Reel Movie News Podcast – James Gunn Returns to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ and MORE.

This is my latest episode of the Reel Movie New Podcast!! Give it a listen!  If you like it, leave a comment and like below and let’s make a discussion out of the topics.

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Disney Finds New Director For A New Marvel Character!

It was announced late last year that Disney was concidering adding the Marvel martial artist character, Shang-Chi, to the already growing roster for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However,  according to reports by Deadline, they have moved passed considering it to hiring a director.

Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton  has been selected to direct Marvel’s first film that will star an Asian protagonist in the leading role.  At the moment Cretton is directing Just Mercy with Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan so it is fare to assume Shang-Chi will be his next project.

You can be forgiven for not knowing the character of Shang-Chi, his comic sales were never at the top of the charts. He first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973.  It launched around the time that the globally successful film Enter the Dragon was released.  In the comic Shang-Chi was raised, educated, and trained in martial arts in a Chinese compound closed off to the outside world.  It is in his seclusion that he managed to develop unsurpassed skills in Kung Fu.

At the moment there is no release date for the Shang-Chi movie, but this is to be expected.  Marvel is keeping their lips shut about future projects until after Avengers: Endgame finishes its run in the theater.  However, my estimation is that it will be in the early part of 2021.

What do you think of getting a Kung Fu martial artist added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?  Is it a property that you are looking forward to?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion about it.

 

Captain Marvel Review – Not The Best Marvel Movie, Yet A Fun Time At The Theater

Captain Marvel
Source: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame.  However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event.  It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.

Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson.  While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.  While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson.  His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes.  I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Drops!!

One of the most anticipated movies that is set to come out this year has dropped its international trailer! Check out this new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

There is no official word, yet, on if this film takes place between the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War or if it is a direct sequel to after the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.  However, it is speculated that it will place as a direct sequel to Avengers: Endgame.

According to a synopsis put out by Sony, Spider-Man: Far From Home shows the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is set for a release date for July 5th, 2019.  What do you think of this trailer? Are you looking forward to a new Spider-Man movie?  Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion about it.

Q&A: Missing Marvel Characters?

I got another Facebook question messaged in.  And this on is from Wade Riley who writes:

Are there any characters you feel are missing from the avengers that would benefit the story line?

Thank you very much for the question Wade!

I’ll give you three characters that I feel are missing and could benefit the avengers lineup.

Right off the bat I would have to say Luke Cage, also known as Power Man.

3382229-luke-cage-comics-01He is the embodiment of a perfect underdog story.  When he was young he grew up in gangs on the streets of Harlem.  And was constantly in trouble.  But after several tragic incidences involving loved ones, he decides to better himself and start doing what he could to turn his life around.  Right around that time he is experimented on, and through a lab mistake, is turned into Power Man – who has unbreakable skin, able to lift/press 25 tons and punch through 4 inch steel plates. He also taught himself in hand to hand combat, and self-educated in law, and is fluent is several different languages.

The Avengers are missing a power person on their team.  The only one that fits the bill is Hulk, but he is too unpredictable.  Cage would be able to kick all sorts of ass, as well as act as a moral center of the team when Captain America isn’t around. Continue reading “Q&A: Missing Marvel Characters?”

Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2

“Hey Everyone,” the new Captain America: Civil War Trailer was just released by Marvel Studios.  And if you stay until the very end of the trailer, in Marvel movie fashion, a big reveal is made. We finally get to see Spider-Man! Check out the trailer.

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