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I Have A Feeling We Won’t Be Seeing Any More ‘Star Wars’ Stories For A While

Yesterday evening breaking news involving Star Wars reverberated through the movie world as reports of Lucasfilm putting a stop to their spinoff movies hit the internet. But those rumors weren’t actually true, as Lucasfilm assured fans that they’re not stopping the production of Star Wars stories but instead are focusing on other Star Wars projects in the time being. This is of course directly in result to Solo‘s dismal box-office run which showed Lucasfilm that people are not ready to watch two Star Wars movies within five months of each other, leastwise a Star Wars standalone film that no one really wanted in the first place.

Now, Solo actually turned out to be a great movie, instantly becoming one of my favorite Star Wars films ever made, but the terrible marketing surrounding the movie and its lack of enthusiastic fan base ultimately destroyed its chances of being a good film financially and to Disney money talks.

So, that Boba Fett or Obi-Wan spinoff you were getting ready for in the next few years or so may not come for a long while which is a bummer because I love the Star Wars stories. I love their creativity and I love that these films are filling in gaps to movies and characters that I’ve watched for years. The bad news about this Star Wars update, however, is the fact that it makes it more and more unlikely that there will be a Solo sequel which is especially unfortunate because the movie was clearly setting up something awesome.

The good news, however, is the fact that Lucasfilm is toning down our expectations for Star Wars movies which makes us more hungry for them when they come. Star Wars has always been an event and I think people like it that way. A lot of people don’t want it to become a busy franchise like Marvel successfully did with their films and I understand that. If Solo had been pushed to maybe this August or September, months that are ultimately vacant of big time blockbusters, it would’ve made a whole lot more money than it did. The fact that Disney wasn’t willing to try to make Solo work shows their lack of enthusiasm with the film as well so their decision to place the Star Wars Stories on the back burner doesn’t surprise me at all.

I have a feeling though, after this year and a half hiatus from Star Wars people will be ready to see Episode IX next December and I’m definitely going to be one of those people. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

Lando Is Rumored To Appear In ‘Episode IX’

Have you ever wondered why every classic Star Wars character from the original trilogy returned except for Lando Calrissian? Well, it looks like that conundrum will be resolved as rumors have recently surfaced that Billy Dee Williams will indeed reprise his role as Lando Calrissian for Episode IX and I couldn’t be happier.

J.J Abrams did a marvelous job bringing these wonderful characters from the original trilogy back into the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens and I have no doubt that he will do Lando justice in Episode IX.

Of course, these are just rumors and it hasn’t been officially announced that Billy Dee Williams has been cast for the movie but if these rumors are true then my excitement for Episode IX has just grown a little bit more.

Do these rumors excite you as well? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

‘Creed II’ Gets An Official Trailer

Creed, a spinoff franchise from the beloved Rocky films, came out three years ago. It focused on a new boxer, Apollo’s son, Creed, and his rise to boxing champion as he was trained by none other than Sylvester Stallone’s ailing Rocky Balboa. I watched the movie and for the most part it was a decent film that possessed a lot of heart and made for a pretty good boxing movie. Now Michael B. Jordan after his stellar performance as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther returns to the role of Creed this November with a new film and the trailer for it just recently dropped. Here it is.

At first I was a little bored with the trailer but as soon Kendrick Lamar’s famous song, “DNA” started building up the trailer got better and better without, thankfully, revealing too much from the film. We get tantalizing shots of Creed preparing for a new opponent, moments with Rocky, Tessa Thompson being the doting wife of Creed, and then the end of the trailer was the knockout punch as we got to see who Creed’s next opponent is going to be. Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Apollo, I guess has a son who’s going to face off against Creed and that seems very exciting indeed.

It’s a showdown of the ages. I don’t get excited for a lot of movies outside of Marvel and Star Wars films but I have to admit, this movie actually looks good. 🙂

Here’s the poster.

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Michelle Pfeiffer or Anne Hathaway: Who Is The Better Catwoman?

