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Costume Couture: 2018 Oscars Best Dressed

Costume Couture kicks off Season 2 of the series with a new format. This week is all about the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Rae and Ian discuss who they thought were the Top 10 Best Dressed Oscars Celebrities. Who do you think was the best dressed? Did we leave anyone off the list? Did someone make the cut who shouldn’t have?

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SH S5E04: Overwatch Fancast

It’s our first crossover episode of 2018 as we bring Jon from Gamer Heroes on to help us fan cast a live action Overwatch film! We each selected five characters and paired actors with them for our Overwatch movie!

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The Grid Ranks: X-Men Films

Well, we’ve already ranked the films of the MCU, so now it’s time to rank the X-Men films (I’m not including all of the Fox films simply because no one wants to count the Fantastic Four debacles.) If you count all the films with an X-Man in it, you have 9 total. Ready? Here we go!

9. X-Men Origins: WolverineMV5BMTI2MTgyNjExM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzU4MjkyMg@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_

It’s not difficult to place this film. It was just absolutely awful.  Between the poor casting choices (why in the world would you cast a member of the Black Eyed Peas? Ever?) and the impeccably dismal CGI on the claws (and everything else), there’s really no reason to watch this. They even sewed the Merc with the Mouth’s mouth shut. They literally removed the one thing about a character that made him famous just to disguise the fact that they couldn’t pay for Ryan Reynolds for more than one scene. It’s a masochistic superhero film that will one day be regarded as a generation’s Batman and Robin, only without the irony.

Official Ranking: 1 sad little broken bone claw

8. X-Men: The Last StandMV5BMjI1NTg2ODA2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDc2MjEzMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,676,1000_AL_

Again, not very difficult to place this one. It had poor lines, cinematic choices, and utilization of characters.  While finally including more screen time for Colossus and making Angel visually stunning, the damn thing killed off Cyclops, Professor X, and Jean Grey, all in horrible ways.  The Dark Phoenix saga was an absolute joke and the “cure” nonsense was done so horribly. Let’s just move on and forget this was thing.

Official Ranking: 2 unnecessarily brutal X-Men deaths and none of them mine…sigh

7. X-Men: ApocalypseMV5BMjU1ODM1MzYxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA4NDE2ODE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,676,1000_AL_

From here on out, all the films are relatively good films, so as we move on, one will just barely edge out the other. The latest X-Men installment takes our 7th spot because of it’s dim addition to the new trilogy. You can read my full review here, but mostly it’s a film with much more spectacle than substance. It sets up for the likes of Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan to take over, which may be amazing, but we can’t give this movie a pass for what future films might do with it.

Official Ranking: 3 Horsemen short of a great X-Men movie

6. X-MenMV5BOTU3MzA3ODYyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDgwNzc3NjE@._V1_SY1000_SX672_AL_

The first film in the current franchise was phenomenal at the time. It gave all of us fans hope. Director Bryan Singer took a world that was far fetched and made it come to life. He had brilliant casting choices on his side, making it almost impossible for us to see anyone else play Wolverine (and, at the time, Professor X and Magneto). The movie’s downfall was Rogue. She was nothing like the strong, badass woman we had come to know in the comics. She was a mousy weakling that I still like to pretend wasn’t there.

Official Ranking: 4 main mutants that we’ll see for the next 6 years from a franchise with over 100

5. The WolverineMV5BNzg1MDQxMTQ2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTk3MjAzOQ@@._V1_SX674_CR0,0,674,999_AL_

Not all sequels can improve upon the source material, but this one had nowhere to go but up, in my opinion. Watching Hugh Jackman take on Japan was a much needed fresh look into the franchise.  It was the first X-Men film to take place outside of North America (which is really weird considering how racially diverse the X-Men have always been). Bringing in all new characters and creating an interesting mutant world, it’s an absolute shame it’s been all but forgotten by everyone else.

Official Ranking: 5 good reasons not to watch Origins

4. X-Men: First ClassMV5BMTg5OTMxNzk4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTk1MjAwNQ@@._V1_

The first film in the new trilogy sparked some life back into the franchise as a whole after The Last Stand and Origins almost killed it.  Director Matthew Vaughn created an interesting mix of familiar and new characters that brought back the enjoyment of the films. The first go around for McAvoy, Fassbender, and Lawrence alike, each of them received high praise for their work and the inclusion of Kevin Bacon meant they were not playing around.

