Welcome to the first ever TazAlGhul Movie Monday! Huge thanks to fellow collector Jonathan Boyd aka @nerdherder88 (give him a follow) for whipping up some unreal reviews that got me thinking and totally remembering things that I completely forgot about already.
This week's movie Monday is of "Spider-Man Far From Home" so further warning
DON'T READ THIS BLOG POST JUST YET IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE - SPOILER ALERTS COMING IN HOT!
Without further ado ... here's the first ever Movie Monday Review. Enjoy ...
’m just going to jump right into and I don’t really like starting off negatively, but 10-15 minute in I wasn’t feeling it. Right out of the gate the whole Michelle/Peter relationship was super forced. Was there a Spider-Man 1.5 shown somewhere and I missed the part where all of a sudden everyone wants to be with Michelle? Nobody was interested in her in Homecoming and she was just comic relief. Also I don’t recall her even being called Michelle in this one. Sorry but she’s not Mary Jane, so why the need to even call her MJ at all? Also that whole taking her swinging through the city was unnecessary and made no sense which leads to another complaint. Next problem I had was the amount of times and time spent by Peter unmasked. When the post credits identity reveal happened it was like who doesn’t know at this point. If he wouldn’t have instantly ripped that mask off as soon as he entered the room with Beck and SHIELD he wouldn’t have a problem. That all just seems very uncharacteristic of Peter Parker since he keeps his secret identity very secret in comics. Happy even gives away Spidey’s identity in the vault when he says he has a thing for Spider-Man’s aunt. When those kids see him with May they are going to know that’s Peter’s aunt. Marvel seems to be replacing Uncle Ben with Tony Stark as well. I get the Uncle Ben thing has been shown and told several times, but it’s still a key part of the character and I want “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” The kicker was showing the initials on the suitcase and then blowing up the plane later. I don’t need or want Spider-Man to be the next Iron Man, I just want him to be Spider-Man. On to the positive aka MYSTERIO! The Mysterio stuff was great and brought this True Believer back into the movie. The changes made to his character made sense and worked for me. The parts where he had Spider-Man trapped in the illusions were awesome. Those scenes made the movie for me along with JK Simmons back as J Jonah Jameson! I hope Mysterio’s death was an illusion as well and he comes back later. I’m glad the multiverse thing was a lie, it’s too early for all that stuff. The Skrull and Fury post credit thing threw me for a loop and confuses me. Where is Fury and why is he working with Skrulls? When Spider-Man was shown in Civil War I was really excited for him being added to the MCU and before Homecoming I’d put Civil War on just to skip to his part. Since Homecoming and now Far From Home I feel let down. Marvel seems to be trying really hard to be different than previous iterations and the character/story is suffering. These are my initial thoughts though from just the 1 viewing.
P.S. Spider-Verse is still my favorite Spider-Man movie
Review by @nerdherder88
I was actually pretty pumped to read this review because my man really nailed it right out of the gates with the whole forced MJ relationship - was quite a wicked awkward start for the movie which did tie the whole younger more teenage spider-man feel to it more than previous spider-man movies. That whole MJ thing going on does grind my gears. Also ... 100% Peter Parker DOES NOT rip that mask off in public ever. That whole aspect of it totally goes against the hero code & we shall see how they react to that Times Square ending announcing to the world that Spidey is Peter Parker. Someone Cue the Men In Black Mind wipe ... or bring on the X-Men for a nice brain cleanse like Emma Frost in the most recent Uncanny Avengers comic wiping memories of mutant kind? If only if only.
Mysterio and the illusions ... straight badass. That got the movie quite a few extra stars in my mind just because of the amazing visual effects and inception like action.
All in all ill give it the following rating ...
San Diego Comic Con 2019
This year I was way more focused on just taking the whole event in since it was year #2. Made the entire day way less stressful even with the insane amount of human traffic that was everywhere. This year I made sure to swoop a ton of comics and also got to pay a visit to my favorite Comic squad Nuclear Comics at their booth. If you didn't make it over to them then I'm sorry because they always have the best selection and unreal prices. (Swooped my "The Joker" Brian Azzarello for only $15 which I then finished immediately on the train ride home.) Up above you'll see the solo pop I purchased this year and it was the Spider-Carnage AAA Anime exclusive. Couldn't turn that one down especially since it's one I've never been able to get my hands on. As expected the DC and Marvel booths were incredible. Marvel with basically the same setup as 2018 but DC Came out to PLAY! I'd say I was most impressed with how they stepped their booth presentation up this year with the incredible costumes (see Ras al Ghul above) and monster digital screens that draw you in from anywhere within the convention. Totally almost swooped me on their DC Universe deal which came out to only $75 for the year and came with 4 exclusive Variant Comic covers and 4 posters. Still pretty rattled at myself for not pulling the trigger on that one. Besides those two obviously being two of the top booths I'd say Sideshow Collectible also brought some extreme HEAT! Not only did they have their usual incredible figures and statues but one of the workers there was the Man and gave me their new comic they are releasing that is all done in house titled "Court of the Dead - Shadows of the Underworld". I couldn't believe he just handed me this incredible hard cover copy that is fully loaded with creep and amazing artwork throughout it all. If you haven't heard of it for sure give it a look. Below are some snippets of the magic they've created ... and if you want to pull the trigger and add this to the collection you can get it right HERE.
As I walked around and time flew by incredibly fast there was one thing that stuck with me after it all. It happened of all places at the Crank Yankers booth when I walked by and a worker stopped me as I was fully loaded with comic books in my hand because my dumb ass didn't bring a bag. A worker stopped to talk with me and said, "Thank You for coming to COMIC CON and buying comics. Barely anybody comes to comic con anymore to truly enjoy comics. Thank You." Some people just aren't willing to give it a try. I know I didn't for quite some time but if you do you won't regret it ... Well, maybe your wallet will. Cheers to all of the comic fam who was able to make it and to all of those who couldn't. Keep reading that magic. Check out the gallery below for some more of the amazing goods as San Diego Comic Con 2019 and check out the Clayton Crain Virgin Variant I picked up along the way.
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