Rumour: Penguin To Be The Main Villain In ‘The Batman’

The Batman movie which will be directed by Matt Reeves is slowly becoming one of the most anticipated comic book movies ever. One question that has been on the minds of Batman fans like myself is “Who are they going to pick as the main villain?”. Batman to this day still has one of the strongest rogues gallery when it comes to main villains. Matt Reeves is really spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the main villain for this film. while we haven’t had much information on the film so far Justin Kroll who is pretty reliable might have just revealed the main villain for The Batman movie.

The last time we saw the Penguin on the big screen was back in 1992 with Batman Returns. Penguin would make a formidable opponent for Batman even if he doesn’t look like it. Depending on how the character will be portrayed Cobblepot is someone that can grow to have extensive political influence along with his wealth. One thing to note is Penguin usually surrounds himself with henchmen. I bring this up because it will be interesting to see if they pair him up with another villain. Could we possibly see the Penguin and the Riddler team up against Batman. If not you could also throw the likes of Hugo Strange or Black Mask in the mix. Just the thought of pairing up these villains against Batman has me excited. Now as for who would play the Penguin I’ve seen some fans mention Josh Gad names which I would be fine with. But as we know with the DCEU as Justin Kroll states they could changed plans tomorrow. We just have to be patient, this movie will be ready when Matt Reeves feels like it’s ready.

Here’s a brief background on Cobblepot (via. Wikipedia)

The Penguin is a master criminal who aspires to be wealthy, powerful and respected (or at least feared) by Gotham’s high society. The Penguin’s wealth gives him access to better resources than most other Batman villains, and he is able to mix with Gotham’s elite, especially those he plans to target in his future crimes. He is also capable of returning to his luxurious lifestyle very easily despite his violent criminal history and prison record. He has even attempted multiple times to enter the political world, even launching expensive election campaigns. The Penguin also has strong connections with other criminal kingpins across Gotham, allowing him to hire their assassins and workers or to spy on them easily. The Penguin relies on cunning, wit, and intimidation to exploit his surroundings for profit, and despite his short temper, he is normally depicted as being more rational and sane than other Batman villains, or at least relatively so.

Although he often delegates the dirty work to his henchmen, he is not above taking aggressive and lethal actions on his own, especially when provoked. In spite of his appearance and stature, he is a dangerous hand-to-hand combatant with enough self-taught skills in judo, fencing, ninjutsu and bare-knuckle boxing to overwhelm attackers many times his size and physical bearing. The Penguin is usually portrayed as a capable physical combatant when he feels the situation calls for it, but his level of skill varies widely depending on the author; the character has been written both as a physical match for Batman and as someone the masked vigilante is capable of defeating with a solid punch. His crimes often revolve around stealing valuable bird-related items and his car and other vehicles often have an avian theme

Let me know your thoughts on this rumour

Do you think the Penguin would make a great main villain for The Batman movie?

Westworld: ‘Phase Space’ Episode Review

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This week’s episode of Westworld which is titled ‘Phase Space’ continues the strong pace that has been set by the three previous episodes. The season is getting much stronger with each episode. I feel like I’m saying this every week but this week’s episode could be the best one yet of the season so far. As for importance it’s definitely up there, there was a lot of significant stuff that happened in this episode. From Westworld to Shogun World to the real world this episode took us everywhere. With that being said lets get into the events of ‘Phase Space’.

Maeve meets her daughter/Shogun World

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I’m actually surprised that we got to visit Shogun World again in this episode. With this season it feels like the episodes have been split up for specific characters. For example you would have an episode that is solely dedicated to The Man in Black and in other episodes they would focus on Dolores and Teddy. So having just left Shogun World in the last episode I was surprised to see it featured again so soon in last night’s episode. We ended the last episode with the death of Sakura and Shogun’s army charging Maeve. While Maeve had discovered her new powers I didn’t think she would be able to take on a whole army. But she did as the episode shows us Maeve standing in the centre of the screen surrounded by the lifeless bodies of Shogun’s army. I would have to say that Maeve is pretty much unstoppable right now. What I like the most about this episode is how its focused on the hosts making choices for themselves and choosing their own paths. Akane who finally lays her daughter to rest actually decides to stay with her in the place Sakura described as where she finds peace. One line that both Akane and Maeve say I want to focus on in particular is “We each deserve to choose our fate… Even if that fate is death”. I love this line because it not only relates to these two character but to pretty much everyone else in the park. Dolores, Teddy, and the Man in Black are living by this line which I will go into greater detail later on when I talk about their journeys in this episode.

