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.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Deleted Scene Shows Vision vs. Thor

One of the most exciting moments in Avengers: Age Of Ultron was seeing the birth of Vision (Paul Bettany) and proof that he was worthy. But in between those beats, he had a bit of trouble acclimating to his newfound existence and got in a bit of a tussle with Thor and the other Avengers. With the release of Marvel’s Phase 2 Collection, we’ve been given a look at one of the deleted scenes from the film where we see an extended fight between Vision and his future comrades.

The most interesting part about this scene is it quickly runs through the gamut of Vision’s powers, from strength to density phasing to his Mind Stone energy blast. It’s a shame that Joss Whedon doesn’t want a director’s cut of the movie because adding in this and the deleted Norn Cave scene really help add context to some of the characters and events.

Marvel’s Phase 2 Collection is now available and Vision can next be seen in Captain America: Civil War releasing May 6th, 2016.

Source: JoBlo

Ant-Man Featurette and Gag Reel

With Ant-Man having hit DVD & Blu-Ray this week, Marvel has started dropping lots of goodies all over the internet to celebrate. On their Twitter, they posted one of the special features, a look at what went into the design of Ant-Man’s (Paul Rudd) costume.

And following up on the quick gag reel we got a few weeks back, Comic Book Resources has another short and funny behind-the-scenes look at the film.

Ant-Man is out now on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, and can next be seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before going on to co-headline Ant-Man & the Wasp in 2018.

Source: Marvel on Twitter and CBR TV

Two New Jessica Jones Promos

While many of us await news of a second season of Marvel and Netflix’s hit Jessica Jones, the promotion machine is still working hard to make sure people who haven’t already binged the whole thing do so. The official Twitter for the show has posted two new short promos, focusing on Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and her future husband and star of his own self-titled series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter).

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones are now streaming on Netflix and Luke Cage will premier sometime in 2016.

Source: Jessica Jones on Twitter

Agent Carter and Jessica Jones Makes Variety’s Top 20 TV List

As 2015 comes to close, it’s the season for the time honored tradition of year-end lists. Variety has released an article about their 20 favorite new TV series of the year and Marvel’s Agent Carter and Jessica Jones have both made the cut. While they break down the Netflix series in more detail on their overall best of 2015 list here, they have a quick blurb on why they enjoyed Hayley Atwell‘s titular spy.

“A brisk and enjoyable romp and a fine showcase for Hayley Atwell, whose energy and undeniable star power helped the show power through a few minor first-season rough spots.”

Hit the link below to see the full list and if you haven’t already seen Jessica Jones, it is streaming in full on Netflix. Unfortunately, Season One of Agent Carter currently isn’t, but she will return to ABC on January 19th, 2016.

Source: Variety

New Ant-Man and Yellowjacket Concept Art

As part of our weekly look at concept art from Ant-Man courtesy of designer Andy Park, we have a few alternate looks at the film’s villain, Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll).

The first one shows off a more alien look, while the latter two play with the idea of stilted legs. Those are an interesting touch, but probably for the best that wasn’t the direction they chose to go with. Along with Park’s designs, Marvel posted some concept art to their website. The first comes from Anthony Francisco, the second from Rodney Fuentebella, and the final three from Jackson Sze.

Ant-Man is now available on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, and he can next be seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before going on to co-headline Ant-Man & the Wasp in 2018.

Source: Andy Park’s Twitter and Marvel.

Daredevil Stunt Team Nominated For SAG Award, Break Down Infamous Hallway Fight

When Daredevil premiered to critical acclaim in April, much of the discussion surrounding the series was it’s use of fight scenes to drive story and character development. The lion’s share of this praise went to director Phil Abraham and the brutal, one-take hallway fight he designed for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in the second episode.

The stunt team responsible for the scene have now been nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for their work on the show, and it’s hard to imagine that the above fight wasn’t a driving force behind this. Many who haven’t even watched the series have watched the scene, which Netflix wisely put up online following the buzz around it. Entertainment Weekly recently spoke with the show’s fight coordinator, Philip Silvera, about what went into creating one of the most talked about sequences of the year.

