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Seeing that Stan Lee had become a mascot of Marvel Studios, his brand has generally been wholesome when it comes to general audiences. It’s important to take note though, that Lee is still a writer, and he has a lot to say about how great the F-word is. Thanks to Aron Fromm, we have an animation of Lee going on about his use of the F-word and it’s one of the most versatile tools in the English language.
Watch this (WARNING: NSFW audio):
“It seems to me that that so-called dirty word is probably the most useful word in the English language. Cause it can be a verb, it can be a noun; it can be anything… There’s no sentence where you couldn’t use it to great advantage.”
As I said, Lee’s brand is generally wholesome, so it’s great when you actually watch him let loose and be a bit raunchy. You don’t get to create and build an entire universe yet have reservations when it comes to certain words.
Besides Lee’s words, the animation is actually pretty fantastic, and it looks like Disney themselves animated this short of Lee just praising the word “f*ck”. While we’ll probably never get it when it comes to the PG-13 Marvel universe, things could be changing soon, what with Marvel working on the next Deadpool movie and promising that it would be Rated R.
For now, the next Marvel Studios property, WandaVision, is set to come out on January 15, 2021.
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Ever since Gina Carano has been being vocal about her anti-mask, pro-Trump support, a lot of fans have been looking for another woman character to fawn over besides Cara Dune. Sasha Banks had earned the love of the fanbase with her appearance in The Heiress, but it looks like Banks’ character Koska Reeves won’t be making a return any time soon.
When ComicBook asked how much of Koska’s character will be explored in the show, Banks admits that she’s only appearing in one episode. She says:
“Well, I can only hope that the fans get to know more, I'm only in this episode. It's awesome but we can only hope for more stuff. So, if I can pray and manifest anything, I just hope myself and Katee, Bo-Katan, can hopefully get the Darksaber one day. But we'll have to see, I don't know.”
Seeing that Koska is one of Bo-Katan’s lackeys, it would probably mean that we won’t be seeing any more of Katee Sackhoff as well. If anything, Bo could just be appearing by herself, so I guess it could be for a hologram message when Mando finally finds Ahsoka. This is just speculation on my part, so we’ll just have to wait for the season to play out to know for sure.
Though some fans are disappointed that Banks wasn’t Sabine like some people expected, a lot of people still loved her character. With the fan reception of Koska, it would be great if Lucasfilm brought her back for more episodes in Season 3.
Catch The Mandalorian Season 2 now on Disney+.
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Avengers: Endgame may have been the biggest movie to come out last year, but the Avengers game? It’s doing quite terribly.
Reports have been coming out of the studio losing millions on the game, and a good chunk of its player base since launch. Despite being based on one of the most popular IPs out right now, Square has revealed they have not yet turned a profit on the game.
In a recent financial briefing from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda (via NME), the game has not earned enough to cover the development costs. Matsuda says, “The HD Games sub-segment posted an operating loss as initial sales of Marvel’s Avengers were lower than we had expected and unable to completely offset the amortization of the game’s development costs.”
Besides the terrible reviews for Avengers when the game came out, Matsuda also points out, “In addition to the amortization of that game’s development costs, another significant factor associated with the title was the fact that we undertook a major advertising campaign at the time of its launch to make up for delays in our marketing efforts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
If anything, Square is still hoping that they can bounce back from this major stumble. There are still a lot of upcoming DLC available for the game (like the expansion focused on Kate Bishop) and plenty of other playable characters are expected to join the fray. Hopefully, Marvel’s Avengers will be able to bounce back sometime next year. As for now though, things are looking pretty grim.
Marvel’s Avengers is now playable for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
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The 4K edition of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogy are set to come out this December, a lot of new attention is coming back to the franchise—especially with the upcoming release of Amazon’s LOTR series.
In a recent appearance on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast, Samwise Gamgee actor Sean Astin talks a bit about a ‘brutal’ experience he had acting for director Peter Jackson.
