Final Trailer for the Fantastic Four Reboot Released

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The newest, and apparently final, trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot is looking much better than many suspected given the relatively quick and mum nature of the film’s production.

The teaser is definitely worth the watch, and you get to the see the family of superheroes use their powers a bit more liberally than any of the other promotional pieces that have been released.

Given some of the drama surrounding the film, as well as the less than lukewarm audience expectations, the new trailer prods one to wonder if they’re pulling back the curtain a bit to drum up interest from potential viewers.

Check it, let me know what think. Hard to believe August 7th is already right around the corner.

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Warner Bros. Releases Comic-Con Teaser for Suicide Squad

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Earlier today, the first-look for Suicide Squad that was shown at San Diego Comic-Con was officially uploaded YouTube in all of it’s HD glory. This, of course, comes after a second-hand video shot from a phone was released over the weekend, as well as an action packed trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

This is the first time we’ve gotten a good look at all of he main characters in the flick, and it looks like a cartoonishly manical romp. Still processing my feelings on Harley Quinn’s voice and the Joker’s new look, but I think I’m going to reserve judgement until we see more in-depth footage.

Check it out:

The Comic-Con Teaser for X-Men Apocalypse Has Leaked

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UPDATED 7/13/15 8:59 AM EDT:

Predictably so, some shaky cell phone video of the X-Men Apocalypse teaser shown to the lucky folks at San Diego Comic-Con has leaked.

If what I’m seeing is correct, it looks like Storm, Archangel, Magneto, and even Charles Xavier Psylocke may be the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse.

Check out the video while it’s still available, as there are never really any promises with these kinds of things. The video isn’t hosted by YouTube though, so it may stick around a little longer than others of its nature. Maybe if it’s shared enough, Fox will release the clip to the public? Wishful thinking.

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The Trailer for the Fantastic Four Reboot has Dropped, and It Looks Great.

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20th Century Fox has finally released a teaser trailer for the new Fantastic Four reboot, and despite a lot of skepticism from comic fans (including myself), it looks really good.

I’m nerding out a bit here to be fair, but I think the fact that it appears they’re going into this project with a heavy emphasis on the sic-fi elements is promising. The trailer gives a very Interstellar vibe, and considering that it’s rumored that alternate dimensions will be introduced, that isn’t a bad thing.

In addition, I know that a lot of people weren’t pleased with the casting choices (most specifically the race change for Johnny Storm), but I commend Fox’s willingness to select the actors they felt best embodied the characters despite the color of their skin. I’m a big fan of Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, so there are no real complaints from me. I’m not too familiar with Kate Mara or Jamie Bell, but I’m eager to see what they can bring to the table. They can’t be much worse than Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis’ cheeseball performances can they?

Overall, it is a bit frustrating that we’ll never see Mr. Fantastic matching wits with Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Fox has won favor with me over the past few years with their latest entries into the X-Men franchise, so I’ll reserve any negative judgement until I see the finished product.

Enjoy the trailer below, and also make sure to check out commentary from the screenwriter and director:

Marvel Announces So Many Movies That I’ve Begun to Question the Point of Human Existence

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We all might die of old age before the conclusion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Our kids’ kids may die of old age before we see the end of this universe, and in no way is that depressing. Marvel have all but reinvented the super hero movie genre with their incredibly ambitious and well-executed live-action universe.

Late last year it was announced that the live-action universe would expand beyond the staple movie releases and ABC’s Agents of Shield to multiple Netflix series’, including Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist among others.

A shot of Daredevil's early costume from the Netflix series.

A shot of Daredevil’s early costume from the Netflix series.

This year at San Diego Comic-Con that Marvel had plans for years to come, including a sequel to the then unreleased Guardians of the Galaxy. While that may have seemed a bit over-ambitious at the time, Guardians turned out to be a smashing success, grossing nearly $800 million out of what is arguably a c-list comic. At this point, it seems as if Marvel can do no wrong.

Today the subsidiary of Disney announced even more super hero-y goodness, revealing plans through the year 2019(!!!). 2019! While that may not seem far away, let me put it into perspective. The first film entry into the MCU was 2008’s Iron Man. That’s 11 years of interconnected movie magic, with even more on the horizon it would seem.

