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Trailer For Star Trek Beyond is Full of Sabotage

Trailer For Star Trek Beyond is Full of Sabotage

The reboot to the Star Trek movie franchise has been quite successful and has brought delight to old and new fans alike.

Today, the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released and is the 3rd instalment in the series since 2009. Not only does it look action-packed as fans have come to expect from these new Star Trek films, but keeps its streak of humour.

I personally am a massive Star Trek fan, and once I was able to swallow the retconning of the entire original series, I actually really enjoyed what Abrams has done with the franchise. And even though he has left the series as Director(to direct Star Wars..), he will be returning as Producer, so fans will still feel his influence.

X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer

The latest series of X-Men live action movies have been pleasing fans far and wide, and garner high praise for retconning X-Men: The Last Stand.

Today, fans are treated to the official trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. After retconning X-Men: The Last Stand, all the mutants fans know and love are alive and kicking and available to make an appearance in this series. Most notably, fans are able to reconnect with Jean Grey and Cyclops, two favourites who bit the dust in X-Men: The Last Stand.

Personally, I’m actually pretty excited for this movie, especially with the return of one of my favourite mutants, Nightcrawler.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer

Ever overhear the intellectual students discussing the merits of Pride and Prejudice and you wanted to include yourself in the conversation but you just couldn’t make it through that long, boring book?

Well for those who hate reading, the 2009 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which included zombies, is being made into a movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

This February, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be hitting the big screen near you, so have your crumpets and sword ready. Until then, get your intellectual zombie fix with the newest trailer below.

The Epic Full Length WarCraft Trailer is Here 3

The Epic Full Length WarCraft Trailer is Here

The Warcraft movie has been in development for a while now, in production since 2014, the film is planned to be a fantasy epic. Telling the story of the epic war between Orcs and Humans, the film directed by Duncan Jones is sure to be a feast for the eyes.

This week, Legendary Pictures gave us the first taste of what the film will look like, now they have let loose the full trailer. Filed with as much action as you would expect in 2:14 minutes, it gives us a better feel for what the full length movie will be like.

I know I am excited, finally a videogame based movie that has a budget, a good director and a level of quality sorely lacking from all but few films in the genre. Let’s hope the final product is as exciting as the trailer was.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Releases New Teaser

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Releases New Teaser

So if you have even teeniest, tiniest nerd bone somewhere in your body, then you may have felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of fellow geeks cried out in rapture and were silenced by their own orgasmic bliss. That’s because Disney has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film, with a set date for this Christmas. So yes, this is your Christmas gift for being a good little Jedi this year.

The one thing you can immediately draw from the teaser is that whoever cut this teaser knows exactly which buttons to push in an old school Star Wars fan. You’ve got a narration by a raspy Mark Hamill, you’ve got gorgeous concept art-y, landscape shot with a crashed X-Wing fighter and Star Destroyer amidst the sandy dunes of Tatooine, you’ve got light sabers, quick star fighter fights, the Millennium Falcon dashing through a tunnel and, of course, Han Solo and Chewbacca blowing people’s minds simply be existing. There’s a lot of new stuff as well, such as mysterious stormtroopers and all the new characters, but the most important thing for fans is that the music and the imagery feels “Star Warsy” which, at this point, is all people are hoping for.

If you still somehow haven’t seen the new video, or simply want to watch it for the umpteenth time, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

The Force Awakens Teaser Released

The Force Awakens Teaser Released

I’m excited. Really excited actually. I finally got a chance to watch the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while it IS only a teaser, I’m sold.

Mind you, I went into this whole thing with the trepidation and fear many Star Wars fans have been left with following the incredibly disappointing prequel trilogy. Not to mention the undeniable feeling of “hmmmm” surrounding the director, J.J. Abrams. Unlike most of the internet, I don’t hate Abrams. The first Star Trek reboot breathed new life into what was almost certainly, at the time, a dying franchise. While hardcore fans of Trek feel like Abrams missed the general theme of Trek by focusing too much on action, space lasers and that trademark lens flare rather than the diplomacy, dry rhetoric and philosophical musings the series is famous for, this style fits perfectly with Star Wars.

