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Celebrate the first Marvel heroine in the MCU: Captain Marvel.

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Marvel had a variety of characters to choose from their catalog of female superheroes to introduce into their universe.

Following the strong roles and ideals of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America comes Carol Danvers, better known to us as Captain Marvel. DC had already introduced its main female heroine, Wonder Woman with glowing results and now it was Marvel’s time to shine.

The creation of this character is a wonderful addition. Marvel’s intention for Captain Marvel was to become one of the new pillars of the MCU Phase 4. In this origin story, we are introduced to Vers, a fierce warrior, faced with some very real issues. A warrior with a heart. Her emotion is what her superior tells her, is what keeps her from reaching her full potential. It is the classic struggle of the self vs society and in this case, struggling to fall in line with the and still dealing with a past that will define her future later in the movie. Carol seeks to find her own identity and just doesn’t realize it yet.

As we move further in the story, an event occurs where Vers is captured by the Skrull; a race of doppelgangers who are in a constant battle with the Kree empire. Vers is being interrogated for some information and in doing so, they release some deep-rooted memories of her past that she wasn’t able to recall before.

The film takes the audiences on a third person perspective with Carol in discovering her past and true identity. Her journey takes her to Earth where she is pursuing the Skrulls to find out what they know about a specific technology and prevent it from falling into their hands.

This is also the point where we are introduced to two familiar faces; Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. Phil is just a brand new agent and Fury is his senior partner.  This was before the solidification of S.H.I.E.L.D and its Avengers initiative.

Through the playful interation of Fury and Vers, we discover more about their backgrounds. They both were soldiers and had the same self doubt and identity issues that everyone goes through. It’s nice to see Samuel Jackson in a more playful role, a definite welcome change from the constant “angry man” syndrome.

The film will bring you back to the late eighties early ninetys where we were still using AOL and connecting to the internet sounded like a poor robot was being ground to death by horrible razor blades.  As usual, music choices were impeccable bringing you back to the era of bands like Garbage, No Doubt and more.

You also won’t want to miss the extra features one of which I thought was particularly important.

The DVD/Blue Ray release has some great features including

Gag Reel

Deleted Scenes (one of which shouldn’t have been deleted that would have enhanced the story)

Background story of the main attraction  GOOSE!

Origin stories of Nick Fury, the Skrulls, and the Kree

It’s a good film and a great start to bringing out the female heroines in the MCU. Captain Marvel is fierce and independent woman who is up to the challenge of whatever her new journey takes her.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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