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Thats Just Lazy Writing – Robots Root 9 Feb 2018

Deadpool 2’s new trailer is pretty much spot on what you’d expect, and it works perfectly. Favorite detail: Chunk’s shirt from Goonies! I love it.

  • In Movies that Aren’t Black Widow News: Milla Jovovich has replaced Olivia Munn in Hummingbird. I think she’ll do a fine job but I was looking forward to Munn, who, for all the other obvious reasons i’d be on board about it, hasn’t had a series role like this to date and I was interested in seeing how she’d work.
  • The magical world of what Netflix buys and for what reason continues to intrigue me: for three different reports I’ve read, it appears Abrams and crew new the whole ‘slap Cloverfield references on a sci fi film’ experiment was collapsing, so they sold the project to Netflix for $50M, putting them in the green, as it exceeded their production budget and more importantly allowed them to sidestep the quagmire of marketing costs. Netflix paid a huge sum (though half of the total for Bright) even though they fully understood what they were getting. To say they bought it for post-Super Bowl buzz alone seems almost cynical to write, but that’s the space Netflix is operating in, with the original content streaming wars. We used to ooh and ahh and tssk  the outrageous prices for Super Bowl ad time, but that’s an incredible sum just to convince the 5 remaining non-Netflix subscribers to join, and the remaining 99.9999999% of the civilized world to stay on the service. Which is not to say I won’t watch the film (I will) and BTW, Robot-Kraken Podcast guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons implored me to watch Bright, saying it was actually pretty good. SO! More on both projects in next month’s show, I’m guessing.
  • Drunk History features Nichelle Nichols which is pretty awesome. I’d watch it but something in it tripped the sensors in my current host country, so it’ll have to wait.
  • The most reassuring thing about the details on Harrison Ford’s advisory role on Han Solo is reading that he basically just bullshitted about his experience and what Lucas was always talking about, and then just said, go nuts! Paycheck for light aircraft repair bills… but also, no pushing about the impression or some big speech about looking like a young Harrison Ford, just insights into how Ford felt Solo ticked. Pretty great, actually.
  • Apparently the Venom trailer will be released while I’m flying across the Pacific. Either I’ll land to accolades or scorn. About the trailer, not my arrival. Everyone’s excited.
  • Jessica Jones S02 is imminent, and the full trailer looks great. Tone is consistent, actors remain solid… PLUS the addition of Expanse’s Terry Chen (Prax Meng) in a very different role than we last saw for him. That’s AWESOME.
  • So, not sure, but Titan looks like it might be B-Movie material. However it ALSO reads as a video summary of my entire TRDL Universe situation, more or less, so. There’s that! Accidental marketing.
  • I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but this fan-made alternate opening for Force Awakens is pretty rad. Not for what it was intended, because the mystery and interest in the setting of Jakku was perfect as-is and didn’t need explaining. But rather, just to see them tow a Star Destroyer carcass to a jumk planet and then dump it. The movie made it feel, without explanations, like it crashed there from an aerial battle… never thought of it as wreckage being cleared from dangerous hyperspace traffic areas or what have you. Star Wars has always played loose with the idea of space junk. It’s only there when serving the plot.
  • Delos Destinations viral is making me HOT HOT HOT!
  • This whole exchange on ‘the mutant cure’ is hilarious.
  • An articulated, jet boot sorta havin, repulsor sorta usin, ultra rad Iron Man cosplay… but doods IT CHARGES HIS IPHONE TOO.

 

Finally, I leave you with this: yawning is contagious.

Super Tole – Robots Root 5 Feb 2018

IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING TO ME!!!!

I love the Super Bowl. I don’t watch the Super Bowl. But I like the ads. THE ADS!

