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Avengers: Endgame Review

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*Spoiler free review*

Do not go into this film with any preconceived ideas or predictions of how things will turn out because it would do you no good.

Avengers: Endgame is the biggest awaited film in Marvel cinematic history over the past ten years. It is rightfully so for many reasons. Marvel and the Russo brothers, alongside its impeccable actors, have again created a film that leaves you in shambles.

This is an accumulation of events and stories of a long awaited journey that, for many, have been there since the beginning. The film had its hilarious scenes that at moments have you surprised they even came out of certain characters’ mouths. Compared to previous films, Endgame took a different turn in having scenes that seemed out of character and had one liners that felt as if they came from Tumblr.

There are fight scenes that had the theater cheer in absolute shock and joy because they never expected them to happen. Although, it did feel like there was something missing. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something felt off and if you get over the excitement, you might notice it too.

Overall, the film was great. It’s a film that has been hyped for months and has been anticipated since the first Avengers. It’s the end of a journey; for who, I won’t say. You can cry your eyes out about that yourselves. But, the film had its good moments, its incredible heart stopping moments and its moments that felt like they were appeasing the fans.

The film marks a new shift in the Marvel universe and its future going forward and it certainly did that.

The bigger question is, what now?

 

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All The Loose Ends ‘Captain Marvel’ Tied Together

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The long awaited first female led superhero film from Marvel finally hit theaters March 8th. The film establishes the origin story for Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) who becomes Captain Marvel. As you may remember, we first got an insight of Captain Marvel’s role in the franchise in one of the post credit scenes for Avengers: Infinity War. Despite the film being an origin for the character, it also brought together loose ends that never really got an explanation in the Marvel films.

 

1. How Fury Lost His Eye

Nick Fury is known for looking like a badass with his eye patch. Although, we never really know how he loses his eye and oftentimes Fury brushes off the question. We get a look at Fury’s eye in Captain America: Winter Soldier when he says, “You need to keep both eyes open,” and lifts his eye patch to scan his eye to gain access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s system. Now we have a viable answer. In Captain Marvel, Danver’s cat Goose, is a Flerkin! A seemingly normal cat that can manifest deadly octopus like tentacles from its mouth. The Flerkin ends up scratching Fury’s eye. Yep, that’s why he wears a eye patch.

 

2. Naming the Avengers

Fury being the creator of the Avengers Initiative, did you ever wonder how he came up with the name? Danvers, in her human life having been an U.S Air Force pilot, was given a nickname. One the side of her aircraft are the words, Carol ‘Avenger’ Danvers. When Fury sees the photograph he changes the name from ‘Protector Initiative’ to Avenger.

 

3. How Captain Marvel got her name

While Danvers was a pilot, she was under the wing of Dr. Wendy Lawson who was head of a project Danvers and pilot Maria Rambeau were a part of. It is discovered that Lawson was actually a renegade Kree scientist who was helping the Skrulls find a new home. Lawson’s real name was Mar-Vell, which inspired Danvers superhero name. What a coincidence.

 

4. How Captain Marvel got her powers

Mar-Vell was creating an engine using an energy source harvested from the Tesseract. Yes it’s back. Kree Starforce commander Yon-Rogg set out to capture the engine and find the location of Mar-Vell’s lab. Danvers, who piloted the aircraft with Mar-Vell to try to reach her lab, destroyed the engine’s energy core causing her to absorb the core’s powers.

 

5. How S.H.I.E.L.D came to really be

Fury and Agent Coulson are part of S.H.I.E.L.D in its early days when it was focused on espionage and counter terrorism. It is Vers (Captain Marvel) arrival to Earth that sparks the S.H.I.E.L.D we currently know in the Marvel film franchise. Fury comes to realize that maybe earth’s greatest threats don’t come from earth.

 

6. The Tesseract!!

This thing does not go away. Everywhere you turn there it is and Captain Marvel is no exception. The engine Mar-vell created harnesses its power from the Tesseract. In the franchise, there is a gap between Howard Stark finding the Tesseract at the bottom of the ocean in Captain America and it appearing in a S.H.I.E.L.D facility (The Avengers). Now we know how S.H.I.E.L.D got it. Danvers leaves Fury in charge of protecting the Tesseract and the Flirkin decided to gobble it up and in the post credit scene, the Flirkin upchucked it onto Fury’s desk.

