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Fan4stic Review/Rant!

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I’m just going to go ahead and let you know, this won’t be your standard review, there might even be come spoilerish stuff in this, so if you actually care I recommend staying away until you see this film.  You already know the story, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm make up the Fantastic Four.  Reed can stretch, Sue can turn invisible and make force fields, Johnny (also known as the Human Torch) can ignite his entire body in fire and fly, and Ben is a huge walking rock equivalent to The Hulk except he can actually hold a conversation since his intelligence remained intact during his transformation.  Together they fight Dr. Doom, that’s all your getting because that’s all the movie gives you.

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It’s still amazing that after all these years we’re still getting movies like Fantastic Four, oh I’m sorry, Fan4stic as they’ve retitled it.  For some reason FOX is continually stuck in this loop of not knowing what to do with this property so they just throw whatever they can at the screen and hope it sticks.  I’m going to tell you right off the bat, Fan4stic is bad, but it’s not the end all horrible film many are portraying it to be, if we were the 90’s.  What makes it horrible and the reason people are attacking it as much is because we shouldn’t be getting comic book movies like this in 2015!  If this movie had come out in the early X-Men days then no one would be as hard on it as they are now.

The film looks good, the powers look cool, Thing looks so much better then he has in the other films but they still haven’t figured out how to make skin stretch for some reason which is imperative when one of your main characters stretches.  It’s disappointing that the film has a really strong first half as it starts to build the characters, the world, and has a really interesting take on the origin story with the characters inventing a way to teleport to another dimension instead of just going out in space, which is something that could of been really interesting way of opening up the crazy world they are trying to build with the X-Men.

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This movie fails on so many levels it’s damn near insulting.  We are in a different time now, all the people who were in charge and didn’t understand comic book movies are nearly obsolete, the one’s who do are starting to get a hold of these properties and do something with them a la Kevin Feige over at Marvel.  We’ve had Iron Man, Captain America, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, we’ve had amazing films, with The Dark Knight completely changing how comic book movies are told and for some reason FOX is stuck in the early 2000’s.  It is insane how inept this movie is and how quickly it falls.  I never had any problems with the casting, Michael B. Jordan is fine as Johnny Storm, it’s just a shame he wasn’t in a better movie.

One of the biggest sins is the mishandling of Dr. Doom…again.  Doom is atrocious to look at and as a character and his powers make no sense, he just does what he wants when he wants and I swear to you he’s in the movie for could only be 15 minutes and the biggest flaw with his character is he didn’t want to do anything.  He didn’t want to destroy the world, he didn’t try and come back to earth after he was left in the other realm, in fact he wanted to go back after inexplicably going with them in the first place, the script just manufactured him to be the villain because it needed a villain.

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There are rumors that FOX came in at the last minute and removed three big action scenes from the script, forcing Josh Trank to continue the film with missing puzzle pieces, for which I’ll partially agree is a problem, but these are action scenes, something to make the movie look cool and to break up the movie with exciting action beats, they are not really used to tell a good story to which this film fails at.  Fan4stick leapfrogs through it’s narrative so quickly that we don’t get any real time with the characters.  Fantastic Four is Marvel’s first family but they never even feel remotely like a family, they barely feel like friends, and you never feel like Sue and Reed will fall in love and marry, none of it was cohesive at all.

Fan4stic is an awful comic book film, another property that is in hands of people who don’t really care about it and I really doubt if Josh Trank had been able to create the movie he wanted it would have been much better.  Everyone involved should be embarrassed for their role in this and I hope any filmmakers working a deal with FOX Studios takes this as a lesson to not fully trust them.  Because I enjoyed the first part of the movie I can’t give it the bottom of the barrel rating, but I an not recommend this at all.  Don’t spend you money on it, and if you could care less, don’t bother ever watching it.

2/10

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Gambit Movie Has Snagged It’s Director!

20th Century Fox has hired Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise of the Planet of The Apes, The Escapist) to direct their Gambit movie, which will star Channing Tatum as Cajun mutant, Remy LeBeau.

rupert wyatt, gambitcon, fox, gambitcon, channing tatum, comic book movieRise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has signed on to direct Gambit’s first solo outing and I am pretty good with the choice.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first Apes film in the rebooted series then you really need to get caught up.  The film is pretty amazing.

Gambit graced the screen’s in Fox’s horrible X-Men Origins: The Wolverine and was played by Taylor Kitsch.  While Kitsch was ok in the role (he was the only really good thing besides the few times Jackman continued to be a bad ass) the film was all garbage and fans of Gambit left angry because the character was handled so poorly.

