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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:03 am

The IMAX premiere of Inhumans got reamed. ZERO positive reviews. This is gonna be a slog. (I didn't see it in theaters, since--again--the TV version will be longer.)

Hurricane Irma has temporarily halted production of Ant-Man & the Wasp and Avengers 4 (Marvel Studios does a lot of filming in Georgia), but they'll be back on track soon. Captain Marvel hasn't begun filming yet, so no delays there.

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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by Deku Tree » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:23 pm

Just recently watched through The Defenders. Maybe I was being punished for not watching Iron Fist, but early on I thought it was just a big frustrating mess. Like two episodes of people being cryptic and trying to set up Mystery Boxes. Doesn't help that the Hand stuff was my least favorite part of DD S2. I always liked the more grounded parts of the Marvel Netflix stuff.

I was also annoyed at how incredulous everyone is about resurrection when they live in the MCU. A Norse god fought aliens in your town. You have your own superpowers. Maybe don't be so dismissive.

It got more watchable later on, but didn't do anything special. I do appreciate the restraint of cutting back the episode total. Luke Cage, DD S2, and JJ could have each used a little tightening up.

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Post by CaptHayfever » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:24 am

It might be because of the sheer extremity of resurrection--officially, nobody outside of SHIELD & Sif knows what happened to Coulson--but I agree. (But hey, any opportunity to make fun of Danny is welcome! :) )
That happened twice on AoS, too; arbitrary skepticism about specific powers. In season 1, when tracking "the Clairvoyant", Coulson was wishy-washy about psychic powers existing; the Clairvoyant himself turned out to be a fraud, but soon afterwards two other characters appeared with legitimate clairvoyance. Later, when discussing Lash changing forms, Lincoln was all "but no other Inhuman can do that", & I was all "so? you guys all have different powers anyway! maybe shape-shifting is part of his!"

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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:13 pm

New teaser for The Punisher, but still no release date confirmed. Rumors still point towards November.
New teaser for Inhumans, with a massive spoiler for Medusa. Starts airing on TV in 2 Fridays.

[Edit to add: New full trailer for The Punisher went up today. STILL no release date, though.]

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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:51 pm

Okay, after months of promotion, & 4 weeks after a disasterous theatrical preview, they FINALLY put together an Inhumans trailer that actually looks good, ONE DAY before the television premiere.
Also, new footage/interviews for Ragnarok. We're 5 weeks away from that.
Rumor mill says that the release date for Punisher will be announced at NYCC. Exact same rumor mill also says the release date will be NYCC, so I'm taking the rumor mill with a grain of salt.
Still nothing new on Runaways; it's about 2 months away.
Season 5 of SHIELD might be bumped up to start in November, right after Inhumans ends.
Seriously, this Inhumans garbage fire is all we have until either Thor or the Punisher comes to save us.

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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:33 pm

Thoughts on the Inhumans series premiere:
Spoiler.
The IMAX theatrical showings were a tremendous mistake. Any benefits from filming with IMAX cameras were cancelled out by Scott Buck's/ABC's low budget & rushed production. Also, the fact that the theatrical version was shorter means that it couldn't have made ANY sense; there was no extraneous content in the longer TV version*, so cutting any of it would've left the theatergoers without something important. Apparently the theatrical run made just under $3mil, which is actually decent for a TV-in-the-theater event.

That said, I predicted a while back that this would range from horrible to mediocre, & it looks like it's ending up at the mediocre end of that spectrum. Most of the cast is good, but there are some awkward line readings that would've benefited greatly from one more take, whether on-camera or in ADR. The standouts are Maximus, Karnak, & Black Bolt, in that order. Serinda Swan is trying a little too hard as Medusa,though, & her melodrama sticks out like a sore thumb (& the kid version of her was even worse**). And then Crystal....I dunno, she spoke almost as rarely as Bolt himself until over an hour into the show, & Isabelle Cornish just.....barely reacts to anything.

