andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Several years ago, I started keeping a list of Marvel characters that might show up in the cinematic universe, purely for my own curiosity. What can I say, I enjoy lists and the making thereof. Post-Civil War seems like a good time to update it, and I thought I'd post it here so I can look back at it in a few more years and see how wrong I was about who they'd put on film. (Because let me tell you, I would not have guessed that Scott Lang would make it.) The previous version of the list has been quite reliable, though.

I used comicvine's list by appearance function to compile a list of the fifty most frequently appearing Marvel superheroes and villains that haven't made the transition to the MCU yet. This only takes volume of appearances into account, and while that's a reasonable guide to popularity over the long term, it's a metric that breaks down for characters invented more recently. I think it's safe to say that Ms. Marvel would be a more popular addition to the MCU than, say, Speedball. But Speedball has been around decades longer and thus had more time to build up the numbers.

This list does not include people Marvel Studios clearly do not have the film rights to - all X-Men and X-Men adjacent characters belong to Fox, and so do the poor Fantastic Four. (I am actually fine with Fox keeping the mutants. I like what they've done with them from the most part, and I don't think that they would benefit from being included in the MCU or that the MCU needs them. I do sincerely hope that they stop abusing the FF, Doctor Doom, Galactus and the Silver Surfer and hand them over to people who might have some idea of what to do with them. Surely this has to be cheaper and less humiliating than making movies that bomb just so they can keep the rights?)

There are a couple of Civil War spoilers below the cut, and also casting spoilers for a bunch of MCU stuff that isn't out and in some cases won't be for several years. I also mention a couple of rumoured characters for Thor: Ragnarok, but who knows if the rumours are accurate.

Like I said, spoilers below the cut. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Well, that was about nine million times more fun than the comics event of the same name.

They certainly could have billed this as Avengers 3, but in the end I'm glad they didn't, as it puts the focus on Captain America, and that works for the narrative. (It also gives them a reason to leave out Hulk and Thor, and the film already has plenty of characters. Besides, they would have raised the level of unfortunate property damage even further.)

Reasons why under the cut. Also spoilers. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
I thought I was going to binge watch this with everyone else, but actually I ended up drawing it out as long as I could stand because I loved it and did not want it to be over. I'm sure everyone already said anything I wanted to say about it over the last month and a half. I do have two thoughts:

1. You know you are a real comic book nerd when someone says technically this is a spoiler ) and you start waving your arms, swearing and saying 'noooooooooo!' at the television. All of which I literally did. The character has such a generic name that I missed who they were until that very moment, but there's, um, precedent for what happens to them in the comic universe.

2. I really, really want a Hellcat Netflix series, like, yesterday. Because that would be awesome, and somehow I am not tired of 'It's Patsy!' jokes yet.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, having stayed up marathoning the rest of Daredevil, I am finally caught up. Instead of actual thoughts, I have dot points.

1. You know, at this point, if everything they make in the future sucks - and I do have serious misgivings about Ant-Man and Civil War - I will not feel like they owe me anything. Eleven films and three TV shows that I have enjoyed is a pretty impressive achievement.

2. It never ceases to amaze me that they consistently pull of making something that appears to a mass audience and draws high-pitched noises from people who know who Melvin Potter is.

3. Nobody should ever let Wanda and Wilson Fisk come within a hundred feet of one another unless Fisk is safely restrained. (And I think we're talking vibranium shackles here.)

4. So Gao is from pure speculation. )

5. In conclusion: Nelson, Murdock and Page, the finest avacados in the land!


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