Quick News: Long Live Roc Doc + Cloverfield Sequel + Nintendo Switch Sales Updates + More!

  • It is not news that the Nintendo Switch is selling like crazy. Nintendo has given many financial updates on how those sales are impacting the company. Now the company has made another statement recently. Currently, the company has sold over 15 million Switches which has generated 178 billion yen ($1.6 billion US). Regarding games, those are selling an insane amount too. Super Mario Odyssey has sold 10 million copies, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is at 9 million, and Splatoon 2 is at 6 million. After the Wii U underperforming, people speculated how Nintendo would reignite the fire, but with the Switch, we now see they will always be on top.

 

  • Speaking of gaming companies selling well, Playstation has some news too. The PlayStation 4 has sold about 75 million consoles which crushes their competitors at Xbox and Nintendo. The consoles are slowing down a bit, but the primary driver that is making the company so much money is its software sales and PlayStation Plus Subscriptions. Their game software has sold 247 million units which are worth $8.4 billion. Out of the gamers who have signed up for PlayStation Plus has reached to 34.2 million users. Expect numbers to look better by the end of the year because God of War (be sure to check out my review here), Spider-Man in September, Detroit: Become Human comes out in May, and plenty of other major games for the platform will be announced in E3. The money train is not going to stop for Sony anytime soon.

 

  • Rooster Teeth, the Internet production studio, has announced a new office internationally. The company has made these thoughts clear in recent months on their podcast, but in a recent announcement they will be opening up an office in London to establish a closer connection to the UK and throughout Europe. The London office will be run by Eric Cherry, who joined the company back in 2008. CEO and co-founder Matt Hullum made some commentary while in an interview with Variety. One thing he said about opening this office is,” Building communities is a goal, and we’ve done a good job in the U.K., but know we could do more,” Hullum said. “The talent and community piece in the U.K. has been underserved, and we wanted to correct that.” The location choice is not a surprise because the company has been open that the UK is one of their biggest markets and their convention RTX had its first time in London with RTX London. For a first time convention, the attendance was up to 15,000. After that success, it makes sense to now open up this new office.

 

  • CinemaCon just happened a few days ago in which J.J. Abrams has announced the next film in the Cloverfield series. This time this film will be a direct sequel to the original movie. Having a direct sequel will be a first since 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox are not directly linked to the first movie. Paradox gets closer, but not entirely related. For a while, a WWII horror/sci-fi film that J.J. has been working on was rumored to be the next film in the series. However, he has announced that this WWII movie Overlord is not the sequel that he is talking about. That will be its own standalone that is not in the series. Overlord will be Bad Robot’s first R rated film. During his presentation at CinemaCon this past Wednesday, Abrams does comment on Overlord by saying it is, “It’s batshit crazy.” Exciting projects that are in our future from Abrams. Expect to keep notified as we get more updates on these films.

 

  • Rejoice rock and metal fans, we are getting a documentary that is filled with some of the best musicians in the music scene. From Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie, Lars Ulrich, and many more. The crowd-funded rock documentary is called Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos is meant to give a look at both musicians and fans alike. A film that will celebrate everyone in the rock and metal community. Director Jonathan McHugh says, ” I really hope you – the true fan – will help support our mission to bring the hard rock culture back into the mainstream.” You can donate to the project here.

 

Be sure to comment below on these stories or any others that I have missed out on. Are you excited about the Cloverfield sequel? What do you think about the successful sales that Nintendo and PlayStation are seeing? Check back every week for more news roundups like these.

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Video Game Review: God of War

God of War has taken over the PlayStation community by storm. At first, I was skeptical. I have never played any of the previous games, so I have zero experience and expectations. I am blown away by how phenomenal this game is. I am saying it now that this might be game of the year. The massive amount of hype is not just hype; it is the truth.

The story takes place with Kratos in a new world. He has left Sparta to find peace with his life by starting a family. The new world takes place in the Norse mythology which is awesome. I love the new setting. The game takes place with the cremation of Kratos’ wife and Atreus’ mother. Her last wish was for her husband and son to take her ashes to the tallest mountain in the area. On this journey, Kratos must teach his son to survive, battle a variety of enemies, become a better father, and tackle his troubled past. The trip is mostly centered around Kratos and his son as their relationship develops.

