Mockingbird, Ant-Man, Ms. Marvel, and Black Panther are vying to move from pen and ink to celluloid and digital culture. Also, speculation begins about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2.’
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Adrianne Palicki has been cast to guest-star as super spy Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird, in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ Palicki’s character will appear in the fifth episode and is likely to be a recurring character.
Palicki’s last foray into comic book entertainment was as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s pilot for NBC. The network passed on the series.
The first image of Paul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man,‘ which has begun filming, has been released by Marvel.
John Slattery will reprise his role as Howard Stark in the bugger of a movie. Also appearing in the movie are Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll (‘The Strain’) and Evangeline Lilly.
Ms. Marvel and Black Panther
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed at the San Diego Comic Con that films for ‘Ms. Marvel’ and ‘Black Panther’ are in development. When asked about the projects, Feige told fans:
“They’re both characters that we like, that development work has been done on and continues to be done on and certainly the public… it’s a question I get asked more than anything else. More than ‘Iron Man 4.’ More than ‘The Avengers 3.’ And that’s sort of the fist time that’s really happened to us so I think that makes a difference. I think that’s something we have to pay attention to.”
With the rumors that Ms. Marvel will make an appearance in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ and with Captain America’s shield being made of Vibranium, which comes from Black Panther’s home, Wakanda, it’s likely that these movies were in Marvel’s plans early on.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The next installment of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which is slated to be in theaters in 2017, is not likely to feature Thanos, but will focus on who Peter Quill’s alien father is.
According to writer/director James Gunn:
“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us. That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff. It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.”
In the comics, Quill’s dad is J’son of Spartax, the Emperor of the Spartoi Empire. But in a world where film rights issues exist about which alien species Marvel Studios can and cannot use in their movies, who Star-Lord’s father is is anybody’s guess.