Carnage To Be The Vilain in Solo Venom Movie

Let’s hope it’s good

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An article from THR states that the solo Venom movie will feature Carnage as the villain. Tom Hardy will star as Eddie Brock, and Ruben Fleischer is set to direct the film. Sony is going for an October 5, 2018 release.

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In the comics, Eddie Brock is a rival of Peter Parker’s at the Daily Bugle. After Spider-Man gets rid of his black symbiotic suit, it finds Eddie Brock and merges with him. Venom has most of Spider-Man’s powers, except he is bigger and stronger. Carnage was a serial killer, Cletus Kassidy, who shared a jail cell with Eddie Brock. Eddie used the symbiote to escape from prison, but a piece of it stayed behind and attached to Kassidy. Carnage has all of Spider-Man’s powers along with strength and shapeshifting. 

I still struggle to understand what Sony is doing with these spinoff Spider-Man universe movies. Last week Amy Pascal let it slip that the spinoff movies would be part of the Homecoming universe, despite a confused look from Kevin Feige. I don’t understand why you would want Venom to be in his own movie without Spider-Man. They might be in the same universe, but they shouldn’t be separate. 

The last thing we want is for Sony to pull another Amazing Spider-Man 2 and just try a spinoff for every character. They need to listen to Kevin Feige at Marvel Studios and figure out the best story plan before announcing villain movies. 


I’m fine with Carnage being the villain in the movie. He makes the most sense for a villain. As upset as I am with Sony’s choices, I am getting excited to see Venom and Carnage fight on the big screen. Tom Hardy signed on to star in the movie, so that means he saw potential in the script, which is verypromising. 

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Jurassic World 2 Poster and Title Revealed

The title is umm.. uh uh…

The poster for the Jurassic World sequel has been revealed.

The movie will be called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The poster features the tagline “Life finds a way”, quoting Ian Malcom.

The film will be directed by J.A. Bayona, who recently directed A Monster Calls. Colin Trevorrow, director of the first Jurassic World, will produce the film and has a writing credit on it. 

The title is interesting. Who knows what Fallen Kingdom means? Colin Trevorrow described the film as “A Spanish horror thriller with dinosaurs.” That is also quite confusing. 

I enjoyed Jurassic World, I didn’t think it was great, but it was a fun movie. I hope Bayona brings a different feel to this movie and it turns out to be a great successor to the original Jurassic Park. 

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Ron Howard Directing Han Solo Spinoff Film

Will Han Solo get stuck in space?

Ron Howard will be the new director for the Han Solo spinoff movie.

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Last week, Lucasfilm revealed that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would no longer be directing the Han Solo movie. They left the following statement: 

The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change.
“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 2018 release.

Lord and Miller are known for directing The LEGO Movie, 21 and 22 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Now, Ron Howard will take over as director.

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The next day, THR reported that Ron Howard would take over as director.  In the report, they stated that Howard would meet with the actors to “soothe a rattled set” and that he would go through a rough edit to see what the project needs. Lord and Miller had already been shooting for  four and a half months. Howard has three and a half weeks of shooting scheduled and five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule.
Lucasfilm released the following statement:

Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.
“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

According to multiple sources the departure was due to Lord and Miller disagreeing with the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan. Apparently Kasdan wanted to stick to the script, while the directors wanted to venture out and try different things. 

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A director leaving a film is never a good thing. Lord and Miller leaving is very disappointing. However, this could be a blessing in disguise. Tom Howard has won two Best Director Oscars, for Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind. He has also directed other great movies like Apollo 13 and one of my personal favorites, Cinderella Man.
Also, he has worked with Lucasfilm before on Willow. Since he was hired, he has most likely talked with the screenwriter, so disagreement shouldn’t be a problem this time around.

All in all, this news is promising to me, and I hope that the movie turns out to be great.

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Venom To Take Place in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Universe

Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have confirmed that Venom will take place in the MCU.

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At the press junket for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal confirmed that the solo Venom movie produed by Sony would take place with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man universe. The interviewer went on to ask if Tom Holland would ever appear in the movies, and Pascal said “Anything is possible.”

The interesting thing about this statement is that it completely contradicts everything we’ve been told so far. The studio had previously said that the Venom and Silver Sable, Black Cat team up  movies would take place in their own universe. Now, this seems to have changed. Keep in mind that Marvel Studios has nothing to do with the Venom movie, it will be entirely Sony produced.

