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Dark – A German Stranger Things for Adults

Dark, the first German series to premiere on Netflix, is a combination of Stranger Things and IT, with a little bit of Fringe thrown in as well. As the Guardian comments, Stranger Things for grown-ups; with time-travel, suicides and gruesome murders, this series is mesmerizing and one can’t stop watching this.

Credits: Netflix

There are a lot of characters to keep track of, which is one of the key challenges in the initial episodes that inevitably suck you in regardless.

Credits: Netflix

It starts with Ulrich Nielsen, played by Oliver Masucci, a police officer in the town of Winden and father of three who is  cheating on his wife Katharina, played by Jordis Triebel, with a woman called Hannah Kahnwald, played by Maja Schone, whose husband commits suicide in the initial minutes of the show. Her son, Jonas played by Louis Hofmann along with his teenager friends venture into the woods hunting the drug stash of a classmate who recently disappeared. While they’re out there, Ulrich’s youngest, Mikkel, played by Daan Lennard Liebrenz, also disappears, leading the police to wonder whether someone is targeting local youths. But the disappearances coincide with weird phenomena: animals dropping dead, lights wildly flickering and flashing. Some of the town’s older residents, including Mikkel’s grandmother, mutter about how the new disappearances recall older ones from when they were younger. And a mysterious hooded figure, looking at a newspaper clip reading “Where is Mikkel?”, crosses out the first word and rewrites the headline as “When is Mikkel?”

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Dark tells about a fight and everyone’s attempt to reach the light. A twisting tale of time and relations and who’s who; it is sure to intrigue one’s intelligence.

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Even when “Dark” is clinical in its set-up of these interweaving story threads, there’s still an incredible amount of energy coursing through the show. The setting is brilliant. The town’s weather reflects the mood of the people, with the weather remaining cloudy most of the time. The camera glides through living rooms and dollies toward mortified faces, rarely pausing as it thrusts new characters and information into the fray. There’s frustrated romantic tension dripping from so many of these sequences, whether it’s an encounter between a man and his mistress or Jonas and a lost, unrequited love. Even an elderly woman sitting at a table and glancing nervously at a grandfather clock carries with her a certain amount of dread-filled forward motion.

Watch it on Netflix.

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Season 2: Stranger Things got even more Strange

SPOILER WARNING: READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION!

It all started when a girl, Jane with psychokinetic abilities is kidnapped and is used to create a high energy space time tear which in turn builds a passage between dimensions. Jane, the little girl with her prisoner number 011 was actually used to eavesdrop on a man when she discovered the interdimensional creature from the ‘Upside Down’. After enduring years of torture and bizarre experimentation, ‘Eleven’ escapes and befriends Mike who is about her age. Eleven or El rescues Mike and his friend Dustin from some bullies with the help of her powers and is given a warm welcome to their gang. She helps to locate Will and Barbara, who have been taken prisoner by the interdimensional monster Demogorgon. Unfortunately, Barbara has already died. Eleven sacrifices herself in the process of saving their town, Hawkins. Even after being rescued safely and soundly, Will finds himself in ‘Upside Down’ again but hides this from his family.

Season 2 starts off with a ‘boom’ where a mystery girl Kali and (with psychic abilities and a prisoner number similar to El’s- 011) her gang rob a bank and manage to escape the authorities without much trouble. Things start to get weird again in Hawkins, where pumpkins get poisoned, Will keeps on having his episodes and gets treated for his PTSD and there’s a Mad Max in town. In his episodes, Will has visions of the Upside Down and a shadow monster which he describes as evil and will kill everybody. El is shown to be living with Officer Hopper all this while and Mike and Nancy have a real hard time dealing with the absence/death of Eleven and Barbara respectively. During episode 3 and 4, I really start feeling so bored that my interest in the show seems to hit rock bottom and I am very tempted to leave the binging right away. The pace of the story-telling is really slow BUT midway episode 5 things start picking up. There’s an unexpected twist and the Duffer brothers take help of the oldest trick in the book and bring forth an unlikely hero who is also the kindest and sweetest person in town. They show his dying moments again and again to puncture your heart with emotions but hey, the martyr twist absolutely works and my interest is piqued again! The nail biting mystery deepens and finally they’re back on track!

