‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense

 
Have you ever had that feeling that you’re experiencing a dream? Only to realize you were actually just watching FX newest hit show ‘Legion’? Maybe not? Well that has been my experience for the first six weeks of its premiere season, and it is now safe to say my mind grapes have been stretched and twisted in ways I never thought could be so engaging. Each new chapter in the show feels as if I’m given a cosmically charged LSD trip littered with foreshadowing of oncoming information revelations, reminders of past events that tie into current events, and easter eggs for future plot twists. It is bold in its very nature, a show about a mutant who has potentially hundreds of personalities existing within him, and each personality comes equipped with its own characteristics and more interestingly their very own super powers. It is also bold in its storytelling and production. Scenes seemingly end and begin traveling between planes of reality and time periods. The creators expect you to be sharp enough to keep up, forcing you to earn the right to understand David Haller’s gift. You can never truly be sure what you are seeing exists. Is it reality? Or is part of David’s mind? These sorts of questions are answered while at the same time compounded upon in a way that is both satisfying and challenging. Without hesitation I can say this show is very heavy and needs to be given your maximum focus and attention while viewing. This may be a drawback for people looking for a casual experience, but I can attest to the fun and excitement of trying to play detective, picking apart every detail to form your own interpretation of what’s to come. Noah Hawley (Fargo) beautifully demonstrates that he is not scared of testing your understanding of reality within the “Legion” universe. Drawing heavy on flashbacks, dream sequences, astral planes as well as times in which characters have changed bodies or are figments of the imagination, you may easily begin to think you have lost your own mind trying to keep pace with the storytelling. Eventually the scale tips the other way, providing important information revealing momentary clarity while simultaneously creating new questions. Patience will pay off in a well crafted and well designed story such as this. Those who need instant gratification may be frustrated by the lack of answers initially given. Same for those who expect non-stop action, just because it’s a Marvel title. But who needs those people anyway, I mean I’m sure there is a new Transformers movie right around the corner for them to stare blankly at. A unique quality about “Legion” is its overall ambiguous tone (which seems to be purposefully done to mirror David’s character). This show feels like a drama with some action but has a tendency to dance with elements of psychological horror. As we explore some memories of David’s they glow with an aura of creepiness through the tone and set pieces. The character design in the baddies are simple yet effectively terrifying, striking a nerve we all have within us that reaches to the roots of our childhood. Its setting and timeline seem to draw heavy influence from late 60’s to mid 70’s culture and is executed it in a way that feels real but also dreamlike. The sound design is supremely handled. I can recall many moments where the music was effectively altered in a way that communicated the tone change of the scene and heightened the tension. This show successfully aims to draw on your senses as it guides you through the characters psyches in a hypnotic fashion. Among the multitude of recurring themes within “Legion” I have noticed a large one revolves around control, more specifically having none of it. David struggles to grip his own thoughts and actions at times constantly at war within himself. Spotlight characters have had traumatic pasts and dwell over having no way of changing it, becoming victim to its outcome. This motif of no control is masterfully reflected in the environments they find themselves in. Whether confined to a psych ward or trapped within a memory their restrictions become haunting. It is layered to the point where the characters feel completely helpless adding depth to the unsettling tone set all throughout. Even between romantic partners we see the ongoing clash of control. Resisting urges, regret over past choices, not knowing the truth about intentions… The theme of control creeps through the narrative like a parasite feeding on the conscious of the characters. Legion” is not afraid to spread its wings narratively and challenge its audience to unfold the wrinkles of their own brains along the way. It has quickly became one of my staple shows and I look forward to continuing my journey through David’s mindscape. The fact that it has already been renewed for a second season proves that i’m not the only one invested in this journey. The post ‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense appeared first on Age of The Nerd. Save

Sony Announces Release Date for ‘Spider-Man’ Spin-off, ‘Venom’

Just months before the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 2017), Sony has announced that they will indeed go forward with plans to release a Spider-Man spin-off film based on one of the most popular villains Marvel, Venom.

Sony has scheduled Venom to be released October 5, 2018, the same date that Aquaman was set to release before Warner Bros. moved it back to December 21, 2018.

Details that are coming out of various sites so far say that this Venom film will exist separately from the MCU/ Tom Holland universe. Penning the script are Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner with Avi Arad (Iron-Man, Spider-Man) and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man Homecoming) producing the film.

The only other time we had a chance to see the alien symbiote on the big screen was in Spider-Man 3, where the villain was played by Topher Grace. It’s safe to say that that version of Venom was not what fans were quite expecting.

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‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Amps it up With Final Trailer

Carrying over from the first film, Guardians of the Galaxy has set a pretty high standard when it comes to marketing. As we near the release of ‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ we have just received a new trailer and without a doubt continues to maintain if not exceed fan expectations. Check it out for yourself right here!

