Building up from the momentum generated by the early 2015 success of Daredevil on streaming, Marvel Television and Netflix were quick to follow through with their collaboration on more Marvel series connected to the Cinematic Universe, but featuring the heroes (leaning more on the antiheroic bent) that fight street-level crime.
Next on their schedule was Jessica Jones, about a former teen superhero-turned-cynical hardboiled private eye, still struggling with the trauma of what happened in his past concerning a powerful mind-controller named Kilgrave. When Kilgrave hatches a great plot, it’s up to Jessica to rise past her demons and stop him.
Here are the episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, which premiered on streaming in all entirety on November 20, 2015.
Recently the comic-book world was shocked and saddened by the passing of artist-writer Steve Ditko. Ditko was famous for being half the tandem – with Stan Lee – that created one of Marvel’s most famous superhero characters, Spider-Man. He also worked with other publishers like DC, creating memorable characters for them too.
In celebration of the life and legacy of Steve Ditko, we’re going to be making a list of major characters that he co-created with Stan Lee in Marvel Comics – heroes and villains and people in between – that have since been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or at least the earlier films with Columbia/Sony Pictures.
Spider-Man (created 1962; in many enough movies from Columbia/Sony and Marvel Studios)
Doctor Strange (created 1963; in MCU film 2016)
Speedball (created 1988; in proposed New Warriors TV series that was originally planned for Freeform but is now looking for another network)
Squirrel Girl (created 1992; also in the former-Freeform proposed New Warriors series)
Doctor Octopus (created 1963; in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Sandman (created 1963; in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 from Columbia/Sony)
Lizard (created 1963; in 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Sony)
Vulture (created 1963; in 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Electro (created 1964; in 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Mysterio (created 1964; will debut in 2019 upcoming MCU film Spider-Man: Far from Home)
Green Goblin (created 1964; in 2002 Spider-Man and 2012 Amazing Spider-Man films)
Harry Osborn (created 1965; in Spider-Man trilogy and Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Baron Mordo (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Dormammu (created 1965; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Aunt May Parker (created 1962; in all major Spider-Man films to date)
J. Jonah Jameson (created 1963; in Columbia/Sony’s Spider-Man film trilogy 2002-07)
Liz Allan (created 1962; in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Gwen Stacy (created 1965; in Columbia/Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man duology 2012-14)
Ancient One (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Wong (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
When it started in 2015, the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel superhero character, became a breakout smash hit for the streaming service because of its darker, edgier, mature and violent storytelling despite being part of the family-suitable Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring more Netflix shows featuring street-level Marvel superheroes.
The first season of Daredevil made great work in setting up this not-as-epic corner of the wider MCU with some great world-building. It sold that while the characters and antagonists are not as mass-destructive and flashy as their film “cousins”, they’re no slouches either. Here’s a list of those episodes, all premiering April 15, 2015.
On its first season, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC had something of a slow start, though it eventually built up to something epic due to its plot integration to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier), as well as the shocking reveal that one of its main characters was an antagonist all along.
For season 2, the same integration was also implemented, with one plot arc making brief references to the events leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy and the later ABC TV series Inhumans.
Agents of SHIELD S2 also provides further development on the character of Grant Ward, who has been building up to becoming one of the most remarkable traitor characters in a TV series of the time. Without further ado, here’s a list of all episodes in season 2 of this show.
Shadows (September 23, 2014)
Heavy is the Head (September 30, 2014)
Making Friends and Influencing People (October 7, 2014)
Face Thy Enemy (October 14, 2014)
A Hen in the Wolf House (October 21, 2014)
A Fractured House (October 28, 2014)
The Writing on the Wall (November 11, 2014)
The Things We Bury (November 18, 2014)
…Ye Who Enter Here (December 2, 2014)
What They Become (December 9, 2014)
[Mid-season break when Agent Carter season 1 aired]
Aftershocks (March 3, 2015)
Who You Really Are (March 10, 2015)
One of Us (March 17, 2015)
Love in the Time of HYDRA (March 21, 2015)
One Door Closes (March 31, 2015)
Afterlife (April 7, 2015)
Melinda (April 14, 2015)
The Frenemy of My Enemy (April 21, 2015)
The Dirty Half Dozen (April 28, 2015) – tie-in episode to Avengers: Age of Ultron
Scars (May 5, 2015) – conclusion to plot integration with Age of Ultron
With so many films being slotted into the production schedule of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sometimes certain Marvel superhero movies that the public is clamoring to see get put on the back burner if not ignored entirely. One of these wish-list entries is a solo movie for the Black Widow.
