Category: Sci-fi movies

Marvel Studios’ Eternals: Official Teaser

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Have you seen the teaser yet?! Marvel is getting better at not giving much away in its trailers. You know, people are gonna complain either way, but I am in the “less is more” camp. Directed by recent Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao, this is Marvel’s most anticipated movie in a very long time. And, this is kinda deep cut because the majority of people don’t know who the Eternals are or how they fit into the Marvel Universe. I won’t rehash all of it here, but I will say that I am a little worried about how they will be used going forward. The Eternals are kinda the Deus ex machina of the universe in that they can be the reasons or the fixers for any problem that happens when writers have written themselves in a corner. I’m wondering if they will have a montage showing scenes where they were in the background, but not visible in prior movies. I’m also curious if this movie is how Marvel will introduce mutants in the MCU. I’ve been waiting for that. We’ll see.

This might be Marvel’s most diverse movie cast to date, which I am so excited to see. Seems like this has more Asian, East Asian, and Latino representation than we have ever seen in a Marvel movie so far. It’s safe to say that everyone in this movie is yoked to the max as well. We all remember seeing Kumail Nanjiani rocking like an 18-pack a couple of years ago for the role of Kingo Sunen. I’m wondering why Angelina Jolie is so prominent in the teaser given my comics knowledge, but I guess she is the biggest star in the movie.

Brian Tyree Henry is holding it down for the blerds out there. He’ll be playing the inventor, Phastos. He is amazing and always adds a certain blunt realness to his roles, so I am looking forward some deadpan jokes and perhaps some betrayal.

Lauren Ridloff is also holding it down for us and the deaf/hard of hearing community, a group we haven’t seen portrayed in Marvel before. She’s playing Makkari, a superfast Eternal who can also communicate telepathically with the Celestials.

I’m excited about this movie! Are you? It looks beautiful. It comes out November 5, 2021. Everybody get vaccinated, so we can get back together in theaters!

The New Mutants: Whew lawd

You ever watch a movie that was so bad that it made you mad??? I remember hearing about this movie when it was in development. Peeps were a little excited because, let’s be honest, we all yearn for a good X-men movie. This was initially marketed that way. I’m convinced that rumor got started before anyone saw the actual storyboards for this. In fact, I choose to believe that the studio greenlit this movie without talking to any of the comic creators. Yes, it was that bad, and I’m trying to be fair.

How do you take a cast studded with extremely talented young actors and just waste them? How do you make a movie seem like it was given a huge budget and not enough money all at the same time? Who was the audience for this movie? I just can’t.

Plot synopsis: Five powered young people whose powers have caused death and mayhem find themselves in an institution to learn to control their powers. It is somewhat suggested that they are being trained to be X-men, though this is less clear in the movie. In reality, they are being assessed by the Essex Corporation to determine whether their powers are useful or dangerous. The main character’s powers (Dani) were left unexplained for most of the movie, but she is eventually deemed too dangerous to live. They live in a creepy, abandoned hospital that they slowly realize they can’t leave of their own volition. They go through emotional breakdowns, they kiss, they fight, and, then, they team up to try to overthrow the evil doctor to escape. Smiling men, puppets, and demon bears, oh my! The End.

New Mutants is supposed to be a horror trilogy, but it is more teenage angst-y. It’s like someone got lit and said, “What if we make Twilight meets Legion?” Alas, Anya Taylor-Joy’s portrayal of Magik is passable, but it was like she was in an entirely different movie. Thankfully, the sequels were cancelled, so there won’t be any followups.

It’s a pandemic and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I finished it. But, yo, they put this out in theaters in 2020; could you imagine catching the ‘Rona for this?

And, since this is BlackTrekkie, let’s talk about representation. First, there are no black actors in this movie. The main character is Native American, a group that often suffers from the same lack of depth and reliance on stereotypes in their portrayals in the media. In this movie, her cultural background is simply used as a plot device and is barely shown. This is an inexcusable shame, given the opportunity to offer viewers a glimpse into a culture we rarely see. Second, Sunspot is supposed to be Afro-Brazilian and dark-skinned and Dr. Reyes is a Black woman in the comics. One of the creators, Bob McLeod, has gone on record criticizing their inaccurate portrayals. The movie was shelved for three years, but it had been in development since 2009. Someone at some point should have spoken up and said that this would be unwise with fans. Even in 2009, we knew better right?

1 out of 4 stars. I kinda want you to watch it so that we can compare notes. Actually, nah, don’t.

(but, I know you’re going to watch it anyway because it has Mutants in the name. I see you.)