No Way Home did actually come out in the UK today! But I don’t get to see it until Saturday. All reviews for the movie seem very promising, but yet I’m still DREADING it in some very specific ways. God I hope it’s good.
A rumor dropped the other day that casting for the MCU Fantastic Four movie included Kristen Bell as Sue Storm, which isn’t a terrible idea but it got me thinking… wait, wouldn’t her Good Place co-star William Jackson Harper be absolutely FANTASTIC (pun intended) as Reed Richards?
I was thrilled with this idea and wanted a medal immediately. But actually it turns out this is a very, very popular casting choice! Well, excellent. Here, have a bunch of pictures where Harper looks particular Reed-esque (not all of them are of Chidi):
“The Independent , based on research from Preply , revealed that there has been a 250% increase in inquiries about learning sign language after the debut of Marvel Studios’ Eternals .
Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari, who is deaf in real life, communicated entirely using ASL in the movie, and searches for her personally have increased by 550% since early November.”
I legit do not understand where the hate for this film is coming from. There’s been lots of complaints about how the MCU never deviates from formula but this one does deviate from the formula, and it got rewarded with a 47% RT score? What?
I’m so glad I avoided most of the promo material for this movie because I had no idea what to expect, and it turns out it was telling a very different story to the one I assumed it would be telling. And one that tied into the MCU better than I assumed it would as well. Oh and it also presents a wonderful heroine in Sersi, someone who’s defined by her compassion rather than snark or strength, and also characters the MCU has rather shamefully never presented before, a gay superhero (who actually gets to kiss his husband on screen) and a deaf superhero.
There are some moments in the film that stretch the credibility of the MCU as a connected universe (why are no other superheroes present when the earth starts exploding, has no-one else really ever encountered a Deviant if they can just emerge from ice sometimes?) and a few bits of wince-worthy dialogue, but on the whole it’s really good.
One month before the movie, it’s here! And no sign of Tobey or Andrew, though the last scene rather heavily hints at them.
I’m… not sure what I think. I guess my thoughts here still stand. I’ve also seen a lot of people take umbrage at the Doc Ock “What’s your ACTUAL name” joke and I’m not a fan of it either, partly because it’s a rip-off of a much better joke from Spider-Man 2 and partly because, this tweet says it best-
But I’ve probably have completely overlooked it if the MCU wasn’t doing it all the time, you know? Almost all the movies (save Black Panther) are very, “Ha ha! You’re not taking this comic book stuff SERIOUSLY are you?” before immediately asking us to take it seriously. And that really grates after a while.
This whole movie is still shaping up to be a tour of Spider-Man’s greatest hits (Ock! Goblin! Lizard! Woman plummeting to near-certain death!) rather than a story in itself, and I’m not really sure what I think about that either.
Hey, didya see that one big supposed Spider-Man leak today? I don’t dare repost the pictures here. I’ll just say they were featuring the two other Spider-folks everyone expects to show up, plus Daredevil (which is kinda what made me lean on the side of “probably not real”). And I am DREADING THIS FILM! I mean, I’m excited too, it’s hard not to be at this point, but I love the Raimi trilogy y’know? It’s why I still have raimispiderman going over on tumblr. And I just don’t want the MCU messing with the core story of the Raimi movies. I can accept some cameos from what appear to be slight variations on Molina-Ock and Dafoe-Goblin, but bring Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man back and it just sort of… disrupts the canon of the original movies, you know? They were very down to earth (as far as superhero flicks can be) and just don’t fit in with the wider MCU and its multiversal gods-and-monsters stuff at all.
I am looking forward to seeing what’s apparently a new Green Goblin costume (worn by a stuntman here-)
but Goblin is on the poster released yesterday and as far as I can tell it’s the same costume from the Raimi movies, so that’s a wee bit disappointing.
It also occurs to me that poor Tom Holland hasn’t really had a solo solo film yet, another big MCU superhero is always there with him and in this one he’s kinda by necessity playing second fiddle to the supervillains. Aww man, sorry Tom.
Is anyone else feeling the same way? Just sort of a bit :/ about the whole enterprise?
Welcome to the MCU, Adam Warlock!
The finale of What If was today, and though I’ve had some pretty big quibbles with this show I liked it overall. But I was so confused when Gamora showed up! Pleased but confused, because despite her being on the posters we’d seen absolutely nothing regarding her so far?
Turns out her episode was cancelled due to COVID restrictions and it’ll be on next year! That’s something to look forward to I guess, but as soon I saw her on the poster I was really looking forward to that episode, couldn’t they have cut the Party Thor one instead?
Anyway! Some thoughts on that finale:
-Black Widow and Captain Carter were giving each other some very significant looks in that episode but of course Disney wouldn’t go there.
-Frankly the last five or so minutes of this episode felt like a better tribute to Natasha than the actual Black Widow movie did.
-How can you all not guess Killmonger would betray you? He has “kill” in his name!
-Blink and you’ll miss this, but T’Challa went back to get Peter Quill and now they’re bros! Oh that’s nice. Wonder if we’ll get any of that in season two.
-The revelation of a living Steve at the end of the credits was expected, but I really wish Peggy would get at least one ending that doesn’t involve Steve.
I can’t be the only person who thought this, surely: