Marvel Announces Kendrick Lamar And Top Dawg Will Produce The Soundtrack Album For 'Black Panther'

Now that 2018 has finally begun, we're only a few months away from some of the biggest blockbusters this year has to offer. But the first of these big films will be none other then Black Panther, that has already gained some much attention due to a great marketing campaign, and of course all of the talent that's involved. Well looks like the team just got even more talented, as the soundtrack will apparently be in some very good hands. After a monumental year following the release of his critically acclaimed fourth studio album DAMN., Marvel has announced that rap artist Kendrick Lamar along with Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith will be producing the album for the upcoming film directed by Ryan Coogler.

From the trailers alone we've already heard a heavy influence of hip-hop and rap including the likes of Vince Staples and Run the Jewels. Some fans are disappointed that Coogler isn't going for traditional African music, but that isn't to say Kendrick won't incorporate some of those elements into the film's original song. Marvel hasn't wasted any time getting people hyped over K-Dot's involvement, released the album's first single "All the Stars" yesterday which features Kendrick and R&B artist SZA, who is also coming off a strong year with the release of her album Ctrl. 
Having a superhero movie with a soundtrack of songs created from scratch for the film isn't common at all, and is part of what makes this such a big piece of news. Guardians of the Galaxy is the only film that took a slightly similar approach with Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and 2, but those were of course songs from the 1970s selected by James Gunn. We already know how much Coogler enjoys using hip-hop music in his movies, with rapper Meek Mill's work having been heavily featured in the movie Creed. Composer Ludwig Göransson will probably work with Kendrick and company to mix the original songs with the film's actual score. 
Comic book movie fans may remember that Lamar worked on an original song for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 along with Alicia Keys, which was well received by fans. The excitement for Black Panther has just built even more excited with the inclusion of arguably the greatest rapper alive, as well as being the last solo Marvel film before Infinity War, and marks their first attempt having a solo film led by an African American lead within the MCU. With Ryan Coogler at the helm and Chadwick Boseman leading an all-star cast, Marvel's Black Panther is shaping up to be one of 2018's most anticipated films. If one things for sure, Coogler has guaranteed theaters will be packed when this one hits theaters February 16th.
Are you excited to hear about Kendrick's involvement with Black Panther? Are there any other artists you would like to see incorporated into the soundtrack? Let us know below!

My Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

These types of lists are always a pain in the ass for writers like myself, as its always hard to tell which movies will truly be great and which will be flops before any of them are even released. But that hasn't stopped me from compiling a list of movies that I am most looking forward to seeing next year, which may not necessarily end up being the best. The majority of the films on my list are highly marketed blockbusters that we already know a lot about, so don't expect to see any future Oscar contenders below. 2018 has a lot of promising sequels coming our way, and also has some first time solo movies mixed in. Its clear that not every 2017 blockbuster delivered, but we can only hope 2018 doesn't share that same fate.

15. Bohemian Rhapsody 
I was debating giving this spot to Pacific Rim Uprising, but ultimately I feel Bohemian Rhapsody will be the better movie. The film will chronicle the life of Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who tragically passed away from AIDs in the 1980s. As a huge Queen fan myself, how can I not be excited to finally see Freddie's larger than life personality and vocals brought to the big screen.

Now unfortunately, this movie has been through a lot of turmoil over the course of each production, which might prevent it from being as good as it could've been. With its director Bryan Singer (X-Men) recently being fired, as well as the recasting of Sacha Baron Cohen who would've made a great Freddie, one can only hope Rami Malek (Mr Robot) and new director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) still do him justice.

14.  Aquaman
I'm just going to come right out and see it, I haven't even seen Justice League yet. Never would I have thought a team-up of all DC superheroes would hit theaters, and I would have such little interest in it. My disappointment over Batman v. Superman is still fresh in my mind, but I'm at least happy DC has come to realize they needed a change in tone and to distant themselves from their constant reliance on Zack Snyder.

Having said all that, from what I've heard Jason Momoa's Aquaman was one of the best parts of the movie and a really fun and likable character. I'm hoping to see a very vast and impressive Atlantis, along with some badass action scenes. Director James Wan is a huge get for DC, and he should be able to do something different and unique with the character that will cement Arthur Curry was one of the most badass superheroes on screen.

13. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Alright I'm going to be totally honest here, I haven't made in through the first Fantastic Beasts movie. I'm sure its a great film, but for me these stories just can't make themselves relevant enough in the same world Harry Potter's events take place. Now having said that, one way to really peak my interest in by bringing in a younger version of one of the greatest characters J.K. Rowling created.

Thats right, Albus Dumbledore will be making his return to the big screen for Fantastic Beasts 2, played by none other than Jude Law. For me this will be like the first time I saw a young Charles Xavier played by James McAvoy in First Class, showing a less wise version of such a high figure. It also helps we'll finally get to see him react with his mortal enemy (And possible lover) Grindewald played by Johnny Depp. 

12. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I wasn't very interested in this project when it was first announced, but once Phil Lord and Chris Miller got involved and we learned the story would follow Miles Morales, it peaked my interest. Despite a small reference in Spider-Man: Homecoming, this film will probably be the closest we'll get to see Morales as Spidey on the big screen in the coming years.

While the idea of seeing a new character as Spider-Man already intrigued me, the trailer for this movie is what really got me excited. Not only is the animation both stylish and breathtaking, but its also completely different from anything we've seen in an animated movie before. We also learned that Peter Parker will be in the movie, and the door is open for several other Spider-Men from the comics history to make appearances in the film as well. Sony is giving us a movie we never thought we'd get, and I like it.

11. Venom
Speaking of Sony, fans are still pretty skeptical about the fact that we're getting a solo Venom movie that won't have anything to do with the MCU. As frustrating as this is, this movie has put together such and incredible ensemble cast thats its hard to not be excited for it. Casting the brilliant Tom Hardy as our new Eddie Brock is a huge step over seeing Eric Foreman bond with the symbiote, and is probably one of the most spot on casting decisions for a comic book movie.

Now the question still remains if the movie itself will be worthy of Hardy's take on Venom. We can only hope the studio and director Ruben Fleischer are going for an R-rating, and if they are this could be Eddie Brock's Logan type of story he deserves. Add in the possibility of Carnage showing up in the movie, and I'm definitely checking this one out despite my skepticism. 

10. X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
With Disney's recent purchase of Fox, it seems X-Men: Dark Phoenix may be the last time we'll get to see this iteration of the characters before they're rebooted into the MCU. Whether it was planned that way or not, Dark Phoenix will hopefully serve as a fitting conclusion to what has been a very enjoyable franchise. While X-Men: Apocalypse had its faults, it also had some great character moments which I'm hoping to see more of in the upcoming sequel.

Fox has already tried their hand at adapting this story arc with the disaster that was The Last Stand, and its hard to tell if they aren't falling into the same pitfalls this time around. Bringing on first time director Simon Kimberg to take over for Bryan Singer has already been reason for concern.  But hopefully this will be a fitting send off for McAvoy's Professor X and Fassbender's Magneto, whose performances I've truly enjoyed over the last few years.

9. Creed 2
Who would've thought we'd be getting more Rocky sequels in 2018, and they're actually good. Ryan Coogler made a name for himself with the first Creed movie, and was able to rejuvenate the Rocky franchise for a whole new generation. Just the fight scenes alone were miles better then anything we've seen in a boxing movie before, and by the end of it you care just as much about Adonis Creed as you did about Rocky Balbao when he stepped into the ring.

As good as the first movie was, I can't help but be concerned about the sequel with Coogler not returning. Having the talented cast back is a huge plus, and an interesting story involving Creed seeking vengeance on the man who killed his father in the ring; Ivan Drago. I'm hoping for not only more great fight scenes, but also character moments and arcs as dramatic as we saw the first time around.

8.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The trailer for this movie honestly made me less interested than I already was. As much as I love the first Jurassic Park movie, I was exactly longing for a return to this series a couple of years ago but was willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, I feel like Jurassic World retread a lot of the same territory as the first film and was too CGI heavy to feel like anything more than another huge disaster blockbuster (Just with dinosaurs in it).

But judging from the first trailer we got for Fallen Kingdom, this movie looks no different. While there were claims they would rely more on practical effects and dinosaurs this time around, what I saw in the trailer was another CGI heavy movie about an island blowing up. The plot at least feels like something different and more or less like a Noah's Ark of dinosaurs type of movie, I'm not sure how exciting and interesting that concept will be for two hours. 

