Aquaman Promotion Provides First Look At Major Characters

Fans like myself have been itching to see some kind of content from the upcoming Aquaman film. Although it’s only 6 months away it feels like we’ve been waiting for an eternity. But with the film only being 6 months away and SDCC only around the corner this was the perfect time to start the promotion train for the film. Today it was revealed that Aquaman will feature on the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. Aquaman will be following in the tradition of the other DC films that have covered the magazine such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. Usually I wouldn’t write about a story like this but the feature actually provides a lot of interesting information and stills from the film. This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly provides us with our first look at the likes of Orm, Black Manta and Queen Atlanna.

Here are the shots of the cover that feature Arthur, Mera and Queen Atlanna:

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The other shot that was released of Queen Atlanna features her and Arthur as a kid. Although Aquaman is a set after the events of Justice League we should expect to see some flashback scenes to when Arthur was a child.

Orm and Black Manta

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One thing I was looking forward to the most was how the costumes with characters such as Orm (Ocean Master) and Black Manta were handled. With Justice League we know how Aquaman and Mera will look like for the most part but the villains of the movie is a different case. Both characters look great! I especially love the design of their headwear. While we don’t get the full picture of Orm’s equipment it does look to be accurate with the source material. This can definitely be said about Black Manta’s helmet which looks like it has just jumped off the page.

While both villains are prominent in the film James Wan clarified in the interview that Orm (Arthur’s brother) is the main villain of the film:

“Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick,”

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James Wan on Black Manta’s background and costume: 

“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,”

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This was something that was confirmed by James Wan on Twitter shortly after the release of Justice League but in this interview he explains it further. Fans were not happy with how the scenes in Atlantis were handled in Justice League whenever someone talked. In the scene with Mera and Arthur a bubble would appear which allowed them to talk. It didn’t bother me too much but it also didn’t look that great at the same time. James Wan has gone on to reassure fans that this won’t happen in the Aquaman movie:

Wan said, “People are overthinking it.” The director added that Aquaman’s characters are “just gonna talk!”  According to EW, the approach to talking underwater is “brilliantly simple and naturalistic-looking solution.”

Synopsis for Aquaman:

“Following the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.”

 

Let me know your thoughts on what we have seen so far

It’s also been rumoured that a trailer for Aquaman should be dropping sooner than expected. If that doesn’t happen we’re only one month away from SDCC so don’t get too disappointed.

Aquaman is set to be released 21, December 

Geoff Johns To Write/Produce Green Lantern Corps Movie

The Green Lantern Corps movie could be one of the most important movies of the DC universe. If done right they could really strike lightning in a bottle which will blow the cinematic universe wide open. There are endless possibilities in how to approach this character and the universe that comes long with it. Luckily it won’t be up to me that’s now the job of Geoff Johns. Today it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Johns would step down from his role as executive at DC Comics into a new one. Geoff Johns has signed a writer-producer deal with the studio letting him have influence over the movies in the DC universe. Johns has already contributed to Aquaman, Shazam and both Wonder Woman movies. Now we have to add the highly anticipated Green Lantern Corps movie to that list. Geoff Johns is set to both write and produce the movie. This is a field in which he has a lot of experience in, comic book fans like myself and around the world love his runs on Green Lantern. They can only hope that he brings some of what he done on the page to the big screen.

Johns also launched his own production company which is called ‘Mad Ghost Productions’. The site is already up and it details his current and previous projects. It already has the basic description for the Green Lantern Corps movie and it states:

Once of DC Comics’ greatest Super Hero universes, the film will feature Hal Jordan and John Stewart…

As of now both Hal and John are confirmed for the film which is great news. But the beauty with the Green Lantern Corps movie is that they don’t have to focus on one or two members, there are hundreds to choose from. And I believe Johns is the right person be in charge of this project. I’ve seen people bring up his involvement with the previous Green Lantern movie and yes that film was a mess. However there were a lot of things that went wrong with that movie other than Johns’ ‘co-producer’ role. Clearly you can see Johns is currently and will play a crucial role in the future of the DC cinematic universe.

