What Happened to Marvel’s Animated Universe?

One of the things that I have liked about Marvel currently outside of its cinematic universe has been their television series like Avenger’s Assemble, EMH and Ultimate Spider-Man, but there is something that I think for the past few years that has been missing. How come there isn’t that much of an animated universe.

There have been a few films out since Marvel Animation opened their doors in 2008 where they have brought out 8 films, however the last film came out in 2011. I think that this is something that could be easily rectified since that the animation that they have put in for the TV series is amazing and that for a feature film it would be good to see.

I think that using the animation that they have at hand could be a good way that they could tell stories from the different series such as notable stories such as Civil War, Secret Invasion or Siege since that seeing it from the source material would be a lot different from what the Cinematic Universe could be coming up with since that they usually just use the story from the comics more as a guideline than an actual story.

But things seem that they could be on the for animated films, however this won’t be coming from Marvel Animation, but from Sony Animation with their animation take for Spider-Man that is still currently in pre-production and currently what is known is this. The film is set to come out next December. Miles Morales is going to be the Spider-Man instead of being Peter Parker and that Shameik Moor would be voicing Miles as well as Levi Schreiber, former Sabertooth, would be voicing a villain.

Hopefully people will go and see this and if it makes a good enough profit and gets good reviews we may see some animated films from Marvel more often.

Top Ten Best Sequels That I’ve Seen

Continuing off from a list I did a few months ago of the worst sequels that I have seen, naturally there is going to be a list of the best sequels that I have seen.

10: The Purge: Anarchy: The Purge films aren’t good when you look at them, but the second film that they made I thought was a lot better than what the first film was. The films focus makes a lot more sense since that it takes place with viewpoints of different people on the day of the purge and how they survive the night, whereas the first film came off as more of a home invasion film. The view points for this is what makes it a good film since that in the end they all end up coming together through the film to act as a ragtag group trying to survive the night, except for one person. Leo Barnes, who is out there acting more as a vigilante and is also out to avenge the death of his son after the guy that killed him got off. The next part of the story gets rather interesting as the group is gathered by security forces that are gathering people in the street to be put into a theatre for the entertainment of upper class purgers who hunt them for sport. But then support appears in the form of the Anti-Purge group who manages to kill the purging team and Barnes uses this to leave and tries to get his vengeance, but that doesn’t happen as a Big Daddy shoots him but Big Daddy is then killed and Barnes manages to get rushed to hospital as he returns to the Purge in Election Day.

9: Friday the 13th Part 2: Set two months/ Five years after the events of the first film we get our introduction to one of the most recognisable horror icons, Jason Voorhees. The first introduction that we have of Jason is him getting his revenge on Alice who killed his mother, from the events of the first film. We then cut to the new batch of camp counsellors and we slowly get more information about the surrounding areas and what has happened, even with Crazy Ralph who warned them about Jason and he is also Jason’s second victim in the film. The next death comes to one of the sheriff who spots Jason and tries to follow him but instead discovers a shack that Jason lives in and he gets hammered. But then we get a good part of the film where we get to see what counsellors are going to be on the chopping block as the rest of them with Ginny and Ted head to a bar and then Jason starts his killing spree. Ginny and Paul return and find the place in disarray but then Jason attacks and Ginny is chased into the woods where she stumbles onto Jason’s shack where he tries to beat Jason psychologically but that ruse fails and Paul arrives for the save, but he gets overwhelmed. Jason goes to kill Paul bit Ginny stabs him in the shoulder ‘killing him’. They return to the cabin but an unmasked Jason appears out of nowhere and grabs Ginny for her to then wake up being loaded into ambulance and she calls out for Paul but there is no answer. I like this film since that I am a big fan of Jason and the way that they built up the kills seemed to be rather interesting.

8: Shrek 2: I think that there has always been the theory that a sequel is better than the first and third film and Shrek 2 is one of the reasons why. In this Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far, Far Away after being invited by the King and Queen, Fiona’s parents, to meet Shrek since that they never went to their wedding. When they get there, the King seems to be rather displeased with what Shrek is since that he thought that he would have been at least human and not an ogre. This then leads the King to seek help from the Fairy-God Mother to woo Fiona and hires Puss in Boots to take care of Shrek. Shrek is convinced to take a potion that makes him turn into a human and the King manages to get Shrek imprisoned along with Donkey, who is now a horse, and Puss whilst Prince Charming is now posing as Shrek, but Fiona gets a feeling that something is off. But the most awesome part of the film is when Shrek and co gets broken out of prison and they construct a giant gingerbread man to help them storm the castle. In the end, Fiona manages to find out the truth and manages to hold off Charming, however when Fairy-God Mother shoots a spell aimed for Shrek but the King jumps in the way and take the shot turning him into a frog, God Mother then gets hit with a spell and disappears. It is a nice ending for the film since that the King realises that it isn’t looks and wealth that make the man but how much he loves her.

