Review: Avengers: Infinity War Second Trailer

“The entire time I knew him he only ever had one goal… To wipe out half the universe. If he gets all of the Infinity Stones he can do it with a snap of his fingers” –  Gamora

All I have to say is WOW! that was something! Honestly for me that topped the first trailer we saw back in November. I won’t waste anymore of your time because there is a lot jam-packed into this 2 minute trailer.

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Flashback scenes of Gamora as a child with her father Thanos

The trailer opens with a monologue by Gamora who is talking about how her Father’s (Thanos) one goal is to wipe out half of the universe. We start to see scenes of a Thanos looking very differently from the Thanos we saw in the last trailer. A lot of these shots show Thanos with his full armour on which personally is his best look to me. I like how a lot of this trailer is focused on the character of Thanos. We see flashback scenes of a young Gamora holding his hand on their home planet. It’ll be interesting to see what will happen when they see each other again.

“We’ve got one advantage… He’s coming to us” – Tony Stark

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After 10 years of build up Thanos has finally arrived on Earth

This line from Tony Stark tells us how Thanos has finally made his way to Earth and is now invading. How many planet’s he destroys on his way to Earth we don’t know yet. Remember the Power Stone is currently located in Xandar from Guardians of the Galaxy. So I’m sure we’ll see a scene of Thanos visiting there collecting the Power Stone before he arrives on Earth. New York as we know it seems to be the place where Thanos chooses to invade first as we see Peter Parker is forced to abandon his school bus to swing around the city because of what is going on in the sky.

“We have what Thanos wants so that’s what we use” – Tony Stark

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Scarlet Witch and Vision both in Wakanda, part of a plan to bring Thanos to Wakanda?

It looks like the Avengers are actually using the Infinity Stones to their advantage as a way to bait Thanos. While Tony says this line we see shots of Doctor Strange with Eye of Agamotto and Vision who is of course the one in possession of the Mind Stone. Now what I’ve been wondering this whole time is “Where the hell is the soul stone, is it in Wakanda?!”. Watching this trailer again it’s clear that Vision is now in Wakanda. So it looks like they’re protecting him instead of the soul stone which makes sense to me. Tony’s line above shows that have some type of plan where they are using Vision to draw Thanos to Wakanda. I mean why not they clearly have the best weapons by being the most technological advanced country in the world. This explains why half of the Avengers are in Wakanda during this trailer and most likely for the majority of the movie.

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The Black Order pictured with Loki straight after Thor: Ragnarok?

Also in this trailer we get to see shots of Thanos’s own team the ‘Black Order’ which includes characters like Proxima Midnight, Loki, Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian. It’s interesting that when we first see all of them together in the same shot they’re also standing with Loki. I’m not sure if Loki is on their side or if this is from when they first meet when we Thanos’s ship turned up at the Thor: Ragnarok. Ebony Maw is the one who looks like he is about to kill Doctor Strange in that crazy shot.

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Captain America going toe to toe with Thanos

Now my favourite shot of the entire trailer comes at the end where Cap stands up to Thanos. I literally screamed “No way”. I know Cap is a super soldier but it’s crazy to see him match his power on the big screen. This shot is exactly reminiscent of an iconic shot from the comics where Cap stands in the way of Thanos and goes toe to toe with him. It’s also important to note that throughout both trailers Thanos only has two Infinity Stones on his gauntlet. One being the Space Stone (blue) we saw in the first Avengers movie. We actually see a shot of Thanos crushing the Tesseract turning it into a stone for his gauntlet. The second stone he has on his gauntlet is the Power Stone (purple) which we last saw in Guardians of The Galaxy. Will we see Thanos collect all the stones during this film or will that be the ending shot?

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Character meet ups he haven’t seen yet in the MCU

Other than the epic fight scenes and dialogue from Thanos this trailer still shows there is some fun to be had with this film as we see characters start to meet up. Everyone except Hawkeye of course the poor guy. We get to see Cap, Black Widow and Banner turn up at Wakanda to meet T’Challa and Shuri. We see the Guardians of the Galaxy meet Tony Stark as Starlord tells him his plan sucks. The last shot of the trailer is dedicated to a great scene between Doctor Strange and Spider-Man where they are introducing themselves to each other.

I don’t know what else to say, this was a great trailer. I was worried they wouldn’t be able to live up to the first trailer because I loved it so much but they did. Right now we are only one month away before this film comes out, I can’t believe it. This is about to be the longest month ever!

Let me know what you thought of the trailer down below!

 

First look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock from upcoming Venom movie

Today courtesy of IGN we have got our first look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock from Sony’s upcoming Venom movie. I for one was expecting us to see what the Venom suit would look like today but it looks like they’re holding off on that until a later date. As for Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock he looks great and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the role. I still can’t believe we are getting a Venom movie! When it was first announced I was worried that it may become one of those projects that never see the light of day but I’m glad to admit I was wrong.  I for one can’t wait for this movie to come out in October later this year.

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First look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock (Via. IGN)

Take a look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock above and let me know your thoughts in general about the upcoming Venom movie.

