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  1. Anyone watching the show? First three episodes premiered yesterday. I signed up for Hulu just to watch. Runaways is an amazing comic series that helped get me back into comics as an adult, written by Brian K Vaughan. I'm loving the show. I can't decide whether I'm enjoying the cast of young actors or the parents more, and I don't remember ever being as interested in the adults in the comics. The producers of this show are doing a stellar job fleshing them out, and overall, the changes they've made for the purposes of adaptation have been really working for me. For readers of the comics, here's a great interview with the showrunners, where they unpack their approach to adapting the series.
  2. Hrm. The movie was a disappointment for me, unfortunately. It just confirmed the idea that Warner wanted this movie before they earned it. I'm really going to try hard not to critique this movie based on the Marvel blueprint, but it's hard not to. The story needs to merit these characters coming together. The fact that this whole movie hinges on an absolutely horrible CG villain is its undoing. Why Snyder felt that Steppenwolf needed to be CGed is beyond me. In the comics, he looks like a regular dude in armor. Why not allow Hinds to perform as the character and not just voice him? Any credibility Steppenwolf had was undermined by how ridiculous he looked. That said, I didn't think the movie was terrible. I continue to enjoy the cast. This felt like the first time Cavill was allowed to be Superman, for the most part. The first two minutes of this film has the best Superman moment since the DCEU began. After that amazing scene, I was so hopeful for the rest of the movie. And then the movie happened. I still think Affleck is the best live action Batman we've gotten. He didn't disappoint, and I liked the chemistry he had with each of the other Leaguers. Gal was consistent with what we got in Wonder Woman. Flash and Aquaman bared little resemblance to their comic book characterizations, but I welcomed the changes -- the team needed, not just diversity in appearance, but diversity of character. The glimpses we got of Atlantis has me hopeful for Aquaman. Even Cyborg was solid, and I was completely taken back by how much I liked him. I was skeptical over how much he'd actually be given to do, as Cyborg is not a classic Leaguer and the actor is a relative unknown. He had an interesting enough part in the movie, though. This movie is a solid C+ to me. Not what it should've been, but the likeability of the cast got it over the hump.
  3. Hmm, could we see X-Men and the Fantastic Four in Phase 4?
  4. I liked Ragnarok a ton, almost in spite of itself. If there's one thing that got on my nerves in all the reviews was the overuse of the adjective "fun." I feel like, if you say that word enough, it becomes white noise. You get paid to review things -- try and come up with a better variety of adjectives. But, after seeing this movie, I can't think of any other way to describe it. It is what it is. I think you could argue that some of the comedy undermines a lot of the heavy stuff that happens in this movie, almost to the point where it doesn't register that someone important just bit it. But, the thing is, the movie is so funny, that you forgive certain moments being trivialized because the movie delivers in sheer entertainment value. I think this is the most "at home" Hemsworth has been with the character. He's a great comedic actor and he felt energized in this role. I liked the fact that they gave Hulk a true character in this film outside of just being a WMD -- Hulk is as likeable as Banner now. Tessa Thompson was a standout as Valkyrie and warrants a beefed up presence in the MCU, outside of just the Thor films. Loki was funny in this film, but I felt like he -- more than anyone else -- really suffered from the tone. The entire Asgard takeover plot of the last film was resolved within about two minutes. Loki was in the movie, but he didn't truly feel IN the movie. Cate Blanchett's Hela was good, but not necessarily great. She owned when she was on screen, but it mostly just made you want them to do more with her. Still, she defies the standard "MCU has weak villains" narrative. Overall, I liked it and it has tons of rewatch value, but I wouldn't necessarily put it in my top 5. The interesting thing is, there are movies in my top 5 that don't have as much rewatch value as Ragnarok...and it's a testament to how "fun" this movie is. You can't help wanting to watch it.
  5. Zachary Levi is Shazam I sort of fell in love with the idea of John Cena as Shazam. I liked the idea of him playing off of The Rock. I can dig this, though.
  6. New Black Panther.
  7. Final(?) Justice League trailer
  8. I don't know -- while it was bad, I didn't find it to be anywhere near as bad as the reviewers made it seem. IMO, I think they egged one another on. Each reviewer seemed to want to hate the show more than the previous one, hence the really hyperbolic hatred. That said, the show wasn't good. For me, the worst part of it was the production value. Forget the costumes, the sets were bland beyond compare. It felt like the show was filmed in empty rooms. I enjoyed Anson Mount as Black Bolt. I don't think the difficulty of portraying a character who can't talk can be overstated. I thought his ability to emote only using his face was really good -- effective enough to convey the intent, without being overacted. Of course, I also loved Lockjaw. I feel like, if this show came out five years ago, the perception would be different. But, of course, we expect more of these shows now. But yeah, I saw redeeming qualities.
