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Is General Zod A More Tragic Antagonist than Killmonger?

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General Zod is an even more tragic antagonist than Killmonger.

Sidebar: I refuse to call him Erik Killmonger because Killmonger is not his surname, it’s his code name.

Anyway…

While Erik had every opportunity afforded to him to be the best he could be and had at every turn choices to make. And while he felt emotionally right, while he had hundreds of years of oppressive history backing his belief… and while he died still believing he did the right thing. Erik invariably, inevitably …had a choice.

 

“Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”

This brings us to Zod.

General Zod was not an evil being. General Zod was not even bad or technically wrong. Zod was completely and utterly a product of his time in every sense of that sentence. Zod was a product. He was not born, he was bred. He was put together to serve a particular purpose. He and every soldier in the Kryptonian Army were tools built to serve Krypton with the only fault being that their coding meant they were designed as soldiers, as warriors, as spears not as shields. They used what they were coded to try and give Krypton a new hope. All they knew as being unfortunately coded and bred onlyas instruments of war, was violence. Zod only wanted to give Krypton the chance to live and thrive again.

To put this in context… Zod is as evil as James Buchanan Barnes. Bucky as the Winter Soldier was used to commit unspeakable acts against his will. Unfortunately for Zod, for a being built with a certain code in his very biology, there was no reprogramming, there was no alternative. A good death was a mercy he needed.

General Zod died still believing in that idea, in Krypton. Even when he knew it was gone forever… just like Killmonger. Except unlike Erik, Zod never had a choice. He never had free will. And that makes all the difference in the world.

“I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the sole purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now… I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!”

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New Venom Trailer Actually Shows Off Venom

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Sony has released the official Venom trailer and this one actually has Venom. The first teaser trailer was Tom Hardy the movie, which had some fans upset the studio would even release a trailer without Venom.

Most people still have a sour taste in their mouth from the Sam Rami version of one of Marvel’s best anti-heroes. The trailer shows gives fans an updated origin for the character.  But more so promises to deliver a Venom worth watching.

 

Ruben Fleischer’s film will pull from one of the 90’s story arcs that featured Venom facing off against mercenaries. The Lethal Protector story had Eddie Brock leaving New York for San Francisco. Fans of the 90’s might have fond memories of the 1993 mini-series Venom: Lethal Protector. It was set sometime after Carnage debuted in Amazing Spider-Man, where the villain was turned into an anti-hero. Venom soon made peace with the wallcrawler and moved to San Francisco, where he became the “lethal protector” of the city.

Venom producer Matthew Tolmach spoke about his excitement of having Tom Hardy play the role of Eddie Brook.

“You know, Tom… it’s like a masterclass watching him act every day and he’s such a risk taker and he loved this character. From the day that we first met with him, my partner Avi Arad and I… we found someone who just believed in this character entirely and yet every day pushes it to a place that us mere mortals would never expect it to go.”

Venom starring Tom Hardy comes to theaters October 5th, 2018.

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The Rockets Scored 50 Points In Third Quarter

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The Houston Rockets took a game 4 win against the Timberwolves after the team exploded for 50 points in the third quarter.

Houston stars James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 37 points in the quarter.

Harden had 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the quarter. That set a franchise record for points in a quarter, breaking Hakeem Olajuwon’s mark of 18 set against the Utah Jazz on May 5, 1995.

“We just got hot,” said Paul, who had 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the third quarter and 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting in the game. “Guys started making shots. We talked going into the game about being aggressive, and I think we all just tried to do that.”

For Chris Paul, it was more about the Rockets defense not their offense.

“Obviously everybody will look at the 50 points that we scored in the quarter, but it was our defense,” Paul said. “We finally started getting them to take tough shots, we were getting rebounds and we’re tough in transition. You’ve got James coming downhill, myself and the way we’ve got the court spaced with shooters is big. That really turned it up for us.”

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Nova Could Be Making His Way To The MCU

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Marvel’s Phase 4 is on a lot of fans minds. The MCU is expanding but Marvel is keeping their plans locked up.  Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige sat down with ComicBook.com this weekend and revealed that Nova maybe one of new heroes fans will get to see on the big screen.

“Nova is—if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board,” he said. “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy].”

Feige didn’t get specific about the timetable of a Nova appearance and admitted that they’re having difficulty choosing which of the many characters to highlight next. “We’re figuring those things out,” he explained. “It is a very unique embarrassment of riches right now because there are so many of the characters that audiences are clamoring to see more. The question is how do we show them all?”

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