brie Larson take on her super-hero persona in Captain Marvel, but preparing to join the Marvel Universe takes more than time in the gym. The actress is obviously taking the role seriously, by reading up on the source material.

Maybe we shouldn’t look so much into the meaning behind the issue that she is reading, but that is one of the modern Captain Marvel comics, which could mean that her character will be more reflective of the modern version.

Source: Twitter

Marvel Television Comes Together At The TCAs


This week, the television side of the Marvel Universe presented at several panels for the Television Critics Association. While the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the shows on Netflix aren’t likely to meet, because of “corporate stuff”, they were able to hang out together at this event.

While Clark Gregg has said that his personal wish would be for Coulson to show up on Iron Fist, his favorite comic as a kid, he admitted during San Diego Comic-Con that his character would be more excited to introduce himself to Luke Cage. Maybe that won’t happen, but at least we have them together behind the scenes.

Sources: Instagram 1, 2, and 3

Ghost Rider Gets To Work On Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Gabriel Luna will be bringing Ghost Rider to life on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After his first day of real action on set, he has a new appreciation for his co-star, Chloe Bennet.

Of course, Luna wouldn’t be Ghost Rider if he didn’t get behind the wheel of his sweet ride.

Catching sinners in my rear view. #GhostRider #RobbieReyes #HellCharger 🔥💀🔥

A photo posted by Gabriel Luna (@iamgabrielluna) on

The car will have to be in action, as well. In fact, it was spotted on the streets this week!

However, just because Ghost Rider is a huge highlight for the season, it doesn’t mean we’re done with the Inhumans just yet. Natalia Cordova will return as Yoyo, the Inhuman with exceptional speed. Cordova posted that she’s back to work this week, welcomed as a cast member special enough to have her own chair.

Many of the Marvel characters posed with the toys from SDCC last week, but Chloe Bennet still seems to be excited about the Funko version of herself.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC in a new 10 pm timeslot on September 20.

Sources: Twitter, Instagram 1, 2, 3, and 4

Doctor Strange


Composer Michael Giacchino has been sharing glimpses of the process to put together the score for Doctor Strange along the way, occasionally ending up in past Pulse articles. This week, he gave us another glimpse as his composition gets ready to come to life on a harpsichord.

Obviously, the mystical nature of this movie demands that he approach the score with an unusual instrument. The harp-like sounds will definitely add a more mystical feel to the movie. Giacchino is also a fan of Doctor Strange, showing off his fannishness in another picture.

Always great to see that the folks behind the shows are also fans!

Sources: Instagram 1 and 2

First Look At Spider-Man’s Web Shooters

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One of the biggest decisions, when the Spider-Man was being rebooted for the MCU, was if he would have mechanical or biological web shooters. Going with the science-based tendencies of the (pre-Doctor Strange) MCU, it was no surprise that it was decided for him to have mechanical web-shooters. Now, we have an up-close look at those web-shooters, from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Outside of the costume, Tom Holland appears to still be having a good time on set.

Fun fact: @tomholland2013 has a 6 foot standing vert

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Comicon rebels

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While the Kingpin is a villain of the Spider-Man comics, Vincent D’Onofrio has continually denied that he will be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This week, he assured fans that there is no change to that stance.

It’s not that D’Onofrio doesn’t want to be in the film, but that it is becoming more difficult for the television and movie sides of the MCU to crossover.

Sources: Instagram 1, 2, and 3

Netflix Congratulates Philip Silvera On Emmy Nod


This year, the Emmy nominations got it right, and Daredevil was nominated for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series, Or Movie.” With the fantastic fight scenes in both seasons of the Netflix drama, the nomination is well-deserved. Netflix congratulated stunt coordinator Philip Silvera with a bottle of Macallan, which was Matt Murdock’s drink of choice in season two of the show.

Hopefully Silvera will be drinking this fine whiskey in celebration, when the emmy winners are announced on September 18.

Source: Twitter

Peabody Award For Jessica Jones


The excitement of the Peabody Award win for Jessica Jones is never ending. This week, series creator Brian Michael Bendis shared the plaque honoring the show.

Bendis will be bringing back the Jessica Jones comics this fall, and is a consulting producer on the television show.

Source: Instagram

Behind The Scenes Of Iron Fist


Iron Fist continues to film in New York City, with a visit to the residential areas of town in this behind-the-scenes shot.

Source: Instagram

Emily Carmichael Also Wants To Be Involved In Squirrel Girl


Last week, we reported that Shannon Purser from Stranger Things was interested in the role of Squirrel Girl, which (as far as we know) is not in development at this time. Evidently, Director Emily Carmichael approves of this idea, and wants in on the non-existent production, herself.

Purser was quick to approve of this team-up.

As she realized what happened, the reality set in a little bit.

Not wanting to step on the toes of any other Marvel directors, Carmichael thought they should reach out to James Gunn, director of the Guardians Of the Galaxy movies, to make sure he wasn’t already working on Squirrel Girl.

Gunn, however, did not respond to Carmichael’s inquiry. It’s not completely random that Carmichael is looking at Marvel properties. The director is still considered one of the top picks to direct Captain Marvel, and (as Mashable’s Jeff Sneider pointed out) is defending the genre.

At this time, there is still no word of a Squirrel Girl movie in development, but we will continue to keep you informed of folks that would like to be a part of it, if and when it ever happens.

Source: Twitter 1 and 2

That’s all for this week. If you need to catch up on last week’s Pulse, you can find it here!