7: The Naked Gun 33 1/3: I love the Naked Gun franchise and this is one of my favourite instalments from the franchise since that it was also the last film. The film is based around Frank Drebin who is now retired from Police Squad but he feels now that unhappy now that he can’t take on criminals, legally, anymore. But his wife Jane tries to push him into having a child but Frank keeps putting it off and is then interrupted by Captain Hocken and Nordberg when they ask him to help with their investigation. Drebin agrees to help them as he goes undercover to gain the trust of Rocco Dillon, who plans to blow up something in the film and the first part of the mission ends up being a total fluke. But Jane becomes frustrated with Frank and leaves him where as Frank is placed in jail to help Rocco break out of jail. They manage to break out of jail and they are introduced to Rocco’s mother but Frank must wait a while to learn the plans of what they have planned. Meanwhile Jane goes on a road trip with a girlfriend and she realises that she misses Frank. Rocco then reveals the plan to Frank that they are going to attack the bomb is set to go off at that year’s Academy Awards for Best Picture. Frank and Jane reunite at the awards and they try to find the bomb but it was too late and Rocco and his mother recognise what happens and they kidnap Jane but he manages to save them with a lot of classic Police Squad hijinks including Nordberg assembling a helicopter. They manage to stop the bomb from going off and arrest Rocco and to top the cake, Frank and Jane have a kid. I like this since that it is a pretty stupid film and I love it.   

6: The Dark Knight: The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy sees the Batman face off against The Joker. In this film, we start out with a group of clowns robbing a bank where we find out that the lead clown is in fact The Joker who has been stealing mob money. This then leads Harvey Dent, Gordon and Batman to form an alliance to get rid of organised crime and it manages to work until the remaining gangs align themselves with The Joker and he starts his plan. Dent manages to arrest the mob and Batman goes and drags Lau back from Hong Kong to stand trial, but The Joker starts his threats to kill people unless Batman reveals who he is. He starts his killing by killing Commissioner Lobe, the judge presiding over the mob trial and tries to kill Mayor Garcia at a ceremony but Gordon takes the bullet for him ‘dying’ in the process and Dent finds out that Rachel is the next target. Bruce decides to reveal that he is Batman but Dent reveals that he is Batman and gets put into protective custody and transported where Joker attacks but Batman makes the save. Gordon, who is alive, manages to arrest Joker and interrogates them to find out that he has both Dent and Rachel and bombs are set to explode. Batman gets the location of one of them who he thinks is Rachel but it turns out that he has been sent to Dent’s location where the bombs go off and Dent gets disfigured and Joker manages to escape from jail with Lau but then kills him. Joker manages to convince Dent to seek vengeance and blows up a hospital killing hostages. Batman manage to find Joker and has him arrested but Joker says that with Dent’s rampage going on so Batman and Gordon go there to try and talk sense into Dent, but he isn’t listening to them. So, Dent shoots Batman but Batman knocks him off a building apparently killing him and Batman tells Gordon to make sure that Dent’s memories are kept intact and that he was the one behind the killing spree. I like this film since that the story was intriguing and that it seemed something that The Joker would do, destroying buildings and holding people hostage with insane deals.

5: Ghostbusters 2: I think that Ghostbuster 2 is a more interesting film than what the first film was. In this we get a more complex villain that Gozer since that we get to see what Vigo wants. The story for it is also interesting being set years after the events of the first film and that a lot has changed since that the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business with them starting new lines of work. But the team are reunited when Dana comes to Egon and Ray to help her and then this manages to drag Peter in as well where he starts to have a connection Dana’s child. They team then find that where the baby carriage went off the rails, Ray discovers a river of pink slime in where they manage to get a sample of it and Ray also accidently causes a city-wide blackout. The team gets arrested and put on trial for what they are doing and just as they are getting taken away, two ghosts get released after reacting to the outburst of the judge, the Ghostbusters manage to capture the ghosts and the charges get dropped. Later in the film Dana’s child gets kidnapped by her boss and the team go to take him down, by using the Statue of Liberty and the slime being positively charged to break into the museum. They manage to beat Vigo but he does try to possess Ray but the team blast him and they manage not only to save Ray but they also changed the portrait of Vigo into that of an image of the group protecting Oscar, Dana’s child. I like this above the first since the villain has purpose and I find the jokes and character development to better.

4: Aliens: I’ve went on a lot about why I like this film and I am going to keep this one more on the short side. I like this since that it is set years after the events of the first film and the main development of the film is about Ripley trying to become the surrogate parent to Newt since that during the beginning of the film she finds out that her daughter is dead, due to the passage of time, and it’s to fill the void that she couldn’t have done with her own. I also find the Space Marines getting killed by the aliens to be rather fun since they are going in blind. 

