Friday, May 31, 2019

Spoiler Alert!: 2012


Previously with 2012-

The lost summer movie recap: 2012


It occurred to me, every new movie review I do, I block stuff out, or pussyfoot around to avoid spoilers, but then I never get to revisit the review to talk about the spoilers.

SO, these old reviews are old enough now, why not do a new series where I get to shoot the shit about just the spoilers?

I figure, combined with the "movies I missed", for every year, and adding this on, I get to triple-dip every year of movies I do.

Oh, and spoilers ahead, in case you didn't put that together.
Proceed at own risk.
But, if you haven't seen these flicks after 7 goddamned years, well...I dunno what to tell you...

Anyway, let's get started with 2012...














1. Avengers.

Hulk rag-doll-ing Loki, and saying "puny God".
That was the show stopper.

That's probably THE line of the movie.

If you said "puny God", in 2012, people knew you'd seen Avengers.

Oh, and of course, everyone had to ask their comic book geek friends who Thanos was in the mid-credits scene.

Now Thanos is the new Darth Vader.
Everyone knows him now.
He's up there with Heath Ledger Joker, and Hans Gruber.
Hell, he might even be the new #1.














2. The Dark Knight Rises

The real mastermind villain is Talia Al Ghuul.

And Batman fakes his death, and marries Catwoman.

And Joseph Gordon-Levitt becomes Batman 2.0, and may or may not be Robin.

And Ras Al Ghuul may or may not be still alive.

We'll never get a solid answer/followup on those last two, cuz there's never gonna be a Nolan-Bats 4.
The studio begged him crawling on their knees, and he was like "nah, I'm good".
Given the fanboy backlash on this one, he was right to get out while he was ahead.














3. Prometheus

The Space Jockeys are really The Engineers.

The Engineers created humans.

Humans did something The Engineers didn't like 2000 years ago, and they tried to genocide us.

Their bio-weapons backfired, and killed a bunch of them, and begat the Xenomorphs.

David the android decides humans and Engineers both have to go in favor of the Xenomorphs.
He does a good job of getting started on this project in "Covenant".

There's probably never gonna be a Prometheus 3, so how this prequel series mates back up to the first "Alien", will forever be a frustrating mystery.


And, that was those three.
Next time, an even dozen with 2013!


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Meedyah Morsels #79.


And our new Batman is.....



Robert Pattinson.


"Eeeew! The 'Twilight', guy?!?!?!".

Yep.
And once upon a time, Heath Ledger was "Eeeew, the 'Brokeback Mountain', guy", and Michael Keaton was "Eeeew, Mister Mom", and on, and on.

Fanboys seemingly have no learning curve.

Anyhoo...


Billdude said in comments...

And, in a hilarious coincidence...you didn't notice that the GOT guys are doing an SW movie? You probably did and just haven't blogged it yet.
Or that Robert Pattinson is Batman now? (Go watch "Good Time," he's a passable actor now actually...not that I ever watched "Twilight." Or at least he was good in "Good Time." Probably nobody could've saved "Maps To The Stars") 

...to which I replied...

Pattinson as Batman- I keep WANTING to blog it, but I can't get 100% confirmation.
Every time one source says to take it to the bank, another source says Nicholas Hoult is still in the running.
I'll drop it on the blog the second Hoult gets eliminated.
Barring getting hit by a meteor, or donkey-fucking pics coming out, it'll probably be Pattinson, but I wanna be sure, cuz I've been screwed by rumors before.
Like the time they said Bryan Cranston was gonna be Lex Luthor.

Well, I've got 100% confirmation finally.
Took another 11 goddamned days, but here we are.

Now, for the casting of Commissioner, Alfred, and the villains.

And to find out if this is Elsewords like "Joker", or is a prequel to Batfleck in the DCEU.

Personally, I'm hoping for prequel.
I like the DCEU, and want it fleshed out.
There's a lot of fun places to explore in there.

Anyway, as a fun flashback, here's when we found out about Batfleck.
And here's where he put on the suit.

Stay tuned for Bat-inson's suit test!


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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #78.


Disney/Fox Part 10.5: Residue of the old era-Update.


Previously-


Last time on this subject, I posted that the release date on New Mutants had been bumped to April 3rd, 2020.

Simon Kinberg (producer on the Fox-verse X-Men flicks) has confirmed that Disney bumped it ahead to complete the reshoots that Fox wanted to do, but delayed endlessly.

If they're shelling out for reshoots, then it'll be theatrical.
You don't fiddle-dick around like this for a Hulu movie.

So, while I wish it had come out this summer,  at least I can breathe easy that it is coming out in a venue I can see.

And...maybe...just maybe....Marvel might use these reshoots to connect it to the MCU.



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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #77.


The lineup for Ghostbusters fan fest!!


No one else but me will care, but I'll probably want to scrapbook this for the future since it's a once in a lifetime thing.
I mean, they'll do more of these, cuz Dan and Ivan want GB to have it's own little Comic-Con, but...this line up of people may never come together again, and GB2020 will only come once.

