Black Panther Looks Dangerously Like Something It Shouldn’t Be (But Still Looks Beautiful)

The first Black Panther trailer has been unleashed upon us by our superior overlords at Marvel Studios, and needless to say, it is excellently cut together.

It’s cut together so well, in fact (especially with the music), that it seamlessly flows from start to finish, perhaps better than any Marvel trailer thus far. It’s a two minute work of art that has been masterfully made.

It’s a trailer that features rather contrasting tones as well. Even now, I’m unsure about what seems to be the overall tone of the film. I would initially think, royalty and all, this would be a serious, perhaps coming-of-age, almost family drama (of sorts), but the music used indicates nothing along the lines of this. There seems to be a lot of traditional Wakanda with a lot of modern urban environments as well, and it’s unclear how Andy Serkis and Michael B Jordan are linked in the film.

All of that, despite not seeming like it, is praise. When a trailer gets you excited for a film with uncertainty, the paradoxical nature of which is enough to express how difficult it is, it is a great trailer.

However, as far as actual developments go, there is one that struck me as an “Are they really doing that?” moment.

Think of the Iron Monger. And Abomination. And Yellow Jacket. And Kaecilius. In Marvel’s solo origin movies, they tend to have the villain be someone who is the direct opposite of the hero, and every time they’ve done that, the villain has just not been good.

And then I watched this trailer and saw that Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger is going to have a suit very similar to the Black Panther suit, and that makes for a really rigid pairing. I thought this movie would break the streak and have a more versatile villain, but it looks like this is what we are going to get. I hope it exceeds expectations, though. I really do.

Regardless, the Black Panther trailer is, as I mentioned, exquisitely made, and can be rewatched over and over and over and over. And over.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Looks Like It’s Going to Be Truly Special

This is going to be filled with a lot of stills. This is my most anticipated film of the year and I will discuss it with all the beautiful imagery I can use to aid me.

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here and it is utterly and unforgivably mouth-watering.

Immediately you see similarities and differences between Rey and Kylo Ren. Both are going to be trained in this movie, and both have remarkably similar abilities.

Luke Skywalker has had a past with Kylo Ren (which we will see), and tells Rey that he wasn’t afraid the last time he saw the kind of ability she has, but this time he is. This is incredible. Both Rey and Kylo Ren are tied together so much that this seems to be an even more intimate Star Wars story than ever before, which is really, really saying something.


On the other end of the spectrum, we have General Leader Snoke training Kylo Ren after his failures in the last film, and in this case, he is trying to have Ren embrace that raw power and whatever is ‘truly special’ (see, even the title for this article is a pun) about him, going as far as (possibly) telling him to kill his own mother (the late Carrie Fisher has been featured in the middle of the new poster, which I think is a wonderful gesture). Ren, of course, is still as conflicted as he was in the last film, and no matter what anyone says, I will always love the number of layers that have been given to this character. He is deeply vulnerable and really not that strong at all, but that’s what makes him so compelling.


Now, miscellaneously, we see Poe Damoran (also known as everyone’s crush and man-crush. Don’t deny it), who appears to have taken a very personal vendetta against the First Order, and Finn, who is seen taking on the (not dead) Captain Phasma, who I hope receives more in this film than the last. At least, this shot is beautiful.


Something I’m also very excited to see is the battle involving Tie-Fighters, Rebel fighters, AT-AT’s and more, on a planet that we haven’t seen before that’s sending visually astounding red dust everywhere. The overall red theme that this film has been built around, I think, is marvelous.


Finally, towards the end of the trailer we see a shot of Snoke and then this shot of Rey.


The person in the background may indeed be Snoke, which is similar to The Emperor’s role in The Return of the Jedi, but it could be possible that Rey is lost and trying to find answers, shuffling between Luke Skywalker and Snoke, possibly even conflicted between the light and the dark, just like Kylo Ren. This is even more evident (‘evident’ in the sense of prediction) in the very last exchange in the trailer, as Rey says after a (supposed) battle, to Kylo Ren, “I need someone to show me my place in all this”, and Ren extends his hand.


