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Wait, Why Do We Like Spider-Man: Homecoming?
“It seems that Marvel Studios learned fast to pay it forward.”

“It’s tough to admit, but maybe I’ve outgrown teen movies. And Homecoming happens to be the teeniest of teen movies of all time.  The jokes landed. But what’s fresh about teen: angst, apathy, sarcasm, awkwardness, name-calling, and sweaty nervousness? I’ll wait.”

so I finally watched Logan (spoilers)
  • ok first things first this was one of the best movies I’ve ever watched
  • the visuals were absolutely on fleek
  • old and confused Professsor X ripped my heart out
  • also i liked the southern villain guy 
  • LOVED sassy badass not speaking kid aka laura aka X23
  • the dinner with the farmer family was so bEAUTIFUL
  • “I ran a school for kids with special needs” - literally the entire theater was losing their shit laughing
  • when laura kept the kids ipod aah
  • logan wanting to die bcs of guilt noo
  • charles xavier died thinking logan killed him
  • there was not enough time to mourn charles
  • also caliban sacrificed himself 
  • the kids were amazingly portrayed without making it cheesy
  • them shaving his beard was so funny
  • like generally this was a surprisingly funny movie
  • was the leader of the kids group magnetos son or something? metal powers just saying
  • the camera technique they used in the woods scene was BEAUTIFUL
  • logan and laura fighting alongside each other was everything i ever wanted
  • the X at the end i was a 100% sobbing mess
  • I DID NOT EXPECT THAT MANY DEATHS
THE CRITICS GOT IT RIGHT WITH SPIDER MAN OMG IT WAS SOOOOOOOOFUCKING GOOD IM SHOOKED AF

GREATLY CAPTURED A TEENAGER TRYING TO BE A SUPERHERO PERFECTLY LIKE OMG
YALLL ZENDAYA CHARACTER IM HERE FOR IT

NED SO PRECIOUS ACTUAL PERFECT WING MAN LMAOOO

YALLL I WAS SO SHOOKED THOO GO SEE THE MOVIE

TONY TRYING TO PARENT THO

PETE YOU DOING GREAT SWEETIE

OK BUT LIZ THOOOO AN ACTUAL ANGEL

KAREN ALSO AN ACTUAL ANGEL

THAT FUCKING ENDING THOO OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-!!!!!!!!!!!!X10000

THE “TEST” HOLY FUCKING IM SHUUUUOOOOKEETHEEDED

TOMBS AINT NO SNITCH FAM YESSSS

HOLY ZHIT THATS……!!!!!!!

5

So Today I Watched… Spider-Man: Homecoming // Sony & Marvel Studios (2017)

If you were a comic-fan kid in the 80’s the main question you asked yourself was “Why is there no Spider-Man movie out there”. Fast forward to 2017 and we’ve had five films from 2002 to this year’s new revamp. Yes, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a new face to don the webs and it’s integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Peter Parker is now a very, very young kid in his high school years, long gone is the retelling of the tragic origin that made him become a Superhero, the tale is out there for anyone coming in new to this rodeo. Both Tobey and Andrew did it good and it really doesn’t add up to this new take on the character (while it will always be integral to his personality nonetheless). We were introduced to Tom Holland as Peter Parker in last year’s Captain America: Civil War and we already know he’s a high school kid struggling to have his life together while trying to be responsible to his beliefs (With great power comes great responsibility). He has a very hot aunt May played by Marisa Tomey and a father-ish figure in the face of Tony Stark played by none other than Robert Downey Jr.  To the classic fan this Spider-Man mey seem a bit alien since he has a lot at his disposal at the beginning of his career while comic Spidey didn’t have much of anything but his smarts and cunning resilience to endure every blow life threw at him. Peter’s original Spidey costume is made of old clothes and costume-made web shooters while the “upgrade” given to him by Tony Stark s a billion dollar suit with integrated A.I that enhances his powers and the use of his webbing and the dependence he gets from such a gadget becomes an important art of the film.