Venom is set to be released on the 5th October, 2018

 

Ranking Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

Fabian Wagner confirms scenes of Superman in a black suit were shot for Justice League

For huge Superman fans like myself the return of the Man of Steel was one of the most anticipated moments in this year’s Justice League film. Looking back at the comic book history of the character with the death and return of Superman fans were expecting to see him return in a black suit. This was also heavily teased by Henry Cavill on Instagram who shortly after the release of Dawn of Justice posted what looked to be a close up of a black Superman suit with the hashtag #Superman. One year later to the fans dismay there was no black suit to be seen when Superman eventually returned in Justice League. Shortly after the release of the film a lot of information started to leak about storylines that were changed/scrapped. One of those leaks which I was particularly interested in was the claims of there not being a black suit in the script at all from the start. Now granted a lot of this information at the time came from a Reddit user so we have to take it with a grain of salt. However just yesterday it was confirmed by Fabian Wagner (Director of photography for Justice League) that there was scenes of Superman shot with the black suit which were eventually cut.

Fabian Wagner told Inverse in a interview:

Wagner on the black suit: “There were [scenes shot],” Wagner said. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”

Wagner on scenes that were cut in general: “Zack takes his time with telling the stories, and I’ve always liked that about his movies. There are a few scenes that I was very much looking forward to seeing which unfortunately got cut.”

(Via. Inverse.com)

For some this new information will further frustrate fans who were already calling for a Zack Snyder cut of this film to be released in the future. Personally as a huge Superman fan although I would have loved to have seen the black suit these are just small issues to me. A huge part of me has just accepted what we were given and it is what it is. Maybe the use of the black suit and the beard would have allowed the studio to avoid the whole moustache fiasco. At the end of the day I’m just a fan and I have no idea of what type of pressure and stress comes with the making of a project of this size.

All I ask from Warner Bros. is in the future to learn from their mistakes and just let their selected director finish their vision of the project.

Let me know what you think of these recent developments below.

Did you want to see Superman return in the black suit? Were you let down?

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Review: Avengers Infinity War trailer

“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe but this… does put a smile on my face” – Thanos

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What should Warner Bros. do next with the DCEU?

If you were to tell me a couple of years ago that the first ever Justice League movie would make $96 million over its first weekend box office I’d call you crazy (making it the lowest box office opening of all the DCEU projects). As big of a DC fan I am and how much I like the film itself I can’t help but agree that this is a somewhat of a disappointment. Is it a total failure as some people are making it out to be? When you compare it to Thor Ragnarok’s numbers which made $122million in its first weekend you could see why some people are calling it that. I’m actually the type of person who doesn’t care at all about box office numbers. When someone says this movie is amazing or bad because it made $10 million or $100 million I usually just tune them out. The only reason why I’m writing this article is because Warner Bros. as a company has a track record of drastically responding to numbers and criticism.

Don’t believe me? let me just give you guys a few examples;

  1. People hated Dawn of Justice but they loved Ben Affleck’s performance, so they gave him his own Batman film which they would let him write and direct it. (any coincidence that he was taken off the project as both director and writer after the performance of his film ‘Live by Night? )
  2. Just look at the drastic changes they made to Suicide Squad because of the backlash Dawn of Justice received.
  3. People hated Suicide Squad but they loved Harley Quinn so they gave her own film with Catwoman and Poison Ivy ‘Gotham City Sirens’. (pretty sure there was also rumours of Deadshot getting his own movie too because of the response Will Smith’s performance)
  4. The one that frustrated me the most was the response to the criticism of Dawn of Justice’s runtime which left us with a two hour Justice League film.
  5. Not to mention the countless films that seem to be in the pipeline which have been officially/unofficially announced.

So what does Warner Bros. do next? How do they respond to the poor Box office numbers and criticisms to Justice League?

Look I get that they want to get the critics on their side but apart from Wonder Woman it just hasn’t worked so far. With Justice League it felt like they were appealing to the masses a bit too much rather than just focusing on a film that they wanted to create from the start. I personally feel that people didn’t go out to see Justice League because they were burnt by the previous DCEU films. There wasn’t really an established universe going into this film. Maybe we should of had a solo Flash and Aquaman film prior to Justice League. One could also argue that we are actually suffering from superhero movie fatigue but I’ll leave that topic for another day.

Currently what’s next for the DCEU is Aquaman which is coming out in December 2018. Now Aquaman has just finished shooting, so there’s no doubt in my mind we will see this film next year. I’ve seen some people say why don’t they just move the date up? Given DC only has one project throughout the whole of next year. That would be the worst thing to do, just look at how rushed and incomplete some of the CGI in Justice League was. Aquaman too is a film that will undergo reshoots just like any other Hollywood film so we have to keep that it mind when asking to push up its release date. Plus how many more December’s in the future are we going to have without a Star Wars film being released, it looks like they have the perfect release date for me.