 

7. The Pager

The post credit scene of Fury activating Captain Marvel’s pager, leaves us all to wonder how he got it and why he never pressed it before. It’s quite simple. Danvers modified the pager to work galaxies away while she was helping the Skrulls find a new home. She gave specific instructions to only activate it for serious emergencies. But, why weren’t the other major battles an emergency? Kevin Feige even said in an interview that we don’t know if Fury pressed it before.

 

 

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All The Loose Ends ‘Captain Marvel’ Tied Together: Image Credit: Marvel and Disney

 

Stan Lee, Superhero Marvel

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Anyone who is a member of the superhero community or part of the entertainment world knows of the great Stan Lee. Stan Lee was, in every sense of the word, a superhero marvel. With his recent passing on November 12th at the age of 95, Stan Lee will forever be commemorated as the father of Marvel. He was a creative genius who was an editor, writer and publisher of our most beloved comic book heroes and an all around genuine human being who coined the phrase “Excelsior!” with gusto.

 

Stan Lee, born December 28th in 1992 NYC, became one of the most recognized faces and writer in a comic book industry that skyrocketed to be one of the most grossing entertainment business in the world.  

Originally starting as a small publication house, Stan Lee was active from the 1940s until 2010 as a key element in the success of Marvel’s iconic heroes. Alongside writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee was behind creating our beloved neighborhood hero, Spider-Man. He is also highly credited for X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man. I’m sure many of you are familiar with these names. If not, you have been living under a big rock.

Stan Lee became much more than just a comic book writer. He became the Marvel Universe’s most beloved character on and off screen. Since his retirement from Marvel in 1990, Lee is featured as a cameo in almost every Marvel movie you have seen. Let’s be honest we watch the movies just to see Stan Lee make his appearance. It’s the best part.

Not just a creative mind, but Stan Lee was also an amazing human being. He often voiced his thoughts on anti-bullying, tackled hot topics of the changing world around him and social issues prevalent in our time. Let’s not forget that he is humble as can be and a sweetheart to his fans and those close to him.

Stan Lee will surely be missed, but his legacy will forever live on.

 
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”
– Stan Lee

 

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Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie and Fans Aren’t Upset About It

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Yet another star took the internet into a bit of a craze this week after showcasing her Halloween costume. Brie Larson has already had increasing success in the film world. From winning an Oscar for her performance in the movie Room to recently scoring the role of Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel. If you’re a follower of the MCU, you’ve probably already seen the trailer. But Larson doesn’t want to stop. Fans of Metroid are already losing their minds over the photo Brie Larson shared: her Halloween costume as “Zero Suit Samus.” After a few reactions to her posts, Brie Larson expressed her desire for a Metroid movie.

Brie Larson as “Zero Suit Samus” for Halloween

Metroid’s Samus Aran is an iconic female video game character. Thanks to the Nintendo franchise, we have a female bounty hunter who battles Space Pirates and biological weapons (Metroids and Phazon, for example). So far, there have been fourteen game releases since the first Metroid release in 1986. Nintendo recognizes the Metroid franchise as one of their most successful series’ of games. Check out the original post below by @brielarson via Instagram:

 

 

So when you get an actress who has already landed a huge role like Captain Marvel and put her in a Samus suit for Halloween, fans are definitely going to go crazy. Fans have wanted to see a Metroid film adaption for years, and although it would be a large undertaking, perhaps Larson’s desire to play Samus—which she expressed via Twitter— may speed up the process. Who knows. We can only hope.

Fan Reactions: Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie, But How Do the Fans Feel?

Sure, there are probably some other actors out there who could pull off playing the lead in a Metroid film. I can think of a few. However, with the weight of success that Larson already has behind her, it may just be a match that could come to fruition. And to be honest, most of the fan reactions via Twitter are anything but negative. See a few of them below.

