Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Guardians are here to Stay!!!






Hey what’s up folks , I’m back to shed some  insight on a little movie you might of heard of that was released last week by the name of Guardian of the Galaxy,  which I saw on opening night and was absolutely blown away (no surprise to me), and yes I am going to see it yet again today.  I know within myself that immediately after watching a film and I am already thinking of when to see it yet again that the film is pretty awesome, apparently in others agree as well. The Guardians of the Galaxy was a film some critics deemed a “risk” for Marvel  ha!!!  It has been reported by Deadline that Guardians earned $37.95 million on its Friday showing, including $11.2 million from Thursday late opening night showings. Deadline predicted, depending on family movie going today, that Guardians could pull in between $92.5 million and $95.5 million throughout the weekend, making it a challenger to Captain America: The Winter Soldier which still stands as my favorite movie of the year with Guardians now at 2 for me. I found it amusing that bloggers and critics deemed this film a risk, because anyone that has paid attention to what Marvel is and has been doing has to understand one important thing that has been evident since Iron Man 1 and that is they have a clear plan and fantastic vision as to what they want to do and where they are going with their cinematic universe. Yes these are a cast of unknown weird characters yet that is what Marvel needs to add flavor to their ever growing cinematic universe, there are people like me who is open to different and nontraditional heroes and who love following a story that is intriguing that connects to a larger purpose which is what Marvel is gong and then there are the fans who are into characters because they are weird and different and lastly there are the causal movie goers who may be a fan of Chris Pratt(Star Lord) or Zoe Saldana , Vin Diesel or Batistc who want to see the film for those purposes. To this day Guardians stands as the highest grossing film of all time during the month of August and Internationally, Guardians of the Galaxy raked in $66 million in some 42 international markets, making it the top release around the globe. Thus far, the film has grossed $160 million worldwide.



This film is absolutely amazing as well as the funniest Marvel film to boot. Director James Gunn did a masterful job in drawing the movie goers into this wondrous yet fascinating universe and in doing so introducing all of the odd yet very interesting characters to the screen in a way that both makes sense yet flows easily within the dynamics of the film. Gunn pulled off a fete that was not easy, he made a film based around three on screen actors in Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista and a two key characters who are CGI in Groot voiced by Vin Diesel and Rocket the Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper whose character stole the show, going in I heard reports that Rocket was the man in the film and I walked away feeling that way.  Two things that stand out to me about his film is 1 the music I love classic R&B music so when I heard music from some of my favorite artist in Jackson 5(I am a huge Michael Jackson fan) “I want you back “and Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell “Aint no mountain High enough” I felt truly added to the uniqueness to the film.  I loved how Chris Pratt’s character was using  mix tapes since he when abducted in the 80’swhich brought a feeling of nostalgia and good times for me because back in the 90’s growing up , I would create my R&B mixes with cassette tapes. One of the other many elements of he film that stood out to me was the comedy, yet the comrade between the cast who were brought together in the film to share the cost of a stone which happens to be one of the Infinity Stones which Thanos, last seen at the end of Avengers, is pursuing. There are 6 stones Earth in Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space and Time, see picture and video below to get the scoop on why those stones are so coveted throughout the Marvel Universe








The film opens up with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) as a child growing up in the 80’s who finds that his mother is dying and when she passes he races into the night falling to the ground in tears ultimately finding himself in clear sight of an alien space craft which teleport him and thereafter proceeds to launch back into space where he grows to became familiar with the extraterrestrial as well as the unknown. He comes in contact with Gamora (Zoe Saldona ) who is a trained assassin and adopted daughter of the mad titian Thanos who makes his appearance in the film, and although I want to see more of him his presence was felt throughout the story.  The moment he enters the screen you get the feeling that when this saga hits its conclusion in Avengers 3 Thanos is going to be hell do deal with, whether he gets a hold of all infinity stones or not.  



Just as mentioned in the video we have seen 4 out of the above six Infinity stones thus far in Avengers, Thor 2 as well as Guradians of the Galaxy see below.









