2017 has already brought us plenty of escapist fun in the form of Cars 3, Captain Underpants and The Boss Baby, and there's even more yet to come in the form of Pixar's highly anticipated movie Coco. As ever, we’ve been wowed by the wondrous visuals of this year's animated movies and laughed at their witty scripts. However, it’s time to talk about that little trend which has come to dominate the last few minutes of animated studio releases in recent years.
The Lion King is as popular as ever. ‘The Circle of Life,’ as rendered for the remake, got a standing ovation at D23, and the original film is being re-released as part of Disney’s Signature Collection.
With numerous references to the Avengers, the Sokovia Accords, and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming really makes it seem as if Peter Parker has lived in this world all along. Indeed, we recently discovered that even as a small child, Peter Parker bore witness to some pivotal events in the #MCU — namely Whiplash’s (Mickey Rourke) attack on the Stark Expo in Iron Man 2. And that’s not all; recent comments from several prominent figures in Marvel and Sony have suggested that the sequels to Spider-Man: Homecoming may revisit some other hugely formative events in Spider-Man’s life — though not as we know them.
2017 is far from over, but we've already been treated to some of the greatest superhero moments of all time. From Logan's death scene to Wonder Woman's storming of No Man's Land, we've been spoilt by a plethora spine-tingling moments which are sure to leave a lasting impact on the superhero genre.
In the 10 years since it first graced our screens, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone from strength to strength — and when we look at the monumental cast list for each film, we can’t help but be astounded by the talent involved in the franchise. Many of these talented actors and actresses will come together for Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel's most ambitious project yet. Fans can't wait for the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chris Pratt to finally be united on the silver screen. Yet while we cheer for the brilliantly portrayed heavy hitters of the MCU, there are some powerful performances that have been left by the wayside. And these performances deserve just as much praise.
Recently, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made a place for old-school action stars, from Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 to Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And if the stars had aligned a little differently, another macho actor would've muscled his way into the MCU first.
Production on Deadpool 2 is already underway, but that hasn’t stopped new director David Leitch from adding to the film's already star-studded cast. The first Deadpool movie put Brianna Hildebrand on the map in her role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, but Leitch is turning to an already-established young actor to accompany Wade Wilson in the sequel. Step aside Negasonic Teenage Warhead, because the Merc with a Mouth has another teenager in tow... and oh look, Deadpool’s giving him a piggyback ride!
Praised and beloved ever since he made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will soon burst back onto our screens in Spider-Man: Homecoming, alongside the patriarch of the #MCU: Iron Man. As we know Peter Parker and Tony Stark teamed up to tackle Team Cap in Civil War, but did you know that these two superheroes actually met each other in another Marvel movie? Indeed, Tom Holland has just confirmed a long-standing fan theory, one that suggested that Peter had been in the MCU for many years already—and that we’ve already seen him.
Much to the excitement of Spider-Man’s many fans, there’s little time remaining until Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into our local multiplexes. As such, Marvel and Sony’s press tour is well underway and given that the film’s pre-release buzz is very strong, talk is already turning to the future of the franchise. We now know that Tom Hardy’s #Venom solo movie will face off against the blood-crazed super villain Carnage, but it also seems that we’ll be getting another, rather insidious installment in Sony’s Spider-Man franchise.
Beauty and the Beast has been one of the biggest critical and commercial smashes of 2017, and has delighted thousands of fans with its detailed recreations of our favorite characters in live-action. While CGI might be more readily associated with action movies, Beauty and the Beast was a tour de force of computer-generated wizardry, animated pieces of crockery and furniture, and making them look and feel decidedly human. Yet there is one CGI challenge the crew tackled which sticks out as particularly daunting: how do you realize a man/water buffalo/bear hybrid?
As Doctor Who’s brilliant tenth series rattles along at a quick, joyful pace, it is still tinged by the bittersweet fact that this is the last hurrah for showrunner Stephen Moffat and resident Time Lord Peter Capaldi. But that sense of finality and sadness is sure to get a little bit stronger for Whovians, since it’s just been revealed that another major cast member will be leaving the hit show.
Hark, what's that sound? It's the noise of torches being lit, pitchforks being grabbed and trolls snickering — because the Marvel vs DC rivalry has just been reignited, by a DCEU cast member, no less!