Now, really, this is what I want this film to be. Both Kylo Ren and Rey have these strings being pulled by mentors and superiors, and while they may each be on one side, they are both conflicted and, in a way, they are both victims. This story looks like it’s going to be as personal as it gets, and quite simply, that makes my excitement for this movie multiply by twelve parsecs (I’m sorry).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi really can’t come soon enough. The trailer is tonally gripping and visually magnificent, and it is, living up to my prediction yesterday, the best trailer of the year.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch The Force Awakens again.

The Justice League ‘Heroes’ Trailer is the Best Trailer of the Year (So Far)

If, at any instance of time, you see a trailer which uses a David Bowie song, there is no doubt that it is going to be a magnificent trailer.

In the mixed bag of Justice League trailers that we’ve had over all this time, none are as perfect as this one. It’s short, it’s rather random and has less to offer than the previous trailers, but that doesn’t stop it from being the best one.

The trailer opens with a dream that is beautifully reflective of the first time Lois Lane and Clark Kent converse in Man of Steel, except with their roles reversed. As Superman looks out over the horizon, Lois Lane stands behind him and he says “I take that as a yes”, relating to the ring he planned to propose to her with while he was alive at the end of Batman v Superman.

Lois wakes up in the cold, Superman-free, ‘hopeless’ world, and the tone is brilliantly established. This is especially where this trailer prevails. From this point forward, the theme of the trailer is ‘hope’, and that’s exactly what it needed to be. Set to the masterful ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, this is essentially a series of shots of members of the Justice League working together and trying to keep their spirits up in an increasingly difficult situation.

Really, that image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman smiling sums it all up. This is about hope, and this trailer’s depiction of that is wonderful. As much as Batman v Superman was about Superman’s role on Earth, this is Earth without him, and an Earth that needs these heroes more than ever.

Also, Ezra Miller’s Flash is simply sublime.

The Justice League ‘Heroes’ trailer is as poetic as it is awesome. That phrase is exactly what I hope the Justice League movie will be like.

I say best trailer of the year so far because The Last Jedi trailer is releasing tomorrow. Seeing as it’s been my most anticipated film of the year, there perhaps will be some prejudice in judging the trailer. That’s for tomorrow, though. Today belongs to DC.

A Look at 3 Comic Con Trailers: Stranger Things, Justice League, Thor: Rangarok

I am writing this article before any other trailer has been released, so should an Infinity War trailer actually be made public soon, I’m just being stupid here. That will get its own post though, should it be released. Also, I cannot have the trailers here, so if you want to watch them, find them on YouTube.

Stranger Things season 2

The greatest thing I can say about this trailer is that it convinced me that a second season for this show is a good idea. I loved Stranger Things but I felt like it could have been a one-season show, but if this trailer is any indication, the awesomeness is not over. And Eleven is alive. Obviously.

It’s clear that the second season of this show will not be as restricted as the first to only a certain set of characters. Logically, more people are going to be affected by everything that is going on, and it’s going to be interesting to see how that’s handled.

Regardless, come October, Netflix might crash from all the simultaneous streams.

Justice League


I am already on Death Row with this film, and I fear I’m going to receive a lot of backlash for saying anything else about it. I’ll just go ahead anyway.

I am not excited for Justice League, and if me from three years ago read this, I would lose faith in myself (that makes sense, right?). The thing is, we live in a post-Avengers world. Hell, we live in a post-Ant-Man world. We’re at a point now when competition in the comic book movie genre is at its peak. Excuse my business mindset here, but in order to get ahead, you need to be able to make films that stand out.

Marvel have been very smart with their films, because all of them, in one way or the other, stand out. This year alone, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been its own distinct space opera, Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a John-Hughes-style high school film, and Thor: Ragnarok looks like it’s going to be a road trip film of sorts (more on that in a bit). Fox’s Logan was a film far too mature to be a comic book movie. Even Wonder Woman, which I loved, was a powerful war film. All of these films are great because they are fresh in their own nature.