I was extremely impressed with Wrestler Dave Batista as Drax the Destroyer who was amazing in the film, as he seeks vengeance for the death of his family from Ronan the Accuser who works in conjunction with Thanos in obtaining the stone that the Guardians seek. Groot is a second favorite to me in the film; he was funny yet filled with heart. It was interesting to see Groot in battle to say he is their big gun a la Hulk, is an understatement; Rocket the Raccoon was so funny, yet there was a great balance of emotion and theatrical drama with the character, I feel he will get his own spinoff to explain his origin which was slightly touched upon in the film. All 5 individuals were brought together after being arrested by the Nova Corps, who are an intergalactic military force who strive to uphold peace and protection throughout the galaxy. After escaping prison Quill, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Rocket form an unlikely alliance to attain the stone Quill sought for himself earlier in the film however after finding out how powerful the stone is and what it could do in the wrong hands they seek to recapture the stone not for their own purpose but for the sake of the Galaxy and return it to the Nova Corps.



Needless to say after a show down with both Ronan the Accuser and Nebula(Karen Gillan,) the other adopted daughter of Thanos, the Guardians prevail and all in turn have tuned in a colossal hit which now has been given the green light for a sequel as it was announced at Comic con by Chris Pratt and James Gunn  prior to the film’s world wide release that Guardians of The Galaxy 2 will be released on July 17, 2017, which will fall in line with all of Marvel’s next phase of films such as Doctor Strange , as well as the soon to be announced Black Panther film that is sure to be in Marvel plans. The Guardians movie leaves the fans with a bit of mystery involving Quill’s father who has been revealed in the film to be an alien being, which will no doubt be touched upon in the next film. Here are Feige’s thoughts during an interview with IGN news:
On who is Quill’s father?
“There can be no doubt that the answer to that question will play out significantly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The comic offers up one possible answer of course, but there's no guarantee the movies will follow the same path.
"I think it's pretty important," Feige confirmed when we touched the implications of this story thread. "I think there's a reason we seeded it at the very end of the film like that. I think that would certainly be part of a next Guardians adventure. Certainly, that would be part of it."
As to whether Quill's parentage may be addressed prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Feige said that they "would wait for the next Guardians adventure."
On if the Avengers will meet the GOTG?
“You know, the fun about The Avengers, as we we're gearing up to that, was 'how would Tony Stark deal with goody two-shoes Steve Rogers in World War II?'" Feige said when asked how The Avengers would get along with the Guardians. "What would Tony Stark think of a Norse god who wields a hammer? The brilliance of Joss [Whedon] was having fun with that. So who knows if and when these guys would ever connect, but it is fun thinking about, how would Steve Rogers react to Rocket? Or, you're right, Drax couldn't even have a conversation with Tony Stark! [Laughs] I have a theory that the more time Drax spends with Peter Quill, the more he's going to start to learn, perhaps, that people aren't always as literal as his species would assume."
We can look forward to seeing that transition take place in the continued Guardians adventures. Who knows, maybe by the time Drax hits Terra he'll be more than ready for Stark.”
Translation …. Yes this is going to happen, I knew it from the start and it will happen in Avengers 3, so what does the rest of the cast as well and the director James Gunn feel about this possible team up see video below!







Marvel President Kevin Fegie is doing an astonishing job with what he has done with Marvel’s universe from Iron Man all the way to what we are witnessing now; there are so many different avenues for Marvel to go with their universe.  As a fan and someone who seeks to show his vision to the world it’s truly inspiring to see into that extraordinary Universe that he has created with the rest of Marvel Entertainment. Let’s take a look back at what Marvel’s first 2 phases brought which will result in a continued thrill ride for years to come. 


Monday, July 28, 2014

COMIC CON 2014 REVIEW






Comic Con has officially come and gone and it’s time to go over what went down between DC and Marvel. Comic Con really comes down which properties brought the heat during their Hall H announcements; so with that being said lets kick start with what DC brought to the table for their presentation. 
I was not thrilled at all with what DC presented, which  nothing other than announcing the Batman vs. Superman. I had pretty low expectations for DC yet at the same time with hopes that they would elaborate or revel a number of things starting with characters the following actors would portray in the upcoming film: Tae Okamato (The Wolverine), Oscar winner Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Callan Mulvey ( Rise 300 / Captain America: The Winter Solider) as well as Scott Mcnary(12 years a slave , Argo). I also expected them to confirm the Jason Momoa as Aquaman. There is also report that Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is up for a role in the film, would have been great if they would have elaborated on that.  Then there is the big Rock announcement that many have been anticipating as he has teased in a recent interview with Total Film (see below), he also took to twitter with the following image.