Tatum has been pretty vocal about the project, saying we should expect a different take on the typical origin story, and that the plot will play around with the usual tropes associated with superhero movies.

Tatum is also producing the film along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. Gambit is set for release on Oct. 7, 2016.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review!

It’s really hard to believe that about eight years ago we were sitting on the outside of what Marvel was building and thinking to ourselves, ‘this will never work’.  I remembered hearing that Marvel has taken out a very large loan to start up their own studio to make their own movies.  I never believed it was possible to have the cinematic universe fruitful and growing right before my eyes and yet here we are, on the ending of their second phase.  Each of the characters who has had their own movies brought us through their stories until they collided into Joss Whedon’s second film in The Avengers films.

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Now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen (at least in the movie world) it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the arms dealers, mad scientist, and anyone else who would carry the torch of violence and destruction and look to enslave humanity.  During a raid of a Hydra facility looking for Loki’s scepter from the first film.  Tony takes the scepter and with the help of Bruce Banner begin to create an artificial intelligence that takes the form of Ultron, a program designed to be a “suit of armor around the world” that Tony feels is the first and last line of defense against another alien attack.  Ultron very quickly realizes that the extinction of the human race is the best way to save the planet and begins to put his plan into effect.  Ultron recruits the Maximoff twins, Pietro and Wanda played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen who gained their powers of super speed and “being wierd” by being experimented on by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) who aid Ultron systematically pick apart The Avengers.

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There is so much in this movie, it’s packed with new characters, amazing actions scenes, and huge set up for the upcoming sequels and the massive two part The Avengers: Infinity War.  Everything about this movie is bigger, as you’d expect from a sequel of the magnitude, but Whedon did stayed true with his promise to make the sequel painful and more personal.  He doesn’t waste any time showing you how the they all operate as a team and why they are so feared by anyone who stands in their way, something that is excellent set-up for the Civil War plot line that will be unwinding in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

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One of my favorite moments wasn’t just the Hulk vs Hulkbuster, which was pretty amazing and allowed me to share a tender moment with my step-son as he turned to me with the biggest smile as the two began to square off.  It also wasn’t Captain America taking on Ultron by himself, which was pretty amazing, or how Whedon showed the team working together as a tight unit in several actions scenes that I can’t wait to watch over and over again when it comes out on Blu-ray.  No, my favorite bit out of the entire film is was Hawkeye’s back story, (which I won’t spoil) which comes out of nowhere but doesn’t feel forced or out of place.  In fact out of everything in the film, this is the bit that fits perfectly.  It’s beautiful and completely unexpected but provides a nice insight to some of the other characters who are internally battling where they fit in the normal world.

Despite all my praise, I do have some issues and this movie is far from perfect.  While I did enjoy the action and loved how they managed to step everything up but make it fun, you can tell the movie was shredded all to hell in the editing room, which had me worried when Joss’s original cut came in around 3 1/2 hours and he bragged about how one of his main goals was to make Avengers 2 shorter then the first one.  There are scenes and lines that have been cut from the trailer (which is something I hate) and the movie has to move extremely fast to hit it’s plot points so everything feels a bit forced as far as the plot in concerned.

There was also a lot of setup for other characters in other films coming out and there were moments where it felt that scenes were missing that lead up to where the heroes and villains colliding. There is a few scenes where Thor has a vision and decides to look into what he had seen in Asgard, which if anyone remembers Thor: The Dark World (SPOILERS) Loki has taken over as King of Asgard, under the guise of Odin.  It’s not fully explained how Thor is able revisit his dream, he just tells us he has to jump into some pool of water in a cave, he jumps in, and suddenly see’s what we’ve all known is that someone *cough Thanos cough* is after the Infinity Stones.

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I’ve heard many complain on how quickly Ultron actually became Ultron and why I don’t have a problem with this considering he’s a program that doesn’t have to eat or sleep, I do feel that there were a few scenes missing to really flesh him out as well, but James Spader kills it as the murderous android and has managed to put himself up there with Loki and Wilson Fisk, as one of the great villains, something Marvel severely lacks in otherwise.

I really, really enjoyed the film and I highly recommend going to see it but I am warning you, if you are new to this series, this isn’t the movie to start, much like WB did with the later Harry Potter films, if you haven’t been on board since the beginning, don’t look for the movie to take the time to catch you up and while this doesn’t have the awe the first film had of the team getting together nor the emotional punch many were expecting, it is outstanding achievement in the blockbuster scene and fun film.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Pics!