3: Star Wars Ep 5: The Empire Strike Back: Out of all the Star Wars films this is my favourite since that it had a good opening battle scene with the Empire assaulting the Rebel forces of Hoth with them bringing out their latest weapons the AT-AT Walkers and manage to force the Rebels to flee. This then sets up the rest of the film with Luke going off to seek Master Yoda after getting a vision from Obi Wan Kenobi to get trained. But not all things are going good since Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO are trying to escape from the Empire but their hyperdrive system malfunctions so that they had to hideout in an asteroid field where Han and Leia grow closer together. On Dagobah, Luke manages to find Yoda and he starts to train him. Over with Han’s group they head to Cloud City where we are introduced to Lando Calrissian who has the tech to help repair the hyperdrive, however this turns out to be a set-up with Lando being aligned with the Empire and handing them over to Vader. Whilst training, Luke gets a vision of Han and Leia in pain and against Yoda’s wishes he heads to Cloud City. This then leads to three things, the first was Vader freezing Han in carbonite and gives him to a bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who plans to give him to Jabba. Second Lando turns on the Empire and rescues Leia and Chewie since Vader changed his mind on keeping the prisoners. Third, we had the first proper showdown with Luke and Vader and it was a nicely built up fight, for the time, and then the reveal at the end was one of the most historic in the franchise with Vader revealing himself to be Luke’s father. The film ends on a sad note with the Empire being on the upper hand and the Rebels retreating.

2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Out of the majority of the films that have come out of the Marvel Universe there have been only a few of the sequel films that have actually been good and for me Winter Soldier is one of my favourite sequels and films in this franchise. The film takes place after the events of Avengers with Captain America working for SHIELD and starts with a scene with Rogers and a STRIKE team rescuing hostages aboard a boat where he discovers Black Widow on a mission for Fury where Rogers confronts Fury and he gets read in to a secret SHIELD project called Project Insight. But the project seems have a lot of controversy since that Project Insight is three Helicarriers being linked together with spy satellites to take down threats, but since that SHIELD works for the government that means that they would tell SHIELD who their enemies were, which displeases Rogers. Fury then goes to one of the SHIELD officials, Alexander Pierce. We then find Fury being attacked by the titular Winter Soldier and is presumed dead when he gets to Rogers apartment and gives him a flash drive. Pierce confronts Rogers about any information Fury had gave him but he remains that he knows nothing and Pierce brands him as a fugitive and has STRIKE set out to get him. This then leads Rogers and Widow as fugitives against SHIELD to a secret bunker where they discover Arnim Zola who informs them that there have been HYRDA operators in within SHIELD and different governments wanting to take over the world. Later in the film we see Rogers and the Winter Soldiers first fight and Rogers then finds out something rather chilling and that is he know who the Winter Soldier is, being his best friend Bucky who died in The First Avenger. Rogers, Widow, Falcon, Hill and Fury, who faked his death come up with a plan to take down Pierce comes into action with them each going after a different Helicarrier and taking their systems down one at a time. But in the end, it comes down to round two between Rogers and Bucky but Rogers doesn’t want to fight and tries to talk it over but the Helicarrier that they are on starts crashing into the Triskelion and Rogers is thrown out, but Bucky manages to rescue him and disappear leading on to Rogers and Falcon to find him, in the next film. I love this films since that it was different to previous films for Marvel, with it coming off more political and dramatic.

1: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan: This is one of my favourite Star Trek films of all time since that it was one of the most dramatic films of the series as well as being linked into the show. Set after the events of the Motion Picture, Kirk gets promoted to Admiral and oversees the Kobayashi Maru and wishes to be back in command. Later that day McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday when he advises him to get a new command and not be stick behind a desk. Meanwhile on the USS Reliant, they are looking for a planet to test on with a device called the Genesis Device, something that is designed to reorganise matter to create habitable worlds to colonise. Chekov and Captain Terrell head onto Ceti Alpha VI but they are then confronted by Khan Noonien Singh, who was marooned on this planet by Cpt Kirk fifteen years ago and ever since then he has been plotting his revenge with his other supermen and the first stage is implanting small creatures into mind controlled slaves Khan then finds out about Genesis where he then attacks Regular I where the device is being developed by Kirk’s ex-lover and her son David, who is also Kirk’s. Kirk receives a distress call from the space station and takes command of the Enterprise but on route they are attacked and crippled by the Reliant leading to death and injuries of the trainees and Khan reveals himself to Kirk. Khan gives Kirk an ultimatum where he will let them live if they give hive all information on Genesis but Kirk uses this to remotely lower the shields of the Reliant and manage to get off a counter-attack. Kirk, McCoy and Saavik beam down to the station and find Chekov and Terrell, but Khan tells them to kill the team but they able to stop themselves but Terrell died in the process. Khan teleports the Genesis device onto the Reliant and manages to have Kirk trapped on the planet below, with Khan delivering his Shakespearian line and Kirk shouting KHAN. They manage to get off the planet and onto the Enterprise where they lure the Reliant into a nearby Nebula and they have a fight where Khan gets mortally wounded and he activates the Genesis device and tries to kill Kirk and the Enterprise in the process. But there is a problem and that the ships warp drive in which Spock sacrifices himself for the crew and restores the power. The explosion of Genesis creates a planet and we see that after Spock’s funeral his pod lands on the Genesis Planet. I love this film since that Khan is a brilliant villain for the film and the way that Ricardo Montalban comes off is so amazing and chilling that I was rooting for him in the film.