In June blogger/journalist Nikki Finke leaked a supposed DC movie lineup which was confirmed by apparent DC mouth piece/podcaster Kevin Smith, the films rumored are Shazam July 2016, Sandman December 2016, Justice League 2017, Wonder Women July 2017, Flash and Green Lantern Team up December 2017, and Man of Steel 2 coming in May 2018. There is also report that a Batman standalone is slated in 2019. Given DC’s track record of not having a game plan as well as lacking the confidence and foresight for material I will not believe any of this until I see it; to say they have been dragging their feet is a huge understatement.

In commencement of 75th batman Anniversary DC had on display the cape and cowl that will be worn by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman Superman film. They also released the following image of Batman, which to be honest, I thought it looked pretty good.



Now let’s get down to what went down in Hall H yesterday. The first image of Superman that was released weeks ago was on display with that of Batman as well as the first official look at our new Wonder Woman, I have expressed how I feel about Gadot as Wonder Woman as I feel this is absolute sin to have her portray the greatest female hero of all time, although I will say I wasn’t totally against the costume as it looked like something a warrior would wear in a 300 film, however it’s still Gadot and she doesn’t strike me as the bad ass warrior that Wonder Woman is. Personally I would have rather they modernized her look with pants and jacket shown in the following image.



Director Zack Snyder was on stage talking with fans which was then followed by a quick teaser for Batman vs Superman see below pictures as well as a video a fan took. I still feel that this film will be a disappointment although I truly hope that I am wrong.  The teaser had the feeling of what a Nolan film would as well as the elements and nostalgia of the animated film and graphic novel the Dark Knight Returns. Zack called out DC trinity Ben Affleck , Henry Cavil and Gal Gadot to the stage only for all three to take a quick photo then jet to the back stage which was extremely disappointing to me as you would think that they would allow all three to talk with the fans, but again this is how DC does it.  




To add insult to injury DC did not comment on any casting nor did they confirm or deny the leaked slate of movies.  Although I liked the images of Batman and the quick teaser to me this was another half hearted effort on DC’s end to bring it to the fans and to show they are serious about their expanded universe.


Now on to DC TV Universe




Arrow Season 3 will finally hit the mark October 8th.   Arrow has brought me back to actually looking forward to watching TV,  Stephen Amell is the Arrow;  he has truly embodied that character and I look forward to what he brings this upcoming season. Making his Arrow debut will be Brandon Roth(Superman Returns) as Ray Palmer aka Atom which is a bit interesting seeing Brandon portrayed Superman in the cinematic universe however I feel he will do an awesome job as the Atom, the show will also feature Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) as the hero Arsenal which I look forward to as I loved the costume, I feel it looks just as good as Arrow’s. The show will also feature returning cast member David Ramsey (Diggle) , Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity). The one telling thing at the end of the trailer below is the apparent debut of Ra’s Al Gul who was mentioned a number of times last season when Arrow tangled with the league of shadows, cannot wait to see what is in store when he enters the equation even more so this season.


Flash, which will make its season debut on October 7, allowed for Comic Con guests to view its pilot episode. The Flash cast also sat down with IGN crew at Comic Con to discuss what is to come for our new hero.  Prior to Comic Con there have been a few casting announcements starting with Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People)  to be cast as the super hero Firestorm,  who I have always loved in the comics as well as in the Super Friends cartoons way back in the day. Firestorm is Ronnie Raymond who was a typical teen who as a result of a nuclear catastrophe apparently found himself fused with the consciousness of brilliant scientist Martin Stein. Firestorm’s origin will no doubt be connecting to the  particle accelerator disaster from Start Labs explosion which gave Barry Allen his powers. 




