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Marvel’s What If…? – Season 1 Episode 2 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.

 

The first episode which debuted last Wednesday introduced a new character to the MCU, Captain Carter and offered an altered take on Captain America: The First Avenger. Now in Episode 2 The Watcher shows us a unique look at T’Challa who’s mistakingly put into the world of the Ravager’s and Guardians of the Galaxy which certainly offers an outlandish and awesome take on an iconic character as he’s put into a completely new environment and ultimately becomes The Star-Lord.

What you call destiny is just an equation, a product of variables. Right place, right time, or in some instances, the wrong place at the wrong time. As fate would have it, at that very moment, a Ravager spacecraft was arriving on Earth to abduct the spawn of the Celestial, Ego. But in this universe, Yondu outsourced the assignment to his subordinates.

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What if…? T’CHALLA BECAME A STAR-LORD? 

Synopsis

The Rough-and-tumble space pirates known as the Ravagers abduct T’Challa instead of Peter Quill 

Review

What If’s …? second episode titled What If…? T’Challa Became a Star-Lord? was a really fun yet an emotional ride, I found myself smiling throughout as hearing the late Chadwick Boseman play T’Challa was incredible and heartbreaking to know that this is his final performance as the Iconic Wakandan King. Overlooking this Galactic adventure is The Watcher( Jeffrey Wright) who again addresses the “What If..?” moment that created an alternate timeline in the multiverse. 

The exact moment in Episode two happens when Yondu outsources the assignment from Ego to retrieve Peter Quill from earth which is seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. He gives this assignment to the Ravagers and they mistakenly end up abducting T’Challa and ultimately erases the events seen in Black Panther and Guardians. 

 

What I loved is that instead of giving the viewers a remake of the first volume of the Guardians movie like they did with Captain Carter for The First Avenger, we’re given an entirely new story. Episode 2 really shows What If’s…? true potential is too create these Multiverse stories that are engaging and ultimately full of heart. 

The overall story is very much entertaining with plenty of Sci-fi elements fused with comedy and action. It is Guardians of the Galaxy however it switches the point of view from Quill to T’Challa, which impacts and changes the galaxy more than you’d think. Chadwick Boseman is at the centre of the episode playing T’Challa’s version of Star-Lord, his presence is heartbreaking but is truly cherished by the audience. He voices T’Challa who’s not confined to a Throne, so Boseman is able to explore this new swashbuckling Ravager hero who has helped make the galaxy a better place as they believe that T’Challa is basically a galactic Robin Hood.

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His charismatic presence also inspires everyone around him to do more and be better. Its astonishing to see how far his influence goes especially since he’s managed to change this versions Thanos. This goes to show as I previously said that rather replacing characters, episode two highlights certain changes that send ripples across the galaxy and ultimately show a side to characters that we never expected to see. 

Along for this galactic adventure are T’Challa’s team of Ravagers which are filled with familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael Rooker( Yondu), Djimon Hounsou( Korath), Chris Sullivan( Taserface), Karen Gillen(Nebula), Josh Brolin(Thanos), Benicio Del Toro(The Collector), Ophelia Lovibond (Carina), Kurt Russell (Ego), John Kani( King T’Chaka), Danai Gurira( Okoye) and Carrie Coon, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Proxima Midnight and Ebony Maw from The Black Order.

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Nebula

Speaking of Karen Gillan, this version of Nebula is no artificial machine but rather organic as in this timeline her relationship with her father is significantly changed to more of an embarrassing dad then what once was a genocidal monster. she’s in no pain so Gillan’s vocal performance is able to flirt and rendezvous with T’Challa. I Absolutely loved the heist style as Nebula’s design is absolutely gorgeous dressed to the nines and she’s now got some golden locks.

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T’challa’s relationship with Yondu also makes this episode a highlight as Rooker and Boseman work well together as they too share plenty of emotional senes together. 

The animation has continued to be high quality and this episode features neo-futuristic colours. Its visually high quality that captures comic book moments. 

Overall, this second episode is a major improvment. In Chadwick Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa, we get everything we loved about his performance of the character. This episode even serves as a reminder that no matter what reality, Boseman’s character is sure to leave a legacy of kindness, bravery, and loyalty. The episode wraps up nicely and provides a heartwarming conclusion for this what if scenario.

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Marvel’s What If…? is now streaming weekly on Disney+ every Wednesday.

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LUCK Review | A Magical and Inspiring Adventure!

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From Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation comes their first animated feature which premieres on AppleTV+ this Friday, August 5th. I adored this movie and was truly charmed as the story is something the whole family can get behind and will find it fun but also moving as the film shows how we perceive good luck but also how bad luck can lead to the best things that you never expected would happen in your lifetime.

“Luck” centres around the story of Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest person in the world. When she discovers the never-before-seen Land of Luck, Sam must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around. Eva Noblezada provides the voice for Sam. When she ages out of foster care, Sam discovers the Land of Luck and embarks on a quest that could change her luck forever. And despite her bad luck and clumsiness and everything that goes wrong, Sam never lets anything get in her way.

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Simon Pegg voices Bob, a mischievous black cat from the Land of Luck. He’s all about number one, he’s a self-preservationist, so it’s all about him which makes him sound very selfish. However underneath he’s just trying to survive and once Sam, invariably enters his world she starts to penetrate that facade he has. The Captain, voiced by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg, stands guard as the head of security. She sees Bob for what she thinks he is and that’s a black cat, she thinks they’re unlucky. Jane Fonda voices Babe the Dragon, the exuberant CEO of Good Luck and undisputed luckiest ancient being in all the land.