Where is the Final Infinity Stone

I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this weekend and there was one thing that I was rather curious about and that has to deal with what is going to be coming up and that is The Infinity War. We already know of five of the Infinity Stones thanks to the past films and we also know the alternate names as well. We have the Tesseract (Space), Chitauri Sceptre (Mind), Aether (Reality), Orb (Power) and the Eye of Agamotto (Time) but we still have one that is currently unaccounted for and that being the Soul Stone.

Before seeing Guardians, I already had a thought on where we are going to be seeing this and that was at the beginning of Infinity War with that being the first Stone that we see Thanos taking from somewhere in Kree space that could have lead Captain Marvel in pursuit. But with the many post-credit endings for Guardians may have punctured that theory since that one of them revealed that Ayesha had created a new being called Adam and it is lead to be Adam Warlock who is the bearer of the Soul Stone.  

But unfortunately, I think that the after the events of GOTG Vol 2 I think that they are going to be following the Adam storyline there since that I think that Infinity War is going to focus around Thanos gathering the few Infinity Gems that are on Earth, with Vision possibly getting killed in the process since that he holds the Mind Gem.

But Adam could come into action during the events of the sequel, since that according to a possible leak accidently by Zoe Saldana during an interview, that it is going to be called Infinite Gauntlet. On the plus side, Adam was a part of the comic series and there could be some discussion that could make Adam appear then instead of later on in the series. This would also make more sense as well since Infinity War was going to be made into two films being filmed back-to-back, that is now no longer the case and this could mean that we are going to be getting a possible different story for that film.

I think that we might get reference of for the gem in Infinity War with Thanos, Thor or maybe a Star Lord talking more in-depth about the Infinity Gems and how that that when they are all placed together they can be used by one wielder and that we could see the final Stone being shown in a post-credit scene.

How Suicide Squad Could Have Worked

So it has been nearly a year since the third movie in DC Extended Universe and there have been a lot of people that have slated the film, me included. With this I have decided to put down some of the points on what I think could have made Suicide Squad work as a better film.

Cast: One of my problems that I had with this cast was that it seemed to be pretty much a mixed bag and there were a few choices that I thought were either bad or okay. I thought that having Will Smith portraying Deadshot was a little bit weird since that his comic book counterpart was Caucasian but after seeing him in the film he was rather good. The rest of the cast was okay but I did have two problems. The first was Jared Leto as the Joker, he was decent but I did have a problem with him and that was mainly that he was useless in the entire film but I will bring my points back up later. My second problem was Cara Delevingne playing The Enchantress since like Joker I found her to be a rather pointless character and she was supposed to be the villain of the movie. Plus I do have a pet peeve when it comes to casting models in films. But there is one person that I really did like in the film and that was Jay Hernandez portrayal of El Diablo since that he seemed to be the only character that seemed to be only character that seemed to be true to the comic counterpart.

Plot: The plot of this film is rather boring, which is rather strange since that the Suicide Squad stories have been rather interesting. Amanda Waller recruits a team of convicts to be on stand-by if there was ever a time that would come where somebody like Superman (who had recently died) and once the film gets underway, The Enchantress turns on Waller and starts taking over Midway City and starts transforming the populace into monsters. Waller sends out her team and hijinks peruses with Rick Flag’s and his team along with Suicide Squad are sent in to extracting a high-profile target. A side story also involves Joker trying to get Harley out of the group by deactivating her nano-bomb in her neck. The squad finds out that Waller is the target for extract and the Joker reappears with Harley then runs off to be with Joker and manages to get her bomb disarmed but Waller orders her men to shoot them down where it appeared that Joker had died but it turns out that he hasn’t. Enchantress finds out that Waller is there and abducts her but Deadshot discovers her files on the squad and discovers the truth behind Enchantress and Flag reveals the truth and the team abandons him. But after a discussion at a bar they then decided that they are going to finish the mission which they do, managing to destroy Enchantress’s heart and rescued Waller and were sent back to Belle Reve with 10 years reduced off their sentence and Joker breaking Harley out.

I think that the film would have been a lot better if the main villain for the film would have been Joker. It would be a lot more interesting since that I don’t even think that even the casual DC fans or even causal movie fans would know who Enchantress was and having Joker being in the film just seemed to be an advertising ploy by DC to attract people to see the film. Having Joker as the villain would also cause more of a development Harley’s character by having her not knowing whether to trust Joker since that it was his fault that she ended up in Belle Reve. It would have been a lot more interesting than what we got in the film since that Harley seemed to be more interested in being madly infatuated with Joker since that there have been a lot stories more recently where Harley has become more independent which is something that I would have preferred to see.

Designs: I like the designs for a lot of the cast since that a lot seem to be rather practical and even the Joker’s was okay with the way that they were handling his character. But the one design that I hated the most was Harley Quinn’s design. I found it to be the worst out of the cast and I think that it could have been heavily been redesigned to not come of being rather skimpy since that what it pretty much was. I think that it could have been designed a lot better and I hope that in the future instalments for the series that they are going to alter the costume.