Official Ranking: 6 teenage kids picking their own sweet code names

3.  X-Men: Days of  Future PastMV5BNjk3MGZhMjEtOTM4NC00NzE2LTk2NzctZDc4YTUwN2E3NDhhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDc2NjEyMw@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_

This movie was absolutely fantastic. It merged both original trilogy cast and new trilogy cast, created a detailed and dramatic plot line, and managed to not make time travel as convoluted as it could have been.  The new mutants added to the future timeline were so well done that it’s an absolute shame we won’t see them again. Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask was a brilliant casting job and finally seeing the Sentinels was a long time coming. If the entire plot didn’t yet again revolve around Wolverine, it would have been that much better.

Official Ranking: 7 amazing mutant plot lines that didn’t screw things up

2. DeadpoolMV5BMjQyODg5Njc4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzExMjE3NzE@._V1_SY1000_SX686_AL_

You have to admit it; this movie was the absolute best. You wanna know why it’s not the number 1 spot? Well it is an overall superior film. It takes the familiar tropes of lost love, revenge, wrongfully disfigured hero and makes them fresh with the humor of the comics. What Wolverine  Origins did to destroy the character Deadpool, Deadpool  recovered everything lost and then some. It’s quite remarkable how undeniably well done the movie is when translating a character that almost got too bloated for its own good over the last few years. To think this movie wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the love that the fans and Ryan Reynolds has for the character. I only placed it at number 2 because, while perfectly defining Deadpool, the film doesn’t perfect define the X-Men.

Official Ranking: 8 toasty and sexy chimichangas

1. X-Men: UnitedMV5BNDk0NjYxMzIzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTc1MjU3._V1_

The opening sequence to the film maintains what is arguably the best opening sequence of a comic book film to date.  After the first film, we were all eager with what X-Men would be included in the inevitable sequel and we were not disappointed. Alan Cumming made a daring Nightcrawler and Kelly Hu’s Lady Deathstrike still shares one of the best fight scenes with our favorite clawed Canadian since. Magneto’s escape from his plastic prison is one of the most brutal death scenes I’ve ever seen and a technologically impressive use of CGI to this day.  It was the least annoying Jean Grey and Rogue have ever been, which is a feat all by itself considering. There is just so much good wrapped up in this film that I could go on about it for quite some time.

Official Ranking: 9 BAMFs across the X-Men world (BAMF is the onomatopoeia used to describe the sound Nightcrawler makes in the comics when he teleports, but it works as the acronym too, so that’s cool).

How do you feel about The Grid’s rankings? Did we hit the nail on the head? Where would you change it? Comment below!

The Grid Ranks: X-Men Films

SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

We start off with some current events including the official title of the upcoming DC Comics Justice League film, casting news for Pacific Rim 2, some bits about the new Warcraft film hitting theaters this weekend, and then we hit our main event, reviewing X-Men: Apocalypse. For those who haven’t seen the film, there are spoilers abound. We talk about the overall style, plot, characters, and casting for the third film in the new X-Men trilogy. We discuss which characters were the most underutilized and maybe one that is being overdone. We don’t pull any punches and end the episode with individual letter grades for the film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Ian Turner

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E25: X-Men Apocalypse Review

SH S1E19: X-Men Apocalypse Expectations

After receiving a new trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, we sit down to talk about our expectations for the franchise’s 8th film, our thoughts on the trailer, and how we feel about the X-Men films in general. X-Men: Apocalypse releases on Memorial Day weekend and stars the younger X-Men cast including Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender, along with new additions like Olivia Munn and the movies primary antagonist, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse.

Before we dive into the meat of the episode, we talk about our experiences at the Kansas City area costuming convention Figments & Filaments over the weekend. Rae and I were there representing the Super Sirens along with Rae’s other half, Hillz. Ryan and Nicole were there too representing Buster Props and Crystal Bat Designs.

We also provide some more detail on our upcoming Captain America: Civil War POP Vinyl contest where we will give away a Wal-Mart exclusive Black Panther POP. Listen in for contest details!