Number 8.

Eight episodes down, I still don’t get the need for Mad Max and her daft of a step brother, Billy. I like Maxine. She’s sweet and nice but is she an unnecessary addition to the team? I don’t know, maybe.  The Duffer brothers give season 2 a ‘Harry Potter-Voldemort-horcrux’ kinda twist where the interdimensional Demogorgon acts as some kind of a virus and latches itself onto poor little Will and has the boy under its control. Personally, I’d like it more if El had spent a little more time with her gang rather than going on a hunt with her mutant like punk sister Kali.  Kali takes Eleven/Jane on in her team and protects her like her own. We’re shown Kali’s sad and vulnerable side when El decides to abandon her sister and goes to save her friends in Hawkins instead. In Hindu mythology, ‘Kali’ is a fierce goddess who is the destroyer of evil forces and I really, really hope Kali is back for Season 3 with her amazing powers. One more thing to notice was a box named ‘Sarah'(Hopper’s dead daughter), Eleven had discovered while searching the Officer’s cabin.

MadMax.

This season was made enjoyable mostly because Dustin and Steve’s chemistry. I loved their adorable bromance and both of them were super brave this season. I liked how they developed Steve’s character, his journey from being a bully to a really good friend.

Steeve and Dustin.

As a big Star Wars fan, I was heartbroken in this one scene where Mike under his parents’ pressure gives away his Millennium Falcon for yard sale.  I think this is where Stranger Things hits it off with the millennials. The nostalgia. Bike rides, Middle School, the music, the references hit you hard. There are plenty of easter eggs too, like the kids dressing up as The Ghostbusters for Halloween, Dustin calling the mini Demogorgons as Demodogs referring to the movie Aliens, Eleven dressing up as a ghost for Halloween so that nobody recognises her; much like in the movie E.T., Lucas’s sister making He-Man and Barbie toys kiss, Will saying his favourite candy is Reese’s Pieces, the very candy mentioned in Steven Spielberg’s E.T.. Kali instructing El to channel her inner anger as X-Men’s Magneto does. El wants to avenge her mother, much like the holocaust survivor Magneto and chokes a bad man almost to his death. This scene looks like a tribute to the much powerful badass ,Darth Vader from Star Wars. The demodogs chasing the kids looked much similar to scenes from the Jurassic Park where dinosaurs terrorized everybody. During the final episode, El in an attempt to close the door to the other dimension, unleashes her full power and levitates in the air much like Jean Grey’s scene from X-Men: Apocalypse. Even Bob speaking about Mr Baldo is a reference to Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT. Stranger Things brings the best of American pop culture of the 80s to it’s audience and I could not be any happier.

The soundtrack of season 2 feels even more amazing than season 1. Bon Jovi’s Runaway plays while Eleven escapes from her mum’s house and it is my favourite. Once I finish writing this review, will download each and every song of this season, as soon as possible.

Speaking of the supernatural and horror quotient, everything is top notch. The jump scares in both the seasons are amazing and they managed to make me scream a few times. The scene where the demon/Demogorgon/virus is exorcised out of Will is the scariest and reminds me of The Exorcist. The season ends with the shadow monster being still alive towering the high school in the Upside Down. Quite honestly, if I were a resident of Hawkins and had been through these traumatizing experiences, I’d have moved without second thoughts. Having said that, cannot wait for Season 3!

What are your thoughts? Noticed more references and Easter eggs? Have any theories? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Game of Thrones: Conquest

THE SEVEN KINGDOMS WILL REMEMBER YOUR NAME

“It’s the family name that lives on. It’s all that lives on” – Tywin Lannister

HBO series Game of Thrones, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Gaming brought out this game to fulfil the fantasy that we have all lived i.e., to play the Game of Thrones in Westeros.