The show has also casted Wentworth Miller as Flash villain Captain Cold. As you may have seen in my Flash trailer review, I feel this will be yet another homerun for DC/CW as it is apparent that Arrow and the Flash are well on their way to expanding their own universe, I really hope there is a way they could implement Batman, Superman as well as Wonder Woman.
One more tidbit of news, it was confirmed that DC will not connect its movie universe to that of its TV counterpart. Which I am happy about in a way, but feel they are making a huge mistake as I see the TV universe has established a number of DC characters that would fit into the Universe they are building. Stay tuned





Gotham, which airs on Fox September 22, featured a trailer at Comic Con which I actually thinks looks good, as I mentioned before I will give this show a chance as I really want to see how they pull off a show in Gotham which does not feature the Dark Knight himself.  I love the Police Commissioner Gordon character, always have in the comic and the animated series however not sure how much they can do with a show which follows a young James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock. The one interesting thing the show has in its favor is the prelude of what’s to come with all the villains they will have in the show Penguin, Cat Woman and Hugo Strange, who is a deranged physiatrist who works with the inmates in Arkham.  Harvey Dent is a lawyer, who after having acid throw at his face becomes the dual identity villain knows as Two Face.  Gotham‘s executive producer and show runner Bruno Heller sheds some light as to what expect from both Strange and Dent



“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It’s a season 1 thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham is that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to — you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage — but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f***? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”
Heller goes on to explain, “We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling.” 



*Interview the Legendary Kevin Conroy

Last but certainly not least, the folks at IGN sat down to speak with Kevin Conroy at Comic Con,who has voiced Batman ever since 1992 when the Batman Animated series was released. It was so cool to hear the guy I have been watching for so long as Batman reflect on the character.I feel one of the interviewers  echoed everyone's sentiment  when he mentioned that whenever reading a comic it is Kevin voice he hears as Batman which for me is the same. Conroy along with Christian Bale has made the Batman character their own. Kevin has done work as Batman in Justice league, Justice League Unlimited as well as  number of DC animated films, most recently the upcoming Assault on Arkham due out August 12,2014. Conroy has also voiced a number of games which includes Batman Arkahm Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Justice League Gods Among us as well as the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight due out Fall 2015. Check out the interview below, Kevin seemed to really have fun with the interviewers while expressing his thoughts on the Batman character. Two thumbs up on this one for DC.








Now on Marvelous Marvel
Going into Comic Con I was looking forward to seeing if Marvel would indeed revel all of their movies that they have apparently planned through 2018, at the start of Comic Con marvel announced that they had a third released date for 2018 which placed them with 2 years releasing 3 films, which is actually exciting for me because Marvel just seems to get better and better with their approach toward their cinematic universe. Very happy to see how far they have come from Iron Man all the way to now with Guardian of the Galaxy which I feel will be an even bigger hit than Avengers or come close to it. Check out date dates below.
  • May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Untitled)
  • July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
  • May 5, 2017 – Unannounced
  • July 28, 2017 - Unannounced
  • November 3, 2017 - Unannounced
  • May 4, 2018 – Unannounced
  • July 6, 2018 - Unannounced
  • November 2, 2018 - Unannounced
  • May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)


 I was hopeful to get more information on Marvel’s Netflix series involving the Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, as I am truly anxious to see which actor will play Luke Cage. Going into Saturday’s Hall H presentation there were rumors circulating that a Doctor Strange casting announcement was imminent and that Joaquin Phoenix was in final negotiations to portray the Master of the Mystic Arts.  Then there is Black Panther who will portray him and how will he be introduced to the Universe? Questions, questions, questions, let’s get down to what Happen in Hall H
The Avengers Assemble once more!
Marvel started comic Con with a series of individual character pictures for the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron which would result in an unveiling of the entire picture as a whole see below. I love this picture as it truly captures the war and challenges that lie ahead for earth’s mightiest heroes, I got a huge kick out of seeing the Vision in the back ground hovering over the Ultron bots unleashing his attack. The other part I loved is seeing as how the Ultron bots are hanging on for dear life in trying the take down the Hulk, good luck with that!


