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..

#Avengers #InfinityWar #Spoiler #review #DontRead but also #DontWorry

thanosSeriously, #spoilers ahead..

First of all, you knew this was coming. If you didn’t, you weren’t paying attention. Even in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor had a vision, in The Cave, where Thanos killed all the Avengers.

doctor_strange_featured_imageLet’s just take a look at several things Dr Stephen Strange said during the film. “I’ve examined 14million plus possibilities..” “How many of those do we win?” “Only one.” Later, he says, “There really was no other way.”

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If you put these together, Dr Strange saw the only possibility in which they won and let it play out, knowing there really was only one way to defeat Thanos, even if it was defeat in the long term. And by long term, I mean, the next Avengers movie, picking up where Guardians of the Galaxy 2 left off, “I name him ‘Adam.'” Yes, Adam Warlock, in the comics defeats Thanos, with the help of others, but it is Adam who wields the Infinity Gauntlet to defeat Thanos, also Squirrel Girl defeats Thanos, but that is another story. This also explains why Dr Strange never used The Time Stone in his fight against Thanos, like he did in his fight against Dormammu. He played the long game, the one where Thanos will be defeated for good.

4147294-jpegThis also explains why Dr Strange “allowed” Quill to get angry at Thanos, hitting him and waking him up 2 seconds too early, (Tony Stark in his Iron Man Nano Suit & Peter Parker Spider-man in his Iron Spider suit almost removed the Infinity Gauntlet, yes, they just needed 2 seconds more). So if they did succeed in removing The Gauntlet, would Thanos rise again at some later time, needing Squirrel Girl to defeat him? (again, another story..). I believe Marvel is saying Thanos would rise again and the only way to defeat Thanos for good is to let him destroy half the life of all the universe… and come back later to defeat Thanos for good.

brie-larson-captain-marvel-mar-vell-comicbookcom-1078504Captain Marvel will play a pivotal role in defeating Thanos, and removing the Gauntlet. Adam Warlock can wield it and reset the universe to how it was before Thanos, even restoring all of Asgard and Nidavellir, (the realm of the dwarves).

tumblr_np82sfbER01s88ss5o1_1280Once this happens, Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, can destroy several of the Infinity Stones and have the Avengers protect the rest. I would have Wanda destroy the Power Stone & the Reality Stone, as they are too powerful to have lying around, even The Collector could  not protect these Infinity Stones. Give the Time Stone back to Dr Strange for safe keeping and as a great defense against threats to Earth. Give the Mind Stone back to Vision, so he can become Vision again, unless Shuri can reconnect neurons and make Vision without the need for the Mind Stone. Let Thor use the Space Stone as the Tesseract again, because that was convenient, and as for the Soul Stone? I’m not sure. Definitely have Eitri melt down the Infinity Gauntlet so it can never be used again.

This is a response to all the angst on twitter right now.. (don’t worry, in two years, all the ones who disappeared at the end of the movie will be restored).

Also, Disney just used the word assh*le in a Marvel film, way to go MCU. It wasn’t even an emotional moment, just Banner in the.. Were they trying to top the last Avengers movie, with “language, Cap?”

Ultron : Who is Ultron? & 5 easter eggs no one will ever expect in Avengers : Age of Ultron from leaked secrets Joss Wheadon doesn’t want anyone to know

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 😉

avengers-vision-bio-615x323these images tell the movie story of Ultron and Vision; they were leaked on Reddit.

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).

Every Future Superhero movie ever : Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies thru 2020

Upcoming Marvel & DC superhero movies 2015 thru 2020 ( this is what we know so far..)  UPDATED: 15 Oct 2014.

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)

june 19   Fantastic Four  [reboot]  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

july 17    Antman  (Marvel)

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2016

feb 12   DEADPOOL  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

Batman_v_Superman

march 25   Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice  (DC / Warner Bros)

may 6     Captain America 3  (will include Iron Man)  (Marvel)

may 27    X-men : Age of Apocalypse  (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 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]  (Marvel heroes/ Fox)

may 5         Iron Man 4  [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not for this particular confirmed movie]  (Marvel)

june 23      Wonder Woman    (DC / Warner Bros)

july 14       Fantastic Four 2  (Marvel heroes/ Sony)

july 28     Guardians of the Galaxy 2   [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not for this particular confirmed movie]   (Marvel)

nov 3         Thor 3 [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not for this particular confirmed movie]   (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 3  [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not for this particular confirmed movie]   (Marvel)

may 4         Amazing spiderman 3 (Sony)

july 6         Black Panther  [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not for this particular confirmed movie] (Marvel)

july 13       [unconfirmed superhero movie title]  (Fox)

