Aeron Mer Eclarinal

MCU and STAR WARS Writer 

Aeron is a news and features writer for The Direct who also has a stint in writing pieces for MCU Exchange. His passion for the superhero genre began from watching Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man, but it wasn't until learning the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through The Avengers that led him to religiously read all things superhero from several media sites to study the genre. He recently started co-hosting a podcast for MCU Exchange. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA as well as other franchises such as DC and Star Wars.

Favorite MCU Movie: Captain America: Civil War

The one that stands out for me is Captain America: Civil War because it hit me hard emotionally due to the rift between the Avengers, who I look up to (particularly Iron Man and Captain America). Moreover, I love how fulfilling the airport battle scene is because I get to see a lot of characters fight and exchange quips which definitely feels like a comic book catharsis for me.

Favorite MCU Character: Steve Rogers

My favorite MCU character is none other than Steve Rogers because I love how brave he is in terms of doing the right thing even if odds are stacked against him. His bravery in terms of taking the leap and fighting 'til the end gave me a reason to not give up on whatever life throws at me.

Why I joined The Direct...

I joined The Direct because I want to learn more about the craft and I want to have an outlet where I can showcase my passion for the superhero genre. I'd love to write more about theories that come in to my mind about the upcoming MCU releases and I believe that The Direct is the perfect outlet for that. I think that writing for The Direct will help me become a better writer and I'm excited for the challenge and the thrills when it comes to covering all things related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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Aeron Mer's Thoughts

- While I understand Fisher's sentiments about Joss Whedon, I think we can all agree that we can shift our focus to the impending release of Snyder Cut instead. The fans, cast, and Snyder already won. Let's be excited for what lies ahead!

- I personally can't wait for Hercules to debut in the MCU. I'm very much interested to find out his dynamic with the rest of the Avengers. I hope it won't be similar with the original team's reaction to Thor.

- Quicksilver or not, Evan Peters is a HUGE addition to the WandaVision cast. I wonder if the writers will place a tongue-in-cheek reference about this previous rodeo as Quicksilver. Nevertheless, I can't wait to see his dynamic with Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff.

- I can't wait to see Simu Liu kick ass as Shang-Chi! With his comedic chops and humorous quips, his dynamic with the more serious Mandarin should be a fun way to explore in the film.

- I would love Lexi Rabe's Morgan to return at some point. Given her age now, it seems that there is no room for her character yet in the MCU's current slate but there are a few interesting possibilities for the character in future phases.

- This video gave me so much nostalgia since it made me miss the original cast even more. No matter what, Empire Strikes Back will always be the best Stars Wars film in the saga and this exclusive look is just an added proof to it.

- My only reaction to this: give me the multiverse so that it can open up a lot of possibilities!

- I'm already imagining the team-up of Mando and Boba Fett in my head. Please let this be true (even if it will be for a one-time alliance only)!

- It will be a bummer to see Yelena dying at the end of Black Widow. I want to see more of the character in a future MCU film and there are a lot of ways for the character to show up either as a hero or an antihero (looking at you, Thunderbolts).

- I'm all for a Boba Fett spinoff! I loved the character in the original trilogy and I can't wait for more stories to be told about him. With the success of The Mandalorian, it just proves that fans loved the concept and a Boba Fett spinoff could even delve on its other aspects!

- I had no trouble about Florence Pugh's Russian accent when she portrayed it in the trailers of Black Widow. I'm excited to see it in its full glory in the movie.

- Given that Doctor Strange 2 is further down the line, I'm guessing that WandaVision will not premiere in December. The show has massive ties into that movie and it would be smart for Marvel Studios to hold off on releasing the Disney+ series. It will disappoint fans but it would be a wise move in terms of the overall storytelling.

- This is a promising development from James Gunn. It just shows how passionate he is for the characters and the Guardians franchise in general. I can't wait to see the next installment and I'm willing to bet that it will be an emotional one!

- Wow! So much to unpack here and I can't wait. I love the tournament format narrative and it is a new avenue to explore for the MCU. Give me more Shang-Chi and Mandarin!

- While I'm not really familiar with the Riri Williams character, I'm still excited for an Ironheart Disney+ series since there is a lot of potential for the character. I can finally see if there are remaining Iron Man suits in the post-Blip world and I can't wait to find out.

- The success of Marvel Studios can be attributed to the studio's unique filmmaking approach. Working for the studio has been a dream for many, and testaments from Wood and Berman just strengthened the eagerness of those people.

- I think Sonny Burch would be the character to tie up loose ends in terms of the villain aspect of the Ant Man franchise. We still don't know who is "the benefactor" that he was referring to in Ant Man and The Wasp, and his connections to this certain figure might play out in the third installment of the franchise. Could this be MODOK after all? I guess we'll find out.

