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Marvel Are Developing New TV Shows For Popular Heroes Like Loki And Scarlet Witch, Meaning My Dream Of More Agent Carter May Actually Happen

All these shows will be on Disney's upcoming streaming service, which means RIP my time.

Marvel has been slaying the movie business over the past decade, but its TV offerings have been a bit hit and miss at best. For every good to great Marvel TV series we’ve received, like season one of DaredevilJessica Jones, and Luke Cage, there’s… basically everything else.

But it appears that the comic book behemoth is taking some ambitious steps to fix this little weak spot in its library of content because Marvel are reportedly developing a number of limited series centred on several popular characters from its “Marvel Cinematic Universe”.

I’ll let Loki take the reins here on my reaction to this news.

According to Variety, Marvel’s plan is to develop six to eight episode limited-run shows revolving around fan favourite heroes who are popular but not quite popular enough to receive their own standalone series or origin movie, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch.

However, this project will differ from what we’ve seen so far on free-to-air TV and Netflix.

It is reported that these in-development shows will be broadcast on Disney’s upcoming streaming service and is expected to be an expensive endeavour an par with the amount of dosh spent on Marvel’s movies.

But perhaps most interestingly, all the actors who portrayed the heroes and villains are expected to reprise their roles in these upcoming shows, which means we can expect heavy doses of Tom Hiddleston being owned time and time again, and Elizabeth Olsen doing her weird hand stuff as her Eastern European accent steadily slips.

Of course there’s the whole apocalyptic Infinity War ending in which many heroes faded into oblivion to take into account, but I’m sure Marvel have a get-out-of-jail card for each of their characters. Plus, I’m sure they’re all going to be revived somehow in next year’s Avengers movie.

Marvel and Disney had no comment to Variety‘s report, which means we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.

Apparently these new shows are still in the very early stages of development in terms of writers, storylines being mapped out, and even which second-tier Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes are getting the which means it will be a while before we see of have confirmation on anything.

As exciting as this all sounds, the only “new” Marvel TV series I want to see is a new show revolving around Peggy Carter. It’s been a few years since Agent Carter was sadly canceled and I’m still sore over that decision.

With Marvel and Disney throwing some serious moolah behind this ambitious limited series project, to the point where they’re paying the big bucks for movie stars, I hope Peggy Carter gets a second go-around in the spotlight.

Kit Harington Questions Why More Gay Actors Haven't Starred In A Marvel Movie, Proving That Jon Snow Actually Knows Something

20 movies in and we've had a grand total of ... two actors representing the LGBTQI community.

We’re 10 years and 20 movies deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I must say it’s been incredibly fun to see Marvel superheroes of all walks of life making their way to the big screen.

Well almost all walks of life.

In a new interview with Variety, Kit Harington called out what he saw as a lack of representation in Marvel movies due to the lack of gay actors playing superheroes. Specifically, he said:

There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero. I mean, when is that going to happen?

Huh, well turns out that Jon Snow may know something after all.

Putting aside the fact that of all people it is a bloke from Game of Thrones that is calling out Marvel for the lack of LGBTQI representation in its movies, the guy has a point.

In the 20 Marvel movies that have come out, there have been a grand total of… two actors representing the LGBTQI community.

First there’s Lee Pace, who played Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Captain Marvel, but he hasn’t really talked about his sexuality in public until this year and Ronan isn’t exactly a lead role or a superhero even if he is mega-powerful.

Then you have Tessa Thompson who played Valkyrie in Thor Ragnarok, but she only came out as bisexual after the movie was released and a scene depicting the character’s bisexuality was sadly cut from the film, which kind of undermines the whole representation thing.

If we want to include the “other” Marvel movies from Fox, it gets a bit better as there’s Ellen Page, who played Kitty Pryde in the X-Men films, and of course there’s Ian McKellen who played Magneto, but they still remain firmly in the minority.

This isn’t to say Marvel can’t fix this whole LGBTQI representation issue in its movies. With god knows how many movies still in the pipeline from now until the sun disintegrates, the opportunities are still there for the studio to hire some gay actors to play superheroes. And if Black Panther has taught us anything, it’s that Marvel isn’t afraid to put diversity on the forefront and it has paid off handsomely.

Perhaps Marvel can learn a lesson from the DC universe here. Sure the DC movies have ranged from “bad” to “outright awful” (I’m excluding Wonder Woman because it is the lone exception), but its TV shows has recently taken some big steps forwards in diverse representation by casting Ruby Rose as Batwoman and transgender activist Nicole Maines as a transgender superhero in Supergirl.

DC may be losing out to Marvel in almost every area in terms of movies, but it is definitely winning the representation round.

If Marvel can turn Chris Pratt from a schlubby bloke to hunky superstar, Chadwick Boseman from character actor to everyone’s one true king of Wakanda, and Chris Hemsworth from surfer boy to worldwide hearthrob, then surely the studio has the power to give more representation to the LGBTQI community by casting more gay actors for lead roles.

In Today's Edition Of 'Dumb Stuff Gamers Are Angry About', Everyone Is Losing Their Minds Over A Puddle Of Water In The New Spider-Man Game

A game that almost no one has played yet either.

If there is anything equivalent to opening Pandora’s Box in the real world, it would absolutely be the wrath of the angry gamer. No matter what you do in the gaming circle, whether it’s making games, playing games, journalism, or creating content, there will always be someone mad at you for some reason, most of which are pretty stupid.

And in today’s edition of “dumb stuff that gamers are mad about”, a good contingent of gaming fans have got their pitchforks out for the upcoming Spider-Man game over some puddles.

Puddles isn’t code or a metaphor for something, I mean literally puddles of water.

This whole saga about (literally) crying over spilled water began when two screenshots of the same scene involving Spider-Man beating up some goons at a construction site came out. One was from an early 2017 trailer while the other is from a more recent 2018 version of the game.

Eagle-eyed gamers noticed that the 2018 screenshot had way fewer puddles in the scene compared to the 2017, which immediately prompted an “investigation” from triggered fans crying foul over what appears to be a graphical downgrade.

No use crying over spilled water, people.

After some chap tweeted at Insomniac Games (the developers of the game) about the lack of puddles signifying a graphical downgrade in Spider-Man during its 2017 to 2018 development phase, the studio replied in the only possible appropriate way to such a dumb claim.

And by that I mean straight-to-the-point telling everyone that there’s no downgrade with a tinge of snark.

Even the Insomniac Games Community Director was roped into the whole saga, who also tweeted out the exact same answer.

The folk over at Reddit weren’t quite convinced and a post examining the two Spider-Man screenshots soon shot to the front page with over 26,000 upvotes and presumably the same number of pitchforks. Clearly puddles are far more important than I thought.

Look, I can see two sides of the argument here.

Firstly, there has been some legitimate cases where the final game didn’t look anywhere near as good as its initial, misleading trailers (despite still looking amazing). Just ask The Witcher 3 and Watch Dogs 2.

However, games development is a complicated process and it is inevitable that a game will look dramatically different at the beginning of production compared to the final thing. For Spider-Man, a year is a decent chunk of development time, so of course there are going to be visual differences. Hell, even Leonardo Da Vinci went through several early versions of the Mona Lisa before settling on the famous final painting.

Besides, I’m sure the proper explanation is that those puddles dried up from 2017 to 2018. Good games take a lot of time to make ya know.

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