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.

New Daredevil Season 2 Poster

Following the release of the first official promo, poster, and synopsis for season 2 of Daredevil earlier this week, Marvel has released a new banner image in the same stained-glass painting style as the first poster.

Like the previous image, it showcases all of the main figures in Daredevil’s (Charlie Cox) life during season 1. Interestingly enough, the first image teased new characters Elektra (Elodie Yung) and Punisher (Jon Bernthal) while this one doesn’t. It’s more than likely that as we get closer to the March release date of the new season that we’ll start seeing both characters featured more prominently in promotional material.

Season 1 of Daredevil is now streaming on Netflix and Season 2 will debut on the site worldwide on March 18th.

Source: Marvel on Twitter

Captain America: Civil War BTS Featurette

Captain America: Civil War is the next Marvel film to hit theaters, so even though they’ve got a number of TV shows to promote over the spring, they’re leaning heavily on press for the blockbuster. JoBlo have posted a new behind-the-scenes look at this summer’s epic clash that will give you a brief tease of what to expect when Team Captain America (Chris Evans) goes up against Team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

And thanks to the Marvel Studios subreddit, we now have a name and artist for the melodramatic music that accompanied the first Civil War trailer. The track is called “Sharks Don’t Sleep” and it was created by Dean Valentine. Take a listen below and under that hear it in the context of the trailer.

Source: JoBlo on YouTube and r/MarvelStudios

Doctor Strange Set Photo Reveals Iconic Location

Continuing his deluge of photos on the set of Doctor Strange, producer extraordinaire Louis D’Esposito has shared another bts photo, this time showing of the iconic window of Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) Sanctum Sanctorum.

The window was previously teased in concept art of the Sanctum, but this is our first look at the actual set piece.

We’re sure to get more looks, especially once a trailer for Doctor Strange finally arrives, but we’ll have to wait until the film debuts on November 4th to see Strange’s lair in all its glory.

Source: Louis D’Esposito on Twitter

Spider-Man Reboot Lands Suicide Squad Production Designer

According to Variety, production agency Gersh has hired Oliver Scholl to work as production designer for Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man film. Scholl has previously worked on Edge Of Tomorrow and DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad, so he certainly has a knack for sci-fi and superhero design.

The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot directed by Jon Watts will release July 27th, 2017.

Source: Variety

Guardians 2 Shooting On RED Weapon 8K Cameras

It was recently announced that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 would be shooting on the new Weapon 8K cameras by RED. This marks the first time the cameras have ever been used in a film shoot. Upon this announcement, many fans were upset to hear that **James Gunn* wouldn’t be shooting the movie on film, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens famously did. Gunn decided to take to his Facebook page to share his reasons for the decision and it’s hard to argue with what he says.

“Firstly, I believe when shooting on a format like the Red Weapon 8K or the Alexa 65, the amount of data is so massive – certainly more so than on a strip of film – that it gives you more freedom in production and post production to create exactly the film you want to create than actual film does. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows, I am a control freak. Such high resolution gives me the ability to control ever single bit of data (to do so would take a long time, but at least the knowledge comforts me). Many filmmakers look to essentially replicate the look of film, but I don’t share that interest. I believe that innovations in camera and shooting technologies as well as visual and practical effects gives us the ability to create a new aesthetic of film, one different from what the past has offered but equally beautiful – perhaps even more so. I respect many of the filmmakers who continue to shoot on film – and some of the most gorgeous movies of 2015 have been in that format. But I think sometimes that the love of actual film is based in nostalgia more than it is in objective beauty. Many filmmakers remember the films of their youth and want to replicate that magic. For me, I’m interested in being one of the many who help to create a new kind of magic that will usher the cinematic experience into the future. What will the children of today think of fondly with nostalgia?”

Though many of these same arguments could apply to Star Wars, it is refreshing to hear a director who works with such visual effects-rich films defending modern technology in the medium. There’s long been a debate in all the art forms, but especially film and music, about digital vs. analog technologies. It’s an interesting debate since almost every other aspect of society, we prefer the newest innovations to their predecessors. Hit the link below to read a bit more from Gunn on his choice.

And a further bit of BTS news, another casting call has gone out in Atlanta for film extras, this one calling specifically for “handsome men” for the production start date of February 15th. Back in November, a similar call went out looking for the aforementioned handsome men along with “beautiful women.”

We’ll have to wait until Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 releases on May 5th, 2017 to see how all these attractive folks figure into the film and decide for ourselves if the decision to use the RED cameras paid off.

