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X-Men: Apocalypse Scheduled for 2016

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In a classic counting-their-x-chickens-before-they-hatch move, Bryan Singer announced that the next film in the franchise will be called X-Men: Apocalypse.  In my mins, the implication is that Days of Future Past will lead into a movie version of Age of Apocalypse.

I quite liked the first Age of Apocalypse series.  It featured one of my favorite artists at the time, Joe Madureira.  I loved all of his designs for the alternate universe versions of the characters.  It was a fun universe to explore and a pretty good X-Crossover.

Though I am a fan of Age of Apocalypse, I’m not too sure about a movie.  My opinion will hinge on Days of Future Past and whether or not it will really just be another Wolverine film, as I’ve complained about in a previous post.  If the ensemble is handled well, I think there would be hope for an Apocalypse film.

Soooooo I’m kind of in wait-and-see mode.

Incidentally, I recently designed a shirt that is a Pacific Rim reference but also happens to feature Apocalypse!

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You can pick it up at my Shark Robot shop and maybe wear it to Days of Future Past just in case it really sucks and we have to stop FOX from making more X movies.

From: Coming Soon

The Iron Rhino

Was one of the first to shit on the idea of a Spider-Man movie reboot.  But I quite liked The Amazing Spider-Man.  Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had great chemistry and I love that the mystery of Peter’s parents was brought into the origin.  The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out and it’s full of… well, it’s full of a lot of things going on.

Dane DeHann joins the cast as Harry Osborne and already I like him.  He’s got great villainy within.  I think he’ll be fun to watch turn on Peter.  I was surprised at how little of Jamie Foxx we get in this trailer.  In fact, we don’t see his face until the end of the thing.  I haven’t been paying attention to any of the announcements so I was surprised to see an Iron Rhino stomping around Manhattan.  We also see Doc Oc’s arms and Vulture’s wings in that one vault scene.  Combine all that with the Osbornes and it seems like we’re heading for a Sinister Six.

But what I’m most interested in learning is how all this ties in with Peter’s parents.  It really seems like they set Peter up to become Spider-Man as sort of their way of atoning for the evils that they did at Oscorp.  Just speculation on my part, but it’s an interesting idea to think that Peter was destined to become Spider-Man as a sort of salvation for his parents.  That’s really the hook that got me interested in seeing the first one and I’m so glad to see them flesh it out.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 drop the first weekend in May to coincide with Free Comic Book Day.  It should be a blast!

We Got Us a Fast and Furious Woman of Wonders

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Kamen Rider Wonder Woman

Whether or not it’s been in the works all the while, it seems that Warner Bros is finally giving us a live action Wonder Woman.  Sort of.

Gal Gadot will be gearing up with magic lasso and gold bracers when she joins Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in Batman vs. Superman as Wonder Woman.  The only thing I’ve seen her in is the Fast and Furious series.  I thought she was a great addition to the cast and was pretty badass driving like a monster and shooting like a pro.  I think she can handle action scenes very well and it’ll be great to see her portray Wondy.

But honestly, I wish she had her own film.  I don’t really think there’s room for her in this Superman/Batman thing.  Bats and Supes have had individual movies so we know their filmatic origins and we’ve spent some decent amount of screen time with them.  We haven’t met Wondy in film yet so unless this film is Wonder Woman’s origin story, I have a bad feeling that she’s going to be a sidekick to our two super bros.  Unless the titles changes to Batman vs. Superman vs. Wonder Woman, I’m a little worried.

Still, I like Gadot as Wonder Woman just fine.  And it might end up being a Tom Hiddleston thing where she steals all the scenes she’s in and becomes the cult star of the film.  That’s what I’m hoping for.

From: Coming Soon

Ghost in the Plane

Melinda May is sick of your shit. Or maybe this show.

Melinda May is sick of your shit. Or maybe this show.

You know what, I really liked this episode.  Like, like liked. Not, weeeelllll it’s not terrible liked.  Repairs is a great example of what works well with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The ensemble really shined.  We got Fitz and Simmons trying to prank Skye.  Coulson told us about what made Melinda May so cold.  Melinda May actually opened up.  Skye was useful and somehow, Ward didn’t make me roll my eyes.  If you’ve been holding out on S.H.I.E.L.D., this one might be a good one to check out.

The show was picked up for a full 22 episode season.  Hopefully this marks a turning point.

I’ll try not to be too spoilery because I actually think it’s worth watching, but here are some of my favorite bits:

  • Fitz and Simmons fill the nerd quotient of the show admirably.  But as pranksters, they are terrible.
  • Ward and May hooking up makes a lot more sense than Ward and Skye and I honestly don’t hate it as much as I thought I would.  It’s kind of a surprise seeing how hard the show spent the early episodes trying to mash Ward and Skye together, but it’s actually kind of welcome.
  • Coulson’s love of antiques is precious.
  • Until we hear it directly from Melinda May, I don’t think we’ll ever know her full story.  But what Coulson tells us is heartbreaking enough.
  • Somehow, this episode is more of a crossover with Thor: The Dark World than last week’s.
  • Melinda May wins without kicking. Fucking hardcore.

