Riz Ahmed in Talks for ‘Venom’

Looks like the one of the stars of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in Sony’s new Spider-Man spinoff movie, Venom

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THR reports that Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne, and The Night Of) is in talks to be in Venom, the Solo movie for the Spider-Man villain. The report states that he will not play the villain of the movie, Carnage, who Sony is still looking to cast. The movie will star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom and be directed by Ruben Fleischer. 

The Sony movie movie, Venom, has gone through some confusion as to its involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One moment it was separate, then it was in it, then it was separate again. As of now, it will not take place within the Spider-Man: Homecoming universe. It will be a completely separate story focusing on Venom. Riz Ahmed is a great up and coming actor who will be getting lots of work once he builds up his filmography further. Even though I’m not completely satisfied with Sony’s decision to make this movie, this adds a second great cast member and make me a little bit more optimistic about the movie.

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Rumor: Wonder Woman To Appear in The Flash: Flashpoint

Flash v Wonder Woman: Dawn of Controversy

DC seems to be poking up on the love for Wonder Woman because she is rumored to appear in the Flash movie.

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In an article from Forbes about the success of Wonder Woman, it is said that she will be in the upcoming DC movie The Flash: Flashpoint. It also says that it is set for release in 2020. The movie was announced at this year’s Comic Con. Wonder Woman does play a major role in the original comic storyline. Her Amazonians and Aquaman’s army fight over territory of Earth for complicated reasons. Though the movie does focus primarily on Flash and Thomas Wayne Batman.

Forbes isn’t known for doing “scoops”, so this should be taken as a rumor. If this is true, seeing Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight would be amazing. Both characters will be well established with Wonder Woman having two solo films and Aquaman having his solo by this point. As long as they firmly establish the fact that it is set in an alternate universe, audiences shouldn’t be too lost by the idea. Even if she is in the movie, they might not take the comic book approach. She could just simply be a side character in the film. However way they would end up using her would be great with Gal Gadot in the role. She’s really owned the role on the movie screen and in real life.

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Jaume Collet-Serra No Longer Directing ‘Suicide Squad 2’

Jaume Collet-Serra, director of Liam Neeson movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, has turned down Suicide Squad 2 to direct the upcoming Disney film, Jungle Cruise, starring Dwane Johnson.

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A report from Deadline says that Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on the direct the Disney film, Jungle Cruise, which means he will not be directing Suicide Squad 2. Warner Bros. had Collet-Serra as their top choice to take on the project. The report goes on to say that details of the plot are kept under wraps, but it is based on a theme park ride that takes you through the rivers around the world.

This is interesting because we all know that Suicide Squad was received poor reviews, earning a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although it did earn $745 million in the box office. Leaving might be the best choice for Collet-Serra because of the bad taste the first film left in people’s mouths. Also, reports did come out about how Warner Bros. took over David Ayer for the first film, and he wasn’t able to direct the movie he wanted to make.

If Suicide Squad 2 failed, then all eyes would be on him and his directing. This would likely put a damper on his career moving forward. However, if Jungle Cruise were to not go well, then the blow wouldn’t be nearly as hard. It could just be a simple thing of what studio you want to work with. Disney is known to make very good films while the DCEU has not proven itself thus yet.

 

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I’m not very familiar with his directing, but it seems like people enjoy his films. I’m excited to see Jungle Cruise, mainly because Dwane Johnson is in it. Also, I’m sure that Disney and Jaume Collet-Serra can make  fun movie.

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Marvel San Diego Comic Con 2017 Recap

I better see the Infinity War trailer soon

Marvel had a huge show at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. I’ve already covered DC’s presentation at the convention, and now I will be going over Marvel’s panel.

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Cate Blanchett talking about Thor: Ragnarok

Like I said in the DC review, I was not at the convention, and I am just compiling all of the news from various blogs and articles. The panel started with a sketch with Paul Rudd and Michael Pena doing a recap of the past ten years of the MCU. (I hope this is released online) They then showed concept art of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and also revealed the logo for the movie. They showed the new suit for Wasp, which apparently looks more yellow. They showed a smaller Ant-Man riding his daughter’s back, Ant-Man growing and flipping a car over, and a giant Scott Lang peeking around a street corner. They also revealed some new casting for the movie: Hannah John-Kamen will play the Ghost, Randall Park is Agent Jimmy Woo, and finally Laurence Fishburne will be Dr.Bill Foster, aka Goliath.