X-Men Apocalypse Expectations Podcast Credits

Hosts
Derreck Mayer
Rachel Stewart
Ryan Couture

Special Guest
Ian Turner

Director
Nikki Lynn

Executive Producer
Derreck Mayer

Editor
Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E19: X-Men Apocalypse Expectations

2016 Oscar Nominations

With the Golden Globes in our rear-view mirrors, the Oscars are just ahead and today, the Oscars officially announced all the nominations for 2015 films. We’ve got the full list plus some numbers about the nominated films.

Our list of nominees, as you’ll see below definitely includes some major front runners. The films The Martian, The Revenant, and Mad Max: Fury Road are nominated in several categories including 12 nominations for The Revenant, 7 for The Martian, and 10 for Mad Max: Fury Road. Meanwhile, others films got a few nods. Star Wars received 5 nominations, mostly in technical categories while Bridge of Spies is nominated 6 times including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor. Jennifer Lawrence received the only nomination for Joy, as Leading Actress, and Sylvester Stallone received Creed’s only nomination, this one for Supporting Actor. Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out, is nominated for Best Animated Feature but did not received a nomination for Best Picture, which will be a surprise to some.

Check out the rest of the nominees below and then comment with who you think will be taking home the Oscar in each category.

Chris Rock Hosting the Oscars

Original Screen Play

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Inside Out - Oscar Nominated Best Animated Feature

Adapted Screenplay

Brooklyn
Carol
Room
The Big Short
The Martian

Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

The Martian

Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian
The Revenant

Short Film (Live Action)

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Short Film (Animated)

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Production Design

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
The Martian
The Revenant

Original Score

Bridge of Spies
Carol

Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Hateful Eight

Original Song

“Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction 
“Simple Song #3” – Youth 
“Til It Happens To You” – The Hunting… 
“Writing’s On The Wall” – Spectre

Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Mad: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the…
The Revenant

The Revenant

Foreign Language Film

A War
Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb

Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Big Short
The Revenant

Documentary Short

A Girl in the Rive: The Price of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Last Day of Freedom

Documentary Feature Film

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Directing

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
Lenny Abrahamson – Room 
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
Adam McKay – The Big Short
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Mad Max Fury Road poster

Costume Design

Carol
Cinderella
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Danish Girl
The Revenant

Cinematography

Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Hateful Eight
The Revenant

Animated Feature Film

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Actress in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl 
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight 
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs 
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight 
Rooney Mara – Carol 

Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson – Room 
Cate Blanchett – Carol 
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years 
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy 
Saoirse Ranon – Brooklyn

Jennifer Lawrence

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale – The Big Short 
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight 
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
Tom Hardy – The Revenant

Creed - Rocky and Creed

Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo 
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl 
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant 
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
Room
Spotlight
The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant

There are the Oscar nominees. Any surprises? Who do you think deserved the Oscar nod and who didn’t? Comment with your thoughts!

2016 Oscar Nominations

SH S1E3 – Deadpool’s Apocalypse

In Episode 03 of Screen Heroes we talk about the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer along with our thoughts on the soon to release Deadpool film.

This past week, FOX released the first trailer and actual footage from the upcoming Marvel Comics-based film, X-Men: ApocalypseApocalypse is the sequel to the 2014 film, X-Men: Days of Future Past which saw our mutant heroes fighting for the future with the help of Wolverine. Apocalypse takes place in the 80s with our younger mutant heroes a little bit older. Raven appears to be a good guy now as well as a lot less blue plus Magneto once again pushes the limits of his friendship with Professor X who… actually becomes bald at some point in the film! My favorite shot in the whole trailer.

After breaking down the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, we switch gears to a more controversial and adult Marvel Comics character, Deadpool. The new Deadpool film is slated for a February 12th release and looks to be a perfect role for once DC Comics superhero actor, Ryan Reynolds.

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X-Men Apocalypse Podcast Credits

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Derreck Mayer
Rae Stewart
Ryan Couture

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Michael Wallace (Flying Killer Robots)

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SH S1E3 – Deadpool’s Apocalypse

Winter Movie Preview with Oscar Bait

December is a magical time for cinema.  Everyone is breaking out their big guns.  Not the show stopping blockbusters, but the poignant Oscar bait.  This year is no different.  Here’s what The Grid is looking forward to this month:

December 4th:

imageChristmas Eve – Starring Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines
Obligatory Christmas movie stars legendary Patrick Stewart. I’d watch him no matter what he did.