7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
The first Ant-Man movie was a pleasant surprise for me, and settled a lot of the concerns I had about the MCU version of the character. I wasn't too happy to hear Hank Pym would not be our MCU Ant-Man, and would instead be an older man played by Michael Douglas. But in the end the movie ended up being a great time, and introduced us to another likable hero in the form of Paul Rudd's Scott Lang.

One of the main reasons I wanted to see Pym as Ant-Man is in order to see his wife Janet van Dyne as The Wasp, but we might just get to see that in this movie. Pym's daughter Hope will be suiting up as The Wasp, and I can't wait to see her fight alongside Lang as one of Marvel's greatest superhero couples finally makes their way to the big screen. But whats most exciting is Michelle Pfeifer will be playing the original Wasp Janet van Dyne herself, and we'll finally get some answers about what happened to her.

6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Its too bad two of the people in the picture above no longer having anything to do with the project. A Han Solo movie was something that was talked about from the moment Disney bought LucasFilm, but the production of the movie has been anything but smooth. The firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller was a huge shock, and has led many to believe Disney isn't allowing their directors much creativity with their Star Wars film.

Despite all the drama, I can't lie that I still really want to see this movie. I'm still not sure about Alden Ehrenreich as a young Solo, but getting to see the young adventures of the character alongside Chewbacca sounds like such a fun ride. Ron Howard is a more than capable director, so hopefully he'll be able to steer this project from being the mess some fans are expecting.

5. Incredibles 2
Ask any kid from my generation what movie sequel they've been waiting for for ten-plus years, and a majority of them will answer Incredibles 2. To be honest, as a kid I didn't enjoy the movie nearly as much as other Pixar projects such as Toy Story, but watching it now I realize how well crafted a superhero movie it was. The idea of superheroes having to go into hiding because of the problems they were causing, and a reject fanboy turned supervillain were extremely creative.

With director Brad Bird and most of the original cast back on board, I'm hoping Pixar is able to recapture the same magic the first movie had. I'm not so trusting of Pixar and their sequels, but I think the first Incredibles movie set up a lot for what could make the sequel great. Who isn't excited to see just how powerful Jack Jack really is, especially after the snippet we saw in the teaser trailer.

4. Deadpool 2
No franchise is going to be more effected by this Fox/Disney deal than Deadpool, and its hard to tell if this may be the last time we get to see this hard R version of the character on the big screen. The first movie proved what comic book fans already know, and its that the unhinged meta humor of Deadpool translates perfectly to the big screen. It also proved that there's no one better than Ryan Reynolds to bring this character to life.

Like many other movies on this list, the sequel won't be bringing back its original director Tim Miller who was a huge part of the first movie's magic. But from what we've seen so far, Deadpool 2 will recapture that hilarity, and will also introduce popular characters from the comics like Domino and Cable. The dynamic between Josh Brolin's Cable and Reynolds' Deadpool should be especially entertaining, and was another spot on casting choice for this franchise.


3. Ready Player One
A movie consisting of 80s references, young up and coming actors, and the Iron Giant himself all under the direction of Steven Spielberg, sign me up. Ready Player One has had my interest from the moment it came out, and I began researching the book so I could learn about this interesting project. For one thing, the movie will be Spielberg's return to the sci-fi genre that made him so famous in the first place, and a break from his recent historical dramas.

Spielberg's involvement is enough to get me excited, but the concept of the movie is what makes it even cooler. The trailers have been packed with so many references including DC characters, the DeLorean, and tons of other great easter eggs. As a huge 80s fan, I'm curious how much more nostalgia they will pack into this movie. While I'm a little worried about the in game CGI characters, everything I've seen so far makes it look like it could be another Spielberg classic.

2. Black Panther
I've been wanting to see Black Panther on the big screen ever since the first Avengers movie came out, but it seems the wait was definitely worth. Ever since Marvel cast Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa himself, every decision they've made for the adaption of the character has been nothing short of remarkable. Creed director Ryan Coogler is tackling the project, who is arguably one of the most talented and proven filmmakers they've ever hired. 

