Geeky Daddy (Mostly Spoiler Free) Movie Review Of Thor Ragnarok

Obvious Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

I have been looking forward to this movie since the release of the first trailer! Seeing the Hulk come crashing into the arena and the visual of Hela destroying Asgard to the score of Led Zeppelin’s classic “Immigrant Song” had me hooked from the beginning!

“Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Suicide Squad” and now “Thor Ragnarok” are fine examples of how much movie marketers stick with a winning formula once they find one. The latest being to score comic book movie previews with classic rock tracks that were recorded years (possibly even decades) before many of the movie goers were even born.

My brain will now permanently associate Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with Thor Ragnarok. Much like how, even twenty years later, whenever I hear Van Halen’s “Right Here, Right Now” my taste buds crave a Crystal Pepsi!

The Good

Chemistry Of The Cast

As we have seen in the previous films, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) have excellent comedic chemistry and play very well off each other. But in Ragnarok, the comedy went beyond this duo to include the entire cast.

The CGI created Korg, voiced by Thor Ragnarok’s director Taika Waititi, was my favorite new character and provided laugh out loud humor to every scene he was in. You will leave the theater “liking the New Doug”.

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“Hey New Doug!”

Hiddleston also continues his track record with his scene stealing charismatic portrayal of the God of Mischief. He is so well cast for this role it is hard to envision him portraying any other character.

Comedy

The producers of Thor Ragnarok successfully took the movie much further into the realm of comedy than previous Marvel movies (including Guardians of the Galaxy). Loki’s reaction to seeing the Hulk was hilarious, Thor giving Banner his interpretation of his battle with the Hulk was well done and did I mention the new character Korg?

Thor and Hulk’s interactions provided some of the funniest moments of the film. Of all of the Hulk’s appearances in the Marvel cinematic universe, I thought his best portrayal was in the first Avengers movie…until now! When Stan Lee first created the Hulk, he was going for a Frankenstein style misunderstood child and this film’s creators nailed it!

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We never did learn exactly what Hulk flashed to earn those Mardi Gras beads… 

It almost seemed as if the script was handed to Seth MacFarlane at one point and he was told to make it more “Seth MacFarlane-esque”. Frat humor inspired scenes such as an intoxicated Valkyrie falling off the ramp, Korg carrying around his dead friend and Bruce Banner plummeting onto the Bifrost bridge seemed as if they could have been lifted directly from “Family Guy” or the “Orville” and were all hysterically executed.

Some scenes appeared to be written in for the sole purpose of adding in humor, rather than to advance the story (cough…Dr. Strange..cough) but were still done well and didn’t feel forced as they were in Avengers: Age Of Ultron or Superman V. Batman.

The Bad

There were very few components of this film that I would consider “bad”, but there were a pair things that I was not a huge fan of…

Remember, I warned you about Spoilers ahead!

Mjolnir Is Bupkis

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In the previous movies, we learned that Thor’s hammer Mjolnir was one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe. Some fan theories went as far as suggesting that Mjolnir contained one of the Infinity Gems Thanos is seeking, yet Hela was able to thrash it with the same ease my one-year-old is able to destroy a diaper after getting into My Taco Bell meal.

This was then explained away by Odin to Thor in the same manner that Yogurt explained away the ring of the Schwartz to Lonestar in Spaceballs. The lightning was always inside Thor and Mjolnir was merely used to focus the power.

Warriors Three

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I enjoyed the characters of the Warriors Three and Lady Sif from the previous Thor movies. I understand Jaime Alexander was unable to reprise her role of Lady Sif due to scheduling conflicts with her current TV show “Blindspot, but why dispose of the Warriors Three in under three seconds?

A certain amount of shock and awe was needed to establish to the audience exactly how powerful Hela is and I guess what better way to shock the audience than with the unexpected death of established characters.  But, at the same time, there must have been a better use of these characters, especially with how Thor Ragnarok ended (mid credits scene).

The Unexplained

Sibling Rivalry

We learned early on the Hela: The goddess of Death is the daughter of Odin. We already knew that Thor: The God of Thunder is the son of Odin. Which my public school education leads me to deduce that they are siblings.

If the two are siblings, why is Hela incredibly more powerful than Thor? Because she was simply the first born? Was her mother revealed to be different than Thor’s and I just missed it? I have an older sibling and he is not that much more powerful than I am. In fact, I think I could probably kick his butt in anything other than maybe assembling furniture purchased from Ikea.

