X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

Brian Peterson

The latest film to the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse exploded on the big screen in a huge way. The follow-up to Days of Future Past brought its own twists to the X-Men universe and was a delight to watch. This installment is targeted to the series fans, and is not really made for the casual filmgoer. Now if you haven’t seen the other X-men films you really will want to check out First Class and Days of Future Past to fully understand the film but it is not necessary and you will be able to follow the film without any problems.

One thing they did right was to build up pivotal characters in moving ways. We were able to see Magneto as a normal and productive member of society with a loving family. Seeing this torn away from him is the most moving and saddening scene of the whole movie. Michael Fassbender truly captured the spirit of the complex character, who isn’t bad at heart, but finds himself caught up in doing things that are horrible for what he feels is the greater good. It was also delightful to see the relationship between Charles and Magneto; they give off the impression of blood brothers. No matter how much I dislike what my brother is doing or stands for, NO ONE will hurt my brother.

With a running time of a little over 2-½ hours I wish they would have been able to show a more in depth backstory of the new Horsemen of Apocalypse. We get a wonderful telling for Magneto, but due to this the lack of backstory for Psylocke doesn’t do the character any justice. I feel filmgoers will just be left wondering why she was even picked. Angel is given a better story with some early film interaction with Nightcrawler which helps set up his willingness to join Apocalypse.

The action scenes in the film are well put together with a decent amount of fan service. We are given a few scenes of Quicksilver’s blazing speed done in the same fashion as they did in Days of Future Past. Series fans well be thrilled by the savage Hugh Jackman cameo as Weapon X. The film does a nice job of letting the young mutants show the utility of their abilities for the first time on a mission. While the final battle of the movie was visually impressive and offered a good selection of unique fights between the different X-men and Horsemen serious fans of the series will see the end coming. We also get some well-placed laughs that help break up the heavy overtone of the movie.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the movie, it offered a good balance between storytelling and action sequences. The CGI and visual effects are top notch with some really impressive displays of multiple effects in the same scene. The character development was a little hit or miss, with some characters having profound and moving reasons for what they were doing and others that seemed to just be along for the ride. The need to watch the two previous movies to get a full understanding of the character interactions could be a setback for some although the backstory isn’t required for the plot to move along.

Rating: Fan

It is a must see film for fans of comic/ superhero movies with the casual fan finding it to be hit or miss.

What I Want From Trinity

What I Want From Trinity

What I Want from Trinity

Brian Peterson

With the announcement of the Rebirth of the DC comic universe one of the upcoming titles is Trinity featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. I am absolutely stoked to get my hands on this. While I am already a huge fan of the caped crusader and the man of steel, Wonder Woman is a hero I have only really appreciated in the last few years. DC could have comic gold on their hands if they handle this correctly, since the dynamic between these three super heroes is vastly different and unique. From god to demi-god to man they all have their own personalities and struggles that make the reader gravitate towards one of them.

I want to see Superman be the moral backbone of the team. As the strongest member of the trinity it would be a shame to me if DC doesn’t use Superman’s moral compass as a pillar of strength and guidance for the others. Seeing a harsher Batman and a war-forged Wonder Woman having to learn how to not only deal with but live by Superman’s lofty beliefs will create some fascinating interpersonal dialogue that will be delightful to see come to page. Clark also needs to have his own struggles with his beliefs and determining whether or not they are correct for the given situation. I do not want him to throw what makes him who he is away but he should have to make really tough decisions regarding his beliefs and he should have to stick up for them as well.

Batman needs to show us that he truly is the “World’s Greatest Detective.” This aspect of Batman’s mythos I feel has been lacking as of late, While Batman is still Batman it would be delightful to see him pull some Sherlock Holmes level of super sleuthing. He needs to be the team’s go to for direction. With Clark being a reporter and Diana being a warrior princess they both are not as well equipped to determine what may be going on. Bruce shouldn’t spend all his time in the bat cave either, he needs to be in the forefront lurking in the shadows as the stealth element of the trio. A new mech-suit like the Hell Bat suit he used to pummel Darkseid with would be comic candy for Batman fans. This would be a cool tool to have in the arsenal to pull out in time of great need.

