The Defenders Season One Review

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Since 2015, we have been waiting to see the culmination of Marvel’s Netflix Series that started with Daredevil. The Defenders brings together the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist series in a crossover event with decent success. Serving mainly as a follow-up to Iron Fist, the first season of the crossover series was short in length, but I thought that was a good thing. It would be harder to drag a series like this out over 13 episodes. To start with the positives, I enjoyed the way the camera filters changed between the characters. We get the reds for Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the yellows for Luke Cage, the blues for Jessica Jones, and the greens for Danny Rand/Iron Fist. This also extends to the secondary characters from their respective shows and the clothing that they all wear. There was one scene that we thought would focus on Jessica Jones, but everything around her was red. Then we see Daredevil show up to help her out. This was a cue to let the audience know that she was not going to be the focus of the scene. The show also does a great job integrating the main and supporting characters from the other shows into this one. The first meeting of Danny and Luke is hilarious, but one must wonder why it took Danny so long to activate his Iron Fist ability. The other introductions are more fluid, and it made sense how they would bump into each other. The character growth was good and noticeable. Each of the important characters have learned from their past experiences, but some things that still haunt them. Becoming a team helps them going forward, similar to how forming the Avengers helped Tony Stark/Iron Man. The acting was great, overall, and I was surprised by how well done the fight choreography was. Especially, from Finn Jones, since this was lacking in Iron Fist. Now, to move on to the negatives, the show has a few issues. I mentioned that the shorter season was a good choice. However, I do wish the episodes were longer. An additional 20 minutes each would have been great. This would have allowed for them to get through the set up quicker and get into the action. In addition, the fact that they don’t mention the greater Marvel universe is a mistake, a mistake that has plagued all the Marvel Netflix series from the beginning. The Defenders has the least mentions of any of the other shows before it. There is one mention of the “incident” but nothing else. It is unclear how much time has passed since Avengers. People are shocked to hear about superheroes in a world where aliens attacked New York and an army of robots destroyed Sokovia! My point is that they either need to state that this is an elseworlds universe or start making more firm connections with a better sense of timeline in reference to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finding out more about The Hand was great. Seeing all the leaders unveiled and learning their backstory was interesting. However, overall, this was a lackluster group of villains for this show. I was very skeptical when Sigourney Weaver was cast as the main villain for the show because I didn’t think she would bring the right amount of evil to the role of Alexandra. Unfortunately, I was right. We see Elektra in the trailers and her parts in the show are fantastic. Élodie Yung brings back the same conflict and viciousness Elektra had in season two of Daredevil. She should have been the main focus of the show, and The Hand should have been left in the background. I give The Defenders season one a Good 4/5. They left many questions open for future exploration. I hope things are better by the time the studio makes season two.

4 Reasons Why Thanos Is A Terrible Villain For The Avengers

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We all know Thanos is gearing up to take out the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film, but should we be that excited to see him? Thanos has been set up as the “Big Bad” since the end of the first Avengers film. Since then he has only appeared twice in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He had a small part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and appeared in a post credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In my opinion, Thanos has proven himself to be a terrible villain for the MCU, and I can list four reasons why. Beware: there will be SPOILERS for the MCU listed below.

4. He Gave Away The Mind Stone

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After Loki disappeared at the end of Thor we see him appear as the main villain in the The Avengers. In between the two films he came into contact with Thanos who provided him with a powerful scepter capable of controlling and opening people’s minds. Loki was sent to Earth to take over the planet and retrieve the Tesseract for his new master. Of course, he fails and is imprisoned back on Asgard. We later find out in Avengers: Age of Ultron that the scepter housed the Mind Stone. This would mean that Thanos gave an Infinity Stone to someone he barely knew so that he could retrieve another Infinity Stone, the Space Stone. This makes no sense because if Thanos is as powerful as we have been led to believe, then he should have retrieved the stone himself. Even if he felt that task was beneath him, why not send a member of his Black Order to retrieve it? Surely, he trusts them more than he trusts Loki.