The problem with the Justice League film is that it just looks so bland, and the trailers are no different. It just looks like another heroes-come-together-to-stop-an-alien-threat film, and honestly that is all that it is. Is this film too early? Yes. It is. Three of the five (excluding Superman) members of the Justice League are making their first appearance in the DC cinematic universe, and them jumping right into something of this scale is crazy. My biggest fear is that it’s just going to be long, drawn-out action sequences with nothing much in between.

I hate to make the Avengers parallel, but I have to. There are basically two action set pieces in The Avengers, and a lot of the movie is devoted to actually making the team a team. I am not sure if the Justice League movie will be able to do that.

Furthermore, the tone is just all over the place. I’ve disliked both trailers for this film because I think the choice of the soundtrack has been laughable. Whoever thought rock music would be a better choice than an orchestra score, at least for the trailers, really set the wrong mood. I might be nitpicking here, but one of the DC Universe’s biggest problems has been its tone, which, despite what anyone will tell you, has been a complete mess. Choosing to go all out and have the tone of Independence Day for this movie is very strange.

Maybe my idea of a Justice League movie is different to most. I respect everyone’s opinions but I’m just not sold on this movie. The fact that it is sandwiched between Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi really isn’t helping it much. Disney is evil. But, for the sake of the comic book film, I really, really hope my thoughts about Justice League change dramatically when I watch the film.

I will end this section with things I liked. The idea that everyone is throwing around quips I do not like. It is unfitting and, quite frankly, very Marvel-esque. However, the one character that does seem to have this as a benefit is Ezra Miller’s Flash. He just looks great.

I liked the Steppenwolf reveal on Themyscira. That was a nice touch.

Also, the end of the trailer can either be Superman or Green Lantern. Personally, I think it’s the former, but speculate as you will.

Thor: Ragnarok


I just realised how long the last section was. Wow.

Anyway, the last trailer I want to talk about is Thor: Ragnarok. Right off the bat, I’ll address my one concern, and it’s that there will be a lot of exposition in the film, of which I’m not a fan.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how incredible this trailer is.

The things seen are brilliant. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is always beyond perfect. The Hulk and Thor relationship seems to be one that is going to be fun. Also, The Hulk can talk in Hulk form, albeit with a little broken grammar. Cate Blanchett’s Hela looks like she’s going to be a true menace on screen (making this the only year ever in which all of the villains in Marvel films are excellent. One can only hope). My knowledge of Norse mythology made me immediately recognise Fenris Wolf, who I somehow did not know was associated with Marvel Norse mythology, but that was nice to see. Loki is clearly on Thor’s side, but what is most interesting to me is that in the Infinity War footage shown at D23, I read that Loki is shown handing the Tesseract over to Thanos. Loki lives up to his trickster moniker. Loki is just amazing in the MCU.

The last shot showed the Hulk flying right into Surtur, and my first thought was ‘Dormammu’. I just hope Surtur is better.

Evidently, this film is not holding back on ‘Ragnarok’. There appear to be many, many elements but that is the point. It is the end of the nine realms as we supposedly know it.

As I’ve mentioned before when talking about this film, despite all the characters and actors in the film, Taika Waititi being in the director’s chair is what excites me the most. Just watch Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

I’m going to stop here because this has been long. Despite what I may have said about the Justice League, I still cannot wait to watch all of these. What are trailers for?


The Defenders Trailer Gets Your Excitement on Steroids

Marvel have been killing it on Netflix. Say what you want about Iron Fist, the only reason it was so criticised is because the bar for it was set so high for it by Jessica Jones and Daredevil. If those hadn’t come before it, everyone would have loved Iron Fist. Luke Cage is… Passable.

Naturally, when the time comes for all four heroes to finally come together for a series, the excitement is uncontrollable, and you think you can’t get any more excited. That is, until Netflix decides to give us a trailer.

We had a teaser before, but it wasn’t much. This is a complete trailer. And if there’s one thing the trailer tries to make sure you understand, it’s that everything that has happened so far matters, and it does so by using most of its time to show as many characters as it can. Hoping I haven’t missed anyone, the list includes the four main characters, Stick, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, Claire Temple, Elektra (who definitely has a big role), Sigourney Weaver’s character, Madam Gao, Colleen Wing and Patsy Walker. No Punisher though.

