Top Best Villains in the MCU (So Far)

To continue my month of leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, this second week is all about the villains. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quite incredible. All of the work that has been done to build up this fleshed out universe on both the big and small screen is impressive. However, there have been some issues throughout the phases of the MCU, especially early on. One of the biggest flaws has been the villains. Most of the villains are bland or feel too similar to the hero, which is not to say that they are all terrible. Some have ranged from quite good to fantastic. In this list, I will rank the top best villains we have seen in the MCU so far. Pitting against the best of the best we have seen. The picks I have here might get controversial and the fact that this is not a full list of every villain, but these are my picks on who I enjoyed the most or the most sympathetic or who got closest to destroying our heroes. The list here is a focus on the big screen characters from the films. Before this list, I would like to make a few honorable mentions from the TV shows. In Daredevil, Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) who was sympathetic, intimidating, and a powerful force that gave a great challenge to our blind hero. Next from Luke Cage, Cottonmouth aka Cornell Stokes (Mahershala Ali) who was charismatic, sympathetic, and an intelligent gangster. Finally, from Jessica Jones season 1 we had Killgrave (David Tennant) who was vile, evil, sadistic and had an interesting origin story. His run as the psychopath with mind control powers was phenomenal. Check out all of those shows for these fantastic villains. Seriously, these people are some of my favorites from any show or movie. Now let us dive into the best villains that we have seen so far in the MCU.

#8: Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Ultron (James Spader) made a lot of people feel he was insignificant compared to Loki in the second Avengers film. This is true, but James Spader put on such a great performance that helped ignore some of the flaws in the character’s development and other issues in the film. The ties that will make a lasting impact later in the MCU such as Black Panther when we see Klaw (Andy Serkis) who has found a replacement for his arm. What gets Ultron on the list is James Spader’s performance that brings the robotic villain to life. Tony Stark had a vision for this defense system that blows up in his face majorly. The guilt he feels steers him in the direction that we see in Civil WarULTRON

#7: Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)

The goddess of death is a force to reckon with especially looking at the problems that occur in Asgard. How could I not put Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) sister on here? She destroyed Mjolner -a piece of information that I did not know going in- which made me horrified of her. Cate Blanchett did a phenomenal job to make for an intimidating villain in a hilarious film. Her power was so great that she took our Thor’s hammer and his eye. The only way to destroy her had the consequence of destroying Asgard by summoning Surtur (Clancy Brown). Her impact on Thor and Loki’s side of the MCU is gigantic. Infinity War needs to address a lot such as Thor informing his friends back on Earth on what happened and his new weapon which is supposedly an ax.HELA

#6: Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Now one of the Avengers, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) was previously known as the Winter Soldier. For people like myself who had no idea who he was, this mysterious masked man with a powerful arm was quite intriguing. What makes him on this spot on my list is the relationship connection with him to Captain America and what we learn in Civil War when the reveal happens that he killed Tony’s parents. Of course, he was being controlled to do these things, but his actions lend to an excellent villain. He is powerful arm with extensive training and struggles with the memory loss of his friend Steve Rogers makes for a strong and complex character. He was the most sympathetic antagonist so far in the MCU who eventually turns good. It will be interesting getting a full movie with Infinity War when Bucky fights with his new friends to take down Thanos.wintersoldier.png

#5: Helmut Zemo (Captain America: Civil War)

Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is cunning, intelligent, and has had the closest success in defeating the Avengers. His plan to split them apart and fight against each other almost worked. Towards the end of the film as we learn about his motivations, he becomes one of the most sympathetic villains in the MCU. It is difficult to not feel for the guy. That is why his defeat hit so hard when watching, but we have to stand by our heroes.HELMUT ZEMO.jpg

#4: Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

Ego (Kurt Russell) almost seemed like a protagonist throughout the film. You had the feeling when watching that he must be the antagonist -unless you are a reader of the comics- but were never too sure. Kurt Russell always being so charismatic in every role that makes it hard not to love him no matter who he is playing. I wanted him to be a good guy and the father that Peter (Chris Pratt) never had when he was growing up. The reveal of his evil plan to expand and destroy every planet on top of what he did to Peter’s mother drew the line as to who he really was. One of my favorite moments from any MCU film is when he tells Peter that he planted the tumor in his mother, his eyes stop glowing, and he unloads his guns into Ego. His impact may not have been that large on the MCU as a whole, but Peter’s background has been fleshed out more. Peter, one of the most loveable heroes, is now better and stronger than ever now that he has defeated his father.EGO.jpg

#3: Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Vulture (Michael Keaton) seemed like a generic criminal who gets a fancy suit. However, with a combination of making him sympathetic and Michael Keaton’s excellent portrayal, he is one of my favorite villains. He is a man who wants best for his family. After a bad situation and no idea on what else to do, he turns to crime. At first, nobody is getting hurt, but the road he has gone down is a slippery slope. I felt exactly how Peter (Tom Holland) when the door to his homecoming date’s house opened and the reveal that Adrian Toomes aka Vulture is Liz’s (Laura Harrier) father. My heart was pounding at this intense scene. Despite him figuring out who Peter is, he still does not want to kill him. Peter’s determination to stop his criminal behavior is what breaks Adrian to the point that he has no other choice, but to kill Spider-Man. It will be difficult to top this antagonist for the next adventure for Peter Parker.VULTURE

#2: Killmonger (Black Panther)

Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) is not only a worthy foe for Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) but even a sympathetic villain who won over audiences around the world. His motives are concise and a cause that many people can get behind. The flaws within him are what makes him such an antagonistic character, but there is a part of him that is decent. The betrayal and loss that he feels from his family, the government and Wakanda are greatly felt by the audience too. kilmonger.jpg

#1: Loki (Avengers)

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is always up to something, powerful, charismatic, and funny. To most people, he is the best villain, to which I agree. He is phenomenal and continues to with his upcoming role in Infinity War. Even at the point of losing, he always has another plan. The brilliance of his character to enjoyable and keeps both the Avengers and the audience on their toes. The relationship between him and Thor is complicated, especially seeing as they develop more with each film. After eighteen movies, he is still number one.The-avengers-loki.jpg

That concludes this list of my favorite villains that we have seen so far on the big screen in the MCU. I will continue these types of lists to build up to Avengers: Infinity War. Be sure to post your top favorites whether it is top 5 or even every villain in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out my other article for week one right here to see some facts that you may not have known about the MCU. Stay tuned because there are two more weeks of lists before my review for Infinity War.