There are some significant script problems as well. The way these people say things simply grates the ears. The Ulysses stand-in (whose name I can never understand) gets sent to the mines with all the sucky-powers people, despite BEING ABLE TO SEE THE FUTURE. Also, Medusa & Crystal each could've easily ended Maximus's coup if they'd actually used their powers instead of just letting him gloat.***
The design work is nice, though,.....except for Medusa's TERRIBLE costume (at least the CGI for her hair in motion is better than the wig for when it's not moving****). Full points for Lockjaw.

The biggest issue, though, ultimately boils down to one essential problem with the plot: Maximus is (mostly) right. The city of Attilan is low on resources and high on classism & slave labor. The Inhumans should return to Earth. Trying to conquer humanity is a terrible idea, of course, & Maximus needs to cut down on the perviness & murder, but his stated goal (provided he's not lying) is what our "heroes" should be doing. (Granted, they HAVE returned to Earth, but not voluntarily.)

*well, except for maybe the faux-NASA scenes, but those only totaled about 2 minutes anyway

**the actress playing young Medusa is apparently named "V.I.P.", which of course makes her nearly impossible to search for online

***a fact that Black Bolt did not overlook

****but Maximus takes care of that problem PDQ
Executive summary: Not good, but more watchable than Iron Fist. With only 6 more episodes, I can choke this down for the sake of completing the continuity; then I get Thor & Punisher & Runaways & SHIELD to make life better again.

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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:27 am

Updates from NYCC:
...The "Punisher" panel was cancelled in the interests of good taste after last weekend's tragedy. Likewise, the release of the show itself has likely been postponed--a recent "leak" rumor indicated that it was gonna come out on October 13th (next week), but Netflix is still sticking to its we-never-announced-a-release-date-in-the-first-place story.
..."Agents of SHIELD", on the other hand, still had its panel, where it was confirmed that season 5 will begin on December 1st, over a month sooner than previously expected. (I guess ABC didn't wanna tread water with filler for 2 whole months straight.) This now means only a 2-week gap on ABC after "Inhumans" ends, but it also means the previous promise of no hiatuses throughout season 5 of "SHIELD" has likely been rescinded. It also means "Runaways" still has a week to itself with no competing MCU TV content.
...Speaking of which, "Runaways" also had a panel, where they screened the first episode, to vastly better reception than "Inhumans". Also, Hulu finally released the official trailer to the public, so here it is in proper audio/video quality & actually longer than the one from this past summer.

Early teaser for "Daredevil" season 3, kinda cool, tells us nothing.

We also have new Ragnarok trailers, these focusing on Hela.

Episode 3 of Inhumans:
Spoiler.
In which Gorgon fights a Cyclops ripoff, Black Bolt goes Shawshank, Medusa stops wearing that stupid dress, Karnak gets a job in an illegal pot farm, Maximus keeps his promise of abolishing Attilan's slavery system so we still don't know why he's the villain, Crystal actually says words & uses her powers, and Lockjaw is badly wounded by getting hit with an ATV less than a third his size traveling at maybe 5mph.
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Re: MCU Megathread

Post by CaptHayfever » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:27 pm

We finally have a new Black Panther trailer!
Also, some new promos for Ragnarok.
Still no word on the Punisher.
Tomorrow is the home-video release of Homecoming, & we also just recently got Jessica Jones s1 & Daredevil s2 on disc as well.

Inhumans episode 4:
Spoiler.
In which it's Medusa & Louise, the buddy road movie that no one ever has or will want to see ever again, with co-star Unnatural & Kinda Sexist Discussion Of Singlehood Apropos Of Nothing!
Black Bolt accidentally takes out Auran's entire assassin squad without even opening his mouth, in part because they were dumb enough to just stand there as he slowly stepped to the side & slowly pulled open a gas line.
We confirm that Mortis really IS a Cyclops ripoff, as his face glow deactivates whilst he's unconscious & his eyes are (presumably) closed.
Crystal is as much a petulant brat as her sister is.
Maximus finally attempts to do something evil, but it's undermined by the fact that the people he executes are the douchey Genetic Council.
And Karnak gets laid.
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