The Last X-Men Movie?

According to Bleeding Cool, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be the last X-Men movie released by Fox because it’s believed that Disney would have completed their purchase of the studio by that time (and it goes without saying that Kevin Feige is just itching to get his hands on characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four–and let’s not forget Doctor Doom, Annihilus and Galactus).

And that’s is a good thing.  The X-Men movies–once a crown jewel of Marvel Comics, in their time certainly more popular than Captain America, Iron Man or Thor––has been significantly less so in movies.

And I believe that their descent has a lot to do with the way they have been treated in the Fox movies, which is typically uneven (when they’re not being  inconsistent).

And before anyone even thinks Deadpool, that movie was literally an aberration.  Fox management were intent on NOT making that movie, that is till an effects test ‘leaked’ (who’s responsible is to this day unknown, though my money’s on either Ryan Reynolds or Tim Miller) and they saw the rabid response to it.

Then there’s Fox’s fetishization of Wolverine, neglecting the rest of the X-Men in the process.

So I for one can’t wait till we see the X-Men under the Marvel Studios banner.

So what do you think?  Sound off below.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Renewed for Season Three!

img_0069For those of you have seen Season Two of Netflix’s Jessica Jones you might have wondered the same thing I did, namely was it the last for Marvel’s acerbic, misanthropic super-powered detective as it tied up a lot of loose ends introduced in Season One.

Apparently, my fears–while not groundless–have proven to be unfounded as Netflix has renewed the series for a third season!

This makes me happy because it shows that–like Jessica Jones herself–the series is taking steps to move beyond the trauma that drove and defined her and it for two seasons, and trying to bring her to a place where she’s better able to face up to her demons (and who knows, maybe even acquire a bit of empathy toward others in the process).

As you might have guessed, I have no idea how the upcoming will go, though I certainly think the journey should be interesting.

Marvel’s Inhumans is Officially Dead

img_0340-2Anson Mount is joining Star Trek: Discovery in Season two, so it’s safe to assume that Inhumans is kaput (though as far as I am aware there’s been no announcement from either ABC or Marvel Television).

Though to be fair that’s hardly a mystery.  The ratings-challeged series has been plagued with problems since it’s inception   Originally part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Three plans, it was abandoned when studio president Kevin Feige got out from under the thumb of Ike Perlmutter (head of Marvel  Entertainment, who’s apparently a bit…odd).

The series first premiered as an Imax movie, but never lived up to it’s potential.

Is it any coincidence that they are being killed off in the comics as well?

Deadpool 2 – Red Band Trailer #1

 

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The trailer for Deadpool 2 dropped yesterday, so here’s the Red band version (because unlike Deadpool, we’re all adults).

And speaking of Mr. Pool, the first movie wasn’t nearly as risqué, innovative or clever as it liked to think it was though it was an interesting–at the time–and novel interpretation of a superhero, unending many tropes of the genre.

The only problem is that it has to up its game because while Deadpool’s potty mouth was interesting the first time around, it won’t be quite as much the second.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Trailer #1

Having speculated yesterday on what Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger needed to succeed-a healthy budget and good FX (solid acting and characters easy to relate to should go without saying)–and having just watched the trailer I think they got Dagger right.

Her light knives looked a bit too ‘solid’ for me initially, but on repeat viewing they seem okay.

Though Cloak is a much more problematic.  At least as depicted in the trailer, he comes off more like Nightcrawler than he does Cloak.

It’s early days yet though I really want to see Cloak actually wearing–I don’t know–a damn cloak.

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Here’s how they look in the comic.

Dagger’s costume looks good, though on a real woman it would look not only silly, but borderline pornographic.

Cloak’s costume is…well…as I mentioned before, a cloak that works in a literal as well as a metaphorical sense.

Which is why he REALLY needs to wear one.

What Cloak & Dagger Needs (To Do) To Succeed

Marvel Television, unlike their stablemates at Marvel Studios are very hit and miss as far as translating their characters goes.

So far–when they’ve dealt with ‘street-level’ characters like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, they’ve been relatively successful.

The problems arise when they try to tackle characters that exist is a more fantastical context than the streets of Hell’s Kitchen  (it’s worth mentioning that, budget-wise, Marvel’s Agents  of S.H.I.E.L.D. is likeliest the most expensive Marvel Television production thus far) where all roads lead to Inhumans, quite possibly their worst received production yet (including Iron Fist) which seemingly required more in the way of a budget than Marvel Television was willing to spend.

Which leads to Freeform’s upcoming series based on Cloak & Dagger.  They’re also street-level characters (the story is essentially Romeo and Juliet with superpowers) so they’re not far from what Marvel Television typically tackles.

The (potential) problems do with the depiction of their powers–with Cloak being much more problematic–in that on top of an ability to transport himself and Dagger he’s literally a walking doorway to another dimension.

And if that potentially weren’t enough of a hurdle, there’s a creature within that dimension that feeds of the ‘light’–which should be equated to ‘life’–of other living beings.

Now there’s no way of knowing if the series will stick closely to canon, but for it to not do so would be a wasted opportunity–the creature within Cloak could be treated as the physical manifestation of his own addiction, making his efforts to deny it the sustenance it needs all more poignant.

But that’s also not the cheapest way to approach the subject matter, which is where the concern comes in.

The greatest single expense of Cloak & Dagger is likely the depiction of his powers, and if Marvel Television tries to do it on the cheap the series will suffer for it.

 

Cloak & Dagger premieres on Freeform June 7.

Avengers: Infinity War – Final Trailer

“Let’s talk about this plan of yours.” says Star-Lord, while Peter Parker looks on bemused, while Drax looks just grim. “I think it’s good, except it sucks. Let me do the plan, that way it might be really good.”

“Wow.” Tony Stark relies, perfectly capturing how much of an ass he thinks Quill is in a single exclamation.

If I weren’t already sold on Avengers: Infinity War that exchange between Star-Lord and Iron Man sealed the deal because in that one moment you get more character development than the entirety of virtually anything from the DCEU (plus it showed what happens when you have two massive egos occupying the same space at the same space at the same time).

And can Doctor Strange catch a break?  Dormammu literally spent an eternity–or what felt like one–killing him in his own movie, only to have one of Thanos’ children try a similar trick.