Just going down the cast list for this movie including the likes of Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Lupita N'Yongu, Andy Serkis, and its one of the most impressive ensembles we've seen in a superhero movie. We'll also get to see Michael B. Jordan finally take on a villainous role as Challa's rival to throne; Erik Killmonger. Add in the amazing visuals we've seen of Wakanda and their technology so far, and you have a movie like nothing Marvel has ever given us before. 

1. Avengers: Infinity War
Naw shit. Alright so I think its pretty obvious to anyone who has frequented this website since its inception in 2011, that I'm a huge superhero movie fan. Not only that, but the MCU is what got me into the world of movie blogging in the first place. So a movie that is literally an accumulation of this entire universe, including the likes of Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, has the potential to be my favorite comic book movie to date.

This is probably the only movie that has given me the sense of anticipation I had before the release of The Avengers, and the more I hear about it, the more hyped I get. Not only are we going to get to see all these amazing characters on the big screen, but we'll also be getting a more emotional and tragic Marvel film then any we've seen in this universe before. Thats not to mention the Russo Brothers helmed the project, following their great work on both Civil War and Winter Soldier.

Honorable Mentions: Pacific Rim Uprising, The New Mutants, God Particle, First Man, Mission Impossible: 6, The Predator
From the movies above I was probably most tempted to put Pacific Rim: Uprising on the list because John Boyega is playing the lead and I really enjoyed the first one. New Mutants also seems like an interesting more horror type of comic book movie. Mission Impossible movies have been solid recently so I don't see why the sixth would be any different. 

First Man already has Oscar potential with Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling re-teaming on the Neil Armstrong biopic. We literally know nothing about God Particle but we at least know its another Cloverfield movie with a very impressive cast. And The Predator probably has one of the most impressive casts of any of these movies, and Shane Black behind the camera so it should be a fun watch. 

So those are my most anticipated movies of 2018? Disagree with any of my choices? What movies are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know below!

Top 10 Best (And My Personal Favorite) Movies Of 2017

If you take a look at my most anticipated list from last year, than you'll see there were certainly some movies that I was a tad overly enthusiastic about. But the beauty of it is, this list is comprised of a majority of films I would've have never expected to like as much as I did, some of which I hadn't even heard of at this time last year. Now keep in mind these might not all be the most critically praised films of the year, but they're the ones I felt had the perfect combination of being greatly made films along with being entertaining ones. I missed out on a lot of movies this year, so chances are that if there's a movie you're surprised not to see here, its probably because I haven't seen it yet. With that disclaimer aside, without further ado here are my personal top ten movies of the year 2017.

10. Split
I have to admit, I was one of those guys who strictly based my perception of M. Night Shyamalan by his work on The Last Airbender. But after seeing his old work, I've truly come to appreciate him as a creative visionary who just doesn't always get it right. Well with Split, he got it right. Specifically by casting the talented James McAvoy to play all these different personalities.

McAvoy is able to go from such a sinister and horrifying character to an innocent little boy in the blink of an eye, and that just makes the character all the more terrifying. Like with some other movies on this list, the final act isn't exactly as good as it should've been. But the last scene connecting the movie to Shyamalan's Unbreakable was a great twist, and opens the door for an extremely exciting and different type of superhero universe than we've ever seen before. 

9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
If there's one thing Spider-Man: Homecoming proved to me, its that Tom Holland is a perfect Peter Parker, and just the guy to bring the character into the MCU. I might be one of the few who has loved every actor who has played the role so far, but Holland really feels like a small time crime fighter just trying to make it big as a hero while also being a genuine kid dealing with high school problems.

None of the kids in this movie feel like adults playing high school students, and thats a huge plus that makes this feel like a coming of age story for Spider-Man. While it doesn't exactly feel as much like a Spider-Man movie as I wish it would've because of the changes from the source material and abundance of MCU references, I love that its a new take a character we've seen so many times. Plus Michael Keaton made just as great of a villain as I thought he would.

8. Thor: Ragnarok
I would've never expected to enjoy a Thor movie this much, and I'm so happy I did. I was cautiously optimistic about this movie, especially after how much I hated Thor: Dark World. But thanks to director Taika Waititi, the Thor franchise got the much needed revamp and went in a completely new direction with both its tone and setting. 