3. He Did Not Go After The Power Stone Himself

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Here is another example of Thanos sending someone else to do his dirty work for him. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, we find out that Thanos made a deal with Ronan the Accuser for the Power Stone. If Ronan retrieves the Power Stone for Thanos, then Thanos will destroy Xandar for Ronan. Star-Lord ends up finding the stone first, leading into the plot of the film. Two things are wrong with this situation. Once again, why doesn’t Thanos go retrieve the stone himself, or send a member of his Black Order? As a matter of fact, two members of his Black Order, Gamora and Nebula, were loaned to Ronan as additional muscle. Ignoring this fact, Ronan actually sent his ally, Korath, along with some Sakaarans, to retrieve the stone. If I were performing a task for the intergalactic tyrant, then I would make sure to handle it personally, lest I face the consequences of failure. Yet, as we learn later in the film, Thanos is all bark and no bite.

2. He Already Lost Two Members Of His Black Order

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During Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, we learn from Nebula that she and Gamora have other adopted siblings. As we recently found out, the Black Order is made up of Thanos’ forcibly-adopted children. This would mean that Nebula and Gamora are also members of this group. They have both shown great fighting ability and tremendous strength in the two Guardians films and are truly forces to be reckoned with. We do not yet know their strength compared to their other siblings, nor if their siblings have the same hatred for Thanos as they do. That being said, these sisters have since rebelled against their father and they plan to kill him. Gamora joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nebula is off doing her own thing. Why would Thanos even allow his children to leave his employ? Why hasn’t he hunted them down and punished them, or at least sent his other children to perform the task for him? It’s evident that Nebula and Gamora both still fear Thanos and know that taking him out is no easy task. Still, you would think they would want to get as far away as possible, if he is as bad as they say.

1. His Infinity Gauntlet May Be A Fake

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After Avengers: Age of Ultron we know that Thanos will now be taking a more active role in gathering the Infinity Stones. He dawns an Infinity Gauntlet and states, “Fine — I’ll do it myself”. This is weird because we previously saw an Infinity gauntlet in Odin’s vault in Thor. Kevin Feige himself has admitted that there are two Infinity Gauntlets in the MCU when speaking with Cinema Blend.

“There are two different gloves…That was not Odin’s vault that you see at the end.”

Why would there need to be two Infinity Gantlets when there are only six Infinity Stones? Either there are six additional infinity stones that we don’t know about, or one of them is a forgery. In the comics, the Infinity Gauntlet is normally right handed. The more regal looking gauntlet we see in Odin’s treasure vault is right handed, and the more basic gauntlet that Thanos wields is left handed. If we follow the comics, this leads me to believe that Thanos has the fake gauntlet and will not be able to use the true power of the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War. I was luckily able to see the San Diego Comic-Con Avengers: Infinity War trailer and know what Thanos is bringing to the table. However, we do also have the fourth untitled Avengers film to look forward to, so maybe Thanos bites the dust early, or he is like Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and he is just a puppet.

Avengers: Infinity War is due to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.

What are your thoughts on Thanos’ involvement in the MCU? Leave your comments below.

 

The Dark Tower Review

 

The_Dark_Tower_teaser_posterThe Dark Tower is a sci-fi western film based off of Stephen King’s eight book series. The film actually serves as a sequel to the events of the seventh book The Dark Tower series. The story of the film is very straightforward. Basically what you see in the trailers is the plot of the film. The boy, Jake Chambers, has visions of the Man in Black and the Gunslinger. He finds a portal to Mid-World where he luckily runs into the Gunslinger and they team up to stop the Man in Black from destroying all worlds via destroying the Dark Tower. We are given a little exposition on what the purpose of the tower is in a scene that is reminiscent to Thor explaining the nine realms to Jane in the first Thor film. Going into this film I did not read any of the books as I expected that I would be brought up to speed on the details that happened within their pages. However, the film did not go into much detail on any of the characters, let alone provide any backstory for them. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are fantastic actors and they do their best with the roles of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, and Walter Padick, the Man in Black. Their characters have an interesting dynamic that would have played better if they had more screen time together. Newcomer, Tom Taylor, did a fine job as Jake Chambers. He had great chemistry with Idris Elba and most of the scenes they had together worked well. A few of the jokes the writers tried did not translate well on-screen, but that can happen in any film. The mythology that the film sets up is pretty great and they leave the ending open for more sequels. I did have a good time watching it, but I would not have minded if it were 30 minutes to an hour longer. A film of this nature should be longer, especially if they intend to use it to set up a franchise. I feel some of the issues with this film sit with the director. He is not as seasoned as some other filmmakers and probably was not ready for a film of this caliber. Originally, J. J. Abrams was attached to direct when the film was first being produced back in 2007, but ultimately those plans fell through. I could only imagine how great this film could have turned out in the hands of a director like Nolan or Abrams, because they understand sci-fi so well. I give The Dark Tower a Normal 6.5/10. I’m interested in seeing more from this universe, so hopefully it makes enough money to warrant a sequel, prequel, or even a Netflix continuation.

