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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Review |  An Emotional Farewell to James Gunn’s Team of Misfits

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It’s time to face the music as “Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 3” is such an endearing, heartfelt, and emotionally fitting farewell to our favourite group of space misfits. Throughout I laughed and cried as director/writer James Gunn truly delivers a gripping finale with insane action, humour and an impactful story. The Guardians films have always had an emotional core and meaning to them from when it began back in 2014 with Volume 1 with the theme of finding your tribe even if they are a dysfunctional lot and Volume 2 with the themes of fatherhood and grieving parents even though Quill’s turned out to be an egotistical planet, however, “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” navigates the wounds of a broken childhood as Rocket becomes the driving force for this final instalment that will honestly tug at the heartstrings.

In Marvel Studios “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

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The success of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” has been a major win for Marvel Studios especially within the MCU transforming a not well known IP into one of the most popular franchises in the world, Gunn has truly made us care so much about a ragtag team with a talking tree and Racoon. 2019’s Avengers Endgame offered us closure to the Infinity Saga and a proper farewell for the original Avengers, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” does the same for the original Guardians. After Endgame, The Guardians bought Knowhere from the Collector. Kraglin (Sean Gunn) has been training Cosmo the Spacedog (Maria Bakalova) whilst also practicing with Yondu’s whistling arrow. Nebula (Karen Gillan), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) now revealed to be Peter’s half-sister in the Holiday Special have all been carrying out renovations, whilst Peter (Chris Pratt) spends his days listening to music and drowning in his sorrows, still mourning the loss of Gamora. Who’s still alive thanks to the Avengers time-travel mission, however she’s not the woman he once loved.

It really is good to have friends

Gunn once again brings his trademark humour and signature style to the MCU with “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 which is very likely to be his last MCU movie. Despite featuring tons of fun, action, and comedy as previous movies have done, Volume 3 is the darkest and most emotional one yet. A lot of that comes from exploring Rocket’s painful past and backstory, which comes in the form of flashbacks. Our favourite rabbit and Trash Panda as he gets called has been at the forefront of the marketing. This may be one of the most heartbreaking origin stories in the MCU, it’s emotionally potent with cruelty on display. Gunn had been laying the groundwork for Rocket’s origins since the first Guardians of the Galaxy with his cybernetic implants and scars revealed in prison. He also shows exceptional knowledge and ability to escape captivity and for invention. However, Rocket struggles to trust others, including the Guardians in the first two films but with the High Evolutionary played brilliantly by Chukwudi Iwuji, complete with a god-complex this villain is a key part in Rocket’s past.

Pieces of his past have been revealed through clips including his friendships with three other High-Evolutionary experiments from Batch 89: Lyla, Floor, and Teefs. these hints of his past are tragic but also point to his larger arc throughout the Guardians trilogy. He’s never dealt with what happened to him but overtime has become a protector and caretaker for Groot, the other Guardians, and of course the Galaxy itself. Throughout Volume 3 we see many different shades of familial love and the lengths his family are willing to go for those who they hold dear as this time the stakes are a lot more personal for the Guardians: simply saving a friend. Rocket’s friendship with Nebula has grown not only because they were the only two Guardians left after Thano’s snap but also because they share a similar trauma in their pasts and can relate to one-another. Whilst Quill has been the hero on the surface, “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” is showing that the true hero of the trilogy has always been Rocket.

Warlock Vs. Guardians

Alongside Rocket’s story, we also pick up threads from Avengers Endgame with Quill trying too get Saldana’s past-timeline Gamora to accept the Guardians as family, much like her counterpart once did. however all of this being much to her enraged dismay, giving her and Pratt moving and touching chemistry as Quill really wants her to be the Gamora she never became, the emotions truly bounce off each other. The pairing of Bautista’s Drax and Klementieff’s Mantis is such a breath of fresh air as both truly work well together since leading the Holiday special, the pair are hilarious and bring such warmth and love to this family as Mantis truly cares for her brother. Karen Gillan’s Nebula may be the standout for me, as her character has truly evolved throughout the MCU becoming an integral member of the Guardians she has more levity as she begins healing psychologically following the death of Thanos, who was the source of her abuse and torment, she’s a valued member of the family the Guardians have created whilst still retaining her seething deadpan, whilst on Knowhere Kraglin and Cosmo make a pretty great team.

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Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) makes his cosmic debut in the MCU. His arrival was teased back in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Poulter brings such gravitas and energy to the role. The main antagonist, The High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), is perhaps one of the most despicable and twisted villains you will love to hate since Thanos. Having an antagonist that is directly connected to Rocket’s backstory makes the emotional gut-punches even stronger

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is filled with banter, cosmic action-set pieces as the Guardians go on various space escapades that bring them closer to understanding the true malevolence of Rocket’s creation. The humour throughout derives from the ensemble performances and Gunn’s brilliant script that truly understands the characters dealing with Rocket’s narrative. The score by John Murphy is strong with familiar themes and it compliments another awesome mix of songs that feature throughout such as including Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands” to the Replacements’ “I Will Dare,” Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot” and the Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” alongside our favourite Guardians tunes from the first film.