Hela’s Exile From Asgard

Hela disposed of the Valkyries with the same speed and ease that I dispose of cocktail wieners during the hors’derves portion of a wedding.

So how was she exiled from Asgard? And how did the passing of Odin suddenly allow her to return? Some type of magical spell? My suspension of disbelief allows me to overlook a lot in comic book movies, but this mystery left me baffled.

The Result

I really enjoyed this movie and would (and most likely will) pay to see it in theaters again (which is the definition of a very successful movie).

As I pointed out earlier, Thor Ragnarok was loaded with more comedy than I expected and felt much more like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie than a Thor movie, but that is fine. Thor and Loki were true to the characters that we fell in love with in the previous movies, multiple enjoyable new characters were successfully introduced and the entire film felt that it belonged in the ever expanding Marvel cinematic universe.

As with all Marvel movies, make sure you stick around for the mid and post credit scenes. The mid credit scene (which was foreshadowed when Loki stole a glance at the tesseract in Asgard) should bleed directly into next year’s release of Avengers Infinity War!

Thor Ragnarok rated a 5 out of 5 on the Geeky Daddy Movie Rating Scale and a Kid Friendly on the Geeky Daddy Sidekick Safe Scale.

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Fox’s New Mutants Trailer Looks More American Horror Story Than Super-Hero

Full Disclosure: I am not a huge horror movie enthusiast but I know many that are excited about this film.

Fox just dropped their first trailer for their upcoming Marvel mutant movie, New Mutants, which will be unleashed in theaters next April (2018).

The New Mutants comic books focused on a younger generation of students at Professor Xavier’s School For The Gifted who were just learning how to control their mutant powers and get by in a world that feared and hated them.

While is has been known for a while that Fox was planning on taking this X-Men installment into the horror genre, I don’t think many were expecting them to go full on American Horror Story-esque with it!

In the trailer, we see that the Xavier Mansion (an X- movie staple, even in Deadpool) has been replaced with a spook-tacular insane asylum where the teenagers are being experimented on.

Sort of reminiscent of the movie Sucker Punch, minus the sexy Sailor Moon outfits and hopefully a much better story.

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Sexy girl in a sexy school outfit with a Samurai sword and a gun? Who needs a plot!

In the preview, we see Alice Braga (whom I loved in Predators) as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, appearing to draw blood from Danielle Moonstone while explaining to her (and the audience) the premise of the movie: that the young mutants are being locked up because their inability to control their powers makes them very dangerous.

From there, if it weren’t for the title, I would have had no idea if this was a preview for one of the Ring movies, a Conjuring movie, one of the Exorcist films or a season of American Horror Story.

The trailer just came off as very generic to me and made from the same recipe as every other horror trailer of the past 15 years. A loud noise accompanying each quick camera change, creepy cover of a classic rock tune playing in the background and, of course, faces pushing through walls…

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The New Mutants in last year’s popular Logan film were created with experiments from vials taken from mutants, so there is some connection with the films there, but no word yet on how much the films will tie in together.

The stereotypical super-hero movie genre is getting over saturated recently so I give the studio credit for attempting to expand the Marvel properties into other genre’s. Marvel has already tried the revenge genre with the Punisher movies so the horror genre seems like the next obvious venue to try.

Maybe someday we will see a Marvel comedy with Hercules as a bumbling womanizer or a romantic comedy with Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man and Emma Stone as Black Widow II.

How excited are you to purchase your tickets to see the New Mutants?

Deadpool 2 Is Coming Together! Cable Picks Released!

2016’s Deadpool took Hollywood super-hero movies to a whole new level!

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Before Deadpool, studios were extremely hesitant to invest millions of dollars into a rated R movie about comic book characters, with 2009’s The Watchmen being the rare exception.

Ryan Reynolds even referenced this in the original movie when Deadpool arrived at the X-Men mansion by pointing out that in the entire mansion, we only see 2 X-Men.

“Almost as if the studio didn’t have faith in the project.” (The original script called for more X-Men characters but FOX axed the budget for them)


We have already seen the teaser for Deadpool 2 ,where the ‘Merc with the Mouth’ failed to save an elderly man from a mugger, and a picture of the mutant Domino (which was received with mixed reviews).

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I’m just not a fan of ‘fros

Now we are treated with a couple new sweet looking pics of Josh Brolin’s Cable!