Ten Characters Likely To Show Up In Captain Marvel

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Considering that Marvel just had their panel at San Diego Comic Con yesterday it is time to go over who may be in their upcoming Captain Marvel film. They revealed that the film will be a prequel to the current MCU taking place in the 1990s. With that information we can deduce who will probably pop up in the film. We know that the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel will appear in the film, Nick Fury will appear pre eye injury, and the villains will be the Skrulls, and alien race of shapeshifters. Considering the timeline the following people would make sense.

Richard and Mary Parker

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In the comics Richard and May Parker were agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who tragically died on a mission. Considering that this film will take place in the ’90s it would be years before Peter is born, so we could explore a little about his parents. Nick Fury would be their connection to this film as they could be his “go to” agents during this time period such as Phil Coulson and Maria Hill have been in the current period.

Ben and May Parker

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If Richard Parker shows up it would make sense for his older brother Ben and his wife May to make a quick cameo. This could be a small role in the film just to add some familiarity. Considering Tom Holland has showed interest in Tobey Maguire portraying the character of Uncle Ben, it would be great if they cast him. Giving a nod to fans of the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.

Peggy Carter

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Considering she is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D., it would make sense for her to appear as one of Nick Fury’s superiors. She has made a cameo during the beginning of Ant-Man which took place in 1989, meaning she could still be active within the organization during the ’90s.

James “Rhodey” Rhodes

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This would be a great addition to the film even if it’s only in a small role. Colonel James Rhodes is a military officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. Carol Danvers was also a member of the United States Air Force, so it would make sense if they knew each other during their youth. Maybe it was her disappearance that made him so dead set on finding Tony during the events of the first Iron Man, as he couldn’t lose another friend.

Hank Pym

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Having quit S.H.I.E.L.D. in 1989 it would be cool if Nick Fury had to contact Hank Pym to get some information from him during the film. Possibly calling in a favor that needs someone who can shrink. This could allow us to see more of him in the  suit and his interaction with other S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel aside from Howard Stark and Peggy Carter.

Alexander Pierce

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Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury were once good friends. Maybe, this film could show fans the infamous Bogata mission that convinced Pierce to promote Fury to head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Also it would be great if we see him manipulating and recruiting other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to join Hydra. Perhaps he tries to convert Richard and Mary Parker only for them to reject him. Leading him to have the Winter Soldier murder them sometime in the early 2000s. That would give Peter and Tony even more in common.

Reed Richards

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Now we’re delving into more wishful territory. With the realization that the Skrulls are going to be the main villains of the film it would be great to get a clip of a young Reed Richards to let fans know that Marvel and Fox have reached a deal. I’m pretty sure the Skrulls belong to Fox and those characters are major villains for the Fantastic Four. It just seems like the possibility is there.

Victor Von Doom

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This is even more wishful thinking as I doubt it would happen. Reed and Victor used to be friends during their college days. It would be nice if they were shown as fellow students at M.I.T. with a young Tony Stark. Or at least we could get a mention of Latveria in the MCU.

