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Hopes and Fears: Deadpool 2

UntitledDeadpoolSequel2018Two days to go!

I am not alone in my love for the first Deadpool movie, nor am I the only one hyped as hell for the sequel.

Normally when it comes to films the less I see in trailers and promo the better, that is not the case with Deadpool 2 if anything I get more and more desperate to see this film.

That being said, I do have some hopes and fears about Wade’s second film so allow me to rant for a bit, thanks!

Let’s start off with my first hope, the cast. Most of the cast from the first film are returning to my delight, and on top of that, we now have Domino and Cable being brought to life for the first time too! From what I have seen the cast overall looks promising, so I simply hope they live up to their potential.

Also, as a bit of a side note, my favourite character in the first film, not including Deadpool, was Colossus. I’m glad he is back, I would have been miffed if he wasn’t.

rLIIGGCdj6EGxZKY8aqIYBfsib6I’m also hoping for some more top-notch comedy. Once again the marketing team behind Deadpool have been at it again, making the best trailers and promos ever. They really do deliver an award. Still, this hope is a bit redundant, I know but I wanted to voice it anyway.

Perhaps a better way to phrase it is I hope they elevate the comedy from the first one. Deadpool had me in stitches, so fingers crossed they step their game up.

Right, now on to the fears.

Once again, while I have made myself quite comfortable on the hype train, a part of me still fears about the potential of this film being overhyped and Deadpool 2 paying the price for that.

It sucks when that happens as it can ruin the experience for some moviegoers.

Another fear for me is that the action scenes take over the film. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fight scene as much as the next guy, but I do want some character development.

deadpool-2I know that might sound a bit pretentious but the first film did give us laughs but also great character interactions and development and I don’t want them to forgo that just for more action.

This last fear may seem a bit pointless but nonetheless, I am going to voice it. I worry about the future of the Deadpool movies. At the time of writing 21st Century Fox is in the process of selling assets to Disney, which includes Deadpool.

Call me sceptical but I doubt the mouse will let the merc get away with half the stuff he’s doing. Recently Comcast has thrown their hat into the ring as well.

I would talk more about it, as I am nervous about what these deals will mean for not only Deadpool but X-Men too, but I think that above my skill level. After all, I am just a nerd with a blog.

Still, whatever the future holds, I can’t wait to see Deadpool 2! If it is half as good as the first, I would be alright with that. Don’t let me down, Wade!

 

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Hopes and Fears: Infinity War

Avengers-Infinity-War-ends-with-many-of-these-characters-dead-1322280Trying to avoid Avengers: Infinity War spoilers is ridiculously hard. Harder still is avoiding the hype, I’m already keen to see it but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check.

Speaking of which, let me rant for a bit about my hopes and fears for this film.

My first hope seems to have already been fulfilled considering it has (at the time of writing) a 9.1/10 IMDb rating and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Nonetheless, it was the hope that Avengers: Infinity War would continue the winning streak Marvel films have been on for a while now. While I am more of a DC gal myself I will admit that in term of live-action films, Marvel is winning by a fair margin.

Another hope of mine is that they get the balance between intense fight scenes and character development right. I don’t want a film like this to turn out to just be action. Marvel has gotten the balance perfect in most of their films, I’m hoping Avengers: Infinity War will be no different in that respect.

My biggest fear is that some of the characters will be left in the background or neglected. While this film has a rather impressive 2 hours and 40-minute runtime, there are still, according to Chris Hemsworth, 76 comic book legends!

imagesChances are some will not get as much screentime, which is a shame and I fear that it might be Spiderman as he doesn’t show up in the trailer as often as some of the others.

Another fear is regarding the possible deaths. We have been warned that not all of our heroes will make it and I am scared that it might be Gamora who bites the dust as she is one of my favourites.

The reason I think it might be her is that she is the daughter of Thanos who disobeyed him so she might get targeted by him. Nebula might also be up for the chopping block for the same reason.

I am desperate to see Avengers: Infinity War as soon as possible, mostly because it looks promising although part of me wants to see it soon so I don’t need to worry about spoilers anymore.

