‘Venom’ Movie Supposedly Part of the MCU 

When it was announced that Sony were putting out stand alone Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies it was not only suspected that they would be in a separate movie universe from the MCU but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige outright said in a recent interview that those were separate projects that just Sony were handling and that they had no current plans of using Venom in the MCU. So it was a surprise for a lot of people to hear in a joint interview with Kevin Feige and Sony producer Amy Pascal that Amy Pascal was saying that these movies would be in an adjoining universe to the MCU. People all over the Internet were quick to point out that Kevin Feige looks, shall we say uneasy about Amy Pascal making these announcements but if they were completely untrue Marvel would have issued a statement to clarify things by now so let’s assume there is truth to it and think about what this could mean.

So does this mean Kevin Feige was playing coy when he said that they were separate and they had no plans for Venom? Or did something change that made him change his mind? Could it be that when Sony nabbed Tom Hardy to play Venom in their movie Marvel were suddenly interested? Nothing but speculation there and a complete stretch but you can’t deny that there were a lot of people who suddenly got interested in that movie when that casting announcement came out.

There’s also the question of how ‘adjoined’ will it be with the MCU? Will it be connected in the sense that other characters such as Spider-man might make appearances? Or will it be like the Netflix shows where it’s connected by mention only? They could make it work either way but truthfully, for Venom I’m still trying to wrap my head around how they would make that work without Spider-man. Also I would like, even to see Spider-man appear in Black Cat because I do like,  the dynamic between those two characters from the comics/ games and whatever.

Something else that needs to be addressed is the rumour that the Venom movie was possibly getting an ‘R-rating’. I say that in the American sense because an R-rating in the US usually translates to MA15+ here in Australia. Kevin Feige did recently say an R-rated MCU movie isn’t beyond possibility but they definitely have no current plans to do so, so would Marvel allow Sony to go for that rating or would they have to tone it down to match the tone of the MCU? I’d truly be fine with either rating as long as whatever they do serves the story. I dont want them to go for the R-rating for the sake of it, and I also don’t want them to have good story they want to tell but have to reel it in to fit the rating and therefore sabotage themselves.

My last thoughts on this because this has become longer than I intended it to be. When it was announced that Spider-man was getting rebooted again into the MCU a lot of people wanted them to go with the Miles Morales version because they were a bit fatigued from Peter Parkers story. I wasn’t in that boat, I wanted the original Spider-man to get the first shot interacting with the Avengers on the big screen. Having said that I didn’t need Peter Parker to be white. He could be any race you want, just as long as you capture the personality of the character that’s all I care about. I do however think they’ve cast the perfect guy for the role. So after all this Sony now have an animated movie coming to theatres next year centered on the Miles Morales Spider-man. I’m looking forward to seeing that but i always wondered if they were using that as a guage of audience reaction to possibly bring him in to the live action field. My thoughts were that there would be Peter Parker as the MCU Spider-man and Miles Morales would be the Spider-man of the Venom, Black Cat and Silver Sable movies. In my humble opinion that could have worked well for both Marvel and Sony and once they got over the confusion of who was part of what universe it could have been great for audiences too. But it looks like none of that’s going to be the case.

What do you think about this news? Are you jazzed or do you wish they were separate? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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Black Panther teaser

I think this screenshot from the teaser perfectly personifies this movie. He’s fucking here. After his kingly debut in Captain America: Civil War last year I have been so jazzed to see this movie. It doesn’t hurt that the movie is being directed by Ryan Coogler whose other directorial efforts of Fruitvale Station and Creed were both fantastic pieces of storytelling. 

So after the reveal of the first official poster for the movie garnered a mixed reaction, the reaction to the teaser on the other hand has been overwhelmingly positive. From the opening where it shows Andy Serkis as Klaue who appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron being interrogated by Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross who we saw in Civil War. It’s a dark and gritty shot scene where Klaue asks Ross what he knows of Wakanda and Ross replying with it being a third world country which anyone who knows anything about Wakanda from the comics knows how wrong that is. Klaue then reveals that it’s all a front. Stating that he’s the only outsider whose ever seen it and made it out alive. 

The teaser transitions into Wakanda and it is beautiful. It shows scenes of Black Panther being a bad ass,  as well as his guards played by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira look to be ready to lay out some beatings. You get a couple of glimpses of Michael B. Jordan as villain Kill Killmonger and a quick glimpse of  Winston Duke as Man-Ape. 

Look there’s so much in this teaser that just got me so pumped up, from the action to the glimpse of the vibranium jet I am so damn psyched for this movie. It was a little surprising to see this drop since Spider-man Homecoming is coming out in a couple of weeks, as well as Thor Ragnarok in a couple of months and it’s only released a teaser trailer as yet. But Marvel have so many movies in the pipeline I guess it was a matter of time before it got this crowded. It makes me wonder when we might get some first footage of Infinity War. Despite all that though, February cannot come fast enough. I need this movie in my soul.