As a DC fan I’m happy with this news and wish him the best of luck!

Let me know your thoughts on this news down below

 

Westworld: ‘Kiksuya’ Episode Review

Last week I said that because of how action-packed the last couple of episodes have been this week’s episode will be much more toned down and less eventful. And I was right… well kind of, I didn’t expect this type of episode at all. I still don’t know how I feel about the episode overall. I’ve seen the reception to the episode online and from what I gathered people loved it. This was a bold episode for the show runners to make, especially considering where we are in the season. With my reviews I usually split it into sections dedicated to the different characters that are present in the episode. But this episode was different as it was solely focused on one character. So I apologise in advance if this review comes across as a mess because I still don’t know how I feel about the episode as a whole. While this week’s episode was focused on one character it did help fill in the gaps from the first season with The Maze and overall it answered a lot of questions I had about the park.

Ake/Ghost Nation

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The star of this episode was Ake, the leader of the Ghost Nation. This is part of my biggest issue with the episode because this is a character that we have seen in the background throughout the series. To spend an entire episode with him and his tragic background didn’t do much for me. It was hard for me to be invested with a character that wasn’t one of my favourites. What I do like is how his story plays into the bigger picture with the park. His narrative/story clearly resembles that of Maeve’s which I found really interesting. He had the chance to leave the park as he finally starts to wake up just like Maeve but he goes back for Kohana to find out she’s in a different loop. Like Maeve his partner is at his core and while they aren’t humans they still feel and have a strong connection with them. The scene where Ake finds Kohana after he kills himself in the storage unit was incredible. I know I said I don’t have much invested in the character but his performance and the way it was built up I couldn’t help feel sorry for him, for all of them.

This episode was also important because it shows us the purpose of Ghost Nation and what they’ve been doing this whole time. Ake wasn’t the only one to notice that he was in the ‘wrong world’. Others amongst him start to realise something is wrong as their family members start to get replaced and they see people from previous narratives. The Ghost Nation is growing with members who are awake. This is why they aren’t killing the humans and hosts they run into. It’s Ake’s relationship with Maeve and her daughter that kind of confuses me. I understood early on that Maeve was communicating through him to her daughter. But he says he’s been watching them for a long time. He tried to warn them about the Man in Black’s attack but failed. I’m trying to figure out the early connections between Maeve and Ake other than them sharing the same type of narrative if that makes sense. I understand why he would want to track down Maeve now because she’s the most powerful host. But back then she was no different to the other hosts.

Ake’s journey to The Door

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In this episode we got our best look at The Door as Ake has come the closest to it. He described it as the passage to the real world. Going back and looking at screenshots of the facility it’s hard to take away anything about The Door. It did look like a futuristic building but what’s its purpose? Are they producing new hosts? Or is it literally a door to the real world. But Ake killing himself so he could get back to the Masa was another door if you really think about it. Of course he can’t kill himself now since there are no backups and Delos are having a lot of problems themselves. One interesting thing to note about The Door is how it changed overtime. I mentioned how it looked like a facility when Ake first sees it but when he comes back later it’s almost been covered up by the desert now. Delos must have changed the map or made some alterations to stop hosts from reaching it.

I also wanted to point out how he runs into Logan on his journey to find The Door. At the end of season one Logan’s fate was unknown. When William sent him on that horse was he sending him back into the real world? Or was he sending him out to die? We find that Logan was stranded in the desert and he went crazy. He’s was talking about The Door as he tells Ake he can’t find it because he’s in the wrong world. This helps Ake’s journey to becoming awake. When Ake comes back Logan is gone. As for the current timeline the last we heard of Logan was when William told his father that he had died from an overdose. To be honest I don’t really trust William and I believe this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Logan.