First we have the headshot that was originally posted on Ryan Reynolds Instagram feed.

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Why are we “shhh-ing”? What’s the secret?

I love the true to source material detail! The star shaped scar over one eye and the other glowing eye are well done!

Cable creator Rob Liefeld followed up with a waist up shot on his Instagram feed as well.

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In the waist up photo, we can see the detailed bionic arm and the chest harness loaded with ammo clips and poaches (a staple on any comic book character from the 1990’s).

Most interesting is the battle worn teddy bear attached to his belt. Could this be a nod to a Hope Summers appearance in Deadpool 2? As a father, I would love to see the pseudo father-daughter relationship between Cable and Hope on the big screen!

Deadpool 2 currently has a release date of June 1st, 2018.

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Best of Amazon’s “Geek Boutique”

In honor of Comic-Con, Amazon created a “geek boutique”. Since they just kind of threw together every geeky toy they could think of, Geeky Daddy curated the list for the best of the best that every geek needs.

Risk: Game of Thrones Board Game

It’s a little pricey at $59.93, but Game of Thrones made into a Risk game is just too perfect! You can fight for the Iron Throne with a bit less blood and gore with two custom-designed game boards and seven armies from which to choose. Which house will you pick to gain control over Westeros?

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Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot

Lil’ G-Man loves dancing to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, so it makes sense that Baby Groot does too! This dancing Baby Groot dances to clips from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 songs, or can dance to your own playlist. His eyes light up and he dances to the music. He also says over one million phrases, although they all sound the same: “I am Groot.” And while this is really meant for your little one to dance with, I won’t judge any adults who need Baby Groot in their lives.dancing baby groot.jpg

Funko Pop! Toys

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Nearly half of the listings in the Geek Boutique are those cute little Funko toys. Lil’ G-Man has an ewok for his Star Wars themed nursery, but they come in every pop-culture geek theme you can think of. The little plastic figures (they call them action figures, but I think they’re more for display purposes) range from Wonder Woman to Overwatch to Game of Thrones (you can get Dany on a dragon!). They’ve also just launched some Scrooge McDuck ones for all you Duck Tales fans.

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Funko Pop! Conor McGregor

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They should make a variant wearing a crazy silk suit

With the much (over) hyped fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather coming up on August 26th, anything with Conor’s name (or likeness) has been super popular.

While I do not see the resemblance between the Funko UFC Conor McGregor and the real thing, this collectible has been flying off the shelves.

 

Darth Vader Apron

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Be the (Dark) Lord of the grill with this Darth Vader Apron!

The manufacturer ICUP (which sounds pretty funny when you spell it out loud) actually makes a number of cool character aprons, such as Han Solo, Captain Kirk and Batman, but none are more intimidating than the excellently detailed Dark Lord of the Sith.

DC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn 12″ Action Doll

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This detailed and fully posable 12″ doll is from the kid friendly DC Super Hero Girls collection. Although Mattel has done an excellent job revamping their Barbie line to make the Barbies more realistic and diverse, if I had a daughter, I would still rather see my girl playing with the Super Hero dolls than Barbies.

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Who Should Play Dr. Doom In Fox’s New Movie? Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 choices!

Fox Studios officially announced at the San Diego Comic Con that they plan on pursuing a Dr. Doom movie in the immediate future to give the fans what they want.

And by “give the fans what they want”, I of course mean make another feeble attempt to hold onto to the cinematic rights to some of Marvel’s most well known characters.

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If Fox allows a specific amount of time to lapse between theatrical releases, the cinematic rights of the characters kicks back over to Marvel. This is also why Sony brings out a new Spider-Man movie every couple years whether the audiences demand it or not.

How likely could Fox’s third attempt at the Fantastic Four universe be the charm?

Probably about as likely as George Lucas writing readable dialogue...

I do think Fox has the right idea pursuing a Dr. Doom oriented story as opposed to another Fantastic Four centered tale. Comic book fans can be very patient, forgiving and loyal to their favorite characters, but re-vamping the FF again so soon would be very risky. Especially seeing as how they have yet to do it successfully in the first place.

Assembling the right talent, both in front and behind the camera, is going to be huge for Fox on this project! I mean serious thought will need to be put into the hires for this film.

None more so than director, costume designer and, of course, the casting of Victor Von Doom himself.

So lets help Fox out by coming up with some possible castings for the ruler of Latveria!

