Marvel Mutterings: X-Men DoFP, Agents Of SHIELD, Female Heroes

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Whether it’s Fox, Sony or the Marvel stable themselves, here are the world-wide witterings!

New photo from X-Men, Misfits star Ruth Negga joins Agents Of SHIELD,  and Natalie Portman talks Female Marvel Superheroes

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Currently in post-production phase, director Bryan Singer is back on Twitter again with a snapshot of his editing bay. Judging from the overgrown weeds and fallen sign, this is clearly a scene-shot from the future of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters… X-Men: Days of Future Past is due in cinemas on May 23, 2014.

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 Agents Of SHIELDMisfits Series 2 regular Ruth Negga has joined the cast of ABC’s Agents Of SHIELD. Reports that it’s a recurring role, but the details are under wraps. Chances are that she won’t have her powers of teleportation as in Misfits – she does fellow Brit Elizabeth Henstridge however. Good on them for flying the flag!

Thor / Female Super-Heroes: According to Thor actress Natalie Portman, gender movie changes are afoot in Marvel land. She echoed the rumours of a prospective Captain Marvel movie and more: “There are definitely many strong women, but it will be exciting when there is a central female character which I think is coming – I have heard is coming – and, of course, also a central non-white character will also be exciting. Title characters.” “But they do definitely have strong female characters in them,” she adds, “and I think it’s a testament to the people who run Marvel, their respect, their just normal human respect for women, the way they want to characterise them; you can tell when men talk to you, as just a person or as a ‘woman’”

Marvel has a history of strong female characters, although not huge in number. But Disney certainly knows how to tap markets, and has always had strong female characters, be they live action or animated. As a Dad with a daughter, I’d like to think that there will be more on offer to my girl than Elektra & Hit-Girl, and that equally important, when they are not in masked garb, they are doing something signficant &  meaningful with their lives. So I was really happy to read that Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Agent Peggy Carter could be getting her own TV series on ABC. Played by Hayley Atwell in the movie and in the Marvel-One Shot that came with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, Margaret “Peggy” Carter was a British officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve – the forbearer of SHIELD after WWII. It’s early days yet, and it’s unconfirmed whether Atwell will return to the role, but when you consider that Agents Of SHIELD also started life as a Marvel One-Shot – Item 47 – it’s got to be a sound idea for setting up characters and concepts that could be expanded upon in future Marvel movies or TV shows.

Sources: Bryan Singer’s Twitter, Deadline, Sci-Fi Now
Reporter: SilverFox

 

 

 

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