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Actor Who Played Colossus Wants Colossus to Fight Thanos

Stefan Kapicic, the star who plays as Colossus in the Deadpool movies was asked who he wanted to see Colossus fight next after fighting the Juggernaut. He has answered that he would love to see Colossus take on Thanos. This is an interesting statement because X-Men and Avengers are both Marvel characters. However, there are hurdles to seeing this happen. For one thing, Fox has the movie rights to these characters. The only way that this can be a possibility is when the deal is finalized between Fox and Disney. However, this is not expected for a while.

Another thing that is interesting is that there is a link between Deadpool and Avengers. This link is actor Josh Brolin who plays Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool. This link has enabled Deadpool to make the joke calling Cable Thanos. Another interesting thing that Deadpool and Avengers share is that both recent releases have been praised by audiences and critics. While Deadpool is not making nearly as much as Avengers partially because of the rating, they both have high levels of praises. Some of the early reviews have stated that Deadpool 2 was even better than Infinity War.

As of right now, there are talks about a Deadpool 3 and an X-Force movie. Also, depending on how the deal goes with Disney and Fox, the characters might start appearing in the MCU. The only thing is how it would work if this does happen. Disney and Fox would be a big thing for the MCU.

The Truth is (Still) Out There: A Spoiler Free Review of the Return of The X-Files

Cult Classic The X-Files returned to television for it’s eleventh season, on Fox, January third. This season is directly correspondent to 2016’s season ten cliff hanger ending. Recently, many X-philes have been despondent over Gillian Anderson, who plays Agent Scully on the series, announcing that this would more than likely be her last season with the show. This seemed to contradict show runner, and creator, Chris Carter’s hopes that this season would relaunch the series anew for subsequent seasons. Despite the future of the franchise however, the opening episode of season eleven garnered some high viewer numbers, and assured Fox and Ten Thirteen productions that the world was still waiting for the final truth.

My Struggle III, the first episode of season eleven, continues the story weaved throughout season ten’s ‘mythology’ episodes, and picks up with the narrative of Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, and, most prevalent throughout the episode, The Cigarette Smoking Man. My Struggle III takes a deep focus on the character which William B. Davis portrays, and bears heavy resemblance to the seventh episode of season four, Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man, going so far as to reveal information on the character that had yet to be brought to the light in the twenty year old series.

Ultimately though, My Struggle III, plays like an action noir, which isn’t a bad thing in the least, but my be jarring to some long time fans that are expecting the mysterious fog of season four. The dialogue is fast paced, and you can feel the tension winding up after following up last season’s incredible mid-scene cut ending. My Struggle III will ultimately be continued in the season’s final episode, and in the meantime, we’ll get what will undoubtedly be some great episodes from long time X-files writing favorites Glen and Darin Morgan. For an indepth look at this season, and the overall arch of The X-Files, check out Chris Carter’s interview with Collider at http://collider.com/the-x-files-season-11-chris-carter-interview/.

“Creed” Writer Working on “Black Panther” Digital Comic

One of the co-writers of the movie Creed is taking his stab at writing the Black Panther comic, while his former colleague works on the character’s solo film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky movies starring the son of Apollo Creed as he is trained by his father’s old boxing frenemy Rocky Balboa, was co-written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. While the former is now working as the director on the Black Panther movie, his former partner is getting to write two issues of one of the character’s comic books. Covington is not involved in making the film, however.

The comic in question is Black Panther: Long Live the King, which is a digital-only limited series made in conjunction with the website Comixology. It is set in a separate continuity from either the main run of Marvel Comics or the MCU, though it shares many aspects of both universes. Covington will write issues #3 and #4 with Mario DelPennio doing art; the first two issues were done Nnedi Okorafor and Andre Lima Araujo, who will also write the final two issues afterwards.

The Covington/DelPennio arc will reportedly feature Black Panther, real name T’Challa, both as the teenage prince of Wakanda and later as its adult king, when he has taken the Black Panther mantle along with the crown. He will have to deal with a monster tearing through the country and efforts to rebuild the country after some sort of political upheaval.

The first issue of their run on Black Panther: Long Live the King will be available on Comixology on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The Black Panther film is set for release February 16.

Spawn to Finally Get a Reboot

Spawn is one of the comic book franchises that were casualties of an earlier era of Hollywood when it just did not know how to handle adaptations. One of the issues with Hollywood is that it has given the projects to people who were not fans of the comic franchise. As a result of that and other issues, the films have turned out to be an insult to fans of the original source material. Fortunately, there has come to be an era where comic book movies are consistently good. They are also among the most popular franchises as of now.

