Steve Rogers Is No Longer CAPTAIN AMERICA Post CIVIL WAR

This is a logical conclusion considering that Cap drops his vibranium shield on the ground after Tony proclaims, “That shield doesn’t belong to you. You don’t deserve it! My father made that shield!” at the end of Captain America: Civil War.

But where does this leave Steve Rogers?

We also know that he broke out the captive Avengers being held in The Raft at the end of Civil War, but will these be the “New Avengers” while Tony operates the Sokovia Accords registered Avengers? Time will tell, but what we do know is that Steve Rogers won’t be operating officially as Captain America. Winter Soldier and Civil War directors Anthony and Joes Russo sat down with the Huffington Post and said:

“I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” said Joe. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

Will Steve be carrying the title of Nomad post Civil War as he did in the comics when he lost faith in the government? I would speculate that the next Marvel film he appears in someone on screen may refer to him as a “nomad” more than him taking on the name and especially the silly costume he had. The MCU likes to pay homage in those ways rather than giving you a Baron Zemo fully adorned in purple with white leopard accents.

Look, Steve will be back as Captain America come Avengers: Infinity War (screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confirm that as well). Knowing that Marvel has been stellar at such payoffs so far I get chills thinking of how that scene takes place already. Until then expect to hear or see news footage of Steve Rogers’ New or Secret Avengers team (Bucky, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, and possibly Black Panther) covertly taking out bad guys in other upcoming MCU movies including: Dr. Strange, Spider-Man: HomecomingThor: Ragnarok, and I would especially put money on something being addressed in Black Panther before he appears in Avengers: Infinity War.

What do you think Steve is getting assembled?

THOR: RAGNAROK & Rolling In Brisbane

The God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth, posted a photo Sunday with his on-screen brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) “selling papers” while filming on set of Thor: Ragnarok in Brisbane, Australia.

Just sellin papers with my mate @twhiddleston #parttimejob #thorragnarok @taikawaititi

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If you take a closer look, you can see the headlines telling of  “Hammer Attack”, “Has Thor Returned?” and “Villain Loki Spotted”. Looks like Thor and Loki will be returning to New York after all. I’m sure Loki is weary of running into a certain big green hulk… (but seriously, Hulk is alllll up in this movie so the likelihood of having a Loki and Hulk reunion is pretty much guaranteed).

Writer Daley Pearson gave away another little nugget of gold yesterday with this tweet:

The card in Hemsworth’s hand appears to read “177A Bleeker St” … leading us to assume Dr. Strange will make an appearance in Ragnarok as well. This is likely to happen considering Dr. Strange will still be on audience’s minds, and we know how well Marvel handles expanding their shared universe. This will all feel so naturally cohesive in the first Avengers: Infinity War movie which can thankfully forgo most of these awkward or timely introductions of characters. Combining the powers of the cosmic with those of the mystic is exciting territory for the MCU we haven’t fully seen just yet!

We also got a glimpse today of Anthony Hopkin’s Odin. Looks as if he’s been to hell and back but had a wicked time! Or maybe he’s filming the sequel to Hobo with a Shotgun?

 

 

By the hammer of Thor! This third installment looks like it’s on the right rainbow bridge of surpassing expectations and becoming the first genuinely good Thor movie we’ve yet to have.

300

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300 is… well, let’s just say the images of the movie itself could probably sell you on seeing it more than my non-bitter diatribe could, so I’ll mainly just show you a bunch of pictures with my thoughts sprinkled in between.

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This young Spartan is credited in the movie with the last name of Snyder and that makes me think that director Zack Snyder has a bad ass kid. 300 is so good that the exposition is never boring and always gorgeous to look at. It feels more connected and real than any of the Star Wars prequels and it was done on far less of a budget but with a lot more love. *hugs* Well, at least that’s what I think.

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Gerard Butler is more perfect as King Leonidas than I even imagined the character being while reading 300. This is a star making role for him. Plus his muscles and beard are freakin amazing as well as his voice. Perfectly cast as is the rest of the movie.

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Zack Snyder used Frank Miller’s graphic novel for literal translation from book to film. The result is as follows – awesome. Robert Rodriguez did it first with Sin City and now Snyder gives the source material the same respect it deserves and in this case it actually makes the movie better than the book.

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Xerxes is played by the guy who annoys me in LOST (Wed. 10 PM Eastern, ABC) and in 300 he’s supposed to get under your skin, but in a way that’s necessary for the film. He nails his performance as a man who believes himself a God. So, I’ll try not hate Rodrigo Santoro on LOST as much as I have before. NOTE: People wore eye liner and flagrant outfits and jewelry back then. Quit snickering! Hell, if I was a God I’d be a little fruity. What the hell would YOU do about it? Exactly.

