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 a–I don’t know–a damn cloak.


Here’s how they looks 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.

Avengers: Infinity War – Trailer #2 Teaser

I don’t know who these ‘Avengers’ are, though it’s about time John Steed and Emma Peel got a movie they can call their own.

All kidding aside–though it would really be awesome if they did get another try at a feature–I find it always interesting when we get a teaser for a trailer (which is a huge indicator of how hot the buzz is for Avengers: Infinity War) when the trailer under normal circumstances IS the teaser (for the movie).

Is ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ In Trouble?

Screenshot 2018-03-14 14.54.50I asked this question a few months ago in reference to Ready Player One and I think it’s worth considering for Pacific Rim: Uprising as well because–while premiering domestically March 23rd means it will avoid the box office tsunami known as Black Panther–you have to wonder how much interest there is in the project.

Keep in mind the original movie’s only saving grace–in terms of box office receipts–was its performance in China since it underwhelmed domestically.

For reasons I don’t claim to understand there doesn’t seem to be much demand for the moment for giant robot movies (a reality that has caught up with the Transformers movies as well seeing that Transformers: The Last Knight failed to set the domestic box office on fire as well).

Steven DeKnight is a capable director though but I don’t know what he brings to the project that a brilliant director like Guillermo Del Toro couldn’t, which is problematic.

Though to be fair, the original Pacific Rim was a passion project for Del Toro; perhaps DeKnight’s distance from the project may help DeKnight bring something to the project that Del Toro could not.

Or maybe, while I don’t believe that superhero fatigue is a real thing, perhaps giant robot fatigue is.

We’ll all find out later this month.



Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Teaser Teaser #1

I was never particularly a Harry Potter fan–in fact, the only of the Potterverse movies I own is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, directed by the great Alfonso Cuarón–it should go without saying that I don’t particularly care about the prequels.

And speaking of prequels, the teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels somewhat…fuller than teasers tend to be.

I’m not sure if that’s because it, narratively speaking, feels very consistent but at almost two minutes it’s awfully close to the length of a regular trailer.

Christopher Robin – Trailer

Who the hell wants to see Christopher Robin!?  That’s at least what I thought when I heard about this trailer; that is till I saw it and realized how absolutely charming it is.

The movie visually feels vaguely like The Hudsucker Proxy (directed by the Cohen brothers) as Christoper Robin finds himself in world far meaner, cruel and cold than he has the ability to cope with.

So–apparently–he rediscovers Winnie the Pooh (a childhood creation he apparently thought he had outgrew) as a coping mechanism.

As I said, it’s pretty touching emotionally speaking and visually striking, with lots of muted colors.