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.

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

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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

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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.

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Sylvester Stallone Teases Ivan Drago for Creed II

Creed II“If he dies, he dies!” is one of the most quoted lines from Rocky IV! This was uttered by the movie’s villain Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) after he knocked out Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) during an exhibition match. While the Rocky franchise somewhat struggled with its two sequels after that, it gained new life in 2015 with the release of the spinoff Creed. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed tells the story of Apollo’s illegitimate son Adonis as he tries to make his own name in professional boxing. Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, the film was critically acclaimed, earning Sly a Best Supporting Actor nod at the 88th Academy Awards. A sequel was thought to be fast tracked soon after. Well both Coogler and Jordan got busy with Black Panther and the sequel was put on hold.

Recently however Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram with a tease of what the possible storyline for the sequel may be. The post shows a photo of Drago alongside a superimposed image of Adonis with the caption: “Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination … HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! … Sins of the Father….”

In 2015, Creed grossed $173.6 million at the box office on a budget of $35 million. No word yet on if Ryan Coogler will return to direct the sequel. Hopefully he does as the man is on fire right now. I would love to see him direct the story of Adonis coming face to face with the man who killed his father. Only time will tell.

Creed II is currently slated for release in 2018

Transformers: The Last Knight Review

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I never thought the day would come where I would say this, but Transformers: The Last Knight is a bad movie. I hurts me to even type the words. The movie isn’t bad because of the action or the visuals. Those are amazing and Michael Bay always delivers in that aspect. This movie is bad because of the plot. Basically there is no plot! I am a stickler for continuity and I expect with each new film in a franchise that continuity errors would be cleaned up nicely. This movie takes that notion and throws it in the trash. Nothing in this movie makes sense. Its like a mixture of three films all of the while rehashing the plot from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. They try to explain why the Transformers keep coming to Earth, but they never actually get around to explaining it. The Autobots and Decepticons in this movie are played for jokes, the latter more so than the former. Honestly, I was happier when Megatron was dead because Lockdown was a way better villain. And don’t get me started on Quintessa. It’s hard to feel bad for any of the robots when they die because we know they’re not actually stuck on Earth. They can easily scan a flying vehicle if they want to leave or just miraculously grow jet boots like Optimus Prime did in the last movie. Isabela Moner is a good little actress, but her character Izabella had no part in this movie. If you cut out all of her scenes it would not affect the plot at all. Mark Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins are in this movie just to cash a check. Hell everybody is in this movie just to cash a check. Well everybody except for Peter Cullen. I’m pretty sure he refused to come back and they just used recordings they already had him do for previous movies. Every other line he says is “I am Optimus Prime”. His role is no more than a glorified cameo anyways. More so than any other Transformers movie the focus is on the human characters. While Cade (Mark Wahlberg) and Viviane (Laura Haddock) are nice to look at there isn’t much past that. They are sex symbols and this movie is one big advertisement aimed at adults and kids. There are very few pluses in this film. Those being the great action scenes, some, but not all of Cogman’s antics, Viviane’s aunts, and that three-headed dragon transformer that we barely see. It is with great sadness that I give Transformers: The Last Knight a Bad 4/10! More than likely this movie will make a billion dollars and they’ll crank out another one and right the ship. Hopefully it’s the final one and hopefully they cancel that Bumblebee movie!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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Hey guys I’m back! I know it’s been a while and I’m sorry. I got caught up in the corporate life and forgot about my true passion, critiquing movies. With that out-of-the-way its time to review Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was so lucky to get into this advanced screening and it was definitely worth it. Sony and Marvel managed to do the unthinkable. Of all six theatrically released Spider-Man movies this is by far the best! Yes, it actually dethroned Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in my book, but only slightly. I was on the edge of making that decision until the final scene of the movie. Tom Holland returns playing Peter Parker so well. He personifies the teen angst that comes with being a high school superhero. He wants to be an Avenger so bad that he pretty much starts neglecting his obligations at school. Besides detention this neglect barely affects him due to his genius. I mean we never see this guy do homework at all in the movie. The other students in the movie are given the perfect amount of screen time to give us insight into their characters. With the standouts being Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Michelle (Zendaya). I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from these characters moving forward. Speaking of standout characters Michael Keaton more than delivers as Adrian Toomes/Vulture. I enjoy the character as he was in the comics, but the changes made to him so that he fits into the MCU are perfect. His Vulture suit undeniably puts Falcon’s bird costume to shame. From start to finish he hits all the marks as a villain. You understand what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. He’s not your mustache-twirling villain from days old. He’s smart, funny, hardworking and values family above all. In the category of dethroning this movie puts out a great villain possibly above the caliber of Loki, the Winter Soldier, and the Red Skull. This movie does a great job at building on what the MCU has already established all while keeping it on a small-scale similar to what they are doing on Netflix. There are way to many Easter eggs to count and I probably didn’t even catch them all. The only negatives I can think of is the fact that the keep glossing over how Peter got his powers and what happened to uncle Ben. I’m nitpicking, but they can say what happened so that people who don’t know his origins understand. I’m not saying they have to show us how it all happened, but a decent explanation would help. Also for those who were worried that this is Iron Man 4 don’t, Tony Stark gets about as much screen time as Peter Parker did in Captain America: Civil War. Speaking of Captain America make sure that you stay until the very end of the credits. I give Spider-Man: Homecoming an Excellent 9.5/10 because teamwork makes the dream work!

Oz the Great and Powerful Review

 

Oz the Great and Powerful was anything but great and powerful. Now don’t get me wrong the movie wasn’t bad at all and well deserves the inevitable sequel that is coming. That being said I was hoping that this prequel would delve more into the mythos of Oz and show us more of this wondrous land.  Instead we are stuck following that stupid yellow brick road again. At least there wasn’t any singing this time, thank God. After making that statement let me just say that I love the original film and will sing that song everytime I hear it. I’m just not a big fan of singing in movies that aren’t musicals. Now back to Oz, I really wanted to see more of it. I wanted to see more land, more people, more anything. This movie introduces the three witches from the original when they were much younger.  We first see Theodora, who later becomes the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Mila Kunis. Then we meet Evanora, the secretly evil Wicked Witch of the East, played by Rachel Weisz. Lastly there is Glinda the Good Witch of the South, played by Michelle Williams. Out of all of these characters Theodora was my favorite. She was given the most depth and I felt for her characters hurt. We see what turned her to evil in the first place. Actually it’s a who and he’s the films protagonist Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco. Even though she stays evil in the end and Oz becomes everyone’s hero, I couldn’t help but think that it was all his fault. As a viewer you are led to believe that he seduced her and possibly took her virginity to boot. Even though it was her sister who tricked her into her evil ways I believe Oscar could have tried harder to turn her back good. They could have chased after her or something. Glinda is a witch for goodness sake, why couldn’t she use her powers to undo the spell. Also it only makes me more sad because I know of her eventual fate. This leads to more unanswered questions. Questions like are there really only three witches in all of Oz? Why is Theodora weak against water? Why does Glinda put her stone in a wand and not wear it like the other two? And if tornadoes are the only way to Oz, why haven’t more people from the Midwest just popped up there? These are questions we may never know. Or maybe they will be answered in the sequel. Which I hear will be a remake of the original film starring Dorothy. As long as they don’t make a carbon copy and expand on the story I am fine with it. I give Oz the Great and Powerful a Decent 7.5/10, because it takes a seriously hot girl to be still kinda hot in ugly green makeup!