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..

Top 20 Best Zombie Movies & Top 5 TV Shows Recommended Watch Review List, for the Undead Apocalypse/ Zombies Fan

Even before the first zombie movie, ‘White Zombie,’ people have been obsessed with the undead; the once living, neighbors, friends, relatives, now reanimated and attempting to eat you alive. This concept may be overused in today’s culture, but it was once terrifying.

Creating a modern best of list is difficult, as “best,” to some, may mean scariest, but to others, it may mean cinematic, drama or even humorous. And to others still, it may mean general, quality movie standards of creative story telling and developed, transformative characters. This list will include all of the above and is a recommended watch list for anyone willing to see people eating other people.

 

TV, Top5  (– wait, are there more than 5?)

TWD2The Walking Dead‘ always deserves a mention in anything zombie, I mean, walkers, sorry Robert Kirkman. The first episode is still one of the best, created by Hollywood cinematographer, David Tatersall, and set the tone for the entire series. I wish AMC never fired him; the end of season 1 and the entirety of season could have been good. It got better, of course, and some of those episodes in season 5 and 6 were truly amazing. I personally feel, mid-Negan, the show has gone down hill and lost its appeal to many; (hoping it gets better). I spoke with Robert Kirkman, mid-season 6; he explained that ‘The Walking Dead’ is still in its first act of storytelling. Not sure how that will play out with Andrew Lincoln, ‘Rick,’ leaving the show. AMC will hang on to this show as long as possible, so maybe the overall plan is to realize the big picture story with additional spin-off series like the underwhelming ‘Fear The Walking Dead;’ just make a show about the beginning of the apocalypse, not ‘West Coast Walking Dead,’ it’s not CSI. I did, however, enjoy the brief ‘Flight 462,’ for the mere fact that you cannot escape walkers on a plane.

‘Z Nation’ is just not worth mentioning, aw crap, I mean besides now. Zombie baby, #noop.

izombie-4-sezon-ne-zaman-baslayacakCW’s ‘iZombie‘ is a happy-go-lucky tv series that is all fun and will get you to anticipate each entree Liv Moore creates in every episode. The moral of the series is don’t chase drugs with energy drinks. Or maybe it’s the living and the undead should never date?  Anyway, it’s nothing like the comic.

santa-clarita-diet-season-3-netflix-scheduleSanta Clarita Diet‘ is hysterical all the way through. (if you’re reading this from a time capsule, there are only 2 seasons so far, so I can’t speak for future seasons). What happens when a realtor, or real-a-tor, from the ‘burbs starts to crave human flesh? Does she eat her misogynistic neighbor?

 

MOVIES, Top20

Let’s get the comedy out of the way first..

220px-Life_After_Beth_poster   ‘Life After Beth.’ Aubry Plaza makes this film fun to watch. Unexplained zombie outbreak in suburbia.

Fido  Fido is like ‘Leave It To Beaver’ 50s style television, but with zombies, you’ll love it!

zombieland  Zombieland is a how-to guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse, with great rules to live by. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s a good film as well. I truly loved this movie.

shaun-dead.0.0  ‘Shaun of the Dead‘ is a masterful modern classic, with comedy only Edgar Wright can deliver, and overall, it’s a really good movie. Pulling the blind down to ignore the zombies was a classic scene. Also, setting the stage in the beginning, with people zoning out on the bus before the outbreak is genius. Watch and re-watch.

Drama, action, suspense & horror:

warmbodies   ‘Warm Bodies.’ If you can handle a “zo-mance,” where zombies fall in love and retain human-like qualities, with a happy ending, then this may be for you.

200px-Dodsno    ‘Dead Snow‘ (Norwegian, subtitles). Nazi zombies unearthed in Norway cause havoc. Gory action, with humor.

resident-evil-the-final-chapter-2560x1440-resident-evil-the-final-chapter-6270  ‘Resident Evil.’ The first one was clearly the best in the Milla Jovovich series, but every one is entertaining & promises the Umbrella Corporation, so cool in that regard. Yes, the game is better, but the movies will be rebooted soon and promise more Umbrella Corp, so I’ll be watching.

