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SDCC Round-Up: Venom, Iron Fist, Legion, And All Things Marvel!

Woo-wee! San Diego Comic Con 2018 was pretty awesome this year. Tons of amazing new announcements, particularly from DC Comics and Warner Bros (that Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer!). Buffy is getting a reboot, Clone Wars is making a comeback, and the Halloween panel was reduced to tears by an inspired attendee. However, Marvel had a rather low key year. With no major MCU films to promote, Marvel Television and Sony were the main attractions. In this article, we are going to do a brief run-through of Marvel’s announcements for their TV shows and offerings from Sony.

 

Venom

Let’s start off with Venom, coming out in October. The confusion about whether or not this film will be a part of the MCU appears to have been solved at last, with a definitive no. However, Tom Hardy and director Ruben Fleischer have expressed interest in seeing Venom face off against Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man. Let’s get Hardy vs. Holland! Footage at the film’s promo panel confirmed Eddie Brock and the symbiote Venom share conversations together, no doubt testing Hardy’s acting skills.

It was also confirmed that Riz Ahmed’s character, Carlton Drake, would double as the symbiote Riot. Riot can also jump from host to host, with Fleischer claiming that Riot could be anybody in the film. The director also claims they are building a “big world” around the film’s story, clearly hinting at Sony’s ambiguous plans to make a shared Spider-Man universe, sans Spider-Man.

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Next, we have Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will feature the cinematic debut of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). The film appears to take direct inspiration from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, beginning with the death of Peter Parker. But, Miles will then meet an older Peter from another reality, played by Jake Johnson. Spider-Gwen will also show up, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld. Other Spider-Men will be appearing: Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage), Penny Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and even Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Shameik Moore seemed to take great pride in playing the Black-Mexican superhero, much to the joy of the audience. It will sure be a fun and interesting ride to see a variety of Spider-Men on screen together.

 

MCU Television Shows

Iron Fist’s second season was confirmed to be released on Netflix on September 7th. That is barely six weeks from now and does not leave much time for marketing. As such, the lone trailer released to the public is nothing to write home about. We all know how disappointing the first season was for most fans, though appearances in The Defenders and Luke Cage have been improvements. Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary will appear, played Alice Eve, and Sacha Dhawan will return as Davos, now assuming the mantle of Steel Serpent. Clips shown exclusively at the show’s panel drove the audience nuts and apparently revealed Danny Rand in his iconic costume from the comic book. Huzzah! Plus, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight will team up once again during the season.

Cloak & Dagger, which recently aired on Freeform, was announced to have earned a second season to air in 2019. Marvel Television executive Jeph Loeb confirmed that everything TV-related this year in the MCU has taken place prior to Avengers: Infinity War, as to avoid its universe-affecting ending. He also neither confirmed nor denied rumours that Cloak & Dagger may crossover with last year’s runaway Hulu hit, well, Runaways.

And last but not least, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps on rolling on. The end of the fifth season saw the departure of Phil Coulson, though his actor, Clark Gregg, will direct the sixth season’s first episode. We do not know yet if he will return in-character, but it is nice that he will remain involved in one way or another. The season will also see Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) become a main character.

 

Fox’s X-Men Television Shows

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Fox’s two X-Men shows, The Gifted and Legion. The Gifted has so far focused on lower-tier mutants like Polaris, Blink, and Proudstar, and will introduce the Morlocks in its second season. The Morlocks live underground due to their often inhuman mutations, so they should offer some imaginative characters. There also appears to be a growing theme around parenthood, with Polaris’ developing pregnancy, i.e. the grandchild of Magneto. The new season will also feature the growing influence of the Hellfire Club, last seen in X-Men: First Class.

Legion continues to wow audiences with an epic second season finale, and looks to continue its rollercoaster of a ride. David Haller (Dan Stevens) effectively ascended to villainy and his girlfriend, Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), will become the show’s new main protagonist. Considering David is Charles Xavier’s son, perhaps we shall see a crossover soon where he meets Polaris, Magneto’s daughter.

With the deal between Disney and Fox still ongoing, we will have to wait and see how all of these shows will be affected. With any luck, they will still be available on television and streaming services, however this deal plays out.

What were your highlights of this year’s SDCC? What would you have liked to have seen from the MCU? Are you looking forward to or dreading Venom? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!

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