A selection of nerd items I enjoyed…

  • I still wish the Croc Dundee stunt was a real movie I’d see the SHIT out of. But anyway. The previous trailer was actually better but this was the ‘reveal’ that surprised no one. It was almost like waiting for your lover to break up with you and then it happens and you’re almost relieved its over.
  • I said I wouldn’t watch it. I lay in my bed, tossing and turning (remember, I’m in Indonesia right now, so future) but then I did anyway. I like the Iron Man armor as realized from the concept art. I don’t get Spidey unmasking in the ring gate scene. I do love that Thanos sneer. This was less exciting than several other trailers, which doesn’t speak negatively of Avengers as much as positively of those other properties that we see the FIRST footage of, instead.
  • Another Red Sparrow trailer that chips away further at the Black Widow film to come.
  • I really like watching Dwayne Johnson. But I’m struggling with this project because leave Die Hard alone. Thanxxxx. Also I spent all day on the 63rd floor of my building, so.
  • Jurassic World Fallen Toleyou continues to trade on Chris Pratt’s charm, and it works.
  • I really enjoy the more recent Mission Impossible stuff… usually… Rogue Nation being the exception because Lung’s blueberries. Anyway, this looks looks great. You just can’t unsee the ankle shattering.
  • Holy shit, Cloverfield Paradox went to Netflix instead of theaters and is ALREADY live?!? I mean, not for me. I’m locked out regionally atm. But still. For YOU!
  • And lastly, of COURSE, the promised Solo teaser. I would have put this at the top, I was just so unprepared for how rabidly I want more Westworld. But there’s much to unpack in Solo. I’m waiting for the full trailer tomorrow. Today. Tomorrow. Gah! Anyway, so many things.

 

Meanwhile, this twitter response, which the kids today call a clap back, was awesome.

Custom Decorative Tissue – Robots Root 30 Jan 2018

The Ultimate Unboxing Video, by goneintorapture.com. I still can’t stop staring at it. I love it so.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • While the execution is a little rough, i like the concept of Westworld viral being Delos interfaces and data screens that have been corrupted by bloody warnings and cries for help. Also, I’m holding my breath until Westworld S02, thanks. LOVE it.
  • This look at the new tech used to film the Valkyrie flashbacks in Ragnarok is fascinating, if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am. Otherwise, just look at the test footage, which feels like a microcosm glance at how fun that shoot must have been. All the behind the scenes stuff makes Waititi feel like a force of nature. A subversive one.
  • I loved this video. I love scale videos. Scale fascinates me. I appreciates that the scale reference module shifts in the video, from a human to a dump truck to the Statue of Liberty. I don’t quite understand the scale mismatch on the Xenomorph (2.1m) and Predator (2.2m) but otherwise very cool. I think my favorite was classic Mothra, complete with a 747 for scale.
  • The fanbase for Monty Python is dying out (more figuratively than literally, one hopes) but for those of us who remember the animations, here’s great archival of Gilliam walking an interviewer through the cut-animation process. Love it. As the so . of past-up artists in the days before digital, I enjoy reminders of the hands-on crafter approach to all of this prior to the advent of modern tools.
  • Jessica Jones S02, March 08, that’s all we need to know. No spoilers so far, which I appreciate, other than hints of Purple Man.
  • Here’s an amazing miniature VHS library. For science.
  • Hans Zimmer is apparently scoring Dark Phoenix. This is only important because Zimmer was supposedly retired from supers films. I just love his scores, regardless of the super side of it, but I do think he elevates material.
  • Indiana Jones 5 begins production in 2019, supposedly. Cue all the skeleton memes from Raiders.

That’s all for today. My today. Probably your last night. Time travel is weird.

Blame it on SKRULLS! – Robots Root 25 July 2017

It’s gonna be raining SKRULLS IN PLAID soon enough, cousins! Onward… into Robot’s Root:

