5 Plot Holes in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is like a date with the person you had a crush on for the longest time. You were drawn by this overwhelming feeling of a dream come true at the moment. But after the date, when you’re alone you think, “Huh, they’re actually kinda dumb.”

I have to say, I did enjoy the movie while watching it. It’s not a bad way to end the story. But the more I think about it, the less I like it, because of all the plot holes that just break the story up.

Spoilers ahead: you’ve been warned 🙂 

#1 – Confrontation Between Rey and Emperor Palpatine

This is the most obvious one, and almost ridiculous given the importance of the scene. Do you remember when Rey confronts her grandfather, Emperor Palpatine? He tells her he never really wanted to kill her, but for her to kill him. Rey then fights to resist the urge to kill her grandfather.

Rey facing her grandfather Palpatine at the end of the movie

Well, it’s not logical for Palpatine to tell Rey the truth at that moment. Cause if he didn’t, Rey would have killed him without hesitation, and he would have gotten what he wanted. What a perfect plan. Except he told her the one thing that could stop Rey from killing him at the most crucial moment. I call that a plot hole.

#2 – To Sense Or Not To Sense; That Is The Question

Remember the scene where Rey loses control and brings down a transport she thinks Chewie is on? Rey is devastated, as is Poe and Finn who try to console her. Later we learn that  Chewie was actually on a different transport — shown for a split second in the background. On it’s own, there’s nothing wrong with this scene. But later on, on the planet Kijimi, Rey senses Chewie on Kylo Ren’s ship.

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Wait a minute, so Rey couldn’t sense Chewie on a different ship, around the corner and literally in shouting distance, but she can sense Chewie far away on a ship hovering over Kijimi?

#3 – What Level Of Mobility Does The Force Give Rey?

This is actually quite common in movies — the strength and power of a character are not consistent throughout the movie.

First, we see Rey in training, floating in mid-air with stones around her.  Then she backflips over Kylo Ren’s X-Wing Fighter. But next time we see her, she has to literally climb the Death Star, panting and almost slip off. Then again, she fights Kylo Ren and jumps over skyrise high waves.

I’m confused. How mobile is Rey exactly with the Force?

#4 – R2D2 Has A Copy Of C3PO’s Memory? 

This is a nice touch. I’m sure most of the Star Wars fans were choked up when C3PO says to Poe, “I’m taking a last look of my good friends, Sir.”

We went through the whole — there’s no way they can get that valuable piece of information unless C3PO gets a hard drive wipe. That’s why the scene was so touching and emotional.

It looks like Rey is dubious in this scene. 🙂

I’m happy that C3PO gets his memory back, but only if we knew it’s so easy to fix… Maybe R2D2 has a copy of C3PO’s memory, more likely, R2D2 just shared its memories with C3PO. Wait, so C3PO didn’t think about that? Or….. is C3PO evolving into manipulating human emotions….? 🙂

#5 – The Pathfinder In The Desert

Kylo Ren reveals to Rey in the abandoned Death Star that he sent Rey and the gang into the tunnel under the quicksand on purpose so she can find the pathfinder.

Well if that’s the case, it’s an awful plan that worked out miraculously well. Because Rey and the gang were shot down by a stormtrooper they missed in the fight, and then ended up in the quicksand. If the stormtroopers’ mission is to send them into the tunnel, they wouldn’t be firing on them during the chase, but actually, corner them into that spot and then knock them off. Also, what’s the point of Kylo Ren showing up after they got the pathfinder? Just wait at the finish line — the  Death Star.

#6 – How is Exegol Hidden?

Remember that wild nebula thing that Kylo, and then Rey, flew through before reaching Exegol — it was sort of like a red, spongy, thing they had to navigate through? And it was supposed to hide Exegol from the rest of the galaxy so that Palpatine could remain secretly in hiding. There’s a very brief shot after Rey passes through the nebula and sees the planet Exegol. And you know what was surrounding the planet? EMPTY SPACE. There’s nothing but stars in the background. Apparently this space sponge nebula was just a tiny thing on one side of the planet. Just fly around it; problem solved.

