The More Promising GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 3 trailer.

Although as it is, there’s a strong possibility that everybody in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 3 is gonna die. Then again: how long do these actors and actresses want to commit to eating nothing but steamed chicken, anyway? The MCU Diet must do a number on people.

Coming eventually: Guy Ritchie’s live-action HERCULES.

I’m having a complicated reaction to this.

Of director [Guy] Ritchie, [producer] Joe [Russo] said, “Guy is perfect for it because he has penchant for experimentation.” He went on to add that the live-action “Hercules” will also be a musical — and share the original’s unconventional approach…

It’s like Disney keeps trying to get me, specifically, to watch their live-action remakes. Like I’m a holdout, or something. They almost got me with the live-action MULAN, but the slave labor was just a bridge too far. But this – I dunno. Even when Guy doesn’t click, his stuff is still fun to watch.

The DISENCHANTED Disney+ trailer.

This one mostly because my wife pointed it out to me. DISENCHANTED does seem to be a handy primer on the dangers of wishes…

…particularly when you’ve just wished for a fairy-tale life, and you’re a stepmother. That could be very amusing to watch. Was the first movie any good, or even any good, when you grade it on a curve?


BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER has fighting, Namor, my personal favorite character from the first movie (M’Baku) – and an almost tangible sense of sorrow for the loss of Chadwick Boseman, who was a genuinely good-hearted man and actor who was taken from us too, too soon. Everybody in that film misses him, and I don’t think they’re going to pretend otherwise. I think it was very smart that they didn’t recast the role.

Okay, Marvel’s WEREWOLF BY NIGHT looks pretty sweet.

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT looks like it’s combining the classic black-and-white horror movie aesthetic with the now-classic* 1980s gory horror movie aesthetic, and I am there for it. I have no idea how Marvel’s getting away with putting it on Disney+, but that’s what parental controls are for. …Although that’s a theoretical concept in this household. Both of my kids are devotees of creepypasta, and so far it seems not to have done either any harm. October 7th!

*I truly regret having to remind you that AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is forty-one years old. So is WOLFEN. THE THING is forty, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is thirty-eight, THE LOST BOYS thirty-five**… that time period is as far away from us now as the 1940s and 1950s classic horror flicks were to me as a teenager. On the bright side: God damn, but the toys are awesome now. Not to mention the baseline medical care.


**”CRYYYYYYY LITTLE SISTER… Sorry about that.

Begun, the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 Leaked Trailer War has.

Mostly fought on YouTube, and savagely enough that at the moment the only clips available of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 trailer have been deliberately chopped and filtered. Presumably this is because Disney’s AI isn’t so much being developed as it is being desperately constrained: regular techniques for avoiding takedown notices would ablate under its impersonal, yet brutal gaze. I’m just glad that Disney can’t hack my wetware.


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So, I watched the first episode of MS. MARVEL.

Actually, I liked it. MS. MARVEL is very fannish, which will not appeal to some; and some of the superheroine’s devotees are rather intense about their fandom*. But this show itself was fun. They’re going with ‘magical artifact’ rather than ‘mutating gas’ for the power origin, because… I dunno. Because cramming mutants into the MCU, however hand-waved, is gonna be hard at this point, I guess.

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