  • Lots of #SDCC material we haven’t talked about or did so piecemeal, so here:
    • Gifted trailer (fox) – not optimistic, though I do generally prefer Jamie Chung over no Jamie Chung. As much as I love references between films or between TV and film series that show connections in the story, it’s fraught with challenge and often doesn’t work (or goes in one direction only, awkwardly)… so I give them a little bit of credit for making Gifted it’s own continuity, and not sharing with Legion or the films. That said, it’s fraught with mainstream viewer confusion and seems like a matter of time before James Marsten or whomever will show up on one of these shows anyway… that’s a bad example I guess, being a recast victim.
    • New Defenders trailer, with slightly more cohesion. I’m 100% on board. Doubly so, now that they’ve announced a new showrunner for Iron Fist S-2. Granted it’s the guy who brought you the Elektra film, but still. Also, Misty Knight added, so there’s that.
    • Stranger Things S02 trailer completely owned my attention.
    • Talk about coming from behind, so to speak: Star Trek Discovery is looking sharp!
    • Westworld S02 trailer here, which I didn’t watch, because please please please blackout.
    • I saw Spidey with my man Lung the other night, and during the same tired Justice League trailer he turned to me, fueled by some tequila, to be fair, and announced the JL film was going to “kick ass”… I have been far less optimistic just from the monotony of the early trailer images of the dark mucky muck fighting environment and the blah generic dark mucky muck Parademons, and my personal grievance, the horribly written ‘You… me… the others…’ followed by WW asking again about ‘the others’… UGH UGH UUUUUUGH. That said, new trailer brings the hope back, doesn’t it? Plus, news of Flash now being a Flashpoint storyline is encouraging too. I love multiverse stuff. Speaking of, Steppenwolf in the new trailer says a few choice things: he mentions Lanterns… and he says THIS world will fall, like all the others. More multiverse business!

    • And the Alex Ross references are DOOOPE. Meanwhile, the buzz on the supernet is about how Henry Caville’s MI6 mustache is causing much digital post-editing of reshoot material on Whedon’s JL-fixery. Setting aside the fact that this sort of thing isn’t as uncommon as people seem to think, I was amused by a tweet by McQuarry, hard at work on MI6, that basically said that if they had to add a fake mustache to Cavill on MI6 it would need to be held on by staples. Funny, not just because it sidesteps that they could be adding it digitally just as easily (but shouldn’t as it’s their time and contract now, for Cavill, not JL) but because it’s a clever way of reminding people that the MI films are all action and will be fun and kinetic. Good move!
    • So Captain Marvel will be set in the 90s and feature the Skrulls. I’m really, REALLY, enthused about this. Different time period, use of my favorite Marvel alien race, just ripe for drama and betrayal, etc… all the interesting things we get design-wise by going early 90s… I mean, I’m thrilled. Now, how to shunt Carol to the modern era afterward? We aren’t going to be burying Brie Larson’s radiance in makeup… already did that, and understandably so, with Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.  As for how Marvel is playing in the FF toolbox, remember, all sorts of things have been cooking behind the scenes between Disney Marvel and Sony Marvel and Fox Marvel… here’s concept art, which is quite reassuring, costume-wise.
    • Probably the most exciting material that has been officially released from the show (ie. not Infinity War mumble grumble) is the new Ragnarok trailer, which causes aneurysms of yeee. The idea that a lot of this film was improvised (and not in an IM1 way) despite Disney scrutiny makes me very happy. That’s what you hire Waititi for. I’m looking at YOU, Star Wars Disney.
  • I do like the cinematic Spidey suit a LOT. I’m much less enthused about what people are calling the Iron Spidey but is really just Limited Edition Gold Foil Variant Spidey from Infinity Wars. I wish we were getting the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ concept suit instead.
  • Here’s some generally underwhelming Ant-Man and Wasp poster art. I’m surprised. Meanwhile, Michelle Pfeiffer joins as Janet Van Dyne? Interesting pairing with Michael Douglas. Bring on the de-aging FX!
  • I’m really interested in Ed Piskor’s experimental X-Men project. First, his Hip-Hop Family Tree series was and is amazing. But beyond that, I guess I have a personal interest in the ‘grand summary’ concept of distilling a metric ton of continuity into a single story. I’ve loved mini-series or other projects that poke into different periods in ‘original continuity’ Marvel* and on a highly specific, and self-promoting note, it’s essentially what I’m doing with the TRDL Universe: there’s a huge amount of content in the timeline for this world, described in the sourcebooks… I could never illustrate it all… but I CAN illustrate snapshots in the timeline, weaving a common thread between them, which is what we have cooking. Anyway, I’m stoked on the project.