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10 MCU Facts That You (Probably) Didn’t Know

By the end of this month, Avengers: Infinity War comes out. To celebrate this milestone for Marvel, I will be writing an article every week about the MCU to build up to the release of Infinity War. You can expect a review of that film the weekend that it releases, but let’s dive right into the first week. With 18 movies that are full of easter eggs, small details that build up to other films, and even some bloopers that made it into the final cut of the movie. This list comprises of ten things that you (probably) did not know about the MCU.

#1: Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter drops the ball

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In the first Guardians of the Galaxy, we are introduced to The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) who explains the powerful orb to our heroes. This turns out to be the power infinity stone that Thanos gets his hands on in Avengers: Infinity War. Peter (Chris Pratt) hands the orb but ends up dropping it and quickly makes a recovery. This was a complete accident, but director James Gunn loved it. Not only did he like it, but Chris Pratt played it off so well by staying in character, most people assume that it was on purpose. Dropping this all-powerful orb seemed perfectly fitting to Peter’s character. Maybe Chris took on this role because Peter looked a bit relatable.

 

#2: Bruce Banner’s attempt at suicide can be seen

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If you remember in the first Avengers movie that Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) divulges his attempt on suicide. Due to the rating being PG: 13, we were never shown this scene from The Incredible Hulk. This is back when Edward Norton was Bruce, who would eventually be replaced by Mark in The Avengers. That discussion is not only a great throwback to a deleted scene, but adds a lot to Bruce Banner as a character. You can view this by the deleted scenes from The Incredible Hulk or on YouTube.

 

#3: There is only one time that Robert Downey Jr. wears the Iron Man suit

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That is right, he does not actually wear the suit. In the first Iron Man, there is a full suit with some added CGI to bring everything to life. After the film’s release, Downey saw that there was no need for the suit because the CGI is that good. The suit was bulky and uncomfortable anyways, which is not a huge surprise because massive costumes are notorious for being a pain to wear. Ever since that first film, everything has been entirely digital as Robert focuses on bringing his best performance and bring Tony Stark to life.

 

#4: Chris Evans did not want anything to do with Captain America

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It is hard to imagine the MCU without people like Chris Evans, but things could have turned out in a way that would have a different actor as Captain America. Due to his poor experience as the Human Torch in the awful Fantastic Four movies, he turned down the role for Captain America three times. The person at Marvel who thought to keep asking Chris for this role is either the most annoying person ever or a genius. The answer is a mix of the two. Chris Evans negotiated a contract that made him more comfortable and decided to go for it. Now it has worked out wonderfully for him.

 

#5: Paul Bettany’s first time meeting the cast was in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Paul Bettany has been J.A.R.V.I.S. since the beginning of the MCU, but this voice work has made him unable to actually work in person with Robert Downey Jr. or any other cast member. When casted to play as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, this was his first chance to work with cast members in person. In an interview with Business Insider Paul Bettany spoke about this process by saying, “It’s really lovely to finally be working with these people that I’ve been working with for 10 years already,” says Bettany. “It’s a bunch of really creative, talented, funny people who are all playing at the top of their game, and I don’t just mean the cast — who were incredibly welcoming — but I also mean Kevin Feige and [executive producer] Jeremy Latcham and Joss Whedon. They really know how to make these movies.”

 

#6: Hulk’s new voice

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For the longest time Lou Ferrigno has been the voice actor for Hulk, but in Thor: Ragnarok the voice is now Mark Ruffalo. Yes, he was never the previous voice for Hulk. He always played as just Bruce Banner and Hulk in motion capture. Now it is full performance capture by his actions and performing the dialog for the giant green hero.

 

#7: Vin Diesel actually knows what Groot is saying

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You would think how simple Vin Diesel’s life must be to say such simple lines for his role as Groot. However, there is more depth than anyone felt that there was. On Twitter, James Gunn revealed that only him and Vin have a particular script that translates what Groot is saying in English. This added depth certainly helps Vin Diesel understand his character a lot more. Plus he is able to follow along with some added depth that most people will never have.

 

#8: Tom Holland got only some of the script for Avengers: Infinity War

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Tom Holland is excellent at two things: playing as arguably the best Spider-Man and for spoiling significant parts of movies. He was given only some sections of Infinity War to know his role, but as much information was kept from him as possible. These precautions were taken to make sure nothing was spoiled in future interviews, social media, or to anyone he comes across. In an interview Good Morning America with Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch, who stops Tom from a spoiler, we can see it for ourselves on how tempted he was to divulge some information because he genuinely gets excited about his work.

 

#9: Star Wars tribute with severed hands

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Fans may have caught on that a lot of hands were severed in phase two. The reason is Star Wars. In an interview with Cinema Blend Kevin Feige says, ” So I’m obsessed with Star Wars – and it didn’t start out as intentional, but it became intentional, including that beat that you referenced. It sort of happens in every Star Wars movie, but I was sort of looking at it, ‘Okay, is Phase Two our Empire Strikes Back?’ Not really, but tonally things are a little different. Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two movie. Every single one.”

 

#10: We almost saw Captain Marvel sooner

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In 2019 we will get our first female MCU film, Captain Marvel. Initially, she was going to be featured at the last scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Joss Whedon wanted her to make her debut here, but not only being a disservice to the character but met some resistance from Kevin Feige. Fans would have wanted more female heroes earlier, but people are generally satisfied that there is a confirm for her debut to be in 2019.

 

That is it for this list for my build up to Avengers: Infinity War. Comment below on anything that you find interesting that people may not know about the MCU or just about the facts above.  Expect more lists to come out to build the hype for the big battle with Thanos.

 

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10 Video Game Franchises That Went Downhill

Video game franchises are great for everyone when done right. Publishers and developers will have an IP that will continue to generate them money forever if it is successful enough. For gamers, you fall in love with the games because of the story or gameplay or any other reason depending on the game. However, some franchises go for too long. Everything starts off great but feels like a cash grab by extending the story too long or get lazy by putting in less content. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of franchises that have declined in quality. Some of those will survive forever no matter what, while some might be gone forever because of a few bad titles. Let’s check out some game franchises that have gone downhill over the years.