Rezort-Poster-27x39-copy2-Copy  ‘The Rezort.’  (I still believe ‘Last Rezort’ would have been a better title). A solid movie, with a concise a story, but rather generic. After the zombie outbreak, zombies were defeated, but not eradicated, just put on an island to shoot for recreation. It’s like Jurassic Park, but with zombies, what could go wrong?

HereAlone  ‘Here Alone.’ An indie zombie film. A woman accustomed to isolation in the woods, has her routine upended when she encounters a father and daughter. I liked how you heard the zombies throughout the film, knowing their presence was nearby, but only saw the creatures at the end.

World-war-z-poster03  ‘World War Z.’ Once bitten, you have 11 seconds before you turn. You can’t outrun the turned. If you do manage to escape into a large building, they’ll just pile themselves up a hundred feet high until they breach the building. I’m not spoiling anything am I? I feel like the plot was a little muddled, and it felt like the ending didn’t fit the rest of the film, but it did have some great scenes.

Cargo-Movie-poster  ‘Cargo‘ was a nice film about a man protecting his family. I feel like they traveled in circles the entire film. I enjoyed it, with great performances, but they didn’t follow their own zombie rules at the end.

‘I Am Legend.’ Nope, they were vampires. Yes, it was an apocalyptic movie, like ‘Stakeland,’ but, again, vampires, not zombies. The book had both ravenous zombie-like, flesh-eating vampires, as well as, civilized, societal vampires.

Maggie-review   ‘Maggie.’ Clearly the best acting performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career. His daughter has been bitten and slowly turns. He comforts and connects with her and gradually lets go of his child, knowing there is nothing he can do to stop the change.

TheHorde_movieposterThe Horde‘ (Belgian, subtitles). A good film, despite its flaws. A zombie outbreak occurs during a police raid on a notorious criminal gang; they must team up in order to survive.

28weekslaterPSTER066-film-28-weeks-later-2-1000x1000  ‘28 Weeks Later.’ A good sequel to a great film.

Rammbock_movieposter  ‘Rammbock‘ (German, subtitles). The true spirit of a zombie horror flick; it’s suspenseful, scary and has cinematography that enhances the scenes.

thebattery  ‘The Battery.’ A true low-budget indie film, and one of the best on this list. It tells a story, a good story, of two former minor league baseball players, hence the bats, dealing with the end of civilization, loneliness and the need to connect with other human beings, in an apocalyptic landscape.

Ravenous_220px-Les_Affamés_film_poster  ‘Ravenous‘ (2017, there are many movie titles by this name). (French, subtitles). Really good! This movie brings suspense back to zombie films, a must-watch.

REC  Scariest, for me, on this list would go to ‘[REC]‘ (Spanish, subtitles). Other titles on this list have scary moments and overall creepiness, but this found footage horror movie is edge-of-your-seat thrilling. The American remake, ‘Quarantine,’ and both of [REC]’s sequels were not very good.

  ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ George Romero’s 1968 ‘Night of the Living Dead’ created the zombie film genre, and his 1978 ‘Dawn of the Dead’ perfected it. This original recipe, classic horror film sets the stage for everything zombie to follow.  The 2004 Zack Snyder ‘Dawn of the Dead’ reboot is a non-stop action film, quite different from the original; a must-watch for any zombie fan.

28-days-later-2002-poster  ‘28 Days Later.’ Danny Boyle completely changed the zombie rules, which revitalized the genre with this suspenseful film. ’28 Days’ is the first movie to depict zombies as mad, crazed-sprinters; run for your life! These zombies created so much more tension as a result. Also just one drop of infected blood can turn someone in an instant.  However, I felt the last portion of this movie was little uninteresting, compared to its thrilling beginning.

train-to-busan-commentary  ‘Train to Busan‘ is my favorite on this list. It’s a Chinese, action-thriller that is suspenseful from beginning to end. It’s everything a zombie film should be. Just watch it.

 

If I missed a zombie movie title that you loved, by all means, scream at me in the comments. I mean, you may get blocked, but I would love to hear your opinion, not really, but I would like to know if there is a good film that I missed or haven’t seen.

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).