Final Thoughts

Overall , “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” is top-tier marvel and finishes the story that began in 2014, delivering well-earned closure for this family of misfits that we’ve grown to love over the years. The movie is ultimately a fun good time, however, it’s bittersweet to know that this could be the last time we’ll get this group of cast members and directors together. If anything, this is the best sendoff the Guardians could have ever had. The arcs that began over a decade ago get resolutions as Gunn truly understands what makes these characters tick better than any other creator in the MCU, With the filmmaker now heading off to spearhead the new DC studios, I have my full faith in Superman Legacy as “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” is an emotional rollercoaster and a cosmic spectacle as writer-director James Gunn gives himself and this franchise a gripping, heartfelt, and stupendous swan song in the MCU. “I LOVE YOU GUYS”

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X-Men ’97 Review | Nostalgic, Epic & Marvelous!

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X-Men '97 (Disney)

Get ready for action-packed adventure, many surprise cameos and a storyline that takes

Plot

A band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they’re challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

Review

X-Men ’97 is a revival of the classic 1990s animated television series. The storyline picks up directly after the events of the original series, maintaining continuity and preserving the beloved elements that made the original a hit show back in the day. Many of the original voice cast members have returned, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm and Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, which adds a layer of originality and contributes to the overall nostalgia of the television show​. Here I’m feeling like a little kid again, watching the show on a Saturday morning. I was 7 years old when it was on television in the early mornings, and it still brings back fond memories.

There were a number of new stars who joined the show such as Ray Chase who replaced Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale who replaced Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Holly Chou who replaced Alyson Court as Jubilee, A.J. LoCascio as Gambit, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, J.P. Karliak as Morph, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Ross Marquand as Professor Charles Xavier and Gui Agustini as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

The series starts off in a world where the X-Men grapple with the loss of Professor Charles Xavier. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, Magneto rises to the occasion and becomes the new leader of the X-Men. This provides additional drama and the team dynamics is frequently tested with the new leadership. While dealing with the new leadership dynamics the X-Men finds themselves still dealing with people who would stop at nothing to end all mutants. The storyline doesn’t hold back on the action sequences and themes such as grief, loss and acceptance are touched on throughout the series.

The trailer of the show doesn’t spoil anything for the viewer, and I highly encourage you to watch every intro and try to spot any new changes. The show provides many cameos and easter eggs, keeping my hopes alive of a potential crossover.

The story ends with a twist, leaving you hungry for the next season, and as any Marvel movie or television show would have it, a mid-credits scene to whet your appetite for what’s to come. If you are new to X-Men you can still jump in and watch the television series, but I highly recommend watching the original series to get you up to date with most of the lore and history of the X-Men.

X-Men ’97 keeps the legacy of our favorite mutants alive with a well-written story that is filled with emotion, surprises and promises of more adventures.

Thank you Beau DeMayo for an eXcellent story! I rate this show a 5 out of 5!

Will we skip the intro song? No! I don’t think we will. Make sure to catch the show on Disney Plus!

https://youtu.be/mp1Pax-QHlA?si=-fFlVYBRIPnLQyVO
X-Men ’97 Final Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Trailer

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

Release Date:

July 26, 2024

Director:

Shawn Levy

Cast:

Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

Plot Summary:

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Madame Web Review

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Celeste O'Connor, Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced & Sydney Sweeney (Sony)

Be ready to get caught in the web of Cassandra, our very own Madame Web. Swing by your local cinemas now to catch Madame Web on the big screen!

Plot

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Isabela Merced, Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor (Sony)

Movie Review (no spoiler)

Madame Web, the fourth entry in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe brings us a different take on a complete new group of heroes in the heart of New York. I need to caution the readers that when going to watch the movie, keep an open mind. This movie is about Madame Web and her role as a protector to three young women who will play a much greater role in future…hopefully. If you are expecting Peter Parker / Spider-Man to swing in and catch a crook, you will sadly be disappointed.

I firmly welcome the new take on the Spider-Women within Marvel. Since Across the Spider-Verse I have pondered the question on whether we will get a chance to see any of the Spider-Women on the big screen and also the ‘How?’. I have always seen Cassandra Webb / Madame Web play a motherlike and protector role. I personally think Dakota Johnson played her part excellently well in that sense.

Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor plays the parts of Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin and delivers a breath of fresh air. They are teased to play big roles in the future, according to the villain in the movie. The new villain of the movie, played by Tahar Rahim, provides a thrilling experience at first but gets taken down too easily at the end.

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony)

Madame Web provided a good introduction to a new character, which is Madame Web, but sadly doesn’t provide any promise of continuity and linkages with any of the existing movies within the current universe. A few easter eggs in the movie point to another beloved Marvel character, but I would have loved to experience more of Cassie’s web and the chance of a teaser for the other heroines of the movie since there are still so much stories left to tell. There is unfortunately no post-credits scene, which was a let down, considering Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe and continuity is what many are hopeful for. I’m curious if we get to see continuity later in the form of a sequel or even a cameo of Cassie, Julia, Mattie and / or Anya in any other production.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the storyline. Make sure to catch at a big screen near you.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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