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Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 choices to play the famous super-powered dictator of the fictional land of Latveria:

Rufus Sewell

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Rufus Sewell has played the bad guy multiple times throughout his movie career and always does so with a sincere, conniving intelligence that you just love to hate. Most recently seen as the Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith in Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, my favorite role of his will probably always be Count Adhemar in A Knight’s Tale.

Charlie Hunnam

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A lot of fans have been hoping to see the Sons Of Anarchy veteran take on a super hero role. His name has been attached to DC’s Green Arrow a few times.

What better role for the sociopath anti-hero Jackson Teller than the sociopath dictator Victor Von Doom?

Julian McMahon

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The failure that was the 2005 Fantastic Four debacle could hardly be pinned on Julian McMahon’s shoulders. His performance as Victor Von Doom was the most convincing thing in that film. Does he deserve a shot at redemption?

Remember what I said earlier about the importance of costume design? The Fantastic Four were supposed to be confront Dr. Doom, not a cheap imitation of G.I. Joe’s Destro

The following scene just goes to under score my point earlier about direction and costume design as well.


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Zachary Quinto

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Everybody remember the first season of Heroes? Just the first season, please don’t bother trying to remember anything after that, you will just get frustrated.

Zachary Quinto did an incredible job as the villain Sylar. Lets see Quinto return to his villainous roots as the ruler of Latveria.

Michael Fassbender

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This would be a fun choice but obviously not very realistic since he has already been playing another Marvel villain in multiple films for Fox.

He would have been a convincing Victor Von Doom though.

What did you think of our list?

Who would you love to see as Dr. Doom on the big screen?

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Walton Goggins Joins Cast Of ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’

Who doesn’t love Walton Goggins?

(The answer: NOBODY)

Deadline is reporting that Walton Goggins has signed on to the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp,  as “an undisclosed role”.

Goggins is a very talented actor who we have already seen convincingly pull off a traditional villain (Boyd Crowder in Justified) as well as a more complex protagonists role (Shane in the Shield).

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“Don’t make me do crazy eyes!”

I have been wanting to see Walton Goggins in the Marvel cinematic universe for sometime now and previously wrote how I thought he would make an excellent Cletus Kassidy/Carnage opposite Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom in the upcoming Venom movie!

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Imagine this with Tom Hardy & Walton Goggins!

Ant-Man’s gallery of rogues is pretty thin compared to other Marvel heroes, with Crossfire being the only one that really comes to mind. Crossfire would make sense as well since he is a relative of Darren Cross (the first movie’s villain) and was actually in the original Edgar Wright script for Ant-Man.

Although the producers could always borrow a villain from another Marvel property, such as Iron Man. Scott Lang was an employee of Stark Industries for a time in the comic books.

Obviously, I could be getting a little over excited as well. “Undisclosed role” could mean just a cameo or minor supporting character. Perhaps a former member of one of Lang’s old crews seeking Scott’s help on a new score.

Maybe Scott Lang and Janet Van Dyne will have a meeting with Goggins’ Venus Van Dam from Sons Of Anarchy?

Although, somehow I don’t see Disney signing off on that…

Whatever his role ends up being, 2018 is looking like it is going to be a busy year for Goggins. He is already attached to the Tomb Raider and Maze Runner sequels, as well as the new HBO show Vice Principals.

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Geeky Daddy (Mostly Spoiler Free) Movie Review of Spider-Man: Homecoming

Obvious Warning: Possible Spoilers ahead.

We try to leave massive spoilers out of our reviews, however if you are super paranoid about having details about a movie spoiled for you, you probably shouldn’t be reading a review of the movie.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man film to be released in recent memory with the 3rd different actor (Tom Holland) taking over as our friendly neighborhood web-slinger. We did get an entertaining and true-to-source-material sneak preview of Holland’s version of Peter Parker in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, which left most of us fanboys with high hopes for Spider-Man: Homecoming!

The Story

Thankfully, the producers of Spider-Man: Homecoming did not feel it necessary to subject us to a 2 hour re-telling of Spider-Man’s origin. I think everyone who would be in market to purchase a ticket for a Spider-Man movie is familiar with Peter being bitten by a radioactive spider and Uncle Ben’s speech about great power and great responsibility. Spoiler: That speech has nothing to do with any rice recipes.

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I have never understood why studios feel they need to re-tell origins of well known heroes with every casting change. If it is a new or relatively unknown character (Star-Lord) I get it, but is there anyone born in the western hemisphere in the last 50 years who does not know Peter was bit by a radioactive spider, Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered or Superman came from another planet?

