How Will Marvel Bring The XMen, The Fantastic Four & The Silver Surfer into the MCU?

wallpaper-1199506Well, I have some thoughts..

Invisible Woman by Artgem (aka Stanley Lau)

Invisible Woman by Artgem (aka Stanley Lau)

The simplest explanation is not always the most fun. Yes, you could say a school of mutants has always existed in West Chester, NY, but chose not to engage in any of the world threatening struggles– boring, (and also, very unlike the X-Men to ignore such threats). And the Baxter Building has been in the Microverse the whole time? –not buying it.

Captain Marvel by Artgem (aka Stanley Lau)

Captain Marvel by Artgem (aka Stanley Lau)

You could solve it easily with time travel, via the Infinity Gauntlet, with Captain Marvel resetting the entire universe, but one of things is not like the others– enter the XMen in an end credit trailer to the deafening screams of Marvel fans (I would be one of them), as Stan Lee begins reading a copy of the Daily Bugle with Fantastic Four on the front page. This is certainly scifi plausible and would be acceptable, but I have another theory..

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What if..

..during the final battle with Thanos, Scarlet Witch alters reality with her magic, destroying the Infinity Stones, ceasing Thanos to have ever existed, but also inadvertently alters the reality of the universe. The previously vaporized superheroes return and BOOM the XMen now exist, and have always existed according to everyone, except Wanda. Wolverine, Rogue and SpiderWoman (Jessica Drew) are standing beside their teammates, the Avengers, The Fantastic Four can be seen far away atop the Baxter Building, and far, far away, the Silver Surfer makes a deal with Galactus to save Zenn-la.

#want

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..to me, my XMen..

The Cloverfield Paradox is a paradox unto itself. scifi netflix movie

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is an extremely well done scifi adventure movie, with amazing VFX / CGI and special FX. BUT the plot and the story could have been so SO much better; it just felt like they added unnecessary scenes to cover up the gaps in the story and major plot holes. The worst part of this movie was the plot trying to connect the previous films in this series, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane.’

Cloverfield-ParadoxSPOILERS below:

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ movie, surprised us all by dropping it on Netflix, immediately available after the Super Bowl, on the online streaming platform, skipping theatrical release. In ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ the time frame is set in the future to our present 2018 (mentioning this just in case someone from the future is reading this and archiving it to unravel the on-going Cloverfield Mystery). With only 5 years remaining of Earth’s oil reserve supply, a last minute, last ditch effort to save modern civilization, a particle accelerator on a massive space station is created, with the name ‘Cloverfield.’ If it really was humanity’s last chance, why did the ship have to be so big? It literally would have taken decades to build, which would present so many technological problems, including the original parts and design would have to be replaced after 10 years. The particle accelerator itself was not that big, which would be the only reason to have such a massive ship, as current particle accelerators are miles in length, (and circular). The ship design looked amazing, but the rotating elements were off-axis, which would not create the intended artificial gravity; also not necessary and adding to the size of the ship.

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Perhaps “The Cloverfield Paradox” is that the use of alternative fuels would have negated the need for fossil fuels and deescalated any future “Oil Wars,” thus negating the need for this entire movie. Today, the military has prototype biofuel fighter jets that perform equally to fossil fuel jets. A biofuel commercial airline jet made its first transatlantic flight several years ago. Solar City solar panels, using Tesla batteries, powered an entire hospital last fall, as independent aid to Puerto Rico. Solar power plants already exist in the Nevada and Arizona deserts, not to mention countless wind farms around the world. I find it hard to believe, “humanity’s last hope” lies in an untested technological form of space particle accelerator energy generator, that feeds energy to the entire planet. And what was the plan to get the energy down to Earth? Beam it down like a satellite mobile phone signal? If so, would you have to wait for it to pass overhead to get power for your house or city? So many questions..

 

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Back to the story.. and this is the worst part of this film, Donal Logue, an author, via tv broadcast, to the Cloverfield space ship bridge command center, explains the tie-ins to all the Cloverfield movies: “the particle accelerator could open a door to another dimension and bring demons or monsters to Earth.” WHAT?! Why would you take ALL the anticipation and suspense away from the entire film? Also, why were you watching television 30 seconds before testing the device, with only fuel for three more test attempts), THE most important thing in human history? Was it for your Instagram Story?

