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.

EP Louis D’Esposito Tweets Inside Infinity War Meeting

Marvel mega-producer Louis D’Esposito is always happy to share behind-the-scenes looks at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this week he took to his Twitter to tease a meeting he was in. Given the toy of the villain showcased, we can safely assume it’s for Avengers: Infinity War which will begin filming this November.

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 will release May 4th, 2018 followed by Part 2 on May 3rd, 2019.

Source: Louis D’Esposito on Twitter

Cast and Crew Discuss Season 3 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

TV Line has some quick words from the cast and crew of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the new status quo of Ward (Brett Dalton) and how the actions of the winter finale will affect the back-half of Season 3.

“It’s not like Ward is dead. But that version of Ward that we hopefully fell in love with is no longer,” Brett Dalton makes clear of the fall finale’s final twist. With the Maveth creature having changed corporeal residence, showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen says, “It will be interesting to see Grant Ward ‘alive’ with that wriggly thing underneath his skin.” Maveth’s other returnees, Fitz and especially Coulson, will face “many emotional consequences” because of what went down on the planet. “Coulson acted on an impulse” in snuffing Ward, says Clark Gregg. “And he’s pretty messed up about it.” For the team as a whole, life is “far from normal,” Ming-Na Wen states, reminding that HYDRA, Lash and myriad Inhumans are still in the mix. But on the lighter side, with the series picking up three months later, might FitzSimmons finally be a thing? “Uhhhh, I cannot confirm!” says Elizabeth Henstridge, adding: “Jemma’s feelings haven’t changed; they’ve only gotten stronger.”

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on March 8th for season 3B.

Source: TV Line.

Guardians 2 Script Complete, Bowie Almost Had Cameo

With Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 beginning production next month, it certainly helps having a completed script to work with. It looks like just under the wire director and writer James Gunn has finished it ahead of the Atlanta shoot next month.

And with a song featured in Vol. 1, it’s no surprise that Gunn was a fan of David Bowie, who passed away this week. Gunn took to his popular Facebook page to voice his personal feelings on the artist. He notes that he hopes to be able to slip another Bowie track into the new film, which shouldn’t prove too difficult at this early stage.

” I’ve been trying to work another song from Ziggy into the sequel, which would make Bowie the only artist to have a song on both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. I thought this was fair and appropriate. Although I cut the scene it was used in from the script, we have the rights. Who knows. Maybe I can figure a way out.”

Another interesting tidbit is that there was talk of Bowie actually making a cameo in the new film, but scheduling became difficult once he found out he had cancer.

“Just a very short while ago Kevin Feige and I were talking about a cameo role in Guardians Vol. 2, and he brought up Bowie’s name. I told him nothing in the world would make me happier, but I heard from common friends he wasn’t doing well. We heard back that he was okay and it could potentially happen. Who knows what that was about? But, for whatever reason, it made my Twitter revelation more of a surprise.”

Hit the link below to read Gunn’s full thoughts. *Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will arrive May 5th, 2017.

Source: James Gunn on Instagram and Facebook

Jessica Jones Showrunner Talks Jeri Hogarth

The International Cinematographers Guild Magazine sat down with showrunner Melissa Rosenberg recently to discuss Season 1 of the hit Netflix and Marvel series Jessica Jones. While many fans have speculated that Carrie-Anne Moss‘s Jeri Hogarth could appear in the eventual Iron Fist series as her comic counterpart is Danny Rand’s lawyer, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out. But the topic of Jeri’s gender did come up in the interview, as it was famously swapped from male in the comics (where the character was named Jeryn) to female for the show.

“Actually, we’d already created, written and cast that character but realized we were missing an opportunity to pull from the MCU. So we renamed her Hogarth after the original comic book character. It’s a really complex role and a big departure from anything Carrie-Anne Moss has done before. She’s such a courageous actor and loved that Hogarth is so bold and morally ambiguous. She completely embraced it.”

It’s interesting that the character and actor were already in place when the name was chosen. This could imply that an deeper comic connections aren’t inherent to the character, or that the opposite occurred and the writers wanted to tie Moss’s version in with the wider MCU.

There’s a lot more from Rosenberg in the link below, and the Jessica Jones Twitter has also dropped two new promos for the show. The first focuses on Hope Shlottman (Erin Moriarty) and the second on Jessica’s favorite pastime.

Source: ICG Magazine and Jessica Jones on Twitter

Chris Evans On Cap Facing Stark in Civil War

At this week’s Wizard World conference in New Orleans, Captain America: Civil War star Chris Evans was asked about the difficulties of his character facing off against friend and ally Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

Much like the title Civil War implies, this film will see a battle between those who were once family taking idealogical sides in a conflict that could have long-running emotional and physical consequences.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see how it all turns out when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th.

Source: Wizard World on Twitter

More Yellowjacket Concept Art

It’s been a bit since Andy Park shared his customary weekly Ant-Man concept art, but he’s returned this week with an alternate look at main villain Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll).

It follows the alien approach while adding more bio sci-fi elements. The second image showcases how the appendages/blasters would have appeared in this take.

Check out Park’s Twitter at the link below for a lot more of his work. Yellowjacket may or may not return in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Source: Andy Park on Twitter

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