What are your thoughts on the Captain Marvel news from San Diego Comic Con? Is there anyone you would like to appear in the film? Leave your thoughts below.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Valerian_and_the_City_of_a_Thousand_PlanetsI am not a fan of 3D films. Whether it’s converted in post production or filmed with 3D cameras, I would rather not see it. For my early screening of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, I was forced to see it in 3D. However, I will not let that hamper my review of the film, for it was not terrible. Now, take that with a grain of salt because this was not a fantastic film either. Based on the very  popular French science fiction comics series, Valérian and Laureline, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets tells the story of Major Valerian and Sergeant Laureline as they try to complete a mission for the World State Federation. The opening of the film was great. It showed how Alpha, the titular “City of a Thousand Planets”, came together while the late David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played in the background. Next, we are treated to the beautiful scene of an alien world before we are introduced to the main characters: Valerian and Laureline. While I think Dane DeHaan is a fantastic actor, I’m not sure that this was the right role for him. I didn’t buy him as the ladies’ man that Valerian is supposed to be, nor did I buy his apparent affection for his partner, Laureline. Their romance seemed to be forced throughout the entire film. It would have been better if they played the characters as platonic partners. Cara Delevingne was fine as Laureline, but she wasn’t given much to do. She is a much more impressive actress than her last few roles have shown. Much of the dialogue in the film was stiff and almost comical. There are even a few lines lifted straight out of Taken, but I’ll let you wait to see when that happens in the film. Other parts of the plot did not make sense and there was almost a rush at the end to explain everything. I do have to admit that Luc Besson knows how to make both a beautiful looking and great sounding film. The creatures and worlds you see on-screen are great, and somewhat believable. With a little better writing this could have been another The Fifth Element. The best way to describe this film is that it is a good “background film.” Those are basically films that you have playing in the background while you are doing other things. It is something that you want to watch, but don’t care if you miss a few seconds here and there. Apparently, Luc is now writing a Valerian trilogy of films, so I would be interested to see where he takes these characters. However, I would not be upset if it never came to fruition. Overall, I give Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a Normal 6.5/10. I feel Luc Besson works better when given smaller budgets, so studios should remember that when he pitches them his next film.

‘Rick And Morty’ Is ‘Back To The Future’ On Acid

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If you have never seen Rick and Morty then you need to get on it because that show is hilarious! Also, you should probably stop reading this article because it will contain SPOILERS for the show. Full episodes can be found on the Adult Swim website. For those who have seen the show, you know how crazy and nonsensical it is. Also, while watching, you may have thought the premise was somewhat familiar. Even for younger audiences, something about the show may have reminded you of something you couldn’t quite put your finger on. This is because the show is a strange parody of Back to the Future. (A lot of bells just went off in your heads, I’m sure.) The show clearly takes that plot and stretches it out into crazier adventures.

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The basis for Rick and Morty was a short-lived web series spoof created by Justin Roiland known as The Real Adventures of Doc and Mharti. The web series was designed to parody the characters of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, from the Back to the Future film trilogy. The fans reacted to it wildly, and Roiland began creating more shorts involving the characters. Soon, the shorts evolved beyond Roiland’s original intentions of being a Back to the Future parody, leaving behind the premise and the obvious origins of the characters from the film series from which was its inspiration. After releasing the short for Channel 101, Adult Swim approached Harmon for television show ideas. He and Roiland developed the program based on the short, eventually replacing the characters of Doc and Mharti with Rick and Morty, respectively.

Episode Structure

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The general structure of a Rick and Morty episode usually consists of the apposition of two conflicting scenarios. Rick, an extremely selfish, alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson, Morty, across space and time for intergalactic and/or interdimensional adventures, while also dealing with domestic family drama. The show has been described as a combination between Back to the Future and Matt Groening’s two shows: The Simpsons and Futurama. The show often ignores continuity but, at the same time, doesn’t break it. This is because of the multiple universes and timelines that Rick and Morty explore. A prime example of this is when Rick mutates the world in the episode “Rick Potion #9” and decides to take Morty to a separate “earth” where the versions of them have just died, so they can take their place and start over. Morty even mentions this to his newly replaced sister a few episodes later. This format allows the creators to do whatever they want because there are infinite timelines and universes for them to work with.

“On one of our adventures, Rick and I basically destroyed the whole world, so we bailed on that reality and we came to this one, because in this one, the world wasn’t destroyed and in this one, we were dead. So we came here, a- a- and we buried ourselves and we took their place. And every morning, Summer, I eat breakfast twenty yards away from my own rotting corpse. […] Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”

Crazy Characters

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Rick and Morty is known for its kooky characters. The namesake characters’ family is basically what it would be like if Doc Brown was a drunk and a member of Marty McFly’s family, with a few tweaks for good measure. From the generally level-headed Beth, to the very insecure and sometimes idiotic Jerry, the show has a wide range of characters to choose from. Rick has a strong influence over the characters’ lives, whether they like it or not. This is mostly because he is the “smartest being in the universe,” but also because he selfishly involves them in his schemes. Even though new and recurring characters appear almost every episode, the Smith family is the main focus. And even though Morty gets the brunt of it, he has recently started including his niece, Summer, in the adventures as well. Rick’s daughter, Beth, longs for her father’s attention, while his son-in-law, Jerry, just wants Rick out of their lives.

