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What Marvel Movies Can Learn From Wonder Woman

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A new video argues that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could learn a thing or two from Patty Jenkins’ work on Wonder Woman about emotion in their movies. There’s no doubt that the MCU has produced some of the very best comic book movies of the past 10-15 years, boasting great action and special effects and telling entertaining stories with plenty of heart and humor. But when it comes down to showing raw emotion or sincerity with their characters, the MCU often holds back.

As you may notice in recent MCU offerings like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, and others, there have been plenty of moments that have stopped short of getting too emotional by cutting through the tension with jokes and zingers. The movies are no doubt funny, but they often avoid the kind of emotion that certain viewers may label as “cheesy” or overly sentimental. Jenkins aimed to subvert that notion with Wonder Woman, and the result is one of the most purely emotional comic book movies ever made. A new YouTube video believes that the MCU would be better served if it tried to tap into that same level of sincerity.

The new video in question is by the YouTube channel Just Write, which starting around the 6:23 mark begins to compare the MCU’s penchant for tension-busting jokes to Wonder Woman’s embrace of pure, sincere emotion. The narrator, whose channel publishes “video essays about writing, language, and story,” believes more MCU productions could stand to show more real emotion in its narratives without intentionally using the technique known as “bathos,” pulling back from potentially emotional scenes with comic relief.

“The fact that these jokes happen during scenes that would otherwise be emotional makes me feel like these movies are actually afraid of emotions,” the narrator argues. “Because they’re afraid that they will be the butt of the joke. That they’ll be seen as (gasp) cheesy!” The video also shares a quote from Jenkins in an interview with the New York Times, in which the director says that not just the MCU but Hollywood in general “has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel like they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like.”

The video concludes this argument by pointing out universally beloved, memorable movies like E.T. and Rocky that in their endings do not hold back on the kind of emotion that more cynical viewers may describe as “cheesy”. But it’s true; E.T. has endured for decades despite ending with an alien spaceship streaking a rainbow across the sky. It’s reasonable to say that even some of the MCU’s best offerings would have survived with even a little bit more sincere emotion.

That being said, it’s not exactly a detriment to the MCU that most of their movies have a great sense of humor. The utter lack of humor and grim tones of DCEU movies like Batman v. Superman have been a big part of the franchise’s problems, and Wonder Woman helped fix that by sprinkling in some humor of its own. Ultimately, the MCU will be fine if it keeps making movies on the level of Doctor Strange and others – but Jenkins did strike a great balance between heart, humor, and genuine emotion with Wonder Woman, and all of Hollywood can certainly learn some things from her work.

Source: Just Write

 

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Smallfoot Posters Provide First Look at Animated Feature

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Warner Animation Group has released the first posters for their animated film Smallfoot, featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro. Check out the Smallfoot posters in the gallery below!

Smallfoot is the story of a sasquatch who believes in that humans exist, though the rest of her people don’t believe in them at all.

The film will be directed by Karey Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge, Imagine That) and is written by Kirkpatrick and Sergio Pablos (Rio).

Smallfoot will hit theaters on September 14, 2018.

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Doctor Strange Assembles A New Team

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Doctor Strange is getting his own team of heroes in the new comic book series, Doctor Strange: Damnation, which will pit the Master of the Mystic Arts against Mephisto. The series will send Strange to Las Vegas to address the fallout from Secret Empire.

With the launch of Marvel Legacy, Strange’s solo series received a new creative team and was renumbered as Doctor Strange #381. The issue serves as the beginning of a new era for Strange, as the character lost the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, the Eye of Agamotto, and his home, the Sanctum Sanctorum, to Loki.

Marvel has announced Doctor Strange: Damnation, a five-part miniseries written by Donny Cotes and Nick Spencer, the architect of Secret Empire. The series will send Doctor Strange to Las Vegas to rebuild the city after it was badly damaged in Hydra’s attack in Secret Empire. Strange’s efforts will be opposed by one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe: Mephisto. To fight Mephisto, Strange will assemble a new team of heroes consisting of Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, and Blade.

Marvel has released the solicitation for the first issue of Damnation:

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 (OF 5)

DONNY CATES & Nick Spencer (W) • ROD REIS (A/C)

Variant Cover by RON LIM

Variant Cover by TBA

CONNECTING VARIANT COVER by GREG SMALLWOOD

Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

The city of sin gets its biggest sinner yet. When Doctor Strange raises Las Vegas up from its destruction during SECRET EMPIRE, he inadvertently opens a big door for the embodiment of evil, MEPHISTO! The devilish villain takes the city for himself and sets his sights on the rest of the world. It’s going to take heroes from all over the Marvel Universe to defeat him, but there’s nothing simple about fighting the lord of Hell.

The cover for the first issue shows Strange working with Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and Blade, but according to Nick Spencer, Strange’s call for help “goes out to a wide cast of heroes who either wield magic themselves or have been touched by it.” That suggests that Damnation could feature other supernatural and mystical heroes from the Marvel Universe, such as Black Knight, Brother Voodoo, Elsa Bloodstone, Satana, and Damian Hellstrom.

Donny Cotes compares the scale of the story to the 2006 cosmic Annihilation, referring to it as “Magic Annihilation”. Cotes says the series focuses on one corner of the Marvel Universe but “still has vast consequences and very high stakes.”

Doctor Strange: Damnation goes on sale in February 2018.

Sources: Marvel

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Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 Trailer!

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Watch the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 5 trailer

After a brief promo and a clip from the new season, ABC and Marvel Entertainment have finally released the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 5 trailer, which you can check out in the player below! Season 5 of the series will kick-off with a special two-hour premiere starting at 8 PM EST on Friday, December 1. Following that the series will return to its regular time slot on Friday, December 8 at 9 PM.

Last season, Agent Coulson and the team saved the world with the help of Ghost Rider. In a rare moment of celebration, the team’s night off was interrupted by a mysterious man and an elite squad. The next thing we saw was Coulson onboard a ship… in deep space! Together, they will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. These secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez.

The series was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

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