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.

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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

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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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Marvel Studios May Introduce NOVA into the MCU Soon

There are still quite a few characters that fans are chomping at the bit to see debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but probably none more important than Nova.

As the MCU continues to expand across the cosmic divide, more galactic heroes are starting to pop up, thanks in part to James Gunn and his Guardians of the Galaxy.

That said, we might be getting Nova sooner than we thought, per Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who recently revealed the ‘powers that be’ have a list of characters it is hoping to introduce into the MCU soon.

“Nova is, if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, he is on that board,” Said Feige. “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe and because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting.”

Nova was actually part of the original early drafts for the Guardians of the Galaxy, but had yet to make the cut. Will we see the space speedster make an appearance in the Infinity War films? Will he be in the third GoTG installment or will the character land his own solo film? Whichever will come first, we will just have to wait and see.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this week, on Friday, April 27!

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Rumor: Major Character from Expanded Universe in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’?

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There is a potential development in casting news that could get Star Wars fans more psyched up for the untitled Episode IX, a familiar face might be coming to the films from the old Expanded Universe since rebranded Legends by Disney.

That Hashtag Show claims Episode IX is looking to cast a female lead between the ages of 40-50 named “Mara.” The “Mara”, Expanded Universe fans may be looking for is Mara Jade, Luke Skywalker’s wife in the timeline following Return of the Jedi.

In the Expanded Universe, Jade was a former hand of the Emperor, but the current existing canon will definitely be derivative from the novels. Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, the expanded universe, which was created by authors endorsed by Star Wars creator, George Lucas, himself, to build off of his franchise was no longer considered canon much to the dismay a significant portion of the fanbase.

Since Disney’s acquisition, Lucasfilm has integrated the stories of the new films and supplemented them with new novels to align more properly to the current canon.

Most interestingly, there are elements from the Legends Disney has incorporated to the current timeline like Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was adopted over to the animated Star Wars Rebels in the show’s third season.

The character was created by Timothy Zahn, who wrote the Thrawn Trilogy for the EU. He rewrote Thrawn’s origin story in Star Wars: Thrawn.

Thrawn’s introduction to the current canon gives fans hope Disney will incorporate other EU characters into future stories.

Unfortunately, past Star Wars casting calls have altered the names of characters to throw off fans. For example, what would come to be Rey and Kylo Ren were originally advertised as Rachel and Thomas, respectively.

What would Disney’s motive be to cast for character to have such a high profile “distraction?” Would they be thumbing their noses at the critics of The Last Jedi to throw them off? Could this “Mara” be the loose ends that ties the loose ends not answered in TLJ like Snoke or Rey’s parents?

Is Disney throwing a large chunk of meat out there or are they trolling the fans?

Read the full story here: Rumor: Major Character from Expanded Universe in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’? and check out Tom Chang – TV Editor‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: FULLMETAL EDITION Coming Soon From Viz Media

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Viz Media has announced the release of the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: FULLMETAL EDITIONS, new hardcover, deluxe collections of the fan-favorite manga series. Book one will hit stores May 8th.

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Their journey to restore their bodies through the power of the Philosopher’s Stone begins here. Fully remastered with an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, the FULLMETAL EDITION is presented with color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper.

The new collections will include brand-new cover art, new color inserts, color versions of select pages previously printed in black and white, and behind-the-scenes character sketches from series creator Hiromu Arakawa.

Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal EditionEach Fullmetal Edition will collect one and a half volumes of the original series, and will be released on a quarterly basis. Book one, out May 8th, will be released exclusively in print with a retail price of $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN and is rated ‘T’ for Teens.

“With brand-new cover art, character sketches, and updated translations, the FULLMETAL EDITIONS are worthy additions to any FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST fan’s collection,” says Hope Donovan, VIZ Media’s Managing Editor. “These new releases provide an exceptional entry point for any newcomers and a chance for fans to rediscover the Elric brother’s timeless adventures the way they were meant to be seen.”

Fullmetal Alchemist has been adapted multiple times into a variety of media, including two hit anime series and a recent live-action film, all of which are currently available to stream on Netflix.

Are you a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist? Sound off in the comments below!