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Well, now you know what’s going to happen and what will happen on Earth right after the accelerator fires up. Now it’s just wait and see as story unfolds, but wait, we’ll mislead you with scenes that distract from the main story like the arm scene didn’t need to be there. Unless Hamilton was going to use the arm to kill Mena at the climax of their fight scene; they even showed a close-up of the arm, eluding to it being used later in the fight scene, but it never was. Or, unless they were trying to say that that area in the ship was where the dimensions overlapped, but if so, there should have been more anomalies in that same area, like every anomaly, including the unexplained lake of water that appeared out of no where. If they were trying to say that “condensation” created the lake, then the weight of the mystery water would have thrown the station off balance long before the explosion of the magnetic/oxygen related  incident at the rotating gravity balancer. This magnetic anomaly would have made perfect sense if it was in the same location. The purpose of the oxygen scene was to get more energy to launch the particle accelerator, and was going to give them “just enough” energy to do that, but instead it just dropped the periscope thingy with blue lights, that, for some reason, needed to drop down to start the particle accelerator, instead of just being down all the time, it’s not like they needed the space, again, the ship was huge. And also somehow, the ship had tons of energy for the rest of the movie. They could have just had “weird stuff happens on the ship” and still have had it been cohesive in some way.

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People freaked out on Twitter over the ending, but you knew there were going to be giant creatures beginning with Donal Logue’s tv broadcast scene. Also, when husband looks out the window and sees explosions and hears fighter jets flying to the scene (yes, this could be the start of the “Oil Wars” mentioned previously, but not after Donal Logue). And again, when you see the shadow of the monster in the smoke over the debris. And again Again, in the bomb shelter (where was this? who built it? and how did a random doctor know its location? Was it on Yelp? Hey Siri, is there an abandoned bomb shelter and or bunker near me left unlocked with plenty of supplies that also has great cell reception?), when you heard giant foot steps above; what else could have made those exact sounds? And finally, when husband actually says, “You’re having her come back here [to Earth] to these THINGS,” right before you see the giant creature at the end.

 

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Through the use of the Sheppard Gyro Compass device, The Cloverfield space station, intending on creating unlimited energy, accidentally sends the crew to an alternate dimension. The scifi aspects hold up, sort of, when weird things happen and continue to happen without explanation, in a similar vein to ‘Event Horizon.’ I believe ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ was trying to say that when the original Cloverfield ship of original Earth jumped to a new dimension, the universe was trying to correct itself, with anomalies, because the ship did not belong to this new dimension. This wasn’t explained very well, in fact nothing was explained very well. So much so, that instead of establishing rules for the Cloverfield Universe, that were desperately needed (& were promised in promotional marketing), this movie basically says, “we did some stuff and now we can do whatever we want for future films, because none of it matters.” If you want people to become fans, set up rules so we have something to grasp to. As far as I can tell, the particle accelerator opened a dimensional gateway and let out giant monsters in every dimension, at different times. I can only assume that now, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ took place in alternate dimensions and all future movies will have no tie-ins to previous films, and if they do, and a future sequel is not popular, they can simply hit command Z and undo the previous plot, citing that happened in another dimension, and has no relevance on a continuous plot line. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ was originally called, ‘God Particle,’ after the Higgs-Boson particle discovered at the Cern particle accelerator. Scientists have claimed the Higgs-Boson can explain the universe. Maybe they, Paramount with JJ Abrams, originally named it “God Particle,” so they could play God with the plot and never be accountable for anything that doesn’t work.

Speaking of giant monsters.. In the original ‘Cloverfiled,’ many of the monsters were just larger than human size, 8-10 feet tall(?) With the giant, “end boss” monster, half the size of New York buildings, that somehow Michael Jordon-jumped up and knocked off the head of the Statue of Liberty. Why? Because it made a great movie poster. The monsters, at the end of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ were similar to the ones in ‘Cloverfield,’ but more like aliens, with chemical weapons and the technology to build a mothership capable of invading other planets. OR, maybe the aliens driving the mother ship were creatures we haven’t seen yet, who traveled through the dimensional gateway and unleashed the creatures on Earth in every timeline (I’ll take a story credit for the next Cloverfield movie Paramount). When you finally see the giant Cloverfield monster, at the end of ‘Cloverfield Paradox,’ it is so huge, it’s head is above the cloud layer. That is way bigger than Godzilla, in fact, according to science, the cloud layer, as depicted in that scene, ranges anywhere from 6000 to 20,000 feet, and the clouds depicted in that scene, cirrus above cumulus, form at a minimum of 20,000 feet and usually much higher. The weight of such a creature would have easily crushed the underground bunker from the previous scene.

