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Secrets of the Sire, hosted by industry insider Michael Dolce, dishes on Comics, Movies, TV, Music and Pop Culture every Friday at 11am EST via talkingalternative.com. Dolce has been a professional Writer, Artist, Colorist, Web Guru and all around Awesome Dude for almost 15 years. He created Descendant for Image Comics and The Sire for After Hours Press. He has written for Zenescope and Wizard Magazine and colored projects for Image Comics, Silent Devil and The Force Media. He currently writes for the entertainment section of AMNY and Inquistr.com and is hard at work on some brand new comic book and creative projects.

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Secrets of the Sire, hosted by industry insider Michael Dolce, dishes on Comics, Movies, TV, Music and Pop Culture every Friday at 11am EST via talkingalternative.com. Dolce has been a professional Writer, Artist, Colorist, Web Guru and all around Awesome Dude for almost 15 years. He created Descendant for Image Comics and The Sire for After Hours Press. He has written for Zenescope and Wizard Magazine and colored projects for Image Comics, Silent Devil and The Force Media. He currently writes for the entertainment section of AMNY and Inquistr.com and is hard at work on some brand new comic book and creative projects.

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Secrets of the Sire, hosted by industry insider Michael Dolce, dishes on Comics, Movies, TV, Music and Pop Culture every Friday at 11am EST via talkingalternative.com. Dolce has been a professional Writer, Artist, Colorist, Web Guru and all around Awesome Dude for almost 15 years. He created Descendant for Image Comics and The Sire for After Hours Press. He has written for Zenescope and Wizard Magazine and colored projects for Image Comics, Silent Devil and The Force Media. He currently writes for the entertainment section of AMNY and Inquistr.com and is hard at work on some brand new comic book and creative projects.

Rank #1: EP 167: Avengers Endgame Predictions, Game of Thrones Recap & Newsarama’s Chris Arrant

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PODCAST | Endgame! It’s all anyone’s talking about! BUT… who lives? Who dies (for real this time) – we give you our Predictions Sure To Go Wrong!

PLUS: In between this Endgame madness there’s a TV show no one’s talking about (yeah right!) We break down the first two episodes of Game of Thrones and it’s connection to the MCU.

AND: We go spinning the racks with Newsarama’s Chris Arrant who brings us the Endgame tie-in books we need to read!

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Segment 1: Avengers Endgame Predictions Sure To Go Wrong

Last Year we predicted who would live or die in Infinity War… were we only ONE movie off? Endgame Predictions Sure To Go Wrong!

Segment 2: Game of Thrones Recap

Is Dany’s blood magical? Is Barry worth watching? We break down GoT!

Segment 3: Spin The Racks

Chris Arrant Breaks down the Endgame Tie-Ins from the comic book world

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NEXT WEEK: We welcome Newsarama’s Chris Arrant to help us preview the event of the century! Avengers Endgame hysteria starts NOW!

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Apr 25 2019

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Rank #2: SoS PODCAST Ep 3: Would You Rather Work For The Big Two Or Keep It Indie?

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Wanna know what it’s like to work for the Big Two? What about taking the plunge to help START your own comic book company? Our guest, editor Mike Marts, can clue us in on both as he’s walked both worlds as Executive Editor for the X-Men and Batman lines and has branched out with upstart After Shock Comics.

As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes or any podcasting app on your iOS or Android phone. Just search “Secrets of the Sire” or “Host Michael Dolce” to find us.

Or you can head to our Soundcloud page and catch up on any podcast you may have missed!

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Rank #3: Ed Kowalcyk Interview • LIVE Local 717 Review | Spotlight Ep 05

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New Spotlight with a celebrity guest every Monday 1230 pm ET. Subscribe to our channel or support us on Patreon.com/secretsofthesire

PODCAST: On this edition of Sire Spotlight, I give you my take on the new LIVE EP ‘Local 717’ followed by my 2013 interview with LIVE lead singer himself, Ed Kowalcyk during his press tour for The Flood and the Mercy solo album

About Spotlight:

Each week we’ll spotlight one of our tremendous celebrity guests in a stand alone video and podcast. We’ll also dig into the vault to bring you interviews with folks who haven’t yet been on the show! This week: Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins!

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NEXT WEEK:  We review the Chris Cornell Double Album and feature our interview with the late great Soundgarden frontman.

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Rank #4: EP 177: Spider-Man Far From Home vs Stranger Things 3 Preview, Walking Dead Shocker, Ramon Gil

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PODCAST | Stranger Things 3! Spider-Man: Far From Home! We pit the two biggest events of the summer against each other… and only one will walk away (with our money). PLUS: We welcome Diversity Con founder Ramon Gil and talk Walking Dead Shocker!

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Spider-Man: Far From Home reviews largely praise Tom Holland’s next film

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Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe in good hands after, you know, what happened at the end of Avengers: Endgame? The answer, per the majority of critics coming out of early screenings of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the answer is yes.

Directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Jon Watts, Tom Holland‘s next solo outing as Marvel’s web-slinger “solidifies him as the new and improved heart of the MCU,” as Mashable’s Alexis Nedd writes. Other critics, including EW’s Darren Franich, praise Jake Gyllenhaal’s “clever, careful performance” as Mysterio, a new mysterious face on the block.

Still in mourning for mentor Tony Stark and grappling with the world asking who will be the new Iron Man, Peter just wants to go on his school trip to Europe and profess his feelings for MJ (Zendaya). But Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) pops in to recruit Spider-Man for a mission combating these Elemental creatures emerging around the world.

Also returning for the Spidey sequel includes Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Jon Favreau as Happy.

Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman calls Far From Home “closer, in spirit, to the good Tobey Maguire films,” while The Wrap‘s Alonso Duralde writes how Watts and the screenwriters “

To be fair, not everyone came out of theaters singing the film’s praises.

carved out a space for Spider-Man that feels

uniquely breezy and charming while still fitting the larger structure of the

Marvel movies.”

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it “a cute but painfully unadventurous bit

of superhero housekeeping,” as Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson felt annoyed

by “how the film smirks and winks as if it’s in on the fatigue, offering an

illusion of cool when at heart it’s as slavishly on-message as everything

else.”

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GOOD: Darren Franich (Entertainment Weekly)
“I wound up liking Far From Home more than any Spider-Man film this decade.

BAD: Todd McCarthy (The Hollywood Reporter)

“The young cast, led by Tom Holland as the bashful web-slinger and Zendaya as a shy girl slow to lose her inhibitions, is plenty appealing as well as funny. But without a proper, full-on villain, as well as an adequate substitute for Robert Downey Jr.’s late, oft-mentioned Tony Stark, this comes off as a less than glittering star in the Marvel firmament. It pales even more when compared to Sony’s wildly imaginative animated feature of last year, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

GOOD: Owen Gleiberman (Variety)
“Where does Far From Home fall on the scale of Spider-Man movies? It’s more urgent than the last one (and should be even bigger at the box office), with a richer sense of malevolence, and Holland’s kid-in-over-his-head hero — awkward and ingenuous, romantic and quicksilver — is alive inside in a way that Andrew Garfield’s Peter never was. Far From Home gets closer, in spirit, to the good Tobey Maguire films.”

GOOD: Alonso Duralde (The Wrap)
“In a year that’s only half-done, audience members would be forgiven for having superhero fatigue after Captain Marvel, Shazam! and Avengers: Endgame. (It’s almost welcome news that we aren’t getting the next MCU movie until 2020.) But with a focus on character-based comedy, coming-of- age anxieties, and super-battles that exist in very specific geographical locations, returning writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers and director Jon Watts have carved out a space for Spider-Man that feels uniquely breezy and charming while still fitting the larger structure of the Marvel movies.

IN BETWEEN: Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair)

(They even play with that structure, and with deep cuts from the MCU’s

history, in very clever ways.)”

“If yet another Marvel movie is a little self-conscious about being yet another Marvel movie, does that excuse it from being, well, yet another Marvel movie? That’s the tricky territory that Spider-Man: Far From Home (co-released by Sony on July 2) finds itself in, barely two months after Avengers: Endgame swept across the globe, taking some major heroes with it. Watching the trailer for Far From Home, I found myself thinking, this? Again? Already?? In response, Jon Watts’s film seems to nod its head and say, ‘I know, know,’ a little sheepish about its mere existence. But then it ups and does all the old Marvel stuff anyway, seeming more and more earnest and ardent about this factory-cult as it goes.”

Matt Singer (ScreenCrush)
“Watts and his team faced a tough task with this movie, following two gigantic Avengers and the dimension-jumping Spider-Man: Into the Spider- Verse. Their smart solution was to tell a classical story in that Lee/Ditko mold. While no one says ‘with great power comes great responsibility,’ this is about as faithful an adaptation of those old Amazing Spider-Man fables as has been brought to the screen so far.

Mike Ryan (UPROXX)
“So, yes, Spider-Man: Far From Home is funny and clever – in the end, Peter just wants to enjoy his class trip to Europe with the hopes of growing closer to MJ (Zendaya) – but it’s also a movie about both mourning and deception. Peter is still reeling from the loss of Tony Stark, who remains a specter wherever Peter turns. Peter’s emotions are raw, which also leaves him more susceptible to forces preying on his emotional state. It’s a movie filled with surprises (I don’t say that lightly) that leaves Peter, and a viewer, wondering who is real and who can be trusted. Yet it never feels like a movie filled with dread. It’s a hopeful tone, which, after the last two Avengers movies, is very welcome.”

David Ehrlich (IndieWire)
“Don’t be fooled by the title, or the fact that Marvel finally shot a movie outside of Atlanta: Spider-Man: Far From Home is a cute but painfully unadventurous bit of superhero housekeeping that only exists to clean up the cataclysmic mess that Avengers: Endgame left behind. As a piece of connective tissue in an ever-metastasizing cinematic universe, Tom Holland’s sophomore (solo) outing as Peter Parker does a clever job of closing the door on one phase and nudging it open to another; it’s funny and

And it sets the stage perfectly, with a

shocking cliffhanger, for whatever Marvel has in store for us next.”

colorful and hinges on some MCU deep-cuts that even the most hardcore fans won’t be able to anticipate. As a stand-alone story, however — another predictable call to action about the burdens of growing up and becoming the person that others believe you can be — it’s a hollow exercise in going through the motions.”

Alexis Nedd (Mashable)
“Tom Holland instantly proved to be the perfect Spider-Man way back in Captain America: Civil War, but his performance now solidifies him as the new and improved heart of the MCU. Holland is so magnetic in Far From Home that even when Peter makes stupid choices (and hoo boy, he really craps the bed a few times), he is granted instant forgiveness. Peter is 16 years old in this movie, and much is made of the tension between him shouldering the burden of heroism while still being an actual child in a post– Iron Man world. Watching Peter experience grief, stress, and guilt over his role in this new reality is pretty difficult stuff, but in Holland’s hands the emotional journey Peter takes feels natural and relatable.”

Charles Pulliam-Moore (io9)
“Because Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first major Marvel Cinematic Universe film set explicitly after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the great responsibility resting on its shoulders is twofold. Not only does the movie have to bring its titular hero back down to Earth from the most epic adventure of his life, it also has the vital job of setting an overarching tone and perspective for the next phase of Marvel’s grand cinematic project. The great thing is that the film does all of that and a whole hell of a lot more.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home will open in theaters on July 2.

Stranger Things 3 reviews are out: ‘Best season by leaps and bounds’

https://www.cnet.com/news/stranger-things-3-reviews-out-best-season-by-leaps-and- bounds/

Get ready for new characters, 1980s flash and fads, and more gore than usual when the Netflix hit returns July 4.

Things are about to get Strange. The third season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things arrives on July 4, and while it may be a stressful summer in Hawkins, Indiana, it’s looking like a great one for fans. The embargo for reviews lifted on Sunday, and critics shared their opinions.

It’s what fans wanted to hear. CNET’s own Jennifer Bisset calls season 3 “a brilliant return to form,” adding that it brings the focus back to the elements that made the first season such an unexpected hit. “This season’s sense of fun, along with its relationship drama and multiple odd pair-ups bring humor and touching moments that recall Game of Thrones at its best,” she writes.

MTVNews culture director Crystal Bell tweeted, “I think I can finally tell you that #StrangerThings is the show’s best season yet.

She’s not alone in calling this season the best so far. Randall Colburn, internet culture editor for The AV Club, calls season 3 the show’s “best season by leaps and bounds.”

BAD:
CNET sister site ComicBook.com says the 1980s references are just too much.

“It’s entertaining to see beloved characters embracing the spirit of goofy ’80s films, but these homages feel so blatant that it feels more like a parody than a tribute,” the ComicBook review reads.

Spotlight: Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia

Suspicious Behavior Productions Starburns

Name
Ed Kuehnel

WHAT DO YOU DO?
Both Matt and I are full time video game writers. We are freelance contractors and have worked on several games together, most notably Valiant Hearts for Ubisoft but also projects for Twisted Pixel Games and a few other. On my own, I’ve written on over 70 games, having contributed to The Onion and both Matt and I were screenwriters on the comedy/horror film Lumberjack Man.

