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*
Sony has released the first full trailer for Venom. The teaser trailer had a good atmosphere to it, but we didn’t actually get to see Venom. Well, we’ve seen him now! There’s a lot about the trailer I like that Spider-Man 3 completely got wrong with the character, there’s also a few things about it that give me pause (not the least of which is that is NOT how I have been saying “symbiote” for 25 years). I like they establish Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) as a decent guy. I like that Venom is its own personality and that together they are a “we” entity. That’s very true to the comics. I love the look of the character. Some of the F/X seem a little off, but in a trailer six months out that’s tough to judge. It’s recently been reported that Woody Harrelson’s role in the film will be Carnage, but we’ll have to see when Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.
Continue reading Venom Trailer #1 (2018) “WE are Venom!”
What began with Iron Man in 2008, will begin its conclusion this weekend with the release of the 19th Marvel Cinematic Universe film – Avengers: Infinity War. Between now, and then if you wanted to catch up on the entire MCU….well, you’re already too late. Between the 18 films that are already out, the handful of one-shots, and the ten television shows on ABC, Netflix, and Hulu, you’d need a lot longer than the three days until preview night. But let’s say, for kicks and giggles, that you did want to watch it all and watch it in the order events actually happened. That order is quite different from the order in which everything was released.
IGN has a great video above that can serve as a quick primer should you, say, not have that kind of time commitment lying around, and a complete and comprehensive list of EVERYTHING in the MCU in chronological order from Captain America: The First Avenger to Infinity War is below courtesy of Digital Spy. Get ready for the end by going back to the beginning! Continue reading Infinity War Prep: Watch the Entire MCU in Chronological Order!
Spider-Man: Homecoming got so many things right about the character of Peter Parker that the Raimi and Webb films flubbed, but I think the thing I like the best about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is….he’s not very good. Don’t get me wrong, he’s enormously powerful, smart, and talented. Everyone can see it….however, he’s also just a high school sophomore and, by definition, kind of an idiot. There are two scenes that highlight Peter’s youth in the film in different ways.
My favorite is easily his attempt at a Batman-esque interrogation of The Prowler (Donald Glover). Badly utilizing his suit’s vocal scrambling, he spectacularly fails to impress Glover (who if we want to get super-geeky and project down the line a long ways, is the uncle of the Marvel Universe’s other Spider-Man: Miles Morales).
Downey Jr. and Holland have a fantastic dynamic as Tony Stark and Peter Parker, and 10 years into the MCU, you can have scenes like this one. Where we’ve seen Tony make questionable choice after questionable choice and in this kid he sees himself, but with the chance to do what he wanted to achieve with Iron Man sans his personal baggage. There is no more wisdom that Stark could distill from what lessons he’s learned when he snaps at Peter, “If you can’t do this without the suit, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all!”