Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher
Directed By: Rian Johnson
The wait for the next “Saga Movie” in the newly reinstated Star Wars franchise has been a long one, full of Rey “Mary Sue” debates, Snoke theories, and complaints about why Luke was only seen in the last few minutes of The Force Awakens. Well, the wait is finally over, and one thing is definitely for certain, nothing will ever be the same now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit theaters. Director Rian Johnson delivers a movie that’s not only a satisfying installment in the franchise, but one that leaves it in a place that makes me genuinely curious and excited to see what comes next. Read the rest of this entry
It’s happened. Disney has bought Fox, and therefore can now work the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, and whatever the hell else they want into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s pretty damn excited to be a comic book fan right now, as something we never expected to happen has, well, happened!
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A major bombshell has just hit the nerd community: Disney was allegedly in talks to acquire 21st Century Fox.
Now despite what all the headlines are saying, this is far from a done deal. In fact, according to Bloomberg, the talks had been on and off for the past few weeks, but are now dead. But this still means that there’s a chance, regardless of how big, that we could finally see the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and the X-Men cross paths with the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the talks are dead now, but now that the topic has been brought up, I can’t imagine that Disney wouldn’t try again to at least get the Fantastic Four and X-Men rights back. It would take some creative finagling, but if Marvel’s proven anything, it’s that they can get finaglin’. Read the rest of this entry
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites
Directed By: Joachim Ronning and Espin Sandberg
Would anyone believe that we’d get to a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie back in 2003? Probably not, but here we are. The fifth go around with Captain Jack Sparrow is here, nearly six years after the last voyage in On Stranger Tides. A lot has changed since the last installment of the hit Disney franchise, and while there are still some fun moments to be had in Dead Men Tell No Tales, there are some major signs of franchise fatigue setting in. Read the rest of this entry
The past two weeks have been pretty wild for Marvel Studios. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, no longer has to answer to Ike Perlmutter, the head of Marvel Comics. Instead, Feige will now answer directly to the head of Disney Studios, Alan Horn. With Kevin Feige no longer having to answer to the CEO of Marvel, and the disbanding of the “Marvel Creative Committee”, one wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that this is the beginning of the end for the mighty Marvel Studios. But is this really the case? Read the rest of this entry