X-Men Days of Future Past – A Nerd Divided

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So I just finished watching the footage from the X-Men DOFP Panel and I found myself at first really, really excited and impressed but also kind of annoyed at the same time. Let me explain:

I love the fact that they’re taking a seriously bold move, it’s something that this industry really needs more of. Arguably Marvel kicked off the trend with The Avengers which was really the boldest move in recent cinematic history and this is 100% a reaction to the success of that movie. 

X-Men First Class is hands down my favourite of the X-Movies. It really invigorated the franchise for me and pretty much succeeded in accomplishing everything it set out to achieve, and it has Michael Fassbender in it and everyone knows Michael Fassbender makes everything 10x more awesome. 

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After that film I was sure we would never see the original cast on screen again, bar Hugh Jackman as Wolverine of course, so when they announced they were bringing together the 2 casts and resolving the 2 timelines I was stunned. It just doesn’t seem like something that would actually happen, it just sounds like an idea that people would talk about 10 years from now like ‘Hey wouldn’t it have been sooo cool if they did this?’ But here we are. 

They have the perfect set up with the time travel story line, Bryan Singer is back on board as director. It’s the perfect storm. So why am I annoyed?

Quicksilver.

Quicksilver is going to be in Days of Future Past in 2014 played by Evan Peters.

Quicksilver is going to be in Avengers Age of Ultron in 2015 played by someone who is NOT Evan Peters.

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I mean come on. You have soooo many characters already can’t you just letJoss Whedon have him? Would it really be so detrimental to your movie? I get it, I’m not really that naive to think this is remotely how things work but it just bugs the shit out of me. 

It’s also due to the fact that I really do think that Fox and Sony should just drop this shit already and give all the characters back to Marvel. Like Now. RIGHT NOW. No joke. I think with Disney behind them now they have a real shot to get every single character back as soon as physically possible.

So I’m sure X-Men Days of Future Past will be a pretty amazing movie but it’s very existence is just a constant reminder that things just aren’t right in the world until every movie featuring a MARVEL character is produced by MARVEL STUDIOS. 

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Marvel News Overload

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So let’s not bury the lead here this one is a biggie. Did not see this one coming. All I know about Ultron is that he’s a pretty badass robot created by Hank Pym (Antman) for some sort of experiment which goes wrong leading said robot to proceed to terminate the Avengers. So what’s going on with Thanos? Well Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige did previously drop hints that Thanos would be saved for the 3rd Avengers movie BUT we did also find out that Thanos will be appearing in the Guardians of the Galaxy. So there’s that to chew on aswell. 

At the Marvel Panel they pretty much had some sizzle footage for all their upcoming Phase 2 movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, apparently shaping up to be the comedic action team up romp set among the stars that many had expected with James Gunn at the helm. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, featuring some footage of Cap going all Jason Bourne on some Shield operative in an elevator, Robert Redford dishing out some advice about the modern world and a nice reveal of the titular antagonist. And Thor: The Dark World which seemingly put an end to the previous speculation that Loki could have a possible redemption path….SPOILERS well unless chopping off Thors good hammer throwing hand counts as redemption then NO.

So not a lot of news news apart from the title reveal but still a lot to keep fans going until 2015 and all good stuff. Looks like Mavels winning streak is set to continue for quite some time. 

Thor: The Dark World will be released 8th November 2013

Captain America: The Winter Solider will be released 4th April 2014

Guardians of The Galaxy will be released 1st of August 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released 1st of May 2015

Superman/Batman team up movie

ImageYurp, it’s not even April Fools or nothing.

First things first I legit called this right before Man of Steel dropped. I swear on my mothers life.

In a discussion about how DCs cinematic gameplan would roll out to compete with the uber success of Marvel and the Avengers. Man of Steel being the first in the newly established shared universe made total sense but how they would progress was always going to be the real story. Could they really just copy the Marvel formula step for step. If not then how would they ever get to the eventual Justice League? 

Well let’s see what the one biggest trump that DC has over Marvel? Hmm I dunno maybe the single most popular comic book character all of time? 

