Review: The Battle For The Amazons’ Souls Concludes in WONDER WOMAN #45

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Despite having sweet moments scattered throughout, the conclusion to the latest adventure of Wonder Woman feels rushed.

Darkseid has been seeking a new army to take back his control of Apokolips. He plans to use ancient New God relics to create a portal to Themyscira and enslave the Amazons. As he and his daughter, Grail, went after the relics, Wonder Woman and ARGUS fought back at every turn. Despite their efforts, Darkseid gathers the relics and opens the portal, sending his daughter through. Once there, Grail uses Apokoliptian technology to change the population into a new form of Parademon. Will Wonder Woman and her brother, Jason, be able to save their people?

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**Some Spoilers Below**

Story:

As the forces of Apokolips and Argus battle for control of the portal, Jason flies in to help his mother. Using his powers of Zeus and the assistance of Hippolyta, the pair take down the daughter of Darkseid. While this goes on, Diana takes on Darkseid himself while ARGUS fights his Parademon horde.

This issue, as well as the arc, has once again failed to fulfill the epic potential the plot could have. Darkseid could have gained this army and enslaved them to attack Earth back in the second issue of the arc. Imagine the shock and horror Wonder Woman would have gone through if she had to face her own people instead of Parademons. The title of the story arc is called Amazons Attacked, but there isn’t a full out attack on the Amazons or by them. Instead, the closest we get is a few quick action sequences in this issue that screeches to an end thanks to plot convenience.

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Despite my dislike, there is a silver lining here. Sprinkled throughout the issue are tender moments that have been building up over the course of the creative run thus far. One example is the meeting between Jason and his mother. One of Jason’s tragic character threads was his sadness of never getting to meet his mother. He hated her for that, but now it has come full circle and has grown from it. It may have been rushed, as most of this issue is, but it’s still a part I enjoyed.

Art:

The artists of this arc have gone above and beyond once again. Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Marco Santucci work together illustrating and they do a great job. The two-page spreads in this issue will have readers get lost in such amazing looking battles. There is one part, in particular, I was drawn in for a bit, just to see the masterful teamwork between the team’s pencils and Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s colors. It’s a fantastic looking conclusion to an otherwise bland comic.

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Conclusion:

This finale has great art and some tender moments, but that isn’t enough to justify rushing to the end. There was so much potential for this story to be bigger, but didn’t feel like was fully explored. Maybe we can come back to such a story in a team book like Justice League, but now we’ll move on, left with wanting more.

Read the full story here: Review: The Battle For The Amazons’ Souls Concludes in WONDER WOMAN #45 and check out Jose "Jody" Cardona‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series Coming To Netflix

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Netflix is working on an animated Fast & Furious series, the streaming giant has announced.

The series will be based on Universal Pictures’ popular film franchise.

The story follows Tony Torreto, the teenage cousin of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Things get interesting when Tony and his friends are “recruited by  government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.”

The animated series comes from Netflix’s expanded deal with DreamWorks Animation.

“We are excited to extend and expand our successful relationship with Netflix by not only delivering more high-quality DreamWorks programming, but connecting fans of the Universal films with fascinating new stories,” said Margie Cohn, president of Dreamworks Animation Television.

Tim Hedrick (Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as showrunners. Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan will serve as executive producers.

The eight live-action Fast & Furious films have earned $5 billion worldwide. Hobbs and Shaw, a spin-off film staring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is set to debut next year.

The next two films in the series will hit theaters in 2020 and 2021.

Read the full story here: ‘Fast & Furious’ Animated Series Coming To Netflix and check out Ashley Carter‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP CinemaCon Trailer Description Released

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With all the hype surrounding the release of Avengers: Infinity War, many have forgotten the other Marvel movie set to release this year, Ant-Man and The Wasp. Today, Marvel Studios debuted a new trailer for the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The footage was exclusively for the audience in attendance, meaning it’s unlikely to be released. However, Comicbook.com was on the scene to provide an in-depth description.

The scenes described show that the humor is back for the sequel, including a size contest between Scott Lang and Bill Foster:

“Cassie asks Scott how long he’s been Ant-Man again. He is giant, riding on the back of a truck, riding next to Walton Goggins. He flicks them to the side but seems to mess things up. The Wasp appears in the truck, says, “Hi,” and beats them up. Cassie suggests Scott have a sidekick. Luis talks to Hank, claiming he opened the Quantum-realm to a villain by the name of the Ghost. Now, Pym needs Luis’ group’s help, which is funny because they robbed him. Action sequences cut by, emphasizing the wasp’s abilities. An ant plays the drums. The Wasp and Ant-Man debate their joint fighting tactics. Luis is shrunken with the group in a van and he’s scared they’re going to die. The Wasp is driving, confidently. Scott reveals his record in size was 65 feet, topping Laurence Fishburne’ character’s 21 feet. The Wasp is done hearing them compare sizes.”

Does this footage description get you excited for Ant-Man and The Wasp? Let us know in the comments below!

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theatres on July 6, 2018

As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Read the full story here: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP CinemaCon Trailer Description Released and check out Jackson Hayes‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

SCOUT COMICS is Making Noise. Are You Listening?

The flood of successful creator-owned publishing companies is real and you need to be paying attention, especially to the titles that Scout Comics is putting out.

Scout, formerly Ardden Entertainment, is on the path to becoming your new favorite publisher. The label has its hands in not only comics, but is also producing talent for television, film, augmented, digital and even video games. Its current creative teams are stout, especially the art.

“Most of our titles are sellouts and our order numbers have been steadily increasing,” Director of Sales and Marketing James Haick said. “As a creator, I’m so honored to be a part of Scout’s lineup, because no matter what genre you love, we got it all and I know my books are surrounded by quality. The stuff we have, going forward, I can’t wait for readers to see.”