Source: James Gunn on Facebook and Comic Book Resources

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Web Series Nominated For Producer’s Guild Award

Earlier this year, Marvel and ABC created a behind-the-scenes web series for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. to show off new footage. While the premise was that a double agent was loose within S.H.I.E.L.D. leaking secrets, the whole thing was really an elaborate way to show off new footage and interview cast and crew, all while playing slightly in-universe. The shorts were so good that they’ve been nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award, according to a tweet by producer Geoffrey Colo.

Check out the episodes here as you await the March 8th return of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

Source: Geoffrey Colo on Twitter.

Jessica Jones Stunt Coordinator Talks Fights

While Daredevil was praised for its exquisite fight scenes, Jessica Jones was not without its brawls. One of the most notable was when Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) first reveal their abilities to each other when a bunch of goons show up in Luke’s bar seeking revenge and the two team up to take them down. TV Insider spoke with on of the show’s stunt coordinators, Chris Place, about crafting the choreography.

“My first draft of the first fight in the show, she and Luke [Cage] were punching everybody. But the people who knew the comics said, ‘They can’t be punching these people; they’ll be killing them,’” explains Place of the challenge choreographing fights with characters who had superhuman abilities. “That was a big shocker because I was like, ‘How are we going to put fights together with these characters if they can’t really punch people?’ That’s when we started integrating props into [the fights].”

Place goes on to speak more about the fighting style for Cage given his extraordinary abilities.

“Luke knows he’s indestructible, so we just made him bored of fighting these people because he knows he’s not going to lose,” says Place of Cage’s attitude during the second episode’s bar brawl. “So he’s just smacking people with the back of his hand and moving slowly, not really caring if he gets hit or has a bottle broken on the back of the head. He knows it’s not going to hurt him. The fight’s just like a shrug of the shoulder [to him].”

Similarly, he speaks on Jessica’s style, or lack thereof.

“Jessica doesn’t have a fight style. She doesn’t throw moves or block any punches, so it’s a lot of pushing and shoving and throwing people across the room,” Place says. “Krysten [Ritter] basically would be Jessica Jones to a T. Her personality actually helped define what she would be doing, which was great. Just literally using her super strength to throw people and kicking guys between the legs.”

Hit the link below where Place details two other fights and with the announcement that Netflix is now available worldwide, the Jessica Jones’ Twitter has released a new video promo of Kilgrave (David Tennant).

Watch Season 1 of Jessica Jones anywhere in the world on Netflix now.

Source: TV Insider and Jessica Jones on Twitter.

Agent Carter EP Talks Season 2

Agent Carter executive producer Tara Butters spoke with TV Line recently about Peggy (Hayley Atwell) heading to Hollywood for Season 2 and some of her new relationships.

“We play with a wonderfully weird love triangle between Peggy, Wilkes and SSR West Coast chief Daniel Sousa [Enver Gjokaj], which makes Peggy feel completely awkward,” executive producer Tara Butters says. “She’s so kickass in dangerous situations, but when a man shows interest in her, she doesn’t know how to handle it.”

She spoke on finally dashing the hopes of Carvis shippers (I don’t know if that was already a shipping name for Peggy and Jarvis, but it’s too good not to be) as we finally meet Jarvis’s (James D’Arcy) wife with Lotte Verbeek cast in the role of Ana.

“Ana is not at all what you’d expect, and it takes all the sexual tension out of the Peggy-Jarvis relationship,” executive producer Michele Fazekas says. “She’s bold, outgoing and fabulous—and Peggy is crazy about her!”

Hit the link below for more on Hollywood and new enemies. You can catch up on Season 1 over at ABC‘s site and Season 2 of Agent Carter will premier on the network on January 19th.

Source: TV Line

Ant-Man Nominated For Visual Effects And Editing

The accolades for Ant-Man keep rolling in, proving more and more that this was the little Marvel film that could. Earlier this week, the American Cinema Editors nominated the movie for an Eddie award in the comedy category for best editing. The film goes up against The Big Short directed by Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay and is nominated alongside some of this year’s biggest films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road in the drama category.

This week, the BAFTA nominations also came out and Ant-Man has landed a nom for Special Visual Effects, according to the Marvel UK Twitter. They shared the announcements along with two looks at promo art for the aforementioned visual effects.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Ant-Man can land a win for either award but until then, the film is out now on home video and Ant-Man will return in Captain America: Civil War before co-headlining 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Source: Variety and Marvel UK on Twitter.

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