In this episode we finally get to see Maeve meet her daughter for what feels like the first time. If you thought this would be a happy ending what show have you been watching? We knew this wasn’t going to pan out as Maeve wanted. Her daughter does not even recognise her and to make things worse Maeve’s role as her mother has been replaced by another host. Given Sizemore is in charge of all the narratives that take place in Westworld did he know this all along? After all he does call back to Delos at the end of the episode calling for help. Is he in fear that Maeve will finally find out that he was playing her this whole time? When Maeve realises she has been replaced she doesn’t have time to react because the same loop that was playing out in her original narrative starts to play out for replacement. The Ghost Nation arrive but this time I have to mention it’s a different Ghost Nation. They aren’t here to kill anyone, instead it looks like they’re here to recruit Maeve. The Ghost Nation leader tells Maeve “We’re on the same path”. We know the Ghost Nation have been playing this security type of role in the park this season but who are they controlled by? Is it Dolores or Ford that is pulling the strings?

Dolores and Teddy

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The last time we saw Teddy he was being reprogrammed Dolores and the Delos tech employee. If you don’t remember they increased his cruelty and aggression to the maximum. I personally couldn’t wait to see this new side of Teddy. I feel both the actor and the character have been wasted in this series so far. This new Teddy is brutal as he just executes a guard who Dolores was questioning without flinching. After he kills this person Dolores has a look on her face as if she’s thinking if she made a mistake by reprogramming Teddy. One thing I found interesting is that Teddy knows he’s been reprogrammed by Dolores. He states how he wanted to leave this place but “I guess you fixed that too”. This is dangerous for Dolores because I think this will end up blowing up in her face. By the end of the episode after he shows the Delos tech ‘mercy’ on the train they finally arrive at the Delos headquarter outside the park. I thought the build up to this was great, Delos finally get back control over the park’s map and you see this red blip moving towards the edge of the map and we find out that it’s actually the train. Dolores stated she was coming for her father and it just so happens that her father is at the headquarters too. Bernard is there too, I love how all this is coming together. I can’t wait to see Dolores and Bernard meet again.

Family Reunion (The Man in Black and Emily)

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I couldn’t wait to see the impact of The Man in Black’s daughter showing up for the character. I love how at first he thinks Ford is playing one of his tricks on him. But we soon find out that she’s real, not that I ever doubted her. With this episode we really get to find out a lot about their relationship which I loved. She initially blamed him for her mother’s death which she later apologises for. We also find out why she’s in the park to begin with. She claims Charlotte Hale invited her and this was a way for her to get her father back. The park has caused so much damage to their family she doesn’t want him to go out in the say way. Emily claims what he’s doing right now is pretty much suicide by robot. This isn’t Emily’s first time at the park. She came here multiple times as a kid and as we first saw her in the Raj World she claims it was her favourite park. I also found it interesting how she mentioned that her father didn’t drink in the real world but does in the park. You have think that he drinks in here because he feels responsible for his wife’s death. Although it may seem like Emily got through to her father by forcing him to leave the park The Man in Black continues on his journey as he abandons Emily over night. Not even his daughter is enough for him to leave the park at this point. This world has really destroyed both him and his family. It will be interesting to see if Emily continues to tack down her father. By their earlier conversations her sole purpose was for them to leave together so I think we’ll seem them run into each other again by the end of the season.