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I really like this news. I believe the more separate universes under the same company, the more convoluted it gets. I want Venom so be in the main Spider-Man universe, not in his own place with Silver Sable and Black Cat. I think that you can do a Venom movie on its own, but I would rather have him in Spider-Man’s world. I really hope we see Venom crossover with Spider-Mb eventually, and we can finally see a good version of Venom on the big screen. 

Tom Hardy was announced to play Eddie Brock in the movie, so the movie seems like it’s on the right path if they can get someone like him to look at the script and choose to jump on. Also, the movie is supposed to be R rated, and that will be the first MCU movie to have an R rating. Ultimately, this news is satisfying to hear, now that I know that I might get to see Venom and Spider-Man in the same movie again.

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Danny Elfman To Compose Score For ‘Justice League’

Another Batman composer?

Danny Elfman will now compose the score for the next film in the DCEU, Justice League.

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THR reports that Danny Elfman will write the soundtrack for Justice League. He will replace Junkie XL who was previously set to compose, but left to work on another Warner Bros. film, Tomb Raider. Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL both composed the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Hans Zimmer also scored Man of Steel. 

Elfman’s scores are usually very powerful and uplifting. It will be a very different feel than the score was in BvS. The score in that film was very dark and more epic than Danny Elfman usually writes. This would be the third comic book franchise he has worked on. He scored the Tim Burton Batman films and the Sam Raimi Spider-Man
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I am very excited to hear his score. I like how the DCEU is taking a different direction starting with Wonder Woman (Review coming soon). Even though I enjoyed the darker tone in the previous films, I am very aware that they need to take a different approach from  now on to DC movies.

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Simon Kinberg To Direct ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’; Jessica Chastain To Play Villain

As long as it’s better than Last Stand

Simon Kinberg, the producer of the X-Men franchise, will make his directional debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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Deadline reports that Simon Kinberg will direct the next X-Men movie, titled X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Kinberg has directed every Fox produced Marvel movie since X-Men: First Class, including Fantastic Four. He also helped write X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, and X-Men Apocalypse. He is set to write and produce the film as well. The film will star the main cast from X-Men: Apocalypse including Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. Interestingly, Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver, is not on the list. The movie will be filming in Montreal.

THR reports that Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the film’s villain, Lilandra. They describe the character’s role as follows:  “Lilandra, the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, sending her into conflict with the X-Men.”

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Jessica Chastain being cast is great. There’s not much to say because of what a great actress she is. Also, I’m excited for the X-Men to finally go to space. Being a comic book fan myself, this is very satisfying to hear. Simon Kinberg directing is what scares me.

I know that he has a close relationship with the X-Men franchise, and I believe he has done a great job producing so far. The problem is he has never directed anything before. You shouldn’t let the first thing someone directs be a big budget blockbuster movie. He hasn’t ever directed before, and these big movies aren’t easy to handle. Like I said, he has plenty of experience writing and producing, but directing is a totally different thing

 

Now, if he had directed a smaller movie and done a good job, I would be fine with this news. But, he has absolutely no experience directing, so this scares me. I really want Fox to get the Dark Phoenix Saga right.

 

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‘Black Panther’ Teaser Trailer is Released

Marvel’s Black Panther just got its first trailer during Game Four of the NBA Finals.

The trailer starts out with a conversation between Andy Serkis playing Ulysses Klaue from Avengers: Age of Ultron and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross who was introduced img_1010in Captain America: Civil War.

Klaue asks Ross what he knows about Wakanda. OSS responds that it’s a third world country. Klaue tells him that everything he knows is a front, and that it is really a highly technologically advanced civilization.

We then see a scene with a group looking around in the woods. They look up and see Black Panther in the trees, and he uses his powers to take them out. The rest of the trailer is mostly various shots of the movie with some good music behind it.

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The first takeaway from the trailer, for me, was how amazing Wakanda looks. It looks very high tech and sleek. I really love the design. Stylistically the movie looks pleasing. People say that it looks the same as most Marvel movies, but I would disagree due to the use of img_1012costumes and sets with it being set in Africa.The action looks stellar so far, and Michael B. Jordan’s character looks really cool. If you look close, you can see a shot of him fighting.

My only complaint with the trailer was the last scene where Black Panther jumps over the car. The scene didn’t looks finished, therefore taking away some of the awe of the scene. But, they have plenty of time to fix that.


Overall, now I’m even more excited to see Black Panther. He was set up very well as a character in Civil War, and I hope this movie does a good job of continuing his story.

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