Doddle Digest: Ant-Man and The Wasp, MCU X-Men, Solo and Metropolis Series

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting to kick it into gear with Black Panther hitting theaters this month. Along with that film, we have a movie with one of the largest casts ever put together with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

But after that, we’re back to something a bit smaller… or larger depending on how the Pym particles are manipulated. Marvel has released the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp which you can watch below.-

Ant-Man and the Wasp

There’s something inherently cheesy about the Ant-Man property that I love. Everyone knows the franchise is incredibly silly, including the films themselves. Name any other Marvel film that would end on a giant Pez dispenser being thrown out the back of a van. I can’t. The fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe can swerve between serious and goofy is one of its greatest achievements.

Kevin Feige Talks Mutants in the MCU

One of the biggest acquisitions in Hollywood history is taking place with Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox. That not only gives Disney access to the original Star Wars: A New Hope, but, even better, access to the rights for Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. That means Disney can fold Marvel’s first family and mutants into the MCU. Speaking at the premiere for Black Panther, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about adding those franchises to the MCU with Vulture. Here’s what he said:

The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out. There’s been no communication. We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced. If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think about it more. Until then, we have a lot to do.

So when can we expect to see mutants? Not for a few years at least. Feige continues:

It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted.[…] I think about it through 2019, through the movies we’ve already shot or are about to start filming. I’m hoping to deliver on everything we’ve promised thus far.

I can’t help but think there’s a bit more to this. Fox’s New Mutants has been pushed from this April to February 22nd, 2019 and director Josh Boone has envisioned that as a trilogy. Depending on how loose it’s connected to the current X-Men films, I still think it could be retooled to work in the MCU and that may have partially led to the delay.

Solo’s Super Debut

Meanwhile, everyone has been asking when are we going to see a trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story? The movie is scheduled to debut in May and we haven’t see or heard any official teaser trailer, prompting many to worry that there’s still trouble on the Millennium Falcon.

But now the buzz is that the trailer for Han Solo’s origin story will get a super debut this Sunday during Super Bowl LII. That would certainly give it the widest possible audience. And at $5 million for a 30 second commercial, it would show that Disney has full confidence in how director Ron Howard has reshaped the film after dismissing the Lord brothers.

Lex Luthor and Lois Lane TV Series

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have announced a 13 episode order of a new show called Metropolis for DC’s announced streaming service. The series, which will be set before the arrival of Superman, will center on Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. Here’s how the press release describes the new series:

Set in the wondrous and awe-inspiring City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, Metropolis follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.

So, it’s basically Gotham meets Fringe minus the Man of Steel. The CW has done really well with their DC superhero shows by going full-tilt with superheroes. Gotham isn’t as well received and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still rubs some fans the wrong way. This will also be the second Superman prequel, with SyFy network launching Krypton, taking place in the decades before Kalel was born and Krypton was destroyed.

The reason people watch superhero television series is for the superheroes and I can’t fathom why they keep trying to make TV show set in these worlds without the actual superheroes. If anything, most of the news in this article is about celebrating superheroes, not removing them from the narrative. Audiences have embraced these films and TV shows, execs should catch up.

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