The Batman reboot was inevitable and they really just didn’t have the luxury of time on their hands to have him just sit around and wait. But as an audience there’s really no way we’re about to sit through another standard origin story for the bat. They had to bring him into the universe but how do they do it so soon after the Nolanverse? Well this is how. World’s Finest movie. 

Supes has been established in the world, we know Bruce Wayne is out there. All that’s left to be seen is at what stage in his Bat career is when he meets the big blue boy scout? 

Now let’s just take a quick second to express some feels. UUUURRRGHRGH. Can. Not. Wait.

Honestly I’m probably more exicted about this than I would be about a Justice League movie. I lurv me some Batman and I like Supes a whole lot also and I really do think of all the comic book buddy cop scenarios Bruce and Clark has always been the most interesting. 

Whilst I really didn’t think much of the Man of Steel, I can definitely see the potential for a truly epic DCU movie and really can’t think of much to make me squeal with nerd joy than seeing these 2 characters sharing the screen together. 

And one more thing can we officially say now that 2015 will be the greatest year for nerd related movies ever? I mean come on.

Man of Steel – Review

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Too many tv spots, wayyy too many. After about the 7th tv spot I felt like I had pretty much seen the whole movie already and as it turns out, I had. All the best moments had been spoilt for me. But despite all that I really, really wanted to love this movie, when they first announced it would be Zack Snyder directing andChris Nolan producing my head practically exploded with excitement. The dream team I thought to myself, Snyder’s eye for epic, super powered action sequences and Nolan’s dramatic, grounded story telling. How could this possibly fail? Well not that it failed exactly, but I certainly wasn’t totally blown away in the fashion that I was sure I would be. Obviously my impression is massively tainted by the sky high level of anticipation I had for this film, but to be fair I was in the same state of mind when I saw The Dark Knight in the cinema and I walked away from that experience having had my high expectations absolutely blown through the roof, with Man of Steel however I left feeling just slightly meh…

Now having said all that I will say that this is easily the best Superman movie to date, it totally blows the rest of them out of the water. The action scenes, as we’ve all seen from the trailers, are the truest depiction of Superman’s true power and the other great strength of the movie is the relationship between Clark and Lois, which is absolutely nailed this time. But other than that I found it pretty hard to care about a lot of the other characters. I wasn’t overly impressed with Zod as I thought I would be, a lot of the obvious dramatic moments fell flat for me and a lot of the movie really felt by the numbers and predictable.

They actually gave most of the best sequences to Faora and she displayed most of the best moments of Kryptonian abilities, shockingly I found myself more interested in watching her than I was in Superman. I was sure this was to set up Supes in the last act to start truly kicking some ass but no, the flip never happened. Obviously Superman wins but not in any spectacular fashion, he just sort of wins….

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In the final showdown Zod asks the appropriate question, if he was born and trained to be a warrior and on Earth he has all the same powers as Kal-El than what chance does he; a farm boy realistically have? And there is no answer for this question proposed. There real question then becomes why did they have that line in there when it’s only purpose is to make the audience say to themselves, Yeah Zod really should have won.

That’s just one of the little things that really irked me, and the point is if I’m taking the time to actually pick that apart and get annoyed by it then the movie’s not doing something right. Man of Steel is movie with serious ups and downs and unfortunately did not live up to the hype that surrounded it and having now had some time to analyse it I really don’t know if there’s anything DC can do to bridge the ever expanding gap between themselves and Marvel. And unfortunately for all the fans out there dreaming of a Justice League movie to knock Avengersoff the top spot, this really doesn’t bode well for it. To be fair if Man of Steel had dropped before any of the Marvel stuff had been set in motion I probably would have looked far more favourably upon it, but it didn’t. And the landscape for comic book movies has changed so much in the last few years it feels like DC will forever be lagging behind which is really unfortunate.

I don’t want to end on such a down note, so I will say that there is the definite possibility for a successful Man of Steel sequel but I think there has to be a major change up, lose Zack Snyder.