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

nov 2         Black Widow / Hawkeye [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but has not yet confirmed this title]

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2019

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

may 3        [Marvel has confirmed this date for a superhero movie, but not yet for a specific movie] (Marvel)

june 14      Justice League, part2  [hoping to see ultimate villain Darseid 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 is also developing a Black Widow movie, which may include Hawkeye and her time at Hydra. 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? 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. Ironman 4 and Black Panther have confirmed as movies.

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 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 was napping when Loki and the Chitauri almost conquered New York, as the X-Men watched it all on TV. sign the petition to free the X-Men.

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.. sign the petition to share Spider-man with Marvel.

DC / Warner Bros 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.

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).

the end of S.H.I.E.L.D.? in [Captain America : the Winter Soldier] what about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

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oooo, ya, • SPOILER ALERT • sorry, well not really, you should have already seen it opening weekend. the only acceptable excuse for not seeing Captain America: the Winter Soldier opening weekend, or any Marvel movie, would be…perhaps underground ferret hunting in Bosnia while being chased by giant robots. but as that is highly unlikely for most of us, your excuse is invalid. IT’S CAPTAIN AMERICA! ok, i’m calm now..

the action in this movie is unprecedented. the Nick Fury street scene was probably the most amazing action sequence i have ever seen. it definitely harkens back to “the bank scene,” from Heat. this is the scene that stands out the most. there are many action sequences in this film, all of them amazing.

 

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HYDRA. THANOS. INFINITY STONES and new “mutants.”

if you don’t know what Hydra is, watch the first Captain America movie again, they explain it’s origins; it’s creation during World War II by Agent Smith, i mean, Red Skull, under the Nazi Regime. Also, i should mention, in the first Captain America film, (Captain America: the First Avenger), Red Skull found the Tesseract in Norway, one of the Infinity Stones, this one from Asgard, yeah, that’s where Thor is from. confused? well you just have to pat attention, because if you don’t, you will be really lost on august 1st. what? you don’t know why august 1st is the most pivotal day in superhero cinematic history? GUARDIANS of the GALAXY of course! yes, add that to your iCal & google drive/docs/whatever right now. why? THANOS is why. THANOS. OMG, really? Thanos was born on titan, he genetically enhanced himself to make him uber powerful. he fell in love with Lady Death & killed most of his race to impress her. then he found the cosmic cube, making him virtually omnipotent (as a side note: in doing so, killing Drax the Destroyer’s parents, and yes, Drax is one of the Guardians of the Galaxy). Thanos’ quest for ultimate power and his will to kill all living things to impress Lady Death, yes it really does matter who you chose to date, features the creation of the Infinity Gauntlet, that’s a plate-mail glove, like knights used to wear, do i have to explain everything? anyway, the Infinity Gauntlet is gold and when fitted with all of the Infinity Stones grants the wearer power great enough to destroy the universe. the Tesseract is one Infinity Stone and in Thor 2: the Dark World (you know, with the dark elves), we see the another Infinity Stone, the Aether. at the end of the movie, during the final credits scene, we meet The Collector, as Lady Sif and Thor deliver the Aether to him for safe keeping. The Collector is immortal and omnipotent, but became complacent and rather bored with his long existence, so he began to collect things, rare things, and once he had one of an item, he just had to have all of whatever it was to complete the collection, hence the name, ‘the collector.’ now, the Aether was actually not the second Infinity Stone that we have seen in the Marvel movie universe. in the Avengers, we had several sneak peaks to what was to come. we see Thanos, briefly and shrouded. he was the one that Loki kneeled to; the one that rescued Loki from the the frost giant world of Jotunheim (pronounced “yo-den-hi mm”), gave him command of the Chitauri army and, most importantly, a staff of power with, yes, you guessed it, wait-what? you didn’t guess? grrrrr-another Infinity Stone. so that’s three Infinity Stones three more to go. so yes, we will see Thanos in full action for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, yes AUGUST 1ST!, and we will see more Infinity Stones and more of the Collector. but we wont get to see the Infinity Gauntlet in full form until the Avengers3, yes we have to wait a while, a long while, probably until 2018 😦

