The official Star Wars Twitter Account liked one of my Tweets- here is what it confirms

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Earlier today, the official Star Wars Twitter account (@starwars) liked my tweet.  They had asked what their fans think Darth Vader did with Obi-Wan’s lightsaber after their duel on the Death Star in A New Hope.  I said that Darth Vader kept it in his possession so that he could one day give it to Obi-Wan’s son, just like Obi-Wan did with his.  The account liked it, which must mean it is correct.  Yes, I am reading too much into this, and yes, it is purely speculation, but now I am a firm believer that Obi-Wan Kenobi had a son (let me have my moment).

Ok, so Obi-Wan had a son.  Big deal, right?  Right.  Obi-Wan having a son has massive ramifications throughout the Star Wars universe.  What exactly does that mean that Obi-Wan had a son?

It makes a theory about Rey possible

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This would be the only real ramification that could impact current story lines.  As you may know, there are plenty of theories about Rey’s parentage, one of which speculates that she may be the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  She would be too young to be his daughter, but this would be possible.  Now, the circle is complete- Rey shows up to Luke and needs to be trained just like Luke was trained by Obi-Wan all those years ago.  Rey being a Kenobi rather than a Skywalker makes sense for a couple of reason.

  • She hear’s Obi-Wan’s voice in her hallucination when she picked up the lightsaber
  • Despite the fact that it was Anakin’s lightsaber, it was in Obi-Wan’s possession longer than it was Anakin’s, which is why it could have called to her
  • George Lucas has stated that Star Wars is a family drama about the Skywalkers; Disney could be trying to distance themselves from anything George-Lucas related by putting Rey at the forefront of this, minus Anakin’s grandson killing his father in The Force Awakens.

Rumor has it that Ewan Mcgregor has been talks to star in his own solo film or to appear in Episode VIII.  Having a son could be a route that Disney goes with a spin-off; Obi-Wan could secretly train a new Jedi, but really, who knows.

Of course, this is all speculation.  There is not one iota of solid reasoning in this argument.  Disney did this to me by liking a tweet of mine, and now I’m asserting that Obi-Wan Kenobi has a son.

What do you think of Obi-Wan Kenobi having a son?  Let me know in the comments!

 

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Has Begun Production; Here are my Predictions

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So, unless you live under a rock, you’ll have noticed that Chris Hemsworth put up a video that signaled production on the third Thor movie was underway.  Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t come until November 2017, but with production started, I will give my predictions for the film.

Expect a good villain out of Hela

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Despite the fact  that Tom Hiddleston graces the screen as Loki, the Thor movies aren’t exactly renowned for their choice of villains- first Laufey, and then Malekith, with both being equally questionable and forgettable character entries to the MCU (and they aren’t the only ones).  Hela, who will be played by Cate Blanchett, has a much bigger presence in the comics than either Laufey or Malekith, and should stir up some trouble for the God of Thunder.  Plus, Loki has shown that he plays nicely with other villains, to an extent.  So the interaction between the two should be interesting, given how Thor: The Dark World left the character.  Expect great things from Cate Blanchett, who up until this point in the MCU, has been my favorite casting of a villain, and I have high expectations of her.

Hulk will be smashing

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I’ve talked about how Marvel needs to make a ‘Planet Hulk’ movie.  Because of their pettiness in dealing with Universal, any solo Hulk movie seems unlikely.  But given the nature of what we’ve heard about Thor: Ragnarok, it’s perfectly likely that we could see some ‘Planet Hulk’ in the beginning.  After all, he was missing while all of his friends tried to kill each other in Captain America: Civil War.  Mark Ruffalo has also stated that he would like to explore the relationship between Banner and the Hulk, so that may work its way into the film.  Either way, Thor: Ragnarok is likely the closest we’ll ever get to a Hulk solo movie in the MCU.

Heimdall’s role will be expanded from previous films

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When Marvel started casting, they probably didn’t know Idris Elba would become the big name he is today.  Despite this, I’m sure that they are glad to have him.  Following his appearance in  Age of Ultron, Heimdall is sure to be featured more in this film.  I’m expecting him to jump into the action more in this film too, and not just at the gate, but really getting into it at Thor’s side, or even against him.  Either way, it’ll be interesting to see where Marvel takes Elba’s character.