One of the comic book movies that are being planned is a reboot to Spawn. Todd McFarlane is going to go in a different direction for this film. He is going to treat Spawn as not only a bit player, but also the antagonist even though he is a protagonist in the comic book. The 1997 film also depicted Spawn as the protagonist. However, the characters were handled in a way that did not give justice to the source material. The Spawn comic books were gruesome and gory. One of the biggest mistakes in the film was that it was shot for a PG-13 rating.

There was also an animated HBO series that was more true to the gruesome nature of the comics. There were a ton of scenes that were very disturbing to watch in the animated version. The story also featured quite a few characters that were left out of the live action movie version. Given that the reboot is going to focus more on the humans trying to catch the resurrected character, it is very likely that more of the human characters are going to be featured such as the two detectives that have been trying to catch the character.

Pushing Unnecessary Romances in Star Wars

There have been a lot of talk about the direction of the story in the Star Wars Saga. One of the topics being discussed currently is a possible relationship between Poe and Rey. This can be even more unexpected than a relationship between Finn and Rey. One thing that can get in the way of a romance is the possibility that it is shoehorned into a film. Daisy Ridley has stated that she is not very thrilled about the idea of any type of romance for Rey in Star Wars IX, which is going to be the closing film of the trilogy. Fans are already disappointed with the trilogy so far.

The first film in the sequel trilogy was seen as more of a remake of A New Hope. The Last Jedi was filled with so many twists and turns that it seemed like the theater was playing five different movies. To make things even more disappointing, behind all of the twists and turns was just a remake of The Empire Strikes Back with a little bit of Return of the Jedi being thrown. However, the director of The Last Jedi is considering coming back for a new trilogy in the Star Wars franchise.

There are plenty of possibilities in the Star Wars franchise when it comes to romance. Finn is likely to have someone that he is in a relationship with, and it is not likely to be Poe.

As of what is coming up next, it is likely that the next Star Wars is going to be directed by JJ Abrams who has directed The Force Awakens. There is no telling where they are going to go with the IX one. There have been plenty of twists in the story that has resulted in many disappointments when it comes to characters.

Fox Signs on for The Orville Season 2!

Seth MacFarlane led The Orville made an interstellar splash when it hit Fox channels this past fall. Quickly developing its fan base with intricately crafted science fiction storytelling, leaning on the explorative spirit of Star Trek and Lost in Space, as well as MacFarlane’s trademark sense of humor and narrative, The Orville became heralded by critics throughout its first season. As recently announced by Fox, The Orville has been signed for a second season, allowing MacFarlane and company to continue to boldly go where few comedy programs have before, straight to the hearts of the most diligent science fiction fans, while at once being enjoyed by audiences at large.

The Orville tells the story of Captain Ed Mercer, leader of The Orville, and ex-wife and commander of The Orville, Kelly Grayson, along with stories of the crew of the ship, and the discoveries made in deep space. The Orville makes perfect use of decade’s worth of science fiction influences and manages to subvert them for surprising encounters in what may feel like familiar space for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica fans. The Orville has stood out as a surprising television series for MacFarlane who is known for his animated series’ focusing on comedy focus, whereas The Orville is particularly serious in tone while playfully adopting humor elements throughout.

With a second season of the series it is likely we will see MacFarlane delve deeper into world building and providing his characters with a more intricate backgrounds, while at once allowing the twisting and turning sci-fi nature of the series to show through more broadly. Without a doubt The Orville has become a surprise hit for a variety of different T.V. fans, and will bring us another season of sci-fi hi-jinks on the bridge of the federation ship in 2018. To find out more about The Orville, and the upcoming season 2, visit https://www.fox.com/the-orville.

Can Quentin Tarantino Make Star Trek Cool?

When people think about Star Trek, they think about space exploration and even a few battles. When people think about Quentin Tarantino, they think about witty dialogue, foul language and graphic violence. So what exactly do they have to do with one another? One thing that very few people would expect is Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek film. Well, there is news. Quentin Tarantino is in talks for directing the next Star Trek film. Another bit of news that can really blow minds is that it is going to be R rated if Quentin Tarantino directs it.

There may be a bit of disbelief about this development. However, it seems as if Paramount and J.J. Abrams is on board for this. Therefore, it is likely to happen after Quentin Tarantino releases his 9th film which is going to deal with the Manson Murders. Now, an R rated Star Trek may not be as far fetched as one might think. The Star Trek films are filled with some rather intense moments. Star Trek VI in particular needed some edits in effects in order to avoid the R rating. The only thing is the question as to whether Quentin Tarantino’s style is a good fit for Star Trek.

