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Dawn of Justice Trailer Drops! Batman v Superman

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(PCM) April 17, 2015

It was meant to be shown on Monday April 20th at select IMAX theaters to those that wanted to see JUST the trailer but the leak on April 16th was too much for DC to cope with. It’s here early and for all to see.

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson can be heard portraying a Superman skeptic in the audio along with Holly Hunter as another antagonist questioning Superman’s true intentions here on earth.

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Spider-Gwen Movie Will Work For All The Wrong Reasons

spider-gwen-500(PCM) News of a Spider-Gwen Movie leak is about to make the rounds on the Internet. And like Deadpool’s greenlight after a leak, this too may be a movie that gets made under the same groundswell, but for all the wrong reasons.

Sure female super hero movies are due. Some are on the way such as DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, but Spider-Gwen? Really? Let’s break down why it is bad.

Before we do, let’s get it out there why Spider-Gwen is popular right now. The costume. Period.

Marvel stumbled over a good costume, one that females love to cosplay. It’s one that doesn’t feature breasts or objectify women so that market segment is satisfied too.

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Now let’s get to the bad. Everything else about Spider-Gwen is bad.

-She’s a flipped version of Peter Parker’s storyline. It’s unoriginal and maybe even an insult.
-The ongoing story is weak. She’s in a punk band? Does writer Dan Slot have any clue where music is at today?
-Dan Slot is writing the story. It’s only going to pander to a specific audience to blow with the social justice wind.
-Her existence can’t be retconned unless you erase Spider-Man because as mentioned above – Peter Parker can’t be both Spider-Man and not Spider-Man.

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Meanwhile Sony reps are all over the idea of any female super hero in general using buzzwords repeatedly like ‘fresh’ which is code for ‘not a male’.like-you-500

So while that last point comes off sexist, the real question to be asked is just who is being sexist?  Sony execs? Fan girls that act just as bad as sexist fan boys that want to keep them out? Why must they demand a female character by minimizing male characters or appropriating an existing male character? If a female character is wanted, GREAT! Just don’t hide the agenda. Be straight up and say, “Females are are done watching male characters in the lead and we want a female super hero we can enjoy.”

It’s that simple. Because there is no reason NOT to have a female superhero on the big screen. Just make it one that is worth it. Spider-Gwen, and even Silk are unestablished characters that if fleshed out on screen will only end up being the embodiment of a women’s liberation agenda and not a character that was formed over time with a history that can hold women’s liberation characteristics – but at least they’ll be real and not contrived.

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Marvel Studios on Cusp of Black Widow Movie

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(PCM) April 16, 2015 In the comic book society girl power is roaring.  Marvel has promised the female audience Captain Marvel, but she is not slated for theaters until 2018. In fact there is no actress cast as Carol Danvers A.K.A. Captain Marvel. We do have Black Widow.

Most thought Black Widow would be the first Marvel Studios film with a female protagonist, seems everyone was sort of right. While a Black Widow movie is probable, Marvel most likely won’t insert a Black Widow ahead of their phase 3 schedule.

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Still, the following news offers great insight into the question many fan girls (and boys) have been clamoring for.  Will we get a Black Widow movie?

Scarlett Johannson revealed in an interview this week with Collider she’s talked to Marvel President Kevin Feige about a feature film of Black Widow. “I’ve spoken to Kevin about it. I mean, of course, of course we’ve had that conversation before, and I think Kevin would also like to see a standalone film,” says Johannson. “I think I can speak for him and say that. That’s all, really. Right now I think this character is used well in this part of the universe, but I think that Kevin — I mean, we’ve talked about it and we both share similar vision for what could be a standalone series.”

It’s a plausible reality as Natalia Romanova A.K.A. Black Widow has a deep backstory and currently enjoys her own title in print.  But that is the problem with Black Widow, Marvel likes to introduce characters individually then group them up. Part of that reasoning is out of respect for the characters. It is the partial reason Carol Danvers was not in Age of Ultron.  She did in fact have a place in Age of Ultron in an early draft but was ultimately scrapped to keep her origin story a showcase.

One issue Marvel has with Black Widow is the character in the Avengers is a true team player. She’s almost stripped of her Black Widow characteristics and identity as it’s seen in comics.  Films don’t need to lift characters exactly out of print but her canon is a bit lost now after homogenizing her over a few Marvel films. This argument against also works as an argument for Black Widow as a feature, why? Leaving so much about Natasha Romanova out of the MCU stories to date allows Marvel to fill in the blanks without conflict. Thankfully Marvel has not shown on film is how Black Widow has dated most of the Avengers, even ones yet to join the team. Having just noted this, Age Of Ultron will reveal more of agent Romanova’s past which is a bit cliché. Background teases don’t replace characteristics that define a character. See the panel below for example.  The subtle mannerisms speak volumes.


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Marvel has a huge opportunity here to redefine a character that is well known but doesn’t have die-hard fans to challenge them for any changes made to her. Johannson was quite revealing about the character as she sees her — continuing, “I think that there’s room for a standalone movie. The character has a really rich origin story and I’ve been really fortunate to kind of place all these layers on top of one another and kind of build up this character to this point where I think I can now start to peel them away and reveal different sides of her and really focus on,” says Johannson. “I think I’ve been able to grow with the character, the character’s been able to grow with me.”

