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Crazy thought for an Alpha Flight movie set in the MCU: Heather McNeil performing the BNL song "Odds Are" in a Calgary karaoke joint as part of her courtship of James Hudson. Anyone who (a) knows the lyrics and (b) knows the history of Heather and Mac will know why it has to be that song.
dewline: (praise)
I took a vacation day today. Mental health reasons, shopping reasons, family reasons, exercise reasons. Not going into the details of them, just making note that the reasons exist.

I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. I had fun watching that for a lot of reasons. Sure, it's mildly annoying that this is the third version of the character to hit the movie theatres in the last decade. But since it firmly locks this version into the MCU, and for a lot of other reasons, I can be good with it.

In fact, I am very good with it. Some of those reasons for that mood?

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag.

(Feeling sad that Dwayne McDuffie didn't live to see that.)

Seeing Midtown High reworked as a specialty high school dealing in science and tech.

(I still felt uncomfortable with some of the high school stuff being no different from my day in the real world. *sigh* )

Spider-Man being part of the fabric of the Borough of Queens.

The first big twist midway through the show.

The surprise ending. Was NOT expecting that.

(Not the Avengers angle. The thing after that. Come back after you've seen it yourself and we'll talk about that.)

This is not a complete list of the good stuff.
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You know how for years, people wanted Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill play out the dialogue of The Killing Joke, and eventually we got that direct-to-video movie out of that desire of the audience?

Well, there's the first ten(?) pages of Jessica Jones # 8 from Marvel this past month. Two characters, Jones herself and Maria Hill, in Jessica's bathroom. Spoiler-free as I can make it, it's a combination plot-infodump, airing of grievances, confessionals, and contract negotiations between the two characters.

I would like to see/hear Krysten Ritter and Cobie Smulders play out that scene in character.
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...and Doctor Strange was as good as I'd hoped it would be. Yes, a tad formulaic, but at times like these days, there's a not-so-strange comfort in that aspect of it. Some good visual nods to Ditko's original design work in the 1960's comics work there. If anyone here has an opinion on the 3D-formatted edition, I'd be glad to read that, good or ill.

I've read on Facebook from several sources that William Christopher AKA Father Francis Mulcahy from M*A*S*H has died. He won't have been the last to die this year, but that hurts a lot of people across the planet anyway, because he and his colleagues on that series helped keep a lot of people from hurting worse than we already were for a couple of decades. Even after the series ended on CBS, because re-runs and later on, tapes and DVDs (and I assume iTunes and the like are keeping the effect going too now).

Thank you, Mr. Christopher.

There might be more later in the evening...
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About the first: I'm not making any of those. Because I don't know if I'll end breaking them, whether by accident or necessity, before next year is out.

About the second: I'm going to close out this year by finally seeing Doctor Strange tonight. It's the last movie I've yet to see by design this year, having taken care of Rogue One the other week.

So those are some of my plans for the foreseeable future.
dewline: (SHIELD)
Six mini-episodes, adding up to a half-hour roughly. All available via ABC or Marvel Entertainment on YouTube for the moment.

It's an interesting little experiment centred on Elena Rodriguez AKA "Yo-Yo" AKA "Slingshot" and one last bit of vengeful clean-up from her days as a vigilante in Colombia as she signs aboard to the Sokovia Accords and status as a SHIELD "asset", rather than a full-on agent. I'd say the most expensive visual is the launch of the Zephyr done as a panorama shot.

Quick and fun. And I wonder about consequences...
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Yeah, I saw it. I think this is going to be another good one. Leaving it at that for now, but if you want to get into specifics in the comments, go for it.
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There was a particular conversation involving new SHIELD Director Jeffrey Mace and newly-demoted-by-own-request-to-special field officer-in-charge Phil Coulson...and the metaphor they went with?

Some thoughts about that particular scene... )
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So I'm finding myself reading this retrospective/interview with Hugo Weaving on his career to date. Some comic book movie-watchers pay attention to a particular item re: The First Avenger.

Much respect to Mr. Weaving, and the Skull's first apparant MCU demise did seem ambiguously staged by design.

