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Marvel’s Avengers | Cash Grab Or Extraordinary Game?

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Stan Lee created an empire unseen in memory altogether. The Marvel universe has gone beyond comics, and sure DC Comics can also claim fame in this aspect as well, but not in the way that Marvel has.

The Avengers are not just a popular comic series, or nowadays a popular movie franchise, but it has become a way of life. Picking a favorite avenger, or opinion on the film’s franchise defines relationships and friendships, and could possibly break them. That is the level of popularity this company has established.

In terms of gaming this hasn’t been the case. As the Marvel franchise has stuffed it’s pockets in recent years, the gaming industry has felt a heavier effect from DC with the Arkham Batman video game series. That was until Marvel’s Spider-Man debuted on the Sony PS4 in 2018.

The game was an incredible example of how Marvel could easily slide into the role of being a game changer within the gaming industry. A lot of the crowd that are fans of the Marvel movie franchise are also huge gamer’s, so it was very surprising it took this long for Marvel to capitalize on this. There have been Marvel games in the past, but usually they are cash grab movie tie-ins that can easily be beat in four to six hours with little enjoyment.

So that leaves the question we all want answered, how great of a game can the new Marvel Avengers be? I have tried the beta for the game, honestly I did not come away completely impressed. Although, it did have some inspiring moments. But after all, it is just a beta, so I wont judge based off of this information. With that being said this game really does make one wonder what are we in for? Is this truly the ride we have all been waiting for as long time fans?

We can not truly know until we have our physical copy on hand (digital as well if that’s your gig) but the excitement seems to be rather reserved. This could be more or less because of how COVID-19 has sucked the life out of human society as we know it, or it could just be that we are not expecting much from Marvel.

With Spider-Man, we had gotten so many trailers and game images and hype that it was almost expected it was going to be a triple AAA hit. This can not be said for the Avengers game. Trailers and game play footage has been minimal. Square Enix who is publishing the game is a big-time player in the gaming industry, even much larger than Insomniac who published Spider-Man. So why is this? The virus can not be the reason, if anything being forced to be at home should be ever more the reason for this hype train to take off.

We are all wondering if this is a cash grab or a truly great game, and to be honest we have no idea what we are getting, but like many around the world who are so starved to play a Marvel game or get back into the Marvel universe, we can not wait to go on this adventure, hopefully the price of admission is worth the ride.

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‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two’ Review | Unleashes The Power of the DC Multiverse

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“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths—Part Two” continues the epic journey of the DC Multiverse, facing its most severe threat in this gripping trilogy. As the Anti-Monitor unleashes chaos by destroying various Earths, the Monitor assembles many heroes, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, to combat the endless swarm of shadow demons threatening existence. The film delves into dark secrets and intricate character dynamics, heightening the stakes and delivering a thrilling narrative.

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is released into the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse/Tomorrowverse to fight back. The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush their last defence?

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With ample room to explore the intricate storyline, the film navigates the interconnected web of characters and universes with skilful pacing and engaging storytelling. Building on the foundation laid by the previous instalment, “Part Two” dives straight into the action, immersing viewers in a high-stakes battle for survival. Director Jeff Wamester and the talented cast bring depth and emotion to their respective roles, enhancing the overall impact of the narrative.

While the first part of the trilogy suffered from a fractured narrative and an abundance of characters, “Part Two” manages to streamline the story and focus on the core conflict at hand. Effectively bypassing much of the foundational work established in its predecessor, swiftly immersing viewers in high-octane action. Beginning shortly after the climax of Part One, we witness the aftermath of The Flash’s demise as the surviving heroes, hailing from diverse universes, collaborate to deploy tuning fork towers in a collective effort to phase the Earth and evade the impending cataclysmic energy wave. Nevertheless, introducing previously unseen characters adds a new layer of intrigue to the unfolding narrative. Introducing key players like Psycho Pirate sets the stage for an explosive finale in the upcoming third instalment. 

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One of the strengths of this film is its ability to establish a personal connection with the characters, Part Two particularly focuses more on Psycho Pirate and Supergirl, The exploration of their motivations and backstories adds depth to the overall narrative, making the impending confrontation with the Anti-Monitor even more compelling. The depiction of Psycho Pirate in the film provides valuable insights into his character and abilities. The origin story offers a compelling introduction for viewers unfamiliar with him, albeit with a darker tone. While the film may embellish his background from the comic series, this interpretation adds complexity to the character. Additionally, Meg Donnelly’s depiction of Supergirl embodies a resilient survivor granted a fresh start by the Monitor after escaping her decimated home world of Krypton. One notable aspect of the film adaptation is the attention to detail in establishing and engendering empathy for each character.

The exceptional voice acting displayed throughout the film exemplified unparalleled skill and artistry, with each actor expertly embodying their characters with a genuine and distinctive interpretation. Particularly noteworthy were the performances of Meg Donnelly as Supergirl and Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate, whose ability to infuse emotion into their characters deeply resonated with me, eliciting genuine empathy and connection. We also see Jensen Ackles’ portrayal of Batman showcases a solitary figure navigating various realms where he reluctantly allows others to join his noble mission alongside the Bat family from a different world. Meanwhile, Darren Criss’ interpretation of Superman grapples with establishing his role as the world’s ultimate guardian.

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Several supporting characters exhibit acts of leadership as they assist the Justice League in safeguarding the numerous alternate Earths. Solovar intervenes to rescue a fellow hero and strives to earn his trust despite initial scepticism. Wonder Woman and Robin also demonstrate instances of aiding their teammates throughout the mission. During times of crisis, familiar individuals joining the effort undoubtedly contribute significantly to the overall strategic objectives.

Throughout Part Two, we witness intense conflict, as heroes and villains engage in epic battles amidst the darkness. The tomorrowverse/DCAU animation style seamlessly complements the dynamic action sequences, creating a visually captivating experience. As does Kevin Riepl’s masterful score enhances the emotional depth of these scenes, illustrating the intensity and complexity of the characters’ struggles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two” sets the stage for an epic conclusion to the trilogy, building anticipation for the showdown between our heroes and their formidable adversary. With its blend of action, emotion, and intricate storytelling, this instalment keeps viewers engaged and eager to see how the epic saga will unfold in the thrilling finale.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths-Part Two” Is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD via Warner Bros.

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Joker: Folie à Deux | Official Teaser – In Theaters October 4, 2024

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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Genre:

Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Date:

October 4, 2024

Director:

Todd Phillips

Cast:

Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga

Plot Summary:

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

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2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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