THE AMERICANS is Coming Back for its Sixth and Final Season

The whirlwind that has been the FX hit show, The Americans, is now winding down to deliver us it's final season. This is definitely in my top 10 favorite shows, and it's been such a wild ride! If you haven't been watching (which you totally should), here's a rundown:

Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, played by the incredible Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, are a couple of undercover Soviet spies in the Reagan-era, cold war. They live in Washington D.C. with their two kids, and have cover jobs at a travel agency. At night, they become whoever they need to be to get the info they need. To top it off, their new neighbor, played by Noah Emmerich, moves in and is an FBI agent, who they befriend, adding to the complicated web they weave. It's an incredible, edge of your seat show that gives you the perspective of the "other side", and makes you question who you are really rooting for. 

I'm sad to see this show go, but I know they are finishing out their story strong, and aren't going to be the type of show to keep going just because they can. They have an end in sight, and I'm sure they'll do the characters and story justice. Tvline.com reports that the final season will jump ahead three years and give us a deeper look at the relationship between Elizabeth and Paige's characters, and the progress that Paige has made since season five. I'm sure we will also get the final word on if Philip and Elizabeth stay in the States or head back to the motherland, whether or not they get caught, what happens to Stan, and so much more. I can't wait! 

We don't have a date yet, but we know it's in 2018, and The American's usually comes to us early in the year. So keep an eye out and catch 

This Video Supercut Shows Off All of Stan Lee’s Movie and TV Cameos So Far

Here's a fun video that was posted on Reddit that shows us all of the cameos that Stan Lee has made in the movies and TV shows over the years. This includes some of his earliest cameos that you may not have even known about or remembered and not all of them are Marvel films.

Stan Lee made his very first cameo in the 1989 TV film The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and this video spans the past 20 years of the cameo master. If you're a fan of Stan Lee, I'm sure that you'll get a kick out of this. What is your favorite Stan Lee cameo? 

All Stan Lee Cameos so far (video) from Marvel

New Details on JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM and it Will Set Up JURASSIC WORLD 3

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I'm actually pretty excited about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I liked what I saw in the first trailer and I think director J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls) is going to bring us a cool story that I hope will end up surprising naysayers and audiences. 

It seems like a lot of fans think that this sequel will be similar to Steven Spielberg's The Lost World, but according to producer Colin Trevorrow that won't be the case at all. During a recent interview posted on YouTube by Sebas Tabany, Trevorrow was asked about the main idea and focus on the film and he says that it's about greed:

"To me it’s about greed. The first film is about how if there’s money on the table, there will be somebody who will do the worst imaginable things, or in a lot of case, the dumbest imaginable thing in order to get that money. This film focuses a little bit more on our responsibility for these animals that we’ve made as a result of that greed, but also just the darkest and worst instincts of humans, again, if there’s money involved."

As for the film being likened to The Lost World, we see in the trailer that the story follows Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they return to the island in an effort to rescue the animals from a volcanic eruption. Even though there are some similarities, Trevorrow assures us this movie will be different, saying:

"It looks like it is because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects. Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we’ve shown in this trailer. It’s very much not like The Lost World."

I do like the fact that we can expect the story to go into unexpected places. One of those unexpected places will not be soldiers riding on Dinosaurs, though! When this idea was brought up with Trevorrow, he said:

"It’s important that we keep it at least grounded in a space where the dinosaurs are a parable for animals in the world today. I think that ultimately, when people are able to watch this film and where this franchise is going, it really is about the ethical treatment of animals in the world and our responsibility to the living creatures that we share the planet with, alongside our responsibilities to the planet itself. I think the riding of a t-rex by a soldier is a level of fantasy, [while] I love it and I would love to see it, I don’t know if it’s specifically this franchise, but it’s super cool."

We definitely don't need to see that in these Jurassic World films, but we definitely need to see it in a Dino-riders movie! When asked what we can expect from Fallen Kingdom, the producer confirms that it's all leading to a third film that will bring it to an end:

"I knew where I wanted it to go. I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie, “This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end. This is where we want to go. I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do."

He goes on to talk about the end of the film and how it was designed to set up the next one, saying:

"At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future."

I like what I'm hearing here and I really do hope that they can make a solid movie. Even though I enjoyed Jurassic World, it wasn't without its problems. Hopefully, they learned from their mistakes and will make a better movie this time around. 

Here’s the official synopsis for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The movie will be released on June 22, 2018.

Ideas For Integrating the FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN Into the MCU

By now the internet is a chatter with news over the repeal of #NetNeturality and the Disney/Marvel acquisition of Fox Studios. Unfortunately, I lack both the power and ability to undo the repeal of #NetNeutrality. Though I am confident that through perseverance and the voices of support that we, as an online community, will continue to move forward and reclaim our rights. 

