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Where Does Dryden Vos Rank Among the ‘Star Wars’ Villains?

When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.

1. Kylo Ren

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There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.

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Let’s Talk About That Surprise Ending of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The fantastic thing about these Star Wars standalone films are the gaps that they are filling in the Star Wars universe. Rogue One introduced us to the group of rebels who stole the Death Star plans and perfectly ended the movie by showing Darth Vader trying to obtain those plans, the rebels just barely managing to escape, and a brief cameo of Princess Leia aboard the Tantative IV smiling with hope and determination. And all of that perfectly led into A New Hope in one of the most flawless ways I could’ve never imagined.

So, Solo decided to take people’s expectations up a notch by introducing….

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!! This is the biggest spoiler of the movie and so I highly advise you to stop reading now if you haven’t seen Solo yet. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the post.

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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Villain?

This week has passed and that means it’s time for another weekly Who’s Your segment. Last week I asked you all who was your favorite classic Star Wars character and this week I’m excited to see which Marvel villain is the one you happen to enjoy the most. Here are all of the villains.

Ronan the Accuser

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Ronan was a slightly corny villain but that’s what made him so perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy. He was still a worthy adversary though as he nearly destroyed Xandar and was able to wield the might of the Power Stone. Thankfully the Guardians were more powerful than him though. 🙂

General “Thunderbolt” Ross

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The anti-Hulk, that could’ve made for a very compelling and intimidating villain. While I don’t remember The Incredible Hulk very well I do remember this villain because he definitely was scary looking. Too bad the movie wasn’t better. *shrug*

Malekith

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Malekith definitely wasn’t anywhere near the most compelling MCU villain but he did provide Thor and Loki plenty of anguish as he managed to kill off Thor’s mother.

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Thanos or Kylo Ren: Who’s The Better Villain?

Disney has made me SOOO happy over the past few years with their mega-franchises, Star Wars and Marvel. Marvel has slowly but gradually become more and more entertaining over the years and Star Wars, well, Star Wars is the best. One thing Star Wars always had better than Marvel however were the villains. Marvel’s villain conundrum was the franchise’s main setback and made the films a little boring to watch because at the end of the day I knew, somehow, with every film that the heroes were going to win. Now, Marvel crafted a perfect formula at shaking things up and keeping the films fun and interesting but that’s exactly what it was; a formula that was never shaken or eradicated.

Star Wars on the other hand truly allows creative freedom to the movies’ individual creators and that was almost to a fault, for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were so different from each other that a lot of people rebuked the new direction the current Star Wars trilogy had headed and that slightly hurt the franchise.

With Avengers: Infinity War that formula was flipped on its head as the MCU finally created a villain that not only was compelling and memorable but so powerful that the heroes, no matter what they did, couldn’t defeat him! It was honestly one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Thanos was basically a ridiculously difficult endgame boss brought to the big screen. Um…awesome!

And then The Last Jedi helped elevate Kylo Ren to a level where he wasn’t looked at as just a villain but as an individual who had just as much of a compelling storyline as Rey which isn’t usually seen in movies. At the end of The Force Awakens I despised Kylo Ren with all my being but by the end of The Last Jedi he was my favorite character of the current trilogy and that is a huge transition achieved by fantastic storytelling on Rian Johnson’s part. So…which villain is greater? Well, I’m going to base this analysis off of five criteria; design, villainy, storyline, victories, and music. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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5 Things That Could Make ‘Aquaman’ A Success

The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) has slowed down on the rate they are cranking out their movies but this December they’re bringing out a new installment in their franchise in Aquaman and that can be a good thing or a terrible thing. The only entry in the superhero franchise that was accepted with immense praise was Wonder Woman but the rest of the DCEU’s movies have been met with less-than-friendly recognition. Can Aquaman become only the second film in this franchise to change the negative narrative surrounding these superhero movies or will it lurk among the fishes like most of its other predecessors? And what changes will it need to become a film worthy of great reviews and tons of praise? That’s what I’m here to talk about and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. A Compelling Villain

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While Marvel is one of the greatest franchises to ever be part of the cinematic world its biggest problem for nearly a decade was its villain conundrum. For the longest time the only compelling villain in the MCU was Loki and that was mainly because he wasn’t killed off in his first movie appearance. In the last couple of years the narrative around MCU villains has gradually begun to change and now with Thanos arriving in Infinity War the MCU villains have really become characters to fear and respect. This, however, wasn’t supposed to be a problem with the DCEU.