Everyone from the ensemble cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, and Taika himself are fantastic. Its honestly the most fun I had at the movies all year, and really just finally made Hemsworth's Thor as likable as he should be. While there are some flaws with just how serious the film's events of Ragnarok are actually taken amongst all the humor, as well as Cate Blachett's Hela falling short of being a real iconic threat, I had a blast watching this movie.

7. Get Out
I have to admit, I think I was one of the few people who had my eyes on Get Out since last year. As a huge Key and Peele fan, I was surprised to hear Jordan Peele was going to go solo and try his hand at directing a horror movie. While I'm glad he did. Peele managed to bring us such a creative and iconic horror movie that will be remembered for generations.

Yet some how in the midst of it all, he still managed to inject some humor throughout the movie and make Daniel Kaluuya's character likable and easy to root for. You literally want this dude to get the hell out of there. The movie takes some very unexpected twists that really caught me off guard, and had me on the edge of my seat until the film's finale.

6. Lady Bird
Coming of age smaller budget films have sort of become my thing for the last couple of years, and have been a nice break from superhero blockbuster fatigue. Lady Bird is just the type of movie I was looking for, with characters and situations that couldn't feel more genuine and real. I managed to care about just about every character Lady interacts with in this movie, and thats not something that can be said for most movies.

While the plot isn't the most structured or clear for the viewer, thats part of what makes it feel so authentic. Take it from a guy who left high school not too long ago, this movie is more relatable than I would've thought a movie about a rebellious teen girl at a Catholic school would be for me. The twists and the way people come and go from Lady's life, along with the spectacular acting and dialogue contribute to this sense of realism Greta Gerwig was able to capture. 

5. The Florida Project
As someone who lives in Florida and has been to Disney World several times, I've actually learned a little bit about what goes at the motels in the area. Director Sean Baker did a great job capturing the innocence of these young kids who live at the hotel, specifically with the main character Moone amongst all the terrible things going on with the adults they live with.

While the film doesn't have much of a plot, you're too entertained with these characters who feels like real life people. Even though throughout the movie only minor things happen to them, you become so attached to the characters that every single thing obstacle they face feels personal. The combination of newcomers Brooklyn Pierce and Bria Vinaite is what really sells the movie with their genuine chemistry, as well as their relationship with Willem Dafoe's character Bobby.

4. Baby Driver
This was another movie I had my eyes on thanks to its talented cast, and director Edgar Wright being at the helm. Baby Driver ended up being the fun fast paced film I was expecting, with some of the coolest characters and lines of dialogue I've seen in a long time. Everyone from the ensemble cast get their time to shine in this movie, including scene stealers like Lily James, Jon Hamm, and of course Jamie Foxx.

I was entertained throughout by not only the characters and story, but also the beautiful way Wright shot the movie. Between the seamless scene transitions, colorful cinematography, and of course the way he incorporates the music for both the character of Baby and the audience is just amazing. Will I did feel the last act was a bit rushed and out of place by the time the credits role, that can't take away from the joy ride I was on throughout the bulk of this film.

3. The Disaster Artist
Who would've thought a movie based on the worst movie of all time would be so good. With the team involved with The Disaster Artist, including James and Dave Franco as the film's leads, this interpretation of the story of Tommy Wiseau was bound to be a success. With James' spot on impression of Wiseau, along with some great chemistry between the two brothers, the movie manages to do the impossible by humanizing Tommy.

While the movie was just as funny as I thought it would be, what really surprised was how much heart it had. I really felt for these two guys just trying to make it in Hollywood, and the frustrations they were going through. I also loved how real the relationships between the characters felt, specifically how everyone reacts to Tommy's antics. Disaster Artist was definitely one of the most fun surprises of the year.

2. It
Make a movie about a group of kids in the 80s, and I'm already there. I had a feeling It would try to hop off the success of Stranger Things, but it ended up making its mark as its completely own thing. The kids in this movie were just amazing, and all around had such unique and fun personalities brought to life so perfectly by the young stars.

I'm honestly not a big fan of horror movies, but this movie honestly works more as an adventure movie. Unraveling the true horrors of this town outside of any thing supernatural, as well as the lure and history of Pennywise couldn't have been made more interesting. I honestly can't wait to see the adult versions of these characters take on that damn clown again in Chapter 2.

