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The Secret Warriors are Coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on hiatus for almost three months. When the show’s season three winter finale concluded last December, Ward was dead, Gideon Malick had gotten away, Coulson’s love Rosalind was dead, and a whole lot of Inhumans were on the loose. When we pick up the series in two weeks, Ward is back, but not as himself. Ward’s body has been overtaken by a powerful Inhuman named Hive. Gideon Malick is still after Coulson, and Daisy must assemble a team of warriors — Secret Warriors — to protect the world from Hive and Malick’s plans.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s third season resumes Tuesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Elektra Rises in New Daredevil Season 2 Trailer
Daredevil season two is only a few weeks away, and this new trailer gives us our first official look at Elektra, who is played by Elodie Yung. Elektra lets Matt know that while he thought he had beaten the Japanese mafia — the Yakuza — he was actually doing their dirty work for them. Matt and Elektra will be facing both the Yakuza and the Punisher this season, which will put Matt’s life and his friends in even greater danger than season one.
Netflix and Marvel Have Found Their Iron Fist
Finn Jones, who is best known as Ser Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones, is set to play Danny Rand in Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist. Danny Rand is a part of The Defenders, which is the superhero team up that will eventually take place on Netflix after all four main characters — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — have been introduced. Rand is a handsome, sophisticated and independent loner who returns to New York City after being missing for years to fight against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible Kung-Fu mastery and the ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist. No word yet as to when Rand will make his first Netflix appearance, but considering Iron Fist and Luke Cage are good friends in the comics, Rand could make a cameo in Luke Cage’s upcoming series this November.
DC Comic’s New Comedy Powerless Adds Vanessa Hudgens
NBC ordered a 30-minute comedy pilot from DC Comics a while back that was meant to be a superhero version of The Office. This pilot order was in direct response to ABC ordering a comedy pilot from Marvel called Damage Control. Both shows have a similar premise in that cleaning up after, and legally protecting superheros, can be a tough business. Powerless recently added three new cast members, including Vanessa Hudgens, who just came off the major success of Fox’s Grease Live. Hudgens will play Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job, who likes to fly under the radar but finds herself increasingly exasperated by the antics of the various Superheroes that proliferate in her city. Hudgens will be joined by Community‘s Dani Pudi and Firefly‘s Alan Tudyk.
The CW’s Riverdale Pilot Has Found Its Archie
Archie Comics is one of the oldest and most well known comic book franchises on the planet. Someone could have never read a comic book before and they would know the names Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. Now these characters are getting the live action treatment at The CW, and this week the network all but completed the casting. Archie will be played by New Zealand soap star KJ Apa, Archie’s dad will be played by 90210‘s Luke Perry, Cole Sprouse will play Jughead, Lili Reinhart will be Betty, and Ashleigh Murray will play Josie from Josie and the Pussycats. The series, titled Riverdale, will be a darker adaptation of the comics, and is set to explore the underbelly of small town life.
Daredevil Producer is Uncancelling Pacific Rim’s Apocalypse
The fate of Pacific Rim‘s future has been up in the air for months. At first Universal announced they would be moving ahead with the sequel. Then they removed the film from their release date schedule. Director Guillermo del Toro assured fans that he was still working on the script with Travis Beacham and John Spaihts, and that the film was still in motion, but Universal refused to comment on whether or not it would still hit its previously announced date of April 2017. News came this week that Pacific Rim 2 was indeed alive and would be directed by Daredevil‘s Stephen DeKnight. That is great news for fans of the robot vs. kaiju series. Del Toro will still produce the film at Universal, although no release date has been set. No word yet if the film’s stars Charlie Hunnam or Rinko Kikuchi will be back for the sequel.
Ready Player One Finds Its Lead Actor
Steven Speilberg’s Ready Player One adaptation isn’t set to open in theaters for another two years, but the film has already found its lead in young actor Tye Sheridan. Sheridan has previously starred in Mud, Tree of Life, and will be making his superhero debut in this summer’s X-Men Apocalypse as Scott Summers/Cyclops. Ready Player One was meant to debut in December 2017, but moved back a few months after Disney moved Star Wars Episode VIII moved to the same time that December. Ready Player One is based on the 2011 book of the same name, which was written by Ernest Cline.
Ava DuVernay Will Direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time
Selma‘s Ava DuVernay is set to helm Disney’s latest adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay will direct the film along side writer and Academy Award winning Jennifer Lee (Frozen). These women are the perfect combination to bring to life the epic, scientific, and heartfelt story of Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace’s quest to find their father. This will be Disney’s second adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the first of which debuted on the Disney channel back in 2003.
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Entertainment journalist who’s passionate about science fiction, superheroes, and all things nerdy. Regular Comic Con attendee, co-founder of The Marvel Report and co-host of The Flash Podcast and the Peggy Carter Podcast. Assistant editor at CBR and contributing writer to The Tracking Board. Obsessed with British accents, strong female characters, Sherlock, and Steve Rogers.
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