James Pruett, the company’s publisher and whose twin brother, Joe Pruett, is the publisher at Aftershock Comics, currently writes one of the flagship titles called, Mindbender, which includes some amazing art and eye-catching covers via Federico De Luca. The series follows Alex who, at just 7-years-old, awakened a power that left him in a coma for almost 16 years. The power, itself, turns out to be an evolutionary trait that lies dormant in all mankind, which is waiting inside to be unleashed. There are those that would seek to weaponize his awakening, those that would seek to learn how to summon their own respective powers in studying him and Alex is at both ends of the spectrum in possibly being responsible for protecting the world or destroying it.

Some of the company’s other top billings include Solar Flare, a story about Jake, who is navigating a dark world, devoid of electricity and technology, in attempting to get back to his daughter, Infernoct, which features creatures that feed off the sanity of their victims, and Smoke Town, which chapters the finals days of a murdered soldier, each time from a different perspective. Currently though, its most-popular book, tells the story of a supernatural, evil-conquering plush rabbit, called, Stabbity Bunny.

“This book takes place at the intersection of A Nightmare on Elm St. and Sesame Street,” Creator and Writer Richard Rivera said. “It’s basically about a girl and her 100-year-old plush bunny that battles evil. Instead of hunting evil, evil is after them. Everything the characters have learned is purely instinctive. Supernatural forces have been chasing them for generations and now they have finally caught up with them.”

As of now, Rivera and Co. have about 36 issues prepared for Stabbity, which could extend beyond that number, but the team is also planning on releasing a spinoff called, Shadowplay.

“The book will take place in the same world, but primarily in The Shadow Dimension,” said Rivera. “We also have a one-shot coming in September, that isn’t quite ready to be solicited yet, but I think fans of the book will really love it. It is going to be an Elseworld version of the bunny. In this world, the bunny doesn’t speak or move. That is not the case here. So, I think it will give fans something they have been wanting to see. It will be a nice change of pace.”

One upcoming title to be on the lookout for this year, which promises to be one of the company’s runaway hits, is from a German and Italian creative team called, Zinnober. It will tell the story of the return of dragons. The company is also set to release its first-ever title for Free Comic Book Day this May as well, a Haick offering called, The Mall. The book tells the story of a criminal organization that is actually run out of the mall. The head of the organization dies and his three illegitimate children inherit the business, all while dealing with normal, everyday high school stuff.

“It takes place in everyone’s favorite decade, the 1980s, and is kind of like a mashup of a John Hughes film and Goodfellas,” Haick said. “I co-wrote it with Don Handfield, a television and film writer, who also has a production company with Jeremy Renner.”

Lastly, as if the company wasn’t already incredibly innovative, it will kick off a ‘binge’ initiative with its comics, starting with another Haick book which will tell the realistic, behind-the-scenes story of professional wrestling. The idea is to release a #0 and #1 primers, followed by a full trade, to satisfy readers that like to cram it all in one session.

“It’s the age we live in. It’s how everyone is watching their TV,” Haick proclaimed. “There’s so much more that I would love to reveal, but it’s too soon. We got a lot of great stuff coming and I’m so excited about the future of this company.”

Find out more about the company’s titles via the Scout Comics Presents #1 Primer and make sure you are following it via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fan of the indie comics scene? Check out Wayne’s Comics Podcast at majorspoilers.com!

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Spoiler- Free Review: How AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Breaks The Marvel Mold

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Avengers: Infinity War is upon us, and it’s the biggest, boldest, bravest entry into the MCU canon to date.

Do you really need a plot summary? Thanos, the Mad Titan that’s been teased since the first Avengers movie, is finally here, and all of Marvel’s heroes need to band together and keep him from assembling the six Infinity Stones.

From the opening moments, when the Marvel logo is still rolling on the screen, Infinity War already feels like a departure from the usual MCU fare. There’s an instant sense of doom and gloom, which is enforced by an incredible opening sequence. For the first time in a long time, there’s an actual sense of suspense in a Marvel movie, and it makes for a thrilling experience. Even the staunchest MCU-hater won’t be able to call this one predictable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We get a ton of “holy sh!t” moments as well; this is a flick that demands to be seen on a big screen. It’s fun seeing all of these characters coming together and interacting, many for the first time! Comics fans will especially appreciate everything the filmmakers managed to stuff into Infinity War. With every MCU character involved, there’s a lot going on. It’s packed. It can admittedly be a little overwhelming, and maybe there’s actually too much going on at times. But the plot’s not confusing. The film never feels bogged down or slow. The two hours and forty minutes fly by actually. And once the third act kicks into gear, everything clicks and it’s just an awe-inspiring ride to the finish. No spoilers, but Infinity War has the strongest ending of any Marvel movie yet.

 

Every character gets a moment to shine – some maybe more than others – but the standout by far is Thor. The Odinson has a lot to do in the story, and he doesn’t waste the screentime. Josh Brolin’s Thanos was well worth the wait too. He’s menacing, but Brolin also brings emotion to the Mad Titan. He steals whatever scene he’s in.

 

 

 

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Humor is often a point of contention regarding MCU movies. And, while Infinity War is a dark chapter in the series, it does still bring the funny to a certain degree. It’s not overwhelming or distracting, though. It’s subtle, and it’s often woven very well into the script. The only exception is regarding the Guardians of the Galaxy, especially when they’re first introduced. That particular humor feels forced. It matches the tone of the Guardians films we’ve seen before, but that’s not a match for this movie.

Infinity War has heart. It’s an emotional ride, full of moments that will make you cheer, give you goosebumps, and cause you to well up (for a variety of reasons). Marvel isn’t afraid to take chances. Avengers: Infinity War proves that, and it’s going to be fun to see where the franchise goes from here.

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Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Is A Dark Dynamic Ride

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Avengers: Infinity War is the perfect blend of emotional resonance, heart-racing action sequences, and a narrative which is both relentless and shocking.

There is nothing about the Russo brothers latest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe which feels familiar and yet audiences will be transfixed by our heroes (which we have grown attached to) as they face their gravest challenge. How far are these individuals willing to go in order save humanity?

In the interest of keeping the review free of any spoilers, the summary is going to be extremely basic. Avengers: Infinity War picks up right where Thor: Ragnarok left off. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is hell-bent on acquiring all six Infinity Stones to bring balance to the universe by wiping out half of humanity. Can the worlds mightiest heroes stop what appears to be their inevitable doom?

