Deadpool may have defied the general comic book movie tropes in many ways, but when it came to the credits, it followed suit with the countless films that have come before. Marvel Studios brought back the post-credit scenes in the MCU, and even though Deadpool had one as a joke, it also teased what – or more importantly who – will be introduced in Deadpool 2. Cable was name dropped to make his big screen debut in the sequel, and ever since people have been wondering who would get the coveted role.
Guardians of the Galaxy became Marvel’s surprise hit of 2014, capturing the audience with its charm, wit, and intergalactic adventure, in addition to its pulse-pounding classic rock soundtrack. A ragtag band pulled together from the “dregs” of the cosmos, the Milano’s crew introduced the world to the alien-human hybrid Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), an assassin-turned-hero in Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a socially-awkward revenge-machine named Drax (Dave Bautista), wise-cracking space raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and of course, the chipper tree-monster, Groot (Vin Diesel).
The Screen Actors Guild Awards are accolades handed out in recognition of outstanding performances in both film and television by two committees made up of members of the very same union. While the awards don’t seem to gain as much traction and attention as the Emmys or the Golden Globes, they are seen as a good indicator of how the Academy Awards will turn out, mostly because such a significant portion of those voting for the Oscars are also responsible for naming winners in the guild.
The overarching plot of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the endless search for the Infinity Stones. Originally known as the Soul Gems in the comics, these six motes of unfathomable power are as old as time itself, and they’ve popped up as MacGuffins throughout many of the MCU films thus far.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to face criticism for a lack of diversity in its recurring cast of mostly white, mostly male superheroes (mainly due to most of their popular characters having been created in the early-1960s) the Marvel Comics Universe has been beefing up its roster with a wave of new heroes from a broader set of cultural backgrounds. One such character is Riri Williams, a young Black woman who dons the armored identity of “Ironheart.”