For additional information on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

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Shadowman #2 Review: The Supernatural Plot Thickens & More Threats Arise

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Shadowman #2 from Valiant continues the story of Jack Boniface and Alyssa Myles as they battle supernatural forces in New Orleans while trying to unravel a mystery that may threaten their hometown of New Orleans.

When last we left Valiant’s otherworldly hero, he’d returned from the “Deadside” after five years. His friend and powerful magic user, Alyssa Myles helped Shadowman escape the Deadside, but now the pair must uncover a plot that threatens Louisiana and possibly the world at large. However, the clues are scarce and, more importantly, Shadowman is without his “Shadow Scythe,” a weapon that helps him control his darkest impulses.

Writing: Andy Diggle
Art: Stephen Segovia
Colors: Ulises Arreloa
Letters: Simon Bowland
Editor: Warren Simons

I’m not the enemy.!“ – Alyssa Myles

WRITING

Andy Diggle knows his occult stories, and he shows it off in page after page here. Shadowman #2 picks up right where #1 left off with the hero in a rage influenced by his dark powers. The focus of his rage is on Alyssa, his friend and an “Abettor” charged with helping Shadowman. Alyssa’s magic does the work to stave off the attack and then the story settles into an investigation about the mysterious rise of darkness, including the creature seen in issue one called a Ziwanda which Alyssa reminds Shadowman means “He who stops the waters.”

Shadowman is an action comic, and it doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. That’s not a slam; stories need to understand themselves to be effective. If Shadowman tried to relate to some more profound human struggle or real-world issue, especially this early in its new run, things would get convoluted fast. Diggle, a veteran, knows this, and he’s carefully adding pieces to the supernatural mystery puzzle.

One new piece of the mystery is Monsieur Sabatine, a villain who thought Shadowman was a thing of the past. Sabatine uses technology to siphon the life out of people and keep himself strong. Sabatine’s introduction in issue two is brief but hyper-effective. It cleanly establishes the villain and makes him instantly despicable in a gruesome scene that doesn’t have a drop of blood or gore.

If there is one critique of the series thus far, it’s that Alyssa Myles is far more interesting a character than Shadowman. Alyssa seems more effective than our hero. However, that is, in part, because the story is building up to Shadowman’s full return. Without his Shadow Scythe, our hero is struggling to control himself. Meanwhile, Alyssa is fully-formed and empowered.

ART

If you think of comics as a movie, then the cover of an issue is the poster or billboard. Potential readers are drawn in by that image before ever touching the book. Shadowman #2 features a gorgeously macabre cover that is certainly going to pull some new fans into the book. On the inside, artist Stephen Segovia continues the work he started in issue one. It’s sharp from panel to panel and the subdued colors of the bayou provided by Ulises Arreloa take it all to the next level. I will nitpick one panel though, which looks like Shadowman’s arm is made of rubber and bending bizarrely. Letterers don’t get enough love, and Simon Bowland adds his skillset to the whole with precision. The switch between John Boniface’s dialogue and that of his alter ego is a simple inversion from black-on-white to white-on-black adds a touch of an ethereal, supernatural vibe our hero.

CONCLUSION

Shadowman is an action comic, and it relishes in the story it’s telling. Shadowman #1 and now #2 have rebuilt the world around its characters in such a way as to bring new readers in without slowing down the continuing saga for long-time fans. There are threats a-plenty and, perhaps most importantly, the book features a great rhythm that flows between character and world-building and action. The Ziwanda is a hulking, menacing monster, but the more significant threats are smaller humanoids with more nefarious agendas. Shadowman #2 ends on another perfectly placed cliffhanger and #3 can’t come soon enough.

Read the full story here: Shadowman #2 Review: The Supernatural Plot Thickens & More Threats Arise and check out Ruben Diaz‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

DC on CW Weekly Review: ‘SUPERGIRL’ Returns with an Oscar Nominee

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This series will be a brief, semi-comedic review of the CW superhero shows. You can check out last week’s review post here. The only shows discussed will be ‘Arrow’, ‘Flash’, and ‘Supergirl’. There WILL be some spoilers discussed, so only look at the reviews you’re up to date on!

