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Moon Knight and Werewolf By Night Reviews**

** First appeared on 2¢ Movie Reviews

Ulysses Bloodstone has died. His death brings the monster hunters together to pay their last respects and for one last hunt to see who will inherit the blood stone and the supernatural power it grants to the one who possesses it. It’ll be a hunt to the death, a bloody one at that, and what the hunters don’t know is that there’s already a monster in their midst.

This is Marvel’s second official foray into the horror genre after Multiverse of Madness and dipping its toes in the shallow end with WandaVision. I normally stay as far away from the genre. It’s not my thing. No thank you. I don’t do scary movies. But Marvel’s expansion into the supernatural and Monsterverse have made it impossible to stay away completely.
Gael Garcia Bernal shines bright as Jack Russell/Werewolf By Night, and I need to see more of this character and actor immediately. I loved the relationship he had with Elsa Bloodstone (Laura Donnelly) and need to see more of that as well. Does it turn romantic? I need to know! And I need to know now!

This special is in black and white, paying homage to horror movies of the 30s and 40s. It’s creepy and dark. Violent and bloody. More bloody than is typical of the MCU while still managing to stay within the confines of a TV-14 rating. There’s violent action scenes. A ritual involving the bloodstone and an incantation is performed to force Jack to turn into a werewolf before the full moon, and then the violence gets turned up a couple notches. It’s bloody. There’s blood spatters on the walls and dripping on the camera lens. Jack bites a guard’s ear off. Blood gushes. Someone loses their head. A couple of people get incinerated by Man-Thing who makes an impressive cameo appearance. I grimaced. My mouth dropped open. I didn’t keep a straight face for most of the 54-minute special. If it had been in color instead of black and white, I wouldn’t have been able to watch. It’s too bad my mom wasn’t here to see it. And despite all that, I enjoyed it. A lot. I wish it’d been a little darker, but then it would’ve earned a TV-MA rating. The only crime I thought this special committed was that it was too short! Congratulations, Marvel, you got me on board with monsters! Normally, I wouldn’t say Marvel isn’t for kids anyway, but this special is especially not. This bit of fun is for the teens and adults. I look forward to seeing these characters again and to seeing what else Marvel can achieve through their Special Presentations. You can stream Werewolf By Night on Disney Plus.

Steven Grant (Oscar Issac) lives a simple life as a clerk in an Egyptian History Museum gift shop. Strange unexplainable things start to happen like hearing voices and blacking out and waking up surrounded by dead bodies with no idea what happened. He discovers that he has Dissociative Identity Disorder and is the host body of Mark Spector and also the avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu serving justice as the deity sees fit as his Moon Knight
Mark and Steven must learn to work together along with Mark’s wife Layla (May Calamawy)to save the world from Ammit’s version of justice by defeating the goddess her and her avatar Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke). Mark and Steven learn more about their origin in the process. PS. It’s heartbreaking.

This show was awesome and my second favorite MCU show behind WandaVision. It’s the most violent MCU show to date and it’s darkest pushing the boundaries of a TV-14 Rating. It’s super fun if you’re into Egyptian mythology and religion. It’s really violent. People get shot and stabbed. There’s hand to hand combat. It’s bloody and you get to watch someone being mummified alive and having an organ removed (I felt a little queasy). There’s a bunch of language with Shit being heard the most along with hell, damn, misuses of God’s name and a partial f-bomb.

As a Christian, I came away from the series with a sense of thankfulness that God doesn’t handle justice the way that the Egyptian gods do. That the God we serve is merciful when we don’t deserve it while the Egyptian ones are cutthroat and ruthless. For example Ammit hands out justice before a crime is ever committed. I’m so glad God isn’t like that or we’d all be in trouble! There’s a devotional in there somewhere I think I’ll write one.

The Supernatural side of the MCU is being built out nicely and I can’t wait to see what’s next! I’d love to see a season 2 in the future. You can stream it now on Disney Plus.

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WandaVision: They Are An Unusual Couple: Episode 1-2 Review

Comic Recommendations: Vision by: Tom King

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The wait was long, but the wait was worth it. After an unplanned 18-month hiatus, Marvel Studios came back strong with their first TV series WandaVision. The first two episodes debuted on Disney Plus January 15th.

From the time WandaVision was announced we were told it would be both a tribute to sitcoms past and part Superhero “spectacle” that Marvel is known for. The first two episodes didn’t disappoint!

The premiere is full-on classic sitcom, a tribute to shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
This episode and the next were even filmed in Black and White to complete the 50s-60s aesthetic. It’s full of cheesy jokes, a laugh track, and each episode has its own theme song. And the magic used in the show is reminiscent of the techniques used on Bewitched. And just like on Bewitched, the Vision’s have their own Gladys Kravitz in the form of Agnes (Katheryn Hahn) whose a fun addition to an already amazing duo, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.


In the episode, Wanda and Vision can’t remember what the heart on the 23rd on their calendar means. They just know there must be something special about it. Wanda is led to believe it’s their wedding anniversary, and Vision is reminded at work that his boss Mr. Hart and wife are coming to dinner. Typical sitcom hijinks ensue.

In the midst of the fun sitcom, you get the feeling that all is not right with the seemingly picture perfect scenario when the Hart’s interrogate the newly weds about their basic history and neither one can provide an answer. But the strangeness of the show doesn’t ramp up until episode 2.

The next episode is heavily influenced by Bewitched. Starting with the opening theme and credits which is animated in the same style as Bewitched. Wanda is even similarly styled like Samantha Stevens.

Credit: TVLine

In the episode, the Visions try their best to fit into their new town. They both attend community meetings and even participate in the talent show that will benefit the local school.

Things in episode 2 soon begin to take a strange turn. There are loud noises that can’t be explained, Wanda finds a toy helicopter (in color) out in the flower bed/landscaping, and an unknown voice comes through a radio demanding to who is doing this to Wanda? A question that both Wanda and the audience don’t have an answer for. A new character named Geraldine (Teyonah Parris) shows up. She has no idea why she’s at the talent show planning meeting, and the audience is left in the dark as well.

Despite an undercurrent of strangeness, there’s plenty of sitcom action to go around. Paul Bettany definitely steals the show this time around with his Dick Van Dyke inspired antics during the scenes where Vision gets “drunk” via gum getting stuck in his gears.

Towards the the end of the episode, we find out that Wanda is pregnant. (Hello, Speed and Wiccan. Young Avengers Assemble!) We hear another loud BOOM from outside, the Visions go outside to investigate, and watch as a mysterious character dressed in a beekeeper suit crawl out of a manhole in the middle of the street. We get a glimpse of just how powerful the Scarlet Witch is when just one word, “NO,” she rewinds time back to her pregnancy announcement. All is once again right in her altered reality, and the Black and White transitions to Color.

The first two episodes were a great start to what promises to be a wild ride, and I can’t wait for the next episode!

WandaVision premieres new episodes every Friday on Disney Plus.

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Luck to be a ‘Loki’ Logo Tonight

Marvel News

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Several new promotional images have been released for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

IMAX Poster:

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Chinese Banners:

 

 

The MPPA has officially rated Spider-Man: Far From Home PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.

I know it will probably come as a huge shock to you that the next  MCU installment has received this rating. *Drip. Drip. Major League sarcasm.*

@ErikDavis tweeted that the first social media reactions will be posted  starting on June 19th at 2:00 P.M. PT/5:00 P.M. ET.

@BillHuntBits has updated the release date for Avengers: Endgame. It’s been moved up a week from August 20th to August 13th. It will arrive digitally on July 30th.

 

The first trailer for Square Enix’s Avengers game was released at E3.

