BREAKING NEWS: Marvel’s most anticipated superhero movie to date, Avengers : Age of Ultron, will drastically vary the origin of Ultron from the comic book. Hank Pym, the original Ant-man, will not be the creator of Ultron, but instead, Ultron is found in the wreckage of a Chitauri ship, after the Battle of New York. in the comic, Ultron is a computer program, akin to a computer virus, that has achieved sentience; an AI, Artificial Intelligence, capable of independent thought; yes, the 2014 Transcendence movie stole heavily from Ultron. Ultron deems humanity unworthy of life and becomes hell bent on eradicating all human life on earth. in an attempt to create new life in his own image, Ultron creates Vision, an android capable of feeling. much to the chagrin of every comic book fan, Joss Wheadon has chosen to ignore this, one of the greatest comic book stories in the Marvel universe, titled: “Even an Android can Cry.” in Avengers : Age of Ultron, Joss Wheadon gives the creation of Vision, out of the necessity of fighting Ultron, to the combined effort of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Ultron thinks himself to be a god and creating life in ones own image, or greater than oneself, is the ultimate act of a deity. when Ultron creates Vision, it is such a pinnacle event from an ego, albeit a computer ego, larger than the galaxy itself. i’m so disappointed this crucial detail was left out of the story. i can see why Joss Wheadon did this and how it seeds the plots of upcoming Marvel movies, but i will always be disappointed. a point i will continue to make even after i see this amazing movie. from what i know so far, at the end of the film, it appears the government will be holding Tony Stark responsible for the creation of Ultron and will want to monitor all superheroes, forcing a Registration Act, thus beginning the story for Captain America 3 : Civil War. Civil War is a good, modern comic book story in the Marvel Universe and involves every Marvel character and superhero; uh-hum, Sony, change your mind and share Spider-man with Marvel for Captain America 3 : Civil War. in the film, Avengers : Age of Ultron, Ultron will create an army of lesser Ultrons instead. they will create a path of destruction across the globe, reaching the advanced African technological country of Wakanda, and you know what that means.. YES! Black Panther will appear, seeding the upcoming Black Panther solo movie. Wakanda is the only source on earth of vibranium, an indestructible metal that absorbs all sound and kinetic energy. Vibranium was combined with an “experimental iron alloy,” later known as “proto-adamantium,” (precursor to regular adamantium, used to cover Wolverine’s skeleton and claws) to create Captain America’s shield. over the years, Ultron has been defeated quite a few times, but he has always been rebuilt or regenerated. he has taken many forms, even that of a woman. if his AI, Artificial Intelligence, software program survives by uploading to another computer that avoids destruction, then he will survive and return one day with a vengeance, in a new robotic form. also, if Ultron uploads himself to the Cloud, sync’s with someone’s iPad, like in the movie ‘sex tape,’ or finds a home anywhere on the internet, he will most certainly return in a future film. Ultron is too great a villain to be killed off in just one movie. speaking of being killed off.. will Captain America be shot and killed by Crossbones at the end of Civil War? or will he survive long enough to be killed by Thanos, with the fully formed, 6 Infinity Stone, Infinity Gauntlet, at the end of Avengers : Infinity War, part 2? or a combination of the two? either way, Bucky Barnes will carry the Shield, or will it be Falcon? duhn duhn DUUUUUUHHNNNNN; (Spoiler Alert : i’m not going to tell you everything 😉
upcoming sci fi movies for 2015
temporal agent Ethan Hawke travels through to stop crimes before they take place, so a lot like Minority Report. looks cool.
Jan 30Project Almanac
another time travel movie. teens discover changing the past can cause unwanted ripples, Ray Bradbury was the first to name this “the Butterfly Effect,” not the weak movie with Ashton Kutcher.
the Matrix bros, now the Matrix bro & sis, movie, starring Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis. i’m worried; it was supposed to be released last year, as the big summer blockbuster, but they moved it to a january release, which is never good.
Feb 6Seventh Son
lots of fantasy creatures & magic, starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore & Kit Harrington/Jon Snow. based on the novel series.
