Archive for May 6, 2020
Ryan Reynolds thinks the implementation of Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an “explosive” and game-changing move. Reynolds has played the indescribable Wade Wilson aka Deadpool aka the “Merc with a Mouth” since 2016. The first film in the Deadpool franchise was a game-changer in its own right; its monumental success paved the way for other R-rated comic book films like 2017’s Logan and 2019’s Joker.
Then, Deadpool 2 continued Reynolds' box office dominance, becoming one of the most profitable R-rated films of all time. Under the umbrella of 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2 adheres to its predecessor’s proclivity for mockery. Deadpool often makes tongue-in-cheek remarks towards the X-Men franchise's lackluster continuity as well as other mutants. In addition to returning mutants like Colossus (the subject of many jokes), the second film introduced Cable and the X-Force. Deadpool 2 left the future open to both Deadpool 3 and an X-Force film. However, X-Force has been canceled due to Disney’s acquisition of Fox.
Disney’s deal brings the Marvel Comics' Deadpool, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four characters under the control of Marvel Studios. In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked Reynolds if Deadpool’s adult world could be combined with Disney/Marvel’s family-friendly one. In other words, can the R-rated Merc with a Mouth appear in the PG-13 MCU or will he be forced to remain a separate entity? “I see infinite possibility in either version,” said Reynolds. “If Deadpool were to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think it would be explosive and amazing and what a sandbox to play in. If Deadpool continued to get to just do his own thing and be his own thing, also just infinite possibility.”
Although Deadpool was not part of Marvel’s Phase 4 announcement at San Diego Comic-Con last year, Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige has expressed a desire to continue the character’s franchise. Deadpool writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are reportedly working with Marvel on Deadpool 3. Feige has also revealed there are plans to incorporate mutants into the MCU but the how and when is unknown. Seeing how the only upcoming X-Men-related project is Deadpool 3, that film could serve as a bridge for Fox characters into the MCU. Unless Marvel plans to incorporate Deadpool’s entourage into the MCU another way, Deadpool 3 could easily see the return of Colossus, Cable, and the X-Force.
The Deadpool franchise is arguably the best part of Disney’s deal with Fox. Deadpool 's meta nature makes him completely comfortable with jumping universes (something he’ll most likely address in Deadpool 3). The character's irreverence could bring an “explosive” amount of humor to the MCU. Reynolds' character could become a vessel through which things like character flaws and plot holes are addressed - he could actually tell Thanos to "zip it." Whether the Merc with a Mouth remains a separate entity (as to not upset Disney’s family-friend brand) or interacts with the MCU using a diluted number of expletives, remains to be seen.
Source: The Tonight Show/YouTube
Warning: SPOILERS for Westworld's season 3 finale.
The Westworld season 3 ending sees some journeys come to an end, possibly including that of William - but is he actually dead? Co-created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the science-fiction series is based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film, about a Western-themed park full of robots who start attacking the guests. The series first aired on HBO in 2016, earning rave reviews as it explored the deeper themes only touched upon in the movie. Though Westworld's ratings have steeply declined, season 3 trod new ground - with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and fellow hosts now trying to survive in the real world.
Played by Ed Harris, William debuted in Westworld season 1. Established as the mysterious Man in Black, his backstory was slowly unfurled across overlapping timelines. In Westworld season 2, William was confronted by the consequences of his violent sins as Westworld's robot uprising began in earnest. William remained haunted in Westworld season 3, as the tables were finally turned and he instead now found himself embroiled in a game of Dolores' design. Used as a pawn and driven further into madness, he was forcibly committed and reduced to what was widely referred to as the Man in White - a development that Harris was opposed to. After a surreal therapy session, William emerged with a new-found belief that it was his purpose to save the world. To that end, he was recruited by Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth). As it turned out, however, an entirely different fate awaited him.