Today’s reveal in Los Angeles unveiled Marvel’s outline for phase three of their cinematic universe, including the following films:

  • Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
  • Dr. Strange (November 4, 2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017)
  • Black Panther (November 3, 2017)
  • Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018)
  • Inhumans (November 2, 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 2018)
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part II (May 2019)

Most of these movies have been rumored for quite sometime, especially Captain America: Civil War which recently added Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to their cast. Marvel pulled a fast one on fans, originally showing the logo for the film as “Captain America: Society,” but later revealing it was indeed Civil War. In addition, information on how the famed comic story arc would come to life given the fact that there are not many secret identities in the MCU at the moment. Instead they will be approaching it in a fashion similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where the drama will come from the government trying to determine who each hero reports to, and using them as an extension of the government.

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Next on the slate, Dr. Strange, have been in the public eye quite a bit recently with the alleged fallout of talks between Joaquin Pheonix and Marvel around the time of New York Comic-Con this year which led to a plethora of actors being rumored to be involved including Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, and Jake Gyllenhaal among others. Previous to these supposed developments, my personal favorite for the role, Jon Hamm, was rumored to be involved, but Hamm shot those rumors down back in August.

Most recently, news has broken that Benedict Cumberbatch will be the sorcerer Steven Strange, though no official word has been released from Marvel yet.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Marvel brings the Sorcerer Supreme to life.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Marvel brings the Sorcerer Supreme to life.

Following Strange will be Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which seems like an absolute no-brainer. At this point in time details are mum, but for a production like Guardians, that isn’t necessarily a terrible thing. The element of surprise was part of what made the original Guardians so great, so if Marvel can keep that aura of mystery and discovery going into Guardians 2 it pay huge dividends.

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Thor: Ragnarok will most likely be the conclusion to the Thor/Loki story. Thor is probably the Avenger I am least familiar with, which is what has made his movies so interesting to me. Ragnarok is essentially the Norse apocalypse, resulting in the deaths of figures such as Odin, Thor and Loki (those names sound familiar, so this may be the last we see of Asgaard or Thor altogether. What’s most exciting about this installment is that it may introduce fan favorite, Beta Ray Bill, an alien who is deemed worthy of Thor’s power by Mjolnir after Thor is separated from his trusty hammer. Bill also has deep ties to the Ragnarok story from the comics, and after an Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems like a near lock that we will see his character sooner or later.

Beta Ray Bill in all his dino-esque glory.

Beta Ray Bill in all his dino-esque glory.

The following three films, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans are all properties that I am personally not too familiar with, so I won’t be going into too much detail outside of basic summaries and what could connect them to the MCU.

Black Panther, who will be portrayed by Chadwick Boseman of “42” and “Get on Up” fame, is a prince from the fictional African country of Wakanda by the name of T’Challa. Black Panther was also the first black superhero in the Marvel universe, predating other heroes like the Falcon, Storm, and Luke Cage. The fan favorite is a hero with genius-level intellect, enhanced agility, and Olympic level strength. He also wears a suit made of vibranium, the material that Captain America’s shield is comprised of. There was much speculation before today’s announcement that we might see T’Challa in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, as the trailer for the second ensemble film featured images of Captain America’s shield laying broken on the ground, as well as an unknown character being portrayed by Andy Serkis who looks an awful lot like Panther’s nemesis, Ulysses Klaw.

Concept art for the Black Panther costume we will see in the film.

Concept art for the Black Panther costume we will see in the film.

Captain Marvel will be the first female-led film that Marvel has released, continuing what appears to be a push for more diversity within their universe. The Captain Marvel incarnation being used will be Carol Danvers, a human woman who is caught in a Kree explosion and seriously injured. Years later, Danvers resurfaces with super-human powers including flight, super strength, and energy absorption. This story has the potential to be a nice tie-in with Guardians of the Galaxy, as the Kree were heavily featured in that film. There are currently no names attached the film, unlike the aforementioned productions.