Krampus – Adam Scott, Toni Collette
Hiring a bunch of comedic actors for a horror film based on the European legend of Krampus is a fantastic way to reel me in. Death by Christmas!

Macbeth – Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Boasting a talented cast of actors, one of Shakespeare’s finest works will undoubtedly be one of the best movies this season.  ***Oscar Bait***

December 11th:

imageThe Big Short – Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling
A fine group of actors gather in a film exposing the Wall Street corruption and the housing market inflation that lead to the crash of 2008. ***Oscar Bait***

In the Heart of the Sea – Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy
Based on the true story behind Moby Dick, Hemsworth takes on a new type of monster unlike any Thor has ever seen. ***Oscar Bait***

December 18th:

Sisters – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler
The long awaited reunion from the two best women in comedy, the movie focuses on one hell of a party and some spectacular cameos.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Boyega, Daisy Ridley
Everyone has been waiting a life time for this movie. We’re no different. Give us stars. Give us wars.

December 25th:

imageConcussion – Will Smith, Alec Baldwin
You know a movie is bound to be good when the NFL personally tried to shut the movie down. ***Oscar Bait***

The Hateful Eight – Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson
Quentin Tarantino tries his hand at a modern spaghetti western, promising us great monologues, a well thought out soundtrack, and a lot of blood. ***Oscar Bait***

Joy – Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro
Following the life of Joy, Jennifer Lawrence tackles the first David O. Russell film featuring a woman front and center. She is still bringing Bradley Cooper along. ***Oscar Bait***

The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
A man buried alive and deserted seeks revenge, and more importantly, the elusive Academy Award. ***Oscar Bait***

Did we leave anything out? What are you most excited to see this month? Comment below!

Winter Movie Preview with Oscar Bait

Mockingjay, Part 2 Review

I have been waiting for this movie for 4 years now.  It’s been the equivalent of what Star Wars has been for many others.  This Friday, Mockingjay, Part 2  released in theaters and I was there in line (not really, because I buy reserved seats. I’m an adult; no need to savagely fight for chairs anymore.). Because I had read the books, I was prepared for what was to come: the emotion, the loss, the finale.  It was going to be a movie of relentless pain, with very little joy to behold.  While I was overall underwhelmed, I was not wrong.

Mockingjay Character Posters

Mockingjay: The Good

Hunger Games is without a doubt one of the best movie sagas to hit cinemas since the Harry Potter franchise.  This movie fits nicely in the legacy that had come before it.  It manages to take a cadre of characters and highlight Katniss, Peeta, and Gale in a way the other movies couldn’t.  You’re aware of the stakes all of them are facing, yet the romantic subplot doesn’t seem to overshadow the importance of the main story.  The revolution is finally upon us and it is not forgotten.

This film also may be the most beautiful film out of them all.  Maybe it’s because the majority of it is filmed in the Capitol of Panem, but the design of it all was absolutely gorgeous. The stark contrast between District 13 and the Capitol is so well done here, that the difficulties facing all parties is finally apparent.  I’ve personally have been waiting for the actual hunger part of the Hunger Games for quite some time.

Like all of the films, Jennifer Lawrence shines.  She is truly the best for the role of Katniss, capturing the enigmatic resolve of a character meant to be unlikable and inspiring at the same time (something other YA adaptations have sorely lacked). Her Mockingjay is every bit of what it’s supposed to be: a revolutionary leader that the world has never seen before.

One of my favorite parts of the film is Donald Sutherland.  Say what you will about the character of President Snow, but he is definitely one of the highlights.  He maintains his terrifying nature throughout the entire story.  The cold, calculating dictator that he has been from the beginning never falters. In fact, the acting in this film is probably the best it has been throughout the whole saga.

The way they handled the passing of actor Phillip Seymour-Hoffman was beautiful.  At the time of his death, it had been reported that he had only one scene left to film.  Fans everywhere were very curious how this was going to be handled.  There have been quite a few instances where actors have passed and it played out poorly.  A couple of tweaks here and there and you have Mockingjay, Part 2, a proud ode to the late actor.