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
The biggest thing of course, is the comic book, Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia, our mini-series that is available on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Invasion-from-Planet-Wrestletopia/comics- series/131916?ref=cHVibGlzaGVyL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9saXN0L3Nlcmllc0xpc3Q
Six issues will complete the story arc, after which they’ll be collected in a trade that will go to print. After that, who knows?

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
Matt and I formed a company with which to do our comic book work. It’s called Suspicious Behavior Productions. We have a Facebook page and we’re active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SBP_Comics and on Tumblr: https://suspiciousbehaviorproductions.tumblr.com/

Matt Entin

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a full-time video game writer (Man Eater, Valiant Hearts, Agents of Mayhem) who also dabbles in comics and film.
WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
My comic series with Ed Kuehnel, “Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia.”
GOT A HOT TAKE?
Batman (1989) is the best Batman movie.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
Twitter: @themattentin mattentin.com suspiciousbehaviorproductions.com

‘Walking Dead’ Comics — Source of Multibillion-Dollar Franchise — Ends With Surprise Finale

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►Whither The Walking Dead? While the future of The Walking Dead TV universe is not in doubt, a shock decision by Robert Kirkman, the creator of the franchise, is raising questions about the original AMC show that started the zombie craze. Issue 193 of the Walking Dead comic book series, releasing today, will be the final issue, in a move calculated to surprise fans of the series.

Creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard concluded the industry-changing comic book series with Wednesday’s The Walking Dead No. 193, an extra-sized edition that plays out as a sprawling epilogue to Rick Grimes’ story. The series finale comes just shy of a landmark 200th issue; what’s more, the ending has arrived without any advance warning, to the point that Kirkman and Skybound solicited several subsequent issues with cover art from Adlard. Those covers and solicitations were created to preserve the secret behind the series finale, according to Kirkman himself.

Quote: “I hate knowing what’s coming,” Kirkman wrote in the concluding pages of the issue. “As a fan, I hate it when I realize I’m in the third act of a movie and the story is winding down. I hate that I can count commercial breaks and know I’m nearing the end of a TV show. I hate that you can feel when you’re getting to the end of a book, or a graphic novel. Some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones are when they’re structured in such a way and paced to perfection so your brain can’t tell if it’s been watching for 15 minutes or 50 minutes … and when the end comes … you’re stunned.”

“The comic industry as a whole can be very complacent. The systems are in place. Everybody uses those same systems. Comics either live or die based on the generic press releases and interview structures, and it’s all the same websites that cover comic book news. There’s a very rudimentary system of going into a comic shop and finding a comic, and hearing about a comic online. I’m always trying to think of ways to shake that up, where you energize the industry to a certain extent and do things that make people take notice in a way that’s not normal.”

+So what does the unexpected comic finale mean for the AMC show? Well, with a series of movies and another TV spinoff in the works, the franchise appears safe. In addition (and without giving any plot points away) the comic book series ended in a way that the TV series can’t replicate. Still, the surprise ending begs the question whether AMC’s show could follow suit with some surprises of its own

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Jul 04 2019

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Rank #5: EP 176: Jessica Jones Review, Marvel Netflix Legacy, Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia

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PODCAST | We say goodbye to the Marvel Netflix Universe as Jessica Jones Season 3 comes and goes. We give you our thoughts plus dive deep into the conflicted legacy that was this ambitious TV adventure

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Segment 1: Jessica Jones & Marvel Netflix

The Conflicted Legacy of the Marvel Netflix Experiment

With the release of Jessica Jones’ third and final season, a TV experiment four years in the making is over. Whether laid low by Disney’s own streaming plans or because simply it began to be more trouble than it was worth to Netflix, its legacy is now etched in stone: chasing a comic book weirdness that it had once proudly eschewed.

It’s hard to imagine that it’s “only” been 11 years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, and with Iron Man, found success in a tone that respected its comic book material while grounding it in a way that made sense. After all, right now we’re still coming off the audacious highs of Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of the last several years that delivers, for all that’s good and all that ails it, a completely batshit, time-travel induced smörgåsbord of comic book event storytelling that wildly, gleefully revels in the sugar rush of its own ridiculous high.

In the midway point between that tonal transformation for the Marvel brand, we found Daredevil, then fronted by Stephen S. DeKnight, in 2015. At a time when the movies themselves were starting to lean into that weird spectacle a little more—god, that earnest time when we were all thinking, “How is Marvel gonna make a talking raccoon and a tree that says its name over and over work?”…and then it did!—the arrival of the first show in what would grow into the Defenders project felt like a breath of fresh air.

It’s not much, but it’s probably going to be more than enough for Marvel Studios to swipe Avatar’s…

Or really, a smash to the face.

Daredevil’s commitment to a dark, grounded tone as Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock limped and punched his way through the Kingpin’s thugs in that bloodied, slick first season represented the boldest statement a Marvel show could make at the time. This was a street-level story, away from the sheen and glitz of Avengers Tower, one that didn’t need elaborate superpowers or cosmic beings to sparkle. Give Matt a black headwrap, some batons, and a

corridor, and watch him make visceral, violent storytelling art. By treating its battered and broken protagonist as the consequences of an existential struggle with the act of heroic vigilantism itself, Daredevil presented a complexity to the superhero formula that the Marvel movies couldn’t even dare to contemplate.

Like a one-two punch, Netflix followed up with an equally daring mirror to the Marvel formula in Jessica Jones, helmed by Melissa Rosenberg. While Krysten Ritter’s less graceful protagonist couldn’t quite land a hit as slickly as Daredevil could, Jessica Jones offered a more emotively cerebral examination of comic book weirdness. In taking a supervillain like the Purple Man and turning him not into a simple opposing force to punch into submission (that’s something that even now, the Marvel movies still kind of struggle to do effectively), but a haunting specter that chased Jessica and her own struggles with trauma over the first season, Jessica Jones offered a fascinatingly timely, foreboding take on what a world with superpowers could realistically look like.

David Tennant’s Kilgrave delivered Marvel’s first truly killer villain.Photo: Netflix

Like Daredevil before it, this was not the sort of gritty storytelling you could get from Marvel at the box office. The Defenders characters and stories quickly established themselves as a street-level manna from that still- occasionally embarrassing goofiness we felt sitting down at the movies for the latest Spandex-clad bit of spectacle. But that initial boldness began to falter after Guardians of the Galaxy’s gleeful release the year prior served as a wake up call to Marvel that it could not only get away with practically anything from its source material and not turn general audiences away, but openly and joyfully embrace that source at all times.

When the Netflix universe tried to play catchup in that regards, things started falling apart. In season two, Daredevil’s rapid descent into the ninja underpinnings of the character’s most famous comics tried to square the circle on the comic book ratio, sacrificing the tone of its beloved first season, but never really going far enough to commit to the inherent, joyful pulpiness behind the premise. Its greater success was more in creating the grounds for a Punisher spinoff with guest star Jon Bernthal than in service of the rest of Daredevil’s characters. Cheo Hodari Coker’s debut with Luke Cage showed

an early promise, but it never quite reached the highs of its companions in Daredevil and Jessica Jones, treating the more outlandish aspects of Mike Colter’s version of the character with a corniness that was only charming at a surface level.

Iron Fist’s launch is perhaps the most emblematic of the push and pull between grounded tone and a yearning to be as weird as the source material. To scathing critique, it tried to take the most supernatural and superheroic of all the Marvel Netflix characters and desperately run away from any hint of comic book silliness or scale. Infamous Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck’s first (and only) season on the show told a mystical martial arts tale that lacked the vibrancy of the mysticism or, for the vast majority of the first season at least, the energy of some actually good martial arts. The fact that Danny Rand spent more time in a business suit than he did in any form of costume was symbolic of the series’ fumbling, seemingly a fear of acknowledging the roots of its character (and yet, it was blinkeredly beholden to them when it came to casting Finn Jones as its protagonist).

Even at its most comic-booky, The Defenders struggled to really reach the spectacle that made the wait worth it.Photo: Netflix

Then came The Defenders, what was meant in earnest to be the delivery of Marvel and Netflix’s grand scheme—the crossover event these individual shows had paradoxically both hyped towards while establishing themselves as mostly above the idle joys of such comic-bookiness. It found delight in unexpected combinations more than it did jamming together comic connections, but that even this grand coming together couldn’t really be as weird as a superhero team up should be, even for grounded heroes, was telling.

The Defenders culminated in a single building crashing down in Hell’s Kitchen, the end of a confusing plan its villains spent eight episodes only vaguely hinting at. The same year, its movie siblings sent Thor to space in Ragnarok, made you care about a sentient asshole of a planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and had a new Peter Parker debut—meant to be the closest thing to a “street-level” hero the films had—high-fiving Tony Stark and fighting the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

We’ll never get to see Colleen Wing as the Iron Fist, and that’s sad.Photo: Netflix

Yes, vastly different budgets create vastly different spectacles, but this was something different. By this point, the Marvel movies had truly embraced the silliness and grandeur inherent to their source material—while repeatedly brushing aside questions of just how interconnected the TV shows were to Marvel’s movie projects. Another Marvel show, Agents of SHIELD, had gone a bit more wild too, catapulting its little superspies-that-could into their own intergalactic adventure, a far cry from its early days.

The Marvel Netflix shows were starting to feel like they were being left behind by a general acceptance of the weirdness they had once been praised for eschewing—making the conversation of just why these seemingly all- connected shows continued to feel more and more distanced from their cinematic cousins all the more awkward for Marvel to try and dance around.

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This isn’t to say that these shows couldn’t surprise, even as the MCU continued to evolve into the bonkers, all-consuming titan it now is. Part of the reason that Iron Fist’s initial cancellation announcement was so shockingly unexpected was because it had, in a lot of ways, just gone about drastically improving itself and offering a bold direction for its future. Luke Cage, while perhaps the most sedately received of all the Marvel Netflix shows, was likewise throwing curveballs for its lead character that felt like the ignition of its most fascinating spark yet.

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Daredevil’s third season refocused the show on what made its initial debut so intoxicating in the first place (and yeah, we’re still mad that incredible fight scene can’t get Emmy recognition). While the decisions had already been made by that time, Jessica Jones’ farewell gave some much needed superheroic oomph to its world while exploring a fascinating, intimate character evolution for Trish Walker. The Punisher’s preponderance of simple violence might have made it a weaker link, but it still had some fascinating reflections between its compromised heroes and villains.

The Punisher felt even more adrift from its siblings on the streaming service, providing ample violence but little complexity beyond it.Photo: Netflix

Maybe its because they knew the writing was on the wall. Although, at least some teams apparently didn’t, so maybe there was indeed going to be a move toward the weirder, comic-bookier side of things going forward—just as the Marvel movies themselves had begun to embrace it over the years— even if it was too little too late for some viewers.

But now we won’t ever know, and the teases for that exciting future left in each of these shows now-final seasons sting with the sadness that these heroes won’t get more time in the spotlight. At least fans got some time, albeit brief, to see these Marvel heroes brought to live-action for the first time. With Marvel Studios’ streaming plans now firmly focused on Disney+—and the might of getting to namedrop characters and stars from the films, instead of having to rely on building up new inductees from the comics as Netflix did—it’s clear it’ll be a while before we see characters as innately, intriguingly challenging to adapt like Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Danny Rand, and Luke Cage were back in 2015

Spotlight: Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia

Suspicious Behavior Productions Starburns

Name
Ed Kuehnel

WHAT DO YOU DO?
Both Matt and I are full time video game writers. We are freelance contractors and have worked on several games together, most notably Valiant Hearts for Ubisoft but also projects for Twisted Pixel Games and a few other. On my own, I’ve written on over 70 games, having contributed to The Onion and both Matt and I were screenwriters on the comedy/horror film Lumberjack Man.

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
The biggest thing of course, is the comic book, Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia, our mini-series that is available on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Invasion-from-Planet-Wrestletopia/comics- series/131916?ref=cHVibGlzaGVyL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9saXN0L3Nlcmllc0xpc3Q
Six issues will complete the story arc, after which they’ll be collected in a trade that will go to print. After that, who knows?

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
Matt and I formed a company with which to do our comic book work. It’s called Suspicious Behavior Productions. We have a Facebook page and we’re active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SBP_Comics and on Tumblr: https://suspiciousbehaviorproductions.tumblr.com/

Matt Entin

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a full-time video game writer (Man Eater, Valiant Hearts, Agents of Mayhem) who also dabbles in comics and film.
WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS?
My comic series with Ed Kuehnel, “Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia.”
GOT A HOT TAKE?
Batman (1989) is the best Batman movie.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
Twitter: @themattentin mattentin.com suspiciousbehaviorproductions.com

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Marvel Reveals ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Rerelease Details

Don’t call it a comeback; it’s a “Bring Back event,” apparently.

Marvel Studios has announced exactly what will be included in the upcoming rerelease of Avengers: Endgame, and for those hoping to see an extended cut of the movie, it might be a little underwhelming.

The rerelease, officially being called “a Bring Back,” event,” will feature the movie in its original cut, accompanied by “a video introduction by director Anthony Russo and an unfinished deleted scene from the film,” according to a statement from Marvel. Additionally, a sneak peek at the following week’s Spider-Man: Far From Home will be included.

Participating theaters will be giving away copies of an exclusive poster, featuring the Iron Man gauntlet and the tagline, “We love you 3000,” while stocks last.

