MARVEL MADNESS #2: HULK's Future, DAREDEVIL Season 2, Black Widow In CIVIL WAR, And More!

Well it's Wednesday and do you know what that means? It's another issue of Marvel Madness! This week we got the renewal of Daredevil, Black Widow in CIVIL WAR, the Hulk's future, Adam McKay being a possible director for a phase 3 movie, and MORE!

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that "Marvel's Daredevil" will receive a second season, available only on the streaming service in 2016!

With the first season of "Marvel's Daredevil" proving a smash success with both audiences and critics, Netflix and Marvel will continue to create further adventures of the Man Without Fear! Doug Petrie ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "American Horror Story") and Marco Ramirez ("Sons of Anarchy"), who worked closely with Executive Producers Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, will serve as showrunners for Season 2. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods"), and Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.") will serve as Executive Producers of Season 2.

“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season," DeKnight explains, "I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can't wait to see what they do with the show moving forward."

"Marvel's Daredevil" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Thanks to HeyUGuys, you can watch the full UK press conference for Avengers: Age of Ultron for you to watch below. It's pretty much just 25 minutes of the kind of questions which will make you facepalm as a comic book fan - be on the lookout for the guy who tells a befuddled Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans that the movie was "Not bad, could have been better!" - but there are also some very interesting tidbits. For example, there's talk of both a solo movie for Black Widow and a hint at what's next to come for The Hulk. Head to the 20 minute mark for that, but be warned of spoilers.

Amid promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens internationally today, Scarlett Johansson talked a bit about her return as Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, inthe much-anticipated Captain America: Civil War. IGN asked the actress if she'd like to see Widow's past explored more, or would she rather the character move forward and become sort of a mentor to the new Avengers.

"I think that the Widow's past will always haunt her," she replied. "She's trying to move forward, she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. I think we'll see parts of that in Cap 3 when we find her. And certainly she has a greater purpose, and I think that greater is charged by this need [for her] to escape her past. So, it's always kind of right there, kind of looming over her shoulders."

In a separate interview with Reuters at yesterday's European premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson had teased a darker tone in Captain America: Civil War. "I can't elaborate too much on it," she said. "But as the scope of these movies is larger and larger and the danger kind of looms larger and larger, I don't want to say that the film has a darker tone, but the film has a darker tone and I think it's maturing along with the fans." Meanwhile, Digital Spy recently asked Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner about their respective return as Captain America and Hawkeye in Civil War. Watch that interview below as well as Scarlett Johansson's.

Could we see Adam McKay direct Marvel's Inhumans movie? It's definitely a distinct possibility... but then according to Kevin Feige, he could also wind up helming any of the future films in the pipeline. The Marvel head honcho sat down with Collider while doing press for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and confirmed that the studio was still interested in working with McKay, who was in line to direct At-Man at one point and worked on a script draft with actor Paul Rudd. 

“Adam McKay is in the running for everything. Adam McKay is a great, great writer and director. He did an amazing pass on the Ant-Man draft with Paul Rudd for us, and I didn’t know him before then. And we got to know him through that and liked him very much, and have met with him a number of times trying to find something else, so we’ve talked about a lot of characters with him."
So it sounds like it'll only be a matter of time before McKay officially comes on board a Marvel project; the only question is, which one? Inhumans needs a director of course but then so does Black Panther and Captain Marvel -- though word is Marvel is hoping to set a female film-maker to that one. Feige was also asked to clarify if a rumored Inhumans logline ("a group of people that are given powers only to discover they might be part of an alien race”) was true or not, to which he responded: “Well I’d say that’s relatively fair, but that’s not official. I’ve never seen that as an official logline.”

Here’s what the Avengers: Age of Ultron director had to say when he was asked by Buzzfeed if he had any thoughts on Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.

“No…Only that I don’t get it,” he said. “I thought the script was not only the best script that Marvel had ever had, but the most Marvel script I’d read. I had no interest in Ant-Man. [Then] I read the script, and was like, Of course! This is so good! It reminded me of the books when I read them. Irreverent and funny and could make what was small large, and vice versa. I don’t know where things went wrong. But I was very sad. Because I thought, This is a no-brainer. This is Marvel getting it exactly right. Whatever dissonance that came, whatever it was, I don’t understand why it was bigger than a marriage that seemed so right. But I’m not going to say it was definitely all Marvel, or Edgar’s gone mad! I felt like they would complement each other by the ways that they were different. And, uh, somethin’ happened.”

Well that wraps up Marvel Madness for another week! Check back next week for the third issue!

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