The Weekly Round Up

Ben Atwater

A new trailer dropped for the upcoming film Independence Day: Resurgence. Showing more of the action, it is clear that the stakes are raised here, as massive ships gravitational pull rip entire cities from the ground.  More of the post-invasion world is shown too, adding an interesting angle as to how a society would adapt to this new technology left behind after the first invasion.

Chris Pratt stars in The Magnificent Seven (AP photo)
Chris Pratt stars in The Magnificent Seven
(AP photo)

It even seems as though a giant alien monster is used in attack along with advanced space ships and weapons, adding elements of a kaiju film.  Resurgence is undoubtedly going to be a fun thrill ride.
Marvel announced their five-year plan for upcoming films. Many thought this would incorporate traditional X-Men characters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who, by a contract loophole can be portrayed by both Fox and Marvel. However, since that time, Spider-Man has been added into the mix.
With strong positive reactions to Tom Holland’s portrayal in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Marvel pushed back the schedule and now are releasing Spiderman: Homecoming in 2017, which has changed the entire schedule. Also, thrown into the mix that was not in the five year plan is the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Now Marvel has tentatively dropped Inhumans with no word why, it can be assumed that Kevin Feige realized that Marvel has so many popular properties that keep making money that they want to flesh out better to serve the overall story in the MCU.
The first trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven was released. Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke, this movie is a remake of the 1960 Western, which is in turn a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 epic Seven Samurai. Both stories tell the tale of the efforts of seven men fighting marauders who continuously harass a town. Fuqua seems to be taking a Django Unchained-like approach, which is an excellent thing actually.
Surely, this will spice up the movie fare in September, a traditionally boring time for film.
A sequel has already been green lit for The Jungle Book, which already has made over $300 million worldwide. With both director John Favreau and Mowgli himself, Neel Sethi, returning, the prospects of returning to that magical jungle are very exciting. Hopefully, it won’t take ten years, as Avatar has.
On the subject, James Cameron just announced last week that there will now be not two, not three, but four sequels to the 2009 film, Avatar. This seems a bit preemptive while the first film is the highest grossing film of all time, shooting four blockbusters simultaneously to what will undoubtedly be diminishing returns seems rather bold and quite frankly unwarranted. This also means Cameron will never get back to the Alien or Terminator franchises, since he will be nearly 70 by the time he gets to Avatar 5 in 2023. This will be an interesting film saga for viewers to watch as it develops.