News that the movie was headed back to theaters first emerged last week, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teasing that it would feature new footage. It comes as the movie approaches the record held for highest- grossing movie of all time by James Cameron’s Avatar; Avatar made $2.8 billion, with Endgame currently at $2.74 billion.

The “Bring Back event” arrives Friday, ahead of next week’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, a movie that Feige has recently described as “the true end of the entire Infinity Saga,” in that it deals with the impact of Tony Stark’s death on Peter Parker and the world at large. The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond that point remains officially unconfirmed, but at this rate, expecting a “true true end to the Infinity Saga” in a future movie might not be entirely out of the question.

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PLUS: We welcome Scifies creator Ramon Gil on to talk comics and his brand new DiversityCon experiment.

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Jun 26 2019

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Rank #6: Ep 173: Godzilla Review, Robert Pattinson Batman, Jaime Tworkowski Interview

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PODCAST |All Hail The King? We give you our take on Godzilla: King of Monsters! Must-see or wait for cable? We discuss the newest installment of the Titan-verse.

PLUS: Holy Twilight! We’ve got a new Batman To Discuss!

AND: We interview TWLOHA founder Jaime Tworkowski on the eve of the Mental Health Comedy Tour.

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Segment 1: Godzilla: The Bigger the Monster, the Harder the Fall at the Box Office

The Bigger the Monster, the Harder the Fall at the Box Office

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ not only sold fewer than half as many tickets as its 2014 precursor, but it also had a worse opening than the 1998 ‘Godzilla.’

Five years ago, the people complained there wasn’t enough Godzilla in the Godzilla remake. So, they put more of Godzilla and many other major monsters in the sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but the people just didn’t care anymore. That’s what it looks like now that King of the Monsters is proving to be anything but the king of movie franchises here in America, debuting not only far below its 2014 precursor but also significantly lower than the 1998 Godzilla, which was considered to be a box office disappointment. As always with properties like this, though, at least there are the international grosses.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters did open in first place on the domestic chart, which looks positive. However, the Warner Bros. MonsterVerse sequel only sold 5.3 million tickets in North America. That’s fewer than half of the amount of the previous Godzilla, which drew 11.2 million in its first weekend. It’s also a significantly smaller debut audience than fellow MonsterVerse franchise release Kong: Skull Island, which opened with 6.9 million tickets sold in 2017. As for that 1998 flop, the Roland Emmerich-helmed Hollywood attempt drew 9.4 million people in North America for its domestic box office kickoff, also reigning in first place.

The lower turnout for King of the Monsters wasn’t much of a surprise. Reviews turned out to be mostly negative, its Rotten Tomatoes score of 39% being the lowest for the brand since the 1998 version’s 16% and the third worst overall. The other two MonsterVerse titles were Certified Fresh, both with the same score of 75%. But King of the Monsters also wasn’t tracking very well. Back in early April, Box Office Pro’s long-range forecast put its domestic opening gross in the range of $46-60 million with $46 million being its more precise prediction. Last week, the site raised its expectations, however, to a guess of $56 million. The actual domestic gross through this Sunday is estimated to be $47.8 million.

Overseas, King of the Monsters isn’t faring much better, despite the optics of its additional $130 million grossed outside North America. Consider the amounts pulled this week compared to the 2014 grosses in the UK ($4.4 million vs. $10.4 million), Russia ($2.5 million vs. $9.1 million), Mexico ($4.6 million vs. $8.9 million), France ($2.6 million vs. $6.5 million), and Korea ($2.2 million vs. $4.5 million). Fortunately, the Godzilla sequel about doubled the 2014 take in China, debuting with $70 million vs. the previous movie’s then-record-breaking $36 million. In the franchise’s original homeland of Japan, King of the Monsters also slightly improved over Godzilla, grossing $8.4 million vs. $7 million.

We can expect a huge drop next weekend, too, as word of mouth won’t help bring a lot of extra moviegoers in North America, at least. King of the Monsters received a ‘B+’ grade via CinemaScore polling, which is level with Godzilla‘s grade five years ago, as well as that of Kong: Skull Island. At least the fans like these movies consistently and better than the 1998 movie, which earned a ‘B-‘ grade. The audience score from verified ticket buyers on Rotten Tomatoes does look more promising, however, at 87%. Those are surely the fans who felt they got what they wanted with the monster battles and don’t care about its screenplay and human character problems.

The question now is whether this disappointingly dwindling audience will be even fewer when the next MonsterVerse installment, already in production, arrives in theaters next March. In that sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong, the King of the Monsters wrestles with the great ape King Kong. That might be enough of a mashup matchup to woo additional crowds who didn’t care about Godzilla vs. Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. Probably not enough to make this a franchise that keeps on going given its scale and cost and the limitations of where the MonsterVerse can venture creatively. No, we probably won’t get more Ghidorah or Mecha King Ghidorah or Destroyah.

Spotlight: Jaime Tworkowski

Spotlight: Jamie Tworkowski

 

Name Jamie Tworkowski Phone (848) 248-5718 Email becky@bigpicturemediaonline.com WHAT DO YOU DO? Jamie grew up in the surfing world and later fell in love with music and writing. TWLOHA began as his attempt to tell a story and help a friend in 2006. Today, Jamie spends much of his time on the road, telling the TWLOHA story and encouraging audiences at universities, concerts, and music festivals. He has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning and Rolling Stone magazine. Jamie’s favorite things are his family and friends (especially his new nephews, Landon and Declan), music, surfing, basketball (#TeamKorver), and Dr. Pepper. He drinks iced coffee every morning, even when it’s snowing. Not many people know this, but Jamie is an introvert. His first book, If You Feel Too Much, is now available. WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS? Florida-based non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is teaming up with the Mental Health Comedy Tour for a one night event at Comic Strip Live on Thursday, May 30th. Tickets are available now for $25, with half of proceeds benefitting TWLOHA.

The line up for the evening includes TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski, comedian Joe Matarese, and host Preston Gitlin, who will be using their voices to fight the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has sought to remind people that their story is important and they are not alone in their struggles. In their 13-year history, TWLOHA has donated over $2.3 million directly into treatment, traveled more than 3.4 million miles to meet people face-to-face at nearly 3,000 events, and has responded to over 210,000 messages from over 100 countries. GOT A HOT TAKE? Mental Health WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE? www.twloha.com

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It’s Official! Robert Pattinson Is The Batman!

It’s Official! Robert Pattinson Is The Batman!

Earlier this month word leaked that 33-year-old English actor Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame was the front-runner for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in writer/director Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Now Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros. has approved Pattinson for the film, which will be the first of a planned trilogy.

Another Englishman, Tolkien and Dark Phoenix star Nicholas Hoult, was a heavy runner-up for the role. He made a dueling audition tape to Pattinson’s. Although the studio liked both actors, Reeves’ preference apparently was for Pattinson, who has the Cannes film The Lighthouse opening later this year and will next co-star in Tenet for previous Batman filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Reeves’ film will feature a younger Batman, a major reason behind former Batman star Ben Affleck vacating the role, and will have a film noir tone focusing more on the character’s detective abilities.

Since his breakout role in the Twilight films, Pattinson has largely stayed away from blockbuster films. His credits include Maps to the StarsQueen of the DesertLifeThe Lost City of Z and Good Time. More recently, Pattinson starred in High Life, a sci-fi/horror film that saw release earlier this year.

Reeves (Cloverfield, Apes franchise) will write and direct The Batman, produced by Dylan Clark (War for the Planet of the Apes) and should hit theaters on June 25, 2021. Now that the title role is settled, other casting announcements should quickly follow. The film may begin pre-production this summer.

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Jun 06 2019

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Rank #7: EP 180: SDCC 2019 Recap, Marvel Phase 4, Top Gun 2, Terminator

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PODCAST | It’s our San Diego Comic Con review – straight from the host who was there! Who won the weekend? What was the biggest announcement? Did you really wait overnight for those Hall H passes? We have the scoop!

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The biggest announcement from Hall H at ComicCon was..?

^Welcome to Phase 4. Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con to pull back the curtain on Phase 4 of the MCU, which includes Black Widow, Disney+ shows and sequels to Thor and Doctor Strange…
► Mahershala Ali to star in Blade reboot. He’ll take over for Wesley Snipes in a reboot of the franchise centering on the hero who tries to rid the world of vampires as a way of avenging his mother. How he was cast.
► Simu Liu cast as lead in Shang-Chi. The actor, best known for his role on the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, was cast as the titular character. Also joining the movie will be Awkwafina and veteran actor Tony Leung. Arriving Feb. 2021.
► Natalie Portman returns to Thor. The actress will return to the franchise as a female Thor, with the story taking its cues from the recent comics run penned by Jason Aaron in a Taika Waititi film arriving Nov. 2021. Details.
► Angelina Jolie makes Eternals debut. “I’m gonna work 10 times harder,” said Jolie to the elated panel crowd. “Because what it means to be part of the MCU, what it means to be an Eternal, to be part of this family.” Quotes.
+ What it all means: Richard Newby writes: “In Phase 4, it’s also the attention to inclusivity. Black Widow, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Shang-Chi, WandaVision, the new Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, and the new Thor each offer a much needed and desired perspective to the MCU, be it a diverse cast, female superheroes, an Asian-American hero, a Black Captain America, a female Thor, and an LGBTQ characters

Comic-Con’s winners and losers … As chosen by THR’s on-site team of Lesley Goldberg, Aaron Couch, Borys Kit, Mia Galuppo and Patrick Shanley: 

+ Winner: Marvel: The studio unveiled its Phase 4 as it dated numerous movies for 2020 and 2021 and slotted its “event series,” the shows that will debut on the Disney+ streaming service that also tie to the movies, all the while throwing at the audience logos and star power.

+ Loser: Veronica Mars (Hulu) Surprise! All episodes of the highly anticipated revival are available to stream a week early! The early drop was a regular topic on Friday but by Saturday, it had already been drowned out. Early release.

+ Winner: Paramount. Tim Miller brought Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Dark Fate footage to the panel that was filled with enough Sarah Connor and fun one-liners to make even the most temperamental of fanboys happy. And the surprise Tom Cruise appearance and Top Gun: Maverick trailer at the end of the session added a particularly nice touch.

+ Winner: The Witcher (Netflix) With impressive production qualities and a bona fide movie star (Henry Cavill) at the top of the call sheet, the first footage from the streamer’s upcoming fantasy drama was the buzz of San Diego.

+ Winner: The Walking Dead (AMC). AMC closed out the panel with a teaser for its Andrew Lincoln-led TV movies that, in a massive change, will no longer air on AMC. Instead, they will be released exclusively in theaters via a pact with Universal Pictures.

+ Winner: Watchmen (HBO) It’s damn-near impossible to cut through at Comic-Con, but that wasn’t a problem for Damon Lindelof’s highly anticipated take on Alan Moore’s beloved Watchmen. Fueled by a social media campaign, the trailer debuted to overwhelming buzz. More losers.

Loser: The Eisner Awards 
It’s not the winners of this year’s Will Eisner Comic Awards (i.e. the Oscars for comics) that were the problem; it’s that the day after the awards were given out, those who attended were talking more about what was wrong with the ceremony than who won any category. Complaints included an ill-considered joke about ICE agents coming for MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones, multiple presenters complaining about the difficulty they had with nominees’ names and commentary about how easy the convention has to be for hot girls. Perhaps it’s time for a rethink before next year’s awards?

Winner: It Chapter Two (New Line/Warner Bros.)
While Warner Bros. didn’t bring its DC heroes to the Con, its New Line Cinema unofficially kicked off Comic-Con with Wednesday night’s ScareDiego, an off-campus event that is becoming a must-attend. Conan O’Brien moderated a star-packed panel with Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and the rest of filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s Losers’ Club. They showed off an early look at the Chapter Two trailer, as well as three extended scenes that showed there are new and inventive scares in store. For those who wondered if Chapter Two‘s adult cast could match the chemistry of their young counterparts in the 2017 hit, the answer appears to be yes. There was lots of good-natured teasing (and even a duet between Muschietti and Chastain). 

Loser: Game of Thrones (HBO) 
Heading into the annual event, the fantasy drama series was easily the most-anticipated panel at the confab. That changed days before the convention center doors opened when creators and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss bailed on their scheduled appearance, which was poised to feature their first comments about the divisive final season and series ender. Instead, the remaining castmembers on hand were left to defend the series after a Comic-Con representative opened the session with an odd and out-of-place PSA about acceptance amid threats of panel-crashers. Not helping matters was co-star Conleth Hill, who literally blamed a “media-led campaign” for strong reaction to the final season.

Winner: Westworld (HBO)
Showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan pulled the curtain back on season three with an explosive trailer for the highly anticipated third season (coming in 2020). The typically tight-lipped married duo also were a little more forthcoming than usual and engaged in a lively discussion that was only tempered by divorce jokes between the pair when the conversation got a little too spoilery. One request: Please name the new Nazi-focused world featured in the season three trailer, because just the thought of “Nazi World” is downright horrifying.  

