VENOM Trailer Reaction

Here it is ladies and gentlemen; the first look at the infamous Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy:

So this trailer doesn’t actually reveal much; just establishes some foundation for Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock, who is clearly having a rough time. The trailer does establish a nice suspense, almost horror vibe. I would have liked to have seen just a quick look of him as Venom, but the trailer at least shows enough to make you want more…which isn’t that the goal?

Hardy is a fantastic actor and also a master of voices, but I can’t decide if I like what he’s doing here yet or not. He sounded better as the trailer progressed, but those first couple lines just sounded a little weird for me.

There are some interesting shots throughout the trailer though. The beginning starts with what seems like a very serene mountain location and ends up being just the opposite: Hardy in some type of facility, having tests run. The camera trick is a nice touch, and is an ironic play on what’s most likely about to happen to him.

Also worth noting is that most of the shots of Hardy are looking at his back, as he walks around like a brawler who’s expecting to have to fight at any moment. These are some silent cues as to how Hardy will play the character.

Their are a lot of doubts floating around right now about this Sony made Marvel movie, and while it’s still too early to tell if the movie will be any good, I think this trailer is at least a small step in the right direction.

Who is Venom?

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A very quick rundown for those not familiar: Venom is essentially the name given to the result of an alien creature called a Symbiote, bonding with a human host for survival. The Symbiote looks like squirming black goo, and once it overtakes its host’s body, the two become one symbiotic creature, known as Venom.

Venom enhances the abilities of whatever host it’s joined with. Due to its first host being Spider-Man, any future versions of Venom take on all of Peter Parker’s abilities. Eddie Brock is the most well known host the Symbiote has joined with, however there have been several others. Primarily a villain in the Marvel world, there have been quite a few instances of him taking on more of an anti-hero role (which is closer to what we’ll see with Tom Hardy here).

An even darker and more powerful Symbiote creature named Carnage is rumored to be the main villain of the of the movie. This Symbiote bonds with a lunatic in the comics named Cletus Kasaday (originally modeled after DC’s Joker, if that tells you anything about his personality) While Venom represents the dark side of Brock, Carnage takes things to another level: a truly psychotic and blood thirsty creature with absolutely no morals.

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So What’s the Story Going to Be?

Promised to be “as true the the comics as possible,” the story will be based on 2 different Venom story arcs:

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Planet of the Symbiotes

Both titles see Venom actually team up with Spider-Man to take on other Symbiotes. This all has posed a very important question fans want answered: will we see Spider-Man in Venom? After all, it seems almost wrong to have a movie devoted to one of Spidey’s greatest “frenemies” without the web-slinger himself. There’s been a lot of back and forth on that subject. First, there was an emphatic no; this Venom exsists in a separate universe from that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, now it’s being at least rumored that Tom Holland could be in the film in some form. Either way, if he is in the film, it will most likely be a minor role.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited or will not even the great Tom Hardy with the clever promotional hashtag #wearevenom keep the movie from flopping? Time will tell for sure.

Venom is set to release October 5

Super Bowl LII Trailer Roundup

The Super Bowl was a great game to watch this year, but lets talk about the more important topic: all the movie and tv trailers shown during the commercials.

One of the biggest surprises was the first teaser for the upcoming Han Solo movie. While I never shy away from another Star Wars and most of the trailer looked solid, I’m still not sure how I feel about Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han.

I’m also pretty sure Dwayne Johnson says yes to every movie he’s offered.

And no matter how tough or ripped John Krasinski gets, he will always be Jim from The Office to me.

Take a look below. Which are you most excited for? Be sure to let me know!

Movie Trailers:

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Avengers Infinity War

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

TV Series Trailers:

Jack Ryan series on Amazon Prime

Westworld season 2 on HBO

The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix

Honorable mentions:

These weren’t trailers but were movie related, and I think worth watching.

Jeep Jurassic Park Ad

Dundee: Tourism Australia Ad (genius)

Odell Beckham Jr and Eli Manning

This one is admittedly a stretch but it is a reference to a movie and down right hilarious. This is probably the best commercial of the night.

Road to Avengers: Infinity War #2 The Incredible Hulk

The second movie on the road to Avengers: Infinity War is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. In reality, this movie is not necessary at all as a prerequisite for Infinity War, however I’ll give a very quick overview in this post, which will help to flesh out a few details for Hulk in the MCU.

Check out my first post in this series for Iron-Man.

And be sure to see my recommended viewing guide for the entire MCU.

Bruce Banner / Hulk

  • Bruce is a brilliant scientist who was working towards recreating the “super soldier serum” that gave Steven Rogers aka Captain America his abilities. Banner’s experiments involved using amounts of gamma rays instead of the “vita-rays” used in the original formula.
  • However, when one of the experiments goes wrong, Banner is exposed to dangerously high levels of gamma radiation.
  • Whenever Banner is angered or stressed, he turns into a mindless, green, rage monster that destroys anything in sight.
  • His time is spent either evading government authorities or looking for ways to control the Hulk.
  • Bruce is played by actor Edward Norton for this movie only, and then was recast by Mark Ruffalo for all movies in the MCU since.

General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross

  • Ross is a Lieutenant General for the US Army, who was put in charge of the project Bruce Banner was working on to recreate the “super soldier serum.”
  • He spends the movie trying to correct his “mistake” by taking down the Hulk.
  • Ross most recently makes an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where he is now the Secretary of State.