“Hello old friend”

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Ford is back! Well at least for now. I want to comeback to this reveal by the end of this paragraph because it ties in with what Bernard and Elsie were doing throughout the episode. Bernard and Elsie make it back to the Delos headquarters ironically through the same tunnel in which Dolores’ train crashes through. For the most part while their screen time is brief in this episode they might have the most important scenes. They come to find out that the park as a whole has been taken control over by someone or something. Elsie is constantly being blocked by the cradle whenever she is trying to take control over the infrastructure. Bernard forces Elsie to perform a auto-extraction where she takes out his memory core. What happens next is still confusing to me if I’m being honest. When Bernard shows up at Sweetwater I thought they were showing him entering the park for the first time after helping create it. The same narrative of Teddy bumping into Dolores is playing as we’ve seen a million time before. And Ford is there playing the piano.

I have to point out how earlier in the episode Dolores was also playing the piano just like Ford is at the end of the episode, some clear foreshadowing there. But back to the cliffhanger of the episode with Ford’s return. After doing some research this park Bernard is in is clearly a backup for the actual park. Therefore they have the copies of the original hosts along with their narratives. At some point Ford must have uploaded himself to the park by creating a new body with the cradle. If you think back to season 1 especially with the death of Theresa in the basement, Ford has his own cradle. There was a couple of shots showing the cradle creating a new host but we never got to see the face or the process finish, one would have to think Ford was building a copy of himself and put himself in this back up world so he can still be effective in the the park. I know that sounds confusing because it is. Again I may not even have the answers I could be wrong please feel free to correct me. This could be dangerous for Ford though because if the Delos employees find out about this couldn’t they have access to this backup world? Before I end this I also want to bring up what we saw at the beginning of the episode with Dolores interviewing Bernard. This raises so many questions. Is this occurring in the current timeline? Does Dolores once invading Delos get her hands on the cradle and is able to create her own hosts? Is she trying to bring back Arnold in some way? Right now I have no idea but I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.

Overall I thought this was a very eventful episode. What is that three in a row now? This season of Westworld while it started slowly is on pace to be better than the first in my opinion. So much has happened already and we still have four episodes remaining. I haven’t enjoyed breaking down a shows like this in a long time. I can’t wait to see what happens next week in particular with Delores showing up outside the park.

Let me know your thoughts on this week’s episode

Feel free to check out my reviews for the previous episodes

Westworld: ‘The Riddle of the Sphinx’ Episode Review

Westworld: ‘Akane no Mal’ Episode Review

Westworld: My Thoughts On Season 2 So Far

Revisiting Spider-Man: Homecoming

Check out my thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming after I watched it again recently via Revisiting Spider-Man: Homecoming

Chris Pine Spotted On The Set Of Wonder Woman Sequel

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The sequel for the highly anticipated Wonder Woman movie is about to start shooting. While Wonder Woman herself (Gal Gadot) will obviously return there’s one character that looks set to be returning which has left many fans scratching their heads. A couple of months ago a production sheet for the Wonder Woman sequel leaked. One thing that stood out from the cast list was that Chris Pine’s name was present. Now the document was never proved to be a real or a fake but leaked set photos would prove that this leak was right. I can’t post the images and videos of Chris on set here but believe me it’s real footage and he’s present on set. You can just do a quick Google and see for yourself.

Now what has fans confused of course is how Steve Trevor died at the end of Wonder Woman. It would be understandable for the character to return if the sequel was set before the first movie. But it has been confirmed that the sequel will be set in the 1980s which just raises further questions about his role and purpose in this movie. I believe his character will be used for flashback scenes at best. I’ve also seen some theories from fans online stating Steve Trevor could be used as an illusion against Wonder Woman. I hope his character has a minor role in the movie. As much as I loved Steve Trevor in the first movie I don’t want to see him return to be honest. I felt the way they handled his death was great, I loved his final scene with Diana. Bringing him back would hurt everything that I love about the scene especially its emotional impact.

But hey that’s just my opinion, you may feel differently.

Let me know your thoughts on Steve Trevor’s return down below.