Feb 13What We Do In The Shadows
a vampire comedy from the creators of Flight of the Conchords about 4 vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world. the critics love it.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (i at least have to mention it)
a reject robot, with AI (Artificial Intelligence) learns how to be human. from the creators of District 9 & Elysium.
Mar 13 Cinderella
Mar 20Divergent 2: Insurgent
(now what are the factions again?)
it’s not an anime, but an AI film from the creators of the 28 Days series.
May 1 Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
oh my god yes, ULTRON! one of the best villains in the Marvel universe. there are so many incredible things that are going to happen in this film, Scarlet Witch, Vision, another Quicksilver, Hulk-Buster Iron Man suit, and so many lead-ins to other Marvel movie story arcs. in this film, the origin of Ultron will vary drastically from the comic book. BREAKING NEWS: in the movie version, Hank Pym, the original Ant-man, is not the creator of Ultron, but instead, Ultron is found in the wreckage of a Chitauri ship, after the battle of New York. in the comic, Ultron is a computer program, akin to a computer virus, that has achieved sentience; an AI, Artificial Intelligence, capable of independent thought; yes, the 2014 Transcendence movie stole heavily from Ultron . Ultron deems humanity unworthy of life and becomes hell bent on eradicating all human life on earth. in an attempt to create new life in his own image, Ultron creates Vision, an android capable of feeling. much to the chagrin of every comic book fan, Joss Wheadon has chosen to ignore this, one of the greatest comic book stories in the Marvel universe, and gives the creation of Vision, out of the necessity of fighting Ultron, to the combined effort of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. i can see how this makes for a better movie plot and seeds the plots of upcoming Marvel movies. it appears the government will be holding Tony Stark responsible for the creation of Ultron and will want to monitor all superheroes, forcing a Registration Act, thus beginning the story for Captain America 3 : Civil War. in the film, Ultron will create an army of lesser Ultrons. they will reach the advanced African technological country of Wakanda, and you know what that means.. YES! Black Panther will appear, seeding his upcoming solo movie. (more on Ultron here).
Mad Max : Fury Road
it’s kinda like Burning Man peeps get Fast and Furious with guns & crossbows and fight over gasoline. it’s a reboot, without Mel Gibson (because he’s not cool anymore). Tom Hardy (Bane, from Dark Knight Rises) plays Max, with Charlize Theron (Prometheus, a Million Ways to Die in the West)) & Nicholas Hoult (Beast, X-Men Days of Future Past; Jack the Giant Slayer & Warm Bodies).
(it has George Clooney)
The Rocks kicks bedrock butt in this disaster film.
please don’t be another R.I.P.D. yes, this is another film trying to be like Men in Black. it has Seth Rogen, so funny.
June 12Jurassic World
SPOILER ALERT: the dinosaurs escape and attack people. so they bred a new dinosaur from the DNA of a T-Rex, a cuddlefish (it almost looks like an octopus) and a snake. what kind of Freakosaurus is this? the SyFy channel already beat them to the punch with this one, with ‘Sharktopus vs Pteracuda’ (a half shark/ half octopus battling a half Pterodactyl/ half barracuda). why don’t these movies win oscars? will Chris Pratt do a dance-off with the freak show Jurassic T-Rex? i hope so. will the next film be a tornado of mutant dinosaurs? Jurassicnado? why not? what bugs me most is that T-Rex or Tyrannosaurus Rex never lived in the Jurassic Age, that species died out long before and thrived in the previous Cretaceous Age. why not add the newly discovered Jurassic era Torvosaurus, a bigger and badder-ass (yes, that’s a word;) predator?
