The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: December 16th

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 still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up.

On Thursday, the Disney/Fox merger officially happened, with Disney buying Fox's entire movie division. For more information on this, you can read our rundown here. But with that deal also came Disney's acquisition of the rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. However, the fate of those properties were unclear at the time of the deal. I have been a proponent for keeping the X-Men and Deadpool separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under Disney, we never would have gotten R-rated comic book movies such as Deadpool or Logan. Plus, the X-Men are currently in their own thriving cinematic universe. There's no need right now to reboot them and incorporate them into the MCU. Fantastic Four, however, I do want to see brought into the MCU, as Fox continuously failed to get the characters right. Well, it looks as if all three properties will be joining the MCU. In the couple days since this deal happened, I've warmed up to the idea of the X-Men being rebooted. My biggest concern was how Disney would handle Deadpool, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that he is open to keeping Deadpool rated R, which I did comment on in my initial report. From the current X-Men universe, the only thing I would really miss would be Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, so that is my major apprehension about a full reboot. But if Iger is willing to consider R-rated material, and the X-Men brand will be allowed to continue to experiment in the way that they have, then I would be very interested in seeing what Disney does with those properties in the MCU. We'll have to wait and see how this all shapes up. 

War for the Planet of the Apes and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actor Woody Harrelson has officially joined the much shorter titled comic book film, Venom. I've been apprehensive about Venom from day one, but they have accrued a pretty impressive cast. You have Tom Hardy in the titular role, with Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and now Woody Harrelson rounding out the supporting cast. With an ensemble like that, it certainly peaks my curiosity. Woody Harrelson is shaping up to be one of my favorite supporting actors. He crushes it every time he's in a movie, and I just love the guy as a performer. So him joining any movie instantly excites me, let alone something like Venom. Now, there is no official confirmation as to who he will be playing, but there is a strong possibility that he could be Carnage. If that is the case, then Venom instantly jumps up to being one of my most anticipated movies of 2018. Carnage is a fantastic character, and to see Harrelson delve into those extremes with his performance... we could be looking at a Heath Ledger as the Joker level of performance here! Now, I'm going to be happy with Harrleson being in the movie even if he doesn't end up being Carnage. But if he is, then my excitement for Venom goes to a whole new level. 

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits theaters this weekend, and it is looking like it will have a massive opening weekend. It has already made $45 million just from Thursday night showings, which is incredible in its own right. But The Last Jedi is being projected to make about $445 million dollars worldwide this weekend. Now, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens made $529 million globally in its opening weekend. But The Force Awakens had a very different kind of hype leading up to it, so it would make sense that The Last Jedi wouldn't necessarily match its opening weekend haul. However, I do think The Last Jedi has a shot to make more than what's being projected. We've seen projections fail miserably before, with them either completely underestimating or overestimating films' intake in the past. So I do think The Last Jedi could be a case where the projections underestimate its global opening weekend gross. It won't catch The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi does have a shot at reaching high $400s, which would be phenomenal for Disney. Regardless, The Last Jedi is going to be a monster at the box office, and I'll be very interested to see what its final opening weekend numbers end up being. 

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

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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