The other day I watched The Dark Knight Rises and as I watched the movie I couldn’t help but get excited seeing Catwoman. Catwoman is one of my favorite DC Comics characters but she’s rarely been given a chance to shine. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy possessed such amazing and classic DC Comics characters and made them epic in ways that unfortunately hasn’t been replicated in the current DCEU (DC Extended Universe.)

And then Michelle Pfeiffer brought Catwoman to life nearly thirty years ago in Batman Returns at a time when superhero movies weren’t as easy and popular to make as they are these days. While the movie wasn’t great Catwoman shined as she permeated her scenes with a distinct femininity and feline awesomeness. But of the two versions of the cat-tastic superhero who plays the role better?

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‘Aquaman’ Gets Some New Photos

Aquaman is coming out this December and it looks like publicity for the film is starting to ramp up. On this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly exclusive photos of Aquaman were released, giving us our first look at the iconic hero’s first standalone film. Check them out.

<p>Aquaman (Jason Momoa) storms a submarine under attack by pirates.&nbsp;</p>

Water is Aquaman’s best friend.

<p>Arthur Curry and Mera (Amber Heard) embark on a quest on the surface world.</p>

It looks like Aquaman and Mera are on an adventure of sorts. Will they find love on this particular journey? *wriggling my eyebrows*

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Should ‘Solo’ Have A Sequel?

Solo, while it did a great job at feeling like a solo (no pun intended) movie in itself with no need for a sequel there were several implications that a sequel could easily happen but after its surprisingly sluggish box-office run the fate of the standalone Star Wars films are truly up in the air, leastwise a Solo 2. So, should Star Wars still make plans for a sequel or should they let the backstory of the iconic Han Solo be? Well I, for one, would love to see a sequel for this latest standalone film for several reasons.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

1. Jabba the Hutt

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In the final sequence of Solo Tobias Beckett says to Han before “leaving” that there’s a big shot gangster he’s going to try to work for on Tatooine. Anyone who knows anything about Star Wars knows that Jabba the Hutt’s territory is Tatooine. And then at the very end of the movie after Han and Chewbacca win the Falcon from Lando Calrissian they head into hyperspace going to you-know-where, Tatooine, to meet this particular gangster Beckett was talking about.

Not only would a sequel delve deeper into the relationship between Han and boss, Jabba, but it could also give us an in-depth look into Jabba’s criminal world which means there will be plenty of new characters to explore. We could get Boba Fett as a major character or potentially Sana Starros, a character that was part of Han’s life in the Legends canon and has recently been brought back into the new canon through the novel, Last Shot. Or we could see plenty of new bounty hunters and smugglers ready to welcome Han into Jabba’s gang of scoundrels or cause him plenty of trouble. Either way sounds awesome.

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Looking Back on ‘5 Things I Would Love To See in ‘The Last Jedi’

Last August I wrote a post detailing 5 things I would love to see in The Last Jedi and to my great surprise everything I wanted to happen actually happened! So here’s a look back at that post I wrote nearly a year ago. Enjoy!

1. Luke and Leia Reunion

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(Last year): Luke and Leia haven’t seen each other for a very, very long time. I think not only would it be a great moment, story-wise but to see Luke and Leia together again after all of these years would not only be beautiful but would also probably be one of my favorite moments of the movie. I’m pretty sure it would be very emotional too. Woo, I can just imagine my tears flowing already.

Well, sure enough they did reunite in the actual movie and yes, my tears definitely flowed at this emotional reunion. I wanted to see the brother and sister together one last time and I’m so glad Rian Johnson provided us this beautiful scene to watch for years to come.

2. The Backstory of Luke’s Academy Being Betrayed by Kylo Ren

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(Last year): Another one of the great mysteries that came out of ‘The Force Awakens’ was the mystery revolving around Kylo Ren and just exactly what happened with Luke Skywalker. Of course, we all know Ben Solo turned to the dark side and destroyed Luke’s Jedi Academy but just exactly how did that happen. In the teaser trailer, a clip is shown of undoubtedly Luke falling to his knees beside R2-D2 as he watches a building on fire. This has to be a scene depicting what happened during that terrible time.

