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. It’s been one of the busiest weeks in the MCU this week, so let’s jump right in.
The MCU Welcomes Brie Larson
The very last announcement for Marvel at SDCC was that Brie Larson will be Captain Marvel.
Call me Captain Marvel. pic.twitter.com/IgqRIb9ijM
— Brie Larson (@brielarson)
Not only did fans welcome Larson into the MCU, the actress joined the rest of the “Marvel Family” on stage at the end of Saturday night, and through the evening, many other stars from the MCU took the chance to stand with her.
Larson may be the first female lead for an MCU feature film, but Lupita Nyong’o shared a picture proving that she isn’t alone as a woman in the MCU.
Bad-Ass Women #MarvelMamas pic.twitter.com/wYn6tMd2s9
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo)
Benedict Cumberbatch, one of the newest members of the MCU family, also shared the excitemnt of welcoming Larson to the team.
Sources: Twitter 1, 2, Instagram 1, and 2
MCU Acters Show Off The Toy Versions Of Themselves
Jon Bernthal started it off by showing the world Hasbro’s 6-Inch Punisher, and then the Minimates Punisher toy.
Jon Bernthal checks out the #Daredevil TV #Minimates #Punisher mini-figure! Come get it at Booth #2607! #SDCC2016 pic.twitter.com/2nx0I3JShU
— Diamond Select Toys (@CollectDST)
While Krystin Ritter wasn’t at SDCC, a replica of herself was.
@Krystenritter Cool action figure! You gonna get one?? pic.twitter.com/r48xN3l0wZ
— Ryan Glover (@ryanglover)
But the Netflix stars weren’t the only ones with toys in their likeness. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Chloe Bennet (Daisy Jonson) and Doctor Strange‘s Benedict Cumberbatch were also on hand with smaller versions of themselves in tow.
#AgentsOfSHIELD star @ChloeBennet4 with her very own @originalfunko Agent Daisy Johnson Pop! #MarvelSDCC pic.twitter.com/B8T6j5rQgN
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel)
It looks like #BenedictCumberbatch is excited about the first #DrStrange Pop!! #SDCC2016 pic.twitter.com/PyGcTDxk7B
— CollectorCorps (@CollectorCorps)
Sources: Instagram 1, 2, and Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4
Chadwick Boseman Takes On SDCC And Black Panther BTS Footage From Civil War Hits
We have our first look at the special features that will be included in the Captain America: Civil War DVD, and it gives us a nice behind-the-scenes look at the Black Panther.
According to Newsarama, this is just a small part of the behind-the-scenes action that will be included on the DVD.
This is a clip from a 60-minute behind-the-scenes featurette titled “United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & 2”.
We will get to see the full story, and much more, when the Captain America: Civil War DVD is released September 13. Meanwhile, The Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, was at San Diego Comic-Con, hanging out with the best of the best.
If there are posters out there with both his and Stan Lee’s signatures, that would be a great find for collectors. But with Captain America: Civil War in the past, Boseman was asked what Marvel film he is most looking forward to. His answer is pretty surprising.
Bet you couldn’t guess which up and coming Marvel movie @chadwickboseman was most looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/gvuN6SihoP
— IGN @ SDCC (@IGN)
From the enthusiasm that Boseman is showing as he endorses the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, he either hasn’t seen the new trailer that was released on Saturday, or he is being held at gunpoint. But in this selfie from Comic-Con, he appears to be in the clear.
Source: Newsarama, Instagram 1, 2, and Twitter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Goes Back Into Production
The gag reel for the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DVD release debuted at their SDCC panel, and was released online shortly after. You can view it below. (It’s pretty great.)
Chloe Bennett took a moment to show off Quake’s powers, while on stage at one of the events.
With Ghost Rider joining the cast, we got to see his car on display at SDCC, but Clark Gregg gave us a closer look at the details when they returned back to set… and yeah, the car is looking pretty spiffy.
Source: Marvel, Tumblr, and Instagram
Doctor Strange Meets Loki
The big problem that will be facing Strange later this year is the mysterious Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen. While we do not know much about Kaecilius and what he will be doing, we now know that he will have Scott Adkins on his side, playing a yet unannounced character.
The cast of Doctor Strange had a photobomb from another Marvel favorite when Tom Hiddleston jumped into one of their photoshoots at SDCC.
Special thanks to @karawarner for making #SDCC photobomb magic happen. Obvi, Tom is also #TeamStrange. ?:EW pic.twitter.com/V2OxM6Yp4s
— Darrell Borquez (@Darrellict)
Could we end up seeing Hiddleston, as Loki, with Strange? Cumberbatch discusses this, as well as the draw of Doctor Strange (despite his arrogance) in this video.
Source: Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube
Guardians Of The Galaxy And The Ravagers Take Over Hall H
Director James Gunn introduced the Ravagers, who will appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, This week. Among them is Jimmy Urine, from the group Mindless Self Indulgence, as Half-Nut.
Ladies and I gentlemen I proudly introduce Half-nut. https://t.co/8vMR3kyowH
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn)
Guardians cast photo:
Half-Nut joined the other Ravagers to take over Hall H before the Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2 portion of the Marvel Studios panel.