Wonder Woman 2 is set to be released November 1, 2019

Revisiting Spider-Man: Homecoming

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I know what you’re thinking “Why is he reviewing a movie that came out last year?”. Well there’s a simple answer for that, when Spider-Man: Homecoming was released I didn’t have this blog and having recently watched it I felt like giving my thoughts on it. Better late than never right? This is the start of a new series where I revisit previous comic book movies and give my thoughts on them. The main reason why I’m doing is because I find that opinion on a film changes when I watch it again, especially when all the hype surrounding it dies down. Or sometimes my thoughts on the film don’t change at all. Homecoming is a movie I wanted to revisit mainly due to the high I came off when recently watching Avengers: Infinity War. I loved Spidey in Infinity War and when I thought about it I had only seen Homecoming once and I just thought it was a solid movie at best. Since I have a lot more free time I wanted to go back and see if my thoughts on it had changed. After all Spider-Man is one of my favourite comic book characters of all time. Instead of giving a full detailed review because you’ve probably read 100s of them by now I just wanted to give my thoughts on the film as a whole after revisiting it a year later.

No origin

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When it comes to the movies we have already seen the origins of Spider-Man with how he was bitten by a radioactive spider and the death of Uncle Ben. I do remember the first Amazing Spider-Man movie getting criticised for retracing the steps of the first Raimi movie. Homecoming takes a shortcut because at this point we all know the origins of Spider-Man. I think this was a bold decision because at the end of the day this is still a reboot and skipping over the death of Uncle Ben in particular is a huge deal. There is an emotional tone that is left out in this film which I think could have been filled if they focused more on his death. I’m not saying you have to show us his death again for what would have been the third time but they could have made it feel more important rather than giving it one line in the movie where Peter is talking about what Aunt May has been through. By exploring Uncle Ben’s death it would have also allowed them to focus more on Peter’s relationship with Aunt May which I feel is lacking in the film.

I think the issue I ran into when watching this film the first time was not accepting that this was an entirely new Spider-Man. For too long I’ve held the Raimi films close to my heart because I grew up with them. This is a different Peter Parker in many ways but he still has the same elements from the comics. This isn’t a Peter Parker who feels responsible for the death of his uncle Ben. He’s worried about how best he can help his Aunt and how he can take Liz to the Homecoming dance. I’ve had my 5 movies with the same type of character/background. The way Peter and Spider-Man are handled in this movie is something new and I’m totally fine with that.

Peter’s arc

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The way the writers approached Peter’s arc in this film was interesting for a number of reasons. By skipping his actual origin the movie goes in reverse after the events of Captain America: Civil War where we were first introduced to him. Although we didn’t get a Spider-Man film prior to Civil War we know he was out there on the streets of New York in his homemade suit playing the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man role. With Homecoming although he had been Spider-Man for some time he was still inexperienced in the role. You see this in scenes where he is chasing after the Shocker in his van, he ends up making a mess of the neighbourhood while losing track of the van in the process.

What I liked the most about Peter’s arc in this film is how he started the movie out on top. He had the upgraded suit and the help of his mentor Tony Stark but as the film goes on he pretty much loses everything. He doesn’t have the help of Happy, Tony and Karen to rely on when he battles the Vulture in the final act. Peter’s relationship with Tony in this film is something I also want to touch on since it has become somewhat a controversial aspect of the film. I’ll admit I wish Tony wasn’t in this film, I would have preferred Spider-Man to be working on his own for the majority of this movie. But I do think they’re building up to something special with their relationship. I would argue that Tony has taken the role of Uncle Ben in Peter’s life and what you saw in Avengers: Infinity War was just the start. I believe their relationship will be revisited in Avengers 4 possibly with the death of Tony Stark who passes the torch to Peter. The death of Tony Stark could be huge for this character. To see how this teenager would deal with the death of his mentor could provide us with some of the most compelling content we have ever seen when it comes to Spider-Man on the big screen.

