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Movie Review: Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

MOVIE REVIEW

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021)

Starring: Simu Liu, Awkafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

MINOR SPOILERS

It’s no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in desperate need of some more diverse faces. As the first Marvel movie with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi and The Legend Of The Ten Rings already has a lot of eyes on it. Sure it’s a Marvel movie, but will it reach the heights of a film like Black Panther? That movie had the benefit of introducing T’Challa in a prior film (Civil War), and that character has a higher profile than Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu who debuted in the 70’s. Add in the fact that the pandemic is still a major factor in the box office (for the love of God please get vaccinated so I don’t have to keep adding this to my reviews), and that Shang-Chi is not getting a simultaneous Disney+ “premiere access” debut like Black Widow did, and suddenly a whole lot is riding on Mr. Chi and his cinematic debut. If this film goes the way of current box office releases, it could effect not only the rest of the MCU releases for 2021, but it could also spell doom for other major studio releases this year too. Legend of the Ten Rings is an interesting film in a lot of ways, and has a lot to do. But it also stands out because this is first time there’s been an MCU film based on a character that I know pretty much nothing about.

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TV Review: Loki!

TV REVIEW!

Loki

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino

Directed By: Kate Herron

SPOILERS

The still burgeoning small-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe has made some pretty big impressions since beginning earlier this years. From introducing us to “Agatha All Along” to bringing the shield of Captain America to Sam Wilson, the latest installments of the mega franchise have made some pretty small-to-medium size splashes in the pop culture sphere. But all that is about to change, thanks to a series starring the God of Mischief himself, Loki.

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Movie Review: Black Widow!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Black Widow (2021)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, David Harbour

Directed By: Cate Shortland

SPOILERS

It’s been a long voyage for Natasha Romanoff to get to the big screen on her own. Regardless of the fact that she’s been a supporting player since her debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2, the Russian Super spy also had her big solo adventure delayed multiple times during the COVID-19 pandemic (which is still going on, even if things are improving around the country and places want you to think it’s over). Poor Nat bounced around release dates five different times, but finally, Black Widow has arrived to signal not only a return to some of sort of normalcy for the box office, but for the pop culture behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the long-awaited solo movie for a character that’s deserved one for a few years now, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the film. When you add in the delays due to COVID, that hype increases exponentially. Can the super-spy Avenger live up to those lofty expectations?

Almost.

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It’s My Party…..

It’s My Party…..

Hey, all. It’s my birthday today, and since I don’t really need anything (except for those awesome Batman 1989 Lego Batmobile and Batwing sets), I wanted to do something a little different today. I wanted to share some things that have helped me get through the previous year in the hopes that it’ll help you all out, or give you something new to check out in 2021 as we continue to hunker down for the foreseeable future until we get more people vaccinated. This post is gonna be pretty sprawling and cover a lot of random stuff from music to comics to movies and even some charities, but it’s my birthday, and it’s easier (and cheaper) to read this than trying to get me a gift, so you’re welcome!

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DC Fandemonium

o2qtVZRieyvqJfcKeeqQUg-1200-80DC’s Fandome event was the first of its kind: a virtual convention meant to hype up all of their upcoming film, comic, TV, and video game projects, and to be completely honest, it went off (mostly) without a hitch. While there was the occasional delay, the event took over the twitter world by storm, giving us the first looks at upcoming games like Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, as well as new and first time trailers for Wonder Woman 84, James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder’s mythical Justice League: The Snyder Cut, and Matt Reeve’s The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson.

It was a wide ranging event, and while we didn’t get news on EVERYTHING (The Flash, Aquaman 2, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and Black Adam are still too new for any footage), we did get a lot of really enticing and exciting things, and to be perfectly honest, DC and Warner Bros have set the stage for how future events should be presented. But let’s nail down the biggest things from the twenty four-hour event. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Avengers Beta (War Rooms)

indexLast week, I gave you some thoughts on the story mode of Avengers, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ massively ambitious take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This weekend I was able to jump back into the beta, and this time I focused more in on the War Rooms, the big selling point behind the game. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Avengers Beta (Story Mode)

indexIf there’s one area that the Marvel machine has yet to conquer, it’s video games. Despite a few notable exceptions like the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man and Telltale Games’ take on Guardians of the Galaxy, video games based on the characters ruling the multiplex have been few and far between. But Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are looking to change that with Avengers, an extremely ambitious game that looks to put a Destiny spin on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Thanks to Marvel artist Mark Brooks, I got the chance to try out the Beta earlier than most folks, and I gotta say, the potential is definitely there for this to be THE game for any Marvel fan. Read the rest of this entry

Tasking The Master

intro-1583762783One of my all time favorite Marvel villains is finally getting the MCU treatment in Black Widow: Taskmaster. The Avengers baddie has long been on my shortlist of characters that I’ve wanted to see on the big screen, and his abilities seem tailor made for the MCU. Gifted with “photographic reflexes”, Taskmaster has the ability to mimic the fighting abilities of anyone he fights. Sure, he can’t match the strength of Spider-Man or Cap, but being able to pull their same moves on them (and others), makes him a formidable foe, and makes Tony Masters one of the most underrated baddies in the Marvel universe. Brash, arrogant, and loyal only to whoever pays him the most, Taskmaster is a wicked fun villain who’s been due for the MCU spotlight for a long time now.

So why is he so silent in all of the trailers for Black Widow? Read the rest of this entry

A Sinister Scene

Sinister_SixNow that Morbius, the next Sony movie that’s a spin off that won’t feature Spider-Man, is finished and being released later this year we finally have an idea of what’s in store for us when it comes to the post- New Deal that Sony and Disney have made. As depicted in the first trailer for the film, Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius walks down a hallway, and we hear the sound of Michael Keaton, and then see Keaton himself address the living vampire in an obvious ploy to connect this film to the larger MCU. Read the rest of this entry

The Batman Rises

rs_1024x544-200213153621-1024-robert-pattinson-as-batmanAt long last, we’ve finally got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman outfit, and it looks…pretty sweet! Eschewing the more grounded take that Batman V Superman had (and I was a fan of), Pattinson’s new Batsuit is like a cool mix between the Arkham Games and a little bit of Sean Murphy’s White Knight look, and it’s definitely something that fits right into what director Matt Reeves described as “something Bruce Wayne would make for himself”. Read the rest of this entry