Next, they showed Captain Marvel concept art. They confirmed that Nick Fury will appear in the movie. It will be set in the 90’s, so Fury will have two eyes, and the villains will be the Skrulls. After that, they had the cast and crew of Thor: Ragnarok talk about the movie. Tom Hiddleston said that Loki has been pretending to be Odin for the past four years. Mark Ruffalo said Hulk refuses to be Bruce Banner because he is a popular gladiator on Sakaar. He also said that because he hasn’t changed into Bruce Banner in two years, Hulk has the vocabulary of a two year old. Something I found interesting was that Jeff Goldblum revealed that his character, the Grandmaster, and the Collector are brothers. They are Elders of the Universe, so they are the oldest living being in the universe. Now, he rules Sakaar and puts on fighting games. They did a Q&A with the fans and showed the new trailer.

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Captain Marvel fighting Skrulls

Marvel had the Black Panther cast come on stage and talk their experience, and the whole cast seems to be very invested in this movie. You can find what they said online, but they all seem to understand their characters really well. Ryan Coogler, the director, said he walked into a comic store, asked what he should buy, and was given Black Panther. They also showed some footage, which they made clear would not be released online, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. It’s been described as a James Bond like scene with T’Challa and Okoye tracking Ulysses Klaw, and then fighting afterwards. Also, apparently Klaw has a robotic arm… that’s cool. Then, as expected, they showed that famous trailer for Avengers: Infinity War that they showed at D23.

All of this news is pretty exciting. I guess Laurence Fishburne left DC, because now he’s in Ant-Man and the Wasp. So, don’t expect to see Perry White anytime soon. Seriously though, I am really excited to see the sequel to Ant-Man because of how funny and unexpected that movie was. Captain Marvel being set in the 90’s is interesting, it’ll be nice to see what the MCU was like in that time period. We’ve never had a full movie set in the past. I hope they don’t reveal how Nick Fury lost his eye because I personally want that to stay a mystery, but there is a good chance they will reveal it. I don’t know much about the Skrulls, but it seems like they are a big part of the comics. So, I guess I’ll wait and see.

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New Black Panther Poster

I’m even more excited for Black Panther now. The first teaser trailer got me very excited to see what Marvel could do with the character. I can’t wait to see what Ryan Coogler can do after his work on the phenomenal Creed. The Thor trailer was amazing! I have’t been a fan of the Thor movies thus far, but but this movie looks like a lot of fun. It seems funny, crazy, wild, and Hulk! They didn’t show Doctor Strange, even though they said he would be in the movie. I don’t want them to, I would rather see him in the movie proper. Marvel always does a great job at Comic Con, they haven’t let me down since Thor: The Dark World in 2013.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Movie Review

Does whatever a Spider can

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first solo Spider-Man movie to take place in the MCU, and the sixth solo Spider-Man movie ever. It is about Peter Parker dealing with balancing his Spider-Man life with his high school life. After his adventures in Captain America: Civil War, he wants to be an avenger, but he might not be ready just yet.

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I’ve been waiting for a good Spider-Man movie for thirteen years. I believe Spider-Man 2 is one of the best comic book movies of all time, but every installment after that was disappointing. I’m happy to say that Spider-Man: Homecoming gets the character right again. 

I love how this movie has a younger Peter Parker. He’s fifteen in his sophomore year of high school, whereas in previous movies he either graduates in the first movie, or just doesn’t touch on that aspect at all. The main reason we relate to Spider-Man is because he’s just a kid running around saving lives, and he has real world problems. There are instances when he suffers in his real life because of him having to be Spider-Man. Him being young brings a lot of fun to the movie. The movie is really funny, and Tom Holland sells the role so well. You can feel how Peter is just having a blast being Spider-Man. He’s always anxious throughout school to get out so he can swing around and be a hero.

Jacob Batalon plays Peter’s best friend, Ned, and their chemistry makes the movie a lot better. We haven’t seen Peter Parker with a real best friend is any of the movies that didn’t bail on him in the first movie. Another neat aspect is that Peter goes to a special math and science school, so Flash Tompson isn’t a typical jock bully to Peter, he’s really just a jerk to him. I liked that because in today’s world, that cheesy type of bullying doesn’t happen as much, it’s more verbal bullying nowadays.

