Captain Marvel and National Women’s History Month

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Not everyone has watched this movie yet. I’ve held off for a little bit to makes sure everyone that wanted to see it has. There are going to be some scenes that I want to touch on, so if you are wanting to see this film, maybe not read more than a few paragraphs of this post. You’ll know when to stop. If you don’t care then by all means, please enjoy what I have to say! This is all just my thoughts and in no way supposed to be political! I don’t believe that I say anything over the top, so it should be fine!

March is Women’s History Month, as many of you have known. This month is to celebrate outstanding women in USA history that helped to change the way the nation viewed women in the work place, household, voting, and politics. But, the women in history didn’t just try to change things for just women. They helped change the future for all that live here in the USA. Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, the hundreds of musicians, producers, and other very amazing women in our nation’s past. They show that there can be cracks in the glass ceiling.

National Women’s History Month was founded by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan. For some, this month is to celebrate their heroes. A lot of the women Superheroes in our comic books are shaped around the idea of our past warriors, and why shouldn’t they be? Children of any gender can use our past female heroes as stencils to help shape their own lives.

There was no coincidence that the Marvel character by the name of Captain Marvel (directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck: produced by Kevin Feige) had a movie released on the 8rd day of March 2019. It was obvious that this was intentional move that the company wanted to do. I think they even said that was the reason that they made that the release date. But why did they want March 8th of all days. Though March is for observing Women’s History in the U.S. It is celebrated in a lot of other countries as well. If you have an interest in looking up facts about what makes this month so special, go to, http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml

My Thoughts On Critics

What can I say about Captain Marvel? Well, first off, I would like to say, I was bamboozled by critics (“professionals”) again. Before Chris and I went to the movies to go see it, I just wanted to go home. I wasn’t interest in watching it all that much. I’ve heard nothing but negative things about the film and how they have a huge agenda throughout the whole film. As I have mentioned in other posts, I think that if a movie pushes a subject too strongly and for too long, I lose interest in the experience. Chris bought the tickets, saying that we were going to go, but I was reluctant, because I didn’t want to sit through a film that does nothing but preach at me the whole time. I was fooled once again. How dare they do that. And while I was fooled, there are tons of people (little girls, little boys, adults) that wanted to be excited about this film, but others that have seen the movie first bash it so hard that it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.

The critics were saying that the acting was subpar and that the, “women can do anything that a man can do” attitude was too out there. Saying that it took them away from the story and that it was a poorly written script that only had that one purpose. To bash men for keeping women down. I’m upset that I let them control what I thought about a movie that I hadn’t even seen yet. Now that I have seen this film, this piece of art, I am glad to say that it was a fun and enjoyable experience.

I have one thing to say to those people, women and men alike. Have you ever experienced the things that she was experiencing? Were you a young girl that wanted to do “boy” activities but was told that you couldn’t because you were a girl? Did your father tell you that you couldn’t do something reckless because you are female, but your older brother could do it? Where you trying out to be a pilot in the late 1980s to early 1990s? Women’s options are far easier to obtain now than it was a few decades ago. And this is just by this movie’s time period. Did the critics even watch the movie with and open mind or were they only watching it with their own agenda, because I didn’t see it. I watched the same film that they did, as far as I know, and I don’t see what they seen. When you are trying to pick out specific things, you can’t help but see them. I shake my head at these critics. I’m not saying this film was the best thing that I have ever watched. I don’t know if I could ever say that I’ve seen the perfect movie, but I feel like they were just harder on it because it talked about a social issue that has been pretty popular in recent and distant times.

The U.S. is a far from perfect place. And sadly, there are still social issues that need attention. The U.S. is our home, and I am proud to be a citizen. I would like to think that we as a country, want to make progress for the future. This isn’t a blog about politics. We have enough of those around that have biases of their own, but that fact that some people knock a film down, that wasn’t even all that over the top, is crazy. Maybe I’m wrong of all of this, but I was not in any rush to see this movie. I honestly didn’t have that big of an interest in it but I’m here saying that I was wrong about it. Congratulations to Brie Larson and for becoming a role model for people of all ages. I thought that you did amazing and I hope you know that you are helping to create type of person for these young kids to look up to. We appreciate your talent here at C&M.

For what I am assuming on what the critics disliked about the movie, (too feminist and too in your face) were the flashbacks that Carol (Brie Larson) Danvers/ Vers had during parts of the film. As I mentioned a few paragraphs ago. I don’t see what they were seeing. I’m sorry to be a broken record but I am so flabbergasted every time that I think about it. Each time that Chris and I finish watching a movie from the theaters, we always talk about what we did like, and what we didn’t like about it on our ride home. He said, “I know there were pokes at feminism, but I just thought that her memories are just common things for girls growing up.”

I don’t mean to go off on a rant. That isn’t what I want on this site. It is to be a nice place that you all can come to, to enjoy my thoughts on comic related things…or maybe you think that we are charming people and want to support us! We both appreciate it supremely and hope that this post doesn’t anger you all. I just wanted to express my annoyance to the people that have a ‘status’ that others look up to for direction on how they want to view certain content. If they don’t like a movie, they of course should be able to share their opinions. As they are sharing, they should be thinking of the younger crowd that reads or watches their things. If they themselves have an agenda and want to ride the train to being viral, then (shrugging) I don’t know. That’s kind of suck-ish of them.

ONTO THE MOVIE!

Click this cool buzzing book icon to read more about Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel!

To my surprise, I found myself enjoying Captain Marvel. And since I wasn’t that excited about seeing it (as you now know), I was paying attention to the dialogue and imagery more than I usually do for the first time around. In the opening of all Marvel films, they always go through all the comics that relate to the main character and end it in the shape of the world ‘Marvel’. This time it was different. It had all (about 21 including the one in Captain Marvel) our late Stan Lee’s (1922-2018) cameos in all the past MCU movies. My heart grew soft and warm as I saw his smiling face on the screen once again (he will have his last live action cameo in Avengers 4 Endgame). Right after ‘Marvel’ dissipates, black screen envelopes the large screen and clear white letters come to view to thank Stan Lee for all that he’s brought into this world. He made a lot of people very happy and created amazing childhood memories with fun heroes.

We travel to space, far…far away from Earth and brought into a nightmare of a young Vers. It seems as a memory, but all she remembers is life on the planet that she resides on now. Quickly, she rushes to her superior’s sleeping quarters to wake him up. As we watch further, we learn that this has been a habit of hers long before she could remember. Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) opens the door to his room to find Vers alert in the hallway, he knows that she has had one of her nightmares. To get herself back to her usual self, she asks him if he’d like to fight. A somewhat relieved yet tired, Yon-Rogg obliges her request. The next thing we see is a training session for the Kree Imperial Militia, Star-Force was what they were apart of, featuring the two characters, but she isn’t using her powers. It seems that he wants her to learn how to fight without them, because they could be “taken away” from her at any point so better learn how to train without them. Which I can see the point that he was making there.

Why, though, would he not want her to use her powers in a fight? Is it to protect her? But, if her powers are there to protect her, then why does he seem to fear them so much? I’m sure I was squinting at the screen because there was something fishy going on, but he seemed to genuinely care about her, so I didn’t understand. Maybe because he seems like her guardian?

The training continues as he strikes her hard to make her fall to the ground. This would be the first time that we, as an audience, see her power fists. Kind of reminded me of Iron Fist with his glowing hand, but hers was much more ‘mystical’ looking, while his would glow gold. It seems she knows how to control her powers enough to direct them into certain parts of her body. It was a part of her so I think it would be sort of second nature to her.

He peers down onto her and watches her fist become aglow, quickly demanding her to get control of her emotions. Their species practice a harsh, ‘controlled emotions’ (like Vulcans from Star Trek) that she just can’t get the hang of…but if she is of their species and from that world, then why can’t she do that? Many questions are forming because she’s old enough to where she should have learned how to do this by now, but she had memory lose so that’s why she had to relearn all these things, I guess. Her emotions get the better of her and BAM! Her fist smashes on his torso faster than a speeding bullet, sending his rag-dolled body across the room and splats against the wall that was sitting behind him throughout the fight. Down he falls! Looking up, he sees her face turns into an ‘Ooopie daisy’ and apologetic look.

Their back and forth from one another was very fluid and familiar. As if they have been superior and subordinate for many years. Turns out that was about six years that they would be acquainted. Later in the film, we learn why it was only for six years that they knew of one another.

Going about 3/4th the movie, we learn what happened all those years ago. Just a quick summery of what happened through the movie so that I can get to the part of the film that I want to talk more about.

Also, I don’t really remember when Goose (Reggie) the cat came into the film. Pretty sure it was when they went to the old plane field…but he’s the best-est and good-est boy in all the world! He’s a Flerken which is a very dangerous being from space. He is in the comics as well but if you would like to read about him, you can click on this link to know more about him. The real cat, not his character he plays Goose and Fiery are pretty inseparable though out the film. When Goose finally showed part of who he was, with his three tentacle type tongues swallowing up three enemies in one gulp. Fiery freaks out a bit not sure what to do. But Goose has always been good to him so he tells Goose that he will pick him up again if he promised not to do that to him.

Later, we find out that Goose is the reason the Fiery wears and eye patch. Goose scratches his face casing the lose of sight. Of course, no one seen that, and no one will ever know real reason why she lost his eyesight.

This is the meat and potatoes of the storyline.

Buckle Up!

It’s going to be a fun ride.

~Throughout the movie, she was remembering ‘dreaming’ her past life here on Earth (which they call Earth-616), but that couldn’t be because she was a Kree, not a human. Right? She collects a young companion, ‘Detective’ Fiery. I think that he was one of the top people in the agency that he worked for, but he wasn’t in charge of the whole operation yet. He did have a boss, but I don’t know what his job title was. He did have a partner that we all smiled at, since he was killed in the Avengers. In the future, he would be called Agent Coulson.

~The ride around and they end up at a government building, which was a part of SH.I.E.L.D. He explains that everyone calls him ‘Fiery’. His mom, friends, coworkers, boss. Everyone.

~Fiery puts a hat on Vers that has the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on it so she’d fit in. They get into the huge file room. Fiery calls for back up. The shapeshifter (Skrulls) ends up knocking out Fiery’s boss and taking his place. They take a ride together on the elevator and his boss calls him either Nick or Nicholas. Fiery side-eyes him and figures out that that wasn’t his boss. Oops. Fighting happens and Fiery apologizes for betraying her. He’s forgiven. They run away up the stairs and Coulson finds them, points a gun and decides to let them go.

~Retracing steps and chasing a lead.

~Finds long lost best friend from her past, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and her young niece, Monica Rambeau (the adorable and loveable Akira Akbar). They had a big box of her past things to try and help her remember her life.

~Talos (Ben Mendelsohn, the leader of the Skrulls) find Vers (now being called Carol) successfully convinces Carol that the people that she called friends (Kree) were the real criminals and that the Skrulls were just a race of beings that didn’t want to bow down to them, so they were being wiped out. They were on the run and trying to find the rest of their people to go and find a home that the Kree couldn’t find.

~Talos has some of the audio of the crash. They listen to it.

~This was the part of the movie that I wanted to talk about the most. When she remembers her past life, she remembers her leader as she was a pilot. Dr. Wendy Larson, (Annette Bening) turns out that she was actually a Kree scientist that was on Earth secretly for research. There are nods to the comic book. As most movies, there are Easter-eggs all over this film. You just got to look for them. It’s like a game that you play with the directors.