A lot has changed with his supporting cast too in this new take: Ned Leeds (the future Hobgoblin) is Peter’s best friend; there is no Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy this time around (although Liz Toomes and Michelle are nice additions to the line-up). Flash Thompson is no longer a jock, he’s Parker’s intellectual rival and still bullies him plenty by being a smartass. All these changes add up to the story in some fashion and place the story in current times nicely. So what does Peter have to deal this time around? 8 years ago after the Chitauri invasion a team of contractors got bumped in favor of a private company called “Damage Control” to clean up the city leaving one Adrian Toomes and his fellow  group of coworkers as very disgruntled and estranged workers. They decide than since the man sticked it up to them they will stick it back. For eight years Toomes and his crew raid the secrets deposits of alien technology of Damage Control to sell the weaponized technology to whoever has the cash to pay for it. His right hand man? The Shocker. Everything gets complicated for this crew once that Peter notices his dealings and with his mind set on proving himself does everything to bring them down. As these things go, we are reminded that Peter is just a kid biting more than he can actually chew and when push comes to shove it will not be technology and sense of opportunity what defines his actions as a hero, but his resilience and persistence to do what is right at the expense of great personal sacrifices to the people he loves.  

Spider-Man Homecoming is a great film. It does a wonderful job of diving you into the action without making you feel lost. The structure of the movie is on par with what we usually get as a Marvel Studios film. Is this god or bad? I’ll let you decide on that one. I do consider myself served on entertainment and this is what this story was supposed to deliver. I’m hoping every entry of this new trilogy is as good as this one. Solid acting from all the parties. Great direction by Jon Watts. Awesome music by Michael Giacchino. All in all another solid entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!.

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli reviews Legion, a new series inspired by the ‘80s Marvel comic. It comes from Noah Hawley, who adapted the Coen brothers film Fargo into a TV miniseries: 

“Hawley’s TV versions of Fargo are all about character and acting, and plot twists, and deliciously rich visuals. The same is true of Legion — especially about the visuals. Now that I think of it, that’s the third thing you need to know about Legion in advance: You have to watch it. I mean, really watch it. No multi-tasking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a TV series that demands you watch it more attentively — or rewards that effort quite as much.

Images come so fast and furiously, it’s impossible to make sense of them at first. But that’s because Legion, as a TV show, is reflecting and refracting the perspective of its central character, David Haller, whose senses are bombarded the same way, and who feels just as overwhelmed.”

Legion premieres Wednesday, February 8, on FX. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

First off: woah.

That movie was absolutely fan-fucking-tastic.

And, while I have been looking forward to it for over a year, I didn’t think that it could really live up to my expectations.

But it did! It had Ant-Man level humor throughout the entire thing, and still had an action movie vibe. It was so great to see a superhero who isn’t really “super” yet, one that’s just getting started and is still learning the ropes.

Now: I should probably note that while Zendaya was featured in so so so much of the promotion, she probably has 10 minutes total screen time. However; there is a 100% chance that she will be an incredibly important character in the upcoming movies. Her lack of screen time did disappoint me a little bit, but knowing she has much more to do in the future makes me feel better.

The best part: the cast. The cast absolutely made this movie. Having such a diverse group of characters, as main and as background characters, was incredible. This movie manages to be super funny, but still have serious moments. There were times where I was literally hyperventilating from laughing so hard.

So go see it. Please.

This movie absolutely needs to do amazing, and it absolutely deserves to do amazing.

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'Wonder Woman' Is the Best-Reviewed DC Movie Since 'Dark Knight'
Diana’s big-screen debut boasts the highest Rotten Tomatoes rating ever for a DC or MCU film

UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, Wonder Woman‘s Rotten Tomatoes rating has climbed to 97 percent, with 73 reviews counted, tying it with The Incredibles for the best-reviewed superhero movie ever. Great Hera, indeed.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review (no spoilers)

Yeah I’m one of those people that thought the sequel was better than the original. 

I wasnt looking for it to capture the magic of the first one or set up more Infinity War shit. All I wanted was a new adventure with these characters and this was basically like a random episode of a fire ass tv show that doesnt have much to do with the overarching plot (to the dirty casual anyway. I spotted those cosmic references)

It was legit funny as shit. Wild from start to finish. Niggas was gettin roasted the entire movie. They captured the typical daddy issue trope perfectly and this is coming from a nigga with no dad. Gamora and Nebula relationship finally got some good development and action. Rocket’s action scene was dope. I can watch Drax and Mantis talk for an entire movie. REAL NIGGA TEARS ALL OVER DIS ONE.

Yondu is the GOAT. 

Also they had a dope ass villain. The real villain, not the gold people that everyone keeps complaining about. That’s like calling the Ravangers the villains of the first one.