Thanos and a set-up to Infinity War

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After the events of Age of Ultron, we know Thor goes home to Asgard to try and make sense of why the Infinity Stones keep popping up, which is the reason he wasn’t hanging around on Earth to pick a side on the Sokovia Accords.  Somehow, he will find Thanos, and probably also Star-Lord and the other Guardians of the Galaxy.  I expect the post credits scenes to all MCU releases to be teasers for Thanos leading up to Infinity War, where I image Thor will swoop into earth just in time to alert Tony to round up the Avengers because trouble is on it’s way.

Jeff Goldblum will do Jeff Goldblum things

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Seriously, this man doesn’t even need to act.  In all honesty, I can’t wait to hear him say all of those weird Thor words.  He will be playing Grandmaster, who is a powerful being who likes to manipulate humans.  He should spice things up, especially for the Thor movies, which sometimes can be dragged down by unnecessary plot expositions…

Speaking of which…

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It appears that Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings will not be reprising their roles as Dr. Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis in Thor: Ragnarok.  That the maker.  These two spent all of their time dragging down the Asgardians.  I have always said that DC Comics have better civilian characters than Marvel, which is just my opinion and I am happy to discuss it, but these two certainly helped justify it.  Here is an example of an exchange between the two:

Jane: Blah, blah, blah, science stuff, stars, sky, blah, science stuff, blah, blah, yadda, yadda yadda.

Darcy:  Oh Jane, you know I don’t know any of that science stuff!  I’m your unpaid intern derr.

These two actually contributed nothing  towards these movies and I’m glad they are gone.  Marvel has had a tough time figuring out how civilian characters can work into their plot; I’m talking about characters like Pepper Potts, or others who don’t have any hand in the main action of the film.

So, that does it for my major predictions for Thor: Ragnarok.  As we get closer to the release,  I’ll of course have more.

What are your predictions for Thor: Ragnarok? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

‘Rogue One’ Trailer Expectations

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By now you’ve likely heard the news that the world will be blessed with a new trailer for Rogue One on July 15.  The trailer will air on ABC, and it will premiere alongside Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, which basically shows how The Force Awakens was made.  Here is what to expect in the new trailer.

Three minutes of Rebel action

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The first trailer for Rogue One was just under two minutes.  Disney has said that this trailer will be about three minutes long.  The first trailer focused mainly on the characters Jyn Erso and Saw Gerrera, played by Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker, respectively.  In this longer trailer, I expect that we meet more of the supporting cast of the film, especially the Rebels that go with Jyn Erso to steal the Death Star plans.

More ambiguity in ‘sides’

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Disney has stated that Rogue One will be a war movie, where there will be no clear cut ‘good guys’ as far as their actions go; of course, this is challenging for two reasons: first, every Star Wars fan has been conditioned not to like the Empire and root against it, and second, we know that the Rebels get the plans to the right people to destroy the Death Star.  However, they bring up a good point: both sides in a war think they are fighting for the right cause; expect to see a lot of this from Saw Gerrera’s character, who fought in the Clone Wars, and is now fighting for the Rebel alliance.  Like many classic characters from war movies, he will likely think he is the good guy because he believes the side he is fighting for to be more just- which could lead to do bad things, and vice-versa for the Empire.

Fan theory fodder

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The instant pictures and the first trailer for Rogue One dropped, everyone assumed they knew everything about her, analyzing every little detail of the films and trailers to try to make these characters a part of their world.  Most centered around our protagonist, Jyn Erso, and they mainly revolved around her family- who are her parents?  Is she a Jedi?  Is she Rey’s mother?  No questions went unasked, and those questions were just the tip of the iceberg.  Mads Mikkelsen is already confirmed to be playing her father, Galen Erso, but other than that, very little is known about the character.  Expect Disney to throw in a few frames that get the fan theory juices flowing, and expect everyone to read into them too much.