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel

Inhumans is another production that may have cosmic ties. After being experimented on and subsequently abandoned by the Kree, these heroes were once a primitive offshoot of human beings who were being modified to act as a war asset to Ronan the Accuser (Remember him from Guardians of the Galaxy?). Eventually the people experimented on would go on to found their own society, and eventually super-human powers, becoming the Inhumans. From there, the story gets kind of complicated. Each Inhuman has a different sort of power, and draw a lot of parallels to the Mutants in the Marvel world. Of course, Fox owns the film rights to any all X-Men properties, including the word “Mutant,” so this may be Marvel’s workaround to explaining certain characters who overlap from the X-men into other teams, like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who will be featured in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. There have also been rumors that Vin Diesel is attached to the franchise.

Marvel's Inhumans, led by Black Bolt.

Marvel’s Inhumans, led by Black Bolt.

To wrap up the current timeline, the third Avengers film, Infinity War, will be split into two parts. These films will be a culmination of all of the previous films, tying up the Thanos/Infinity Gauntlet storyline that has been teased for quite some time now. It’s probably safe to assume that each installment will feature an eclectic cast of heroes that will be different than it’s counterpart due to Marvel juggling contracts with their big stars, as well as giving all of their heroes a fair amount of screen time.

It appears that Thanos has gathered all of the Infinity Stones, as well as the Gauntlet. That ain't good.

It appears that Thanos has gathered all of the Infinity Stones, as well as the Gauntlet. That ain’t good.

Missing from the reveal today was any news on whether or not we’ll see Spider-Man making his way into the MCU, as had been heavily rumored recently. We also probably won’t be seeing any standalone films for Black Widow, the Hulk, HawkeyeFalcon, or War Machine either, which is kind of disappointing given the rich stories that could be told with these characters, especially the Hulk.

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All in all, some pretty crazy stuff coming out of the Marvel camp today. We have an insane amount of comic book based films coming out in the next six years alone, including Marvel’s Ant Man which will wrap up Phase 2 of their cinematic universe. There may even be some films that haven’t been announced yet. Here’s to hoping we all don’t get fatigued by the massive outpouring of spandex and superpowers, and the competition between these comic cinematic universes encourages high quality productions.

Your move, DC.

ADDENDUM: Check out the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron that was aired during Agents of Shield last night. It isn’t very different from what we’ve already seen, but it does have some footage of the team trying to lift Mjolnir which is pretty funny.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Ultimately Spectacular — (See what I did there?)

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*WARNING– VERY MINOR PLOT SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*

To be 100% honest, I was skeptical going into this film. Early reviews for the film were coming back as simply average, and coming off the heels of the mega hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that was to be expected.

In addition to that, back in 2012, the original entry had big shoes to fill from the previous success of Spider-Man flicks. Unfortunately we were largely left with an origin story that had already been told with only a few interesting plot points that were different than what we had seen before.

Those plot points were who are Peter’s parents, and why did they leave in such a rush? How is Peter connected to Oscorp? And finally, will Peter be able to keep his promise to Captain Stacy?

All of those questions are answered in the latest installment, the former of the two being answered rather quickly. We learn who Peter’s Parents are, and why they were in such a hurry right off the bat. We also find out that Peter is connected to Oscorp in many ways, one being childhood best friend, Harry Osborne the heir to mega corporation.

Peter and Harry's friendship feels natural and is a nice addition.

Peter and Harry’s friendship feels natural and is a nice addition.

To begin, we find our hero in a rather interesting place, loving his role as Spider-Man, but struggling as Peter Parker. It’s almost immediately apparent that Peter has grown into his role as Spider-Man and is becoming a sensation with the citizens of New York, save for J. Jonah Jameson (who we only get to interact with via email, unfortunately). All the while, Peter is clearly haunted by his promise to Captain Stacy, and it is making his relationship with Gwen rather turbulent.

As to be expected, the excellent on-screen chemistry between Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield returns to an almost immersive degree. The two are absolutely stellar together and the way they portray their affection makes the audience feel like they’re just as much a part of the relationship as Gwen or Pete. This is still just as welcome as it was in the first installment, as not only was Gwen under-utilized in the Raimi trilogy, but Tobey Maguire’s Peter and Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane were as stiff as card board, and just about as interesting.

Easily the best thing The Amazing Spider-Man films have going for them thus far is the  amount of chemistry between Stone and Garfield.