Tom Holland

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Now I’m not going to get into the whole debate of who’s the best Spider-Man ever because it has taking place since Captain America: civil War and has restarted since Avengers: Infinity War, honestly it’s a boring conversation. I really like all three portrayals we have seen so far with Tom also making a great Spider-Man. Without contradicting the whole point I just made the main issues I had with the previous iterations of the character is there wasn’t the perfect balance between Peter Parker and Spider-Man. With Tom Holland’s portrayal I feel like he finally strikes the perfect balance with the character overall. You believe he’s a kid who’s in high school mainly because of Tom’s performance, even though he’s 21 years old he embodies the role perfectly. This characteristic also translates easily into Spider-Man. Tom brings his innocence, joyful and comedic touch to the character. Also when given the right material Tom actually pulls of some great emotional performances in this role too. The first that comes to mind is of course the famous rubble scene which is taken straight from the comics and it works on big screen mainly due to Tom’s performance in the scene. The “Come on Spider-Man” line gets me every time I think about it. I do believe in the future movies that if they want the character’s arc to take a more emotional route Tom Holland will be able to pull if off.

Vulture

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I forgot how great Michael Keaton was as the Vulture in this movie. Every time he’s on screen he just steals the scene. You can tell this is someone who is seasoned in this industry, he makes it look so easy. His performance overall is one that I think should be remembered for a long time when it comes to the main villains of the MCU. The scene in particular that stands out to me is when he’s threatening Peter in the car. The build up to that scene and the way Keaton delivers his lines are great. The simple line of “Good ol’ Spider-Man” on paper doesn’t sound like a great line but Keaton’s delivery makes it a great line. Aside from Keaton’s great performance the main reason why I really like the Vulture in this film is because he was relatable. Yes, relatable for me is a key element that makes a great comic book villain. I don’t know about you but I’m so over the main villain who just wants to takeover the world so they summon a faceless army and shoot a beam into the sky for the final act. The MCU has been guilty of this formula but with the likes of Thanos, Killmonger, Hela and now Vulture they are starting to deviate away from it.

I like how Tooms was out to just help his daughter which links back to Peter because he saved her life. He had multiple opportunities to kill Peter but didn’t because that wasn’t his main goal. In fact apart from one of his henchmen who he kills by accident, he doesn’t kill anyone else in the movie. Another scene that stood out to me is just after Peter escapes from the rubble and he runs in the Vulture at his hideout. I love Adrian Tooms’ speech here about being looked down upon by the likes of the Tony Stark’s of the world. I love the line he says “They don’t care about us” and due to how he was treated at the start of the movie he’s right. It could even apply to Spider-Man with the way Tony Stark treated him. So both the hero and the villain have something in common which helps make him a better villain in my opinion. Overall the Vulture was a great main villain in this movie and in the MCU overall. At first I was skeptical when they chose the Vulture as the main villain but it was a great starting point for this Spider-Man mainly because of Keaton’s performance. I also like how they kept him alive in the end as they’re slowly building towards the formation of the Sinister Six in a future film. One last thing I would like to add on the Vulture is how much I love the character’s costume design. Sometimes when you see characters in comic books you think there’s no way this would work on the big screen. Vulture was one of those for me and when it came to the look of the character the costume designers knocked it out of the park.

Overall Spider-Man: Homecoming was a film I enjoyed a lot more the second time around. I like this new Spider-Man and the potential it has in the future. I think Tom Holland was a great choice along with Michael Keaton’s Vulture as the main villain of the first film. While I still have issues with the film such as the visual effects and the final battle it didn’t stop me from liking the film even more the second time around. This has become one of my favourite Spider-Man movies ever and I can’t wait for the sequel which is coming out next year.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 8.5/10

What are your thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Is it your favourite Spider-Man movie?

Here’s my ranking of the Spider-Man movies:

  1. Spider-Man 2
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  4. The Amazing Spider-Man
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  6. Spider-Man 3

The Synopsis For Avengers 4 Revealed

If you’re still recovering from the events of Avengers: Infinity War I don’t blame you, you’re not alone there. But there’s also this little movie coming out next year called Avengers 4 which will pick up after the events of Infinity War. While it hasn’t been confirmed as a part two it has to be considering the way Infinity War ended. We don’t have the official title for Avengers 4 yet as the Russos are still keeping it under wraps but today the synopsis for the movie has been revealed in Licensing Magazine

The official synopsis for Avengers 4 is:

“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth instalment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is, and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”

This is worrying because it clearly states that some sacrifices will have to be made and I believe this time for real. Some Avengers are going to die for good in this movie with my main prediction being Cap. The “turning point” in the synopsis could be describing how the Avengers will have to go back in time through the Quantum Realm which is just my guess from the set photos that have already surfaced. If they’re going with the time travel route there will have to be consequences for going back in time.

