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    Cloak & Dagger on (dramatic pause) Freeform

    As the most voracious of voracious superhero fans, even I'm burned out by the quantity of comic-based TV shows on the air right now. I'll still devour the movies, but I'm absolutely numb when it comes to the shows...the CW finally broke me. That said, I went into Cloak and Dagger with eyes of the glazed variety. I have fond memories of the character from the 90s, though, so I had to give this one a shot. I enjoyed the hell out of this. It's on Freeform, which I didn't even know was a thing before this show was announced, so I think it'll be hard for many to find -- it's offered on Hulu, though. Overall, I thought the show was shot really well. I'm a lapsed Catholic, but I'm still fascinated by Catholic imagery, and there's a lot of that. It befits the characters' origin, though. I thought the two leads were solid and the fresh take on the characters is interesting. That said, the setting is supposed to be New Orleans, and that didn't come across at all. I still appreciate the fact that they're basing the show out of the standard superhero bubble. It's one to watch. Thankfully, it's a short season, too.
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    Deadpool 2 (SpoilyourbreechesstupidautofillAway)

    It was fine. Very funny. It was absolutely what I expected it to be. I suppose that can be interpreted as a slight, and maybe it is -- it was something I'm absolutely fine with never seeing again, even though I enjoyed myself. I don't think it broke much new ground, compared to the original. And in that sense, if I'm going to re-watch a Deadpool movie, it will be the one which came out of nowhere. There was a recklessness to that first film which this one lacked. Killing Vanessa was bold, but I didn't feel like they did anything interesting with it. Deadpool snapped out of the funk relatively uneventfully. For a franchise which is hilariously self-aware, there wasn't one much-needed joke about how cliche those afterlife scenes were. I don't know. This movie kind of cemented the fact that I'm fine with Deadpool being the most notable casualty of this Fox deal. I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to see this X-Force movie. That post-credits scene was the best we've seen, though. Hilariously, as funny as it was, it even does a lot of heavy lifting for FoX-Men continuity. Suddenly, all of the inconsistencies in the X-Men films can be blamed on Deadpool. It's ingenious. Played for laughs, but "fixes" everything.
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: On the fringes of the MCU [Infinity War spoilers pg. 16]

