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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

The Bat and the Furious

Batmobile-1_1200_589_81_sNow that we’ve got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit (both officially and unofficially) it’s time to start revealing other famous aspects of the Dark Knight. Namely, his car. 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

Movie Review: Birds of Prey!

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Starring: Margot Robie, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Rose Perez, Chris Messina

Directed By: Cathy Yan

As the DCEU transitions from trying to copy Marvel Studios into a more “director-driven” studio, it’s opened up numerous directors to try new things with the DC stable of characters. Obviously we all know the results of Todd Phillips’ Joker, but what about a character that was already established fairly well in a previous mega successful (financially) film for the studio? Enter Birds of Prey, otherwise known by its much longer title, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. A movie that’s both kind of a sequel to Suicide Squad and also another turning point for the studio post-Synderverse, the Margot Robie starring vehicle from director Cathy Yan is a surprisingly fun ride that has plenty of charm, but not without some faults. Read the rest of this entry

Joker Goes For Gold

JOKER-MOVIE-REVIEWThe Academy Awards revealed this year’s nominees, and surprisingly, Todd Phillips’ Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations. Of course Joaquin Phoenix was going to be nominated, there was no doubt about that, but the sheer amount of other noms for the film is pretty staggering, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. And it begs the question….are they all warranted? Read the rest of this entry

2020: The Year Ahead

wonder-woman-1984-1199044-1280x0-1200x676It’s the dawn of a new year and a new decade, which means that it’s time to do what we nerds do best: look at the upcoming releases and take a guess as to what we’re looking forward to the most! From Natasha Romanoff getting her own solo film to the debut of Locke and Key on Netflix, there’s a whole host of nerdy goodness coming our way this year, so let’s take a look at what’s coming our way! Read the rest of this entry

Best of 2019!

The year of our lord 2019 was a bit of a mess in a lot of ways, but when it came to pop culture, you’d never have known it. From finally hearing the words “Avengers Assemble” on the big screen to being acquainted with a little guy we’ve all called “Baby Yoda”, 2019 sure had a lot of fantastic things to distract us from the hell place we currently call “reality”. And as I realize how depressing this all sounds, it probably stands to say that I should move on with this intro and get into the cool stuff from this year! Read the rest of this entry

The Bat, The Cat, and The ?????

the-batman-villains-jonah-hill-riddler-penguin-comicbookcom-1188756-1280x0Now that Robert Pattinson has signed on to answer the bat-signal, it’s time to start filling out the rest of Gotham, and what better place to start than with one of the Batman’s closet allies, Commissioner Gordon. While many were expecting that we’d see J.K. Simmons’ return to the role after Justice League, but after that film’s underperformance, it looks like Gordon is getting put into the reboot machine as well, and now he’s being played by none other than Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Homecoming, Spider-Man!

0085510c768c538b923ed422c2cef267c9d687b3And just like that, Spidey is back in the MCU.

In a surprising turn of events (okay, not THAT surprising), Sony and Marvel Studios have renegotiated their deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU for another two movies, and they’ve even got the third film on the schedule for 2021, a mere two years away. After nearly a month passing with the deal seemingly dying, many (myself included) resigned themselves to the fact that the deal was over and done with, and that we’d have to live with a Spidey in a post-MCU world. But it seems like cooler heads have prevailed (or at least realized how much money was being left on the table), and we’re going to get at least two more adventures with the wall-crawler. Read the rest of this entry

They Drew First Blood, Not Me

maxresdefaultAs I write this, I’m rewatching First Blood, mainly because Last Blood, the “final” movie in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo franchise is soon to be released. While 2008’s John Rambo was a perfectly fine capper to Stallone’s other famous franchise, the studios have decreed that we need a fifth film, and we’ll have to see if it was truly necessary or not. But as I watch John Rambo struggle with acclimating to civilian life in the most over the top way, I’m struck by the fact that this character that is so damaged, so out of his element in regular every day life, quickly became a symbol of American military and might, despite his first film being very much the complete opposite of those ideas. Read the rest of this entry