Although we still don’t know what happened to Peter’s parents…or do we...

In Homecoming, Peter Parker must protect the city of New York from an evil super villain arms dealer who is using alien technology left over from the battle of New York (The first Avengers movie) to create futuristic powerful weapons. All this while trying to balance a mild mannered high school life, get the attention of the girl he likes and get ready for (you guessed it): The Homecoming dance!

The Players

As I mentioned earlier, this was the second time we have see Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and I gotta say: I love this kid in this role, especially as Peter Parker! Holland looked and acted as you’d expect a true 15-year-old would in multiple situations.

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“Don’t call me Garfield”

I’ve heard a few people complain that there was too much “high school” in the movie, such as Parker video blogging himself at the beginning of the film. But it is a film about a high school kid and that is what high school kids do.

This movie did a much better job of capturing a more realistic “Peter Parker high school life” than the previous films. Parker is constantly being put into complex situations where he needs to make tough choices between high school life (such as competing in the academic decathlon) or rushing off to fulfill his Spider-Man duties. Choosing between having fun with your friends or performing your chores is something most teenagers (and even young parents like myself) can relate to.

While I did miss hearing J. Jonah Jameson barking orders at him, I did enjoy the supporting cast of Parker’s high school classmates. From his comedic buddy Ned to his new romantic interest Liz. I was uncertain about the re-invention of Flash Thompson’s character from the typical “jock” bully to being more of an intellectual fellow geek, but it worked out well and assisted with the story telling.  Why would the school bully have so many classes and events with Peter, Ned and the other advanced placement kids?

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This movie was also successful in conveying Spider-Man’s humor and wise-cracking without it being overly done. Spider-Man’s humor is supposed to be a PG rated Deadpool (actually, I guess Deadpool is the R rated Spider-Man since Spider-Man came first and Deadpool is based off of Spider-Man). There is a fine line between funny sarcasm and plot distracting wise-cracks and I think this movie got it right.

I was also unsure about the re-casting of the typical geriatric Golden Girl-ish Aunt May to the younger MILF-ish Marisa Tomei, but it actually worked out very well. A whole lot more can be done story wise with a younger Aunt May (relationships, work, Peter’s friends having a crush…) who is of the right age to have a high school kid.

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“It’s May. Ms. Parker if you’re nasty” …Did I go too far with the Janet Jackson reference?

The Bad (guy)

I love Michael Keaton in pretty much anything he has ever done (except maybe Working Stiffs with Jim Belushi). However I never thought much of the comic book character the Vulture, so I was apprehensive of how this was going to turn out.

But my apprehensiveness (Srabble triple word score there!) was completely unfounded as Keaton put forth his usual convincing, high energy performance.

The best villains are always the ones you can relate to on some level or at least sympathize with as to why they are doing what it is they are doing. Keaton has a natural ability of just being relatable and this shows through in his portrayal of big government stiffed working class hero Adrian Toomes.  Keaton actually makes you feel bad for Toomes to the point where you want to like the guy.

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“I’m (still) Batman.”

Toomes gradually becomes more cold-blooded throughout the movie but still holds onto his “nothing is more important than family” code, which is displayed in the scene where he is dropping Parker and his daughter off at the homecoming dance.

At this point, he knows Parker is Spider-Man but is also thankful that Parker saved his daughter’s life earlier in the movie. He respects that Parker keeps his identity close to the vest to protect his loved one and lets him go, basically stating “you stay out of my way and I will stay out of yours”. (SPOILER: they do not stay out of each other’s way.)

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The Not-So-Good

We don’t need to make Spider-Man into “Iron Man 2.0”, so why try to so hard to do so?

I might take some heat for this, but I thought there was a little too much Tony Stark in this movie. I understand that Stark is playing the part of the surrogate father figure in Spider-Man’s life, but I felt he just popped up a little too often and sort of interrupted the flow of the movie a bit. Granted, part of the screen time may have been due to Robert Downey Jr.’s contract.

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And this was never even in the movie!

I was also not a fan of having artificial intelligence in Spider-Man’s suit. It did provide some comic relief and an easy way for the writer’s to communicate information to the audience (i.e. Damage Control’s warehouse), but it was a little too Iron Man-ish.