July 1Terminator : Genesys
YES! it’s a reboot of sorts with Emilia Clarke (Mother of Dragons/Game of Thrones). the premise is Kyle Reece goes back in time to save Sarah Conner, but when he goes back in time, what he thinks is going to happen, has already happened, and Skynet sends an asian T-1000 to kill them both, so now it’s like T2, & they try to kill Cyberdyne systems to prevent the Skynet from being created in the first place, also like T2. so just pretend T3 never happened and put the Batman Terminator as a distant memory. despite all this, it looks really cool & will keep us guessing, unless the hot tub time machine goes back in time and changes the script; can we still do that for T3?
despite all my reservations and disgruntlement after Edgar Wright left the project (Edgar Wright pitched the idea to Marvel, wrote, produced and was to direct it, until Marvel went behind his back & re-wrote the script), Ant-man may actually turn out to be a good movie. still not clear why this movie is releasing after the Avengers : Age of Ultron; Hank Pym (played by michael Douglas), the original Ant-man created Ultron. i guess they could do flashbacks, etc. the comics can vary from the movies and even the comics have varying plot lines and reboots, so i can’t really predict the plot, well, not too much. i do know this, in the comic, Scott Lang, Ant-man 2, (played by Paul Rudd) steals Hank Pym’s ant suit & uses it for crime, but then turns into a hero using the suit for good. the arch-nemesis of Ant-man is Yellowjacket. there is a lot of blogfusion (blog confusion) recently around the plot, some say Yellowjacket will be a separate villain, and others, including me, think along the comic thread of Hank Pym leaving the Avengers and turning into Yellowjacket. Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie Lang will be in the movie as well. not sure if Janet, Mrs Hank Pym, aka Wasp, will be in the Ant-man Marvel film, but hope so. yes, there are a lot of insect related characters in Marvel. (see previous Ant-man posts: Ant-man May 27, Ant-man June 1, Ant-man June 8)
Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler and some other dude, all video game child prodigees, are recruited to save the world from the attacking mayhem of video game characters. video games are real dude. so like the 80s Starfighter movie and that South Park episode, where Kenny becomes the next keanu Reeves, but with Sandler and a mullet-wearing Dinklage, good times, good times.
July 24 Pan
Aug 7Fantastic Four
yep, another reboot. damn you Fox for owning the rights to Marvel characters. you guys can work together and still make money. if you did, your movies would be so much better and you would make even more money. but most importantly, working together, would mean characters could appear in Marvel movies so people would never ask, “So where was the Fantastic Four when the Chitauri invaded New York with Loki, guided by Thanos? were they napping?”
Sept 18The Maze Runner 2 : The Scorch Trials
am i the only who thinks the Maze Runner and Divergent are a little too similar to the Hunger Games?
Universal continues their monster run series with this Frankenstein reboot; it began with Dracula 2014. the Wolfman and the Mummy are next..
Nov 2Hunger Games, Mockingjay part2
Guillermo del Toro supernatural thriller. please don’t be the Strain.
Oct 23The Last Witch Hunter
Ridley Scott adapts Andy Weir’s best selling novel.
Dec 18Star Wars : The Force Awakens
also, live-action Pan and Cinderella films release this year.
this list will continue to be updated..
more minor sci-fi movies will be released in 2015, but have not been mentioned here.
stay tuned for what to watch on sci-fi tv, before tv seasons begins again..
Cosplay Dreams 3D: the World’s First 3D Cosplay Movie.
Podcast interview with creators Gulliver & Christine Parascandolo. Filmmakers Gulliver & Christine Parascandolo, the creators of Cosplay Dreams 3D, discuss what it means to be a 3D filmmaker and their experience exploring the world of cosplay. Cosplay is a word, derived from “costume and “play,” which simply means, dressing up in costume, but not merely on Halloween. Cosplay has grown in popularity in recent years and, combined with geek culture, is one of the fastest growing pastimes in the United States and the World. Cosplay Dreams 3D took over 2 years to create and was filmed at cosplay conventions, including San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, DragonCon, HRM Steampunk Symposium and even a medieval knights and chivalry event. Cosplay Dreams 3D lets the viewer discover what it means to cosplay and what it’s like to be a cosplayer, unlike anything else on tv or in film. This documentary film features famous cosplayers, such as, YaYa Han, Traci Hines and Fanboy Brandon. The 3D effect is quite interesting to watch, and the 3D special effects are truly amazing. Cosplay Dreams 3D has had it’s premiere screening and is now seeking national and global distribution.
all images property of & created by Cosplay Dreams 3D
upcoming cosplay cons for Jan thru April 2015, in the SoCal (Southern California Area).
anime • comic / superhero • steampunk & more!