Clearly, elements from every preceding show exist in this one. Furthermore, the interactions between the four heroes is highlighted, and it’s exactly how it should be.

I’m glad this trailer arrived when there is just under a month left until release, because I might have died in anticipation if there was any more.

Lastly, the only reason I selected that image to be the feature is that I love it. See if you can spot why.


The Last Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer is Exactly What It Should Be

I don’t usually have my featured images be vertical posters, but I had to make an exception with this one because a) That’s the only new picture I could find for this movie, and b) That new poster is just awesome.

What is (hopefully) the final trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has arrived, and it is awesome.

In contrast to my earlier very long review for The Flash season 3 today, this will be a short review. Also juxtaposing that, this will be pretty positive.

This is a very well made trailer, for one particular reason: its music. It begins pretty upbeat, very in line with the tone of this movie, and then when Michael Keaton’s Vulture comes on screen, it turns on its head and becomes quite ominous. This is actually a really nice touch, even though it’s a pretty big cliche in the world of movie trailers. With this particular movie, however, I hope it’s an indication of how both characters will be. It also sets up The Vulture to be one of the more memorable Marvel villains, which would be a good streak following the greatness that was Ego the Living Planet. That is a weird sentence.

In terms of what’s actually in the trailer, I don’t have much to say because most of it has been seen before. I did particularly like the shot of the Vulture taking Spider-Man up into the sky with him.

Overall, this is a trailer that gets you excited for the movie just by showing you things you’ve seen before, to different music and edited slightly differently, and strangely, that’s not a bad thing. This is actually a great trailer, and July can’t come soon enough!

You can watch the trailer here:

Stray observation: Much like Batman v Superman, this movie has a good first trailer, a second trailer that gives too much away, and a groovy, brilliant third trailer. I really do hope the similarities end there, though.

The Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Has (Norse) Godly Amounts of Awesome

The internet was buzzing last week when James Gunn stated that the Thor: Ragnarok teaser is the best Marvel ever put together (and if James Gunn says something, you better believe it), and rumours began spreading like wildfire of the teaser being released soon. This teaser was so anticipated, in fact, that Screen Junkies News even made a video discussing the fact this is the regular time before a Marvel movie that a teaser is released. There was a lot of anticipation for this.

Having said that, it has been received in a mixed manner, which is not surprising for the internet. However, I would like to consider my agreement with James Gunn entirely justified. The complaints are majorly the fact that the teaser has a rather light tone, and that apparently the whole film has been given away.

Taika Waititi is directing this movie, and if anybody knows anything about his films, they’d know that he specialises in comedy (and, in the rarest of occurrences these days, does spectacular comedy), and that he never said this film would be otherwise. The funniest thing about this complaint of the teaser being too funny is that there is barely anything to laugh about in it. Let’s break it down.

We see Thor lose his most prized possession. Really funny. We see Asgard get annihilated. Hilarious! Thor gets kidnapped. That’s a great laugh.
The only moment that offers a laugh is one which does it great, and it comes right at the end with the Hulk reveal.

Now, having said what is in the teaser, it should be known that everything that is seen is all from the first to middle-second act. Mjolnir being destroyed has been known for a while, Asgard’s fall is one of the basic constituents of Ragnarok in Norse mythology (and, subsequently, Marvel’s Norse mythology), and the Hulk reveal? Has anybody who criticised that not known anything about this movie?

The final criticism I will address before going on to vomit out praise regards the music. There is no argument here. It is amazing.

In fact, I’ll start with the music. It gives you goosebumps. Granted, the ‘high pitched screech’ is nothing new, but it is entirely appropriate for a movie like this, as is the fast paced back track, which ensures a quick-moving thrill ride of a movie to come. That’s actually something Marvel deserve applause for, in all of their teaser trailers. Their movie scores may not be anything special – except perhaps The Avengers’ one – but their trailer tracks are brilliant.