We will find the #MarvelSDCC panel, and we will conquer it. pic.twitter.com/qz540CJH22
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn)
IGN caught up with Chris Pratt to talk about the A-List celebrities that will be joining him on the new film. As we all know thanks to Marvel’s SDCC panel, Kurt Russell was revealed to be his father, Ego The Living Planet, while Sylvester Stallone‘s role has yet to be revealed. Still, Pratt couldn’t help but to gush about both actors joining him in this film.
We asked @PrattPrattPratt about Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell joining @Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!https://t.co/oxJ6nTDYwi
— IGN (@IGN)
Source: Instagram 1, 2, and Twitter 1, 2, 3
Mike Colter Talks Luke Cage
One show to make a large appearance at SDCC was Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage, where the main cast was on hand to promote the series alongside showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker. You can check out an interview with series star Mike Colter and Coker below where they discuss what makes Cage the perfect hero for now.
Behind The Scenes Of Iron Fist
Finn Jones introduced fans at SDCC to the first look at Iron Fist via a video from the set in New York. Unfortunately, that video wasn’t made public, but the first teaser was. Following the teaser trailer release, Alex Huynh, a stunt actor in the series, posted the following photo to Instagram.
If there was much to see, the crew wouldn’t be allowed to post the pictures publicly, but here’s a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action of Iron Fist, apparently filming in an alley.
And if that wasn’t enough Iron Fist goodness for you, a fan snapped this photo of Jones on set yesterday.
Iron Fist will hit Netflix sometime in 2017.
Spider-Man: Holland Signs Photos For Fans, Buress Teases His Role
Before heading to the west coast to meet up with the rest of the Marvel family, Tom Holland took a moment on his lunch break to respond to fan mail, while in the Spidey costume.
Hannibal Buress can’t reveal who he is playing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but he can share with us who he is not playing in the upcoming MCU Feature.
“All I can tell you is that I’m not Spider-Man,” the comedian said of his Homecoming role during a recent Broward Palm Beach interview. “My character does not know that he’s Spider-Man, so I don’t get to see any crazy fight scenes.”
The Spider-Man: Homecoming cast made their way to San Diego, where they were able to see clips from the movie, which was only ten days into filming, along with all of the other fans in Hall H. The cast, as usual, was full of excitement.
The cast got to hang out with the man that started everything, Stan Lee. Lee has said that Spider-Man is his favorite character, so I’m sure he is just as excited to be with these young stars as they are to be with him.
The event left Tom Holland emotional, even when he was flying to San Diego.
We got a chance to talk to @TomHolland1996 about what being Spider-man at #SDCC2016 is like!https://t.co/YMYWGC5c2P
— IGN (@IGN)
While the cast is away, the stunt men will play. Chris Brewster, who has performed stunts as Captain America and who has been Charlie Cox’s stunt double for Daredevil, posed a video with fellow stunt double Holland Diaz. The two men have been in Atlanta, presumably to work on Spider-Man: Homecoming. If Spider-Man and Daredevil ever were to meet, we have to hope that it would be this much fun.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man has been added to a Disney Showcase Mural, further welcoming him to the MCU.
Source: Instagram 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Twitter, Reddit, and Comicbook Movie
Tessa Thompson Posts A BTS Photo From Thor: Ragnarok
Actress Tessa Thompson, who was cast in the role of Valkyrie, only began filming fifteen days ago, but judging by her latest Instagram post? It appears she has found herself at home with not only the cast and crew, but also Valkyrie’s sword.
If you’re not already, make sure to follow Thompson on Instagram and Twitter as the actress frequently posts some excellent pieces of fan art – and when possible, behind the scenes images from the Ragnarok set.
An while you’re at it, make sure to follow director Taika Waititi as his posts are always delightful. Including this one that teases the Thor mockumentary he made to explain Thor not being in Civil War.
Marvel Launches New Insider Program
In addition to all of the television and movie announcements, Marvel released information this week about their new Insider Program. Fans can earn points through various opportunities, such as checking in at Marvel movies or watching Marvel trailers. For fans that are a part of Disney Movie Rewards, where you earn points for purchasing DVDs/Blu-Rays and the like, it’s essentially the same thing but specifically for Marvel.
“Marvel fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world, and Marvel Insider is our way of connecting with them in a more meaningful style,” says Peter Phillips, EVP/GM, Interactive & Distribution. “Whether you have been a part of the Marvel community for years or you’re just starting to interact with the brand, you now have an extra reason to engage with us. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our fans.” Already have a Marvel.com account? Just confirm that you want to be a part of the program next time you sign in and start earning points immediately! Once you’re in, you’ll get rewarded for things like making a digital comic purchase, checking out the latest and greatest original content on Marvel.com and completing more activities that’ll help fill up your points bank! Activities are updated as exciting things happen in the Marvel Universe so check back frequently for new opportunities at marvel.com/insider/activities to earn points and get cool rewards like digital comics, signed posters, limited-edition pins and more!
If you haven’t already, make sure to enroll.