Plot details have been swirling since the sequels were announced, with leak after leak being dissected and debunked. One of the biggest worries voiced by the legions of internet fans was that the new films would rely too much on the star power of the big three: Han, Luke and Leia. Harrison Ford turned 72 this summer, and Hammil and Fisher aren’t exactly the hot young twenty-somethings they once were. It’s a difficult line to tread for studios hoping to attract long-time fans who want to see the characters they grew up with and love, and newcomers who lack the same kind of attachment and don’t want to watch three seniors ham it up for 2+ hours.

Prior to the Disney buyout, the Star Wars Expanded Universe, meaning the games, novels and comics, were a cluttered mess of stories by an overabundance of writers all trying to create the next Darth Vader or Han Solo. In a bold but brilliant move by the company, they decided to axe everything outside of the existing films and the Clone Wars TV show, removing the restriction of having to tie everything in with the thousands of extra stories and characters from the expanded universe. Doing this has wiped the slate clean, and allowed the writers absolute freedom to take the series in whatever direction they want. This is great news in one respect, but some fans feel that because of this, creating new and entertaining characters to base three films around won’t happen, and the movies will continue revolving around the aforementioned trio of Luke, Han and Leia.

But enough conjecture, let’s get down to the concrete details shown in the teaser.

A stressed and sweaty storm trooper, X-wings, the Millennium Falcon and a lightsabre with a cross-guard. That basically sums up what was shown, so we don’t have a hell of a lot to go on right now. Just enough to get people amped without giving away ANY solid plot details. We know there is a bad guy, and we know the rebels are still kicking, but that’s about it.

This is how you make a trailer that gets people excited enough, but still hungry for more. Also of note was the lack of Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. We know they’re in it, and it bodes well for the movie that the studio feels confident with what they’re doing and don’t need to plaster their famous faces all over the clip.

At the end of the day, all Disney needed to do was show a Star Wars logo with John Williams’ score playing and a date, and people would have freaked. After 30+ years the Force is still strong, and love it or hate it this movie is going to make bank. Even if the prequel trilogy left a sour taste in the mouth of fans, the well-received Clone Wars and several half decent videogames have helped bring massive amounts of new fans to the Star Wars Universe. Combine these numbers with the legions of existing fanatics, and you have what is arguably the biggest sci-fi/fantasy franchise in history.

So please Disney, pretty please make this movie awesome, there’s a lot riding on this.

Are Fans Ready For Avengers: Age of Ultron? 4

Are Fans Ready For Avengers: Age of Ultron?

We finally got a look at the full-length Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer when it was leaked yesterday, and response from fans seems to be, well, polarized to say the least. Once the initial excitement calmed down, the onslaught of pretentious and pedantic nitpicking began in full force. This comes as no surprise, as the internet seems to hate everything and the most vocal posters are the ones that only have negative things to say. But before we get to that, let’s take a second to analyze and discuss exactly what was shown that has everybody up in arms.

Warning, and I hate even having to state this about a trailer for a movie still six months away, but SPOILERS BELOW.

The trailer opens with a sweeping shot of a city in smoking ruins, with civilians running from some unseen threat and screaming and yelling. We see Ultron’s hand dripping with molten metal, followed by Captain America and Hawkeye walking down a street littered with destroyed cars. Cue to a scene inside the Quinjet, where all  our heroes save Hawkeye and Iron Man stand around looking distressed with a worn out Bruce Banner holding himself on the floor. In the next scene we finally get a look at what is probably an early version of the titular villain, stumbling out of a lab and crushing the destroyed Iron Patriot armour. There are some quick cuts to action scenes in various exotic locales, including a scene where 20 or so Ultrons are seen flying out of the ocean and scaling a cliff. Next we get some brief dialogue between Tony, Black Widow and Fury. After a quick shot of newcomer Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch on her knees screaming, we get to see the Hulkbuster Iron Man armour and the angry green giant himself duking it out on the streets of Africa. More generic action shots until the end, where we’re shown what is most likely the final form of Ultron standing over the broken remnants of Cap’s shield and what appears to be Thor’s hand.