Another thing that seems to to be revealed is that this upcoming film might not center around the rebooted TOS crew, but may instead focus on the next generation crew. The only thing is what direction Quentin Tarantino is going to take. One question that remains is whether he is going to adapt an episode into a film. There are ideas of sending the Star Trek crew to the past which has been done at least twice in a film. Quentin Tarantino could also keep the action in the 24 century and add blood spurts to phaser blasts along with some profanity.

This Film Has Been Rated R

There was a time not too long ago when hearing this was rare. For about a decade, it seemed that every big action movie that has come out has been given the PG-13 rating. The disturbing thing at the time was that a lot of the PG-13 films have come from R rated properties. While these are not first time occurrences (Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a PG-13 film in an R rated franchise that came out in 1985), it did bring about some glaring issues. For one thing, there are obvious bits where the violence has been watered down. Also, a lot of the action scenes have been filmed with quick cuts and rapid movements which make it hard for the audience to make out what is happening on the screen.

The worst thing about PG-13 films is that they came at a time when Hollywood was starting to become gimmicky. When a film happened to be successful, Hollywood wanted to copy that film over and over. For instance, the Batman Reboot films have led to other properties being rebooted. While the first couple of reboots like Batman Begins and Casino Royale were good, there were tons of reboots that were disasters.

These past 10 or so years was like the Hayes Code era of films. Now, Hollywood has calmed down because it has realized that it is more important to tell a good compelling story than to cater to a rating. Even Disney can be trusted to leave the Deadpool franchise alone as the R rated portion of the X-Men franchise. The only issue is that it might be going to the other extreme where everything has to be rated R. For instance, studios seem to be on board for an R rated Quentin Tarantino directed Star Trek film. Since the success of Deadpool, John Wick, and Logan, Hollywood has seen that there is a market for R rated films that is perhaps as big as the PG-13 market.

Concerns over Disney Owning Fox

As excited as people seem to be at the idea of Disney owning Fox, there have been some concerns voiced over what that could mean for some of the property of Fox. Among the concerns for the acquisition is what could happen to property such as Deadpool. Given that Deadpool is one of the most successful R rated movies in the recent era, and Disney is the one company that is known for keeping things on a kid-friendly level, there is naturally going to be some concern that Deadpool is going to be one of the characters that are toned down.

Fans may not have to worry. For one thing, Deadpool and X-Men may be kept apart for a little bit. Another thing that is to be considered is that Disney has other studios that actually release more adult films. One of the studios is Touchstone Pictures. This studio is known for releasing R rated films. There is also Hollywood pictures which is known for projects such as 1995’s Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. Disney is also allowing Marvel to do its own thing for the most part when it comes to the content in the films. Even some of Quentin Tarantino’s films have been released through a Disney studio.

Even the Star Wars films are somewhat darker and more violent under the direction of Disney than the prequels, which were a little more Disney-esque than a lot of the films released under the company. Rogue One was rewritten and reshot for a darker ending. The Force Awakens is a little gorier than any other Star Wars movie before it other than Revenge of the Sith. Therefore, there are a ton of reasons that Deadpool might be okay. Other properties might get going in a smoother fashion such as more Alien and Predator movies.

Guillermo del Toro’s Plan for Pacific Rim 2

The film “Pacific Rim” was a monster movie when it was released in 2013, all courtesy of director Guillermo del Toro.

While the movie didn’t break box office records upon its release, it was well received by critics and fans, so naturally the idea of a sequel was in the clouds, mainly because of its international haul. Originally, del Toro planned to directing the sequel and a spin-off for television, but sadly had to drop from the project in early 2016. With him gone, Steven S. DeKnight filled in as the director.

DeKnight has had success behind directing “Spartacus” and Marvel’s “Daredevil,” and with the aide of three different writers, came up with a story that was quite different from what del Toro originally had in mind.

Despite the change in the movie’s story, audiences can still find out about what the original ideas that del Toro had were. When being interviewed about his upcoming film “The Shape of Water,” he mentioned that he had filmed some scenes in Shanghai and used the river there to combine it and make it into a back drop. He added that he also traveled to the desert to shoot some scenes for a background. San Francisco was the last place he used to shoot scenes, mainly because he saw so many previous disaster movies end up there.

To conclude, del Toro’s vision for Pacific Rim 2 would’ve been much more different than the final product set to be released in March of 2018, but even with this knowledge the sequel does open up the world to all kinds of new stories that can be explored.