Mockingjay Katniss

Mockingjay: The Bad

I have to say that, in my honest opinion, this movie was my least favorite of the series.  I felt that with the intense emotion this film needed to have, the pacing of the film was too fast to appreciate everything in the proper emotional state.  It seemed more important to have the beautiful explosions and floods of tar that we couldn’t take 5 seconds to reflect on yet another loss of a comrade.  I know the arguments for surviving the situation’s gravitas because they’ve already been made to me.  Yet, this is the part where I miss Gary Ross over Francis Lawrence.  Ross’s style of directing was a pleasant balance between the dangers of the games and the loss they caused.  In the case of Rue, she was given such a beautiful funeral and Katniss took the moments that we needed as an audience to reflect on her tragic loss.  That wasn’t given for these characters.  Now, I’m not saying that we needed to mourn the Leegs, Lieutenant Jackson, or even Castor (even though Pollux sure did, and it was fantastic).  But both Finnick and Primrose deserved better.

That being said, some of our favorite characters also deserved better.  Where was Effie and Haymitch?  Lawrence decided to keep Effie present in the Mockingjay films because of how high her fanbase was; however she was barely in this film.  And Haymitch? What’s the excuse for him not being present?  Johanna Mason was another character not given her due.  We didn’t get to see her bonding moments with Katniss that existed in the books, which I believed reduced this strong character into a junkie shell of what was.  Did you have to be a member of the rebellion invasion unit to get any valid screen time here? Because even Cressida was pushed into forgotten territory.

Mockingjay Overall

I’m going to give this movie a second chance.  Why? Because out of sheer love and respect for what the series has already given to me.  I love everything that Suzanne Collins was able to create and the world that has risen from it.  I believe that my own life has been enriched by this series.  I also believe that Mockingjay, Part 2 probably was not meant to be viewed separately from its predecessor.  Here soon, I’ll watch all four movies together and appreciate it all that much more.  Until then, I leave you with the rating of 3.5 out of 5.  Watch it for what it’s finishing, if nothing else.

Mockingjay, Part 2 Review

Who Should Be Captain Marvel?

A lot of rumors have been swirling around the casting for Captain Marvel since a solo movie in her honor was announced late 2014.  While some are absolutely brilliant, others are just downright weird.  Take a look at these ten actresses that might snag the part.

Captain Marvel

 

10.  Ronda Rousey

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Known as the best female MMA fighter, Rousey has been recently campaigning for this role via all sorts of social media, including commissioning and posting fan art.  In the last few months, she has truly let her geek flag fly, revealing in her reddit AMA just how much of a comic book fan she really is.  The only downside to seeing Rousey in this role is the level of acting it’s going to entail.  She’ll be up against long time veterans of the craft and any slips could stick out much more than they’d like.  Sadly, a nerd and badass woman doesn’t always translate into great acting.

9. Katee Sackoff

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For at least a year now, this rumor has been in place.  Sackoff has even reportedly met with Marvel executives for a possible role.  Since her Battlestar Galactica days, she hasn’t done much, but a role as one of Marvel’s leading ladies can put any career back in the limelight.  Her cult acting status has her placed as one of the favorite contenders for the role among fans.

8. Charlize Theron

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This rumor is relatively new, following her brilliant take as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s like we all remembered that she could act, or something?  Theron is beyond talented.  On screen, she is a force to be reckoned with and she could easily stand her ground with the amazing Marvel lineup thus far.  She’s even the same age as most of her male counterparts (she just turned 40 this month), making the women of Marvel a more well-rounded group as opposed to being decades younger than the men.  While this rumor may be one of the best, it’s also one of the least likely to happen.

7. Natalie Dormer

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I’m not sure how this rumor started or when I first heard it, but I’m completely okay with this.  Dormer has seen a lot of popularity lately thanks to both Game of Thrones and Mockingjay: Part 1 and it would be a smart business decision to have her jump on the Marvel train sometime soon.  Fans aren’t the only ones to think so, either.  Her recent half shaved head hairstyle has been reflected in the “Captain Marvel” comics lately with Carol Danvers herself sporting the same look.  Coincidence, or foreshadowing?

