You know what I love about 2017′s line up of superhero films? There are 6 of them, all in one year. One from Fox, Two from DC, Three from Marvel Studios. And all of them are nothing like each other. I mean, just look at this line up:
Logan, a Western inspired R rated film that redefines what the phrase ‘dark/grim superhero movie‘ means.
GotG 2, a sequel to perhaps the most proudly weird superhero movie ever made that’s set to be even weirder.
Wonder Woman, the first female led superhero film (ignoring Supergirl and Catwoman, which we do, cause those movies bombed big time), which is about a warrior from Themyscira fighting Germans in World War 1.
Justice League, DC’s first big team up movie.
And then there’s Thor Ragnarok. Which seems set on out doing Guardians of the Galaxy in terms of over the top comic book weirdness.
Of all the movies coming out this year, the only one that doesn’t feel completely unique is Spider-Man Homecoming. But even that has a villain never before seen in a Spider-Man film, an extremely diverse supporting cast compared to the previous SM films, and it’s going to co-star Iron Man.
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For the Hanzo x Widowmaker thing, how about they're battling it out, each really good snipers, and it ends with them out of ammo in close quaters. Kinda like that scene from Mr. and Mrs. Smith where it just evolves into passionate sex.
I’m actually really captivated by their dynamics. Both being snipers and their parallelism of ‘killing’ a loved one. I love Widowmaker’s seemingly impish and flirty romantic style matched with Hanzo’s stoic and brooding nature. I feel like they would understand each other a lot, and be able to feel free with each other, but idk man, this ship is kind of slaying me.
Just take this away from me, doll. please.
Venomous Arrow. Fluff. Slight Violence.
The arrow whistles past her ear as
she jerk back against the wall. Her lips set into something like a smile as she
rolls to the next open doorway. Her sights already trained on his stained skin
through her scope. She pulls the trigger, but he’s half way out of the window.
Pulling back into cover, she
reloads her sniper, the thrill of the hunt making her eager. They’ve been
attacking each other since the little Overwatch team swooped in on her
assignment. Reaper is somewhere, taking care of the others. For now, the archer
The hunt is reaching its climax,
and she knows this is her last clip. She’ll make it count.
Rushing back to the over doorway,
she takes a leap off the edge. Grappling hook shooting out and hooking onto a
building as she swoops towards a lower structure’s rooftop. An arrow pieces
through the night air, cutting the rope. At the sudden free fall, she braces
her legs out, catching herself before rolling safely on her designated place.
She knows the building he’s hiding
in is connected to this one. With a backward glance, she slips behind cover.
Setting in place her trap that will draw the unsuspecting man soon enough.
Dropping her renewed grappling hook
against the ledge, she drapes down. Feet planted firmly against the side of the
wall as her body stands perpendicularly. She waits, activating her recon visor,
her head turning to catch the red outlined body of the archer slipping out the
doors and to the opposite side of the building she hangs from. Smart. She didn’t
think he’d scale up its side, instead guessing he’d go through the building to
get to the door.
She doesn’t hear the sound of his
feet touch ground as he makes it to the roof. Smart and silent.
Switching her gun to assault, she allows
her grapping hook to drag her up. The angle shooting her up, over the cover and
right onto the surprised Hanzo Shimada. His head looking over his shoulder up
at her as her feet kick into his back, sending him reeling forward as she recoils
back and lands on the ground. Her ambushed didn’t faze him enough, as he hits
the ground but twists his gracefully body and comes up on one knee. Letting
loose an arrow that almost pieces Widowmaker’s throat if she didn’t throw
herself out of the way. She comes back up, finger pulling the trigger. The
shots echoing on the rooftop as he ducks behind cover. Her finger releases the trigger,
knowing she just has two bullets left in her clip.
As his pale gold ribbon trails through
the wind, Hanzo comes up running around the opposite side of the cover. He
fires an arrow, aiming for her eye. Her eyes widen as his rash and reckless
charge surprises her.
She rolls forward, the arrow nearly
pressing against her hair as she dodges it. He moves to meet her head on, the
one clothed arm reaching back for another arrow. She meets him with the barrel
of the gun pointed at his skull, finger settled on the trigger.
Hanzo’s fingers grasp at empty air.
Widowmaker’s finger presses against the cool metal of the trigger, but doesn’t
He realizes his helplessness with
wide brown eyes, before his brow narrows. His hands coming to rest by his side.
