Marvel News Out of the D23 Expo

There’s a helluva lot of news coming out of the D23 Expo this weekend, where Disney unveiled footage, media and news about its upcoming slate of films and attractions. We’re only covering the Marvel stuff for this post so we don’t get too bogged down. Stick around for more details on each topic in separate articles. See you after the jump.

First up, a little bad news…kinda. During the press rounds for Avengers: Infinity War, Mark Ruffalo stated that a stand-alone Hulk movie “would never happen”. Speaking with Variety, Ruffalo put to bed any hopes that a Ruffalo-led Hulk movie was in the cards.


"I just want to make one thing perfectly clear today that a standalone Hulk movie will never happen. Because Universal has the rights to the standalone Hulk movie and for some reason they don’t know how to play well with Marvel, and they don’t want to make money."

Ruffalo sounds a little butt-hurt but I would be too. The character has loads of potential, and after what’s transpired with Spider-Man in Civil War and Homecoming, it doesn’t even make sense at this point why that deal isn’t being signed as we speak. So why did I say “kinda”? Well, a tweet from Ruffalo went out today, responding to a question regarding a Hulk movie in a different format, and his words were a little less rigid.

So it seems all hope is not lost after all…kinda.

Next up we have a trailer description for Avengers: Infinity War. Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Infinity War follow. Only those in attendance got to feast their eyes on the footage, but various sites have given descriptions of the trailer and it’s like you’re right there watching it. Not really, but here’s what they say:

The trailer begins with a passed out and wounded Thor floating in space. Guardians of the Galaxy hit him as they are flying through space in the Milano. He’s stuck to the windshield and Rocket proposes using the windshield wipers to wake him up. Thor is brought into the Milano, wakes up, and says, “Who the hell are you guys?” There’s a cut to Loki holding the Tesseract. Shot of Spider-Man on a bus, arm hair stands up – confirming Spidey sense. Iron Man working with the Guardians. Thanos arrives to battle Avengers. Spider-Man shown wearing new suit from end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Cut to Peter with mask off saying, “I’m sorry,” to Stark. Thanos battling Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, and Iron Man. Shows Captain America in new (Nomad?) suit with a beard. Black Widow is now blonde. Thanos pulls pieces of the moon to Earth to toss at Avengers. Logo.

Artist's rendition of the Homecoming Iron Spider suit

Artist's rendition of the Homecoming Iron Spider suit

There was far more to glean in the trailer itself, but this will have to do for now, until we get our very first official trailer, presumably landing with Thor: Ragnarok later this year. I’m going to be so broke by 2020. If you’ve gotten this far, you know that two things have been confirmed: 1) Peter’s Spider-Sense will make its debut and 2) The Iron Spider suit will be seen in Avengers: Infinity War. If you’ve seen Homecoming then you know that suit isn’t a 1:1 remake of the suit in the comics, but it’s close enough. My excitement can’t be contained. Can you tell? No but seriously, I’m hyped beyond belief right now. We won't have to wait too long to see it for ourselves, since Kevin Fiege himself told us when the trailer would "probably" drop.

Back to our Incredible Hulk, it seems that the green goliath will have a substantial amount of screen time in Infinity War. The storyline is completely under wraps, but we do know that the events of Infinity War will tie into Untitled Avengers 4. We also know that the film remains untitled because the title is a spoiler for Infinity War. Could Hulk’s lengthier screen time mean a continuation of some kind in Avengers 4? Again making the rounds as far as press is concerned, Ruffalo spoke with Erik Davis of Fandango, where he was asked about Hulk’s story. While there is no direct quote from Ruffalo yet, Davis summarizes that Infinity War is merely the beginning.

While that’s not a direct or official quote from Ruffalo, it opens up some interesting possibilities. Stay tuned.

Last but not least we have some news about Thanos’ henchmen in Infinity War. In the comics, they were his Black Order Villains, but in the MCU, they’ll be his “children”. Presumably in the same way that Gamora and Nebula are his children, but without the remorse or conscience. Confirmation came out of D23 that the Children of Thanos will be Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and Ebony Maw. These characters came into the spotlight during the Infinity series of comics that are to be the muse for the MCU version of what transpired. They’re strong, brutal, intelligent and cunning. If you’ve read any of the comics, you know exactly what I mean. Stay tuned for an article that goes a little bit more in depth on that.

That's it for now, gang. Stay tuned for more details and a little bit of guesswork regarding the future of the MCU!

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