- I must admit that I was geeking out when writing this article. I'm down for the Russos and RDJ to return in a potential Secret Wars film down the road. It has the potential to rival Avengers: Endgame. I can already hear the fans cheering inside the movie theater when they see RDJ return as Iron Man! Inject Secret Wars into my veins!

- I would love for RDJ to return as Tony Stark at some point in the MCU but I agree with Anthony Russo that it has to be something that is has to be earned. I don't want it to be forced or something that will just address fans' clamor for the character.

- I'm down for the return of the Guardians 3000 team! I'm eagerly anticipating the interaction of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill and Sylvester Stallone's Starak Agord. I'm hoping that they will have a fun dynamic.

- I was actually surprised when RDJ joined Joe Russo in his IG Live Session earlier. It's been a while ever since he talked about the MCU, and I must admit that it was a fresh sight to see him do so.

- Those are a lot of reveals, and it is interesting that there are still new ones that popped out even after a year from the movie's release. While there is no confirmed Avengers film yet, I'm pretty much looking forward to the new look roster of the team.

- More than the plethora of reveals, the watch party of Infinity War proved to be a success since it gave fans a sense of excitement through these trying times.

- Avengers: Endgame will continue to have a special place in the hearts of many fans. If there is an opportunity to go back to the time when I first watched the film, I'd jump back and take that in a heartbeat.

- This isn't a surprise anymore. Avengers: Endgame will continue to rank first in any box office tournament unless a new movie comes along and showed the same dominance that this film did.

- Wow. That was a long list of reveals from James Gunn. It is quite fun to know some of these details even if the movie premiered several years ago. It makes your rewatch worthwhile!

- I'm down for a potential Scorpion standalone film as long as it is done right. The film could explore his early life as good cop/private investigator as well as his eventual transformation to the villainous Scorpion. Sony can even throw in some Spider-Man villain cameos in the mix as well!

- It is no question that James Gunn has no shortage of reveals when it comes to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. I'm quite thankful that he is generous enough to share these reveals whenever he has the chance.

- I think it's high time for Captain Marvel to lead the "New Avengers" moving forward. After the mixed reactions to her first movie, I think that a good Captain Marvel sequel can win the fans back much like what Captain America: The Winter Soldier did to the Captain America character. However, it will be up to the directors who will handle the sequel but I trust Marvel Studios with their choice.

- This one is tricky. As much as I love Whedon because of the first two Avengers film, I'll pass on this one. I'd rather have Peyton Reed to direct the MCU's Fantastic Four since I love his pitch about the movie being set in the 60s.

- I'm not a toy collector but I'm quite amazed by the movie-accurate details of this figure. Hot Toys have made a name for themselves in creating such figures and I can't wait for their future offerings!

- Both are great movies in their own right but it would be ideal to choose Avengers: Endgame since the heroes are at the forefront rather than choosing Avengers: Infinity War which is basically Thanos' movie. I'd choose Endgame any time of the day. Fight me.

- Finally, a confirmation. Can't wait to see what Raimi does with the Doctor Strange character. I hope he elevates the character even more and I'm intrigued to know how he will handle the concept of the multiverse!

- This is a toss up between Captain Marvel and Sam Wilson. I think that the leadership will change for every upcoming Avengers film and will be based on the threat that they are facing. If the villain is Earth based, I could see Sam leading the team. If the villain is cosmic based, Carol will be the one leading the team.

- It's happening, MCU fans. Fans have been longing to find out if John Krasinski would play Reed Richards in the MCU and this meeting is the first huge step. Fingers crossed if talks will push through and let's just hope that both sides agree for a potential deal.

- Over time, I learned to love the James Rhodes character. He served as a great ally to Tony Stark throughout the Infinity Saga and it was heartbreaking to see their last interaction during Tony's death in Avengers: Endgame. I just hope that we get to explore more about the character in a post-Blip world since it has a lot of potential.

- So many big reveals from Taika during his #RagnaWatch that makes one think about the future of the franchise moving forward. I'm curious to know more about the dynamic between Thor and Jane in the next movie since so much has changed. I hope Taika delivers on that front!

- Every MCU rewatch is a special one. However, watching with the director of the film is a rewarding experience! It gives the fans a whole new perspective about the film. James Gunn knew this and I love that he maximized on this opportunity!

- Man, this is tough. These two movies are easily my top 2 MCU movies. I went back and forth but I have to choose Avengers: Endgame for this one since the emotional impact that I got from that film is a memorable one.

- At this point, it is likely that these release dates will change given the current situation. I'd be more surprised if it does not change in the coming days. I just hope that Marvel Studios will give us a clear and definitive answer about their upcoming Disney+ slate.

- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is already a massive movie to begin with. Adding a well acclaimed actress like Natasha Lyonne is a huge addition that brings more excitement to the film! Whether if her potential role is an ally or a villain, I'm pretty much intrigued with her dynamic with Cumberbatch's Strange.