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What stood out first and foremost was the chemistry exhibited by the biggest cast in Marvel history. Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr. are outstanding together and left me wondering why they haven’t done any other projects together. Chris Hemsworth certainly brought the house down during his scenes with the entire Guardians crew. Indeed, it’s lovely to have a narrative which oozes originality, but the whole cast brought Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s words to a whole other level.

One of the many moments which will floor audiences is how Markus and McFeely crafted Thanos’s character. Unlike previous Marvel villains who seem driven to commit evil, the Mad Titan feels he’s doing a good deed by cleansing our world in order to preserve our existence. He’s driven by a burning desire to see a balance throughout the cosmos. Thanos considers the Infinity Stones as a way to achieve what appears unattainable. It’s undoubtedly clear after seeing the film why Josh Brolin was cast as Thanos because needed a seasoned actor who would efficiently project his depth.

The performances in Avengers: Infinity War were precisely perfect. Up until now, most Marvel films have rarely given glimpses of the humanity each character possesses. Even during the darkest moments, the Avengers rarely showed fear or indecision. Audiences will witness an incredible amount of uncertainty and loss. What happens when those who protect us have run out of answers? Showing the vulnerability of these characters made those emotional beats sting even harder.

Markus and McFeely’s narrative strikes a haunting tone while still allowing for just enough moments of levity, and just when everything seems safe, the story takes another tragic turn. The Russo brothers keep the pace extremely brisk avoiding any lulls. Cinematographer Trent Opalach does tremendous work capturing the non-stop action sequences and truly shines during the battle of Wakanda. Alan Silvestri’s musical score is able to capture the sheer excitement of this cinematic event while enhancing those emotional beats found throughout the film.

Avengers: Infinity War has set a new standard for superhero films. Depth in a Marvel movie can be achieved even if it comes at great sacrifice.

Brace yourself! I’m not sure anyone is ready for what they’re about to see.

Read the full story here: Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Is A Dark Dynamic Ride and check out Dewey Singleton – Film Critic‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Is a Dark Dynamic Ride

avengers infinity war

Avengers: Infinity War is the perfect blend of emotional resonance, heart-racing action sequences, and a narrative which is both relentless and shocking.

There is nothing about the Russo brothers latest addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe which feels familiar and yet audiences will be transfixed by our heroes (which we have grown attached to) as they face their gravest challenge. How far are these individuals willing to go in order save humanity?

In the interest of keeping the review free of any spoilers, the summary is going to be extremely basic. Avengers: Infinity War picks up right where Thor: Ragnarok left off. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is hell-bent on acquiring all six Infinity Stones to bring balance to the universe by wiping out half of humanity. Can the worlds mightiest heroes stop what appears to be their inevitable doom?

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What stood out first and foremost was the chemistry exhibited by the biggest cast in Marvel history. Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr. are outstanding together and left me wondering why they haven’t done any other projects together. Chris Hemsworth certainly brought the house down during his scenes with the entire Guardians crew. Indeed, it’s lovely to have a narrative which oozes originality, but the whole cast brought Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s words to a whole other level.

One of the many moments which will floor audiences is how Markus and McFeely crafted Thanos’s character. Unlike previous Marvel villains who seem driven to commit evil, the Mad Titan feels he’s doing a good deed by cleansing our world in order to preserve our existence. He’s driven by a burning desire to see a balance throughout the cosmos. Thanos considers the Infinity Stones as a way to achieve what appears unattainable. It’s undoubtedly clear after seeing the film why Josh Brolin was cast as Thanos because needed a seasoned actor who would efficiently project his depth.

The performances in Avengers: Infinity War were precisely perfect. Up until now, most Marvel films have rarely given glimpses of the humanity each character possesses. Even during the darkest moments, the Avengers rarely showed fear or indecision. Audiences will witness an incredible amount of uncertainty and loss. What happens when those who protect us have run out of answers? Showing the vulnerability of these characters made those emotional beats sting even harder.

Markus and McFeely’s narrative strikes a haunting tone while still allowing for just enough moments of levity, and just when everything seems safe, the story takes another tragic turn. The Russo brothers keep the pace extremely brisk avoiding any lulls. Cinematographer Trent Opalach does tremendous work capturing the non-stop action sequences and truly shines during the battle of Wakanda. Alan Silvestri’s musical score is able to capture the sheer excitement of this cinematic event while enhancing those emotional beats found throughout the film.

Avengers: Infinity War has set a new standard for superhero films. Depth in a Marvel movie can be achieved even if it comes at great sacrifice.

Brace yourself! I’m not sure anyone is ready for what they’re about to see.

Read the full story here: Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Is a Dark Dynamic Ride and check out Dewey Singleton – Film Critic‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Is the Ultimate Marvel Movie (and All that Implies)

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It’s been a long road to this point, but six years after Thanos first flashed that infamous purple smirk in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers (and a full decade after Iron Man‘s debut), Avengers: Infinity War is officially upon us.

Billed as the ultimate culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, the film — from returning MCU directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) — has the unenviable task of tying together the disparate story arcs and dozens of characters from the preceding 18 Marvel Studios films. And, with several key cast members’ contracts wrapping up with next year’s sequel, Infinity War — inspired by Marvel’s 1991 story The Infinity Gauntlet, written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by George Pérez and Ron Lim —also serves as the first half of a grand finale of sorts for this era of the MCU. So it’s fair to say that this little $300 million production is quite the event.

First, let’s get something out of the way. Moviegoers who have shown little to no interest in the MCU thus far — or who may have found the films overblown, silly or inconsequential — may we kindly direct you to the theater across the hall playing something a little more nuanced (there’s a really solid Wes Anderson film out that you may be interested in). With Infinity War, the plotlines and characters pop up with little regard for your foreknowledge of the established canon. Although the main story is very focused on Thanos’ bid for godlike power, you’re unlikely to have the same visceral, emotional response if you haven’t seen or barely remember most of the other MCU films.