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ok, bad to our story, Captain America: the Winter Soldier. for the credits preview scene (there were two, one mid-credits, and one at the very end, after you discover they filmed a lot of the movie in Ohio of places, and yes, we yelled out “OHIO,” with fist in the air, just like from the Drew Carey show, when we first saw that.) the mid-credit scene showed a secret Hydra base, future Hydra villain Baron von Stucker (former nazi, who has slowed his aging process) and human experimentation using, yes, Loki’s staff and the second Infinity Stone. as you probably guessed by now, Thanos really wants that stone back and is really going to make Loki suffer for failing him and losing the staff. it wont matter that Loki is cloaked, appearing as Odin, in Asgard, Thanos will find him (he actually threatened Loki, saying just that, in the Avengers). now that the Red Skull is gone, in the Marvel cinematic universe, other Captain America villains will arise like Stucker or Vemo or … actually, there are quite a few. i know, i know, i’m getting to it, who were those last surviving people in the cells? or the”twins,” as they were referred to in the mid-credit scene? well, i need to explain what has happened irl, (in real life), with Marvel and Marvel Movies. Marvel almost went under for a second time in the late 90’s. several things happened to save them. Disney ended buying Marvel and the Marvel Universe, Sony bought the exclusive movie rights to Spider-man and, more importantly, to this story, Fox bought the rights to not only, the X-men, but also mutants, and every type of mutant and even the use of the word “mutant.” sooo, that means that no mutants or X-men can ever appear in Marvel movies, (also no Spidey). this is detrimental to how superheroes work. imagine a world where a story is told where there were only police and no firemen or EMT’s, they need each other to face each threat and disaster and save lives. so so sooo, back to the mid-credit scene, Marvel, it seems, has developed a way to create mutants, without actually being mutants, genetic disposition that manifests during puberty or is otherwise activated. so so so soooo….drum roll…the two “twins,” were QUICKSILVER, who is kinda like the Flash, and  SCARLET WITCH, one of the most awesome female mutants/avengers/super heroines of all time. she has really awesome powers, is such a fascinating character and has a dark quality as well, that makes her really interesting. in the comics, QUICKSILVER and SCARLET WITCH are the children of Magneto, thus genetically inheriting mutant powers. i’ll do a separate post on the coolness of Wanda Maximoff, aka the SCARLET WITCH, so you can fully understand her. ok, i’ll do one on QUICKSILVER as well, mostly because he will be featured in the upcoming Fox X-men movie, with a different actor than the one playing Quicksilver in the future Marvel movies. how is that legally possible? Quicksilver is a mutant, therefore is now owned by Fox, but both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were both Avengers in the comic series, so they kinda fall into two legal categories, “mutant” and “avenger.” and thanks loads stoopid lawyers for making this so confusing. can’t we all just get along & make superhero as they should be made?

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HYDRA  and the Fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.

what will happen to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? (& damn it Stan Lee for making S.H.I.E.L.D. so hard to type, every time, SHIFT period, SHIFT period, SHIFT period, ugh~~). will they be canceling the prime time tv show on abc now? what? i didn’t cover what happened to S.H.I.E.L.D. (ugh ~~) in Captain America:the Winter Soldier yet? ooops. ok, here’s what happened. in the Avengers, there was a scene where you saw the HYDRA symbol on crates in the weapons cache (the HYDRA symbol is that of an actual hydra, with tentacles, but with a skull, like the one from ancient Greece, where, as part of the 12 tasks of Hercules, Hercules attempted to slay the beast by chopping off its many heads; as he did so, two heads grew back in its place.). so, if you were paying attention, you knew HYDRA was coming, maybe not in the form of essentially destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. so what happens now? (and yes, i started two sentences in a row with “so,” so?) so what happens to Agent Coulson and tv’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? (and yes i did it again, but it really work there did it?). last fall we saw Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. incorporate into the Thor 2:  the dark world plot line. will they be doing this again? they can’t. why? they just brought Agent Coulson back from the dead, they can’t disband S.H.I.E.L.D. on tv and tear away a character we have grown to love. so (yep..) don’t believe the hype, the series will continue, just with deception, duplicity and hopefully more Marvel movie action. for everyone who has complained that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is boring, well get ready, because leading up to and including, the final episode, is said to be “riveting.”

