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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4 | SPOILER Review/Discussion

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This week’s episode kicked off by telling us that Bucky’s codewords had their power taken away by the Wakandans. This is an interesting reveal, but if you really think about it, it makes complete sense and it’s a wonder no one has brought this up before. It was also nice to hear the Wakanda theme playing in the background. That truly is one of the MCU’s best tunes and it’s always a pleasure to hear it.

One of the main takeaways from this episode however is the further development of Karli Morganthau. Through Falcon we learn a lot more about her ideology and what her goal is. There is also further confirmation of a theory previously posed on this site that Morganthau will be becoming sympathetic or most likely a fully fledged hero by the end, having Falcon and the Winter Soldier by her side.  That being said though, the show’s writing is very much sitting on the fence on where they feel she is morally, for the most part at least. Zemo makes some very good points about how people willing to become super soldiers are by nature supremacists.  He is then in fact proven right when Falcon talks to Morganthau and she basically says she doesn’t care about killing people that step in her way, sounding a lot like a supremacist. On the other hand they show her to be a relief worker and a lot of the sadly quite badly acted scenes between her and her followers are meant to show her as a relatable disenfranchised youth.

It’s quite interesting seeing Sam, Bucky and Zemo debating about Morganthau and her ethics. However, it does still feel like the show is leaning more toward her being right, as Falcon suggests. It’s pointed out by Bucky that she’s no better than Zemo because she’s murdered innocents. Sam rebuts this by saying that she’s different because of her cause. This line here is where the moral dilemma starts to fall apart a bit. Zemo murdered the King of Wakanda and several others because super powered humans killed his family through their gung-ho approach to defeating Ultron. How is this any different from Karli Morganthau killing people because governments wanted things back to normal? In fact, on paper, Zemo probably had more of a worthy cause. As this show is constantly proving him right. People are being murdered by super powered people who think they’re doing the right thing. The only difference is that Sam Wilson is friends with super powered people and he’s biased.

This leads in to that shocking end with John Walker. After quite a chaotic fight between basically all of the main characters of the show bar Zemo and Sharon Carter, Karli Morganthau murders Battlestar. This was really pushing the boundaries of that 12 rating as it was pretty brutal, as was of course the subsequent avenging of Battlestar. It was undeniably a great scene. When John Walker chases down the Flag Smasher and pushes him to the ground, you can really feel the rage building up and exploding out of him. In fact, Walker is probably the best part of this episode. Through the frustration of constantly being beaten or overlooked he becomes hot headed and lashes out, a lot like he did last week. Though we never see it, it’s clear that he has indeed taken that last dose of the super soldier serum as he lands from a reasonably high height onto a car roof without flinching. Unless we’re supposed to believe that his rage has made him impervious to injury.

It’s clear that in future episodes, the murder of this Flag Smasher will be reason for John Walker to give up the shield. Or rather, have it taken away from him. However, this murder was not the act of evil butchery that many will see it as. Walker’s close friend and partner was murdered in front of his eyes, he was rightfully distraught and angry. Also bear in mind that the man who was killed was an accomplice to the murder of innocent people. This is not to say he deserved to die, but he certainly wasn’t completely blameless. All of that being said, the last shot of the episode with John Walker standing there with a bloodied Captain America Shield is sure to become an iconic image of the MCU for the future.

There was a lot of great action and writing in this episode. The scene with the Dora Milaje was excellently choreographed. It was also where we last saw Zemo as he has now escaped. This could be for him to chase down Morganthau as the Power Broker. We learn in this episode that the Power Broker is indeed the person threatening Morganthau and is presumably the Flag Smashers’ benefactor. The scene where Zemo passionately smashes all the vials of super soldier serum throws a slight spanner in the theory of him being the Power Broker. In a later scene the Power Broker is demanding the serum off of Morganthau. This doesn’t rule out Zemo being the Broker of course, it could all be part of his plan and that whole thing could be a double bluff.

Theory Time: As the news of the murder of the Flag Smasher spreads across the web, Walker tightens his grip on the operation to capture Morganthau. Falcon and Bucky side with Morganthau to take him down. After a long and brutal fight, Morganthau dies and becomes a martyr for her cause, Walker is sent to prison and Bucky is handed the Shield to take on the mantle of Captain World (or something cooler than that) in Morganthau’s memory. The shield will probably get a new paint job too, to make it look like a globe maybe.

How do you think the show will end? Do you like Morganthau? Who do you think should have the shield by the end? Tweet your thoughts @TheREALFreddieD and they might be mentioned next week.