Yes it was a lil sloppy and cgi heavy

Yes some characters were underdeveloped 

Yes they used Baby Groot to manipulate my emotions and sell toys

But guess what?

G-guess what?

9/10

Spoiler talk on the way

#FuckYouPops

Why “Boyscout” Characters are Underrated

In any given narrative in any genre, be it film, novels, comic books, video games, cartoons or stage plays, having a likable main character is important. Very important. One could argue it is the most essential part of the puzzle of storytelling in fact. After all, a story is all about following the adventure(s) of a person or collection of people who go through trials and conflicts and drama to fulfill a goal. Whether it’s a wannabe superstar tenaciously working towards glory or a strong man in tights seeking justice and apprehending criminals, we’re going to be sticking with this character for a while, so by all means the last thing you want is to make your character somebody who the audience is uninterested in or, even worse, neglectful to follow. 

But that said, opinions on what makes a strong lead can very among different audience members. It’s only natural; all art is subjective and has an appeal not everybody will appreciate. But sometimes certain tastes can trend; and that taste comes with a bitterness to it’s alternative. In this case I’m talking about the hardening and darkening of heroes, the promotion of moral ambiguity … and the mocking of “boyscout” characters. Characters often criticized for being too unrealistically moral and upstanding, “perfect” is the word often used. Superman is the prime example of this: for years people have been calling him boring because he’s so impossibly powerful he can resolve any situation and he’s so morally upright that his conflicts with bad guys become rinse and repeat. Even with the character gaining significantly more depth over the years the sentiment has been the same; Superman is just too good and powerful to be interesting. The same has been applied to other heroes, albeit to a lesser extent, such as Wonder Woman, Shazam and Captain America. Meanwhile, those characters more favored by a larger audience are more flawed individuals; people who make mistakes, whose acts of selfishness have consequences, whose good nature is often challenged and will go to a farther extent at apprehending criminals then boyscouts, perhaps even going as far as killing. Batman, Wolverine, Spawn and Lobo all have these reputations. The “Badass” of the crew is always the top seller: because it’s not enough for a reader to be morally upright and just. They also have to be badass and edgy.

Originally posted by vikaq

Now I didn’t type up this long winded article to bash anybody for liking brooding gritty characters. Far from it; I understand the appeal of them perfectly well and am also a fan of these characters. It’s not a bad thing to have leads who feel broken from loss and torment, and thus distance themselves from others and have a hard time trusting people, putting up a tough guy attitude to hide the fact that they are actually quite sensitive. This is a very real thing that many people in the modern world feel. Plus zealousness and confidence along with the capacity to back up such bravado is very endearing. If anybody is proof of that fact it’s the late Muhammad Ali.

But the question I want to ask is; are these characters naturally superior in likability to boyscouts? Are non problematic, morally upright people in fiction just not interesting? Again, this stuff is subjective, but if more people gravitate towards the gritty brooding Batman then the sunny, happy go lucky Superman, so much so that DC has been essentially making Superman out to be a tortured alien soul, then does this give us a window into what it means to be an objectively likable character?

My answer is: Not really.

Think what you will about Superman, but consider how long he’s been around and how much he has shaped our culture. The character has been around for over 80 years now, and he’s gone through many changes and adaptations to be sure (most comic book characters go through the same process) but his core elements and ideas have remained in tact and, to be honest, his franchise has told some of the finest stories of the 20th century. He’s still the highest selling comic book superhero franchise of all time. I think it’s safe to say there is something about this boyscout that sticks.

Originally posted by giphy

So in defense of these boyscout characters who I have an admitted fondness for, I will be pointing out the main criticisms against these characters and giving a retort against each.


1: Morally perfect characters aren’t interesting. 

 I disagree. Often times this criticism comes from a misunderstanding of what a “morally perfect” characters conflict really is, because it isn’t as simple and clear cut as “will this guy defeat this guy?”. Superman often comes under criticism for resolving his situations and defeating his bad guys way too easily, and as a result bad guys always resort to either repetitive weaknesses or are absurdly powerful themselves to even compete. But here’s the thing about Superman: It’s not about whether he’ll win or lose. It’s about whether he’ll do the right thing. He’s already proven time and time again that he’s the most powerful character in all of comics, possibly in all of fiction. His dilemma is whether or not he’s managing those powers responsibly, and whether he still belongs to the human race in spite of those powers. He may be on the level of a God, but he’s still a Cansas born farmboy raised by Christian locals, works on a reporters salary, is in love with his attractive female co worker and has an affinity for beef bourguignon. That sure as hell sounds a lot more relatable then a boy born into wealth and fortune, most likely went into private school, who traveled the world to study under the greatest masters of martial arts on earth after his parents were suddenly murdered, but that’s just me ;). Captain America’s conflict is also commonly misunderstood. He’s all about being a fish out of water who has to do his best to do the right thing in a world where other heroes such as Iron Man represent the modern age far better then he does. Superman and Cap are quite similar because they hold onto traditional values and morality. Make no mistake, traditional =/= perfect. Both of their ethics have been challenged and shaken time and time again in comics.

