Marvel and DC News

San Diego Comic Con, one of the World’s biggest and renowned conventions, has dropped some major news this week, particularly in the world of Superheroes. Let’s sum up:

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Practically every single Marvel actor was at the comic con (with the exception of Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans) and it was a beautiful sight. They’re keeping most of Avengers: Infinity War under wraps for the moment but they released their new poster for it which look incredible! And there are rumours that teenage Groot appears a lot and will steal the show.

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Thor: Ragnarok‘s new trailer was dropped! Hulk is talking properly and it seems Bruce and Thor’s relationship is a true bromance. Even bigger news is that tiny clip we see in the trailer of Thor facing a new villain Surtur, the Fire Demon, voiced by Clancy Brown. And look at the beautiful poster for Ragnarok! This movie is potentially looking like one of Marvel’s greats!

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And on the subject of awesome new posters, check out Black Panther’s too!

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming to us in 2018. Paul Rudd has featured in two of the Marvel films so far, one his own title movie and the second in Civil War, where, let’s face it, he stole the show in that fight scene. We knew the moment we saw her and the suit in Ant-Man’s after credit clip that Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will be the Wasp. But what about others? Michael Douglas as Hank Pym is back, but joining the team are Michelle Pfeiffer and, jumping ship from DC (or, ya know, playing for both sides), is Laurence Fishburne. Pfeiffer will be playing Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp and wife to Hank and mother to Hope. It’s unclear whether she’ll appear in flashback form or if she’ll be finding her way back from the subatomic realm to present day. Fishburne is coming in as Bill Foster who is a scientist who works alongside Pym and becomes Giant-Man. Also revealed was that they’re will be a character called Ghost in it, who originally is an Iron Man villain.

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Don’t forget that The Defenders is released on Netflix on the 18th August! Having seen all of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, I can safely say I’m extremely excited for this! Especially as Sigourney Weaver is the villain in this one, and we all know TV Marvel brings some excellent villains: Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Killgrave (David Tennant) were incredible, and even Cottonmouth and the Meachum’s were pretty strong too.

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Justice League is coming in November 2017 and here’s hoping they can stay on track this year after the brilliance of Wonder Woman. I’m incredibly excited but word on the street is that Ben Affleck doesn’t want to play Batman any more. Ben, what are you doing? And even worse is the rumour how they plan to replace him: Apparently Flash goes back in time and changes it so that Bruce and his mother die and stops the death of Bruce Wayne’s father. He then, in turn, becomes Batman… So it’ll be Robert Wayne, not Bruce Wayne. Huh?? Though, at San Diego Comic Con, Ben Affleck was defending himself “I love this character.” So maybe he’s regretting the comment now?

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A first look at Star Trek: Discovery was revealed, plus Marvel’s Inhumans! And don’t forget Star Wars Episode VIII at the end of the year too! Let’s just say, we can’t wait!

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Film Review

After watching ‘The Hobbit’ films so far (‘An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug’), I’ll be brutally honest and say I have been disappointed by them and felt Peter Jackson had lost some of his spark. The trilogy seemed to have been puffed out into this unnecessary 6 hour plus extravaganza from a short children’s story. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy is one of the biggest and greatest achievements in cinema history, and I adore them, yet ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy isn’t quite in concurrence with it’s predecessor.

That being said, the final installment ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ is the best to date, but it still carries the same feel as the previous films: chaotic and frankly, a bit tiresome. Despite this, I can’t help but still love ‘The Hobbit’ films and have a soft spot for them. ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ marks the end of an era and Peter Jackson’s obsession that spanned across 2 decades.

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The film starts with how ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ finished, with Smaug the Dragon flying to wreak havoc on Laketown, a sequence that is a bit confused and scattered, yet still allows for Bard (Luke Evans) to be the hero, his children to repeat the only line they have in the film (“Da!”) and for the magnificent Smaug to speak again (a highlight of the trilogy, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Once this is done, the 2 hour battle sequence begins, with Dwarves, Elves, Men, Orcs and Eagles, joined by Wizards, a Shapeshifter, more Dwarves, more Orcs and a brave little Hobbit transforming into fighting mode, all set against the backdrop of the Lonely Mountain and the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor. Admittedly, the battle sequences are wild but aren’t tiresome and the huge set pieces actually kept me interested, showing different storylines and points of view of each army.

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Something Jackson does really well is character development and something I was thrilled with was the casting. Martin Freeman is a welcome relief amongst the chaos as Bilbo Baggins, popping up to provide a new point of view of the battle and is the common sense behind some of it. Ian McKellen is always brilliant as his long running character Gandalf, protector of Middle Earth. I’m hugely impressed with the casting of Dwarf King Thorin Oakenshield, Elven King Thranduil and Leader of Men Bard the Bowman played by newcomers Richard Armitage, Lee Pace and Luke Evans respectively and all three hold their own against each other and other actors. The portrayal of how Thorin descends into madness or “dragon sickness” over the treasure of Erebor and the Arkenstone is something that I thought Jackson did very well, staying true to the book and was excellently acted by Richard Armitage.

However, I could have done without the annoying comic relief provided by cowardly Alfrid (Ryan Gage), and the ridiculous love story between Elf Tauriel (who was written into the series by Jackson, played by Evangeline Lilly) and young Dwarf Prince Kili (Aidan Turner).

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It’s not as emotional as I thought it would be, the battle sequences are not as epic and the conclusion is a bit underwhelming. Oh and Legolas’ stunts become more and more ridiculous each film. But all in all, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ marks a gallant effort and the end of a trilogy overshadowed by ‘The Lord of the Rings.‘ Comparison aside, The Hobbit films have been enjoyable, bold, colourful and fun to watch and it is a strong send off to a series that has captivated myself and so many. But does anyone believe Peter Jackson when he says it’s really over? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a draft script hidden away somewhere for the Silmarillion…

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