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Hopes and Fears: Tomb Raider

tombraiderToday Tomb Raider will hit UK cinemas, and already mixed reviews are coming in.

In case you are wondering, no I haven’t read the reviews, I don’t want spoilers. Also while I am at it I might as well come clean, I haven’t seen the other Tomb Raider films. Just looking at the posters is enough to make me cringe, I can’t bring myself to do it.

So, what is Tomb Raider about?

Short answer, it’s a film adaption of the Tomb Raider video game franchise. The longer answer is that years after the disappearance of her father, Lara Croft ventures out in hopes of finding him and a tomb located on a mythical island off the coast of Japan.

My biggest hope is that it doesn’t suck. I’m not looking for a masterpiece or anything, just let Tomb Raider be a half decent flick and I will be satisfied. Seriously, I don’t think I’m asking for too much here. The bar for video game movies is so low, Tomb Raider only needs to be a mediocre film to beat it.

Tomb-Raider-2018-movie-posterMy other hope that I still hold onto is that if this film is received well enough we will start to get more video game movies and tv shows that are decent, dare I say good. I’m praying that the Netflix The Witcher show will be good. Once Hollywood learns how to do these stories justice I’m sure better content will follow.

My biggest fear for Tomb Raider is that it will fail to represent Lara as the compelling character that she is and reduces her down to a ‘strong independent woman’. There is more to Lara than shooting and fighting, she is intelligent, witty and determined just to name a few attributes.

In conclusion, I am casually hopefull about this film, but I am preparing for the worst. Now I just need to convince a pal or two to come see it with me.

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Hopes and Fears: 2018

tumblr_n0egavYD4T1trlkhuo1_250.gifI hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with festive cheer and tasty eats. I know I did, maybe I ate a bit too much but that is par for the course with Christmas.

Let’s be honest here, 2017 has been one hell of a year. Remember when we thought 2016 was a bad year? What innocent fools we were.

While there were plenty of good things that came out of this year, which I will talk about in Sunday’s Ramble, let’s take a minute and talk about our hopes and fears for the upcoming year.

Starting off on the right foot, I hope for next years line of games to be a good as this years. Say what you will about the rest of the year, but at least we got some fantastic games. I would go so far as to say this was an amazing year for gaming. Please, 2018 keep the momentum going!

I hope that Marvel’s 2018 movie lineups don’t let us down. Also, I hope DC picks up the slack. Wonder Woman was amazing and proved that DC can make great films but I feel like they haven’t found their stride yet. Maybe they will soon, who knows.

Picardfacepalm.gifOn to my two main fears. Firstly I fear toxic fandoms might get worse. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones who torment members of their own fandom because they drew fanart of all things, doxxing those they hate and even trying to blackmail companies to make their ship cannon (Yeah, that really happened). Cut it out, you are ruining the fun for everyone else.

I fear for the internet. Net Neutrality in America is on death’s door and now it looks like Canada might lose it. I worry that here in the UK our ISP will try to kill it too. On that note, I fear for free speech.

I believe that we should all hope for the best, yet prepare for the worst.

 

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Hopes and Fears: Star Trek Discovery

STDIt is nearly here, after what feels like light years we have a new Star Trek tv series!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the movies as much as the next Trekkie, but in my opinion, the franchise shines best with its series of tv shows.

Star Trek, by design, is character driven and focuses on dialogue, debates and discussion rather than action. The episodic format is perfect for content like this.

Star Trek: Discovery is set ten years before the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and follows the crew as they discover new worlds while dealing with the threat of the Klingon Empire.

So, while we wait for the warp engines to warm up, I want to talk about my hopes and fears for this new series.

Firstly, I hope that Discovery continues to go where no man has gone before. Star Trek has a proud history of commenting on political and social issues in a nuanced yet blunt way. The best examples of this are the episodes Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (TOS), The Measure Of A Man (TNG) and Past Tense (DS9)

I hope that Discovery continues this legacy.

ShipI also hope that like the previous series, Discovery inspires a new generation. Any Star Trek fan can tell you about the people who made waves in their respective fields after being inspired by Star Trek, such as Mae Jemison.