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Yes, there is nudity and yes, I enjoyed it. The oracle here is amazingly gorgeous (not everyone should have double D’s and tan skin) and her nipples reminded me of the side of ginger you get when ordering sushi from a fine Japanese steak house. Umm… there is also male nudity for the ladies, or as Neill Cumpston refers to it – dude-ity. There is also a love scene between the Queen Gorgo and King Leonidas that is handled much like the battles in the movie; it’s in slow motion, it’s passionate, it’s moving. Probably one of the better love scenes I’ve seen in a long time.

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How f’n amazing is that? If you didn’t like this movie I hate you.

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300 actually happened. It was the the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., that pitted 300 Spartan warriors against the endless army of Persian forces that were conquering most of the world, from one blood-spattered forced-into-slavery territory after another. Of course you can bet it didn’t look this great, nor was their giant troll-like men or yaks playing flutes, but if you’re honestly focusing on the details of this movies historical accuracy then you sir, are a bore to be around and probably hate life. Shame on you.

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“The Immortals. Let’s put their name to the test.”

Hell yeah. The look Leonidas has when he knows these are, in fact, beings that bleed like any other happens quick, but is well worth it and grin-inducing.

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The battles themselves are unlike anything you’ve ever scene. Zack Snyder used multiple techniques while filming, one was to line up three cameras beside each other and film at different depths, etc. This is how he got the effect of zooming between action that looks so unique. There’s so much to look at you’re thankful that a lot of it is slowed down for you. You have action in front, in back, on the sides and you’re able to see all of it. NOTE: It also helps if you’re fortunate enough to see it in an IMAX theater. I did. Hate me now.

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Another scene that translated perfect from Miller’s graphic novel. In the book, Stelios stumbles and falls over while the Spartans are marching. He receives punishment for this by being kicked by his Captain and when the Captain does not listen, King Leonidas puts him in his place and makes Stelios carry his commanding officer on his back. Stelios’ fellow Spartans called him ‘Stumblios’ after that. This, of course was left out of the movie and I’m kind of glad it was. The additions and slight tweaking of the way the film is layed out only makes it better. The sub plot with the Queen was also not in the book, but it serves its purpose here to give the audience the moment in the movie where they all cheer. Although typical, it works.

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300 does not disappoint. You have never seen anything like it and when you do it is refreshingly awesome and beautiful and mesmerizing. Gerard Butler plays King Leonidas so well that you would really follow him to certain death because he’s such a good man. The music in the movie is also amazing. The exposition moves just as swift as the battles and these day’s that is so very hard to do. Zack Snyder is filming Watchmen next. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the Holy Grail of comic books. Many believe it impossible to translate to the screen. I don’t know what the outcome of that movie will be, but damn it if Snyder hasn’t given me hope that we could get something amazing out of it. The message of 300 is a simple and powerful one. It’s about people fighting for their freedom even if it means dying for it. It’s about doing whats right without bowing down to a higher power. It’s also about kicking ass and taking names. Outnumbered 3-1? Sounds like good odds for a Spartan.

SCORE: 9 out of 10

Jason Bourne (2016)

Have you been missing Jason Bourne? We certainly have. The last rendition with Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was a less than satisfying rendition. Although it followed the same storyline (very slightly) it did leave us with some craving for more. It made me want to watch the originals again. It did not give me complete hope that another one would follow. Some movie franchises should die, and when they do, you let them go. After the Bourne Legacy, many fans felt it was over.

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The original Matt Damon movie, Bourne Identity, was a wonderful and truly epic move in it’s time. To try and continue the franchise was a smart idea. Once they lost their star after the success of the original three movies, and cast Renner, it was not the same. Although Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, were epic, the Legacy movie went down a rabbit hole of nonsense.  I feel they may have lost a fan base. This was like losing Jack Bauer on 24.  You simply need to bring back something stronger to replace the last if you want it to succeed.

With that said, I feel like they may just have jump-started the franchise this time with the new Jason Bourne movie. Watch the trailer below for the details. I am not sure if they felt the 4th movie was a let-down and it needed to come back strong now, or did Universal Studios plan this all along? Setting this up in that manner, almost tee-ing up the new Bourne movie be letting the last episode “flop” would be a great idea. I mean, how else do you gets fans engaged to want Damon back?

Matt Damon returns as co-producer of the 5th sequence in the franchise, and from the trailer, it looks quite awesome. It has all the formatting of a typical Jason Bourne movie, explosions, motorcycle chases, running from the “evil government” and of course, a new girl. So what is the big plot twist to bring fans back even more? Jason Bourne’s father apparently created Treadstone. No spoiler here, this is the plot as seen from some of the trailers, so no worry, were not giving it away. You could imagine how Jason feels knowing he was lied to all long…