Originally posted by mithborien

2: Boyscouts aren’t relatable.

 So let me get this straight: You DON’T relate to trying to be a good person as often as possible? You DON’T relate to just wanting what’s best for yourself and people around you? You DON’T relate to seeking justice and hope and love? Maybe not everyone does; again, subjectivity is a real thing. But just because you may not aspire to higher ideals doesn’t mean nobody does. If nobody ever did I don’t think superheroes would even be a thing.

But that said, relatability isn’t objectively necessary for a main lead to have anyway. Don’t get me wrong; it’s always a nice and welcome touch. Depth is NEVER a bad thing. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be the thing that drives the story nor does it have to be the thing that defines what makes the character so likable. What’s more important then a character being relatable .  . .is a character being motivated. For evidence of this claim, look no further then some of the most popular VILLAINS around in pop culture. Relatable villains can occur and get popular, certainly, but more often then not the villains that become the most romanticized and trend the most are villains who are so malicious, so intent with their evil, so driven to make everything around them miserable that you can’t help but get involved with the chaos they’re bringing. Perfect example: The Joker. EVERYONE loves the joker, but I sincerely doubt anybody would say they relate to him. Moreover I think people are just invested because HE’S invested, and we’re interested to see just how far he’ll go to carry out his goal …whatever the hell it is.

Originally posted by vikaq

Heroes can work in very much the same way. How far will they go to seek out justice? What are disciplines they set for themselves? How committed are they to their cause? Will they ever break their code, and if so, can they be redeemed? I don’t buy the idea that good people don’t invite conflict because doing good even when it’s hard and having restraint even when people disagree with you is a conflict in and of itself.

3: Good guys don’t lend themselves to conflict.

 Allow me to repeat what I just said: Doing good even when it’s hard and having restraint even when people disagree with you is a conflict in and of itself. You don’t have to be flawed to invite conflict: matter of fact, heroes are literally DEFINED by their desire to seek out conflict because they would not be heroes if they remained indifferent to tragedy and crime. I know what you’re thinking: “What people mean when they say this is INTERNAL conflict”. People are interested by tortured souls who all too often do morally ambiguous things. Again, I understand the appeal of that, but on the other hand, if you aren’t convinced that people wouldn’t want to enact good in the world unless they learn first hand the consequences of evil when it strikes them, then I’m sorry, that’s a very cynical perception of reality. Wanting to do good can be propelled by wanting to SEE good in the world, and not wanting your powers or whatever it is you do to fight crime to not go to waste. Characters do not have to be defined by tragedy to be compelling: they can be defined by how they define themselves. What disciplines they set for themselves, what their code of honor is and how it conflicts with others. Personally I think it’d be really refreshing to see a character who didn’t learn the hard way that crime sucks and that’s what convinces them to take responsibility for once, because that’s just really selfish when you think about it. You don’t give a shit about what goes wrong in the world unless it effects you. I can’t assert this enough: I understand that writing characters in such a way can instill more drama, but I disagree that they have to be written in such a way every time.

4: Dark and gritty is more realistic.

No, it’s not. dark and gritty =/= more realistic. Matter of fact it’s just as much a fantasy as a light and upbeat world. Goodness and kindness is just as  much a part of life as cruelty and sadness. It is not “realistic” to highlight either extreme. It shouldn’t be necessary for entertainment to be “realistic” anyway. If you wanted realism you wouldn’t devolve into fantasy; you’d just go outside. Fantasy is about escaping realism and fulfilling a need to feel certain emotions by indulging in a particular genre. Every genre is valid for that reason. We watch comedies to laugh. tragedies to cry, romances to gush and horrors to scream. If you like your dark and grittiness more then other themes then by all means go for it; but it’s unfair to say lightheartedness and peppiness is any less valid of fantasy fulfillment, especially under the fallacy that it’s “less realistic”.