However, for anyone with even a passing interest in the MCU or superhero films in general, Infinity War is one that must be missed. Picking up precisely where Thor: Ragnarok ended, the adventure kicks off in short order, crosscutting between the various threads of the MCU and allowing them to intersect and diverge at will. For obvious reasons, the less we reveal about specifics, the better the experience will be for audiences. Rest assured, however, that the film does a masterful job of sprinkling in surprise and balancing the countless heroes it features. Much like the big-screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this is exactly the relentless payoff it aspires to be.

Still, Infinity War is not flawless in its execution. Because of its grand scale, some of the film’s characters, particularly Captain America, Black Widow and Black Panther, find their individual arcs sacrificed for the sake of propelling Thanos closer to his ultimate goal. Also, like the first part of that final Harry Potter story, Infinity War certainly doesn’t work as a standalone story and is guaranteed to leave audiences frustratedly Googling when the next Avengers film hits theaters (May 3, 2019, in case you were wondering). This isn’t necessarily a detriment to the film itself, which is by design a cross-over event, but may not bode well for its replay value as a singular cinematic experience (unlike Black Panther, for instance). Time will tell.

Where Infinity War succeeds is in delivering on the novelty of seeing all the MCU heroes finally collide for the first time. Sure, we’ve seen Iron Man and Doctor Strange rock their facial hair in separate films, but witnessing Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch engaged in verbal sparring (the word “douchebag” even comes up, satisfyingly enough) is pure magic. Ditto for Thor and Rocket’s unlikely partnership throughout much of the film’s runtime, and the showdown that sees many of the central MCU figures unite in Wakanda. But perhaps the most impressive feat Infinity War pulls off is in its depiction of Thanos himself.

Josh Brolin assumed the role of the Mad Titan in Guardians of the Galaxy, and his appearance there did little to distinguish him from other bland baddies that have populated the MCU, especially that film’s own Ronan the Accuser. Thankfully, Infinity War recognizes the importance of developing Thanos as a compelling threat and, as has been reported, essentially positions him as its “main character.” The film goes to great lengths to help audiences understand his point of view and even humanize him a bit. Hot on the heels of memorable villains like Ego, Vulture, Hela and Killmonger, Infinity War‘s handling of Thanos (and Brolin’s performance) should rightfully mark the end of the MCU’s most criticized weakness.

Much like nearly all of its predecessors, Infinity War may not be high art, but to be fair, it doesn’t try to be. Film snobs will continue to hate on the franchise as they search for a deeper subtext, while completely missing the point of it all. With Infinity War, Marvel Studios raises the stakes of its filmography to literally universal levels, and sure, perhaps they are deflated a bit by the anything-goes mentality inherited by the comics. Nevertheless, the epic storytelling of the MCU has consistently embodied the sheer joy of going to the movies, with all the imagination, humor and spectacle that entails. On that front, Avengers: Infinity War is a guaranteed crowdpleaser and one of Marvel Studio’s greatest achievements. Let the speculation over the still-untitled Avengers 4 begin now.


We know you have thoughts about Avengers: Infinity War. So why not share them below and keep the conversation going? After all, we have a full year to wait until Earth’s Mightiest Heroes return to the big screen. Sound off below!

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SPOILER FREE: Four Quick Thoughts On AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this week, and here are four quick thoughts on the film that will destroy the box office this weekend.

Three Scenes Worthy Of Goosebumps

It is ridiculous that a 41-year-old man goes gaga over a superhero movie, but three scenes are worthy of this emotional reaction. The first time you see Captain America on screen, it is pure power and emotion. The next two would spoil the film, and so the details will be vague. Moment number two will catch you off guard, and the third will have you jumping out of your seat. (Let me know what scenes gave you goosebumps.)

We Finally Get A Complete Comic Book Movie

From the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been parts of films that have been off or uninspiring. From the beginning to the end, Avengers: Infinity War feels like a comic book. The action is splash-page worthy, and the flow of the movie feels like an epic crossover. The Russo Bros. outdo themselves juggling all the different plotlines and characters.

The Unexpected Happens

The Disney version of the MCU has been dubbed “cookie cutter.” That can’t be said for Avengers: Infinity War, there are five or six moments in the movie where the Russo Bros. go big instead of playing it safe. The flow of the film kicks you in the teeth with weight and keeps you off balance with its scope.

Post-Credits Scene

There is a post-credits scene all the way at the end of the film, and it is worth the wait. The brief scene is very emotional and gets you excited for the next Avengers movie as another hero is introduced to the MCU.


Those are my four quick thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War. My full review will drop later this week. If you have questions or comments on the film, let me know below.

About the film: 
AS THE AVENGERS AND THEIR ALLIES HAVE CONTINUED TO PROTECT THE WORLD FROM THREATS TOO LARGE FOR ANY ONE HERO TO HANDLE, A NEW DANGER HAS EMERGED FROM THE COSMIC SHADOWS: THANOS. A DESPOT OF INTERGALACTIC INFAMY, HIS GOAL IS TO COLLECT ALL SIX INFINITY STONES, ARTIFACTS OF UNIMAGINABLE POWER, AND USE THEM TO INFLICT HIS TWISTED WILL ON ALL OF REALITY. EVERYTHING THE AVENGERS HAVE FOUGHT FOR HAS LED UP TO THIS MOMENT – THE FATE OF EARTH AND EXISTENCE ITSELF HAS NEVER BEEN MORE UNCERTAIN.

Avengers: Infinity War features Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Avengers: Infinity War destroys theaters on April 27.

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One Limb Left: Respect The Release Date

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When it comes to video games and their development, release dates seem to have taken a backseat to profit.  I understand publishers like Ubisoft and others want to ride the wave of success and line their pockets by building franchises.  That’s business.  But when your model consists of pumping out a new addition to a famed series like Assassin’s Creed every year, you get Unity.  

A game that had some of the worst and most memorable glitches ever.  Missing faces that make characters look like the Invisible Man slept with a Rabbid, running on ropes sideways, and weird physics.  Glitches in Unity were so bad, Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said during a call with investors, sales of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate which followed it were “clearly” affected.