Supergirl, “Schott Through the Heart” (April 16th)

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Robot Monkey Birds are no match for Momma Lady Bird (copyright CW)

Supergirl has come back after a long hiatus. Not only has the show returned, but it brought along Oscar nominee Laurie Metcalf (LADY BIRD). Winn’s mother isn’t the strongest character, nor is the absentee mother an inventive story. However, there is some solid emotional storytelling with J’onn and his father. Exploring both Alzheimer’s and living as black men worked well for the intimate dinner party. The toy-intern villain wasn’t super scary, but the robot toys were fun to watch. This isn’t the best Supergirl episode, but the episode marks a strong return for the CW series.

SCORE: 7/10 Robot Monkeys (hey, just like us!)

The Flash, “Lose Yourself” (April 17th)

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Ralph, we hardly got a consistent version of ye (copyright CW)

This week’s The Flash balances a lot of storylines with relative ease. Ralph getting absorbed by The Thinker is a legitimate surprise. Thank the Speed Force Gods that the original Thinker actor is back in the chair. Taking away both Elongated Man and Killer Frost helps the show feel less saturated with metas. Harrison Well’s addiction to the Thinking Cap is a little predictable, and the Big Lebowski Teleporting Meta isn’t all that fun. However, the main plot of ‘Lose Yourself’ is a strong entry in this season.

SCORE: 7.5/10 Big Britches

Arrow, “The Dragon” (April 19th)

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Ricardo has mastered the mumble-dialogue that Adrian did last season (copyright CW)

The latest episode of ARROW has… next to no Arrow in it. Instead, the episode focuses on Ricardo Diaz, the post-Cayden James big bad. Diaz has yet to hit the fearsome highs that James hit in his short reign. It is interesting to get a deeper look into the character, as he builds his crime empire. Diaz tackling a childhood bully isn’t interesting, but taking down a pastel-wearing crime son is a solid plot. The weakest part of this episode is Black Siren feeling uncomfortable with Diaz’s methods. It seems ARROW is turning her into a hero once again, but her character isn’t even consistent in this episode. Hopefully these villains will get better in later episodes.

SCORE: 6.5/10 Seats

WEEKLY WIN TALLY:

The Flash: 8 Weeks

Arrow: 5 Weeks

Supergirl: 4.5 Weeks

What show did you think won the week? Does Legends of Tomorrow or Black Lightning take your vote? Let us know in the comments below!

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Posters For Cable, Domino And Deadpool Revealed At CinemaCon

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CinemaCon aka. The Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) opened in Las Vegas today and we’re already starting to see some exciting promo material appear online, which includes a new set of character posters for Deadpool 2

More – The Russo Brothers Want To Keep Working With Marvel After ‘Avengers 4’

The posters, which were spotted at CinemaCon, feature a new look at Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Thanos Cable (Josh Brolin).

Check out the posters 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!

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New Character Posters For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Released

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Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm just dropped a bunch of character posters for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, giving us an excellent new look at Han Solo and his impressive team of outlaws.

More – The Russo Brothers Want To Keep Working With Marvel After ‘Avengers 4’

The posters, which were released on Star Wars UK’s Twitter page, include an awesome look at Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and his furry friend Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). We also get posters for Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Beckett (Woody Harrelson).

Check out the posters below:

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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, Joonas Suotamo, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis and Clint Howard. The film is slated for release on May 25, 2018!

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The Russo Brothers Want To Keep Working With Marvel After ‘Avengers 4’

Avengers

A little while ago it was rumoured that Joe and Anthony Russo would say goodbye to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4, however, it sounds like the directors are excited about their future with the studio.

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Speaking to Screen Rant at the press junket for Avengers: Infinity Warthe Russo’s revealed that they would love to keep working with Marvel Studios and are excited about the possibility of working with characters that Fox currently owns, such as the X-Men or Fantastic Four.

“We love Marvel, that amazing experience with them and Disney. We love comic books. We love telling these stories. Obviously, the Fox / Disney merger is incredibly exciting to us as comic book fans. We’re just trying to get Avengers 4 done and then, you know, we’d love to work with those guys again.”

It’s important to note that this is far from an official confirmation and we don’t know for sure that the Russo Brothers will direct another film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that said, it’s exciting to think about possible projects that these incredible filmmakers could tackle, and it’s great to know that they’re as excited about the Fox/Disney merger as we are. For now, all we can do is continue to discuss and speculate about Avengers: Infinity War and the impact it will have on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Do you want the Russo’s to stick around after Avengers 4? What project would you like to see them tackle? Let us know in the comments section.