 

#Bestof #SciFi #movies 2017 #YearInReview

Blade-Runner-Box-OfficeBest of SciFi Movies 2017

Blade Runner 2049

The Shape of Water

Ghost in the Shell

Okja

Kong: Skull Island

 

wonder-woman-2-filming-summer-2018Best of Superhero Movies (you decide which is best)

Logan

Wonder Woman

Thor: Ragnarok

Spider-man: Homecoming

Justice League

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Lego Batman Movie

 

star-wars-the-last-jediGood SciFi

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Life  (everything Alien: Covenant could have been..)

Alien Covenant

Bright

War for the Planet of the Apes

The Discovery

What Happened To Monday?

Kill Switch

Attraction (Russian)

 

BabyDriver(Not SciFi) but Honorable Mention Great Movies 2017

Baby Driver

Atomic Blonde

A Ghost Story

 

Valerian_andtheCityof1000PlanetsOK SciFi

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Valerian and the City of a 1000 Planets

Power Rangers

 

Attraction_(film)(Non-Theatrical Release) Best of Sci-Fi Movies

Attraction (Russian)

Revolt (South African)

The Guardians (Russian/ Superhero)

The Osiris Child

Beyond Skyline

 

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHTNot so great SciFi

Transformers: Last Knight

Dark Tower

Flatliners

 

resident-evil-the-final-chapter(Not so great, but cool if you are a fan):

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Underworld: Blood Wars

 

Really Bad SciFi

The Space Between Us

Geostorm

 

Here is the best of list of scifi movies film on the year of 2017, in theaters and direct to streaming online, via netflix or pay per watch websites, like google play or amazon (or even itunes, hulu, etc). There are many “b-rated” science fiction movies that do not appear on this list of best sci-fi movie of the year. If you have any suggestions of movies that you loved, that came out this year, in movie theater cinemas or online, please let me know; I’m always up for watching more scifi. As always, there are several categories of movies: 1. Must Watch in the theaters 2. Will wait to pay per watch (google play, amazon pay, itunes, etc.) 3. Wait for netflix (or hulu or whatever) 4. Watch if there’s nothing else on (tv, netflix, etc); often it is up to you to decide what category this year’s movies fall into.

Hopefully there are a few scifi movies on this that you may not have seen in theaters or streaming online and you now have more to watch as this year ends and another year begins. Happy New Year!

11 different movie formats to see in theatres, why wait for video: VOD / Streaming (or DVD)?

11 different movie formats to see in theatres, why wait for video: VOD / Streaming (or DVD)? unless of course, it’s a movie like ‘American Ultra,’ then yes, wait for video.

There were just so many choices to see Star Wars The Force Awakens, and choosing a theatre became very confusing coordinating with friends. Should we see close by? or the best screen/ movie experience possible? became a heated debate as one of the most epic movie release date quickly approached, dec 17 2015.

movie theatre formats:

regular or 2D

3D

Real 3D  (somehow this is different than regular 3D )

3D with X D sound  (because movies need sound these days, like the “Talkies.” X D sound is actually better and fuller and creates a more immersive environment, but do bring ear plugs because a class action law suit is coming for future deaf americans. Cinemark theaters).

Laser 3D  (this is different than regular 3D in that the 3D glasses have a receiver, don’t cover it btw. Arclight theatres)

AMC prime  (this is similar to Disneyland or theme parks where the seats move a little during the action, but does not include free 2-day shipping)

IMAX  (not actually sure if you can still see something in IMAX alone, without 3D, but I put it here as an option).

IMAX 3D  (wider than normal screen and in 3D )

IMAX laser 3D  (wider than normal screen and in 3D. adding “laser” to anything makes it sound cooler, even sharks.)

IMAX 3D stadium seating  (this is truly a better movie experience, as you have a much better view of the screen. also the screen is curved to even further immerse you in the film. worth the extra cash for movies like ‘Gravity’ and ‘Star Wars.’)

IMAX stadium seating 1/4 dome  (found only at science museums & theme parks. the only true IMAX, as the movie is shot entire with IMAX cameras).