~Captain Carol Danvers and Dr. Larson begin to test the new plane that Larson was tweaking with. It had a faster feel to it that Danvers could feel. Suddenly, they are being chased and shot at by a not so Earthly plane. Carol dives and swerves in the clouds to get away, but they crash after a lot try of getting away.

~Larson is injured and bleeding blue blood (if it hasn’t been clear to you yet, she isn’t from Earth) but is still moving around to try and get ahead of the mysterious enemy. This scene was a huge part in Vers nightmares. Larson is shot, and the mysterious enemy turns out to be one of the Skrulls. Now that she has cleared up questions that she had in the past, she can clearly remember the actions that had taken place that day. It wasn’t a Skrull…it was a Kree! (Dun Dun Duuuuun!) Not just any old Kree…it was Yon-Rogg! (Dun Dun DUUUUUUN!) Carol was born a human on Earth. She was a normal person before this all happened. So how did she get her power, you might be asking? Well…well…well! I’m here to tell you that right now.

~Yon-Rogg emerges from the smoke and shoots Larson. Carol takes the gun in her hands and holds it up the, then unknown man, to keep him from closer, but he still steps closer but slower. He spills the beans about who Dr. Larson (Mar-vell) was and what she was doing here on this planet. The back part of the plane she and Larson were flying continued to glow, catching the eye of the two. Carol doesn’t know much but she knows that Larson was her peer and was always very nice to her, and this man just shot her. Danvers points her gun to the glowing part of the plane, causing the man to panic. She shoots her shot. It hits.

~An EXPLOSION of ENERGY bursts from the source and finds a host to absorb it in entirety. The energy pushes everyone away but since Danvers was the closest to the surge, it absorbed into her body which now was glowing dangerously. An unconscious, future superhero, laid on the ground while the strange man approached her. Another foot soldier approached and attempted to shoot her. Yon-Rogg stops it in time, remarking that this stranger has the power of the thing they were looking for. They are to take her with them.~She remembers everything now, though she wants to fight it, because all that she knows is the way of her teachings from her superior.

~She changes her uniform’s color sequence with the help of Monica. One of the color schemes was a reference to DC’s Shazam, hinting that he used to be called Captain Marvel as well. The uniform was a visual representation of her cutting off her association with the Kree.

~Find the lost Skrulls on an orbiting satellite around Earth.

~Kree invade the structure and capture everyone, including Carol in a weird device that held her unmoving, on the floor, on her knees.

~Carol’s little device on her neck is acting up and her eyes are closed. She’s visiting the Supreme Intelligence. They’ve been using her to get to the Tesseract. We all know what the Tesseract is! That’s what this movie was all about!

~It’s told to her again that her powers can be taken away. They placed that electro-sticker on the nape of her neck to try and control her. To make it seem like they are the ones that gave her the power that she possesses. She finally started to remember the events that happen the day she received her powers.

~Carol finally realizes that her powers are not from the Kree. They were given to her by the Tesseract. The fight is on.

The shocking object that was by the nape of her neck starts to static and is disactivated. All of Hell is about to break loose! Her body is aglow and intensifies second after second. Even her hair looks like white licks of fire. Her hands are pretty much non-existent because you cannot see them though the light that is eliminating from her. Her eyes were just pure light. Like looking at a holy angel that is descending from the heavens. Energy is just radiating off her, which scares the living bejesus out of everyone while they are all in an awe. She’s ready to kick some butt.

The fight scenes in the rest of the movie was her plowing from one enemy to the other. Ripping though ships and pretty much (not really looked too closely but) killing a bunch of beings from another planet. Hero movies usually gloss over that detail.

Remembering that Yon-Rogg is on Earth, Captain Marvel zooms back to the surface to find him. He knows that he would be able to beat her with her power and tries to make light of the situation. He exclaims about how proud he was of her and how her training has been a success. He also tries to get her to show off her skills of fighting without her gift. ‘Come on! Can you beat me without those power fists?’ (vaguely what he said and what I got from his shouting.)

He gets ready to try to fighter her without her powers. Last minute, she energizes and punches him to kingdom come! This had me dyin’! I’m so happy that the director had done that instead of her trying to impress her (not so superior) late superior. She doesn’t have to impress anyone anymore. It’s time for her to impress herself, and I clap for that. As short as this paragraph is, that’s how short the fight was. Amazing and well-acted!

Captain Marvel drags his rag-dolled body to the little damaged ship that was around them. He exclaims that he can’t return to their home planet with nothing. Yon-Rogg looks full of panic and he knows there’s nothing he can say to keep her from sending him back. She tells him that that isn’t her problem. Zoom! Off he goes.

The end of the movie has her offering to find the Skrull a new home to live and to find the rest of their species. She also hands Fiery a device that looked like a pager. If he ever needed her, she would come back and do whatever she can to help. She amplified the signal to spread across a couple galaxies. Very nonchalant.

The end credit that stars Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner/Hulk and War Machine is super cool because it pretty much sets up for Avengers 4: Endgame! War Machine alerts the team that the “thing that was blinking” stopped blinking. Not knowing what that means, they become on their guard. What happens when whatever was being signaled shows up? They have no idea. They’ve never even been told about what that device was for.

So, for what I understand, and this is my own math…never was my strong suit, I believe that Captain Marvel was gone and away from Earth-616 for 24 years (leaving in 1995 to the year 2019), to which she returns. It seems that she doesn’t age like normal humans do because Yon-Rogg transfused his blood into her (mentioned earlier in the film as a test question). All that had seemed to change was the length of her hair.

“Where’s Fiery?”

Thank you everyone for coming to check out our site and our new post! We try to give you something fun to read each time you check in on us! I want to remind everyone and myself, that if you are excited about a movie, or not so sure, try not to take another person’s word as gospel. It can be hard to do just that. I have enjoyed my fair share of movies that others did not. Your taste in film is that of your own, so don’t get discouraged! Treat yourself out! You deserve it.

Have a Super-day!

-Kay

Aquaman Flooding Into Your Heart

Helping People to Become an Aquaman Fan One At A Time

It’s a wonder-filled day, and how happy am I to be able to post this! Sorry everyone for the late upload. I’ve been trying to write about this movie for about a month and a half, but as soon as I grabbed my Surface, all the words would escape me. I never thought that writers block would cause me to not be able to write for so long. For the life of me, I couldn’t write a sentence without erasing the whole thing and getting annoyed with myself that I couldn’t create something for you all. Especially since I love this site so much and I love to create content for all to read! I send my deepest apologies to everyone. I have found a new wave, and it’s carrying me softly back to shore.

As I have done before, I will just be talking about the scenes that interested me the most. I like a lot of this film, but there are other sites that tell you play by play of the movie. You come here (I hope) to hear me tell you about what I thought of the film. I hope, with all my heart, that I can give more incite to the film from a nonprofessional view and help you look at the film in another way than what other sites tell you. Sometimes they can be very harsh about movies, that I feel mislead. People are bias by nature. It’s just the degree of bias that I don’t get along with. They can cause me not to be excited about the things that I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. I hope, for the future of this site, that there won’t be movie bashing. It’s always nice to see the positive part of movies. These actors really do try their best about becoming our childhood heroes. Some might be not so great, but I would like to say that I appreciate all their work and hope they don’t hang onto the hurtful things that some fans/super-fans tell them over the internet. Acting is talent. Stay positive!

Let’s get started on this fantastic film that was released in December of 2018, shall we? 

When I think of water, I think of the peacefulness that it brings. On the surface, on calm days, the liquid is smoother than the finest of silks. Sitting out on a dock, thinking about your life. Letting the small waves push around your feel as you relax on the clear day. Your mind goes quiet, and your eyes start to shut. Your head starts to point towards the sun, warming your face and hair. Beads of sweat come from your sun-kissed skin. At your feet, there is a cooling sensation. The rhythm of the water invites you into a refreshing embrace. Slipping into the sea. Feeling the water consuming your body, inch by inch, cooler and cooler. Slowly, you become submerged.

Last to go is your head. Breath in deeply, then out, and then back in. You’re training your lungs to take in more air. Quickly, you slip under the surface of the water. Peaceful and tranquil.

Rough Waters and all their glory. Violently chopping at the surface. Waves hurling over one another. The sound of crashing and colliding in the short distance threatening to take anything in its path with it as it rolls back into the depth. Raking at the shore to drag anything they can to the mercy of the water. Watching it, you feel panicked, anxious, or discomfort. Will the water grab you and pull you under? Can you escape? Trying to take a breath while the water’s got you might be one of the scariest things running through your mind at this point. Finally, you are under and the cold water starts to burn in your lungs. How long can you hold on?

This was an elaborate way of introducing my thoughts on the movie of Aquaman! In all honesty, I never really paid attention to the thought of Aquaman in any of the comics. In T.V. shows like, “The Big Bang Theory”, they go to a Halloween party in the local comic book shop, and everyone got to be who they want to be in the Justice League. All except Raj. He must be Aquaman, and he is not happy about it, “Aquaman sucks”. This was all before we got the new 52 recreation of all our favorite, and not so favorite, characters. When everyone was redrawn, they looked at Arthur Curry and asked themselves, how they could improve him. Turns out, they changed pretty much everything, physically and mentally, about him. Now, there are new fans of Aquaman all over. Again, in all honesty, I never thought that I would have ever been excited to go see an Aquaman movie. I was not disappointed. Just to make clear, this movie takes off after Justice League.

From the start of the film, the colors on the screen are so beautiful and deep that you’re just compelled to gawk. A narrative voiced by Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) starts up the film. It sets up the tone of how he is feeling by the beginning of the movie. It feels distant and heart broken. He tells of the first meeting of his parents, Queen Atlanna (Nichole Kidman) and Thomas Curry (Temuera Morrison). Those are some big names for being supporting characters. The love that he tells of, is full of pain and trouble. Not because he doesn’t love his parents, but because he feels responsible for the unfortunate things that happened to his parents. Princess (at this time) Atlanna ran away from the Kingdom of Atlantis in attempts of not marrying King Orvax Marius.

Thomas and Atlanna fall in love and conceive a child of the name of Arthur (in the movie, they named him after the hurricane that was in progress). Years later, Arthur is about 3-4 years old when King Orvax sends for her. She fights with her trident and wins against the guards. Sadly, she understands that they would never stop trying to retrieve her unless she returns to the Kingdom beneath water.

The small family, Arthur, being carried by his father, Thomas and Atlanna all meet at the end of the dock. The narration is sad and slow. It is time to leave. Atlanna tells Thomas to make sure that Arthur doesn’t forget about her and that she will come back to him when it is safe.

So, this movie has already put me in tears. Family is a very close to thing to my heart. Anything that has to do with family lose or death, always makes me choke up. The characters have so much chemistry with one another that it just sucks you into the storyline.

“Wait for me. I will be back here one day, at sunrise. I promise” – Atlanna

Every day, after she has left, Thomas would tell their son stories of his mother. About how heroic she was and how much she loved him. Every day, he would stand out on the dock waiting for sunrise. Waiting for his lost love to come home. Every day, he walked away broken-hearted.

What would happen if you were in this position? What would I do? I honestly don’t know. It’s okay if you don’t know what you would do. There’s no way that you could accurately assess on how much you would change if this were ever to happen to you. I have found that love of my life. I was lucky enough to get him to wanna marry me. If he had to do as Atlanna did, I think I would try to be as strong as Thomas was. The fact that he can have so much hope that she will return any day, and then become broken when time has passed, and she hasn’t come back that morning.