1. Gears of War

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Gears of War was one of the best exclusives that Xbox had. This franchise had brutal gameplay, awesome weapons, cheesy story and characters to make for an over the top game that felt like an 80s sci-fi action flick. The first three games were fantastic. Adding new elements to gameplay and expanding the story to its conclusion. Then we got two more games that were terrible. They lost the spirit of the franchise that made it what it was. The last game Gear of War 4 fell flat by not getting much attention. This was a beloved franchise that is dying in an era in which Xbox does not have many great exclusives. This is a significant hit with Xbox fans and Microsoft.
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2. Call of Duty

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Despite the amount of money it makes, the fan reactions vary with these games. Always accessible and can be fun, but the games are not the same as they used to be. With the last few entries getting lukewarm to flat out hostile responses from fans, things were getting rocky for Call of Duty. The previous entry in the franchise brought the game back to its roots. If you read my review of Call of Duty WW2, then you would know that the franchise took some steps forward, but takes some steps back because of the inclusion of loot boxes and various other issues. To determine whether or not the series will go up or down from that entry is up to the individual, but my bets are on the downward trend. No matter what happens, Call of Duty will stay and make a ridiculous amount of money each year.
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3. Halo

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This one breaks my heart because of all the fond memories of the first three games. Halo changed the game for both Xbox and the first person shooter genre as a whole. Sadly, the games should have ended after the third entry. Some love a few of the games after, but from Halo 4 and 5 that changes. I am sure plenty still love those games, but the quality has gone down since 343 took over. Just like Gears of War, there was a solid end to the series that could have ended it on a high note. However, the story had to continue and got more ridiculous as it went on. Understandably this is for money and one of the biggest exclusives for Xbox. The truth is that no matter how much people may like or dislike the new entries, the original first three were exceptional during the original Xbox and Xbox 360.halo 3

4. Silent Hill

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Is it safe to say that we all hate Konami? I will say yes because of everything that happened from P.T., Kojima, and Metal Gear Survive as evidence that this company as a whole has gone downhill. The first few games were some of the best horror games could deliver back in the day. After some entries that fell in quality and lacked a positive reception from fans or critics, the Silent Hill games went to sleep. Right when the franchise could have made history with the upcoming collaboration between Kojima, Norman Reedus, and Guillermo Del Toro, Konami shut it down. That began the drama between the company and Kojima. What also started because of that was the potential death sentence to the Silent Hill games.
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5. Sonic the Hedgehog

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This is a franchise that is not for everyone, but die-hard fans will always be out there. A classic from Sega that lasted over a decade of being beloved by its fans. It got to a certain point in which the franchise was heading down a dangerous road. The games expanded to the point that left the original ideas were left behind in which lost what made these games so beloved. The gaming world has changed dramatically too. Some games can manage like Mario, but Sonic has not had the same luck. Sega as a whole has not been as relevant which lead to the stack of reasons to the franchise’s decline. The most pertinent news is that there is a film being made might spark up interest in the blue hedgehog, but with the trend that video game movies have made in the past, the best guess is that the film will fail to win over gamers.sonic_naoto_interview.jpg

6. Tony Hawk Pro Skater

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As someone who hates sports, especially in video games, I can say that the old Tony Hawk Pro Skater games were awesome. Great music, a variety of fun characters of both real skaters and fun fictional ones, excellent maps, and solid gameplay made for one great franchise. Sadly, the games are not what they used to be like the early 2000s. Then the gimmicky Tony Hawk: Ride came along which was marketed heavily for being so different. The appeal was there, but when players got their hands on it, the game was quickly forgotten. The final nail in the coffin came in 2015’s Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. The game was incredibly buggy, poor gameplay, and felt like a quick cash grab. Fans and critics hated it so much that it is questionable whether this franchise can be revived. On top of that Tony Hawk does not work alongside Activision, so how could anyone want a new entry without Tony Hawk being involved in some capacity?tony hawk

7. Medal of Honor

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The decline of Medal of Honor came in 2012 from the game’s final entry Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Due to poor reviews and sales, EA has even said that there will not be any more games in the series. The last entry came with bugs, not good gameplay, annoying and confusing campaign, and flat out dumb AI. Along with the main juggernauts being Call of Duty and Battlefield which made it even harder for these games to stand on their own two feet in the military FPS genre. A brutal death to a franchise that was once great and beloved by so many fans is sad to see.medalofhonor.png

8. Dead Rising

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The first Dead Rising was profoundly flawed but was excellent. The game was at its best regarding the story, characters, and gameplay. The next entries added some great elements such as combining weapons and cooperative gameplay with a friend throughout the entire game. Sadly, the game was missing something from the first game. Gameplay felt too goofy, and the writing became too ridiculous. The first game was hilarious but had a balance of seriousness. The second game had that too but was missing the feel of the gameplay from the first entry plus any compelling characters. The games became less creative and found a formula to copy from the second game. The latest entry promised to go back to their roots but felt more like an insult. Gameplay did not expand much except for some concepts introduced from the previous game along with a story that feels like a slap in the face to anyone who was a fan of the original game. With poor sales, it is another Xbox exclusive that is on thin ice.
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9. Mass Effect

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This is the biggest failure in recent gaming history. After years of development and teases, the fans of Mass Effect got a new game that would have started a new trilogy in the franchise. However, Mass Effect Andromeda came to have terrible dialog, poor voice acting, lack of customization, and flooded with bugs not only left this game with a bad taste in many people’s mouths. The game got some solid reviews, but fans were not happy. The negative word of mouth outweighed the game’s positive reviews and solid sales figures to leave the franchise at a red light that may never go green again.masseffect.jpg

#1 Bomberman

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Bomberman is not entirely doomed, but the lukewarm response to Super Bomberman R leaves the franchise in a questionable state. The game is simple and fun, but many complain about the bugs, short campaign, and not as fun without friends. The game was surrounded by a discussion that was usually negative towards the game while still looking at the potential it had. As a quickly forgotten title by many, this could go either way from becoming a franchise that one day dies or will have an incredible comeback.bomberman

Those were the games that I feel have declined whether in overall quality or by looking at sales between various entries. What are some franchises that you feel have gotten worse as they continued?