The game has several supporting characters and antagonists who will either help or try to stop Kratos and Atreus on their adventure. Each character is fully developed and has a unique personality. Nothing in this game is gone to waste, especially the characters. Everyone feels like they belong and are real. The development of everyone is organic and comes to life naturally. On the adventure, Kratos and Atreus will change as individuals and within their relationship. The dialog is excellently written with fantastic voice acting that is on a whole new level unlike almost any game out there. Pacing for this type of development of characters needs to be done right. The pacing is flawlessly done to make for a compelling story with great characters. I always heard people had mix feelings about Kratos, but he manages to be more fleshed out to be more sympathetic and complex. This well-established series has managed to take their iconic protagonist and give him a new identity that works perfectly.

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The combat is some of the best I have played in years. Satisfying combos and move sets that will not get old even 40 or more hours played. The game has an organic way that introduces new mechanics, mainly to combat.  Throwing your ax and catching it feels phenomenal every time. When enemies are stunned, you can do brutal takedowns such as ripping enemies in half or slamming them into the ground. Each enemy type has a unique takedown that Kratos can do, but I wish there were more variety to this. Seeing the game takedown can get a little dull. Atreus helps during combat. He acts on his own, but you can command him to make certain moves too. As the game progresses, he becomes more reliable. Atreaus’ power grows, and his skills increase. He gets stronger by upgrades and new armor, but naturally, as a character, he grows too. It makes for a unique way to develop a character by making them naturally gaining skills while having typical upgrades makes for something I have not seen before in a game. Games such as The Last of Us and Bioshock: Infinite have an AI partner, but never on this level of helpfulness. When fighting, enemies are all unique with different strengths and weaknesses. You must adopt different strategies depending on the enemy. The difficulty is perfect. I played on normal difficulty. Moments were incredibly hard, but others were easy. Playing on the harder difficulties will give players a worthy challenge to their skills.

Like any game, certain tropes are there. However, every trope found here is flipped on its head to make for a unique experience. The game introduces there dwarves characters who are the game’s shopkeepers. This way feels organic within the world that I did not think of this being a typical interaction. These characters you can have conversations with and be given side missions. So much is done to provide the most realistic experience to make this world as immersive as possible.

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Enemies give experience, money, and other resources. All of this can be found in chests or by selling items to the shopkeepers. Currency and resources are used to buy upgrades, new gear, enchantments, and runes. Runes and enchantments are additional upgrades for armor and weapons. Everything has unique stats with pros and cons depending on what type of character you want to build. Side missions are limited, but fleshed out to be fun and have a purpose. Side missions will also give you plenty of rewards that make your time worth it. Exploring for equipment and resources is very rewarding. Collectibles and other items in the area can provide additional lore and other information. Atreus writes in the journal that can give extra information. Reading his descriptions of enemies or the history of the world feels like he wrote it.

The game centers around fighting enemies and puzzles. The puzzles are a variety of difficulty. Nothing is too hard, but it will take time. Once you solve it, then you get that aha moment for completing the puzzle. The variety of puzzles build off of what you have learned previously. Gaining specific key equipment items from the main story will unlock ways to solve other side puzzles. You can not do everything in the game until late game or until completing the main story.

Leveling up is quite simple. Earning experience for missions and combat is like any other game. Skill trees for Atreus and Kratos are small but useful. Every skill makes you feel stronger than before. I think many games give me useless skills, but everything here I can use if I want. Various new combat moves along with traditional upgrades such as making weapons stronger are some of the skills within the tree. A simple and effective mechanic that gives more power with no filler.

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The hub world is on a giant lake that has many areas to explore. The game is not open world but manages a balance between linear and open. Along with this extensive area are a variety of realms to explore. These are much more linear with some split paths that allow for exploration. Not a single inch of this game is filler. Everything is utilized correctly for some practical reason to both gameplay, main story, or giving some additional background to make the world seem more realistic. Everything is beautiful. Seriously, this might be the best looking console game ever made. The colors are vibrant with an emphasis on its blues. Everything pops and has an incredible amount of detail. The level of detail to every aspect of the game is the key as to why this game is so phenomenal.

