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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 Creed II Poster Released Before The Trailer

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Michael B. Jordan is stepping into the ring again as Adonis Creed in Creed II. The new poster features an emotional Jordan in the ring.

Directed by Steven Caple Jr., and written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage), Creed II will see Michael B. Jordan return as Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed, to continue his training under Rocky Balboa for a brutal fight against Vitor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Tessa Thompson also returns as Adonis’ love interest, Bianca.

The film also stars Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne, Wood Harris as Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton, Andre Ward as Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler, and Russell Hornsby as Buddy Marcelle. Creed II opens November 21st.

Check out the new poster for Creed II below:

Creed 2 Poster

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Kevin Durant Is Only Concerned About The 2018 Season

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Kevin Durant is on the last year of his deal with the Warriors. Rumors are starting to circle that it might be his last year suiting up for the Dubs.

In a recent interview with USA Today‘s Erik Garcia Gundersen, Durant current situation with the Warriors and potential free agency next summer:

“Just one of those things where you’re confident in your skills and taking it year by year. And keeping my options open was the best thing for me. I could have easily signed a long term deal but I just wanted to take it season by season and see where it takes me. And I think this year is going to be a fun, exciting year for us all. I’m looking forward to just focusing on that and we’ll see what happens after the year.”

KD has already won two titles with the Warriors and back to back finals MVP.

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New ‘Joker’ Picture Shows Joaquin Phoenix In His Full Costume

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Director Todd Phillips dropped another image of Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

Phillips’ posted the first look of Phoenix in his full clown costume. Phoenix is donning a classic clown look and not any looks associated with the Joker in the comics.

The director wrote a simple caption, “Work.”

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Work.

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The films will be set in the 80’s and will follow Phoenix as Arthur Fleck. Rumors have the film being more aligned with the cult classic Taxi Driver film.

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