The Verdict is… 

The good news is that the combination of epic sets, emotionally touching scenes, and humor sprinkled throughout the movie are distracting enough — for the most part — to cover up these plot holes. Because as I said in the beginning, I did enjoy the movie as I watched it. But the plot in this movie isn’t as cohesive as that of the LEGO Star Wars movie.

That’s just sad.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

 

Movie Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Movie Review - Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerCards on the table. I went into this film pretty sure I was going to enjoy it. I remember going to see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (or just “Star Wars” as it was back then!) as a student back in 1977. Here I am, retired, going to see the final episode 42 years later.

Was I disappointed? In short no! I liked it. There was adventure, there were goodbyes, there were new characters, and there were jokes. Would it have made sense without seeing the other eight films? I think so, but it’s hard to tell, as I can’t help but know what’s happened before and what is significant.

For instance, there were more jokes than I expected, and they did get laughs from the cinema audience. Now, as this is the second showing (after the midnight screening for the insomniacs and uber fans), and it was only 10 a.m., I’m guessing they were a crowd of fans — so I couldn’t tell if they were stand alone-funny or context-funny but, what the heck, we enjoyed it.

The much-touted scenes featuring Carrie Fisher were well done; much better than the Peter Cushing outing a few films ago.

Finally, it was nice to see a couple of ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ cameos by Warwick Davis as Wicket W. Warrick, and Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles.

Grade: A-

About The Peetimes: I would recommend the 2nd Peetime. It’s plenty long and is mostly climbing. There’s no action or character development. #MayRunPeeBeWithYou

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for sci-fi violence and action
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Star Wars

5 Reasons Kylo Ren Is a Good Villain

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker opens soon.  The wait is finally over. The Skywalker family will wrap up with this end to the storyline (though not the series).  And audiences will get to take one last adventure with Rey, Leia, Lando, Chewie, Finn, Poe, C-3PO, and R2D2.

It also means another visit from the dark side’s Kylo Ren.  A lot of fans have issues with this newer character.  I, for one, though, am a fan.  So I present to you my defense with this list of reasons why Kylo Ren makes a good villain.  (Note:  This post contains SPOILERS for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.)

1.  Adam Driver is a talented actor.

The filmmakers didn’t choose an unknown actor to portray Kylo Ren.  They hired one of the best  young character actors working in Hollywood.  He’s worked with everyone from Noah Baumbach to Spike Lee to Martin Scorsese.  You may not agree with all of his acting choices, but he knows what he’s doing.  The man is an Oscar-nominated actor.

2. Kylo is human.

Kylo’s vulnerability makes him an interesting villain.  His emotions and his anger make  him more relatable than an indestructible killing machine like Darth Maul or Boba Fett.  When he tells his father, Han Solo, that he’s torn apart, you can feel it.  Being a young, passionate villain who is still in training also makes Kylo a perfect foil for Rey.

3. Kylo is a tragic figure.

My high school English teacher defined a tragedy as a story about the fall of a good man.  Kylo starts out as one of Luke’s students and ends up killing his own father in cold blood.  It’s like something out of Shakespeare or an ancient Greek drama.  The person Kylo worships, Darth Vader, is also a tragic figure.  Vader was also a young boy who trained to be a Jedi only to turn to the dark side, unable to overcome his own fear and anger.  Kylo’s fall from grace makes him that much more evil and that much more compelling.

4. Kylo isn’t Darth Vader. 

J.J. Abrams could have just given audiences the second coming of Vader, but where would be the fun in that?  The whole point of Kylo is that he’s not Vader, that he idolizes Vader but falls short of becoming him.  Kylo’s lightsaber is a perfect symbol of that.  It’s a jury-rigged device, a home-made contraption that sometimes seems slightly on the fritz.  Like Kylo, it’s unstable and dangerous because of that.  (And, because, you know, it has three blades and stuff.)  Because he’s his own person, Kylo is able to make choices and even mistakes that surprise us.

