MarvelBlog News for January 21st, 2024
We’ve focused on a few vital stories the past few weeks. So, I’m going to mix things up a bit in the latest MarvelBlog News.
Let’s talk briefly about several newsy recent Marvel items, including some awards season love and a surprising MCU return.
Daredevil Is All over the Place
Marvel’s indecision about the best approach to the Daredevil reboot has grown challenging to ignore.
I gave Marvel the benefit of the doubt when it fired almost everybody behind the scenes and started from scratch.
However, some recent reports have completely baffled me.
Most notably, the people making Daredevil have been told the series WILL be part of the MCU’s canon…but not all of it.
How does that make a lick of sense? It’s even more confusing when you consider that Marvel recently said something else.
As of now – but who knows about later? – the Marvel series from Netflix are also part of MCU canon.
Somehow, parts of Daredevil won’t be. And these sorts of logical inconsistencies and signs of indecision need to stop.
Speaking of which, here’s something I view as good news but still reflects absolute internal chaos.
I’d previously mentioned that Karen and Foggy wouldn’t appear in Daredevil: Reborn…and there was a good reason for it!
In the original plot, Karen and Foggy would have died in the time between the Netflix series and the start of the reboot.
Apparently, the former storytellers wanted to wreck Matt Murdock’s world and start all over again.
Thankfully, those people are gone now because Karen and Foggy were two of the best parts of Daredevil.
Someone at Marvel has figured this out because Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson will return for a portion of the reboot.
Everything I’m hearing about this show makes me nervous, but this particular decision is excellent.
Daredevil: Reborn would have felt hollow without Karen and Foggy. Also, Women in Refrigerator Syndrome is a thing.
Speaking of Daredevil…
Have you finished your Echo binge yet? Don’t worry. I won’t spoil anything here, as I couldn’t even if I wanted.
Currently, I’ve watched three of the five episodes and wrote recaps. I hope to add the others over the next few weeks.
However, I did note that Vincent D’Onofrio performed an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
You shouldn’t read this piece until you’ve finished Echo, so I won’t link it due to the spoilers.
In the piece, the actor expresses gratitude for his opportunities to return as Wilson Fisk in Hawkeye, Echo, and Daredevil: Reborn.
D’Onofrio also expressed delight at the upcoming direction of his character, who we already knew would survive until Daredevil.
Apparently, what happens at the end of Echo causes Wilson Fisk to reevaluate some things.
Now, the game master is ready to make his move.
D’Onofrio is one of the best parts of Echo, and the series has exceeded Disney’s expectations to date.
Despite the notorious troubles in filming the project, Echo has succeeded on streaming.
During Echo’s first few days of availability on Hulu and Disney+, it finished as the most-viewed program on both services.
No other Marvel show had simultaneously debuted on both services, making this first kind of a technicality.
Then again, I don’t know of any series that has done this, either.
Echo is exceeding expectations and earning acclaim for its treatment of the character’s heritage.
Awards Season Arrives
While Sony did most of the heavy lifting, Marvel just had a great week.
Awards season arrived, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse excelled.
Sony’s animated movie managed something that Marvel’s corporate owner, Disney, could not this year.
Spider-Verse earned seven nominations at the prestigious Annie Awards, the animation academy’s highest honor.
One of those categories was Best Feature, a place where Disney failed to earn a nomination for the first time ever.
The good news didn’t stop there, either. Spider-Verse also won the Critics Choice Award for Best Animated Feature.
— Critics Choice Awards (@CriticsChoice) January 14, 2024
Disney’s Marvel arm earned eight different nominations at the Annies, but you won’t believe which one did the best.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 earned one, What If…? snagged two, and one of the Groot shorts managed another.
The other four came from – I kid you not – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, the delightful program that has largely been overlooked.
Annie Awards voters noticed and even lauded it in the category of Best Voice Acting – TV/Media, a prestigious category.
In my opinion, the most notable nomination was for What If…?
The episode entitled What If Kahhori Reshaped the World? earned a nomination for Best FX – TV/Media.
From what I’ve seen, every episode of What If… during season two would have deserved a nomination. This show is gorgeous!
Speaking of which, the Visual Effects Society also nominated its selections for this year.
Spider-Verse claims the most nominations with seven, while GotG3 and Loki also garnered some nods.
Marvel just had a long overdue good week.
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