Origins of The Maze

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The revelation of how The Maze started was something I really enjoyed in this episode. It was the staple of the first season and to be honest I kind of forgot about its importance. But as I said with this episode it felt like they were filling in the gaps. The Maze was something I always thought Arnold and Ford created for Dolores to reach consciousnesses. To find out it actually started with Ake and his tribe was a great reveal. It made sense too, I love how he shows up after Dolores kills Arnold and he takes The Maze toy as a symbol to remember what happened. He was the one who was leaving the engravings of The Maze around the park. I remember seeing this maze engraved on a table back in season one when we visited Lawrence’s hometown. I also never understood how The Maze was found under the scalp of that Ghost Nation member’s head from season one. We find out that they did it to hide it from the Delos team. It’s crazy how they just took to this random symbol that probably wasn’t even meant for them. Or was it? Again every time I think Ford may not be in control of the narrative he is. He tells Ake that he was built to be curious and that he’s been watching him. Would this explain how the Delos team never wiped his memory when he died? There must be a reason for that, they had to be under the instructions of Ford. While Ford didn’t create The Maze he certainly used it on the likes of Dolores and The Man in Black. Ford also tells Ake that he wants him to be free now and with the park currently in disarray that’s possible.

The Man in Black’s Suffering

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As I said last week Emily would show up and help her father. I find it crazy how a man of his age after taking that many shots is still alive. I’m starting to believe he isn’t a human anymore, he has to be a hybrid or something. From what we have seen William and Emily’s relationship has always been complicated. It’s clearly not your traditional father and daughter relationship because of what happened to Emily’s mother and the impact of the park on the family. She shows up to the Ghost Nation’s camp and first of all I’m thinking “How the hell did she know he was there?”. I thought showed up to help him but her conversation with Ake is really interesting. Ake himself wants to heal The Man in Black so he can actually suffer but so does Emily. Emily says she’ll make his suffering process a lot worse. Initially I was thinking why would Ake want the Man in Black to suffer but by the end of the episode it’s obvious this is clearly Maeve talking through his mind. Of course she would want The Man in Black to suffer, in fact both of them would as he failed to protect them in the first place. I just never knew Maeve could use her powers from outside the park which makes her even more powerful.

Overall this week’s episode certainly wasn’t your typical Westworld episode. I thought it was a brave and bold choice to focus on Ake’s story. The more I write about it the more I find myself appreciating the episode. I don’t have to love it to appreciate the meaning of the episode and its purpose. And this episode was important it was deep, complex and emotional. It showed us the power of love in the park and what people would do for it, even if they’re hosts. This episode connected The Maze, The Door, Maeve, Ford, Dolores and the park in general together. This episode answered a lot of questions that fans may have had. Or maybe it didn’t I can see why some probably won’t like this episode but I ended up enjoying it. Is it one of the best episodes of the series yet? Not to me but it’s their most bold and mature take on the park yet.

Let me know your thoughts on this week’s episode

Why ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Could Be One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Year

Every Christmas there are no shortages of blockbuster films that grace the big screen and this Christmas is no different. The upcoming autumn season is already stacked when it comes to comic book movies as Venom and Aquaman are set to be released later in the year. If you know anything about me you’d know that as a DC fan I can’t wait for Aquaman. But I can’t lie there’s this little animated film by Sony which is also coming out this Christmas that currently has all of my attention and that is ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. I was planning on writing about ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ when the first teaser trailer was released but I could never get around to doing it. Now with the release of the first official trailer only a couple of days ago I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about it. I’ve already lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it already. Hopefully I’m not getting ahead of myself here but I wanted to write about how ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

The Animation Style

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Look I’m not an animation expert here but this trailer looks amazing! Damn near every shot in the trailer is beautiful. You can literally pause the trailer at any moment and you’ll still be greeted with a screenshot full of beautiful colours that you just can’t take your eyes off. I know there are no shortages of animated films today but this just seems different. Spider-Verse both looks and feels different than your typical Pixar animated film. Not to say that Pixar hasn’t done a great job it’s just nice to have something different for once. One of my favourite shots from the trailer is when Miles is talking and his speech bubbles appear around the screen. It literally looks like a comic book page being brought to life, hopefully there are more shots like that in the film.