“Her dilemma that she faces it’s a deeply personal one, she has this great, huge, epic kind of calling and now is suddenly going, ‘Wait a minute. I have this epic calling, but I wanna make a choice for myself. I feel like I’ve put in the hours, I should be able to make active choices’ and she inevitably chooses the heroic path and kind of puts her own personal desires and needs aside. Those are things that kind of butt up against each other and interesting things happen when you have a character that’s pulled in many different directions and in my mind there’s room for plenty more Black Widow and certainly more — I think I could see her in a standalone film.”

If a stand alone Black Widow movie is to come, will Scarlett Johannson finally learn some real Russian to back up the character’s authenticity?  How will Marvel address Black Widow’s blind allegiance to the Avengers in contrast to what she really is?  There is no doubt Scarlett has made Black Widow a hip and popular character for women (and men) to get excited about, however the character’s flaws and traits are hardly realized in the Avenger’s team up films.  Someone in the screen writing department will have one hell of a challenge to fix the mess the Avengers made of Black Widow.

Black Widow has been a great supporting character, yet Marvel has not used Black Widow as Black Widow.  Even Scarlett Johannson understands this, “My contract has changed. Marvel and myself didn’t really know how the fans were gonna react to Black Widow the first time and how she was gonna be — they couldn’t anticipate how they would want to use her or if they would want to use her. I mean we invested in that character, but the audience had a great reaction to the character, which has been so awesome. For instance, I wasn’t contracted into doing Cap movies, but that storyline worked out so well I kind of branched off and I found myself in that standalone movie. My contract is kind of mutating, I guess [laughs] or morphed to fit the demand of the character.”

As you can read from Johannson’s own words the character is morphing on screen. Maybe they can morph her into how she operates in canon?

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A.K.A. Jessica Jones Set Photos

(PCM) April 14, 2015 Admit it Daredevil has made you want more from the Netflix Defenders series. Here are some A.K.A. Jessica Jones set photos featuring Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Taken in lower Manhattan – April 2015.

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Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones Villain is Who!

(PCM) If you are swept up in the Netflix Daredevil hysteria, this news may by just for you. A former Doctor Who is a major villain. Netflix follow up show to Daredevil will be A.K.A. Jessica Jones played by Krysten Ritter seen below on set.

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Jessica Jones is a class B Marvel superhero similar to Daredevil. A villain responsible for her backstory known as Purple Man will played by none other than former Dr Who, David Tennant. Upon seeing him portray the Purple Man you may never feel the same way about David Tennant again. We won’t spoil the story but be warned you may never experience a darker story in superhero lore. After all Jessica Jones has enjoyed a Marvel adult title in Marvel’s MAX series.

A.K.A. Jessica Jones will pick up with Jessica Jones after she’s made a short super hero run but is moved on as a private investigator. Tennant’s Purple Man will be in all 13 episodes which clearly indicates his character will be to Jones what Wilson Fisk is to Daredevil. With 13 episodes of Purple Man it’s also smart to assume he won’t be just her back story but her ongoing antagonist. An interesting side note is that the Purple Man really has it in for Daredevil.  If the show Daredevil is any indicator of how raw and visually upsetting a show can be, Jessica Jones is in for a very rough ride during her 13 episodes.

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The photo below is of David Tennant walking along Union Square in lower Manhattan (April 2015). Union Square is a busy area known for it’s unique lively characters who inhabit Manhattan. Union Square not as well known as touristy Time’s Square, yet it is much more interesting. You can see David Tennant is dressed in purple which would indicate Marvel is taking the grounded in reality approach, perhaps abandoning the character’s purple skin color and merely giving Purple Man an affinity for the color purple. However in the comic book, the Purple Man has purple skin due to a freak accident. Purple skin could be explained and make for a more visual villain but this isn’t a canon killer. As long as the original story of how the Purple Man affects Jessica Jones is portrayed accurately that will make for the best story.

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Marvel and Netflix have a full mini-universe planned. Hell’s Kitchen will have a full host of super heroes. Four in total. A.K.A. Jessica Jones is following Daredevil in 2015 to be followed by Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The four shows will culminate in a team up series named The Defenders which follows comic book canon. The most interesting fact of all is that these Netflix Marvel super hero characters are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).  They could legitimately appear in any MCU film along with the likes of Iron Man or Captain Marvel.

Also featured in the Jessica Jones Netflix original will be Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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X-Men Apocalypse Psylocke Cast

psylocke(PCM) April 12, 2015 Director of 2017 Fox X-Men movie: Apocalypse announced today through Instagram he’s found his Psylocke.

Betsy Braddock a.k.a. Psylocke will be played by Olivia Munn.

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She’s a very complicated character in that she’s been both British and Asian along with undergoing changes to her abilities. She has been a member of the X-Men in print.  She was in fact depicted in the X-Men trilogy.  Will Olivia Munn learn martial arts to portray the psychic ninja?

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Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Oscar Isaac
Written by: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Todd Hallowell, Simon Kinberg, Josh McLaglen, John Ottman, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Bryan Singer

X-Men Apocalypse is set for release May 27, 2016.

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