Read the full story here: The Russo Brothers Want To Keep Working With Marvel After ‘Avengers 4’ and check out Kieran McLean‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

DBCC: Graham Nolan Talks BANE, BATMAN and MONSTER ISLAND

If you have seen The Dark Knight Rises then you have, at some point in your life, talked like Tom Hardy’s Bane. Admit it. He portrayed the villain perfectly as a hulking figure with incredible intelligence. However, it wasn’t the DC Comics character’s first appearance on the silver screen, as some of us shutter to remember Batman & Robin from 1997, which featured Bane as merely an absolute monster, but also as essentially just a throw-in for the film. Comic book movies have come a long way since, but can sometimes wreck a character. However, when it comes to flipping pages, these heroes and villains are constant for the fans.

Enter Graham Nolan, the co-creator of said iconic Batman villain.

We were lucky enough to catch up with him at the Daytona Beach Comic Con this past weekend and he filled us in on the process of creating Bane and touched on some exciting new projects he has coming up.

MFR: What went into the process of bringing Bane to life?

GN: “He was one of those characters that was designed specifically for a story. Batman wasn’t really that punishing, vicious type of character that fans had been asking for, so we decided that we would create someone that would allow him to become that. So we decided to give fans the Batman they wanted, but we had to first break him down and Bane was the right one to do it.”

How did Bane get his signature look?

Chuck (Dixon) decided the character of Bane had to not only be super strong, but really smart, kind of like a Doc Savage. We came up with the backstory that he was going to be raised in a prison in Santa Prisca, so I wanted to give him a look based on what he might have seen while there. That’s how I came up with the mask, like a Mexican luchador. I also threw in the wrestling singlet and gave him Cuban-inspired paramilitary pants and boots, to kind of continue that evil and militant-type motif.”

When did the decision come to do away with his Luchador mask?

“My original design was heavily inspired by the Luchador mask where, obviously, the eyes, mouth and nose were all exposed. The editors just decided that they wanted him to be a little more mysterious, so we blocked it all up and reddened the eyes.”

Was Bane initially supposed to be the end-all character for Batman?

“Yes. He was designed specifically to be the ‘guy who broke the Batman’.”

Care to tease your fans with any upcoming projects?

“Yeah, I’ve paired with Ominous Press and we’re going to be doing a hardcover, 20th-anniversary edition of my Monster Island book. It’s comprised of all the original artwork, so that when you’re looking through the book, you will see the whiteout and blue lines from crafted board and other materials that I used. Essentially, you will be able to read it as original artwork, as if you were in my studio. The follow-up project to that will be a prologue book, Return to Monster Island. It will be a full-color hardcover book as well. I’m super excited about it because it’s been like 20 years in the making. Fans are always asking me when I’ll do another Monster Island project and I finally got someone to pair up with and do it.”

Read the full story here: DBCC: Graham Nolan Talks BANE, BATMAN and MONSTER ISLAND and check out Michael Stagno‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

Luke Hemsworth On Westworld Season Two

Luke Hemsworth

Luke Hemsworth recently sat down with Monkeys Fighting Robots and other members of the press for a round-table intervew promoting HBO’s Westworld, which returns tonight.  Hemsworth plays Ashley Stubbs, Westworld’s head of security, and talked to us about Stubbs’ role in the coming season, working with Jonathan Nolan, and a roomful of naked extras.  Here are the highlights from the interview:

On his castmates:

I’m excited to see the performances as well. I’m a big fan of all of this, all of this cast. Just incredible, there’s not a bad note there. They’re all incredible human beings, not just actors, um, as beautiful to watch them when you stand next to them and then it’s, you know, it’s another, it’s another facet again, when you, when you see it on tv, you know, when you get to watch it back.

On-screen, the inactive hosts in the background scenes of labs, they look so real. What do they look like up close and what was it like when you first saw one?

Most of them are real. There’s a few like prosthetics, the ones that are a bit mangled, but the ones that are whole are usually, yeah, extras lying on the ground and you know, on the cold floor covered in blood and flies. One of the first days, I think was in cold storage. There was about a hundred extras all completely nude. We had to worm our way through it, pun intended. Eyes up, you know and I’m thinking “What have I gotten myself into?” (laughs)

On Westworld‘s story:

It’s so, it’s so rich and complex.  Every script I get I have to read three times.