The guests are...
  • Ivan Reitman (Director/producer, GB1/GB2. Producer, GB:ATC, RGB)
  • Jason Reitman (Director/co-writer, GB2020. Brownstone Boy #2 GB2) 
  • Paul Feig (Director/co-writer, GB:ATC)
  • Dan Aykroyd (Ray Stantz, GB1/GB2. Executive producer, GB:ATC)
  • Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore, GB1/GB2. Uncle Bill, GB:ATC)
  • Violet Ramis Stiel (Author, Ghostbuster's Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis)
  • William Atherton (Walter Peck, GB1)
  • Ray Parker Junior (Songwriter "Ghostbusters", GB1)
  • Dave Coulier (Peter Venkman, RGB)
  • Maurice LaMarche (Egon Spengler, RGB)
  • Slavitza Jovan (Gozer, GB1)
  • Jennifer Runyon (Female Student, GB1)
  • Steven Tash (Male Student, GB1)
  • Robin Shelby (Slimer, GB2. Lady Slimer, GB:ATC)
  • Mark Bryan Wilson (Slimer, GB1)
  • Timothy Carhart (Violinist, GB1)
  • Tim Lawrence (Nunzio Scoleri, GB2)
  • Jim Fye (Tony Scoleri/Ghost Jogger, GB2)
  • Joe Medjuck (Producer, GB1/GB2/GB:ATC/RGB)
  • Sheldon Kahn (Editor, GB1/GB2)
  • Billy Bryan (Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Sculptor) GB1) 
  • Steve Johnson (Slimer/Librarian Ghost (Sculptor) GB1)
  • Tom Morga (Stunt double for Harold Ramis, GB1))
  • Tony Cecere (Stuntman, GB1)
  • Richard Edlund (Visual Effects, GB1)
Key-
  • GB1 = Ghostbusters
  • GB2 = Ghostbusters 2
  • GB:ATC = Ghostbusters: Answer The Call
  • GB2020 = Ghostbusters 2020 (AKA Ghostbusters 3)
  • RGB = Real Ghostbusters

Also-
  • The making-of documentary "Cleanin' Up The Town", is going to premiere.
  • Ray Parker Junior is gonna sing.
  • The voice actors are gonna read an un-produced episode.
  • The real Ecto-1, and a fleet of fan Ectos will be there.
  • There'll be some VR and AR video game stuff.
  • The big spenders will get free shirts and toys.
  • If you wanna see everything, and meet everyone, it'll cost you your house and children.

Official website.



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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #76.


Star Wars news that dropped yesterday, and I'm catching up...



A "Knights Of The Old Republic", movie, adapted from the game, and leading into a trilogy of films.
Allegedly.

Laeta Kalogridis (writer on "Avatar" and "Shutter Island") is said to be almost finished with the script, and she started writing it in spring of 2018.

There are multiple possibilities here.

1. The report just isn't true.
2. It's true, and it's a Disney+ streaming thing.
3. It's true, and it's the Benioff & Weiss thing.
3. It's true, and it's separate from the Benioff & Weiss thing, and we won't see it until 2028-2032.
4. It's true, and it's after B&W, after Rian Johnson, and we don't see it until 2034!!
5. It's true, and it's going in-between B&W movies, and they lied about the schedule release.

The specificity of a writer attached, and that the script is almost ready would seem to shoot down 3, and 4.
Why go to the trouble of writing something now that we won't see for a fucking decade?
So many things can change between then and now, all that work could be flushed down the toilet.
They had a hard enough time holding on to the original writer/director of Episode 9, for chrissake.

5 fails out of the gate, because Disney doesn't keep movies secret by making them invisible, they just hide the title by calling it "untitled _____ project", because they still want that time slot locked down.

2 is faintly possible, but they've openly and proudly shot off their big fat mouths about their TV series projects, cuz they want you to buy their service, and they need all the publicity for it they can muster.

Cassian Andor has no directors, writers, actors, anything, and Bob Iger spilled the beans on that years ahead of time.

No, they're probably not going to hide a whole movie trilogy on there.
They want you to know.
That would be a bigger deal than The Mandalorian, and they're leading with Mandalorian.
All their eggs are totally in that basket.

That leaves only that it's the title/setting of the Benioff & Weiss trilogy, or that the report is fake/mistaken.

But, even if it's true, the facts and details could be mistaken.

The specificity of that writer being on board lends it some credence.
If it's a lie, it's a good lie.
And she has yet to come out and shoot the report down.
But it's early yet.

For now, I'm leaning towards it being the Benioff & Weiss thing, but fan wish fulfillment theories have leaked in, and obscured the finer details.

If it turns out to be 100% true though, that's great.

So, that's that.
Say tuned for further details.


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Friday, May 24, 2019

Big 2019 Movies Part 7.


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's....