Sony

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Sony gets a lot of criticism by fans with the way they have handled Spider-Man in the last couple of years. But to their credit they aren’t giving up on the property yet, especially with Venom coming out just a couple of months before this. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Sony is taking this project in the right direction. I can’t wait to see the final product on the big screen. Sony deserves a lot of praise here especially if they knock it out the park with this one. I like how the cinematic version of the character can be loaned out to Marvel giving them the chance to work on their own universe. I love how they aren’t just sitting on their hands watching the success of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU. This allows them to choose their own path and really just bring the comic books to life. It’s much easier for them to bring in characters such as Spider-Gwen for the first time. I can’t wait to see what other characters will also appear in this film.

Miles Morales

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One of the biggest reasons why I’m looking forward to this movie is because the focus here is on a different Spider-Man. Miles Morales was a great choice for this project and a great starting point for the character to be introduced to the general audience who hasn’t read any of his comics. However given this movie is about the ‘Spider-Verse’ we will see other version of the character such as Spider-Gwen and Peter Parker. While it looks like Peter is teaching Miles the ropes I feel the main focus of the film will be centred on Miles and his family which I love. This is a breath a fresh air for the character in general. Don’t get me wrong Peter Parker will always be my favourite but I’m all for passing the torch to a new character.

That was my quick thoughts on ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and how it could be one of the biggest surprises of the year. It looks like I’m not the only one that’s excited about this film as the trailer has gained over 40 million views in the space of a couple days. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but it does look like they have all the right ingredients to make a great Spider-Man movie.

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is set to be released December, 14

Let me know your thoughts on the film/trailer

Westworld: ‘Les Écorchés’ Episode Review

This week’s episode of Westworld ‘Les Écorchés’ was huge for the park and the future of the series. In this episode a number of characters take a crucial step in reaching the Valley Beyond. However while all this is going on Ford is back and he’s in charge of the main narrative taking place. This may not have been one of the best episodes of the seasons so far but it sure was eventful and does throw the future of the park into jeopardy

Inside the Cradle: Bernard/Ford

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Last week we were left with the bombshell of Ford’s return. Now I for one wasn’t too shocked because Ford has been working in the background this whole season because it’s his narrative. But to see Anthony Hopkins himself return to the screen in the park was a welcomed surprise. This episode picks up with Bernard further exploring what’s inside the cradle. As suspected last week this is a backup world with the copies of all the hosts and their narratives. I love the conversations here between Bernard and Ford in the cradle. Ford clearly sees himself as a god-like figure in the park and that’s because he pretty much is. He claims “I don’t think god rested on the seventh day Bernard, I think he revelled in his creations” as he sits in the saloon watching the other hosts go amongst their loops. He also mentions how he knows one day it will all be destroyed which plays out in the end of the episode because this is what Ford wants. When the backups are finally destroyed the hosts will able to break free.

One of the most important things we learned here is that the park isn’t for the guests, its for the hosts. They are the ones in control and Ford describes the guests as the variables. He claims how everything in the world has been copied except for the human mind. This is what we saw William struggling with earlier this season when he was trying to copy James Delos’ mind into a new body. It actually makes more sense when Dolores says to Charlotte how the humans want to copy the host since they are perfect but they can’t achieve fidelity… except for Bernard? We see flashbacks of Bernard being programmed by Dolores to my surprise. She too has been doing the fidelity test on Bernard and both her and Ford have created him from their memories of Arnold as Dolores tell him “You’re almost the man I remember”. So has Ford achieved fidelity with Bernard? Is this even the same Bernard since we are shown a room full of Bernard’s later on. But how much of what we have seen from Bernard this season is actually him? We see in this episode how Ford has been controlling him throughout the season. He told Bernard this is his story now but Ford is still the main person in control. He even takes over Bernard’s actions by killing the security team at Delos. This leads to me think when the season started at the Valley Beyond and Bernard says “I think I killed them” clearly it was Ford that made him do it. But how much of a bad guy is Ford really? He lets the Cradle get destroyed because it has to be burnt down first for the hosts to gain freedom. Now Bernard is instructed to go to the Valley Beyond which looks set to be the climax of this season as Dolores, The Man in Black and now Ford/Bernard are all heading there for different reasons.

