MARVEL Roundup: Writers Recruited For AGENT CARTER, Zoe Saldana Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, And Drew Pearce Teases ALL HAIL THE KING


marvelIt’s time for another edition of Marvel Roundup, where we gather up all the Marvel tidbits from across the web and put them together in one convenient location. This time we have a triple play as we look at TV, movies, and one-shots. Two writers have been hired for the planned Agent Carter TV series, Zoe Saldana admits she was originally bewildered by Guardians of the Galaxy, and Drew Pearce teases the new one-shot he wrote and directed. Buckle up and read on as we take a drive through Marvel land.

peggy carterDeadline is reporting that Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have “quietly boarded Agent Carter.” The show has Marvel movie levels of security so nobody is confirming this as a 100% fact. The site is hearing that the female writing duo will write and executive produce the project. Haley Atwell would obviously be the star, but Neal McDonough (Dum Dum Dugan) and Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) have both said they would be more than willing to be a part of the show as well. It seems logical that the show would pick up after the highly acclaimed one-shot that debuted on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.

On the movie side of things, Zoe Saldana talked to Total Film about her original confusion when she first heard about the project. The Gamora actress wasn’t too sure about her teammates, saying “I was like, Guardians? There’s a person that’s a tree and there’s a raccoon? Apparently they fight with The Avengers. I didn’t even know who The Avengers were!” It seems like Saldana is just talking in general when she name drops The Avengers, but some fans may be hoping she just confirmed that the two teams will join up. Is that the case? We’ll have to wait and see.

mandarinFinally, Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce spoke with Marvel.Com about the new one-shot All Hail The King. Pearce wrote and directed the 14-minute Blu-ray extra, but he doesn’t exactly see it as just a home video release extra. He touches on that when discussing the one-shot’s origin:

I wrote a Trevor [short], actually, during shooting of ‘Iron Man 3′ down in North Carolina. And we all liked it, but it was kind of dealing with a different part of Trevor’s life. It was more of a straight-up retrospective of who Trevor was, and it felt like the One-Shots work best when there’s action and intrigue and a real story to tell in the short, rather than just filling in the blanks. Though the One-Shots are technically a Blu-ray extra, I think they’re kind of the most elaborate, richly put together Blu-ray extras in history. I think they work best when they don’t just function as an extra scene, but they expand [the story].
We kicked about a whole bunch of my ideas, [and] some of them stuck, some of them didn’t.[Then] I said ‘Oh, Sir Ben loves Trevor, so I think there’s a chance we could do a Trevor short.’ Joss [Whedon] was literally incredulous, and just said, ‘Look, you’ve got access to one of the world’s very best actors, why are we even having this discussion?’ And so it was born.

So Agent Carter is all but confirmed and even has a writing team in place. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. losing ratings, Peggy Carter may just be the spark Marvel TV needs to get things going again. The Netflix deal is still a few years off, so Agent Carter could be well into its first season when the first Netflix shows hit. Zoe Saldana gives us a quote to think about and Drew Pearace explained All Hail The King. With that, another edition of Marvel Roundup has come to an end. What do you think about all the latest goings on in the land of Marvel?


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