Brightburn (2019)


Let's get right to the rundown...
  • I dug it.
  • It delivered the goods of what it promised.
  • It is what it looks like, Evil Superman gone R rated crazy.
  • Very gory. I could have used more, but I'm a weirdo.
  • Us Gen-X-er Elseworlds and Vertigo readers were totally ready for this. I dunno if the general public is. The reaction is going to be interesting.
  • You can tell how the suits categorize these things by the trailers you get. I got "Spider-Man: Far From Home", "Dark Phoenix", and "IT: Chapter Two". Of course, I'm gonna see all 3 of those flicks anyway, so....
  • It'll be interesting to see how this does. It only cost 7 million, so if its opening weekend is just 10, it profits. I definitely don't think it's gonna make "IT", money.
  • I wanna see weird things like this succeed so we get more. Not necessarily sequels to this, but just more things that play with the genre formula, and color outside the lines.
  • Compared to what I've seen so far, I liked it a smidge better than "Pet Sematary", definitely better than "Hellboy", I think....I'd put it tied with "Glass". Yeah, that's about right.
  • I won't compare it to the Marvel/DC stuff, that's on it's own level.
  • Not for kids. I had 3 unsupervised little dickhead kids up in the front row. I dunno if they stayed for the whole thing, they were vanished when the lights came up. Happy nightmares, ya little idiots. Muahahhaa!
  • Yeah, I'm glad I saw it.

If you're saving your theater money for the big giant Marvel/DC/Pixar/Star Wars stuff, you could probably wait for cable/streaming, but if you have a couple extra bucks you don't know what to do with, and you have dark tastes, check this out.
Give it a whirl.


Next up, in two weeks, Dark Phoenix!!!


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #75.


I think I've finally settled on the perfect viewing order for the Fox X-Men-verse.

The MCU is a little bit tricky, but ultimately, the Legos pop together easily once you find the pattern, because it was planned out with a design in mind.

Fox....they've kind of treated continuity like a cute suggestion from a dumb temp.

Well, dammit, with tenacity, and willpower, and just plain cussedness, I've hammered the sumbitch into a manageable shape.

So, here it is.
How to watch the X-Men movies.














1. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Yep, this one goes furthest back in the pre-Future-Past timeline.
Pre-Revolutionary War, then we montage through Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and then Vietnam.
Then we end up overall in the 80's, and head towards X1.

Theoretically, the original un-altered "First Class", happens in the 60's of this timeline...but let's keep it simple, and skip right to X1.














2. X-Men

And the prequel setup stuff in Origins mates back up here.
Especially the flashbacks to Wolverine's adamantium origin.
The only glitch being Sabertooth being radically different, but...eh, fuck it.
We're just gonna have to eat little re-casting glitches like that if this is going to work at all.














3. X2: X-Men United

Picks right up from X1, and we're moving right along.
The Stryker stuff hooks right up to Origins.














4. X3: X-Men: The Last Stand

Picks right up from X2, and we're still moving right along.














5. The Wolverine

Picks up from events in X3, and the after-credits of X3 hooks up to the after credits of this one, which in turn sets up "Future Past".

But first....














6. X-Men: First Class

...we have to jump back to the 60's of this one.

As mentioned at Origins, this could be crammed in there before X1....but it's the past for both splintering timelines, and why watch it twice for the sake of two timeline branches?
It goes to one spot or the other, and it belongs more with it's sequels than the classic timeline.

Plus it leads right into "Future Past", which picks up from "The Wolverine", and "Future Past", references this one too, so...yeah.
The placing of this, and Origins is what fucked me up for the longest time.
Whichever way you go has a ripple effect.
I think this order irons out the ripples pretty well.














7. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

And then, this is where the second major timeline splits off, and used to make things complicated.
Now, I've got it sorted.
See "First Class".














8. X-Men: Apocalypse

And now the new timeline catches back up to the 80's, and cancels out Origins.
But, Origins had to happen for us to get here.
Time travel is funky like that.














9. Dark Phoenix

Haven't seen this yet, dunno how it ends, but we have had it spoiled in the trailer that Mystique dies, so it's definitely not going to mate back up to a duplicate of the X1, X2, X3 continuity for sure.

It can however still mate up to the "happy ending", timeline at the end of "Future Past".
Jean, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, and Rogue were all alive, but Mystique was nowhere around.
Barring a huge twist like EVERYONE dies, it can still fit.

Assuming it does, then....














10. Deadpool

...happens, and catches us up to modern day for the first time since "The Wolverine".














11. Deadpool 2

Okay, things get a tad tricky here, but only a tad.

Yes, it picks right up from Deadpool, but....it goes out of its way in the poster and within the movie to try to ruin "Logan", for you if you haven't seen it.

SO! If you're a first time newbie, watch "Logan", first, THEN this one, THEN on future re-watches, put "Logan", where I have it below.

And arrange them on your shelf in this order.

Also, there's an X-Men Origins joke in the after credits that only pays off if you've seen it.
So it's gotta be in there.

Another dark future is created and un-created here, but since it's all in one movie, we don't need to sweat it so much.
No need for a third timeline is what I'm saying.