“The most painful thing Peter Jackson ever said to me… you know, he's a man of few words. He's a very, very stoic guy. He can be performative when he wants to, or needs to. He can act things out, and he's very eloquent and so forth. But on a day-to-day basis, Peter Jackson is basically like a quiet guy. He sort of lets the work do the talking, and his direction was always very minimal. Mostly his direction would be, ‘Let's do it again.’ … But he came up to me at one point and he looked at me and he said, ‘I just didn't believe that.’ Oh my God, he might as well have -- it was like a Mortal Kombat death blow. It was like he ripped my hair off of my body, and my spine came out with. … [But] it was, it was true. It was true that I was not invested, that I was out of it. I was out of character. I was out of the mood. I was out of... I just wasn't there.”
Though Astin didn’t say which specific scene Jackson told him he wasn’t doing better, he did say it happened while they were shooting Fellowship of the Ring. If anything, Jackson probably did something right, because Sam was probably one of the best—if not the best—character in the entire trilogy, and I can’t help but tear up whenever he has his moments.
Astin’s Samwise days may be over, but his performance is going to be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come. We don’t know if he’ll ever get a role like that again, but Astin does have a penchant for likable characters—just look at Bob from Stranger Things.
Catch Astin in The Lord of the Rings trilogy when it comes out on 4K UHD on December 1.
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A lot of Marvel fans are excited to see the rights of Daredevil come back to Marvel this month, and while a full reboot does seem on the table, some fans want the return of the main cast of the Netflix series including Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio. With the moratorium about to expire, D’Onofrio himself has shared a petition to save Netflix’s Daredevil.
Here’s his post:
Sign this people, for Save Daredevil. https://t.co/YXvtPbPj01
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 26, 2020
While it’s likely that Daredevil won’t be coming back to Netflix, the petition is asking Disney to keep the format of the show as is. It reads:
Our wishes are that Marvel Television, and its parent company Disney, reach a deal with Netflix that allows the show, in its current format and with its current cast and crew, to continue on a different platform as soon as possible.
According to the scant information available, the characters from Daredevil and the other Netflix shows are barred from use elsewhere for a time period of two years post-cancellation. Ideally, a deal can be made that allows Disney to take over the streaming rights of existing season and continue production uninterrupted.
As of now, the show has already earned more than 370,000 signatures, but even if they get to a million, there really is no guarantee.
While the show gets a lot of praise, I think it would benefit Marvel to just do a soft reboot of Daredevil. They can keep the main cast, but they don’t necessarily have to adhere to the events that happened on the Netflix show. The continuity of Marvel-Netflix is already pretty messed up, so maybe with some Multiverse magic from Doctor Strange, we can get the same characters back, without the crutch of having to keep to the story of the original show.
That’s just my opinion at least.
Daredevil’s rights return to Marvel in four days.
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While DC fans are waiting on updates on a Green Lantern or Booster Gold movie, word has it that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins wants to work on a spinoff centered on the Amazons of Themyscira. While we don’t have any official update on the movie, Jenkins does tell us that a story is in place, and it will be connected to the main Wonder Woman franchise.
Talking to Geek Magazine (via Reddit), Jenkins explains:
“This is a story that Geoff Johns and I came up with and then introduced to Warner. The events of this story take place after Diana leaves Themyscira, the Island of the Amazons, and there are some twists and turns linked to what will happen between Wonder Woman 1984 and Wonder Woman 3. The production of the project has not yet officially started, but I hope we get it because I love this story.”
For now, we don’t really know who the story’s central character could be, but some are expecting the film to focus on Connie Nielsen’s character Hippolyta. If I were to make a guess, I would say that it would be based on a younger Amazon character, and it would focus more on the mythological figures that were referenced in the past films. No doubt Gal Gadot could probably make a cameo as well.
Until we get an official update, all we can really do is wait. I’m not really that sold on the idea of the project yet, but maybe when it’s officially announced, I’ll find out if I can get on board.
In the meantime, Wonder Woman 1984 is set to hit HBO Max on December 25.
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Ever since it was reported that Jamie Foxx would be reprising Electro for Spider-Man 3, a lot of speculations have been going around about a Multiverse, and rumors of returning Spider-Men were coming out here and there. We have news of another villain that might actually make a return.
According to The GWW, a source has confirmed that Spider-Man 2’s Alfred Molina will be reprising the role of Otto Octavious a.k.a. Doctor Octopus for Spider-Man 3. While we don’t have any news on Doc Ock’s role, it’s said that Molina has already started working on some stunt choreography for the movie, and has already shot some scenes.