 

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Brie Larson Wants a Metroid Movie and Fans Aren’t Upset About It. Featured Photo Credit: Christopher Patey, TheTalks.com

 

Christine Toy Johnson Wants You to Join Her In Imagining a Wider World

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Christine Toy Johnson is a busy woman. She can presently be seen in no less than three vastly different projects – Iron Fist, You, and Come from Away. The actress, playwright, and director clearly relishes each of her crafts, approaching every aspect of her work with unparalleled creative insight and reflection. But perhaps Christine’s most cherished role is her advocacy. She remains passionately devoted to cultivating a more diverse Hollywood landscape, a commitment most prominently displayed through her integral part in creating the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, of which she is a founding member. One day, Christine hopes to retire her advocacy hat, a future that seems closer than ever before with the current prominence of Asian-American female protagonists in popular media. For now, she remains enthusiastically focused on telling authentic American narratives…which, she wants to remind you, definitely includes Asian-Americans!

Cliché: You’ve got so many different projects happening right now! Let’s talk about Iron Fist first. Who is Sherry Yang and what motivates her?

Christine Toy Johnson: Sherry Yang is a fierce and powerful woman who fights to protect her family and community at all costs. (Spoiler alert ahead.) She is head of the board at the Bayard Community Center (which is how she and Colleen Wing know each other) and is married to Hai Qing Yang, the head of the Hatchet Triad. She often wishes that the family business would take a different direction, but is nonetheless cognizant and protective of the complicated reasons that have lead them to where they are. And when it becomes clear that she needs to take the reins, her desire to make things right sometimes is at odds with the changing parameters of what “right” means, and the dangers attached to navigating them.

Were you a Marvel fan prior to being cast in Iron Fist?

I actually didn’t know a lot about the Marvel universe before I worked on the show, but my husband has been a big fan since childhood, so he was able to get me up to speed, and now I’m a big fan, of course! I’m especially taken with the number of powerful women characters; they have so much agency, perseverance and fortitude!

You also currently star in Lifetime’s drama You, which follows a man consumed by an obsession with a woman he believes is his true love.  Are you intrigued by shows that deal with the darker and more twisted aspects of human psychology?

I’m intrigued by any show that gives us a window into the multiple aspects and levels of a human being’s psyche and You is definitely giving us that! I think it’s such a fascinating show! I’m also intrigued by stories that illuminate our better angels and where they come from…which is definitely what my current project shows us.

Switching gears completely, you’re touring with the critically acclaimed musical Come from Away. Tell us a little about the true story behind the plot for those who might not be familiar.

Come From Away is a gorgeous musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein that really speaks to the healing power of compassion, especially in the face of tragedy.  When the American airspace was closed on 9/11, 7,000 people were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, on the northeast corner of North America. The people of Gander (and its surrounding towns) opened their hearts and homes to all of these strangers, these “come from aways” for five days, and comforted them with unbridled kindness and incredible generosity. The musical weaves together some of the real life stories that emerged out of that week.

What insights do you think the play (and the real life people in the actual town) provide about human nature?

I think that this show and the real life people that have inspired the show demonstrate (and continue to demonstrate) that if we allow ourselves to be open to it, humanity and kindness can heal, compassion and generosity are more enduring than hatred and bigotry, and love wins. As human beings, we are so much more alike than we are different from one another! We’re all doing the best we can from day to day. And though it’s human nature to be afraid of what’s different from what we know, if we can remember how much we have in common (while still honoring what our differences are), we have a chance at creating real harmony in the world.

Can I also say how much telling this story changes us in the company? We can’t help but be more mindful of our own behavior, making sure our words are kind, necessary and true, making sure we’re being as compassionate as we can be. It’s really remarkable how our better angels are so ready to be present in full force!

How did you feel having the opportunity to return to the stage?

I love being on the stage; it really is my first love. There’s nothing like sharing a theatrical experience with a live audience; these glorious moments of empathy and understanding are collectively created that are unique to each performance! Along with the complete joy of live performing come certain challenges, too. We have to be athletes who can maintain our stamina and wellbeing, both physically and mentally, eight shows a week, week after week, month after month. But it’s totally worth it!