5. Kylo is conflicted.

The main plot of Force Awakens is about finding Luke Skywalker.  However, the subplot is about the battle for Kylo Ren’s soul.  Despite the evil inside him (he has a whole village slaughtered at the start of the film), Kylo does not completely belong to the dark side.  Leia senses good in him.  Snoke warns him against being seduced by the light side.  Kylo himself feels the pull towards the light, praying to Darth Vader’s mask to show him the power of the dark side.  When Han tries to convince him to abandon the dark side, Kylo genuinely seems to consider it.

Kylo’s relationship with Rey is also complicated.  He doesn’t merely want to destroy her.  During their lightsaber battle at the end of Force Awakens, he tells her she needs a teacher and offers to show her the ways of the Force.  In The Last Jedi, he briefly joins forces with her to kill Snoke.  Then he offers her the chance to rule the universe with him.  A shot in the final trailer for Rise of Skywalker hints that they work together again at some point in the storyline, and there might even be some redemption for Kylo,like there was for Vader.  Kylo’s internal struggle is more interesting to watch than a bad guy like Jabba, whose nature never changes.

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Movie Review – Ford v Ferrari

Movie Review - Ford v FerrariIt’s not often that a movie gets perfect marks on writing, acting, and directing, but — pardon the pun — Ford v Ferrari hits on all cylinders.

No one could ask for better chemistry between the two A-list movie stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Every scene they had, both together and apart, was perfect.

The writers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth worked together on The Edge of Tomorrow — another great movie — and they’re joined by Jason Keller. I hope these three get together for a few more projects because they nailed this one.

Director James Mangold added another great job to his resume, along with Logan, Knight and Day, (a sleeper of a fun movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) Kate & Leopold, and Girl, Interrupted. Mangold turns out some quality work on a regular basis. I hope he stays busy because we need more quality in theaters these days.

Finally, editors never get the credit they deserve, but this is a 2 1/2 hour movie that doesn’t feel nearly that long. Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker, and Dirk Westervelt should be on the short list for best editing come Oscar season. (And we managed to find plenty of good Peetimes for the RunPee app.)

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Grade: A+

About The Peetimes: This is a long movie and deservedly has 5 Peetimes.

I think the 3rd and 5th Peetimes are best.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Ford v Ferrari. (What we mean by Anything Extra)

Movie Review – The Lighthouse

 

Movie Review - The LighthouseIt’s no secret I have issues with A24 productions. I have seen them all. I go in with an open mind — and every time but twice I’ve hated them. Spring Breakers and Tusk get a free pass; those entertained me.

When I saw the trailers for The Lighthouse, I was excited. It looked to be right up my alley — great cast, and the setting was set at what I’d call one of my happy places. (I’m a lighthouse lover.) Then in big letters I see it…A24 Productions. I internally groaned and thought to myself that just maybe I’d still like it, because what could go wrong with such a great concept?

I’m still laughing about how wrong I was.

I gave ‘It Comes at Night’ a scathing review, and had a lot of backlash from users on how badly I trashed it. I tried explaining to them that a review is a singular person’s thought on a movie. My opinion. Their opinion was different and that’s totally okay. So here it goes, enter my opinion, stage left.

I did not like this movie. At all. It has taken my number one spot of the worst movie ever made. It made my head hurt and I can still hear the blasted foghorn.

For starters, I couldn’t understand them. The accents used were so over the top that all I heard was gibberish. Enough said there.

My next complaint: the over-used masturbation scenes. Seriously? How many times did we need to see them doing this? Apparently a lot, because there are too many of those scenes. I’m a jaded person; I think I’ve seen every gross thing to come out of Hollywood, and never cringed the way I did last night. I felt dirty watching it and trust me, I’m not a prude. My blood pressure is starting to rise again.