 

*I say ‘original continuity’ because all the callbacks seem to be written by writers like me who are my age and have been reading since I have, and are going back to the pre-retcon era of Marvel, ie. prior to the relaunches and rewrites and universe redefinitioning that Marvel succumbed to, the way DC had since the 80s… to me it’s everything from the 60s to the very early 90s, and then more or less into the early 2000s, after which Marvel continuity ate itself, orobouros style. Admittedly, we’ve played fast and loose with continuity from the golden age… but I mean, I don’t even know how time WORKS at Marvel anymore. Even beyond the multiversing and universe rewriting and dimensional folding and all this, and even beyond largely ignoring the lack of aging of many characters and the fix of truncating time so that events in the 60s happened ‘a few years ago’ in current continuity, etc I bristle when we see a retelling of early stories, set in continuity, where people are using cell phones and modern affectations… I get that it’s a paradox, that we can’t let the X-Men be birthed in the 60s while at the same time not have the original X-Men be in their late 60s/early 70s… but I guess for me, that’s what I WANT to see. Aged heroes, young next gen people picking up the costumes, etc. One of the most interesting things in Marvel continuity has been when Steve Rogers would lose the serum and be suddenly a senior (with abs)… and recently, with Old Man Logan shunted into main continuity, same deal. But comics are written, traditionally for tweens and teens in a three year looping window of attention span, and I get that. Anyway.

Because M-16s – Robots Root 11 April 2017

Here’s Kurse using M-16s for no reason, straight out of Williamson’s Thor run… wow!

Listen, if this is a TEASER trailer, I don’t want to see any trailer trailers. I’m already sold on this film just on the pedigree of the director, the Thor roomate shorts, and the punchline in this above. And that’s saying something, as the Kirby-meets-80s-Galleria-Mall aesthetic is not my personal favorite.

 

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root:

  • Much knee-jerk hullabaloo has been made of Disney’s patent filings for a soft interactive robot. Westworld! They cry. However, this is basically an R/C airbag concept, so not only would I suggest we consider Baymax from Big Hero 6, which was the best thing ever, but in fact that’s the first intended application of this design: a Baymax toy. So. I’m on board!
  • Terminator is done. NO ITS NOT he says. It’s sleeping.
  • Lung teased me with the Robot Soldier toy coming out, and how, as tenuous landed gentry, we have no disposable income for such things. To hell with that, I’ve seen heist films (and none of their endings) what could go wrong.
  • According to two reference links I cannot access in Indonesia, apparently Captain Marvel will be the ‘most powerful character in the MCU’ which I certainly hope is hyperbole. I mean, I’m hot to see Brie Larson kick ass as much as the next nerd, but let’s settle down.
  • I haven’t been following ANY content-related stuff related to GitS, though I’ve certainly read about the disastrous box office, and the general criticisms. I reserve judgment for when Lung and I see it later this month. In the meantime: hilarious rework of the trailer mixed with review blips (the BAD ones)…
  • King Conan appears to be DOA. I’m disappointed. It was the best, most rational use of older Schwartzenegger (sp) in any of these films he’s doing. Aged, broken down Conan. COME ON. It would have been awesome. Oh well oh well oh well.
  • Listen, I may be the only long-time follower of the Weekly Planet podcast, but I mentioned earlier that Mr. Sunday Movies (James Clement) finally revealed himself as part of the Movember fundraiser/ podcasting network lunch event a few weeks ago. The video is up now, in addition to the early photos. The 360 camera footage is pretty amazing, BTW. I need to look into these devices. I’ve never seen a pan-style wide angle video shot and released on youtube before. It’s worth checking out for that if nothing else. I knew all that VRML work I did in 1996 would pay off… sort of…
  • Josh Boone’s New Mutants film has entered pre-production. Anyone over 40 will probably be thrilled.

Those Damn Dirty Apes – 9 Dec 2016

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The trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes was released, and watching it, I’m quite a bit less interested than with the first two. However, I did find it interesting that, in this brief scene, there’s a gorilla fighting WITH Woody Harrelson’s guys… link!