You’re a big advocate of getting Asian American narratives on screen. Why is it so vital that Asian American stories finally get the recognition they deserve?

It’s really important to me that we get Asian American narratives on screen while also portraying/showing Asian American characters that are complex and three-dimensional, just as all human beings are in life! Not only do we deserve to be part of the American landscape of storytelling because we’re a vital part of the American landscape, we also deserve to have a wide variety of our stories being told. Film, theatre and television have this unbelievable opportunity to shift perceptions of who we are and what we can do. The busting of over worn tropes and stereotypes is a huge first step. Then comes telling more and more authentic stories that spring from within our communities so that they are included in the global narrative.

The ripples can be profound. I truly believe that more equal representation of all the different types of people who live and thrive here in America has the ability to provide a wider worldview for all of us, which can lead to fuller compassion for others – and for ourselves, too.

When you start to realize how much you’ve internalized the kind of exclusion that is manifested by our underrepresentation in movies/TV shows/theatrical shows (and/or one-dimensional renderings of Asian American people in what roles there have been), you also realize how much it can shape your perspective on your place in the world. One of the reasons I loved getting to play Sherry Yang in “Iron Fist” is that I’d never been asked to play anyone like her on television before (powerful, elegant, conflicted, and speaking without an accent. I have absolutely nothing against characters that speak with an accent, but if that’s all you see, the perpetual foreigner stereotype that we are constantly battling cannot help but be reinforced, which I’m not in favor of). All of this has helped shift my perspective on the place someone who looks like me can occupy in the world of TV.

The good news is: there’s been a lot of positive change, especially in the past 5 years or so. But we have lots of room to grow!

In terms of representation, we’ve seen a big surge in female Asian-American protagonists in films like Crazy Rich Asians, Set It Up, and To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved. You’ve been breaking the color barrier in the industry for over 30 years. What does it mean to you to be able to witness Asian American women at the forefront of successful films?

Honestly, I don’t know if I thought I’d ever get to see this day. I told the show runners of Iron Fist that one of the reasons it was so meaningful to me to get to do the show was that I had sort of accepted the idea that I perhaps would only get to play 3-dimensional characters in the theatre, but then they created someone like Sherry Yang and I got to play her in a fantastic TV series with other kick-ass female characters! I loved every minute and have been really moved by the response.

I loved Crazy Rich Asians so much for so many reasons (I haven’t had a chance to see the other films you mentioned yet) – including the fantastic array of female characters and the wonderful Asian American actresses playing them. I’m thrilled that so many people are finally recognizing that Asian American women can play so many different kinds of roles, but it’s something we’ve known for a long time! We’ve just needed the “airtime”.

In your mind, what’s the next step that we can take towards diversifying roles for Asian-American actors? To diversifying Hollywood in general?

One of the biggest fallacies I’m always trying to dispel is the assumption that we don’t have enough Asian American roles/stories because we don’t have enough Asian American writers. But this is not the case! We are writing and writing and writing – but we are not always getting produced. Part of this, I think, has to do with certain societal (and sometimes subconscious) expectations about what kinds of stories we “should” be writing, as opposed to being open to the kinds of stories that we are compelled to write. For example: personally, I see the world through the lens of a sixth generation Asian American person, and I recognize that this often does not jive with the (aforementioned) perpetual foreigner narrative that has been prevalent in the past.  Still, I continue to write what I’m compelled to write and keep trying to find the right spaces for those stories to come to light.

I do think that everything is shifting a bit with the success of Crazy Rich Asians, and I hope it’s not just a temporary wave.  So to answer your question: I think we have to get more of our stories produced, the ones that we are compelled to tell. And we have to know that there is an audience that is hungry to experience new and authentic narratives.  Also, we can be a part of stories that aren’t specifically about Asian American culture! I know I’m repeating myself, but we’re part of the all American landscape! We can and should be a part of the all American landscape of storytelling!