The Result

I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming and would rate it a close 2nd to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 as my favorite Spider-Man films. There was plenty of action, well timed humor, well written characters and terrific performances all the way around.

Keaton gave us a Vulture that was cold-blooded, relatable and scary. The movie also set itself (and a future villain) up very well for the sequel. While the sequel will be a couple years out, we will see Holland’s Spider-Man in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Spider-Man: Homecoming earned itself a 4 out of 5 on the Geeky Daddy Movie Scale and Kid Safe on the Geeky Daddy Sidekick Scale (Violence).

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Do you agree? What did you think of Spider: Homecoming?

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Just Who Was Jason Statham In Negotiations To Play In The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Since negotiations broke down, this is a moot point, but still fun to speculate!

At one point, action superstar Jason Statham’s name had been mentioned as a possibility for the role of BullsEye in the DareDevil Netflix program. Well it turns out he may have been closer to a Marvel movie role than television one…

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Murdock’s thankful he didn’t have to fight the Transporter

While doing the press tour to promote Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios  frontman Kevin Feige confirmed to Den of Geek that Marvel Studios had been in negotiations with Statham for a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“We’re fans…” said Feige when the topic of Statham came up. “We talked with him about doing a role in one of our movies”. Feige continued, “It didn’t end up working out, his schedule didn’t work out… He was saying ‘sorry it didn’t work out, maybe next time’. He couldn’t have been nicer!”.

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Do Statham and Feige have the same forehead?

“Maybe next time…”  is one of those things that makes you go “hmmm…”

When pressed to reveal the role, Feige smiled and declined to answer, but a lack of information has never stopped me from speculating before!

Here are some Marvel options I would love to see Jason Statham (who will forever be Frank Martin to me) as:

Captain Britain

 

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Statham and Cap. Britain both have a similar jaw line…

Could the super-powered Captain Britain have been the role Marvel was exploring for Statham?

Recently Feige did confirm that Captain Britain was on the radar as a possible Marvel Studios project. Brian Braddock is a fun character and would add a bit of international flair to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Taskmaster

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Don’t tell me you can’t picture Statham’s voice with this face.

The Villain Taskmaster has the ability to learn any hero’s fighting style through “photographic reflexes and physical movement prediction” just by watching them. In other words, think of a Bruce Lee-esque Skeletor.

With Statham behind the Taskmaster’s mask, we could be in store for some epic fight scenes!

Scourge

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“After Cap, I’m going after Freddy Krueger…”

There have been a couple different Scourges throughout Marvel’s history (because comics, that’s why), but I am thinking of the most recent Scourge (formerly known as Nuke).

There are a couple reasons I think Statham would be a good fit for Scourge (beyond owning a copy of his first appearance that I would love to see go up in value):

  • Statham’s voice would be awesome behind the Jason Voorhees-ish hockey mask,
  • the fight scenes would be awesome (see: Taskmaster) and
  • Statham is always convincing playing a grizzled military vet.

 

Who would you like to see Jason Statham in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Comment below.

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GeekyDaddy’s Top 7 Choices To Play Carnage In The Upcoming Venom Movie

According to the HollyWood Reporter, the plan for the new Venom movie is to have Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock face off against a yet to be casted Cletus Kassidy – aka Carnage!

They are also reporting that the plan is to bring Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the film as well to keep this Spider-Man spin-off as part of the Marvel cinematic universe.

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“Clowns on my left, Joker’s to my right…”

Venom and Carnage will most likely be computer generated, so it stands to reason that their human hosts will get the majority of screen time, making the proper casting of these characters extremely important (ahem…Topher Grace…ahem).

While I think all of us who are familiar with Eddie Brock’s character in the comics can agree that Tom Hardy is a better choice than Spider-Man 3’s Topher Grace, who do you think should be cast as Spider-Man’s psychotic super-powered ginger enemy, Carnage?

First, let’s review his alter ego, Cletus Kassidy. Cletus Kassidy was a serial killer and Eddie Brock’s prison cellmate in the Marvel comics. When the alien symbiote, Venom, merged with Brock and broke him out of prison, part of the symbiote was left behind and merged with Kassidy, creating Carnage.

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His powers are similar to Spider-Man and Venom’s except Carnage is stronger, able to shape shift and plant (generally not happy) thoughts into people’s minds.