Fast forward one scene, there’s a Submarine that is being hijacked. Sailors are rallied up and put into a locked room. The pirates have taken over and had found the captain of the Sub. They want to disactivate the silent alarm that was attempting to reach out for help. It was too late, and the captain is killed. This is the first we see, David Hyde, the soon to be Black Manta (Yahya Abdol-Mateen). We also meet his father, Jesse Kane (Michael Beach) who stops David in a hallway in the Sub to give him his father’s (David’s grandfather’s) blade from the war. A small engraving by the hilt of the blade has a small Manta. It was meant to be a touching moment to create a sense of humanity to the character. And I feel like it did its job. He wasn’t just some killer, though that’s all we know about him currently. As it is setting up to who David is at this time, it is also spoon feeding the villain to the audience, but these movies (DC and Marvel alike) are usually part made for fans, but a big part are for the casual viewers, hoping to expand the fan base. You don’t have to be a life long fan to enjoy these action-packed creations.

Aquaman is already in the Sub and the supporting pirates are trying to fight him off. Little did they know, that Arthur is strong enough to fight and defeat Superman. He even doesn’t know that yet. Obvious to the viewer that they stand no chance.

Watching fight scenes in today’s films is so much more different than just a few decades in the past. I swear this is going to tie into that of which I am speaking of! I didn’t go down a rabbit hole, I swear! On Netflix, I have discovered that they have James Bond 007 movies in their collection. My husband and I decided that we should watch them because, I mean, we haven’t watched them before, and we wanted to see what all the hype was about. Oh. Man. How different they are (Ha-ha). But I bring this up, not to boast about the 007 films. I brought them up because of the fight scenes.

Back in the day, when those movies came out, the fight scenes were probably viewed as very violent. A slap here. A karate chop there. Kicks and punches. The main bad guys always had like a large and strong, seemingly indestructible bodyguard that has smaller security around him. And even though Bond is beating each guy one after the other, it seems like all the little bad guys don’t react to their friends or colleagues getting knocked out. The movements are much slower and the sounds that the producers put in the scenes make it obvious that there are punches landing on the bad guys. POW! BOOM! It’s like watching the old Adam West: Batman show (Ha-ha). They didn’t really think that the lackies needed to seem like people. They didn’t act like individuals, is what I’m trying to get at.

I am not dissing the 007 movies. I just wanted to tell of how the times of fighting have changed in the world of film. I love the Double O Seven movies. They bring nothing but joy and sometimes confusion.

In the Aquaman, Submarine scene, the pirate crew is watching their friends being tossed around like ragdolls. This man just broke into a Sub, that was submerged under a lot of water and is now beating the living hell out of everyone. If you can tear your eyes away from Jason Momoa, and look at the crew, you can see everyone getting progressively more and more terrified. At one point, a guy tries to hide behind the steel door with his gun being hugged to his chest. He watches the door as Aquaman moves though the entry and I can swear that I can hear him praying that he will stay unseen. Arthur slams the door into the petrified pirates head, ridding him unconscious. The crew can be easily seen as individuals which is the difference the 007 films and this one.

As the objective of saving the sailors from the pirates concludes, there is a morality check that Aquaman must face. Jesse and his son David (Black Manta) are trying to fight and kill Arthur. Since he is the protector of the seas and they are the predators, they are natural enemies and bound to meet at some point, as stated in this scene.

David tries to fight him on his own at first but find out that the Man from the Sea is metal proof. Yes, he tried to stab Aquaman with a sword. He was not anticipating that and gets his butt kicked. That would have been it, but David’s old man comes around the corner with a huge blaster (M203 Grenade Launcher?). Aquaman smiles and, to his surprise, it hurts him. It blasts him back with the fury of Hades; burning his chest to a crisp. Laying flat on the metal floor, the father and son laugh about it, not expecting any more movement from the strange man. They progressively drop their guard. Slowly, Arthur comes back into consciousness. They are speechless at this point.

Here is another point in which the Bad Guys have emotions and individualism. David is confused and frightened. His father is at a loss for words. I watched this film a total of three times in the theater. The first time I was just there to watch, the other times was to look at smaller details like reactions and character development, no matter how small. The actors that played this father and son duo, even though it was short lived, made me feel like that they had really been father and son, because they acted to familiar with one another. The actor that was playing Jesse looked concerned about his film son. You can see genuine worry in his face as he panics about shooting Aquaman again with his boom-stick (reference to the Army of Darkness).

Panicking can cause more problems than solve them. Arthur goes up to the father not knowing they were kin. David calls out to stay away from his father as Arthur had stabbed a metal piece into Jesse’s shoulder (I believe it was the shoulder). Surprised, Arthur looks back at the older man and looks disappointed and confused. Not word for word, but Arthur asks the dad why he would expose and raise his child to be a criminal. It’s irresponsible. You can see that Arthur has a very low opinion of the father now and decides to leave finally. Taking the metal out of Jesse’s shoulder, there’s a big shake and the launcher goes off. The torpedo, that was knocked down from its holding place, slams into the old man and pins him, painfully to the wall. David runs to his father and begs to Aquaman to help him lift it from his father. Arthur just exclaims, “He’s killed innocent men. Ask the sea for Mercy!” leaving, David feels panicked and deserted as the only person that could help abandons him and his father. Any hope of salvation has left David and a hatred for Aquaman will run his life forever.

Coming out of that situation, if you were the Aquaman, would you have saved the pirate that has killed so many for money of possessions? Would you save the man that has raised his son to be just like him? Would you save the man that was trying to kill you just minutes before? Just knowing that much about him, because this is the first meeting of the characters, what would you do in this position? Small things weigh on my mind at night. Things I have said in the past or just actions I have taken. Sometimes, it becomes so loud in my head that I must find something to do to calm myself down and keep my mind off what’s been bothering me. I don’t think that I could do as Arthur had done. But I couldn’t know that for sure. In the heat of the moment, I couldn’t tell you what I would have done. Was Arthur wrong for leaving?

What do you think of David and what he has done? Do you feel any type of compassion towards the person that he has become? He was raised to be this type of person. Sure, he was taught this from a young age, but did he have others telling him that violence and piracy is not the answer to a fulfilling life? What if he just had his father to raise and teach him. It seemed like he wasn’t hesitant about killing the Captain of the Sub so it’s fully reasonable to assume that the only teacher(s) were the pirates that he ran around with. Learnt behaviors are hard to correct.

I know there were a lot of questions in the last two paragraphs, but I honestly would like to know what you would do in his situation. I always like to hear about how others would react to the situation at hand. At this instance, I don’t know what the right answer would be, but the right decision is usually what is in your gut. I could see that Aquaman was very conflicted about his decision. I think that he regretted it the moment he made it but was to stubborn to change his actions. He is a human after all.

The next thing that I’d like to talk about is the first glace at Atlantis! How is it possible to create colors that vibrant on a screen!? Movies now a days have gotten so amazing that they show colors that make you just gawk at the screen. The greens, blues, purples, yellows. The way that the light is used seems as if they are influenced by the luminous fish from the depts of the Oceans. Beautiful to look at but can be the death of you. This can also be said about their clothing too! Very vibrant colors and styles. There’s a perfect example of a beautiful dress that is being worn by the stunning Mera. She looks like a very alluring Jellyfish.

The interesting buildings that they have all throughout the city, all accenting the environment that they live in. As far as I could see, they had a lot of windows on the buildings, and I find that interesting. The citizens of this magical place really care about their home, and that’s something to look up to. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded with colorful fish and plants? I have a question for anyone that would like to give me their input. Since the citizens live under water (obviously) did they have to create clothing that has weights in or on them to keep the person from floating around? Or did they evolve into having heavier bodies? These questions just popped into my head, but now I’m curious on how they figured out how to keep from involuntarily floating away.

I just don’t know, because, I looked around the screen to see what they could possibly have done to do this, but I think that most of the people wear more form fitting clothing. Let me know what you think at candm.bodenmiller@gmail.com!

 Going with the rest of the scenery, the wild life influenced vehicles, including the shapes and the colors, that they ride in. In nature, colors are used to create illusions of either deadly, poisonous, mating, gender, or just to trick other species into thinking that they are dangerous to eat or attack. A light from the Anglerfish can trick pray into false security and then attacks! I bring up this specific fish because Atlantis is a beautifully lit city! Though they have a stunning city, they are not to take lightly. Their military efforts can be quite ferocious when need be.

Going off the animal behavior of the seas, the patterns that they travel in, inside of their city, fits the patterns of the fish travelling in schools. The organization of the cities traffic could only be marveled at how smooth it flows (like water). It’s funny because it really does look like little schools travelling with one another. Fascinating that the influence of the wild life around their city has affected them so much. Everything is so smooth, yet everything seems to have a point like fins. Fascinating!

The main reason on why there was so much friction between the two worlds was because of the huge amount of pollution that the seas were getting from the surface. In a few scenes, there were not so subtle imagery of the effects of the pollution in our waters. There are turtles that are caught in plastic. Fish stuck in bags. Wild life trying to eat trash, not knowing that it will only end badly for them. Mera (Amber Heard) mentioned this several times to Arthur as they were travelling together. King Orm/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) has mentions this a few times to Arthur, and I can see why he is so mad at the surface dwellers.

Christian, after we saw the movie the first time, said that, “they made it clear that pollution is a really bad thing. If they would have mentioned it about two more times, though, it would have been too much and degrade the whole movie as an agenda. People don’t mind hearing that the bad things that are happening in the movie, like pollution, is a poke at our own societies’ actions, but they don’t like being preached at. They did it just enough times to drive it home but not enough to annoy me and take me out of the experience.” I agree with him. They mentioned it a perfect amount of times to keep relevant to the plot of the film. Sometimes directors want to ride the wave of popular subjects. And the closest reference I can think of its r/FellowKids off Reddit. They mean well, but they try way too hard, I think.

Happily, there is a movement going on in our lives that is helping to keep trash off of our beaches. many of our beaches are looking ten times better now that the population is taking action against the mountain of trash.        #trashtag

Now that I introduced the name of King Orm or some might just say Ocean Master, I’d like to speak about his character and how I think he felt throughout his growing up. He was believed to be the only child of a loving mother named Queen Atlanna. He had a childhood friend, who is promised to him when they get of age, that adored him. Everything was going fine until it was found out that he had an older brother who was half surface dweller and half Atlantean. He was no longer the sole heir to the throne. On top of that, his mother was being sent to banishment to the Kingdom of the Trench. The Kingdom of the Trench (also the name of the beings that live there) is populated with vicious beasts that devolved into terrifying beings that eat everything they can. Primal instincts drive them, and they are the guards to the entrance of the Hidden Kingdom. No one knows that about them at the time, but we find that out in the movie.

All this started happening when Arthur was found out. Out of the safety of her first born, she never even spoke of him to her youngest. I’m sure that he felt betrayed about that as well. His mother was dead. The king (at the time) was the only figure to Orm now that he had to learn to be a warrior and a leader. A hatred for his older brother seeds itself to Orm’s soul, which I am sure that he was planning on how to get back at Arthur for this. In Orm’s head, Arthur is the reason why his mother had to die.

Trash is floating around the seas hurting his home and hurting the ones that he loved! How could he not hate the surface dwellers? Why not push all the garbage onto the beaches (which was one of his messages to the human population that there is a war coming)? Show us what we have done to their environment! I have to say, Patrick Wilson is an amazing actor and he just sucks me into the screen. I’ve seen him in other things, but I think that he was made for this role. Same with Amber Heard for being Mera. She looks just as the comics! How is that even possible (Ha-ha!).