12. The New Mutants

Like with "Dark Phoenix", this isn't out yet, but we got a trailer, and from that, we can tell that they're locked up in an evil prison/asylum like the kid in "Deadpool 2", so there's no reason it can't fit into that timeline.














13. Logan

And, in spite of "Future Past", and "Deadpool 2", we end up in yet another dark future.
One that references X1, so events similar to it happened regardless of how "Dark Phoenix", turns out.

And that's always the end.
And the X-verse is bookended by Wolverine movies.
As is proper.


And finally....













14. Whatever MCU does with them.

Which I speculated on here.

And that's the third timeline.
But by then, it blends into MCU, and MCU is its own continent.


And bam, there you go.
Nice and simple.
Enjoy.



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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Revisits #38.


In "Location blogging #11, Saco/Biddeford in review", I talked about my MP3 player, and the joy of listening to podcasts in the car.

And it's prequel was "Location blogging #7", and its followup was "Location blogging #12",


10 years ago, that was just starting to become a thing.
Now, cars come with built in USB ports, and there are a jillion-billion podcasts on any topic you can think of.

In fact, I posted a list of my favorites 2 years ago.

I get most of my entertainment through internet now.

I haven't busted out that little Sansa player in ages.
I dunno if it'll even hold a charge anymore.
No need, really.
It has a USB on it, so I could just use it as a USB to get it into the car, but then all that extra hardware goes to waste, and the memory capacity is nothing compared to what you can just go and buy at the grocery store, nevermind at Best buy, or online.

It was fun while it lasted though.
But technology marches on.

Happy memories.
:-)


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy 20th Anniversary, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace!!



Yep, the first new Star Wars movie.
It was the test pancake after the 16 year hibernation.
And now we get Star Wars forever.
Like James Bond, and Star Trek.

As I said 7 years ago in "The elephant in the room"...

So, naturally wanting a return on that investment, Disney wants to churn these babies out every 2 years, instead of every 3, so that means, 2015, 2017, and 2019....which lands on the 20th anniversary of "The Phantom Menace".

That's...going to be an interesting milestone.

Maybe I thought I was gonna be depressed and/or horrified, or something.
Maybe be all "oh, woe is me, I'm gonna be 44 in a couple months!".
Nope, I made it through, and I ain't flinching.
I survived more traumatic shit than a movie getting old.
I ain't gonna piss on the flick either.
I did all that crap already.

So, my original review is in "I Love Star Wars".

And my re-appraisal is in "I don't h8 The Prequels anymore (Part 1)".

And, I guess this post will count as Part 2.


Now, I'm just going to philosophically reflect on the whole experience.

I remember downloading the trailer on dial-up modem for over an hour.

I remember being as jazzed for it as I was for "Freddy vs Jason", "The Force Awakens", "Ghostbusters: Answer The Call", and "Avengers: Endgame".

And now that I look back, nothing could have lived up to those expectations.

Especially looking at where George was coming from.

George wasn't looking to live up to 16 years of hype, and our childhoods elevating these movies to godhood status.
He was just making another movie.
Another episode in his serial.

And it was Episode 1 in his serial, so nothing happens!
He wasn't making "Endgame", he was making "Captain America: The First Avenger"!!
Or, if you prefer, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".

We already saw the "Endgame", of his original 6, and it was "Return Of The Jedi".

We got bigger and more dramatic and explodey and lightsaber-choppy in "Revenge Of The Sith", but that wasn't "Endgame", either, that was the sad last 5 minutes of "Infinity War", as a whole movie.
It was episode 5 of season 8 of Thrones.

Us dumb fanboys/fangirls wanted....well, three "Force Awakens".

George had no intention of giving us that.

And he told us so, and we didn't listen.

20 years later, and a Harry Potter saga, and an Infinity saga, and a Game Of Thrones under my belt, I finally get it.

And I'm laughing at the "The Last Jedi", haters, and the Thrones season 8 haters, because they're doing it all over again.
They learned nothing.
They learned absolutely nothing.

There's no learning curve with these people.

Their loss, and their self-destruction.
You can't save people from themselves.

Yep, Phantom Menace was the birth of toxic fandom.

....no.....it was the birth of toxic genre film fandom.

Sports fandom had been rotten and awful for centuries.

Movie and theater critics were rotten and awful, but they were in their own little clique bubble, and you could just not read their dopey newspaper articles, and their poison stayed on the page next to Charlie Brown and Garfield.

Phantom Menace was the first controversial fan-dividing film that got the full internet treatment.
Boy, weren't they lucky.
*Sad head shake*

But, now that all the bullshit has blown over, how do I look at the film now?

It's fine.
I might watch it today in remembrance.
It has its good parts, it has its goofy parts, it's the least good one of the ten we currently have, but weak Star Wars is still pretty good.

Like how "Iron Man 2", and "Thor The Dark World", are low on everyone's Marvel countdown, but they're still watchable films with enjoyable bits.