Introduced into the MCU in Iron Man 2, SHIELD Agent Natasha Romanov – as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson – has built up a small but vocal fan base that wants a movie with her, front and center. Some voices in Marvel Studios has juggled the concept too, and even proposed possible directors.
Today we have a short list of the filmmakers – all female – whose names have been dropped as potential directors for an MCU Black Widow film. All three of them have been said to have talked about the project to both Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson herself.
Also included are some films each director has done prior to this development, with information where they might be relevant.
Cate Shortland – from Australia, the first to be rumored for consideration to direct Black Widow
Somersault (2004) – Australian indie film starring Sam Worthington
Lore (2012) – co-production with German and British studios, a historical drama
Berlin Syndrome (2017) – co-production with French studio, a psychological thriller
Amma Asante – British filmmaker from Ghanaian parents
Belle (2013) – period drama inspired by true story
A United Knigdom (2016) – historical romantic drama based on true story
Maggie Betts – the sole American choice
The Carrier (2010) – a documentary on AIDS
Novitiate (2017) – a drama about life in a Catholic convent in the days after Vatican Council II
Here’s a list of films in from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are currently ranked within the Top 20 Highest Grossing Films of All Time. They’ll be enumerated from the biggest blockbuster of them all on down, with information concerning their premiere year, current all-time gross ranking (worldwide), their highest achieved ranking on the chart, and how much they’ve made globally at the box office.
Avengers: Infinity War – 2018; current rank and peak rank at 4; $2,006,323,950
The Avengers – 2012; current rank 6, peak rank 3; $1,518,812,988
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 2015; current rank 8, peak rank 5; $1,405,403,694
Black Panther – 2018; current rank and peak rank at 9; $1,345,917,727
Iron Man 3 – 2013; current rank 15, peak rank 5; $1,214,811,252
Captain America: Civil War – 2016; current rank 17, peak rank 12; $1,153,304,495
You read right. All of the MCU Avengers films are sitting pretty at the top ten, and during their best placements respectively they were in the top five. If that’s no sure sign of Marvel Studio’s dominance in the box office, then nobody knows it. What a way indeed to celebrate 10 years of making superhero movies.
Marvel’s Golden-hued posters celebrating the first decade of Marvel Studios and their MCU have been around some time now, and they’ve been getting attention thanks to the captions accompanying the photographed superheroes in each. These catchphrases are so ripe for memes that Rob Liefeld even shared Deadpool fanart parodying them.
Anyway, we’re making a list of the Marvel Studios gold posters – all 34 of them that feature MCU heroes – and include their respective descriptive catchphrases. It’s a stylish twist to have the “a” in every phrase be styled like the Avengers logo. Here we go.
Hero Group Shot – More than a Hero
Iron Man – More than a Suit
Ant-Man – More than a Thief
Black Panther – More than a King
Black Widow – More than a Secret
Winter Soldier – More than a Mission
Hulk – More than a Temper
Hawkeye – More than a Marksman
Groot – I am a Groot
Doctor Strange – More than a Doctor
Okoye – More than a Bodyguard
Captain America – More than a Shield
Loki – More than a Trickster
Scarlet Witch – More than a Tragic Past
Spider-Man – More than a Kid
Star-Lord – More than a Legendary Outlaw
Thor – More than a God
Valkyrie – More than a Sword
Vision – More than a Mind
War Machine – More than a Fighter
Shuri – More than a Genius
Wasp – More than a Partner
Korg – More than a Friend of Doug’s
Wong – More than a Librarian
Drax – More than a Destroyer
Falcon – More than a Wingman
Gamora – More than a Weapon
Rocket (Raccoon) – More than a Trash Panda
Heimdall – More than a Watchful Eye
Mantis – More than a Sensation
Nebula – More than a Machine
Nick Fury – More than a Spy
Nakia – More than a Warrior
The third and final MCU film for 2018, the 10th Anniversary of Marvel Studios, is Ant-Man and the Wasp, next month in July. The final film in the MCU myth saga that started with Iron Man in 2008, is Avengers 4, due 2019.
