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50 years later, the X-Men have gone mainstream, have had multiple animated shows, live-action movies, spin offs, etc, and NY SciFi-Fantasy is going to celebrate! Join us for a day of revisiting a myriad of versions of the Professor Xavier-helmed team. Costumes are encouraged!
When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
140 East 27th Street
Between 3rd and Lexington
New York, NY
$4 Shock Tops
$6 Vodka well drinks
$6 Pickleback shots
RSVP on meetup.com
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release Date: 2014-05-23
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn
Let me start off by telling AMC and Cinemit Thank you for my Screening passes! (Warning: This review contains some mild spoilers)
James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” is a whole lot better than the butchered 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. But compared to this year’s blockbuster comic book films “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel”, it doesn’t quite measure up.
And that is not entirely a bad thing because who wants to see cities leveled to the ground again? Here, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is dealing with his actions in “X-Men: The Last Stand” that saw him kill Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), whose consciousness had been controlled by the Phoenix Force.
We see Logan having regular visions of Jean and he seems content with things as it is until he is sought out by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) on orders of a certain Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). Now the head of an empire in Tokyo, the once young soldier who Logan saved from an atomic bomb attack is dying and he has an offer for the adamantium-clawed mutant—a chance to live a normal life as a mortal.
Logan declines naturally and decides to walk away. As fate would have it, he ends up saving Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who attempted to jump off a cliff and subsequently finds himself caught up in the family’s affairs.
“The Wolverine” has ninjas and the Yakuza so there shouldn’t be any buildings falling in this film and in that aspect, the story somehow feels a little smaller in scale as compared to the aforementioned titles. But in exchange, the beauty of Japan is very much given importance in the cinematography here especially in scenes outside the city. It can probably even pass of as a romantic film with Logan protecting the damsel in distress, only, he has metal claws protruding from his knuckles.
But even that doesn’t seem enough as an unexpected kiss hinders his mutant healing powers. At one point, he would have to rely on the Japanese’s weapon of choice to ward off his enemies.
What was shown as a glimpse in trailers was the presence of Jean but having her play a bigger role in the film came as a surprise.
“The Wolverine” doesn’t have any of the wow factors that the summer blockbusters brought though it was effective in moving the bigger story forward.
Logan, who would have ended up living the rest of his immortal life in the jungle if he had his way, is haunted by Jean and would not have been effective in case he would be needed once again to don his X-Men spandex suit. With nothing else to live for, he has every reason to want to join Jean in the afterlife. However, a resolution on his part at the end of the film results in him becoming a healed man once again—and even in an unexpected encounter with a familiar face.
This is the sixth time that Jackman has played the character and he will do so once again for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. It was good seeing the super-hero experience the pain of a gunshot wound for a change instead of the Logan we got used to who would just brush everything aside with his six pointy claws.
By fleshing out one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Mangold is off to a good start and hopefully, this minor detour in Wolverine’s story pays off not just for the studio, but for the loyal die-hard fans as well.
“The Wolverine” opens Friday in theatres from 20th Century Fox and is distributed by Warner Bros.
At Comic-Con 2013, Joss Whedon appeared on stage at the Marvel to show a quick teaser trailer that revealed the title of ‘Avengers 2‘ – ‘Age of Ultron.’ The Comic-Con crowd went nuts but for those who are unfamiliar with the “Age of Ultron” crossover event in the Marvel comic books, we present a quick primer on the upcoming supervillain in ‘Avengers 2.’ Who is Ultron? Let’s find out!
Ultron was a creation of Dr. Henry Pym (Ant-Man) as he experimented with sentient robots. His creation was a little too successful and, inhabited with Pym’s own brain waves, became self-aware. While he possessed his creators supreme intelligence, he lacked any of his compassion and conscience and almost immediately became fueled with a hatred for Pym. He rebuilt himself four times, becoming increasingly more powerful. He eventually recruited a group of Avengers villains to form the Masters of Evil.
In the “Age of Ultron” crossover event in the comic books, Ultron had rebuilt himself so many times, he was powerful enough to take over the world. The actual story involves a number of characters not in the current ‘Avengers’ movie universe (including Spider-Man, Wolverine and She-Hulk) and involves a decent deal of time travel, so we’ll imagine it’s just a launching point for the film, rather than a straight adaptation.
But what ‘Age of Ultron’ will need is the introduction of Henry Pym/Ant-Man prior to Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ film and Vision, a character created by Ultron. This is the time where we remind you that Vin Diesel has allegedly been dropping hints about discussing Vision with Marvel and could very well be a possibility.
Ultron’s powers include the Encephalo-ray, which places victims into a death-like coma and allows him to manipulate their minds (possibly only to be activated at a later time). Like Iron Man, he also has a number of blasts and repulsors, as well as super strength and the ability to fly at supersonic speeds. His outer shell is composed as adamantium (the same metal fused to Wolverine’s skeleton) and is virtually indestructible.
He is definitely one of the biggest foes of the Avengers and it’s not surprising he’s been added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but perhaps surprising that it happened so quickly. Many assumed that ‘Avengers 2′ would focus on Thanos (and hints at the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ panel would indicate that Thanos is still very much a part of this universe) but when the title of your film is ‘Age of Ultron,’ you would have to think he will be the main villain and Thanos could be shifted to a larger part in ‘Avengers 3.’