Now, I can only assume the opening setting is Muspelheim, meaning Surtur is likely involved in that scene, or more appropriately it could be Helheim, seeing as Cate Blanchett’s Hela is seen prominently early on. Speaking of, she is just magnificent, and in her few seconds on screen, appears set to be one of Marvel’s best villains to date. Valkyrie is seen, and her role in the film becomes clearer. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster is also seen, as is Tom Hiddlestone’s (perfect) Loki. My fears of overcrowding in this film have vanished, seeing just how balanced all the characters are in this teaser. Even more so, the fact that the movie will get going right from the start makes it all the more exciting.

Now, the final Hulk reveal was inevitable, but I was not expecting it to be as it was. That’s the brilliance of Waititi’s comedy: it hits you when you least expect it, and it lands, without ruining important moments (looking at you, Doctor Strange). Thor initially seems shocked, then scared, about The Hulk’s appearance as his opponent in The Grandmaster’s arena, but then he laughs and almost celebrates the prospect of facing a friend – who will supposedly not hurt him – and finding Bruce Banner after he goes missing. Of course, that doesn’t exactly pay off, and the final, mouth-watering shot is the two of them colliding.

Just exquisite.

My excitement for this film sky-rocketed after watching this trailer. My biggest concern for it is the release date, which puts it very close to the Justice League and may hurt the film’s commercial success, but I hope people don’t refuse to watch it in order to watch the Justice League. Do yourself a favour. Watch both.

After a run of mostly mediocre trailers as of late, this teaser really stands out. Well done, everyone who put it together. James Gunn was right.

As I can’t place the trailer here, I’m presenting you with the link to it, over here.


The Second Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer is Great Despite Swinging a Little Too Far


These trailers just don’t stop, do they?

On Sunday, rumours surfaced of a new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, and yesterday those rumours were made fact. Today, Marvel’s second film of the year got its second trailer, and it is rather polarising.

I am a huge Spider-Man fan and have been since I was four. Naturally, I’m excited for this movie, and considering the fact that Marvel Studios is producing it, I would have loved anything this trailer had to offer. And, I do. Everything this trailer shows us is fantastic. But the key word here is everything. Everything.

A condition trailers today often suffer from is that they reveal far too many details about the movie. Interestingly, my last trailer review criticised the Justice League trailer for doing the opposite, but that was because it felt like the trailer was obsolete in its existence. My expectations for this trailer were for it to be like the second trailer for Captain America: Civil War. That is, to build off of the first trailer and present similar plot details in a different way.

While it does actually work off the first trailer (which was good but not really that good), it added an overdose of additional details. I am now able to do what a trailer absolutely shouldn’t allow me to do: Sketch out the three acts of this film, in sequence. Read ahead with a mild spoilers caution.

It’s clear now that Peter Parker wants to get into the Avengers team, but Tony Stark thinks otherwise, possibly testing Peter’s ability. Peter tries to prove himself, messes up on that boat, and Tony takes away the suit he made for him. Peter takes his old suit out again and uses it in the final act to take down the Vulture, after which Tony Stark is impressed and gives Peter his suit back.

I don’t view this in the same light as the Doomsday reveal in the Batman v Superman trailer 2, because nothing very major is revealed, but it could have been toned down a notch. Not to say it has anything bad in it, because here’s all the good stuff.

Michael Keaton’s Vulture looks great, as he already did. I like that his character ties in to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be a one-dimensional villain (Hopefully. It’s Michael Keaton. Do him justice!). Peter Parker’s high school life looks like it’s going to be fun, with a lot of emphasis on his relationship with his best friend Ned Leeds, and Liz Allen, Peter’s actual first love interest. Tony Stark seems to have a lot of involvement in this film and I’m okay with that because the trailer hints that he’s woven into the main plot as well. Also, a lot of the action in this film seems to be vehicle-based, from helicopters to a ship to an aircraft, and I’m particularly excited about the last one because even after five films we’re able to see Spider-Man in a completely new setting.

So that’s that. I actually wanted a second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which should really be getting more attention than it is right now, but what we got was pretty great too, even though it went deep into spoiler territory. July can’t come soon enough!

The Justice League Trailer is Just… Bad


I’m going to get a lot of hate for this. Oh well.

Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for the Justice League movie, and it leaves me wondering why.

