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Black Panther is Marvel’s Highest Achievement (A Spoiler Free Review)

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Hi, I’m Yohanne. For those of you who don’t know me, that may sound like a bold title but allow me to explain.

I have been a cinephile for as long as I can remember and through the years I have grown to love comic book movies as I loved the comics and cartoons they were based on. As a film lover, your first instinct is always to look at any live action movie through the lens of what it is as a film, first, not what it may mean to you as a fan of a property. I have lived by this and it has made me both agreeable at times and a pariah among my own peers, at others.

When Marvel Studios began this undertaking, this big bold cinematic universe venture with the first Iron Man in 2008, that was one of the most solid comic book films of it’s time and to this day, stands head and shoulders above most of the films that came after it. Many agree that Captain America Winter Soldier became the defining line by which other Marvel films were graded against. It was the critical darling, the film that was both a comic book movie and a political action thriller. The film that managed to amount to something more than just big personalities punching at each other til one or the other won. Then Iron Man 3 happened… and it began to feel as though Marvel was drinking its own koolaid. Film after film began to feel formulaic at best and trite at worst. It felt as though the soul of the story telling was lost and forgotten in what felt like a Disney/Marvel never ending assembly line of junk made for mass consumption.

I, being someone who had loved Marvels Phase 1 and Winter Soldier, found little solace in enjoying Guardians of the Galaxy and its follow up. I began to rage against Marvel films. To me, they had become the very thing I hated about summer blockbusters and all the wannabe’s. At the same time, being one of those people who still argues that Zack Snyder had made something special with Man of Steel and someone who appreciates Batman V Superman for the grandiose modern greek tragedy it is, I began to hope DC films might carry that torch, alas Suicide Squad happened, then Wonder Woman and then Justice League and well… I was wrong.

Enter Marvel’s Black Panther. A film I hoped would be entertaining at the least but a film I did not expect to break the Marvel cycle. I’m here after my second viewing of the film in as many days to tell you this. The hype is real. The critics are completely right this time. For a Marvel film to tell the story this film tells without blushing is nothing short of amazing. The film does not pull its punches, that is immensely refreshing. The film tells a story of love, love of family, love of country, love of peace, love of war. There are some very adult themes explored here. The sins of the father, the choices and consequences that come back to haunt one, you can take your kids to see this film but it very much understands that while it has to entertain its younger audience, it has to respect its source material and its older audience. It is very much a film for adults. And it has to do right by the themes it explores. Speaking of themes, the original score is heart pounding, fittingly tribal, sincere and just pulls at the heart strings when it needs to. This is the strongest original motion picture score in the MCU.

The cast all do an amazing job. And I am proud to se that Marvel finally has an antagonist… a real antagonist. A fleshed out villain that you understand and even feel for. Not a throw away villain who is simply put there because the hero needs someone to fight at the end. And fight they do, but this is not some action heavy Marvel comic book movie that lacks substance, the substance is there in spades and every action scene actually serves the story instead of being there for no reason at all than to be a distraction for those with a more limited attention span (I’m looking at you Civil War Airport scene).

If I am to take a moment to point out the only negative I feel the film still carries over from Marvel films since Phase 2… the CGI here is not the best. It’s serviceable but it is also noticeable in some moments. This does not pull you out of the experience but it’s there.

All told, I am happy to report that this film has come along. It has reinvigorated my hope in comic book movies, and I think it will be something special to experience and later look back on as another possible turning point in comic book film history.

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Lebron James Producing ‘Friday The 13th’ Reboot

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Lebron James is rebooting another cult classic.

James SpringHill Entertainment company and Vertigo Entertainment, the latter of which produced It, are producing a remake of Friday The 13th.

The success of the Halloween and It are key factors to trying to reboot the horror franchise featuring Jason. The franchise also has been on hold due to lawsuits from the original screenwriter Victor Miller. Miller won his case in court retaining the rights to his screenplay.

The plaintiffs, which include producer and director Sean Cunningham, could still appeal, and one item not on the table at the trial was who controls the rights to the character of Jason Vorhees, who dies as a young boy in the first movie but becomes the unstoppable hockey mask-wearing killer the franchise would become known for.

Settlements or future legal battles could still occur. Another foil is that the legal decision seems to indicate that Miller will control the rights in the U.S. The producers and Warner Bros., which last made a movie through New Line, control certain international territories.

According to THR, no writers have been signed on yet.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Pushed Back To Summer 2020

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Wonder Woman is moving to a summer release.

The sequel to Wonder Woman was originally set for Nov. 1, 2019, now Wonder Woman 1984 is delayed to June 5, 2020.

Gal Gadot tweeted out the news on Monday. “Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!” wrote the action star.

According to THR,  Warners president of domestic distribution said in a statement shortly after Gadot’s tweet that, “We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”

This is a big move for Warner Bros. The movie is set to be released weeks before Top Gun: Maverick, Dwayne and Johnson’s Red Notice. The movie will also follow up the Disney sequel to Maleficent 2 and Godzilla vs King Kong.

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Netflix Cancels Luke Cage Series

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It looks like Luke Cage is the latest Marvel Hero to get canceled.

Netflix announced they would be canceling the series just a week after canceling Iron Fist. “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

The second season had Luke Cage embracing his fame after the events of Defenders until Bushmaster played by Mustafia Shakir shows up to claim Harlem. Bushmaster wanted control of Harlem’s gangs, something that not only puts him on Luke’s to-punch list, but also in the crosshairs of Mariah (Alfre Woodard,) who has consolidated her control of Harlem and isn’t interested in interlopers. Fortunately, Luke isn’t without backup, as Misty Knight (Simone Missick) has a bright shiny new robot arm to beat up goons with.

Luke Cage was one of the best shows on Netflix, its sad day that creative difference between the higher-ups means no show for the fans.

VIA: Deadline

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