Meanwhile:

– Having finished Westworld the other day, I went back and rewatched the full Ghost in the Shell trailer. They cyberpunk kid in me is just at full-load excited about this stuff. Take another look, why don’t you…
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– Happy holidays: here’s an AI written christmas carol I can completely see being piped through the public speakers while renegade robots slaughter everyone in the plaza, tinsel and organ paste and what not everywhere. Make your time.
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– Speaking of Westworld, it’s hard enough to marry Jimmi Simpson’s portrayal of William with his earlier recurring role on Always Sunny… somehow, though, I never noted he was also Lyle the Intern on the Letterman Show… link!

– I watched the latest Logan trailer again in front of Doctor Toleyou, and man, I have to agree, it’s looking great. link!

– oh look: another expensive BB-8 product I MUST HAVE. link!

– well, the good news is apparently Snoke will be animatronic in SW VIII if this is to be believed. That’s happy stuff for me. The bad news is he’s apparently still massive, and I’m not thrilled about that. I was hoping that was just some hologram propaganda thing. Anyway. link!


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Its Hot and Wet – Also, Spider-Man 08 Dec 2016

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Coming to you from a storm in Honolulu… here’s the new Spidey trailer which you have surely watched 33 times. I’m quite satisfied.
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Meanwhile, THIS:

– The incredibly nuanced soundtrack for Westworld is now available for free streamed from Spotify. link!

– More misc. stuff on Ghost in the Shell. I forgot to mention, I thought it was pretty savvy that they used those little scrambled clips from the film we’ve seen before, but interrupting movie theatre bumpers, during Doctor Strange… like, ‘get your popcorn and coke over th—‘ and then it blurs into geishabots… link!

And speaking of Doctor Strange (review and podcast forthcoming) it is killing it in a way I didn’t expect at all, with all the no-punching and much-talking and even-more-drug… even against a Disney film. i mean a Disney Princess film. link!

– The next X-Men movie is apparently starting production on the Dark Phoenix saga… which won’t be a saga, but a highly compressed film… which I’m actually all for because I quite liked Jean and Scott in the most recent semi-hot mess. link! and PS… I was not a fan of James Marsters as Cyclops back then, being all rigid and blank, but on Westworld he’s really great. I can’t help but imagine him playing Scott Summers in a more nuanced role, perhaps something like what happened in the comics over the last few years… the red suit and the global takeovers and the Phoenix business and the basic villainy.

– Great article on one of my favorite Marvel characters in recent years: the Latina, gay, teen Captain America Chavez. link!

Bonus, my last illustration of her:

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– If you’re willing to pay for the extra content in the insidious/Darth Sidious system Sony has set up for DLC, you can play Jyn Erso in Rogue One… link!

– Nerd alert: check out the original edition of D&D… I’m always fascinated by those early days unwittingly kicking off an entire industry that was highly formative in my youth. link!

– If you liked Dexter, and you plan to pre-like Iron Fist (as I do) then you’ll find Inhumans in capable hands. link!

– If you know your George Miller Justice League that wasn’t history, you know Armie Hammer was almost in the red undies. Signs might suggest he’s heading for green ones next… link!

– Finally, I had SUCH low expectations, but Legion on FOX looks REALLY GOOD. link!

Now, the eternal sleep. Until morning. Or more TRDL work, not sure yet!


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Upsidus Downicum! – 15 November 2016

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DOCTOR STRANGER THINGS.
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ITEM: Westworld has been renewed for S02, thankfully. The show is mesmerizing.
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ITEM: No offense to Gavin O’Conner, but this interview sounds like some sort of parody.
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ITEM: News flash: Ryan Reynolds has nice things to say about Tim Miller. Because, you know, he’s not stupid.
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ITEM: Below, an article briefly (butchering, in this post-millennial half-assed documentary style, where the narrator inserts themselves into the thing every 3 seconds) discussing the inventor of Lazer Tag. Above, MY LAZER TAG set, just found this week while going through my mother’s attic. Synchronicity!
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That is all. Back to your radioactive sheds. Those reactors aren’t going to build themselves.


