The Disney brand has already come out strong this year. With the Star Wars franchise breaking records, and a full slate of Marvel movies coming this summer, in addition to some fan-favorite tv shows, the Mouse House seems to have its hands full. Or so one would think. But more is coming. Between Marvel shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, it may be surprising to hear that another story within the Marvel Universe could be coming to the small screen soon. After some on and off again rumors last year surrounding an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, it seems ABC has finally made up its mind. A pilot episode has been ordered for the new original show titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring (more…)
Last spring, as the networks were preparing their fall shows, there was an announcement that ABC was working on a spin-off for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that would focus on the Moonlighting-esque solo adventures of Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). When the fall schedule was announced, this new show was not a part of it, and it was widely assumed that the renewal of Agent Carter might have had something to so with that. But since everything old is new again in Hollywood, it sounds like the spin-off is back on, only don’t call it a spin-off. It’s a continuation of their story, you see. (more…)
It’s that time of year when fans learn whether their investment in a year’s worth of a TV show will pay off in a second season or whether it was time well wasted. TV upfronts are next week, the annual announcement by the networks of what they’ll be showing next year and on what day of the week you’ll be able to watch it, but since news goes better in several doses and not just a single big dose, we’re getting some early renewal and cancellation notices going into the weekend. ABC, for instance, has been playing its cards pretty close to the chest, but Marvel fans can breath easier today because not only will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be back next year, but so will Agent Carter. (more…)
‘Agents of Shield’ Spin-Off Mystery Revealed – And Is Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan) Getting Her Own Series As Well?
Just a few days ago, it was put out there (to the interwebz) that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD would be getting a spin-off. With nothing officially announced at that time, it left fans to ponder what characters or stories from the world of SHIELD would be branching out – Inhumans, Agents of SWORD perhaps? Well, now, we have word that the proposed spin-off is a set to show some more familiar characters, with Mockingbird and Hunter being at the center of it. Deadline Hollywood reports that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are finalizing deals for the new show. (more…)
While we’ve still got a few weeks to go until the March 3rd return of Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ABC on Tuesday nights, fans of the Mockingbird have new reason to celebrate. Adrianne Palicki, who plays Bobbi Morse aka the Mockingbird, has been bumped up from guest star to series regular. What does this mean for her character? (more…)
If you watched last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode A Hen in the Wolf House then you saw Adrianne Palicki, Agent Bobbi Morse aka the Mockingbird let loose with those batons and kick Hydra butt all over the place. Of course she was dressed in her Head of Hydra Security uniform pictured above. We wouldn’t expect her to continue to wear that outfit once her cover is blown now would we? (more…)
The super hero small screen action continues as Marvel‘s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starts their second season off with a bang going up against an old school Marvel villain, The Absorbing Man. Teen Wolf‘s Brian Patrick Wade goes full chrome dome to play Carl “Crusher” Creel, a long time Thor and Hulk villain. Check out his first official on set photo. (more…)
When news hit the Internet that From Dusk Till Dawn was coming to television, many people wondered why, and would the series match the frolicking fun of the original, or follow the less-than-satisfying sequels. Why? Director Robert Rodriguez says:
If the film is the short story, this is the novel. There was so much that I wanted to explore in that movie that I didn’t get to. (more…)
Remember a couple of weeks ago when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel? I’m sure if there was one actress who could easily relate to the impact of being cast as comic’s number one female hero, it was Adrianne Palicki. Back in 2011, Palicki was cast in David E. Kelly‘s Wonder Woman TV pilot, and after internet backlash vivisected every released detail about the show, NBC eventually decided that they didn’t want it. That’s a shame because Palicki was pretty good in the role, once you get past the pilot’s tremendous narrative issues. But don’t feel too bad for the actress, in her opinion, as the old saying goes, all’s well that ends well. (more…)
The one persistent thought that went through my mind while watching G.I. Joe: Retaliation was that the childhood adventures I puppeteered with my G.I. Joe figures where much more creative and fun than anything cooked up by the filmmakers in charge of this franchise. Of course, I would throw Transformers, Star Wars guys, He-Man and other toys into the mix, an impractical possibility on a corporate and imaginative level, but it was infinitely more satisfying than what they’ve put up on screen. Twice. And in spire of all the different players I threw in during my playtime, infinitely more logical too.
But if there’s a single improvement that G.I. Joe: Retaliation makes over it’s predecessor, The Rise of Cobra, it’s that it feels like someone put two minutes of research into military tactics and structure, not to mention two minutes of research into the actual franchise it’s based on. Basically, it looks like how a G.I. Joe movie should look, at least until Ray Stevenson as Cobra merc Firefly unleashes a flurry of mechanical a fireflies with exploding butts while riding a motorcycle that separates into several independent rocket propelled grenades. But I digress.