What did you think of the teaser? Are you looking forward to this movie or are you getting sick of superheroes? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (non- spoiler)

I’m not going to go to in depth with this, I’m really just going to give some quick thoughts about the movie itself and talk about it more later when the rest of the world has seen the movie. 

This movie had a lot to live up to after the first movie absolutely crushed and went far beyond people’s expectations. Guardians of the Galaxy is my second or third favourite MCU movie so I had high expectations for this and I’m still digesting it and waiting to see where it’ll sit for me. As of now I’d probably say I liked the first one more but this is definitely a worthy sequel. There are negative reviews out there calling the story out for not having a story and really it doesn’t but not all great movies do. Not only did I not mind the lack of overall story I ended up being happy about it. It isn’t about the story in this movie it’s about the characters. All these characters we fell in love with in the first movie go through some serious self reflection and have to look at their inner demons and how they affect the way they treat the people close to them. It’s such a tight and self contained movie that I can’t really say much more without spoiling anything so I’ll leave it for now. I give Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 an 8.5/10.

Also with any MCU movie there are of course mid-end credits scenes. There are indeed 5 of them so stay to the very end. I’ll talk about them in my spoiler talk later on but I’ll give my vague impression of all of them.

1. Pretty funny. 2. I’m not sure what it’s about but intriguing I guess. 3. SO FUCKING EXCITING IF YOU GET WHAT IT IS!!!!! 4. really funny 5. An extension of a fun earlier scene. Something people have theorised for a while now and they made it cannon.

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How much longer will Spider-man remain in the MCU? 

Several weeks ago, former co- chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment hinted that after the sequel to Spider-man Homecoming, the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony in which they share the character would come to an end. She also mentioned that this doesn’t mean a new deal couldn’t be put in place afterwards but at this stage there is an end date. Now head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has confirmed that the current deal does indeed end after the sequel. Tom Holland, the actor squeezing into the red and blue tights has mentioned that he currently has a six movie deal and Homecoming is the second in that deal. The first was Captain America: Civil War and he is also set to appear in Avengers Infinity War and the as yet untitled Avengers 4. Including a stand alone sequel to Homecoming this fulfills 5 of his obligations so it is as yet unclear what would be his sixth.

Given the excitement from fans that this deal has brought and the truck loads of money that these movies are sure to make for both Marvel and Sony I find it hard to believe that they won’t sign a new deal and continue. The only reason I could see Marvel backing out is if they feel they no longer need the character. They were very successful before this deal and have continued in their other properties without him but Spider-man is the biggest name in their roster. In terms of popularity Spider-man is Marvel’s Batman so it would be ridiculous for them to walk away from it. Sony would also have issues if they walked away from the deal since they have caught a lot of the heat for how many reboots of the Spider-man character there have been. If they decided not to re-sign and they kept Tom Holland on as Spidey, that would just raise issues with no more MCU characters interacting with him and if they rebooted the character again with as different actor, a lot of fans wouldn’t bother with it out of frustration. 

Something that’s worth considering though is that Sony are developing a stand alone universe with their upcoming Marvel movies such as the Venom and Silver Sable movies. Could they be planning to not re-sign so they could put Spidey in this universe? Another question is with the animated Spider-man movie that Sony are putting out his year with Miles Morales as Spidey. Could they be using that as a way of gearing up a live action version? If so would there be an issue with them having that version while Tom Holland still portrays Spider-man in he MCU? These questions are for people much smarter than me to answer.

What do you think is happening here? Let me know in he comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

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James Gunn Returning for Guardians 3

For a while now James Gunn has been getting questioned on whether or not he would be returning for a third outing with the galactic family of misfits. Until now he hasn’t given a conclusive answer leading people to speculate on who might take over if he decided not to return. While gearing up for the coming press tour for the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Gunn took to Facebook to pre-emptively answer a couple of questions he knew would be asked a lot. One of those was of course his involvement in a possible third instalment for the franchise. Here’s what he had to say. 

So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. 

 In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit.  And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.

This is fantastic news. If you’ve ever heard Gunn talk about making these movies you know how much love and care he puts into them. How he pays such close attention to every detail to make sure the finished product is of the highest quality. That’s the kind of guy you want holding onto a beloved franchise.

There were concerns, I’ll admit I even had them myself, that if a director stays with a project too long they can tend to get stale and end up shifting the bed in a way with third instalments to trilogies. Even when a third part to a trilogy is good, often times they’re still not as good as the first two films. James Gunn also addressed this.

  There is a history in Hollywood of haphazard endings to trilogies, and I didn’t want to become a part of that dishonorable tradition of pretending the third one doesn’t exist.  I couldn’t do it for the money, and I couldn’t do it because it was what other people wanted me to do.  I needed to do it because it was what I needed to do. I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.