Let’s move onto another scene! The Ring of Fire is an old tradition that Arthur knew absolutely nothing about. He, being a hot head that he is, challenged his brother to it a highly skilled fight. Each person is given armor and a Trident that they bring with them. King Orm with his father’s that has seen many battles in it’s time. Arthur with his mother’s. Orm tells of how it is flawed as she was. You can hear the anger he has for his mother. Her actions cause her to be taken away from her family. More importantly, took her away from him.

The ring is walled with the citizens of Atlantis cheering, loudly for their King. He does have a strong presence to him. You can tell he was groomed to be the leader of this great world. Nothing but ‘booing’ for Arthur as he zooms up to where Orm is floating. The fighting his progressing and the graphics of this fight scene is amazing. Everything is enveloped in water, obviously, so movement are animated with bubbles and ‘whooshing’ sounds! Their movements are like a well-choreographed dance. You can see the amount of strength they both have because of the speed that they are swimming at and striking down on each other. They show so much raw power that it seems that they should be in a tie, but of course Aquaman is way over his head. At the last minute of the fight, their mother’s Trident breaks in half! Arthur has lost!

Mera jumped in to make a huge air pocket that lifts Orm into the “air” tunneling him to the battle circle and slams him down on the ground. He doesn’t have the ability to breath just air so that probably hurt him a lot. She is now considered a trader which is punishable by death/banishment. She believes that she could never go back even if she begged for forgiveness. Except we know that her father is the ruler of the Kingdom of Xebel. In the movie, this is the closest ally that Atlantis has for the war that Orm wants to start. For Orm to keep his alliance, Mera must be returned to her father as good faith. Orm agrees (with fingers crossed) to the condition that no Atlantean would harm her…but…he knows of a person that doesn’t like Arthur Curry (and since Mera was traveling with him), Orm sends out for David Hyde. Weapons what could harm the Atlanteans were sent to David, since no other weapons were lethal to them. Black Manta is born, and he’s coming with a vengeance!

That all was a set up for another characteristic that I found amazing to watch. Before the film was released into the theater, people were very skeptical of Black Manta being in the movie with Ocean Master. Two big names in one film can be a very tricky thing to pull off. Also, people were thinking that Black Manta was going to be too goofy to put in this film. For you to make a compelling character on the silver screen, you must be able to put your own personality into the character. Yahya Abdol-Mateen succeeded in doing this from the very beginning. When his character received the Atlantean armor and weapons, he takes apart everything to learn how it is all put together and how he could improve it. We all know that the cartoon Black Manta has a very wide head, but did we, as a general population know why it was shaped that way? Now, we know that it was for a reinforced structural purpose. As he was tinkering with the helmet, the eyes were activated, and he was close to them. In the last second, he realized that there was danger, and ducked out of the way just in time. Powerful beams slice though everything that was in front of it! The helmet was a bit smaller, which broke in half. David’s hands hug the edge of the table and raises his head, slowly over the side of it to look at the death-ray helmet. Mouth gapping and eyes widened in shock and in awe.

The fight between Aquaman and Black Manta was action packed and mesmerizing. Mera had a fight scene going on at the same time, where she was being chased down by Black Manta’s backup. One after the other, they all fall to her cunning fighting style. One of the guy’s helmets were taken off which is a really bad thing because Atlanteans can’s breath out of water. Quickly he must find a body of water to put his head. His eyes zero in on the toilet of the house he was in. Quickly, he slams his head into the bowl! Gasping for a breath, he feels the sense of relief and his body slumps into a relaxed posture. Good for you, guy! Hopefully the owner of that house washes the toilet regularly!

Back to the fight staring Black Manta and Aquaman! David’s face was total covered, so his identity was completely unknow to Arthur, at this time. Curry was confused on why this superpowered person was coming after him specifically, because he figured out that this costumed being wasn’t from Atlantis…but the masked man had their equipment. Relentlessly, the mystery man wails on Arthur and vice versa, all the while confused about who this man is. Don’t get me wrong! Aquaman can handle his own but matched with someone that is controlled by their emotions (which can cloud judgement) can be a real roller coaster.

“Think we’re gonna need a bigger helmet.” -David Hyde

Soon after the fight has begun, clues, spoken by Manta, are understood by Curry. Finally, he figures out that his actions on the sub had created something much worse. An arch nemesis. The Black Manta. Might I add, that the suit is FAN-TASTIC! It’s fresh looking and slick. The contrast of the suit is phenomenal. I’ve always loved the match up of black and red together.

During their fight, Aquaman dives off the building as Manta was shooting beams from his eyes, hitting a bell and the tower that housed it. The population of the Italian city were running everywhere, but the camera focused on a little girl in braids trying her hardest to get away from the falling rubble. The huge bell rips off chunks of building, which begin to fall to where the little girl was standing. Arthur sees where the bell would be falling and gets up quickly. He used his body to slam into the side of the bell to knock it out of the path of the child. He sees that her father is trapped under some rubble and, somewhat effortlessly picks it off him. He tries desperately to get the remaining people into the church to get them out of harm’s way, but Manta come down from the sky to continue the fight. Out of all the chaos, he is still trying to keep the citizens safe. Hyde shows absolutely no compassion for anyone. That’s the difference between selfless and selfish people. Do you try to look out for others, even if it may mean that you could get hurt, or do you use people to get the upper hand?

Manta uses the distraction to attack Aquaman (which I feel is a real cheap shot) and continues to try to get the upper hand on Curry. I feel Arthur was getting sick of this fight and moves through the pain to knock out Manta. Manta knows that there is no winning this fight and tries to escape. Creatively, Arthur uses something to make a bolo. It wraps around Manta’s neck (this was a very dark part of the movie) which causes him to lose control and falls to his “death”. Rest assure the he doesn’t die. Arthur starts to feel the weight of responsibility for what has transpired. Because of his actions in the past, there was a threat to the people that he holds so dear.

DC has been playing with the balance of humor and darkness in their films, to try and make their new series more likable to the general public. I do agree that their films are more for the adult population, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. I did not think that so much about the Aquaman before this film was announced, but happily, I was wrong. The more I seen the previews, the more I wanted December 21st to arrive. I’m also so thrilled that the pattern that films are going or is, letting their actors bring all their personalities into the films and not limiting them to just “sort of” being themselves. It creates a more approachable character that audiences can dive, even easier, into the experience of movie watching. I’m sure that the actors get more attached to the characters as well.

There were a few darker parts to this film, but it was mostly just different from the others that came out before this one. The phenomenal director of this master piece, James Wan, has made a brand-new look on Arthur Curry that we have never seen before! He’s exciting! Adventurous! Approachable! You could have a beer with him if you found him out and about in the local pub. The director really took care of this Superhero the way that no one else could. He made Aquaman someone that people are paying attention to again. It wasn’t just James Wan either. Jason Momoa’s personality just beams out as he’s acting his heart out. Now that Jason has fully embraced the role, I couldn’t see anyone else as Arthur Curry.

Obviously, I could talk about this movie a lot more than what I am doing, but I just want to touch on three of four more thing that happened here. They are full of emotions and made me ball my eyes out in an unflattering way. A little back story to why I feel so strongly about family and loss in families is because I lost someone close to me. She was beautiful, kind, strong, charming, protective and creative. Those are just some of the words that come to mind about her. Sadly, she was taken from this world and her children at the early age of 35 years old on January 5th of 2005. Though she was taken, I know that she is still around to look after us three. I was 10 years old when I lost my mother, Lisa. I love my mother dearly and she is always on my mind.

I always feel a connection to characters that lose their mothers because I know how it feels and how it felt. It doesn’t go away, but it does get easier. There is no cure to a broken heart. All you can hope for is that they are happy and at peace. I know she is the same as she always was. You can be angry or spiteful. You can become a completely different person that builds walls up around your heart so that you can never feel as sad as you were (or are). You can be understanding. Everyone is different in the way that they grieve, so if this has happened to you, (might not be your mother. It could be anyone that you were close to) the way that you grieve is completely up to you. Just make sure that you are trying to deal with it in a healthy way. Arthur struggles with his mother’s death because he feels it was because of him that she passed.

As a child, I would entertain the idea that she was taken away (like in witness protection) and after a long while, she would come back and explain everything to me and my siblings. I’m sure that was just to relieve some of the pain that I felt about losing her. I bring this up because Arthur’s mother is not actually dead. When they bolted passed the Trench creatures, the Hidden Kingdom was revealed. The emotions I felt as I realized that the Hidden Kingdom was housing his mother, flooded me as I was so happy for Arthur at that moment. He was able to re-connect with his long-lost mother. There was a strong silence as they wide-eyed one another, slowly registering who the other person was. Arthur had a picture of his mother, so he was able to identify her without hesitation. A mother knows her child…she knew Arthur was her baby. The embrace they had for one another is the embrace I wish to have when I get to see my mother again. I can’t imagine the thoughts that were going through their heads as they become a family once again. She asks about Thomas and his well-being. Arthur tells her that he still walks out to the end of the dock every day, waiting for her to return. You can watch her face go from happiness to heart broken as it has been so many years since last, they’ve seen one another.

I have found someone that I love more than I love myself, and I could only imagine a fraction of what she and Thomas were feeling all those years apart. We were apart for five days, and I had no idea what to do with myself all those days. They had to spend 20-30 years (I don’t remember how long the movie said) away from one another. How absolutely soul crushing that would feel! The thoughts of reuniting with her love is always in her head but she has been stuck in the Hidden Kingdom for part of the years that she was gone from home. She had to go through the Trench just as Artur and Mera had just done. Surprise surprise! The way out is to get the Lost Trident of King Atlan, who was hidden in the cave behind the waterfall that they were in front of. Atlanna has tried many times to get to the King but each time she was beaten by the Karathen (voice by Julie Andrews). There have been many that have tried to get to the King’s Trident, but all have failed. All but one losing their lives. You can see a pile of bones in the cave.

Click the YouTube icon to watch Aquaman’s orange suit reveal!

King Atlan was the only person that could talk to the beast, which I’m sure that you can see what is going to happen. Arthur doesn’t know that though and tries to fight off the beast, all the while the Karathen is speaking to him about how unworthy he is to be there. After all, he is only a “half breed”. Arthur, in an exhausted expression of mercy, asks it to, “Stop!” Confused, it stops to listen to the small being. Arthur tells of how he knows that he isn’t worthy to be there, but this was the only way that he could save the people that he loved. Convinced that Arthur is the rightful King of Atlantis, the Karathen retracts its tentacles to make way for Curry. If he turns out to be something other than the real King, he would be eaten…so it’s a win-win scenario.

Now, if you are like me when you were watching this movie for the first time, you were shaking with excitement as you know what was going to happen. Oh yes. It’s time for the OG costume that everyone has seen in the previews. A power blasts from the Lost Trident as Curry holds onto it. Lights that could never be explained in words blast around the abandoned room. King Atlan is no more. The new, true King has found his calling. A King of the Seas.

Aquaman emerges from the waterfall in the original comic book Aquaman look. Who knew that outfit could be composed to look so badass!? Gooooood Lord! How amazing could one person look? On the torso, they accented the orange top to have deeper scales on it. Smooth but you can tell that it is well armored. Form fitting. The green gloves that have the appeal of fins. Nice and sharp. Green bottoms that, again are form fitting to accent the muscles that Aquaman clearly has. His boots match his glove in stylish but practical. He now wears the symbol of his people. If he had any question about who he was and who he is supposed to be, I’m sure that they have been answered. He, not believing that he would be a great leader, is what a great leader need. Thinking that there could be a better person for the job could, all in all, cause him to work harder to become what his people need him to become. If you think that you are the best of the best, you cause yourself to not want to grow more. You become sitting water, and if you know anything about sitting water, then you know that it stinks. Don’t stink. Make sure that you are always moving forward.

