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  1. I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that we'll get a Wave 3 of Age of Ultron toys in late summer/Early fall/DVD Release Window that will probably be: AoU Hawkeye Thor (Repaint of old mold) Ultron Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch Swap (Or possibly Vision/Quicksilver swap) Vision Hulkbuster BAF (Reusing as much of the Iron Monger/Mandroid as possible) For Black Widow, she'll either be released as an exclusive or Hasbro will basically just take the "You got the WInter Soldier version, that's good enough" approach.
  2. I would rather it focus on Luke Skywalker or omit the original characters outright. I could ignore these films altogether if they had set it in the future of the same universe...but that would require some thought from genuine original filmmakers. So basically you never want the Star Wars franchise to move forward at all, and don't want the Sequel Trilogy to have its' own identity? Nothing like being completely stagnant to bring in those viewers! It's like some people don't think movies should be a for-profit business.
  3. Promoting? They only just got a composer. That's like ordering the rings the day before the wedding. I have a sneaking suspicion Fox isn't gonna sink one more cent into this future mainstay of the Walmart "5-Dollar" bin than they absolutely have to. Well, a lot of folks have been sinking money into Josh Trank, despite his dinky imdb listing. Anyone actually see "Chronicle?" Found footage? Ugh. I know a lot of people hate the whole "found footage" subgenre. I'm not a fan of it, either. But I have seen Chronicle, and it is actually pretty damn good as "found footage" stuff goes. Though it also blurs the line between "found footage" and "regular movie." I actually think Josh Trank has talent. I don't know that his sensibilities are right for a Fantastic Four movie, though, even a "scaled back" one. But basically I get the impression Fox hired him for this job because he showed that he knew how to stretch a budget on Chronicle. I do think there is a very slim chance that this actually turns out far better than anyone is expecting, but as I said...very slim. It just seems like such an odd duck when Fox is starting to show that they "get it" with the X-Men franchise and their treatment of it, that they'd treat Fantastic Four so tremendously in completely the opposite way. It really feels like nothing more than a "make some shlock so we can keep the rights." Which sucks, when they made a "keep the rights" movie with First Class and it turned out pretty good (and then improved on it with DoFP), so it's not like they're incapable.
  4. I still wonder half the time if half the stuff we've heard about this movie is just the studio trolling us/using deliberate misinformation. Because I sit here and think "Surely no one can look at what Marvel and WB and even YOUR OWN STUDIO with First Class and Days of Future Past are doing and think that making something like this with a nobody cast and vastly different origins is a good idea." (Whatever deficiencies First Class and DoFP have had in regards to continuity are, at least for me, polished out by having some of the best casts in ANY Superhero movie...especially DoFP). It makes me cringe that after this movie comes out, Julian McMahon may well be considered "The Good Dr. Doom." Expect a lot of internet articles about "Why can't Hollywood get Doctor Doom right?" once this movie comes out. I mean, I get why he was changed in the old FF movies. Folks gotta remember that prior to the Marvel Cinematic Universe really getting going (And "Thor" specifically), comic-book movies were generally very leery about veering into "Too crazy/comic-booky" territory. Which generally meant no (or very few) aliens, no "magic" and no crazy cosmic stuff. This was both a factor of budget as much as suspension of disbelief concerns, but it was pretty much "standard operating procedure." Heck, it's the same reason we didn't get an "accurate" Summers brother origin or Phoenix saga (because it relies so much on the Shi'ar and space-stuff). So trying to get audiences to swallow the "Gypsy Superscientist Sorcerer Dictator in Power Armor" would have been a bit much for audiences to swallow back then. Nowdays, though? We live in a world where Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing movie of the last year. Where Thor and Asgard have become regular features in the MCU. Where comic book movies and TV shows in general are finally starting to EMBRACE the "comic-booky" elements rather than cut them out so stuff's more "real." I think you could do a MUCH closer to "authentic" Doom now and people wouldn't have a problem. Yeah, maybe you could leave out the "Sorcerer" part. But the rest? That'd seem tame compared to "Otherdimensional Deities" or "Talking Raccoon with a Rocket Launcher and his sentient tree buddy."
  5. We all want it to be good. For what it's worth, I think the chances are high that the OT purists/prequel haters (not always the same thing) will probably be pleased with the movie. I think it will heavily draw from the Original Trilogy and include just enough Prequel-era stuff to acknowledge that they happened but move right along. But my chief worry is that they're going to lean so heavily on the Original Trilogy imagery and callbacks that the new trilogy will barely even feel like it has any identity of its own, if that makes sense? That by trying so fervently to "win back" the old-school fans and redeem the reputation of the franchise after the prequels that they'll overcompensate to the point that it will hurt the new trilogy's story and presentation. Or make it all feel so derivative that it moves past "comforting nostalgia" and into "kind of annoying/boring, really." I want the new trilogy to be good, but I also don't want it to be afraid to take some risks and be different from both the Prequels and the OT in some ways.