I also think that the more diverse the leaderships at studios become, the more diverse the writing teams become. With that, more diverse stories are produced, and more diverse casts are called on to populate these stories. All of this is certainly happening more and more.

What words of wisdom do you have for any aspiring Asian-American actresses?

Two of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten are to “go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated” and to “stop waiting to be invited into the room; we are the room”. To me, these things add up to mean that we need to continue to make our own space, and be proud to occupy it. There are plenty of messages out there to the contrary, but stay the course, do the work, and tell your story! Don’t let anyone tell you how you should be defined. Claim your own definition and let it stay fluid as you continue to grow and flourish. And never underestimate the power of integrity, perseverance, gratitude and kindness in your work and your life.

You’re already an actress, playwright, director, and advocate. Is there any other role that you haven’t tackled yet that you would want to take on?

I truly love all of those roles! But I actually look forward to the day when I can take off my “advocate” hat; when it will no longer be necessary to explain why our stages and screens should be diverse and inclusive and reflect the world as it really is! But in the meantime, I feel extremely fortunate and profoundly grateful to be both a generative and interpretive artist and to fight the good fight. Now, more than ever, we need a wider world view, not a narrower one, and I think the arts can be a beautiful part of making that a reality.

 

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Christine Toy Johnson Wants You to Join Her In Imagining a Wider World. Photo Credit: Bruce Johnson.

‘Venom’ Review

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Venom is not the typical superhero movie we’re used to from Marvel. Then again, it was never advertised as one. The movie’s official Twitter prominently featured the slogan, “The world has enough superheroes.” Although we commonly know Venom as being a famous Spiderman villain, the film actually depicts him more as an anti-hero. With Tom Hardy playing Venom’s counterpart, Eddie Brock, the film was a nice change from the extreme storyline of superheroes.

 

Every film has its flaws and Venom certainly had some, but they were nothing that completely turned you off. The film’s beginning seemed a little unnecessary and a rushed sequence to try and get the ball rolling. One tiff that felt a tad cringe-worthy was the first transition song. The song was overly upbeat and abrupt, which clashed with the overall vibe the scene created when we see Eddie for the first time.

When it comes to the characters of Venom and Eddie, they both compliment each other impeccably. Venom has a demeanor that is abrupt, no holds barred and he is quite the comic. He does, however, manage to make you feel intimidated by him, not just because of his monstrous appearance, but because of his general “get out of my way” attitude.

Eddie, on the other hand, has a demeanor that comes off as brooding and as someone who looks tough, but is quite the sweetheart. He comes off as being a little insecure or trepidatious. Because of this, Venom and Eddie become this physical representation of yin and yang. Both inhibit characteristics opposite of one another, but they seemingly complement each other because of the things they each lack. By the end of the film, a bond is created that seems so natural to the story and the audience.

The character of Venom also has this way of speaking that is refreshing and makes him enjoyable. He is snarky, quick-witted, makes hilarious jokes and can be a bit of a jerk.

If we were to speak of the technicality of the film in terms of fight scenes and visuals, they are up to par and more so. The scenes between Venom and Eddie are smooth and make your eyes bulge with the immensity of power that Venom has. The fight scenes are brutal, but incredible. What is nice about the film is its realistic portrayal of fight scenes between body impacts, people getting sliced and Venom eating people.

The film, despite it being not about our known superhero, has a heroism aspect, hence the “anti-hero” slogan. At first, Venom has an evil plan in place but becomes persuaded by what he sees in Eddie to go against the very mission he came for. He has a change of heart and decides not to kill everyone he comes across.

Overall, the film is an eight out of ten. It’s worth the watch and Sony did a good job in what is meant to kick off their own cinematic Marvel Universe. The post credit scene will arise some future storyline, so I would stay to watch.

