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Masters of the Universe | Kevin Smith Is Bringing The Power Of Grayskull Back From The 80’s

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“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix”

Masters of the Universe will be arriving sooner than we thought. But not in the form of the recently announced live-action version starring Noah Centineo. But instead, will come in the form of a Netflix anime series titled, ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation.’ The series will be a continuation of the 1980’s cartoon, and will focus on “Unresolved storylines” from the show. Kevin Smith is set to executive produce the series, and surprised fans with his announcement at the annual “Power-Con convention.” Here’s what Smith had to say about his upcoming project:

The new series, titled “Masters of the Universe: Revelation,” will take place in the Mattel toy inspired world and will focus on some of the unresolved storylines of the classic ‘80s show. Smith will serve as showrunner and executive producer.

“I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!”

Rob David, the vice president of Mattel had this to add about the upcoming series:

‘Masters of the Universe’ has been a cultural phenomenon for generations, inspiring fans to discover their own power within. Fans of this franchise have been waiting for the continuation of these characters, and Kevin Smith, as a ‘Masters’ superfan himself, is the perfect champion and partner to expand the canon through a dynamic animated series on Netflix.”

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Why ‘Joker’ Is Better Than ‘Captain Marvel’

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The 2010s proved to be the age of the comic-book movies and I’m not just talking about the Avengers movies, although they certainly changed the game for superhero movies, today I will be discussing are two of the most divided comic-book films of the 2010s and they are Captain Marvel and Joker or better yet, why ‘Joker’ proves to be a much better film than ‘Captain Marvel’.

I will start with what makes the ‘Joker’ movie better than Captain Marvel. For those that have not seen the ‘Joker’ movie, major spoilers ahead. Although, if you haven’t seen it by now, shame on you. It made over a billion dollars at the box office and became Joaquin Phoenix’s most successful film. 

Joker 2019 [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

But anyway, the joker is about a struggling stand up comedian named Arthur Fleck who is constantly bullied and disregarded by society. Fleck lives with his mother Penny working as a party clown until he is fired from his job for bringing a gun into a children’s hospital. 

Afterwards, Fleck is beaten by three businessmen on a train. Fleck draws his gun and kills all three men, beginning his dark descent as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time. Now, let’s talk about Captain Marvel. Yeah I know, but it’s still part of the essay. 

Captain Marvel is about a young US Fighter Pilot named Carol Danvers who is the victim of a terrible crash that gives her immeasurable powers  after a Kree causes her plane engine to explode. And I’m only saying this not because I remember exactly what happened but because I’m reading that from Wikipedia. 

Now, before I break down anymore differences, let me break down how both of these movies are similar. Both movies address a character that is looking for more purpose in life. I understand that that seems like a very broad explanation but that is the case in these films. Both characters have something or a series of traumatic events occur in their lives, both characters go up against a powerful group. In the Joker, Arthur Fleck goes up against the Waynes and in Captain Marvel Carol Danvers goes up against the Kree, both characters find out who they truly are: It’s revealed in Joker that Fleck was adopted and abused as a child and in Captain Marvel Danvers figures out that she was captured by the Kree after she gained her powers and lost her memory and after discovering their true selves, they decide to use their newfound persona for either evil or for good. 

Now the reason audiences loved the Joker movie could be surrounded in the fact that the filmmakers brought light to a comic book villain that was never shown in a film until now, while Captain Marvel was divided amongst fans because in my opinion it seemed more like a filler in between avengers infinity war and endgame. 

And that brings me to my first point. Unlike Captain Marvel, Joker was designed to be a standalone film and not be part of a cinematic universe, despite the fact that a sequel is possible. But anyway, one of the reasons that makes the Joker movie so much better than Captain Marvel is the fact that it was meant to be a standalone film, which makes it unique. 

Captain Marvel on the other side of the Marvel spectrum is a movie within a collection of movies, which means that if it wants to really stand out among the comic book film genre, it needs to do something new that hasn’t been seen before and I don’t want to use these guys as a source, but rotten tomatoes consensus sounds like Captain Marvel just recycles old material.

Captain Marvel [Credit: Marvel Studios]

The consensus reads: “Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU’s latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula”.

Did you guys hear that last part? It makes effective use of the franchise’s signature formula. It never said that Captain Marvel adds anything new in the Marvel Pantheon, it just makes effective use of an already done-before formula.

Joker’s consensus reads: “Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star — and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema”.