Westeros is at war. Great houses clash, Dragons rule the sky, and the Army of the Dead threatens the realm.  Live out your fantasy and join this war.  Build your house and raise your army as you navigate a dangerous political landscape.  Based on the award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones: Conquest allows players to become a Lord in Westeros and define a strategy for conquering the Seven Kingdoms. Winter is here and your enemy’s army will not wait to clash swords.  Wage war and join the battle today to capture the Iron Throne!

“Fight every battle everywhere, always, in your mind. Everyone is your enemy, everyone is your friend.” – Petyr Baelish

Master the innovative social system that allows players to recruit bannermen, fight wars alongside your allies, and live out your fantasy of ruling The Seven Kingdoms.

Claim the Iron Throne – In a dynamic political world, choose between deception and loyalty as you shift your allegiances.

Reward those loyal to you with titles like Hand of the King and Master of Coin as you build your Small Council.

Bestow Seats of Power to your allies granting them special military and economic advantages.

The map is set with all the houses namely, The Starks, Tullys, Greyjoys, Lannisters, Baratheons, Night’s watch but the Targaryen’s are not mentioned instead in Dragonstone Stannis’s Sigil is shown. Also it is shown that we form a house and Daenerys comes every now and then to instruct and praise on every level up and she appoints Tyrion to guide the player as a witty hand is required. Its clear that we shall support Daenerys claiming her throne at the King’s Landing. We can design our own sigil and own family name, create alliances and kick some ass. I have not reached such a high level yet I seem to enjoy the battles with my Liege and bannermen. Also if you are in a liege and loyal to the leader then you get to be the Hand of the King, Master of Coins etc. which can be used to rise in power. Also when you feel that you can overpower your own allegiance leader you can come out and attack so that you may become the leader.

However, like every other game it has its cons.

The game depends only on the levels of the house and the level of the creature/the enemy house. Its alright to keep in mind the level of enemy house but creatures like bear, coyote, boar , I personally think that the number of troops also should have some weight.as I had to march my entire army to defeat these creatures. The militia or the footmen, well equipped footmen would be enough to do the job but you need to deploy an entire army to defeat them. Also if that boar, coyote is of level 30 then its almost impossible to defeat them. To kill these creatures I had to deploy 70 footmen, 50 Slingers, 30 Long bow archers and much more whereas 5 longbow archer should be enough to kill such creatures.

The game really fulfils the fantasy of being a part of Westeros, rising a Westerosi army and claim the Iron Throne. To set an example the famous place as you all know is held by House Mormont, well not anymore in the game.

Because:

“In the Game of Thrones you either Win or Die” – Cersie Lannister

 

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Theory: Drogon is Lightbringer

My theory suggests that Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen is Azor Ahai and Aegon a.k.a. Jon Snow is the lover, Nissa Nissa. The three dragons are three attempts and thus one more dragon is to die.

Remember how Azor Ahai forged his lightbringer? There were three attempts.

Azor Ahai.

As the legend says, “Darkness lay over the world and a hero, Azor Ahai, was chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He labored for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke.”

Towards the end of Season 7, we saw that Viserion died and drowned into the icy sea. Viserion broke. Thus, the first attempt was in vain.

Viserion.

The legend continues, “He was not one to give up easily, so he started over. The second time he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword, even better than the first. To temper it this time, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but once more the steel shattered.”

We know that the lions are the symbol of the Lannisters, and more specifically Cersei Lannister, thus Rhaegal would be the second dragon to die. As many have predicted, Cersei might become the Night Queen and thus become elemental in killing Rhaegal, the second dragon.