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But then something happened.  Ubisoft decided to take two years off to develop Assassin’s Creed Origins.  The result?  In its first 10 days, the game outsold its predecessor by double.

Ubisoft President Yves Guillemot also added during his call with investors, player engagement “is a lot higher than it was in Syndicate”.  Which brings me to my next point.  Dear publishers, respect the release dates of the games you publish.  When it comes to release dates, it’s okay to spread them out over a number of years to ensure a game’s quality.

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As we saw with Origins, and are now seeing with God of War, distance between games creates anticipation and memorable experiences.  To be frank, I wish all developers and publishers had the mindset of CD Projekt Red.  Which is we know you want Cyberpunk 2077 really bad, but we’re going to release it when we feel it gives you the perfect gaming experience.  They could have released The Witcher III: Wild Hunt a year after the second game, but they didn’t.

Instead they waited four years to release it and as a result the trilogy has made over $250 million, and has sold over 25 million copies.  Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006.  They were patient and spent the next five years creating Skyrim and have reaped the benefits.

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Over 23 million copies have been sold worldwide since its release, and it was ported over to the Nintendo Switch in November of last year.  Since then the game has generated over $1.3 billion in revenue for Bethesda.  I just finished God of War earlier this week.  But because of the time between God of War III and the newest one, the developers were able to make a huge world.

One with many different realms containing different objectives, causing me to want to earn 100% completion which is a rarity for me.  There were no day one patches, no weird physics, just a deep and immersive game that I’ll replay over and over and never trade in.  Plus when I picked it up during the day, there was a line of people waiting to pick up their copies, something I mentioned in my mid-game review of it.

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Do I expect every publisher to take the route Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, have taken with every game?  No.  But putting “coming soon” or “when it’s ready” at the end of a trailer is better than announcing a release date and having to repeatedly announce the game has been delayed.  Cuphead did that and it turned me off from wanting to buy it.

My biggest hope is when it comes to sequels to franchises, publishers give developers the time they need to make the types of games they (developers) want to make.  When they do that, everyone is happy.

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Trailer Reaction: ‘Venom’ is Another Soulless Cheap Cash Grab

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As a fan of both Tom Hardy and Venom, there’s lot of fun to be had when the official trailer was released, but to avoid Spider-Man altogether is an unforgiveable crime.

We can agree there’s always going to be creative liberties taken in adaptations, but to avoid acknowledging the source of how he came to be is sacrilegious. Venom is evil meatier Spider-Man! There’s no way around that!

While Venom’s had numerous hosts in the comics, the only consistent adaptation is the original in Eddie Brock, whom Hardy plays in the latest film.

Flash Thompson as Agent Venom
Flash Thompson as Agent Venom
Anne Weying as She Venom
Anne Weying as She Venom
Mac Gargan as Venom (2nd host)
Mac Gargan as Venom (2nd host)

For the uninitiated, the Venom symbiote was originally bonded to Peter Parker and became the black-suited Spider-Man.

Initially embracing the symbiote, Parker noticed how much his powers became augmented, but the side-effect was it also affecting his mind negatively. The symbiote’s alien presence slowly takes over its host’s mind with its aggressive tendencies.

In an effort to rid himself of the symbiote, Parker used the power of sound to break its hold over him. In the original Spider-Man comic, Brock happened to be at the same church where Parker shed the suit where its remnants fell to Brock below and he ultimately became the first incarnation of Venom, seeking revenge on Parker for rejecting him.

Combined with Brock’s professional jealously with fellow photographer at the Daily Bugle where Parker also worked, Venom became an even more dangerous threat with the symbiote passing knowledge of all of its former host’s personal information. Venom/Brock became Parker/Spider-Man’s biggest threat.

The fact that we’re skipping all of that and going straight to the mysterious alien find and some cheap random arc that may or may not have to do with redemption and that Brock’s an investigative journalist who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sony has to remind you that Venom is some “anti-hero.” Funny, none of The Punisher franchise had to remind you that he was one. Then again, The Punisher has four live action versions across TV and film.

No one wants the movie to fail, but there are a few things going against it. First how did Shaquille O’Neal-starred Steel do without Superman? How about the Halle Berry-starred Catwoman do without Batman? Do any of you remember how many times Sony rebooted the Spider-Man film franchise? How well was Sony’s first “dumbass” attempt at Venom rushing him with Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3? The latest one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation with Tom Holland.

I’m going to reluctantly give this a chance with baited breath, but the odds are seriously stacked against this since Venom will have nothing to do with the MCU and somehow, we’re supposed to feel that Sony has learned from their mistakes?

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Deadpool’s Love Of Unicorns Returns In New ‘Deadpool 2’ Poster

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Deadpool movie was jam-packed with hilarious jokes, but possibly the funniest running gag was Wade’s unique fetish for Unicorns. For a while, it looked like the mystical beast would be absent from the Deadpool 2 marketing campaign, but the latest poster see’s the return of the majestic, erotic toy.

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Released by the folks over at IMAX, the new poster delivers a cartoony approach to the superhero sequel. The poster features Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Cable (Josh Brolin) riding a majestic and seemingly innocent Unicorn, while Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) fail to keep up.

Check out the poster below:

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After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Deadpool 2 lands in theatres on May 16, 2018!

Source: IMAX

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‘SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY’: Alden Ehrenreich Reveals Three-Film Deal With Lucasfilm

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Well, it looks like SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY might be the beginning of a new trilogy of Han Solo movies.

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During an interview with Esquire, Alden Ehrenreich revealed that he signed a three-picture deal with Lucasfilm. This would seemingly suggest that Disney and Lucasfilm have plans for the character after his upcoming adventure, although it’s worth noting that multi-movie contracts are standard issue for franchises like Star Wars.

See what Ehrenreich said when asked about his contract below:

“Three. I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah.”