Maeve and The Man in Black showdown

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There has been a lot of callbacks to season 1 during this season but none had quite the effect on me when Maeve and The Man in Black meet again. This memory of The Man in Black killing her daughter is at her core and to see it almost play out again was so emotional. I love how when they meet William thinks Ford is playing a trick on him again. The Man in Black this time isn’t here to kill Maeve, he barely even acknowledges her. Maeve is the one who strikes first because of course all she knows is that he takes her daughter’s life. The stand off between these two characters is great too. I love how Maeve uses her powers especially when it comes to Lawrence by making him search within himself to see how The Man in Black previously treated him in season 1. However with as much praise I have given this ‘showdown’ I do have my issues with it. I personally thought they should have killed off The Man in Black. That would have been a bold move for the show runners to take. To have him on the brink of death knowing he’ll probably survive was a let down, I thought this could have been a great ending for the character. I mean he got shot multiple times and with there being no rules in the park anymore how can he survive after that? Someone has to turn up that ends up helping him, I wouldn’t put it past Emily finding him again. I also found it interesting that when Sizemore and the Delos team arrive to take Maeve after Ghost Nation takes her daughter no one pays The Man in Black any attention. I mean did they just not see him? Isn’t this still the owner of the company? You would think him dying would have huge ramifications for the future of the park.

Dolores’ attack on the Masa

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In this episode we finally get some closure with Dolores finding her father. Knowing this show I honestly thought they wouldn’t get to meet again. But her assault on the Masa was brutal, her and Teddy really took no prisoners. As she states what’s inside Abernathy’s head is the ‘key’. The key to what? We don’t know yet, all we know is that key will be used at the Valley Beyond. It’s interesting that people believe his memory unit is used for various things. Charlotte claims what’s in his memory unit is a ‘failsafe’ or as she puts it an encryption key which is used in times of disasters. To be honest I don’t believe a word Charlotte says, she just comes across as someone who is so untrustworthy. During Dolores’ raid on the Masa the Cradle actually gets blown up so according to Ford the hosts are free now. By watching Dolores’ and Maeve’s interaction by the end of the episode I noticed something interesting. She lets Maeve live while claiming the humans would use her as a powerful weapon against them. I can’t remember Dolores killing any other hosts. For as much as she’s depicted as a bad person she’s really fighting for her people. Or does she feel guilty for the way she treated Teddy? But leaving Maeve behind could comeback to haunt her because Sizemore seems like he’s going to help her but for who? For himself? Or for Maeve to find her daughter again. Before I finish this review I have to praise the scenes between Dolores and Peter Abernathy. Both actors were so great with their performances, although they haven’t had much screen time together throughout the series I couldn’t help but feel sorry for both of them in his final scene. It also goes to show how Dolores is willing to do anything for her cause as Abernathy takes his last breath. Even though he can be easily brought back I think that’s the last we have seen of him in this series.

Overall this was another really strong episode of Westworld. Honestly at times this felt like it could be the season finale. Bernard is taking centre stage for this season and I’m completely fine with that. At first when the season started and it looked like it was all leading up to the events that take place at the Valley Beyond I was skeptical. But as the season has gone on I’m loving where this is going. By the end of the episode Bernard is being interrogated by Charlotte and he gives up the location of the memory unit which will lead them back to the Vally Beyond. With the last couple of episodes being so action packed I’m expecting a more calm episode next week but if Dolores and Charlotte’s team cross paths again I’m pretty sure we’ll witness an all out war that will end things for good this time.

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: ‘Phase Space’ Episode Review

Westworld: My Thoughts On Season 2 So Far

 

 

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

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