Chadwick Boseman

Marvel with the Phase 3 Knockout Punch

So back in 2008 Marvel and DC really started swinging. DC took a few jabs and hooks in the early rounds, with the Dark Knight trilogy, but nothing devastating. Marvel really started to wear them down with the beginning of Phase II. Yea DC got a knock down with Man of Steel, but Marvel was up by 4 count. It was late in the fight when Marvel hit DC hard with uppercut called Guardians of The Galaxy. They seemed content to with the points in the bag and they’d just wait out the fight, win by decision. DC started swinging for the fences, boom, Justice League and an entire slate of films. DC was going for the knock out. Until to day, when we all realized Marvel was just rocking the rope-a-dope, and kaboom. Knockout punch. Marvel is the reigning champ.

So when DC released their slate of films in their shareholders meeting it was pretty cool. Named off their upcoming properties, got everyone excited, but in true Marvel fashion they upped the game at completely out of nowhere press event. Disney sent out invitations on Monday inviting media outlets and film pundits to come to a special Marvel Event at the El Capitan Theater. They spent the day dropping their Phase III plans that will cumulate in a 2 part Avengers Infinity War film extravaganza.

The upcoming Phase III reads like this:

  • Captain America 3: Civil War on May 6 2016
  • Doctor Strange on November 4 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017
  • Thor 3: Ragnarok on July 28 2017
  • Black Panther(Starring Chadwick Bosewick) on November 3 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War part 1 in May 2018
  • Captain Marvel on July 6 2018
  • Inhumans on November 2 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 on May 3 2019

So that’s what we have to look forward too. Before we get into what this all means let’s first look at what is missing. Iron Man 4. Not that it is needed. But it’s odd that it’s not there. And I do not know what the new picture deal is the Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel have come too, but I’d assume it includes both Avengers, Captain America, and either Black Panther, or Guardians 2. I think Black Panther makes more sense, but I’d love to see him Guardians.

Also missing is your solo Hulk film. No personally I don’t think we need a solo Hulk film. Yes the Ed Norton film The Incredible Hulk was good, but not as good as Hulk was in Avengers. However when asked about another solo film for the big ball of rage, Kevin Fiege replied:

“I wouldn’t say Hulk is absent from the timeline. I’d say Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies, particularly all the Avengers movies leading up to the Infinity War. Mark Ruffalo is on board for all those films and we’re excited for all those films. What happens with a standalone Hulk film? I’m going to say what I would have said about Black Panther last week or Captain Marvel before that, or Guardians of the Galaxy two years ago or Ant-Man ten years ago: We’ll see. We’d love to do it, we’d love to find a place to put it, but right now Hulk will be appearing with his friends in the other films.

So looks like we won’t be getting the big guy by himself, but that’s not to say we won’t be getting him. Where he will show up is anybody’s guess.

Well that leaves us with an exciting couple of years ahead of us. With as much as they gave us, they Marvel has also created more questions. Like when we will see Hulk. As well we will be looking for casting, who is Captain Marvel? Katee Sackoff? Is Benedict Cumberbatch Dr. Strange? Who will the Inhumans line up, will Black Bolt be a part of it? Is Vin Diesel going to be Black Bolt? Where will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. play in all of this? How about the Netflix characters? Will they be a part of this? Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist? So many questions, so much to come!

Let’s look at Civil War first. The rumor says that after the events of Age of Ultron the government will be coming down on our heroes. And rightfully so. Looks like Iron Man has created the world’s biggest threat, based on something Ant Man began! So who should the Heroes of the world answer too? Welt he government obviously. And I would assume Stark is going to agree do to the creation of Ultron. You know who won’t agree? The worlds number 1 Boy Scout Captain America. This will further the rift between the leading heads of the Avengers and set them on a path that ends shield to flight stabilizer. With Black Panther caught right in the middle. But that’s not all. I predict, rightfully so, that Black Widow, Falcon, and Hawkeye will play crucial parts. But that’s not all. I bet War Machine/Iron Patriot makes his presence felt, as well as, wait for it, The Winter Soldier. That’s right. I’m where else does he fit in? He has to be involved in some potential.

Rumor for Strange says that Benedict Cumberbatch is close to signing. Well so was Phoenix. So I won’t put all my eggs in that basket just yet. I’m ok with the casting, but just okay. Seems like Cumberbatch is up for any and every role, and while I like him, and he’s obvious, I’d love something out of left field. Someone no one is expecting. The introduction of Strange will be significant. Especially if we want an eventual Planet Hulk. Maybe a phase 4 set on World War Hulk?

Black Panther is the one we as fans have been clambering for the most. And finally we will be getting it! And with Chadwick Bozeman no less! I think this is inspiring casting! I loved him in 42, I loved him Glory Road, he played Boobie Miles! And he was The Funk! He is one of the best! His inclusion in this universe really adds another level of talent! Looks like we will be getting hiom first in Civil War, probably without much character development, and we will probably get the real look at him when Black Panther hits us! The concept art is bad ass! BlackPanther If that doesn’t scream awesome, I don’t know what does!

Not much else is known about the other projects. Guardians 2 will look to recapture the magic, while Thor 3 will set us on the path to the Infinity War. Infinity War will be really interesting. Especially with the comments on how the Avenger line up will be forever changed after Age of Ultron. I expect the original line up, and the Guardians not to really make their presence felt until Part 2 in 2019.