- The prospect of seeing other MCU movies in Black Widow excites me. Marvel Studios loves to surprise fans and Black Widow can continue that trend. I'm excited to see Black Widow's perspective in different MCU movies.

- This is both intriguing and exciting. Jeff Loveness is a great addition to the team and I'd love to know more of his fresh take on the Ant-Man character!

- I love it! This is good news and this will finally squander all the unnecessary rumors of Black Widow going into streaming. We have a jam-packed MCU schedule ahead of us. I don't know about you guys but this is worth the wait!

- I'm excited to see Natasha take a step back when it comes to her first solo film. Seeing her back against the wall with no other Avenger to help is an opportunity for the character to dig deep within her. On top of that, I'm intrigued to know her motivations when it comes to reuniting with her first family.

- Seamus McGarvey is a veteran cinematographer and a great new addition to the Spider-Man franchise. Having previously worked on The Avengers which featured some of the iconic MCU shots, I'm both excited and curious to see his take on this movie.

- Good move by the higher ups of Disney. Glad to see them being heroes in their own right.

- Comicbook's #QuarantineWatchParty is the new hobby for many fans across the globe. It's a cool concept where fans get together to share their love and admiration for a particular film. The reveals of Scott Derrickson is just an added bonus to it all. Looking forward for more!

- Ah! I love this. Including Atlantis as part of the montage during the early part of the film is a wise set up. Another possible option is for the characters to use Atlantis as one of the settings for a big fight scene similar to what Avengers: Age of Ultron did with Wakanda. This could further motivate Namor to show up and introduce himself to some of our Marvel heroes.

- For the most part, I think The Eternals is the MCU film that will not be delayed. The one key takeaway for this news is that there is continuous progress amid the current outbreak. Let's just hope that coordination between the director and the VFX team goes smoothly, even if it will be mostly remote moving forward.

- It is already a given that Loki is an interesting character and his evolution from a villain to a hero throughout the Infinity Saga is remarkable. Given that this show gives us a new version of Loki, it will be interesting to find out how the writers will deal with this newfound journey.

- This just shows the brilliance behind the interconnectivity of the MCU films. The exchange between Loki and Nat during The Avengers will be very much addressed here in this film and I can't wait to find out the meaning behind it.

- While I'm concerned with the overall effect of this to MCU's Phase 4, I'm generally concerned with the crew members during this trying times. I'm hoping that the big stars of Marvel Studios as well as Kevin Feige and Disney can lead as their own form of heroes to help out their employees.

- I always loved Taskmaster's suit even if some fans are not fond of it. I wonder if this is the first version of his costume that would later evolve into different suits down the line. Taskmaster could pay homage to the Avengers by wearing new suits for every film that he will be included in the future.

- I have expected it but it's just unfortunate. I wonder if this will affect other MCU properties knowing the interconnectivity between them. While Black Widow is a prequel, it has been confirmed to plant some seeds in the future of the MCU. Let's just hope that Marvel Studios has a back up plan for an unprecedented event like this.

- I'm happy that Cretton screened negative for COVID-19. Like I said in my previous article, it would be okay for me to place the production on hold entirely so that the cast and crew can spend some time with their family amidst the outbreak.

- While I'm excited to explore the dynamic between Peter Parker and Matt Murdock, I'm even more intrigued as to how Marvel Studios will address the continuity of the Daredevil character. The lingering question in my mind would be the existence of other Defenders in this post blip world. I can't wait for this rumor to be addressed in the future.

- It seems that Phase 4 is a perfect time for MODOK to debut in the MCU. I'm really hoping for a Masters of Evil team-up pitting themselves against the New Avengers. It would be perfect if MODOK is the one leading the villainous team.

- Given that production for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in its earliest stages, I would be fine if the entire production gets delayed. I’m more concerned with the cast and crew of the film. I also salute Shang-Chi Director Destin Cretton for taking the initiative to get tested and take caution.

- The first set photos are intriguing but it doesn't give too much away (which is a good thing). I'm excited to find out more reveals down the line and I'm looking forward to see Simu Liu in action as Shang-Chi!

- Introducing an unlikely set of characters is always a challenge but Marvel Studios already did it with Guardians of the Galaxy. I can't wait to find out how they will introduce them to casual fans as well as their treatment of presenting the history of the MCU as a whole.

- I'd love to see Quicksilver return since I loved the performance of Aaron-Taylor Johnson in Avengers Age of Ultron. I honestly felt that he was underutilized in that film. Having him return in order to flesh out the character more would be a win-win for everyone.

- It's sad that we will no longer have Scott Derrickson as the director of the next Doctor Strange film. I love how he handled the Doctor Strange character in the first movie. However, he will still be an Executive Producer of the film. That's the silver lining, I guess.

- I love the intrigue surrounding Morbius. The confusion among fans could very well be a good thing for them because they will be more enticed to watch the film. I just hope that they will address the question regarding the show's continuity sooner rather than later.