 

 

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Paul Rudd is uncertain about the possibility of an Ant-Man 3 saying, “You need to make a call to the top brass and start a campaign to make it happen.”

I’d be disappointed if we didn’t get a completed trilogy because Ant-Man has become one of my favorite heroes. Here’s hoping that Marvel can find room for him in their upcoming film slate.

Mindy Kaling recently spoke to MTV News speculating about the introduction of Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel into the MCU. She said that she’s been talking with Marvel about how best to introduce the character telling Josh Horowitz, “Now there’s, like, this streaming platform with them. It might be something like that.”

But later, Mindy tweeted this:

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Now that Carol Danvers has been introduced, I hope Kamala makes her appearance sooner rather than later. I love her so much. Her comics are awesome! Ya’ll should check her story out if you haven’t already.

I don’t care whether it’s a show or movie they use to introduce Kamala just as long as they do, I’ll be a happy camper.

 

Disney released a bunch of photos from their Investor’s Day back in April including a first look at the Loki Disney + series logo and concept art.

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In the concept art, Loki appears to be strutting his stuff in the 1970s. This would line up with reports earlier this year that the show would follow Loki as he influences events in history. Basically, Loki was an Influencer before it was trendy!

 

Rumors

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There’s been rumors going around about Norman Osborn possibly being the next Big Bad of the MCU. Geeks Worldwide has gotten their hands on a casting breakdown that seems to describe Norman Osborn. The breakdown reads as follows:

“The GWW has obtained a character breakdown for someone under the code name “The Benefactor.” All that is known about the character is that he is a “mysterious and nefarious benefactor.” The studio is searching for a male actor, preferably Caucasian, in their 40s to 60s. The actor will shoot their scene sometime this year in Atlanta.”

 

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Michael Rooker Online announced that he has joined Amazon’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels in an undisclosed role. Filming for the pilot is now going on in Croatia.

Variety reported that Rocket, who cleverly disguises himself as humanoid Bradly Cooper, is in early talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s remake of Nightmare Alley based on the book of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

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Looking To The Future (No Spoilers!)

I saw Endgame, but you’ll not find spoilers here! But you will find a few interesting tidbits about future movies.

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Several new stills for Spider-Man: Far From Home have been released.

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Dr. Pepper has released Special Edition Spider-Man: Far From Home cans.

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TrailerTrack reported that the next trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected to be released next week. If you haven’t watched Endgame, don’t watch it!!! There will  be spoilers in the trailer. Because Endgame is out, Sony won’t be hiding anything! There will be a spoiler warning from Tom Holland at the beginning for those who haven’t seen Endgame. The trailer is expected to drop Monday. 

A season six poster and trailer have been released Agents of Shield.

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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed several interesting tidbits of information including some news and speculation about actors’ contracts going forward. Some of this information is too much of a spoiler, so it won’t be posted here. If you want the information not shared here, a simple google search will bring it up.

1. Scarlett Johansson will be producing the Black Widow solo movie.

2. The Disney + Marvel shows will be 6-8 episodes long.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will start filming in 2020.

4. Shang – Chi will begin filming once The Eternals have finished filming.

5. After only a week in theaters, Endgame is getting ready to cross the $2 billion dollar line at the box office.

Variety reported that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television which means that they will be able to develop TV shows based on Marvel characters that Sony owns. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the potential of Spiderverse spinoffs!

Rumor

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MCU Cosmic reported a rumor that there could be a Glyph TV show. “Glyph (aka Nadeen Hassan) is a teenager with the ability to summon ancient Egyptian spirits who first appeared in the Howling Commandos comic in 2015.” I’m intrigued! As a fan of both Marvel and Egyptian Mythology, this show sounds like a winning  combination.

 

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TotalFilm released several new stills from Men In Black: International.

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The Hollywood Reporter reported that Anthony Hopkins will star in The Father “in the eponymous role, a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman). Yet such help has become essential, following Anne’s decision to move to Paris with her partner. As Anne’s father tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality — as if the world, for a moment, has ceased to be logical.” It is a film adaption of the play of the same name by Florian Zeller.