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oh ok, i’ll tell you what happened in the Winter Soldier.. (i did mention spoiler alert already, right?) S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated by HYDRA, from the highest ranking official (Pierce, not Nick Fury of course) down to the average agent. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new helicarriers were designed to eliminate threats from high altitude, low-earth orbit, using a sophisticated satellite network. HYDRA’s plan was to take over this network and eliminate threats before they happen, by profiling potential human threats, 20 million of them, using Zola’s algorithm and killing them. Captain America demanded nick Fury end S.H.I.E.L.D. so that HYDRA will never again take over and have that much power. the flaw in this plan is that HYDRA could just as easily infiltrate other organizations, like the CIA or the FBI, and may have done so already. Hydra will still continue, but now S.H.I.E.L.D. is not there to stop them. but it was a nice twist to see in the film. they set it up for Nick Fury to be a regular, hands-on agent again; i’m really looking forward to seeing that. i wonder if A.I.M. will ever be incorporated into the movies or tv Marvel world (maybe with Project Centepede)? (A.I.M. is a group of villainous scientists similar to HYDRA). also to note: it was hinted in the film that Natasha Romanov BLACK WIDOW’s ‘checkered past’ may come to light. i think they mean how she worked for HYDRA in the past. to me, this is setting the stage for a stand alone BLACK WIDOW movie, which i would be very excited about seeing, not just for Scarlet Johansson, but also for Widow’s relationship with HAWKEYE. i’m still not clear how this segways into S.W.O.R.D. and Abigale Brand (hopefully future movies will cover ‘Secret Invasion’ & Spiderwoman/Jessica Drew; really, REALLY hope so). there is just so much material Marvel can draw from to create movies, and by the way, they have made movie plans through 2028, so pay attention in each film, they will hint at future films.

 

so go see Captain America : the Winter Soldier, if you haven’t already; see it in XD sound, as well as in 3D, so you can hear the vibranium reverb effect from Captain America’s shield. did you want to know the future of Captain America, Thanos & the Winter Soldier? stay tuned to my blog, youtube & twitter, and i just might tell you, hint: Captain America 3 will be epic, but nothing can prepare you for the events that will transpire in Avengers 3.

 

the only thing that would have made this movie better, when Captain America was falling from an impossible height, from a crashing helicarrier (but this time onto pavement, not water), Ironman appears out of nowhere, catching him before he hits the ground. that’s the kind of cross over Marvel often plays, and it would have been uber amazing to see it on film. although, a scene like that may have caused geeks everywhere to spontaneously explode, so maybe they didn’t add a scene like that to preserve the geek population. well played Marvel, well played.

Must-See Sci-Fi Movies for 2014

Here is a list of the Best Movies of 2014 or Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2014 I should say:

Instead if reflecting on the past, on what happened in 2013, let’s take a look forward into the future, into the sci-fi future of 2014. more specifically, a look into what the future holds for us in theatrical amazement in 2014.

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Jupiter Ascending

the Wachowski brothers.

epic.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & time travel. set in the future, during an epic battle with an alien race, Tom Cruise experiences a time glitch and repeats the day of the battle. can he find clues on that single day to change the course of history, where aliens defeat the human race? and there’s also cool action sequences.

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Xmen : Days of Future Past

Do I really need to convince anyone to go see this in the theatre?  The biggest dilemma is midnight show or opening night.  Bryan Singer (‘Xmen’ (2000), ‘X2’ (2003)) returns with the original cast, including Halle Barry and combines with the cast from ‘Xmen : First Class,’ Jennifer Lawrence & James McAvoy, to create a stellar cast, including, of course, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen & Hugh Jackamn. An amazing superhero director, an amazing cast & a great script. See it, or I’ll use Cerebro to find you.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

YES, YES, YES!

I  am so looking forward to this! I have been excited ever since Marvel first announced it. check out my Pinterest page for cool photos.  Chris Pratt plays StarLord / Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper, the voice of Rocket Racoon, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Dave Batista plays Drax the Destroyer, Glen Close & Karen Gillian also star. also star. did you see the very end of Thor2? if you did, then you know that Benevio Del Toro plays ‘the Collector.’ the collector of what? well, everything worth collecting, but important to this story is the ‘infinity stones.’ and if you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel cinematic universe you would know, that from that epic moment in the ‘Avengers,’ where you see Thanos’ Infinty Gauntlet. If you missed it, go watch it again. I’m sure they will explain Soul Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Stones and Thanos in greater detail in the movie. This will be an epic event, I may live cast the midnight showing. Who wants to go in cosplay?