10 Games that Need a Sequel

Game development takes years of hard work. Even when a game is announced the release date still could be years away. Every year there are dozens of great games that come out. If a game is an absolute high level of quality, it can sting when you do not get a sequel. Here we will be looking at 10 games that need a sequel. Some of these games are having sequels that are in the making or that we can assume that there will be another in the future. However, some of these games we may never get a sequel ever. Let’s look at some games and just hope that as many of these as possible can arrive one day.

10. LA Noire (Release date: May 17, 2011)

If Rockstar has its name on a game, then you will go on a gripping adventure in whatever game they are delivering. Even though it was Team Bondi who developed the game, the game felt like a typical Rockstar game. This 2011 police drama put the player in the shoes of a detective in L.A. in the late 1940s. Each significant chapter of the game sees the protagonist Cole Phelps rise through different departments within the police force. Excellent voice acting and writing with great gameplay. Since the game just received a remaster last year, maybe Rockstar will think about developing a sequel after a few years of supporting Red Dead Redemption 2.lanoire.jpg

9. Bioshock (Last entry: Bioshock Infinite. Released: March 26, 2013)

The first and third games in the Bioshock franchise are incredible despite being polar opposites. I don’t mention the second game because I personally never played and the game received a lukewarm response. However, the first game delivered a gripping story in a terrifying environment. The first game is legendary. The last entry in 2013, Bioshock Infinite was straight action instead of action-horror. Still, the characters were phenomenally written and acted. Along with an excellent story that ties itself to the other games. The possibilities are quite extensive on what the series could deliver if a fourth entry were to be made. With no signs of a sequel, all we can do is hope.246-bioshock_gamepage_bg

8. Borderlands (Last entry: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Released: October 14, 2014)

This wacky cartoon shooter is coming out with another game in the series. However, nobody knows when this will happen. Hints have been made by 2K Games, but there is not much information to go by. Maybe this E3 we will finally get a trailer, gameplay, or even a release date. With the announcement being made a few years ago at this point, a third game can come out any year at this point. Fingers crossed for a 2018 release date.Borderlands-the-pre-sequel

7. Left 4 Dead (Last entry: Left 4 Dead 2. Release date: November 17, 2009)

This one is a stretch about whether or not we will ever get another Left 4 Dead game. This is easily one of the most fun cooperative games out there. Playing against players or the AI. Either way, these games are phenomenal. The problem is that Valve is making so much money on Steam, there is no reason for them to make another game. The standard joke about the company not being able to count to three is accurate. There is no Half-Life 3, no Left 4 Dead 3, no Portal 3, and no Team Fortress 3. This one might forever live in our dreams and never be a reality.
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6. Elder Scrolls (Last entry: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Release date: November 11, 2011)

Back to another guarantee is another game in the Elder Scrolls franchise. The last entry boosted its popularity through the roof. Skyrim was my entry into the franchise and I fell in love. The games have a brilliant universe with a vast open world full of exciting quests. Even nonRPG fans can get into the series because of its simplicity can let new comers in and please the most experienced of RPG plauers. Bethesda has said that they will work on the game. You have to respect the company for sticking to their creative guns. Expanding themselves to other franchises like the brutally excellent DOOM reboot and the great stealth oriented Dishonor games shows that the company needs to stretch themselves to other projects outside of their most popular franchises. Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines has even said, “Quite honestly, [Bethesda Studios] didn’t want to be the developer that was just Elder ScrollsFalloutElder ScrollsFallout for the rest of their development careers…and you’ve got a lot of people in that studio who have been there for a really long time. They wanted to be able to self-determine things they worked on next, whether it was existing stuff [or] whether it was new IP.” He has an excellent point. Another Elder Scrolls will be released. Fans need to give the company time, and we will be able to slay as many dragons as we want in no time.
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5. Bully (Release date: October 17, 2006.)

Another excellent title by Rockstar. This open world game is like GTA without the murder and horrible crimes. Running around wrecking havoc around campus and the town is so much fun. Rockstar needs to dive into one of its older franchises after Red Dead Redemption 2, and this could be another excellent choice for the company. The amount of content they could add to a sequel would be excellent, especially with multiplayer. Imagine you and your friends in this game’s world as you ditch class and play pranks on unsuspecting students.bully.jpg

4. TimeSplitters (Last entry: TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. Release date: March 21, 2005)

Yes, I have written an entire article on this game before. No, I will not stop talking about how this game needs a new entry. TimeSplitters, especially its last entry, are some of the best FPS games ever. With the advances in gaming technology and how great online gaming is now, I can only imagine this game getting a modern look and feel to it. Even with just playing with friends and the AI back in the day, the games had a great campaign. The likelihood of another entry is dim, but never let go of hope. Especially if that hope allows for the possibility of a great game. timesplitters.png

3. Sunset Overdrive (Release date: October 28, 2014)

Many people are divided on this game. Many love it, but many do not. Even the people who did not like Sunset Overdrive would say that it is a great game, just not for everyone. Personally, this is the only exclusive on the Xbox One that I like. To me, it is the best Xbox exclusive and rivals any game ever made. This is easily one of my favorite games of all time. The game is beautifully stylized, hilariously written with excellent characters to drive the comedy further, insane gameplay, and great movement that is the entire base of the gameplay. Insomniac Games have said they would like to do a sequel, all they need is a publisher. Maybe after their upcoming Spider-Man game on the PS4, we can get a sequel if Sony makes a deal. sunsetoverdrive.jpg

2. Ratchet and Clank (Last entry: Ratchet & Clank. Release date: April 12, 2016)

Insomniac is one of my favorite companies. Their games often are beautifully stylized, brilliantly written, and excellent gameplay that is full of great weapons, gadgets, and fluid movement. No wonder they are making a Spider-Man game. One of their flagship franchises is Ratchet & Clank. This game is the definition of what I tend to think about when playing any game by Insomniac. The latest entry was a retelling of the first game in a way to tie in with the movie that came out around the same time back in 2016. I was able to refind my love for these games, and now I need another game as soon as possible. With the franchise being so popular among their catalog, it is possible to see another game in the future.ratchetandclank.jpg

1. Bloodborne (Release date: March 24, 2015)

From Software have knocked it out of the park with their last two games: Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne. This game looks stunning and like the Dark Souls games manage to be punishing while maintaining how much fun it really is. With a few tweaks to gameplay to make itself unique along with interesting lore delivers an incredible journey. There have been rumors about a potential sequel, and we may find out this E3. Hopefully, there will be an announcement because this game deserves a sequel. bloodborne.png

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5 Awesome Things About Avengers: Infinity War

As of writing, we are sixteen weeks away from Avengers: Infinity War. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this movie if you are a fan of the giant universe that has been built for the past ten years. The giant cast of characters coming together to face Thanos and his crew of baddies. These are five awesome things about Avengers: Infinity War.