Wonder Woman has to be a commanding presence that keeps the boys in check. In the day and age where comics are having to be more PC it is easy to think Wonder Woman is just the token plug in so there is a female character in the comic. Let me make this clear, Wonder Woman is a wonderfully designed hero who can go toe to toe with anyone in the DC or Marvel universe. I want to see DC portray her as both the beautiful kind princess and the battle hardened warrior who commands the respect of other due to this status. Her character needs to be powerful but not overbearing. With Batman and Superman being opposite sides of the same coin she will have to keep the both of them in check, depending on what point of Bruce and Clark’s relationship we will be seeing they are could still be closer to enemies than allies.

I am expecting to see some new villains for the three to overcome as well as some familiar faces from each of their respective universes. Don’t find yourself too surprised if they have to fend off Darkseid or stop the might of Aries. With a release date set for this fall and as a monthly release you will have plenty of time to go update your subscription at your local shop. DC is also lowering their comic prices to $2.99 an issue. With DC promising that the biggest secret on the DC universe being shared with Rebirth I for one can’t wait to be pulled in.

Captain America: Traitor

Captain America: Traitor

Captain America: Traitor

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Early on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, a man uttered two words that completely shook the very foundations of the Marvel Universe. The words: “Hail, Hydra!” The man, Steven Rogers, more commonly known as Captain America. How can this be, and what could possibly make Cap actually say these words and pledge loyalty to the evil organization that is Hydra? According to recent interviews with writer Nick Spencer, and editor Tom Brevoort this isn’t anything new, and is actually Captain Rogers’ true allegiance…and has been for the past 75 years.

If Marvel writer Nick Spencer, and editor Tom Brevoort are to be believed then this means that the single most respected superhero in the Marvel Universe (the one known for his honesty, integrity, patriotism, and who is being the very epitome of what makes a hero a hero) has always been nothing more than a traitor. This means that Cap would join the ranks of such illustrious personages as Aldrich Ames, The Rosenbergs, and the venerable Benedict Arnold. While the brains behind this decision at Marvel aren’t giving a whole lot hints, foreshadowing, or even simple explanations, they do say that Steve and his mom joined Hydra back in the 1920’s when they were recruiting among the “disenfranchised and disaffected” around the world at this time.

There is only one possible response, which is to quote one of Earth’s Mightiest Hero’s and declare: “I Say Thee Nay!”

Needless to say, this hasn’t exactly been the most popular decision to come out of the Marvel offices in recent years, and has generated a lot of reactions from fans such as myself. It is being reported that this decision has been generating email very similar in nature to the death of Captain America at the end of the Civil War story arc. While Civil War definitely pulled at the heartstrings and made people think, this latest decision seems to be nothing more than a slap in the face of all the fans. Let me give you a slight warning right now…there is a bit of a rant coming.

As I have stated in previous articles and reviews, I am a major Captain America fanboy. I have been following the comics for roughly the past 30 years, and I cannot find one redeeming value in this decision story wise. Cap has been pretty much the moral conscious of the Marvel Universe, and to find out that this has been nothing more than a lie, is more than a bit hard to swallow. Even looking at this dispassionately (which is admittedly very hard for me) no one is capable of keeping up a façade like this for that length of time. Even Loki in his various schemes where he impersonated people was not able to keep it going for that length of time…and he had magic on his side.

I can understand the want and need to sell issues that drives publishers, but lately it seems like that is the only factor in any decisions that are being made. Fans are willing to go through a lot for a comic and character that they love, there is a limit to what they will put up with. Decisions such as this frankly ask that audience to suspend so much of their disbelief, and ignore three quarters of a century of fully developed back story and precedent to believe. Are we really supposed to believe that Steve was willing to work with an organization that kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed one of his oldest friends? Or that Hydra would really order the death of their most successful and highly placed deep cover agent in history? (Which is what they would have had to do at the end of Civil War, when it came out that Sharon Carter was a brainwashed agent of Hydra herself.)

