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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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  • Spider-Man 3 Originally Had More Comic Book-Accurate Symbiote Costumes
        Spider-Man 3 is considered by many to be the worst film to ever feature the wall-crawler, yes even worse than Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films because there were at least a number of parts that clearly had effort put into them. While fans have warmed up to the third movie, saying that it’s actually easy to binge with the other two movies due to their similarity in tone, there are still things to criticize like the number of villains, Peter kissing Gwen, and MJ being overly jealous of Spider-Man being accepted by the public. Another common complaint was the way they designed the symbiote suits of Spider-Man and Venom. While Venom looked alright by the end, the fact that Peter’s black suit was basically a pitch-black version of his movie outfit disappointed a ton of people. However, these BTS photos show that the filmmakers were actually working with plenty of comic book-accurate suits used during practice shoots and animatronics.   This picture shows early costumes tests for Spider-Man's black suit that were far more comic accurate. pic.twitter.com/700jn7dH4r — Will (@WilliamD1123) January 31, 2018   While a more comic book accurate version of Symbiote Spider-Man wouldn’t have fixed all of the movie’s problems, it would have made things easier on the eyes for comic book fans. Plus, seeing the awesome Raimi outfit pitch-black is an eyesore and I doubt anyone genuinely likes that costume over the one in the comics.   Here's the Venom that Peter sees in the mirror when wearing the Black Suit. No symbol on the chest. This scene from put back into the Editor's Cut of Spider-Man 3, but the part where Venom is in the mirror was not added back. From this trailer: https://t.co/F3RHZGrwia pic.twitter.com/LgMPdDJBaQ — Will (@WilliamD1123) January 30, 2018   Even the one in Venom was better, which makes sense since that had the hard task of introducing a version of the character while not using Spider-Man’s origin. The fact that this movie is getting a sequel shows sometimes a cool-looking character can sell a movie to a lot of other people. Spider-Man 3 is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital stores. Read: Rocket Actually Warned Star-Lord About Infinity War Mistake in Guardians of the Galaxy
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  • Canceled Star Wars Battlefront 4 Would Have Given Us Jedi Leia
        Fans were pretty bummed when Disney gave EA the license to exclusively make Star Wars games for consoles and though the publisher has been able to make some solid titles, many gamers are still sad about Free Radical no longer working on Star Wars Battlefront. It’s a real shame too since concept art from a canceled Star Wars Battlefront 4 has revealed something really cool; Leia Organa as a Jedi. Admittedly, the concept of Princess Leia being a Jedi is far from the original. We’ve seen this idea toyed with before in various non-canon Star Wars stories, including as DLC for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. The only time we saw Leia actually undergoing her Jedi training was in a flashback sequence during The Rise of Skywalker, one of the admittedly solid scenes from that movie.   Jedi Leia concept art from cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 4 pic.twitter.com/hNLkbwzccP — TapioCat (@tiny_tapioca) July 9, 2020   Seeing her character design for this game is nice and makes us wish they would have done a Jedi Leia for EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II. Considering how The Rise of Skywalker made her a proper Jedi in the canon so seeing her as a final DLC character would have been nice but alas, some things weren’t meant to be. Maybe we’ll get to see Jedi Leia in Star Wars Battlefront III for the PS5 and Xbox Series X? We’ll have to wait and see ladies and gents. Star Wars: Battlefront II is now available on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Read: Star Wars Teases Ezra Bridger's Location Finally Being Revealed
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  • Ian McKellen Warned Patrick Stewart About Accepting a Role in Star ...
        I think we can all agree that Star Trek: The Next Generation was a very good move for Patrick Stewart, who had mostly been doing theater acting prior to his role as Picard. Not only did he make a good amount of money with all those seasons of The Next Generation but that role also helped him get another role in the X-Men films as Professor Xavier, which remains one of the most perfecting castings ever done in a comic book movie. Hilariously enough, his good friend Ian McKellen, who literally played Magneto opposite his friend’s Charles Xavier, tried to warn him about accepting a role in Star Trek. Speaking with The Guardian, Ian has enough pride to admit that he was wrong since Stewart ended up being a huge star after. McKellen has also assured us that Stewart has “...long forgiven me, my advice not to risk a solid career on the British stage by falling for an uncertain future in Star Trek."     To play devil’s advocate for a bit, no one knew that a new Star Trek series would do well and the fact that it had The New Generation did make its title easy to get dated quickly, similar to say Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Obviously, we’re very happy that Stewart took the role since his acting chops as Picard were a highlight in those early episodes and we wouldn’t have him as Professor X if not for this role. Stewart recently finished the first season of Star Trek: Picard and fans are patiently waiting for Picard Season 2. Unfortunately, COVID-19 struck and it seems like we won’t be getting this new season anytime soon. Stay safe and wear a mask when you go out. Read: Star Trek: Voyager Actor Says The Doctor Will Not Appear in Picard Season 2
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  • Breaking Bad Actor Giancarlo Espacito Confirmed as Far Cry 6 Villain, ...