It’s time for the final fight. I can’t even put into words what it looks like and how it feels to watch it, so I wanted to get the video from Youtube. When you are watching this small clip, look for the foreshadowing’s that are highlighted. The cape being ripped off. The water shield that was mentioned earlier in the film being successfully performed by Aquaman (timein clip 1:40), taught by Nuidis Vulko (the magnificent Willem Defoe). The broken Trident of Orm, the helmet that he wears. Look at the no verbal ques like the stance that Arthur is in after he had defeated his brother. Look at the stance of Orm as he tells Arthur to finish him. Look at the scenery and how it matches the battle!

The last scene that I want to speak about is the very last scene in the movie. Again, you hear Arthur narrating but this time, it is in a different tone. Content, light, loving and full of admirations. Thomas is walking to the end of the dock, as he has done for decades, waiting for his lost love. Head down and his hands in his pockets. You can tell that he hasn’t looked up the whole time he was walking outside. He peeks at the ocean, as he has done a thousand times before, but this time he is stunned at the beauty that the sea as released something more precious than a pearl. His hands come out of his pockets and his mouth opens (my eyes are flooding with tears like an idiot). She’s looking at him, hoping that he doesn’t hate her, but as soon as she looks at him, she knows. He starts the run to her first, quickly she follows. Like strong magnets, they collide hard into one another. Finally, the star-crossed lovers are together again. No words could come close to the emotions that are exploding from this couple.

Quietly, Thomas mutters to her, “You’re back…you’re back”

Happily, she relieves a, “Yes…yes” into her true love ear.

Thomas’ face twists as his emotions are too strong to keep ahold of. Tears spill out of his loving eyes. Both embracing each other tighter than a coiled snake. They touch foreheads and end in a kiss that could have lasted forever.

“My father was a Lighthouse Keeper. My mother was a Queen. They were never meant to meet…but their love saved the world. They made me what I am. A son of the Land. A King of the Seas. I am the protector of the deep. I am…Aquaman.”

Thank you all for waiting for this post to come public. I want to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you. You are all my heroes because you all are making this site come to be alive. My heart goes out to everyone that has lost someone either recently, or in the past. It’s not easy to get over something like that, but time really does help heal your wounds. There might be a scare as a reminder, but it will become easier.

And if I haven’t said it yet. Thank you to all that was casted and background workers for this magnificent film that I got to see not once, not twice, but three times. It gave me so much joy and lots to think about. You all make our heroes come to life.

Thank you all again for checking in on this site! I’d love to hear from you at candm.bodenmiller@gmail.com. Writers block is gone, and I’m not going to slow down! See you again!

-Kay

Deadpool 2

What's Better Than Red Scooters? The Pool of Dead That's Who

*Que Music*

Deadpool is probably something that children should not watch. Be very careful who reads this! Not suitable for children!

Hello Everyone, and welcome to my new post! If you have been following this page, you might see that I’m trying to step up my game! What I mean by that is that it only took me a few days to write this post! Deadpool 2 just came out on the 18th of this month in theaters, so I’m gonna try and get this review done super-fast so it seems like I’m not slacking off, again. I have the next 4 days off of work and I’m going to try and get this done. I’m also planning on writing more about characters. But that’s a later thing to talk about in a different post. Deadpool 2 is the main topic, so let’s get started!

What do you think about when you hear, Marvel movie? Do you think of a true honest American hero that would try to help others instead of kill? Do you think of Captain America or Iron Man? True, if you read the comics and have followed along with their story lines, you know it’s not always sunshine and daisies, but most of the movies I see from their company is pretty uplifting.

Not Deadpool though! The first movie was funny, much more light-hearted. Well, compared to the second movie, it was.

A, very brief, recap of the first movie:

  • Wade is a hired gun
  • Wade Wilson gets cancer
  • Goes in for experimental treatment
  • Seems everyone has a mutant gene, just needs to be “started up”
  • Wade mutates from enormous amounts of stress from that water tank thing.
  • Francis hunt
  • Girlfriend captured (might take place before Francis hunt)
  • Wade teams up with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead
  • Wade wins

Sad Pool

Though the first movie was of Wade getting tortured, I think that was the extent of really “rough” scenes. Deadpool 2 was just a crying factory. His girlfriend dies in the beginning of the movie. Wade is devastated and tries to die the whole movie, so he can be with him lost love. The first attempt on his life was throwing himself and the killer in front of a moving truck. Obviously, that doesn’t do anything to DP. Killed the other guy for sure, but the speed of his regeneration powers keeps him from being killed. Hurts like a son of a gun but he doesn’t die. In a depression, he tried to blow himself up in the apartment where she passed away in, with huge barrels of explosive liquids. He throws a (I think a cigarette) into on of the drums and a huge explosion happens! DP parts flying every which way, yet we can see his head still talking as he’s explaining the scene to the audience.

Wade has a lot of out of body experiences though-out this movie where he sees the lovely Venessa, played by Morena Baccarin, where he cannot reach her. At times it looks like she cannot hear him either (this seems to happen when he is “close” to death). She does but he needs to say of as the right thing for her to respond properly. He asks when she wanted him to do. His heart is the key, and then he wakes up.

Colossus came to find him, put him back together and takes him back to the Charles X: School for the gifted, to be taken care of by his friend. As last time, the school is empty, but we get to see the school again. If you’ve watched the old X-Men movies, you’ll like what you see. The professor’s chair is out in the communal area, which is weird, but we don’t know the time line where their takes place. Or do we? DP starts rattling off that the producers didn’t have enough money to get more of the X-Men in the movie. As DP moves down the hall, not really looking around, we can see, for about 5 seconds, the cast from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Pretty much the “founding fathers” of the Mutant School we know and love. Beast closes the door quietly, but we all were too blown away that that even just happened.

Colossus mentions something about Wade’s heart being in the right place by helping this Child Mutant by joining the X-Men (as a trainee). Emotions run wild and on comes the romantic hug. DP cups Colossus’ bit firmly. Colossus tried to get out of this embrace but we all knew what was going to happen. Wade sides hos hand back on that hump. Colossus just lets it go, knowing nothing he could do would help stop this harassment.

This is pretty much a huge recap of the movie, but i wanted to put this in to show the relationship between Deadpool and Colossus is. found this on youtube 

https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxgkq0pwjyY

Other big names were in the film as well. Would you like to know? Of course, you would! The main ones would be: Ryan Reynolds (The Main Man), Josh Broil (Cable), Zazie Beetz (Domino), Brad Pitt (Vanisher), Matt Damon (Redneck in truck), Terry Crew(Bedlam). The full cast can be seen on imdb.com if you’d like to see more of the wonderful actors. Seems like most of the bigger named celebrities die instantly, so they can’t steal the screen. Just enough to give a shock to the audience.

Now, I’m only doing the scene by scene right now to further give detail about the more serious plot to this film. It was full of jokes, and fun times but you get to see the depressed side of Wade Wilson as well. He, though light hearted character at face value, is a hurting individual. Both Wolverine and Deadpool were cursed to live lives that would go on forever. Not so much Wolverine anymore, but that is a depressing life, all in all. Loved ones die, but you can’t follow in their footsteps. You’re alone and there is very little you can do about it. (A little off topic but did you know, Wolverines worst nightmare is where he out lives everyone except for Deadpool? He doesn’t welcome to fact that they could be the only two left in the world.) That little fact doesn’t really matter in this movie. I just thought it was a fun little thing to know about.

Fast forward, the X-Men (and Deadpool) arrive at the scene of future Firefist. Kid is having a melt down because the orphanage is a terrible place. You know those evil religious camps that try to convert young gay children to “think right”? It’s like that type of place but they teach children to not use their powers because it isn’t natural. Like I said, terrible place. So, he’s had enough and now is destroying everything he can. Where are the other X-Men, you say? I don’t really know. I’m not sure on what year this is all taking place. You can clearly see the other X-Men, but they are super young still, so where does that hold the timeline for this movie? I don’t know. If this post comes off as random, you could say that it matches the movie Ha-Ha!

Deadpool kind of bombs the encounter so everything seems to fall into the hole quickly. DP ends up throwing his sward at the kid’s head, knocking him out. The kid gets a collar put on him that takes his powers away, temporarily, and comes into consciousness. DP sees torture marks on the kid’s neck and makes up his mind. DP shoots one of the men, in the face, that was in the crowd that has hurt the children in the building. Obviously, DP is taken down, collared and taken to the “Ice Box”.

I keep saying, “The Kid” by the talented actor, Juilian Dennison, that plays the young Russell Collins (aka Firefist). He, in this role, is a potty-mouthed, angry teenage mutant that wants to have a friend by his side. He has the power of Pyrokinetic, which, in his anger, is something to be reckoned with. Ends up that, in the future, Firefist kills Cables family in a blaze of fire. That’s the whole reason on why Cable was even in this timeline. Amazing actor for the both of them. Both, very raw type of people and I enjoyed the scenes they were in with each other. Though most of them are with Russell confused and Cable shooting that crazy advanced gun at him.

Hope Summers

This is a general, and well spoken, introduction to Hope.

link to the person who this video post belongs to is in the Youtube link below!

In my little summery:

Hope Summers. Do you know who she is? In the future, there are little to no Mutants left in the world because Scarlet Witch uses her powers with Cerebra to “kill” the people of higher abilities. All in all, their powers were taken away. 91.4% of them. It happened on the date of November 2nd in the X- Men issue #191, release in 1963, called M-Day. Hope Summer was the embodiment of the reversal of M-Day. She was the first child born with mutant genes. Real interesting stuff there. All in all, Hope is too important to not get back. Cable can save her by killing the young fire starter now. To be honest, I want to know more about this event, so I’m going to research it more. I won’t pretend like I know about it, but it is really fascinating. Don’t you think?

Wade and Russell are cellmate for a fleeting time, because Cable is already on his sh** and comes after Russell for reasons already stated. Wade fends off the new attacker and is super confused about the encounter. This happens a few times in the movie. All of the scenes with Cable and Deadpool are straight up gold mines!

Do you guys remember the scene in X-Men Origin’s: Wolverine where Wade Wilson goes into that room filled with bad guys guarding a precious rock. Wade, a master swordsman, is shot at by hundreds of bullets in just a short 1.5-2 minutes. Not one bullet impales the future Anti-hero. In one part he slices a bullet in half, which both parts of that bullet separate and hit two men behind Wilson. That one trick was used in this film as well, which made people feel a sense of joy and hilarity. We all know that Origin’s Deadpool was terrible. Ryan Reynolds knew it too. Sealing his mouth shut…it’s like the producers didn’t even study up on the character at all. What’s the point of having the nickname, “Merc with a Mouth” if there is no mouth to indicate. Anyways, in pure joy for all fanboys and girls everywhere, there was an end scene to him shooting old DP in the head! Several times. We also got to see young Logan again!

This movie has too many references to even start typing about, including the previews to the movie and commercials, but I will try to name a few for you!

