The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: June 24th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

Coming off the heels of the announcement that Venom, Silver and Black, and other Sony Spider-Man spin-offs would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (you can read that full story here), we now know that the villain of next November's Venom will be none other than Carnage. Other than Spider-Man, Carnage is the only other person you could really have Venom fight. I thought they might save the character for a sequel, but they're having him in this one. I'm more excited to see Carnage realized on screen than Venom, actually. He is one of my favorite Spider-Man villains, simply because of how manic and chaotic he really is. While Venom has a good side buried deep down, Carnage has no ounce of sanity or humanity. He is just a killing machine. If they can adapt parts of the comic book storyline Maximum Carnage, then I think we're going to be in for one hell of a movie! I just don't them to ruin the character. They already have to introduce and set-up Venom. I just don't them to throw in Carnage last minute and not give him the proper set-up and development. But if they can pull it off, and give us an awesome, R-rated battle between Venom and Carnage, then I think this movie could turn out to be something quite special and extraordinary. 

I think I like Jurassic World more than most people. I ended up seeing it three times in theaters, the most than any other movie I've seen. That wasn't necessarily by choice. The third time I was kind of roped into seeing it. Don't get me wrong: it's not nearly as good as the original Jurassic Park, but I thought it was a fantastic imagining of what a real-world "Jurassic Park" would look like, very much in the vein of Disney World. Colin Trevorrow was incredibly imaginative, and I certainly felt a wave of nostalgia watching it. It does have some problems with it, don't get me wrong, but I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I can't wait for the sequel. A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona is attached for the second one, set to come out next June. And now we know the official title. The sequel will be called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I'm not in love with this title. It's vague, and it's not as striking as I wanted it to be. It's just kind of a generic subtitle. I loved that the fourth film was Jurassic World, because I thought it had so many implications for what the movie was going to be. It meant a lot to the story. But this is just generic. It's just a title, and it ultimately doesn't mean much. I'm sure I'll really like the trailers, and ultimately enjoy the movie a lot. But I wasn't as taken by the title as I thought I was going to be. 

Also on the topic of Sony's Spider-Man villain spin-off films, Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio have been confirmed to also be in the works. I think Sony is really getting ahead of themselves. If you were to do any of these movies, Venom made the most sense. He's had his own comic run, and over the years he's transformed into more of an anti-hero. There's a way to tell his own movie. Silver Sable and Black Cat-- fine. They're also more anti-heroes, so there is a way to do it. But Kraven and Mysterio are straight villains. They don't exactly have good sides. Now we're just getting into movies about villains. And I don't know how this is going to work. I don't know how you can make a Mysterio movie about a villain who uses special effects to pull of crimes. I definitely want to see him as the villain in a Spider-Man movie, but I don't know how you can make him his own film that maybe has a cameo appearance by Spider-Man (Tom Holland). I don't know how you do a true Kraven movie. These characters were created to, and always have been, dependent upon Spider-Man by design. Mysterio was created to be an adversary to Spider-Man. He was always meant to function alongside that character. So having him on his own really doesn't make much sense. And where are we drawing the line? Are we getting Doc Ock? Green Goblin? The Rhino? These are all fantastic villains to a great superhero, but I don't know how you can make them thriving franchises on their own. I just don't know what Sony's endgame is here.

The Other Sh*t

Honest Trailers- Power Rangers, courtesy of
Screen Junkies

Colin Trevorrow Interview, courtesy of 
Schmoes Know

It Comes at Night- The Dangers of Misleading Marketing,
courtesy of Chris Stuckmann

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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