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I mean at the end of the day, (if this is true) Universal must know that they won't have the success needed to make a good prophet.  However, getting a sure prophet from a sell is better than nothing or a loss.  And the last 2 Hulk Solo movies didn't do great.  As well, Namor can't be done as a solo film now.  The underwater world has already been down with Aquaman, and so Namor will just look like a copycat.  Sell and cut your losses.  Spiderman is a tougher situation.  Marvel really wanted Spiderman for the Infinity Saga and they did everything they could to get him.  Unfortunately, they have re-invigorated the franchise that Sony almost destroyed, which has increased its value exponentially.  Sony is not going to let go of this cash cow now.  Maybe if the Sony films without the Marvel connection failed again, Sony could cut its losses.  Still, that is going to be tough. 

At the same time, the Super Hero Movie craze has been going on for over a decade now, and it seems to be winding down.  So, I wonder if that will have some play in what happens.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime 4
« on: January 05, 2020, 02:48:08 PM »
As much as I enjoyed the Metroid Prime trilogy.  I think I would rather have a Donkey Kong Country Returns quality world and level design for Super Metroid.  And I think a Western Team could get that true Super Metroid feel of dread and storytelling from each screen, that has really been lacking in the 2D Metroid games, since Super Metroid.

Don't get me wrong, the games were great and Super Metroid Zero Mission is possibly my second favorite Super Metroid Game, but none of them properly had the level of environmental storytelling the SNES game had. 

Here is hoping Falcon and the Winter Soldier is ahead of schedule too.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Holds First Party Game Sale In Europe
« on: January 02, 2020, 07:22:47 PM »
Splatoon2 or Mario Kart 8?

You know it could also be a test for a Marvel movie laced with horror elements. They could also release it with a few edits to make it hit into the multiverse universe of Marvel.

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: December 29, 2019, 03:55:16 PM »
BnM:  I think the Marvel TV being folded into the Marvel Films also has to deal with the grand plan of the Infinity Saga.  I think Disney and Marvel Films really wanted a full movie experience.  Now that big gamble is over with, they are doing something different.  Smaller and more intimate...television is perfect for that. 

I also think that television is dying and television budgets are harder to justify big expensive shows and productions.  There are a lot of expectations with television that networks want. But all of those things go away with streaming.  Need fewer than the 12 to 24 order shows, streaming that is normal.  Do you need variable run times for your episodes that don't always hit the 24 minute 45 minutes models of television.  Done.  Do you need larger budgets, that can be done too. 

I do find it annoying to wait for original content, but Disney Plus is still hell of a good deal, and I am sure Disney also wants to make sure they have some new first run shows coming out as they roll their service out to the world that will be new to everyone.  They are not going to get that world penetration until late 2020 maybe even 2021.  We will see what happens.  I can wait. 

Just yesterday I watched Thor Ragnarok again and then Lilo and Stitch.  Man, Lilo and Stitch is a great movie but surprisingly emotional. 

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: December 29, 2019, 01:14:04 AM »
Finished Breath of the Wild, and I must say, I loved almost everything about it.  It really desires all the praise it got, and really is the future of the Zelda franchise.  There were things I didn't like, but understand their choices.  Things I think they could improve upon, but overall it was a wild ride. 

First, I understand the decision for weapons breaking as it forces the need to collect more weapons and experiment with weapons.  Though I think collecting and upgrading weapons of varying types without them breaking does the same thing.  So I understand the decision and fully support it, but also admit it doesn't feel like Zelda.

The thing I would improve upon is the lack of Zelda gadgets.  I would love to get the hookshot or double hookshot again.  Zelda having that "Metroid" feel of collecting items to further your progress and slowly get more power is a great feeling, and this game does give you that but at the same time doesn't.

The Stamina Bar is interesting, and overall I like the idea, but I think more standard way of upgrading it would be nice. 

The biggest lack was the traditional dungeons, especially themed dungeons.  I hope we get a fully realized more traditional Zelda experience merged with the Breath of the Wild structure.

I really liked season 1 of Runaways except for the awful finale.

Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 17, 2019, 02:25:40 AM »
I don't necessarily think the new Star Wars is bad, but I don't care about ANY of the new characters.  None of them have been interesting, except for maybe Rey and Kylo.  I did like some of the stuff they did in The Last Jedi.  For instance, I liked the idea that they were basically mind melded together against their will.  I like to think that plan backfired.  I like that Luke was reluctant to train Rey, and I liked Luke Skywalker ghost fight...I just think it shouldn't have killed him.  The rest of the movie, literally everything with every other character was garbage and pointless.  I didn't care.  Their actions and stories didn't have any weight to the outcome of the movie.  Their choices felt stupid and dramatically out of place.  That said, what I am excited about in this last movie, is that Last Jedi has made the last movie utterly unpredictable.  The original Star Wars trilogy had a flow that was understandable.  The Rebellion is introduced and has a new hero.  The Rebellion is crumbling even though the new hero is rising, just to have a great fall.  The Hero and the Rebellion overcome all odds and have a great victory. 

I don't feel like this new trilogy is following any story arc at all. 

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: December 16, 2019, 04:15:02 PM »
Oh I thunk it is some of the best adventure Scifi I have seen on TV. But Trek is still king on for tv.

Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: December 16, 2019, 02:29:44 PM »
Nickmitch:  I like the fact they aren't ending stories on cliffhangers.  Cliffhangers are a television device and comic device that is super annoying.  So the self-contained episodes are nice.  My problem with the series is that the writing and acting are just so poor.  Sure, each episode really feels like Star Wars and that in and of itself makes it amazing to watch...but it could and should be so much more. 

As for baby Yoda, the universe is a very big place.  I like to think that even after Order 66 that pockets of Jedi survived because they went into hiding, and the story we know isn't necessarily the last Jedi, but just the family drama of the Chosen One.  So baby Yoda could be anywhere, and I like the Mandalorian traveling with him as a body guard because it humanizes him...but I also want to see him without being a baby sister.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: December 12, 2019, 09:39:03 PM »
I have been enjoying Breath of the Wild a lot, and actually this Zelda is pretty good for pick up and play short bursts.  Fast Travel with warping.  Short challenges with Shrines instead of temples.  The Combat takes some time to get used to though, and the game is definitely a challenge.

Fox almost got the perfect X-men Trilogy done.  What you need is open the movie with the Mordocks or doing crimes and the mutant presence being exposed to the world in a way that makes people fear them and respond negatively and government reacting against them.  This world after Thanos seems perfect...they have seen enough **** to be careful and desire to be proactive against a potential threat.  This allows 2 sides to rise up in the crisis the Brotherhood and Magneto and Charles Xavier.  In the end, you find out the Brotherhood ends up recruiting their most normalized members and sending the others on a kind of suicide mission against the government.  The X-men are caught in the middle trying to figure out how to de-esculate the situation and save the Morlocks.  Movie 2, the Government responds in full force locking the mutants up and making the Sentinels.  This movie explores mutant labor camps and injustices in the prison system of America...while showing how a government can turn on a minority when the majority is afraid of them.  Magneto and the Brotherhood rise up as freedom fighters the end of the movie the Brotherhood and X-men work together to free the mutants and Magneto creates his safe haven for mutants orbiting the Earth...that he has secretly weaponized.  Final movie is all out mutant vs. Government war and the X-men are stuck in the middle.  Ground the X-men for the first trilogy.  Limit their powers and focus on relationships.  Keep the casts tight and small.  Once you finished the trilogy You can use that to setup Avengers vs. X-men and then go to individual stories like Dark Pheonix or House of M...or whatever.

I think it goes to show that the American television format of 24 episode 45 minute shows is very hard to keep up for multiple formats, but I must say I am liking the tone of the show.  I feel like this show seems to have the right vibe to be a good show to both attract a female market and be a good well written female lead.  My problem with Batwoman is it appears to try to hard.  I am an edgy woman that hates male authority and rebels.  I am aware the show may not be that.  I am also aware that people like that exist and need representation, but you have to write those characters very carefully and with finesse.  This show looks like the flash wholesomeness with a female lead, and eventually an Ironman knockoff.  It also looks like it will have a fun family dynamic which is much needed. 

Movies & TV / Re: Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker
« on: December 06, 2019, 11:24:11 PM »
Links?  I don't know what you are talking about international interviews.

TalkBack / Re: Six New SNES and NES Games Coming to Switch Online
« on: December 04, 2019, 08:11:58 PM »
It will be fun to play Star Fox 2 finally, and Super Punch Out.