Betty Ross

  • Betty is a fellow scientist and the daughter of General Ross. She’s also the love interest of Bruce in the movie. However, so far she has not been mentioned again in the MCU.

Emil Blonski/Abomination.

  • Blonksi leads the task force Ross brings in to capture the Hulk.
  • Unable to capture him, Blonski volunteers to inject himself with an imperfect reproduction of the super soldier serum. With increased speed and strength, Blonski goes after the Hulk again, and not only loses again, but has almost all of his bones crushed in the fight. However, his body heals itself with the serum running through his veins.

  • Frustrated and desperate for revenge, Blonski ends up taking another, larger dose of the serum and exposes himself with gamma radiation.
  • The result of mixing the imperfect serum with the gamma rays, turns him into an “abomination.”
  • The Hulk and Abomination fight in Harlem, and the Hulk ends up the victor yet again, knocking Blonski out, and then runing away, not to be seen again until the events of Avengers in 2012.

After Credits Scene

  • After General Ross fails to take down the Hulk, he goes to a bar to drown his sorrows with drinks and cigars.
  • Tony Stark walks in and starts a conversation. “I tried to tell you that super soldier program was put on ice for a reason. I’ve always found that hardware was more reliable.”
  • Ross shoots back with “Stark, you always wear such nice…suits.”
  • After a few more insults, Stark informs Ross that he hears Ross has a “problem” and that SHIELD is “putting together a team.” The scene ends.

After Credits Scene Expanded in The Consultant One Shot

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  • On the surface, The Incredible Hulk scene with Stark and Ross seems to imply that Stark is interested in the Hulk or maybe even Ross himself (in the comics he becomes a red version of the Hulk).
  • However, Marvel started making short films called “Marvel One Shots” and the first one was released in the special features section of the Thor DVD in 2011, titled The Consultant.
  • In it, Agent Coulson and another SHIELD agent named Jasper Sitwell meet in a diner to talk about a problem. Apparently the World Security Council wants Emil Blonski aka the Abomination to join the Avengers Initiative. The council blames the Hulk for the battle in Harlem and sees Blonski as a war hero. They want someone from SHIELD to talk General Ross into releasing Abomination from his prison.
  • Of course, the agents see this as a terrible idea, so they decide to send a patsy that will sabotage the meeting and make Ross refuse to release the monster.

  • They decide that the person most capable of driving anyone to irrational anger is “The Consultant,” Tony Stark (This is a nickname he earns in Iron-Man 2).
  • The scene from the bar is played and then cuts back to the two agents meeting at the same diner, the following day.

  • Coulson tells Sitwell “mission accomplished” as Stark made Ross so mad he tried to have him thrown out of the bar. In response, Stark decides to buy the bar, and then proceeds to schedule the bar for demolition. Blonski will remain locked up.

And there you have it! That’s actually much more than you need to know about this movie to get by with the rest of the MCU. Avengers does make a couple passing references to this movie, but that is about it.

Up next is Iron-Man 2, released in 2010.

First Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Only a matter of days before prime Super Bowl ad time, Marvel said “We don’t care, you’ll see our movie anyway,” and has released the first trailer for their Ant-Man sequel: Ant-Man and The Wasp.

We saw the tease at the end of the first film that Evangeline Lilly would be donning her Wasp costume, and now we finally see her in action. She looks great, and that scene with the knives is fantastic.

The trailer is everything you’d expect: more humor and more creative uses for shrinking and enlarging items….Rick Morranis eat your heart out.

Along with the original members, including the hilarious Michael Peña; Michelle Pfeiffer and Lawerence Fishburne will also be joining the cast. IMDB drops some hint to their roles, but to avoid spoilers, I’ll let you search that out if you so choose.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will release later this summer, July 6th.

Movie News: First Images of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel Surface

We’ve known for awhile that it was in the works, but now some great, high-definition images have surfaced via Page Six of Brie Larson suited up as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female superhero to get her own solo film: Captain Marvel. Take a look:

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While the design of the suit itself closely resembles the current take on the character in the comics, the color scheme is noticeably different. Most are assuming this is not the final version of the suit and is a throw back to the original version of the character who wore green and white:

There’s a video online as well:

Finally, if you’re unfamiliar with Captain Marvel and want a little more background info on who she is in the Marvel universe, check out this great video from The Nerdist:

While these new images are exciting, Captain Marvel is still a ways off. The scheduled release date is March 8th, 2019.

A Solo Black Widow Movie is Finally In The Works

Something long overdue was announced today: work on a solo Black Widow movie is underway and has found its writer.

An article from Variety reports that the project is still in its early stages, however after meeting with several candidates, Marvel’s Kevin Feige decided on the “up and coming” writer Jac Shaeffer to pen the script.

Scarlett Johansson has played the character a total of 6 times since Iron Man 2 in 2010. However, very little of her backstory in the MCU has been explored to date.

No other details have been announced but this is still very exciting news. Maybe we’ll even learn what actually happened in Budapest?!

New Black Panther Trailer

Tickets for Black Panther have now gone on sale, and in an effort to help get the word out, Marvel has released a new trailer.

If you have seen previous trailers, nothing more story wise is given away here. However, there a couple new action scenes that look fantastic, as well as a bit more time given to Michael B. Jordan’s character, Eric Killmonger.

Black Panther releases February 15th and will be the final Marvel movie before Avengers: Infinity War in May.