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Is Marvel Doing Enough to Improve Its Diversity?

For a little over a decade, Marvel has been making regular headlines as the famous comic book-based film series takes on a modern reflection of superheros. Including a large number of A list actors, the films have served a strong role in representing pop culture. However, holding the position as one of the biggest box office hits in the world, many believe Marvel should be using their platform to acknowledge and represent the diverse world we are living in.

Avengers: Endgame is the second highest grossing film in the world, starring almost every superhero we have come to know and love over the last few years. However, with such a large number of superheros, you might expect some representation of the minorities the movie is targeting. While Black Panther was the first Avenger film to feature a person of color as the superhero lead, the film series has yet to properly acknowledge other minorities, including the LGBTQ community.  (more…)

Few scenes are as iconic as the first lightsaber battle in Star Wars: A New Hope. Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi, arch-enemies, facing each other one final time. When later we learn of their true relationship, it makes that scene even heavier. Of course, it was the first scene of its kind and the choreography was… Lacking, to say the least. Especially when faced with the stunning work we see in future films. But fans over at FXitinPost decided that it could be … well. Fixed. They took the heart and soul of the scene and reworked into something that does better justice to what the scene could’ve been.

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An unsurprising exercise in brand extension and hopeful franchise starter, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the first, big-screen iteration of Pokémon, the made-in-Japan series of interconnected stories, videogames, trading cards, and animated films (TV and feature-length, including 21 of the latter, an unexpectedly mind-blowing number if there ever was one) centered on the titular, super-charged fantasy creatures who battle for supremacy with the guidance of their human trainers, partners, and friends, fails to fully or even partially embrace the inherent weirdness of its central premise in exchange for a slipshod, sloppy, slapdash neo-noir storyline involving a twenty-something searching for and reconnecting with his lost, presumably dead father (figuratively, if not literally). Repeatedly slowed down by logic lapses, coincidences, and contrivances that can be listed or described in a single review, Pokémon Detective Pikachu misses the mark by too much to be called anything except a middling misfire. (more…)

Five years ago, Keanu Reeves, pushing the half-century mark, but looking – and more importantly, performing like a super-fit, near-invulnerable 40-year-old – returned to the action genre he made his own more than two decades ago (e.g., Point Break, Speed, The Matrix Trilogy). As a result, he turned into one of the most unlikely movie stars of his generation (or any generation for that matter).  Little has changed since then. Rather than trying his hand at another big-budget, sci-fi-actioner doomed to failure amid outsized expectations, Reeves chose an entirely different, ultimately far more successful path. The first entry in the series, John Wick was a super-lean, super-efficient, minimalist action-thriller that placed a premium on physical stunts, many, if not most performed by Reeves himself, over logic- and physics-defying CG-enhanced effects. Then and now, John Wick was an anomaly, a glitch (so to speak) in the business matrix. While it didn’t become a mega-hit at the box office, the investment-to-return ratio was more than enough to get a sequel into production three years later, John Wick 2: Chapter 2, and a third entry, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, just two years later. (more…)

Happy new trailers galore, folks! This week, after reasonable time to cool down from Avengers: Endgame, a new, spoiler-filled Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer has popped up and it’s glorious.

Let’s start with the low-down. After the awful events of Endgame, Peter Parker is taking a relaxing vacation with his friends, including Ned and MJ. Assumingly, his good buddies were also dusted for the past five years, otherwise they’d be a lot older. Along for the ride is Happy, Iron Man’s old right hand man and kind of his Aunt’s boyfriend. Together, they lament losing Tony and are just trying to live their lives day to day, protecting people.

That is, of course, until Nick Fury starts calling.

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When fans held a rousing internet roast for Sonic The Hedgehog’s movie design, almost no one would have guessed the studio’s response. Merely a few days after the full trailer release, Paramount Animations revealed they were planning to do a full redesign before the movie came out. Horrifyingly, that’s only a short 6 months away. And considering how much time will go to finishing production, it’ll likely be even less for the poor artists on the project.

Just from a pop culture standpoint, this was met with an uproarious amount of people saying that they’re sad Paramount is trying to fix the shit movie they were excited to see. All the memes that will never see the light of day truly breaks any internet troll’s heart. 

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Hasbro is brand is synonymous with quality action figures and accessories. With the release of Avengers: Endgame, they continue to impress. Whether you’re a kid that needs your favorite figure to add to your epic imaginary figure battles or the adult seeking to add to their own collections (or vice versa!), Hasbro has you covered. Now, fair warning, if you haven’t seen Endgame yet A) WTF are you waiting for? And B) these figures feature some character and plot spoilers, so beware! New 6-inch figures, Titan Hero Series 12-inch figures, and children-sized roleplaying gear grace Hasbro’s latest line-up, giving some character some much needed attention and fans more collectibles and toys to drool over!

 

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Time travel has always been one of the pillars of the science fiction genre. Over the years, it’s only become more and more popular. Between Doctor Who, Outlander, Timeless, The Edge of Tomorrow, and more, pop culture has been full of varying styles. The world is now full of people slipping, falling, and adventuring through time. The most recent addition to the group is Avengers: Endgame, the superhero film to jump into tons of other films.

To keep people coming, time travel has quite a few common themes and rules across the genre. They may all be very different, but these similarities tie them together to create a sort of unspoken lore behind time travel that deviates depending on the material. However, they generally follow similar threads.

Endgame, though, has its own deviated version of time travel. Using a couple of the biggest, most common time travel principles, let’s see how it measures up.

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Set in an alternative universe – similar, but far from identical to ours – where a former TV star becomes president (because he played one on a popular, long-running show), an ultra-right-wing Rupert Murdoch-clone rules the airwaves (among other media), and where a Seth Rogen-looking character (played by Seth Rogen) somehow manages to make the jump from unemployed, lefty journo to head speechwriter for a secretary of state, future presidential candidate, to one-half of an unconventional romantic couple, the Jonathan Levine-directed Long Shot asks a tremendous amount from paying audience members and down-the-road future streamers: To set aside any all reality-world doubt and embrace the sheer wish-fulfillment fantasy inherent in the overused schlub-romances-a-beauty-queen-with-brains premise. If you can buy in, if you can get past what any reasonable person would consider the equivalent of a Big Ask, then Long Shot has a semi-random assortment of party favors and weed-soaked pleasures on offer for sporadic enjoyment and/or entertainment.   (more…)

Warning! If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, read NO further! This post features heavy Endgame spoilers! You have been warned!

Mental Illness, PTSD, depression, and anxiety are real issues that plague millions of us. It’s a struggle that some fight with every single day. A vast majority of society is still trying to wrap their heads around illnesses they can’t see and struggle to understand. Some find it hard to even admit they themselves fight against their own brains and bodies. Endgame’s portrayal of conditions like depression and PTSD have been met with mixed reviews, depending on the character experiences them. But which character stands out as the most polarizing?

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