Luke Hemsworth as Ashley Stubbs Westworld

Regarding Stubb’s role in season two:

There’s definitely a cool journey that, yeah, you will find out things.

On working with Jonathan Nolan:

He’s the most generous giving, knowledgable person I’ve ever met, I think. He’s so, he’s a joy to be around like the days when Jonah’s there it’s like “Aw, fuck yeah. Thank god.” because he always, he has every answer.

If you and the rest of the cast found out tomorrow that you were hosts, who would lead the revolution?

Jeffrey Wright for sure or nah, probably Evan (Rachel Wood). I think she’s just, she’s a crusader. Yeah. Yeah. She’s definitely a crusader. Not me, I just follow. Nah, I’d be there just so long as I could, if I could wear a sword, then I’d be up there.

Can’t get enough Westworld?  Check out our interview with Angela Sarafyan here.

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Angela Sarafyan Hints at What’s to Come in Westworld Season 2

Clementine outside Saloon

The second season of HBO’s philosophical, sci-fi, western series Westworld debuts tonight and we recently spoke with some of the cast members in a series of engaging round-table interviews in Beverly Hills.  Angela Sarafyan, who plays Clementine Pennyfeather on the hit show, talked about what to expect from Clementine in the show’s second season, her theories on how the hosts operate, and the part she played in the show’s unconventional marketing campaign, which so far has included an old-timey Rickroll and an android questioning folks at a pub.  Highlights from the interview follow.

On that pivotal scene from season one, where she shows us that the hosts aren’t as harmless as expected:

Really fun. It was really fun. I mean it was incredibly emotional too because I think it was a representative of women and men who’ve been bullied, ya know? Even the fight itself was very specific. It wasn’t like a superhero fight. It was like, it was brutal. It was awful and he beat her and then when she like, that’s I think the first time you see their strengths in the hosts and season one is when you see her, like someone that seems appears delicate to basically break someone’s skull. Which was really fun for me. I love it.

Clementine in Lab

On the Rickroll video:

We were going to do press that particular day and Evan (Rachel Woods) and I were both there and he (Jonathan Nolan, one of the show’s co-creators) and asked her to sing and me to play the piano piece. So I learned it that night and then played it the next day. That’s why I’m so focused. I just learned the piece. I’m like, all right, is that the right note?

On the awareness of the hosts:

I always believe that the hosts are constantly taking in information, kind of like your phones. Like this, that’s taking in the information that you will use, but your phone also has it. It contains it and I think that they’re always feeding off things, so even when they’re asleep I’d made the decision that she is still awake, like she’s asleep, she’s in sleep mode, but then she’s still hearing and receiving like you would in a dream.

On that much-anticipated trip to Shogun World:

That is confirmed. And I think that is going to be a really special story that, that happens there.

 

 

Read the full story here: Angela Sarafyan Hints at What’s to Come in Westworld Season 2 and check out Joshua Versalle‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

Review: SON OF HITLER Is A Spy Thriller That Demands To Be Read

Son of Hitler is an upcoming original graphic novel from Image Comics, and is the “never-before-told tale” of the Führer’s secret child.

During the final years of World War II, a British agent discovers a secret that could secure an Allied victory: Hitler has an illegitimate son in Occupied France. She recruits him for a mission to end the war, and thus begins a tale full of suspense, twists, and turns.

“Based upon one of history’s most intriguing rumors,” the story is written by Anthony Del Col and newcomer Geoff Moore, with art by Jeff McComsey. Letters are by Jeff McClelland and Shawn Aldridge.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, spy thrillers, and suspense, you need this graphic novel. Del Col and Moore have written a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, just itching to turn the page. You never truly know how the story’s going to go until it’s over. They play around with a non-linear structure and drop little details here and there to keep you interested and keep you guessing. It’s highly engaging storytelling.

It’s also very tight, well-paced storytelling. By jumping around in time, and using different points-of-view, Del Col and Moore have trimmed off any fat the story may have. Instead, it keeps moving forward, and keeps you reading straight from beginning to end. Again, the two know how to engage their readers.

