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Marvel and Sony reach Spider-Man agreement

Spider-Man is saved.

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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement on the web-slinging hero.

After a shocking revelation in the summer where Disney and Sony broke away from one another over the rights to Spider-Man, it was announced on Friday that Marvel Studios, under Kevin Feige, will produce one more Spider-Man movie in cooperation with Sony Pictures and Pascal Pictures.

As of now, the deal allows for a third untitled Spider-Man movie slated for July 16, 2021 as well as Spider-Man appearing in a future Marvel Studios project of their choice which will more than likely be Avengers 5.

Amy Pascal will also produce through her production house of Pascal Pictures as she did with Homecoming (2017) and Far From Home (2019).

Tom Holland will return to the role alongside Jacob Batalon (Ned), Zendaya (MJ) and Marissa Tomei (Aunt May).

The details of the movie are still under wraps. ■

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‘The Mandalorian’: Chapter 2 review

1×02 of ‘The Mandalorian’.

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After fighting his way through a compound of enemies, the Mandalorian has made a surprising discovery.

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With the bounty droid IG-11 dead and our main character having discovered an infant alien that heavily resembles Yoda, the hunter runs into a bit of trouble when a batch of Jawas have dismantled his ship and made off with the parts.

This episode for me didn’t have the same gravitas as the first episode and felt very much like a filler episode to showcase Baby Yoda’s powers. Yes, internet and viewers of the show have dubbed the small, green infant Baby Yoda, but the nickname seems to stick a lot more now that this baby can use the Force!

In saying that, however, don’t mistake this as a terrible episode overall as so far, the series is managing to maintain its high level of quality. The episode begins to focus on the fact that this bounty hunter will look out for Baby Yoda at any cost which is of course a trope that is all too familiar to a western-styled movie or series.

In a showdown with a large horned beast, the Mandalorian seems done for as the creature charges, however Baby Yoda manages to suspend it in the air using the Force. This brings about a whole new slew of theories as to who or what this infant is. Is it Yoda reborn? An offspring? Does Yoda’s species (who, by the way, are not named canonically) all possess Force abilities?

As the Mandalorian is able to repair his ship and leave the desert planet, he takes Baby Yoda with him. What purpose does Baby Yoda serve? Is he in fact Yoda or is he just of the same species? Lots of questions that will hopefully be answered in the coming episodes. ■

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Review: ‘Charlie’s Angels’

New girls, same action.

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Yet another reboot has arrived, only this one comes to us from the 1976 series and early 2000 movies known as “Charlie’s Angels”, and it’s not as terrible as you would expect it to be.

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7/10

The era of spy thrillers may be long past, but a good spy movie is almost always welcomed. The Mission: Impossible franchise has maintained its force and actually gotten stronger as each movie has progressed, but long before Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne were household names, one man owned a team of spies, or angels, to carry out the impossible tasks.

This time, the angels consist of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska with Elizabeth Banks as Bosley, and the chemistry between these three girls is so fun.

They bounce off of one another’s quirkiness, intelligence and insanity so well. Kristen Stewart may have a bad wrap from the Twilight films, but she is not as terrible as you might expect. Banks plays the team’s boss, Bosley, and also directs the film.

Banks had previously directed Pitch Perfect 2, and in my opinion, it was a solid movie that did well to honour the first film while moving the story forward. Here, Banks is able to better hone her craft as a filmmaker and her talents are certainly on the rise.

What the film does fall short is in suspense, alongside minor writing qualms. While it’s fine to honour the cheesiness of the 70s spy movie, it’s always a good idea to try and move past it and improve on it. Some moments in the film offer dialog that the cast cannot salvage and it is somewhat jarring.

The twists in the film were decent, if not predictable, but the execution of said twists is smooth enough that I found myself looking past how cliched and overused it was. In all fairness to Banks and writers David Auburn and Evan Spiliotopolous, there’s very little room for innovation in genres that have existed for as long as the spy movies have.

What the film also does well is not overly sexualize the main girls. Is flirtation a tool they harness to kick butt? Absolutely. Is it a point of focus for the audience? Absolutely not. It was refreshing to see for the series and helps push female characters forward more.

Now while the review may sound overly positive, make no mistake that the film is not a masterpiece. It is worth the price of general admission and is a lot of fun, but, it fails to reach the heights of other spy franchises.

I am not, however, opposed to a sequel or even two more films to make a trilogy, provided the script is good enough and not as a cash grab.

In the end, a movie with three great leading ladies and a director who is far from green makes for an entertaining time at the movies if you’re not looking for anything too deep. ■

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Mark Wahlberg joins ‘Uncharted’ movie

Mark Wahlberg joins the hunt.

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Mark Wahlberg will join leading star Tom Holland in the first live-action film based on the acclaimed gaming franchise.

After what seemed to be a dead-end for the project, the Travis Knight directed film based on the video game franchise of the same name is finally adding more names to its cast list in the form of Mark Wahlberg who will be playing Victor “Sully” Sullivan – a mentor to Nathan Drake.

Wahlberg will join Tom Holland who will portray a younger version of Nathan Drake, the titular character of the Uncharted franchise. Holland’s involvement with the project was somewhat unclear during the period of time where Sony and Disney had parted ways over their shared rights of Spider-Man. Following their reunion in September, Sony continued forward with their adaptation of Uncharted.

The video game series began in 2007 with the first instalment Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune which was developed by Naughty Dog and has sold 41 million copies to date.

The film is directed by Travis Knight (Bumblebee) with a script by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The story is set to act as a prequel to the first game but no other details surrounding the film have been released. Sony is expected to take the film to camera in the next couple of months and meet its release date of December 18, 2020. ■

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