These are only two of the examples that could be given how the history of this character simply works against a decision such as this. While it is totally within the rights of Marvel to try and sell as many issues as they possibly can of their titles, they really do need to stop making decision such as this simply to pander to the lowest common denominator (which is the casual reader or fan) in an attempt to pad their wallets. Thankfully there is hope to be had that this is only a temporary situation, since a recent comment made by Brevoort states:

it’s really Steve Rogers and not some clone, shapeshifting Skrull, Life Model Decoy or a Cap from an alternate universe.

Tom Brevoort

Executive Editor, Marvel Comics

Notice that there was no mention of brainwashing. I can only hope that this decision doesn’t last too long, nor do too much damage to the character that I love so much.

CW Will Have Massive Superhero TV Crossover

CW Will Have Massive Superhero TV Crossover

CW Will Have Massive Superhero TV Crossover

Bob McFadden

As we speculated when the news dropped that Supergirl would be making the jump to CW, this has increased the potential for future crossovers. Mark Pedowitz, head of CW, has confirmed this in a press conference on May 19, 2016, excitedly commenting, “Just imagine what our superhero crossover episode is going to look like come December.” Perhaps exceeding all of our expectations, this mega-crossover will involve all four of the DC Comics shows, including Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Pedowitz referred to this crossover as “the biggest one ever,” while also using language that suggests that this may even become an annual regularity with their TV properties. All of these characters coming together is the television equivalent of Captain America: Civil War, and is definitely something to be excited about. And we’re not the only ones who are excited. Pedowitz seems super pumped to have these shows all under roof. He feels that Supergirl should have been on The CW from the start, commenting, “The fact it’s now moved to the CW, where it should have been in the first place, I don’t think it will have a big impact on the tone,” as he looks forward to continuing the show on the good path it was already on. Hopefully many of the existing Supergirl fans from when it was on CBS will follow the series to the CW and continue to watch, and with any luck, the move to the CW will rake in even more viewers of the series. With a DC Comics show occupying a slot on four of its five weekday nights in 2016, the initials CW has basically come to mean Comic Watching, with Supergirl on Monday, The Flash on Tuesday, Arrow on Wednesday, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays. Before the season is all over, they will take a page out of comic books to combine for a huge crossover event. Who would have known a decade ago that Comic Books would be so core in pop culture that there would be a major broadcast network that is practically dedicated to them? What a time to be alive!

Harley Quinn to Receive Film Treatment

Harley Quinn to Receive Film Treatment

Harley Quinn to Receive Film Treatment

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Just in case you haven’t heard the good news, DC and Warner Brothers have announced that they will be doing a Harley Quinn based movie featuring Margot Robbie. In a recent article posted by The Hollywood Reporter it was announced that DC is going to be doing a Harley Quinn movie, with Margot Robbie reprising her upcoming role. The thing is though, this is not going to be a solo movie despite what many people may have thought.

Instead, it is going to be focusing on multiple female characters from the DC universe. For example, there has been talk that the movie will include characters such as Poison Ivy, Katana (who will be seen in Suicide Squad), and Bumblebee. While it has also been stated that Batgirl will be showing up, it has not been announced which Batgirl. Additionally, it has also been suggested that the movie may contain the all-girl team Birds of Prey.

It’s going to be interesting to see if they will go with the original Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), or if they will be utilizing the newer one portrayed by Cassandra Cain. Considering that these movies are considered part of the expanded cinematic universe, and that Ben Affleck will be appearing as Batman in the Suicide Squad movie, and the messed up Robin suit that was shown in Batman v Superman which strongly hinted at The Killing Joke, I really wouldn’t be surprised if they went with Cassandra Cain. While she is by no means my favorite Batgirl, she does do a respectable job all things considered. I just wish that DC would move away from trying to “reform” former assassins by turning them into heroes.