There's really nothing in the prequels they couldn't have substituted practical effects for, if a practical version of them had come out in 86, 89, and 92, with no internet howler monkey brigade to shit all over them, I think we'd be mostly fine with them.

There'd be nitpicks, but there wouldn't be this boiling hatred, and whining entitled "you ruined my childhood", bullshit.

The nine Star Wars films being spaced out over three generations has been an interesting little sociology experiment.

It's been fun being a part of it.

It'll be interesting to see how "The Rise Of Skywalker", goes down with "the fandom", and how all 9 saga movies are digested by generation Z when they all turn 40.


You were an okay little movie, Phantom Menace.
Flawed, yes.
Oh, Hell yes.
You just came out at a bad time.
The winds of history just didn't blow your way.

But, I think it'll all balance out in the end.


That's it, I guess.

Now, to retro-link this to "Happy 20th anniversary of Krazyfool's Den Of Delusion!!!", and "Happy twelfth Star Wars day".


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #74.


Dan Aykroyd talked recently about the future of the GB franchise.



First, he mended fences with Paul Feig by saying..

Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a beautiful script, I can’t say too much about it but it’s going to get made and hopefully there’ll be some familiar faces…. But I don’t want to discount the work that the girls did with Paul Feig. I kind of got mad, but I realized I should have blamed myself as a producer, the costs were out of control, I should have been watching as a producer a little more, but you don’t dispute with your director.

You hire a director, you trust a director, you trust their vision. But the job that (stars) Kate (McKinnon), and Kristen (Wiig), and Leslie (Jones) and Melissa (McCarthy) did and indeed Paul did on that movie was superior, or superb. We would have done another one but, again, the cost overruns prevented the studio from looking at it and doing another ladies’ movie….

Now we’re going to do it in a sensible way. Costs will be under control and it’ll be brought in for a sensible budget without waste and that’s what’s important now in getting it made.


Then, when discussing Ghostbusters 3/Ghostbusters 2020 he said...

It’s definitely going to be way under $100 (million). I would think. Movies cost a lot today. It can’t be $30 (million), $50 (million) would be stretching it. I don’t know. Listen, it’s going to be as little as we can spend.

I’m always urging to use puppets. I’m always urging to go back to the mechanicals. But CGI is so efficient and easy to use but I think that all of us are on board with the idea of maybe doing mechanicals and puppets where we can.


Then, finally, he said...

… I’ve written “Ghostbusters High,” where they meet in New Jersey in 1969 and we’re looking to do that as probably a glorified feature or pilot within the next maybe five years…. And it would lead to a television project and I thought of him immediately for that.
It’s on his desk but that’s years away from the current project. But it’s a neat idea for a prequel. Imagine casting the three characters as teenagers!

… We have at least one or two other concepts for the “Ghostbusters” and then we’ll look at doing the prequel, which will be a perfect button on all we’ve done up to that point.


A lot to unpack here.

Okay, let's start with the 5 year gap there.
He says there's a couple other projects in between there.
So, Ghostbusters 2020, something else, something else, then Ghostbusters High.
We know one of those is the delayed animated movie.

So...

GB3- 2020
GB animated 2021-2022
GB???? 2023-2024
GB High 2025

Yeah, that looks about right.

Geez, I hope Dan and Bill and Ivan live long enough for this stuff!

Now, my opinion on "Ghostbusters High".

*Cringe, teeth grind, neck tendons pop out*

I mean...they don't see their first ghost until the library ghost, and they don't strap on the proton packs until they go bust Slimer.

So, unless they're going to violate the shit out of canon, it's just going to be these young teenage guys being wacky, and believing in unproven nonsense.

I guess you could have some wizard erase their memories or something....

Hey, I've got it!
They have a fourth friend (no Winston yet) who dies, and it's Slimer!
Find a chubby John Belushi type.

Okay, I've talked myself into it.
Let's see if this thing even happens.


As for the other stuff, I'm glad they're going to do it on the cheap, the budgets of the first two are part of their charm.
I mean, they were expensive for comedies, and for their day, but compared to today, they're practically indie films.
Fan films today pull off the kind of effects they did then, and for a hundred grand or so.

And, I'm glad he pulled Paul Feig out from under the bus.
That was nice.
Especially where Feig and the two Reitmans are going to have a director's panel at the 35th anniversary convention.
You don't need drama and awkwardness there.

Anyway, the next 5 years are going to be interesting for Ghostbusters fans.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #73.


And the title for the Picard show is....


Star Trek: Picard (2019)


That's the best they could come up with?
Huh.
Okay.
I'll get used to it.

And here's a set pic that tells us nothing.


So, we know what to call it now, and it's...pretty much what we've been calling it.

So, chronologically, that's...

1. Enterprise
2. Discovery
3. The Original Series
4. The Next Generation
5. Deep Space Nine
6. Voyager
7. Picard


All for now.
See you next time.

Previously...


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Meedyah Morsels #72.


A teensy speck of sorta-almost Ghostbusters 3 casting news.