This sequel is set several of years after the original, and the “Nanomite Wars” have come and gone. Duke (Channing Tatum) now leads G.I. Joe, and the President (Jonathan Pryce) is still Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) in disguise. But now’s the time that Cobra is putting their master plan into motion. Framing the Joes for the theft of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan, Zartan takes the chance to use his executive privilege to eliminate them, and then calls for the worldwide disarmament of all nuclear weapons. But before you can say “peacenik,” three Joes survived the Cobra blitz, and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) leads Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianna Palicki) come back to America to, well, retaliate.
First off all, while I appreciate the effort to make this grounded and suggest that this takes place in something resembling the real world, the idea of the Joes saving defectors from North Korea and securing loose nukes in Pakistan seems rather a far cry from the old storylines involving Cobra’s weather control machine and stealing the DNA of the world’s greatest tyrants to create a super Cobra-leading tyrant. It’s just jarring is all, like suddenly seeing Stephen Colbert host the CBS Evening News.
But that would be bad enough if they hadn’t of kept a lot of that silliness from the first movie. There’s a rather elongated scene where Roadblock and Duke play Call of Duty and suck, and at one point Cobra Commander tells Destro that he’s “out of the band.” Justified’s Walton Goggins also appears as the warden of Cobra Commander’s prison, and it seems like for a minute that he’s in an entirely different movie all together. In fact, I would say that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is actually made up of about three or four different movies making it a Russian nesting doll of a blockbuster. There’s the war movie, the fugitive movie, the kung-fu movie, and something resembling a combination platter or RED, The Rock, Die Another Day, Battleship, Olympus Has Fallen, Red Dawn and xXx: State of the Union. Basically, the screenwriters have Netflix and proved it.
I give kudos to Dwayne Johnson through because Retaliation‘s many faults he’s still a reliable and magnetic leading man. Poor Channing Tatum gets the shaft (again) despite the fact that some of the rumors of Retaliation’s delay revolved around capitalizing on the actor’s rising stardom, Duke’s total screentime doesn’t mount to a hill of beans. But if you can say anything for Tatum it’s that his limited presence makes more of an impression than D.J. Cotrona, and he has more of a character than Bruce Willis’ General Colton, who basically comes across as Bruce Willis with a rank. (I’m genuinely surprised he didn’t get a “Yippee Ki-yay!” at any point.) The film does make good use of Adrianna Palicki’s assets, but probably not in the way that she, or any other even marginally feminist viewer of G.I. Joe might like. One wonders if the term “irony” passed through the minds of director Jon M. Chu when he followed up a scene of Lady Jaye bristling at Gen Colton’s characterization of her as a secretary, with a scene of Jaye in sweats using her sex appeal to lure the President’s chief of staff into a kidnapping.
Speaking of Chu, I wonder if he was in over his head. His past experience capturing poppin’ fresh dance moves in the Step-Up series of films and the Justin Bieber documentary doesn’t exactly prepare one for making a big Hollywood action movie. But the action in Retaliation, I have to say, is fine. Where the film is lacking is tight editing, pacing and direction. Logic would have also been nice, but I don’t expect miracles from these things. Really though, when the doomsday plan seems horribly stupid and the machine by which you’ll achieve it has a super lame function, is saving the world really such a big deal. And by the way, ninja’s are cool because they’re mysterious, so going into the lengthy backstory of the ancient Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry is as counterproductive as it is lame.
But did the film do anything right? As I said, Johnson was solid, and I liked the tangible parts of this world, like how all the vehicles used looked real. And by the way, thanks for actually giving us a Cobra Commander we can recognize, although I still miss Chris Latta‘s patented screeching voice ordering Cobra’s retreat. But if there is to be a G.I. Joe 3, and there’s no reason to expect that there won’t be, maybe we can try something serious, something that seems less jokey all the time. And we need to reaffirm the proper definition of terrorist. A terrorist group, like Cobra’s supposed to be, isn’t going to squander time putting a puppet President in place, so that the fake President can organize a world conference to get rid of nuclear weapons. If they can get to the President, they’re going to kill him on live TV for the shock value and damn the consequences. (Although the White House draped in Cobra flags is till a cool visual.)
So let’s consider how a G.I. Joe movie should really look. Below is a clip of the opening to the animated 1987 G.I. Joe The Movie. Now forgetting all the insane snake people, Nemesis Enforcer and Cobra-La bull$#!% that follows in the next 77 minutes, this three minute intro has everything a G.I. Joe movie should: big action, a simple, understandable plot and some damn satisfying patriotic imagery. “Yo Joe!” indeed.