Throughout our world, we’ve become very superstitious and have long ascribed luck to little trinkets. In different cultures, we’ve had lucky pennies, four-leaf covers, horseshoes, dreamcatchers, Maneki Neko, ladybugs, etc. All of these are meant to bring luck and ward off bad luck so getting to see a whole world based on these two factors was incredible, especially in a stylistic world like the Land of Luck. A world that creates the moments in your life where everything goes right or wrong. This amazing colourful world is where all kinds of magical creatures work together to create Luck, the good and bad. Throughout Sam’s journey, she meets Leprechauns such as Gerry voiced by Colin O’Donoghue, bunnies in hazmat suits and a flamboyant unicorn names Jeff voiced by Flula Borg. They all work tirelessly every day to bring you those sweet fortunate moments.

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But Luck isn’t complete without the bad luck which is made on the other side of this world. A team of goats, roots, and goblins work to make your day a little more frustrating. We’ve all had these moments of stepping in gum, losing your keys, and in my case spilling a hot cup of tea over a MacBook Pro. The world-building showcases a fine balance between good luck and bad luck, however, the tiniest amount of bad luck can shut down the Land of luck’s entire operation, which is totally thrown off by Sam’s arrival. Things are certainly about to get interesting.  Skydance Animation has truly created a world I’d love to visit. Production designer Fred Warter has given the Land of Luck its personality and colour pallet. The use of green for good luck and purple for bad luck is genius and those two colours truly complement each other as the use of colours in this film help amplify each sequence.

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As the title suggests, Luck sees Sam trying her best to save this newly discovered world after she brings her unfortunate bad luck into this sacred space. Throughout the film, we discover why she’s in search of a lucky penny and ultimately Luck is an original story that’ll touch people’s hearts with its strong messages that give us hope. Luck isn’t so much about the trinkets and charms and what it means to be unlucky which I can say features some funny gags, it’s rather about love and finding your forever family.

Luck also taps into the reality of the foster care system and the emotionally tolling process that is adoption.

The film is truly an amazing story, one that works for Skydance Animation’s first feature but also Apple Tv’s first original feature film. Everything from character design to the environment is outstanding. The Land of Luck is so universal and relatable, Luck is totally random. You can’t control it, you can’t create it. The world mirrors our own but it has good luck at the top and bad luck at the bottom. They’re both opposite sides of the coin. The film was also made over Zoom and many of the actors did the voicework in their homes.

Ultimately this movie made me feel inspired, to never give up on myself, never give up on my dreams and just keep going as life can be hard sometimes but luckily it will turn around.

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Are you ready to step into the Land of Luck? Thanks to Toikido for sending out the awesome merchandise for us to review!. My family absolutely adored the film and the toys. Our favourite character is Bob the cat voiced by Simon Pegg so we were excited to receive the deluxe interactive talking plush. Tia aged eight says “It’s so soft and cuddly”. Bob is delightfully curious and mischievous and is so self-obsessed that he comes with over twenty-five phrases. Press Bob’s left hind paw to hear Pegg’s vocals and phrases which include “Top of the morning to ya”, and “You flushed my penny down the toilet”.

Links to purchase these magical products are below!

You can also bring the world of Luck to life with the deluxe figures of Bob the black cat, Jeff the Unicorn, Lucky Pig, and Sam. It’s awesome to have my favourite characters as fun action figures as you’ll be able to play out scenes from the beautifully animated film.

The magical and adventurous animated film is helmed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Peggy Holmes (“The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning”), from an original screenplay written by Kiel Murray (“Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Cars 3,” “Cars”), Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (“Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Trolls”). John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and David Eisenmann are producing for Skydance Animation.

“Luck” joins an expanding lineup of the Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation partnership, alongside upcoming titles such as the highly anticipated feature “Spellbound,” and the animated series “The Search for WondLa,” with several more feature films and television series to be announced. “Luck” follows the recent Apple/Skydance NAACP nomination for Outstanding Animated Short-Form and Annie Awards nomination for Best Music for “Blush,” written and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Mateo (“Prep & Landing,” “Big Hero 6”), and composed by Hollywood Music in Media Award winner Joy Ngiaw (“Red,” “Fish Head”), now streaming on Apple TV+.

Luck” will be available in select cinemas and available on Apple TV+ this Friday, August 5th. 

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Battle of the Super Sons | Warner Bros. Entertainment

Ahhhh, to be young… and charged with saving the world from impending doom! That’s the burden that 11-year-old Jonathan Kent and reluctant young sidekick Damian Wayne face. On his birthday, Jonathan Kent learns his dad is Superman and that he has latent superpowers of his own! He also meets the legendary Dark Knight and current Boy Wonder, Damian. But when the two boys are forced to team up to protect their loved ones from a hostile alien force, will they become the Super Sons they’re destined to be?

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Release Date:

December 18, 2022

Director:

Rick Morales, Matt Peters

Cast:

Jack Dylan, Jack Griffo, Laura Baley

Plot Summary:

Ahhhh, to be young… and charged with saving the world from impending doom! That’s the burden that 11-year-old Jonathan Kent and reluctant young sidekick Damian Wayne face. On his birthday, Jonathan Kent learns his dad is Superman and that he has latent superpowers of his own! He also meets the legendary Dark Knight and current Boy Wonder, Damian. But when the two boys are forced to team up to protect their loved ones from a hostile alien force, will they become the Super Sons they’re destined to be?

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Strange World | Teaser Trailer | Walt Disney Animation Studios

The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threatened to topple their latest and most crucial mission.

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Animation, Action, Adventure

Release Date:

November 23, 2022

Director:

Don Hall

 Cast:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Alan Tudyk

Plot Summary:

The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threatened to topple their latest and most crucial mission.

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