Gloved hand curled into a fist while his tattooed arrow clasp his bow against
“Why do you not shoot?” He
questions, smoky voice laced with an accent. Intense gaze focused on her, and
the tip of her assault rifle.
The same question plagues her mind,
but now it echoes in his voice. Deep and gruff and thick. She feels something
inside of her shift. Warmth pooling in the center of her cold body as her eyes
flicker for one moment to the tattoo that encases his muscles.
fought before. They’ve shot bullets and arrows at each other countless times.
Yet, when she fights him, she never aims to kill him. She knows he does the
same, because he had a clear shot in one mission set in Ilios, and he didn’t
He let her
live, as she lets him.
doesn’t understand why she does this. Is it just because her minds finds the glowering
man interesting? Finds the dragon tattoo pretty on his skin? That he’s a
brother to Genji, and somehow involved with how he became a cyborg?
Is he just
a puzzle for her frozen mind to figure out, or does she wish to know the man
that handles the bow so artfully, yet doesn’t kill her as he should.
“I’m out of
the gun, she lets it rest against her lower torso. Lips settling into a faint
grin as her brow raises slightly. His eyes narrows at the slightest of her
“And I don’t
hunt recherché prey.” Her voice light but holding its edge.
startled expression is almost enough to make her laugh, but the way he turns
his head slightly, as if to hide, intrigues her further.
“Is this a
game to you?” He demands, eyes darting back to her face before turning his head.
On his cheeks is the faints trace of pink.
twitches as she takes in his flustered behavior at her flirting. Her eyes
lighting in the slightest manner as this teasing revelation.
play games,” She saunters slowly towards him, and he steps back once before
holding his ground. His gaze unsettled at her passive approach. The archer is
still cautious of the spider.
her head tilting slightly down at him, taking in the gray strands of hair at
his temple that spike outwards. The golden ribbon that flutters across his
back. She leans closer, and finds he smells of cloves and sandalwood. Rich and
intense. His disconcerted gaze locked on her but his body refuses to move.
battles. Do you not know that by now, archer?” Her tone soft, alluring.
Tempting him to lean closer.
“Yet,” He breathes
back, brow narrow as he refocuses, “You do not fight me.”
arches, eyes brushing over the strong cheekbones his face possesses. “You’re
not a battle, you’re an entire war. I’m not going to win you in just one day.”
His eyes widen
at the smallest fraction, his irises a carob brown that stay pure throughout
the entire eye. No overlapping shades. No spots or dots of hues. One true color
that looks back at her.
Then she catches
the faintest hint of blood flooding his cheeks. She admires it for one moment
the color over his elegantly sculpted cheekbones. Taking it to the mind,
pressing it against the inside of her skull. Hoping that she’ll be able to
brand it to her memories without fear of lost.
breath slips out of his lungs. “Lacroix-san, you…” He tries again. “I’m not…”
the sure, stoic man is fumbling under her heavy gaze. The noise rising from her
chest and trickling out of her mouth. He stares at her, eyes watching her lips.
She takes note of the warm spreading across her lungs.
scaring you, archer? Do you fear my favor for elegant things? Perhaps I should—”
are cut off by rough lips pressed against her, eyes caught on Hanzo’s knitted
brow and trembling eyelids. The slight brush of hair that traces his upper lip.
Cloves and sandalwood invading her senses as beams of warms penetrate her
mouth. She finds for one moment, she wants him. She wants his kiss. She wants
his touch. She feels something for the interesting archer.
taste is gone, and she’s still caged by his form. Unable to blink, her eyes
watch him slowly lift his eyelids. Gazing upwards at her, shifting his bow in
his hands. His brow drawn, but his eyes softly resting on her.
“I do not
fear you,” He says, then turns. Escaping the rooftop, he leaves her stunned by his kiss.
she had just barely wrapped around her finger, leaves her speechless. Cloves
resting on the tip of her tongue. The hunt finished, but with him claiming
This is the Diving Bell spider and is the only spider known to live its entire life under water. It breathes air but it does so by trapping air in a bubble and holding onto it with hairs on its abdomen and legs while underwater. This bubble (bell) permits gas exchange with the surrounding water; taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. The spider will spend most of its time in this bubble and very rarely needs to replenish the air thanks to the gas exchange.
The Red Spider Nebula(NGC 6537) is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Sagittarius. The nebula has a prominent two-lobed shape, possibly due to a binary companion or magnetic fields.