Now when it comes to the Disney/Marvel acquisition of Fox Studios, I, like many of you, am ecstatic over the storytelling possibilities. Seeing Deadpool pop up in a future Avengers film to make a witty comment about Iron Man and Doctor Strange’s beards can now be a possibility. With this news, a question arises... how will Disney/Marvel integrate the Fantastic Four (FF) and X-Men into the MCU? 

There are many ways to integrate Fox’s Marvel properties into the MCU. On the surface, Disney/Marvel could adapt an already published FF or X-Men storyline for the modern age and insert that story into the MCU. Disney/Marvel could even take the ultimate risk and do a parallel earth storyline that results in the two realities merging together. Essentially, the already existing X-Men film universe and the MCU would merge into a brand new MCU. Since there is not much of a universe to adapt and/or merge the FF could then be translated into a modern superhero origin story. However, to capture the spirit of the FF and the X-Men, and to do something other than your usual origin story, I suggest doing the following:

Fantastic Four:

It's the 1960s and the US government, eager to win the space race, sends a young team of scientists into space to investigate an energy anomaly. The pilots flying the craft are Ben and Johnny, with Sue and Reed as the scientists. Something goes wrong, as it always does, and the ship vanishes. The US government covers up the mission in order to save face.

Fast forward to the present day, when the same anomaly occurs again and the ship reappears. The ship lands in Latveria where the crew is rescued by Victor Von Doom. The crew has undergone a metamorphosis while away, but otherwise has not aged and has no memory of the event. Doom, who at first appears gentle and welcoming, helps the new team learn how to use and control their powers. On a side note, there could also be some mild flirting between Doom and Sue which irritates a jealous Reed who has always had feelings for Sue.

While the team is becoming acquainted with the modern world and their powers, the US government is petitioning for the crew to be returned. The FF, not yet a full team, faces a new world, a government who abandoned them, and a helpful benefactor who is not quite who he appears to be.

To further ramp up the action, a battle at the Latverian border between select Avengers and the US military would allow the FF to showcase their powers and act as a lead-in to the team dynamic between the Avengers and FF. The Hulk and the Thing exchange quips while battling it out. Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man face-off, but the fight takes a backseat as the two characters end up discussing Stark’s latest tech. The Invisible Woman and Wanda (who can now be referred to as the Scarlet Witch) have a throw down of weirdness that leads to mutual respect. The Human Torch and Hawkeye exchange witty banter while exchanging arrows for fire blasts and vice versa. This fight would also help lay the foundation for the FF as being prominent superheroes in the MCU.

Eventually, the FF come together as a team to fight Doom, who was just trying to use the FF for his own gains. During the battle, Doom’s affinity for technology and the mystic arts is revealed with Doom explaining how technology blurs the lines between the real and the magical. Of course, Doom is defeated and heavily scarred in the process. The FF then cross the border and turn themselves into the US government. The FF end up a making a deal by agreeing to act as agents for the government, and in accordance with the Accords while receiving funding to make new tech. A comment can even be made by Reed, who is now beyond wealthy thanks to his previous technology patents. Thanks to this new wealth Reed can decide to buy Stark Tower. 

Or, Disney/Marvel just do an origin story set in modern times. There is also the possibility that the FF have been lost in space and are looking for a way home. Think Guardians of the Galaxy, but after the team has decided to return to earth. Or, Disney/Marvel can adapt an FF origin story from the comics and set it up in present-day MCU.

X-Men:

Building the X-Men Universe onto the existing MCU is not that complicated thanks to the various X-Men characters and associated mutant powers. The previous X-Men films have already established what the characters associated with the X-Men can do which opens up a world of storytelling possibilities. The main question that arises is, how does Disney/Marvel not only add the X-Men to the MCU, but the concept of mutant as well? The Netflix Marvel series and Agents of SHIELD have done some work of establishing a division between powered and non-powered individuals. However, this idea is a core theme of the X-Men and would need to be explored in more detail. Thus, there are really only two ways to tackle any X-Men storylines that take place in the MCU and that do not involve some parallel timeline and/or earth. 

The first avenue would establish that though mutants have existed for many generations, the number of mutants in existence has been relatively small. Characters like Magneto and Professor X have been around for quite some time, along with the Weapon X program, but the entire population of mutants is only now starting to bud. A new boon in the X-gene appearing across the world could result in Professor X attempting to recruit his team of X-Men to help a new generation of mutants, while Magneto is in a race to secure those same mutants in order to build an army. Though the rise of mutants across the world is an interesting concept, any story elements that develop from this point of view might seem like a retelling of the previous X-Men films. 