Now on to the Avengers 2 Comic Con panel
Marvel stole comic con, for all the returning cast member of  Avengers which included Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel  L Jackson , Chris Evans, Mark Rufalo, Jeremy Renner , Cobie Smulders  as well as new comers Paul Bettany (Jarvis / Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen(Scarlet Witch) and James Spader(Ultron) all coming out to the song “Don’t Stop ‘til you Get Enough” by my favorite all time artist Michael Jackson, with Robert Downey giving out flowers to fans and cast members, it was awesome, they all sat down gave their take on the film, which is what DC Batman V Superman crew did not do, and Marvel always seems as though they are having fun with what they are doing as opposed to DC. Last but not least RDJ announced Josh Brolin to the stage aka Thanos and when coming on stage he wore the infinity Gauntlet that Thanos is working towards attaining in the film. The panel did also include a trailer for the film which I have a description of below.  

The trailer began with the familiar heroes (including War Machine) dressed in casual all hanging out at Avengers Tower and attempting to lift Thor’s hammer… without much success. Only Captain America is able to move it (slightly) and Thor’s concerned facial expression is priceless until he smiles when Rogers gives up. The exercise is interrupted by the appearance of Ultron, in a broken down, almost skeletal form with silver armor plating haphazardly forming his upper hunched torso. He proclaims, “There’s only one path to peace: your extinction.” The heroes all stand up facing him and Thor picks up his hammer.
This opening was followed by a montage of action shots of selected quotes from the movie, including Tony Stark saying that what happens in the movie is “the end of the path I started us on.” The trailer then offered a first look at the movie’s version of the Hulkbuster armor in action in multiple scenes, and Ultron delivered the excellent line “There are no strings on me.” The trailer concluded with Tony standing in a wasteland with the rest of the Avengers lying on the ground looking a lot worse for wear. Captain America’s shield was broken in half. They were seemingly dead.




In a recent interview actor Paul Bettany elaborated on what powers should we expect from Vision, who has been one of my favorite Avenger characters, Bettany explains: 
“Well, we already discussed he’s incredibly good at punching, which is key. He also has the ability to change his density and that is… that’s awesome and really exploited brilliantly by Joss in terms of really cool moments that Vision is able to do something otherworldly and it’s kind of great. And he’s discovering it all as he goes along.”




Ant-Man has arrived:
Back when both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas were announced for this film I felt this was yet another ingenious move by Marvel, as both character will and can play off one another from both a dramatic sense as well as from a comedic standpoint. Ant-Man opened up Comic Con early in the week with its release of its art for the film. Truly love how the poster was put together, love the head shot of Douglas and Rudd as well as the image of Ant-Man himself. Casting was confirmed with Corey Stroll (House of Cards) portraying Yellow Jacket in the film, which in this incarnation will be a villain. Evangeline Lilly (Lost) will portray daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. It is rumored that she may become the Wasp, however that has not been confirmed. Check out Panel below.









Agents of Shield Panel
Agents of Shield, makes its return September 23. Although I had my doubts about this show as it had a slow start, the last 10 episodes were amazing. Once the events of The Winter Solider were reveled this show took off. I feel Shield shows that you can successfully connect the universe of that of TV and cinematic and how the two can draw strength as well as catapult one another to success. I am extremely excited for the addition of Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as I loved her work on Xena back in the day. Marvel announced that she will portray a Shield agent who carries a “knife” at her side, apparently ready for battle at all times, however other than that not much on Lucy’s character but I’m sure more is to come. Check out below Comic Con Panel.






 




DC, as expected, left a lot to be desired, which I feel no way won Comic Con. I give the nod to Marvel for what the Avengers 2 panel brought to the table as well as Ant-Man and Agents of Shield.  Although Marvel has yet to confirm what films will inherent the future timeslots, and has yet to give more information on Doctor Strange, Black Panther and its Netflix series I am absolutely confident in the coming days we will get confirmation on another of these topics as Marvel is no stranger at keeping their fans fully informed about what their plans and direction are. Once again…. make mine Marvel 










Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet: Thazar





Hey folks, below I have provided a character profile of Thazar, whose adventures I will be proudly presenting to you in the near future. 