 

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Freddie has a degree in Digital Film Production from Ravensbourne University London. He’s obsessive about many things but mostly Batman, Doctor Who and The Incredibles. To find out all of Freddie's film opinions go to his Letterboxd - TheDeightonator

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage A Dark Comedy Infused With Fast-paced Action

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‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ was absolutely Full of CARNAGE. It’s a dark comedy infused with fast-paced action and the relationship between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and Venom was like watching an old married couple. And Woody Harrelson’s performance was CHAOTIC in a good way. 

After so many potential release dates due to the film being delayed, Venom: Let There Be Carnage was officially released in Cinemas here in the UK on Friday the 15th of October. It is the sequel to Sony’s 2018 film Venom in where the Symbiote links himself with a host and used their bodies to service. Venom now lives amongst us but Eddie Brock struggles to adjust to his new life as the host of the alien symbiote. Venom grants him super-human abilities in order to be a lethal vigilante. Brock attempts to reignite his Journalism career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson), who becomes the host of the symbiotic Carnage and escapes prison after a failed execution. 

The film wastes no time and dives straight into the storyline which dives deeper into the origin of Serial Killer Cletus Kasady. Harrelson’s performance as said earlier was Chaotic in the best way possible as his character encapsulates the rage and insanity. His performance was brilliantly matched by Tom Hardy who reprises his role as Eddie Brock, his chemistry with Venom is once again the true highlight of the film. The duo of Harrelson and Hardy work great as frenemies.

Speaking of venom this is truly where the film shines. Since this is a continuation from the first movie, Venom fells more settled inside his host and is more comfortable as Eddie’s conscience. However their rocky relationship has caused a lot of problems for Brock as both want to do different things for example, Eddie just wants to get on with his life and get his career back up and running, Venom does comply however he lusts for brains and chocolate. he feels stuck and wants to be free, but unfortunately cannot control his impulses. 

They argue, fight and trash Eddie’s apartment. This is a very venomous love affair between them both but in an interesting scene, Venom attends a rave and opens up and i’m not kidding about his love for Eddie. Director Andy Serkis opens up about this particular scene saying that it was Tom’s idea to have Venom sort of Come out and go to a party that was a ideally an LGBTQIA festival. Venom speaks for freedom of others by asking to stop this cruel treatment of aliens. 

At it’s heart this film is a love story about the extraordinary relationship between symbiote and host. 

Reprising their roles from the first film are Michelle Williams (Anne Weying) , Reid Scott (Dan Lewis) and Peggy Lu as Mrs. Chen. I felt all have less screen time during the film but these characters are vital to help Eddie’s journey and Venom’s. 

However I felt Naomi Harris was criminally underused. Her character Shriek acts more as a walking plot device than an actual character, though she does brilliantly on what the writers have given her to do. Another Character i felt that had potential but little to do was Stephen Graham, his character felt more like another plot device to tease the sequel. 

With a new director to the franchise, Andy series brings a new quality to the story and action due to his knowledge of motion capture, the VFX on the symbiote’s are outstanding and realistic.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a step up from the first film. It’s a fun 90 minutes and OMG do not miss the credits!!!!!

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 8 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

After last weeks party with Thor, What If…? is back with the penultimate episode which truly showcased some of the best animated sequences that the series has offered this far. Yes we’ve seen some great animation such as the Zombie episode but in episode 8 they really had a chance to go full on with incredible mind boggling visuals. 

This weeks episode continues from that epic cliffhanger aka the entrance of Ultron, and in this Universe we get to find out what would happen if Ultron ultimately uploaded himself into the vibranium body he had made for him in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This moment erases the creation of Vision. 

“The entire Multiverse at your fingertips, and you spent all your time up there? Wow. Isn’t this more fun than just watching? And to be honest, a lot less creepy on your part. The boundaries of the multiverse are irrelevant to beings like you and me. I didn’t evolve by staying inside the lines. Run, watch, it doesn’t matter. From here, I can see everything. No one can stop me now.”

Ultron to the watcher

What If… Ultron Won?

Synopsis

Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton seek to destroy the killer-robot Ultron following a cataclysmic event.

Review

In Moscow, which is now an apocalyptic wasteland Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton are the only survivors of the nuclear catastrophe. They spend the remainder of their days outrunning Ultron sentries as they infiltrate KGB archives and attempt to find intel regarding an AI that can take on Ultron.