Let me know your thoughts on the synopsis for Avengers

Have you got any early predictions/theories?

Check out my article on the importance of the Quantum Realm and Ant-Man in Avengers 4

Krypton Renewed For Second Season

The first season of Krypton has been a welcomed addition to the world of DC shows currently on television. As a huge Superman fan I have to admit at first I wasn’t completely sold on the concept of exploring the life of Superman’s grandfather in this technologically advanced world. But I always wanted to see a spin off television series or film that centred heavily on Krypton mainly because of Man of Steel. So far I’ve found the series really interesting and produced well, especially when it comes to the visual effects. It’s such a breath of fresh air compared to the other superhero TV shows which are currently running. So the news that he show had been renewed for a second season was a welcomed surprise to me. I have to admit in the midst of the recent controversies surrounding shows such as Gotham and Lucifer I was worried about Krypton’s future. Now that it has been renewed for a second season the world of Krypton can only get bigger. They have already introduced General Zod, Brainiac and now Doomsday in the first season. Where do they go with the season season? Do they introduce Justice League members? They referenced the Green Lantern Corps this season too. I have no idea where they go next but at the moment I’m just enjoying the ride and I can’t help but be excited about the return of Krypton next year

The season one finale of Krypton “The Phantom Zone” is set to air tomorrow night

Have you been watching Krypton?

If so what do you think os the series so far?

Let me know down below

First Official Look At Shazam!

For months fans have been waiting to see the first official look at Shazam in costume. While we have been graced with set photos already it’s get the full picture when it comes to a character such as Shazam who needs a lot of VFX done in post because of his abilites. I was one of the many who couldn’t wait to get our first official look at Shazam as I was expecting it to be revealed at SDCC tin July during Warner Bros. panel but Zachary Levi (Shazam himself) had other ideas.

Zachary Levi took to Instagram to give us our first look at Shazam with a promotional image for the film:

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Just by looking at this image if you’ve never read a Shazam/Captain Marvel comic you can see that this film will have a much lighter tone. After all this is a kid inside the body of a superhero and I believe this image captures that well. With the way Zachary Levi interacts with fans on Twitter I can really see him pulling off this role, he comes across as a kid himself too with how excited he is about this film. One thing I wanted to point out if you look closely right next to Zachary Levi you can see the arm of someone holding a trident. My initial reaction says it’s Aquaman since this was a Licensing Expo which featured Warner Bros. other properties such as Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts. It would make sense to put Aquaman next to Shazam. The promotion for James Wan’s Aquaman movie should be starting soon since the film is 7 months away. Overall things are looking promising as a DC fan I’m hearing nothing but good things about Shazam, Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2.

Shazam is personally one of my most anticipated comic book movies, I can’t wait to see what David Sandberg has done with this childlike superhero next year.

Shazam is set to be released 5 April, 2019

Let me know your thoughts on our first official look of Shazam

 

Westworld: ‘Akane no Mal’ Episode Review

This week’s episode of Westworld ‘Akaine no Mai’ took us to a new park and adventure with the Shogun World. The Shogun World was something that was hinted at by the end of the first season and while we knew we would eventually go there I didn’t expect it to be this soon. There were high expectations going into the Shogun World from fans and did it live up to the hype? For the most part I really enjoyed what we saw from the Shogun World in this episode. It was a breath of fresh air that was needed for the series and a nice change of scenery for once. However this episode wasn’t all about the Shogun World, you also has some very interesting developments between Dolores and Teddy which are huge for Dolores’ character arc and the park as a whole. With that being said lets get into the events of this week’s episode.

