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Avengers and X-men

With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.

For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.

In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.

“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”

Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!

Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.

Source: ComicBook Movie

Netflix

In the past, the streaming giant Netflix has stated that they would not have an “offline” option for their service. Amazon Prime and Comcast gave their customers the option to download shows/movies from their apps to their smartphones/tablets/PCs for offline viewing at later times. Those worries about maxing out on their bandwidth (or just wanted to watch service in an area without Wi-Fi or 3G) had the option to download and view later for their own convenience. However, Netflix was firmly against such an action in the past. Statements like “It’s never going to happen” came from their director of communications Cliff Edwards in 2014 and “I’m just not sure people are actually that compelled to do that, and that it’s worth providing that level of complexity,” came from their chief product officer Neil Hunt last year. It looks like Netflix has had a change of heart.

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The long awaited sequel to Independence Day was one of those “I’ll believe when I see it” movies. It’s been talked about for so long, only to pop up when someone asked director Roland Emmerich about it in the midst of making other movies, that it seemed doubtful that the next wave of space invaders would ever arrive. And now, 20 years later, the moment is here. Independence Day: Resurgence fits beautifully in the trend of “re-quels”, a simultaneous sequel and rebooting to turn a franchise that’s stalled out into a comeback success. Sadly though, Independence Day is too in love with its own mythology to make any bold departures from it. (more…)

X Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse will not go down in cinema history as one of Marvel‘s biggest successes. Surrounded by a controversy about whether or not it was appropriate to show Mystique getting throttled in an area struggling with domestic violence, the turnout at the box office was low, to say the least. Many fans felt that there was something lacking character development and that part of the story felt somewhat rushed. Some even felt that Apocalypse’s final downfall happened too conveniently for such an epic villain. (more…)

GB2

Are you one of the many, many Ghostbusters fans that is hoping that Paul Feig’s upcoming entry into the franchise will be his last?  After the initial trailer was released, a trailer that was disliked more than any other trailer in YouTube history, fans of the franchise went into an uproar, slamming the film, the director, and the female cast attached to the project.  In a world in which these armchair critics reign king, this massive shade thrown on the film seems to have had exactly the desired effect.  The new North American tracking figures recently reported by THR seem to back up the almost universal opinion that the Ghostbusters franchise may wind up back in the containment unit after this outing. (more…)

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If you’ve got a Star Trek fan film in the works, you better hope it’s short, sweet and cheap because Paramount and CBS are going to be coming for you otherwise. With the hired goons presumably on standby, the company that owns the rights to Star Trek yesterday announced brand new rules and regulations that are supposed to govern the production fan films made in the franchise’s honor. In the wake of Paramount’s litigious attempts to shut down one project in particular, it seems that the promise of the lawsuit’s imminent end has turned into a pledge to make sure that it never happens again. (more…)

rogue one cast

There’s a tendency out there in Internet Land to panic whenever something appears to be going wrong. What’s worse, plenty of people have little-to-no idea how a movie is put together and so when they hear a word like “reshoots”, they freak the hell out. So is the case with the next flick from the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To be fair, when some movies go back for reshoots, it’s because the execs have no faith the movie will stand on its own given its current incarnation. With Rogue One, however, both director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm guru Kathleen Kennedy are stepping up to reassure the fans that it’s no big deal. (more…)

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Adds Another Villain

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A new day, a new casting for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now that production has begun for the film, we are finding all sorts of great news about who is joining the cast of the upcoming Sony/Marvel film. Barely a month into production and this has become the ultimate fan stunt-casting list. It’s getting to a point where we have to guess who isn’t in this film!  The film has a very strong and diverse cast of the many students who go to Peter Parker’s high school including Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Michael Barbieri, and Abraham Attah. We also know that there will also be some rogues in the film. Michael Keaton has been confirmed to play a villain (possibly The Vulture). In addition, actor Logan Marshall-Green has also been cast for an unspecified bad guy role (possibly The Tinkerer). Looks like we can add one more villain to the film. (more…)

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Negative feedback for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was at all time high today, when the films theme song by Missy Elliot and Fallout Boy  was released to the interwebz. The updated remix of the classic theme, has been referred to as “the biggest noisiest irritating waste of five minutes”. It’s commentary like that has followed this movie since day one. The vitriol is unlike anything ever seen for a movie franchise reboot of this kind. Does Sony care that Ghostbusters is the most unliked trailer on Youtube? Does the floodgate of hate on social media and internet comment sections given them a sense of worry in the slightest? Nope, not even a smidgen. In fact,  they think it’s the greatest thing that ever happened. (more…)

Olmec

Whether you were more of a red jaguar, blue barracuda, green monkey, orange iguana, purple parrot or silver snake, you had one ally in common on the 90’s game show Legends of the Hidden Temple; and that was Olmec.  It was always crucial to listen to the large stone head when he re-told his ancient stories, because you knew you’d be quizzed on them afterwards.  Now it seems you’ll get to hear him wax poetic yet again.  Nickelodeon has announced that Dee Bradley Baker, the original voice of Olmec, will be reprising his vocal role for the Legends of the Hidden Temple movie. (more…)