Loser: Ruby Rose

The most San Diego would see of the star of The CW’s groundbreaking Batwoman was on hotel key cards and other promotional fare as the actress — TV’s first openly gay leading character played by an out actress of a superhero show — was a no-show in San Diego for Saturday’s panel. (Producers and Rose, in a social media post, blamed her absence on production.) The CW drama, though, did generate strong buzz from Wednesday night’s preview screening and its formal public unveiling. Bonus points to Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter for her wardrobe choices during Saturday’s panel.  

Winner: Tom Hooper

Not only did the Cats trailer fully paralyze Twitter and monopolize all conversations at Comic-Con on Thursday, but a couple of hours later the trailer for HBO’s His Dark Materials — of which Hooper directed a few episodes — debuted to much praise in Hall H.

Winner: Tom King

The Batman and Mister Miracle writer is on a high right now. Not only did he have an almost clean sweep at the Eisner Awards on Friday night, but his Comic-Con is to be followed by some time in Los Angeles writing the screenplay for Ava DuVernay’s New Gods movie. With a big Batman storyline starting this past Wednesday and a mystery upcoming collaboration with his Mister Miracle partner Mitch Gerads on the cards, King is… well, the current king of comics, it seems.

Winner: The X-Men (Marvel)

At a Comic-Con with few actual comics announcements, Marvel’s Saturday reveal of the first six series to be part of its X-Men relaunch (subtitled Dawn of X) felt like a big deal — even more so in the panel room where X-Men, X-Force and the other new titles were introduced, and the excitement was palpable. If this is a sign of the reception awaiting writer Jonathan Hickman’s take on the beloved franchise, Marvel has to be very excited about what lies ahead.

Winner: Undiscovered Country (Image Comics)

The end of The Walking Dead left Image Comics without a flagship title anchored by fan-favorite creators with a killer high concept hook… until Scott Snyder, Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s Undiscovered Country was unveiled Friday. Described by its creators as “Land of the Lost meets Lewis and Clark,” it’s an adventure story set in an America three decades after it has been shut off from the rest of the world behind a literal wall. A limited-edition preview given away at the show revealed that there’s far more going on than any dig at today’s political reality: Expect literal monsters to accompany metaphorical ones when the series launches in November.

Winner: Riverdale (The CW)

The Archie Comics-inspired drama is carrying late star Luke Perry’s wishes by bringing his longtime friend and former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Shannen Doherty for a tribute. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that Perry, who died in March at age 52 after suffering a stroke, had been advocating for Doherty to appear on Riverdale since the beginning: “They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said yes. It’s very impactful.”

Loser: Agents of SHIELD (ABC)

Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ TV series — the ones with the same movie stars from the billion-dollar feature film franchises roles — were part of the comic book titan’s Hall H film presentation Saturday night that generated enough major announcements to make your head spin. But the ABC drama, that has long been hog-tied when it comes to direct tie-ins with the MCU, headed into the Con with news that it would end next season. Rather than having the cast take a final curtain call alongside the film (and TV!) stars, Marvel banished its first-ever primetime scripted drama series to a low-energy Thursday session in yet the latest sign of the former disassociation between its film and TV arms. Imagine what could have been if SHIELD had, from the start, regularly tied in to the MCU in way similar to what Disney+ is doing. Instead, the network remains in last place among the Big Four broadcast networks and is in the midst of rebuilding efforts.

Winner: Star Trek (CBS All Access)

Trek boss Alex Kurtzman came to Hall H to sell his ever-expanding universe, and largely succeeded in convincing the crowd that there was enough variety among his plans to sustain the franchise. Discovery pulled back the curtain on its surprise 1,000-year time jump teased at the end of season two; Rick and Morty producer Mike McMahan laid out his vision for Lower Decks, a Next Generation-inspired animated comedy that is sold as having the zaniness McMahan is known for with the heart of Trek; and Patrick Stewart — Hall H royalty in addition to being an actual knight — commanded the room with the class and calm he’s known for. The actor choked up speaking about his last day on the Next Gen set, and he revealed more details about Picard, including the fact that a slew of Next Gen stars will be appearing and that the series will involve the Borg in some way. Make it so.

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Jul 25 2019

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Rank #9: EP 168: Avengers Endgame Review, Reactions & Trivia

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PODCAST | Avengers: Endgame is HERE! And we can finally talk about it! Join our Round Table discussion with the ladies of Geek Vibes Nation as we give you the Good, the Bad and the GROOT! (Wait… there was bad?)

Join us live as we celebrate the biggest superhero event in movie history…then play Trivia.

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Segment 1: Avengers: Endgame Review: the Good, the Bad & the Thanos!

• Expectations change everything. THE GOOD

  • Great moments throughout. Satisfying ends. Pandora’s box opened with time travel the way they did it.
  • Cool there’s another Loki floating around. Gamorra. Nice moment when all the heroes uniteTHE BAD
  • Dubious choices: Time Travel. Alternate Realities? I liked The Quantum Realm aspect. But by diverging completely from the Infinity War plot altogether I thought it was a bit disjointed. And time travel in general. They didn’t keep it contained to IW. They opened it up to the whole U. Which CAN be good
  • Why 5 years later? 1 Year Later? So we’re now watching films 5 years from now? Head scratcher since every other movie took place when the film came out. They could have done the same in 2019.
  • How does Peter Parker go back to school with MJ? All his friend Happen to be vanished?
  • Why no rewind Time the way Thanos did?
  • Did Cap now undo everything?
  • Black Widow – the bigger death than Iron Man? Why is she not resurrected.
  • Captain Marvel was useless

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• Cheesy Women Power moment

Segment 2: Avengers Endgame Round Table: The Biggest Spoilers Revealed [SPOILERS]

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ directors just explained some of the movie’s biggest mysteries

Avengers: Endgame is finally out which means we know how the Infinity Saga ends. [There were] several questions after seeing Endgame, And while I wasn’t expecting Marvel to address them just yet, the Russo brothers stepped up to deliver several official responses.

The Russos talked to Chinese-language site QQ, answering several questions related to Endgame. A Redditor then translated all of these questions and answers,

Captain America

What happens to Captain America at the end isn’t clarified adequately on screen. Did he live in the MCU-timeline, or created one when he met Peggy in the past, and now we have the official answer. Cap did, in fact, create an alternate reality, one where he lived his life with Peggy.

Q: Peggy Carter was probably already married and in her mid-40s in 1970, in that case, what year was it that Captain America went back to dance with her?

A: We can’t answer it, for now, this is a story that happened in an alternate reality. Maybe it will be revealed in the future.

Q: Did Captain America’s action at the end affect the timeline? Does that mean there was a time where two CA existed in a same universe?

A: To me, Captain America’s action in the end wasn’t the fact he wanted to change anything; it’s more like he has made a choice. He chose to go back

to past and lived with the one he loved for the rest of his life. The time travel in this movie created an alternate reality. He lived a completely different life in that world. We don’t know how exactly his life turned out, but I’d like to believe he still helped many others when they were needed in that world. Yes, there were two CA in that reality, it’s just like what Hulk said, what happened in the past has already happened. If you go back to past, you simply created a new reality. The characters in this movie created new timeline when they went back to the past, but it had no effect to the prime universe. What happened in the past 22 movies was still canon.

The directors made it clear that every change of the past spans a different timeline, something we also explained in great detail a few days ago. For example, we know that there are a bunch of realities out there right now, including one where Loki is alive, and one where Thanos vanished in 2014.

Q: [Endgame’s] plot, is it a parallel universe or a closed time loop?

A: Nope, not a time loop. Both Ancient One and Hulk were right. You can’t change the future by simply going back to past. But it’s possible to create a different alternate future. It’s not butterfly effect. Every decision you made in the past could potentially create a new timeline. For example, the old Cap at the end movie, he lived his married life in a different universe from the main one. He had to make another jump back to the main universe at the end to give the shield to Sam.

Iron Man

So why did Iron Man have to snap Thanos away and not someone else? The Russos explained too:

Q: Why Iron Man has to be the one to do the final snap, couldn’t the people like Thor, Star-Lord or Captain Marvel whom all previously have handled the power of Infinity Stones done it instead?

A: Thor in this movie couldn’t do it, only Hulk was strong enough to do the snap without dying. We are still not sure whether Captain Marvel can also withstand all the power of Infinity Stones at once. The reason we choose to let Iron Man do it in the end was because he was the closest one to Thanos at the time. In all the futures Doctor Strange foresee, Iron Man was the only one who could get close to Thanos and do the snap. People usually think the death of a hero is a horrible tragedy. But we think this is different.

When his death was able to bring back hope, to save half of the universe, then his death was powerful and meaningful. We shouldn’t feel too sad or angry about it.

Finally, the Russos also explained that the heroes couldn’t have saved Tony Stark using the Time Stone at the end of Endgame, just like Thanos resurrected Vision at the end of Infinity War:

Q: In IW, Thanos used the time stone to reverse the time so he could the already dead Vision, and it didn’t cause any time parallax. Why did no one use time stone to save Iron Man’s life in EG?

A: It’s because even if you save Iron Man, it will still not change the fact that Thanos will eventually win the war. Among the 14 million possibilities that Doctor Strange has seen, Iron Man’s sacrifice is a must for that one win scenario.

Black Widow

Some people felt like Natasha deserved a funeral just like Tony. The Russos cleared the air regarding this topic as well:

Q: Where’s Black Widow?

A: The directors also explained that when you return the Soul Stone to Vormir, you don’t get the soul back. That means Nat can’t be magically resurrected:

Q: Can you get the soul your sacrificed for the Soul Stone back when you return it?

A: No, the process is irreversible. Even if you have returned it to its original location, you wouldn’t be able to get the person back. In fact, it’s not really returning the Stone, more like put it back properly. The tribute soul for the Soul Stone will forever be sealed in that place, therefore Black Widow is gone forever.

This, in turn, means that the Gamora we knew died for good back in Infinity War.

Thanos’s Pym particles

The Russos also explained how Thanos brought his ship to the future, and it’s exactly what we thought it’d be, he and his children recreated the Pym particles needed to travel through the Quantum Realm:

Q: How did Thanos bring his army to the future?

A: There is a guy called Maw in his army; he was a great wizard. Thanos himself was a brilliant genius as well. Those two easily reverse engineered, and mass-produced Pym Particles.

Segment 3: Avengers Endgame Trivia

https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/marvel-cinematic-universe-trivia-the-22- toughest-m/2900-1327/

Break up into teams. Six Questions:

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If you cheat, well then, you have the satisfaction of being a big fat cheater

Winning teams win some SIRE goodies

  1. What movie did Thanos first appear in?Marvel’s The Avengers
    He appears in a mid-credits scene
  2. AsidefromStanLee,whichactorhasappearedinthemostMCU films?Robert Downey, Jr.As of Avengers: Infinity War, Robert Downey Jr. has appeared in 9 MCU movies. After Avengers: Endgame, he’ll have played Tony Stark 10 times. Samuel L. Jackson is close behind with 6 appearances.
  3. What does the acronym S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division

  1. What do the Avengers eat after the Battle of New York in Marvel’s The Avengers?Shawarma
  2. Name the six Infinity Stones in the MCUAnd for bonus points, what color are they?There are six Infinity Stones: Space (Blue), Mind (Yellow), Power (Purple), Time (Green), Reality (Red) and Soul (Orange).
  3. Correctly Spell Thor’s Hammer:Mjolnir [ myawl-nir ]

Segment 4: Spin The Racks

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“Avengers: Endgame” is the end of an era. What’s next for Marvel?

Avengers: Endgame isn’t simply another box-office-busting, butt-kicking superhero epic. It’s also the end of a cinematic generation.

Marvel’s Avengers movie franchise was born in 2008, when the company used a B-list character, Iron Man, to kick off what would become an epic, multi-billion- dollar superhero adventure. Acquired by Disney the following year, Marvel Studios rolled out its Avengers saga over the course of a decade, using three “phases” of story development across 22 movies. Each was linked by the infinity stones storyline—shiny gems with cataclysmic consequences.

Avengers: Endgame brings that saga to a close, barring one more film in the queue: Spider-Man: Far From Home, which premiers in July.

While this is the end for some characters, it’s just the beginning for other lesser- known ones, whom Marvel intends to promote in “Phase Four”—its five-year plan for its superhero film franchise. The release dates for nine untitled movies are already on the books.

There have been no official announcements regarding the upcoming films beyond the holding dates; however, fans haven’t been left without clues as to which characters will be featured.

A Black Widow movie staring Scarlett Johansson is expected to begin filming this spring, James Gunn has been secured as director (again) for a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is contracted for another film following Far From Home. Fans can likely also look forward to a Black Panther sequel, and another installment of Doctor Strange, while Angelina Jolie has signed on to a movie about the Eternals, a new cast of superheroes. Finally, Marvel is also reportedly planning a film about martial arts master Shang-Chi—its first movie with an Asian lead.

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Apr 30 2019

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Rank #10: EP 179: Stranger Things 3 Super-Spoilery Review, End Credit Theories, Fanbolt’s Emma Loggins

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‘Stranger Things 3’ Spoiler Review: What Worked, What Didn’t & Where They Go Now

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Netflix and the Duffer Brothers made a clever play when they decided to make their series fully embrace seasonal ambiance, most prominently with Season 2’s Halloween spirit and again in Season 3, which is practically dripping with sweat and sunscreen for all its peak summer energy. That decision (along with the ever-progressing timeline through the 80s) allows the series to shake up its style with each new batch of episodes and lean into different subgenres with all those pop culture references.