#FantasticFour final rant. with a 9% Rotten Tomatoes score and box office opening weekend earnings less than ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Green Hornet.’

although the new Fantastic Four reboot will never receive the “honor” to be named “the worst superhero movie of all time,” it will receive the title of “2nd worst superhero movie opening weekend,” (in modern history). the official numbers are in: 26.2 Million (according to Box Office Mojo). the only movie to do worse at the box office was the sequel to Ghost Rider, ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,’ with 22.1M; a movie you are better off not seeing. even the ‘Green Hornet’ did better than the ‘Fantastic Four,’ with 35M. ‘Daredevil’ even raked in 40.3M opening weekend. The 2005 Fantastic Four film made 56M it’s opening weekend and it’s sequel, ‘Rise of the Surfer,’ made a similar 58M. opening weekend box office results are really based on expectations; for example, ‘Superman3’ had a good opening weekend for 1983, but it was based on the expectations from Superman 1&2, and not Richard Prior. what even happened in that movie? evil dude was so rich he “never wore the same socks twice,” is all i got out of it. according to the movie studio, Superman3 did well, and Superman4 killed the franchise. actually, what really happened is no one trusted the Superman brand after Superman3;  (also Superman4 was even worse, like the writers didn’t care anymore). it’s too bad, as i loved Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent.

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in today’s movie market, almost everyone loves superhero movies and are willing to see many of them every year, unlike in years past. we are in an era of geek dominated movies, (which is frikkin amazeballz!) akin to the cowboy movies of the 50s and 60s. we, geeks and muggles alike, are willing to see more than previous generations if we get to see the characters we love. this has made movie makers lazy and more reliant on CGI/special effects and less on a compelling story. Josh Trank, the director of the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, has been blamed for his discouraging tweet the night before ‘The Fantastic Four’ hit theaters. it dissuaded some, but the real discouraging factor was the Rotten Tomatoes score of 9%. the rotten tomato score is a average based on all national critics. Josh Trank, who thinks he is great because of ‘Chronicle,’ and who will NOT, thank God, be directing Star Wars : Rogue One, tried to make himself look better by distancing himself from ‘Fantastic Four,’ and blaming the studio, 20th Century Fox, for the disaster. you’re not THAT good Trank, but you did have a different vision of the movie, which was a more modern, grittier sci-fi version, but was not at all related to the idea of the Fantastic Four and what they represent in the comics in any way. Josh Trank wanted to make a sci-fi film and use existing characters. unique is great, but forcing existing characters into a fixed idea is problematic. Fox wanted to use the standard formula for a superhero film here. there were many clashes between the two, but i post blame on the studio itself for rewriting scenes, last minutes changes and reshoots and even changing characters. one unanimous criticism from every reviewer is that the film lacks continuity and a story with clear direction; this is a clear result from studio conflicts and interference. would we have liked Josh Trank’s vision of the film? more so, yes, completely, no. also, the Fantastic Four sequel will not be happening. but remember when Bryan Singer did not do ‘X-Men3: Last Stand’ so he could steal Cyclops and make ‘Superman Returns?’ that was the worst X-Men movie ever, but they got Singer back eventually, on the creative team for X-Men: First Class’ and completely for X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ So there is hope for the Fantastic Four in movies. Bryan Singer could incorporate the Fantastic Four in future X-Men movies, as he previously hinted at, or 20th Century Fox could hire Fantastic Four writer Chris Claremont, Brian Michael Bendis or any writer who understands the characters and who can create a watchable story. Fox was obligated to make this Fantastic Four reboot; if they hadn’t, the movie rights would have reverted back to Marvel in 2017. will Fox let the Fantastic Four go back to Marvel now? nope, they will cling on as long as they legally can, which means X-Men movies most likely or another reboot in 8 years 😦 the planned Fantastic Four sequel premiere date July 14, 2017 has been replaced by Fox with a possible Deadpool sequel, even though Ryan Reynolds has said Deadpool will be his last superhero movie. this rebooted FF will not be in theatres on their own again, unless accompanied by mutants. (thank you twitter (& @SuperheroSteel) for expressing your Fantastic Four reboot angst this weekend, posts included here).FF_flashy_thingy

summer of sci-fi movies 2015 : upcoming sci fi blockbuster films ,

now playing:

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rating: not as good as the first one, but see it in theatres, watch it in 3d is optional.