In two weeks, The Bridge will feature the return of Mike Peterson who starred as the hooded guy in the pilot episode.  This means a return of the Centipede which should probably be AIM or Hydra or something and for once, I’m actually kind of looking forward to it.

Clean Up Crew of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pick up the pieces. Uh huh.  Pick up the pieces. Oh yeah.

Pick up the pieces. Uh huh. Pick up the pieces. Oh yeah.

The Well” was promoted as the AMAZEBALLS Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. crossover event with Thor: The Dark World.  Does it pay off?

Well, we do get to spend some brief time on a set from the movie that was featured in maybe a half a scene.  And there is an Asgardian. But if you were expecting guest stars from the movie making cameo appearances or any encounters with Dark Elves, you’d be sadly disappointed.  This episode was meant to give us a reason to connect with Ward.

We open with Team Coulson cleaning up after Thor’s mess.  They’re looking for any alien tech that might get out to the public.  And thus ends the crossover and out time on a movie set.

Meanwhile, some neo-pagans find part of an Asgardian staff embedded in an old Norwegian wood and get rage powers.  So we’re on an artifact hunt to look for something that wasn’t actually in the movie at all.  Why bother saying this shit is a crossover?

The artifacts is one third of the Berzerker Staff which instantly made me think of this:

It was left here ages ago when an Asgardian decided to stay on earth after a big battle.  The Berzerker Staff unlocks the rage within any who touch it while giving them super strength.  The warrior thought the staff to be too dangerous so he broke it into three pieces and hid it.

Team Coulson consults with some professor guy who turns out to be the Asgardian warrior who really turns out to be an Asgardian mason and I kinda just don’t care anymore.  Ward touches the second piece of the staff and he remembers the time when he chucked a kid down a well and wanted to save him but his brother wouldn’t let him or his brother got chucked in a well or something or some well with Samara who isn’t your daughter and if you don’t make copies of the vhs she’ll kill you from the tv… man, I’m really just not connecting with this episode.  Even when he’s rage face, Grant Ward is just boring.  Certainly, he’s got the build.  We get some nice shirtless-o-clock time with him.  He can be a male model.  But he can’t carry this episode.

So Ward now has rage powers.  The physical strength will wear off in a matter of hours.  But the pit of rage, the thing that the staff forced him to face, will be there for decades.  This makes Ward a ticking time bomb.  The funniest shit to me is that when Melinda May touches the staff, it’s no biggie.  Yes, she sees shit, but she sees it every day.  Much like Bruce Banner is angry all the time, Melinda May is seething hate always.  But because she’s so badass, she keeps it in check.  It actually makes her more frightening than any of them.

The only other thing that’s significant is Coulson’s dream.  He’s getting a massage in Tahini and he feels truly relaxed.  He remarks to the masseuse, “Tahiti’s too good to be true.”

She relies, “I know. It’s a magical place.”

Coulson wakes up in a pool of sweat.

Only two more episodes to find out what the fuck it all means!

My friend Marty asked me to tell him when this show became MUST SEE.  We’re not even close.  And we’ve only got two episodes to make geeks give a shit again.  I’d be surprised as hell if this gets picked up for a second season, but if it does, man, they really gotta do something with Ward and Skye.  Make them villains or something.

First Look at Miyazaki’s Samurai Manga!!!!!

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NHK got an exclusive look at the samurai manga Hayao Miyazaki is working on in his so-called retirement and HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE DETAIL!  Every frame is packed to the borders with gloriousness.  The watercolors are so vibrant.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this.

Still no word on what it’s called or when it’s coming out, but holy hell, this is amazing.  Crunchy Roll has more screen shots which are equally breath taking.

From: Crunchy Roll

Miyazaki Spends His Retirement Drawing Samurai Manga

So many Miyazaki!

So many Miyazaki!

I was heartbroken when I heard that Hayao Miyazaki had decided to retire from animated features.  His films have always filled me with a sense of wide-eyed wonder.  And though we have twenty films directed by him to fill our days, I still want more.  I guess that’s the best time to retire.  Far better to leave fans hungry than sated.

So what does an animation director do in his retirement? Serialized manga, of course!

On NTV’s “Sekai-ichi Uketai” variety show, Studio Ghibli’s producer Toshio Suzuki let slip that Miyazaki is working on a samurai manga set in the sengoku era.  Suzuko refused to elaborate any further.

Miyazaki is no stranger to manga.  His seven volume version of Nausicaä Valley of the Wind has sold millions.  I’d be curious to see if he’s using assistants on this new work, or if he’s going solo.  Either way, I can’t wait to see what he has in store.  I’m a sucker for a sword.

More as it develops.

From: Anime News Network

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