The central white dwarf, the remaining compact core of the original star, produces a powerful and hot wind blowing with a speed of 300 kilometers per second, which has generated waves 100 billion kilometres high. These winds are what give this nebula its unique ‘spider’ shape and also contribute to the expansion of the nebula.
The star at the center of the Red Spider Nebula is surrounded by a dust shell making its exact properties hard to determine.
Its surface temperature is probably 150,000-250,000 K although a temperature of 340,000 K or even 500,000 K is not ruled out, making it among the hottest white dwarf stars known.
…a unique species of jumping spider (Salticidae) that is distributed throughout eastern and mid-west North America. Like other jumping spiders M. inclemens is predatory and feeds on other arthropods which are subdued by being jumped on and bitten. Maevia inclemens is unique in that males have two different morphs which both use different courting displays. The “Tufted” morph males sport a black body with pale legs and three black tufts on its head. When tufted morph males encounter a female they will push themselves high in the air with their last three pairs of legs and clasp their first pair, while waving their palps up and down and swinging their abdomen side to side. The “Gray” morph males sport black and white stripes all over their body, orange palps and have no tufts. when gray morph males encounter a female they will crouch down and point their foremost two pairs of legs forward, crossing their tips to create a triangle like configuration, they will then hold their orange palps beneath their forward eyes and glide back and forth in circle in front of the female.
In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one thing.
Below it lies a cave that has remained isolated for 5.5 million years. While our ape-like ancestors were coming down from the trees and evolving into modern humans, the inhabitants of this cave were cut off from the rest of the planet.
Despite a complete absence of light and a poisonous atmosphere, the cave is crawling with life. There are unique spiders, scorpions, woodlice and centipedes, many never before seen by humans, and all of them owe their lives to a strange floating mat of bacteria.
Not even the adorable goo goo eyes exchanged between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone could make Marc Webb’s Spider-Man sequel amazing. But there is at least one thing worth celebrating: Peter Parker finally has the good sense to use Google instead of Bing.
Despite the promise of a talented cast such as the two mentioned above, returning champ Sally Field, and the addition of individually magnetic actors Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 missed the mark completely. It’s a damn shame, because its story had quite a lot of potential, but writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman couldn’t seem to decide what they wanted this movie to be and threw in everything and the kitchen sink. This resulted in a bloated, noisy affair that suffered from one too many villains and, worst of all, a bit of an identity crisis for the webbed superhero. While its predecessor, the largely unnecessary but somewhat entertaining The Amazing Spider-Man, wasn’t exactly worth writing home about either, the sequel continues to prove that this franchise reboot is less a celebration of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and more about making money the laziest, least creative way possible. Why lazy and uncreative? Because the writers changed the characters’ origin stories for the sole reason that Sony wanted to jump on the Marvel Cinematic Universe bandwagon (more on that later), even though they haven’t done enough to set this up for success. Because this film felt sloppy, squandering what could have been a potentially impactful storyline in favor of showy, over-the-top antics (I’m looking at you, Dr. Kafka). Because its musical score was so awful, I am forced to use hyperbole and declare that it nearly made my ears bleed. Because the addition of the X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits teaser was tacky and the marketing equivalent of trying to make “fetch” happen (spoiler alert: it’s never gonna happen, FOX and Sony). These are merely a few of the offenses made by Marc Webb’s disappointing sequel.
While the film was visually impressive and featured elaborate action set pieces, and the love story between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy was fun to observe as a third wheel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s mistakes were egregious enough that they overshadowed these high points. The most glaring error was the lack of cohesion in the script. Not only were there too many things going on, but they seemed to be completely unrelated to each other. The story jumped from Peter Parker’s (Garfield) on-again-off-again romance with Gwen Stacy (Stone), to his brief rekindling of friendship with heir to OsCorp throne Harry Osborn (DeHaan), to uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ mysterious deaths, to battling Blue Man Group wannabe Electro (Foxx)…there was a thing with Rhino (played by Paul Giamatti), a plot point involving Aunt May that was introduced and quickly forgotten…All this occurred probably only within the first hour of the film. These individual elements worked well in isolation and as mentioned before had tremendous potential, but Orci and Kurtzman failed to weave them together. The writing duo seemed to be making things up as the film went along, with only a vague sense of direction and a plan B that consisted of “Let’s just write ourselves out of this situation!”
Warning: 1) spoilers to follow, 2) this is one of my more rant-ridden reviews, so proceed with caution, 3) this thing is hella long. I let my nerd rage loose on this one, so if you don’t like to read, well, that can’t be helped, really.