Last year, the Comic Con ‘First Look’ introduced the characters in this movie. This trailer does nothing more, except add a few frames of destruction.

I’m not saying there should have been spoilers or anything (I’m not a fan of trailers that do that), but I’m not sure what the aim of this trailer was. Some of the action does seem great, but there are so many shots that just look like someone vomited out CGI. We’re three movies in (four if you count Wonder Woman) and you would think DC would learn from their previous mistakes. Zack Snyder can be a visually talented director (as Watchmen would indicate), but when it comes to action in the DC Cinematic Universe, he tends to make his sets and pretty much every frame look overcrowded, unappealing and occasionally hurtful to the eye. I was hoping for something different with this film, but this trailer proves me wrong from start to finish.

On the subject of CGI, Cyborg looks laughably bad in this trailer. I’m certain he’ll be fixed before the final film, but given that this movie releases in November, couldn’t the CGI just be finished before putting a trailer together? That is apparent, the fact that this trailer seems rushed amid all the buzz Marvel has for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and even Thor: Ragnarok. It takes away from what could have been, however, as the trailer does feel like choppy bits of film put together with some music. It starts off cohesively, and then jumps into a mess. Warner Bros. should have taken more time with this and released something that made this movie seem like the one to catch this year, but it failed to hit the mark.

There are a few interesting moments in this, however. We see Mera, Barry Allen meets his father, and JK Simmons’ Jim Gordon gets a moment at the end. The trailer needed more of those. The rest of it just felt like it was trying to sell its action and destruction, which I’m never a big fan of.

Another thing that bothers me is the colour palette that is used across the trailer, and seemingly across the movie. Zack Snyder has always used bland colour schemes – which isn’t especially bad because the bright colours stand out more – but it’s even more dull than usual in this, and that’s a concern for me. I don’t want to be watching a movie in which there’s a boring, monotonous choice of colour throughout. I hope this is corrected before the movie comes out.

DC tends to release great trailers (except the second trailer for Batman v Superman, my boiling hatred for which you can read about here), but this one fell flat. Maybe I’m being too harsh, and I probably am, but DC has been disappointing for three films in a row, so this film needs to be something special and nothing less than that. It’s funny that this is actually a Justice League movie and should be something I’m losing my mind about, but DC and Zack Snyder’s track record leave me skeptical and ultimately critical. I probably stand alone on this opinion about this trailer, and that’s okay, but the hole has been dug so deep for DC that they need something less generic and less sloppy than this to pull themselves out of it.

Note: I usually attach the trailer at the end, but after moving to WordPress, I can’t do that unless I buy a premium plan… So trailer reviews are going to have to be trailer-less for a little while.



Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad new trailers – Trailer(s) Review

I woke up this morning to find one trailer and one clip, and I had to talk about them.

The new Suicide Squad trailer is pretty much the same as the previous one, with a different score. Personally, I prefer Bohemian Rhapsody, but whatever. There’s new footage involving Amanda Waller at the start, and a surprisingly large amount of Batman. I don’t have a problem with that, because I knew he was going to be in the movie (unlike Doomsday). So I applaud the marketing team for not spoiling the whole movie.

The Captain America: Civil War clip really caught my eye. For one thing, it’s not a series of six clips (I realise I’m pointing my finger at DC again. I loved Batman v Superman, I just think the marketing was really dodgy), and for another, it consists of a lot that we’ve already seen in the two trailers. But there’s one thing that I’m very sure many people have not observed.

Chris Evans enters flying in randomly at the start, and then it shows Anthony Mackie, after which Elizabeth Olsen flies in. Now this is what I appreciate. It then showed Wanda elevate Steve into a building. Right there, Captain America’s crazy entrance is explained, and not once (like, the Star Wars prequels) was it directly told to the audience how it happened. That’s a great thing. It’s a really great thing. It’s small. But I value it because it’s creative screenwriting and it’s not just lazily told to the audience.

Captain America: Civil War is weeks away, and if it’s anything like the visuals, action or even dialogue of this one clip, it should be astounding.

The Captain America: Civil War clip isn’t on YouTube, but I’ve attached the Suicide Squad one.