These are some pretty sweet pics, can’t wait until May 1st!

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Joss Whedon Is Excited For Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice!

One thing that always irritates me is the rant of a fan boy who isn’t happy with something.  Whether they’ve changed a costume, a character’s hairstyle, I’ve constantly had to hear from one person how upset he is that Hank Pym isn’t creating Ultron in the lastest Avengers movie and honestly, does it really matter?

When the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer hit last week I was excited because we were finally getting the two iconic characters together in one movie AND they were going to fight…and for some reason that just wasn’t enough for anyone as the threads began to fly of how horrible the movie looks (it doesn’t) how terrible a Batman Ben Affleck is going to be (worse then Clooney?), I couldn’t believe how many people were pouncing on a movie that is just under a year away from being released, then nerd god himself, Joss Whedon, explained that can’t wait to watch the two DC icons duke it out.

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It’s nice to see such a huge figure head in the Marvel world ecstatic about another comic book movie and show some enthusiasm for another film maker instead of tearing him down.

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

Two New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spots!

Two new Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spots have been released and they nothing but hype this movie up even more.  Can’t wait to check it out.

This one actually shows some new footage.

Bobby Cannavale Discusses Filming Ant-Man!

Bobby Cannavale (Chef, Nurse Jackie, Boardwalk Empire) recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about his filming Marvel Ant-Man in which he plays an original character named Paxton, who is the husband of Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer). “…It was a trip!” said the actor. “I’ve never been in anything like that before. There’s a ton of people on this crew. You could fit the entireStation Agent crew in… it was just huge! And there’s blue screen everywhere. I remember one time we were shooting at nights for three weeks. I hadn’t seen anything behind me that wasn’t a blue screen for three nights in a row. I remember one night at four in the morning being frustrated and just saying, ‘If it’s going to be blue screen all the time, why can’t you just make it be night? Why do we actually have to be here at night?’ That part of it was baffling to me.”

bobby cannavale, film monster, ant-man, marvel, disney, paul ruddMany actors have a harder time working with blue and green screens, it’s not easy to fully emote when you’re not entirely sure what the finished product is supposed to look like.  Despite this, Bobby Cannavale had a blast shooting the dialogue scenes alongside star Paul Rudd.  “The actual work — the scenes with me and Paul Rudd, and Judy Greer and Michael Pena — felt like an indie film,” Cannavale said. “It felt like fun. Peyton Reed [and the studio], they weren’t mercurial about the script. They weren’t mercurial about the humor, at all. They let us be in charge of that. We improvised a lot. Judy Greer’s very funny. Paul’s very funny — he’s a great improviser. The rewrite of the script that Paul did with McKay — and I’ve worked with McKay before — lent itself to that.” He added, “You could see that there’s a funny scene and we could actually riff off of that, and that felt impressive to me in this big huge blockbuster film. It made me feel kind of good, that it felt like Marvel was going for something different. It didn’t feel like Thor. It felt more like Guardians of the Galaxy, which I really enjoyed and I thought brought a certain levity to a superhero movie that I had never seen before.”

Bobby Cannavale then talked in-depth about seeing Paul Rudd costumed on set, and how it was difficult it was keeping a straight face as Rudd had to pretend to shrink and grow in front of him.

“It was [still] a trip because I’ve known Paul for so long, since before he was famous like this, and it’s just a trip to see one of your best friends in ridiculous leather suit with dots all over him and you’re not supposed to laugh,” said Cannavale. “We just laughed. He’s supposed to be this big [pinches fingers together]. Then I’m supposed to see him growing in front of me. But what I’m really seeing is Paul off-camera standing on an apple box. Then he jumps off the apple box. And I’m supposed to act like he’s growing in front of me and then lands with this really heroic pose, but he’s jumping of a box with green dots on him. He’s supposed to have a mask that they CGI in. so I’ve never seen the mask. Every time I see him to talk, he goes like this [hits a pretend button] because there’s a button there that isn’t really there. I wasn’t used to that. He’d start to talk and he’d be like, [pretends to push button]. I’d ask ridiculous questions all the time. Peyton Reed, he just kept saying, ‘Dude, just do it.’ But I’d say, ‘I don’t understand. Does the mask go up this way or this way?’ And there’s a visual effects guy there and I want an answer. They got so tired of my questions: ‘So I don’t understand — If I was just over there, how did I get over here so quick?’ Reed would be like, ‘Cannavale, it’s a superhero movie, dude. Just do it!’ But I’d say, ‘Yeah, but do I have superhuman speed, because I was just three blocks away and now I’m here and I’m not even out of breath. Should I be out of breath?’ He’d be like, ‘Dude, it’s not the Unbearable Lightness of Being. It’s just [frick]ing Ant-Man. Just say the line.’ Then it just became a joke. I had a blast. We laughed so much on that thing.”