“When I first read it,” Silversa says, “I was thinking, ‘Wow, this is a pretty big fight to do in a short amount of time.’”

The article notes that from the time it was pitched, the cast and crew only had two days to plan and film it, a tall order for any fight sequence, let alone one done in a single take that attempted to seamlessly weave between the actor and his stunt-double, Chris Brewster.

“I’m thinking of ways [of] maybe cheating in the lights, or we do certain things where we can cheat the camera. But Phil Abraham really wanted the appearance of a one-shot,” Silvera says. “I think that helps for the tone of the show overall, because it let us slow down the fight and gave it this very grounded feeling to it all.”

Hit the link below to read the whole article and while you wait for Season Two of Daredevil next year, you can catch up on Season One in its entirety at Netflix.

Source: EW

Loki Imagines His Coronation In Deleted Thor 2 Scene

Re-imagining one of the early scenes from the first Thor where the titular hero returns to Asgard from battle, this deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World sees Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) fantasizing about his coronation as heir to Odin’s throne before being pulled back to his starkly different reality.

The scene is another special feature from the release of Marvel’s Phase 2 Collection, which is available for purchase now. Loki will presumably return for Thor: Ragnarok which will hit theaters in 2017.

Source: IGN

Tom Holland Talks Spider-Man Influence And Fan Backlash

Though we won’t see a full-blown Spider-Man film until the summer of 2017, the new Peter Parker, Tom Holland, will make his MCU debut in some capacity during next year’s Captain America: Civil War. While many have not only been impressed with Holland’s acting skills, but also his gymnastics abilities (an added advantage over previous Spider-Man actors), not everyone was thrilled with the announcement that the 19-year old Brit would be donning the red and blue. But when Holland sat down with Variety recently, he made it clear he’s not sweating the naysayers.

“Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it just gives me more motivation to prove them wrong when I do start shooting the movie,” Holland told Variety at the premiere of his latest film, “In the Heart of the Sea,” in New York on Monday. “And hopefully I will and it would be good fun.”

Aside from his acrobatic background, Variety asked him what he was doing to differentiate his performance from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield before him.

“The only difference I’m going to tell you is that I’m way younger, and at the moment, there’s going to be both things from Tobey [Maguire] and Andrew’s [Garfield] character that I’m going to steal,” said Holland. “But there’s one very specific path that [director] Jon [Watts] and I agree on and we’d like to take the character down and explore his background.”

Finally, he touched on what it was like to actually audition for the role and get the part.

“I auditioned and waited and waited for months. When I got the call that I received the part, there was a lot of screaming. My whole family and I were screaming and we were so excited,” he said. “My poor dog Tess was scared from all the jumping and screaming. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’m still very happy. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask, ‘Do I really have the honor to play Spider-Man? Am I dreaming?’”

To hear more about the exhaustive auditioning process Holland went through before being offered the role, check out what he said to The Daily Beast this week. Holland will debut as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in next year’s Captain America: Civil War releasing May 6th before headlining an as yet untitled solo film co-produced by Sony on July 28th, 2017.

Source: Variety

Kevin Feige Talks About The Civil War Scene In Ant-Man’s Credits

Ant-Man was already a film chock-full of surprises from across the MCU before the credits rolled and audiences were treated to a scene straight out of next year’s Captain America: Civil War. In the video below, Kevin Feige details how the decision arose to include that particular scene.

It’s interesting to hear Feige say that part of why he wanted to include it was that he felt there were similarities between the directing styles of Peyton Reed and the Russo Brothers. We’ll see if that holds true throughout the film when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. Ant-Man is out now on home video.

Source: Comic Book Resources

More Jessica Jones BTS Photos

Following up with the behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Jessica Jones that show writer Scott Reynolds shared last week, he’s posted a few new shots to his Twitter showing the construction of several scenes.

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones are now streaming on Netflix.