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ex-machina

an engaging A.I. / robot story that is more about .. just see it.

rating: see it in theatres

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arnold zombie movie.

rating: borderline: theatres vs wait for dvd. if you love everything zombie, then yes, see it in theatres; as a movie goes, waiting for dvd/watching it at home is fine.   may 8

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 infini

everything you’d expect from a good sci-fi film, spaceships, bio weapons, rescue mission..

rating: i want to see it. a weak theatre rating or a great dvd rating. a great time to kill theatre film, fortunately for us, the sci fi fans, we get it both on itunes and in theatres, at THE SAME TIME.   may 8

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-daymad max : fury road

the apocalyptic world we have grown to love, and bonus! no crazy mel gibson! although he would be a perfect mentally unstable villain in this world.

it’s a reboot, with that awesome car, the australian ford falcon, but with a new story.

rating: see it in theatres, unless the apocalypse scares you.   may 15

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sci-fi / time travel / Ai/machine

rating: wait for dvd.   may 15

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dark star: h.r. giger’s world

h.r. giger created the ‘alien’ creature and many others.

rating: fascinating behind the scenes story about the top sci-fi creatures, but wait for dvd, not necessary to see in theatres.   may 15

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cowboys vs dinosaurs

not a sequel to ‘coboys vs aliens.’

rating: do not see in theatres. do not pay for a dvd/streaming rental, wait for netflix and only if you’re bored.   may 19

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rating: as good as it can be.. even with george clooney, but typ disney/family-friendly/non-adventurous storytelling.

rating: wait for dvd.   may 22

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not about superman & how he recharges his powers from the sun, about the father of the base jumping movement.

rating: if you love action sports, see it theatres w friends who also love action sports, otherwise, dvd rental.   may 22

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perhaps they tried to make this film a little too epic.. they failed, it looks more like ‘2012,’ a laughable disaster movie that’s too over-the-top to be believable; just add aliens, robots and godzilla, don’t pretend it’s a serious movie. also, not the sequel to ‘volcano’ (1997).

rating: the epic scenes will be best in the theatres, but as far as a movie goes, with things that make a movie good, like a good story, wait for dvd; unless you like to see california fall off into the ocean-traffic problem solved, but seriously, save your money.   may 29

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jurassic world

spoiler alert: the dinosaurs escape and eat people.

rating: wait for dvd. it will be better than jurassic park 2 & 3, but the plot is basically the same as the first one, the dinosaurs escape and eat people. the effects are definitely theatre worthy, just don’t encourage them to make 10 more of these, (they have plans to make two more right away, depending on ticket sales).   june 12

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rating: see in theatres, despite drastic story twists, and the new spelling of genesis.   july 1

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not at all related to the upcoming marvel superhero film, ‘ant-man.’

rating: it’s for kids, wait for dvd or not at all, unless you are a kid or a parent renting it for kids.   July 3

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aurora

a lower budget sci-fi with a great, but familiar story of A.I.’s deciding humans are the greatest threat to humanity/earth and “EXTERMINATE.EXTERMINATE.” 60 years later..a post apocalyptic world run by machines.

rating: wait for dvd.   july 7

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exactly what you’d expect from the title, the best part of ‘despicable me.’

rating: if love ’em, go see ’em, but for everyone else, waiting for dvd will be just fine.   july 10

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intriguing  sci fi thriller.

rating: interesting, but wait for dvd.   july 10

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ant-man

not as great as it could have been with edgar wright. also, Hank Pym is not the creator of Ultron in the movies ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ nor in ‘Ant-man,’ but does create Ultron in the comics.

rating: will not be another ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but will try to replicate that style. will not be epic, but will be entertaining. see it in theatres.   july 17

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mr holmes

ian mckellen has to do something now that they gave magneto to michael fassbender 😦

an alternate take on sherlock holmes, well acted, good story.

rating: a great dvd rental.   july 17

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i used to like adam sandler movies..

 it’s ‘grown-ups’ ruining your favorite 80s retro video games.

rating: dvd (but only to see it for a giant pac-man eating san francisco), i would rather see ‘hot tub time machine 2,’ than this.   july 24

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tom cruise, jeremy renner. hopefully not like ‘jason born 4’ w jeremy renner.

rating: as with any great action film, seeing it in the theatre is always best. i really want this to be the best mission impossible yet, but i am not convinced : see it in theatres.   july 31

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another fox film with marvel characters. too soon for a reboot.

rating: will be good, but not great. wait for dvd. (if you must see every superhero movie in theatres, go for it, seeing the negative zone and anilhilus will be interesting. i will be seeing it in theatres).   aug 8

Every Future Superhero movie ever : Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies thru 2020 (UPDATED!!)

Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies 2015 thru 2020 ( this is what we know so far..)  28 Oct 2014. (UPDATED: 7Jan2015)

Marvel has planned out superhero movies thru 2036, but hasn’t released the titles yet. DC is quickly catching up.

note that some of these dates have yet to be confirmed by the movie studios, or the date has been confirmed, but not the movie title for that specific, confirmed date. best-guesses for dates with confirmed dates have been used here, as noted,  based on clues from the movies studios or hints at comic cons. movie studios do change release dates, Batman v Superman & Shazam have both been changed. this list will be updated when more information becomes available. upcoming Star Wars, Harry Potter and other sci-fi related movies are not listed here, see corresponding blog posts.

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2015

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may 1   Avengers 2 : Age of Ultron  (Marvel)

july 17    Ant-man  (Marvel)

aug 7   Fantastic Four  [reboot]  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

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2016

feb 12   DEADPOOL  (Cable will appear in this movie) (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

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march 25   Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice  (will feature Wonder Woman, the Flash & Aquaman)  (DC / Warner Bros)

may 6     Captain America 3  : Civil War  (will feature Iron Man)  (Marvel)

may 27    X-men : Age of Apocalypse  (will feature Deadpool) (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

july 8     Dr Strange  (Marvel)

august 5     Suicide Squad (may include Harley Quinn) [was the Shazam release date] (DC / Warner Bros)

oct 7       Gambit  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

nov 4     Dr Strange   (Marvel)

nov 11      Sinister Six  (Spider-man villains) (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

dec        Sandman  (DC / warner bros)  [this movie has now been canceled as of Oct 2014]

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2017

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march 3      Wolverine 3  [may include Deadpool. this may turn out to be the X-Force movie]  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

may 5         Guardians of the Galaxy 2   (Marvel)

june 2       Fantastic Four 2    (was july 14)  (Spider-man may appear in this movie)   (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

june 23      Wonder Woman    (DC / Warner Bros)

july 28      Thor 3 : Ragnarok  (Marvel)

nov 3        Black Panther    (Marvel)

nov 10        Justice League, part1   (DC / Warner Bros)

fall/winter     Venom  [this movie has now been canceled as of oct 2014]  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

fall/winter      Black Cat?   [unconfirmed]  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

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2018

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march 23    The Flash   [was ‘Flash & Green Lantern’]   (DC / warner bros)

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may 4         Avengers : Infinity War, part 1   (Marvel)

may 4         Amazing spiderman 3  (Sony)

july 6          Captain Marvel   (Marvel)

july 13       [unconfirmed superhero movie title]  (Fox)

july 27       Aquaman   [was: Man of Steel 2]   (DC / Warner Bros)

nov 2         Inhumans    (Marvel)

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2019

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april 5       Shazam  [was Aug 5 2017]  (Warner Bros)

may 3        Avengers : Infinity War, part 2   (the Infinity Gauntlet is coming..) (Marvel)

june 14      Justice League, part2  [hoping to see ultimate villain Darkseid in this or future films] (DC / Warner Bros)

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2020

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april 3         Cyborg   (DC / Warner Bros)

june 19     Green Lantern  (Reboot)   (DC / Warner Bros)