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Captain America : The Winter Soldier

Yes, Bucky returns and “Cap,” kicks butt. Did I just spoil it for you? Go see it, you’ll enjoy it, and don’t forget to watch it all the way through to the very, very for glimpses of what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Interstellar

Christopher Nolan. do I really need to say anything else here?

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Transcendence

Rebecca Hall, Johnny Depp & AI. Can an ai become human when merged with an actual human consciousness? Or will the ai take over & seize control of the nefarious, secret government agenda?

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The Hobbit, part 3 :There & Back Again

There’s only an epic battle left in the original story, about 1/2hour, so that’s 2 1/2 hours of newly created material to connect the dots & set the stage for the Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed part 2 & was very happy there was more dragon than in the book. It’s interesting to see the rise of Sauron; I would like to see more of that in part 3. Yes, the movies are plagued with orc / goblin ambiguity and cross-overs from the book, but there’s wizards and dragons and second breakfasts.

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Robopocalypse

Kind of like the ever familiar theme (‘Terminator,’ ‘iRobot,’ etc) of humans creating robots to make their lives easier, then an AI begins to think for oneself & eventually robots try to take over the world and/or exterminate all human life. This is sort of a similar theme of upcoming Marvel movies :  Xmen : Days of Future Past, with Sentinel  or Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, (doesn’t Ultron kill everyone & only time travel can save them, kind of like ‘Xmen: Days of Future Past’ plot; oops, spoiler alert.  Also like ‘Transformers4: Age of Extinction’ apparently.

This is a Steven Spielberg movie, which, under normal circumstances would be a good thing, but in recent history, Spielberg hasn’t been successful in the sci-fi genre. Not including ‘Super 8’ or ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ as he only produced, or ‘produced’ maybe I should say–stay at home while others do the work. Do you remember ‘A.I. : Artificial Intelligence?’ (they had to spell it out so stupid people would know what A.I. was). That movie was so boring, AND it was 3 hours long @#$%! If you haven’t seen it, stop watching at minute 3:17 (guessing at time) but after she says “conundrum,” then skip to the final scene; you’ll get what it was about and see the twist. now i can rant all day, every day about ‘War of the Worlds,’ and maybe I will, but not here. Attention Steven Spielberg: “You can’t have an epic sci-fi film if the aliens are the dumbest ever depicted in any sci-fi movie ever seen or any book ever written. So to conclude, we have an over-used theme & a film maker who has lost his touch with sci-fi; what’s the catch phrase for this post? that’s right, “don’t make it suck.”

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Last Days on Mars

I’m guessing its like ‘The Thing,’ but on mars.

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Mocking Jay, part 1

Yep, the third in the ‘Hunger Games’ series will be in 2 parts.  More Jennifer Lawrence & the crazy costumes of Stanley Tucci. Sad there wonit be any more from fashion designer Lenny Kravitz. May the reviews be ever in your favor.

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Mad Max : Fury Road

I loved Mel Gibson when he was Mad Max, the pre-crazy years. Everyone loves a post-apocalyptic world with deadly boomerangs and bad-ass cars. Yes, I am referring to the Australian 1972 Ford Falcon from the original Mad Max film. I got to see a fan’s restored version of the original at Comic Con this year.

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Robocop

Will you see this in the theatre? You have 20 seconds to comply. Can they they make this cool, and not ’80’s cheeseball with Ford Taurus police cruisers? The original threequels made Robocop to be almost like Ironman, yes, he flew in Robocop 3. There wasn’t a whole lot of depth in the series, and they just masked the poor plot with grotesque violence. I wonder if Peter Weller, now Syracuse University professor of history, will make a cameo? I want to see an intelligent plot for Detroit’s robotic finest. Make it cool, and you’ll have a rekindled cult classic.

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Seventh Son

Based on the novel, ‘The Spook’s Apprentice.’ Lots of fantasy action and crazy visual effects, so much so that it will be released in IMAX.

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Godzilla

I know what your thinking, it’s Godzilla & you just gotta watch it. Maybe King Idra or Mothra will be in it instead of just another reboot. I also think it’s too soon to have a giant creature, Kanji, in the pacific after this year’s release of ‘Pacific Rim. ‘

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s a lot of people excited about the release of this film. I spoke with some of the creators earlier this year and it sounds really cool; not campy at all like the previous films; hopefully that’s not just hype. And yes I know the owner of the Cowabunga Van.