 

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Venom Movie Review: Feature Image Credit: Sony

Celebrate Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th Anniversary with Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival

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For the first time ever, Marvel is re-releasing all twenty of their MCU films to IMAX. In celebration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th anniversary, you can enjoy the Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival between August 30th and September 6th at an IMAX theater near you. MCU has made 13.5 billion dollars worldwide (and counting), which speaks to just how many fans are going to want tickets for the IMAX event. Marvel announced the event Friday, with Marvel stars appearing in a video to get everyone hyped. Some of the Marvel films were never released in IMAX theaters. The MCU films The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger and Iron Man are appearing in IMAX for the first time. You know what that means? That means that this could be your only chance.

The Details of the Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival

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Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival Poster. Photo Credit: Marvel Studios, Fandango

Running from August 30th to September 7th, each of the twenty films appearing at IMAX will have at least one showtime. The festival will close with two fan favorites selected by public voting. Voting for the final day is open now until September 6th.  If you want to make sure your favorite  MCU film is shown on the 7th, get to voting! You can purchase tickets to one or more of the film showings on Fandango. This is the first time IMAX will be screening all Marvel films. However, you may remember that Marvel recently held a movie marathon of 12 MCU films right before the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Their previous marathon was less widespread, appearing only at AMC theaters in Orlando and New York City. 

 

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Celebrate Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 10th Anniversary with Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival. Featured Photo Credit: Marvel

James Gunn Fired By Disney For Row Of Offensive Tweets; No Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

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Upon closer inspection of James Gunn’s Twitter feed, a slew of offensive tweets have come to light. Gunn didn’t write anything too disrespectful comments himself but making light of sensitive topics like pedophilia and rape is just as bad. As a result, Disney has cut all ties with Gunn, dropping him from the production of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.

 

Alan Horn, the Chairman of Disney Studios made the announcement earlier today, condemning Gunn’s comments. Gunn released a statement of his own in an attempt to mitigate the backlash.

“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”

As you can see, Gunn isn’t shrugging off the accusations or making light of them. His response seems genuine and backed up by his positive track-record. Gunn never raised any alarms before and has acted accordingly on social media. That in no way excuses Gunn of the insensitive comments he made but the director should be shown some leniency.

Nevertheless, the bigger concern with Gunn’s firing is what’ll happen to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3. Disney has yet to greenlight the film so that presents a danger to the film’s fate. If the studio doesn’t contract a director capable of picking up where Gunn left off, the third Guardians film might not happen. Plus, Disney has tons of Marvel movies waiting to go into production. Therefore, it’s safe to say a different Marvel movie could take Guardians 3’s spot.

On the plus side, Iron Man 4 or Captain America 4 could happen. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have expressed their intent to leave the MCU but they could continue on. Disney would have to cough up a lot of cash for RDJ and Evans to stay but the return would be well worth it. That being said, a lot of variables would have to fall into place for either film to replace Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3.

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Captain Marvel is the First Marvel Comics Universe Film to be Scored by a Woman Composer

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Set for release in March 2019, Captain Marvel is the first Marvel comics universe film to be scored by a woman composer. The lucky lady, Pinar Toprak, recently wrapped up scoring the first season of the Syfy Network’s show “Krypton.” In addition, she composed some additional music for DC’s “Justice League,” which according to Variety, helped her land the job as the composer for “Captain Marvel.”  This is a triumph for female composers! Toprak is also the first woman in history to score the music for a major comic book film.  With Brie Larson starring as the female lead, “Captain Marvel” will be a feminine powerhouse of a film.   

Pinar Toprak is a Composer to Watch

Educated at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and Cal State Northridge, Toprak reigns from Istanbul, Turkey. A musically gifted lady, to say the least, Toprak has worked on video games, film, and television scores. She has also notably worked in Hans Zimmer’s studio as a programmer. Toprak is more than elated, expressing her gratitude on social media site Instagram: “It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe. So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude. I have so many people to thank for helping me on this journey but first and foremost, my incredible agents Laura Engel and Richard Kraft for believing in me from day one and Dave Jordan and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime.”

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‘Deadpool 2’ Review

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Was Deadpool 2 worth watching? It’s Deadpool! Of course it’s worth watching Ryan Reynolds take hold of his sarcastic comedic self and turn it into a lovable potty-mouthed badass superhero. If you thought having just one installment of Deadpool was enough to fulfill your geeky comic books dreams, then you are wrong. Deadpool 2 is just as good and fulfilling as the first for some of the same reasons and also for different ones.

