Venom Trailer #2 (2018) *The World Has Enough Superheroes*

Venom’s second full trailer focuses less on the film’s plot and more on showing off Spider-Man’s morally ambiguous doppelganger.  The Venom teaser took a lot of heat for not really showing the symbiote (a word I have apparently been mispronouncing for 30 years).  The first Venom trailer was more story-based but did show a lot of Venom.  The second Venom trailer has more Venom than Tom Hardy.  Aside from the lack of a spider-symbol on his chest (given the absence of Spider-Man from Sony’s Spiderverse, that wouldn’t make sense) Venom looks pretty much exactly as Todd McFarlane drew him when he debuted in Amazing Spider-Man.  There is a ton of Venom fanservice going on in this film, which if nothing else, seems like it is going to be a very different type of comic book movie.  We’ll see if that’s a good or a bad thing when Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018. Continue reading Venom Trailer #2 (2018) *The World Has Enough Superheroes*

Release Date Set for Jumanji 3

Sony has officially confirmed that Jumanji 3 will be released on December 13, 2019. Variety revealed that Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillen will all reprise their roles. Director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach will be on board, too.

(Spoiler warning: Details about the first two Jumanji films are discussed below.)

It will be interesting to see how Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s central characters will return to the big screen again considering that the video game was destroyed at the end of the last film. Digital Spy points out that it’s one of the few movies that has an ending that doesn’t set up the next installment.

Since Johnson, Black, Hart, and Gillen play avatars inside Jumanji, the new story will have to figure out how the next film will play out. One theory is that they could play their actual characters who have to stop the Jumanji game wreaking havoc in the real world.

Done the right way this could actually lead to many more creative possibilities. And let’s not forget that Jon Favreau’s Zathura is a spin-off of the Jumanji franchise as well. It would certainly be interesting to see those two insane worlds collide.

Another aspect that could be explored in the new film is the motivation behind the game aside from simply causing anarchy. The next installment could finally explain where the game originated from; who or what made it; and why it was unleashed on the world. These are probably questions that fans have been wondering about ever since the first movie came out in 1995. The original Jumanji was a hit that garnered a huge following when it went to video and later television. Collider credits some of the success of the adventure film to Robin Williams’s performance. The original also broke new ground with its special effects, which were ahead of their time.

The movie’s fun-loving appeal translated to the latest edition with Dwayne Johnson now fronting the franchise. This soon led to the film branching out into a number of different ventures to build upon the hype machine surrounding one of this year’s biggest blockbusters. Among the many iconic films that have games on CheekyBingo, Jumanji has a slot title that has become very popular on the back of the Jake Kasdan-directed film. The game’s graphics simulate some of the most memorable scenes from the original film, such as the famous stampede and giant plant attack that resonate with fans even 22 years after the original was released. Killing Time previously pointed out that the sequel’s appeal is mainly due to its video game premise, which drew in the console crowd. Plus, it was an action/comedy, a genre enjoyed even by casual moviegoers.

Sony must be pretty confident to schedule the release of the next film just a week before the release of Star Wars Episode IX. But then again, it didn’t stop them from releasing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle just 10 days before The Last Jedi, as it still achieved box office success.

*This look at the past and future of the Jumanji franchise was written by Sue Williams.

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Poster

Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed You Off

Even if I don’t always agree with their actual choices, I admire the ability of WatchMojo to churn out list topics like fortune cookies.  Character deaths are tricky.  On one hand, a great character death can be a defining moment not just for the story arc of the deceased character but also for every character around them.  On the other, if you botch it, people get maaaaaad.  WatchMojo hits a number of them in their Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed People Off.  The list is too heavily weighted toward recent films, and has some duds (is anyone really super incensed over Mortal Komat: Annihilation, Pacific Rim: Uprising, or Godzilla?).  It does also make the long-overdue argument that all Kate Winslet had to do to save us from one of the most annoying deaths of all time in Titanic was haul to Leonardo Dicaprio out of the water and spoon.  No matter what side of the debate you are on, you have to admit that the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk deeply peeved people.  What makes me maddest about character death is when characters die just to fill an unspoken death quota in bigger films.  I love Joss Whedon, but he is the absolute worst at this.  Whedon blood rage is the only explanation for why Quicksilver had to die in Age of Ultron or, even worse, why Wash & Shepherd Book were slaughtered in Serenity.  Which character deaths made you throw things for weeks?William Shatner in Star Trek: Generations

In Theaters This Week (7/27/2018): Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans GO To The Movies

Teen Titans GO! To the Movies
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This week brings TWO well-reviewed new films into wide release. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/27/2018): Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans GO To The Movies