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Besides a change is combat style, the new RPG elements, and various other changes to this entry in the series, but the camera is different too. The game has a cinematic focus with everything being one shot. There are little to no loading screens to keep you at the moment. Seamless transitions from cut scenes to gameplay make for an immersive experience. I have been confused when I am playing or watching a cutscene, and I loved that.

So, are there any issues in the game? I have tried so hard to come up with some criticism. A few moments in which the frame rate dropped, but that happened maybe two or three times. A few moments of Atreus running into a wall, but other than that the AI is stable and consistent.

God of War is a masterpiece. Before this game, the only game to have a story that pulled at my heartstrings was The Last of Us. The development of the characters, the detailed world, the excellent gameplay, and the incredible writing delivers one of the most innovative and compelling video games of all time. If you own a PS4, then you must play this game. If you have never played the series, then you must. Players with zero experience like myself will not be lost in the story. Some connection the old game is there, but not enough to make newcomers lost. Hardcore fans who are willing to accept that the game has taken a new turn should enjoy themselves as much. It is a disservice not to play this masterpiece of a game.

10/10

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Top MCU Movies: The Best vs. the Best

Infinity War is almost here. Since I have made weekly lists that are celebrating the MCU, it is time to give my list of the best films that we have so far in this universe. Everyone is making their lists of the entire catalog of films in the MCU, but this will be different. There are a few reasons I am doing this. Everyone is doing it, so why not be a little different? Also, some of the movies I flat out do not like, so there is no reason to put it on the list. However, a few are not making the list that I do like. To make it easier to make a substantial top 10, I am leaving some movies out, so there is not top 12 or 13. Who knows what didn’t make a list because I did not like the film or thought it would not fit? Well, I do, but the mystery is there for you. I am taking what I feel is the best in the MCU to put them against each other in this list. Now let’s go on this list of the best MCU movies.

#10: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange may have its flaws, but with its sense of humor, stunning visuals, and what it means for the future of the MCU is why the film gets number 10 on this list. Doctor Stephen Strange is one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, which will be great when he and his friends face against Thanos. The film features an infinity stone that will appear in the upcoming Avengers. A lot of weight is going to be on his shoulders in the future as he takes a more prominent role. Out of any movie so far in the MCU, this has some of the best effects that we have seen. Reality warping, vibrant colors, and psychedelic effects that will make your mind explode. Expect to see more phenomenal visuals in our future with the Doctor.

 

 

 

 

#9: Avengers: Age of Ultron 

A lot of people like to give this movie a bad name or make it out to be just average, but I think it is great. Sure, it is weaker in many ways to the first Avengers. The villain feels less significant than Loki regarding power, some problems within the plot, and some not so great visual effects. However, the film shows the team in a new evolved way that shows how much they have grown as a team and as individuals. The dynamic that the characters have can cause tension, but levity is in there as they have developed closer as friends. The introduction of characters such as Wanda and Vision was great for these two powerful heroes. The weight of this movie holds up on how the future of the MCU looks today. Even seeing how it connects to Black Panther is an absolute joy -something that many people may have forgotten, so go rewatch this- and many other connections that get made. Sure, it might be weaker in some areas, but it is still a fun movie that builds on excellent characters.

