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.

Evans and Ruffalo Wish Hemsworth A Happy Birthday


Chris Hemsworth celebrated his birthday on August 11, and a couple of his fellow Avengers took to Twitter to send him well wishes. Chris Evans used the occasion to remind Hemsworth of his inability to hold onto Mjolnir while filming the first Avengers film.

Perhaps Hemsworth wasn’t worthy that day? Ruffalo didn’t fumble in his birthday post, sending warm wishes to Hemsworth, who he recently was working with on the set of Thor: Ragnarok.

Happy birthday @chrishemsworth! Miss you already #tbt

A video posted by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on

We hope that Hemsworth had a great day!

Source: Twitter and Instagram, via Entertainment Weekly

Scoring Is Complete On ‘Luke Cage’

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With the series just a little over a month away from hitting Netflix, scoring for the show has finally reached the finish line. Taking to Instagram earlier today, Adrian Younge announced that they’d just wrapped the scoring on the project and included a photo of them behind the scenes.

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Moving on to another Luke Cage bit… Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has said that Harlem, with its people, is an important part of the series. And it appears that he is working to give back to the community in the neighborhood where the series is set.

Sources: Instagram 1

Even Doctor Strange‘s MPAA Rating is Psychedelic


Scott Derrickson revealed the MPAA rating and rationale for Doctor Strange. As per usual, the film will be PG-13, but the reasons why are a tad, unusual.

Apparently in addition to spells and trans-dimensional travel, the Ancient One is also teaching advanced tweeting!

And that’s not the only fun stuff concerning the Doctor. It’s that time of year again: back to school! With kiddos needing lunch boxes and backpacks, and Marvel needing to sell merchandise and advertise movies, we are getting a new set of promo photos from Doctor Strange.

In isolation some of these photos can look a little goofy. Still nice to get a peak at the characters.

Sources: CBM and Twitter.

The Russo Brothers’ Home Away from Home


Over the last few years, Marvel Studios has done much of their studio work in Atlanta at Pinewood Studios. With shooting beginning in the fall, it appears the Russo Brothers are headed out for Avengers: Infinity War.

And so it begins . . .

A photo posted by The Russo Brothers (@therussobrothers) on

For the directors of these films the use of Pinewoods means spending a chunk of their lives in the ATL, particularly since they have pre- and post-production work to do. This time, the shoot should be a little cooler than the scorching summer sessions for Captain America: Civil War Also, given that Spider-Man: Homecoming is still in production, might the Russos be working on something like an end-credits scene for Spidey?

Source: Instagram

Ghost Rider Stunt Double Has History with Gabriel Luna


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is in the middle of production for Season 4, and all that action requires some stunt professionals. Recently Morgan Benoit put a photo on Instagram sharing his connection with Ghost Rider himself, Gabriel Luna.

With my man @iamgabrielluna the ghost rider. Our 4th series together #work #workflow #ghostrider #fam

A photo posted by Morgan Benoit (@morganrbenoit) on

Benoit mentions this is the fourth time he has worked with Luna. Any guesses on the other three? According to IMDB they are True Detective, Wicked City, and Matador.

Source: Instagram

Spider-Man: Homecoming Cast Are Having a Blast


What would a High School summer camp be like if all the campers were actors and actresses, and a few even had superhero powers? Probably something like the set of next summer’s release, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Great having my favorite Spidey family all summer??

A photo posted by Isabella Amara (@isabella.amara) on

At this point it will be hard to believe the drama when we see these guys feuding on screen next summer, because it sure looks like filming was a total blast for the whole cast. Also, looks like some of the fun might include a “parents are out of town” style party.

No word yet on what was shot at that home, but sure looks like the kind of place a bunch of teens would turn into an ill-advised and under chaperoned shindig. Or maybe just Adrian Tomes house. We’ll find out next July.

Source: Instagram 1, Instagram 2, Twitter

MCU Actors Raise Awareness for Veteran Suicide Prevention


Chris Pratt and Chris Evans recently participated in the “22 Push Up Challenge” and have challenged more Avengers to take part.

The “22 Push Up Challenge” is an attempt to draw awareness to the issue of suicide amongst military veterans. 22 veterans die via suicide every day in the USA. The hope is to get one million people and their 22 million push-ups involved.

Sources: Instagram & Twitter, via CBR

So Long Jane Foster!


Many MCU fans have a less than stellar opinion of Natalie Portman‘s Jane Foster. Apparently, the decision makers over at Marvel Studios are in the same boat, though they state their opinion far more euphemistically. During a recent press tour, the actress talked about possibly returning as Jane Foster, to which she replied by saying she was “done.”

“As far as I know, I’m done,” Portman said during the video interview. “I don’t know if, maybe, one day they’ll ask for an Avengers 7 or whatever. I have no idea! But as far as I know I’m done.”

Those hoping to see Portman stay around and maybe pick up Mjolnir herself are likely never going to see that happen. But at least she sounds open to Avengers 7!

Source: CBM

Michael Mando Wraps on Spider-Man: Homecoming


The Marvel secrecy machine has managed to keep the character played by Better Call Saul‘s Michael Mando a secret. Whatever role Mando is playing, he is all finished shooting down in Atlanta.

No word on if the ferris wheel has anything to do with the movie, or is just a fave spot of Mando’s in Atlanta.

Source: Twitter

Brie Larson Can’t Possibly Keep the Captain Marvel Hype Train Going Until 2019, Can She?

BrieLarson_CapMarvel (1) Another week, another Brie Larson Captain Marvel photo. This time, she shared some fan art and her excitement over the upcoming role.

This creation by @bosslogic has got me inspired to blast @lordemusic and dance around my house?????

A photo posted by Brie (@brielarson) on

The mention of musician Lorde might actually be a good idea for the soundtrack of Captain Marvel. Lorde has worked on a Hunger Games movie before. As for the fan art, most likely the hair and makeup crew will have something a little less Conan O’Brien or Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters.

Source: Instagram

Tom Holland Swings into Children’s Hospital as Spidey


Tom Holland paid a visit to Egleston Children’s Hospital to hang out with some kids struggling with illnesses. And he did so dressed up as Spider-Man.

To rework Uncle Ben’s famous saying, “With great opportunities, come great responsibilities.” Good on Holland for taking the time to bring some joy to those who could use it.

Sources: Instagram 1 & Instagram 2