Salvaging hosts

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With all the talk of Shogun World we actually start this episode outside the park. At the o beginning of the episode we are up to speed on the timeline picking up straight after the events that left the hosts dead in the valley. Delos are gathering up the hosts from the river and are pretty much salvaging them for any data and their bodies because if we think about it they don’t have any hosts sitting in reserve. We also see Delos employees cleaning up in their headquarters where the map of Westworld is located. It will be interesting to see if they’ll be able to get it all back up and running. One last thing I wanted to point out amongst the bodies that are being cleaned up we clearly see Teddy who we presume is dead. I don’t want to go into Teddy’s role in this episode just yet, I’ll come back that because it goes hand in hand with what Dolores has been doing in this episode.

Shogun World

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The majority of this episode takes place in Shogun World and I didn’t complain one bit. What I found interesting was how Shogun World wasn’t created for people to just experience this different culture. As Sizemore states they created this world for the people who felt that the original park too tame and it was a place that was built full of artificial gore. Just to provide some context the Shogun world is based on period between the 16th to 18th century Japan which is known as ‘Edo’.

This period can be best described as “During the reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns, Japan’s emperor reigned in secluded majesty at the imperial capital in Kyoto; however, the true centre of power, government, the economy and social life was Edo, where the Shogun lived and ruled the country”.

The Shogun World at first sight looks beautiful, alive and just aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However while looking closely at the environment I started to notice the clear similarities to Sweetwater. While the architecture maybe totally different to the buildings we saw in Sweetwater the layout of the town is really just a copy of how that town was laid out. This is important because a lot of what we see in the Shogun World is really just a copy of what we saw from the original Westworld park from the narratives down to the characters. This is where we run into Maeve’s group and we soon find out that they have doppelgangers who are playing out the same narrative of storming the town and stealing a safe. Akane clearly resembles Maeve as her narrative is based around her daughter Sakura who gets kidnapped. The rest of the episode is spent with the two groups working together trying to get her back from the Shogun and his army. Akane’s daughter gets kidnapped because the hosts are all going off script. The revolution that started in the first park has spread across multiple parks as we saw with the Raj world earlier this season.

Maeve’s new powers/journey

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During Maeve’s time in the Shogun World we actually find out that she has powers. At the start of the episode when she tries to control the hosts verbally it didn’t work just like with the Ghost Nation but when she does it through her mind she gets what she wants. Due to her new found powers Maeve is labelled the ‘witch’ throughout this episode. When Sakura is captured we see that Shogun has carved a cherry blossom tree into her back. I had to do some research on this because I knew this had to mean something, it’s Westworld, everything has a deeper meaning. The cherry blossom tree is common in Japanese culture and it represents ‘the fragility and the beauty of life’, ‘It’s a a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short’. We saw this with the death of Sakura by the end of the episode. Before going on to Dolores’ role in this episode there were just a couple more thing I wanted to touch on with Shogun World. The first being how Shogun just like Bernard in the first episode was leaking cortical fluid from his ear. Has he been tampered with? Or has someone else’s mind been put into his body? I guess we’ll find out soon especially with Bernard. The last thing I wanted to touch on is when Sizemore finds this device in the woods. He acted like he knew it was already there and wanted to keep it a secret from everyone else. The voice coming from the device was heavily distorted but one would have to guess it was the people back at the Delos headquarters on the other end. What the hell is Sizemore up to? I have a feeling he’s leading the group down a dangerous path.