  1. The first movie shot entirely with IMAX cameras

So, what is the big deal here? Well, there are a few reasons why this is amazing. If you have never seen a movie in IMAX, it is filmed using specific cameras that when shown on screen will fill out entirely. Normally movies will have the letterbox, the black bars on top and bottom of the screen. Every movie that is shot in IMAX uses it only for a few scenes. Take a Christopher Nolan movie such as Interstellar which will have the whole screen fill on your TV but only for certain moments. Before, Interstellar held a record for most footage using IMAX with more than an hour of the movie in this way. Usually, the IMAX shot is for something important, but Avengers: Infinity War will be shot this way entirely. The Russo brothers who are directing the film and have directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War wanted this movie to feel right, so getting the proper cameras is one of the many ways this is being done. This camera is the IMAX/Arri 2D digital camera which has been used previously on some scenes in Captain America: Civil War. The scale of this movie is unlike anything that has been done before with over 65 characters and being built up for the past ten years. Joe and Anthony Russo stated, “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.” This movie is going to be huge, and these brothers know how to make it look as big as possible.

2. Higher stakes than before

Every fan of the MCU is talking about who will die in this movie. Thanos is such a powerful villain and the fact that this has been building up for so long, there should be some higher stakes than previous movies in the MCU. Just looking at the source material, a lot of people die. It is safe to say that not as many deaths will occur in the movie because some of these heroes have movies slated in the next few years. Characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are all safe. Both new and old characters will come together, and many will see another day or in this case movie. Hawkeye, Captain America, and Iron Man are all potential deaths. Those older heroes who may not be needed in the next phase of the MCU could be killed off. Why a small character like Hawkeye? This can be a safe way to bring ramifications for our heroes as they fight this all-powerful being.  Instead of killing off a huge character, take a smaller character who brings a lot less to the table and kill them. This is just speculation, but it is safe to say that one or more characters will die. Another reason is the fact that the next phase for the MCU is starting soon. Captain America and Iron Man have been the main leaders for the MCU, but someone else will be leading the charge for phase four. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explains in an interview with Fandango, “This five-movie arc, which is a lot of movies. From Civil War to Homecoming, to Infinity War, Untitled [Avengers 4] and Homecoming 2″ said Feige. “That’s a big chunk of Peter Parker that’s never been explored before that is taking up all of our focus right now.” Nothing makes me more excited about the future of the MCU than Spider-Man taking the lead. This could hint at who will die in this movie that will have Spidey take a new role in the Avengers. The stakes of the movie will forever have an impact on the rest of the MCU.

3. The ultimate villain

One of the criticisms that get tossed at the MCU are the villains. To an extent, I agree. To every great hero is a great villain to face off against. Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a good villain and served a purpose with being Peter’s father. Ego brought a lot to Peter’s character development and was just a great character throughout the movie. That is just one example of one of the better villains. Some have been less great such as Dormammu who is powerful but felt tacked onto the ending of Doctor Strange. The ending was funny on how the Doctor defeated Dormammu but did not have much weight to the character or the MCU as a whole. Thanos has been slowly built up across several movies and has a few connections already. Not only does he threaten everyone which brings the current line up of Avengers together along with new heroes like the Guardians of the Galaxy, but his personal connection to Gamora will have an interesting impact on the story. His favorite daughter fighting against him with her friends will have a lot of weight for both them. Hopefully, the movie will utilize their relationship well enough to make for an interesting conflict. The power that Thanos has especially with his gauntlet will be a difficult challenge for our heroes. In the trailer, all it really shows is everyone getting beaten down in every way imaginable. Things do not look good for anyone here. It looks like we will finally get an amazing villain in the MCU and potentially one of the best villains in the superhero genre.

4. Character interactions

One of the best parts of the Avengers movies is the interaction between the different characters. The relationship between Black Widow and Hulk has led to speculation on where those two can end up. Along with them, there is Captain America and Iron Man butting heads. In Spider-Man: Homecoming we see the mentor and parent position that Tony plays to Peter as he strives to be the hero just like Tony. We will gain a lot more of these great dynamics as more characters come together. At the end of the trailer, we can see Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy. The possibilities of these personalities coming together are amazing. One I am personally excited for is to see the snarky Tony Stark with Rocket who has a similar personality and can create for hilarious moments. This is a Marvel movie so expect plenty of humor from all these characters and not just the doom that Thanos is bringing.

5. The big payoffs

Ten years has led to one movie. Not only will we be getting a big payoff by seeing Thanos and what he can actually do, but there will be plenty more. As previous movies such as Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War we will be seeing new characters come together and introduced. Whether any new characters will be introduced is still in question. Joe Russo has hinted at it, but let us not hold our breath on that one since there are still almost 70 characters, maybe it is best to not add anyone else. As previously mentioned, characters will come together who have never met before. Along with story development for the MCU, there will be character development too. Plenty of payoff for characters who have been needing certain moments for growth will happen here. As mentioned before, Gamora fighting her father will be big for her. Peter aka Star-Lord will be on Earth for the first time since he was taken by Yondu and his crew when Peter was a child. One of the biggest things is the infinity stones will be together. We have seen the power of these stones from Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captian America: Civil War along with the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Once Thanos gets his hands on them then all hell will break loose. We know about their power, but have never seen the stones used together.

Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The hype is unbelievable, but there are only a few more months to go. The movie will be released May 4. What are you looking forward to the most?

 

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Top 15 Best Movies of 2017

 

2017 was full of excellent movies. There were almost too many good movies to see. Many I did not get to see such as The Big SickLady Bird, and The Disaster Artist. This list is out of the movies I enjoyed the most out of what I got to see. Some movies like the ones listed are going to be missed out, but I will try to catch up on them one of these days (my movie list is big). I missed some potentially great movies I hear amazing things about, but I still managed to see some great movies this year. Some of these on my list is not the best from the most technical standpoint, but I love them. I would love to see your lists which you should comment below.

15. Logan Lucky

This crime-drama-comedy with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver went under a lot of radars. After a brutally hot day, I went to the theater just to be in a room with AC for about 2 hours. That was lucky for me to be able to catch this one because it is genius. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) needs money, so he steals from a Nascar track with his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver). This adventure is hilarious but is able to tell a compelling story about this family at the same time. This is a must see if you are looking for one of the most fun movies of the year.loganlucky

14. Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is one of the most intense and compelling movies of the year. Her most well-known work is almost always based on true stories such as Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. Despite what the trailers and the name may lead, Detroit focuses less on the riots that happened, but more on this particular situation that happened that left several people killed by sadistic, racist cops. I wish it told the story that I was thinking it would tell, but overall still a powerful movie about a problem that is still going on in the United States.Detriot-movie-poster-trailer-2017.jpg

13. Wonder Woman

It has been a long time since DC made a good movie. The last time I enjoyed one of their superhero flicks was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. After the first trailer came up on YouTube of Wonder Woman I was shocked on how great it looked. Then after people got to see some glimpses of the movie, they said negative things. Everyone then had the mindset that DC is screwing things up yet again. Then the movie came out and blew everyone away. Not only is Wonder Woman one of the best superhero movies in recent years, but arguably the best DC movies. Hopefully, we can get more good movies out of DC. Aquaman is up next, so we will wait and see how that turns out.wonder-woman-1.jpg

12. War for the Planet of the Apes

Each entry in the latest trilogy of Planet of the Apes has been excellent. Arguably that each movie has gotten better as the story gets closer to the final film with all-out war between apes and humans. When the first movie was releasing, it was hard to believe that would lead to an excellent movie. A remake of the franchise seemed like a cash grab that will make money, but be poor quality. Instead, Matt Reeves made three excellent movies that seemed a bit ridiculous of him to make. The lifelike apes are stunning to look at. The story is so compelling from both the humans and the ape’s side. Then there are the awesome action scenes when apes are fighting apes or humans are fighting apes. These movies have it all, especially the last entry, War for the Planet of the Apeswarofplanetofapes.jpg

11. John Wick: Chapter 2

The first John Wick might be my favorite action movie ever, if not it is in my top three. When I saw the trailer, I was not impressed. Okay, some guy is avenging is dog’s death, that sounds dumb. Instead, the movie has so much more with its story. There is an interesting criminal underworld and the dog all John had that was left from his late wife. On top of that, it has some of the greatest choreographed actions scenes I have ever seen in my life. Keanu Reeves is the ultimate killing machine in that movie. When a sequel was announced, I was excited but worried. Could they capture the same magic as the first? Yes, they did! I like the first movie more, but chapter 2 is still an excellent action movie that reveals more about this criminal underworld. If you have not seen either movie then stop reading this and go watch these movies!johnwick2.jpg

10. Wind River

This could be just me, but I feel that Wind River is one of the most underrated movies of the year. I just did not hear anyone talk about it. Federal agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is investigating a raped and killed Native American girl. She ends up teaming with a hunter named Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) who helps her hunt down the man who did this. Jeremy Renner hunting down a rapist, nothing more than motivation to excitedly wait for him to take the monster down. The story is a slow burn, but it is worth every minute for how beautifully made it is. The tone is dark and so well done with the pacing. Once the climax hits, then everything goes from zero to a hundred. If you can withstand the slow pacing, you might fall in love with this crime mystery.wind river.jpg

9. IT

The remake of IT is high on the list for two reasons. One, I love horror movies and needed a good horror movie which is rare. Two, I loved the characters who made this movie perfect. The actors who brought this movie to life did an incredible job. I had plenty of problems with the movie overall, but could not help myself to fall in love. As a horror movie, it is not that scary. More on the creepy side, but the storytelling and characters make it enjoyable no matter what genre it is. I am sold to see the sequel after how much I loved this one. If you need a good horror movie, this one takes the cake for 2017.IT.jpg

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

People are divided on whether they love or hate the latest episode of Star Wars, but I love this movie. If you have read my review of this movie then you know how I feel. If you haven’t then go give that a read. Sure, there are some glaring issues both on the small and big side. The strengths are strong enough to not be brought down by the weaknesses. More movies of this caliber need to take risks and not worry about how things will turn out. Studios need to let directors and writers take a movie to their own direction and that is what Disney did for episode eight. LastJEDI

7. Thor: Ragnarok

Yes, another superhero movie on my list, but this won’t be the last either. I refused to go see this movie when I saw the trailer. It looked like the worst movie in the MCU. If you have read my review, which you should have by now, then you know I am in love with this movie. Thor: Ragnarok is easily one of the best movies in the MCU. Visually stunning, funny throughout, and is a great change for the character since his other two movies are not as beloved. If you are a fan of the MCU and have not seen this then shame on you. Go watch this hilarious and pretty movie.thor ragnarok

6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Like many movies, I saw the trailer for the first Guardians of the Galaxy and thought it looked terrible. As this list goes, I might be a bid judging towards trailers. To be honest, I am not a huge superhero fan, but some movies lately have sold me. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just as great as the first movie, if not better. These movies might be my favorite movies of the entire MCU catalog at least they are my top favorites. If you liked the first movie then you get more of what you loved with these hilarious group of heroes.guardians-galaxy-2-4k-uhd-main

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming

There have been some pretty good movies based on the web-slinging hero, but not like this. Tom Holland is not only the best Spider-Man, he is Spider-Man! He was able to capture the personality of Peter Parker and his other life as the superhero so perfectly. Tom was able to do great action scenes along with being the funny and relatable character that Peter is. The movie is full of heart and is fun every single minute. This is hands down my favorite movie in the MCU.spider-man-homecoming-banner

