When we think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), I believe everyone thinks of all the movies that Marvel has produced since the 2008 Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Jon Favreau. (If you think about it, these two heralded this entire movie franchise to life!)
To be honest, the word cinematic does lend itself to visions of the big screen in most people’s minds. If you really want to stretch it, you could include the television and streaming worlds set forth by Agents of SHIELD on ABC and the Netflix collection of series starting with Daredevil. (That premieres this week.)
Now we have some “hint” during the Emerald City Comic Con 2015 about animated projects being considered as tie-ins or part of the MCU? The answer given was that there are things in the works.
Technically, this all sprang forth from the pages of comic books. And it was a natural progression of the franchises, where fans got to see their favorite characters pop to life in a well done movie. It’s like when the butterfly emerges from the cocoon.
Now obviously Marvel has been producing tie-in comics with the release of some of their theatrical titles, such as their latest release that precedes events in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’ve even seen prequel comics from the RED spy movies, and to be honest, things referenced in the movies, which needed no further explanation onscreen, still made a ton more sense to those of us who read the prequel comics. And it made the movie feel like more of a culmination of acts or deeds that had occurred off-screen.
I love that idea. Comics as their own stand-alone stories that tie-in or just fit into the realm of the MCU, sure.
But at the offset, it seems odd to be considering a potential animated series setting up in the MCU. It is almost like taking a step backwards for some of the fans. Or stuffing that butterfly back in the cocoon. But then again Marvel has been doing things well. My guess is that they’ll be creating new animated features or series to tie into the MCU. At least at one point in the Con panel, it was noted these tie-ins will not include the teen versions. Whew!
On the bright side, financially, animated series will be cheaper all around, what with different (cheaper) actors voicing the various characters we’ve become accustomed to on the silver screen should make it a bit of a stretch. I mean Downey Jr. embodies Tony Stark perfectly in tone, inflection, mannerisms… those will be tough jetboots to fill for anyone who voices the character. But hey, we’ll see.
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No Post-Credit Scene in Age of Ultron
Do you remember that final quiet scene at the end of the Avengers where everyone gathered around in that shawarma scene, chowing down on their post-victory snacks? We won’t be getting a post-credits scene like that in the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As explained in an EW.com piece,
[there was no way to top the post-battle shawarma scene from the last one. “We all came at it separately—we don’t want to chase that,” Whedon says. “That was a jewel and a weird little quirk. “
“There will be a tag,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige clarifies. That is, there will be a short, epilogue-like scene that pops up shortly after the credits start. “But there’s not a post-post-credit scene.”
“There is nothing at the very end. And that’s not a fake-out,” Whedon says. “We want people to know so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!’”]
I like his understanding. I hate sitting through the credits for the first two scenes as it is. One at the end of the credits? Ug. They’ve also pointed out in this EW piece that rumors of Captain Marvel appearing in the movie are false, though there will be a different and familiar female character making a quick appearance.
Speaking of which…
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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
When Iron Man 3 released so many clips and trailers, it was pretty lame when they spoiled almost all the good surprises and most of the story. With that in mind….
The “Last” trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron came out last week. But Disney won’t let that stop them from dropping little Featurettes here and there, which is what I call code for “new clip.”
I’ve been trying to avoid dropping every single teaser, clip and trailer to avoid spoiling much, considering how much they like to put in teasers these days.
But check this one out, it’s Joss Whedon and the gang talking about the various locations they took to, to shoot the film in.
Hmm… it seems the original video that was up was plucked from the web. OK, that’s cool… plan B: A “Similar” featurette:
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