Bobby Cannavle then explained how the cast of Ant-Man made it easier to wrap his head around everything. “Guys like Corey Stoll and Rudd, Judy Greer and Michael Pena, Martin Donovan — really, really good actors,” he said. “And so I looked around and thought, ‘You know, if these guys are doing it, I’m okay.’ There were no wrestlers or anything. We had T.I., but T.I. was great. But definitely very different from the movies that I’m used to making, for sure.” Finally, Cannavale was asked if he did a movie post-Ant-Man to help get back to filming the way he’s used to. “It was actually the reverse,” he replied. “I literally wrapped with [Martin] Scorsese — I worked with Scorsese all summer on the rock and roll pilot, and it was literally the longest pilot ever. It was like a 38-day pilot, so we shot all summer. I literally wrapped with Marty at like one o’clock in the morning, an intense scene, this intense, dark scene, and wrapped with him, big hug. And then I got onto a plane in Atlanta for a blue screen test of me fighting with a 50-foot ant. And I wrote Marty right away — I was like, ‘This business is weird.” [Laughs] “I can’t believe I was just with you, and now I’m reacting to an ant I can’t see.”

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.  Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, Wood Harris John Slattery and Gregg Turkington with multi-hyphenate T.I., and the film opens July 17, 2015

Anthony Mackie Talks Captain America 3: Civil War!

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While promoting his new film, Black or White,  Anthony Mackie talked briefly about reprising his Captain America: The Winter Soldier role as Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, in next year’s Civil War.  When Windy City Live asked Mackie about rumors, or rather speculation, that he’ll become Captain America like in recent comics, he replied:

“Well, you know there are many incarnations in the comic book, and we are now going into the Civil War. So, if you look at it in the comic book, Cap gives Bucky the shield, Bucky gives it back to Cap, Cap gives it to [Sam Wilson]. Then Bucky goes off and marries Black Widow, so I keep the shield… give it back to Cap, and recently Cap wanted to be old, so he gave me the shield back and now I got the Shield; I’m not giving it back.”

Given plot for Cap 3, it’s safe to say just how insane and full of characters this is going to be that it doesn’t feel like Captain America sequel but more like a sequel to The Avengers to which Mackie nearly agreed.  “The new falcon suit is gonna be much better than the old Falcon suit; gotta rebuild, Cap 2 was really Avengers 1.5, and Cap 3 is going to be Avengers 3.8,” Mackie said.  Sign me up Cap!

 

Huge Marvel News/Spoilers/Rumors!

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So since this Sony hack the the internet has been set on fire with the possibility of Spider-Man joining Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe.  With the very lackluster attempt by Sony to reboot the franchise just to keep the rights to the film (be honest with yourself now)  the franchise seemed poised to be taken back into the folds of a company that clearly knows how to take care of their characters.  With that being said, Latino Review’s Dave Gonzalez posted on his weekly column that the deal has indeed gone through and Spider-Man will be joining Marvel during The Avengers: Infinity War 1 & 2, and the spoilers continue well past that.

It seems Steve Rogers is going to be killed off at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Word is it’s the revelation that Bucky was responsible for Howard Stark’s death is what triggers the bad blood between Rogers and Tony, and the end result is Crossbones finally taking out Cap (not sure about that one). Info on what happens to Iron Man is vague, but it appears he’ll wind up in space somehow. In Thor: Ragnarok, lots of Asgardians will die and be resurrected, and the God of Thunder will be confined to a “galactic prison”. This takes 3 of the main Avengers out of the picture for Infinity War Part 1, which will focus on a completely new team, along with Spider-Man! The roster is not yet finalized apparently, but some potentials include: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jewel/Power Woman, any Guardian of the Galaxy, and any Inhuman.

Finally, no, neither Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire will be portraying Spider-Man, they will be casting an entirely different actor…so…what do you guys think about this?

New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer!

Man James Spader’s voice is terrifying.