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Fantastic Four (2005)

My Marvel watch-through has touched upon another classic, the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Now I could easily talk about the movie but I have two specific things that I would like to talk about instead, that relate to that movie.

First, after the failed 1993 Fantastic Four movie it’s really not hard to get any better than that because that was just awful. However, I think that this reboot is universally accepted as the best version of the Fantastic Four. The 2015 edition was absolutely terrible and everybody knows it. There’s obvious problems with keeping this reboot as the one needed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first, because it came out 3 years before the MCU started; but the biggest one by far is the fact that Chris Evans can’t possibly play both the Human Torch and Captain America.

The second thing I would like to talk about is the massive inconsistencies within the Marvel Universe (no, not the MCU, the universe itself). We have all of these superheros/groups that overlap in location, but not in political atmosphere. This can be seen clearly in the Fantastic Four movie where the heros are from New York and people are constantly cheering out front of their house, showing huge support. They were even all there during the final fight with Dr. Doom. However, in another part of the same city, Spider-Man is constantly hounded by the press for being either a hero or a menace. Daredevil is around too but stays more in the underground of Hell’s Kitchen. The worst part of it all, is that with all the action of superheros in one central location it makes you wonder why in upstate New York that the X-Men are constantly dealing with political dilemmas regarding their rights and how they are being monitored. Why are the X-Men being treated as 2nd-class citizens but yet Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four don’t have any political drama? (And yes, we run into these same problem with the beginning of the Civil War, but we’ll come to that when we get there).

My biggest problem with the movie would have to be the fact that Dr. Doom has video and audio monitoring in the Baxter Building, why? And does the Fantastic Four know?

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X2 (2003)

The second X-Men film makes its debut in my Marvel watch-through. This movie really highlights the relationship struggle between Humans and Mutants, it literally starts a war.

This movie also really starts to dig into Wolverine’s past, with the introduction of Stryker, one of the people responsible for Wolverine’s transformation.

At the beginning we get a good introduction to Nightcrawler and we also get a sneak peak at Colossus as a teenager during the invasion of the school scene.

This movie does have some decent plot holes. For starters, there is the ever-obvious one of why the X-Men should be in their own universe. If they’re having this much trouble with Mutants then why are non-Mutant superheros (like Spider-Man) not a problem in this universe (yet).

Additionally, the acid-like substance poured into the back of Mutants’ necks. What is it, where did it come from and why is it so powerful?

As we continue through the movie we get introduced to another villain although no real name or backstory is given, comic nerds would know her as Lady Deathstrike. Not very well known or popular, also with long powerful fingernails doesn’t exactly come off as super intimidating. Where did she come from and why does she have powers like Wolverine? Before she gets the chance to say anything Wolverine fills her with the remaining liquid Adamantium (that I guess we’re supposed to assume was just chilling there since Wolverine’s transformation).

A major overlooked point I feel is that Professor X essentially killed (or basically mentally tortured) every Mutant and then every Human on the planet and everybody just kinda lets it go. Talk about evil.

Finally, the end with Jean Grey going out and killing herself so that they could escape seems very unneeded. She easily could’ve helped fix the ship from the inside and even if not, you’re telling me this super advanced jet can’t keep them safe from a bunch of water? I like how they had the faint outline of a phoenix at the end rising out of the water obviously hinting to her importance in the next movie.

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Daredevil (2003)

Part of my Marvel watch-through.

The Daredevil movie was enjoyable but had a variety of dilemmas. For starters, Elektra dies in this movie despite just being introduced. Like, in her first fight she gets stabbed with her own sword. But yet they keep Bullseye alive. What’s with the lack of his origin as well? They just jump right in with no backstory on the bad guy.

The actual Daredevil is very well put together though and I think the Kingpin is also a very good actor choice for this movie.

Despite the movie being good, I feel like how useless Daredevil is gets overlooked. Like yes ok he’s a blind vigilante but he only patrols one section of New York City? If it happens outside of Hell’s Kitchen just he just say “yea call Spider-Man, I only handle this neighborhood”.

The Stan Lee cameo is quick and right at the beginning. When Daredevil is walking around blind, he stops Stan Lee from crossing the busy street while reading a newspaper.

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End of Summer Update- Media/Pop Culture

If you’ve been following or randomly reading my blog you’ll see that most of my posts have been in this category.

I am continuing with my Marvel watch-through and I hope to watch Daredevil (2003) within the next few days. With college starting yesterday it’s difficult for me to keep on my Summer schedule of activities. Also in the movie category my girlfriend and I have been taking turns picking a movie series to watch and with this time being my choice I went with Lord of the Rings.