6.  Katheryn Winnick

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A solid part of Vikings, Winnick has proven herself to be an upcoming star.  She’s also ready for just about any kind of action Marvel could throw at her.  While this rumor is mostly fan-based, Winnick has been approached in multiple interviews asking if she would ever consider a role with Marvel.  Fortunately, she seemed to be completely up for the idea and would be eager to fill the role of Captain Marvel, or almost anyone else for that matter.

5. Jessica Chastain

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The Interstellar star has been rumored since late 2014.  She had been up for the role of Maya Hanson in Iron Man 3 before having to drop out due to scheduling issues. Since then, she’s met again with Marvel about a possible different role, which means they have to like her, right?  Chastain even joined the campaign trail to play a superhero, any superhero for a while.  This rumor, sadly enough, seems to have fizzled out recently with Chastain even quoted “There was one thing. I don’t want to say too much – but there was one thing, there was a possibility in the future of the character becoming… And I was like, ‘I understand that, but I want to do it now.’ ”

4. Jennifer Lawrence

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This rumor is 100% fan driven.  Lawrence is beyond a capable actress and would fit right into the Marvel lineup, of that there isn’t a doubt in my mind.  However, Lawrence gets giant franchise after giant franchise, which may be a turn off to some.  Her popularity may not add anything that Marvel couldn’t bring in without her and her larger than life Hollywood profile may stand out more than Marvel would want at this time.  Plus, we know Fox and Marvel can’t cross the streams yet! Maybe if she’s ever officially done playing Mystique…

3. Yvonne Stahovsky

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Her role on Chuck proved to many fans that she could take on a superhero role any day, which has left her being a strong contender for the mass audience.  While her work since the show’s finale hasn’t reached the same popularity, her name still keeps popping up when Captain Marvel is mentioned.  She may not be the most obvious choice, she definitely isn’t out of the running yet.

2. Alice Eve

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Marvel enjoys seeing their actresses pull off other major franchise roles before they cast them in the hero spot.  Evangeline Lilly had The Hobbit films, Elizabeth Olsen had Godzilla, and Johansson has had a string of successes since she was a kid.  Alice Eve has that too, now.  Don’t think Marvel will overlook her take on Carol Markus from Star Trek Into Darkness (there’s no punctuation there, I promise).  It certainly worked for Zoe Saldana.  If Eve wants a role in the Marvel franchise bad enough, she most likely will be offered it immediately.

1. Emily Blunt

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Here it is, your top contender for the Captain Marvel role.  Blunt has proven herself to be one of Hollywood’s most well-rounded actresses, leading dramas, action films, and even musicals.  She can bring the star power without overpowering a role.  Her characters, no matter how tough or resilient, she portrays them with a softness that doesn’t take away from any of their qualities.  She’s also the only that has been in touch with Marvel for years.  She was one of the original actresses up for Black Widow.  I’d expect to see Blunt in a Marvel role before Phase 3 is over.

Well, that’s it. Ten awesome women rumored to don the Captain Marvel uniform.  Who’s your favorite? Who do you want to stay away from the project? Who would you like to have a rousing conversation over some ice cream? Comment below!

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X-Men: Rogue Cut Review

Welcome to my review of the newly released X-Men Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut. This review will contain spoilers so be warned.

Last time we saw Rogue she had forfeited her powers with a cure in order to be closer to her boyfriend Bobby Drake. Since the events of X-Men: The Last Stand she gained her powers back and hasn’t been heard from since the war in the future broke out and escalated. X-Men DOFP (Days of Future Past) The Rogue Cut is known as the Director’s Cut for the film. It not only adds in all of Rogue’s scenes portrayed again by Anna Paquin, but also adds in new scenes featuring various action sequences, character arcs, and deaths, and a few scenes particularly with a blue shape-shifting mutant and a beast of a man. Now some people may be apprehensive about buying this movie again when it came out on DVD last year, either because they already own it or hate what the films have done to a beloved character like Rogue. Well this isn’t the same movie and even though Rogue doesn’t get her powers like she does in the comics, she still is a kick ass female superhero and we always could use more of those in films. This movie adds in nearly 20 minutes of extra footage to the theatrical film and it is like watching a completely different movie than the one that was released in theaters.