Bill Murray has agreed to be in it!

...in principle.

His exact quote in regards to being in "GB: Answer The Call".

“I was in that movie just because they asked me, and I knew if I said no, I was saying I didn’t support that movie… I felt like, OK, I’m going to support them because I support them as people. So I did that one and I would do this next one.”

Operative line being...

"...I did that one and I would do this next one.”

So, if they ask, he's on board.
And of course they're going to ask.
So, even though the contracts aren't signed, they've pretty much got him.


Previously...
  • Part 28 (GB3 casting 1) (Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon)
  • Part 29 (GB3 casting 2) (Ernie Hudson)
  • Part 47 (GB3 casting 3) (McKenna Grace)
  • Part 62 (GB3 casting 4) (Sigourney Weaver)


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Meedyah Morsels #71.


Another conjecture post like the Spidey-verse one, but since it plays around with X-Men, it also counts as...

Disney/Fox Part 11: The road ahead.


Previously-

Massive Endgame spoilers ahead, turn back now if you haven't seen it.

So, as I said here...

Course, I have my own fan-fantasies for how to bring the X-Men in, and that's a whole other post.

This is that post.
Here we go...



All right, so "X-Men: First Class", kind of hints that the X-gene in that timeline was activated by A-bomb testing in the 50's.
So, the X-gene is always there, but radiation can give it a push.

Well, there you go, it's right under our noses.

The snaps.

The snaps throw off a massive gamma ray burst, and three of the four were ground-zero right on Earth.

Thanos snap, Hulk snap, Tony snap.

Thanos snap activates the first batch of Mutants, among them are Professor X, and that gives him the 5 year time jump as lead time to set up the gifted school and Cerebro.

Hulk snap brings back the dusted, and then Tony snap gives the un-dusted a dose.

And now we've got more than enough Mutants to be X-Men, and Brotherhood, and Morlocks, and Hellfire Club, and any other faction we want.

And since humanity associates the Mutants with the snap, that fires up the bigotry that's the core of the X-Men allegory story.

You don't need the ancient history stuff from the Fox-verse and the comics.

Hell, anti-Muslim bigotry kicked in within HOURS of 9/11 and is still going strong.
It's pretty much a plank of the Republican party now.

The MCU is totally good to go with starting the X-Men fresh right now.
It doesn't have to be complicated at all.

And the Fantastic Four?
Same thing.
Have they were out in space when they got hit with the burst from the snap, and bam, there you go.
Have it be the Tony snap, so they're as fresh as possible.
Otherwise, where were they during the 5 year jump?
Where were they in the final battle?
Just make it the most recent snap.
Bam, solved.
Have them turn Avengers tower into The Baxter Building, and away we go.
How do they avoid the anti-Mutant bigotry?
They just don't tell anyone.
Yeah, Reed is a prick, it's totally within his character.
"We don't have time for this nonsense, just say we got our powers from an experiment. It's technically correct anyway".

Then, for Deadpool, you pull him over from Fox via multiverse.
He's the only one.
Have Dark Phoenix kill everybody, and he's the last survivor.
But MCU has copies of all his friends, so it's all right.
Make a dark joke out of it.

And bam, there you go.
You don't need Scarlet Witch erasing everyone's powers and memories, and then un-erasing them, you don't need to fuse the timelines into some complicated hybrid, you don't need any of that bullshit.

The snaps take care of all of it.
It's right there.

If they use some other complicated bullshit explanation besides the snaps, I'll be pissed.
What was the point of planting the seed of the stones giving off gamma rays if they weren't going to use it?

Anyway, that's all that.
That's my fan-fiction solution.
Let's see what they actually do.
Stay tuned.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #70.

Another sliver of news about Star Wars trilogy 4.



Bog Iger confirmed it's the Benioff & Weiss one.

Again, this is the one coming out in 2022, 2024, and 2026.
No other future SW films are listed.

Unless Rian Johnson is going to be kept in a cryo-pod until 2027, or they're lying really well about no more annual movies, it's looking more and more like his trilogy is dead.

Despite all the piggy-squealing, TLJ made 1.5 billion.
The crybabies were a minority.
I don't know why Lucasfilm is reflexively kow-towing to them.


Eh, whatever.
Long as the movies keep coming.

Plus, the 3 year gap will be filled by Mandalorian and Cassian Andor.
So, SW fandom will be fed well.


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #69.


Talked about MCU and Fox, now I feel like shooting the shit about the Sony-Spidey-verse.


So, the trailer for Far From Home came out, and don't watch it, or read any further, until you've seen Endgame.

Everyone who needs to leave gone?
Good.

All right, so the trailer shows that they're introducing the multi-verse into the MCU.
Hmm, the multi-verse in relation to Spider-Man, where have we seen that before?


I think Amy Pascal blabbed this plan in 2017, and everyone just moved on, and took amnesia pills.

She said the Sony-Spidey-verse was part of the MCU, then she clarified, and said adjacent, but same reality.

If they're connecting it via multi-verse, then both are kind of true.