The Last Jedi has a chance to put some of the mysteries that sprouted from The Force Awakens to rest and this one, I hope, will be one of them.

Yes, the mystery revolving around Ben Solo’s fall to the dark side was depicted in the movie but definitely not in the way that I expected. To find out that it was Luke who pushed young Ben over the edge to commit that terrible deed of destroying the temple is unfortunate indeed. Yay, I know what happened now.

3. Finn and Rey’s Reunion

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(Last year): Finn and Rey were a great team in The Force Awakens. They survived deadly adventures and both ended up playing huge roles in the fight against the First Order, but their paths at the end of film split due to Finn’s injury and her destiny to find Luke. Now, in The Last Jedi, from what I’ve gleaned so far, Rey is, of course, training to become a Jedi on the remote world of Ach-To while Finn will be on adventures with the Resistance. But according to Rey at the end of The Force Awakens, they will see each other again and I’m hoping they’ll reunite sometime in The Last Jedi. When they do reunite I’m sure that’ll also be one of my favorite moments of the movie.

It took until the final minutes of The Last Jedi for Finn and Rey to finally reunite again and when they did it actually did become one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Not only does it make me teary nearly every time I watch it but it’s just so nice seeing them together after being apart for so long. It’s simply a heartwarming moment between two of my favorite Star Wars characters. I can’t wait to see them together again in Episode IX.

4. The Mystery Surrounding Rey Somewhat Revealed

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(Last year): I don’t need a complete explanation of who Rey’s parents are. I just want at least a hint. If ‘The Last Jedi’ ended without so much as a reference to her parentage or some sort of closure about that topic the wait for the ninth Star Wars will be just as agonizing as waiting for ‘The Last Jedi’ is. I mean, it would just be unnecessarily cruel considering that LucasFilm knows all of us fans want to know who her parents are so we can stop wondering who she is and just exactly why she’s so important.

Well, Lucasfilm didn’t break out hearts and actually answered our nagging questions about Rey’s parentage…or did they? Only time will tell but as it stands Rey is a nobody whose parents are dead in Jakku (which I don’t think is the final answer to that burning question of ours but who knows.)

5. Kylo Ren and Leia’s Not-So-Happy Reunion

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(Last year): If Leia sees her son again it is not going to be pretty. I’m really hoping they do manage to come face to face in ‘The Last Jedi’ because I know, for a fact, that that will be a crucial moment in the movie, much like in ‘The Force Awakens’ when Kylo Ren confronted Han Solo. Hopefully, it won’t have the same outcome though.

The reason why that would be such a riveting scene is the conversation between them would undoubtedly be fascinating. Would she scald him for the evil he has committed and his willingness to follow the dark path? Will she be, in some way, glad to see her son after not seeing him for so long? Will he be angry when he sees her or will he be ashamed? I know he hated Han, that much was obvious, but I don’t know how he feels about his mother. Will they fight?! Two force wielders in an epic battle, mother, and son. That would be awesome. Oh, there are so many implications of awesomeness if they do meet in ‘The Last Jedi’. I’m just really hoping that it won’t have a devastating outcome, for either of them.

So…they did have a reunion but it was nothing like I had imagined it being, as you can see from this post last year. Leia would end up using the Force but not in a fight against Kylo Ren and there wouldn’t actually be any words between them but the brief reunion between mother and son was definitely one of the best moments in The Last Jedi.

Every once in a while I like to look back at posts I wrote describing a movie before I’ve seen it and this was just so interesting to see that all of these points I wanted to see actually did come to fruition. That’s awesome. And while each topic I wanted The Last Jedi to broach didn’t happen in the way that I could’ve imagined it’s cool to know that the movie did prevail at hitting all of these fascinating points.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I did and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.