I’m not gonna lie and say that I was a big comic book fan. I admittedly wasn’t. As a kid, I was into many different avenues in the nerdy sphere (video games, movies, TV, etc.), but somehow comic book reading was one of the few things in that sphere that passed me by. I did always have an admiration for the artform, though, and surely heard a great deal about both Marvel and DC comics from friends and family. I’d hear of the magesty, attention to detail and deep stories found in the pages of Marvel and be blown away by both the absurdity and the magnificence of it all.
So, when I talk about the unfortunate passing of Stan Lee this morning, I may not be coming at this from the same place many diehard Marvel fans would. I was never a consumer of his, shall I say, direct work; however, you don’t have to be a comic book reader to feel the weight of this loss today. Continue reading Farewell Stan Lee, The Original True Believer
Ladies, gentlemen, and other general peeps, welcome for the last time to The Ranting SBox’s Annual Movie Countdown (2017 Edition)… aka the 2017 Movie Countdown. For those who are joining us for the first time, this miniseries serves as an annual tradition on this blog where I gather all the movies I saw the previous year and rank them from worst to best, giving my brief thoughts on each as I go.
This year there were 36 movies up for consideration. (See the full list here). We started our journey through the year of 2017 with the worst and most Mediocre offerings of the year. This was shortly followed by discussing the more middle of the road, Good movies of the year, and then a look at 10 of 2017’s Great films. However, it is now time to wrap things up by counting down the… *drum roll please*… Top 10 movies of 2017. Continue reading 2017 Movie Countdown: The Top 10 (#10-1)
Thursday was quite the eventful day for a variety of reasons. For one, the FCC and Ajit Pai have finally achieved their dream of killing Net Neutrality, completely disregarding consumer well-being for the sake of filling the already full pockets of a handful of individuals. As you can tell, I’m pissed, but we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about the good things that happened that day, like Disney buying 20th Century Fox for the low, low price of $56 billion.
It’s been the topic on everyone’s mind for the past month, but it’s finally time for me to talk about it. Through Disney’s purchase of most of Fox’s assets, Disney has gone from the top movie studio on the market to… well, the top movie studio on the market by an even bigger margin. This deal has massive reach and a lot of properties are now under the Disney banner, such as Avatar, Planet of the Apes, The Simpsons, X-Files, Predator, and Family Guy. Most of all, Marvel Studios now has access to the final 3 properties outside Disney’s reach: X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Should Disney Reboot the X-Men or Just Leave It Be? (Part 1)
Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe hosts a great many characters in their movies, from Iron Man to Ant-Man to Spider-Man, not all Marvel characters are created equal. In fact, Marvel Studios has access to all but 3 of their biggest franchises’ film rights: Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool. Still, many fans of the Marvel characters and their films hope for a day when… you know what? Fuck it. This is part 3 of this series and I’ve started them nearly the same way every time. You get the point by now.
For those of you who are joining us for the first time, welcome! I’ve been going through all 3 of the Marvel properties owned by 20th Century FOX and discussing some of the ways Marvel Studios and Disney could go about hypothetically bringing these characters into the MCU. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Deadpool Can Fit Into the MCU
While the MCU is massive in terms of characters — Thor, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Black Panther, etc. — most fans know that the series is missing a few key characters. These characters — the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool — have been notably absent from the ever-growing Marvel film playground despite having a great amount of importance in the comics. This unfortunate reality has led many to hope for a day when these FOX-owned properties will be reunited with their friends over at Disney. But where could these characters fit if and when they do come back into the fray?
In this 3 part miniseries, I plan on tackling this question with each of the FOX-owned Marvel franchises, discussing some of the ways Marvel Studios could merge these characters into the MCU. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How the X-Men Can Fit Into the MCU
Last year saw the release of Deadpool, one of the most unique superhero films in recent memory and an instantaneous hit for the house of X-Men. Through its unique blend of raunchy comedy, exciting violence, fourth-wall breaks, and chimichangas, Deadpool has won over the hearts of untold millions worldwide. It propelled Deadpool from a moderately known comic book character to a pop culture icon.
Nowadays, it’s commonplace to see Deadpool on shirts, games, hats, memes, and other memorabilia, along with a modest and somewhat watered-down presence on TV. Lately, Deadpool’s TV presence has been limited to Disney XD shows like Ultimate Spider-Man, which is nice other than it being a cameo on a G-rated show. If only there were a way to make Deadpool’s TV presence a little more… how would Deadpool put this?… Sexier. Yeah, let’s go with that!
Enter Donald Glover Continue reading SBox Quickie: A Deadpool Animated TV Show Is Coming!
A couple weeks ago, I got to see Logan on opening weekend. It was a movie I’ve been looking forward to since the first trailers came out, due to how promising the premise was and how stylistically different it seemed to be from other comic book movies up to this point. The idea was brilliant, and I’m so happy to report that the actual film didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Not only is it one of the most unique films in the X-Men series as well as the whole comic book subgenre; it may actually be among the best. I highly recommend the movie to just about everyone, especially to fans of the X-Men film series that’s been with us for nearly 17 years so far.
X-Men is an immensely impressive series all things considered. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and to an extent the DC Extended Universe) have been dominating the comic movie genre in recent years, X-Men has outlived just about every other such franchise thus far. Just think about how many adaptations its outlived: The Dark Knight, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hellboy, Blade, Fantastic Four, and the list keeps going. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why I’m Conflicted About X-Men’s Future
If you were to ask me how 2016 stacked up to previous years in terms of films, I’d probably define it as “underwhelming”. It was an odd year for big budget movies, where most of the year’s most anticipated films ended up disappointing audiences, as was the case with Batman v Superman, Ghostbusters, Independence Day 2 and Jason Bourne among others. Meanwhile, the best films of the year existed below the surface, often raking in middling returns and going unnoticed — such is the fate of The Nice Guys and Kubo and the Two Strings. I enjoyed a lot of films in 2016 (as you’ll see in the 2016 Movie Countdown), but for what it’s worth, I’m hoping 2017 is a lot better.
As is tradition here on The Ranting SBox, I start every year with a list of my most anticipated films of the new year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2017
I can’t believe it’s time to leave 2015 officially behind. Hard to believe that last year I didn’t see Avengers 2 or Star Wars Episode VII. I can’t believe there was a time I was looking forward to Fantastic Four. Anyway, as is customary at the beginning of a new year, let’s take some time to look toward the future.
Here’s a list of movies I’m looking forward to seeing in the next 12 months of life. Continue reading My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016
Marvel has been hitting their films out of the park in recent years. That’s why I have no guilt with placing every single Marvel outing from 2014 into the top 10 of this countdown. Let’s begin with one of the few franchises that are no part of the MCU as of right now. While it can be said that the X-Men franchise has had a rockier road compared to other Marvel franchises, I’m glad to say that this is probably the best X-Men film ever made.
X-Men: Days of Future Past acts both as a sequel to First Class and a futuristic reimagining of the original X-Men trilogy. (It’s very hard to explain). Continue reading My 2014 Movies: X-Men Days of Future Past (#9)