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Are Disney suits polishing the brass on their own personal Superhero Titanic?

Yesterday, news broke regarding Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, the Phase Three Marvel MCU picture he had been developing with the studio for the last eight years. Details we sketchy regarding his exit, but with the film this close to shooting, speculation ran rampant around the Internet (as it tends to do). Today, Latino Review has dropped one of their patented “inside scoops” regarding the Wright disaster while almost simultaneously breaking the news that Cabin In the Woods director Drew Goddard has left the Daredevil series Marvel was developing with Netflix. The reports on both are troubling, to say the least, as it reads like Disney and Marvel suits are meddling in the creative galley, to the point that their talent are jumping ship left and right.

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“…last time I had all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus one British character actor, and I needed more conflict.”

Joss Whedon is admittedly “having a blast” playing around with the new villain for the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron. While recently speaking with Empire magazine, he discussed not only the latest villain whom everybody’s favorite band of Marvel superheroes are facing off against, but also the overseas release dates (Marvel recently announced Avengers: Age of Ultron will get an earlier release of April 24, 2015, keeping with the recent trend of placing it ahead of the U.S. date) and also how the textures of the architecture in the United Kingdom are being emphasized during the filming of the biggest MCU sequel to date.

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*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***

I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.

That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books  whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.

I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.

To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s AvengersAs much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…

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It’s a subject near and dear to my heart, female superheroes in the movies, or rather, the lack thereof. If you’re a regular reader of Nerd Bastards you’ve likely seen me rail on the subject almost ad nauseum. And I’m happy to hear I’m not alone in my concern for the disparaging inequality when it comes to representing women heroes on the big screen.

Joss Whedon is no stranger to talking about female superheroes and how important it is we get more of them in movies, especially those Marvel movies over which he holds great influence. After Wednesday night’s Saturn Awards, where Whedon strolled home with a heap of trophies, Collider grabbed him for a quick interview. When they asked him if more Marvel ladies will join Black Widow, Pepper Potts, and Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe he responded, “YES.” No doubt there, folks! Whedon is determined to bring more women into the MCU. He continued,

I do try to make sure that the women in the movies aren’t window dressing, that they have something to say and something to do, and I’ve got some people in mind. Marvel’s got some great characters, so why not draw on them.

Why not draw on them, indeed. One of my favorite Marvel ass-kickers is Captain Marvel, and with her recently reinvigorated monthly title now’s the perfect time to prep Carol Danvers for the big screen. Funnily enough, Clark Gregg wants a Captain Marvel movie, too, and he’s interested in playing the lead role– wait, WHAT?

I can’t say this because these guys are like, giant muscular superheroes, but if I had a magical transformation, I wouldn’t mind being Captain Marvel. Although, there’s a new Captain Marvel in the comics who’s a lady alien, and she’s hot. I would be a lady alien Captain Marvel.

You heard it him, Clark Gregg for lady alien Captain Marvel!

Okay, so he’s not serious. Besides, she’s not really alien, she just inherited alien powers. There are always rumors a Captain Marvel movie is in the mix, and she’d make such a great addition to the MCU’s Avengers. I hope we see her soon!

Hit the jump to watch Whedon’s full Collider interview where he dishes on Agents of SHIELD and Avengers 2. Which of Marvel’s kick ass, women heroes do you want see in the MCU next?

Sources: MTV’s Splash Page, The Mary Sue

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While Kevin Feige may be the real man in charge of Marvel‘s cinematic and television future, it’s to Joss Whedon we’re all looking, wondering what’s coming next. Currently on the docket for Whedon is The Avengers‘ sequel and the TV series, Agents of SHIELD. And naturally, fans are assuming a crossover between the two is inevitable. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), who’s either been mysteriously resurrected or just as mysteriously never died, is appearing in SHIELD and was last seen in The Avengers. Is he the connection?

Barely, because there’s barely a connection between the two. Speaking with IGN after the ABC Upfronts last week about Agents of SHIELD, Whedon said,

They’re not The Avengers, they’re not the fancy ones. They’re the people that got sort of hit in the blowback of this super-world.

The show is about the six people who are in the show. And every week we’ll meet somebody that they have to deal with. Some of those people will be very sympathetic, some of them will be evil, some will be from the Marvel canon, some will reference it — but it’s not an Easter egg hunt. It really is just about the lives of these people as they’re dealing with this super-world.

So don’t expect Cap and Thor or Hulk to pop in from week to week. There will be references to these superheroes, these gods, but that’s the extent of it. SHIELD will focus very much on the team of Agents and that’s it. Though, he says there will be characters from Marvel canon appearing. Who do you think will show up on Agents of SHIELD?

Source: IGN via Blastr