Video games have been less than active recently. I barely played over the Summer and now I’m definitely too busy to play. If I do I normally go with Civilization VI or if a friend is over I’ll go with Injustice: Gods Among Us or Call of Duty: Ghosts- Extinction.

I can’t seem to find the end of the Yugioh original series. I am about 15 episodes away and I am extremely disappointed with this final story arc. I highly enjoyed most of the series but I realize that many of the story-lines are very unnecessary. I am also in season 10 of Family Guy on Netflix. This has been going very smoothly but at this point I am starting to see a decline in the quality of jokes and I am ready to finish and move on. With just about 4 seasons left it’s going to be difficult. My girlfriend and I are watching Last Man Standing and I absolutely love that show. I can’t figure out why it was cancelled or why they switched the actress for the oldest daughter after season 1.

Finally we come to books. I have really increased my reading intake this Summer and it’s a habit that I would like to keep up with. I posted about when I finished the new Lorien Legacies book. I was also able to finish a book called Everything Is A Metaphor that was written by my jiu jitsu instructor, Leo Lefay. The beginning is all about jiu jitsu and it includes some great ways to look at the sport and the back of the book is a series of letters written to his oldest son about advice for different parts of life. Currently I am finishing my LSAT For Dummies book and will take a second pre-test before I take the actual LSAT (in 18 days). From there I will trade that book in for the book entitled Fluent in 3 Months, which was the start of the language learning program that I’ve been following. I’m hoping to really get a jump on my French after I am past the LSAT. I am also reading 1984 which I absolutely love and see frightening similarities within our own world governments today. Who could read 1984 without reading Animal Farm though? I finished Animal Farm a few nights ago and I very much enjoyed most of the book but I was very disappointed in the ending. I watched the CIA produced animated film many times when I was younger and it also had a different ending (that one was more satisfactory). The biggest reading challenge that I have taken on though is reading Le Tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours. It’s the original (French) version of Around the World in 80 Days. This is so that I can boost my French reading comprehension but it takes me a long time to read even one paragraph.

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Spider-Man (2002)

I have finally gotten to the point in my Marvel watch-through that most everybody knows and loves. The first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man. This movie I feel is very important not only to Marvel or Spider-Man but also to the idea of what a Marvel movie is today.

This is one of the better representations of how old Spidey should be and it includes the webs shooting directly out of his wrists, unlike all the other movies and unfortunately the comics too (until he fights the Spider Queen, but you’ll just have to read the comics for that).

The major downside of this movie is that it eliminates the original Green Goblin. The Green Goblin is supposed to be one of Spidey’s most notorious villains and they killed him in the first movie so it didn’t leave much room to expand.

Other than that it includes some major highlights such as the best portrayal I’ve seen of J. Jonah Jameson (the newspaper boss) and his famous “Get me pictures of Spider-Man!” this movie is also host to the ‘famous’ upside-down Spider-Man kiss. This is also parodied in Weird Al’s song Ode to A Superhero.

The most important part of this movie is the very short and very easily missed Stan Lee cameo where he pulls a kid to safety when the Goblin is attacking downtown during the big festival. It is the first appearance of Stan Lee in a Marvel movie.

Still no post credits scene though…

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Blade II (2002)

The first sequel in my Marvel watch-through is Blade II, made only 4 years after the first one. This movie went like the first one in the sense that he’s not really a superhero, just more of a half-Vampire with a good alignment. However, this movie makes him team up with the Vampire council in order to eliminate a new breed of Vampire that is threatening Humans and Vampires alike.

So far I’m going to say that they’re not ‘good’ but definitely fall into the ‘ok’ category of movies; however they shouldn’t have been forgotten like they are because they are still enjoyable. This one having a little humor (and a lot of swearing).

The main problem I have here is how the movie begins. During the first film, Blade’s “sidekick”, Whistler, kills himself in order to not turn into a Vampire. However the beginning of this movie is Blade rescuing him from the Vampires because he did turn and then was kidnapped. I realize that he is an enjoyable character and definitely needed for the plot, but if you killed him you killed him. Bringing him back this way doesn’t make sense. They tried to connect it to the end of the first movie (which ends where he is hunting Vampires in Russia) by saying how Blade searched Russia and Romania and all over the globe looking for him, nice try, but I’m not buying it.

Now this may be something else that I overlooked, but I don’t think it was ever revealed how Blade became so good at well, using a sword. Like ok, he’s a half-Vampire which could explain heightened senses, but not that skill with a blade.