This is exactly what I want to hear as a fan. I like that he took his time to decide whether he would return. Instead of saying he’ll do it because they offer him more money or because it’s what people expect he is motivated by passion and I have nothing g but respect for that. He had to decide what he would want the next few years of his life doing and if he decided this is where he was tshirt to focus his creativity then I am all in. As for where the movie will sit in the greater MCU, Gunn had this to say.

 Much of what’s happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers’ Infinity War.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that.  It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond. I will be working side-by-side with Kevin Feige and the gang to help design where these stories go, and make sure the future of the Marvel Cosmic Universe is as special and authentic and magical as what we have created so far. 

There is so much speculation that could come from that that I’ll leave for much smarter and more comic savvy people than me to run wild with. As for me I’m just excited and look forward to more incredible films to enjoy. 

As I write this I realised I’ll be seeing Guardians vol 2 in just one week and I am so jazzed, it looks incredible.

Are you excited about James Gunn returning for Guardians 3? If not who would you prefer? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and until next time, take it easy. 

Thoughts: Excitement for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2’

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So Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 is still a couple of months away but I just wanted to share some thoughts about the success of this property and the level of hype surrounding this movie. Now I’ll admit when the first one was announced I wasn’t really that psyched about it even though they had a great director, strong cast and the trailers looked really cool, I just wasn’t that hyped. The reason was I,  like most going into this movie, wasn’t familiar with the characters or their stories. I was already a big, big fan of the MCU and everything they had been doing but this one was truly a big risk for Marvel. When it opened, my wife who doesn’t really watch many movies was more excited than me to see it. So we went and saw it and we both just loved it, sentiments that were mirrored all over the world because this movie was a big surprise hit. Since then I’ve often thought about how a largely unknown property could make such a huge impact like this.

Well firstly there’s the obvious reasons and they’re ones I mentioned above. First of all it was taking place in the MCU which was, and still is, churning out hit after hit after hit. Movie goers trust this universe that’s been created and know when they go see a Marvel movie, they’re going to have a good time. Then they got a great director in James Gunn who not only is a great storyteller with his movies, but is a big comic book nerd who knows the world of these characters. He committed fully to his movie, put everything he had into it and it definitely shows. Then they assembled a cast of incredibly talented people and they clearly just gel together. The team dynamic, while dysfunction, works so well on screen. 

There’s also a deeper reason I feel, one that gets overlooked. It’s also a reason I mentioned above, people didn’t really know the characters. The big comic book properties like Superman, Batman and Spider-man are the biggest comic book characters in the world, even people who don’t read comic books love them and feel a connection with them. They’ve been around for decades and decades and have had many people put many different spins on the characters. That’s where things can become a nightmare cinematically. Because people love these characters and have their own personal favourite interpretation of the characters they get an idea in their head of what they want the film version to be and if they don’t feel that flavour represented enough in the film they will tear it a new arse hole.  That’s what turned out being great about Guardians of the Galaxy, not many people went in there with an idea of what they wanted their Guardians movie to be. They could just let them tell a great story and be thoroughly entertained. However none of this can overshadow the fact that the success of the movie does come down to the cast and crew putting together something truly fantastic.

So like most of the world I am very much looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 which looks to be bigger and (possibly) better than the first one, and it’s exciting these characters will be appearing in Infinity War next year. Thanks for reading, are you looking forward to Guardians 2 or Infinity War? Comment, let me know, let’s talk about it. Till next time, take it easy.

Thoughts: Avengers: Infinity War filming

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Since Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming I just wanted to reflect a little on this since it is undeniably one of the biggest undertakings in cinematic history.

When Iron Man fist hit in 2008 and gave us that post credits scene teasing the Avengers making their way to the big screen people were simultaneously hyped and  curious as to whether it could even be done properly. Then in 2012 director Joss Whedon showed us that it could be done and it was glorious. Looking back 2012 seemed greedy at the time for comic book movies. Not only did we get Avengers but we also got The Dark Knight Rises which I also absolutely loved (not as much as it’s predecessor of course but that was an impossibly high bar to top). During the end credits of that first Avengers movie we got out first glimpse of Thanos, one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel catalogue, and with it came the promise that the Avengers would one day fave this powerful foe.

Since then the MCU has continued to expand its universe and grow it’s roster of heroes ever impressively. To date not a single movie in the MCU has been met negatively by either critics or fans which is an astounding feat. It’s especially impressive since many of these movies consist of lesser known properties such as Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy (I’m going to talk about them more in a future post).

So for the next year all of these heroes, seriously fucking all of them, are going to be working hard on Infinity War and the as yet untitled Avengers 4 which is all being filmed back to back. Not only is the scale of the films going to be massive but the cast is enormous. Not to mention the fact that most of the cast a far more famous now than when they originally signed on and therefore bank a considerably higher payday for their work. I have my theories about the title and what not of the 4th movie but I’ll save that for another post. It’s getting late and this drivel is getting long. These were just some words that spewed out of my head since these movies are finally underway. Thanks for reading and take it easy.