    Gotta say, I did a double take with that Thanos bomb tonight. I loved it. Regardless of the movies and their typical treatment of the TV properties, it seems the estrangement was becoming more and more of a thing on the TV side, too. Has it been several years since we got an episode tying into a movie? I mean besides an easter egg. Significant development -- if Thanos is attacking Earth during this episode, the show can't not somehow deal with the aftermath next season -- if there is one.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    One possibility is Thanos sees himself as benevolent and fair. Maybe the reason he didn't kill anyone he didn't have to was due to him leaving it up to his rapture. I think Thanos' motivations were almost religious. He killed Gamora, but that was for his "greater good." There's Heimdall and Loki, but both were on the ship with the other massacred Asgardians. They were part of the half that was "supposed" to die. The only other person he intended to kill was Tony, and you could argue it was out of character for Thanos, as he was frustrated at that point and needed to impress upon the heroes that he wasn't going to play around for much longer. Nobody's perfect. Ironically enough, as much of a murderer Thanos is, he has a strict code in how he goes about it.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    RE: Why did the heroes struggle so much when they had stones of their own? One of the themes explored in the Doctor Strange movie, and I think here too, is the idea that magic has a price. It's even a theme within the recent Doctor Strange run by Jason Aaron. In it, Aaron brilliantly addressed the problematic idea that magic can fix anything by introducing a price for the user. Sometimes the user simply doesn't have the budget to afford the price of the magic used -- the more effective a spell is, the more detrimental effect on the user or a proxy. In the solo Doc Strange film, The Ancient One lost Mordo's loyalty when he discovered that she was channeling dark magic, and this was the only way she managed to stay alive so long. Strange was scolded by Wong when he played with time -- and Strange's acts were limited to small areas, not the time stream as a whole. Even Thanos' trick to bring Vision back was, again, limited to Vision. Everything else was progressing in real time, it's just Vision was rewound and inserted back into the regular flow of time. I think it's fair to say the reason why the heroes simply didn't employ the stones they had was due to the potential cost of using the magic. Sure, Thanos had no qualms about using the stones, but he was also fine with sacrificing his daughter and half the universe. It's like having a nuke. Your enemy may have a nuke, and they're willing to drop it on you, but unless you have the same taste for the destruction that would cause, you'd keep the nuke in your back pocket and find less effective ways to deal with the enemy. In a way, Strange already utilized the stone by looking at all the potential futures, anyway. A more passive way of putting it to use, without actually effecting the timeline. Vision had the Mind Stone, but it was established that the stone is what's contributing to his sentience. He didn't even understand it. You could argue Vision can't use the stone because the stone is already occupying a specific function. And, continuing the idea of the potential price of wielding the stones, I truly believe we're going to see this price paid next year. Some of the OG Avengers are going to need to make the ultimate sacrifice to reset the universe. There's a reason why all these stones were kept separate and hidden. The Novas and the Collector had no intention of using either of the stones they were holding for a reason. Even the Space Stone was, you could argue, was kept contained in the Cube to dilute its sheer power. Same with the Mind Stone, which was in Loki's staff. Again, another way to contain the raw power of the stone. You know you love a movie when you're completely ready to discuss all this nerdy shit to explain away any holes.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    Whew. So much to process. I held my breath for the entire thing. Don't think I've exhaled yet. This isn't a horror movie, but it felt like watching The Quiet Place all over again. This blanket of dread draped over the entire film, and that's not a feeling I ever thought I'd associate with a Marvel movie. I don't care whether all of it will be reversed. In those moments, they made you feel the loss. This movie was a love letter to all those who invested in this universe for the previous 18 films. What an accomplishment. The consistency has been great. Seeing the payoff was remarkable. Thanos was the star. It was also the perfect way to frame the movie, with so many competing elements. He was the through line -- the north star. Everything else fell so beautifully into place around him. This movie was a house of cards that stood tall every minute, every second, without wavering -- simply rock solid. His CGI was amazing. By the end, I completely forgot I wasn't watching a real person -- you could see Brolin's face shine through at all times. The way they got him to emote was nothing short of miraculous. I've always struggled with Thanos in the comics. I knew his motivations, but they were always so abstract, even in their simplicity. In this movie, I don't think it would fly. His motivation here was tangible. It made sense, even if parts of it didn't...but he is the Mad Titan, so the parts of his motivation which had holes could always be chalked up to him being, well, fucking insane. Yes, wiping out half the universe means crippling the foundations of the worlds he's "saving," but if you're Thanos, you have a survival of the fittest slant, anyway. If you can't cut it in his new world order, you don't deserve to live. On the hero side, the stars of this movie were absolutely Gamora, Doctor Strange, and Thor. I felt Gamora was wasted in the GotG films and always lamented that Gunn should've done more with the character. The mother hen/love interest role she was previously saddled with was ridiculous for the deadliest woman in the universe. It took a movie with this gigantic cast of competing characters to finally give her some development...to make her something more than green wallpaper. The relationship between Gamora and Thanos was the backbone of this film, and I'm so glad it was. I had goosebumps several times during this movie, and most of the time, it was when Gamora was on screen. That moment she came to the realization that Thanos loved her was crushing -- to realize it as you're being thrown off a cliff. Some of my favorite parts of the movie were when it delved into Lord of the Rings territory, with the side quests taken by the characters -- Gamora and Thanos looking for the Soul Stone, while Thor went to forge a new weapon. Completely subverting expectations by making Peter Dinklage a giant was amazing. Thor finally got to shine in an Avengers movie. He always felt tacked on in his previous Avengers appearances. Not here, though. This was also the perfect negotiation between his competing incarnations. As much as I like Ragnarok, the tonal shift from the first two Thor films was jarring. This movie took that Thor and seamlessly wove in the Ragnarok version. I loved the scene between Thor and Rocket, where Hemsworth brilliantly navigated between obnoxious bravado and crushing vulnerability. This is where we see the seamless integration of tones. It smartly introduces the premise that Thor is 1500 years old. He's seen a lot of shit. He can shrug off a lot of shit. But there's only so much shit you can shrug off when you've lost everyone, and despite his best efforts, the God fluctuates between divine being and broken man here. And Strange! He was such a great surprise, as this is the first time we saw him within an ensemble. I loved that he was given such a vital role in the narrative. In general, I like that the Russos didn't lean on the predictable bunch. I was expecting tons of Cap, Bucky, Black Panther, and Widow. Tony and Peter continue to have some of the most poignant moments in the MCU. Tom Holland, man. The way this kid plays Peter Parker is perfection. The way he acted that scene, when he realized he was about to die? This is how a young hero should be written. Someone brave enough to risk his life, but also someone scared when he realizes he's about to lose it. Other standouts were Wanda and Vision. There hasn't been the chance to truly sell this romance, but they managed to find a way to do it in this movie, amongst all the chaos. Of the Black Order, Ebony Maw was, by far, the standout. I didn't really care that we lost all the others. Really hoping he finds a way to survive.
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    Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS THREAD