Dolores and Teddy

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Dolores’ path to the great weapon has taken her back home to Sweetwater where it all started to look for her father. However once she gets there the town has been destroyed with only a few hosts left alive. What happened to these hosts isn’t told to but it’s a reminder that the hosts are going off script and have killed each other. But not all the hosts have gone off script as we see with Clementine’s replacement who is still on her loop as he says her staple line “Not much of a rind on you”. How are some hosts still on a loop? That part is still confusing to me. In this episode we see just how determined Dolores is trying to complete this revolution through her conversations with Teddy. She talks about how her father tried to deal with his cattle that was struck with bluetounge and Teddy stated how he would have sheltered the infected cattle. It was at this point I believe Dolores knew she couldn’t trust Teddy. He was someone that could go on to betray her and work with the humans. He could eventually be the disease that could influence the rest of the hosts who are carrying out this revolution. Teddy throughout this episode was trying to convince Dolores to take a different route and just walk away from it all as he claimed there was a spot for them in the world to live together. It did look like Dolores was going follow Teddy on his proposal, we even saw them have sex which we haven’t seen before between two hosts. But I believe she knew what she was going to do with him after their conversation about the cattle. What what exactly is done to Teddy by the end of this episode? At the beginning of the episode with the current timeline we saw Teddy’s body at the Delos facility. Dolores with the help of the tech looks to be reprogramming Teddy to get him fully on her side. I can only think that with the tablet she is raising his loyalty and possibly his aggression to the max. In future episodes we will definitely start to see a much darker version of Teddy. Ironically this means Dolores is turning into her oppressors because this is what they done to her, the constant reprogramming for what is a brutal process. It does make it hard to root for Dolores here when she is forcing people to side with her. Dolores told him “To grow we all need to suffer first” which leads me to think Teddy’s still part of her major plan. We just have to wait and see how Teddy eventually meets his demise.

Overall I thought this was a really strong episode, after last week’s episode this season is really kicking into high gear. The Shogun World was really refreshing to see and was a much needed change to what we have been accustomed to. I really enjoyed everything about the Shogun World and especially how the episode ended on that cliff hangar. I have to mention before I end this that scene where Akane gets revenge on Shogun for killing her daughter was breathtaking. Dolores’ storyline continues to keep my interest after this episode because while she’s the leader of this revolution I do think more people around her will start to question her and it will be interesting to see if she treats them in the same way she did with Teddy.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

Be sure to comeback here next week for my review of the next episode!

Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Play Mysterio In Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

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For months it seemed like whenever Jake Gyellenhaal’s name was brought he was constantly linked with replacing Ben Affleck for the role of Batman. Now it seems Gyellenhaal is finally joining the superhero universe but not to play the Caped Crusader but for a more villainous role as Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming sequel. It was reported just a couple of minutes ago by The HollyWood Reporter that he’s talks for the role with nothing confirmed yet. With the sequel looking to start production sometime this summer I do believe this will be confirmed sooner rather than later. They must have been talking for sometime and who knows the deal could have already been done, you never know with Hollywood. Even if the deal breaks down somehow what it does confirm is the studio are using Mysterio as the main villain for the film. We have already seen the Vulture be introduced with the first movie and now with Mysterio they have already made up two of the members of the iconic Sinister Six. It does look like they’re eventually building up to the Sinister Six as that was Sony’s initial plan with the Garfield movies but we most likely won’t seen the Sinister Six on the big screen until the third of fourth Spider-Man movie.

Here’s just a brief history between Spider-Man and Mysterio in the comics who also goes by the name Quentin Beck:

Debuting in The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effects wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job. His attempts to become an actor were poorly received, but he realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, after he frames Spider-Man for robbing the Midtown Museum, Mysterio obstructs the hero’s spider-sense with gas and dissolves Spider-Man’s webbing with a chemical abrasive. However Spider-Man tricks Mysterio into revealing he robbed the museum, then Spider-Man revealed he had captured it on tape. Mysterio was then jailed, blaming Spider-Man for his ruined career. Mysterio later joins the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man, and battles him using robots of the X-Men. After this Spider-Man gets a card that enables him to go on to battle Sandman.

Mysterio later creates the alias of world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, using technology and hypnosis in an attempt to make Spider-Man lose his mind, and nearly convincing him to unmask, though ironically Spider-Man was helped by J. Jonah Jameson suddenly bursting into the house. Spider-Man then unmasked Mysterio.

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What this news also means is that the rumours surrounding Ben Affleck being replaced by Jake Gyellenhaal will also stop, thanfully. So this should actually be good news to anyone who wants to see Ben Affleck continue playing the role of the Batman.

The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming is set to be released next year on July 5, 2019 

Let me know your thoughts on this news?