Throughout the comics these powerful superheroes in Wonder Woman, Superman, etc. have had to face adversaries that were just as impressively powerful in not only might but wit as well. This, however, hasn’t been translated into the movies very well. Man of Steel brought General Zod into the fold but instead of keeping the iconic Superman villain alive to pester Superman for years to come they killed him off, turning him into a worthless MCU-style villain who just so happened to be powerful enough to fight the Kryptonian hero.

Batman vs. Superman introduced Lex Luther and Doomsday to the DCEU, both of which didn’t make the movie any more compelling or epic. Wonder Woman had the Amazonian warrior face off against the Greek God, Ares, which sounds amazing but wasn’t as incredible a showdown as it could’ve been. And Justice League‘s villain, Steppenwolf, was a CGI disaster with a Thor: The Dark World level evil, world dominating plan that didn’t make any sense and that I honestly didn’t care about (because I knew the heroes were going to win anyway.)

If Aquaman is going to be a success it’s going to have to have an awesome villain that’s worth watching.

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Dryden Vos, the Debonaire Gangster

The role of Dryden Vos was previously being played by another actor (I forgot his name) but after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were booted from the production of the movie and when Ron Howard was brought on board they gave the role to Paul Bettany. Now this made me really excited because I love Paul Bettany as both Jarvis and Vision. For years I thought Iron Man had the coolest AI sidekick in Jarvis and then when he was brought to life through Vision I couldn’t have been more excited. And I know for a fact Paul Bettany is going to bring a compelling villain to the Star Wars universe that we’ve briefly seen before in Jabba the Hutt but to the next level.

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We haven’t really been given a glimpse of the criminal underworld that is just as much a part of Star Wars as the concept of the Jedi and the Sith. In this hidden underworld are smugglers, bounty hunters, and gangsters, like Dryden Vos, who this movie will be introducing is to and I honestly couldn’t be more ready to see this film. Not only does he look really cool because of his scars but I love that LucasFilm is keeping his character throughout the marketing of Solo mysterious. That means I will be able to fully enjoy him without feeling like I’ve seen a whole lot of footage of him when I watch the film in theaters.

All in all, the countdown is growing less and less until the movie officially premieres in movie theaters around the country and I can’t wait to see it.

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

Who’s Your Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Villain?

First of all, I would like to congratulate Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan for their beautiful wedding and celebration. It was absolutely stunning and the parade, the Royal Cavalry, all of it was utterly magical to witness. I’m so happy for them and I hope they have an absolutely beautiful time together for the rest of their days. Okay, now to the post at hand. 🙂

Throughout my time having this blog I have written my opinions on movies, the characters within those films, and just random awesome stuff in general but now the conversation comes to you, my dear readers. You have been such wonderful supporters of my blog and fellow movie fans that I can’t help but bring all of you into the fold and ask your opinions of what you think of these films as well. So today I’m asking you who is your favorite Star Wars villain? Here is the list.

The Classic Darth Vader

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Darth Vader is undoubtedly one of the most iconic villains of all time for his simple awesomeness. He’s frightening, menacing, the perfect main antagonist for the original trilogy, and incredibly memorable. You don’t even have to know what Star Wars is to know Darth Vader. He’s the bar that has been set for all future and current villains and there still hasn’t been a Star Wars villain as impeccably crafted and unique as this character.

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