Dec 31, 2014: Meet Stan Lee : Stan Lee (Marvel Comics legend) will be signing copies of his new book “Convergence (The Zodiac Legacy)” Saturday, December 31, 2014 – 2:00 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble store, at The Grove (next to Farmers Market), 3rd & Fairfax, Los Angeles. For more detailed info, go to barnesandnoble.com, or phone (310) 260-9110
ALA Anime LA Anime Los Angles 2015 : Jan 9-11. LAX Marriot
HRM Steampunk Symposium 2015 : Jan 16-19. Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
Club Cosplay : Sat Jan 18. OHM Nightclub, 6801 Hollywood Blvd #433, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Bak-Anime 2015 : Jan 24-25. Bakersfield Marriot
Phat Con 2015 : Jan 24 at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets at Orange 20 City Blvd W Suite G1, Orange, California 92868 11:30 – 5pm
Gallifrey One : Dr Who Con : Feb 13-15. LAX Marriot. SOLD OUT!
Club Cosplay : Sat Feb 14 : Valentine’s Day : House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
Long Beach Comic Expo Spring : Feb 28 – Mar 1. Long Beach Convention Center, CA
Hanadoki Con : anime con : Mar 20 -22. Town & Country Hotel and Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
Wondercon 2015 : April 3 – 5. Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim, CA.
Anime Kanji 2015 : April 3 – 5. Sheraton San Diego, 1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Star Wars Celebration 2015 : (amazing things will happen) : April 16 – 19. Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim, CA.
sign up today. it is in no way a guarantee that you will actually become a volunteer, like in recent years past, but it is the first step.
1. get a member id
2. click “volunteer” on the member id home page
3. wait for the volunteer registration to happen (SDCC San Diego Comic Con will never tell you when or even approximately when it will happen, so be ready at at all times. it will most likely happen mid-jan to mid-feb. last year, it happened mid-feb).
4. volunteer registration happens on an upcoming sat morning, so prepare for it. don’t plan to be working on saturdays for the next 4 months. be able to wake up before 9am on a saturday. be sure to have clean, ready to go browser at all times. have super fast wifi (or ethernet). supposedly you will receive an email from SDCC declaring the day of epic geek craziness, but it can easily get lost, so be on twitter at all times, twitter geeks are often your best friend.
StarWars TheForceAwakens (previously only known as “episode VII”) teaser trailer, from last week, characters get offical names. Actors DaisyRidley, the new Jedi, as depicted riding an old-school speeder on Tatooine, and JohnBoyega, wearing stormtrooper armor, also on Tatooine, get first names only. actor Oscar Isaac, the x-wing pilot, gets first and last. the roller droid is actually not an R2 unit, but a “….” the new Sith or Sith Lord, is named, well presumably Sith, because the commentary mentions “Dark Side,” when he or she appears (rumor: the Sith could be actor Adam Driver) with that totally rad (yes, i just used ‘rad’) new lightsaber, technically, it’s a “lightbroadsword,” and not a “saber” at all. the lightbroadsword is actually from the expanded universe. last year, Star Wars experts went through 30 years of the expanded universe and decided what was congruent with George Lucas’ movies and kept what they deemed as “canon,” and threw out the rest. we will find out, in the next 5 years, what they kept as, “official Star Wars Canon.” i am fully expecting many heated debates over this subject. some believe, only what we saw in movies should be official canon. i am personally ok with many of the creative ideas, from fans and writers alike, that carried the Star Wars torch over the past 30 years. one thing i want to see is the Sith homeworld, Korriban and learn the origin of the Sith, with the first Sith, Darth Ruin. for now, we will only get pieces of what is to come.
what we do know:
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will reprise their roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo respectively. it is most likely that Luke Skywalker returns to his home planet of Tatooine, much like Obi Wan Kenobi did. perhaps he has begun teaching padwans, young Jedi, like actress Daisy Ridley, who could actually be his daughter. it is also possible that remnants of the empire survived and now have begun hunting the Jedi in secret to quell the Force so that the Sith can rise unopposed and take over the galaxy.
watch the video to discover the official names (don’t worry, it’s only 1min long):