Of course, we should take all of this with a grain of salt, but with the rumors that have all been coming out, it would make sense that Sony would want to bring back someone like Molina. He’s the villain in what is considered the best entry of the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, and it would be great to see him come back.
While it would be interesting to see all these villains make cameos, I’m hoping that they have more substantial roles in the movie rather than just short appearances. It would be great if they managed to factor in the Sinister Six in the film, but then again, it might take away from the MCU making their own versions of the characters. If the execution is done well though, I’m sure fans won’t be complaining.
Spider-Man 3 is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
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Fans were kind of bummed when it was revealed that Xbox wasn’t teasing a Mandalorian game, but that hasn’t stopped the community from trying to bring Din Djarin to the world of interactive arts. A new mod for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order makes the Mando a playable character, and it’s probably the closest we get to a Mando video game.
This comes from AlexPo, and you can watch it in action here thanks to RedSunGamer, who has even added a Darksaber mod:
You can even adjust the mode so that Din could be wearing the jetpack or not. While it is a cool accessory, it’s also great to see Mando with that flowing cape as he slices through stormtroopers.
You can download the mod here.
We don’t know when The Mandalorian is going to get a video game, but with the expansive world of Star Wars, it’s only a matter of time. While shooters like Battlefront II are fun, fans are looking for that action-adventure campaign shooter that could be likened to the Uncharted series— and Mando has all the perfect elements to make that game work. Heck, they can probably use the finished elements that were originally for the canceled Project Ragtag.
In the meantime, the next big game that fans are gearing up for is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga which comes out in 2021. The sequel to Fallen Order is also in the works, but we don’t have a release window for that one yet. I’d guess 2022 is a realistic release date, but if they really want to polish this game and make it massive, we could be looking at something coming out in 2023 upwards.
For now, you can catch The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+.
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Every Star Wars movie entry has had a comic adaptation, and back in February, Marvel had announced that they were making one for The Rise of Skywalker. Unfortunately, for anyone waiting for more news about it, the series seem to have been canceled.
According to @PREVIEWSworld (via Star Wars Splash Page), the Rise of Skywalker comic, which was supposed to come out in June, has been canceled by Marvel along with The Rise of Kylo Ren #4. Here’s the post:
Doesn't necessarily mean the series is gone. There's always the chance for a TPB-only release collecting the five issues, though we don't have any official details on such a move.
— Star Wars Splash Page (@SWSplashPagePod) November 24, 2020
We don’t have any official reason as to why the series had been canceled, but it’s possible that it has something to do with the ongoing pandemic. It is also possible that Marvel could release it next year if the virus has died down by then, but in the meantime, we shouldn’t expect the comic to come out any time soon.
Admittedly, Star Wars has been entering a bit of a slump since the release of TROS. Even until now, Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be brushing the movie under the mat, what with the lack of merchandise surrounding the film as well as supplementary material. For now, the big focus is just on The Mandalorian Season 2.
Though I’m not the biggest fan of TROS, some people actually look to the comics to ‘fix’ some errors that were in the films. A lot of people had actually liked the Last Jedi comic because it explains a lot of other elements. It was expected that the same would be done from TROS. Too bad we won’t get our answers until Marvel decides to release the comic—whenever that is.
In the meantime, you can catch the second season of The Mandalorian now on Disney+.
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While Mortal Kombat is set to get a movie reboot next year, the film adaptation that came out in the 90s remains a cult classic. With Mortal Kombat 11 not shy about pulling characters from movies, we have some new skins based on the old MK film from 1995.
Look familiar? The Klassic MK Movie Skin pack with voices and likenesses from the OG stars is available for separate purchase today!
The three skins we’ll be getting are based on Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), and Raiden (Christopher Lambert). While I do wish we got a skin for Liu Kang, I think it’s possible that NetherRealm is just waiting to see if this batch is successful before they start work on any more skins.
I have to say, the Raiden skin looks very cool, and they even got a different voice actor so the character really does sound like Highlander.
Though this feels like the first time that the game has referenced the MK films, they actually went full-on with it with the Shang Tsung DLC. The character was based on actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa from the first film, and he even says the iconic “Your soul is mine!” line whenever he wins.
The Mortal Kombat reboot was originally set to come out in March 2021, but until the pandemic starts to die down, the movie has been indefinitely delayed. In the meantime, players can just catch Mortal Kombat 11 which is now available for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
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