Top Ten Worst Sequels I Have Seen

Throughout the years, I have watched a lot of films and when there is a sequel I tend to feel 50/50 going into it since that there are times that sequels have failed to live up to the previous instalment. This is my top ten worst sequels that I have ever seen.

10: Taken 3: I only found out about this film when I saw a trailer for it and then seeing it the following weekend and boy was this a rather boring film. The film revolves around Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) trying to prove his innocence after being framed for murdering his ex-wife and having to evade the LAPD and Inspector Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker). During this whole escapade, we also find out that Bryan’s daughter, Kim, that she is pregnant. Kim then tells him that Stuart, her Step Dad, had started to act scared and has hired bodyguards which is out of character for him. He then finds Stuart who he interrogates to find out that he owed money to an ex-Spetsnaz operative, Oleg Malankov and he was the reason that Lenore (the wife) was killed. Bryan gets into Malankov’s compound and he and Malankov fight but it turns out that Stuart set them both up as it turns out that Stuart was the one behind the murder of Lenore. Stuart then takes Kim, this is near the end of the movie, but Bryan manages to stop them from leaving in a plane and contemplates killing Stuart but Kim tells him not to. In the end Dotzler arrests Stuart, Bryan is acquitted for his crimes and Kim says that she is going to name the kid after her mother ending the film. The film was a rather disappointment since that the ‘Taken’ portion of the film was in the third act and would have been a bit better if it happened during the end of the first (sort of like the first film). Also, Forest Whitaker was pretty much wasted through the film.

9: The Conjuring 2: I think that this film’s main story was okay since that it was pretty much the same that happened in real life. But the thing that I thought was the worst thing about the film being the story of The Nun. The first that we see of the Nun character was during the beginning of the film where Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) are investigating the ‘apparent’ haunting of the infamous Amityville Horror where Lorraine sees her during a vision. She then sees the Nun again in their house during another vision and she then manages to write down its name in her bible which then comes up as a plot point during the end. But the thing that is rather stupid and more likely done for the film was that the ghost that was haunting the family was being used by the Nun. I just found it to be a rather useless plot device that was just there for pointless scares and building for a prequel spin-off to probably try and create the same hype as what Annabelle did.

8: Paranormal Activity 4: This series should have ended at three. The film takes place five years after the events of the first and second film. The film focuses on a new family that takes in their new neighbour’s son after his mother falls ill and weird things start happening to them. Alex and her boyfriend start recording the weird events that start happening and when she shows her evidence to her parent they think that she is crazy. In the end, Katie returns and kills the family and gets back her nephew. The reason why I think that this was a rather bad sequel was that having a cliff hanger ending at the end of two was something that could then give fans theories on what can happen and the third film being a prequel builds up on the reason why they are being haunted.

7: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: This is a bad sequel since that it pretty much had nothing to do with the original movie. This film focuses around a group of people that head out to the Black Hills where apparently in the film The Blair Witch Project was a film and they decide to see what they can find in the woods. But this ended being something rather different since that there was nothing to do with the Blair Witch. But strange things do happen to then such as them finding out that they had their research documents shredded and the camera destroyed but the tapes where perfectly unharmed. More strange things that make no sense happen through the film including dogs appearing out of nowhere but the strangest was the reveal at the end with the survivors showing them killing people, apparently under the control the Blair Witch but that’s not how it works.

6: Alien v Predator 2: Requiem: What would happen if an Alien/Predator hybrid landed on Earth and started impregnating people creating Aliens in a small US town. If you think that this would create a large epidemic you’d be pretty much wrong. This film is rather boring and it pretty much was an unnecessary film in the franchise.

5: Jurassic World: For this position, I originally had Jurassic Park 3 down for this position but I remembered about this film and why I thought it was a rather bad sequel. The film is pretty much the retelling of Jurassic Park but with the twist being that the park ended up being successful and people flock there across the world and head there the same way the Simpsons travelled to Itchy and Scratchy Land. The story focuses on several different themes. The first is about two brothers Zach and Gary who are shipped to the island to be with their aunt who is the parks operations manager so that their parents can have their divorce proceedings without the kids being around. The second story is about Owen Brady (Chris Pratt) who has been training Velociraptors intelligence and a InGen security chief (Vincent D’Onofrio) wants to weaponize the Raptors which they then do to track down the Indominus Rex. But then even more stupidity turns up when it turns out that the Indominus Rex that they have was not only a test tube monstrosity, but it killed the other Indominus that they had and it was smart enough to trick Owen into thinking that it left the enclosure but it then managed to escape and cause mass panic through the entire park and it manages to break into the Aviary and causes the dinosaurs there to rampage through the park causing more chaos. The ending for the film was also a let-down seeing the T-Rex (what we are supposed to believe is from the first film) fighting the Indominus but it wasn’t even the dinosaur that killed it. But with this film being a commercial success and a sequel scheduled which has started filming a few months ago there could be a chance that the faults may be improved from this instalment.