 

 

 

 

 

#8: Black Panther

One of the biggest surprises for me was Black Panther. By the trailer, I did not think much of it. This film delivers the diversity that fans have been wanting and so much more. With Kilmonger being of the best villains we have seen yet along with many great supporting characters, this film is loaded with people to remember. Balancing between being like the other Marvel movies, making something different to stand on its own, and making political commentary is done flawlessly. Being one of the most successful films in the entire MCU, we can expect to see a lot more of Wakanda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Out of a straight up action movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is excellent. A plot that develops Steve Rogers a lot more while fleshing out his relationship with Black Widow with the added excellent action scenes to make for one of the most enjoyable films so far. It was hard for me to ever like Captain America, but this movie made me like him a lot more. On top of this, getting to see Nick Fury take such a significant role is always a joy because Samuel L. Jackson is still phenomenal. The first film in the MCU for the Russo brothers to take on left a lasting impression on Marvel and fans. My biggest critique of this and Civil War is their humor tends to fall flat a lot more. Their MCU films have focused more on a serious plot that does not lend to much humor. Despite that, it is still full of great action and character development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6: Avengers

The first major milestone in the MCU is to finally see the established heroes come together to fight Loki. Rewatching this seemed a bit less epic with the smaller cast, but it is hard to compare because the cast of Infinity War is ridiculously massive. The perfect blend of a compelling story that has weight to it, great characters interaction, excellent action, and hilarious moments that are still some of the funniest in the entire MCU. Despite mixed reactions to the first two Thor movies, making Loki, a central villain was a great idea. Especially since he is still a significant villainous role in the current MCU story. This is one of the best representations of the MCU at its best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5: Captain America: Civil War

At first, I did not like this movie. Humor fell flat, except for the Ant-Man and Spider-Man scenes, those guys are hilarious. Plus I did not like the story at first. Recently rewatching the movie, I do not understand why I felt that way. One of my big issues is the MCU lacks stakes and consequences that feel impactful. Seeing the heroes divided and try to rip one another apart is fantastic. The film brings up a great discussion about who is right or wrong and what they should do to fix their issues. An interesting villain who plays the Avengers into trying to kill each other gives the film one of the most unique threats we have seen. .With each movie getting better about how it develops characters and their relationships, we see people grow closer and apart. Understanding the effects of this movie on Infinity War will be really interesting on how everyone will treat one another after what they have been through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4: Thor: Ragnarok

This might be the funniest movie so far in the entire MCU. Another film I wrote off based on the trailer, this is what won me over to be a fan of the MCU. This is a hilarious comedy with Thor, Loki, Hulk, and new characters such as Hela. A surprise that came when so many people had a bad taste from the first two movies for the Norse god, but this third installment was so different. Visually beautiful, well-written comedy that has every joke land, and an impactful story that has massive changes to Thor’s side of the MCU. The destruction of Asgard, Thor’s hammer being destroyed, and the loss of his eye makes for one intense comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2

This was the hardest choices to make. Which is better, the first Guardians of the Galaxy or the second? I chose the second film to be number two because the first was such a massive shock to me on how much I fell in love with it. What is better in this film is the villain, Ego played by Kurt Russell and the development of the relationships within the Guardians. The group has better chemistry since the first movie and a lot more development on who they are as individuals. Just as funny as the first film, and with some of the best special effects in any MCU film is why this gets number three on my list.

 

 

 

#2: Guardians of the Galaxy

How did Marvel take these obscure characters and make them so great? Seriously, I felt confident that this would be terrible. When I saw it, I loved almost every moment. Besides the death scene at the start of the movie, seriously that stuff is overplayed. I ended up falling in love five minutes after. Hilarious jokes that land every time, great visual effects, and introducing these odd characters was so well done. Practically everything James Gunn creates is gold anyways. He won me over with this spectacular movie. The film has a lot of impact on the future of the MCU. Gamora is the daughter of Thanos, we see an infinity stone, and these heroes will take up the mantle after the major shake-up in the MCU when Avengers 4 ends.

 

 

#1: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man is my favorite hero, so seeing this movie made me so happy. The other attempts to bring Spider-Man to the big screen were inconsistent. Now we have the ultimate Spider-Man with Tom Holland. He portrayed Spidey and Peter Parker flawlessly. The film has a lot of heart that defines that character on who he is both in and out of the suit. A great high school movie mixed in with one of the best superhero movies of all time. Taking the Vulture as the main villain with Michael Keaton at the role was a genius move. The character is pretty obscure, but was done is an incredible way. Besides the continuity error that gets made, this to me is a perfect movie. I can not wait to see more of Spider-Man in his upcoming sequels and in future Avengers movies. He will be another major character to carry the torch after some of the older and most significant characters are no longer around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is it for my month of the MCU until my review for Avengers: Infinity War which released on April 27. My review will come out on the 29th. Be sure to check out my other Marvel related lists that I made this month: Things that should or could happen in the MCU, best villains, and some facts that you may not know, What are your favorite movies in the MCU? Be sure to comment below on what you like the best.