Further, it may so happen that John gets severely injured and dies, and then returns as a wight. Daenerys does what is necessary and burns him with the help of Drogon, thus the sacrifice made and hence Drogon, the lightbringer is ready to end the long night and slay the Night King/Queen.

I personally think, this might happen as Nickolaj Coster-Waldou ( Jamie Lannister) said in an interview said that in Season 8, we may see some major characters turning into wights and John is one of the most important characters.

In short, Daenerys is the Azor Ahai a.k.a  “the prince/princess that was promised” and Drogon is the Lightbringer.

What do you think about this theory? Tell us in the comments!

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The Expanded Wizarding World: An Honest Opinion

J.K Rowling has been brilliantly introducing her “Wizarding World” to the many generations of the “muggle readers” and their movie series has been catering to the wider aspect of the audience who find themselves bored while reading. It was the imagination of hers that led her to pen down the whole Harry Potter series. Though we are undeniably moot to consider it merely an imagination, we’ll better refer to it as a different world altogether.

This sums up the entire saga of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series had a worldwide impact on children, teenagers and even adults, who were enthralled and petrified in the very charm and originality of the Hogwarts castle and their lessons. We accepted the Hogwarts castle as our home and the wizards as our family. Though we were not lucky enough to have got our acceptance letters, the Pottermore website launched by J.K Rowling made our all-time ranting come true as we got the chance to have our own wand, own house and our own Patronus. The quizzes help us to get a real life insight into our own personalities and behaviors and their equivalence in the situations of the Wizarding World. The different articles by J.K Rowling that are published routinely provide a deeper understanding on the various characters and the various plot points. The website even had the feature of casting spells with their respective wand movements which is no longer available, unfortunately. Anyway, this Pottermore website served as an important factor to strengthen our belief in the Wizarding World as well as our sense of belonging to it. Thus, the Pottermore website serves as the 1st step towards expanding the reach of the Wizarding World.

Pottermore

On reference to the Pottermore website, there’s also mention of one more Wizarding school in North America named Ilvermorny School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. The founder being Isolt Sayre, she has a relation to the Harry Potter world as she is one of the Heirs of Slytherin being related to the Gaunt family. Her inability to attend Hogwarts led her to establish a new school away from the negativity of her foster mother, also her aunt. Pottermore even has a feature to determine our Ilvermorny house. The four houses being, Horned Serpent, Thunderbird, Pukwudgie and Wampus. This mention and very limited knowledge of a new school opens a whole new area of possibilities and great cross overs which shall be discussed very soon. Thus, the Ilvermorny School of Wizardry and Witchcraft serves as the 2nd step of expansion of the Universe.

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Source – Pottermore

The very thought of finishing the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was something that’s still very emotional and heart wrenching, thanks to J.K Rowling, but this marked the onset of the widespread flurry of ideas in the shape of fan fictions. Fans from all over the world penned down their imaginations and fantasies based on their interpretations of the series of events. The various fan fictions provided a temporary relief and escape for the fans who couldn’t get over the ending of the series. Keeping in mind the hearty wishes of the fans to know more about the 2nd generation of wizards, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne with the approval of J.K Rowling, of course penned down a play named Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that deals with the life in Hogwarts after 1998. Children of our beloved trio along with the not-so-favorite Draco Malfoy’s son have their adventures. They even have the ghosts of the past haunting them and their parents. We also get to see the alternate universe where Harry Potter gets defeated and Lord Voldemort is victorious. That’s one pathetic universe you won’t want me to talk about. Anyway, the endeavors of John and Jack is to be appreciated for adding a new book to the series (though many of us don’t even consider it as a book, these guys deserve their share for their work). This makes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 3rd step to expand the universe.