Marvel has confirmed the superhero movies of Iron Man 4, Thor 3, and Black Panther, but has not confirmed their release dates; most likely Thor 3 will be the year before Avengers 3, (Nov 3 2017) and Iron Man 4 will be released the same year as Avengers 3 (July 6 2018) and will continue the plot established in Avengers 3 and Captain America 3; yes Iron Man will be appearing in Captain America 3. major things will happen in Avengers 3, major things. not every hero will survive (the destructive path of Thanos). Avengers 3 will be the culmination of everything Marvel has been building in all of it’s movies to date, and in Marvel’s soon to be released movies leading up to Avengers 3. we will see even more plot threads and hints of what is to come; more than just more Infinity Stones. too bad Marvel couldn’t lease it’s other superheroes from Fox & Sony for this epic cinematic event. Marvel is developing a Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel movie, much to the fans wild approval. Captain Marvel, (formerly Ms Marvel), in the comics, is a role model for girls and women everywhere. a strong female lead superhero movie is a much needed, and long awaited arrival. DC / Warner Bros has been saying for years that a female lead superhero movie just wont work; just this week, they changed their minds, because of the fans, and green-lighted the Wonder Woman movie. Marvel was also developing a Black Widow movie, which may include Hawkeye and her time at Hydra, but that is now on the back burner (update). who will be first to release a strong female lead superhero movie? Marvel with Captain Marvel or Black Widow or DC / Warner Bros with Wonder Woman? (update): it looks like DC will be first with Wonder Woman, June 23, 2017; Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers will be released on July 6, 2018. Marvel is also developing several other superhero movies for the immediate future and is developing every Marvel superhero and every major comic book storyline for the years to come, through year 2036. yes, ‘Secret Invasion,’ and other favorites, will be in film, so start looking for clues leading up to and beyond Avengers 3.

Marvel (update): Iron Man 4  Marvel has confirmed this as a movie and now has a contract with RBJ, Robert Downey Jr, but there are no more official Marvel movie dates for the next 5 years. Marvel only has one movie title for 2019, Avengers : Infinity War, part 2; i’m hoping we wont have to wait that long for Iron Man 4. Iron Man will be appearing in Captain America 3: Civil War, and of course, the Avengers 2 : Age of Ultron, Avengers 3 : Infinity War, part 1 & 2. if only only Iron Man had appeared in Captain America 2 : the Winter Soldier, catching Steve Rogers, just before hitting the ground, as he fell from the Helicarrier, if only..  Thor 3, now known as Thor : Ragnarok will feature one of the best story lines in the Thor comics. The Avengers : Infinty War, is, of course, about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet and the immanent destruction of, not just earth, but also the universe; spoiler alert: Captain America’s shield will pass to another. sad, i know, but both the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes and Falcon have carried Cap’s shield after Captain America was _________ in the comics.

Fox, who owns the cinematic rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four, has confirmed an X-Force movie, the X-Men spin-off. it has yet to be confirmed whether it will be X-Force or Uncanny X-Force from the comics, we the fans want to see Psylocke, Domino, X-23, Cable and Fantomex, and ArcAngel, and including Deadpool would be cool too. Unfortunately, Fox will not be returning X-Men or anything under the X-Men umbrella back to Marvel any time soon. Fox (and Sony) should at least strike a deal with Marvel to lease certain characters, so the Marvel movies can be more complete and true to the comics. for example, when an ominous foe threatens earth, every Marvel bands together to defeat them; ie, Thanos, Ultron, Kang the Conqueror, etc., instead of how it is now in the cinematic universe, where it seems like Spider-man & teh Fantastic Four were napping when Loki and the Chitauri almost conquered New York, and also as the X-Men watched it all on TV.

Sony, who owns the movie rights to Marvel’s Spider-man and all of Spiderman’s villains and cohorts, will be creating its own Spidey cinematic universe. Sony plans to launch a Sinister Six movie soon and plans to launch other Spider-man related films, although “officially” both the Black Cat movie and the Venom movie have been shelved for now. it’s obvious Sony has rushed the Spider-man movies before. this was blatantly obvious with Spider-man 3, great characters, but poorly executed. Spider-man 3 was merely a pre-cursor to the horror that was to come; the Amazing Spider-man movie. it was way too soon to reboot the franchise Sony. although Amazing Spider-man 2 was better than Amazing Spider-man, it was clearly rushed, with no clear story arc; and why were there 3 villains? and why did the movie have 3 endings? Sony was trying to set up it’s Spidey universe, hinting at future films, but it was poorly executed. rumor: Sony may have struck a deal with Fox and future movies may see an X-men/ Fantastic Four/ Spider-man crossover of some sort. Sony has confirmed Amazing Spider-man 3 and Amazing Spider-man 4, but not Andrew Garfield for Amazing Spider-man 4. Sony could be planning on killing Peter Parker, like Marvel did in the comics, and passing the web slinger role to Miles Morales / Ultimate Spider-man. we shall see.. (UPDATE Dec 2014): Sony may reboot the Spider-man franchise for Amazing Spider-man 3, due to conflicts with Andrew Garfield. please consider Sony, the fans will not stand for this, many still complain about the Andrew Garfield reboot. it’s too soon to reboot again; superhero fans and regular peeps will become disinterested and just stop going to the theatre. let Marvel show you hoe to use Spider-man, or at least lend him to Marvel.

