The year is winding down and we’re bringing you the second to last MCU Weekly Pulse of the year. If you haven’t checked them out yet, Doug went over the Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers in his MCU Ex video while Caleb, Rhiannon, and myself offered our opinions on who the “MVPs” were this year in the MCU Exchange Podcast. MCU Exchange also released the site’s inaugural gift guide this weekend, which you can see here.

Agent Carter

Even though we’ve been without Agent Carter for a while now, the season two bloopers/gag reel from the show surfaced this week. Check out the video in its entirety below to see actress Hayley Atwell and company offer up some laughs during the last of show’s filming.

Source: Youtube.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on its midseason break for a few weeks now and as we near Christmas, the show will be taking a quick break over the holidays before the resume filming the remainder of season two. In the first two Instagram posts below, you can see some of the gifts given to actor Gabriel Luna, who plays Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the show. How about that Hell Top pint glass? I wouldn’t mind one of those.

Actress Ming-Na Wen also shared a video of the food spread at the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and boy, is it making me hungry. Also, at the front of the video we see director Billy Gierhart, who’s directing the last episode they film before the cast and crew head to Christmas break.

Source: Twitter and Instagram.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot

Marvel’s first digital mini-series debuted this past week and although just over 30 minutes long, it offered some great character development for YoYo Rodriguez. In the first tweet, we see Marvel producer Geoffrey Colo give composer Bear McCreary a shout out for his work on Slingshot.

There was much hype surrounding the fact that every person that directed an episode of Slingshot was a first-time producer. Colo got a bit of history captured as he shared this clip of Marvel comics legend Joe Quesada making his directorial debut.

Source: Twitter.

Avengers: Infinity War

While it’s unclear if Avengers: Infinity War has begun actually filming the film yet, directors Joy and Anthony Russo have been sharing snippets throughout the entire pre-production process. This week, they took to Facebook to share a video of what appears to be a 3D printer printing a prop for the upcoming blockbuster.

Source: Facebook.

Doctor Strange

Arguably the “trippiest” of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Doctor Strange was a movie that relied heavily on the use of special effects. The time Stephen Strange spent in the dark dimension was integral to the plot of the movie and this week Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson shared a tweet showing the set of where they filmed the Dark Dimension scenes.

Source: Twitter.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Even though James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit, there was still a bit of controversy surrounding the lack of toys featuring Gamora, the lead female character in the movie. With Gamora and her adopted sister both being a part of the super hero team this movie, plus the addition of a third female character named Mantis, Gunn reassured fans on Twitter this week that there wouldn’t be a shortage of female-based toys this go-around.

While promoting her new movie Passengers with actor Chris Pratt, who happens to play Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the MCU, actress Jennifer Lawrence expressed interest in having Mystique, her character from Fox’s X-Men universe, join the Guardians in a future movie.

“Oh my god, I would love to,” Lawrence said. “I would choose that over doing another X-Men movie maybe. I won’t be Mystique in the X-Men movies, but I would love to be Mystique in the Guardians of the Galaxy. I wonder if that can happen.”

Although Marvel Studios does not own the rights to any of the X-Men characters and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has stated there’s no plans of pursuing the rights at this point in time, it’s not entirely out of the question that Lawrence could join the MCU as a different character. You can see Pratt and Lawrence’s interview in its entirety below.

Sources: Twitter and Youtube.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck, the actor who currently plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in Warner Brothers’ DC Extended Universe, went on record this week saying one of the motivating factors that lead him to take the Batman role was the fact that he hated the Daredevil movie he starred in prior to the creation of the MCU.

“That’s the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that,” he said of Zack Snyder’s latest superhero flick,” Affleck told the New York Times. “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate ‘Daredevil’ so much.”

Don’t let that last sentence lead you to believe that Affleck hates the Man without Fear as a character, he simply hates the movie.

“It frustrated me. The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right,” said Affleck. “I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.”

Source: Huffington Post.

Paige VanZant

Ranked strawweight UFC fighter Paige VanZant went on record this week with Fox Sports saying she’d love to appear as a hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“I would love that,” VanZant told FOX Sports when asked about her interest in potentially appearing in a comic book related series. “That would be huge to be a Marvel character, be a superhero or be somebody that’s a bad ass and it would be a girl, too, so I would love to get in a show like that.”

An aspiring actress, VanZant turned down a small role for the upcoming Kickboxer sequel but turned it down due to prior fight commitments. She also finished in second place during the 22nd season of ABC’s Dance with the Stars. However, she’s not the first MMA fighter to express interest in comic books. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey hinted that she wanted to play Captain Marvel, a role that ultimately went to Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson. Former WWE superstar and current UFC fighter CM Punk also co-wrote the Drax comic book series with Cullen Bunn as a part of Marvel’s All-New, All-Different universe launched last year.

Source: Fox Sports.