The ominous sound of Darth Vader’s breathing

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Disney has already done this to us.  Remember back to March when the second trailer for Captain America: Civil War came out?  Everyone knew Spider-Man was going to be in the movie, but was absent from the trailer.  At the very end we saw Spidey web-sling his way into the action and steal Captain America’s shield before saying a few words and showing off his new Spider-suit.  I don’t expect so much from this trailer, although I do predict an appearance from Darth Vader himself.  At the end of the trailer, after the title cards and all of the information about the film, I expect that we are going to see a black screen, before hearing his breathing.  Then, for a split second, we will see Darth Vader himself right before the trailer cuts.  With Suicide Squad stealing Disney’s thunder, it will be a great way to focus the conversation on Star Wars again.

Of course, this is all speculation, but I think there are some valid points here.  What do you expect from the Rogue One trailer premiering on July 15? Let me know in the comments!

Why Batman Killing is Important

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By now, you’ve probably seen the video that shows Batman killing 21 people in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or, you noticed the level of aggression that Ben Affleck’s Batman had when you watched the film yourself.  Batman never kills, or so we are told.  But Batman killing this many people in Batman v Superman is not only important for the arc of the character, but it informs us of some things that we should expect in Justice League and future DC Extended Universe films featuring Batfleck.  Spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition are contained in this post.

This isn’t you grandfather’s Batman

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The DCEU offers us a more modern version of the classic DC characters that we all know and love.  The visual style shows a maturity that previous adaptations of the characters have not had- such as Superman’s new suit lacking underwear over it and toning down the color saturation on Wonder Woman’s costume.  Not only is the visual style more mature, but so are the characters themselves.  As you can see above, we’ve come along way from Adam West holding a bowling-ball-with-a-wick type bomb and running around panicking with it.  Two films in, and the threats in the DCEU are the biggest we’ve seen in any DC movie, and they’re only going to get bigger.  So what Batman never killed in the comics? This isn’t the comics, and Batman killing is the perfect way to tell audiences that it’s a different story being told on screen.

We may know what drove Batman to kill

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Of course you remember the Robin costume with graffiti over it from inside the Batcave in Batman v Superman.   This has led to many theories of who Robin could have been, and after months of speculating, we know it is Jason Todd, who is deceased (some rumors and fan theories have suggested we may find out more about this through Jared Leto in Suicide Squad).  Perhaps the death of his trusted sidekick drove him over the edge.  We know that Affleck isn’t an idealized version of Batman who is going to do the right thing in every situation; he’s been around the block a few times, and he knows what’s up.  He is a more broken down, desperate Batman, which could lead to him killing.  Maybe all of those years of doing the ‘right thing’ and sparing the lives of Gotham’s worst only led to the death of Jason Todd, and Batman turns to killing, as he sees it is the only way to make change permanent in Gotham.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition shows us more of this grizzled Batman

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Batman v Superman did a good job by mostly skipping Batman’s familiar backstory; what we could have used instead was a little bit more behind Batfleck, such as his motivations.  Luckily, the Ultimate Edition of the film gives us a little bit of insight into this.  While Clark is supposed to be investigating football in Gotham, he is at an apartment where he runs into some residents of Gotham, who tell him firsthand how brutal Batman has become, warning Clark to leave the city before dark.  It is clear that Batman is tired, which could be one of the reasons he kills.

Clearly, Batman has a lot on his mind, and he also kills.  It will definitely be interesting to see where this updated, darker, older, and more desperate version of Batman goes in the next few films.

What do you think of DC’s choice to have Batman be a killer in the DCEU? Let me know in the comments!

 

The ‘Justice League’ Villain- Who Is He?

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We all know the Justice League- Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Green Lantern (who is mysteriously missing from the DCEU).  But what about the villains?  After all, any good superhero movie is only as good as it’s supervillain. Good thing is, you’ve probably already seen him.  Spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition ahead.

It’s not who you think it is

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When the Justice League movie was announced, I though that Darkseid would be the main villain.  Well, turns out I was mistaken.  Darkseid will not be the main villain.  But it is not; Darkseid hasn’t been yet confirmed to even appear in the upcoming Justice League.  But Darkseid is the nephew of this character.