 

The Hollywood Reporter reported that David Dastmalchian has been cast as Polka Dot Man in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel.

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Omaze is offering the chance  to attend the Men in Black: International premiere with Chris Hemsworth. For more information, click the link below:

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That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

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Disney + Marvel News

I will be avoiding all spoilers for Endgame for the next few weeks until I see it. Because of this, there will NOT be any Endgame content on the blog. You can see posters, read, and watch interviews on our Facebook page:

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Marvel News

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Disney’s streaming service was showcased yesterday at their Shareholders Meeting. Many announcements were made about pricing, release date, and Marvel’s upcoming programming.

 

1. Disney + will be released in the United States  on November 12, 2019.

2. It will be advertisement-free.

3. It will cost $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year

4. Content will be downloadable and accessible offline.

 

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Falcon and Winter Soldier will be up first and will be available to stream within the first year of Disney +. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will be reprising their roles Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson.

 

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Loki will see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the titular character, and according to D23, it will be available to stream in Year Two of Disney +. It means we won’t see the series until 2021.

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen will reprise their roles as Vision and Scarlet Witch in Wanda and the Vision. D23 also reported it as a Year Two show.

What If, the animated anthology show exploring alternate scenarios of MCU Canon, will be a Year One show. The first episode will be: “What If Peggy Carter took the Super-Soldier Serum, and a scrawny Steve Rogers uses an armored suit built by Howard Stark?” The characters are expected to be played by their live-action MCU actors.

 

Marvel movies available at launch:

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Iron Man

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Marvel movies available in Year One:

Avengers: Endgame 

Black Panther 

Thor: Ragnarok 

Antman and the Wasp

 

Variety reported that Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will be getting a Disney + show. It’ll be an “adventure series in which Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will pass the torch to   Kate Bishop”, the next Hawkeye and Young Avenger.

The Hollywood Reporter announced the release of two Marvel docuseries:

“Marvel’s 616 (working title) is an anthological documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Told through the lens of a diverse group of filmmakers, each doc will dive into the rich historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.” D23 reported this as a Year One show.

“Marvel’s Hero Project reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities. These inspiring kids have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true super heroes they are.”

D23 reported this will be available at launch.

Slashfilm reported that Kevin Feige said that:

1.“A post-Endgame MCU will be extremely different and extremely focused on Disney+ tying into our future.”

2. The shows will be “equally important to the films.”

3. The shows will “change and evolve our existing characters.”

4. They will be “introducing new ones in ways that deepen the mythology and significantly impact the future of the MCU.”

 

Character posters for season six of Agents of Shield have been released including a first look at Clark Gregg’s new character Sarge.

 

 

 

Deadline reported that O-T Fagbenle has joined the cast of Black Widow in a currently undisclosed role. Rumors are swirling that he will be playing the villain in the film.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was interviewed by IGN and had several things to say about the MCU’s future:

1. “We’re still going to be making movies after these two [Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home]. And we’ll be talking about them soon after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out.”

2. It will be at least five years until the X-Men are introduced into the MCU.

3. The MCU movies releasing in the next five years will “feel very distinct” from the first three phases.

 

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National Geographic’s The World According to Jeff Goldblum will be available on Disney + at launch.

A new Detective Pikachu trailer was released:

The trailers for two of Dave Bautista’s upcoming movies were released.

My Spy: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iafXrqThtQ8

 

 

Stuber:

Collider reported that Dave Bautista will star in a new action-thriller Killer’s Game  that “follows a veteran hitman named Joe Flood who is informed by his doctor that he has only a few months to live, so he puts out an open contract on his own life, only to discover that the lab made a mistake and he’s actually in perfect health — forcing him to battle an army of assassins out to kill him.”

 

That’s all for this week. Type at ya later!

Over and Out,

Captain Stark