Quick News: Josh Rand of Stone Sour on Recovery + Game of Thrones Biggest Battle + Ash vs Evil Dead Canceled + More!

  • The TV revival of the Evil Dead films, Ash vs. Evil Dead has been announced that it will not return for a fourth season. Sam Raimi’s horror comedy that shows Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash to face off more undead will be ending on April 29th. A statement about the show being canceled was made, “Ash v Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative efforts of Sam, Bruce, Rob and the entire cast and crew. We are proud to send the show out with a bang…and a splat,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz.

 

  • Stone Sour fans might remember that back in January, guitarist Josh Rand had to drop out briefly to go to a treatment facility for unknown reasons. Now he is opening up about what really went on earlier this year. He has opened up about anxiety issues that drove him to alcohol and Xanax. On the band’s Facebook page, this statement from Josh was made, “As many of you may already know, in January of this year I made the difficult decision to step away from the Canadian leg of the Stone Sour tour. I hit a personal breaking point, and it was imperative that I address it. My high anxiety and desire to feel comfortable in my own skin over the years led to an alcohol and Xanax dependency. That along with aggression issues made me feel miserable, and I just could not continue to live that way. Thankfully, with the support of my band, family, and friends I was able to come home and seek help.
    Now (three months later) I’m doing well, but still a work in progress. I want to sincerely thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, and positive words. It means a lot to me.” He is still working on his issues, as it does take a lot of time to take care of these things, and he is on the road to recovery. Best of luck to Josh on his journey.

 

  • Vocalist of the deathcore band Carnifex, Scott Ian Lewis has finally announced his graphic novel Death Dreamer. Scott has talked about making scripts for potential movies and writing graphic novels for a long time. We finally have a title plus a look at the cover of the upcoming graphic novel. Not much information is available besides Scott wrote the book, the length is 54 pages, and Christian DiBari illustrated it. More details will be available in the coming months.

 

  • It: Chapter 2 has secured some new cast members after so much time that was full of rumors. People have been guessing who will play as the adult versions of the kids from the first film, but not Jessica Chastain is confirmed to play as Beverly. Currently, a rumor for Bill’s adult actor is going to be James McAvoy and Bill Hader as Richie. Neither of these is confirmed, but the longtime discussion about Jessica came true, so you never know. The sequel is going to start filming this June, so the casting needs to get figured out in the next few weeks. It: Chapter 2 is scheduled to release on September 6, 2019.

 

  • Great news for Game of Thrones fans like myself, we have some exciting news.  Jonathan Quinlan, an assistant director who has worked on 20 episodes, has made a post to thank cast and crew for filming that took 55 days to film. The post he made on Instagram is now deleted, no surprise there. This scene is the largest battle in the show’s entire history and probably the history of TV. The biggest battle that we have seen so far is the Battle of the Bastards which took 25 days to shoot.  We can expect this significant battle to be the battle between the white walkers and pretty much everyone else that is alive, except Cersei Lannister who is sitting at her kingdom. All of these armies coming together to fight the undead will be massive, and we can expect a lot of characters to die.

That is it for this week’s news. Be sure to comment on what you found interesting and to discuss anything that was not included in this week’s rundown of the news.

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Album Review: Breaking Benjamin – “Ember”

Breaking Benjamin has one of the best track records out of any band in the rock and metal music scene. Each album has their own style to it with some advances to make the album feel fresh with the mix of the feeling of Breaking Benjamin. It is a bit of a formula, but it never gets old. Last week we got their latest album Ember.

Ember has to be one of the darkest and heaviest albums that Breaking Benjamin has ever made. The intro song Lyra is a beautiful instrumental song that sets a different tone from the rest of the album. Songs such as Red Cold RiverFeed the Wolf, and Psycho all prominently have a focus on singer Benjamin Burnley’s screams. While staying in the rock genre, they definitely dip their tows in something heavier that is closer to metal.

Instrumentally, the newest members of the band continue to grow as they put their spin on the Breaking Benjamin sound. Bass is clear, heavy, and at times has a groove to it that changes it up to some songs. Guitar work is that traditional Breaking Ben style that has a phenomenal melody while being hard driving with their heavier songs. Drumming being at beat in a beautifully well-done manner, while being crushing when the music picks up to be heavier.

The most notable difference for this album is how experiment Ben can be with his singing. His clean vocals on songs such as Feed the Wolf can change from beautiful and shave having an aggressive edge to his sound. Similar to previous albums such as Dear Agony, the beginning of Ember is leaning heavier while following songs start to slow down such as The Dark of You.

The overall tone is a lot darker and angrier than other albums. The Nirvana inspiration always lends lyrics to be more open to interpretation to the listener. The emotion is still there for more aggressive songs or more somber tracks.  Powerful lines from songs like Torn in Two, “I am torn in two. Hold on, hold on, we’re barely alive.” The lyric is from the song’s chorus which is always a staple to the band to me. The group still manages to make some of the best choruses that will stick in your head all day by the easy to follow lyrics and the excellent melody.

The band has their sound that resonates with each album, but they always manage to grow. The addition of new members from the last album Dark Before Dawn has worked in a way to give Breaking Benjamin a new life while maintaining their style at the same time. My personal favorite will always be Dear Agony, but Ember is now my second favorite album by the band. An excellent record that manages to mix beautiful melodies and hard-driving rock to deliver another nearly perfect album. Each song is excellent and stands out on its own. If you love Breaking Benjamin, then you will love this album. Haters of the group will not be happy since this is more of the same with some slight differences that show the band has grown as musicians.

Score: 10/10

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10 Things That Should or Could Happen in the Future of the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a lot of ups and downs over the past ten years. With Infinity War and Avengers 4 is set up as films that will be a significant shake-up to the universe. With many movies that are in the coming years, there is a lot to speculate for the future. With the third week of Marvel blog posts, I will be going over ten things that could or should happen in the future. A few of these speculations are easily agreeable, while some are debatable. While some are just what I hope for that may be impossible.

#10: Who will team up with Spider-Man in the next movie?

In Spider-Man: Homecoming we saw Iron Man team up with the web-swinger as a mentor to guide him on his new journey to become a full-on superhero. Previous comments about the future hints at more films having at least two heroes instead of someone flying solo. A lot of guesses are circling the internet about who could stand by Spidey on his next adventure. A lot of those are assuming that Doctor Strange could make an appearance as a new mentor to Peter. The rumors increased due to interviews and the trailers of Infinity War that include the two heroes together. On top of that, they both are close to each other, so it would not be difficult for the two heroes to meet up. Finally, this is more of my speculation, but when Iron Man is no longer in the picture, Spider-Man will need a new mentor.

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#9: Bucky and Falcon have a movie together after Captain America is gone

This idea came about by a video I saw from WhatCulture who speculated that Bucky or Falcon could take up the mantle after Captain America dies. In the comics, both characters have done this before so it would make perfect sense. A lot of fans have been thinking the same thing that it could be Bucky. Much of that speculation comes from one particular scene of him holding Captain’s shield. Another aspect of the video is that there could be a movie with the two heroes teaming up. This would be an excellent idea because of their chemistry and relationship to Captain America. Falcon being more lighthearted and fun mixed with Bucky’s more serious tone could make for a fun movie.

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#8: Avengers vs. X-Men

Rumors have stirred up as soon as the deal between Disney and Fox emerged. One of the most popular ideas was the comic Avengers vs. X-Men could be a storyline in the future of the MCU. These two massive groups of heroes meeting and end up creating a conflict could be the most incredible clash between heroes since Civil War. Along with this would start a relationship between the two groups and lead to many possibilities for the future. An epic battle like this would be challenging to create, but with the current track record that Marvel has right now, it should not be an issue.