However, all though Marvel has knocked out DC with this one, you best believe, DC is prepping for the rematch. We are looking at 30ish superhero films and shows in the next 6 years. The fight will continue, and no matter what happens, I think it is us fans who are the true winners.

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Get On Up

One of the most influential musicians of all time, master of the Funk, James Brown! This has been one I have been looking forward to for quite some time, because I love the music. There is not a bit of music today that doesn’t take influence from the great James Brown. And his story is one I looked forward to hearing about and see unfold in theaters. The film follows the life of James Brown from his childhood to his final tour. His ups, his downs, the fame, the hardships.

Get on Up has an ensemble cast that includes, Chadwick Boseman in the lead as James Brown, Nelsen Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Keith Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Brandon Mychal Smith. Written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, Produced by Mick Jagger, and directed by Tate Taylor.

James Brown, on the most iconic entertainers of all time, has a very intense story. And it is very entertaining to watch it unfold. You see him grow up and become this larger than life character. Maybe to the point that he believes his own hype too much. It is interesting to see everything fall apart around him, yet watch James Brown stand up to it all.

The music is incredible, and they don’t skimp on the hits. You see him perform and play nearly everything you want. I was looking forward to Living in America, which is not in the film. I had hopped some kind of Rocky IV or even Blues Brothers reference. But that’s just me. You see his band come and go. You see him hurt and hide these feelings of being alone. Yet always come thru, because of a love of the music.

Get on up is filmed a little weird for my take. There is a lot of jumping around from time to time rather than the normal lineal story telling. I understand what they were going for, but it didn’t really work for me. It happens more in the beginning, so it wasn’t enough to really bother me. One thing that really did take me out of the film, was randomly, towards the end James Brown begins to break the 4th wall and talk to us the audience, narrating. It really felt out of place, but thankfully it is only for 1 or 2 scenes. Which again, is a little off.

The cast is phenomenal. Everyone fits the bill and plays their parts incredibly. Especially Chadwick Boseman. Boseman becomes this legend. No one can every mimic or replace the amazing voice of James Brown, but Boseman does great job. You almost feel like James Brown is back with us and you are watching him on screen! If the Oscars were being held today, this guy would be a serious contender!

I really enjoyed Get on Up and I think you will too. That’s why I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 4.3, a Good time at the theater.

Draft Day

One of the most epic days in the NFL season, Draft Day! All the trades, all the excitement, all the anarchy! Players drop, players rise, paychecks, losses, diamonds in the rough! Sound exciting? Well it is, and I’m not just talking about May 8 2014, oddly enough, I’m talking about the brand new Kevin Costner film! Directed Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Chadwick Boseman, Terry Crews, Josh Pence, Diddy, and Arian Foster making his film debut!

Draft day follows the events in the biggest day of Cleveland Browns GM Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) career, as he desperately tries to build a team that he can call his own. Stressed out with life issues, and a trade early on that he regrets all day, trying to rationalize his decisions and save his own future with the Browns. Looking at the number 1 pick and the Heisman trophy winning QB (Pence), while he has own QB (Welling), and an option of picks down the line that include a linebacker a reputation(Boseman), and a running back with a Browns legacy(Foster). At the same time he’s dealing with a girlfriend (Garner) and slightly off Mother.

Draft day is very fun film. Kevin Costner is on a roll back to top. From Man of Steel, to 3 Days to Kill, to Draft Day. Ivan Reitman truly hits this one out of the park. His mix of comedy, drama, and the hint of romance is just what you want in a family fun film like this one. And if you were afraid that you had to be a football fan to like it, don’t be. Yes we fans of the greatest sport on earth enjoy the film, but it’s not just the sports aspect that will keep us entertained either. The film has some rather odd cuts and cinematography. It reminded me a lot of Ang Lee’s Hulk, when it would have 3 or for different shots in one scene. The scenes shift almost like sliding glass doors.

There are few negatives. The side story of the romance, and some of the family issues didn’t necessarily need to be in the film. And can kind of drag at times. They give Costner a good amount of back story and character development, but I think the film would be just as entertaining if the film stuck with nothing but the inner workings of the NFL GMs on Draft Day. A lot of the roles are not very full, they are almost reduced to cameos. I would have liked to see more of Foster, and even a little more from Diddy.

The cast is phenomenal. I already talked about Costner, but Jennifer Garner owns her role as a woman in “man’s world” and as people try to put her down she stands her ground, and Garner gives character to the, well character. To me, the big surprise was Tom Welling I’m a huge fan of Welling, from his role as Superman, er Clark Kent. Oddly enough, he’s one of 3 actors with links to Superman, Langella played Perry White in Superman Returns, and of course Costner as Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel. Boseman brings a great amount of heart to his role. It is great to see Crews in a role a little more dramatic, with an emphasis on a little. It’s rare, but sometimes he truly can show you more. Even Foster does a great job in his acting debut! Denis wary was perfectly cast as the coach, who left Dallas after they fell to the bottom. I was not happy with that storyline.

In the long run, Draft Day is a film you will enjoy. For guys on a date night, it’s definitely a good pay back for when your girlfriend made you see Sex in the City. It’s a good date night film, which you will truly enjoy. I gave Draft Day Jeebus Score of 4.2, Draft Day, A Good Time at the Theater.