Wow, great week to be a movie fan! Tons of new trailers and news to be excited about.
Before we get to the great, let's start with a not so great story:
Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness loses Director
Whenever a director leaves for "creative difference" ESPECIALLY after they have already been signed on to the film, a red flare is shot into the sky. This (under most circumstances) isn't a good sign and often speaks to too much studio involvement. If you think about it, this means that the director and studio had different directions they wanted to take the film in, and they couldn't come to a resolution.
Normally, I would say that the studio should allow the director to make the movie they want, however under the special circumstances under Marvel, i can forgive them for taking this step. Kevin Feige has a clear vision for where he wants to take the franchise and any director that can't help that vision succeed doesn't belong under the Marvel wing. We also have precedent for this happening, with the departure of Edgar Wright from the original Ant-Man.
Marvel hasn't failed us yet and directors leave movies all the time, so let's give the benefit of the doubt before claiming chaos.
New G.I. Joe Movie begins filming
As always, it is good to hear that a movie has begun. It removes it from the theoretical and moves it into the practical. Start getting excited!
Billie Eilish to Record Bond: No Time to Die Theme Song
Billie Eilish is a wonderful musician and while her music displays an angst-y teenager(to some), her music is respectably deep and moving. Her sensibility and style could wonderfully portray a interesting and hopefully fresh take to the Bond theme song. Here's to hoping it turns out great!
Birds of Prey #2
This movie looks like it could be great fun but it also looks like it could be an unmitigated disaster (like Suicide Squad). I was pleasantly surprised to see Black Canary pop up in this trailer, so that peaked my interest. Overall, this didnt excite me any more to see the movie.
Morbius (Jared Leto)
Lots to talk about in this trailer. The story line seems fun, a man who has nothing to lose because he's dying relies on experimental techniques to make himself better which turns himself into something more, which could or could not be a good thing. The shocking part is to see the Spider-Man graffiti in the background in scene at 2:09 and Michael Keaton being at the end of the trailer, presumably playing Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. Only time will tell if this is in fact connected to the MCU, or Sony is being coy and teasing us with hints of spider-man and Michael Keaton is actually playing another character.
Enjoy this digital art of the graffiti in the meantime:
Bloodshot (Vin Diesel)
This trailer made me think of two distinctly different movies in Alita: Battle Angel and Upgrade. These movies all have technology has a superhuman advancement but Bloodshot seems to take that to another level. Like Birds of Prey, this movie looks like it could be really awesome or really poor. I'm hoping for the former.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
The new Black Widow trailer looks like they are leaning more into the spy thriller verbose, like Winter Soldier did. I can't help but feel this entire movie is a case of too little too late but that won't stop me from being there opening night.
And finally, the biggest news of the week:
Oscar Nominations Announcement
Though there is nothing radically surprising from the eyes of the general public, I am surprised to see 1917 to be getting so much recognition. While I thought it was good film, it nowhere reached my top 10 of the year.
I am quite disappointed that Taikia Waititi did not get nominated for best director for JoJo Rabbit, even though the film got nominated for best picture.