Character Profile: Thazar

Created By:  Tyrus Bradshaw

Real Name: JC Adams

Occupation:   Book Store Employee/Student/Athlete/Hero

Place of Birth:   Earth: Star City, USA

Base of Operation:   Star City/The entire cosmos

Group Membership:   None (however this will soon change*)

Height:  6’3”         Weight:  240

Eyes: Yellow         Hair: None

Superhuman Powers:  Vast Super human strength, invulnerability, ability to move fly and react at superhuman speed, has the ability to manipulate the cosmic energy within to create hard energy constructs such as weaponry, energy blast and force filed

Source of Power: The Cosmic energy of Thazar, given to JC by the Zinonian Guardians

Special Skills: None

Weapons: None








Monday, June 23, 2014

While I was away.....

What’s up folks , I’m back , it’s been a while since my last post , since I have been a way certain number of block buster films have happen as well as  a number of hot comic related news , let’s go over what has caught my eye since I have been gone. Warning if you haven’t see the films I will discuss bypass it and scroll down to my other news tidbits as they feature spoilers


X-Men Days of Future Past
This film was pretty special, in how director Bryan Singer was able to mesh both the cast of the original X-men and that of the first class along with some new mutants being introduced to the big screen in Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, and fan favorite Quick Silver- who I must admit was a pleasant surprise, the scenes involving him provided a blend of comedic element that was well timed and executed well. Bishop, Blink and Sunspot where my favorite even thought they were given a short time. I hope that we get to see them in future installments.  Hugh Jackman , what else can I say about this dude , he will and forever be Wolverine.  Hugh was at his best in this film his, he takes the Wolverine character to yet another level each film, it was very interesting see the Wolverine as a peace keeper in some ways as he had to baby sit both young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) throughout the film. Wolverine kept the two focused on the mission at hand, which was to stop Mystique from killing Oliver Trask (Peter Dinkling). 

Mystique’s actions sets in motion the mass production of the Sentinels and ultimately the extinction of the mutant race at the hands of the future sentinels, who I hated with all my heart in the film as I had to watch them kill my favorite X-men over and over again (Colossus, Ice Man, Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, even Storm) via time travel from Kitty Pride (Ellan Page). The Future Sentinels where created via DNA taken from a captured Mystique played by Jennifer Lawrence who I’m still not sold on as Mystique , however it’s extremely  evident Fox has placed Lawrence to the forefront of the X-men franchise along with Jackman to ride off her star power as the Hunger Games have made her a well sought after actress.  To put an end to what is to come for the X-men, Kitty uses her mutant ability to send Wolverine back in time to the 70’s to stop the assignation of Trask, while the remaining X-men in the darkest of future times hold off the deadly Sentinels while Wolverine’s body lay in a sleep state.


Ultimately, I loved this film , so happy to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen back where they belong , as much as I have warmed up to both  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, I still feel it is a huge mistake not to use Patrick and Ian in the next installment. I enjoyed young Beast played by Nicholas Hoult however I see no resemblance in attitude / personality to him and Kelsey Grammer’s Beast. In the end Mystique did not kill Oliver Trask which in turn re-wrote time setting in motion a chain reaction of new events to come for the X-Men.  Which leads me to my favorite part of the film, which sees current day Wolverine waking up in the Charles Xavier school for the gifted; when waking up Wolverine sees his friends who he saw die at the hands of the Sentinels , or during X-Men Last Stand ..yeah that’s right the film saw the return of both Cyclops (James Marsdsen) as well as Jean Grey (Framke Janssen ).
  
As I mentioned I really liked the film but for the reasons below I cannot rate it over Captain America: The Winter Solider, however I have it at a very strong #2  as both director Bryan Singer and writer-producer Simon Kinberg, pulled off something special with this film , giving me hope for Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four(Fantastic Fours babies) film which Kinberg is writing.
 The end credit scene features none other than “En Sabah Nur” better known as Apocalypse during his early days in Egypt using his mutant abilities to create pyramids with many all around bowing to him was interesting but I would have rather the current day Apocalypse. However it was pretty cool to see the four Horsemen in the background while Apocalypse’s powers were put on display. There are a few things that did have not sit right with me prior to and after this film, let go down the list:
1.   Charles Xavier resurrection was never explained.
2.   Charles Xavier and Mystique-I know from the first time I watched X-Men First Class this was a mistake and it was more evident when watching XDOFP as in the original installments the two never were close nor did they grow up together, I know they are trying to capitalize off Jennifer Lawrence however this is a plot line they could have done without
3.   What is going to happen to the original cast? This is something that made me rate this film behind that of Cap due to the fact I feel it is a HUGE mistake to pit the First Class cast against someone like Apocalypse as this warrants the powers and experience of the original cast.