I do have some issues with this announcement though. While I would love to see a standalone move for any of these heroines or villainesses, I can’t help but wonder about the timing and the reasoning behind it. Keep in mind what I said previous, I am all for any of these characters getting a movie of their own. However, this is only the third superhero style movie that has been announced where the main characters will be female. You have to wonder if the only reason that this has been announced is due to the ongoing controversy over the lack of female leads in the comics and comic movies. Frankly, it makes me think that Warner Brothers and DC are pandering just a little bit to some casual fans who haven’t really read the comics very much over the years. In many ways it is similar to what Marvel and Disney did over the past year by making Jane Foster the current Thor.

In the end, while I am excited that they are going to be making a Harley Quinn movie, I am also more than a little wary of getting burned. Let’s just say that I am being cautiously optimistic about the whole thing and leave it at that.

Someone Will Die in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale

Someone Will Die in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale

Someone Will Die in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale

Bob McFadden
Tread carefully, spoilers lay ahead.

“I don’t know when, but someone on our team is gonna die.” Daisy struggles to get the words out after seeing it happen in vision firsthand.

When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first returned from its winter break with S3E11, it opened with a flash-forward to “three months from now”. The camera first focuses on a planet that looks like earth, and then we watch the camera dolly back to reveal more about the scene. First we see that we are in a spaceship, and then as the camera continues to move backward, we see droplets of blood suspended in zero gravity. Then a cross necklace floats by. And finally, we see the (in my opinion, female) body that the blood and necklace must belong to. The shot zooms in on the drifting corpse to focus on a logo that identifies the body as belonging to a (former) S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Then the spaceship explodes. We are reminded again of this flash-forward at the end of S3E15 when Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) touches an Inhuman named Charles’ hand. Charles’ Inhuman power is to give anyone who touches him visions of death. This is where she actually has the vision of a dead S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that we had already seen in the mid-season premiere.

 

So, here we are, not quite three months from the original flash-forward, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a deadly two-hour Season 3 Finale this Tuesday (May 17, 2016) at 9 eastern/8 central. The two-part finale will be comprised of E21 “Absolution” and E22 “Ascension”. An ABC newsletter sent out to subscribers describes the finale as follows: “Ready for Battle: Director Coulson and his team race against time to stop Hive from unleashing his warhead upon the world. Not everyone will survive what lies ahead. Watch as Daisy’s dark prediction comes true in the must-see 2-hour season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fallen Agent.”

“Who will die?” a narrator dramatically asks in this week’s TV promo. We know that when the spaceship explodes, the cross necklace is inside of it. The cross necklace also makes multiple appearances in the promo, appearing at the same time as the words “die” and “shatter” are spoken. So who has the necklace?

By the end of the most recent episode, Mack has it. But in this week’s sneak-peek, we see an interaction between Mack (Henry Simmons) and Elena/Yo-yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley). Elena criticizes Mack for working too slowly, and Mack reminds her of the seriousness of their situation. (They are attempting to rescue hostages while in grave danger of being killed by Hive.) Elena is wearing a fail-safe vest that will kill her if triggered. She asks Mack if he would actually use it. Throughout the second half of this season, they have been building up the relationship between Mack and Elena, which gives the idea of him being responsible for pulling that trigger a little more dramatic flair. His grave expression suggests that he would, in fact, pull it if necessary. She replies, “Good. Because I’d rather die than be anyone’s slave.”

Well, it seems like she might get her wish, because in the closing second of the sneak-peek, Mack hands her cross necklace back to her.

 

That is, unless she refuses to take it. Which would explain why they would’ve posted this seemingly blatant spoiler before the episode airs. It would also make sense as to why they cut off the clip so quickly, before you can see her response. In that case, it may be Mack who gets the figurative ax/shotgun combination. However, I PRAY that this does not happen. After the killings of Trip (B.J. Britt) and now Andrew/Lash (Blair Underwood) I cannot handle the loss of another awesome minority character from the team.

So my best guess (and hope) is that Yo-yo has seen her last spin. Tune in on Tuesday (5/17/16) to see who dies for yourself.

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