We are introduced to a lot of new characters and concepts in this new trailer, but overall we still have no idea what film is actually about. In my opinion, that is exactly what a marketing campaign for a film should be. Throughout this trailer we are reminded exactly why we love this core group of characters while simultaneously introducing some new of the new key players. We get to see Mantis all up in the action, Nebula possibly joining the guardians (or kill them, it goes back and forth) and Michael Rooker’s return as Yondu. And lets not forget the end reveal of Kurt Russell, introduced as Peter Quills’ father.

Now their has been some slight negative feedback when it comes to the Kurt Russell reveal at the end of the trailer, which is pretty much to be expected given the “fans” troll the internet. But within 12 hours of the trailer dropping, Director James Gunn took to twitter and reassured fans that this was no massive spoiler. Actually the clip is supposedly from the beginning of the film and sets up the actual major overarching plot, which we still no very little about. Fans can come up with all sorts of connections and theories but the truth of the matter is that this is fresh material written up by Gunn himself. Despite whatever source material may have inspired him, we are getting a James Gunn Guardians of The Galaxy story and I personally couldn’t be more excited.

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First Clip Official Clip for ‘Logan’

We are rapidly approaching the release of Hugh Jackman’s final outing as “The Wolverine”. Personally I am sold on this flick and really don’t need to see another frame of footage prior to release. But for those of you out there who need to see EVERYTHING possible then today is your lucky day. 20th Century Fox has released the First Clip for ‘LOGAN’!

In the near future, a weary Logan’s (Hugh Jackman) attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Check it out right here!

And just incase that little clip didn’t sell you on the film, or your still sitting on the fence, check out the full red-band trailer right here, where we get a chance to see X-23 in action! If this doesn’t do it for you, then I’m not sure this movie is for you.

Directed By James Mangold and starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Introducing Dafne Keen.
Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

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5 Things That Has Us Excited About ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’

The second “teaser” trailer (I use the word teaser loosely) for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” was released this passed weekend and it’s something to really be excited about! We are so excited that we made a list of 5 key things about the trailer that has us wanting May 5, 2017 to come a whole lot sooner.

 

Outer Space Dog Fights

At 48 seconds into the trailer, we see Star-Lord piloting a ship while in a space chase with an army of ships going after him. We seen just a little bit of  intergalactic warfare going on in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film and seeing this makes us hopeful that there will be a lot more of it this time around.

 

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Baby Groot in Action

No longer is Baby Groot an adorable dancing infant twig, he’s now adorably kicking-ass twig in his youth. There’s even a clip of him playing the hero with an atomic bomb.

 

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First Look at a New Guardian: Mantis 

We get our first look at Mantis played by Pom Klementieff. In the comics, Mantis had a couple of different looks. The oldest version of Mantis had flesh colored skin with a pair of antenna, which is the one director James Gunn decided to go with, though Mantis’ attire looks closer to the more recent version of Mantis. In this scene in the trailer, we also get to see a tease of the ability Mantis holds. More on this below…

 

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Star-Lord and Gamora’s Relationship Continues to Heat Up

In the same scene where we see Mantis for the first time, she displays her ability at the expense of Star- Lord’s embarrassment. One of the many abilities Mantis has is the power to feel the feelings of others just by touching them.  Mantis touches the hand of Star-Lord which leads to an hilarious and awkward situation with Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax.

 

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The Galaxy Looks Much, Much Bigger!

From the explosions, the new characters and all the way to the galaxy itself, just about everything in this teaser trailer suggests that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” will be much bigger than the first film. Half of the scenes in this teaser trailer takes place in air rather than on ground and it gives it the feel that it’s much larger in scale. This is always a good thing.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.

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Did Fox And Marvel Really Work Together? The Answer Is Yes!

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(PCM) It has recently been revealed that despite some major creative differences in the past, Fox and Marvel did come together and swap characters for both “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Fox holds the rights to some very key Marvel properties including both X-Men and Fantastic Four so in turn they hold the movie rights to some popular Marvel characters. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown enormously over the last few years, so it is only natural that the MCU would wish to explore new storylines that feature some of the characters that are currently owned by Fox.

While obviously there is not going to be any huge partnership between Fox and Marvel anytime soon, much to the dismay of fans, we have now learned that the two companies have worked together on two of their biggest film franchises: “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

It has been revealed that there was some character swapping when it came to specifically the use of the X-Men character Negasonic Teenage Warhead in “Deadpool”. The character went through a number of changes that had to be cleared by Marvel for the film. In return, Marvel requested a character that was owned by Fox to be used in “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet in the new ‘Guardians’ movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to allow the change to Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers, according to Deadpool writer Paul Wernick during a recent Q&A.

Below you can find the release dates for the upcoming Marvel and Fox films:

“Doctor Strange” is now in theaters; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – May 5, 2017; “Spider-Man: Homecoming”– July 7, 2017; “Thor: Ragnarok” – November 3, 2017; “Black Panther” – February 16, 2018; “Avengers: Infinity War” – May 4, 2018; “Ant-Man and the Wasp” – July 6, 2018; and “Captain Marvel” on March 8, 2019.

“Logan” hits theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by “Deadpool 2” on January 12, 2018. Movie versions of “Gambit”, “New Mutants” and “X-Force” are still currently being developed.

 

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