Our take: Season 3 was the ‘Dream Warriors’ to the original Nightmare on Elm Street 1 – meaning it took all the best elements introduced in Season 1 and gave us some new twists, new villians. It felt more like an 80’s film not for it’s nostalgia but it’s grand scope and adventure.

These ‘Stranger Things 3’ Theories Will Change What You Think About “The American”

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a28390141/stranger-things-3-the-american-theories/

At the end of Stranger Things: Summer Edition, a post-credits scene took us way out of Hawkins…all the way to snowy Kamchatka, Russia. There, two soldiers revealed the Russians have collected not only a Demogorgan, but an American citizen as well.

But who is the prisoner? I’m sure you think you know, but here are some theories to change your perspective.

Our Take: It’s Hopper. I mean, come on really. BUT… if it’s not, we dig this article’s alternative suggestions:

Dr. Brenner

You may know Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) as Eleven’s evil “papa.” Though it seemed unlikely he could have survived the Demogorgon attack in season one, we never saw the body or the actual kill. In Stranger Things land, that pretty much means he’s alive.

Sure enough, “I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner…as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me,” co-creator Matt Duffer told IGN. “He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

In season two, an ex-employee of Brenner’s lab confirmed to Eleven that “papa” is alive, and out there somewhere. Russia, perhaps?

Murray

Well, now that the two most popular theories are out of the way, what do you think about Murray (Brett Gelman)? The man speaks the language, has believed Russians were after him since season two, and is probably the smartest person they could choose to interrogate. What if they found him between the explosion and the three-month time jump in the finale?

The other psychic kids

“The Americans were only able to open a gate because of El’s powers,” the theory reads. “We’re shown at the beginning of season three that the Russians CAN’T open a gate over there, hence coming to Hawkins. So how do they have a living Demogorgon if the gate is closed here again? They opened their own gate, and the only way they could do it is with one of the psychics.”

The theory continues to suggest that they discovered Eleven’s powers during the events at Starcourt Mall, conducted an investigation, and found at least on of her sisters and brothers.

‘Stranger Things 3’ has an insanely cool Easter egg you probably missed

‘Stranger Things 3’ has an insanely cool Easter egg you probably missed

When Stranger Things burst onto the scene about three years ago, it immediately became a mainstream hit and quickly became one of the most watched TV series in Netflix history. Impressively, the second and third seasons of Stranger Things not only maintained the same level of quality as the first, but raised the bar even higher. Indeed, there’s a growing consensus that the recently released third season of Stranger Things could very well be the best of the bunch. And having just finished binging the third season, I’m inclined to agree.

Of course, it goes without saying that Stranger Things, aside from being an entertaining show in its own right, is bolstered by 80s nostalgia. One of the more insightful reviews of the show I’ve seen articulates that Stranger Things “doesn’t just reference ’80s movies. It captures how it feels to watch them.” Indeed, it’s no big surprise that the show is filled to the brim with subtle and even overt homages to a range of popular films from the 1980s.

While many fans of the show have been quick to compile a number of Easter Eggs relating to 80s movies, I recently stumbled across the mother of all Easter Eggs on the Stranger Things subreddit.

One of the more integral and entertaining side characters in season 3 is Murray Bauman who, if you recall from season 2, is a former investigative journalist turned private investigator. Part of Bauman’s character is that he’s very privacy-minded — if not conspiratorial —  which is why he was none-too-thrilled when Winona Ryder’s character revealed his phone number to a third-party at one point.

Now here’s the cool part: you can actually call the number whereupon you’ll be sent directly to a Bauman’s voicemail. It’s pretty darn cool and is one of the more engaging Easter Eggs we’ve seen in quite some time. If you want to try it yourself, Bauman’s number is 618-625-8313

The message, for those too lazy to call, is as follows:

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Jul 16 2019

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Rank #11: EP 182: The Boys S1 Review, Shazam’s John Glover Interview

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PODCAST | It is, without a doubt, a good time to be in the superhero business… And it’s even a better time to share our spoiler-filled Review of the Amazon Prim hit: The Boys Season 1.
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Segment 1: The Boys Review

Our Take: The Boys is like that superhero fan film you wished the studios would hire the creative team to create a real one. But, besides the shock value, the story is actually pretty basic. Well done, but not breaking tremendous new ground. Still, the cast is incredibly talented and Homelander is down right terrifying.

Segment 2: Comics vs TV

‘The Boys’ on Amazon: How it Compares to the Comic Book

https://www.newsweek.com/boys-easter-eggs-comic- book-amazon-1451569

There’s Billy Butcher, a foul-mouthed killer with a sordid past; Frenchie, a scientist whose specialty is killing super- powered individuals; Mother’s Milk, a family man who can’t resist a chance to work again; and the Female, a super-powered mute who channels her Berserker Rage. These characters all come straight from the comic, though all have much larger and more fleshed out personalities. Long monologues about religion, heart to heart talks and philosophical debates about murder were mostly absent from the initial 71-issue run. Frenchie also rarely spoke English in the comic, but that change had to be made.

The Boys main adversaries are the Seven, a group of the most powerful heroes the world has ever seen. Created, funded and controlled by Vought Industries, this group of superheroes is. led by Homelander, the generic Superman- esque every hero who on the outside represents truth, justice and the American way, On the inside, he’s a psychopathic bastard who only cares about the bottom line. In the comics, the Seven are pretty much as depraved and maniacal. Except for The Deep, who was rewritten for the show since he was initially a man in an old nautical diving suit who rarely talked.

Easter Eggs for the comic are hidden throughout the series. The show alludes to Teenage Kix, who were the first group of superheroes The Boys ever blackmailed in the comics. Popclaw is nothing more than a side character from Teenage Kix who was given a much larger role in the show. When Butcher meets with the CIA director, his demands include an “office in the Flatiron Building” which was the base of the comic book team.

If The Boys television show continues, there is plenty more material to be adapted from the comic book series. There’s the G-Men, an X-Men homage with a pedophilic head master. Tek Knight has an obsession with having sex with things, sometimes killing them. There’s even a badger that’s trained to attack the president; the possibilities are endless.

Amazon, overall, did a pretty good job with The Boys. The show had to tone down the sex, drugs and profanity but still left enough in there to make any Ennis fan happy. The plot chooses random bits from the comic book run, but still manages to feel like a property of its own.

The Boys sets up for its second season with one big change from the comics

Billy Butcher’s origins and the season finale

Billy Butcher (played by Karl Urban), in Amazon Studios’ The Boys, grins bloodily at the camera.

In both the comic and Amazon series, Billy Butcher, leader of The Boys, is a man with a singular focus. He hates “supes” (superheroes) and the company they work for, Vought. And he never misses a chance to describe them with colorful language.

Translating The Boys directly from page to small screen would result in a series that would make an R rating blush. There are also aspects of the story that, frankly, haven’t aged well over the decade between publication and adaptation. Developer/producer Eric Kripke and his staff took a lot of those rough edges off of the story without changing much about the underlying themes.

There’s a very big change, though, revealed in the series’

cliffhanger ending. Before we continue, this post will discuss story elements from The Boys, including sexual assault and suicide.

William “Billy” Butcher is the (reasonably) charming, foul- mouthed, and terrifyingly violent leader of the titular Boys. His violence and visceral hatred of all things supe has a foundation, though.

In the comics, Butcher is set on his path of hatred and destruction by the death of his wife. As she lay in bed next to Billy one night, her premature child disemboweled her as it was born, and then proceeded to attack Butcher with lasers from its eyes. Butcher handled the situation how he handles all situations — with extreme violence. He later learns that his wife had been raped by a superhero and that the superpowered baby was fathered by, he believes, the Homelander. Butcher comes to blame all superheroes and, by extension, the Vought-American corporation, for the death of his wife.

In the Amazon series, Butcher’s wife, Becca, is thought to be dead. She disappeared — either abandoned her life out of shame and killed herself or was permanently silenced by Vought — after she was raped by Homelander. Over the last few episodes of the series, however, both Butcher and Homelander learn the truth (well, the truth as we understand it so far). Becca’s encounter with the Homelander was a consensual affair. And in this version,

she survived her pregnancy and raised the superpowered child in hiding — or, more accurately, in a kind of corporate witness protection.

The series ends with Butcher and the Homelander, still in the midst of their season-ending climactic showdown, finding Becca and the child alive. Vought had hidden them away from both Butcher and Homelander. As they arrive at her suburban home, Homelander meets his eight-year- old (superpowered) son, and Butcher sees his wife for the first time in nearly a decade.

It’s a major change — an interesting twist on Butcher’s Women in Refrigerators origin that doesn’t paint Becca in the best light. Butcher’s entire life — in both the comics and the series — are driven by her death having been the direct result of a superhero’s actions. Learning that she is alive, but left him without a word, will certainly be explored during the series’ second season.

Spotlight: John Glover

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John Soursby Glover, Jr., is an American actor, known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor on the Superman-inspired television series Smallville.

Segment 4: Spin The Racks

Andy Serkis Closes Deal to Direct ‘Venom 2’

The actor-turned-filmmaker will be tackling his first comic book movie as director. Andy Serkis is officially stepping into Venom’s goo.

The filmmaker has closed a deal to direct Venom 2, Sony’s sequel to the 2018 film that grossed $856 million at the global box office. The sequel, part of the company’s stable of Spider-Man related and Marvel-centric characters, will once again star Tom Hardy as the journalist who joins with an alien symbiote.

Serkis flew to Los Angeles the week of July 22 to meet with Sony brass on the project, and was one of several filmmakers in the mix for the job. This will be Serkis’ third directorial effort, after the 2017 drama Breathe and last year’s non-Disney take on the Rudyard Kipling stories, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix after being made at Warner Bros.

Serkis rose to fame for his motion capture and performance capture acting work as Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2002 to 2004. He cut his teeth with second unit directing by reteaming with Jackson for The Hobbit trilogy (2012-14). He played the villain Snoke in the recent Star Wars films, as well as bad guy Klaw in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. His expertise with CG and performance capture technology is one of the factors that landed him the Venom 2 gig.

Sony had no comment

Kelly Marcel wrote the script for Venom 2. Ruben Fleischer helmed 2018’s Venom, which starred Michelle Williams and featured a last-minute cameo by Woody Harrelson as chief Venom villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. Serkis previously worked with Harrelson on 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.

Shortly after the news broke, Serkis shared a post on his verified Instagram account.

“Verified It’s actually happening. I can feel it, the Symbiote has found a host in me, and I’m ready for the ride…Can’t wait,” he wrote.

Serkis is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment.

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Aug 08 2019

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Rank #12: Ep 172: The Best Comic Book Summer Blockbusters of All Time, Ben Folds Interview

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PODCAST | From Memorial Day to Labor Day we rank the greatest comic book SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS of all time! Where does Tim Burton’s Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man 2 land?

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Segment 1: Look Ahead: Godzilla

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Review: ‘Godzilla’ is back and doing just fine By LINDSEY BAHR

It’s been a bit since moviegoers had the chance to catch up with Godzilla, five years in fact, which in cinematic franchise time feels like at least a few decades. In other words, it’s understandable if you go into “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” a little rusty on just what went down in Tokyo and San Francisco back in 2014.

But ”Godzilla: King of the Monsters ” is a sequel in the loosest possible sense that requires minimal recall from the audience, which is likely a good thing for those whose brains have been overloaded with “Game of Thrones,” ′′Avengers” and “Star Wars” minutiae and mythology. Worry not, Godzilla is here to provide some old-fashioned summer spectacle, no CliffsNotes required.

It’s a low bar, sure, but at least Godzilla is comfortable with its place in the blockbuster ecosystem.

The filmmakers have even helpfully shifted the focus to another family entirely for this installment, from the inert Brodys (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen) to the Russells, a now-broken family of scientists who lived in San Francisco during the 2014 attack. There are a few holdovers though, mostly employees of Monarch, the secret multinational organization that studies the titans, like Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Dr. Graham (Sally Hawkins), who are being accused of hiding Godzilla from world governments who’d rather just destroy them all.

As far as the newcomers go, Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) also works for Monarch and has developed a machine called the Orca, which simulates the sounds of the various titans. She believes this can be used to help manage them. Emma lives with her 14-year- old daughter, Madison (“Stranger Things’” Millie Bobby Brown in her first major film role), who is precociously enchanted by her mother’s work and admires the primordial creatures.

Madison’s father Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler, whose intensity is at level 10 for most of the movie) is not really in the picture, having left after the San Francisco incident, but is drawn back in when Emma and Madison (and the Orca) are kidnapped by some militant eco-terrorists led by Jonah Alan (Charles Dance).

This group wants to use the titans, of which there are now “17 and counting” including a pretty dazzling Mothra and a less-enchanting three-headed “Monster Zero,” to help reset the planet and reverse climate change and overpopulation. There’s some convenient explanation of why the radiation from the titans actually helps revitalize vegetation, which, like many of the silly plot devices in this movie, you kind of just let slide. That said, anyone currently watching “Chernobyl” on HBO will likely be very stressed out about the amount of radiation all the humans are likely absorbing just by being in proximity to all these creatures.