  9. "Elseworlds" Joker origin film in the works, produced by Scorsese This is a pretty significant rumor. I'm not so sure giving the Joker an origin has ever ended well, though...probably not a good idea. Other than that, the interesting part of this news is that the film will be standalone, outside of the extended universe and with a different actor playing Joker. If DC is developing movies outside of their extended universe already, it makes you wonder...especially with Affleck's attachment to The Batman being so wishy-washy.
  10. That's one thing I forgot to mention in my review. Extremely inconsistent representation of power. I assumed Elektra was powered up from her resurrection juice, hence why she could fight Luke and Jessica at the same time. It made no sense that Matt would be able to hurt her, though.
  11. I think it's carryover from his series. There were points when he had to use some jargon that felt awkward coming from him. Ever since that point, it's been hard for me to see Luke in him.
  12. Alright, so Defenders: It was "okay." Honestly, I wanted more out of this. Whereas the Marvel films are meticulously constructed so that they fit together fairly seamlessly, this show felt jumbled together. For me, the Hand was an overall failure, and the Netflix universe would do well to just leave them alone going forward. Alexandra, for me, benefited from having a great big name actress, but her character ended up being thin as hell. They tried to portray her as a Kingpin-type, with a dignified, yet brutal, aura, but there was nothing behind it. You learn nothing about her outside of her desire to live. Even though the show itself wasn't a failure, the show was just good enough. They need to collect their bearings and regroup. That starts from the top down. I've never been a fan of Loeb, and he's definitely no Kevin Feige. I think he needs to go. Iron Fist was a colossal failure and Inhumans is getting some bad early buzz -- add this to the equation, and the dude is whiffing. The best part of the show was seeing the characters come together, of course. But after a couple episodes, the show couldn't use it as a crutch anymore. Jessica Jones, for me, had the best showcase. She's the easiest character to showcase, though -- she has the benefit of having all the snark, so she's great fanservice...she says all the things we'd say. Daredevil will always be my favorite on these shows, and I will always carry a torch for the dysfunctional relationship with Elektra. I want them to be miserably in love forever. I also wanted more stuff with them, even though they're running the risk of making Elektra way too convoluted a character. They need to strip away the bullshit and get back to basics with her, especially. Matt had a great courtroom scene in the first episode that made me yearn for more of that bend for a Daredevil season 3. Luke was okay, but faded to the background in the final episodes. I've never been that much of a fan of the actor, even though he looks the part. There's just always that part of his performance that reads inauthentic to me. I think his baggage with Jessica was handled a little too cleanly. I just remember that mess being much heavier than this show would have you believe. Iron Fist benefited from being treated as the joke his character was in Iron Fist. That's the difference between his show and Defenders -- on his show, they wanted us to take him seriously. This time around, they used him as a punchline for everyone. It makes his character tolerable, but only as a joke...I'm not so sure that's a good thing? That's not going to work for his solo show. Supporting cast was okay, I guess. Cool to see them all mixing. Excited for the future of the Daughters of the Dragon. Claire is dangerously close to being too much, though. The worst thing they can do with this character is involve her too much in the action. She is a great supporting character...why they feel like they need to have her whacking henchmen upside the head with wrenches is beyond me. Have her patch these people up -- stop trying to make her a clumsy ninja warrior.
  13. Newest episode was great. I've complained about less character-centric episodes this season. I thought last season was great due to all the Beth background. The best seasons are the ones which prioritize characters over plot. I think this final season has done the opposite. I just don't care about Neolution. I want to see these characters work through their baggage -- especially because it's the final season. Best episode of the season was the Rachel one because it was what I wanted to see. This one just falls short, but still really good. My favorite thing about it was them digging up Helena's dirty laundry. I've been a critic of the character's white-washing. I think previous seasons started to portray Helena as lovable and quirky, forgetting the fact that this girl has a lot of blood on her hands. Yeah, she was brainwashed and is just as much a victim, but she still killed innocents. I'm not saying it makes her a bad character, because I love Rachel -- also a killer -- but I think it needs to be woven back into Helena's arc. I think it's weird that they didn't use the same young girl for the Helena flashbacks. Helena is a clone -- she should look like all the other girls. I'm assuming they went with the new girl because she spoke Russian...? As the series winds down, my clone power rankings: 1. Beth 2. Rachel 3. Krystal 4. Sarah 5. Helena 6. Alison 7. Cosima
  14. I love the new take on Domino. I anticipated this would be her look back when Zazie was cast. Perfect opportunity to invert the colors.
  15. I definitely think the Skrulls scream Secret Invasion as Phase 4. The 90s essentially give the Skrulls decades of time to infiltrate the Earth. I don't think anyone will be using time travel to go back to get Brie, though...I think the MCU needs to avoid time travel inconsistencies at all costs. It's completely screwed the Flash TV show. I think relativity is the best way to go about this because it'll explain why Carol hasn't been mentioned by anyone when she's existed this long. The only explanation has to be that she's missing, IMO...either in stasis after participating in the Kree/Skrull war, or one year in Kree/Skrull space equals 20 Earth years.