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Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Ushers in The End of an Era

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The final chapter in the DC Extended Universe. Arthur meets his match and must join forces with a familiar foe to protect Atlantis and the world.

Plot

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Movie Review

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom continues from the prequel, the first Aquaman movie of 2018 and is the final instalment of the DC Extended Universe.

Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II brought their A-game to this sequel. The movie contains great visuals and stunning sound effects, especially if you watch it in a 3D environment. The storyline had a very Thor 2, Black Panther, and Iron Man 1 kind-of feel to it in terms of the narrative, considering, two brothers team up who were both competing for the throne, a nation hidden away who eventually reveals themself to the world and the last line of the movie “I am Aquaman”.

The locations throughout the movie were picturesque and we got to experience both visuals on land and under the sea. Great character development on the part of Yahya as Black Manta. I really feel the writers have done well to establish his villain story arc. There is great development in Orm Marius’ storyline and we get to see him onscreen for a big part of the movie as well. The letdown for me came into how the movie ends off, as the final fight scene or pivotal point in the storyline is over in less than a minute. 

I was also hoping for an emotional close-off since this is the last entry in the DC Extended Universe, but none is provided, but also no easter eggs are left behind to indicate any continuation of the Aquaman storyline. 

Both Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman return as Princess Mera and Atlanna respectively, but their presence was hardly felt in the movie, due to limited screen time.

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures)

There were quite a few humorous moments in the movie, which is to be expected of some of the comic book movies. There were however not many throw backs to previous entries in the DC Extended Universe and obviously no tease to what can be expected in the new DC Universe.

Overall, the movie was fun to watch and great to have Momoa onscreen with his witty humor and energy as the famous Aquaman.

There is a mid-credits scene only, so no need to wait till the very end.

I rate the movie 3 out of 5. Lots of fun, sad to see DCEU close off, but excited for what the future may bring.

Watch at a cinema near you, and catch it in 3D if you can.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Official Trailer (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Ezekiel Sims: Character Profile

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Ezekiel Sims (Marvel)

Founder of the Spider Society. A successful, but sinister business man. A Spider-Mentor. Here follows a brief background of Ezekiel Sims.

Hidden Motives

Ezekiel used his financial capital and influence to save a temple in Peru from being demolished all because of the chance to be a subject of the ritual that would grant him spider-like abilities. However, as a power-hungry man, he never feels satisfied for the quest for power. He obtains superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and superb resilience. He can stick to wall and also possess spider-senses. He however, does not rely on web-shooters or any other artificial gadgets and tools. He studies all the various ceremonies of the Spider-Clan.

Ezekiel Sims (Marvel)

Friends and Foes

Ezekiel finds himself helping out the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man many times but usually with his own agenda in mind. He even trains a new protégé and is forced to protect her from a vampire. Lets see who can guess who the vampire is, and no, I’m not referring to Morbius. Ezekiel finds himself the target of some sinister characters beyond the astral plane and he sacrifices himself to save the life of Peter Parker.

Sinister beginnings but with a noble ending, that is Ezekiel Sims. However, Tahar Rahim plays the primary antagonist in the Madame Web movie that has released last week. What is his motives or objectives this time?

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony Pictures)

The above stories about Ezekiel Sims have been shortened and enough detail has been left out to leave you hungry for more. I highly encourage subscribing to Marvel Unlimited to read up about Ezekiel Sims or any of your favorite Marvel characters.

Catch Madame Web In Cinemas Now!

Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Superhero

Release Date: 14 February 2024

Directors: SJ Clarkson

Based on: Marvel Comics

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps, Emma Roberts & Adam Scott

Madame Web Movie Poster (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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Marvel Animation’s X-Men ’97 | Official Trailer — Disney +

Continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

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Animation, Action, Adventure

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March 20, 2024

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Jennifer Hale, Ray Chase, Lenore Zann

Post Summary:

Continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

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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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