Now if you have seen the film, its evident Wolverine will be back with the First Class to do battle. However Bryan Singer has already expressed that he wants both Gambit and Nightcrawler for the next installments , on the heels of his fan filled screen debut writer Simon Kinberg expressed that Quick Silver will be back for Apocalypse which leaves the question, will other original cast return ?..When talking with The Daily Beast  Kinberg states “It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.”Stay tuned. Despite its continuity issues and my fear that we will not see the original cast as we should this still was an excellent thrill ride which produced record Box office numbers X-Men Days of Future Past  earned $90.8 million domestically in its first three days, comparable to other May openings in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla , along with April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier  which all brought in low to mid-$90 million openings as well. In its second weekend, X-Men: DOFP earned another estimated $32.6 million domestically and $95.6 million internationally. with all this being said I have seen this film 3 times thus far by the way.
The above numbers brings  brings the total worldwide box office sum for X-Men: Days of Future Past to just over $500 million, setting a new record for the franchise in just nine days. All of which means is Direcror Byran Singer and Writer Simon Kinberg have hit a huge homerun with this film.
I look forward to seeing what happens moving forward with this franchise as X-men Apocalypse.



I was not to thrilled about this casting as I would have rather they stayed with Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Wolverine origins, John Carter) as I felt he did a great job as the “Ragin’ Cajun”, however with how hot Marvel has been , I will give it a chance.  Below are Kinberg comments on Tatum portraying Gambit
“Gambit is still in-motion and being figured out. Channing made it known that it was a character that he loved and would love to play, and all the people who work on the X-Men movies are huge fans of his, so the notion of him playing it is exciting. I’m more fascinated by anti-heroes, and Gambit is one of those. I don’t know why he wasn’t explored in the original X-Men movies. Maybe the reason why was because they wanted to focus on Rogue/Bobby or the platonic Rogue/Wolverine relationship, and maybe there were too many similarities between Wolverine and Gambit, so in order to make it a Wolverine-centric franchise they had to cut him loose.”
Umm still not sold on this one however I am hopeful, Tatum can be seen as of recent in the film 22 Jump Street.


Godzilla

I initially scoffed at the idea of even seeing this film however when I found that this was not a film featuring a raging monster awaking to just destroy a helpless city of people and that it was actually a film which features Godzilla as the hero. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) showed me why he should be Lex Luther as he is a wonderful actor, Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins) was great as well. Both Avengers to be Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, put on decent performances, I look forward to seeing the two as brother sister on Avengers 2 as Scarlett Witch and Quick Silver. The special effects for the film where amazing as you where able to watch actual monsters battling it out through the city and seas. The idea of Godzilla being the city’s protector was the right way to go, my favorite part was seeing Godzilla putting on a display of his radioactive blast into the mouth of the monster during the film’s climatic battle. I will absolutely be interested in the sequel that is reportedly in the works as well. Godzilla destroyed the box office with having  had the biggest international opening yet in 2014 and the second biggest domestic opening (behind Captain America 2), taking the number 1 spot in the U.S. Right out of the gate, Godzilla raked in $9.3 million during its advance showings, pulling a total of $93 million domestically and $196 worldwide. Godzilla also had the biggest IMAX opening of the year with $14.1 million Yes Legendary / WB Films will return the giant monster for a second time, stay tuned!
We officially have a Title …Finally

Warner Brother/Zack Snyder and company have announced the official title for their upcoming film which will be titled Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the title gives you hope as to what is SUPPOSE to come next if they are to follow up this film with Justice League, however lets just see how well this film does first or if it is even completed and placed in the theaters come 2016. You all know my stance on this as I am not a fan of all the awful casting that has happen which has totally depleted my hope and excitement for this film. 

Jason Moma to play Aquaman

There has been a long standing rumor that Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in the film. I feel this will be a solid casting once confirmed as it seems that this confirmation will be saved for comic con. Batman vs Superman is set to be released May 16, 2016.