4. The Shape of Water

 

Guillermo Del Toro’s latest movie might be the most beautiful movie of the year. This is said from both a visual and narrative perspective. The characters and story of this movie are full of heart. A woman falling in love with an amphibious man sounds so dumb but ended up being one of the best love stories in years. As of writing, this is the only 10/10 review I have given because this movie is a masterpiece. I am hoping that The Shape of Water can receive as many Oscars as possible.shapeofwater.jpg

3. Get Out

Jordan Peele’s debut directorial movie Get Out is one of the most brilliant movies I have seen all year. This thriller is funny, satirical, haunting, suspenseful, and will get your heart pumping and your mind thinking. I went in knowing nothing except for the fact that everyone who saw it during the release was in love. I had to see it for myself and I was sold by the word “horror”. This is not a scary movie but has the elements of horror. To me, horror does not need to scare you. Just the tone and themes of horror are good enough. If you want to be scared then you will not get that. If you want the things I listed above such as making you think and your heart pumping then this is for you. As unlikely as it might be, I hope that this wins an Oscar for something because it is too brilliant to not give an award to.get-out-20172203

2. Baby Driver

I am a huge Edgar Wright fan. I have loved every movie he is done and the man is brilliant. I was so curious about how he will pull this drama off. Sure, there is a lot of comedy. The first act is quite comedic and light-hearted. As the story moves forward, tension goes up. The mix of comedy, tension, action, and music are blended so perfectly to create one of the most unique movies of the year. Edgar Wright is brilliant and is able to get the team of actors and crew to make it all happen. The action scenes are wonderfully choreographed. The car chases are some of the best I have ever seen. This is arguably Edgar’s best movie yet, and he will only get better.baby driver

1. Logan

I am shocked that a superhero movie is my favorite movie of the year. I am more shocked that this superhero is from the X-Men. Most of all, I am surprised that this is not just a superhero movie. When I saw the first trailer, I was wondering what kind of drama is this that stars Hugh Jackman. When a scene is shown to him with his claws. I realize this drama looking movie is the final Wolverine movie with Hugh. As a superhero movie, it is one of the best in the genre. Out of a movie in any genre, it is still one of the best. The story is compelling as Logan forms a relationship with X-23. Their relationship dynamic and growth feels natural. By the end of the movie, you are going to cry or come close to how touching the ending is. The R rating allows from brutal action scenes for people like me who love seeing blood and gore. The perfect mix of gruesome action and compelling storytelling that makes Logan one of the most special movies of its genre.logan

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15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

2016 was a terrible year for movies. Some great movies came out, but overall it was dull. 2017 had its fair share of disappointments, but some amazing movies came out throughout the entire year. As the year comes to a close, everyone looks to 2018 to see what’s to come in the theaters. So far, it is looking strong. There are plenty of movies that are not on many people’s radars that will be missed until their release dates, but these are movies we know about so far going into 2018. This list will not be in any exact order in terms of my excitement, but it will give you a good idea of what exciting movies are coming. I was originally going to do a top ten but realized some movies would be left out that I could not let myself ignore on this list. Be sure to let me know what you are looking forward to the most in the comments.

15. Ready Player One
Release date: March 30

The legendary Steven Speilberg is making an adaption based on the book Ready Player One. Full of references to pop culture and a look into what the future could hold, the book has become beloved by sci-fi fans. It can always be risky when making a movie based on a book, but with all the skills that Steven has, this should not be an issue. As someone who has not read the book, I will be going into this as blind as possible. The story is about a virtual reality world in which the creator ends up passing away. His final message is for users to find his grand Easter Egg to earn a prize. Expect to see your favorite characters from video games and movies throughout this sci-fi adventure.readyplayerone

14. Blood Fest
Release date: TBC 2018

Blood Fest will be the third movie being produced by the internet production company Rooster Teeth. This horror comedy will follow a group of people in their 20s who attend a festival that celebrates the best in horror. This group of young adults discovers the headman of this festival has an evil agenda in which they must use their knowledge from horror movies in order to survive this festival of horror. This will be ambitious for the company to accomplish since their previous efforts in movies and other big productions have never been on the side of horror. With the cast set with Jacob Batalon from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zachary Levi from the tv series Chuck, and Rooster Teeth’s own Barbara Dunkelman. There is no official release date, but since they finished filming earlier this year, it is safe to say that we can see Blood Fest sometime next year.bloodfestlogo13. Cloverfield 3 (previously known as God Particle. Name subject to change when trailer gets released)
Release date: February 2 (Rumor)

The next installment in the anthology series Cloverfield is finally set to release next year. This series is always weird with last minute information being released such as cast, trailers, and more. Once we get anything solid, it will be within a few months of the movie’s release. Previously known as God Particle, the story is to be set with some astronauts who discover something horrible and must fight to survive. Since the first two movies are so different, we can assume that this will be widely different from the previous movies. As a fan of the first two, I can say that this should be just as great, if not better.cloverfield.jpg

12.  12 Strong
Release date: January 19

Every year we get war films based on true stories, but 12 Strong sets itself apart with a story that people may not have heard of. Whether the details are accurate or not will be determined. The story follows shortly after 9/11 when a group of U.S. Special Forces is sent to Afghanistan they are met with a dangerous mission that does not go according to plan. It is a fierce fight to the death mixed with a powerful story of what this team went through. With such a strong cast with Michael Pena and Chris Hemsworth, it is hard to ignore this upcoming powerful story.12.jpg

11.  Annihilation
Release date: February 23

Alex Garland’s new film is an adaption of the Southern Reach Trilogy book series. A group of soldiers goes into a disaster zone that ends up leaving one man alive (Isaac Oscar). He manages to escape but is severely injured. His wife Lena (Natalie Portman) who is a biologist goes in with a team to figure out what happened. I only discovered this movie from researching upcoming movies in 2018. Seeing Alex Garland writing and directing gave me the confidence to look further into it. Alex is known for directing the 2015 sci-fi movie Ex Machina and writing 28 Days Later. With this experience under his belt and the overwhelmingly great cast, it looks like Annihilation will be a great way to start off the year.annihilation