We should just start out by saying that Ryan Reynolds is oh my lord Deadpool. Not just playing a persona, but is the actual superhero. It’s hard to imagine a better actor to bring to life the super tight red suit wearing sarcastic character that we rejoice in. Just like the first, the comedy has you laughing at dirty jokes in a way that is gross, but delightful. I mean who wouldn’t find funny Deadpool’s weird romance for Colossus. Besides, you know Ryan Reynolds (aka Deadpool) can’t resist making jabs at the other characters in the Marvel cinematic universe. Especially his spiel about the X-men mansion always being empty. Hint you might want to pay attention to these scenes.  

Compared to the first film, you get quite teary eyed while watching Deadpool take off his snarky comedic mask to show some real emotion. This film is a lot more romantic than expected. So much so, you could totally say Vanessa and Deadpool are #couplegoals. Let’s not forget Josh Brolin as Cable which gives off some serious Terminator vibes. Trust me, the film is in no way short of unexpected turns and surprise appearances. Wink Wink. Who can forget, Deadpool’s regenerative abilities. Which you will see again, but in a way that makes you question what your eyes are digesting on the screen. The action is just as gory and realistic as the first, maybe even more so. It seems as though the film plays upon common film cliches like the tear driven romantic storyline, becoming a better person to save a life, trying to move on, turning over a new leaf and finding a purpose. But, Deadpool makes it sooooooooo much more fun to watch. The film is not necessarily at the height of the first, but it’s just good ole dirty fun. There’s always room for some more Deadpool.

Don’t miss the post credit scenes, oh they’re a real hoot.

 

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‘Deadpool 2’ Review. Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Avengers: Infinity War Review

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DISCLAIMER: Due to request from Infinity War directors, The Russo Brothers, and out of respect for the fans of the Marvel universe, this review will contain no spoilers.

Marvel Studios has been able to create a film that leaves you gobsmacked in your seat from beginning to end. There isn’t a moment in Avengers: Infinity War where your eyes do not widen and leave you gasping for breath. I do have to acknowledge that the film is everything we had hoped for from one of the most renowned cinematic companies in the world. But the film also leaves a lot to the imagination. Whether that is good or not is up for you to decide, especially if you are a diehard Marvel fan.

The evil villain of Thanos is perhaps one of the greatest antagonists I have seen on the Marvel screen. He makes you believe in his power and magnitude to a point you really start to worry for your beloved superheroes’ safety. So much so, you become convinced this is the end of all life as we know it. How can you not be afraid of a purple thumb-looking villain that holds the capability of destroying the universe with his fist the size of my torso?

Avengers: Infinity War brings together our beloved heroes for the biggest fight of the universe we’ve been waiting for. Traveling between different dimensions and galaxies will make fans clap their hands with glee while the nonstop heroism and fight sequences make you want to kick some serious ass. To top it off, the snarky bouts of comedy provides a good hearty laugh and comedic relief. Staring at a bearded Steve Rogers and the biceps of Thor isn’t so bad either!

Leaving the theatre I was happy, but not exactly satisfied. Since this review contains no spoilers, I will not explain why I felt this way. In an all honestly it is quite hard to understand how to feel about the film. Avengers: Infinity War is everything we could have possibly dreamed of, but leaves fans with more questions than answers. It makes you wonder what is to come. Fans of the Marvel Universe are not mentally prepared for what’s in store for them. Despite this, the film was worth the anticipation. All that’s left to wonder is, where do we go from here?

WAKANDA FOREVER!

Oh, and stay for the post credit scene: it will blow your mind.

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Black Panther Review: A Much Needed Change for Superhero Movie

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Director Ryan Coogler made his own uniquely individualistic twist of a Marvel movie and it is nothing short of amazing and revolutionary. From the complex setting, characters, music, and the fashion, watching this film I felt a full immersion of how special and important the insanely advanced nation of Wakanda truly is and it’s fleshed out culture.  