The Cursed Child. Source – Pottermore

Who would’ve thought that a simple book in the first year curriculum could happen to be the new creation of J.K Rowling? Yes, I’m talking about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them movie that’s a spin off set in America, around 50 years before the time of Harry. Newt Scamander, known for his love for animals and magical creatures is the protagonist of the story. Newt and his case full of magical creatures provide us a new aspect of the Wizarding World that deals with the creatures and their care. This movie provides a great platform for the cross over between the two Wizarding schools as I’ve mentioned earlier by portraying the love affair between Newt and Tina. The movie lets us to have a proper understanding of Wizarding laws in different countries along with the comparison of MACUSA with the Ministry of Magic. The movie even features the details of the great duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gallert Grindelwald which was otherwise overshadowed in the Harry Potter series. One more aspect of the Wizarding world is the existence of Obscurus which was ignored in the Harry Potter Series. The analysis of the character of Credence and his struggle led us to ascertain the fact that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurus too, which was never explained in the Harry Potter books. So, we are eagerly waiting for the sequel of the movie that’ll clear many more of our doubts and confirm many more of our hypothesis regarding the Wizarding World. This forms the 4th step for the expansion of the Wizarding World.

Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them

Many other works of J.K Rowling like the ‘Quidditch through the Ages’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them’, and the upcoming ‘Hogwarts-A History’ provides us deeper knowledge about the things that aren’t explained otherwise. Even these are the expansions of the Wizarding World.

Hope J.K Rowling keeps on weaving words from her mighty pen to give us more insight into the Wizarding World of her creation, which may be an original world and an actual universe altogether. We’ll keep on expecting more from her as we, Potterheads are too stubborn to let go.

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K Rowling

 

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Disney fires Episode IX director

Colin Trevorrow has been fired as the director of the upcoming Star Wars film. He was directing Episode 9 which has been slated for 2019 release, for now.

Apparently, Lucas Films and Trevorrow could not agree on creative terms. “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ”, says a statement on the Star Wars website. Trevorrow is a celebrated director having directed movies like Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurrasic World (2015).

Colin Trevorrow. Credits – Starwars.com

Lucas Films has had experience in firing of directors, having fired the directors of the  stand alone Han Solo film, slated for a 2018 release. Jon Howard acts as a replacement for the Han Solo film, whereas the replacement for Colin Trevorrow has not been announced, yet.

Episode 9 is said to be the conclusion to the Star Wars series but Lucas Films and Disney are currently working on various spinoffs. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode 8) is releasing later this year on 15 December.

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Eastwatch – An episode of dismay

The fifth episode to Season 7 of the much-hyped HBO productions “Game of Thrones” dropped Sunday night (Monday morning for me) and when I began watching it, I had only one hope; “Eastwatch” should carry on the momentum generated by the previous episode “Spoils of War”. Unfortunately, it was mostly a disappointment.

In the beginning of the episode, we find that the entire battle has been devastated, with the Dothraki claiming the ruins. We see Daenerys give an option to all the prisoners of war; bend the knee or be executed. Randyll Tarly and his son, Dickon refuse to bend the knee and face the music. But, instead of beheading them as Tyrion had imagined, Dany utters Dracarys and they are burnt alive.

Spoils of War.

It is of importance to mention here that Drogon looks massive in these scenes, quite contrary to the Drogon we saw during the attack.

Drogon looks massive in these scenes.

 

Even Dany looks spectacular with Drogon in the back.

One of the most bizarre things to have happened in this episode was Daenerys landing in front of Jon Snow, when she returns to Dragonstone and what followed was even more strange. As soon Drogon approaches Jon, he pets Drogon, which was absolutely unmotivated and seemed way out of context. Although, one might argue that this helped to strengthen the fact the Jon is a Targaryen.

Jon Snow trying to pet Drogon.

We had seen in the trailers of this season that Bran wargs into a murder of crows and spies onto the Night King and his Army of the Dead. We get to see that in this episode and I felt that it was really a visual spectacle. Furthermore, the massiveness of the army is seen for the first time and we understand the scale of threat Westeros is facing.

Army of the Dead.

Jon gets to know by a raven that Bran and Arya are alive and are back at Winterfell. Jorah Mormont goes to Dragonstone and Daenerys welcomes him back with open arms, quite literally.

