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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ROBOTECH: The Live-Action Movie...

Will ROBOTECH finally make its live-action debut on the big screen? We'll see.

I just found out earlier this morning that Andy Muschietti, director of the upcoming It movie, has signed on to helm Sony's Robotech live-action film. It (as in It, not Robotech) hasn't arrived in theaters yet, but the trailer makes it (as in It, not— Nevermind) look really good, so I have confidence that Muschietti will do a commendable job bringing Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Max Sterling and Minmay to life (assuming, of course, that he casts some Asian actors for this project; Minmay's real name is Ling Ming-mei, fyi). If Michael Bay can bring giant fighting robots to life in a big way with the Transformers franchise, then there's no way that the sight of live-action Industrial Light & Magic or Weta-rendered Veritech Fighters flying away from the SDF-1 to wage battle against the Zentradi can't finally be seen on the big screen... That is all.

Oh wait, one last thing: Have composer Michael Giacchino score the music for the film. I'm interested to hear his iteration of the Robotech theme! Carry on.

The Veritech Fighter piloted by Rick Hunter is ready to fly off into battle in the classic ROBOTECH cartoon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NEW WARRIORS, IRON MAN and the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

Milana Vayntrub will play Squirrel Girl on Marvel's NEW WARRIORS in 2018.

Even though New Warriors will be a TV series and not a feature film, it's cool to imagine the possibilities in terms of how Disney will have this upcoming show cross over with other Marvel programs and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) itself. In the comic books, Squirrel Girl (to be played by Milana Vayntrub) mingled with Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter) and Jessica Jones (portrayed by Krysten Ritter)...so it's not far-fetched to think that Marvel would use its Disney-provided resources to have Vayntrub's character interact with the title characters played by Colter and Ritter in their respective Netflix series. And MCU-wise, Samuel L. Jackson and Jaimie Alexander did, after all, reprise their roles as Nick Fury and Lady Sif in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD a few seasons ago.

In regards to the MCU, it would be absolutely awesome if Marvel president Kevin Feige incorporated certain characters (RE: Squirrel Girl) from New Warriors to the movies themselves. (Although we'll overlook the fact that the Marvel flicks have so far refused to acknowledge Agent Phil Coulson being brought back from the dead after the first Avengers film to star in Agents of SHIELD.) Squirrel Girl defeated the likes of Galactus and Thanos in the comic books—so it would be cool to see her appear in any of the next two Avengers movies (though 2018's Infinity War has been in production for quite some time now, so it might obviously be too late to incorporate Squirrel Girl in that one). Or at the very least, add some heavy star-wattage to New Warriors by having Robert Downey Jr. do a one-episode cameo as Tony Stark on the show. Squirrel Girl did meet Iron Man in her earlier appearances in the comic books...and even stole two of his armored suits (one for her, the other for her trusty squirrel companion Tippy-Toe) to fly to the Moon and fight Galactus! So the gist of this paragraph? Squirrel Girl + Iron Man suit = Awesome.

I'm sure that New Warriors will be another successful Marvel show like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil have been. (I'm not so sure about Iron Fist.) But it doesn't hurt to daydream a little and see such a spunky character as Squirrel Girl appear on the big screen and fighting alongside her fellow Avengers as they take on Thanos and company. And preferably, she dons the Iron Man suit in an MCU flick like she did in the comic book panels shown below. Of course, her live-action Iron Man suit would look much, much cooler than this illustrated version. That is all.

It would be cool to see Squirrel Girl appear in an MCU movie. It would be even cooler if she did so wearing an Iron Man suit.