Warning: Ant-Man spoilers ahead! Marvel has talked about these developments through viral videos, Comic-Con and of course, Ant-Man. One development I didn't put in here was in the Winter Soldier article I put up just a few days ago.
So, I put together my other favorite developments...
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk?
During [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), the Scarlet Witch cast a spell on Bruce Banner and made him turn into the Hulk. This time, though, it's a completely out-of-control Savage Hulk! He basically destroys half of Wakanda and it takes Tony Stark's Hulkbuster/Veronica armor to stop him--and destroy the other half of Wakanda in the process! Caused a lot of damage and presumably loss of life. In the movie, they hadn't issued a warrant for Banner yet, but it sounded like they were going to. Probably half the reason why he left Black Widow and the Avengers at the end of the movie. The Hulk is rage-filled weapon of Mass Destruction, super-human style.
If you've paid attention to the Ant-Man promotions, you know that Marvel brought back Christine Everhart--who did quite a spread on Tony last year--and a news show on WHIH. She reports on the Avengers and other super-human news. A few days ago, there was an interview with Scott Lang where he explains his crimes and what got him in jail. But I was also paying attention to the news tickertape on the bottom of the screen:
These are great. They're calling for the Avengers to be held accountable for what they did in Sokovia and that there are public concerns about Bruce Banner and what the Hulk can do. Which probably led to the Accords Cap and Falcon were talking about in the post-credits scene in Ant-Man, which probably leads to the Super-Human Registration Act.
Also, cool Ultron tech being sold, maybe to HYDRA?
HYDRA is not finished. When the Ant-Man movie finished, HYDRA was still around. This time in the form of former head of SHIELD Defense Mitchell Carson. After the sale of the Yellowjacket technology went horribly wrong for Darren Cross and HYDRA, Carson took a single vial of reverse-engineered Pym Particles from Pym Tech and escaped. So now HYDRA is in possession of the MCU's newest piece of superhero tech. First Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, what's next for super-humans in HYDRA?
Don't forget about Agents of SHIELD. Former Agent Grant Ward has declared himself the new leader of HYDRA, but I think that's just some remnants that he's finding. I doubt the big leadership of HYDRA, like Mitchell Carson, would allow some nobody to lead them. Maybe Ward's HYDRA is like some kind of Neo-HYDRA faction?
“We got guys who jump. We got guys who swing. We got guys who climb up walls.”
“It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3,” Feige told Yahoo! Movies. “It is going to be a very important moment, and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It's going to be a very big part of one of our upcoming films."
Once again, at the end of Ant-Man, another future spoiler. Hope Van Dyne has everything going for her as a superhero--except for the super powers. She's smart, resourceful, can control ants as well as her father and can fight. We only saw a brief glimpse of her mother, the original Wasp, right before she disappeared into nothingness (oh, and if she were to appear again--very possible--she would probably be the same age as when she disappeared. Quantum physics!). We later learn that Hank and Janet were building a prototype Wasp 2.0 suit in their basement labyrinth and wanted to give it to Hope when she got old enough. Another superhero steps up for future movies.
According to Comic-Con, Agent Peggy Carter is going to be sent to Hollywoodland! It's 1947 and the Golden Age of Hollywood. She's apparently there to investigate a murder--the Black Dahlia. Be sure that people will be doing a lot more Internet searches on this famous unsolved murder. And it gets gruesome.
And now, for my favorite new/old developments. I wanted a little montage of images for these two.
Foggy: "The Greek girl...whatever happened to her? She was smokin'."
Matt: "Oh Man, it didn't work out."
Well, apparently, Matt, you made an impression. The new Elektra actress, Elodie Yung is now going to be on Season 2 of Daredevil! She doesn't look Greek, she's actually French Cambodian. So, ACTING! I haven't seen her in anything, but she was in GI Joe Retaliation. Guess I'll have to go see that. She plays a ninja named Jinx dressed in red! Sound familiar? Guess these images will have to do for now...
"Si vis pacem, para bellum
If you want peace, prepare for war"
I'm one of the few people who really liked Thomas Jane as the Punisher, and the 2004 movie he was in. He even made a great fan film Dirty Laundry about two or three years ago that was a big hit on YouTube. But that being said...
I don't even watch Walking Dead but I think this guy is perfect and he's gonna kill it (no pun intended).
He's a big guy, knows how to use weapons, and the Marine haircut is perfect.
This two images are from a banned short film about the Punisher made by a filmmaker named Mike Pecci called The Dead Can't Be Distracted. It's a cool comic-booky way to show Frank's weapons.
BONUS: '80's X-Men (and two Horsemen of the Apocalypse)!
The top image was just released recently in Entertainment Weekly, and the second one below is from Bryan Singer's Instagram account.
What do you think?