  • Logan: Joke about how Wolverine got to die in his own movie, and states that he’s dying in his movie too as a FU to Logan.
  • X-Force: The way that Wade crosses his arms in front of his torso is the reference to Black Panther. “Wakanda Forever!”
    • Deadpool’s suit gets covered in soot/ash and is a reference to his costume for X Force.
  • Cable: Deadpool calls Cable, Thanos. (Josh Brolin is both the voice of Thanos and he plays Cable.)
    • Being called, “One-Eyed Willy”.
    • Being called, “John Connor”.
  • Scooter: Deadpool always rides on a red scooter in his comics and one of his favorite transportation devices.
  • Domino: Talking about her powers and how they were probably made up by a man that couldn’t draw feet. Reference to her co-creator, Rob Liefeld.
  • Juggernut: Juggernut and Colossus usually fight in the comics and Jug usually wins.
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio: They are the first mainstream comic book characters on screen that are openly gay. That’s more fact than anything else.

At the end of the movie, Wade does, in fact, die. He gets to be with Vanessa for a few moments before she sends him back (Cable used his “get home” time-traveling device to turn back time to save Wade, using the arcade game token). He knows that Vanessa is waiting for him in the afterlife. Bringing a peace to his heart, he returns to the world. His suit is still soot covered, but his sense of humor is still the same. Russell is alive and well. Cable’s daughter and wife are alive again (known because the bear on Cable’s hip isn’t burnt). Deadpool and his gang of misfits. What more could we want?!

So, all in all, I can say from the bottom of my feet to the tip top of my head, that I loved this movie. Ryan Reynolds is so great at what he does, and he was definitely made to play Deadpool/Wade Wilson. This film had me tearing up a bit from both laughing and being depressed from all of the sad moments. You get to see that Deadpool isn’t just a yapping mouth that talks about nonsense all of the time. Wade is a very depressed person that lets out his frustrations through jokes. Which, I don’t think a lot of producers would have shown that side of him. Luckily, Ryan Reynolds was one of the main producers of the film, as I believe. He’s been a fan of DP for a long time, so it was for da** sure that the fictional character was going to be portrayed correctly, this time. As we know that Wade was incorrect the first time on the big screen.

What do you think about this film? Was it worth your money? Could they have done something different, or was it a great movie? Could you see yourself going to see the movie more than one? What were your favorite parts and what were your least favorite?

It’s been a pleasure everyone! And look! IT ONLY TOOK ME 17 DAYS TO WRITE THIS! I’m so proud of myself!

Have a wonderful rest of your day! And I’ll be back to post soon!!

-Kay

Infinity War!

Is This the End?

     Hello, Ladies and Gentlemen! How is everyone doing today? If it’s good…then AWESOME! If there’s a bump in the road, I hope this gives you at least a little happiness. I hope that I gave everyone, that reads this, time to go see Infinity War! I went to go see it the day it came out around 7pm (That’s not important). My fiancé and I see that the tickets were on sale and bought our tickets on our movie app. Again, you didn’t click on here to ready about my play by play of how I bought tickets. Let’s get to the movie! And I know I said this was supposed be out by the 11th, but I’m a terrible person that procrastinates.

     Going through play-by-play for this movie will take more than just one day to get through. So, I thought I would tell the story of Thanos and why I think that he did the right thing instead of the avengers doing. I’m sure there’s people that don’t agree with me on the subject, but I feel like he was correct. I also want to touch on a couple heartstring tugged scenes. Believe me there were a few. This move we had me almost crying a couple times. 

     Infinity War takes place right after Thor Ragnarok ends. (Marvel is putting out a timeline of events that you can follow along to. Sometimes it gets a little hard to figure out what and where things happen.) While Thor, Loki and all of Asgard are in space on their ship, they are taken over by Thanos’ crew (him included) and I are boarded without permission.

 

     As the opening scenes start up you can see people littered all over the ground. All but three are dead. Thor, Loki and half dead, Heimdell. 

     As Avengers do so well, they try to formulate a plan to defeat Thanos. Hulk has always been the key person in any fight. He’s always had the upper hand because he is underestimated in most fights because people forget about him. He punches Thanos‘ face in surprise and seems like he’s winning but Thanos decides that he doesn’t want to play around anymore and beats hulk nearly to death. We all know hulk is one of the strongest beings on earth but as he has seen, Thanos is much stronger which shakes hulk’s self-esteem to nothing.

     For everyone that is still alive on the ship, they know hulk needs to be sent back to earth as a last defense and a warning to the Avengers. Heimdell tried to rebel against Thanos. He opens a portal for hulk to get back to earth. After being found out of what he was doing, he is stab and finally dies. Thor watched as his friend passed onto the afterlife. Heimdell was the first, on screen death in the movie, which sucks because he was one of my favorites. You can see Thor’s heart just break after seeing the light in his friend’s eyes dim. 

Just a quick clip for you to enjoy:)

     Thanos clutched onto Thor’s head in his hand as he trying to get Loki to give him the Tesseract. Thanos knew that even though Loki does not like his brother, at times, he still loves him. And will do anything to keep him safe. Loki, all in all, had some of the most drastic character developments in all of the 10 years of Marvel. You can say many things about Loki, but the love for his brother is real. 

     This was not the first time Loki and Thanos have had a conversation together. You can tell that by the way they talk to one another. As Thanos knows, Loki is the God of tricks, so when Loki tells Thanos that he doesn’t have a Tesseract knows he’s lying. Thor sees that Loki developed a dagger in his hand that is being held behind his back to kill off Thanos. Thanos obviously knew Loki was going to betray him so the dagger was of no issue. As soon as Loki figured out that he was doomed he tried to bargain with Thanos. But before it was too late Thanos had let go of the god of thunder and had Loki’s throat in his hand. After a short talk to Loki explaining that, “there was no more resurrections” a sharp crack was heard by the audience, we see a lifeless body in Thanos‘ hands drop to the ground. Thanos had the Tesseract now. He crushed in his hands and now had the Space Stone in his possession. 

     Thor lays immobile as he watches his only brother, his only family, an end to Asgard drop dead to the floor as Thanos heads back to his ship. 

     Usually, in these Avenger films you don’t see the “bad guy” until about the middle of the movie but in this film, you get to see Thanos instantly in the beginning scene. If you know nothing about who Thanos is you instantly think that he is the bad guy in the movie, which in fact is debatable. Sure, in the beginning scenes he does kill everyone on the ship. He stands out to be one of the bad guys and I can get behind that. But after a while your feelings start to change or at least mine did. 

     As I have said, and you might be getting sick of me saying this but, every character has their own reasons on why they are doing things. The Avengers see him as a threat, so they want to defeat him. Thanos see the worlds he visits in turmoil, so he wants to do everything in his power to correct what was wrong.

These are my little thought…you can skip if you want to

     By the end of the movie…actually, not even just the end. towards the middle of the movie I started to like Thanos so much more than I like any of the heroes in this film. That’s kind of, you know, different. I am not used to feeling bad or connect more with the enemy instead of the heroes. To all honesty I don’t think Thanos was even a villain. I think that he was in the right even though the idea is not very popular. It’s not a new concept that was developed by Marvel, but it was and is a concept that could possibly save worlds. Though in this theory it kills randomly: poor, rich, big, little, young or old. It doesn’t matter. It’s all about unbiasedness. And other theories like this one it’s usually who could be more of an asset and who had the most money who could do the most difference in the world. 

     Since this movie is so detailed, and so many things were happening in this film, I thought that I would get through some of the deaths of the “tugging of the heartstrings” type of scenes, that did make me shed a tear or two. We already covered Loki’s (poor Loki) death so I thought that I could finish up one of the bigger deaths in the movie. Gamora’s.

Gamora’s Death Scene

     Thanos and Gamora are walking in a different world where the Soul Stone is supposed to be. She ended up telling him where it was located at because he was hurting her sister, Nebula. (Nebula was floating in the air as Gamora was watching her. Her sister’s body parts just ripping off of her whole. Tears streak down Gamora’s face as she sees her sister in tremendous amounts of pain. Finally, she told Thanos where to look.) They both hike up to the mountain top to where Red Skull(???) is located at. He says something in the lines of, “I direct others to things that they want to most never to get what I really want”. I don’t think it was necessary to see him? Seemed like they were just putting him in here just to make the audience take a second look at him. I don’t know. I didn’t care to see him in it. Moving on!

     They go up to the cliff side of the mountain, and it because clear. For Thanos to get his hand on the stone, he has to sacrifice something that he truly loves with all of his being. Gamora hears this and smirks. She gloats that he has NOTHING in his life that he could possibly have that would satisfy the requirements of getting the Soul Stone. That he could not possibly hold love in his heart because of all of the things that he has done. All the things that she knows. She laughs at him, believing that all that he was trying to accomplish is at it’s end. She laughs because she believes that he has failed.

     A tear escapes his eye and rolls down his face as he knows what this means, and what has to happen. Heartbreak and disbelief crosses his face. Red skull notices and says nothing. Gamora sees the tears and mistake them for self-pity. She believes that he is crying because it’s the end of the road, as I have said so before in the previous paragraph. As you can tell, or that you know, that isn’t the reason. Red Skull interjects his opinion about what the tears are for. Thanos still quiet, lets him speak freely. “Those tears are not for him.”

     Thanos looks towards Gamora over his shoulder. Slowly she starts to realize that what Red Skull was saying was true. Confusion mixed with panic filled her eyes as her father moved slowly to her. (I know that Gamora knew that he loved her in his own way. She was, by far, the favorite youngling that he’s ever adopted. Out of all of his children, she was the most important one.) As he watched her carefully, walks towards her slowly. Knowing what has to be done he grabs her elbow to direct her towards the cliff that was right behind her. She struggles against his grip but knows that it is pointless. Her death would be coming for her soon. Her face pleads to be let go of, but this is what he has to give up helping all of the species, in this galaxy, survive.

     Her feet are hanging onto the rocky ground as hard as they can while her father holds her over the empty space in front of him. “I’m sorry, Little One” (I believe that is the quote. Sorry I’m trying to do this by memory.) and let go of her arm. He watches her accelerate to her death. And then…that was it. She laid at the bottom of a rock-hard surface with her unique colored blood surrounding her. Despair takes over the expression of the Mighty Thanos as the Soul Stone comes to him. It costed him everything.

     This was, by far, one of the saddest things that I have ever watched. Thanos. This titan, all powerful being that has the ability to kill off so many would have to let go of the one thing that he holds precious. I liked his character, so I felt sorrow for seeing this scene. Definite tear jerker for me. My fiancé said that it made him feel some type of way too (Between you and I…I think he cried a little bit too.).

     She wasn’t taken out by the Infinity Stones, so I don’t know if she will come back to life just like all the others will. Same with Loki. I think they are actually dead dead.

Honorable Mentions

Spiderman

     Spidey! Nooooooo! I love Tom Holland as Spiderman. He is absolutely what I think of when I talk about the masked hero. He’s actually one of the few heroes that still has a secret identity. Getting back on track…sorry! Peter “dies” in the arms of Tony Stark. With (as I have seen there are a lot of memes about this scene) the line, “I don’t feel so good Mr. Stark”, you know what was going to happen. I was hoping it was going to be him saying he was going to be sick, but you see part of his profile start to leave his body, and I just knew I was going to shed some more tears. Parker starting to float away, as he starts walking towards Tony. Scared and unsure of what is happening to his body, he exclaims that, “I don’t want to go, Mr. Stark!”. If you didn’t shed a tear for this innocent young man, scared to death about going somewhere that he wasn’t prepared to go…you’re a monster! Just Kidding! But I really just wanted to go and hug him and tell him everything was going to be fine. Even though he wouldn’t believe me.