Gotham has Been Given the Green Light!

With the success of both  CW’s Arrow as well as its soon to be hit Flash which was is spin off due this fall, WB is taking a shot at Gotham which is a series that will feature a young Bruce Wayne coping after the loss of his parents , however the main focus will be set upon  a young “detective”  Gordon played by (Ben McKenzie ) and his partner Harvey Bullock played by Donal Logue , Jade Pinket-Smith has been casted as crime boss Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor will portray a young Penguin aka Oswald Cobblepot for the show as well. This show will follow the two as they face down earlier version of Gotham most notorious future Batman villains. The show will also feature a very young Selina Kyle who will grow to be the infamous Cat Woman. I will give this a chance, however not sure how interesting they can make a show featuring a young Bruce Wayne who looks to be 13 years of age. I feel Fox or someone should come up with a show that will feature Bruce Wayne as he travels the world d training, gaining the knowledge from all around that will make him into the legend he would become, we saw moments of it in Batman Begins, however this would be absolutely amazing If executed correctly, because no one has ever really seen that side of Bruce, meeting all the different individual he has come in contact with. Gotham is slated to air this fall on Fox. Truly thought the tailor was pretty good check it out!


The Man without Fear Returns!!

As mentioned in a previous post, Marvel is set to expand their cinematic universe in Netflix , which will feature Daredevil , Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. I’m sure this will be much better than that garbage that was in 2003’s Daredevil which featured Ben Affleck as Daredevil (good luck WB). It has been reported that shooting will start next month in New York. Stevn S Deknight (Smallville, Spartacus) will helm as the upcoming series.The Daredevil will serve as a 13 episode show which will be followed by the other heroes that will ultimately bring them all to form the Defenders.  Confirmed cast as follows Charlie Cox will portray lawyer Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a The Kingpin and primary antagonist to Daredevil


Joining them will be Rosario Dawson whose character is still yet a mystery however Marvel had this to say on Dawson character “
She’s a “dedicated
young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”
 I look forward to seeing the hero from Hell’s Kitchen in action as I feel this is an ingenious idea for Marvel in showcases the adventures of all these characters on Netflix.

Doctor Strange has a Director

If you saw Captain America: The Winter Solider and if you listen carefully you heard the name Stephen Strange during the film , that individual is no other than Marvel’s master of the mystic arts Doctor Strange who is set to debut during Marvels phase 3 of films . So now we need a director right? Done! Scott Derrickson has been chosen to helm a film which will serve as the Dark Mystic cosmic side of the world Marvel has yet to venture into. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige, had this to say of the decision –
Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I’ve been interested in for many, many years and that I’ve talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it’s very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we’ve done the street-level heroes, and we’ve done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We’ve now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.
So Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we’re about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year


Rumors have been swirling as who will portray Strange, although nothing has been confirmed  Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises) have all been rumored as in the running for the role , my vote is for Cumberbatch. I believe that this will be a huge announcement at Comic Con.


 The Guardians of The Galaxy International Trailer

The more I see of this film the more I truly believe that this has the potential to even surpass the success of the Avengers, marvel truly has something special on their hands with this film. This tailor is by far the best they have shown as its gives you a better feel of not only the characters but the more serious sided of the film.


Josh Brolin is Thanos!

Speaking of Guardians of The Galaxy, Marvel announced that Josh Brolin has been cast as Thanos the evil overlord who is basically behind what will truly all come to a head in Avengers 3. As Thanos thirst for war , power and destruction continues. As you remember Thanos first appeared at the end of Avengers, he is desperately  in search of what is know as the infinity Stones, this story line stretches to the far Galaxies as we will see Thanos in the upcoming Guardians of The Galaxy film as he will be the master mind the chaos that ensues within the film and after. Brolin I feel is an awesome choice as I truly felt he personified what DC/WB claimed they were looking for in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film as it was said that he was runner up to portray Batman. This is yet another solid casting for Marvel, cannot wait to see him on screen as Thanos.

Well folks, I absolutely look forward to the coming weeks as Comic Con is just around the corner which I have a feeling with will filed with some very exciting news as to whats to come, see you next time!