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Dracula Untold

The origin story of Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia) becoming Dracula, set in the 1400’s. More along the lines of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992) and not at all like ‘Twilight.’ I’m curious if the film ‘Byzantium’ inspired this vampire movie. Many people don’t know the real origin story of Dracula, the one that when Bram Stoker came across it, in 1890, & combined with other folk tales, created earth’s first vampire. epic.

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Transformers 4 : Age of Extinction

Is that extinction of Decepticons,  humanity? Michael Bay? or the movie series? Or maybe the Decepticons are just teaming up with the Jurassic Park peeps for Dino-Robot Global Domination. If giant robots can’t take over the earth the 3 movies, better implore the help of dinosaurs, right? Oh rootin’-tootin’, Jurassic World’ (Jurassic Park4) comes out in 2015- $&@?!, that was such a great rant-I’m leaving it anyway, but it won’t make sense now. Ok Michael Bay, do your action thing & no plots that make no sense, like Transformers 2 & leave the kiddy stuff out it, like giant robots stepping on mom’s flower garden, in Trans1. Oh yes, a request from a fan– yes, I have fans, ok, just one, and she wants more girl robots. I guess there was one in Trans2, (she turned into 3 motorcycles, does that mean she was 3 Gobots, I mean, Autobots? or just one?) but was killed in her second action sequence. The third film in the series was the best so far, in my opinion. Trans4 will have epic action, even beyond what we have seen before & claims to be the best yet in the series; we shall see. I keep expecting my car to transform into a robot, but Autobots just don’t come in Kia. If there was a Prius Transformer, would they need less energon to survive? Be green giant robots, be green.

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Legend of Hercules

(no Kevin Sorbo, a plus, but the plot has little to do with history or the Greek myth, a big MINUS. Hopefully it wont be horrible like ‘The Immortals.’ Just make it better than “Clash of the Titans,’ and it’ll be cool. By the way guys, a good date movie is totally buff guys with no shirts (unless it’s Matthew McConaughey of course).

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Pompeii

Pretty sure the volcano kills a bunch of rich people at the end.

Jon Snow stars in a movie! “Winter is coming,” or ash and pyroplastic flow (hot mud entombing your body for generations to come. (Things NOT to do when impending volcanic doom is upon you: be on the toilet).

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300: Rise of an Empire

(‘300: 2’  or  maybe just  ‘301’)

Pretty sure they all died at the end of the first one. oh ya, you’re right, Faramir left early to sing a ballad about it. Yes, ‘300’ was based on a novel that changed the most heroic battle in ancient history, the Battle of Thermypolae, into something more fanciful. The true history of that battle, when Leonidas and the rest of the 300 Spartans and 1000 Thebans, used and broke all of their weapons in the fiercest fighting that region had ever seen, they fought armed soldiers with rocks. When they ran out of rocks, they fought spears and swords with fists. Leonidas’ last stand slowed the invading Persians enough for the Athenians & other Greek city states to gather their armies and triremes (ancient rowing ships with battering rams, like the ancient version of a torpedo) and decimate the Persian navy, thwarting their invasion. Such courage and defiance was lost a little on me in the movie ‘300.’ I expect the same style from the first film, action and yelling, with over-saturated coloring, and buff guys with no shirts. If guys can go see the expendables for pure testosterone action, why not let the girls see  this one?

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Yep, another planet of the apes movie

Are they changing the origin story yet again?

You can’t reboot the series with every movie. no, no, no.

Gary Oldman will be in it, so by default, it wont be horrible.  The script is supposed to be really good, so maybe put it on the cool list. I’m hesitant to go ape sh*t on this one, but could be interesting.

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Resident Evil 6

You only need to know 3 things:

1. the T-Virus turns every living creature into crazed mutated killer zombies.

2. the Umbrella Corporation is awesome.

and

3. Milla Jovovich will always be hot.

oh, and yes, see it.

you don’t have to have seen the previous 5 movies to understand that the T-Virus turns you into zombies, the Umbrella Corp is cool & Milla Jovovich is hot.  do I need to go over the 3 steps again?

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I, Frankenstein

I suppose I have to at least mention this one. this falls into the ‘odd twist’ category, for me, including movies ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Nazi’s on the Moon,’ ridiculous, but lots of action to makes it watchable. Do we really need a Frankenstein with the powers of Wolverine? Sorry Aaron Ekhart, I’m Netflixing this one. Unless there’s nothing to do on the Jan 24th release date, then I’m there. We should all go & cosplay as Herman Munster.