 

     Interestingly enough! Did you know the Tom Holland had to just assume what he was acting? He didn’t know what he was doing. If you didn’t know that, look at how scared he was in that scene and tell me that Tom isn’t good at acting. Most of the scenes, he was acting with tennis balls. He’s no good with keeping secrets! When there is an interview for the actors of Marvel, they always had Tom with someone else. Usually, as I have seen, would be Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange).

Black Panther

     Black Panther? What? He has another movie coming out in a year or two! Did they only do this to put a “wow” factor in this movie? I’ve read that they will start production when the director from the first film is ready. So, I know there’s another on in play…unless they are making another movie with past Black Panther Kings? We all know that the “dead” won’t stay dead. Most of the people that are fans have been reading up on Infinity War before the movie was even brought up. So, the people that “go poof” won’t be gone for too long.

 

     Side note…I don’t think Wakanda should have been in the film. I loved Black Panther. I think that it is one of Marvel’s tippy top of greatest MCU movies. But I didn’t really get why they thought bringing Wakanda to the screen was necessary. Sure, I get that Bucky was there. Sure, I know that they had to bring T’Challa and royal guards into the movie. “Sure”, they thought that removing the Mind Stone from Vision was a clever idea and would be able to destroy the Stone before Thanos got ahold of it. Thanos already had possession of all of the other Stones so, don’t you think he can just turn back time and get it back after being destroyed? That’s what happened. It’s was a little predictable.

Doctor Strange

     Doctor Strange…you know he has a plan. He says so in his dialog to Tony Stark saying, “This was the only way.” I don’t have much to say about D.S. because he knows how all of this is going to go down. I like D.S. a lot, and though it seems he is an a**hole, I like him for it. There’s only one way that they could win, so I believe that he is doing just that. You do you Stephan!

 

     Did you know that Benedict Cumberbatch was the only actor in the whole film to read the whole script from start to finish? Someone caught wind of him reading the script and got someone to take it away from him, but it was too late. Sneaky, sneaky man you are Cumberbatch.

Star-Lord

     What can we say about Star-Lord. He lost some fans in his actions, but who am I to say I wouldn’t want to do the same thing he did if I were him? I’d be a d*mn liar-liar-pants-on-fire! Chris Pratt’s character, legit, is the most emotional one in the film. A lot of people are hating on the fact that Star Lord kind of ruined the small chances that Earth had to saving the innocent from “death”. I hear that, “they would never do that because the value of one man/woman isn’t worth thousands!” but not one of them ever had to do as he did. This is a fictional world. This is based off of comic book people. This is nothing to get upset about where you start to look at C. Pratt in a negative light. In all honesty, I didn’t care for the love story that was happening. But that really is just on me. I just don’t like to see a movie stop to explain a love interest to the audience. I’m all about the action and adventure.

 

     I felt a bit bad for Star-Lord because he had just lost a loved on to a man that was described as a monster, in Gamora’s words. So, I get where his anger is coming from.

Drax

     Most of the funny things that Dave Batista said on set were used in the film. The quote, “I’ll do you one better. Why’s Gamora?” was not scripted and became on of the most memorable quotes in the whole movie. He didn’t have too much screen time so there isn’t too much to say, but he was an enjoyable addition to the screen.

Groot

     Angry teenage tree creature, playing on a gaming device with the words, “Defenders” on it. Hinting that the Defenders, although they weren’t in the movie, they are still around somewhere trying to keep their city from failing. I hope they didn’t go “poof” too. I really love the Netflix shows they have on.

Nick Fury & Maria Hill

     Was only on screen enough to call Captain Marvel, then prooooooof. Gone. That was just enough time to almost get his famous catch line, “Mother F…”. As you can imagine, we all laughed. The guy behind me seemed like he heard the funniest thing ever said in the history of the world (Calm down, Guy.).

       It’s probably easier to just tell you who survived. The original six and a few others.

     By the way, Thor is a mystical creature of amazement and power unlike anyone has ever seen in the MCU. Electric eye is scary.

     Hulk never came back out to fight like it was seen in the previews of the movie. (They lied to us all.) he did not like the feeling of being vulnerable. I read that someone hopes the Hulk succeeds from Bruce Banner, for some reason. They stated that Hulk wants to be his own person. Why do you want that, you might ask? I’d ask the same thing, to be honest. They are, just now, starting to get along. Hulk is now under control of himself. Leave Hulk alone! He was just scared!

     Now that I covered some parts of the death/“death” scenes, the ending was what I was hoping on covering as well.

     I was not disappointed with the ending at all. I liked that Thor, with the Storm-breaker (with parts of Groot), was the one that hurt Thanos the most. He became the most valuable Avenger out of all of them. How great was it to see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) all angry/excited to fight the Titan? He was the only one that caused Thanos that much physical pain, but he made a mistake. “You should have gone for the head.” And with a smirk, the giant’s massive hand raised up to show of the completed Gauntlet. With just a snap of the fingers, the vanishing (Poof) act begun. We lost all of the characters that we have been waiting for. All of the ones that I had just mentioned and many, many more that I did not have time to mention. All off to the Souls Stone. That’s right! The death’s might have been real (in time)…but do you really think that there isn’t a plan to get these characters back to where they need to be? Dr. Strange already told us that, “This was the only way”. Marvel and their sly wording.

     So, what were your favorite scenes in this film of our great Superheroes? Did you like the ending? How do you feel about Thanos and his goals? Do you think he was to into himself by saying that our galaxy needed saving and he is the only one that could help? Do you think he was right in any way? I read your emails as quickly as I can, and I always love hearing about your opinions. I love to post your comments on this page too! Let me hear your opinions! Tell us about your experiences throughout the 10-year span of MCU building their unique universe!

     As always, it’s so great to talk to you all! I’ll be posting about another Marvel movie that just cam out too. Deadpool! And the guy that played Thanos is playing Cable!

     Thank you for reading!

 

           -Kay

Black Panther

Black Panther

         Hey, Everyone!

I seem like I keep apologizing about my absence, but I really am trying to keep up…and I’m terrible at that it seems (ha-ha)! Forgive me, please. I hope that you all are doing well, and I hope that your days are as smooth as silk:) If you are new to my little page, then I will tell you this. I love to see film, especially superhero ones. I can’t remember the very first hero movie I’ve watched, but I can say that I’ve been hooked on them since the first time (ha-ha). This, I can tell you now, won’t be one of my traditional posts where I try to go from big scene to the another, but I will try to describe how it felt and how fulfilling it was.

Now that I’m in the zone to type out my thoughts, lets talk about the great Black Panther! I don’t talk much about Marvel movies (MCU) too much, and I’m sorry about that. I like the MCU just as other’s like them. They are reliable, easy to watch and entertaining. They follow a certain equation that always seems to release movie after movie in a positive light. It’s not just the MCU that is doing this, but they have a theme that they follow, and it works for them. But we aren’t here to talk about the other MCU films, we are here to talk about the Amazing Black Panther!

Guys! Did you see it!? Of course, a lot of you have, but seriously it’s so amazing. The “bad guy” in this was relatable. He wasn’t created because of Stark Industries (which most of them end up being) but it was created through more than one side of the story. I think I counted maybe four main sides of the initial situation that started this whole thing. The King T’Chaka (T’Challa’s father), the Prince N’Jobu (brother to T’Chaka, uncle to T’Challa, father to Killmonger), Erik Stevens (born N’Jadaka, he later, legally changed his name to Killmonger), and Zuri (trusted advisor of the Kings of Wakanda). Like I said, there might in fact be more that is at play. There are always more variable to a situation, but I just picked out the four that mean the most to the storyline. I do feel like I should give each person their own post to represent their unique characters. Each person has such a way about them that you want to find out how they operate and how events affect them. Let’s get started.

     King T’Chaka is the eldest son of former King Azzuri, and brother to N’Jobu. The two brothers received royal rings from their father when he passed away (which you can see both rings in the film). King T’Chaka becomes the next Black Panther and protector of the nation of Wakanda. The nation was looked at as a third-world country by the rest of the world, but little did anyone know that Wakanda was a highly wealthy nation. Hidden, like Wonder Woman’s motherland, there is little to no hope that someone that wasn’t in the know of the land could find it. T’Chaka, in his youth, served Wakanda with all his might. Respecting traditions the way past kings have done so. 

     The King was well loved throughout the land, and he loved all that was under his rule. For him to protect Wakanda from the world, he made up a task force to collect information from the world (I’ll have to do more research into that to see what all was supposed to be accomplished.) The task forces name: War Dogs. Prince N’Jobu and trusted advisor Zuri were main operators. Zuri was to watch over the Prince, which turned out to be a needed thing, because of reasons I will get to in a second.

The   Nation   of   Wakanda

The King made a special visit to N’Jobu after he was informed that he was stealing from their homeland.

PAUSE! Again, I’ll come back to this part of the story once I tell you of what N’Jobu was feeling and what he was planning

N’Jobu was stationed off in Oakland, California where he lived for quite some time, eventually meeting a woman which gave birth to his one and only son, N’Jadaka. Zuri was sent there undercover to watch over the young/not-so-young Prince and report back to the King what was deemed as important. N’Jobu seen Zuri as an ally in his mission to change the world for the better. (Other’s might not see it that way, but this is what this character believes. This is not to rile up controversial bickering.) After years of watching African descendants struggling to survive in the land which was said to house freedom. After years of watching African descendants being discriminated against, turned away from jobs, beaten, hated upon. He saw that there needed to be a change, and he had a plan that could help his brothers and sisters. I’m sure that he has seen his young son struggle with the troubles of being in a place where his skin color was what defined him. That needed to change. It had to be hard to see your son struggle when you know that your homeland has all the riches in the world and could change the way the world sees you. I’d want to change it too.

Now that we’ve established each character’s point of view of this situation, we can continue from when I said “PAUSE” a few paragraphs above:)

The King traveled to Oakland, California to talk to and figure out what his brother, N’Jobu was planning, though the King already knew most of the issue. He isn’t dumb to any extent. The King knows that the world looks at African Descendants as troubling people. The King knows that there is hurt in the world and there is something that he can do about it but at what cost to his home and people? Is it possible to achieve the ending of world hunger? The end of wars? Would their nation be invaded because they have something all militaries would want? These are all possibilities and in the eye of the King, a sworn-in ruler of a secretly wealthy society full of traditions and pride. He’s made up his mind. He knows that it isn’t the best decision that could have been made but it was the best one at the time for his people. Their secrets, livelihood, culture. Everything that makes them who they are shall be kept from the world.

King T’Chaka told his brother that the man he befriended was his own personal advisor, Zuri. Knowing what that meant, the plans that he kept so secret, except entrusting a “loyal” friend swept over him. Betrayal took over the Prince’s face as he looks towards his once, good friend. The King explains to his brother that they must all go home for him to explain to the council about that he has done. The damage that was being created because of the ideals of someone looking out for others instead of the well-being of the tribe. Emotions were exploding inside of the mind of the Prince. Thoughts of harm quickly turned into actions. As quickly as he turned around to point a gun at Zuri, the Black Panther sinks his armored claws into Prince N’Jobu’s chest. Tension flows though the room as one brother kills the other. Royalty killing royalty. Both sides of their stories honorable in their own ways.

Knowing that this would diminish the memory of his brother to the kingdom, the King leaves his brother’s dead body on the ground of the apartment. Leaving quickly after with much regret, they fly away in an advance airplane back to Wakanda. Unknown at that time to the audience, but N’Jobu’s son was playing basketball on the court with friends next to the apartment. He watched as the aircraft flew away from the apartment. Erik (Killmonger) goes home to find his dead father laying on the ground, soaked in blood. Finding five stab wounds sunk into his chest. Alone now. He must now live in the system that has failed so many before him until he is old enough to leave prying eyes to avenge his father’s death.