  6. Much of what you say is right, but there's nothing subtle about the Star Wars story. Further, folks need to recall that this isn't 1977 anymore. The bulk of moviegoing audiences (which tends to be younger than many old-school Star Wars fans) have different tastes now. If you don't cater somewhat to those tastes, your movie is likely to underperform if not bomb. Now, Star Wars isn't likely to bomb regardless, but that doesn't mean "Do everything exactly like they did it (almost) forty years ago." Nevermind that Star Wars was VERY much about action sequences...just not the kinds of action sequences that tend to involve martial arts fights: The Escape from the Death Star. The Trench Run. The Battle of Hoth and the Asteroid Field Chase. etc... etc... (And a few Lightsaber duels too). These all had plenty of choreography to them. Star Wars was inspired by the serials of George Lucas' youth, which had plenty of action to them, and certainly were anything but subtle stories. I always find it a bit amusing that so many people think that a Lightsaber Duel should never move beyond standard stage-fighting (which is pretty much what all the OT lightsaber duels were). Do you think Star Wars would be just as successful if no blaster was ever fired or no lightsaber ever clashed? But beyond that, we have no idea what these guys will be doing in the movie, or even if the rumor has any truth to it whatsoever or not. A little early to get up in arms about it. Go watch The Raid and/or The Raid 2. These guys are some of the best action stars nobody has heard of (because they're not English-language performers) out there. Seriously though, regardless of your feelings on these guys maybe (but just as likely not) being in Episode VII in some capacity, The Raid and the Raid 2 are some of the best martial-arts action movies in decades. Well worth checking out. I'm sure there'll be more to come. It's going to be the prequels all over again: No matter how good or bad the final product is, there will be a legion of die-hard "fans" that will always find it completely lacking compared to the movie they made up in their heads/"What I would have done if I had absolute power over the production of this movie and the entirety of Hollywood and an unlimited budget was...." (Don't mistake me, the Prequels were horribly flawed in many ways, I'm just noting that by the time Episode I hit, there was pretty much no way it could live up to the hype in the minds of many. I am confident Episode VII will be considered "better" than any of the Prequels when all is said and done. Hopefully much better, but at the bare minimum "better.")
  7. Thoroughly expected result. WB always had way more to lose if it went head-to-head with Captain America 3. After a D-List Marvel team cranked out one of the highest-grossing opening weekends of the year, it's clear the Marvel Brand is a juggernaut right now. While Bvs:DoJ might have ended up making more than CA3 on an opening weekend, the two audiences would've cannibalized each other to the point that both films likely would have underperformed. The difference being that Marvel films tend to hold pretty well, and Marvel can afford to have one film underperform as their brand is already strong and would continue with its' current plans. Whereas if BvS underperforms it threatens all of WB's Justice League-flavored plans for the future. They moved the film to another "hit maker" release date so they've still got confidence in the film, though it is interesting that they pulled it out of the Summer season altogether. Still, now WB gets their product out first (for that particular year) and has a "clear" weekend. Probably the best decision WB could have made, all things considered, even if they'll lose out on the summer-season teenager crowds during the weekdays..
  8. Yeah, about half to three-quarters of the time it seems like some people define "forced humor" as any attempt at humor in their "I'm-serious-this-is-seriously-serious" comic book movies, especially if they personally don't find it all that funny. The fact that Marvel movies even have a sense of humor is part of what sets them apart and helps make them excellent entertainment. Yeah, you can still have excellent entertainment and be dour and grim (see: Dark Knight Trilogy), but Marvel isn't trying to make a whole stable of Batman-esque films. They're trying to make movies that are entertaining in a fun way.
  9. I'm in at "Commodore" level plus some extra for either a second package of "Urban Ops" or some stretch goals. So now we'll finally see if third-party G.I. Joe figures can enjoy remotely near the same kind of success third party Transformers seem to.
  10. About 9AM EST. She was sold out before 9:30 AM EST. Managed to snag her, Winter Soldier, and Hyperion, Wasp, Grim Reaper, and Hulk from the Marvel Universe rebranding. Used a code for 20% off and free shipping for all of it. May not ship until the end of the month, but a good haul today, nonetheless.