Darkseid’s uncle, who controls his army of Parademons

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The main villain in Justice League will be Steppenwolf, as seen here in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Steppenwolf is the uncle of Darkseid, and controls his army.  This is just a hologram of him, communicating with Lex Luthor aboard the Kryptonian ship.  This is why Lex tells Batman that “the bell has been rung”, and that it cannot be un-rung in a scene that was really benefited by the Ultimate Edition.

So what’s his business on Earth?

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Steppenwolf, along with his army, is sent by his nephew Darkseid to retrieve the three Mother Boxes, pieces of technology from Apokolips.  What is so special about these Mother Boxes that could lead to conflict?  One of them is a part of Victor Stone- the part that turned him into Cyborg.  Oh, and another one is in Atlantis, home to Aquaman.  Clearly, the meta-humans will have to band together in order to save this intergalactic threat.

Although… doesn’t one alien taking orders from a more powerful alien who comes to Earth in a plot that is centered around a piece of mysterious technology sound a bit familiar?

Either way, Justice League is shaping up to be quite the movie.  Things that DC has been establishing should begin to matriculate and the stories start to form cohesively.  The previous films in the DCEU should finally come together in Justice League, although it will also have the tall task of having to set up numerous solo movies from characters who don’t have them yet, which is different from the MCU- all of the established characters had their own stories; DC will have to invent them and put the pieces in their starting places by the end of the film; I’m sure they can do it.

Justice League hits theaters in November 2017.  How do you think it will compare to Marvel’s The Avengers? Tell me in the comments!

 

Beer Can Chicken… FOR AMERICA

For Independence day, I decided to make the most American dish I could think of- beer can chicken.  It is a relatively simple thing to make, which is partially why I chose it for my first video in my new series, The Adult Table.  Recipe for my spice rub is as follows:

  • 2 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs white sugar
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs black pepper
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • chili powder, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • chili powder, to taster
  • granulated garlic, to taste
  • granulated onion, to taste
  • thyme, to taste

There is a lot of leeway in the rub; I use a lot of pepper because I like it hotter, but if you don’t, feel free to use less.  I used Budweiser for the beer, seeing as it says ‘America’ on the can and today being Independence Day. Remember, the chicken takes 75-90 minutes on the grill; you want an internal temperature of 165 at the thickest point.

Hope you liked this video, let me know in the comments what you think, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!  Happy Fourth, and remember to drink responsibly!

The Anakin Dilemma

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It seems all of the Star Wars news we’re hearing these days is about Darth Vader, or Han Solo, or Boba Fett, or Luke… but what about Anakin (yes, I know that he is the same person as Darth Vader)?

As a child about to enter middle school, I was the biggest Anakin fan there was.  In fifth grade we had a project where we broke up into groups, chose a book and enacted a scene from it in front of the class.  I convinced my group to read the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, and of course, I would play Anakin.  But why is the main character from the prequels getting no love from Disney?

He was truly the tragic character, and Disney seems to have glossed that fact right over.  The Force Awakens made mention of Darth Vader, but his emo grandson seems to forget the part where he turns into Anakin again and kills the Emperor, ending the Empire.  Kylo Ren definitely had some parts of him that were reminiscent of Anakin, namely the moodiness.  I definitely think that there are a few ways that he could be worked into Episode VIII (yes, as a Force ghost).  If they are going to bring Ewan McGregor back as Obi Wan Kenobi, why not Hayden Christensen as Anakin? They would kind of be obligated to do so if they were to bring the character back.  Thanks, George Lucas.

I hope we see Anakin as a Force ghost appear to Kylo Ren and explain why he did the awful things that he did to him, Breaking Bad- style, where Anakin reveals he did all of the awful stuff because it made him feel good, and not for his family.  “Kylo… I just want you to know I did those things… for me… I was alive.”  While that may seem a little bit dark for a Disney movie, it is one option they have of bringing back the character and giving Anakin more of a sense of closure that isn’t “NO” or as a Special Edition Jedi deformity.  We’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it in Episode VIII.

What do you think of Anakin? Do you think he has any place in the sequel trilogy? Let me know in the comments!