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Nico Parungo

Comic Book Fan and Lazy Gamer graduated with a film degree from the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. He loves movies, comic books, video games and the WWE. He also likes to check out games and animated shows that are deemed underrated.

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  • Kevin Smith Sides With Disney over Spider-Man Debacle
       The Spider-Man debacle is still going on, with fans blaming either Sony or Disney for the character no longer being a part of the MCU. It doesn’t help that this comes after Spider-Man: Far From Home came out, which was much better than most of us expected. We can agree that both companies got greedy when it came to the character, with Disney wanting more money and Sony not wanting to spend more for their assets. While most people are starting to see that Sony isn’t at fault for refusing some of Disney’s demands, Kevin Smith doesn’t see it that way. During an episode of Fatman Beyond, he sided with Disney over what happened. Smith feels that it’s Disney and Marvel Studios that made Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home such successes so it’s understandable that they wanted some more money. "I loved what they were doing. They had a great thing f***in' going on, and some people are like, 'Disney is being greedy and shit.' I don't see it that way. I see it as, they did all the work, they made those movies earn a fuck-ton of dough, they got 5% and the toys. They're coming back to the table, they're asking for something more." He’s not completely wrong but you could also argue that Disney should have wanted more money from the get-go. Still, it’s a regrettable situation and we’re all hoping that they work on their issues since that cliffhanger has everyone wondering what’s going to happen next. Spider-Man: Far From Home will be re-released on August 29. Blu-ray details should be coming soon. Read: Marvel Phase 4 Trailer Released At D23
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  • DICE Talks Star Wars Battlefront II and Winning Fans Back After the ...
      Star Wars Battlefront II had one of the worst pre-launches in video game history, with EA and DICE having to do some major revisions before release, even removing microtransactions for a bit. Despite the controversy at the time, Battlefront II is now a great game and most people tend to enjoy the shooter thanks to some fun shooting and the regular updates that are added to the shooter. However, during an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Battlefront II Design Director Dennis Brännvall mentioned that DICE has not forgotten the controversy that hounded the game. Considering how EA almost lost the license over what happened, or, at the least, had a stern meeting with Disney about, there’s no way anyone would forget that controversy. Hell, fans still joke about it today. These days, it seems like Brännvall is just happy to work on the game and interact with the community. Here’s what he has to say: “The team enjoys working on it (Star Wars Battlefront II) a lot more because you feel like you’re building up a community. It feels a lot more personal, and it’s just a better game. It’s more about improving the game rather than always providing value to the customer, which I think is the approach with a season pass.” While I’m more excited for something like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there’s no doubt that Star Wars Battlefront II is a quality shooter now. More modes, characters, and weapons are coming to the game so fans haven’t seen anything yet. Star Wars Battlefront II is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Read: Star Wars Battlefront II: First Look at the Clone Commando in Action
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  • Marvel 2099 Returns as a Comic Book Event This November
      Back in the ‘90s, the Marvel 2099 line of comic books were pretty popular, offering radical looks at characters we knew and loved. Well, if we’re being completely honest, the biggest comic from that line was Spider-Man 2099 and it was really good, at least when Peter David was writing it. Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man of 2099, has recently returned to the main timeline of Earth 616 and he’ll be the center of a huge Marvel 2099 event. Revealed in Marvel’s November 2019 solicitations, the 2099 event starts with Amazing Spider-Man #33 and continues through 2099 Alpha #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #34 before concluding in December with Amazing Spider-Man #35 and 2099 Omega #1. There are also a number of tie-in one-shots, featuring previously established 2099 characters and some new ones like Conan 2099. Here’s the full list of books from the 2099 event, courtesy of Newsarama: MARVEL 2099 CHECKLIST AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33 2099 ALPHA #1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #35 2099 OMEGA #1 2099 TIE-INS FANTASTIC FOUR 2099 #1 PUNISHER 2099 #1 CONAN 2099 #1 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 GHOST RIDER 2099 #1 DOOM 2099 #1 VENOM 2099 #1 As someone who has always loved Miguel O’Hara, it’s pretty cool seeing an event based on him. It seems likely that the character will be getting a new series soon after, though it’s too early to say anything right now. Then again, with O’Hara expected to play a big role in the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an ongoing title is inevitable. Marvel’s 2099 event starts this November. Read: Marvel's Star Wars Comic is Ending This November
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  • Star Wars: Jon Favreau Comments on a Possible Bobba Fett Appearance
        Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is coming out this November and fans can’t wait to see how a live-action Star Wars series is going to be like, especially given its interesting setting. However, with fans still sad over their Bobba Fett movie not happening, many are hoping that he will make an appearance in this series.  During D23 (via CBR), Favreau was asked if Fett would be appearing in the series and the creator gave a straightforward “no.” To quote him correctly, he said “Bobba Fett is not. They’re all-new, original characters.” You have to appreciate the fact that the Iron Man director is being honest and isn’t giving anyone false hope, though he says there will be some easter eggs that will remind characters of him (yay?). "Even the rifle with a forked end on it, the bayonet on the end, was from the holiday special with Boba Fett in it -- the original time you saw him. So we have lots of deep cuts in the show and I can't wait for people who love Star Wars to see it.” It’s good to see Favreau stick with his guns and focus mostly on original characters since it would have been easy to give in to nostalgia. It seems like Bobba Fett is going to remain dead and that’s not always a bad thing. Sorry folks, you always have those comic books and non-canon novels. The Mandalorian will be premiering in Disney+ on November 12. Read: Star Wars: The Mandalorian Officially Gets Release Date and a Poster
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  • Square Enix Promises to Polish Marvel's Avengers Character Models ...