While Ehrenreich’s contract doesn’t guarantee that we’ll see more of his Han Solo, it’s exciting to know that Lucasfilm might at least be interested in using the character again. The latest trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY revealed that the film was set ten-years before A New Hopemeaning there’s a full decade of potential stories that Lucasfilm could tell. Of course, this all depends on the success of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY and the fan reaction to Ehrenreich’s younger Han Solo. If the film flops, I highly doubt Lucasfilm would want to make a sequel. If it’s successful and fans love Ehrenreich as Han, we might see more stories about the galaxies favourite scoundrel.


Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Joonas Suotamo, Jon Favreau and Paul Bettany.

Do you want more Han Solo movies, starring Alden Ehrenreich? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Esquire

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INTERVIEW: Composer Nathan Barr Makes THE AMERICANS Sound Pleasantly Paranoid

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The Americans is a cold-war era spy show on FX that’s wrapping up its final season, but for composer Nathan Barr, it’s another high-note in a career that plays like a symphony.

Classical Greek philosopher Plato once said about music: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” For pop culture, the sounds behind our favorite scenes often receive little appreciation. Without the theme to Superman or Star Wars, those films lose so much of their soul. Without the soaring sounds of ET, the moment Elliot and his extraterrestrial friend lift off on the bicycle loses its wings. Music fills in the space emotional between viewer and entertainment that brings life to the acting, effects, and direction.

Monkeys Fighting Robots spoke with Nathan Barr about his past, present, and future in the music making business now that The Americans is over.

The road to composing for film and television started with a now household composer “It started in about 1997. I started working as Hans Zimmer’s assistant for about eight months.” For Nathan, it was part of Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions which was known as Media Ventures back then. “That was sort of being thrown into the deep end of the pool. He showed me the ropes.”

Before composing Nathan was already an accomplished musician, “I’m a cellist and a guitarist. I studied music my whole life.” And Nathan had goals “I’ve always had an interest in doing film and television.”

How do you go from a horror movie to a spy thriller? “It’s just really about connecting with the characters emotionally. As long as there’s a character I can connect to and the performances are strong, it’s really easy to go back and forth between different genres.”

Speaking about The Americans “… Philip and Elizabeth are such amazing characters … so it’s really easy to plug into them emotionally. To further his point “With something like The Son, another show I’m doing, or a show I’m doing that’s coming up on Amazon, Carnival Row, the characters on these show are really wonderful.”

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Executive Producer Joel Fields, Nathan Barr and The Americans’ Creator Joe Weisberg

Where does Nathan gather his inspiration? Is it from other movies or shows? “Not really, I try to approach it with my sound.”

Reference tracks are a normal thing now in Hollywood and Nathan thinks “I’m doing a movie right now with Eli Roth called The House with a Clock in Its Walls, and there’s temp [tracks] all the way throughout. It helps me get an idea of what they want. Eli is a director, though, who really wants his own sound and so I depart from the temp.”

Has a director ever wanted something that resembles the track more accurately? “I haven’t really run into that. If I had someone insisting that I duplicate the temp, then I’d probably not do the project.”

“I really try to stick to acoustic instruments. I have a bunch of weird string instruments that I like to use. But I’m really all about keeping things as organic as possible.” But, not everything is so simple “Some shows require quite a bit of synth stuff because it fits in that world.”

Nathan Barr’s career is highlighted by horror films and TV. Is that his favorite genre? “Probably a third of my career is horror films. I love horror films. I watch pretty much everyone that comes out. I’m disappointed most of the time. But still the past couple years there has been some great stuff.”

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Matthew Rhys, Nathan Barr, and Keri Russell

Time is money, as they say, and how does time change the approach to a project? “With something like True Blood or The Americans I have hours and hours of content to explore the world through music versus 90 minutes in a movie.” Nathan adds “However, with a movie, like this one I’m working on now, I’ll have four months to really work on the themes whereas with a tv show, you have a little more time on the front end but then it’s week-to-week sometimes.”

Like many professionals, Nathan doesn’t encounter the composer’s version of writer’s block much “Thankfully I figured out pretty early that I really thrive under deadline.” However, with that said, he continues “I guess if I have too much time there can be times where I don’t feel like writing.”

Nathan cements a vital part of the creative process for him “Being away from the studio is also as important as being in the studio, to sort of clear your head.”

As for Nathan’s studio, it’s transitioning to bigger and better things “I do the majority of my work at an in-home studio, but I’m just building a very large studio down in Tarzana where I’ll be able to record an orchestra of up to about 60 players, and that’s where I’ll start working most of the time.”

What is the relation between writing music and a scene? “A scene tells us how long a piece is going to be, what themes are going to be in it, where it needs to have its changes, where it needs to lift, where it needs to dip. It’s like a roadmap.”

The future is here, and video games are the dominating force of entertainment for the coming generation. Nathan declares “I’d totally work on a video game. I’m a gamer, and I think of Jeremy Soule’s work on Skyrim or the stuff done in BioShock. It’s just amazing.”

And to cap things off, I ask Nathan to name a modern composer who he admires “The guy I’m always impressed by is Dario Marianelli, he did Anna Karenina, Paddington 2, his work is always just really phenomenal.”

Thank you to Nathan Barr for taking time out of his busy, music-making day to speak with us. Additionally, thanks to Impact24 PR for connecting us with Nathan and providing the photos scattered throughout the article.

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New ‘Venom’ Poster Explores Both Sides Of The Lethal Protector

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Sony Pictures just dropped a brand-new trailer for Tom Hardy’s Venom movie, which finally gives us our first look at the Lethal Protector in action, and now we have a brand new poster to gaze at as well.

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The poster, which debuted online (via Twitter) alongside the trailer, explores the two sides of the infamous anti-hero/villain. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Tom Hardy’s Venom, but if the recent trailer and this poster give me anything, it’s hope that this Spider-Man-less movie can succeed in giving us a decent adaptation of the comics.

Venom

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. The film will land in cinemas on October 4, 2018.

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First Look At Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ Revealed In New Trailer

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Don’t worry; we actually get to see Venom this time.