It’s shaping up to be a great summer if you’re a Marvel fan in France. That’s because Disneyland Paris has for its 2018 summer-wide event perhaps the greatest concentration of Marvel-themed spectacles in any Disney park right now, with attractions and special merchandise aplenty. We’ll list and explain them all.
Note that all these Marvel specials are happening at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park component, so you know where.
Marvel: Super Heroes United – a live indoor stunt show taking cues from the overall myth arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; rather than finger-snap them to oblivion, Thanos mind-controls the Avengers and other heroes to fight one another; it’s up to Spider-Man and Black Widow, who both escaped Thanos’ trap, to keep Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, etc. from killing one another; then it’s on to kick Thanos butt; catch this at Studio Theater
Stark Expo Presents: Energy for Tomorrow – another stunt spectacular, this time outdoors in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (aka Twilight Zone Tower of Terror); the event, ostensibly an arc reactor tech demo by Tony Stark, gets hijacked by Loki, with – again – Black Widow and Spider-Man taking center stage to take him down
Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora – yet another outdoor event; Walt Disney Studios Park guests are invited to join in with Quill and Gamora as they throw a dance party to the tune of some familiar music tracks from disco 70s to techno 80s and everywhere in between; the “dance energy” from all willing participants is needed to save the galaxy
Marvel Eat and Greet – Disneyland Paris’ Hotel New York gives their restaurant the Marvel makeover; diners are treated to an appropriately-themed three-course buffet plus get a chance for selfies and groufies with “resident” heroes Cap, Thor…and Black Widow (that’s a hat trick there)
Marvel-themed park snacks and merchandise – various eating places in Walt Disney Studios Park now offer at least one or many more Marvel-themed menu items; sit down and take a break snacking on Iron Man cake pops, Groot shortbread and Avengers-brand shawarma, plus many more
Need time to make your travel plans for Disneyland Paris? Take your time indeed, because these events and specials are at home there until September 30. Consider it a tease for a more permanent Marvel expansion area for the park set to open in 2021.
There’s still a year more to go, and two more movies to view, before we find out what happens next following the catastrophic conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. We know that quite the number of Marvel heroes we’ve been following in the MCU fell at the cosmic finger-snap of Thanos.
With so many characters lost, and a mad titan still at large with a gauntlet equipped with precious stones that can alter the fabric of the universe, the Avengers are going to be hard-pressed to face him come Avengers 4 in 2019. They’ll need to bring in more hero help.
This week came some artwork that is purported to be official concept designs for how the Avengers might look on their upcoming fourth movie. The roster seems feasible considering those who haven’t died yet. Here’ well list the characters shown in this Avengers 4 concept art, with actors’ names.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers 4 premieres in May 2019. It comes after two other MCU movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp (this July 6) with Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, and prequel Captain Marvel (March 2019) starring Brie Larson.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Is a live-action stunt spectacular that shows a wide variety of Marvel Comics Super Heroes taking on some big-name super-villains (and not just the ones appearing in the MCU either) to stop an existential threat to the world. Lots of awesome choreographed fight scenes, vehicle and wire stunt-work, and pyrotechnics ensue.
Here we have a list of all the Marvel characters who play a part on Marvel Universe LIVE! The spectacle starts off this year in Houston on July 12, travelling through many key locations. Avengers, Assemble!