The story plays into many of the same themes found in the best war fiction: purpose, identity, and the cost of war on one’s soul. These aspects make the characters more sympathetic and relatable, and give the reader reasons to become emotionally invested in the outcome.

Son of Hitler coverMcComsey creates the perfect atmosphere for historical fiction. He uses two different styles of black-and-white, though one could technically be called blue-and-white. They both give Son of Hitler a more authentic feel, but the blue is especially effective. As said in Image+, “McComsey bathes each panel in cool blue hues that replicate the sensation of peering into memory.”

And if you think using black-and-white lessens the effect of the coloring, think again. It strengthens it. Color is factor numero uno in creating tone in comics; it’s the first thing the reader notices when he or she looks at a page. McComsey masterfully plays with the shade of the black/blue depending on the emotional effect he’s looking for, and it works. The fact that he’s only using a couple of colors forces you to focus on what he wants you to focus on.

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Son of Hitler is more drama than action, so the ability to convey emotion through the art is crucial. However, when the action does hit, it hits hard. The violence is brutal, and it’s great. It’s so much fun to watch Nazis get the shit kicked out of them in gory detail. The sound effects feel ingrained in the art instead of just layered on top of it, which heightens their effect and adds a grittiness to the work.

Let’s talk about McComsey’s cover as well. Cover design is such an overlooked skill, but it’s so important in today’s comics market. Yea, yea, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but when your comic is put up on a wall in a sea of other books, a strong cover can really help sell it, especially for new, original projects. The bold red from the Nazi flag makes this cover pop right away. When you add good ol’ papa Adolf getting strangled, and from the point-of-view YOU’RE the one doing the strangling, you have a book that demands to be picked up and flipped through.

Son of Hitler was one of the most anticipated books announced at this year’s Image Expo, and it does not disappoint. From its gripping story full of suspense and intrigue, to its gritty and powerful artwork, this is going to have comics fans talking for a long time.


Son of Hitler hits stores on May 30th.

Read the full story here: Review: SON OF HITLER Is A Spy Thriller That Demands To Be Read and check out Anthony Composto – Comic Book Editor‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

GOD OF WAR Mid-Game Review: All I Can Say Is WOW

God of War

After a few hours of playing God Of War, one thing is apparent.  It is one of the deepest games I’ve ever played.  Also fatherhood is the best thing to ever happen to Kratos.  While he was a father in the original trilogy, he accidentally killed his child in the first game.

Sending him into the known rage that made him one-dimensional as a character.  Kratos’ son Atreus adds so many layers and levels of character development to him in this game.  Early on there are moments where Atreus frustrates his father, but where Kratos shines as a father and mentor is during moments where Atreus is hard on himself.

god of war

Extending out his arm to console the boy, but at the last moment pulls it back and lowers it as the camera zooms in.  Showing that he isn’t hard on his son out of malice, he’s trying to make him strong and disciplined.  Though they’re on a journey to spread the ashes of their loved one, there are also moments that are lighthearted.  There’s a scene where Kratos has to move a bridge, and afterwards Atreus is peppers him with old man jokes.

The jokes work because they’re few and far between one another and Kratos response to them is stern and Drax-like.  The chemistry between the two characters is amazing and all the credit should go to Christopher Judge and Sunny Suljic who voice the father and son.  Though you don’t control Atreus, you can give him commands to fire arrows at enemies and distract them.

god of war

Also with the game’s progression system you can teach him attacks that stun or hurt enemies that are near you.  Giving him reason to be there outside of his role in Kratos’ life.  In this version of God of War, Kratos wields the Leviathan Axe which has the power to freeze objects and enemies, and can be upgraded.  Its special attacks range from healing to Kratos slamming it on the ground and freezing enemies in the area.

But what makes me feel like a badass while using it, is its Mjolnir-like quality when throwing it.  By pressing a button, Kratos sticks his hand out like Thor and the axe returns to him.  But when it hits his hand a huge vibration is sent through my controller, giving the axe an added dimension of force.

god of war

You can also upgrade Kratos and Atreus’ armor as well.  The cinematography in the game is amazing!  There are no loading screens, and camera movements are smooth.  Making every scene flow into one another, it’s like watching Birdman.  Except with Norse mythology and a lot more blood.