After that we have Shazam which is set for a 2019 release in April which I will definitely be watching. I’m just worried about how the masses are going to respond to this film, do they even know who this character is? How many people will go out and watch it especially after Justice League’s performance? On the surface with this film it does look like they are targeting the hardcore fans but if it underperforms what are the chances we will get a sequel? Marvel on the other hand have put nearly 10 years into building a universe which allows them to create films such as Black Panther, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel which aren’t their staple characters but people will run out to go and see them. The biggest difference to me is Marvel has built trust with their core audience as well as with the masses.

As for right now Warner Bros. need to just stay the course, don’t reboot now. Also take one film at a time, it feels like every month they are announcing a new film. However I’d hope that they are trying everything behind the scenes to get this Batman film up and running. Ultimately what they need figure out first is who are they making these films for? Is it for the critics/mass audience or the core fans? At the end of the day if its for the critics and mass audience it seems to impacting their creative process which leaves both the fans and the critics unsatisfied.

Let me know your thoughts down below?

Am I being too harsh? Should we cut them some slack? Am I out of my depth with this topic?

At the end of the day I just want to see the DCEU thrive

(P.S. I really liked Justice League)

 

Thor Ragnarok: Review (non-spoilers)

Let me just start off by making two points before giving my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok. The first is that I wasn’t a fan at all of the previous two Thor movies. In fact I’m not really a big fan of  Thor as a character in general prior to this film, I didn’t feel like his presence was missed in Captain America: Civil War. The second point is there’s been some controversy since it was revealed that Thor: Ragnarok received 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. There are claims of reviewers being biased towards Marvel and criticism of the film itself for following a safe Marvel formula as it has been described as a ‘fun’ film. Personally I have no bias, I love both DC and Marvel and try not to get caught up in the whole light vs dark debates when it comes to the tone of the films. Whether a director wants their film to be more light and funny or more dark and serious is no issue with me. Just do it right, and in this case director Taika Waiti does a great job with a mix of both with Thor: Ragnarok which I feel isn’t only just an enjoyable film but the best Thor film to date.

Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor ‘The God of Thunder, Tom Hiddleston returns as his brother Loki and Mark Ruffalo plays both the Hulk/Bruce Banner. This is why the majority of the humour and fun of Thor: Ragnarok works for me because of this great cast. Chris Hemsworth to me puts in his best performance to date as Thor. If you were to replace him with another actor I’m not sure you will get the same results as I feel there aren’t too many actors that could pull off some of these lines. As for Tom Hiddlestone… well he’s just awesome as Loki. Hiddleston does a great job at showing the inner conflicts of Loki, someone who loves to put himself first but at the same time is faced with a dilemma as his brother and home are in grave danger. Loki’s role in this film provides for a lot of twists and turns that you may not see coming. Hulk is a great addition to the movie as it doesn’t feel like he wasn’t just shoved into the film last minute for marketing reasons. It makes sense why he’s involved and the fight scenes between him and Thor provide for a very entertaining spectacle. New additions to the cast such as Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Jeff Goldblum (The Grandmaster), Cate Blanchett (Hela) and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange provide for a much welcome surprise to the film without going into the details of their roles.

The story of Thor: Ragnarok was engaging enough to keep my interests throughout the 210 minutes of the film. If you didn’t know Ragnarok means the end of Asgard (not a spoiler) and the majority of the film is spent on how Thor with the help of others can try save Asgard and its people. Thor spends much of his time trying to build his own team trying to get the likes of the Hulk and Loki to fight alongside him. In case you didn’t know Loki has a track record of betraying Thor and being being a hard person to work with. So it was interesting to see the constant conflict between the two. Would Thor eventually get his brother to fight alongside him or will it be the same old double crossing Loki? I won’t spoil that for you. So I guess you could say that the stakes are pretty high in this film also with a very credible main villain of Hela whose main aim is to take over as the Queen of Asgard. By the end of the film it may not end as you expected which was a surprise to me and lets just say there are things that occurred during this film that will change not only the character of Thor but also Asgard forever.

The score of the film is nothing to shout about sadly, if you enjoyed what you heard from the trailers its really more of the same. This more electronic rock type of score fits the theme of the film as well as the look of the film. But other than that I can’t really see myself listening to the soundtrack of Thor Ragnarok in my spare time.

Overall Thor: Ragnarok provides for a great experience and easily the best instalment of the Thor franchise so far. Maybe on a second viewing I could argue that it’s actually Marvel’s best release so far this year as I definitely found it more entertaining than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. I would need to watch Spider-Man: Homcoming again but there isn’t much that splits the two films in quality. Is it one of the best comic book film ever? Of course it isn’t but the director and the cast deserve a lot of praise for giving a new lease of life to a franchise that previously lacked direction and didn’t really get it’s feet off the ground. I didn’t think I’d be saying this but I can’t wait to see what’s next for this franchise. I guess it really was third time’s the charm for me when it comes to Thor.

P.S. Stay for both the after credit scenes especially the first one 😉

8/10

The Punisher Netflix Series: Trailer Review

It’s finally here! The full trailer to The Punisher’s Netflix series so let me give you a quick rundown of what it consists of and my thoughts on one of the most highly anticipated Marvel series in a while.  Continue reading The Punisher Netflix Series: Trailer Review