The consensus says that it is an evolution for the comic book film genre….and it is. It changed the game for comic book films and it did it with simplicity. It didn’t need to use extended CGI battles and epic fight scenes and that’s what made it so special. It was a departure from other superhero or villain films that rely on special effects to draw a crowd and that is what brings me to my second point as to what makes Joker better than Captain Marvel.

Joker is grounded in reality. Joker doesn’t reference any other superheroes with the exception of young Bruce Wayne, because it’s a film that attempts to tell a story about a mentally ill man that has been ignored, abused and disregarded by society and critics have been taken aback by the results. Many liberal critics are triggered by the fact that director Todd Phillips is shedding a light on a white male character that becomes a supervillain and ends up killing many people in the future. In fact, it’s so stirring for moviegoers that people have claimed it would incite violence or more mass shootings…and it didn’t. With that logic you could say the same thing about Tom Hardy’s Venom or Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, but I won’t get into that.

Anyway, when you compare the plausibility–and that’s what Joker’s consensus says. Plausibility.–when you compare it to that of Captain Marvel, you realize that Captain Marvel by comparison is a fairy tale compared to the Joker because in reality you don’t get powers from a plane crash, you don’t have women fall out of the sky get chased by aliens and later on in the film blast an entire spaceship armada effortlessly. It….does….not….happen.

Joker 2019 [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

The Joker however is more plausible. It addresses the fact that there are people with mental illness, which is a real thing. It addresses neighborhood poverty, which is a real thing. It addresses the poor protesting the rich, which is a real thing and it addresses people inciting violence which is a real thing. 

Had Todd Phillips taken a different direction to the origin story, like the Joker falling in a vat of acid, we would be having a very différent conversation because it would be a lot less plausible. In Detective Comics #168 in 1951, and revised in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989, where the Joker, before he became the joker, fell into a vat of acid after a scuffle with Batman, giving him a white complexion, red scarred lips, green hair and a frightening cackle and that explanation is so lazy. It doesn’t cut deep within the motivations of why this character is the way he is. 

Captain Marvel’s origin is just as implausible, except with aliens, spaceships and devices that allow you to look inside a person’s mind. I’m actually hoping that there isn’t a sequel to the Joker because if there’s a sequel and/or cinematic universe based on this one movie, Joker would lose its uniqueness and end up being lost in a slew of movies that are only being made to make money, because the best things in life must always come to an end….you know what I’m talking about Star Wars.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Pet Rock™

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The A24 store is offering fans of its Oscar nominated film, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ a chance to own a rock. That’s right, the rock from that scene in EEAAO is now for sale. Currently sold out, fans can place themselves on a list to be notified when the pet rock is back in stock. The A24 store site, states that, “The Official Everything Everywhere All At Once Pet Rock™ includes one googly eye rock with paper nest and a care and training pamphlet, Rock size may vary.”

Everything Everywhere All at Once has recently been nominated for eleven Academy Awards, that include, Best Director [Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert], Best Actress [Michelle Yeoh], Best Supporting Actor [Ke Huy Quan], Best Supporting Actress [Stephanie HSU and Jamie Lee Curtis]

A24 SHOP: Everything Everywhere All at Once Pet Rock™

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A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.

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‘Girls Trip’ Co-Writer Confirms that a Sequel is Happening and Will Most Likely Take Place in Ghana

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Everyone’s favorite girl group is returning for more adventures, this time with a girl’s trip to West Africa. Variety exclusively learned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival with Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver that a sequel is officially a go with the foursome headed to Ghana. Oliver was in Sundance promoting the second season of her Amazon series, Harlem.

Variety also confirmed that all the original cast members are set to return so look forward to seeing Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah back on the big screen together soon. One of the stars of Harlem, Shoniqua Shandai yelled “Afrochella!” upon hearing the breaking news referring to Ghana’s major culture and music festival. Oliver later confirmed that the production was looking to head to the African festival for the sequel and implied that her script is due any day now. 

The female-centric comedy Girls Trip was a big box-office hit grossing $140 million on a very modest $16 million budget. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Space Jam: A New Legacy) directed the first feature on a script from Oliver and Kenya Barris (black-Ish, You People). The movie also launched comedian Tiffany Haddish into stardom putting her at the top of many casting directors lists for comedic and dramatic work. 

Tracy Oliver has been one of the most consistent black writers in Hollywood in recent years; in addition to scripting the Girls Trip films and Harlem, Oliver scripted the upcoming horror comedy, The Blackening starring Jay Pharaoh, Yvonne Orji and Jermaine Fowler.

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