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Spider-Man is written differently than we’ve seen before in the movie. He’s young, so he makes stupid decisions and learns from them. He also thinks he can do anything because he has powers, but he quickly learns where his boundaries are throughout the movie. This is only the first chapter in his story, so it leaves a lot of room for the character to grow and develop. Tony Stark keeps Peter in check because he made his suit. The trailers made it seem like Iron Man would be in the movie too much, but this is very much Spider-Man’s movie. There isn’t a single moment when you think that he is being overshadowed be Robert Downey Jr. He always comes in when it’s necessary for the story, and the scenes don’t revolve around him.

Michael Keaton plays the villain of the movie, the Vulture, and he’s probably one of the best ever villains in the MCU. You might think that he is silly because of his character in the comics. While he is campy in the source material, they go a completely different route in the movie and it works. It wouldn’t be as good as it was without Michael Keaton. I won’t spoil anything, but there’s a scene in a car between Vulture and Peter that I think is Keaton’s best scene in the movie.

One of my problems with the movie was that it wasn’t as emotional as I wanted it to be. Sure, there are some great acting scenes in the movie, and it is a lot of fun, but during the fight scenes there seems to be a lack of stakes. The movie plays it safe, and doesn’t really take any risks for the character. In the Sam Raimi movies, I still sit on the edge of my seat for the action scenes 15 years later, but in this movie it just seemed cool without feeling much for the character. Spider-Man is a great character in the movie, and the action scenes are good, but it just wasn’t everything I wanted. The third act of the movie also felt very overblown and crazy. I would have preferred it to feel more grounded, but they took a different approach and took the explosion route. It wasn’t as bad as it was in movies like Batman v Superman, but I found it to be too much for a Spider-Man movie.

I would definitely recommend Spider-Man: Homecoming. If you haven’t already you should go see this movie.(I’m so late with the review, you should have seen it already) It’s my second favorite Spider-Man movie of all time behind Spider-Man 2. 

                        Rating: A-             

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DC San Diego Comic Con 2017 Recap

Please be good…

DC made quite the showing at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. I am going to go over all of the  biggest news that was revealed at the show.

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Just to make this clear, I was not at the convention, I am just going over what I’ve heard happened from various news websites and articles. The panel started with a sizzle reel of the first four DCEU movies so far. They then went over all of the upcoming movies that they are working on, and showed the logos for those movies. The upcoming movies are, in no particular order, Wonder Woman 2, Batgirl, The Batman, Green Lantern Corps, Shazam!, Justice League Dark, Aquaman, and The Flash: Flashpoint. After that, Jason Mamoa showed up and showed footage from Aquaman. It has been described as Star Wars underwater.

The Justice League cast came on stage and talked about their experience with the movie. The biggest thing that came out of that was that Ben Affleck said he is the luckiest man in the world to play Batman after being asked if the rumors were true is he was quitting playing the character. The cast then showed the four minute trailer to the movie, and it was amazing! I love how the characters are showcased in the trailer. It smartly starts with Wonder Woman, most likely because of the success of her solo movie. The Flash is hilarious, Batman is great as always, and their Aquaman is different than we see him in the comics. However, I love how his character is portrayed. The trailer has a very epic feel, and it reminds me of the Justice League from the comics.

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Following the trailer, they just answered fan questions and ended the Warner Bros. panel. I’m glad to see that DC has a somewhat complete slate of movie they have in production, even though they don’t have dates. They have done a great job with restructuring their universe after all of the problems they’ve had. The interesting movie is Flashpoint. In case you don’t know, Flashpoint is a comic book storyline when Barry Allen goes back in time and saves his mother from being killed. When he gets back to the present, everything has changed. Batman is Thomas Wayne, because Joe Chill shot Bruce Wayne, and Martha becomes the Joker. Basically, he finds a way to go back and let his mom die. When he goes back to the supposed normal present, things are still different. Everybody is five years younger, Clark  Kent isn’t Superman yet, and the overall status quo of the comics changed. It was really a way for DC to reboot completely.