Michael Dougherty has taken the directing reins this time, from Gareth Edwards, and has done a fine job capturing the grandness of the titans, keeping the action coherent and balancing the human element thanks to a terrific cast that also includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Thomas Middleditch. His script is also pleasingly light and often funny, although Bradley Whitford’s Dr. Stanton goes a little overboard trying to be the comic relief.

But even that is easy to give a pass to. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is turn-your- brain-off summer fun, and doesn’t need to be anything more than that.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.” Running time: 131 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

Segment 2: Best Summer Blockbusters of All time

Memorial Day – Labor Day

https://www.metacritic.com/pictures/2017-summer-blockbusters- ranked/7

1989 – Present
2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

Hopefully we finally get to see our boy Han make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs (especially since a parsec is a unit of astronomical distance, not time).

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

Look, I doubt you’ll find many people who say Ant-Man is their favorite Marvel hero, but Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly combined will make this one fun as hell.

2017

Wonder Woman June 2, 2017

An Amazonian princess and fierce warrior (Gal Gadot) uses her superpowers to help fight a war. Wonder Woman has the highest Metascore of the superhero flicks released this summer.

Atomic Blonde July 27, 2017

Berlin. The Cold War. Undercover agents. Charlize Theron kicks butt in this action-thriller that’s packed with impressive stunts and a less-impressive script.

Spider-Man: Homecoming July 7, 2017

Following his Captain America: Civil War debut, Tom Holland embodies Peter Parker, and his Spidey superhero, in his first standalone film. Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. co-stars, as does Michael Keaton (as Vulture).

2016

https://www.businessinsider.com/summer-movie-power-rankings-2016- 5#8-x-men-apocalypse-may-27-3

Suicide Squad” (August 5)
As the weeks go by, and more superhero movies not under Disney’s Marvel

Studios continue to lose interest with audiences, the pressure builds for “Suicide Squad.” It’s important for the DC Comics universe Warner Bros. is creating, but it’s also a chance to prove another studio can produce a good comic-book film.

X-Men: Apocalypse” (May 27)

20th Century Fox’s plan to take some of the wind out of the sails of “Civil War” by lifting the review embargo on “Apocalypse” right after the Marvel hit opened might have backfired. With only a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, “Apocalypse” looks like another superhero movie that can’t live up to the supremacy of Disney’s releases in the genre.

2015

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/summer- blockbusters/248684/the-top-10-blockbusters-of-summer-2015

June 29, 2015 Antman

2014

May 23, 2014 – Days of Future past

Guardans of the Galaxy August 1, 2014

2012
Dark Knight Rises – July 20, 2012

2011
May 25, 2011 – First Class

July 19, 2011 – Cap America First Avenger

2008
The Incredible Hulk – June 13, 2008 (USA) July 18, 2008 Dark Knight
2006
Xmen Last Stand May 26, 2006

2005
June 15, 2005 – Batman Begins

2004

Spider-Man 2: June 30, 2004

2003
Ang lee hulk

2000

Xmen July 14, 2000

1995
June 16, 1995 – Batman Forever

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/batman-forever-story- behind-surprise-802804

Schumacher: After Forever’s success, I wanted to do The Dark Knight. It was going to be very dark. I remember going to the set of Face/Off and asking Nic Cage to play the Scarecrow. The studio, and I’m not sure the audience, was in a frame of mind to go too dark with Batman at that time. It’s interesting how our culture has changed. How the socioeconomic, political culture makes it absolutely palatable to see Chris [Nolan]’s Batman — for instance, The Dark Knight Rises, which is such a comment on exactly what’s happening. You might be able to track that on all the movies. Maybe Batman is one of those things like pi. It’s the center of the universe.

1992
June 16, 1992 Batman Returns
1989
June 19, 1989 Batman
1977
Star Wars: Episode IV ‐ A New… May 25, 1977 (USA)

1983
Return of the Jedi – May 25, 1983 (USA) June 19, 1989 Batman
Spider-Man 2: June 30, 2004 1, 1
July 18, 2008 Dark Knight
Guardans of the Galaxy August 1, 2014 Spider-Man: Homecoming July 7, 2017

Wonder Woman June 2, 2017

Solo: 5, X

Spotlight: Ben Folds

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‘Game of Thrones’ critics petition Benioff and Weiss not to ruin Star Wars

Thousands of critics of the just-ended final season of “Game of Thrones” have signed petitions to keep its two showrunners from making the next Star Wars film, as planned.

Petitioners are urging Disney to kick the pair off the upcoming project so that they won’t ruin that one, too.

“Putting the Game of Thrones writers (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) in charge of Star Wars is not only a controversial decision but a mistake, plain and simple,” reads one petition, on Change.org, which had been signed by nearly 12,000 people by Saturday night.

Meanwhile, a similar petition, this one on thepetitionsite.com, was nearing its goal of 6,000 signatures.

“Like many Game Of Thrones fans, I was dismayed at how the last season was written – it felt rushed and sloppy,” that petition reads.

https://nypost.com/2019/05/25/game-of-thrones-critics-petition-benioff-and-weiss- not-to-ruin-star-wars/

“But now I’m really worried because I just learned that the next Star Wars movie will be made by the same people.“

Disney announced earlier this month that it will produce three more Star Wars films, which will reach theaters starting in 2022 — with Benioff and Weiss writing and producing.

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May 29 2019

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Rank #13: Ep 160 | Captain Marvel: Fans, Gender, Politics and Shazam w/Starlight Runner’s Jeff Gomez

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PODCAST | Captain Marvel vs Captain Mar…er #SHAZAM! Two franchises linked by name, cross-company rivalry & some pretty snazzy trailers… all being released within the next month!

On tonight’s episode we preview the new Marvel and DC flicks and pit the trailers against each other alongside transmedia guru Jeff Gomez from Starlight Runner Entertainment. He also gives us exclusive inside dirt on the film having already seen it!

PLUS: The boobirds are out in full force against Captain Marvel but the pre-sales are sky rocketing! Which side will come out on top as we preview Marvel’s most controversial film to date.

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Michael and Hassan are joined by Jeff Gomez as they discuss Captain Marvel. They begin with the animosity in the build up to Captain Marvel’s release. Jeff notes how Starlight Runner monitors fan behavior and describes how fans are reacting to the actor and not the character Captain Marvel. They discuss how negative social media affects films and how our social media culture in some ways encourages controversy.

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Jeff, Hassan, and Michael compare Captain Marvel and Shazam based on the trailers. Jeff share his impressions after seeing Captain Marvel. They describe Warner Brothers’ approach to Shazam and unpack how Shazam has been marketed with humor at the forefront. The guys tell which film they are most excited to see based on their trailers.

Segment 3: Spotlight Jeff Gomez

Jeff shares his love of Ultraman and Godzilla in his youth. Jeff describes his current Ultraman project and the challenges of reintroducing the character to Western popular culture. Michael and Hassan weigh in on how it can be difficult to modernize older series for new audiences. They list examples of films that have succeeded or failed in fulfilling fans’ wishes.

Segment 4: Spin The Racks
Jeff brings up his project Magnificent Revengers, an upcoming Western show and how it plans to immerse audiences in a unique way. Spinning The Racks: New Mutants release on Disney+. Jeff, Michael, and Hassan speculate about how New Mutants will be received. Jeff weighs in on whether to stick around for the Captain Marvel post credits scenes

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NEXT WEEK: Captain Marvel Review – Did it Fly Faster, Further?

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Mar 07 2019

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Rank #14: SoS PODCAST Ep 5: There’s No WAY Deadpool Should Have Made 135M – We Break Down Why It Did

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Deadpool made 135M at the box office. We break down WHY.

Sure, Secrets of the Sire went on record to predict doom and gloom for the Deadpool movie only to watch it set R-rated box office records. But enough dwelling on the past, listen in as we break down WHY the Deadpool movie killed it this past weekend.

Click here to listen to Secrets of the Sire: Episode Five

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Feb 21 2016

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Rank #15: SoS PODCAST Ep 4: Breaking Into Comics – Learn How These Pros Did It!

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We chat with Pat Shand (Robyn Hood, Charmed) about the path he took to break into comics and get his take on what you should do the same (minus any restraining orders). We also find out some of your favorite creators’ most memorable moments in the biz.

As always you can listen above or download us on iTunes and now Google Play as well! Or check out the show any podcasting app for your iOS or Android phone. Just search “Secrets of the Sire” or “Host Michael Dolce” to find us.

Or you can head to our Soundcloud page and catch up on any podcast you may have missed!

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Feb 16 2016

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Rank #16: Ep 161 | Captain Marvel Review [SPOILERS], Madonna & the Breakfast Club

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PODCAST | Captain Marvel Soars At the Box Office… But Is It Any Good? We review the latest Marvel Studios chapter and give you the skinny on the feminist driven film.

PLUS: We welcome “Madonna And the Breakfast Club’s” Paul Castro On To Chat About The Film

AND: Newsarama’s Chris Arrant goes Spinning the Racks

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When ‘Captain Marvel’ Became a Target, the Rules Changed

Despite the trolls’ concerted efforts, “Captain Marvel” slayed during its opening weekend, but not before Rotten Tomatoes, an influential site where a bad audience score can damage a film’s prospects, made major changes to its rules. Most critically, it eliminated prerelease audience reviews. It also stopped displaying the percentage of moviegoers who say they “want to see” a film in favor of using the raw number of people. And it removed the “not interested” button.

The backlash against “Captain Marvel” resulted from a collision of two major forces. One was the popularity of websites that at their best democratize the reviewing of movies, restaurants and businesses and at their worst can be weaponized for score-settling or political grudges.

“Captain Marvel” is among the few superhero films to star a woman, but a bigger trigger factor for the film’s haters appeared to be Ms. Larson’s outspokenness about the lack of diversity in movies and news media coverage of films.

In February, during the crush of the film’s press tour, Ms. Larson told “Entertainment Tonight” that she had spoken with Marvel about making the film “a big feminist movie.” In another interview, she said that after noticing that most of her interviewers in the past had been white and male, she vowed to seek out more underrepresented journalists, including Keah Brown, who is black and disabled, and who profiled her for Marie Claire.

Segment 2: Why Captain Marvel Sucks As a Prequel

Prequels are inherently rubbish unless they follow one golden rule: they have to tell us something we don’t already know. A truly effective prequel should change how we perceive the films or books or TV shows that came before (or after). If it doesn’t put a new spin on the familiar, what’s the point?

What if Ronan’s defeat had set him on the path to his GotG villainy? What if the filmmakers put as much effort into Coulson’s characters as his CG de-aging? What if he’d been, I don’t know, a corrupt alcoholic LA cop reluctantly investigating a break-in at a Blockbuster, only to be profoundly changed by the experience into the Coulson we know?

Or what if — go with me on this — what if when Coulson was replaced by a Skrull, nobody noticed? What if the Agent Coulson we’ve seen throughout all the Marvel movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, the guy we’ve known and loved for 10 years, was a Skrull all along?

Segment 3: Spotlight Paul Castro Jr.

WHAT DO YOU DO? (Think Twitter Bio)I’m an Actor, Voice Actor, Producer, Director and Writer. But more importantly a Gamer, Animal Lover, and Story teller.

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS? (Shameless Plug Time)Madonna and the Breakfast Club, my Unt. Gamer Comedy which premiere at ITVFest. Few films coming up, What We Found, Unt. Seth Rogen Pickle Movie, Few VO animations I can’t name just yet… Ones about talking dogs.

GOT A HOT TAKE? (Tell us the burning issues you’re dying to talk about) 
I’m open – depends where you wanna go. I love talking anything games, nerd culture, or indie film (or film in general.) Dealers choice!


YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES (Friend You?)

@paulcastrojr all over

Segment 4: Spin The Racks w/Chris Arrant
Captain Marvel, Shazam, Colbie Smulders and more!

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Mar 14 2019

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Rank #17: EP 178: Spider-Man Far From Home, Reviews, Reactions and End Credit Breakdown

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PODCAST | Where does Spider-Man Far From Home fit in the pantheon of Spider-Man films? And is it (gasp) BETTER than Endgame? At least one of our hosts thinks so.

PLUS: We get a breakdown of those shocking end credit scenes directly from Director Jon Watts and go Spinning the Racks with some more Spidey News.

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One of Far From Home’s Shocking Twists Introduces a Key Aspect of Spider-Man’s Lore

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Unlike Spider-Man: Homecoming, which did a solid job of rethinking characters from the comics in new ways in order to make yet another Peter Parker-centric story feel fresh for the big screen, Far From Home amps things up by cleaving ever-so-slightly closer to the source material.

But it isn’t until the film’s credits have begun rolling that the most surprising, and deftly-executed, contribution to the life of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Peter Parker pops up. It’s one that’s almost certainly going to change the shape of Marvel’s future films. Spoilers ahead, of course.

here are a lot of things to unpack about the mid-credits scene, the most obvious of which being how downright delightful it is to see J.K. Simmons reprise his role as a very-enraged Jameson, who once again has a very big axe to grind with Spider-Man. In Marvel’s comics, the circumstances of Jameson’s legendary dislike of the web-slinger are drastically different and involve Jameson being jealous of the media attention Spider-Man’s heroics draw. Jameson first develops a hatred for Spider-Man when the hero inadvertently steals the spotlight from Jameson’s son John, an astronaut embarking on a mission that ends up going awry. After Spider-Man ultimately saves the younger Jameson, Jonah’s still unconvinced of the vigilante’s intentions and continues with his media crusade against the hero, in part, because it leads to a boost in the Bugle’s sales.