The best thing The Amazing Spider-Man films have going for them is easily the amount of chemistry between Stone and Garfield.

We also see a disillusion Max Dillon transform from an average joe, and rather obsessive Spider-Man fan, to Electro, a now menacing outcast due to accident and misunderstanding.

To be perfectly honest, Jamie Foxx’s talents weren’t 100% percent utilized in the role, and the film could have went on without him. None the less, we’re presented with a conflicted, albeit a bit rushed, antagonist who hadn’t been recreated on film yet. Foxx handles the role relatively well, and while many critics have complained a bout the few cringe-worthy one-liners he spouts off, it truly does fit the character.

While Foxx's talents weren't exactly necessary, they aren't particularly wasted either.

While Foxx’s talents weren’t exactly necessary, they aren’t particularly wasted either.

In addition, we also get introduced to Harry Osborn, who quickly reunites with old friend Peter Parker after returning to New York to replace his ailing father as head of Oscorp. Harry’s motivation for hunting down Spider-Man becomes apparent, and conveniently intertwines with Electro’s interests. This leads to some incredibly awesome scenes of the two pairing together to obtain what they want.

Dane DeHaan is absolutely incredible in his role, presenting us with a much darker and brooding Harry than the one we had seen with James Franco previously. DeHaan shows shades of Leonardo DiCaprio in his role and owns the character in a way that had yet to be seen in any Spider-Man medium to date. All the while, Harry’s transition into the Goblin did seem a bit forced, and is only present as so for a short amount of time. However, his role as antagonist is crucial to both the film and the series as a whole.

Dark, brooding, and a welcome addition to the cast, DeHaan kills in in his Spider-Man debut.

Dark, brooding, and a welcome addition to the cast, DeHaan kills it in his Spider-Man debut.

Unfortunately, we really don’t see to much of the Rhino in the film. The character serves as a soft introduction for future installments and could have been replaced with anyone really. Paul Giamatti pretty cringe-worthy in the role to be honest, serving as nothing more than a caricature of a great villain. So far it seems that Aleksei Sytsevich, the man in the Rhino suit, is little else than a bad Russian stereotype and doesn’t feature any of the better qualities the character exudes in the comics or even the man animated series’. Here’s to hoping that gets rectified in future installments.

The less said about this guy, the better.

The less said about this guy, the better.

As far as large positives go, the film as a whole does a great job of instilling hope, taking it away, and then restoring it. For me there were a ton of high notes in the story, including an awesome chase/fight scene between Spidey and Electro that’s reminiscent of a video game boss battle.There’s also one moment in particular that fans of the lore may be expecting, and having that in the back of your mind makes this film heartbreaking at times, maybe even more so than not anticipating it at all.

On the down side, the symbolism is heavy throughout the film, and quite frankly it wore on me the entire two and a half hours of the film until it’s all brought full circle at the end. On top of that, there was a particular scene where some licensed music felt a bit forced and out of place, but to its credit, the lyrics of the song resonate with the plot of the film in a way that is almost eerie. The only other real negative that stood out to me is the mishandling of Aunt May. You almost get the feeling that there were more scenes with her that were left on the cutting room floor, leaving you scratching your head as to why she gets screen time on her own during the climax of the film while so many more important things are going on.

Overall, the emotional roller coaster that is this film is a fun ride, but may not be one that sticks with viewers who aren’t fans of the series. For those that are though, you’re in for a hell of a romp. While I don’t consider myself an outwardly emotional person, I was brought close to tears on more than one occasion. By the conclusion of the film the franchise is thrusted in a new direction with plenty of interesting places it could go from here.

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Long story short, here’s the rundown:

+ Stone and Garfield’s onscreen chemistry is electrifying.

+ Spidey and Electro’s video game-esque battle.

+Dane freakin’ DeHaan, man.

+Eventually everything comes full circle, leaving the franchise in a new, interesting place.

– The Rhino

– Aunt May’s solo scenes

– Symbolism is heavy-handed at times.

– No J. Jonah (C’mon!)

OVERALL SCORE: 9.0 – While there are a fair share of negatives, the positives of the film make them easy to forget. This is honestly the Spider-Man film fans have been pining for for decades.