       Marvel’s Avengers debuted to a mixed reception but the recent gameplay demo has wowed fans and even silenced some critics. While the gameplay actually looks pretty fun, some of the character models are a bit off-putting, though that shouldn’t be a problem once customizable outfits come into play. However, during an interview with PCGamesN, Square Enix promised to polish up some of the character models before release. Proof of that came when we saw how Black Widow’s face changed from the initial release to the gameplay demo. Maybe we can see some changes to Thor’s face, though it’s not that bad if we’re being honest. I’d also ask for changes to be made for Captain America’s costume but that becomes a non-issue since there are alternate costumes for the characters. Here’s what the Square Enix spokesperson said about polishing the game: “…by changes, we’re talking about polish. What we’re doing is we are continuing to add detail to their character models, we’re improving the lighting, we’re improving the skin shading. So, what you’re hopefully seeing is the characters continuing to look better as we get closer to launch. But in terms of changing character designs, that’s not currently what we’re looking at.” While they won’t be making big changes, it’s good to know that they’re polishing things up. Some companies would have just ignored the criticism so it’s good to see Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics take some of it well. I really can’t wait to play this game, especially with more heroes and missions to be added for free. Marvel’s Avengers comes to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on May 15, 2020. Read: Marvel’s Avengers Gives Us Our First Look At Ms. Marvel
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  • Marvel's Star Wars Comic is Ending This November
      All good things must come to an end but most of us didn’t expect it to come so soon. During Marvel’s November 2019 solicitations, it was announced that Star Wars #75 would be the series’ final issue, which is a shame since it feels like Greg Pak and Phil Noto just started. This doesn’t mean that Marvel will stop making Star Wars comics of course but this is definitely the end of an era. This will be the conclusion of Pak’s Rebels and Rogues storyline, which didn’t start too long ago. Hopefully, Pak and Noto get a chance to tell more Star Wars stories, hopefully with a new series or even a mini-series. Until then, we can only hope that this will be an epic end for this incredible comic book. Then again, with this being set before The Empire Strikes Back, it should end with a bang. Here’s the solicitation (via Newsarama): STAR WARS #75 GREG PAK (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C) ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER STAR WARS GREATEST MOMENTS VARIANT COVER by CHRIS SPROUSE VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND FINAL ISSUE! IT’S A TRAP! • The epic REBELS AND ROGUES storyline reaches its explosive end! Can THREEPIO save the rock people of K43? • Is WARBA the master or the student? Which Champion falls? • And how much of LUKE’S desperate plan has DARTH VADER foreseen from the beginning? • The search for a new rebel base continues! 40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99 Considering how this series started with Jason Aaron and John Cassaday, no one could have ever predicted that this series would last until issue 75. Most Marvel comics these days tend to relaunch after a certain amount of issues so the fact that it kept its numbering after a number of new writers and artists came along is worth commending. Good job guys! Star Wars #75 will be coming out this November. Read: Star Wars: The Mandalorian Officially Gets Release Date and a Poster
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  • Taika Waititi Debunks Reports of Thor: Love and Thunder's Finished ...