Despite Jameson’s rage being rooted in irrationality, his insistence that Spider-Man is a public menace that must be dealt with is a fundamental part of the character that’s always resonated to a certain extent, because you can kind of understand where he’s coming from. Spider-Man, like all costumed vigilantes, is a public menace when you look at him as a beacon or a lightning rod for the villains they invariably end up tussling with in their adventures. Superheroes might be fighting because they want to do the right

thing, but the reasons behind their cause can only do so much to make civilians sympathize with them. That isn’t really the reason Jameson himself harasses Spider-Man, but it’s an idea that’s baked into the characters’ dynamic, and goes on to make Peter’s stint working at the newspaper even more layered with meaning.

But Far From Home legitimizes Jameson’s hate in a novel way because you can’t entirely fault him for coming to the conclusions about Spider-Man that he does. Even though the footage is edited to make it seem as if Peter ordered all of Mysterio’s drones to attack, no one has any way of knowing that it’s been tampered with, and given everything the planet’s recently been through (see: Endgame), no one’s really thinking about villainous media manipulation.

While the world’s Infinity Snapped-population has returned, Far From Home makes clear that the world’s a different place now. Earth’s citizens are aware of the larger-than-life things going on because they simply can’t deny their existence anymore. Everyone’s been affected by them in one way or another, and they look to superheroes like Spider-Man and the Avengers to keep them safe. That’s what makes Jameson’s report as compelling as it is devastating, because it pushes you to understand why the public would latch on to the “Spider-Man as a menace” narrative in the MCU.

How the public feels about Spider-Man has been different at various points in time depending on what he’s in the news for, what kind of suit he’s wearing, and what hero team he’s hanging out with, but it’s one of the most interesting things about his larger mythos because of what it represents. Peter Parker’s always understood that there wouldn’t be a Spider-Man were it not for the friendly neighbors who accepted him as a Queens folk hero before he joined the big leagues, and the bad reputation Jameson’s hellbent on giving him might as well be a character in Spidey’s rogues’ gallery in and of itself.

Far From Home gives Spider-Man that new, yet familiar threat to face in a more than inspired way, and Peter’s going to have one hell of a time trying to disentangle himself from the messy conundrum the next time we see him swinging scrims the silver screen.

‘Spider-Man’ Director Explains Those Post-Credits Scenes and What They Mean for the MCU

Director Jon Watts walks IndieWire through two game-changing post-credits scenes, both of which set the stage for more Spidey tales to come

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has never been shy about introducing game- changing elements in post-credits scenes — remember our first look at Thanos, the ultimate big baddie? That was just a quick hit in a post-credits stinger following “The Avengers” — but “Spider-Man: Far From Home” runs positively wild with the possibility that an entire film, an entire franchise can be impacted by something thrown into the middle of a credit crawl.

While Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man: Far From Home” ends on an upbeat note, well-earned after asking young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to work his way through his grief over “the snap” and the loss of mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) while also navigating a nutty high school trip to Europe, a pair of post-credits scenes hint at a darker future for the webhead. They also lay the groundwork for both the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise and hint at far-ranging impacts on the MCU in general.

In short, they’re big, perhaps the biggest Marvel has ever offered in this format, and they’re hard not to get excited over (and, yes, Watts knows just how big they are). At the very least, they imply bigger parts in the franchise for two of indie film’s most beloved character actors, and that’s never a bad thing.

“Pretty early on, you start to get a feeling for if something is part of the main body of the film or if it makes more sense as a tag,” Watts told IndieWire during a recent interview. “It was similar with these, but after the tag we did on the last movie, which was just the Captain America PSA, I felt like I owed it to the fans to do something a little bit more substantial.”

Tom Holland is Peter Parker, in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN:TM FAR FROM HOME.

Ahead, Watts breaks down both of the post-credits scenes in his film and what they mean for his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (and, yes, the MCU as a whole) going forward.

[One more time: Spoilers ahead for both “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and its post-credits scenes.]

1. An Old Favorite Returns (And a Hero Is Unmasked)

One happy change for Peter: “Far From Home” finally sees him expressing his feelings for MJ (Zendaya), even if it takes some massive battles and a little bit of misdirection. Even better, MJ knows about his secret identity and is totally cool with it, which is why the first post-credits scene sees Peter picking MJ up in midtown Manhattan and going on a swing around the city.

Just as the pair prepare to part outside Madison Square Garden, giddy about their burgeoning relationship and basking in their big secret, a classic loudmouth breaks in to disrupt all that happy calm. And he’s a familiar loudmouth too: J.K. Simmons, reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson, now styled as a fast-talking YouTube personality (yes, The Daily Bugle is now a streaming outfit). Seeing Simmons back in the role he so very much made his own in Sam Raimi’s earlier Spider-Man series is the best kind of shock, even if it temporarily obscures what he’s actually saying.

“There was always the chance that he would say no, but I always wanted that,” Watts said. “There was maybe a brief conversation about like, oh, is there a way to reinvent what The Daily Bugle is and who J. Jonah Jameson would be? But it just felt wrong. It’s gotta be him. Like, if it wasn’t him, it wasn’t worth doing.”

But both Jameson and The Daily Bugle have been reinvented for modern times — and a film that cleverly flirts with the influx of “fake news”

throughout its running time — and when he suddenly appears on a giant screen on MSG, he’s not there to issue happy news. Instead, this Jameson is showing off exclusive footage from Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, who was previously revealed to both Peter and the audience as a con man and fraud.

But the rest of the world doesn’t know that. They still think he’s a for-real superhero who died in the heat of battle (a fake battle!), and he’s still got one last trick: a doctored video that “shows” Spider-Man killing him for no apparent reason. Just as both Jameson and his “DailyBugle.net” reveal themselves to be terrifying (and, yes, sort of funny) new enemies, the loudmouth newsman offers one last shocker, as he reveals Spider-Man’s real world identity, as a shocked Peter and MJ look on.

“It’s kind of just strange that this very over the top performance of J. Jonah Jameson from the Sam Raimi films now doesn’t seem as over the top, and there are [now] real world comparisons,” Watts said when asked about threading the needle between realism and wackiness. “So it’s not me, it’s the world!”

So, not only does “Far From Home” end with Peter Parker unmasked, it also ends with Spider-Man cast as a villain. Oh, and now J. Jonah Jameson is running a nutty news outfit that’s hellbent on taking down one of Earth’s biggest heroes. Well, at least some things never change.

2. Nick Fury Needs a Vacation, Too

“I think about [‘Far From Home’] as a con man movie, there’s so many layers of deception throughout the whole movie, that it just felt right to do one last little reveal,” Watts said. “One last little twist at the very end. It all felt on theme.”

That final twist is a potent and funny one, but just like the first post-credits tag, it comes with big implications for the future (and the past). When the scene opens, we’re on a sunny beach and Marvel’s most high-strung stickler Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is kicking back for some much-needed R&R. Like Peter, he’s clearly been in desperate need of a vacation, but the second the beach scene fades away — like so much of the film’s biggest twists, it’s all a simulation — it’s clear that Fury has been enjoying the relaxing life for awhile.

No, really, quite awhile: it wasn’t him in “Far From Home.” Fury, it seems, is trawling through space on a massive Skrull ship (yes, they’re back!), while he and trusty sidekick Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) have been temporarily replaced on Earth by everyone’s favorite shape-shifters.

“After I saw ‘Captain Marvel’ and saw Fury’s origin story in that film, it just made sense,” he said. “We’ve learned so much more about Nick Fury now that ‘Captain Marvel’ has come out, it felt like the right thing to do. It was on theme as a con, but it was also on theme as like, everyone needs a vacation!”

Fury is called back into action by “Captain Marvel” stars Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn), who have spent the entire movie pretending to be the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, all the better for the duo to enjoy some free time. Eagle-eyed viewers have likely noticed that the pair seemed a little off their game during the film’s action, but like so many parts of the story, that could easily be chalked up to post-“Endgame” weirdness.

In actuality, their plucky fill-ins have done the best job they can, but now they need the real Fury back in the saddle. And, of course, that begs a few questions: how long have the Skrulls being running these (authorized, still funny) missions for S.H.I.E.L.D.? Where is Fury actually? And what else has happened to the Skrull community after “Captain Marvel”?

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” > Avengers:Endgame

If ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Doesn’t Make a Billion Dollars, Sony Breaks Free of the Marvel Studios Deal

The specifics of major Hollywood contracts are notoriously difficult to ascertain, and the occasional insights we do receive often come from actors revealing how many movies they have left in a particular franchise. But a new report has uncovered a Spider-Man contract stipulation which would allow Sony to wriggle out of its deal with Marvel Studios and once again give Spidey’s original studio home full autonomy over the character’s cinematic adventures. Good thing that won’t happen.

In a recent edition of journalist Richard Rushfield’s entertainment industry newsletter The Ankler, Rushfield peels back the secretive curtain of the deal that was signed between Sony and Marvel Studios back in 2015 to share the character. “The original Sony/Marvel/Spidey deal to co-produce these movies stipulated that if this Spidey cleared a billion, Marvel would get to oversee a third. If it hadn’t, full control would have reverted back to Sony,” he writes.

To be clear, Far From Home has not yet crossed the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, but the fact that it’s already made over $600 million in its first week is practically a guarantee that it will cross the coveted billion dollar threshold before it leaves theaters. So the Sony/Marvel Studios deal will still hold – at least for one more solo Spider-Man movie, because actor Tom Holland revealed back in 2016 that he was on board for three solo Spider-Man films and three appearances in other MCU movies. We’ve already seen him in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and now Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Jul 11 2019

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Rank #18: EP 181: Retro Review: Tim Burton’s Batman, Kevin Conroy Interview

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PODCAST | 30 years later, does Tim Burton’s Batman still hold up? Buckle up and reminisce as we go Retro Review on the Michael Keaton/ Jack Nicholson classic.

PLUS: THE voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy talks Mask of the Phantasm, his favorite animated episode and should Batman kill?

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Segment 1: Tim Burton’s Batman: 30 years Later

My Take: The story evolves as a mystery. And while some of the action scenes might be seen as very “80s” the fact that the entire world is an “Elseworlds” style Gotham, with movie magic elements in it (is it in the 40s? the 80s? or just its own universe) it still holds up. Keaton and Nicholson kill it an the Basinger/Brooks/Billy D supporting cast is also top notch (could we imagine a Billy D Williams Two-Face?)

Some of the cartoon villain-y stuff is dated but overall, I feel like you COULD show this to someone today and it holds.

Do Tim Burton’s Batman Movies Hold Up?

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30 years ago, a superhero movie was not a guaranteed blockbuster. The last time Batman had been exposed to mass audiences, he had quipped around with Robin and danced the Batusi. But the beginning of a new era of superhero movies—dark, violent, and self-serious—began in 1989, when Tim Burton’s Batman hit theaters. Now that superheroes routinely dominate the box-office—and since the whole Batman franchise is on Netflix—I thought it would be interesting to revisit these prototypical superhero blockbusters to see how they hold up today.

Spotlight: Kevin Conroy

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Kevin Conroy is best known for his voice role as the DC Comics character Batman on the 1990s Warner Bros. television show Batman: The Animated Series, as well as various other TV series and feature films in the DC animated universe. Due to the popularity of his performance as Batman, Conroy went on to voice the character for multiple films

under the DC Universe Animated Original Movies banner; along with the acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Batman: Arkham City (2011) and Batman: Arkham Knight (2015).

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Every year at the ultra invite only Sunday night Dead Dog party for Comic-Con someone will say “I dunno, this was a strange Comic-Con.” It is tradition.

But this is the year it was really true.

But that leaves the elephant in the room: DC’s massively changed presence at the show. The WB/DC are undoing huge changes at every level, and DC’s booth is perhaps the most vivid and traumatic change of all. I warned you but people were still shocked when they arrived on the show floor and found Image, Scholastic, Humanoids and Comixology (and two companies that make prints) where DC used to be. Deciding to give up DC’s anchor position on the show floor is the kind of dick measuring move that new executives make in an uncertain terrain, and they’ll regret it some day. But they can never go back. The studio assimilation that former publisher Paul Levitz fought against for so many years is now completed. And irreversible. It was a little bittersweet to see him and Jenette Kahn inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame in tandem. They did so much to change comics for the better and now that legacy is being completely uprooted, even though it lives on with a thousand children.

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PLUS: Shazam and Smallville’s John Glover drops by to talk about his DC Connection.

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Aug 01 2019

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Rank #19: EP 171: Game of Thrones Finale Reactions [SPOILERS], Source Point Press Travis McIntire

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PODCAST | Game OVER man… so now what? We tackle the burning questions (see what we did there?) from Sunday’s Game of Thrones Finale  and run down the best (and worst) series finales of all time!

PLUS: We welcome Source Point Press publisher Travis Mcintire

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Segment 1: Game of Thrones

‘Game of Thrones’: Burning Questions After the Series Finale

It’s all over. Now what?

How about the death of the Iron Throne?