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Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 7 Actor’s we would like to see play Cletus Kassidy on screen:

Cameron Monaghan (Gotham/Shameless)

Not only does Cameron Monaghan have all the physical traits of Kassidy (skinny ginger), but, as we saw in “Gotham”, he also can pull off one hell of a psychopath! Who wouldn’t want to see two of Batman’s greatest villains (Bane & Joker) also go head-to-head as two of Spider-Man’s greatest villains!

Before anyone gets concerned about being able to cast the same actor as a character in two different superhero universes, remember Chris Evans has done exactly that within the same superhero universe… just people choose to forget the movies in which he played the first role because, you know, they sucked.


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Shamus (WWE Wrestler)

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Is this dude the scariest (and palest) red head on the planet or what?

While I am honestly not familiar with the acting skillz of Stephen Farrelly (A.K.A. Shamus of the WWE), Dwayne Johnson has shown that a successful transition from the squared circle to Hollywood is possible.

Although my all time favorite wrestler-as-an-actor scene will always be Hulk Hogan as Thunder Lips in Rocky III.

Michael C. Hall (Dexter)

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Mostly known for the title role in “Dexter” from 2006 to 2013, Michael C. Hall has experience playing a quirky character with an indifference to life and death. Aside from voicing Batman in Justice League: Gods and Monsters, we have not heard much from Hall in the past couple years, but hey, maybe he will be well rested.

Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Robocop)

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“Did I leave the iron on?”

While the film The Watchmen was met with mixed reviews, the performance of Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach was not. He nailed that role and was probably the most well received character in the film.

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Somewhere between his Rorschach and his Mattox in the 2014 Robocop remake lies a Kassidy just clawing to be released onto the world!

Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified)

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This may depend a little bit on what the studio chooses to do with Kassidy’s character, but Walton Goggins has the versatility to pull off any type of villainous role.

He also possess an underutilized sense of comedic timing which we have only really seen in his sole appearance on “Community”. (Side note: Who else misses that show?)


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Finn Balor (WWE Wrestler)

I don’t know much about his acting chops and I was hesitant to have two WWE performers on a short list, but how could I ignore that Venom make-up.

Jim Carrey

This guy still exists right? I’ve always preferred the Jim Carrey roles that were slightly more grounded in reality (Liar, Liar or Mr. Popper Penguins) to his over-the-top characters (Ace Ventura or Cable Guy), but over-the-top could be exactly what the part of Cletus Kassidy needs. Carrey has been trying to move away from comedy lately and this could be a good option. It also could be his chance for redemption after his Riddler performance in Batman Forever. I wasn’t even going to mention this as I’ve tried to forget the Joel Schumacher Batman movies ever existed, but figured I’d mention it.

Who would you most like to see cast as Carnage in the new Venom movie?

Please comment with your suggestions!

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Will We Learn That The Winter Soldier Killed Spider-man’s Parents?

After re-watching the Captain America movies, something stuck out to me I had missed before (but a quick Google search shows that I was not the first to notice it).

While going through the activation words that cause Bucky Barnes to snap into the Winter Soldier, a few of the words stand out from the rest.

The words flow as follows: Longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car.

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On the surface, the words look completely unconnected and could have just as easily been muttered by a stoned Gary Busey attempting to recite our national anthem or a person suffering from Turrets Syndrome.

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But do the Marvel producers ever do anything random? They have previously done such a thorough job of making sure every bit of dialogue is premeditated and purposeful. What can these seemingly random words mean?

The couple of words that stand out to me are “nine“, “freight car” and most noticeably “homecoming“.

Nine would most likely be referring to Hydra itself which, according to Greek Mythology has 9 heads.

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Freight car could be referring to the fall from the train Bucky took in Captain America: The First Avenger. It is the last time we saw Bucky as himself and how he came into being in Hydra’s possession who later turned him into the Winter Soldier.

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Homecoming is the most noticeable of the activation words. Homecoming is the name of one of the most famous Spider-man comic book story arcs, as well as the name of the upcoming new Spider-man movie.

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Is it possible that Homecoming was also an assassination mission from Winter Soldier’s past? We have already seen that he killed Tony Stark’s parents on a previous mission.

In the Marvel comic book universe, Peter Parkers parents, Richard and Mary Parker, were both C.I.A. agents who were murdered by Hydra’s leader: the Red Skull. Richard was even recruited into the C.I.A. by Nick Fury himself!

In the Marvel Cinematic universe, the Winter Soldier had been the premier assassin for Hydra. Could he have been responsible for the Parkers’ deaths as well?

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What do you think?

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