Overall I feel like this movie is underrated but wild. A pretty ok watch for sure- just don’t have your kids watch it with you.

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X-Men (2000)

Finally I have reached the year 2000 on my Marvel watch-through. However, this is where the bulk of the movies are.

X-Men is a movie that I have seen a decent amount of times and I find it very enjoyable. The first dilemma I noticed is that when Rouge ran away from home and met up with Wolverine, nobody reported her missing? When Professor X is giving Wolverine a tour he says that most of the students there are run-aways, now wouldn’t that raise several red flags in the legal world?

Speaking of the legal world; X-Men is great but it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Marvel universe that it supposedly is a part of because there is constantly legislation being passed that monitor and harm mutants but yet other superheros like Spider-Man or Captain America are perfectly ok? That doesn’t really make sense.

After that, when they are trying to find out more about Wolverine and they point out his skeleton and the healing factor but yet they don’t say anything about the fucking claws that come out of his hands being one of his mutations. Speaking of claws, Sabertooth is a joke of a villain in this movie but in X-Men Origins: Wolverine it clearly shows us that he is supposed to be Wolverine’s brother. I understand with a lack of memory how Wolverine wouldn’t have noticed but that doesn’t say why Sabertooth didn’t.

Following that when Mystique puts the (what I assume to be) poison in Cerebro, that conveniently renders Professor X unconscious for the entire battle; I’m assuming that that was a poison of the mind, since it only activated when he put on the helmet, I’m not sure and it definitely wasn’t clear at all.

The biggest problem that I had with it however was that at the end, Mystique was able to disguise herself as a guard so that she wouldn’t go to jail except that she was stabbed in the stomach by Wolverine and layed there for who knows how long. She is then able to disguise herself as the dead senator, and openly speak against the bill that he proposed, and nobody found that fishy? Doesn’t this man have a family or anything?

I am still yet to see one of the famous Marvel post-credits scenes as well. This is a must watch for any X-Men or superhero fan and a decent movie for anybody else.

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Generation One (2017)

I just finished reading the first book of the new Lorien Legacies Reborn series. For those of you who don’t know this is a continuation of the Lorien Legacies series- also known as the I Am Number Four books. If you haven’t read any of them I highly recommend that you do and if you saw the movie I apologize greatly because the film was absolutely terrible. The I Am Number Four series was one that I accidentally stumbled upon (by a classmate recommendation) in 10th grade and I instantly fell  in love with the series and no matter how I have changed as a person I still love the series.

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Blade (1998)

Continuing on my movies based on Marvel Comics characters watch-through brings me to the first one that I didn’t know anything about before watching. This movie is not actually about a superhero (ok, I guess that depends on your definition of what a superhero is, but I digress) but instead it’s about a Vampire hunter.

Blade is born while is mother is dying from a Vampire bite; this grants him the benefits of being part Vampire and part Human, as well as all the downsides. This makes for a great story-line not only between good and bad but also including personal dilemmas.

Since I’ve never read a Blade comic, I don’t have any outside influence to reference how I feel about this movie. I think that Wesley Snipes was an excellent choice to play Blade. I also would say that even though I would consider this a good movie over all, it is rather gory and that was quite uncomfortable (but it is a Vampire movie so I guess I should’ve expected it, right?). There is also a scene where he shares what I can only describe as a sensual moment with his mother.

The ending obviously shows that there is a continuation- which there was, 4 years later- and I will be interested to see how that one is. The comments on my Facebook post were positive about this movie. If you are an action or vampire fan I recommend it, if you are the standard movie or superhero fan it’s nothing to go out of your way for but it’s also not something that I would avoid if you saw it on TV one day.

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The Fantastic Four (1994)

There was a reason this film was never released. The quality of the camera was so bad that you could barley tell what was going on, the acting was awkward at best and the story-line was confusing.

The seemed to be not only Doctor Doom, but also a different villain whose name I don’t think was ever released. Additionally The Thing’s blind girlfriend is kidnapped without even establishing her role as girlfriend. Also they portrayed Reed Richards and Susan Storm to be close to 10 years apart which is not the same story that we all know and love.

The powers of Johnny, Susan, and Reed all come into the story at about half-way but they are shown in a way that I would think a film from the 60s maybe should’ve shown them, not the 90s.

I gave up about half-way through because I was unable to keep my attention on it any longer. I highly do not recommend this movie to anybody and I’m very glad that it was never officially released (but is available on YouTube) and has been forgotten.