As an MCU fan, this week has been an absolute feast.
First off, a couple of days ago, this new official look at Thor: Love and Thunder revealed better looks at the two women who will most likely steal the show in MCU’s next film, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Tessa Thompson returns for her third MCU appearance as King Valkyrie and yes, she looks like royalty.
Next to her is Natalie Portman who has very much been transformed by the Marvel regimen and become freaking Mighty Thor. I mean look at her! This multiversal version of Padme would’ve given Anakin something to think about if he tried to turn against her.
And in the bottom-right corner is, supposedly, our first human version of Bast, the Panther Goddess who granted the Wakandans the power of the Black Panther. If that is her, she looks absolutely stunning.
Yesterday I went and watched Multiverse of Madness again in theaters (IMAX, of course) to not only see the film featuring my favorite superhero of all time again but to grasp the story details a little bit better. And to my great surprise, I enjoyed the film even more!
My first viewing was a rollercoaster of emotions to absorb. From the shock of knowing that Wanda was the unapologetic villain of the movie to the roiling adventure that literally feels like it’s going nonstop for two hours straight. It was a lot to take in and I missed a lot.
So, with this second viewing, there were some things I enjoyed even more like the action sequences, of course, but most importantly, the emotional beats.
Since Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange has barely had any character development outside of his growing skill with his spellbook. To finally resume his arc by forcing him to literally face alternate versions of himself to better understand his place in the multiverse was simply brilliant.
In this post, I want to dive into the absolutely stellar character progression in this film and how it all came to be.
In case you didn’t know Dune: Part Two will start filming soon and that means the cast for the remaining slate of important characters yet to be revealed has been announced over the last few months. So yes, now we know exactly who will be playing Feyd-Rautha, Princess Irulan, and Emperor Shaddam the IV. Here they are.
In the 80s’ rock-and-roll star Sting portrayed Paul’s rival, Feyd. Now Villeneuve has cast Austin Butler who will be portraying Elvis Presley in a film this year starring alongside Tom Hanks to be this generation’s Feyd and I am here for it.
I have not seen any of Butler’s work, but he looks like the guy to play Feyd in a way we won’t forget. I can’t wait to see his transformation into the character.
This February Tom Holland starred in the live-action adaptation of Uncharted, a game I never played but have known loads about for a while. When Tom Holland was cast as the iconic game character Nathan Drake fans of the game weren’t that pleased. I understand why now.
Uncharted is your typical find-the-treasure movie but it lacks all of the pizzazz of a film like Indiana Jones or even The Mummy. The action sequences aren’t fun or lively, the humor left me deadpan, the story was as generic as it gets, the music was terrible, and the plot twists were foreseeable; all in all, Uncharted is as bland as it gets.
Okay, it’s been a few days since Multiverse of Madness took over theaters across the globe, shocking viewers with its chaotically fascinating storyline that is 100% a Doctor Strange flick directed by Sam Raimi. And since I already shared my thoughts on the film in a spoiler-free review on Thursday night it’s time to share my thoughts on all of those juicy spoilers. So, hang onto your butts, because we’re about to delve deep into spoiler territory.
When I was little my father showed me the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston saying the iconic line (“Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!) and that chill-inducing conclusion when we see the Statue of Liberty jutting half-buried from decades of sand on the horizon. That last shot still haunts me.
Then, eight years ago, my father took me and my sister to see The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters. I watched it, I didn’t like it, and I forgot 98% of the movie.
Fast forward to 2017 and War for the Planet of the Apes has come out and is getting a bunch of rave reviews. Curious, we bought it on Prime Video and were absolutely gobsmacked by how good it was. It became my favorite film of 2017 and is a film I still watch every once in a while to this day.
However, there was always this notion in the back of my mind that it was the only good Planet of the Apes movie. Especially when I knew there was a film that had Mark Wahlberg (I thought it was the first of the new era of Planet of the Apes movies) and I knew people didn’t like it. Then I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I was changed.