4: Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man 3 was a terrible film in the Spider-Man franchise for a few reasons. The first was that there seemed, like Amazing Spider-Man 2, too many villains with having Venom as the main, but he doesn’t really appear till the final act, Harry Osbourne as the New Goblin and Sandman where we see how he gets his origin story. The story was okay, Peter wants to marry MJ but strange things start happening when a meteorite lands in Central Park turning out that it contains a mysterious ooze. This ooze later in the film then bonds with Peter when he finds out that the person that was responsible for Uncle Ben’s death was the person that robbed the armoured truck giving him a new black suit that seems to increase his strength and he could beat Sandman this time round. As the film goes along the oozes influence starts making Peter’s attitude change but then Peter starts to realise this and heads to a church to get rid of the ooze. But the ooze then attaches itself to a new host, Eddie Brock, who has a lot of anger towards Peter since that he was the person that got him fired at the Daily Bugle. This then leads to a large fight scene where we see Peter having to deal with Venom and Sandman to rescue MJ, but unlikely help arrives when Harry, who has been trying to get his vengeance on Peter through the entire film for the death of his father, decides to help. But in the end, it was rather disappointing, Harry dies after being impaled on his glider saving Peter, Venom also gets destroyed with a pumpkin bomb and Peter forgives Sandman for accidently killing Uncle Ben and disappears into the wind. Overall it was a just okay, but it seemed to be rather hammy in places.  If anyone wants to see what would have made a better version of the film head to What Culture and see the How the Should Made video and it does make sense.

3: TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows: When I saw the trailers for this film I thought that it was going to be an okay film but after seeing it, I was heavily disappointed about the film. The first was being that the film seemed to revolve around elements that already had happened in the first film with the Turtles being at some odds with leadership and decision making. The plot of the film was heavily rushed during the first act of the film with Krang expositing his entire plan to Shredder and what the plot of the film was about. The ending of the film seemed to fall rather flat when Krang turns of Shredder as the Techno drome starts forming in the city and not seeing it be formed in the film was rather disappointing since that the Techno drome is a big thing in the Turtles franchise. Another thing that was bad was the debut of Casey Jones (Stephen Ammel) where his character’s interpretation for Casey was nothing like his counter-part since he was a tough vigilante that was raised on the streets and in the film, he is a corrections officer that turns into a vigilante since that he was responsible for Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady for escaping. But since that it now looks like that there won’t be a third film in the franchise hopefully a reboot can help make it a better film.

2: Friday the 13th Part 5/8: So, I am cheating with this one, both films are bad in the franchise with part 5 not even featuring Jason and it being a copycat killer that uses the lore of what has happened in the past. Part 8 was bad since that the film was called Jason Takes Manhattan and the only shots that we saw from New York were the establishing shots since that they couldn’t afford to film in New York and the rest of the film was filmed on a boat and the city was shot in Canada.  But with the plot of Jason not being the killer was rather interesting at first it was the rest of the film that I found rather boring since it meant that we had to wait a while for the reveal to happen and it just seemed to be rather flat. The other worse thing that happened for part 8 was having the main protagonist having visions of a child and then at the end in the sewers when Jason gets defeated it turned out that the child was actually Jason and that comes out of left field and makes no sense whatsoever.

 1: Halloween Resurrection: This film beings rather well continuing off the events of H20 where it turns out that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now been confined to a psychiatric facility after killing a paramedic that she though was her brother. Michael manages to find Laurie and she manages to chase him around the facility until they get on to the roof where Michael tricks her into lowering her guard where he then stabs her and throws her off the building. End of the film, right? Unfortunately, not since the rest of the film focuses on a new group of people that are here to take place in a livestream event at the house of Michael Myers to find out who had killed him. This then leads for Michael to return home and kill the people that are participating in this even except for two people who manage to survive and the Myers house burns down. However, the film then ends with a cliff hanger where Michael’s body is brought to the morgue (again) and he awakes. I think that this film would have been if there was a more of Laurie in the film or bringing up what happened to her son. Since that in the past it seemed to that Michael was targeting people that was in his family but since that he took Laurie out in the first ten minutes.

Did Xavier Create Onslaught Pre-Logan?

When I saw Logan, there was something that made me rather curious about the film and that was the backstory on why Logan had taken Xavier away and had him hidden. All we knew from the film that there was an incident that happened on the east coast and that in Xavier’s confession recalling something that happened at Westchester before he killed by X-24.

onslaughtMy thoughts later about this got me thinking, could Xavier have accidently created Onslaught. There could be some truths to it since that we don’t know what before this film besides Mutants been born less and less. I think that there could have been some sort of fight that may have happened at the X-Mansion where Magneto (possibly brainwashed) lead an attack and he may have killed or injured somebody close to Xavier and then flipped out on him causing him to then start creating the Onslaught entity.

Then after this event happens strange things may have started happening to Xavier, maybe mood swings, losing his temper so forth and nobody picking up on what had happened until it was too late. Onslaught makes his play and starts taking out the X-Men and only being taken down by having Jean Grey or another strong psychic mutant to shut down Xavier’s mind and that a way to help supress this from happening again was Xavier was to medicate him.