Conclusion:

So I’m hoping this article broadened the readers horizons a bit about what  it means to be an interesting character, and in particular I’m hoping they’ll be more open minded about “boyscouts” and “goody-two-shoes”. A good character is not always defined by tragedy and is not always defined by things they can’t control. A good character is defined by what motivates them, what actions they take, what disciplines they hold for themselves and what they do with their capacity for either good or evil. A likable character is one clearly defined and adds to the stakes, and in that regard good guys are no less valid.

Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Squirrel Girl has defeated pretty much every bad guy in the Marvel Universe – Thanos, Galactus, Doctor Doom…everyone. But thanks to a series of unfortunate coincidences and some unknown technology, Squirrel Girl finds herself face to face with an exact duplicate of herself! Well, perhaps not an exact duplicate. It seems like this twin is more of the evil twin variety. So Squirrel Girl, Tippy Toe, and their friends are going to have to team up to save the Marvel Universe!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am late to the beautiful party that is Squirrel Girl. I’ve been hearing and reading about how great Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s run is, but I hadn’t taken the time to picking up a trade. So when this original graphic novel came out, I figured it was the perfect place to start.

What I have learned that any place is the perfect place to start because this run is just as amazing and fun and smart and hilarious as all the reviews say it is. I had a total blast reading this graphic novel. Henderson draws an excellent Doreen and I love all the cute outfits she’s created for her. Squirrel Girl has the body of a wrestler/gymnast and not a super model and that is so amazing. North also writes a hilarious script and his running commentary at the bottom is hysterical. The supporting cast is fantastic.

I imagine that the best place to start is at the beginning of the North/Henderson run. But if you’re not convinced yet or still trying to figure out what comics you may like, I would suggest reading this first.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sharp, funny comic with a kick-butt female lead. Stop reading this review and go pick it up!

I gave it a 5/5 on my Goodreads account which translates to “It was amazing.”

Iron Fist Review (SPOILERS)

Generally speaking, I only like to review shows, movies, or games that I like, because my enjoyment of those things compels me to dissect, understand, and share what I believe led me, and usually other people, to enjoy them.

This review is an exception to that. I did not like Iron Fist. I thought it was bad. And I, in fact, thought it was such an underwhelming and at times frustrating show that I felt the need to articulate why I think I and so many other people were deeply dissatisfied with it.

As a preemptive to this review, I will be giving full spoilers. If you still want to watch the show, don’t read on. I also am writing this acknowledging that I am of Asian American descent, but will not in any way be allowing that or the choices of the script with regard to its portrayal of Asian culture or possible appropriation thereof to influence my review of this show. I’ve also never read a single Iron Fist comic in my life, so please don’t tell me that if you segregate the show from the comic, it works. The review will be based solely on what I view to be the merits of its scripting and storytelling alone.

Also, this is going to be long. Just a heads up. I’m going to be rambling a lot, because that’s how I write. I’m sure about two of you will actually read all of this, but this is just catharsis for me so that’s fine.

That being said: on with the review.

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Marvel's Legion REVIEW

-David Haller character is relatable as hell
-the show is creepy, scary, mentally fucks with your brain a mind thriller for sure.
-seizure warning because of the flashing iPod the screen.
-not for little kids dude, at all. A no go. Drug problems, blood, sex, mind fuck, etc.
-Dan Stevens is attractive as hell, I love him so much. -since I really had no idea what was going on I had to rewatch the entire show twice, basically David is a mutant, possessed by a very old mustang causing him to be erased, see things that aren’t there,control his powers, etc.
-I really, really, really, love Lenny and Cary and Kerry they are awesome people I really want to know more about Cary thou.
-a lot of the episodes don’t make any sense until the last episode.
-I thought I was going insane after the fourth episode.
-I ship David and Sydney total OtP
-Sydney’s power is awesome
-David is my baby and should be cherished for all time,
-best part? When david creates rational david in his mind and rational david is british just because and then irrational david tries to do a british accent and it sucks and in reality Dan Stevens is British. -I really want another season that hopefully makes sense.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming came out this weekend and I saw it during the first showing on Thursday night and loved it! Tom Holland as Peter Parker was great, Michael Keaton was a great villain as the vulture, the action was great, Spider-Man: Homecoming was great!

REBLOGS greatly appreciated!