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Spoiler Filled Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past

You know I never realized but I had the perfect title for my spoiler review series hidden in my blog files. Spoiler Filled Thoughts was initially used as an extension of my reviews. That didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. On movies though this may work, trying this out with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Enjoy being my guinea pigs as I revive this. If you want an actual review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, simple version is I liked it. It’s not perfect but I do consider this film to be The Avengers of the X-Men franchise. As clarifications, I don’t think it is as good as The Avengers but it is The Avengers for Fox’s X-Men franchise. After this the spoilers begin at full speed ahead. That’s right kids, no spoiler left unturned I am spoiling this movie so much right now. If you haven’t seen X-Men: Days of Future Past yet I wouldn’t recommend reading further. Now if you have seen it or don’t really care to see it, welcome aboard feel free to read onward. Let’s get the Spoiler Filled Thoughts out there to the world! Welcome to my Spoiler Filled Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past.

(Extra Spoiler Barrier here just in case, you have been doubly warned in bold. As I am now going to bold this for extra effect.)

Okay, so everyone that’s still here now we can begin my Spoiler Filled Thoughts.

First off, as I mentioned on twitter but was I the only one who noticed the Future Sentinels were The Fury times infinity? Take a look at that design and then notice The Fury, that can’t be a coincidence. If you’re a reader of Secret Avengers, The Fury did just recently pop up in that series. Initially the Fury came out of Captain Britain as Alan Moore and Alan Davis created it for that series in the UK. The Fury is the ultimate weapon and I saw the Future Sentinels and thought about that one. Besides I love the concept of The Fury, so if the closest thing to The Fury is in X-Men: Days of Future Past, works for me.  Of course as I talk about The Fury I know at least a few of you have no idea what I’m going on about. Totally groovy, hunt down the Captain Britain material or early bit of Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men run in 2004. I recommend reading if you’re curious to know more.

Now as for the rest of this movie, I love how it eliminated all the less popular of the X-Films from the franchise. Now the series can be pushed onwards into X-Men: Apocalypse with at least less baggage involved now. Yes there are issues with the X-Men franchise at Fox still but it’s in a whole lot better shape than it was. This was the big send off for the original cast and when I saw Cyclops and Jean Grey pop up at the end I laughed. I loved those final two appearances as likely it’ll be the last time either James Marsden or Famke Janssen ever appear again. We’ll likely see Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman again but everyone else is easily up in the air. Outside of the First Class cast that’s still alive, Quicksilver, and hopefully other characters getting more screen time.

Note this too, I lost my mind at seeing En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse on that screen. As the crowd was chanting his name I about lost it, then the reveal of Apocalypse and pan over to the Four Horsemen. Good lord, X-Men: Apocalypse is already showing that this is going to be a massive epic in scale. The big part of seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past was seeing Bryan Singer to a full blown superhero mega fight at a large scale, it worked. This film was training for what X-Men: Apocalypse has in store for us. At least they can now get a strong focus on this film, the story is course corrected now we can move on. We have scale, we have story, now put it all together to make X-Men: Apocalypse the amazing film we all know it could be.

By the way, who didn’t love the line Quicksilver gave to Magneto about his Mom? That was hilarious, I still wish we could have gotten more Quicksilver in the movie but I’ll take what I can get. Who would have imagined that from that costume and goofy commercial, Quicksilver would turn out to be great? I was one of the doubters myself, in a big shiny way I was a doubter. Now I leave myself in the state of mind that dang it X-Men: Days of Future Past, your Quicksilver was amazing. I did love the slo-mo scene by the way, that turned out well in my opinion. Even better that Sanford and Son saved the world in a way, that cracked me up so much. The reactions of the security guards were priceless, especially one just getting into the show. Quicksilver and the entire Pentagon sequence was a major win.

The future is now X-Men Franchise, Fox is doing better with it than Sony is with Spider-Man right now that’s for sure. X-Men is primed and ready for the future of the franchise. X-Men: Days of Future Past was a better film than anyone imagined. At least Fox is showing that with the X-Men now, they know what they’re doing. Now anything can go haywire with this franchise there at any time, for right now we’re in good shape. Onwards to X-Men: Apocalypse and the hope that the movie turns out awesome.

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or Whatever Happened to The Man of Steel 2?

Oh where, oh where, did Man of Steel 2 go, oh where, oh where could it be?

Funny thing happened in the Internet, Man of Steel 2 is officially not Man of Steel 2. The film is now titled, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice because Batman rules over all in the land of Warner Brothers. The comedy of this is simple, Man of Steel didn’t bring Warner Bros. the billion dollar figure so Batman here to save the billion dollar day. As this has been announced, I am legit laughing. Yes this sets this as a prequel for Justice League, that’s fine and I see where they’re coming from. That’s respectable enough that they want to boost up that upcoming movie, now I wonder whatever happened to The Man of Steel 2? Superman it seems has been crowded out of his own movie as Batman has taken the lead away from The Man of Steel. While I understand title flow at least Superman should have had a more prominent place in what was originally his movie. To be honest at this point the evolution of this film from Man of Steel 2 to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice leaves me less than enthused.

As with my lack of enthusiasm for the Justice League piece, I want to be proven wrong. When I see the trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice I want to see myself wanting to be in that theater day one. As of right now though I’m just amused at this stage of the film. I will go further in stating that yes I like the Batman costume and Batmobile and I can’t wait to see those pictures of the film as they get released. Believe me until that trailer hits I will be keeping tabs on the progress of Batman V Superman. When the only thing I’m really enthusiastic about is the fact that the Batman costume looks cool, that’s not a good sign. There’s a lot to prove here too, this is Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment’s big set up to Justice League. Outside of Batman though, I’m not seeing much else to be Yay Batman V Superman yet.

