Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) - Tom Holland’s Spider-Man charmed nearly everybody in a brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but a standalone film was going to be a challenge. For one, it was going to be difficult to differentiate it from the other two live-action Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), reports The Indian Express.
Another difficulty was to make the wall-crawler great (and interesting) again in a world where all-powerful superheroes like Hulk and Thor also lived. Spidey is strong, but comes nowhere near those two. Earlier films on the character did not have to contend with any other superhero. There were just bad guys to fight and a world to save.
Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the writers answered these challenges pretty ably and they did that by doing a couple of things. First, he wisely skipped the origin story altogether (though that might have been the decision of higher-ups at Marvel) because everybody knows that. Second, he grounded the character and the story as much as possible.
The New York City in Homecoming feels genuine and real. Yes, there are thugs trying to steal alien technology, but the Avengers and their battle against the Chitauri had to figure somehow. On the whole, it feels like a reprieve from the bigger films in the MCU.
In the wake of Sokovia Accords and all the mess in Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark is keeping a paternal eye on Peter Parker. Sure, he can practise his heroics, but only on a minor level. You know, robbers and such.
And Peter does acquiesce to that, but that is before he sets his eye on Michael Keaton’s Vulture, easily one of MCU’s best villains. The thing with Vulture is he rightly feels wronged when his contract to clean up the Chitauri mess is snatched by Stark Industries. Tony’s goal was to ensure alien tech did not fall into the wrong hands, but Adrian Toomes (Vulture) did not know that. He saw Tony as another rich businessman exploiting the little guy.
He steals Chitauri tech and becomes this supervillain. But deep down, he is just a regular guy trying to provide for his family. Keaton’s turn as Vulture is charismatic and ruthless, and also sympathetic.
One problem in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Peter Parker makes some blockheaded decisions. While it is realistic to show a kid’s naivety that would also reflect in his superheroics, Parker is actually incompetent and downright reckless at times. He nearly kills dozens of people at one point accidentally if not for the timely intervention by Tony Stark. This might be a way for the writers and director to develop the character’s arc, but often Spidey in the film appears to be a kid playing at being a superhero instead of simply being a superhero.
Again, this is “realistic” — as in it would happen in real life if superpowers were real. But there could have been a better way to show the character’s usual evolution from an irresponsible superhero to a more responsible one.
The sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, releases on July 4.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - The trailer of Jumanji: The Next Level is out and it sure takes the franchise to the next level. In the 2017 version, we saw the kids choosing avatars and landing up inside the game of Jumanji but this time, the game is busted and the characters are not the same anymore, reports The Indian Express.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s avatars in the game play older men rather than playing teenagers and this gives us some of the best moments of the trailer. Jack Black returns as well but this time, he isn’t playing the pretty Bethany anymore. The only avatar who has retained her character from the previous film is Karen Gillan. The ensemble here is hilarious and since we see them playing different characters than last time, it makes it even more fun.
Jumanji was originally made in 1995 and starred Robin Williams. The 2017 version was a direct sequel and upgraded the original film as this time the kids played a video game instead of a board game. With the latest version, it looks like the makers have upgraded the film yet again.
In the time of franchises and reboots, the audience is now quite accustomed to watching the same content over and over again but if the makers take the content to the next level, like in Jumanji, it gives the audience something to look forward to.
Jumanji: The Next Level has been directed by Jake Kasdan. The film releases in December 2019.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - Netflix has released the first photos of the upcoming fantasy series The Witcher. The series is based on the book series written by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski. The books also inspired the famous role-playing action video game series, reports The Indian Express.
Henry Cavill, best known for playing the role of Superman, plays the main titular role of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher. Witchers in this fictional universe called The Continent are monster killers who, right from their childhood, undergo ruthless mental and physical conditioning and arcane rituals to gain abilities like instant healing, exceptional strength and endurance and magic.
Cavill’s look in the series is gritty but not as rough and scarred as Geralt in the games. This is because the story of the TV series is set before the video-games. Cavill’s Witcher is younger and will perhaps gain the scars along his journey.
Apart from Cavill, the looks of his lover Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and their ward and a mysterious young girl called Ciri (Freya Allan) were also released.
After the unprecedented success of Game of Thrones, there have been announcements of several fantasy TV shows. Amazon bought the rights to The Lord of the Rings for an incredibly steep 250 million dollars. The Witcher appears to be Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is the creator and lead writer. She has worked with Netflix on Daredevil, The Defenders and The Umbrella Academy.
The Witcher will premiere on Netflix in 2019.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - Avengers: Endgame is now less than 25 million dollars behind Avatar at the global box office. The film was re-released with 6 minutes worth of extra content, and yet does not seem to have a huge effect on its chances of beating the James Cameron film, reports The Indian Express.
The extra content included a deleted scene, a tribute to Stan Lee and a scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home. It is being said that the re-release’s purpose was not to get the film past Avatar, but to actually promote the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Far From Home releases on July 4 in India.
Analysts predict that Avengers: Endgame will end up playing second fiddle to Avatar. It will likely fall just short unless there is an unexpected boost. But the boost already came in the form of a re-release and it has not done anything good.
It is not confirmed whether Endgame will be re-released in India and other countries as well.
According to Box Office Mojo, Avengers: Endgame has earned 2.764.9 million dollars so far. Avatar (which was also re-released) earned 2.788 million dollars worldwide in its theatrical run.
Endgame is the runner-up at the domestic (North American) box office as well. It has earned 841.88 million dollars so far and is way behind the leader, Star Wars: The Force Awakens that grossed 936.66 million dollars. It is safe to say that this record is out of reach of even Endgame.
New York, Jul 2 (AP/UNB) — Social media has spoken, and Kim Kardashian West has listened.
The reality TV star and makeup mogul has decided to change the name of her Kimono Solutionwear.
The move comes less than a week after backlash from social media users who objected to what they said was appropriation of the traditional Japanese kimono in the name of her upcoming shapewear line.
West tweeted Monday that her "brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core."
She wrote "after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon."
Some Japanese critics on social media said the name, which West trademarked, is an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.