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MarvelBlog News for February 21st, 2022

MarvelBlog News for February 21st, 2022

Doctor Strange 2 released a trailer, Kevin Feige made a shocking declaration, and Loki season two named its directors. Let’s enter the Multiverse of Madness in this week’s MarvelBlog News.

The Only Super Bowl Commercial That Mattered

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Once upon a time, the Super Bowl screened dozens of buzzworthy commercials that generated massive attention for their brands.

Lately, those ads have universally sucked. Well, that’s the perception but not the reality. Most Super Bowl ads lacked any entertainment value.

Networks hyped the ads on their various news channels to satisfy their customers, the advertisers.

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Very rarely is a commercial worthy of special recognition. We get maybe five good Super Bowl ads per year. The rest are like that stupid E-Trade baby nobody likes.

But 2022 worked differently.

One commercial got tongues wagging and fingers tapping on phones immediately.

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The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer broke people’s brains with all its promises, including a voice from the past. Take a look and listen:

Ladies and gentlemen, that sure does sound like Professor Xavier speaking from on high.

In fact, he seems like he’s among Marvel’s – how would you describe them? – Illuminati.

Oh yeah, if you haven’t watched that trailer, you have missed A LOT. In fact, MarvelBlog will break down some of the sexiest rumors in a standalone article.

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For now, let’s talk about what we can confirm. Disney achieved something clever here. It didn’t pay for the entire trailer’s broadcast.

Instead, Disney bought time for a teaser and directed people to watch the entire Doctor Strange 2 trailer online. And boy, did they ever.

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Dr. Strange by the Numbers

According to social signals, nearly 100 million people watched the trailer and interacted on social media about it within 24 hours of the Super Bowl.

The Multiverse of Madness absolutely destroyed all other Super Bowl commercials in this metric.

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In fact, only one other movie, the new Jurassic World film, even approached Doctor Strange in terms of immediate interest.

Disney also debuted another Moon Knight commercial, but data suggests it got swallowed whole by Multiverse of Madness.

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That’s all anybody wanted to talk about this past week. We can even demonstrate this with a data point.

Doctor Strange 2 claimed nearly five times (!) as much interest as Black Widow did for its Super Bowl ad in 2020.

For its part, Disney suggested that 143 million people watched the trailer within 24 hours on their social platforms.

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Also, 55 million more people watched broadcast views. In short, people loved this commercial so much that they didn’t fast-forward through the commercials!

The appeal of the Dr. Strange sequel is so massive that it temporarily reset media consumption back a decade to a time when people still watched network and cable television!

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Wait, What???

When Kevin Feige speaks, we always listen. Sometimes, what he has to say leads to double-takes, though.

That statement proved especially true this past week as Feige flatly stated that we won’t get another Avengers movie.

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I’m truly sorry if your heart just stopped as you read that. Have someone perform CPR on you, and then I’ll continue. Please don’t walk toward the light.

Sorry, Feige’s odd proclamation has got me acting weirder than usual, and I’m always pretty weird anyway.

Here’s what happened. Feige appeared in the Disney+ featurette, Assembled: The Making of Eternals.

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During this discussion, Feige said the following:

“Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now past their 10th anniversary, and with the release of the final Avengers movie, we finally completed a 22-movie Infinity Saga.”

If you’re anything like me, you’re hoping that people have read too much into this statement. He’s talking about the past tense, isn’t he?

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 22: (L-R) President of Marvel Studios/Producer Kevin Feige and Scarlett Johansson attend the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

There’s Still Hope…Maybe

Feige later added the following:

“Where do we go from there? Where do we start? And what we really wanted to do was two things: start fresh, with whole new characters, new storylines, but actually go back to some of the deepest, richest mythology in all of Marvel comics.”

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That…makes me less hopeful. Feige is definitely speaking as if one chapter of the MCU has closed forever.

Should we read into that Feige will introduce a new superhero team, one that goes by a different name than the Avengers? Possibly.

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I will add that in a previous conversation, Feige had proclaimed the following:

“(We) think we want there to be a reasonable amount of time from the Endgame to start a new saga, which is already underway and already started.”

So, that reads more like Avengers 5 is in the plans, only with new stories yet to unfold. Of course, he said that last year. Has he since changed his mind?

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I’ve thought about this quite a bit and eventually decided that we’re reading too much into it.

We live in a world where Tobey Maguire just played Peter Parker again, while Patrick Stewart presumably returns as Professor X.

We should never say never about any superhero premise. Instead, we should expect a significant gap between Avengers: Endgame and Avengers 5.

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Realistically, that makes the most sense anyway. Avengers 5 would collapse under the weight of expectations if we constantly compared it to Endgame.

That project needs time to breathe and expand with new characters, ones we might come to love every bit as much as Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Thor.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: ENDGAME..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Marvel Miscellany

Let’s start with an update from last week. The Disney+ schedule is out for March of 2022. It does NOT contain any of the Marvel shows from Netflix.

So, the current thinking is that Disney pulled the license but can’t show these programs yet on its own services.

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I don’t necessarily believe that, as I think Disney may simply wait for other developments in the MCU first.

As a reminder, Daredevil appeared in the top 10 of streaming ratings in December for…reasons.

Timing these shows with upcoming series and movies would make some sense.

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Speaking of which, rumors abound that a Punisher series is in the offing at Disney+ or Hulu. Yes, it would feature the same cast as the Netflix series!

While we’re talking about additional seasons of Marvel programs, Loki season two has confirmed some directors.

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Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead must have impressed Marvel. The two artists just helmed multiple episodes of Moon Knight.

Now, they’ll direct more than half the episodes of Loki season 2. Their stars are undeniably ascending.

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Speaking of which, co-star Ethan Hawke is gushing about the performance of his counterpart, Oscar Isaac, in Moon Knight.

I should add that they’re close friends, which is how Hawke came to be on the project in the first place.

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Still, he’s mentioning Isaac in the same breath as Robert Downey, Jr. That’s got to get you excited for the project! And that’s our MarvelBlog News for February 21st!

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Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?

DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.

Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.

Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.

Marvel VS DC

MARVEL GIRLS

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow

Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch

Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts

Gwyneth Paltrow

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson

Dani Guererro – Okoye

DC GIRLS

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Amber Heard/Mara

Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!

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Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision

WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.

In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.

WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.

I Love Lucy

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.

Bewitched

Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.

Good Times

A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.

Full House

In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.

Malcolm in the Middle

The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.

The Office

WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.

Modern Family

When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.

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Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.

The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.

Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.

Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?

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Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.

The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.

How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?


For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.

By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.

After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.


What are Wonder Man’s powers?


What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.

Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.

Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?


Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.


What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?


Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.

It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.


It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.

We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.

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