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Marvel Phase 3 – They’ve Given Us Too Much to Talk About

Okay, when Marvel leaked their Age of Ultron trailer last week, I was excited. And we were starting to get some rumors on the next movie in the works, Captain America 3. It’s going to have Iron Man! It might be Civil War! With those little tidbits, I figured that would be it for a while. After all, we’re seven months out from the next Marvel movie, and we just got the first trailer for it…

Then last week, DC announced all of their movies between now and 2020. I haven’t even had a chance to talk about these – so check out the post about them on We Minored in Film to cover that! The announcements are both exciting and expected, as they are movies for the members of the Justice League. The Marvel equivalent would be announcing Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow movies to go with the existing titles.

And I feel that there’s an element of DC forcing this play, but maybe it was always planned. Marvel announced all of Phase 3, all in one go! With release dates, subtitles, and everything! I should add, though, that it seems their plan was to announce all of these movies – and then show the trailer for Age of Ultron that evening. By which point, there would have been way too much for one day.

Alright, so to try to keep this halfway manageable, there’s a great article on The Mary Sue about the movie announcements already. So I’m going to add a bit of my own speculation and excitement about the movies!

Update: Also, check out some thoughts from We Minored in Film: the good and the bad.

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Sherlock Season 3, A Delayed Reaction

I know that Season 3 of Sherlock has been out for a good long while and David and I finished watching it finished watching it a few weeks ago, but I still thought I would share some of my thoughts. I have read a few other reactions and just thought I would add my thoughts to the fray. I love Sherlock the first two season are amazing and I had been waiting for season 3 forever. Then it finally came here and I couldn’t bring myself to watch it because I was worried that it would not meet expectations. We decided to make sure to watch season 2 again before starting to watch season 3 to make sure we were in the appropriate mental space.

When we finally did get through it I still love the show because the characters of Sherlock and John Watson are amazing and the way they work together makes you want to see more. Now this season definitely feels a bit different than the other seasons, but that makes sense. In the story it is 2 1/2 years after Sherlock supposedly fell and died, with John Watson thinking he is dead. They have also introduced a new character because with the passage of time John actually found a woman, which also changes the dynamic. The basic comes down to the fact that the show needed to change and personally I do not mind the changes. (Spoilers for Sherlock after the jump) Continue reading

Geek 501 – Sherlock

With our Geek 501 posts, we try to give you a primer or introduction on a topic. For today, it’s BBC’s smash hit, Sherlock. Part of a trend of retelling the Sherlock Holmes stories these days, including the two films with Robert Downey Jr., and the new TV show Elementary. There have been plenty of Sherlock Holmes remakes and stories ever since the books came out… For instance, to reference my post yesterday, there’s Sherlock Holmes adventures in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

With so many retellings of these stories, what makes Sherlock so special? There are all sorts of reasons it might be. The rising star that is Benedict Cumberbatch. The success of bringing the story into the modern age. Steven Moffat. Martin Freeman as the English Everyman. However, I have a different argument.

Rather than tell you every odd and end of the show, I’m going to explore the question that I think answers the success of the show – what do you call Sherlock? If you’re looking for an intro to the show, try this introduction by the folks over at For Human Peoples:

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Martin Freeman is the English Everyman

Martin Freeman as Bilbo BagginsMartin Freeman is an actor who’s been getting increasingly more airtime and shows, it seems. Or bigger name ones, going more international. Something. He keeps showing up in these English films, anyway.

And he has a typecast, like so many actors end up in. But Martin Freeman’s is fascinating – his is as the everyman. A common enough idea in storytelling, for sure, and many stories have one. But a really defined everyman? One whose sole purpose is to be the everyman, where their life is so ordinary that it’s absurd anything story-worthy is happening to them. This seems particularly like a British storytelling trait, these uber-everymen.

And of these, why does it seem like Martin Freeman is working his way through playing all of them on screen? That feels like more than a typecast to me. Consider the main examples with me below! And then just consider the question… is Martin Freeman THE English Everyman?

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Kirk, Old Friend – A Character Study of Khan

Khan is one of the most known and most beloved – or is it reviled? – villains from Star Trek, or really from most of fiction in general in recent history. What is it about Khan that intrigues us so?

Much of it is Ricardo Montalban’s acting, of course. Although, his acting in Space Seed was only decent… or maybe I’m just showing my lack of Original Series knowledge? But regardless, was he strong enough to merit the movie? The answer is undoubtedly yes, and Wrath of Khan was amazing.

I had not seen either Space Seed or Wrath of Khan until recently. So Khan is new to me, and I have some thoughts on Khan. So in the spirit of our character studies, here is a character study of the man himself – Khan! Star Trek spoilers to follow!

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