      Thor: Love and Thunder is one of the most anticipated movies coming from Marvel Studios, thanks to the inclusion of Jane Foster’s Thor (Jane FosThor). The fact that Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi is returning also has fans happy since he directed the best Thor movie ever, so there’s a lot to like with this sequel. Waititi is known for writing and directing his films, with a number of reports claiming that the director has finished the screenplay for this Marvel flick. Well, on Twitter, Waititi has debunked those reports, feigning surprise that the screenplay was reportedly finished. Considering how swamped he is with projects right now, like JoJo Rabbit and Next Goal Wins, we’re not expecting him to finish anytime soon. Plus, the movie’s not out till 2021 and filming will likely begin in 2020, so the man has time to work on it. Oh that's cool!! I never cease to surprise me! (the title page is complete) https://t.co/wSMzolKVbY — Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 23, 2019 Fans are really interested to see how Waititi handles Love and Thunder since we want to see how Jane becomes Thor and if it results in male-Thor becoming unworthy of Mjolnir like in the comics. We’ll also get to see Valkyrie become the LGBTQ character she was always meant to be and fans are already speculating on who her queen will be (Jamie Alexander’s Sif please). As a fan of Jason Aaron’s Thor run, I can’t wait to see how some of his stories are presented in the MCU. There’s so much to unpack and wonder about with FosThor and we don’t even know who the villain will be. Thankfully, Thor has a lot of great villains to choose from and we’re sure Waititi will handle them like a pro. Thor: Love and Thunder comes out on November 5, 2021. Read: Thor Love and Thunder: Natalie Portman Reacts to Brie Larson Lifting Mjolnir
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  • Star Wars: The Mandalorian Officially Gets Release Date and a Poster
      The Mandalorian, Disney’s first live-action Star Wars series, finally has a release date and a fancy new poster to boot. We have all been waiting for more information on this series since Disney and LucasFilm have been keeping details close to the chest when it comes to any of their Star Wars projects. With a trailer expected to hit D23 and more information likely to come, Disney has the fans in the palm of their hands. Fans will be able to view The Mandalorian on Disney+ in November 12, which is also the streaming service’s release date. That means it’s a simultaneous release so fans that get Disney+ will immediately get this live-action Star Wars series when they sign up for it. Yeah, very good news for fans of this incredibly popular franchise. It’s easy to see why fans are excited for this series since it’s set after Return of the Jedi and just before The Force Awakens. This era of Star Wars isn’t always explored, aside from the comics and tie-in novels, so it should be exciting to see in live-action. Any teases for The First Order would also be great, though we’re not expecting to see that right away. As a casual Star Wars fan, this series does have some exciting elements, like the amount of talented directors working on these episodes. Hopefully, this can also be an accessible piece of entertainment for those who are not hardcore Star Wars enthusiasts. The Mandalorian is coming out on November 12, the same date Disney+ releases. Read: Star Wars: Character Model from The Mandalorian is a Creature from the Clone Wars
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  • Our First Look at Playable Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot just got more interesting, with the revelation of the Cell Saga and more playable characters, not to mention a couple of original scenarios and the inclusion of some fan-favorite material. We’re also getting more playable characters than expected, with the Cell Saga introducing Future Trunks to the game, who should be one of the more fun heroes to use. While the Gamescom trailer mostly focused on Gohan and Goku, we now have some images of Future Trunks in the game. We get to see him in his iconic purple jacket/black tank top combo and in Super Saiyan form to boot. There’s also a good chance that we can play as Trunk in his Vegeta-like armor since he battles Cell for a brief period. Anyone else hoping they let us play the epilogue where Trunks kills the Androids? That would be the cherry on a sundae. Future Trunks is one of my favorite characters and I can’t wait to use him, especially when he kills Frieza at the beginning of the Android Saga. Ideally, it would also be awesome to play through The History of Trunks, which was a television special that detailed his origin. That’s probably DLC but I’m willing to be proven wrong (please prove me wrong Bandai Namco). Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot comes out on PS4 and Xbox One in early 2020. via Gematsu Read: The Latest Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Trailer is All About Gohan
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  • The New Yorker Posts a Humorous Response to Sony and Disney's ...
      Public opinion on the big Disney/Sony Spider-Man split has been mixed, with some siding with Disney due to the MCU and others choosing to stick with Sony since they technically did nothing wrong. No matter what side you fall on, it’s a shame that things have gotten this bad since the most recent film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was great and opened up the possibilities for an amazing new status quo. That doesn’t mean people aren’t allowed to have fun, which might be what us fans need after this deal has broken down. The New Yorker has decided to share a cute little comic strip that has J. Jonah Jameson Jr. demanding his usual photos from Spider-Man but only wants them if they’re from Disney. This is the mentality that a lot of people have right now so biting satire like this is pretty great. How are you feeling, @Marvel? pic.twitter.com/RS7euLs38s — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) August 21, 2019 While most of us want Spider-Man in the MCU, it seems like we won’t be getting that anytime soon, though Sony did state that they were open to re-negotiations. That probably means they want Marvel and Disney to keep the previous deal both companies negotiated in the past, though Disney does seem to want more money now. Admittedly, I was pretty pro-Disney for a while but after cooling my head and thinking things out, Sony didn’t really do anything wrong. Granted, I think the future of live-action Spider-Man is better with Kevin Feige involved since Sony has almost killed the character’s momentum a few times but no one can really blame the company for refusing Disney’s new deal. Spider-Man: Far From Home is getting re-released in theaters next week, on August 29. Read: Spider-Man is Still on Disney's Marvel Banner for the D23 Expo
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