1. Logan
I'm still crying after this one. Logan is one of those rare movies that honestly didn't even have to be based on a comic book, and would have stood on its own as a masterpiece. But the emotions are even higher having followed these characters for so many years, specifically James Howlett himself. I couldn't believe just how creative James Mangold got with this movie, between the world it takes place in and his vision of what a tragic future for mutants might be like.

Logan and X-23's action sequences are truly remarkable, but where the movie really stands out is its character moments. The performances by new comer Dafne Keen, Jackman in his last turn as Wolverine, and a surprisingly gut wrenching performance by Patrick Stewart as an old sick Charles Xavier all feel so real that you forget they are superhuman characters. They finally just feel human. 

Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, War for the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
So which part of my list do you disagree with (I'm sure you do)? What are your top ten movies of the year? Let us know below!

'Venom' Will Adapt Lethal Protector Comic Storyline; Riz Ahmed And Michelle Williams Characters Revealed

You'd think a Venom movie starring Oscar nominee Tom Hardy in the lead role would have a little more hype and excitement around it right now, especially considering the fact that it hits theaters next year. But that honestly hasn't been the case, as fans are still too concerned about whether Sony will finally do the character justice this time around. While having Hardy in the lead role along with an extremely stellar supporting cast and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer should be enough, the simple fact that Spider-Man might have nothing to do with this movie is enough to worry fans like myself. Well at least we have a little more information on what the story of the movie will be now, and its sure to excite some Venom comic book fans out there. We also might finally know who Riz Ahmed is playing in the movie, and its a character who was key to the storyline.

The confirmation that the film will be adapting Venom: Lethal Protector came courtesy of Hardy himself, who explained it during a video message for fans at Comic-Con in Sao Paolo. This storyline was published by Marvel in 1993, and focused on Venom becoming an anti-hero of sorts of coming to a truce with Spider-Man. Eddie Brock movies to San Francisco (Which Hardy confirmed will also be the location of the film), and then saw the Life Foundation hunting down Venom in hopes to study his symbiote. The organization ends up making their own team of spawns of the symbiote including Agony, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Scream that Venom must take on himself.
The story line may seem like a random strange choice, but it actually seems very smart. We'll be getting a more heroic Venom we can root for, who will still presumably be a violent killer. It also easily explains the absence of Spider-Man who most likely won't even be mentioned in this movie, as Venom is relocated to a different city taking on villains specific to him. Michelle Williams will apparently be playing Brock's love interest who Ann Weying (Which she confirmed in an interview with Screen Rant) who eventually becomes She-Venom in the comics, but probably won't reach that form in this movie.
This also of course opens the door for Venom's most famous villain Carnage, who is himself a serial killer named Cletus Kasady that bonds with the symbiote. Fans had initially thought Riz Ahmed could be playing this role, but now most fans believe this may be the part Woody Harrelson joined the movie for just a week ago. We now know thanks to the website Atlanta Filming that Ahmed is actually playing Dr. Carlton Drake, who is the leader of the Life Foundation we mentioned earlier. If this is in fact the case, then we can expect to see this as an important behind the scenes role. Below you can see some set photos of Ahmed, as well as some recent ones of Hardy in character as Brock here and here:
So how do you feel about Venom adapting the Lethal Protector storyline? Are you happy with the route they are taking the character in? Let us know below!

Fox And Disney Finally Reach A Deal Which Will See The 'X-Men' And 'Fantastic Four' Under Marvel Studios Control

I'm not going to lie, I honestly saw no point in writing an article every single time there was a new rumor or development about this Fox/Disney deal. We all had a pretty good feeling this was going to happen since last week, so I'm not very surprised I'm currently writing this article. Thats right movie fans, for better or worse Disney has made it official that they have acquired several divisions of 20th Century Fox. This includes the likes of Sky TV, Hulu, Fox TV shows, Avatar, Alien, and Planet of the Apes to name a few. But that's not what you all really care about, as the big news is that the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool are officially owned by Marvel Studios. But what does this mean for all of their current franchises?