 

I hope that they aren’t doing this to do a soft reboot. The Hollywood Reporter did say that Warner Bros. was trying to find a way to gracefully usher Ben Affleck out of the Batman role, and Flashpoint makes sense to do that. Remember, Affleck never said he was going to stay as Batman, he just said he is lucky and happy in the role. The film could just change aspects of the Flash since it is a Flash movie, but Flashpoint always changes the entire universe. I’m fine with DC doing Flashpoint, but I don’t see why they are doing it so soon.

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Overall I think DC did a great job with assuring us they know what they are doing with the DCEU with a great trailer and a slate of movies to look forward to.

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‘Spider-Man’ Movie Review

Dressed like a spider, looks like a bug…

Welcome to my series of Spider-Man reviews! I will be discussing all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies  this week leading up to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spider-Man was released in 2002, and it was the highest grossing weekend for a movie at the time. This was probably one of my favorite movies growing up, I watched it over and over and over again. I could quote the movie in a heartbeat, and I still can. This time around, I really wanted to analyze the movie and see if it really is a good film. I am happy to say, that this movie holds up almost perfectly.

Spider-Man is a really fun comic book movie that could stand on its own, before everything has to set up a universe. Tobey Maguire is a really great Peter Parker. That first scene of the movie where the camera pans through the bus, then focuses on Peter trying to catch up is a great introduction. He really captured the lonely nerd aspect of Peter, the nerd was best portrayed in the lab scene where he’s so amazed by all this technology. You really root for Peter because he’s a good kid and he makes good grades in school, but he can’t catch a break from Flash Tompson.

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Aunt May and Uncle Ben portrayed by Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson were fantastic additions to the movie. I think they were both used perfectly. Uncle Ben is almost like a cool dad in some ways, he never gets mad because he realizes he’s raising a teenager. Robertson plays the death scene to perfection. I really felt for Peter in that scene. Aunt May is the person who always knows what to do just like she should be, unlike another version of her character that constantly worries about Peter. It’s not heavy handed, but she just feels like a sweet, wise person.

I also enjoyed the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father, Norman Osborn. They have a broken relationship because Harry wants his father to be proud of him, but he doesn’t have the best grades. Norman also clearly likes Harry’s best friend, Peter, much more.  

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One of the common criticisms of the movie is the Peter Parker and Mary Jane relationship. I think it still works. It might be a little cheesy at some moments, but they really captured what it feels like to have a crush on someone. Kirsten Dunst does a great job in the role with seeming like the popular girl around her friends, and then being very genuine with Peter. 

As for the actual filmmaking, the movie still works. Sam Raimi is used to having a low budget and using practical effects. A lot of the movie is shot in camera, feeling very visceral and real. Especially many of the  scenes with Spider-Man. The montage with him fighting crime shows how he’s this mysterious figure. 

Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast as Green Goblin. One of my favorite scenes is the mirror scene, and they establish this almost split personality that he struggles with. Dafoe did most of the stunt work for the film because of how passionate he was. If you look at his filmography he clearly didn’t need this role, but he put all of his effort into it and it shows on screen. Some people seem to have a problem with the costume as it looks like a power ranger. I don’t have a problem with it because it seems practical. It’s designed for the military, so they would need some type of armor protection. Also, if you think that looks silly, you must not have seen the original costume from the comics with the bright green and purple. I thought that it worked and fit with the fun tone of the movie.

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We can’t do a review of Spider-Man without talking about J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. He has to be the most perfectly casted person of the whole series. Every scene he’s in is amazing. He just feels like he was ripped right out of the comics.

The movie does has a couple flaws despite it being great. Some of the CGI feels dated, like the scene when he climbs up the building after Uncle Ben dies. Also, while Kirsten Dunst is great, Mary Jane is a damsel in distress in most of the movie. She is really just there for Peter to have a crush on her. She does have some great scenes when she’s just talking with Peter and it feels very authentic, but she gets saved by Spider-Man a lot throughout the movie. For example, the parade scene, the alley way scene, and the final act are all scenes where she just relies on Spider-Man. Even when he asked her to climb down the rope, she just says that she can’t do it. This is one of the only ways the The Amazing Spider-Man improved from this movie with Gwen Stacy. 

All in all, this movie is great. It reminds us about the times when studios could just let the writers and directors make a good movie, and they didn’t have to put their hands in it to make the movies set up an entire universe. It’s simply an origin story about one of my favorite comic book characters.

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