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And in that same scene, did the giant Cloverfield monster eat the escape capsule, from Cloverfield space station, thus negating the entire struggle of every character, of the entire plot, of the entire movie? Maybe not, it was hard to tell, and maybe the creature missed the capsule and it was the same capsule that landed in that unexplained scene from the original ‘Cloverfield’ film, or maybe these two events happened in two different dimensions, and these scenes were just edited together, like Westworld timelines (which is another JJ Abrams project)? If the intention of this Paradox, a convoluted and unsupported plot line which was created merely to rub people the wrong way and get them to complain about this film online, generating enormous social media buzz, then, success.

This movie had a lot of potential. I love the actors, the acting, the incredible sets, the amazing cinematography, the flawless FX, but the story just had so many issues. I would have loved to have seen events in the future create events in the past, or something similar; just better scifi than the muddled story we were given.

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Would I recommend ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ and should you watch it? It’s better than many other movies currently on Netflix, and is even better than many films released in the theaters, despite everything I’ve just mentioned. Also, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is better than anything currently on network television, so yes, I would recommend it, and yes, you should watch it (if you love scifi and don’t mind many, many unanswered questions, and major plot holes).

 

‘Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice’ Movie Easter Eggs Explained. Spoilers DO NOT READ. Review Recap. Bruce’s Dream Explained in ‘BvS’ Film.

Bruce’s Dream. (do not read, contains spoilers). If you just watched ‘Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice,’ you may be wondering (spoilers beyond this point..) what Lex Luthor meant when Batman was is in the jail cell with him, Who’s coming? What threat? You may have also forgotten Bruce’s Dream and it’s meaning. An apocalyptic world where Desert Batman is fighting soldiers with Superman logos, representing some fascist regime. Winged creatures then appear from the sky picking up downed resistance fighters and carry them away. Superman enters, kills two resistance fighters and de-masks Desert Batman. What is happening here? The answer lies in the next scene, “someone” appears (in time travel tunnel) and shouts to Bruce: “If she dies, then it’s over. She must survive.” Bruce wakes up at his desk. Much later, Bruce changes his mind about killing Superman rather suddenly without any reasonable justifiable cause. Was this just a “bad script” like so many critics have penned on their initial reviews? Or did Bruce put the pieces together and realize that if he didn’t save “her,” Martha Kent (not Martha Wayne), then apocalypse would come to Earth, and by “apocalypse,” I actually mean Apokolips. YES! Darkseid is coming and all of his flying minions from his home planet Apokolips. Darkseid is a Superman villain I have been waiting, expecting, hoping to see in Superman films since the Brandon Routh / Bryan Singer ‘Superman Returns.’ Yes, when Lex Luthor gained control of the Kryptonian ship (from ‘Man of Steel’) by using dead General Zod’s skinned finger prints; “..You now have full access to Kryptonian data on 100,000 worlds,” Kryptonian ship computer voice. If you connect this with the exact words Lex Luthor said to Batman in the jail cell at the end, Lex Luthor called Darkseid and basically said Dakseid and the Minions of Apokolis are on their way. Does this mean we will see more of the Apokolip-tic future, where Superman has sided with Darkseid in the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie and the bleak, dystopian future will be unwritten by future Flash time traveling into Bruce’s dream, yelling “Save her Bruce?” Yes, yes it does. The plot to the ‘Justice League’ film has just been revealed. I mentioned there were spoilers, right? Also, we see Wonder Woman in all her glory; I think she could have taken Doomsday all by herself, after all she did mention, “I have taken on and beaten many mythical beasts” (ok, paraphrasing that one..). Wonder Woman did cut off Doomsday’s hand after all, she can block Doomsday’s energy beam with shield and bracelets (although Zack Snyder’s Doomsday does look a lot like Wraith, but Lex Luthor did say, (to Superman) “This is your Doomsday.”). Even Wonder Woman’s lasso of badassness (or Truth) can constrain Doomsday. She could take him. Also, also in the ‘Batman v Superman’ movie, yep, more spoilers, we see film clips, collected by LexCorp, of Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. The final words of Bruce Wayne / Batman (yes, Bruce Wayne is Batman, was that a spoiler too?) to Diana Prince / Wonder Woman was about (yep, out of quotes; that’s a lot to memorize) finding these “others like you, we will need them to fight.” “What makes you sure they will fight?” “They will, when they know what’s coming..” So recruitment is also part of the beginning plot of the upcoming ‘Justice League‘ film. So, you’re saying to yourself, who won? Batman or Superman? Was there really ever a question? Batman is smarter (hence geekier), therefore The Bats always wins; he actually did, in the movie, spoiled again, but that’s not what this post is about; it’s about Bruce’s Dream and the future of the DC comic superhero Universe, or, The DCU. A major geek-out moment for me was when Bruce Wayne walked past a Robin suit, with The Joker’s signature “HAHAHAHA” written in yellow paint. Yes, that’s a hint to Jason Todd’s Robin, who was killed by The Joker, but was later brought back to life via a Lazarus Pit, by Ra’s Al-Ghul. Jason, then, returned to Gotham City, but as the vigilante, The Red Hood, one of the most awesome characters in the DC Universe. Also, I did not see Jena Malone, originally leaked as playing Robin (Carrie Kelly), but more recently billed as ‘Batgirl,’ but I may have just missed her entirely, as there was a lot going on in ‘Batman v Superman.’ I’m sure the additional 60min Zack Snyder says is awaiting us when we buy the R-rated bluray version has Jena Malone and who knows what else? Dun-duhn-DUHNNNN! I am also secretly hoping that the extra 60min includes Mercy (Mercy Graves is played by Tao Okamoto in ‘BvS’) somehow escaping the explosion and living to star in future DC superhero films, just because her character is awesome; OMG another spoiler 😐

Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice‘ movie premieres March 25 2016 (or midnight showing at 6pm Pacific Time on March 24th 2016). Should you go see it in the theatre? Yes, it’s worth the extra theater-going cash. Am I going to buy the bluray? I plan on renting/borrowing.

Wonder Woman‘ solo film premieres Jun 23 2017 (the plot takes place during World War I (or ‘The Great War’), just like in the photo of Diana and her crew that included Steve Trevor (love interest), played by Chris Pine, that Lex Luthor had on his hard drive (ok, that was the last spoiler).

Justice League‘ film premieres November 17 2017, that’s only a year and a half away, not 3 years apart, like the Dark Knight series.

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Big Bang Theory Scavenger Hunt !

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follow the facebook event here:

Big Bang Theory Scavenger Hunt

Big Bang Theory Scavenger Hunt
Travel around pasadena, collecting photos & videos of elements from the show.
1. let’s find where leonard & sheldon live.
2. stuart & the comic book store.
3. maybe even cal tech.. (but not exactly open to the public..)
4. cheesecake factory

Collect the most photos / vids & win BIG prizes!..uhmm, ok, no prizes, “but the fun is all real.”
post photos using #BigBangTheoryScavengerHunt so we can search for them later 🙂

Prizes:
actually we do have prizes:
based on a point system. list of points avail to those who sign up.
most photo / video points : Lootcrate !!
most creative photo/vid for a point : SDCC Comic Con mystery swag!
best rock paper lizard spock video (posted to vine, instagram, youtube, other) : extra cool SDCC mystery swag (oooooo!)

Let’s meet at the SideWalk Cafe, for ‘Anything Can Happen Saturday’ : Sidewalk Cafe 2057 N Los Robles Ave Pasadena, CA 91104 . September 20, 2014 2pm.

Meet up, scavenge for photos & tasks and be yourself; unless you can be Batman, then be Batman.

if you can’t be in pasadena on saturday, follow along at home! post photos of elements from the show & be sure to post your ‘rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock’ video!

the Big Bang Theory premieres monday, september 22.