The Dothraki bring back Jorah Mormont.

Another of the weird thing to have happened in this episode is Dany agreeing to have an armistice with Cersei. It was a childhood dream of Daenerys Targaryen to go back home and reclaim her father’s throne. Of course it was highly unreasonable when she agrees to this condition on the words of a stranger a.k.a. Jon Snow that the threat of the White Walkers is real.

By the way, Gendry is back.

Gendry is back.

As expected, Sam gets frustrated by the Citadel and the stubbornness of the Maesters there, and decides that they can’t help him in his fight against the Others.

Sam leaving OldTown.

We see LittleFinger is back at his business of creating mistrust between people and this time he uses Sansa and especially Arya as his pawns.

It might be vital to note here that the much speculated “ghost of Catelyn Stark” turns out to be a common Northern girl, who incidentally, is working as a spy for Baelish.

Peter Baelish with his spy.

 

 

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Mr. Ollivander is no more!

John Hurt, a British actor known for his role as Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and for lead roles in The Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four and a shockingly gory death in Alien, has died at 77, his publicist confirmed late Friday.

No details of his death were immediately available. He had announced in 2015 that he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Variety reports.

In more recent years Hurt used his weathered looks and voice in a variety of supporting roles in movies such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, V For Vendetta, Snowpiercer and last year’s Jackie. He also portrayed a recent incarnation of the titular character in the beloved British TV show Doctor Who.

Hurt received Academy Award nominations for his work in Midnight Express in 1978 and David Lynch’s The Elephant Man in 1980, but may be best remembered for his death-by-parasite-birth in Ridley Scott’s Alien, a scene he comedically reprised several years later in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs.

There were a string of tweets, 198k to be exact. Here are some of them:

 

Even Harry Potter Films tweeted:

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‘Slender Man’ gets a new horror movie

Internet sensation Slender Man, who is well known as a supernatural character, originated as an Internet meme created on the Something Awful forums in 2009.

A representation of the Slender Man

What soon followed was a host of games, documentaries and articles telling the story of an abnormally tall, faceless man with long arms who stalks and abducts children. He resembles a tall, thin man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit. In 2014, he inspired real-life horror as two 12-year-old American girls in Wisconsin lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times in an effort to “appease” the fictional entity.

With HBO premiering their shocking true crime documentary ‘Beware the Slenderman’ on Monday, January 23, we have confirmation that a live-action film will be made on the creepy character. Slyvain White, director of The Losers and Stomp the Yard, will helm the film under Sony’s Screen Gems banner. Production will start soon this year.

 

Have you played The Slender Man game? Tell us in the comments below.

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Comic-Book movies of 2016 : A lookback

We are living in the age of animation, CGI and comic-book movies. Our time is the best time for a geek and we are just delighted that there is more to come in the future.

2016 witnessed some of the best movies inspired by comic books in Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes, and also the Marvel properties owned by Fox. We review them in order of their release dates.

 

1. Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds ditched Green Lantern’s animated green suit to feature in Fox’s Deadpool in the X-Men continuity.

The film tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Deadpool (2016). Credits: 20th Century Fox

The movie featured comic book characters such as Colossus (CGI) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Gina Carano. The rest of the cast featured Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin and TJ Miller among others.

The film was appreciated for its satirical nature, R-rated content and healthy dose of gore and action. The constant 4th wall breaking of Wade Wilson and the viral marketing campaign were the highlighting points in this movie.

Deadpool with the mutants. Credits: 20th Century Fox

The film was a commercial success, grossing over $783 million worldwide and breaking numerous box-office records, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of 2016, the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time when unadjusted for inflation, and the highest-grossing X-Men film. A sequel for this movie is in plan which will feature Cable among its ranks.

 

 

2. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

The second film in the planned DC Extended Universe pitted Batman and Superman against each other. Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie borrowed the concept from Frank Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns storyline.

