Saturday, December 26, 2015

Weekly "MCU" Review for 12/26

Happy Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day!  Another week, and more MCU Star Wars news!  Not a lot of MCU news to report, but I think the Star Wars news more than makes up for it!  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel Star Wars news!

Mostly MCU Reviews

My articles from the week

Jessica Jones season 1, episode 5, “AKA The Sandwich Saved Me” review.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens non-spoiler and spoiler reviews.  I’ve only seen it once so far, but we’re going to see it again today!  Have you seen it yet?

This week’s AoS-less Discussion:  Pitch a new MCU hero.  What’s your pitch?

MCU News

Links to news articles and blog posts about the MCU

Is Chris Pratt great or what?

According to the Russo brothers, we won’t be disappointed by the number of characters in Avengers: Infinity War.  They don’t say what heroes are in the two movies, but I can guess at the overall list:  all of them!

Agent Carter season 2 and Daredevil season 2 have both wrapped production.  Agent Carter season 2 will premiere on January 19, but they have yet to announce a release date for Daredevil season 2.  However, if they follow roughly the same post-production schedule as Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones, season 2 will be ready for release as early as mid-March.

So Lyndsy Fonseca (Angie) will be back for Agent Carter season 2 after all, but just for one episode and just in a dream sequence.  Disappointed we won’t see more than that of Angie this season?

News from Around Geekdom about Star Wars

Anything not related to the MCU Star Wars that I find interesting

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has (of course) shattered the previous opening-day record with $120.5 million.  And it also passed $250 million worldwide in its first 3 days.  Its opening weekend set a new record with $238 million domestic (actually revised to $248 million) and $517 million globally.  And as if that’s not enough, it also broke Spider-Man 2’s Monday record with $40 million.  And thanks to that it became the fastest film to reach $300 million domestically.  And it beat The Amazing Spider-Man’s record for the highest Tuesday box office total, with $37.3 million.  It also set new Christmas Eve and Christmas Day records with $27.5 million (more than doubling Avatar’s $11.2 million) and $35-40 million, respectively, as well as a new first week domestic record with $391.1 million.  Oh, and as if all of those records aren’t enough, it also set the highest 3-day gross for any film at any single location, with $715,010 at Pacific’s Arclight Cinema between Friday and Sunday.

The Force Awakens is scoring well on Rotten Tomatoes so far, sitting at 95% during the first weekend, which is higher than both Empire and New Hope (94% each).

Interesting.  A certain character’s fate was decidedly different in the original script of The Force Awakens.  Only look if you’ve already seen the movie…

Here’s an explanation to one of the biggest unanswered questions from The Force Awakens.  I still think it’s a pretty convenient explanation and hope it gets developed further.

Harrison Ford reportedly made $15-25 million for The Force Awakens, with Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill making somewhere in the low-millions, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega making somewhere in the low-hundred-thousands, and Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver making somewhat more than Ridley and Boyega.  What do you think of these figures?  I’m a little surprised by how little the main characters earned, but I expect those figures to be substantially higher for their next several movies.

The Force Awakens has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture.

Okay, I hate spoilers as much as the next guy, but this is taking it a bit too far!

Apparently the Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization fills in a lot of details that aren’t clear in the movie.  Are you going to read it?

The official Star Wars website is also filling in some details from The Force Awakens.  None of it is exactly spoilers, but I’ll only include one detail here:  the First Order flagship’s name is the Finalizer.

Reportedly the powers that be do not yet know exactly how Star Wars Episode IX will end.  I find that a little surprising.

The Rest

Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie has been pushed back to premiere on December 21, 2018.

Would you like to see Mel Brooks make Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money?

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