In such turbulent times, it would be nice for Discovery to motivate the next generation to achieve great things.

Time to reveal my fears. Well, in all honesty, I only have one fear.

I can’t help but worry that Discovery has so much to live up to and it will suffer for it.

Since this is the first Star Trek show in 12 years many fans like myself have high expectations. With that being said, is it really justified?

Do not get me wrong, I hope that this show lives up to its expectations and then some, but I don’t think it is fair to the showrunners to compare it to the previous series right out of the gate.

STD2After a few episodes have aired? Maybe. After the first season has been released in its entirety? Absolutely, but not right now.

I have seen people complain about Discovery and have heard others call it the worst Star Trek show yet, and the first episode hasn’t even aired!

Come on, people. Just wait before you start your rants. Besides, we waited 12 years, we can handle one more week.

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Hopes and Fears: Voltron Season Three

5bd63b09780b9a699dbd3425d8fc080e.gifIn just a few days time, Voltron: Legendary Defender is coming back to Netflix for a third season. Hooray!

Bad news, this season will only be seven episodes long. Good news, we only have to wait until October for season four.

While we wait for the Palidans return, I want to talk about my hopes and fears for this new season.

Firstly, I hope Lance gets more development in the upcoming episodes. My two favourite characters are Pidge and Lance, in the previous seasons Pidge has had a fair amount of screen time but the same can’t be said about Lance.

On the 28th as a celebration of Lance’s birthday, his voice actor Jeremy Shada (Finn from adventure time) said that Lance grows a lot in this upcoming season. Also, Kaltenecker is coming back! I’m Looking forward to seeing both.

I hope Spade Dad returns. I think we all do. Voltron won’t be the same without him.

I am hopeful that we will get to learn more about the Galra race. At the moment, all we know is that the majority follow their emperor, they are the bad guys and there is a resistance.

lotorHowever, I for one want to learn more. What happened to Zarkon that turned him into the vicious dictator he became? Also, how will his son Lotor compare to him? Fingers crossed these questions are answered soon.

I fear that some fans might be put off by the fact that this season is only seven episodes. I am personally not that bothered, but I can see why others might stop watching the show because of this.

I am worried that as a UK viewer I might have to wait a little while longer before Voltron is available on Netflix. Sometimes shows take a few days or even months longer to be aired on UK Netflix, or sometimes not at all.

I have looked online but there is nothing to indicate that this will or won’t happen, which doesn’t help or calm my nerves.

Will all that said, I can’t wait for this season. If season three is half as good as the previous seasons, we are in for a good time.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender returns to Netflix on the 4th of August.

 

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Hopes and Fears: Spider-Man: Homecoming

MV5BNTk4ODQ1MzgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTMyMzM4MTI@._V1_UY1200_CR80,0,630,1200_AL_With Spider-Man: Homecoming only a few weeks away, I thought it would be a good time to discuss my hopes and fears for our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman’s latest film.

First up, my hopes.

I hope this film gives us the right balance between light-hearted comedy and character development. The MCU has a rather impressive track record for this, so I hope they keep it up.

While this isn’t the first time we have seen Tom Holland as Peter Parker, this is the first time he has played the character with the focus of the film on him. I hope he can bring us another great performance.

Time to talk about my fears.

I fear that Spidey will be overshadowed by Iron Man. It’s Tony Stark we are talking about here, he steals every scene he is in! My favourite bits in the Avengers movies where when he had the spotlight, and I worry that some viewers (myself included) will be looking forward to the Stark scenes rather than enjoying the movie as a whole.

SmhThe MCU has been doing well for itself lately, but I fear that this might end up hurting the newer films as they are expected to be just as good as the last one. I have said this before, but hype backlash is a real thing and it can kill good movies. I fear that Spider-Man: Homecoming might end up in this position if it doesn’t meet the high standards the movie going audience has for MCU movies.

Keep in mind, this is just my opinion. However, I would like to know what you think about the upcoming Homecoming. Are you excited or are you indifferent? Let me know!