Now, on to speculation and theory, and what fans in both camps are saying about the movie’s potential plot.

We can safely assume from the various shots of city-wide destruction, screaming civilians and plenty of smoke that at some point Ultron and his army of clones go on a rampage throughout the world wreaking havoc and breaking things. This alone has some fans worried the sequel will be a retread of the original, with our heroes battling hordes of similar looking baddies in an urban landscape, and just when you thought they were finished, they band together and defeat the big boss (Ultron).

Well, duh. If you were expecting something more shocking and cerebral from a team based comic book movie you’re probably asking for too much.

On the other hand, at least they’re getting out of New York for a while, with scenes taking place in what appears to be Russia, Tibet, and Africa. Complaints aside, New York is basically THE setting for almost every giant event in Marvel lore, so at the very least we’ll have some variety in locales for the inevitable action packed battle scenes.

There are other major plot hints that are dropped in the trailer, many of which focus on Bruce Banner and his giant green counterpart. We see a few shots of Banner looking sickly, worn out, and at one point, on the run in a snowy forest. Take this into consideration when dissecting the scene where Iron Man and Hulk are going toe to toe in an African street. From this we can extrapolate that Banner probably loses control of his alter ego at some point and it’s Iron Man’s job to put him down. We’ve definitely been in this territory before, as anyone familiar enough with the character knows, this kind of thing happens a lot. However, there is conjecture suggesting this could be a lead up to a possible Planet Hulk  spinoff, a popular arc in the comics where the heroes of Earth realize it would be far easier to just shove Banner into a rocket and blast him far off into deep space where the Hulk can become someone else’s problem. This idea seems an excellent way to link up Marvel’s cosmic pantheon with the Earth based protagonists and set up a climactic battle with Thanos, the top dog and ultimate bad guy of the Marvel Universe.

Another scene that has some fans frothing at the mouth is the hand of Ultron dripping with molten metal, assumed by most to be Vibranium, a super strong and energy absorbing metal found only in the small African nation of Wakanda.

Yes, that Wakanda, the home territory of Black Panther, a super popular and fan-favourite character likely to be the first black superhero to get his own movie in the MCU. Another clue that leads us to this conclusion is the shot of Captain America’s iconic shield lying in pieces on the ground, which is also made of Vibranium. This element is super rare in the Marvel Universe, so between Ultron and the shield there is a good chance we might just get a Black Panther cameo.

What seems to have been the root cause of the disappointment and low expectations fans are feeling is how generic, predictable and formulaic the trailer makes the movie seem. As far as we know, the movie will basically follow this plotline: Tony makes Ultron, this backfires and he becomes independent and evil. This leads to the team fracturing, made evident by the shot of Thor holding Tony by the neck. Everyone goes their own separate ways and Banner goes off the rails. Tony builds the Hulkbuster armour to fight Hulk, after this he reverts to being Banner who is now in control of the Hulk and joins back up with the team. All the while Ultron has been upgrading himself and eventually starts making clones and destroying cities throughout the world. Everybody realizes they’re stronger as a team, so they kiss and make up and band together to fight Ultron. The movie ends with everything back to normal, or is it? Post-credits scene hints at something bigger and we all freak out waiting for the next instalment.

Chances are pretty good this is exactly how the movie is going to pan out, which is why so many fans seem so underwhelmed by the potential plot. I ask again though, what the hell were they expecting? This is EXACTLY what the Avengers do, and trying to change that dynamic just isn’t kosher to a team based superhero movie. One way or the other the movie is going to destroy box office records and make Disney another billion or two. Not to mention the movie is still six months away, and a lot can change between here and then.

I’ll be there day one anyways, and I guarantee 90% of the people complaining about the trailer will be there too. Really though, we should still be incredibly grateful we live in an era where we actually GET movies like this. It’s the Avengers, on the big screen, fighting Ultron. Shut up and enjoy the fun.

P.S. For those interested, the official and legal link from Marvel is now available on Youtube.

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Will PG-13 ruin Deadpool?

Will PG-13 ruin Deadpool?

We are finally getting a Deadpool movie, but is it the Deadpool movie we want?