Did Game of Thrones do right by Dany in the end?

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran and is now the man ruling over Westeros. Are you as aggrieved by this as everyone else seems to be?

hat said, where do you think he’ll land with Bran? Same spot?

f he was always going to end up in charge of the realm, then why did Benioff and Weiss exclude him from an entire season of the series?

Bran knew he was going to become the king, right? Are you happy with where Jon wound up?

Is there something we should take from the final image of the series: Jon and the Free Folk stepping into the Haunted Forest, never to be seen again?

what are your thoughts on the endings for Sansa and Arya?

A Song of Ice and Fire! Sam Tarly (John Bradley) really did write the thing! Fun fan service or too cute?

Whose fate are you happiest about? Whose ending do you like the least?

The Best (& Worst?) TV Series Finales of All Time

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What makes a great TV series finale? It depends on the show, of course. But no matter what series you may be watching, you want a finale that ties up loose ends without being annoyingly completist, gives you heart without seeming overly sentimental, and of course makes you feel just as happy, sad, thrilled, or compelled as you did with each previous episode. It’s a very tricky needle to thread, and some series have undoubtedly done it better than others.

In celebration of what it takes to deliver a great final episode, here are (some of) the greatest series finales of all time.

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The Sopranos // “Made In America”

“Made In America” is, infamously, the episode of television that made millions of viewers briefly think that their cable had just gone out at some crucial moment, when in reality what happened was creator David Chase simply decided one seemingly random moment was the exact second where Tony Soprano’s journey would end. The series finale of The Sopranos spent the better part of its runtime wrapping up a mob war that crippled the family, and then devoted its final minutes to a family dinner set to Journey. Fans still debate the meaning and merits of the final scene, but the sense of palpable unease Chase built up in those last moments—signifying Tony’s perpetual state of watching his back—were a brilliant way to end a show that began as a meditation on existential dread in the first place.

Six Feet Under // “Everyone’s Waiting”

The final minutes of “Everyone’s Waiting” are among the most famous in the history of television, and even if the rest of the episode had been a disappointment, they would still rank among the greatest farewells in the medium. As it is, Six Feet Under’s final episode with the Fisher family is a gripping, heartfelt, and bitterly funny gem, all building to that last montage. As Sia’s “Breathe Me” plays, we see the deaths of every member of the

main cast, which reminds us that death takes many forms beyond mere tragedy, all culminating in the last breaths of Claire. Just thinking about it is enough to make fans of the show burst into tears.

Breaking Bad // “Felina”

Few series finales have ever faced such high expectations and managed to rise to meet them so powerfully as Breaking Bad did with its final episode in 2013. “Felina” has everything you could ever want from a Breaking Bad send-off: Walt’s final conversation with Skyler, that incredible revenge shoot-out featuring the rigged machine gun, Jesse’s defiant cry of freedom as he drives away, Walt’s collapse, and that little smile of victory on his face. Some series finales deliver what you want; others deliver what you need. “Felina” somehow manages to do both.

M*A*S*H // “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”

M*A*S*H was on longer than the Korean War was actually fought, and was more than 250 episodes into its run by the time “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” aired and became one of the most-watched television events in the history of the medium. You’d think the staff of the 4077th might have run out of things to say after such a run, but the series finale manages to be absolutely jam-packed, featuring everything from Hawkeye’s dark repressed memories to Klinger’s wedding. It all builds to that final shot of “GOODBYE” written in stones, which still ranks as one of the most iconic moments in TV history.

Seinfeld // “The Finale”

The series finale of Seinfeld is also among the most divisive in the history of television, and it all begins with an amusing swerve. The show leads off by making us think Jerry and George are about to embark on a typical sitcom sendoff, bidding New York City farewell as they head to California to make a television series, but then the real plot kicks in as the show’s quartet of main characters is arrested for literally doing nothing as a man is carjacked.

The brilliance of the show’s protagonists getting in trouble for the very

same thing they’d been doing for nine seasons in a “show about nothing” then pivots to a trial that does play by the sitcom rule of allowing old fan- favorite characters to come back as witnesses, then launches into a wrap- up that mocks the characters, the show’s fans, and the show’s own place of seeming importance in the pop culture landscape. Sitcom finales are usually more like curtain calls; “The Finale” was a provocative final joke.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer // “Chosen”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer spent weeks setting up its series finale, laying out a last stand that would either end Buffy and her gang of allies forever or wipe Sunnydale off the face of the Earth—or both. The final battle itself has since been dwarfed by more epic series like Game of Thrones, but what makes “Chosen” so magical isn’t its fight scenes, but its heart. With her own army of potential Slayers at her back, Buffy asks Willow to perform a spell that will give them all the powers of a Slayer, leading to one of the most empowering montages in the history of television. Then, even while mourning absent friends, Buffy is able to look toward tomorrow.

Newhart // “The Last Newhart”

So many sitcom series finales are all about final goodbyes. Very often characters leave their longtime TV homes for somewhere new, leading to tearful farewells or at least a final moment for everyone to spend one last day together. Newhart absolutely blew that premise up with a twisty, joke- filled finale that includes the entire town being turned into a resort, a five- year time jump, and that brilliant final scene which reveals all of Newhart to have been the dream of Dr. Bob Hartley, Newhart’s character from The Bob Newhart Show. The level of ambition is admirable. That the ambition translated to genuine laughs is wonderful.

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Star Wars: The Truth About Kylo Ren and Rey’s Connection

Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver discuss the intergalactic will they/won’t they.

For a certain segment of the Star Wars fandom, the juiciest nugget from Vanity Fair’s exclusive new cover story on The Rise of Skywalker has to be this:

For lack of any more obvious Anakin and Padmé or Han and Leia-type romances in the trilogy, fans have latched on to

Kylo and Rey as potential star-crossed lovers ripped apart by opposite sides of the Force. But do actors Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver see them that way? Vanity Fair contributor Lev Grossman attempted to find out.

Unlike some potential romances that have preoccupied fans, the Kylo and Rey relationship has gotten plenty of support from inside the Star Wars production team.

Mark Hamill referred to the pair’s “romantic tension” in The Last Jedi. But things looked decisively done between the two at the end of Episode VIII. And, at any rate, Rey has a lot more on her mind—like saving the galaxy. So where do they go from here?

“a source close to the movie says that [Kylo

Ren and Rey’s] Force-connection will turn out to run even deeper

than we thought.”

When speaking about The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams referred to Star Wars as “a fairy tale” calling out both Kylo as a “prince” and the duo’s “interesting relationship moving forward.”

When speaking about their characters with Grossman, both Ridley and Driver wound up describing similarly lonely and isolated

childhoods for these Force-sensitive figures. Rey was literally

abandoned by her parents—whoever they may be—and so has

trouble comprehending how Kylo could shun his. But Ridley herself is

much more understanding of the stress that might come from being

raised by Han Solo and Leia Organa: “Having the two coolest parents

and sometimes I’m sure it works amazingly, and sometimes it just

might not.”

For Driver, this concept is the key to understanding Kylo Ren. “If you were the product of those two people, two very strong personalities

who seemed to be almost more committed to a cause than anything else, what’s that like?” he says. Ben Solo is born to privilege, yes, but also tremendous pressure.

Though their shared childhood isolation set them on two very different paths, the Rian Johnson-directed Last Jedi showed Kylo and Rey finding kinship in each other. Ridley describes them as “two quite powerful people who feel.” Driver adds that his character “had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey. The Last Jedi ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship more or, when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie? This idea of being alone.”

If Kylo is still questioning, Rey is, at least initially, more resolute. Ridley says that as The Rise of Skywalker begins,

Looking back over the long arc of nine films, it’s easy to see the Skywalker saga as not only a story about repairing fractured bonds and escaping repeated patterns of a specific bloodline, but also the families we create for ourselves. John Boyega’s Finn and Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron are both options of support for Rey as she tries to build something new out of the ashes of her first attempt to reach Kylo Ren.

Ridley says Rey is also part of that relationship, but kept apart a bit due to her Force sensitivity. Will Kylo Ren and Rey reforge their own connection? And, if they do, will it be love or simply friendship that unites them? The answer,

Driver likens the Skywalker–Solos to a

royal family, and notes the isolating power of being born with those

spectacular gifts: “How do you form friendships out of that? How do

you understand the weight of that? . . . It can easily go awry.”

Burdened by her own talents, Rey also feels that solitude. “It’s a bit

lonely having that much on one’s shoulders,” Ridley says.

inclined to believe that Kylo potentially could redeem himself.”

“Rey is less

“It’s not about just one person,” Isaac says of how his

character deals with the strain of leadership and heroism in The Rise

of Skywalker. “[It’s about] reaching out to his family, and particularly

Finn is his family.”

Driver says, is incredibly complicated: “I

don’t think it’s any one thing. The strength in what Rian [Johnson]

wrote and what J.J. [Abrams] wrote is it’s never all one thing.”

Avengers: Endgame Writers Confirm Identity of Peggy Carter’s Husband

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Following the climax of Avengers: Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers went back in time to return the Infinity Stones his team borrowed, only to remain in the past and marry Peggy Carter. However, rather than this being an alternate reality, Endgame’s writers have said they believe this was merely closing the loop and Steve had always been married to Peggy, referencing what we saw on screen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

“It was always our intention that he was the father of those two children. But again, there are time travel loopholes for that,” Endgame writer Stephen McFeely told The Hollywood Reporter.

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In The Winter Soldier, an older Peggy told Steve she had two kids with a husband whom Cap actually saved in World War II. This indicated she’d moved on when Steve went under the ice, although we never found out the identity of the man or saw their children.

More importantly, if Steve really is the father, then their kids would have super- soldier blood running through their veins. “It does introduce the idea that there are two children who have somewhat super soldier DNA,” co-writer Christopher Markus added.

It’s an interesting notion because it indicates this time-traveling Steve lived a secret life with Peggy away from S.H.I.E.L.D. and let everything, including the start of Nick Fury’s Avengers initiative, play out as seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while also hiding two super-soldier kids from the rest of the world.

Endgame Writers Confirm Whether Captain America Told Bucky His Plan

While the ending of Avengers: Endgame took some of the characters — and fans — by surprise after Steve opted to stay in the past and live out a life with his love, Margaret “Peggy” Carter, there was at least one person that knew of Steve’s plans before he journeyed into the past with the stones and Mjolnir — Bucky.

At the end of the film, after the group returns from saying their goodbyes to Tony, Steve readies to return the stones to their rightful timelines — along with Mjolnir — by re-entering the quantum realm. We see him working with Bruce, who assures everyone that it’ll only take a matter of seconds for Steve to return. However, after the five seconds are up and Steve doesn’t return, Sam, aka Falcon, demands Bruce figure out what went wrong while Bucky wanders off with a knowing smirk. It’s an implication that he knew Steve didn’t intend to return, but for the first time, the writers have confirmed it. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely state that Steve and Bucky briefly talked about Steve’s plans.

“Steve, clearly, before he stepped on that platform… told Bucky what he was going to do. Whether he knew he was going to appear on that bench, I don’t think so. Why would Bucky say, ‘I’m going to miss you pal,’ if it was only going to be five seconds?” McFeely said.

As for the passing of the mantle, did Steve ever offer Bucky the mantle? Per Markus and McFeely, that was not a conversation that happened between the best friends. Instead, the only conversation regarding the passing of the Captain America mantle is the one we see on screen between Steve and Sam, with Bucky urging the latter to accept. Unfortunately, for some fans, this is in direct contrast to the theory that Bucky had rejected the mantle prior to Steve offering it to Sam.

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Rank #20: EP 184: MCU Spider-Man No More? The Thor 4 Controversy, Laura Cerrone from GeekChicElite Podcast

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PODCAST | Is SONY putting the kibosh on Spidey in the MCU? Or is Disney making a power play for more money? We break down the messy divorce that may find the web slinger slinging webs in another Universe.

PLUS: With Natalie Portman taking over as Thor, is it time to replace all the White Male Superhero characters or is it just lazy writing to do the gender swap? We weigh in alongside Geek Chic Elite Podcaster Lauran Cerrone

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Segment 1: MCU Spiderman No More?

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The Skinny: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said.

Our Take: This is a power play move by Disney/Marvel to sway SONY execs onto their side. If they create enough backlash, SONY President Tom Rothman will have no choice to capitulate or face the wrath of a rabid fanbase of movies. Negotiations are still ongoing. Don’t be surprised if a deal gets reached.

Segment 2: The Thor 4 Controversy

Now that we’ve got a female Thor, let’s topple every pale, male and stale superhero character we can
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The problem with ‘lady Thor’ and ‘female James Bond’
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The Skinny: The Thor casting controversy rages on! Is gender swapping the only way for diverse and under represented characters/ creators to be recognized? Or is it just lazy writing?

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Jonathan Hickman Responds to House of X Plagiarism Accusations

Marvel Comics’ revival of the X-Men franchise under the direction of scribe Jonathan Hickman has earned many fans for its drastic changes to the popular squad of mutants. However, because of Hickman’s previous comments in an interview for one of his other comic books, novelist Catherine Webb has made it clear that she’s uncomfortable with aspects of her novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August possibly being plagiarized by the new X-Men writer.

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Aug 22 2019

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