Now if this turns out to be a cool movie come 2016, I’ll be happy to say I was wrong in my lack of enthusiasm. I will do the darned Dance of Joy if Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice turns out to be great. I joke that the surname here is as subtle as a hammer as to what they’re going for. While this will be our sequel to Man of Steel 2, I wouldn’t expect as much follow up as you realize. Man of Steel introduces Superman, Batman V Superman sets up Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and more, boy this movie is going to be crowded with characters. Every character introduced in Man of Steel probably won’t be in the movie much taking a back seat to whatever other things are happening in the film. Oh they’re all back but as bit players, at least from what I can gather.

Aye yi yi, I don’t know at this point. Maybe I am being a bit cynical about this movie, the name, and everything else Justice League surrounding this. If this movie turns out to be amazing, I will be as happy as anyone else. I’m not kidding about doing the dance of joy outside of the theater if this turns out to be wonderful. Until then, let the first trailer of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice be my guide to see how much enthusiasm I will end up having for this movie in the interim.

Source: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52953

Time For Excitement! Guardians of the Galaxy’s New Trailer!

Oh my gosh you all out there do not even realize how excited I am for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I can hardly contain myself as this trailer blew my mind. I’m not kidding, this is going to be my movie of the summer. A movie that is still considered risky for Marvel Studios to be doing is changing the tide fast into being eagerly awaited. If the response I’m seeing echoes throughout the movie going universe, Guardians of the Galaxy will be huge for comic and non-comic fans alike. Take a look at this second trailer and see for yourself what I’m talking about. I can only give you the hyper energy of a guy who’s been looking forward to this for awhile, forge your own opinion I’ll be here after you’re doing watching, link below and I’ll see you in the next paragraph.

If you’re still here, hi and glad you chilled to watch the trailer. Now by this point you’re either just as excited as I am or wondering why in the world is he so excited? Guardians of the Galaxy to me has the most fresh energy behind the film I’ve seen. James Gunn’s direction is already showing that this is going to be unlike anything else Marvel Studios has done. I will say it’s taking me time to get used to Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon as I never imagined his voice but it’ll grow on me. Now Groot, Vin Diesel as Groot is perfection. If anyone had any doubt in Diesel’s handing of Groot, I just point them in the direction of The Iron Giant and enough said.

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studios most unusual film but that makes it all the more cooler. I fully admit I’m a bit biased, I like the Guardians of the Galaxy from way back when I was buying comics in the 90’s. I also dug the heck out of Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy too which makes me even more biased. I do believe that as people see more on the Guardians of the Galaxy they’ll love it. Chris Pratt is having fun with Star Lord, Zoe Saldana has the look down for Gamora, Dave Batista has potential as Drax, and I’m sold. This film has energy, there’s life here and I’m looking forward to more. August 1, 2014 cannot come soon enough and I plan on seeing this that opening weekend. I can guarantee that I’m going to have a good time.

 

How Does Ant-Man Get His Own Film Before Wonder Woman?

Today I just got a link sent to me via my pal Jess a.k.a @MadamComicBook on twitter from the dorkly website. It was a comic strip involving Wonder Woman and the lack of her own movie at DC Comics, linked here for your immediate reading. Wonder Woman being added into Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2/Justice League prequel was a good thing, then we learn that a Wonder Woman movie may not be happening for awhile. I like how the comic strip breaks it down, quickly making you realize that a Wonder Woman movie shouldn’t be this hard. When there’s a Metal Men movie, Shazam! movie, Justice League Dark movie, and at least six other films hanging out in development outside of Justice League, why doesn’t Wonder Woman have her own movie? Oh sure she’ll get an introduction of sorts in Man of Batman Justice League of  Steel prequel, but isn’t she deserving of her own share of screen time? She’s one of the originals in the DC Universe and instead she’s just a small part in the DC Movie Universe, what sense does that make?

It’s been used before but when there’s a talking Raccoon, giant talking tree, and Ant-Man getting a movie before Wonder Woman, this is getting downright goofy. Now make no mistake I’m happy that Wonder Woman is popping up on screen and I have no issue at all with Gal Godot playing her because that’s fine by me. I would rather her get a full movie on her own to explore Wonder Woman as a character and give her a genuine introduction rather than part of an already bloated movie. It’s why I do get a little annoyed that Wonder Woman is just part of the machine of this movie that if it is not a complete mess I will be amazed. I’m already not enthused by the upcoming Justice League film and the handling of this entire franchise frustrates me, I don’t want to repeat myself so if you missed it, here you go and onwards with the rest of my thoughts on Wonder Woman.

If DC Comics and Warner Bros. would have thought this through, they could have done their Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2, given the Wonder Woman cameo and then Wonder Woman gets her own film. Wonder Woman gets her own film and you can introduce another member of the Justice League there if you like and there you go. When Ant-Man alone gets his own film before one of the Trinity of the DCU, this doesn’t seem right to me. Now before we get into another deal here, I am looking forward to Ant-Man but still it has to be said. Even in DC’s development slate and a Metal Men movie is in development over Wonder Woman, we live in a weird movie world. Somehow no one at DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. can make heads or tails out of making a Wonder Woman film but can make sense out of Metal Men?

Wonder Woman’s movie situation has been on my mind for awhile, just finally found the way to express it thanks to a comic strip. I will be curious to hear what you all have to say on this yourselves. This is an issue that resonates throughout all of comics internet and beyond. Looking forward to some lively discussion.

(Special Note: Jess/MadamComicBook mentioned the Metal Men thing to me and I had to put that in here, Thanks Jess!)