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 Gives Hemsworth A Roller Coaster, And Not Much Else
Thor himself has arrived on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, and star Chris Hemsworth was happy to see that all of his requested perks were supplied.
Elsewhere, we have seen that there are elaborate sets under construction for the film, but maybe those were just other perks requested by Hemsworth. In fact, a later post by the star shows that the props for this installment seem a little bit underwhelming.
When director Taika Waititi shared his behind-the-scenes picture, it didn’t start to look any more fancy.
Sneak peak at the amazing Planet Tropicana we created for the opening sequence. Just wait till you see Asgard! pic.twitter.com/ZJrZ85Eovo
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi)
In fact, Waititi used so much of the blue background screen that another Marvel Director had to change to green. Evidently, two major Marvel films going on at the same time is straining resources. (Joking, people.)
@TaikaWaititi Dude, you took all the tracking marks. There was only one left in the supply cabinet. pic.twitter.com/QY64EEiHdt
— Jon Watts (@jnwtts)
I’m sure Marvel will be able to work this out, so that Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming can both look great, in the end.
Sources: Instagram 1 and 2; Twitter 1 and 2
Captain America Honored With A Statue In Brooklyn
While America celebrated Independence Day, the most patriotic character in the MCU, Captain America, celebrated his 75th birthday. In celebration of this milestone, USA Today announced that a statue erected in honor of the character will be revealed at San Diego Comic Con before traveling across the country to a permanent home in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
“For the past 75 years, Captain America has inspired generations of fans serving as the ultimate global icon for freedom, strength and doing the right thing,” says Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.
The statue, which literally weighs a ton, features the movie quote “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn” — from Captain America: The First Avenger, the first movie to feature Chris Evans as the character — and features a pose “symbolically chosen to showcase the impressive strength of Captain America and his stoic form,” Gitter adds. “Captain America’s signature shield also takes prominence, paying homage to his heroism, indestructible power and determination.”
Gitter added that the statue is for the fans, who are the real reason that the character has had such a lasting presence.
“We hope that when fans see the statue, they will think back to a favorite comic book, treasured action figure or even be transported back to a special time and place in their lives where Captain America’s values played influence.”
Wet Spider-Man Fun
As filming continued in Atlanta this week for Spider-Man: Homecoming, star Tom Holland gave a behind-the-scenes look at filming conditions that were less than optimal.
Hopefully this was the day they were inside, filming on the green screens that Jon Watts tweeted. Either way, we now have less than one year before we get to see what they are creating. The cast celebrated the July 7 premiere date a year early while enjoying some waffles.
Next time you are in a Georgia Waffle house, be sure to look for Marvel stars!
Gunn Gives Rooker A Wrap Present He’s Sure To Love
Even though Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 wrapped a couple of weeks ago, director James Gunn is still sharing some of the wrap gifts that he provided to cast and crew. This week he showed a portrait of Yondu that he provided to Michael Rooker after filming.
Pretty great, right?!
A Look At The Black Panther Costume Fitting
A series of photos on Imgur this week showed Chadwick Boseman getting suited up for his role as the Black Panther for Captain America: Civil War.
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