Movies & TV / Re: Batman
« on: December 04, 2019, 01:00:43 AM »
I think Superman Returns had huge potential and the scene where he is flying and using heat vision to melt the glass and protect people is just PERFECT superman and creative outside the box thinking about Superman's powers.  I think Man of Steel had someone what good fight scenes, but in the end it was Superman just using brute force.  I really want to see Superman be creative and smart with his powers.  Using all of them for outthink, and maneuver his opponents.  But very few movies show that side of Superman.  He should be having fun showing the futility of the bad guys evil actions to them.  That is an important trait of Superman's. 

Batman also has a style of fighting.  It is misdirection that leads to fear and mistakes.  Batman toys with enemy is a very brutal way, picking his targets eliminating them from biggest treat to weakest, and uses the weakest to get information...But it isn't about showing futility and invulnerability...but about causing as much fear as possible.

The Flash is the community hero.  He is about building a better community and that includes trying to reason with his villains and form relationship with them.  He understands above anyone else that these are humans and people and if you can reach them they can be saved from their life of crime.  Superman has that hope too, but he tends to be more global.

Wonder Woman is the warrior.  Get the job done with as few casualties as possible, but she is like Batman and will give no quarter.  But she is also an ambassador which means she struggles with how she would like to handle the situation and how she should handle it. 

If you can't get these 4 characters right, you can NEVER get Justice League right.

Yes, it is true.  I know about the Red Sparrow program and I would assume that too originally.  But then they had the family dinner scene and that was too comfortable to be just we were close in that seemed to be really playing up the family aspect of the movie.  So there is that.  I wonder if they are setting this prequel up to allow for a future Black Widow replacement.  You know one with an actual Russian actress and accent.

Movies & TV / Re: Batman
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:48:14 PM »
I thought the white eyes were weird, but then I realized that if you were truly trying to hide your identity hiding your eyes might be wise and important.  Plus it plays on the fear and alienation of the makes Batman less human and more scary.

As for the DC Movie Universe, I think they don't have to give it up, just make better movies in the universe.  The Aquaman movie wasn't great but it was watchable.  Shazam was worse than Aquaman, but watchable.  Start populating that universe and slowly make it less dark would be fine. 

DC as a comic company (in recent years) has seemed to have more powerful heroes but a darker universe.  Like when things go bad, it is almost never a small thing, and events that happen can get twisted fast.

I like how Mission Impossible typically feels like old fashion film making, but Marvel usually doesn't.  It isn't a knock or anything, but the Mission Impossible series has been hitting so many home runs lately, it is a better and franchise in my opinion than James Bond. 

As for Black Widow, it will be interesting to see if she can carry a movie on her own.  If they emphasize the spy elements, the lore, and world building, it will work because it will be truly about Black Widow's character.  If it is just an action movie with a mission then I don't know what to think.  It was kinda silly and annoying the idea of the big fight between the two sister and find out they are sister.  Like, I don't know who writes this stuff, but that is just stupid. 

You know what would be a better scene, them actually talking, but trying to assess if the other is trying to kill them or not.  Like Black Widow's "sister" is doing subtle things like positioning herself to have an advantage IF they fight, or trying to poison her and Black Widow is quietly countering the situation because she is just better at it. 

TalkBack / Re: Super Mario Maker 2 Update Coming December 5
« on: December 02, 2019, 02:33:45 PM »
I will not be happy until we get the Super Mario World Dinosaurs. The triceratops bosses and then those two hit dragon things.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: November 30, 2019, 05:23:41 AM »
Breath of the Wild is unapologetically hard at the beginning of the game.  It very much feels like the Original Zelda where every encounter (or screen) is dangerous and can kill you.  It is ruthless and exploring the unknown is dangerous.  It is fun, but because I haven't played this kind of action game in awhile, dodging and timing is tricky.  I have seen the game over screen an embarrassing number of times.  The experience is great though.  It is the first time I can truly say a 3D Zelda felt like the 2D Zelda's when it comes to exploring.  And getting from point A to point B can somewhat time consuming, a little frustrating, and perhaps dare say occasionally boring/work.  The world and experience is amazing so far.  I can see why it is such a brilliant and amazing game.  I can also see where some people see the faults.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:50:49 PM »
Thanks for the advice all. You have been helpful.  I would have gotten Odyssey from your advice without the sale.  But Zelda is going to be fun.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: November 27, 2019, 09:08:04 PM »
Decided to go with the sell so Breathe of the Wild. Is the expansion content necessary or is it not really that big of a deal.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch/Wii U)
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:51:58 PM »
I understand the opinion of Sunshine but why Odyssey?  I know many complain about the number of moons and some of the tasks being too hard or obtuse.

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