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Sony Pictures has released a brand new trailer for the Tom Hardy starring Spider-Man spin-off, Venom. The trailer, which debuted at CinemaCon on Monday, gives us an incredible new look at the comic book movie and we finally get to see what Tom Hardy will look like as the monstrous symbiote.

Watch the trailer below:


One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate. The film will land in cinemas on October 4, 2018.

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Review: THE HANDMAID’S TALE Season 2 Is Bleak Yet Brilliant

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The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season is full of brilliant cinematography, vibrant performances, and a burning intensity which radiates every second of each episode.

It really should come as no surprise to anyone after the critical acclaim the first season received, resulting in eight Emmy award and two Golden Globe wins. Writer Bruce Miller and his team demonstrated a fearlessness while adapting Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, but remained faithful to the source material. One of the many things fans will be giddy about in the 2nd season is now the show is expanding the universe found in Atwood’s novel. For some shows, taking a bold direction would be risky, but Miller’s team weaves it effortlessly into the second season.

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The second season begins with Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) pregnant and seemingly at the mercy of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). Even though Handmaids are praised when they can bear offspring, her life apparently is even more controlled than before. The commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) are thrilled by the news, but the moment feels hollow to Offred/June. Her friends are being subjected to unthinkable punishment for their refusal to stone their fellow handmaid and the ones that survive a barrage of torment are sent to the colonies to be with the “Unwomen.” The colonies are a nicer version of a  concentration camp and Emily (Alexis Bledel) is imprisoned there. Will these strong and courageous women find hope in a bleak world? 

The writing in season 2 is fascinating. Every moment and piece of dialogue is purposeful in enhancing the narrative. Very few television shows can claim this. It’s as if each episode is a watercolor in Miller’s ever-evolving masterpiece. However, the series has demonstrated from its onset the benefits of being restrained. Audiences are not overwhelmed with loads of dialogue. Instead, the show walks a fine line allowing it to achieve balance. Moss, Bledel, Dowd, and Strahovski are just some of the cast who use restraint to their advantage. Sometimes, much more emotion can be conveyed in a look.

However, what stood out in The Handmaid’s Tale was the riveting performances from the cast. Moss is such a blazing cauldron of simmering rage yet manages to show such strength in scene after scene. Dowd can project such conflict, yet her character takes great pleasure in committing heinous acts in the name of faith. Strahovski conveys a smugness and righteousness that it makes audiences forget her role in Chuck. 

What sets The Handmaid’s Tale apart from every other show is its creative use of pacing. Nothing about these episodes ever seems rushed. When we are in the colonies, director Mike Barker allows the camera to pan and linger long enough so audiences can fully grasp what’s occurring. Cinematographers Colin Watkinson and Zoe White make use of a lush color palette to covey pivotal moments in the second season. When Offred/June is in the examining room, they used bright colors which seemed intrusive to contrast off the red of her outfit. They also made ample use of close-ups to help enhance the most important moments of each episode.

The Handmaid’s Tale is the standard which most television dramas should strive for. If anyone in your family hasn’t seen the show, then have them start binge-watching on Hulu ASAP. The second season begins on April 25th and will dazzle viewers.

 

 

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WESTWORLD: “Journey Into Night” Leaves Viewers in the Dark

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Westworld returned to HBO with “Journey Into Night”, a bloody and mystifying episode.  The opener for season two is heavy on questions, light on answers.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the multiple timelines, plot twists, and general reality-questioning nature of the first season.  There are five main storylines in the episode, focusing on Maeve, Dolores, the Man in Black, and two focusing on Bernard (Jeffrey Wright).  Warning: “These violent delights have violent SPOILERS“, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, you may want to stay on the train until you have.

A Tale of Two Bernards

Bernard’s story is told in two different times (I should say there are clearly at least two, but there could be more).  We see him in the aftermath of the massacre at Ford’s gala helping Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) to safety underground and again approximately two weeks later.

In the storyline with Charlotte, the pair end up in an underground Delos lab, one not known to the park staff.  Here he encounters the creepy drone hosts and learns from Charlotte about how Delos is looking for a host (Peter Abernathy, as we saw in season one) containing loads of data that was supposed to be sent off the island.  Of course, it hasn’t made it to them, and Charlotte tells Bernard that Delos values the data more than the lives of all the humans left on Westworld.  It seems that Delos has been secretly recording guest experiences and DNA, without the knowledge of Ford and his staff.

Two weeks later, Bernard wakes up on the beach to find a heavily-armed security force sent by Delos to find out what went wrong.  In a short amount of time, we find out a lot about the park: it’s on an island, leased from an unknown government to Delos, and there’s at least one out-of-place tiger in Westworld.   Also, we catch a glimpse what could be the climax of season two: a sea that, according to Delos, shouldn’t be there, with hundreds of host bodies floating in it.  Bernard, who has been struggling with his memory, is jolted by the sight of them into remembering something terrible: he killed them all.  How and why he did this, will no doubt be revealed to us as the season progresses.

Not Without Maeve’s Daughter

When season one ended, Maeve (Thandie Newton) had been about to leave the park when she decided (Or did she?  Whether she has free will even now is still unclear) to return to the park for her “daughter” from a previous loop.  Along the way, she finds Head of Narrative Lee (Simon Quarterman), and he tries to weasel his way into her care.  She takes him with her, needing his knowledge of the park, but also relishing in the chance to invert the oppressive relationship between humans and hosts.  She finds Hector (Rodrigo Santoro), and he joins them in their search.

Dolores’ Journey Into Night

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Maeve isn’t the only one making the most of their new found freedom.  Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) spends the episode hunting down board members and executing them for their sins against hosts.  In this quest, she is helped by a gang of hosts, including Angela (Talulah Riley) and a reticent Teddy (James Marsden).  Not having seen what Dolores has seen, he wants only to settle down in the park and live out their lives.  By the end, Angela has found something, which Dolores says Teddy needs to see, but we’re not let in on the secret just yet.

Back in Black

Westworld Season 2

And what of William, aka the Man in Black (Ed Harris)?  Well, after finding out the maze he sought throughout season one was not the cure for ennui he thought it be, he gets a nice consolation prize: The hosts can now fight back and kill guests.  While this isn’t something most people would celebrate, for William it is enough to shake him out of his depression, and when he puts that black hat back on, we can see that he has been reborn.