10. Halloween
Release date: October 19

As a horror fan, I am sad to say that I have not seen any Halloween movie. I know how beloved the first two are and I should watch them before this latest installment comes out. Horror is a difficult genre to pull off, but based on the information we have, it looks like this could be a great one. Original cast members Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) and Nick Castle (Michael Myers) return for Laurie to finally face off Michael. John Carpenter returns to write and produce which is another great sign that this could be great. In a recent interview, it has been announced that violence will be limited to obtain the most amount of tension. Too many horror movies rely on violence too much and lose any tension. If the pacing is right then this could work in their favor.Halloween-Movie-2018-Jamie-Lee-Curtis-Michael-Myers

9.  The Strangers 2: Prey at Night
Release date: March 9

I have been waiting for years to finally get a sequel. There have been many issues on the way for a sequel to the 2008 horror flick, but it looks like early next year we will finally get it. As mentioned before with Halloween, horror is a hard genre to accomplish. Not much is known besides the main story will be about the three masked killers from the first movie will be terrorizing a family who stopped by a mobile home park. The sequel should maintain what was so special about the first movie in order to succeed while giving itself something unique for the audience. As the release date comes closer, hopefully, we can get more information.strangers.jpg

8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Release date: December 13

The upcoming animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be quite unique for fans of the hero. Miles Morales will have his first time on the big screen as the masked hero since Peter Parker is dead. From the trailer, we can see that it appears there will be more people taking on the spider suit to fight crime. The trailer shows how beautiful the animation will be as Miles swings around the city. More information will come out a while later since the current release date is in December but we can count on plenty of villains will be showing up if there are going to be multiple heroes. spiderverse.jpg

7. The Predator
Release date: August 3

Another remake of a classic movie is always a bit worrying. Despite my worries for the upcoming The Predator, I can’t stop my excitement. Our main cast is in the image below. A military unit is on a rescue mission to save some allies from a guerrilla force in South America only to discover there is another threat waiting for them. In an attempt to bring the same tone that the first movie had, this will be treated with action, humor, and horror to bring this remake to the same level as the original from 1987. predator

6. Venom
Release date: October 5

The iconic villain Venom is getting his own standalone movie with Tom Hardy as the character. This already sounds phenomenal. Not much is known about the project. Sony announced they wanted to do this movie a long time ago, but it has had problems. Getting frozen and forgotten many times, but Sony is taking it seriously now. The movie is said to have a horror tone to it which will provide for a unique Marvel movie experience. A rumor lately is that it can be rated R potentially. If this is true then it looks like this can be a dream come true. With movies like Logan and Deadpool taking the R rating to superhero movies, it would look just as good for a supervillain too.venom

5. Sicario 2: Soldado
Release date: June 29

If you have not seen the first Sicario then stop reading this and go watch it! The tension and pacing of that movie bring a new taste to its genre. The story continues with the war on drugs. Federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) to fight the cartel. My hopes are that they can maintain the tension from the first movie. The trailer gives a more action-packed vibe which is fine as long as they can tone themselves down just enough to give that proper tone that the first had. Full of tension, brutality, and a realistic look at the cartels make this irresistible to fans of these kinds of movies.sicario 2.jpg

4. Deadpool 2
Release date: June 1

Words can’t describe how excited I am for Deadpool 2. The first movie was in development hell for so long but managed to be a fantastic movie. Disney acquiring Marvel characters like Deadpool was scary but was confirmed that Deadpool will still have an R rating and continue to have a home despite Disney being present. Not much on plot details but Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) will be new additions to the cast. We will get more information as the release date gets closer. Just like the first movie, there will be tons of violence and crude humor for fans to enjoy.

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3.  The New Mutants
Release date: April 13

Another horror inspired superhero movie is coming next year called The New Mutants. A spinoff from the X-Men movies we have been getting in the past few years, this will deliver a new taste to the franchise. A group of young mutants has been lured into an asylum in which they are being experimented on. The cast is full of upcoming stars such as Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split). It is an exciting time to see superhero movies take big risks by changing up the usual formula. I have high hopes that The New Mutants and Venom might be able to start a great new trend in the genre.The-New-Mutants-movie.jpg

2. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release date: May 25

Another prequel movie that will expand the universe of Star Wars and one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Han Solo. With Ron Howard set to direct, the iconic hero Han Solo will get a backstory that will dive into a part of his life we have never seen before. With the wave of excellent movies we have gotten recently in the series, there is no stopping this upcoming movie from being just as great despite some initial issues early on. Aiden Ehrenreich (Hail Ceasar) as Han Solo. Alongside Aiden will be Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) who will play as a new female heroine named Kira, Woody Harrelson (Hunger Games, True Detective, Zombieland) will play a criminal who influences Han named Beckett, and Donald Glover (The Martian and Community) will play a young Lando Calrissian. With this all-star cast and the amazing Ron Howard directing, this next Star Wars movie looks to be in safe hands

1. Avengers: Infinity War
Release date: May 4

10 years in the making, the first part to Avengers: Infinity War is coming this May. All our heroes from these movies are joining together to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin). It will be a big and wonderful year for Josh with this movie being the biggest one for him in 2018. Thanos comes to Earth and threatens the world, but he has to get through a lot of superheroes in order to get what he wants. With such a giant cast, it is intimidating to see how they can pull this movie off, but with their current track record and the build-up to this one movie, it should be worth the wait. Originally, the next movie would be part 2, but now the title is going to change. From an interview with co-director Joe Russo mentions, “”We wanted the movie to be very different and distinctive, you know,” he told Cinema Blend. Some cross over will connect the two movies, but it looks like this story with Thanos might end with one movie. It will be interesting to see how Anthony and Joe Russo manage to pull this one off with the expectations are high and with so many characters to manage, this will be a difficult movie to make. The big question is who will die? The source material kills off several characters, so who dies in the movie? This will bring high stakes to the movie that will surely help it greatly. A problem I find with a lot of these big franchises is the lack of stakes, especially with the superhero genre of movies. With a major character death, it will bring weight to the movie and the future of the MCU.

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