The second avenue, and the one that I feel is more plausible, is for the X-Men, and thus the X-gene, to have been in existence for quite some time, but thanks to Professor X and Cerebro have been kept under wraps and hidden away from the rest of the world. With this storyline, the X-Men could have existed for many years, but thanks to a truce between Magneto and Professor X, and the overall success of the X-Men, mutants have remained a well-guarded secret. From this point of view, the film could start with a new character, like Jubilee, Shadowcat, or even Dazzler, coming to the Xavier Institute and learning about the X-Men first hand. The audience would then have an opportunity to be reacquainted with this world similar to this new character, but without having to sit through another origin story. The film could further establish that Magneto and the island of Genosha or Asteroid M exist as well, but are also kept a secret. 

As the storylines associated with the second avenue progress, the eventual conflict will arise of whether or not the X-Men, and thus mutants in general, need to come out of hiding. At the same time, this dilemma could be explained with how the world is reacting to the Avengers. The X-Men come out like superheroes hoping to be better accepted, but the conflict between homosapien and homo-superior still exists. The question of whether or not mutants need to register their powers could also surface, especially with the existence of the Accords. Overall, I see a lot of possibilities with this second avenue of storytelling, which treats the audience to something new and something familiar.

Sound off below with your own thoughts and story ideas! Also, for those comic book and 90s cartoon fans what are your favorite FF and X-Men storylines?

Guest Article By Joseph Fridley (@brother_fridley)

Marvel Comics is Cancelling Its SHE-HULK, which is a Shame Because It’s Great!

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First Marvel Comics canceled Gwenpool, now we've learned that they are canceling She-Hulk!? What's up with Marvel Comics shutting down some of their fantastically entertaining female-led comics? 

After the events of Civil War II, Jennifer Walters ended up becoming Marvel’s signature Hulk and she got her comic series that told some great stories that dealt with the psychological trauma that superheroes suffer.

The comic was written by Mariko Tamaki, who confirmed on Twitter that the series is coming to an end. It's kind of a shame because from what I've read of the comic so far, it's been a refreshing read that dives into subject matter that other comics don't. I especially liked that it dealt with the important issues of mental health and self-care.

Read what Tamaki had to say below and let us know what you think about Marvel closing out She-Hulk.

The Most Disappointing/Worst Films of 2017… In My Opinion

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I like a lot of different kinds of movies. I truly do enjoy the movie-going experience. That is why I write a lot of positive reviews. There are a lot of films out there that I enjoy that a lot of people don't. For example, you might find films like The Dark Tower, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Ghost in the Shell on a lot of people's "worst of the year" lists. These are films that I actually enjoyed. Yeah, they weren't masterpieces, but I was still entertained by them. 

It takes a lot for me not to like a movie. To make my list of worst films, the movie pretty much has to annoy the hell out of me. The ten films listed below managed to do that. These films made me squirm in my seat and cringe as I watched them.

We all have different tastes in films. You might have actually enjoyed some of the films on my list and hated the films that I did like. That's totally cool! I love the fact that everyone has different opinions on things. It's one of the things that makes life interesting. So feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comment section!

Now here's my list of disappointing and worst films of 2017:

The Mummy

I had high hopes for this movie, but it was ultimately a huge let-down. There was so much potential and it should have been so much better. Unfortunately, the story was a complete mess and I didn't like any of the characters.  

The Great Wall

I was pretty excited about this one prior to it being released. I loved all of the visually stunning footage that I saw in the trailers, but as I watched the movie I couldn't help but be embarrassed for Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe who probably gave their worst performances to date. Then there was Matt Damon's stupid-ass made-up accent that drove me nuts.

Alien: Covenant

After the disaster that Prometheus was, I thought Ridley Scott would be able to get his shit together and make another great Alien film. But boy, was I wrong. The script was terrible and I was infuriated by all of the laughably foolish choices that the characters made throughout the course of the film. 

Power Rangers

Yikes! I was never really into Power Rangers but almost every aspect of this movie just made me want to punch it in the face if it were a person. 

The Emoji Movie

This is by far the stupidest movie of the year. The fact that someone actually thought this movie was a good idea and wanted to spend millions of dollars to make it is sad. This was a major brain fart for Sony Pictures. Not even Patrick Stewart as poop emoji could save the movie. 

Geostorm

You know, because there haven't been enough terrible natural disaster movies made. I just can stand movies where people are trying to outrun mother nature. 

Flatliners

I knew this remake was a bad idea from the moment it was announced. The original film was so good! Not sure why anyone thought that they would be able to do a better job. This was yet another embarrassing attempt at remaking a movie.

The Book of Henry

I was intrigued by the trailers for this movie. It had some great marketing behind it that made it feel like it would be some kind of magical Amblin-type movie. That's not what we got, though! This film about a boy-genius dying and leaving behind a plan for his mom to kill a child abuser was ridiculously absurd. 