The film is set 18 months after the events of Man of Steel, and humanity is yet to accept Superman as one of its own. Veteran vigilante Batman falls for Lex Luthor’s evil plan and Superman has to fight The Bat in order to save his mother. Meanwhile, the demonic Kryptonian Doomsday has been unleashed by Luthor and the DC Trinity featuring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman has to fight him in order to save the day.

Batman vs Superman. Credits: WB

The movie was criticized for its humourless, drained and depressed representation and Snyder was panned for his storytelling. Although it received a lowly 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie provided a platform for WB and DCEU’s ambitious project Justice League (2017).

DC Trinity. Credits: WB

The cast included Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, among others. The movie was a box office success with $873.3 million worldwide collection, after it enjoyed the fourth biggest box office opening ever.

 

 

3. X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse, directed by Bryan Singer, is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series and a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past.

In the movie, the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur awakens in 1983 and plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world, leading the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of renegade mutants.

En Sabah Nur vs Professor Xavier.    Credits: 20th Century Fox

En Sabah Nur takes Magneto, Psylocke, Archangel and Storm as his 4 horsemen and tries to destroy the world, to start all over again. The X-Men, consisting of Professor X and led by Mystique, finally are able to defeat him with the help of Jean Grey (Pheonix Force).

Pheonix Force (Jean Grey). Credits: 20th Century Fox

The film was the third highest-grossing film in the X-Men series, with a worldwide total of $543.9 million

The project featured an ensemble cast, led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, and Lucas Till.

 

4. Captain America: Civil War

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, this film was the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), while it was the second movie of Phase Three.

The concept was borrowed from Marvel Comic’s 2006 storyline where the Avengers were divided on the Superheroes’ Registration Act. In the movies, the Sokovia Accords were in the middle of the divide when the Avengers argued in favour and against their inclusion in the UN. The death of Howard and Maria Stark in the hands of the Winter Soldier provided the setting for an epic final showdown between Iron Man and Captain America.

Captain America vs Iron Man. Credits: Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures

 

The already introduced Avengers were present in the movie, barring Thor and Hulk. The movie also introduced Black Panther and Spider-Man in its roster. The film had an overall positive review, some saying that it was the best film in the mammoth Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Spiderman in Civil War. Credits: Marvel Studios

 

Black Panther. Credits: Marvel Studios

The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.

The ensemble cast, including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl, among others.

 

5. Suicide Squad

After the disappointing Batman v. Superman, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was a much-needed relief. With Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc who had just fourteen dialogues, we got a dark movie with subtle humor.

Suicide Squad. Credits: WB

Viola Davis did justice to her role as ARGUS director Amanda Waller, forming the taskforce out-of former fugitives and called them Suicide Squad. We also see Jared Leto taking up the role of the infamous-maniac Joker.

Harley Quinn and Joker. Credits: WB

Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film grossed over $745 million worldwide, making it the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2016. It received generally negative reviews from critics, who found the plot muddled, the directing choppy and the characters thinly-written, though Margot Robbie’s performance was praised.

 

6. Doctor Strange

Directed by Scott Derrickson, this film was the fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), while it was the third movie of Phase Three.

Multiverses. Credits: Marvel Studios

This movie was about the journey of Stephen Strange, a neurologist, who lost the use of his hands in a freak accident. We follow his story of he regains his confidence into the secrets of KamarTaj. Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant as the sorcerer, and it seems Marvel’s patience to sign him did pay off. Casting was spot on, with Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejofor as Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius doing justice to their roles.

Dr. Strange with Ancient One. Credits: Marvel Studios

The film has grossed over $657 million worldwide and was met with positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised its visual effects, the score, and the cast’s performances. Marvel, led by Kevin Feige, is creating one hell of an universe with some great movies and Netflix series. Exciting time for fans, with a great 2017 coming up. The possibilities are endless.

 

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