        Whelp, Ubisoft just can’t stop their games getting leaked huh? Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has leaked ahead of time, though many assumed it was going to be called Ragnarok, and now we can confirm that Far Cry 6 will be coming early next year with a free next-gen upgrade for those that get it on current-gen consoles. As if that wasn’t intriguing enough, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Espacito will be the main villain for the game. This is great news and one that many fans have been speculating about since Espacito said he was working on a big game not too long ago. Far Cry was the game many immediately started thinking about, due to how these games need big villains to get people interested, and many are probably happy that their speculations ended up being true.   Far Cry 6 page just show up on PS HK Store. ? pic.twitter.com/LXZ1EhGykG — anjohn0422 (@anjohn0422) July 10, 2020   If you’ve seen Breaking Bad then you know that Espacito is perfect to be a villain for this game franchise. These games tend to live or die based on their charismatic villains as 3, 4, and 5 have seen great success because of them. Funnily enough, Vaas, the villain of Far Cry 3, was played by Better Call Saul actor Michael Mando, who also appeared in Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. Far Cry 6 will be coming out on February 18, if the leak is anything to go by. The game will be coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC with a free next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X, which is always appreciated. Here’s hoping the game is just as fun as its predecessors. Read: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Loses Director After Infidelity Accusations
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  • Neil Gaiman Teases Major Changes from the Comics for Netflix's Sandman
        There are a lot of expectations for Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman, one of the best comic books ever made. Written by Neil Gaiman for DC’s Vertigo brand, the comic book garnered a ton of positive attention and quickly became recognized by many, showing that comic books could tell more serious and thought-provoking stories. It will be interesting to see what the Netflix series is going to be like, though many of us are already expecting some major changes. Neil Gaiman himself seems to be gearing fans up for some of these changes, speaking with ComicBook.com and talking about how different things are in the year 2020. Gaiman says there are a lot of things he would have done differently had The Sandman been made this year. It’s an interesting way to justify the changes, though he could have just said “things in comics don’t always translate well to television,” but oh well. "Okay, it is 2020, let's say that I was doing Sandman starting in 2020, what would we do? How would we change things? What gender would this character be? Who would this person be? What would be happening?" Gaiman also talked about why it took so long for an adaptation of his comic book classic to get the green light. They’re pretty much what we expected, with studios feeling that an R-rated movie based on a comic book might not do well. Many studios had a hard time wrapping their heads around how to properly make this but now that Netflix is a thing, it looks like we’re finally getting a proper adaptation. We won’t be getting Netflix’s The Sandman anytime soon but there is an audio drama coming out soon, so that’s something. Let’s hope the show is half as good as the comic book series. Read: Listen to James McAvoy's Morpheus in First Trailer for The Sandman Audio Drama
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  • Johnny Depp Texted WandaVision Star Paul Bettany About 'Burning' ...
        Just when you think the tide had completely turned on Aquaman star Amber Heard, Johnny Depp manages to find himself in some trouble again. Maybe not on the same level as his ex-wife but Depp recently got himself into hot water when texts to WandaVision star Paul Bettany were uncovered, showing that Depp wanted to burn her body and drown her. It’s not a good look for the actor but, let’s be honest here, neither of them has looked good in this case. Revealed by The Sun’s lawyers (via Daily Mail), Depp texted Bettany about wanting to burn her dead and having necrophilia with it to make sure she’s dead. It’s rough stuff, obviously, and this is probably going to give Heard a bit of momentum against her ex-husband, for better or worse. Great for those that love the tea but it's a big thumbs down for humanity in general.   Bettany: I'm not sure we should burn Amber. She is delightful company and pleasing on the eye. We could of course do the English course of action and perform a drowning test. Thoughts? You have a swimming pool. Depp: Let's drown her before we burn her!!! I will f*** her burnt corpse afterwards to make sure she's dead.   You could argue that these were private messages between friends and it’s a fair argument to make but in situations like this, pretty much anything can be used as evidence. Honestly, we wouldn’t be too surprised if things got even worse from here on out, though some of us would just like it if they settled and moved on. Don’t expect much from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in terms of movies anytime soon. You can catch movies they are in like Pirates of the Caribbean and Aquaman in various digital services.  Read: Marvel Star Brie Larson in Controversy as YouTube ‘Faker’ Deleting Comments, Flagging Videos
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  • Justice League Star Ray Fisher on Why He Can't Say More About Joss ...
        Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming out is a good thing since we’ll be able to see the vision he originally had for the movie before Warner Bros. messed it up. This is also great since we won’t have to think about the movie Joss Whedon made because the supposed feminist director isn’t exactly beloved right now. Cyborg actor Ray Fisher called out the director and alleged that he was abusive to cast and crew alike. Despite showing his support to victims of Whedon, Fisher hasn’t been able to detail more of his issues with the director. Why? Well, while on Instagram Live (via Crisis on Two Universes), the actor stated that he is still under contract for DC and Warner Bros. so he has to be careful with his wording. Obviously, he wants to say more but that appears to be out of his control right now. Then again, his opening salvo was already pretty damning. “For the folks who were looking for more specifics in the moment right now, I'm sorry that I cannot give them to you in the moment right now. Just gotta make sure all your ducks are laid out in a row so you can go ahead and handle the situation appropriately so you don't end up being, outside of professionally liable, legally liable for anything that could be litigious or whatever that would be. This will take some time, we will get it done, we will win, and then we'll be able to move on in the world. That's it." Whedon has yet to respond to these allegations so it will be interesting to see what the next chapter of this situation is. It wasn’t too long ago when Whedon was called out by his ex-wife for his numerous affairs while working on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sure, you could argue that cheating on your wife is different from being abusive to cast and crew members but it’s just not a good look for Joss Whedon right now. The Snyder Cut of Justice League will be coming to HBO Max sometime next year. Read: Acclaimed Knightmare Scene From Batman V Superman Was a Late Addition to the Movie
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  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Actor was Hoping for His Character to be ...
        Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has actually been talked about a bit recently, mostly due to the documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This show stood out for a number of reasons, though it never gained the popularity of the original series or The Next Generation. Still, with a comic book coming out soon it seems like a good time to be a fan of Deep Space Nine. One way Deep Space Nine stood out was the fact that it featured the franchise’s first same-sex kiss, yet it did not have any openly gay characters. This was a bit odd and problematic, you could argue that it’s a bit queer baity like Katy Pery’s I Kissed a Girl, but it turns out that actor Andrew Robinson was hoping that his character Garak was going to be gay. "I broadcast it as strongly as I could. But you know, they never really followed up on it, we never even had a discussion about it. Deep Space Nine was already at right angles to the Star Trek franchise. It was a different kind of Star Trek show. And I think that suddenly to bring on an openly gay alien, who, who was having this relationship with Dr. Bashir. I think that was maybe a bridge too far. I’m guessing at this, but I, but I think that may be it.” Robinson seems sincere in this interview with Trek Movie so it’s a shame that they never made him gay, despite his wishes. Maybe the new comic book will do that? We’ll just have to wait and see then. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine should be available on various digital media and online streaming services like CBS All Access. Read: Modiphius Announces Star Trek Adventures: The Klingon Empire
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  • Wonder Woman 1984 Director Considering Animated Series Based on The ...
        We’re all waiting for Wonder Woman 1984 right now, which is a bit annoying since the movie was done filming and editing ages ago. Still, the hype for the movie is still high and we’re hoping that this sequel improves on its pleasant but flawed predecessor. Patty Jenkins seemingly has a lot of plans for this side of the DCEU since she not only wants to work on an Amazons spin-off film but also an animated series. Speaking with Empire about 1984 and all things Wonder Woman-related, she revealed that there are currently discussions for an animated show based on this side of the DCU. Since Wonder Woman won’t be returning to Themyscira anytime soon it would be cool to see what the people there are like and how they’ve been functioning since Diana left.      There have been a few attempts to make Themyscira more interesting, mostly in comic books. The animated Wonder Woman movie that came out all those years ago also did a solid job at characterizing several Amazonians, including the one who was helping out Ares. We definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a DC series about these characters, though, given the fate of shows like Krypton, we aren’t sure if fans would be intrigued enough to check it out. As we wait for more news on an animated series about DC’s Amazons, Wonder Woman 1984 will be hitting theaters on October 2. Here’s hoping that COVID-19 doesn’t get in the way of that. Read: Acclaimed Knightmare Scene From Batman V Superman Was a Late Addition to the Movie
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  • Metal Gear Solid Movie Director Also Wants Animated Show With Game's ...
        Metal Gear Solid is the one video game franchise that seems destined for the big screen so we’re actually shocked that a movie adaptation hasn’t been made yet. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is currently working on the live-action movie but hasn’t been able to reveal much, presumably because he wants it to be as faithful as possible. Turns out that he thinks the Metal Gear Solid movies can actually expand a bit more since he also wants an animated series with the game’s original cast. Speaking with Gary Whitta on his Animal Crossing talk show (seriously), Vogt-Roberts spoke about the six years of making the movie and how difficult it’s been, mostly because he knows how important this franchise is to fans. Trying to pitch movies in Hollywood is hard enough but having to pitch a video game franchise that’s so complex and, let’s be honest, a bit full of itself must be even more difficult. "It's a difficult thing. Getting any movie made in Hollywood is hard. Getting something like Metal Gear made where it is so complex is even harder. That's why I'm trying to make it for a budget where you can do crazy shit, where you can do the Metal Gear version of it, where it isn't neutered." Beyond that, he also wants to make a Metal Gear Solid animated series with the same cast from older games. Vogt-Roberts says that he’s "trying to get an animated series going that brings back David Hayter, that brings back the original voice cast, and doing that in tandem [with the MGS movie]." No release date for the Metal Gear Solid movie has been announced yet but fans can’t help but be excited, mostly due to the enthusiasm of Vogt-Roberts. Here’s hoping it’s another good video game movie. Read: Death Stranding's Hideo Kojima Hopes to Make Movies Soon
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