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#7: Deadpool and Spider-Man

The idea is a bit of a stretch for many reasons. If or when the deal finally is signed away between Disney and Fox, then Disney would have to figure out what to do with Deadpool. A statement issued that said that the foulmouthed mercenary will be safe during this deal, so fans can still enjoy a future with him slashing away bad guys and making crude jokes. In some comics, he has a relationship with Spider-Man which would make for an incredible dynamic. However, Disney would not want Deadpool in the MCU because of his guaranteed R rating. The company will probably put Deadpool under someone else to keep him away from the Disney banner even if they still own him. This means that it is unlikely to see him interact with any of the Avengers, even Spider-Man. We can always hope that this complicated friendship comes to the big screen, but the future of Deadpool is pretty unknown besides his upcoming sequel and X-Force.

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#6: Another Thor movie

It is unclear about whether or not we will get another movie with Thor. Chris Hemsworth’s contract is about to be up, but with the success of Ragnarok then it is possible that he could get another contract. Both Chris and director Taika Waititi have both said that they are not only hoping to do a fourth Thor movie, but they have been brewing up some idea too. The only issue that we run into is that the contract has not been confirmed to be resigned. Since the MCU is preparing at least other 20+ movies, it is possible to fit in Thor’s character in a few things. Nobody knows the plans that Marvel has, but that will not stop speculation! If Thor has a future or not will be determined after these next Avengers movies.

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#5: Small and big screen characters join together

A lot of the Marvel TV shows can be inconsistent, but as characters, there are plenty of great ones to bring along with the Avengers. This conversation has been happening for a while ever since the success of Netflix’s Daredevil. A lot can be done with great main and supporting characters from shows like The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Some of the best villains have come from these shows such as Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. It would be a great idea to have a conflict between Fisk and Spider-Man or have the Avengers and Defenders join together. The best thing that Marvel can do is to continue increasing their cast of characters to the big screen, and they have many established roles on the small screen who would be excellent for a theatrical release.

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#4: Rated R MCU movies

I have a preference for more adult movies and games, as you might tell from many posts on this site. The possibility of having a rated R superhero movie from a loveable character such as Deadpool was a dream come true. I loved it then came Logan, which became my favorite superhero movie ever made. The conversation about an R rated MCU film has gone back and forth for a while now. The one thing that Marvel and Disney cannot refuse is a giant pile of cash which was brought big time by Deadpool and Logan. Last year in an interview with CBR Kevin Feige said, “I don’t think it’s out of the question. When I started at Marvel seventeen years ago, the Blade franchise was doing very well. A lot of people didn’t even know that it was based on a Marvel character because at the time they hid the fact it was Marvel. So, not out of the question, but not something we’re working on right now.” I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one, but not going to get my hopes too high.

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#3: A more diverse cast of heroes

A big complaint that many people have had about the MCU is the lack of diversity. Now that we have Black PantherCaptain Marvel is coming next year, and the potential Black Widow movie will help give more woman and people of color to take the forefront of future phases in the MCU. Kevin Feige spoke to Vulture about the having woman take a more critical role by saying,  “It is all about figuring out when and how” admitted Feige. “But by the way, many of them have already filmed additional scenes in upcoming movies, so some of that is gonna come sooner rather than later. All of them will be seen again.” Until those future movies, we will see a lot of Black Widow, Gamora, Wanda, Nakia, Okoye, and many more incredible female characters in Infinity War.black panther

 

#2: Giving light to less known characters

Just like what we have seen with the characters such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and the whole Guardians crew, we have seen some less known characters take a significant role. Feige has said time again and again that the frontrunners of the MCU will shift and include Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man who is one of the more well-known characters to take a more prominent role, and more. With over 7,000 characters, an endless amount can be utilized for years to come. That will bring a mix of the most beloved and known characters such as Spider-Man to team up with Doctor Strange and others. This catalog of bizarre and obscure characters has been slowing opening and will continue to open. The future phases are supposed to be very different and experimental. With that said, the future could look a lot more creative instead of some cookie cutter formula to chug out movie after movie. These possibilities to different characters and styles on making future films can lead to a healthy future for the MCU.

