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Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm

Elzar Mann is a man consumed by a vision he can’t quite comprehend. Pain and suffering, the faces of his dearest friends and people he has yet to meet, swirl around him. But what does it mean?

In’s exclusive excerpt of the prologue from Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm, the forthcoming Star Wars: The High Republic novel by Cavan Scott, Elzar tries to unravel the terrifying images that suggest an end to the Jedi. Read the preview below, and pick up your own copy when The Rising Storm arrives June 29.

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Review: Wonder Woman 1984 Is What A Superman Movie Should Be

In Army of the Dead, Snyder has explained that there are several types of zombies, including the smarter “Alphas.” As the trailer shows, the Alphas are much smarter, faster and more organized than the run-of-the-mill shambling zombie. There also appears to be a hierarchy among them, with two zombies sticking out as the apparent “King” and “Queen.” Though these zombies don’t seem nearly as intelligent as the ones in Marvel Zombies, exhibiting a more primitive type of thinking.

A normal zombie horde is scary enough. They swarm victims and devour them alive. But many zombie films and TV suggest zombie groups can easily be tricked or avoided entirely because they have no real intelligence. Smart zombies, on the other hand, present a serious threat that can plan and prepare for any attacks the humans have in store for them. As per The Walking Dead, traditional zombies shuffle mindlessly in search of food, while smarter ones exist like a pack of hungry wolves in search of prey.  The possibility of Army of Dead‘s Alphas leading an organized attack is a terrifying one, considering Marvel Zombies already showcased how powerful these types of zombies can be.

Directed and co-written by Zack Snyder, Army of the Dead stars Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro, Theo Rossi and Ana de la Reguera. The film arrives on Netflix May 21.

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Marvel Should Recast T’Challa in ‘Black Panther’ to Honor Chadwick Boseman

In this golden age of superheroes films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands tall and proud as a beacon to this blockbuster tentpole of comic book heroes and villains. This shared movie franchise that began back in 2008 has bolstered some of the greatest superheroes that Marvel has in its illustrious comic book history, bringing iconic heroes, villains, gods, and monsters to the big screen. Naturally, the bigger and more popular comic book characters were part of initial release when the MCU first rolled out its “Phase I” saga, seeing Tony Stark / Iron Man, Bruce Banner / Hulk, Steve Rogers / Captain America, and Thor to the grace the silver screen in their own feature films as well as superhero team up ones (i.e. the Avengers films). Over time (and its overwhelming success), the MCU began to expand its own cinematic universe, exploring and examining lesser-known comic book characters to “bring into the fold” of this lucrative film franchise. Thus, Marvel characters like Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have gotten their own standalone feature film and have been brought into this growing roster of Marvel heroes. Back in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (the 13th film in the MCU), while many viewers were excited to see the new iteration of Spider-Man (played by actor Tom Holland), the film also introduced the character of T’Challa, the heir apparent to the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and his superhero masked alter-ego…the Black Panther. Interestingly (and not just a cameo), T’Challa, who was played by actor Chadwick Boseman, actually played an important part in Civil War’s narrative, which served as the foundation to introduced the future king of Wakanda within the MCU. Now, the time has come for the character of T’Challa to get his own feature film as Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler present the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther. Does this movie find its regal place amongst its superhero MCU brethren or does it fail to impress even the most stalwart comic book fans out there?

The logo for the film also gives some clues as to Kamala’s part. While the “A” in “Marvels” features Captain Marvel’s insignia, the “S” is Ms. Marvel’s iconic logo. The upcoming Disney+ show Ms. Marvel is set to release in late 2021, preceding The Marvels‘ release in 2022. This means Kamala will be an established character going into the film and the story won’t need to waste time introducing her. And there’s always the possibility that Carol Danvers herself could make an appearance in Ms. Marvel to set up events of her sequel.

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Shame on Vue – the cinema chain’s decision to stop showing south London gang drama ‘Blue Story’ reeks of hypocrisy

The Netflix-distributed film, New Gods: Nezha Reborn ends on a victorious note for protagonist Li Yunxiang as he finally becomes the fire-god, Nezha; embracing both the deity and human side within. Unfortunately, it costs him big as he lost his dad, Old Li, along the way, as well as one of his closest friends, Six. They became collateral damage from the war that the East Sea Dragon King, Ao Guang, waged. However, Li Yunxiang is now looking forward to his new role as a protector, and some intriguing post-credits scenes already set up the confirmed, weapon-hunting sequel to his adventure.

One post-credits sequence shows a home in the desert that’s as derelict as can be. As animals scurry around and statues crumble, we see the rings and what appears to be the other relics the Monkey King mentioned. They’re also already activating, which suggests they’re waiting for Nezha to come and find them. But their activation might make them beacons, so other gods may come also after them before he can.

Lastly, the final post-credits scene has Nezha speeding through Donghai, only to come across a dog playing with a man in a suit and hat in an alley. This directly teases the 2022 sequel, New God List: Yang Jian, hinting this is Yang (aka Erlang Shen), one of Nezha’s friends from the lore. Given that he’s got an all-knowing third eye, he could be key to helping Nezha and the Monkey Kings find these relics and discern allies and enemies for the next war of the gods.

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Film review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Now that I’ve covered the arrival at Shell Cottage and Voldemort taking the Elder Wand in my re-read blogging, it’s time to review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1!

For all my reviews of the Harry Potter films, I’ve been giving them scores as films in general, as in how they appeal to me as a movie-goer – and as adaptations, which is more about how they appeal to me as a Harry Potter fan. But just what makes a good adaptation? For me, how faithful the film is to the source material is only part of it, though still very important. A written story is likely to have some parts that won’t be as effective in a visual medium, and the adaptation process allows the opportunity to bring new creative choices to the table, creating a unique experience. So for me, a good adaptation provides the same big picture as the source material (though the details can vary if necessary); makes the story run smoothly, consistently and comprehensibly in a more limited time frame; and any changes that are made tend to have a positive or neutral impact, rather than making no sense, or detracting from the original story’s themes.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Quintessa Swindell, Mo Amer, Marwan Kenzari, Bodhi Sabongui, James Cusati-Moyer, Sarah Shahi and Uli Latukefu. The film arrives in theaters July 29, 2022

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Mortal Kombat: Why Liu Kang’s DEADLY Past Should Drive a Shaolin Monks Movie

The Mortal Kombat reboot surprised fans with Cole Young being the Chosen One against Shang Tsung’s forces. Many assumed it’d have been Liu Kang, which has been the case in the video games and past movies. However, the movie does create immense potential for him thanks to his deadly past and a shocking revelation that should drive a Shaolin Monks movie.

Seeing as Kung Lao was killed pretty quickly, it’d be great seeing how their sibling-like bond developed. Fans did love how Kung Lao was depicted, not just for his badass attitude and brutal Fatality on Nitara, but also for that extra bit of arrogance not usually found within the Lotus Clan. What’s most appealing about all this is how Kung Lao helped mentor Liu Kang after the latter was taken in off the streets.