Wakanda feels more like a character than a setting. There are traditions and distinct tribes that highlight the different aspects of this technological beauty of a nation. The king of Wakanda, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), has to not only be the deciding factor in which direction to take his nation, but also protect and defend it with the mantle of Black Panther. The film focuses on T’Challa’s duality as king and warrior of a secretive nation and the effects an extremely vindictive outsider can have due to a severe mistake by T’Challa’ father.

Each actor puts such a high level of care, complexity, and development into their character. While the film does not mainly focus on T’Challa as a character so much as its side characters, Boseman’s T’Challa has a dynamic perspective of how his nation should be led. He struggles to choose a side with his nation’s internal conflict of tradition vs. innovation. He also struggles to follow in his father’s footsteps as a king while making his own mark as well. The women in this film are integral to the film’s plot and are never brushed to the side. T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is such a refreshing take on the role of the younger teenage sister. Wright’s portrayal is caring, innovative, comedic, and confident. Her character helps create most of the country’s technology, and never takes a back seat in this film. Wright knows when to time each joke effectively and knows how to show true emotion when a scene demands it. She takes part in action sequences and is never told to let the adults handle things.

Okoye (Danai Gurira) is a loyal, determined, compassionate, and bold warrior, and is head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s elite all-female bodyguards/special forces. Gurira’s performance is unique. She leads in her action sequences and highlights the struggles she goes through when she wants to care for her loved ones but has to stay committed to her position. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is T’Challa’s ex-girlfriend, but is never portrayed as the damsel. She is actually a Wakandian spy that knows how to be both brutal in her fighting technique and considerate when it comes for the love of country and T’Challa. Nyong’o reflects her character’s desires for her country and shows how she’d rather have her country strive for change rather than tradition.

Forest Whitaker as Wakandan shaman Zuri and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Queen Mother of Wakanda and mother to T’Challa and Shuri, both shine brightly in the moments when they have to support T’Challa with his vital decisions as king. And while Martin Freeman’s Agent Everett Ross and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue were wonderful additions as side characters, the film’s most significant character aside from T’Challa was the American outsider known as Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Jordan’s performance was the most fascinating and heartfelt villain Marvel has seen since Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Jordan’s portrayal as Killmonger made me feel such a great level of sympathy for the character and how he feels he was wronged by Wakanda in a way. A film’s hero is only as good as it’s villain and Jordan knocks it out of the park in this film. The best villains also make you understand their perspectives and motivations and Jordan presents a villain where you can somewhat see the reasoning behind his perspective and motivation due to the cards he’s been dealt in life.

The film’s music composed by Ludwig Goransson is deeply-rooted in a type of African percussion and choral sounds and is highlights the character’s personalities and their specific culture. The album for this film has a mix of R&B and hip-hop stars such as Kendrick Lamar. Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, SZA, Khalid, and many more. This album gives off a tone of revolution in this film.

The costume designer Ruth E. Carter displays distinct tones and styles for each character’s personality and reflects Wakanda’s hybrid culture of tradition and innovation especially with the uniforms worn by the Dora Milaje.

Director Ryan Coogler has constructed a film that feels both separate yet connected to the rest of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coogler’s tone mixes mostly with the theme of tradition vs. innovation and develops each character to see how they alter their perspectives of the world.

The film does have some flaws such as pacing and special effects but they don’t diminish the successful aspects of the film. The pacing sometimes unevenly alternates from one action sequence to a more character driven scene. And some of the special effects of the film such as the CGI felt a little cartoon-ish rather than completely realistic.Lastly, I felt that there needed to be slightly more development with T’Challa in some scenes.

Overall, the film proves how superhero films can be fresh, vibrant, and truly unconventional. They don’t always have to set up another film or stick to a type of formula. This film strays away from the formulated plot that these Marvel movies are known for by having its own original tone, distinct personalities in its characters, questionably agreeable motivations from its villain, and a great moral to the entire story.  Coogler provided a film that should be common in the film industry but sadly is rarely seen and hopefully, this film helps usher in more stories that reflect the world today. I give Black Panther an A-.

 

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