Does Sony Really Understand Their Marvel Properties?

Screenshot 2017-11-13 13.43.21Let’s see if I understand…Sony is moving full-steam ahead on their own corner of the Marvel Comics universe and recently announced features based on Venom, Silver Sable, Black Cat and most recently Morbius, the Living Vampire?

And let’s forget for a moment that Sony doesn’t exactly have a stellar record with managing their Marvel properties (Spider-Man 1 & 2?  Pretty good.  The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2?  Not so much) which is why I approach their latest development with such reticence.

And writers MATTER because what ruined The Amazing Spider-Man movies was not the direction, but the writing by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are in negotiations to write Morbius.  If you’re not familiar with Sazama and Sharpless, they worked on Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt, and Power Rangers.

What do all those movies have in common?  Every single one (arguably excluding Power Rangers) tanked at the box office.

And that’s not to say that the Morbius adaptation can’t be absolutely brilliant, though I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.

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Godzilla: Resurgence – Teaser Trailer

Having seen 2014’s Godzilla–which as far as I am concerned will go down in history as the first Godzilla film where Godzilla was almost a tertiary character in its own movie–I was hoping that Toho Co. Ltd, the original creators of the radioactive-firebreathing lizard, would do a much better job (and the less I say about the 1998 pseudo-Godzilla movie, the better)

Yet having seen the teaser trailer for their upcoming Godzilla: Resurgence,   I am a bit concerned.

The trailer features a lot of people running away from something–a la Cloverfield–which the camera never shows.  Things end with Godzilla’s distinctive roar.

What concerns me is that Godzilla movies are never about the civilians.  In fact, their entire purpose is primarily to avoid being trampled by the monster, though it’s never about them.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the premiere of the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, where I’ll try to avoid comparing how Apocalypse looks to a Power Ranger villain (though probably not very hard).

Power/Rangers – Short Movie

While this trailer has nothing to do with Haim Saban’s upcoming Power Rangers movie (in which Roberto Orci is playing a lead role, so magic blood is almost ensured to somehow play a role) they’re certainly taking it seriously enough to threaten legal action against its creators.

That being said, Power/Rangers is an interesting take on the characters because it takes the material deadly serious–which is interpreted in the trailer with a lot of cursing and head shots. Lots and lots of head shots–though it also shows how silly the Ranger’s costumes are, which is a direct result of the fact that that they were designed for children, not adults.