We should thank director Robert Zemeckis, as his Back to the Future trilogy inspired one of the craziest cartoons of our generation. The first episode of the third season of Rick and Morty was aired on April 1st as an April Fools’ Day joke. You can find my review of that episode here. The rest of the season is set to premiere on July 30th at 11:30 pm ET.

What are your thoughts on Rick and Morty? What is your favorite episode? Are you excited for Season 3? Leave your thoughts below.

Why Kingdom Hearts Should Be Netflix’s Next Original Animated Series

With the success of Netflix’s new animated original series Castlevania. I think its time to ponder what other game series Netflix can use as the basis for an original animated series. They need a game that already has a large fan base, with plenty of lore and history to delve into, as well as one that is interesting with fun characters. A game series that matches these categories in spades would be Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts franchise.

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The Kingdom Hearts franchise launched its first game back in 2002 on the Playstation 2. This game was unique as it was a blend of Final Fantasy and Disney characters in one game. I remember seeing the commercials and thinking it was a dumb idea. Nevertheless, I ended up borrowing a friend’s copy and fell in love. The game was a perfect blend of fun, action, and spectacle. I longed for more content from this series. Over the years Square Enix has released seven additional games in the series with an eighth due out in 2018. Each game has furthered the lore of the series and added interesting new characters and plot lines. This series doesn’t seem to be stopping in the near future.

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Netflix Original shows tend to have shorter seasons than a normal cable television show. Netflix’s Castlevania only had four episodes in its first season. However, since it was so well received, the second season has been expanded to include eight episodes. A Kingdom Hearts series could do something similar. The show should start out small, with a short first season, to get a feel for how many viewers are interested in the show. From there, they can expand the number of episodes in each of the following seasons. With as much content as the Kingdom Hearts series has to offer, it would be no problem for Netflix to distribute multiple seasons.

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The show could be marketed as an anthology series, animating different events from different games in no particular order. Or, it could follow the timeline of the games and go in chronological order starting with Kingdom Hearts χ. It is in Kingdom Hearts χ that the Kingdom Hearts series sets up the events of the Keyblade War. The Keyblade War is a very influential event in this universe, but it is also the most mysterious since we have so few details about it. This would allow the creators more wiggle room in expanding the lore of the Kingdom Hearts universe at that point in the timeline. It would be nice to see all of the events of that war unfold on screen, without having to spend the time playing through the different worlds as in the video games.

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Currently, Netflix has a contract with Disney for the exclusive U.S. rights to Disney’s films. This includes not just films under the Disney brand, but also its Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar subsidiaries. It makes sense to extend this deal into Disney’s video game properties, as well, so that they can create new media for fans to enjoy. The studios have worked well together on the Marvel Netflix series, so it just makes sense for them to continue to work together on other properties.

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The newest game, Kingdom Hearts III, is due to hit the shelves in 2018.