The news came early Thursday morning courtesy of the Walt Disney Company's official website, where they listed the details of the deal. Like I stated above, there's probably a little of details in that article that are of little interest to fans, but the acquisition did end up coming out to about $52.4 billion. Not everyone has been so happy about the deal and what this means for the industry, with some worried that Disney is slowly becoming monopolized company and taking away from the diversity in the industry. There's also those comic book fans that are worried about what this could mean for Ryan Reynolds' current iteration of Deadpool, who is far from anything Disney has made before.
It'll take about 18 months for the deal to be finalized, so we can projects such as X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, and New Mutants all to make their way to theaters as expected. But sequels to all the movies are certainly in question now, as Disney will be looking to reboot all these characters and recast so that they can be including in the MCU, like they did with Spider-Man. There will certainly be casualties to the new deal, including movies based on X-23, Multiple Man (Which would've starred James Franco), and of course Channing Tatum's long in development hell Gambit movie. It seems the decision about what will happened to this already planned Fox slate will land on Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, whose goal is to eventually incorporate all these characters into the MCU. 
The path for Fantastic Four as of right now is probably a lot smoother, already having had failed twice at adapting the characters. Marvel is likely planning a way to bring them into the MCU without giving them a solo movie yet (Considering how poorly the last few were received), so expect an introduction similar to that of Spider-Man in Civil War. Unlike with X-Men having big named and well cast actors such as Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender that will be much harder to recast, Marvel shouldn't have too much trouble casting Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm for the MCU. 
McAvoy and Fassbender's version of Professor X and McAvoy have really grown on people in the last couple of years, and have served as worthy successors to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. But of course the role that will be the biggest to cast, and has already gotten the people over at Disney excited is that of Wolverine. There were some rumors that Jackman could finally fulfill his wish of playing the character alongside The Avengers, but he has since confirmed that the part will be going to someone else. It should only be a matter of time before the rumor mill starts up about who will be taking over the big shoes left by Jackman, but its safe to say Marvel Studios knows what they're doing when you look back at their track record of casting these big name heroes. 
So how do you feel about seeing Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men all join the MCU? Do you have any ideas about who should be cast in the rebooted roles? Are you happy about the deal going through? Let us know below!

Brand New Trailer For Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Provides Us With More Easter Eggs And Plot Details

So just to get this out of the way before you start reading this article, there's no way in hell I'm going to be able to list every single Easter egg shown in this trailer. I'll leave that to the guys on YouTube who dedicate hours of their day pausing and studying these two minutes of footage. Now what am I going to write about, is just how awesome it is to see Steven Spielberg return to the sci-fi genre. While the director has had a lot of success with recent serious drama such as Bridge of Spies and The Post, we can't forget the ambitious other-worldly films that put him on the map in the first place. The latest trailer for his upcoming film Ready Player One certainly fits the ambitious other worldly criteria, as it gives us a much better idea of what the movie is actually about.

Below is the new full-length trailer for Ready Player One:
Like I stated above, the trailer does in fact give us a lot more about the movie's plot than the original Comic-Con teaser did. We learn more about our main character Wade Watts who is apparently an orphan that uses the OASIS as an escape from his struggling actual life. We also see that although a lot of the movie will show his avatar Parzival as the main character, Wade still has a lot to do in this movie himself. We see him interacting with Olivia Cooke's character Samantha Cook whose avatar Art3mis is also a key character in the game.
We now know what most reader's of the book already knew, and that is that the main objective of the movie is to complete an Easter egg hunt set up by OASIS founder James Halliday. We got footage of the late Halliday played by Spielberg favorite Mark Rylance in the trailer, explaining that whoever wins gets control over the OASIS and his fortune. Ben Mendelsohn's Nolan Sorrento seems to be a corporate type his also has an interest in going after this fortune, and wants to stop Watt's Parzival from winning the game.
As for the references, like I said I'm not exactly the right guy to be picking a part every single thing I saw, but thats not going to stop me from mentioning a few. We see the surprising inclusion of Overwatch character Tracer in the trailer, as well as the return of Parzival's car the DeLoreon from Back to the Future (And even a cue from the film's score at the end of the trailer), and also the Iron Giant makes his return. We get brief glimpses of Chucky, Deathstroke and Harley Quinn, RX-78 Gundam, King Kong, Ryu, Chun-Li, and Deadshot to name a few. The overly CGI world and characters may be of concern to some viewers, but it seems Spielberg is going to provide a good balance of the two in the film.
So what did you think of the latest trailer for Ready Player One? Are you excited to see Spielberg's return to the blockbuster sci-fi genre? Did you catch any other references in the trailer? Let us know below!