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Tuesday Trailer – John Wick: Chapter 2

So, hey, John Wick 2.  The first John Wick seemed to be a bit of an unexpected hit of a movie.  It was so brutally simplistic in it’s story, pacing, action and well, everything.  There wasn’t a ton of heavy nonsense going on, just a tough ass hell killer going on a revenge driven rampage.  The world was also incredibly rich and felt pretty complete despite not once stopping to sit around and bog things down by giving some crazy explanation.  It just did by showing.

So now we have John Wick 2.

I’m actually a little disappointed and a little worried.  I’m worried that this movie will try so hard to replicate the goodness of the first movie, that it will come off as well, too much.  It will be too overly dramatic, or try to introduce too much clever unspoken lore making the world too complicated, etc.  I’m also disappointed a bit because probably the best suggestion I’ve heard for a follow up to John wick was to just make a series of movies, unrelated, directly, but all in the same world.  All keeping a common thread in the hotel and club from the first film.

But, we get more Keanu Reeves and John Wick, which is fine, and I’m not saying the movie is going to be bad, I’m just saying I am worried it might push things too far and soil what made the first movie work.  Also, Laurence Fishbourne, I have to wonder if there will be some joke or Easter egg around the Matrix, but that really would probably be kind of out of place.  One last note, there are a few scenes in this trailer with his new car, and they look to be a bit more active than the car scenes in the previous film.  Considering getting his car stolen was part of the catalyst for the first movie, and he’s shown as seeming to be a pretty bad ass driver, it would be nice to get a kick ass John Wick car chase scene in this film.

There’s not enough quality car chases these days it seems.

Tuesday Trailer – Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man is getting another reboot!

Yay?

This version of Spider-Man is actually tied into the whole MCU however.  In fact, he has already made his debut during Captain America 3: Avengers Jr.  Honestly I’m a little saddened by the third reboot in so many years, especially with how The Amazing Spider-man 2 ended on such a downer cliffhanger.   Also, maybe Im just getting old, but this Spider-Man seems really really young.

I do like the little Avengers reference there with the robbers at the start.  And to help solidify things from Civil War it seems like there will be a bit of an Iron Man Cameo.  SPeaking of that Iron Man Cameo, there’s that awkward hug moment.  There was a scene in one of the Iron Man movies where Tony mentions that he doesn’t like to be handed things.  I believe there were a few other moments pointing out that Tony doesn’t like close contact, shaking hands etc.  I’ve heard this is also a legitimate thing with Robert Downy Jr in general as well as a thing for Tony (now).  Which makes the hug moment kind of interesting, since a hug is pretty much the opposite of Tony’s established hang ups.

Also, Tony is clearly taking up the role of the non existent Uncle Ben role, so that pretty much means Tony will get shot by a mugger early on in the film.  I’m actually kind of curious if they will bother at all with any sort of “origin”.  This Spider-Man is established now from Civil War, the MCU doesn’t really big on going backwards in time at all, and frankly, we’ve seen Peter get bit by a radioactive spider many times now.  We get the idea.

Then there is the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton.  I really hope there is a Batman and Birdman joke in there somewhere, since it’s so obvious.  Vulture seems like a good idea for a villain, he was Spider-man’s original villain in the first issue, he’s small scale enough not to attract the need for larger heroes, and he hasn’t been used yet in any of the previous Spider-Man movies.

Interestingly, no sign of Gwen Stacy or Mary-Jane Watson, or even J. Jameson, at least not in IMDB, though there’s a few people without characters and previous news suggests Zendaya is playing Mary Jane, except she’s listed as Michelle on IMDB.  Instead it seems like we’re getting Liz Allen and Betty Brant.  Hopefully we can avoid yet another version of the whole Bridge and Gwen neck breaking event from the comics.  Oops, spoilers.

Tuesday Trailer – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like kind of an unexpected hit in the Marvel Universe.  I mean people talk about how even Iron Man and Thor were second tier before the current MCU run but I kind of feel like people knew who they were at least a little bit.  The Guardians of the Galaxy were literal nobodies before their film debut.  Now everyone loves Groot and Rocket and those other guys.  Not complaining, just saying, hey, sequel time.

This trailer is pretty great, I also feel like it’s a nice bit of “here’s what you’ll see int he first 15 minute opening sequence, without giving any major spoilers away.  The whole thing reeks of introduction action sequence.  Not a bad thing, I really hate when we get the whole plot in the trailer, what’s the point in watching the movie after that?

The star of course is Baby Groot.  It’s pretty amazing that a tree has become the most adorable mascot to come out of the whole MCU.  Even big Groot was probably the most entertaining character as a whole in the first film, now he that he’s tiny he can become the perfect meme character.

I particularly like the moment halfway through where Baby Groot is riding Rocket shooting wildly, a clear reverse of the part where Rocket rides Big Groot shooting everywhere from the first movie.  It’s a pretty clever flip.