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

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Let me start by saying no apes were harmed during the making of this film. Remember that when you go see it, because even though the apes in this film look and sound real, they are, in fact, CGI. War for the Planet of the Apes is the culmination of Caesar’s story that began in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While I enjoyed seeing how this character’s story unfolded in the film, I have to say the film, as a whole, was a bit of a disappointment. I am not saying that it was a bad film. I just feel that I built it up in my head a little too much, and it did not meet all of my expectations. So, let’s start with the positives. The CGI has never been better. Every hair, every wrinkle, and every expression on the apes’ faces looked real. Once again, Andy Serkis did great as Caesar, and for the first time, I could actually see his face in Caesar’s face. This was not as evident with the motion capture in the previous two films. Secondly, I felt that Steve Zahn stole the show as Bad Ape. He was kind, charismatic, and funny without trying too hard. He was a great addition to the cast, and I would love to see how his character interacts with Caesar’s group moving forward, should the series continue. Third, the film’s story paralleled the Hebrews escape from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land in multiple ways. Writers, Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback, without a doubt, intentionally placed this imagery in the script as there are other biblical ideology and motifs scattered throughout the film. Moving on to the negatives: the film was slow, really slow. I felt like I waited forever for the film to pick up and it really didn’t. We didn’t get much action from the apes in comparison to the previous film. Second, I found it weird that few of the apes really spoke. We saw in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that the apes were using sign language in conjunction with human speech. In this film, however, they seem to have reverted back to mostly using sign language and rarely forming words or sentences. Caesar is basically the only ape who speaks in the film. Thirdly, Woody Harrelson played an okay villain as The Colonel. Sadly, he left much to be desired and did not live up to what Gary Oldman brought to the previous film. I am excited about where this franchise could go next because the ending left many possibilities open. Overall, I’m going to give War for the Planet of the Apes a Decent 7/10. Hopefully, next time the director will decide to pick up the pace and will give us the ape action film that was presented in the trailers.

 

6 Actors Who Can Fix Disney’s Live Action Aladdin Casting Problem

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Disney is currently having an issue casting the live action adaptation of their 1992 hit Aladdin. They should be not running into this problem. Hollywood is full of young actors chomping at the bit to play these roles. This is an issue Disney has created for itself since the company is trying to cast unknowns for the major roles in this upcoming film. I understand giving an actor or actress his or her big break, but this is Aladdin. They could easily ruin this film by miscasting one role alone. They had no problem casting big names in their recent adaptations of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast, so why try and break the mold now? Here are six actors Disney should be looking to cast in their live action Aladdin adaptation.

Dev Patel

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There is no better choice for the casting of the titular character of Aladdin than Dev Patel. This guy is a fantastic actor and he has range. I’ve seen him play many different characters over the years, and he has only gotten better. His most recent role in Lion shows off his dramatic chops, even earning him an Academy Award nomination. Not only is he a great actor, but also, he is a decent dancer. Remember, his first big role was in Slumdog Millionaire. It was in that film’s dance number that he first showed off his rhythm. I would say he has multiple talents which are necessary for the character of Aladdin.

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra is a beautiful woman and a stunning actress. She can be calm yet strong willed at the same time. That’s exactly the type of actress they need to play Jasmine. She has made a name for herself in Bollywood and carried that same charm and charisma over to Hollywood. Priyanka is also an amazing singer and would easily be able to provide her own vocals for a cover of “A Whole New World”.

Will Smith

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No one can ever replace Robin Williams as Genie. If he were still alive, then I would have placed his picture in this spot. What he did with the role was simply magical. Disney is right to try and distance themselves from that performance by casting an actor who can bring something new to the role, without copying or imitating what Robin Williams did. When I first heard that Disney was talking to Will Smith about the role I was a tad apprehensive, but after speaking to my wife about it my tune changed. I now believe that Will would be perfect as an all-new Genie. He started out as a rapper, then branched out into television acting, where he succeeded in comedy. While doing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was offered roles in film. This led to him becoming a movie star, and he delivered many dramatic roles in the ’90s and early 2000s. Clearly, Will can do it all, and I’m sure he would give his all to this role. But Disney may need to provide cameo for his son, Jaden.

Sir Ben Kingsley

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Look no further than Sir Ben Kingsley when casting Jafar. This Oscar winning actor is a prime choice for the role. If you look at his body of work he clearly knows how to play a villain. His characters in Lucky Number Slevin, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and more or less Iron Man 3 were pretty close to what he’d be playing in this movie. Power hungry and mad, Sir Ben Kingsley can give Disney all that and more if he were offered the role.

Erick Avari

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Erick Avari is an actor most people can recognize, but not know his name. This man is a splendid actor who has appeared in a variety of roles in both film and television. With his comedic timing he would be perfect as the Sultan. Picture a goofier version of the character he played in Mr. Deeds or Daredevil. Also, he has that “dad” look and feel that fits the Sultan perfectly.