  11. Dynamic would not be the word I would use. It would agree if you said they were the only memorable images from these movies, sure. It's still fluff. Plain and simple. And this fluff of this kind will, Im sure, carry over into the new movies theyre making. A good majority of filmgoers do enjoy bright colors and fast images and nothing else. But they can have meaning behind them and please across the board...if the script is strong enough. The same goes for space battles. Strong foundation, grounded in truth. It's worked/happened before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVq5QwMlaII Sparing another analysis of prequel failings, this: is still more captivating and impressive than any SW fight...ever...I would like to see this level of swordplay in a SW movie. You all do know what movie that still is from without me saying, right? If not, and you haven't seen it, you've got no business talking about movie sword fights. I do know which movie it is. Whether I did or not, however, is irrelevant to my ability to have an opinion on movie sword fights. Personally my preference leans slightly more towards Scaramouche (1952) anyway. You don't like the prequel swordfights. That's fine. Plenty of other people do, and quite a bit. That's fine too. This seems to be something you have difficulty accepting. This isn't in any way a defense of the Prequel scripts. They were generally terrible, then again so were the OT scripts, people just didn't care because they had charismatic performers selling the lines convincingly. Scripts and fight choreography, though, aren't really the same thing.
  12. The difference between a legion of knights with broadswords and a legion of Jedi with lightsabers? The Lightsabers look far more visually dynamic on-screen. They give the series an iconic weapon that is now immediately recognizable to most of the civilized world. They help give the setting a flash and style all its' own, and I would gladly argue that without them, the series would be considerably less popular. Sometimes it really is "entertainment" that's key. The fight choreography in ESB and RotJ was fine for its' day. If they'd kept that level of swordplay in the prequels, most audiences would have been highly disappointed, because on-screen action had evolved in the intervening decades, largely based on greater influence from far eastern cinema starting to creep into Western awareness. It would have seemed stale and boring, regardless of the performances surrounding it, and even films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix and its sequels would have blown it away in terms of action. Star Wars films are at their heart supposed to be action/adventure tales in a science-fantasy setting, not weighty dramas. While there were plenty of performances in the prequels that were bad-bordering-on-atrocious, most people would tend to think that the more dynamic fight choreography went far more towards salvaging the films than further sullying them.
  13. The "Who the hell is Star-Lord?" jokes are making light of the fact that this is an extremely obscure character to begin with. Captain America or Iron Man this ain't. The only people that are going to feel the "credibility" of the character is damaged by these jokes are super anal-retentive fanboys. Which is funny, because so many of the people complaining, apparently aren't even familiar enough with the character in the first place to understand that he DOESN'T start as some intergalactic super-badass that everyone's in awe and fear of. And Iron Man 3 is FAR from a "really bad movie." Go watch Steel or Catwoman and get back to us on "really bad movies." Just because it had a plot twist you didn't like doesn't make a movie bad. It just makes it a movie you didn't like, which is fine. Not everybody likes everything. This kind of thing has happened in other comic movies...as if the screenwriters are so embarrassed by the geekiness of the names AND feel the audience shares that for some reason. They already bought the tickets, folks! Say the names, say em proud! He's called Star Lord twice in the two-minute trailer which is already twice as many times as Superman was called Superman in the entire Man of Steel movie. Maybe you're forgetting that this is a Marvel movie? Marvel hasn't been bashful at all about the superheroic code-names, and I highly doubt they're starting here. As noted above, the point is to poke a bit of fun at the fact that this is a character audiences aren't already familiar with. I can see why the joke went over some heads, but it's not designed to be genuinely denigrating to the character.
  14. You realize Disney has nothing whatsoever to do with the new Fantastic Four movie, TMNT, or the upcoming Man of Steel sequel right? Wait, apparently not. Also: Have you actually read the relatively recent Guardians of the Galaxy stuff? I'm...guessing not. I'm not a GOTG expert by any means. But the ONE GOTG trade paperback I own DOES, in fact, portray them as a rag-tag group of misfits (it's even a pre-Bendis book). People scream for comic movies to stick to source material? Well..... They can never be satisfied, because Disney/Marvel Studios had the TEMERITY to not consult them on every single script and casting decision every step of the way to make sure that everything was totally and completely accurate down to the last detail to the source material and any and all hints of humor, comedy, or anything that doesn't involve the most solemn and severe seriousness is carefully excised because everyone knows comic books aren't supposed to have any attempts at fun in them outside whiz-bang explosions and action (and maybe a little of the sexy...you know, with all those superhero girls that have the mutant ability to contort their bodies so they can show off their boobs and butt at the same time).
  15. ZOMG Comedy in a Marvel movie based on a book that was...pretty damn funny in parts. RAAAAAGE! Clearly everyone needs to growl like they have throat cancer and brood about dead parents and loved ones to have a REAL comic book movie. *ahem* Anyway, looks entertaining, and it's just the first trailer. Relax folks, I'm sure trailer #2 will show plenty of laser blasts and 'splosions and growly yelly ZOMG THIS IS SRS BIZNESS (but funny too) stuff. Also, if you look around a bit online you find out exactly why "Star Lord" acts the way he does.
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