And no, I’m not including the Bible movies in this list. The Charleston Heston era films are shinning examples of classic Hollywood. I just don’t see how CGI can compare. I could be wrong, but ‘Exodus,’ and ‘Noah’ are on the maybe list, not the must-see list for 2014.

for teens:

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Divergent

Looking forward to this. I know what you’re thinking; don’t worry, it wont be another Twilight. It has greater depth and more character development, with a far more interesting plot. Assuming they treat it well on the silver screen — uh hum, Mortal Instruments.

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Welcome to Yesterday

Teens build a time machine. Wouldn’t you just love to go back in time to ace that chem exam or say the right thing to get the girl? Well, yes, but I’d rather use time travel for more important matters, like to save the human race ( Edge of Tomorrow) or save my entire home world from annihilation (Gallifrey, Dr Who).

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Amazing Spider-Man 2

This one better be amazing, as the title says; The first ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ not so much.

It was just too soon for a reboot & the plot got twisted because Sony Pictures demanded it be a certain way, so much so, that they fired director Sam Raimi, dropped the part where Peter Parker’s father experimented on him, thus making it possible and more plausible, that Parker could shoot webs out of his wrists, not ever needing web cartridges, & then they pieced the script together & were forced to reboot the project. Attention superhero companies, I’m talking to you DC ( uh-hum — Superman) and now Marvel (I know I’ll have to repeat myself for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot – grrr) & everybody else, wait 10 years at least to reboot. The ’90’s ‘the Phantom,’ with Billy Zane, for example could use a reboot & retelling of the story, although that is one of my favorite superhero movies; there were no sequels because, plot-wise, everything was in the first movie. The cheesy,  ‘free running / parkour’ version of ‘the Phantom’ tv mini series does not count.

so back to Spider-Man. .

Did they use up all the cool villains? Or maybe not since they rebooted the series. We will see ‘Carnage’ in the 3rd Amazing Spider-Man, so ‘Venom,’ the coolest of the Spider-man villains, lives, in a way. In AmazaSpidey2, we will see Electro (Jamie Fox) & Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone, not Bryce Dallas Howard, as in the Tobey MaGuire’s Spider-man 3); and no MJ. Gwen Stacey dies in the comic series. Spidey tries to save her as she falls from a building, but he jerks his webs back too fast, with a jerk and she breaks her neck because of it. He then learns  how momentum works (√=m•v); he’s always studying physics and engineering, you’d think  he’d know about it ahead of time. Anyway, the first Amazo-Spider-Man was more for teens than adults (with a shallow & uncomplicated plot) & definitely didn’t warrant seeing it in the theatre, even with cool action director, Vic Armstrong. Hoping they have a better developed, better written script this time. I love Spidey, & I’ll see it of course, but make me WANT to see it Sony Pictures.

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Vampire Academy

A fun boarding school vampire movie.

family movies:

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Earth to Echo

I believe they are trying for part ‘E.T.,’ part ‘WALL-E’ with this one. It could be interesting, just not on the epic list for 2014.

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Maleficent

It is Disney, & I’m really hoping they don’t cram it full of ‘family programming’ like ‘Once upon a time’ (or ‘Once I used to like Fairy Tales,’ as I have come to call it.) or ‘Oz, the Great & Powerful,’ ( how can you possibly screw up Wizard of Oz? This movie. There is so much more to the story that L. Frank Baum created in 1900, what about the Mole King? the SyFy channel’s ‘Tin Man,’ with Zooey Deschanel was so much better). So, back to ‘Maleficent,’ the story behind the evil queen from “Sleeping Beauty.’ it has potential to be cool like ‘Red Riding Hood’ & ‘Snow White & the Huntsman.’ Just go back to the origins of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ incorporate elements from the tales the Brothers Grimm wrote down in 1812; they are quite dark & gruesome, but intriguing. Don’t make it suck Disney.

This is just a list of movies I’m excited about for the coming year & I apologize if I missed one (if I did, mention it in the comments). I haven’t seen any of them, so I can’t say, with absolute certainty, that they are all indeed awesome, but these are the films that are on my radar, the ones that I will see. I hope they are all awesome and can quell our insatiable sci-fi hunger for another year.