Marvel news is generally slow in the week preceding the San Diego Comic Con. Look to the weekend to learn all things Marvel (and other sci-fi/comic book stuff, too). Still, the little bit of news that has been revealed gives us much to look forward to!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel is making sure it’s no secret that season 3 of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ will be about the Secret Warriors, with Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Lincoln (Like Mitchell) taking lead in forming the super-powered group. It’s a sure bet that the “secret” issue will line up with the story in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’
James D’Arcy and Enver Gjokaj, who play Edwin Jarvis and Agent Daniel Sousa, respectively, have signed on as series regulars for season 2 of ‘Agent Carter.’
While Marvel declined to comment, deals for Chad Michael Murray (Agent Jack Thompson), Bridget Regan (Dottie Underwood) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Angie Martinelli) are forthcoming. Hayley Atwell is already slated to return.
Here’s the description of the new season: “Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.”
Also, Peggy Carter will be facing off with nemeses from the comics. Showrunners are being tight-lipped about who they will be, but look for lots of Marvel lore to be part of the new season.
Agent Carter is slated to return midseason on ABC.
Guardians of the Galaxy
According to director James Gunn, the title of the next Guardians of the Galaxy film will be ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’
An animated “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” debuts with a one-hour special featuring back-to-back episodes, Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD, with a sneak peek of the first episode on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 PM ET.
Disney XD will also telecast 10 two-minute shorts delving into the back story of each of the five main characters throughout the month of August.
According to Marvel.com, the series features themes of redemption and the importance of friendships and family told through a series of riveting sequential story arcs. The series follows the newly-formed team who finds a strange artifact keyed only to the DNA of Peter Quill. Upon opening it, Quill unleashes a treasure map leading to a powerful weapon known as the Cosmic Seed which is capable of giving birth to the next universe. It’s up to the Guardians to find, protect and ultimately destroy the Cosmic Seed in order to keep it out of the hands of those who would abuse its power, from galactic big boss Thanos, to the conniving brothers the Collector and the Grandmaster, to a resurrected Ronan, to the ultimate trickster, Loki, in order to save the universe.
The schedule for the animated shorts and the series premiere are as follows:
• August 1: Star-Lord – Part 1 (8:58 PM ET) & Part 2 (10:28 PM ET)
• August 8: Groot – Part 1 (8:58 PM ET) & Part 2 (9:58 PM ET)
• August 15: Rocket Raccoon – Part 1 (8:58 PM ET) & Part 2 (9:58 PM ET)
• August 22: Drax – Part 1 (8:58 PM ET) & Part 2 (9:58 PM ET)
• August 29: Gamora – Part 1 (8:58 PM ET) & Part 2 (9:58 PM ET)
Saturday, September 5
Disney XD debuts sneak peek at first episode of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” at 9:00 PM ET.
• “Road to Knowhere” – The newly-christened Guardians of the Galaxy come into possession of a dangerous artifact that has Thanos’ new lieutenant, Korath, after them.
Saturday, September 26
One-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” featuring back-to-back episodes on Disney XD (9:30 PM ET).
• Encore presentation of “Road to Knowhere” followed by “Knowhere to Run.” In “Knowhere to Run,” the Guardians struggle to subdue the suddenly-sprung-to-life Celestial head that is the Knowhere space colony, as well as storm Korath’s ship to rescue Quill, Gamora and the mysterious CryptoCube that holds the Cosmic Seed.