Then we wrap up with hints of a likely sub plot expanding on the relationship between Gamora and Star Lord.

SDCC 2016 – Marvel’s Doctor Strange Trailer

Back on the Marvel front, for the last interesting trailer to come out of SDCC, is Doctor Strange.

This one looks… interesting.  Cumberbatch fits way better than I thought he would when he was announced as the lead for starters.  I think maybe the goatee helps offset how goofy looking he is.  I imagine his kind of odd personality (at least in a lot of his roles) will fit pretty well with the character of Doctor Strange as well.

He’s always kind of been the make or break aspect of this movie for my interest.  I really don’t care for most of his roles outside of Sherlock.  It also really felt like there were other, better choices that better looked the part of Doctor Strange as well.  Marvel seems to prefer more “big names” for it’s big heroes though.

Instead it seems like the make or break will be the effects, which almost feel like the real star here.  Lots of little glitchy bits, the whole repeated use of the Kaleidoscope effect, they almost feel like they may be come too much.  I guess it’s part of who the character is, so it fits.  I also wonder if, or how, the whole multi universe angle could work into the MCU.  Mostly because it feels like it could be exploited for some fun Easter eggs related directly to other “Universes” like the comics, or the Fox X-Men, or even older Marvel movies that technically aren’t “MCU”.

Like Ant-Man and Guardians, Doctor Strange is kind of an “off cycle” step in the MCU, though if the former are any indication, that will make this a bit of an unexpected hit.

SDCC 2016 – Wonder Woman Trailer

Next up for SDCC Trailers, Wonder Woman.

So, first off, I’m not entirely sure why but Wonder Woman is really being pushed to he spotlight in these films.  She was introduced in Batman V Superman, she’s getting her own movie, and she’s looking pretty prominent in Justice League.  I’m not complaining, she’s kind of a neat character, though at this point she hasn’t gotten a lot of characterization, and her theme feels like it gets way over used.  On a side note, I mentioned in my thoughts on justice League that I hadn’t watched Batman v Superman, I’ve since remedied that.

Which kind of makes discussing this trailer a little more constructive.  It’s also a little hard not to talk about it without comparing things to Captain America.  Wonder Woman kind of comes of as a lady version of Cap, with added Sword.  I don’t know which one actually came first, I suspect Wonder Woman, since this trailer suggests her origins lay in Word War I, where Captain America was a product of World War II.  Also, aside from the combat similarity, there isn’t a lot else linking these two.  Wonder Woman seems to have much less “Fish out of Water” aspect going for her than Captain America during the future settings and Wonder Woman isn’t the product of some science super serum but comes from Greek mythology.

Of all of DC’s offering so far, Wonder Woman seems like the most interesting.  BvS has it’s issues, which I’ll probably discuss later, Justice League has promise but feels like it may carry some of it’s predecessor’s problems.  Suicide Squad seems like an interesting concept that may get over shadowed by it’s Xtreem Edgyness.  Also Leto is trying way too hard to top Ledger’s Joker.

Back to Wonder Woman though, I like the concept of something not set in modern times, it’s part of why I like The First Avenger.  Wonder Woman is pretty tough but not overpowered like Superman.  She’s strong and has her weapons, but she is still a ground fighter, which is more interesting than randomly flying around while obliterating cities.  I don’t know enough about DC lore to speculate on who the ultimate villain is, I’m sure there is a Red Skull hiding behind the scenes somewhere.

It looks good though.  I’m apprehensive about DC’s other offerings, but this one looks fun and exciting, I look forward to watching it.

SDCC 2016 – Marvel’s Iron Fist

There were quite a few trailers that came out of SDCC, but I figure it’s appropriate to follow up Luke Cage with Iron Fist.  Though it’s considerably less of a trailer, more of a teaser.

The general gist, at least in the comics, is that Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, uses mystical martial arts power to fight crime.  Honestly, looking into it, it’s all a little confusing.  I do think this will end up being a pretty good series.  Iron Fist seems to have quite a bit of pre-established comic lore to draw from for one.  Unlike Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, he also seems like he’s a bit more of a traditional “I have a costume and an alter ego and some general super powers” sort of character, more akin to Daredevil.

Comic Book Iron FistI kind of wonder how they will handle his costume.  Most of these series, and the Marvel TV shows in general, have taken a very “down to earth” style with it’s heroes.  Jessica Jones and Luke Cage of their own shows prety much just wear street clothes.  Their side characters like Patsy Walker (Hellcat), Simpson (Nuke), even Kilgrave, who is purple in the comics, are just people with heightened abilities.  Then you have characters in Agents of Shield like Quake and Mockingbird, who never actually use code names and barely wear “suits”.  The movies are kind of an exception, and Daredevil starts out very basic before donning a more traditional red suit.  The point is, I wonder if Iron Fist will ever wear a suit.

In all of the media he looks like a bum.

A guy in a green and yellow suit with the flaming hands, looks less like a bum and kind of like a bad ass.  Just saying.