So here's how I think it goes down...



"Spider-Man: Homecoming", as a title had two meanings.
1.) Peter Parker going to the homecoming dance
2.) Spider-Man the character coming back home to Marvel.
But the Sony/Disney deal only lasted 5 movies.
Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War, Endgame, and Far From Home.
Unless Sony re-ups the deal, this is it.

Assuming they don't re-up, here's what I think "Far From Home", means.
1.) The in-movie meaning that Peter goes on a school trip to Europe.
2.) Spidey is going back to Sony.

If they introduce multi-verse, and Tom Holland ends up either in the Spider-Verse-verse, or the Venom-verse, he truly will be far from home.

Assuming Sony does re-up, they can still have their universe connected, and still have Tom Holland pop up for the big MCU team-ups.
They can eat their cake, and have it too.

It's win-win for them.

Here's what I'd do if I were Sony.
Wrap up "Far From Home", with Tom Holland in the Spider-Verse-verse.
In post-credits, have Andrew Garfield and Tobey MaGuire pop up in animated form there, say some funny lines, and take off again.
Have Tom Hardy Venom pop up, and Tom Holland follows him home into Venom-verse thinking it's going to be MCU, but then he's stuck there.

Now, you've not only connected MCU to Sony, but the pieces of Sony to themselves, and retroactively made Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 1 the first MCU movie.

And you've got Spidey for Venom 2.

How can Sony resist that?
I submit that they can not.

Also, Disney/Marvel gets to use multi-verse to pull Deadpool over.
Or any other Fox-verse characters they want.

Win-win for them too.

Course, I have my own fan-fantasies for how to bring the X-Men in, and that's a whole other post.

So, that's my predictions/wishes for all of that.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Meedyah Morsels #68.

As mentioned last time, and the time before that, the Disney/Fox slate out to 2027 came out.
Now, we look at the MCU flicks.


Here's the dates with no titles.

2020-

5/1/20 Untitled Marvel
11/6/20 Untitled Marvel

2021-

2/12/21 Untitled Marvel
5/7/21 Untitled Marvel
11/5/21 Untitled Marvel

2022-

2/18/22 Untitled Marvel
5/6/22 Untitled Marvel
7/29/22 Untitled Marvel

And here's the movies we know are coming out based on what's already in production, and what sequels we know have to be in the pipeline.

Black Widow
Eternals
Shang Chi
Guardians 3
Dr Strange 2
Black Panther 2
Captain Marvel 2
Nova

So, here's the schedule filled in.

2020-

5/1/20 Black Widow
11/6/20 Eternals

2021-

2/12/21 Shang Chi
5/7/21 Guardians 3
11/5/21 Dr Strange 2

2022-

2/18/22 Black Panther 2
5/6/22 Captain Marvel 2
7/29/22 Nova

Bada-bing.
A couple of those might need to be flipped around, but I think I'm pretty close there.

Nothing MCU listed for 2023-2027.
I'm predicting that batch will have the Fox crossover goodies.



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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Revisits #37.


In "Why the Weird Al version is always better", I rambled about why satirizing soul-dead bullshit is so life affirming.

This is another one like the eternity rant that my memory of was cringe-y, but after actually reading it again, it ain't too bad, so I'll just elaborate on it some more.

First, click the link, and read the old rant again, then come back.

It's not just Weird Al that set my childhood mind free, it was Mad Magazines, it was Garbage Pail Kids, it was grossout toys like Madballs, then later on in my teens and 20's, it was independent films.
Especially the horrors and horror-comedies.

It was more imperative than ever to rebel against stifling conformist bullshit in the 80's, because the Reagan presidency, and all their attempted censorship bullshit on rock n' roll, and porno, and horror movies, was all a cultural backlash against the 60's and 70's.

Course, my generation missed out on the party of the 60's and 70's, and the hand-me-downs we got were pretty fucking lame.

Except for the sprinkling of satirical rebellious stuff.

And metal, before it got too glam, and sold out, and had to be replaced by grunge.
But then grunge killed itself with all the heroin overdoses.
And then there was rap-rock, but I mostly checked out of pop music by then.
Anyhooo...

Tom Bunk in "30 Years Of Garbage", came right out and said, if you don't push the boundaries, and question authority, and exercise your free speech, you end up with Hitler.

The Reagan administration was pretty fuckin' crypo-fascist.
And now we're back full circle with Trump, except his brand of fascist isn't even crypto.

Now, obviously, Weird Al probably didn't have all this shit in mind when he did his parodies.
Especially the anti-religion stuff I tossed into my old rant.
He actually goes to church.
But, he clearly didn't want an ordinary picket fences 1950's kind of life, either.

And he didn't seem to do it out of contempt for the recording industry, because he respected every artist he did a riff on, and asked their permission to do them, even though he didn't need to.

But something drives you to goof on stuff.
And something deep in his makeup made him unable to take this dopey world seriously.

And whatever that subliminal something was/is, I resonated with it as a kid.