After three years in a state of suspended animation, 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios announced on Sept 18th that they will be going ahead with the film, currently slated for a February 2016 release.

The decision followed intense and encouraging reaction from fans who expressed their excitement on Twitter and Facebook after a short sequence of test footage was leaked online. While the footage was shot several years ago, the clip has re-ignited interest in the movie, leading Fox to nail down a solid release date and get production started. There has been speculation as to whether Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as the titular mercenary, with most fans agreeing that he is a perfect fit for the character. Reynolds discussed the leaked footage and the response from fans in a recent interview with the Niagara Review:

“The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually.”
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Deadpool was first introduced in a 1991 issue of the Marvel Comics series New Mutants, a collaboration between artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza. Originally the character was basically a knock off of the popular DC mercenary Deathstroke. Even Deadpool’s real name, “Wade Wilson”, is a clear homage to Deathstroke’s real identity “Slade Wilson.” Eventually Deadpool got a monthly series of his own, written by Joe Kelly. It is through this series the character evolved into the Deadpool we know today: the self-aware goofball with several inner voices and propensity to break the fourth wall. At the heart of the humour of the character is the mutant healing factor he was given by the Weapon X program to combat his cancer. Essentially immortal, much of the comic relief in the various series comes from Deadpool getting his head blown off and limbs removed. This procedure, although successful in containing the cancer, left his body horribly scarred and added a large stroke of vulnerability and depth to a character originally intended to be a cold blooded killer-for-hire.

The big question that fans are asking at the moment is what the film will lose with its R rating. There has been speculation that the reason the film has been in development limbo for so long was that Fox wouldn’t support an R-rated movie based on a comic book.  As anyone familiar with the character will tell you, Deadpool shines when he is given free-reign to shed blood and curse like a sailor. On the flipside however, most of the character’s appearances in the comics would be considered PG-13. Many fans feel that a similar rating for the film would neuter the character, but co-creator Rob Liefeld defended the potential PG-13 rating in a series of tweets and explained why he doesn’t think it would hurt the film:

“If HANNIBAL can air on primetime network television, DEADPOOL can be PG-13 and still be bad ass,” and “all you who want to die on the R rated hill, we will replace you with equally enthusiastic teenagers. Deadpool can’t be stopped.”

It’s probably not a surprise that most superhero movies are targeted at an audience that generally wouldn’t be able to see an R-rated movie. The recent success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy indicates that if a studio wants to make money, moviegoers should be able to bring their kids. And let’s face it, outside of the comic fandom, most full grown adults aren’t spending money on action figures and Groot Halloween costumes.

Sin City
Sin City

There have been comic book adaptions in the past that did very well in the box office despite the R-rating. Frank Miller’s Sin City and 300 both did exceedingly well in theatres, although it could be argued that these movies weren’t viewed as “comic book” films by the general public. Successfully marketing a straight up super hero movie with a hard R- rating is much more difficult. We only have to look at The Watchmen, viewed by many as the greatest graphic novel of all time, and the dismal returns it garnered to understand why a studio would be hesitant to give the go ahead to an R-rated movie based on a B-tier superhero like Deadpool.

On the other hand, the test footage that has everyone so excited is most certainly not aimed at children, and the decision from Fox to go ahead with the film is more or less based on the extremely positive buzz from internet viewers. If you’ve ever been to a con or fan expo, it’s guaranteed that you will see a good deal of Deadpool cosplay, and it’s not children dressing up, it’s adults. In an era where we’re finally seeing our favourite heroes up on the big screen, there has never been a better time to experiment. Mature audiences are getting burnt out on formulaic “fun” superhero movies, and let’s not forget Fox has already tried the family friendly approach to gritty characters like Daredevil and Ghostrider, proving that if you attempt to water down stories that are inherently dark and violent, it comes across as cheesy and hokey.

No plot specifics have been confirmed yet, but positive feedback towards the leaked script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick indicates that many fans hope the movie will take a similar path. At the core of the character is the archetypal tragic clown, and any film based on Deadpool must walk a similar line… while also featuring plenty of flying bullets, severed limbs, and witty one liners.

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