After shooting Stubbs and vowing to eradicate hosts from the planet, William wasn't seen until the first of two post-credit scenes. Arriving at a Delos facility, he killed a security guard and made his way down to the building's lower levels. There, he encountered the newly unstable version of Dolores inhabiting the form of Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson). Before William could act as her executioner, she revealed that she had been expecting him. Furthermore, she stated that his desire to save the world would come to fulfillment - but that it would be on behalf of hosts. It was then that she unveiled a host version of William in full Man in Black outfit. Engaging William in combat, the host made quick work of his human counterpart - ultimately slitting his throat.
Clutching at his wound, William dropped to the floor. Rather than following through on watching him die, however, the camera panned to show the extent of Charlotte/Dolores' host building endeavor. It was a conspicuous decision that turned what could've been a decisive moment into something all the more ambiguous. Ordinarily, such a thing as a throat being cut would be irreparably final. Given the technological advancements demonstrated in Westworld, however, even such a wound as that could be easily fixed - if treated quickly enough.
If William did survive the encounter to fight another day, it will be a question for Westworld season 4 why Charlotte/Dolores allowed such a thing to happen. Fans, however, will likely be pleased by that development. Since the character's inception, William has been a monstrous specter that hung over the lives of countless hosts. For decades, he tortured and abused Dolores. His list of victims also included Maeve and her daughter. As a result, viewers have been eager to see him get a brutal comeuppance. He's come close several times, at the hands of both. But he always managed to escape, no matter the injuries he'd accumulated. Having him die now at the hands of someone else has the unmistakable feeling of anticlimax and lacks a truly cathartic power. Though, arguably, that may have been the unceremonious point.
Whatever the case ends up being, Harris will still be back for the recently confirmed Westworld season 4. As a host version of the Man in Black, it brings the character in line with the version played by Yul Brynner in the original movie. Not to mention it'll also be more pleasing for Harris, too, as an actor. And should the original, human William survive another near-death experience, Westworld season 3 already gave Harris much practice in playing multiple versions of the character simultaneously.
A trailer for Mortal Kombat 11's new DLC Aftermath was revealed earlier today, and for a brief moment it showed players what happened to Motaro, the centaur mini-boss from Mortal Kombat 3. Motaro was the first mini-boss in Mortal Kombat to not be a member of the four-armed Shokan race, and Sheeva was the first Shokan players were allowed access to without the use of cheats.
Sheeva and Motaro have been pitted against each other as rivals ever since they were both introduced to the Mortal Kombat franchise, a relationship which was mirrored (in a slightly skewed fashion) in the oft-derided sequel movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. The original timeline of the Mortal Kombat plot, before it became increasingly convoluted during the events of Mortal Kombat's 2011 reboot, X, and 11, saw Motaro disappearing after the events of Mortal Kombat 3, presumably killed by Sheeva, only to show up at the pyramid (along with every other fighter from the series' past) in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. However, it seems like previous alterations to the timeline have changed things, and not to Motaro's benefit.
The trailer for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, a new DLC pack containing story, characters, and content for Mortal Kombat 11, showed off some gameplay footage of Sheeva in action, and in it players got a brief glimpse at what looks like one of the character's fight intro scenes. Sheeva is holding the severed head of Motaro as she approaches the battlefield, and then she rips it apart in vicious fury before the fight presumably begins, showing her enemies just exactly what could happen to them if they think about crossing Shokan warriors. Check out the clip via Mortal Kombat's YouTube channel below, timestamped to the proper moment:
This is some pretty definite proof that Motaro is dead in this version of the Mortal Kombat timeline, but due to the circuitous and time-breaking nature of Mortal Kombat 11's story and plot it is still possible for Motaro to show up at some point in the future. If he does, the centaur surely won't be happy with Sheeva using his head as a entertainment piece and their old feud will likely start back up once again.
It's nice to see characters from older Mortal Kombat games make their way into the present-day iteration of the franchise, but if NetherRealm does decide to ever include more of Motaro than just his head players would likely appreciate it if the character returned in his full centaur form, not the abysmal two-legged version from Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. For now, players can at least find enjoyment (and likely some closure) in Sheeva's Mortal Kombat 11 fight intro, and hope new fighters won't start spamming her ground pound all over again.
Source: Mortal Kombat/YouTube