It's been a while since this thread got any attention, but I want to talk about a few things, and we've gotten away from the OT of trailers, so I'm going to talk about films and some franchises and things in general, so be advised there may be some spoilers.
I will try to give more specific warnings when I'm about to spoil something, but in case I let something slip, you've been forewarned.
First of all the MCU...
"Avengers Infinity War".... Well, since it's release, it's rewriting the record books as I'm writing this, so it's safe to say that Marvel Studios yet again delivered in a big way.
I knew it would be epic and awesome, but it surpassed my expectations, and at the end of the film, delivered a very heavy gut punch as an unexpected cliffhanger. Literally, the credits started rolling, and everyone in my cinema sat silently, and I was like "That's the end..?!" Of course there was a trademark post-credits scene that gave a ginormous hint of things to come, and those of us familiar with Marvel Studios know to never leave the theater until that final studio logo appears on screen and the lights come up and the theater employees come in and start cleaning...
Now come the MCU spoilers, so be warned.....
"Avengers Infinity War" was originally announced as two films - parts one and two. Marvel Studios ultimately re-titled both films, with the most recently released film being renamed "Avengers: Infinity War", and its sequel scheduled for next May being referred to now simply as "Avengers 4" until the full title is officially announced. However, it's clear that the next Avengers film will be a direct sequel to "Infinity War", as the resolution of that ginormous cliffhanger is pretty much mandatory.
Along those same lines, the TV series, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", was renewed for a 6th season earlier this week by ABC, but it was announced that the next season would not debut until Summer 2019. A lot of fans are complaining about the length of the hiatus, but I could not be happier, because this means that the series will continue after "Avengers 4" premieres, and I think that is what Disney/Marvel/ABC had planned all along. The season 5 finale of AoS airs this Friday, and I expect the big cliffhanger to tie into the "Infinity War" finale. Showrunners have said that the season finale could serve as a series finale if the show was not renewed. Now that it has been renewed, I'm kind of hoping that the last scene of the season finale tears things apart with the snap of someone's fingers.
The next season will debut after "Avengers 4"... ABC's president said that she wasn't planning on it being the show's last season, so there is hope that it will continue beyond season 6, and I think that the schedule changes and such are being orchestrated so that the events in the MCU line up.
One more note about Marvel before I shift gears, and it has nothing to do with the MCU storylines or anything, but more about merchandising and marketing. "Black Panther" was supposed to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray today (5/15/2018). I couldn't pre-order it from Amazon because of some immature bitch feud they have with Disney. I've actually considered cancelling my Prime membership because it sucks that I can't enjoy my Prime benefits with anything from Marvel or Lucasfilm because Amazon can't play nice with Disney... HOWEVER... I stopped at my local Walmart store after work, planning to buy a copy of "Black Panther", but they only had a "Walmart Exclusive" version, which had the Blu-ray disc only, and no digital copy. Walmart was charging the same price for their "exclusive" version without the digital copy as Amazon was charging (after the release date) for the full version from Disney, including all of the special features and the digital copy... I had planned to buy a few other items from Walmart, but I left without purchasing anything because they pissed me off. On the way home, I used the Amazon app on my phone to pay roughly $23 to have a copy of the "Black Panther" Blu-ray delivered this coming Thursday. Walmart was charging roughly $23 for the same movie, but only the Blu-ray disc and no digital copy, and they were marketing it as an "exclusive". Walmart is packaging a cheaper product with no digital code and selling it as an "exclusive" as if there was some benefit to paying for half a product. They're ripping people off, so "buyer beware" - don't buy movies from Walmart.
Edited by Darth Cola, 16 May 2018 - 12:33 PM.