Transformers: The Last Knight

These Transformers films just seem to get worse and worse, and The Last Knight took the franchise to new lows of brainlessness. The film is filled with silly dramatic incoherence and brain-numbing visuals to try and make audiences forget that there's no real story to follow. 

Rings

What was the point in resurrecting this horror franchise? I loved the first two films, but there was no point in trying relaunch the franchise, especially with a terrible film. If you're going to try and relaunch a movie franchise, you better make damn sure it's going to be better than what was previously done. Not bottom of the barrel bad.

What are some of the films that you hated from 2017?

Here’s a Clip From SAINT YOUNG MEN, An Anime That Portrays Buddha And Jesus As Roommates In Tokyo

I've heard whispers of a manga that envisioned the holy Buddha and Jesus as roommates for years, but this is the first time I've ever seen proof that it exists! Saint Young Men still exists primarily as a slice of life comedy manga, but in 2013 a film was released that needs to be seen to be believed. 

The following is a scene where Jesus makes friends with a member of the Yakuza while in a sauna. Buddha is immediately aware of who this guy is and what he's about, but Jesus is a little oblivious and continues to share the details of his life which makes the Yakuza member believe Jesus is Yakuza as well. It's....well...just watch for yourself and search out "Saint Oniisan" if you're looking to see the whole thing. 

Trailer For IFC Horror Film THE MIDNIGHT MAN Looks Legit Spooky

IFC has a new horror film on the way, and it actually looks legitimately spooky. The premise of The Midnight Man sounds kind of flawed (a game that has nothing to gain from winning and everything to lose from losing), but visually, this film looks like it's going to be a trip. Plus, the film has horror staple Lin Shaye playing a creepy grandma, so you know it has to be somewhat decent.

A girl and her friends find a game in the attic that summons a creature known as The Midnight Man, who uses their worst fears against them.

Check out the trailer below, share your thoughts, and get ready for this one January 19!

Magneto’s Looking Pretty Beat Up in This New Photo From X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

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Thanks to Empire, we have a new photo from X-Men: Dark Phoenix featuring Michael Fassbender as Erik "Magneto" Lehnscherr, and he's not looking too good. It looks like he had the crap beat out of him. 

The Simon Kinberg-directed film is set in 1992, "roughly a decade after Apocalypse and finds the X-Men dealing with being heroes. An unfortunate side effect is how that fuels Charles Xavier's (James McAvoy) ego. He starts sending the team on more dangerous missions, including one to space that ends with Grey going to some very dark places."

When talking about her character, Sophie Turner says, "It's about duality, darkness and light, this sense of her being a completely other person and struggling with that..." In the film, we'll see Magneto and Jean Grey form a relationship. It was previously explained:

"A confused Jean turns to Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the rogue mutant who parted ways with the X-Men at the end of Apocalypse and now lives on an island named Genosha, a destination comic-book fans will recognize. He's set up this place for mutants that don't have a home to go to. They have to work as a community, but it's a safe place for them and they'll be accepted."

If Magneto helps Jean embrace these new powers she has growing inside of her and guides her to the dark side, this image could show us the disastrous results of that.

The film also brings back Jennifer LawrenceNicholas HoultTye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on November 2nd, 2018. For more information on the film, click here to get caught up on the latest details!

Hugh Jackman Was Told That X-MEN Would Bomb and Hurt His Career

Hugh Jackman got his big break with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000. Taking on the role of Wolverine epically launched his career and it seems like he's never really had any issues getting acting work since. 

At the time, starring in a film like X-Men was a gamble because superhero/comic book movies weren't as popular then as they are now. While talking to Willem Dafoe in one of Variety's "Actors on Actors" episodes, Jackman talked about how the comic book movie genre wasn't even a thing when X-Men came out.

"No one really knew, there was no comic book genre. Comic book movies were really not around at the time."

Before X-Men was released, Jackman was told by a friend of his that the movie would bomb and that it would hurt his career and Jackman shared the story, saying:

"I remember finishing the first movie, and a mate of mine who was in Hollywood- who was a player in Hollywood, he goes, 'Dude, I've heard not very good things about the movie. You really should book something else before it comes out.' So there was about a four month gap. He goes, 'Just make sure you got something else because when it comes out, you're back down at the bottom of the pile again.'"

Then what happened? X-Men became a huge success and Jackman's career exploded. Jackman went on to say, "Happily, he was wrong." Things were just so uncertain back then.

It just goes to show that just because someone within the film industry says a movie is going to bomb, doesn't mean the movie is really going to bomb. Right now there's a rumor that Disney thinks Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to bomb, but will it really bomb? Probably not. It's a Star Wars film and it will probably make a shit-ton of money.