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The Rogue Cut Details

The Rogue Cut opens up the same. The future is all dark and gloomy, mutants being hunted, and the X-Men are on the run trying to find Kitty Pryde and her gang. There have been added scenes and dialogue with Warpath, Bishop, Sunspot, and Blink with all them deciding on whether or not they want Wolverine to go back in time to change the past, fearing that altering that past will have them not be born or die in some other fashion. Storm interjects saying that even though those four may never be born if Wolverine succeeds, hundreds of millions of people will survive and have a future to look foreword to. There is also a really sweet scene between Kitty and Bobby, A.K.A. Iceman, saying goodbye to one another and they will see each other in the next life. Jump ahead to Wolverine waking up in the past with a little more action scenes involving him taking out the body guards and him driving away to find Charles. The rest of the movie flows like the normal theatrical release until you come to Wolverine, Charles, and Hank arriving at Quicksilver’s house to recruit him to help rescue Eric from the Pentagon. There we have the brief appearance of Quicksilver’s little sister dressed as a princess asking Logan who he is and in return he says, “I’m the Wolverine.” Interestingly enough fans have thought from the release of a promo picture with the little girl on Quicksilver’s lap to be his sister Wanda Maximoff, A.K.A Scarlet Witch. Fans will be pleased to know this is not her, for the little girls mother then asks her to go find her big sister, which we now assume to be Wanda who is upstairs during all this. We sadly do not see her at all during the movie so hopefully we will in a future film set in the X-Men universe. All of the scenes that were added in the past are so brilliantly done and transition smoothly with how the theatrical cut was originally released you can’t tell it was an added scene. The movie works both ways. Now there are a few more scenes that are in the past that are very cool involving like Mystique and Beast, but I won’t get into those here. You will have to watch those for yourself. Other than that the scenes and sequences that take place in the past generally stay the same. The main stuff that has been added or changed happens in the future.

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Now what you all have been waiting for, Rogue’s scenes! Jump into around an hour and a half into the movie and Kitty is gravely wounded by Wolverine when he slips from her grasp on sending him back to the past. Bobby informs Charles and Eric that Rogue is alive and being experimented on in order for humans to add her power absorption capabilities to the Sentinels and is being held captive at the X-Mansion in Cerebro. That is the reason why Charles could not locate her and assumed her to be dead along with all the others. The three then take the new X-Jet and fly to the heavily guarded X-Mansion now turned into a base of operations for the Sentinels and humans. Rogue is rescued by Bobby, Charles, and Eric but sadly Bobby does not make it and dies at the Mansion while fighting off Sentinels. The one major difference in character deaths from the theatrical release. Now do we get the flying kick ass Rogue we loved in the 90’s cartoon and comics…sadly no, but we do get to see her save everyone by taking over for Kitty because Kitty is bleeding out so the only logical person to save them is Rogue because of her powers.

Summary

There are still quite a few more scenes involving Rogue and the others so don’t be afraid that I spoiled it all. Believe me there is a lot more where that came from. Anna Paquin still looks the same as she did when we last saw her in The Last Stand and still stands out in a huge cast for her brief but pivotal scenes. This film sheds a whole new light on characters and events that we either didn’t get to see in the theatrical release or were briefly mentioned. I know a lot of people feel like the character of Rogue has been watered down so much from her original comic portrayal that they were happy she was cut out of the film. If you still feel that way I would give this version of the movie a chance. Can I also just say Anna Paquin looks absolutely beautiful as Rogue? Say what you will but don’t forget that a few months prior to filming she also had a child. So for her to be wearing a skin tight white suit is impressive to say the least. Rogue is still a cool and vital character and it was nice to see her added back into a film where most if not all the original cast returned in some shape or form. I am not sure if the Rogue Cut will be counted as canon leading in to X-Men: Apocalypse which opens in 2016, or if they will stick with the theatrical release for the canon. Either way I am very happy that I own and have seen what Bryan Singer has been teasing us with for the past few months. All if these scenes have added so much to the film and have made it so new that it truly has been like watching a whole new movie. I won’t say too much more about most scenes, you will have to just wait and see those for yourself when you buy the copy of X-Men Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut, in stores now.

X-Men: Rogue Cut Review