Trailer Time: Wonder Woman Trailer #4 (2017) “Diana of Themiscyra”

Wonder Woman got a mini-trailer during last night’s episode of Gotham: it’s fourth, if you’re scoring at home.  WW is film #4 in the DCEU, and hopefully a home run that can unite fans that have been divided over the first three installments.  Personally, I really liked Man of Steel, despised Batman vs. Superman, was meh on Suicide Squad, but here’s why I’m rooting for Wonder Woman: the DCU is amazing.  It’s less cohesive than the MCU, but that’s not been the problem with the film universe so far.  The problem was a lack of an equivalent to Kevin Feige at Marvel: someone who knows the universe inside and out who can stand up to WB’s famous interference with its super hero properties and Geoff Johns is that person if one exists.  Johns knows the DCU from his tenure resurrecting both The Flash and Green Lantern comic franchises, then the entire DC Comics line (which is better overall than Marvel’s confusing mess of a universe for my money), and now he’s basically in charge of all things DC….period.  I’m rooting for WW and Justice League (still hate the last trailer, but I’m rooting for it and my dream Aquaman/Batman road trip movie).  The comic book genre will suffer if the DCEU fails.  The same goes for FOX and its X-verse, and any other movies in the genre.  Even if you’re a Marvel person, rooting for the DCEU to fail is stupid, because it’s going to bring down the whole ship.  So get behind both universes, and hope we get a winner when Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017.
Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot

My Favorite Scene: Doctor Strange (2016) “The Ancient One vs. Kaecilius”

With issue #15 (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) hitting theaters in 48 hours, last night I rewatched issue #14 to get back in the Marvel mood.  Doctor Strange is one of my favorite of the origin story movies.  It’s such a simple, linear tale, but it almost has to be with the trippiness of the MCU’s mystical universe finally unveiled.  The film wastes no time showing you how different magic is in the MCU than in other universes by opening the film with Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One fighting her rogue disciple Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) in a New York that’s shifting while they fight like it was being operated by a bemused entity with a really cool kaleidoscope handy.  This reality-shifting of Marvel’s capitol city was my favorite part of the film, taken to even greater heights later when Mordo and Strange are running from Kaecilius and his zealots.

Marvel has said that the MCU is going to be very different post-Avengers 4.  It may not work on the “phase” system.  It may be just an interconnected universe without a strict plot through line.  However it shakes out, Stephen Strange is going to be a big part of how it looks, and I can’t wait for the sequel now that we all know the players and the ground rules.  Since Strange 2 is at least three years away, remember you’ll be seeing him in November’s Thor: Ragnarok and in Avengers: Infinity War.  Seeing him interact with some of the established heroes is going to be a blast.  I especially want to see this moment recreated from the comics.
Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange, Tony Stark, Iron Man, Marvel Comics