DC / Warner Bros  (UPDATE)  has confirmed a solo Batman movie and Man of Steel 2, but has not confirmed their release dates yet. this post will be updated as new release are confirmed. Batfleck, Ben Affleck has signed an 11 movie deal to appear as Batman for DC / Warner Bros. Jason Momoa, ‘Kahl Drogo’ from Game of Thrones, (has been confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice. Batman v Superman will also feature Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, The Flash and possibly Cyclops, besides the obvious Batman, Ben Affleck, and Superman, Henry Cavill.

note: Marvel & DC are not the only companies who produce superhero comics. other comic book companies will soon be launching their own superhero movies. Valiant comics is one of these companies. If you haven’t read Valiant, start with X-O Manowar, he will be the 1st of many Valiant movies. there have been other non-Marve-DC superhero movies in the past too, like the Phantom, from the 90s, with Billy Zane, which is one of my favorite superhero movies of all time (story is more important than visual effects).

Dr Strange movie update!

1261143-dr_strange_by_yamaoJoaquin Phoenix drops out of the upcoming Marvel movie, Dr Strange. reasons are stated that Joaquin Phoenix never actually signed a contract, and his “confirmed” role was merely a rumor. we may never know the actually truth, but are disappointed such a great actor will not be playing the ‘Sorcerer Supreme.’

before choosing Joaquin Phoenix, Marvel considered everyone’s, fan favorite pick, Benedict Cumberbatch, (Khan, from the new Star Trek 2 & Sherlock); we hope Benedict Cumberbatch will be on board. he loves the fans almost as much as they adore him. Cumberbatch is a great actor and would make an excellent Dr Strange.

Jared Leto (from the sci-fi movie Mr. Nobody)was also considered. Tom Hardy (Bane, from ‘Dark Knight Rises’) was considered for the role of Dr Strange as well. he would not be the first actor to cross the Marvel – DC movie boundary (Ryan Reynolds: Deadpool/Wade Wilson, Hal Jordan/ Green Lantern). just to clear things up Dr Strange is not to be confused with DC comics Batman super villain Hugo Strange, who is also a doctor. Dr Strange is Dr Stephen Vincent Strange, a neurosurgeon, who discovers he has “the sight” and through circumstances i wont go into right now, becomes a sorcerer.

Batmobile revealed!

the new Batmobile from the upcoming movie #BatmanvSuperman has been revealed in its entirety. it’s also good to know that the #Batmobile can parallel park for those Gotham City errands and ever important Batshopping. this model comes passenger side airbags, Mr Freeze adaptive climate control air conditioning, surround sound with bass boost for BatTunes and is now a hybrid, allowing for full whisper stealth mode running solely on battery power.

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the ever anticipated Batman v Superman movie is set to be released on March 25, 2016 and will feature Batman / Bruce Wayne played by Batfleck / Ben Affleck, Superman / Kal El (soon to take on his secret identity of Clark Kent in this film) played by Henry Calvill, Wonder Woman / Diana Prince played by Gal Gadot, the Flash / Barry Allen played by Scoot McNairy, and possibly Aquaman / Orin, King of Atlantis, played by the Khal Drogo guy from Game of Thrones.  Jesse Eisenberg will play villain Lex Luthor donning the Lex Battle Suit (no photo of the Battle Suit yet, but we do know Jesse is now bald..).