Source: Scott Reynolds on Twitter

Mad Mikkelsen Talks Doctor Strange

Marvel only recently released an official confirmation of the cast for Doctor Strange, despite the fact that many of them had been rumored to appear for some time. One of the newer additions was Mads Mikkelsen, who in interviews has remained understandably tight-lipped about the film and the role he plays in it. Nevertheless, when Collider spoke with him this week, the topic was broached.

Collider: With Doctor Strange, did they tell you about the role that you would be playing prior to being cast, or did you sign on because you wanted to be a part of the Marvel universe?

Mikkelsen: The director, Scott [Derrickson] pitched it to me. We had a nice meeting. It’s still one of those crazy secret things, but he definitely pitched it to me, which was nice. It should be like that. Actors are very good at not revealing anything, so they’re safe.

Collider: What was it about that world, that cast and the character that you’re playing that most appealed to you?

Mikkelsen: If I do say what it was, then I’ll be revealing something. But, the cast is quite amazing. I can’t wait to start working with these guys. I’ve only done rehearsals, so far. One of these days, I’ll have my first shooting day. But, it looks like it’s off to a good start.

Considering production recently began on the film, we should be getting a lot more details in the months to come as we approach the November 4th, 2016 release of Doctor Strange.

Source: Collider

Ava Duvernay (Seemingly) Confirms Ryan Coogler As Black Panther Director

It’s seeming more and more likely that Ryan Coogler, the director of Creed and Fruitvale Station will direct Black Panther for Marvel. But it wasn’t long ago that Selma director Ava Duvernay seemed like a sure thing when it comes to helming the tale of the Wakandan prince. Though she’s no longer considering involving herself with the project, she’s still excited about the movie and its (possible) new director.

“I think it’s an incredible character and it looks like my friend Ryan Coogler may do it,” she tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live. “I think it’s the perfect film for him and I can’t wait to see it.”

It’s hard to tell whether Duvernay is basing her information on what we’ve all heard, or whether, as a friend of Coogler’s, she knows something we don’t. While many will be saddened to learn that Duvernay will not definitively direct Black Panther, the film is still in very good hands should Coogler prove to be the director. With a release date of February 16th, 2018, we should find out soon enough.

Source: Contact Music

Jessica Jones Creator Brian Michael Bendis Discusses The Series

While Jessica Jones certainly takes cues from her comic book counterpart, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the series mostly tells its own tale courtesy of Melissa Rosenberg and the shows various writers. As such, Bendis didn’t have much of a role in bringing Jessica to the screen, but he still loved seeing it happen. Game Informer sat down with him this week to discuss all manner of things, but first came his reaction to the series he godfathered.

“When it came out it’s sort of funny… they debut it at like midnight on a Friday. I work at night, and at like two in the morning, my social [media] blew up like it was Wednesday afternoon and comics came out and it was just insane!”

Jones is a fairly recent addition to the Marvel Universe, but thanks to Bendis, she instantly fit in with the world and tone established by Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the other New York City street-level heroes, something that is now playing out on Netflix.

“When I was writing Jessica [Jones’ comic], I was writing [the comic] Daredevil at the same time and had a similar thought in that these could all be in the same level of Marvel Universe, but we really went out of our way to make a different noir-ish template and they did the same thing. It’s so gorgeous and so exciting. I was like, “Well we don’t want to follow that!” The showbiz whore in me was like, “You don’t follow the best show that Marvel ever put out,” but we were lucky that people connected with it so well.”

Head to the link below for lots more from Bendis on his various projects and make sure to catch all 13 episodes of Jessica Jones, streaming now on Netflix.

Source: Game Informer

Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man Make Shortlist For Special Effects Oscar

While many fans of comic book movies hope to see more recognition for the films’ actors, writers, and directors as they continue to push past mere popcorn fare, the Academy has quite gotten there. But one area where they always get their due is in the special effects department. Case in point: both of Marvel’s 2015 releases, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Ant-Man have been short-listed for an Oscar nomination. Hit the link below to see all the films on the list.

Source: The Wrap

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