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I Can See Your Ghost – 11 Nov 2016

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Following on that 3s clip yesterday from GitS, this little behind the scenes vid is even better. So much good to see here. SO MUCH. I’m positive.
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ITEM: I did not see that coming, as my 5 yr old son says. Jessica Chastain signs on to Painkiller Jane??
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ITEM: Holland talks a bit about how Spidey’s reactions in combat are based on a teenager, so emphasis on avoidance rather than offensive fighting. Now, I don’t think I would say teenagers are prone to avoidance in combat, but I like the concept as far as Spidey goes. Thats my favorite part of his deal: not the kicky punchy, but the dodging.
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“Si quis furetur,
Anathematis ense necetur.”
ITEM: Here are some handy curses you can inscribe in latin into your books in your library, to ward off thieves. Who, you know, stop to read the inscriptions before stealing the non-books you have in your non-existent physical library. Unless you have one, as I do. Excelsior!
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ITEM: One less good cop out there.
Robert Vaughn RIP

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ITEM: This is a great little infographic-vid about the depth of the ocean with scale reference.
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ITEM: Very interesting study of HBO’s Westworld, from the perspective of game designers interviewed about their experience watching the show so far.
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ITEM: Best Ant-Man cosplay ever in the history of EVER. That includes any microverse funny business.
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TIRE FIRES and Other Things – 9 Nov 2016

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WELP.

In other news…

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ITEM: For those of you watching WESTWORLD (and please tell me you are) this is a great article about the psychological principle referenced in the narrative, regarding the Bicameral Mind.
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ITEM: Here’s a fun list of tidbits gleamed from the Force Awakens commentary track. I love lists like this because I verrrrry rarely listen to the commentaries, but I like reading them.
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ITEM: Big plans for Marvel theme parks overseas. Wow, sounds fun!
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ITEM: You don’t even have to be down with Gundam to enjoy this stop-motion film.
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ITEM: I did NOT see this one coming, as my son is prone to say. The fans of Young Justice have been pining for years now about the abrupt cancellation of the popular series… and now, out of the blue, they announced a third season!
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ITEM: Feige is interesting to listen to (or read about) and I tend to be down with what he talks about. If there’s one area that is particularly gray when it comes to the divide between the MCU and the MCTVU, it’s continuity. We’ve talked about how the shows reference the films, making them enjoyable and feel part of the global MCU picture, but the films never reference the shows directly for several reasons (though Feige has been atypically cagey about, so to speak, Defenders being involved in the upcoming Avengers films) … sometimes events overlap and contradict (I suppose the biggest example is Coulson dying in Avengers and being resuscitated with Kree shit in SHIELD; it isn’t a direct conflict because Coulson hasn’t been referenced in the MCU since, but anyway) but this was an odd one, where Feige talked about the plans for Inhumans now that they were bumped from the immediate film planning schedule… and talked about a TV appearance. We’ve had Inhumans in SHIELD for two seasons now. I think he meant the Inhuman Royal Family.
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ITEM: Amidst the potentially spurious talk recently of execs rumored to be complaining that Affleck’s script for Batman is shit (and he keeps saying it isn’t ready for prime time yet) here’s some rah-rahing from Deathstroke his own self.
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ITEM: Two bits here: one, closer looks at Vulture, showing some internal logic to his design that I don’t hate; and two, part of a long Feige interview, where Keaton is actually confirmed as Vulture, which we have taken as fact for like 6 months.
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ITEM: Rumor has it Kinberg is planning a reboot of the X-franchise for fox, dumping Singer and yet ‘hopeful’ of keeping their top three remaining stars after losing Jackman and Stewart. I’m not opposed to the reboot, though I like the ‘first class’ and ‘apocalypse-specific original x-men’ like Jean Grey and Cyclops… but I AM opposed to retaining those other actors. Let’s just start over, and rethink what makes X-Men work. In fact, how about we just give marvel the keys back again.
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ITEM: Upside-Down I get it…
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Thats’s all for today. It’s been a difficult week. Let’s look forward to positive things to come, such as Robot-Kraken podcasts and new arts! I had to postpone Doctor Strange due to a family emergency, but I hope to see it this weekend.


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