    I'm still trying to fit my thoughts into a cohesive post and combing the replies in an effort to try and help me construct my own. I didn't think Thanos was problematic at all. Why should Thanos consider infrastructure in his new universe order? It's just as likely he subscribes to the notion of survival of the fittest. Wipe out half the universe and let the pieces fall where they may. I'm tempted to reference something which happened in "The Leftovers," but I'll refrain since it's spoilers for that show. It doesn't seem like Thanos is at all interested in a healthy transition, as he's not a kind man, nor a particularly sane one.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    The outbreak of Inhuman Terrigenesis was referenced. Inhumans were being rounded up, and from what I remember, the Inhumans on the moon were going to Earth to rescue the new Inhumans. My memory is fuzzy, though.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    While the Inhuman outbreak, I think, might have been portrayed as rampant in AoS, I'd argue -- due to the lack of new Inhumans we've met -- that they can portray it as a much more contained outbreak than we originally thought. If they truly wanted to cop-out, they could just as easily write in that the Inhuman outbreak wasn't a lasting change, and due to the Inhuman gene diluting with each subsequent birth, the Inhumans who were created only had powers for a short period...similar to the MGH (mutant growth hormone) trend in the comics, which had random people developing temporary powers. The actual Inhumans series hasn't been referenced on AoS or the movies. They can easily pretend that never happened. Sure, AoS was referenced within Inhumans, but if the show doesn't count, the refernece doesn't count. Wanda and Pietro were never Inhumans in the MCU. It was a popular theory, but they've never been referenced as Inhuman or even hinted at being Inhuman. And now, with mutants being included in the MCU, they can retcon it all by saying the mind stone unlocked their x-gene.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    The Sokovia Accords could be what sends Magneto over the edge. If mutants are a secret, he could view the Accords as too close to home. Also, you can introduce Genosha. Make it similar to Wakanda, in that nobody really knows much about it, but it's a place with an economy based in mutant trafficking and slave labor. Magneto leveling it could be the inciting incident in outing mutants to the world and turning everyone against mutants, specifically. I think Magneto's ties to the Holocaust are too crucial to the character to do away with, but you could create an origin where, while in the Nazi camps, he was experimented on and frozen for a couple decades. Maybe Prof. X is the one who freed him during the 80s or something. Overall, I think a creative writer can find a way to get mutants involved and overcome the logistical problems.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    RE: Carrie Coon. While using her in a small role is a waste, you gotta admire the fact that Marvel is casting legit actors in bit parts. Look at Sterling K. Brown in Black Panther. He left a significant impression with only a few lines. The Black Order might have small roles, but if Coon is any indication, they'll make it count. RE: Mutants in the MCU. I don't see any scenario where Marvel Studios keeps anything from the FoX-Men. We saw it with Spider-Man. It's too much baggage. They'll throw everything out and start from scratch. People can't forget what a mess Fox continuity is. It's not worth having. In addition, there's no real need to have the stones create mutants. Look at the first X-Men film. Mutants existed in secret for decades until Magneto's attack revealed them. You can just as easily portray mutants in the same way when brought into the MCU. Maybe SHIELD knew about them, but the world at large didn't. They could even use mutants to shoehorn the Illuminati into the MCU. Maybe Charles' machinations helped keep mutants secret, along with cooperation from Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Nick Fury, and all the rest. Maybe both Charles and Magneto worked together to take in mutants and train them until a recent schism prompted Magneto to go rogue and reveal mutants. I don't think folding mutants into the narrative will be a huge stretch. I also think having them be a recent creation is a mistake, as having them operate underground is much more interesting. I always loved the way First Class and DoFP had mutants play roles in important historic events, like Kennedy's assassination. Also, I saw Quiet Place over the weekend, and I too am now obsessed with the idea of JKrasi and Emily Blunt playing Reed and Sue.
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    Am I Ready, Player One?

    I thought it was fun as all hell. Went in with little to no expectations, having never read the book. I was completely unmoved by the trailers as well. I just had money to burn and time to kill on a Saturday morning. I walked away wanting to take the week off work to play video games and watch cartoons.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    LOVING the fact that they're bringing Lee Pace back. As much as everyone loves GotG, I re-watched the movie this past weekend, and I gotta say that it left me wanting. One problem I had was the treatment of Ronan. Here's hoping Captain Marvel adds some more meat to his character. He was such a missed opportunity. And great to see Coulson back, too! Keep in mind, Captain Marvel is based in the 90s, which is why we're getting Ronan and Coulson. We'll probably see the period in which Ronan became a radical.
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    Deadpool 2: Cross Universe Casting

    Yeah, Lewis Tan confirmed he's Shatterstar the other night, on Twitter. I don't think Feral and Cannonball are in this. Cannonball is in the New Mutants movie. Surge, similar to Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is a relatively obscure character, though not as obscure as Negasonic. She was on a New X-Men team, with other iconic X-Men such as Elixir...and Dust. I've heard the woman in the trailer isn't Surge, though. I've heard it's someone named Electric Eve -- absolutely no experience with her. I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to their picks. I think they mostly jury-rigged this team with characters from different eras. Shatterstar and Domino are the more instantly recognizable X-Force members. I never read the comic which featured Bedlam in the lineup. That lineup also featured Pete Wisdom. I only know Pete Wisdom from Excalibur, when he was dating Kitty Pryde...which had to break some kind of law, as she was severely underage, I believe. Bill Skarsgard is playing Zeitgeist, from a more comedic lineup of the team. His power is to vomit. Not joking. Shatterstar and Domino are your early 90s characters. Wisdom and Bedlam are from the late 90s, when comics were dying and Marvel was bankrupt. Zeitgeist is from the early aughts.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe General Discussion No H8 M8 Just Gr8

    I feel like, if you're questioning why the villain doesn't just "magic" their problems away, the film already lost you. It's comic book logic. It's the same reason why Flash, a hero who can run at the speed of light, struggles to defeat a villain with a freeze gun. I imagine Thanos' reason for not simply using one of the stones to murk everyone has some plot device associated. Plus, he's not exactly the sanest dude. Who can really explain the methods of a Mad Titan?
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