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The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including the first Captain America: Civil War trailer, a major spoiler for Star Wars: Episode VIII, an action figure playset potentially revealing the final act of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and much, much more…
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Captain America and Iron Man are at war. Civil War.
The film’s first trailer made a surprise release this week, showing Steve Rogers and Tony Stark butting helmets over the Superhero Registration Act.
But whilst everyone is talking about how good the trailer is (watch Flickering Myth’s Kat Kourbeti’s reaction here), nobody is mentioning the Asguardian stuck in the middle.
What about Thor?
This shocking new photo shows just how the stress of your two best friends fighting can affect the body.Thor, God of Diet.
He’ll have to raise his game to avoid another loss-maker, which is probably why he wants Thor: Ragnarok to share super-successful Guardians of the Galaxy’s sense of humour.
Heroic Hollywood’s El Maybe I’m Making it Up (Flickering Myth’s arch-nemesis) tried to spoil James Gunn’s space opera sequel this week by ‘revealing’ Star Lord’s father in the film. Gunn’s reply was lengthy, but the basic gist of his response can be summed up as “nope.”
For the complete truth, it’s often better to go straight to the director’s mouth – in this case, Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ J.J Abrams. He revealed this week that Star Wars is finally finished and that it’ll be rated PG-13 in the US for “ultra violence.” Or “sci-fi action violence,” I can’t remember. It’s pretty much the same thing.J.J. Abrams: “Guys, we need more lens flare!”
The latest Star Wars TV spot gives away some of that “sci-fi action violence”, with Poe Dameron getting in some serious Sith courtesy of Kylo Ren. Amazon France might have revealed details slightly more spoiler-y by uploading the movie’s OST track listing early. The final track – entitled Batman Turns Up and Save the Day – is particularly revealing.
The biggest Star Wars spoiler this week, however, is for the next instalment in the series – Episode VIII. Beware – the spoiler is strong in that one.
Spoilers come in all Bat-shapes and Bat-sizes these days – even innocent looking action figure playsets. A Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice design for one leaked this week, potentially revealing the last act of the movie.It’s not actually *this* action figure. We’re just letting you know what we want for Christmas.
More will become clear on Monday, when the Fall finale of Gotham includes a sneak peek at Batman v Superman. Ben Affleck is starting to feel the heat, admitting there’s a “ton of pressure” for the movie to perform. He continued, saying the weighty expectation is pushing down on him, pushing down on you, and that it’s the terror of knowing what this world is about, watching some good friends screaming “let me out!” The Man of Tomorrow, however, gets him higher.
One movie that doesn’t have much pressure (unless you’re counting the tonnes of seawater above its characters) is Aquaman. The character has been so derided and mocked in popular culture that expectations are set to ‘low’ by default. A new rumour has surfaced as to who the movie’s villain will be – Aquaman’s half-brother Ocean Master. Character names like ‘Ocean Master’ will definitely help with the character being taken seriously.
Tip to DC for shaky-looking superhero movies – don’t announce a sequel before the first instalment is even released. That’s the embarrassing position 20th Century Fox have found themselves with Fantastic Four. Consequently, the studio quietly removed Fantastic Four 2 from their release slate this week.
In sequels-that-are-happening news, film composer Michael Giacchino will be returning for The Incredibles 2 (he gave the original movie it’s terrifically brassy soundtrack); Gremlins 3 will be a direct sequel, not a remake; Bond 25 will start pre-production in the Spring, and Men in Black 4 will reportedly feature a female protagonist. Which probably means it should be renamed People in Black 4.“Can I both write the theme tune and sing the theme tune?”
The door is reportedly open for Will Smith to reprise his role as Agent J, so maybe the sequel is a love story? That’s the reason Smith gave for not taking the lead in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained all those years ago – that he wanted “a love story” at the time. It was a casting move almost as bold as Tom Cruise’s reported interest in Universal’s The Mummy reboot. It shows how big the studio are betting on their impending Monsters Universe, with Angelina Jolie wanted for The Bride of Frankenstein and Scarlett Johansson for Creature From the Black Lagoon.
To close, that magical time of the year is approaching – List Month. Best Of’s, Worst Of’s, 42 Best Cat GIFs of 2015 Of’s…your Facebook News Feed will be inundated with the obsessive rankings in the coming weeks. Sight and Sound have got their early, releasing their Top Movies of 2015
There’s already a contender for next year’s best movie – Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Watch the latest trailer, and enjoy the few months left that you and Leonardo di Caprio have the same amount of Oscars to your name.
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