We are then shown the moments leading up to the catastrophe as Ultron successfully uploads himself into Visions body. Loaded with the mind stone, the AI manages to kill Thor, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers and once again Tony Stark. Ultron now powerful unleashes Earth’s entire arsenal of nuclear weapons in order to eradicate the planet. 

When Thanos arrives on Earth with the other five Infinity Stones, Ultron effortlessly kills him and takes the stones for himself and eventually becomes aware of the other worlds in the universe. But even that’s not enough for this maniacal android as he senses the Watcher’s presence, for the first time he starts to attack our not so silent observer. The pair battle their way through the Multiverse crashing through multiple realities, including one where Steve Rogers aka Captain America becomes the President of the United States. 

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Finally we also get to see Jeffrey Wright’s Uatu The Watcher hesitate to intervene as he helps in the sidelines inside the Nexus of All Realities. He certainly puts up a brave fight, and at the right moment escapes after his giant bald head is almost crushed. Realising that he’s out of options, the Watcher asks episode four’s Dark Strange Supreme for help. Lets hope he can stop the Multiverses impending doom. 

The show is certainly positioning itself for the grandest finale as the eighth episode sets up for what seems to be an explosive one indeed . This episode truly introduces us to a great threat in the form of this new version of Ultron and I for one can’t wait to see the Guardians of the Multiverse next week. 

 

 

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Marvel’s What If…?- Season 1 Episode 7 Review

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What If…?  is the latest Marvel Studios project to arrive on our small screens on Disney +.

The animated anthology series, created by Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia writer A.C. Bradley and Marvel vet Bryan Andrews flips the script on the MCU as following the creation of the multiverse in Loki’s first season finale, What If…? reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways.

What If..? is back with a brand new episode, for weeks we’ve been left sobbing and emotionally drained from watching our favourite MCU heroes suffer devastation after devastation. Following Killmonger’s rise to power last week, episode 7 puts Thor in the spotlight and certainly takes an upbeat approach, imagining what would have happed if Odin returned baby Loki to the Frost Giants and thus making Thor grow up as an only child, though no mention of her Majesty Cate Blanchett aka Hela The goddess of Death. 

More than battles won or lost, it’s relationships that truly define a hero. The people who shape them, their stories. Thor and Loki, a brotherhood so strong and pivotal, it would change the fate of a universe. Their childhood taught Thor many lessons. But in another universe, instead of raising the Jotunheim prince, Loki, as his own son, Odin returned him to his people. Without his trickster brother to keep things, let’s say, lively, Thor grew into a very different prince

The watcher

What If… Thor Were an Only Child?

Synopsis

Thor, who never learned to be a good hero, throws an out of control intergalactic party on Earth.

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Review

This was such a fun episode as it made me laugh from beginning to end. It also ends with an excellent cliffhanger, which seems to be setting up the epic finale. 

In this alternate Universe growing up without a pivotal relationship can really affect you as without Loki, Thor becomes a reckless Party Prince with a bad boy attitude. And when his father falls into Odinsleep and his mother Frigga goes away, Thor’s arrogance simply continues to grow as he decides to throw a huge party on Midgard aka Earth, where he believes Heimdall won’t be able to detect him. 

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Inviting all from the Nine Realms, he creates the biggest party ever witnessed on Earth. Many easter eggs and cameos appear thanks to the original actors voicing their characters. The standouts being Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Kat Dennings.

Also voicing their characters are Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Frank Grillo, Taika Waititi, Karen Gillan, Jaimie Alexander, Seth Green and Jeff Goldblum fabulously returning as the Grandmaster. 

Prince Loki of Jotunheim arrives in Las Vegas to join Thor’s party. He certainly towers over Thor and the other partygoers in his frost giant form.

With Thor taking over Earth with all his party-going antics, S.H.I.E.L.D step in to rain on his parade. Maria Hill uses Jane and Darcy to stop Thor however Jane hooks up with the God of Thunder, so Hill eventually calls upon someone with a bit more firepower, Captain Marvel. 

Both go head-to-head which creates an epic showdown with plenty of thunder and Lightning. But ultimately in the end there’s one relatable thing that does manage to stop Thor, his mother. Frigga who after being sought out by Jane arrives in the nick of time. 

Marvel’s What If [Disney +]

Her arrival prompts Thor to clean up his act, he enlists the help of his party guests to clean up Earth. As the episode comes to an end it shows that Thor and Jane’s relationship develops further as they both agree to go on a date. However there’s one thing The Watcher didn’t see, That Cliffhanger. Overall Episode 7 is a jam-packed one with delightful and crazy moments. 

 

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