“No one’s in control.”

The scope of episode one was sprawling, and it didn’t even encompass all the characters we loved from season one (What has Clementine been up to since shooting the Man in Black?  Is Elsie still with us?  Is Ford truly dead?).  Still, it was satisfying for each of the stories it included.  As always, the show was visually brilliant.  The various locales looked magnificent, and the set design is so impressive you can practically smell the sun-baked corpses.  It’s impossible to single out one performance, but Evan Rachel Woods taking her character from Dolores to Wyatt and beyond is worth the price of admission all by itself.

 

 

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STEVEN UNIVERSE Struggles With POOL HOPPING

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Summary: Garnet spends a day trying to behave unpredictably.

Review

There are three types of stories which get told when it comes to Steven Universe. One is the war of the Crystal Gems vs. The Gem Homeworld, another is a look into the lives of humans living in this alien targeted world, and the invitable side stories where these two aspects intersect. Now anyone who watches anime knows filler/side stories can either help you enjoy more time with the characters or just annoy the viewer because it’s not an episode which drives the plot. Pool Hopping falls somewhere in the middle of this rating.

Much like Steven Floats this side story focuses on struggling with controlling a super power. Instead of Steven though, the one who is having trouble controlling a power is one of the Crystal Gems. This offers opportunities for watching an experienced individual not be able to control a power they have had for a long time. In other words, prepare for a character to be frustrated.

The episode is a look at one of the biggest and most complex powers of the team: Garnet’s future vision. Given Garnet can see the future, a lot of the events which have played out in the show should have been avoided because Garnet could see them coming. Instead Garnet spells out how the future is often in flux and is takes near constant monitoring to make sure the correct path is taken. This coupled with the fact she must keep her mind clear to use the power properly makes for answers to many questions fans have had about the future vision.

Watching Garnet go from a cool and collected individual to an individual at their wits end is a fascinating sight. Despite how entertaining these elements are its not a groundbreaking episode, hence the lower score. Still, there have been worst Steven Universe episodes in the past.

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Top 10 MCU Moments Before ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, including Black Panther


Believe it or not, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ten years old and with Avengers: Infinity War finally landing in cinemas this week, it’s time to look back at some of the franchise’s greatest moments.

From Iron Man to this year’s monumental hit Black Panther, this groundbreaking franchise has delivered more than a few of the most exciting and memorable moments in cinematic history, but which scene reigns supreme? If you look below, you’ll find my complete ranking of the ten best moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Hulk Smashes Loki – The Avengers

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Joss Whedon’s unprecedented team-up movie is packed full of incredible moments, but it’s hard to beat the hilariously brutal “puny god” sequence, in which The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) teaches the villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) a valuable lesson about how “puny” he really is…by smashing him again and again and again.

 

Take My Hand Peter – Guardians Of The Galaxy

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James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy is most known for its wacky sense of humour and incredible visual style, but it’s the emotional and downright heartbreaking moments that last the longest. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has delivered its fair share of heart-wrenching moments, but not many compare to Peter Quill’s deceased mother appearing to him in his most heroic moment.

 

Spidey Swings Into The MCU – Captain America: Civil War

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There are moments you wait your whole life to see, and others that you don’t even dream are possible. The moment Spider-Man (Tom Holland) literally swings into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fights alongside Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will always be viewed as one of the MCU’s most impressive and enjoyable moments.

 

Thor vs Hulk – Thor: Ragnarok

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The fight between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is perhaps the most exciting, nerdy and satisfying moment that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever delivered. Thor’s reaction to seeing his old pal and fellow Avenger is undoubtedly hilarious, and everything that happens afterwards hits a ten out of five on the badass scale.

 

Black Panther Returns – Black Panther

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Following a battle that left T’Challa on the brink of death and Killmonger on the throne of Wakanda, it looked like Black Panther didn’t stand a chance against his maniacal cousin. However, the third act of the film delivered what can only be described as a cheer-worthy moment, in which T’Challa makes his triumphant return and fights for his country.

 

Iron Man vs. Captain America – Captain America: Civil War

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While the epic-scale airport battle is unquestionably one of the best moments in Captain America: Civil War, it doesn’t compare to the heart-pounding, tear-jerking fight between our two favourite Avengers, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). After years of seeing these guys evolve as team-members, it was emotional and simultaneously entertaining to see them kick the sh** out of one another.

 

I Am Iron Man – Iron Man

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If SupermanBatman and Spider-Man have taught us anything, it’s that you probably shouldn’t tell the world that you’re a superhero. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that Tony Stark never received and let’s face it, Iron Man isn’t like any other superhero. The moment Tony Stark reveals to the world that he is Iron Man came as such a surprise and ten years later, it’s still one of the most original and entertaining moments the MCU has produced.

 

I’m With You ’til The End Of The Line – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave the Marvel Cinematic Universe many great moments and some of the best action scenes in recent memory, but the final fight between Captain America and his best friend turned brainwashed assassin remains one of the most entertaining and emotionally gratifying action scenes in the MCU.

 

Star-Lord Shoots First – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

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With Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2, director James Gunn decided to take a more emotional approach to the characters. This resulted in one of Marvel’s most heartfelt adventures and while there are plenty of scenes to choose from, the moment Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) discovers the truth about his mother’s death stands as one of the most badass scenes in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

The Avengers Assemble – The Avengers

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After five movies and multiple years, Marvel stopped teasing and finally delivered The AvengersFrom Iron Man carrying a nuke to Hulk smashing Loki, this film is jam-packed with incredible moments, but they all pale in comparison to the first time Captain AmericaIron ManThorHulkBlack Widow and Hawkeye line-up (circle up) as The Avengers.

 


 

And there you have it, my ranking of the ten best moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. With Avengers: Infinity War landing later this week, I’m confident that we’ll have plenty more amazing moments to talk about in the future. For now, let me know what your favourite MCU moments are in the comments.

 

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