When the first trailer landed for Thor: Ragnarok, the internet was awash with comparisons to Guardians of the galaxy.
However, according to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, the films are nothing alike. Speaking to Heroic Hollywood, the head of Marvel Studios said:
“Well, I think I would say it’s, and as people see more of Ragnarok, it’s a Taika tone more than a Guardians tone. He’s really adding a very unique point of view to it, but the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions.”
Personally, I’ve found both the previous Thor movies to the weakest films in the MCU, however Thor: Ragnarok has consistently defied my expectations since it was announced. Dare I say, it looks like Marvel Studios has finally made a decent Thor movie.
Here’s some disappointing news Rosario Dawson will not appear in The Punisher, when it comes to Netflix later this year.
In a recent interview, Rosario Dawson told Collider that her character, Claire Temple, will not be appearing in the series due to scheduling issues:
At the end of the day, it’s really hard to get all of those casts together. For The Defenders, it was difficult to get everybody together. People are busy! There are so many times where I really want it to happen. I really wanted to do a cameo on The Punisher, but it doesn’t always work that way.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers. is looking to develop another film in The Matrix franchise, which has so far spawned three films: The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Each of the films were written by the Wachowski siblings, who as of yet are not on board with the reboot.
Whilst promoting John Wick 2, Keanu Reeves was asked what it would take to get him back for a Matrix sequel.
He said: “The Wachowskis would have to be involved. They ould have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”.
It’s unknown at this point if the film would be a soft reboot, which would involve Neo, or a complete reboot following a new character. Either way, the studio is said to be eyeing up Micheal B Jordon for the lead role.
Personally, I don’t think The Matrix needs a reboot/remake. But, I can see why Warner Bros would want to. The original is now 18 years old, there’s an entire generation that hasn’t seen it.
The BBC have released a trailer for the upcoming series 10 of Doctor Who. I have to say, the trailer looks impressive. Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie seem to have great chemistry, it reminds me of The Doctor and Ace dynamic. I’m optimistic for the series a head.
Your opinion on John Wick: Chapter 2, will depend entirely on what you enjoyed about the original.
If you loved the simplistic nature of the storyline, then you may be a little disappointed with this outing. However, if you loved the world building that took place in the first movie. I think you’ll love this.
The first film can be explained in a lift, one week after his wife dies of cancer, a retired hit man is randomly targeted by the son of Russian gangster-which results in the death of John Wick’s dog and the theft of his vintage mustang. Grief-stricken and angry, he seeks revenge.
John Wick: Chapter 2, is a little harder to summarise, it’s essentially a film of four parts.
Part one picks up a few days after the events of John Wick. Wick is clearing up his unfinished business with the Russian mob. He wants his beloved 1969 Mustang returned to him. He faces off against Peter Stormare, as the brother of Viggo (the mob boss from the first film).
Part two: The next morning Wick is visited by Italian mobster, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who presents him with a “marker” from a previous debt. His mission is to assassinate D’Antonio’s sister.
Part three: The sister is protected by probably the only man who could be considered John Wick’s equal, Cassian (Common).
Part four: After completing his mission, Wick is double-crossed by D’Antonio; who puts out a contract on him, worth $7 million. He’s now targeted by Cassian and every other assassin in New York.
Winston (Ian McShane) has a bigger role, as the operator of “The Continental” a luxury hotel that is a safe haven for people who would otherwise be killing.
Reeves and Common both have a burning commitment to their roles. The martial arts choreography is a sight to behold. They also share a number of incredibly humorous scenes, one of which involves both men discreetly trying to shoot each other, with silencers across a busy New York subway station.
Everyone involved in the film gets how absurd it is. But they fully commit and take it seriously. Many of the people involved in this project, also worked on The Matrix and that visual style and chorography shows. The audience is encouraged to laugh at its excesses.
It does what any decent sequel should, it justifies its reason for being and, expands on the established mythology.
It plays to Reeves’ strengths. He may be an actor of limited range, but when you need a moody good-looking action hero, there’s few better.
Forget Neo, forget Ted. Keanu Reeves will forever and always be John Wick.
John Wick:Chapter Two is out in the UK 17th February 2017.