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.

The Guardians Gang Gets Back Together

With Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 set to begin filming next week, the cast and crew have begun to converge in Atlanta to prepare for the shoot. Director and writer James Gunn posted a photo on Twitter of some of the cast on break from rehearsal.

From left to right we’ve got Zoe Saldana who plays Gamora once heavy green make-up has been applied, Chris Pratt who just has to throw on a jacket to play Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gunn, Dave Bautista who adds some gray and red to become Drax, and finally the director’s brother, Sean Gunn, who stands in for Rocket during filming and also plays Ravager Kraglin. Pratt later posted a photo to his Instagram of Awesome Mix Vol. 2, the film’s diegetic and real world soundtrack.

Feels good to be back in action on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2!!! I can't even tell you how excited I am. Ok I'll try. I'm ecstatic. I'm bursting with joy. I'm overwhelmed by feelings of enthusiasm, joy, gratitude, conviviality, camaraderie, elation, exhilaration. I just used an online thesaurus for these words. I suggest trying that. That way instead of saying "I'm very excited" say, "I'm exhilarated." Never too late to learn words. The pen is mightier than the sword. I never got that. I could whoop someone's ass if I had a sword and they only had a pen. WAIT!!! Now I get it. Cause you could use a giant pen with a dagger on one end? And a gun on the other end? No? Whatever. Point is… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Is going to be the greatest spectacle film of all time. This is not…. bear with me… using online thesaurus….. Hyperbole! This is not hyperbole!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5th, 2017.

Source: James Gunn on Twitter and Chris Pratt on Instagram

Elodie Yung Talks Elektra In Daredevil Season 2

It’s hard to believe we’re only weeks away from the premier of Daredevil Season 2 which will not only continue the adventures of Matt, Karen, and Foggy, but introduce us to some chaotic new elements in the form of Jon Bernthal‘s Punisher and Elodie Yung‘s Elektra. While speaking with MTV, Yung discussed what is was like auditioning for the character.

“After I had five or six rounds of auditions, I had two great scenes to read. I didn’t even know it was for ‘Daredevil.’ Everything is so top secret. So, I just had two great scenes to prepare for the audition, and I was very excited just to go in the room and do that. And then, I had to meet them, over and over and over again. Every time, they would give me notes and I would learn a little bit more about who this girl was without knowing it was for Elektra. Without knowing who she was, you could go many ways in the scenes. I probably kept doing something that was closer to who I am because if you don’t know, you should just go with who you are and enjoy yourself. I wouldn’t say that I’m nice, but I’m nicer than Elektra, so I wanted to know what they wanted. Jeph was like, ‘No, she’s not a nice girl. Just keep the nice girl in the closet.'”

After all that, she finally did a chemistry read with Charlie Cox, tipping her off to what she was filming.

“At the last audition with Charlie [Cox], I knew it was for Elektra. Luckily, I was a big fan of the series. I’ve never read any comics, so I’m not very familiar with all of that. But as soon as I knew, I had watched the series, so I was good for that. They used me if I knew Elektra and the comics, and I was like, ‘No, not really.’ You have to be honest. So, I started discovering this amazing world. I found a really old copy of ‘Elektra: Assassin,’ which was the first thing that I read. When you read the first issue, you don’t understand anything. It is very complex and very dark. I was excited.”

To play the Greek Elektra Natchios, Yung knew she’d have to work at covering up her native French accent.

“I always work with a coach,” said Yung. “That’s just a personal thing that I like to do. During interviews, you’ll hear more of my accent and I’ll stress the wrong words. There are little things that I would do like a French girl. For Elektra, I just wanted to be very clear. She’s traveled the world. She didn’t go to boarding school, but that’s the type of girl that she’d be. So, I just wanted to make sure that I could bring that to her, which goes through the language.”

We’ve also got a look at a new promo for the show indicating Matt is going to have a rough time with the newest residents of Hell’s Kitchen.

Season 2 of Daredevil will premier March 18th in its entirety on Netflix.

Source: Comic Book Resources and Reddit

Ming-Na Discusses The Future Of May and Andrew On SHIELD

As close as Daredevil is, we’re going to get the retrun of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. even sooner. With the March 8th midseason premier date fast approaching, TV Line asked Ming-Na Wen what the future holds for May’s relationship with Andrew (Blair Underwood) now that he seems to be fully integrated with Lash.

Last we saw, Andrew seemed in control of his “Lashing out,” but whether he can ever be separated from his Inhuman alter ego — especially after indulging in that grisly rampage! — remains to be seen. “In her hope of hopes, May’s hoping [Andrew can be brought back],” says Ming-Na Wen, “but… I don’t think it’s happening. But I just don’t know!”

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

Source: TV Line

Agent Carter SFX Video

Agent Carter Visual Effects Supervisor Sheena Duggal has given us another behind-the-scenes look at the special effects magic for the show. Here’s a short video of how they made the pens levitate around Peggy (Hayley Atwell) in last week’s episode “Better Angels.”

Source: Sheena Duggal on Twitter

New Jessica Jones Trailer

The Jessica Jones Twitter has kept up a steady stream of promo images and videos since the show was released on Netflix last November to keep excitement going for the show. This week they cut together a new trailer for the series to get new and old viewers alike pumped to watch (or rewatch). Check it out below.

Season 1 of Jessica Jones is streaming now on Netflix.

Source: Jessica Jones on Twitter

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