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#1: Giving bigger and more powerful villains after Thanos

Thanos is an incredibly strong opponent for our heroes. Speculation is going around about character deaths such as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Loki, and others who might be killed off in Infinity War. The comic kill of a significant portion of the heroes, so it is safe to say that we should all expect some level of consequences during this massive battle. Once Thanos is defeated, there will need to be a new threat in the future to raise the stakes. Whenever Disney acquires Fox’s properties then many doors will open. Heroes such as Deadpool, X-Men, and Fantastic Four will all be available, including villains. These villains plus the villains already owned by Disney can lead to many different possibilities. Some of the most popular of villains such as Doctor Doom, Galactus, Sinister Six, and much more lead to a variety of threats that our heroes will have to face in the future. For now, they have to survive the wrath of Thanos first.

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That is it for this week in my month of Marvel lists. Again, be sure to check out the other two that I wrote about my favorite villains and facts that you didn’t know about the MCU. Next week will be the last before my review of Avengers: Infinity War which releases on April 27, I will see it on the 29th in which you can expect my review that same day.

Images via Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics

Quick News: God of War is Good? + Batgirl Movie Still in the Works? + Beartooth Member Leaves + More!

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  • One of the biggest games of the year, God of War, is coming next week. Today reviews are out, so we get a chance to see what critics think. So far, the game is doing excellent. As of writing, Metacritic has the game at a 94, IGN and Polygon both scored the game a 10/10, and Gamespot rated the game a 9/10. The general consensus is that the game is beautiful, fun gameplay, and tells an emotional and compelling story. “It’s a game in which Kratos, a previously one-note character, becomes a complex father, warrior, and monster, embattled both on the field and within his own heart about how to treat his son; one in which the world opens up and shifts, offering rewards in both gameplay and knowledge of its lore that I treasured with each accomplishment,” writes IGN. Their only complaint was the framerate is locked at 30fps. Gamespot had little to no complaints to with their biggest critique being the last boss battle not being that great but noted there are plenty of epic boss battles throughout the game. God of War is shaping up to be one of the best games of the year. It releases next Friday on PS4, and you can expect a review from me as soon as possible.

 

  • Taylor Lumley from the metal band Beartooth has announced his departure from the band. He writes on Twitter, “I quit Beartooth today to focus more on my life and my art. I love all the dudes in our band and crew like family, and there was no ill will at all.” Taylor was backup vocals and the band’s lead guitarist since 2013. There has not been any news about what his future plans are in music, but it sounds like there will be a continuation of his musical career.

 

  • Joss Whedon left the Batgirl project a few months ago. Now we are getting news that the project is still on. Currently Christina Hodson, who is working on the script for the Transformers spinoff movie based on the character Bumblebee. Not much is known about the film, but expectations are high from the success of Wonder Woman and the struggles that DC has had, it would be great to see another good movie from their catalog.

 

  • Take-Two Interactive has had its fair share of lawsuits because of Rockstar’s GTA V. Now one of those has been dismissed. Ex-Rockstar North president Leslie Benzines sued the company for $150 million in royalties. After taking a year and a half sabbatical, Leslie claims that the company forced him to leave after the hiatus. This stems from a contract signed in 2010 which would grant him equal pay as co-founders Dan and Sam Houser. The court recently has dismissed the case because the agreement does not explicitly say that the payments must be equal.

 

  • More news on GTA V. If you followed the game at all, then you know it is making a ridiculous amount of money for Rockstar and parent company Take-Two Interactive. According to analysists, GTA V is the biggest entertainment product of all time. The game not only made a billion dollars on its third day of release back in 2013 but with the microtransactions that have reportedly earned $700 million a year has rocketed the profits sky-high. After 90 million units sold, making it the third best selling game of all time makes the game this profitable. It has been estimated that GTA V has made $6 billion in its lifetime. Since Rockstar has not stated when they will stop supporting the game, we can expect that this amount will increase until it is time for Rockstar to move on.