This then leads to me where I think that is why Logan thought it was important to make sure that he was taking his medication as well as when his psychic powers got out of hand that he was medicated so that Onslaught wouldn’t manifest and cause more casualties like what happened in Westchester.

It’s just a crazy thought that I had and I don’t know if anyone else has the same thoughts about this.  

Films I’m Looking Forward to See in 2017

Sometime last year in a group chat I put in a list of films that I was looking forward to see for the following year and for some reason looking back in the chat I couldn’t seem to find where it was and I decided to re-write my list and I think that there is going to be more that I am going to see than what is on this list. Note this list isn’t in that much of an order since that depending on a lot of factors it could be released one month in America and be shown in the UK five months later.

Logan: The first Marvel film of the year and this looks like that it is going to be a good one and that since that this is apparently going to be Hugh Jackman’s last film it looks like that it could be the best X-Men film to date. You have Logan seemed to be forced to look after a child, x-23, that has a similar mutant power as him, being able to have extended claws and it seems that evil organisation is after her. This does look like that it is going to be a good film and hopefully they will use the R rating in America to good use.

Kong: Skull Island: Ever since that Godzilla got rebooted through Legendary I have been wondering what they were going to do in the future and then they announced that there was going to be a cinematic universe that is going to consist not just of the Godzilla universe but also, they brought in Kong. I have been looking forward to this since they released the teaser of the film and we see the size of what Kong was going to be for the film and he is massive and right size compared to Godzilla for when they have their film later in the series. Also, the good thing about this film is that this seems to be a lot different to previous Kong films since that it doesn’t look like there are any dinosaurs in the film and instead there are theses weird creatures that live underground. I also think that the cast for the film is good, you have Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Sam L Jackson and John C Riley, all are good actors (most of them are also in Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Power Rangers: For this whole film, it seems that it is going to be the biggest risk that Saban and Power Rangers could take. The films cast seems to be rather mixed since that most of the cast are rather young and some of them have been in a lot of shows but the two with the most recognition may be Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery have been in quite a few shows with Montgomery being in Stranger Things. The thing that I do like about the film is that it is a different take on the Mighty Morphin era and I do like the fact that this series does seem to be more alien then what the show was and that’s something that I do like about it. I also like that the villain for the film is a opposite of what Rita was in the show and it is something that I like, it seems almost in a way like what Andromeda was like In Space.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: It’s a sequel to one of the best Marvel films of course I am looking forward for this film. From what we got from the trailers for this there wasn’t that much of a story revealed and that is something that I do really like about trailers since that there have been some that pretty much ruin the film by showing most it in the trailer. I think that this has all the good elements to be a fantastic sequel since that in the trailer from what we do see that it looks just as action filled and comedically brilliant and it’s something good to look forward to.

Alien: Covenant: I was rather surprised that I would be seeing a new Alien film since that I never saw one in the cinemas (mainly since that I am 24 and the last film that had Aliens in I wasn’t that well acquainted with the franchise). This is supposed to be set after the events of Prometheus, which with the ending means that it is going to be rather weird to see since the ending seemed that both David and Dr Shaw were trapped on the planet but there both back for the film so it’s going to be interesting to see what they do with that. Plus, I would like to see what they do with the Aliens in this film since that at the very end of Prometheus we see a new Alien being born that looks like an earlier version of the Xenomorph.

Wonder Woman: So, DC haven’t had the best track rate with their current movies but this film looks like that it could possibly break that trend. But right now, I am feeling rather 50/50 about the movie since that with the bad track record they have. I really like the fact that for this film they decided to have it set during World War 1 instead of being set during the modern time line such as what the previous films and this seems that it is something that they may have done right.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: When Marvel had revealed that they have had the rights to Spider-Man from Sony and the debut in Captain America: Civil War, I was rather looking forward to seeing the next first Spider-Man film in the MCU. But for me I do have a few issues with the film, the first is that I think that it could seem that the film could possibly be packing more villains that we need since that already confirmed have been Shocker and Vulture, with Vulture being the main. The second problem that I have could be the cast since that outside Tom Holland, RDJ and Michael Keaton I don’t think that I have seen the rest of the cast in anything else so that it could be difficult to get a read on their acting ability. Third is having RDJ in the film since that he is something that I am hoping is something that is going to be limited in the film since that I think it could easily ruin the film, but I do hope that in the end that Tony could give him a new suit maybe the Iron Spider-Suit.

War of the Planet of the Apes: I really didn’t think that this series would have gotten a third film in the series but it does look like that it was going to be a rather decent. Set after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes it looks like that this film is going to go more into the depths on how the Apes take over the planet and turning it into said Planet of the Apes. So far from the cast and the plot it seems that it is going to be a rather dark film and with Woody Harrelson as the main antagonist is rather good since that he can play menacing and ruthless rather well.

