Below we’ve included the various trailers and teasers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to releasing trailers for upcoming series/films “Dr. Strange,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “Defenders,” Marvel also announced a handful of castings. We’ll go a little bit more in depth on those after the trailers.
While most of the shows and movies above are part of the MCU, the last trailer is for the FX series “Legion.” The new series follows mutant David Heller, who is gifted with extremely powerful telekinetic abilities. Traditionally, Heller is known in X-Men universe as Professor Charles Xavier’s son. However, according to showrunner Noah Hawley, this will not be the case in the new series. Hawley is well known for television fans as the showrunner and head writer of FX’s successful anthology series “Fargo.” “Legion” will not be part of the MCU, but is instead a cooperation between Marvel TV and Fox TV to bringing mutants to the small screen.
Second, Marvel announced that Oscar winning actress Brie Larson will take on the role of Carol Danvers for Marvel’s “Captain Marvel.” The film will be the first in the MCU to have a female protagonist as it’s lead. Danvers is the original “Ms. Marvel” hero until she assumed the mantle of the longtime male hero “Captain Marvel” in 2012. Danvers is an pilot who was infused with DNA from an alien species, the Kree (featured in “Guardians of the Galaxy“) which gives her super powers. The origin of her powers will likely be altered in the film universe, but she is still a character to be excited for.
Finally, Marvel clarified some of their recently announced castings. This started with “Black Panther,” which stars Chadwick Boseman and will be directed by Ryan Coogler. The film also cast Lupito Nyong’o will be playing “Nakia,” a member of the royal guard. The leader of the guard, which is comprised solely of women, will be Danai Gurira (Michonne from “The Walking Dead“). The villain of the film will be Michael B. Jordan, fresh off his widely acclaimed team-up with Coogler on “Creed.” Jordan will play Erik Killmongerer, one of the best villains in Black Panther’s rogue gallery. I wouldn’t be surprised if Coogler shapes the film around the two of them being friends before they inevitably reach a point of conflict.
As a last side note, the footage of “Spiderman: Homecoming” suggests that Tony Revolori (“Grand Budapest Hotel“) will be playing Flash Thompson. Thompson is well known to be a bully to Peter Parker, but a huge fan of Spider-man. It’ll be interesting if Marvel chooses to use him for his more recent role as Venom, or if they’ll maintain status quo from the comics.
With all these cool castings, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the MCU. A lot of young and fresh talent has joined the franchise, which should spell good things for the future. Time will tell how the castings work out, but it looks to be a bright future for Marvel.