Now everyone knows that there isn’t just one side of a story. That’s just a rookie’s mistake. For there is always a person that sees a situation differently. That’s just how things are, and that’s why life is never boring (ha-ha)!

A brief history lesson on our wonderful, King of Wakanda, T’Challa was first viewed in a Fantastic Four in 1966. His birth name is T’Challa. His creators are Stan Lee (of course, the creator of everything) and the late, Jack Kirby. Jack Kirby is the creator of Silver Surfer, Captain America, Darkseid (DC Comics), Hulk, Steppenwolf (DC Comic), Iron Man, and many more. Back to T’Challa! His wife in the comics is Storm from X-Men (and it is possible to see Storm in MCU sooner or later since Marvel and now Fox are owned by Disney. Here’s to hoping!)

T’Challa is a highly intelligent, super strong, superior skilled hunter/tracker. His suit is imbedded with Vibranium (which is a precious metal that is only located in Wakanda) which is pretty much invincible. It’s lighter than any other suit of armor that other heroes have. Bulletproof to the fact that when a bullet hit the suit, the kinetic energy would distribute from the initial point of contact to surrounding areas creating less pressure to injury. His suit is compacted into a very fashionable necklace that look like animal teeth, but obviously it’s not. He gets all his power from a magical, purple herb that is in the shape of a heart, located only in Wakanda.

Speaking of this magical herb, this plant does so many cool things. It can give you the abilities to become the Black Panther, but it can do another interesting thing. In the right circumstances, it can bring you to the past Panthers Kings. And when you thought the film could get any better…well you’re wrong (ha-ha)!

Think of the most beautiful color you have ever seen. Something you couldn’t capture in your camera, but you can see it clearly in your head. Something that you could never recreate with your paintbrush, or on your computer. It exists only in your head now. Maybe you could find it online if you tried hard enough…but is it as beautiful as the color in your head? Imagine it. Hold it in your mind. Wrap it around your brain like a blanket. Hold it in your hands. Can you see it? Now how does that color make you feel? Happy? Safe? Do you feel calmer when you let your personal color or colors cross your mind? What hue is it? Does it have a unique shade or tint to it?

 

Now that you’ve painted a picture in your head that is customized to your liking in your mind, dare I say I found something just as wonderful. Black Panther created some of the most stunning colors I have ever seen on screen. I have found a representation of “mystical” that I have never seen before. Especially in a film. Soft pinks, purples, blues, greens, and blacks…all vibrate. I couldn’t figure out how a color could be soft yet vibrate.

If you have seen Black Panther, then you will know what scene that would be. In his mind, that was calming colors and the scenery was where he was comfortable. It was home. He was apart of the past Kings of the throne of the Black Panther.

Clothing, Costumes, and Culture

Another part of this movie that is very impressive would be the fashion. Ruth E. Carter is the costume designer for this film and she does a phenomenal job dressing everyone. Applause to you. Standing ovation! Guy! The fashion is beyond the best thing in the world! Now I’m no fashion expert. I dress in jeans and oversized shirts that I steal from my fiancé so by no means do I dress to impress, but even I can see how magical this is. Everyone had their own style but also influenced by their culture. I found this video on Youtube to further explain the fashion. And who else but Ms. Carter herself!

Shuri

Shuri, played by the beautiful and talented Letitia Wright (Princess of Wakanda, T’Challa’s younger sister, and young genius scientist) has a very modern yet elegant look to her when it’s her down time in the lab, but when she dresses up you know she is the Princess of the strongest nation in the world. Her presence demands attention. She isn’t just a silly young girl that feels like she is better than anyone else. When she is in battle, her armor is superior to all, since she is the one that created King T’Challa’s suit (also Killmonger’s suit as well, but that wasn’t intentional). She has gadgets and weapons pouring out of everywhere. Even though she is a modern woman, her attire is all in all “Warrior Princess”.

Shuri ends up being the little sister that you’ve always wanted. Your biggest fan, smart, fashionable, good humor, inventive, sarcastic, playful! Energy was just spilling out of the screen when Letitia was on screen! I wanted her to have more screen time even though she was in a lot of this movie. If they ever decide to actually make her the female version of Black Panther AND make her own movie…I would definitely want to go and see it. Even having a team up with her brother. She’s that friend that will make you try out her cool inventions that she had just made. One of her most memorable quote, “WHAT ARE THOOOOOOOOOSE!” (to T’Challa’s sandals).

Erik Killmonger

Erik Stevens/Killmonger, played by the talented Michael B. Jordan (born, N’Jadaka) was apart of the royal family that grew up in Oakland, California. He acquired the name Killmonger from his time in the American Black Ops. His father taught him about Wakanda. Traditions, music, lore, culture were in his lessons. His father showed him the ring that his father gave to him and his brother. (Sorry if that sentence is terrible. It sounded better in my head.) The first time that we are introduced to Killmonger was when he arrives at the art exhibit. He finds it funny (in a bad way) that it’s an all-white staff sharing African artifacts. He’s dressed in casual clothing: baggy black jeans, large white shirt, and a weathered jean jacket. He was also sporting two beaded necklaces and gold glasses. I’m not sure if he needed the glasses, but they seemed, to me, to counter act the other clothing. You can tell by the way that he walks and talks that he is very intelligent. He can hold his own and he knows what he is looking for. He knows his purpose. I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that could be the perfect equation for a dangerous man.

A piece of dialog that caught my ear was when he was asking the museum lady how much a certain artifact cost. She tells him that nothing in the building was for sale, and he came back at her with, “How do you think your ancestors got it? You think they paid a fair price?”. My ears exploded! WHAT!? He went to super speeds to a power move. Next thing you know, there’s a heist in progress. Before he leaves, he takes up another artifact (the first one was made with Vibranium) that he finds a liking to. Had nothing to do with the heist but is a hint at the comic books (his mask).

Fast forward to when he is in his armor. So, a lot of people have noticed this, and I’m hoping it’s what we all think it is. Michael B. Jordan has been known, in the past to enjoy Anime and Manga in his free time. On twitter, and I’m sure that he has other social media, he has openly talked about Anime characters of Bleach or Naruto, so it might not be so far off to say that the armor he has was inspired by the Dragon Ball Z. Vegeta (which I will have a picture of) has the same type of gear, so I’m sure that he got a say in what his costume would look like. I do have to say. He has good taste in clothes for sure. I would try to rock that outfit, but I know, for all that is good in the world, I could not pull that off, HaHa! Hat’s off to you M.B.J. if you ever read this (it would be an honor).

T'Challa

Lastly, there is T’Challa for what his style is in the movie. He strongly embraces tradition, from his sandals (which have some modern feel to it) to his shoulders. He doesn’t wear (of my knowledge) hats or anything that really covers his head. When he first goes into his sister’s lab, he is dressed in all back but there is embroidery on his top. It looks of gray/silver depending on your preference. Swirls are on his right side, looking very united and organic feel to it. The left side has a distinctive look; because there are geometric symbols that still have an organic feeling to it which is very cool and elegant. It all comes together in the sleeves which contain both designs. T’Challa also wears a ring on his right hand. Most likely the ring that his father had on his hand when he died in an explosion during the movie, “Captain America: Civil War”. That was the ring that T’Chaka’s father gave to him when he passed away. T’Challa comes across as royalty yet approachable with a kind face with soft features. Of course, he is visiting his younger sister who is, you can tell, spunky and excitable, so he acts more open when he is around family members. Especially around his sister. I mean who wouldn’t?

As far as I have seen, T’Challa likes to wear mostly dark if not just black clothing. He does have accent pieces that pop from his initial outfit, but I feel the reason for the dark clothing is because he likes to be seen as a powerful person. He is, in fact, the king of the nation of nobility, grace, wealth, and power. You can tell that the clothes that he has on are of excellent quality. I only put this much emphasis on clothing because there is culture embedded into all that was worn in this film, which is super important. I pled that if you are curious of the cultural background on the subject at hand, please go and research the topic. If you would like me to do it for you, I could write up what I’ve read and post it on here. I could also give you the sources (of course I would anyway) so that you can look closer at something that I missed or didn’t explain well enough.



So, for the rest of this post I thought that I could talk about Killmonger and T’Challa’s relationship.

Killmonger and T’Challa are cousins with one another, as you have already figured out, that have never met. Erik knew that he has a family in his motherland, but T’Challa defiantly didn’t know that his uncle had a child. Well that was my understanding. T’Challa seen the pictures from the museum heist with no idea that he would see anything that would resemble anything from Wakanda but to his surprise, there was one think that stuck out. A royal ring from the late King Azzuri (his grandfather) on a chain around the strange man’s neck. The only way that that man would have this type of ring would be from T’Challa’s uncle since he is wearing his own ring.

T’Challa ends up going to the Royal Advisor of the Kings, Zuri to discuss these findings out. Zuri gets nervous about the questioning and tells T’Challa that he was sworn to secrecy by the late king T’Chaka. Enough was enough as T’Challa was getting annoyed that he couldn’t know and demands and answer immediately. With a powerful blow, he announces, “I am your KING!” True enough, Zuri sadly confesses that his close friend, the late King of Wakanda, killed N’Jobu, his brother, in protection for Zuri. The guilt of this history has stayed with Zuri for decades. It was also told to T’Challa that N’Jobu’s child was left behind because they had to hide what had been done.

While T’Challa had a perfect upbringing, with continuous grooming of becoming the next Black Panther, Eric Stevens (his name wasn’t Killmonger yet) was left by himself to find his only family dead in the middle of their apartment. He grew up in the system creating a stronger hatred of the king and his family. His father taught him about Wakanda and the ways of their people, including the Black Panther. His father wanted to take Erik back to Wakanda but thought since Erik was half American, they might not except him as one of their own.

As I had just said, Erik knows about Wakanda and what their traditions are for the Black Panther to be named. His father told of this plan to take resources from Wakanda to help out their brothers and sisters out in the world to take back their lives. To take back respect. To keep from racial discriminations that they face daily. To someone as passionate as N’Jobu (in the future Killmonger as well) his plan was justifiable. People of fair skin will be taken from control of the world and replaced with people of color.

Now, this movie really is advanced for a Marvel movie and for that fact, I am very happy that I got to see it when it came out. It doesn’t just touch on the social issues of nations, it touches on family issues, cultural differences even though the two men were both royalty from the same clan. To a casual watcher of comic-based movies, this movie is beautiful to witness. The acting is exquisite. The music fits perfectly to the modern view that it was shot in. The costumes and makeup fit perfectly in the cultural aspect of a solid African based civilization. The “villain” in this film is relatable. He’s passionate about his cause. In his eyes, he is doing a noble deed for other just like him.

What Would You Do?

I did touch on this just a little bit before, but I’m curious as to what everyone thinks. If you we the king or queen of a nation just like Wakanda, small, wealthy, unknown, labeled as a third-world-country…would you be open to tell the entire world that you are a world super power? Would you help but keep it secret? Would you keep your nation isolated? What do you think is the best way to keep your nation safe but perhaps helping others as well? I’d love to hear your reasons! There might be a part 2 of this post. This movie has so much to touch on that there just might have to be much more! To be honest, I’d like to do a post on the women of Wakanda because they are bad ass! WAKANDA FOREVER!

Thank you all again!

-Kay