Dwayne Johnson

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Rock makes everything better. This hulk of a man has clawed his way to the top of Hollywood’s elite actors. He has a presence in every film that he is a part of even if it’s a small role. And that is why I think he’d make a great Razoul. It may be a small role, but I imagine The Rock would make it feel big. He has good comedic timing. He can be fierce and intimidating. That is why he would be a great choice as the Captain of the Royal Guard. Just mentioning his name while promoting the film guarantees butts in seats.

Why Fox Should Partner With Marvel On The Next Fantastic Four Reboot

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With Spider-Man: Homecoming coming out this past weekend I think its time we revisit the topic of The Fantastic Four joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox has done a moderate job handling the series; with two and a half of the three films they released being pretty watchable. There is an unreleased original film from the 1990s, but it is best not to mention that mess. Clearly though, The Fantastic Four is a property that Fox could use a little help with. Fox is currently doing very well with their X-Men franchise and they should stick with that. The best bet for them financially, in regards to The Fantastic Four, is to broker a deal with Marvel/Disney to allow their characters to appear in the MCU. The deal has worked out very well for Sony and Spider-Man and could work out just as well for Fox. Also, the plethora of characters that would come with bringing The Fantastic Four into the MCU would be a fan’s dream come true.

Marvel Studios Chief, Kevin Feige, recently spoke to AlloCine (via Newsarama) about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the Fantastic Four happened to come up.

“We have no plans with the Fantastic Four right now. No discussions about it.”

I would take those comments with a grain of salt, and here’s why. It is very normal for a studio chief, such as Feige, to make those comments. Even if he was working on a deal, he may not be allowed to say anything about it. Also, if they truly are not working on a deal, then it doesn’t mean that a future deal cannot be made.

If the studios did manage to work together, they could potentially make a great film. There are things that each of the studios does very well, and bringing those minds together would be beneficial to The Fantastic Four franchise. We have seen that Fox knows how to cast great actors in their Fantastic Four films, even if said films are not as critically praised as Fox would like. Two of their Human Torches have even been cast in the MCU. I still think Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan did fantastic jobs as Johnny Storm (no pun intended). Check out the images below.

Doctor Doom vs The Avengers

Doctor Doom

In addition, the characters that would be introduced to the MCU would be phenomenal. The most wanted being the villain Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom. Like T’Challa/Black Panther, Doom is the king of a technologically advanced country secluded from the world. Unlike T’Challa, however, Victor is a ruthless dictator, ruling Latveria with a literal iron fist. Even though I enjoyed Julian McMahon’s version of Doctor Doom in the 2005 and 2007 films, a lot of fans did not. Even less liked is Toby Kebbell’s version in the 2015 film, which I agree was horrible. They never delved into the character deep enough to explore his royal roots and his villainy. Bringing Doctor Doom to the MCU would bring a great caliber villain that the MCU is lacking. I know Feige has stated before that their stories are meant to focus on the heroes, but it is never too late to make a change. Not only is Doctor Doom a challenge for The Fantastic Four, but also, he would be a formidable foe for the Avengers.

The Silver Surfer wielding the Power Cosmic

The Silver Surfer

Another formidable foe or ally to come from the deal would be a herald of Galactus, known as The Silver Surfer. The Guardians of the Galaxy films have already set up the Marvel Cosmic Universe and The Silver Surfer would fit right into that world. I don’t see him getting his own film, but he would easily be a supplementary character, like Vision or Scarlet Witch. His inclusion in the MCU would be great for any cosmic or earthbound story. Lastly, with the possibility that the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will defeat Thanos in the Fourth Avengers film, there should be a new Big Bad to take his place. Galactus would be the obvious choice to fill that position if The Fantastic Four did join the MCU. This planet devouring Celestial is even more powerful than Thanos.

It just makes a lot of sense for Fox and Marvel to make this deal. Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to $117,027,503 its opening weekend, which is great, when compared to the $91,608,337 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made its opening weekend. We have seen more elements of the cosmic universe brought forth in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We have seen Tony Stark selling Avengers Tower (hopefully to the Leland Baxter Paper Company) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We know that the next phase in the MCU will be Phase 4. It all makes perfect sense to me to introduce Marvel’s first family in the upcoming phase of films. Only time will tell, I guess. Phase 4 starts with the Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in 2019.

Galactus

Galactus