Another thing that made that kind of rebellion sweet, was it was also a rejection of the tribalism of the "cool kids".
Like the time I almost got clobbered for not digging Prince.
Or how I had to enjoy metal music in secret because it would "ruin it", for the shitty bully kids, and that would get me clobbered.

Weird Al showed me, those assholes took that shit as serious as life and death, but you can totally rag on it, and make it ridiculous, and the world doesn't end.
And you can make a buck while you do it.

It made all the cliques ridiculous.
I never understood why cliques survived after that.
The lid was blown off.

But, I've sadly figured out as I've gotten older, there's no such thing anymore as the lid being blown off.
The lid has been blown off Trump, and the whole fucking Republican party.
No one cares.
The far left does, but the moderate left, and the "centrists", are taking a big fat fucking nap complete with snoring and farts.

So, I dunno, maybe all this rebellion doesn't even fucking matter.

Peter O'Toole once morbidly joked "oh, yes, the German cabarets stopped the Nazis dead in their tracks".

But.....I've come along this far, and I don't know what else to do with myself.
Be normal?
How?
What would I even do?
Nope, gotta write my next book, and hope I can get it out there before the riot cops come kicking down the doors.
Or the mushroom clouds bloom.

It's deep in my makeup, and it's what I've got to be and do.
Anything else is soul-death.
I tried that out with my stifling pathetic jobs, didn't care for it.


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Meedyah Morsels #67.


Disney/Fox Part 10: Residue of the old era.


Previously-

As mentioned last time, the Disney/Fox slate out to 2027 came out.

Due to that, we know a bunch more about the future of Marvel, and while all the MCU titles are hidden, two things jump out.


New Mutants has been fucking pushed out again to April 3rd, 2020.
Sonofawhore!!
B-(


But in better news, Gambit is finally officially fucking dead.
Good riddance.

So, that's those.

We'll know more about Marvel's slate after "Far From Home", comes out, and whether X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover stuff is in the cards for the next 5 years.


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Meedyah Morsels #66.


The Disney/Fox slate out to 2027 came out, and we know the time table for the next Star Wars trilogy.


2022, 2024, 2026.

Untitled.
Not even whether it's Benioff & Weiss, or Rian Johnson.
I'm safely gonna assume B & W.


Wish I knew the time period so I could add it to the timeline.

Anyway, that's that.


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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Happy twelfth Star Wars day.




Yep, I re-did the numbering to include the four I missed.
All caught up now.

First, this year's theater movie...
I saw "Solo", once, missed my second chance due to gout and bullshit.
I've got it on blu-ray now.
I dug it; the rest of the world didn't feel the same way.
Ah, well.

And now the other news...

Answering last year's predictions...

By the time this goes up, Solo will be a couple weeks away.

Saw it.

Then, that'll have to get us over the massive hump before Episode 9.

Still waiting.

By next year, there should be some Episode 9 news, maybe a title.

Yep.

And hopefully, we'll have some news on the next 2 trilogies,

Nope.

anthology three,

Died.

animated series three,

Yep.

and the live-action TV series.

Yep.

And oh yeah! "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge", should be built by then!

Yep.


Predictions for next year.
Hopefully news on the Benioff & Weiss trilogy.
We probably won't hear anything about the Rian Johnson trilogy for a couple years.
Hopefully, something on the Cassian Andor series.
We won't be getting any movies until about 2021 at the earliest.
The aftermath of TROS good or bad, and the reception of The Mandalorian will dominate Star Wars discussion in 2020.
Even if TROS is the greatest movie ever made by humans, it'll have trolls.
Mandalorian will be loved better by old-school fans justified or not.
There'll be immediate approval of a second season.
Dave Filoni will be tapped for a SW movie, probably in the B &W trilogy.

See you next year for how it all shakes out.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Revisits #36.


In "Ross", I told a story of a bully my dad beat up as a kid, and how it gained him nothing.

And I theorized on why that was, and looking back, I was actually 98% there already.
It boils down to the tribalism thing.

When a group of people gives you a set of rules, and you follow those rules, and the rules don't work, those rules are fake, and there's a set of secret rules.
And the secret rules are, they will never let you in their little club, because their club is a "from birth", deal.

Cliques are about this, Studio 54 was about this, snooty French restaurants are about this, the whole "old money", vs "nouveau riche", thing is about this, Hollywood is about this, and racism is REAAALLLY about this.

Republicans give blacks the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps", speech, and Obama pulled himself up by his bootstraps, and became boss of the country, and Republicans still hated his ever-living guts.

People with a "no ____allowed", sign, or a velvet rope, or a bouncer, or who make themselves into a huddle and whisper mean unfunny jokes while side-eye-ing you, they're never gonna let you in.
Never.

But you don't wanna be there.
Fuck 'em.

If you got in, you'd see how soul dead, talentless, and just a plain drag these people are.

Excluders are telling you with their behavior they're a drag.
Listen to the message, and move along.
And know it's nothing you did.
It's all them.


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