It: This is a rather weird film, a remake of the miniseries and novel of the same name, it’s a story about an eponymous being tormenting a group and kids as well in their adult lives. I was rather worried about this film since that the original version was rather memorable with fans as well as Tim Curry’s portrayal as It. But hopefully it can do rather well since that September is a rather good period to be putting out horror films.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: When I saw Kingsman: The Secret Service when it came out a few years ago, I didn’t think that I would have liked it that much. I was wrong. The film was a whole lot of fun and the fight scenes were rather well done, plus during a scene at the end just with some subtle editing could make it seem like a higher rating. This film is something that looks good and confusing, the first being that Hugh Grant is in the film. For anyone who hasn’t seen the film slight spoilers, he died during the climax of the best fight scene in the film. I am rather curious on how they bring him back into the film. The second reason this has me curious is that Channing Tatum is going to be in the film and from the pictures that we see on set it looks like that he is a Kingsman but I am rather curious since that they were at a low point at the end of the film. The third reason that has me curious is that Julianne Moore is the villain of the film it could be something that could be rather well done or not.

Thor: Ragnarok: The final Marvel film of the year and oh boy am I looking forward to see this. After the events of Doctor Strange (or even during the events) Thor and Hulk are somehow on a gladiatorial planet but Thor is able to get off the planet and he and Loki are out looking for Odin since that at the end of The Dark World it was revealed that Loki had taken over Asgard. Plus, we have a rather interesting new cast of characters being added including Cate Blanchett as Hela, Karl Urban as Skurge and Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster it is a well put villain group for the film.

Justice League: Just like with Wonder Woman this could just be a rather big risk that DC could be doing since that Batman v Superman wasn’t that much of a critical success and this seems that it is going to be harder to get the fans over. After the fallout of the last film we see Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting their Justice League team consisting of Aquaman, Cyborg and Flash and them dealing with a general of Darkseid, Steppenwolf and his Parademons.  Overall I don’t know what it is going to be like for a film and I am keeping my hopes low for it.

Star Wars Ep 8 The Last Jedi: So, this has stirred up a lot of hype over the past few months since a lot of things have happened. The first came late last year when Carrie Fisher, who played Leia, passed away which came to a massive shock to her friends, family and cast. The second came this year when the title of the film was released and that it was going to be called the Last Jedi which came into a lot of confusion for what people think from the title. Did this mean that Luke was going to die and that Rey was the titular Last Jedi or is it that there are more Jedi that are to come since that Jedi is also the plural term used. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to see this film, even though there is 10 months left and more trailers and leaks could be outed that could change my stance but I really do hope that in the first few minutes there will be Luke’s cut lines that were in the trailer for The Force Awakens.

Honourable Mentions: Since that there are a lot of films out this year there are some that I do feel rather mixed about or the fact that there are some films, due to distribution or lack there are that can’t be released for even a full week or even weekend.

Shin Godzilla: As stated in my section for Kong: Skull Island I am a fan of the Godzilla film, not just the American version but also the original Japanese films as well. In all honesty, I have tried to watch what I can of them but the biggest disappointment is that usually finding them on YouTube they are usually bad quality and have no subtitles which is hard to understand since I don’t speak Japanese. Plus, since that I don’t live in America I can’t get my hands on the Japanese versions brought out there since I don’t own a Region-1 DVD player and I live in the UK and the only Godzilla film that they brought out was the first film, that and King Kong v Godzilla and both which I enjoy. When I found out that Toho was bringing out a new Godzilla I was over the moon and then I found out that it was going to be brought out in America for a limited release and hoped the same would happen in the UK but I was wrong. I then found out doing this list that it was going to be shown in the UK in two places that I can’t get to since that it was short notice and that it was being shown at the Fright Fest in London and Glasgow. I would have really like to have seen it on the big screen but it looks like that I might be able to see it when it comes out on DVD.

The Howling: When I was going through the list of films coming out this year and I see this film listed and it brought up a lot of questions for me. The first was is this another reboot from their series or is it something that is completely different with the same title like the many different films about the Amityville Horror. So far from what I have found out the film is set in a village somewhere in England and that there is a mad scientist named Frank Stein who had been experimenting with people and fauna and had went missing and that was about thirty years in the past. Cut to the present your usual trope of a horror film, a group of curious teenagers, head out to see of the legend is true and hijinks ensues.

Annabelle 2: I was never that much of a fan of the first Annabelle film and I pretty much saw it as a cash in by New Line Cinema giving the doll a backstory that had been put in during The Conjuring. But this just seems to be more different since that apparently, this is about a doll maker and his wife are mourning over the death of their daughter end up taking in a nun and several girls who then are targeted by the dollmakers possessed creation, Annabelle. This pretty much makes it rather stupid since that it pretty much retcons the way that Annabelle was possessed at the end of the first film with it being a satanic ritual done and the spirit transferred of Annabelle transferred into the doll. The only thing that I can think of that makes sense is that if the person that got the doll at the end of the film wasn’t the same person that gave the doll to her daughter that happened in the beginning of The Conjuring. It just seems rather confusing and hopefully the film will explain it a lot more better.