My only complaints about the game in terms of the camera is outside of arrows that glow differently, it’s hard to get an idea of where enemies are.  While you can press an arrow on the directional pad to turn quickly, I wish the camera was more like the one in the Batman: Arkham series.  Allowing me to see where mostly everyone is.

god of war

In terms of difficulty, God Of War isn’t on a level of Dark Souls.  It does give a nice challenge.  One that won’t send you into a rage quit or venturing out to replace your controller, or TV, or wall.  Each setting has its own type of enemies that present a nice fresh feeling with each battle.

Though I’ve only played a small portion of the game, no two battles have felt repetitive.  Each one feels rewarding and not annoying.  While I cannot give a rating right now, I will say this.   This is a game that’s great for streaming, and its story is so far one of the best in gaming history.

god of war

I cannot wait to see what mysteries and moments will be revealed as I delve deeper into the game and its story.  This game shows why it’s also important to not rush games.  By waiting eight years to release this game, Sony and Santa Monica Studio have created something amazing.  Also they used fan anticipation properly.

If we got a new God Of War game every year, the series would have become stale and fatigue among fans would have set in.  It was amazing walking into a video game store here in Los Angeles midday and seeing a line of people waiting to pick up their copy.  It’s series like God Of War that really show Sony’s dominance when it comes to first-party games.  If you have a PlayStation 4, you want this game, if you don’t, this game will make you want to buy one, plus there are no microtransactions or loot boxes!

Read the full story here: GOD OF WAR Mid-Game Review: All I Can Say Is WOW and check out Nick Battaglia‘s work for more articles like this. Thank you for reading.

Remembering Verne Troyer – His Most Unforgettable Moments

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer, who struck comedy gold as Mini Me in the Austin Powers films, passed at the age of 49. He started in supporting and bit parts in 1996 before he landed his first major break in the second Austin Powers film, The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Below are a few of his most memorable moments in the Austin Powers films and additional memorable roles along the way.

Pinochio’s Revenge (1996)

Troyer made his debut in this direct of video in horror schlock that’s more or less a rip off of Child’s Play, which a defense attorney (Rosalind Allen) acquires a Pinocchio puppet that happens to be inhabited by a soul of a serial killer. Troyer provides the voice of the puppet murderer, who initially tries to coerce the attorney’s daughter to carry out his nefarious will. The daughter eventually frees him and the mayhem commences.

Men in Black (1997)

It’s this hilarious scene, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is taking Agent K (Will Smith) to pull over an alien father (in human form), who is trying to flee the city with his pregnant wife. As K talks to the father, K deals with the conceiving mother. Troyer played the baby.

Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Troyer played the baby version of Joe. He provided some of the more humane scenes that brought personality to what would become the hulking beast.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

It’s hard to pick just one memorable scene with Troyer’s Mini Me, because his chemistry with Mike Myers who plays both the protagonist, Austin Powers and the villain, Dr. Evil, were just comedic gold. The duo hit so many notes together that became goofy and endearing.

First, the movie was so much fun, you almost forget that you’re supposed to root against Dr. Evil, but the over the top display of narcissism and need to bond with his “creation” is so touching in so many ways.

Likewise, Troyer’s fight scene Myers as Austin proved to be just as memorable with their choreography especially during the tender moment when Austin thinks he might have gone too far before Mini Me gives him a last surprise attack.

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

One of the funnier bits of the films was the shadow scenes where the henchmen who observe Austin and his partner do what seems like the most perverted things, but in reality just happened to be perfectly superimposed. Myers previously did a scene with Heather Graham in the second film, but when Mini Me defects to Austin’s side, it raised the bar even further.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The brilliant film from the innovative mind of Terry Gilliam was overshadowed by the late Heath Ledger, who passed prior to completing the film shortly before the release of his previous film, The Dark Knight. While Ledger would receive a posthumous Oscar for the role, his friends in Johnny Depp and Colin Ferrell would help complete his role in some imaginative editing to complete the film.

Troyer played Percy, one of the members of the traveling exhibition of wonder and magic. The mini-carnival also functions as an interdimensional portal.  The film was more as an ensemble piece, but every performance provided what was needed to bring Gilliam’s imagination to live the only way he knows how.

What is your most favorite Verne Troyer Moment?

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