But maybe it's all the comebacks and "last stands" his character's comics counterpart has made over the decades since being revived in the 1960's, particularly the one in the latter group staged by J.M. deMatteis, Paul Neary and company in the 1980's. Frankly, I am feeling increasingly cheated by every revival of the Skull in the comics. The latest "How would the Skull take the "what would you do about Hitler if you could time-travel to his childhood" question and turn it on its head?" plotline now running in Steve Rogers: Captain America...even more disturbing in its way.

Anyway. I think I'd prefer to leave Weaving's performance in The First Avenger stand as its own thing.

Just a thought.
dewline: (SHIELD)

At the bottom of the cover we have the following legend:

"Registered by the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Northern Ireland, the United States of America".

That text survives from Monica Fedrick's concept art as shown in in the "Art of the Film" book straight through to the finished movie.

If this was intended to be so despite what the real worlds' map of Earth looks like, this has some interesting implications for the state of the MCU's version of Europe. Yes?

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Now I've seen the first installment.

I wasn't sure that a Ghost Rider story could be nested inside of a SHIELD story.

I might be happy to be proven wrong here...

Also pleased to note CTV airing the show in Canada two hours ahead of the USA. 
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"Our offices from Los Angeles to Denver all heard...stories. A motorcyclist with a skull on fire, wandering from town to town, over the decades. Corpses, and catatonic survivors left behind, and horrific crimes exposed to the light of day. The investigators and prosecutors were so busy focusing on what was exposed, they never went looking for whoever it was did the exposing. And the whispered stories in the bars of a dozen states..."

I don't expect the scriptwriters to lift what I wrote as a comment to one of my Facebook friendlisters about this, since - owing to television production realities - the episode introducing this iteration of the character is likely already "in the can" with CoSA likely doing the needed VFX as I typed these words.

But with Doctor Strange on its way to the cinema houses this fall, it doesn't surprise me to see Agents of SHIELD going to the supernatural places in parallel...
dewline: (compliment)
Yes, I saw the movie on Friday night. Much to my pleased surprise, as I suspect that the 2D-formatted edition would be playing to an already packed house for the 520 PM showing I wanted to attend. Apparently, in this day and age of advance ticket sales over the web, being the first one at the box office to show up and buy a ticket personally can still count for something.

I think I want to wait a couple of days before posting the bulk of my thoughts on the film.

I will say this: they remedied one of my concerns raised by one of the trailers. Ross' video presentation to the Avengers? The one with the "Casualties" figures? With "23" cited for Washington, the Battle of the Triskelion in The Winter Soldier? In the finished version I saw in the cinema house, it was "Civilian Casualties".


More and hopefully deeper thoughts later in the week. And I intend to go back for at least a second viewing.
dewline: (Sketching)

Just leaving this here:

Not saying I'm going to skip the movie. But I want it known that I've noticed this aspect of things too.

dewline: (edutainment)

So I'm not alone in noticing the obvious.

I don't count the Ultron bodies, though. Single artificial intelligence directing them all, right?

dewline: (investigation)
Just pointing this tweet out. Your amusement value may vary here.

Remembering Everhart's line of questioning in the first Iron Man movie...
dewline: (astonishment)

This is my own jarring moment of disbelief, in this screencap from the newer trailer.

The figure that draws my attention, circled in red.


Three Helicarriers, with embarked air wings, and the crew counts that probably entails...and this is the casualty number they go with here for the Battle of the Triskelion?
I'll still see the movie, because I suspect we're in for a good show otherwise. But this detail breaks the believability a bit for me. Even with the evacuation of the SHIELD HQ complex in progress.
dewline: (Sketching)
Yes, I saw the new Captain America: Civil War trailer. Was thrilled in all the right places. One quibble: the counts for those three MCU disaster events during Secretary Ross' briefing scene? The numbers for the Battle of the Triskelion in Washington, DC strike me as far too low. In dollars and lives.

About the comic book A-Force? The latest issue - # 3 - arrived this week, and I'm feeling a bit down here, as planned.

A bit of context about a spoiler )

More on other stuff later.
dewline: (comic books)
So, that anthem backing the visuals for that movie's trailers has a name...


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