I could pick this movie apart like a turkey on Thanksgiving, but I’m going to stop here. I conveyed my feelings well enough, I think. It was simply dreadful.

Thanks A24 for finally settling an ongoing internal battle. You will never lure me in again. Shout out to my boss — my wonderful brother — there isn’t enough money to get me to do another A24. I’m done.

Grade: F-

About The Peetimes: I have two Peetimes at 29 and 51 minutes. The middle Peetime is a very short ‘Alert Peetime’ containing graphic animal cruelty to a bird.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Lighthouse. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images, and some language
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Movie Review – The Goldfinch

 

Movie Review - The GoldfinchDisclaimer; I did not read the 800+ page Pulitzer Prize winning novel. I should have.

Not having read the book, I don’t know how closely the movie followed it, but I did read an article that director John Crowley took great pains to remain faithful to the book. Plus, the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes — 74 — is a pretty good indicator that the fans did approve of the movie.

Okay, so I didn’t read the book, but saw the movie, blah, blah blah. How did I feel about The Goldfinch?

Ansel Elgort did a fine job portraying the adult Theo. And he certainly did look like a Manhattan preppy. Nicole Kidman, as Theo’s guardian after the death of his mother, honestly could have been played by just about any other actor. Her character had no meat on her bones.

A Couple of Issues with The Goldfinch

Here’s one problem I encountered with the movie: the two actors playing Theo’s love interests, Willa Fitzgerald and Ashley Cummings, looked just enough alike to confuse me. And what with the flow of the movie that went forward and backward throughout the film, it kinda messed with my head. I really didn’t like that.

I was entertained on a fairly consistent level, and enjoyed the twists and turns that kept the pace going. Biggest complaint: it was about half an hour too long and it wasn’t even a Marvel movie.

I give The Goldfinch a B-.

Grade: B-

About The Peetimes: This movie was slow paced, making it fairly easy to get 3 Peetimes due to the length of the movie – 2 & 1/2 hours. I had a problem with my timer half way through the film, so the last Peetime may be off by a minute or less. So, sorry if this creates any confusion.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Goldfinch. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for drug use and language
Genres: Drama

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Movie Review – It Chapter Two

 

Movie Review - It Chapter TwoI’ve got so much to say about It Chapter Two, I’m not usually one for long reviews, but this one calls for it. Here we go…

Let’s start off on a positive note.

The beginning absolutely captivated me. I loved how each of the Losers were contacted and asked to come back to Derry. Then we were given glimpses into each of the Losers lives as adults. I really liked that. Eddie’s moment was absolutely hilarious; he grew up to have an intense love of profanity. Bill had grown up to be about what I had expected him to be; it was Beverly’s life that troubled me. I won’t give that away. Richie (Bill Hader) in my opinion stole the spot for funniest character. His sarcastic negativity was priceless. Ben was a bit of a shock, I didn’t see his adult story coming. Let’s just say, “Hot!”

The movie then gathers even more of my attention. The Losers are all now back in Derry. Watching the interaction and reactions of the friends was perfectly done. Mike gathered them all together and his revelations are intensely brought to light.

The Best Part of the Plot

It comes down to the fact that each of the Losers have to find a token of their childhood to sacrifice during a ritual that Mike researched and wants to perform. I won’t say anymore about that. I’m trying to avoid spoilers.

During this shift of the movie, it takes on a surreal feel. Each Loser has “their” thing they are searching for. They are individually done and I thought that was a fabulous way to do it. I chose to not use any of those scenes for Peetimes, as the plot development and character development was at maximum velocity here.

Now we transition into them working together to solve this age-long problem called Pennywise. This was masterfully done, with the exception of Mike and Beverly (Isaiah Mustafa and Jessica Chastain).

Where IT: Chapter 2 Let Me Down

Here’s my first gripe: Isaiah, in my opinion, didn’t have a very strong screen presence. It’s like his expression never changed. He’s a great actor, but I didn’t like him in this. Second gripe: Jessica Chastain is also another great actress, but in It Chapter Two, she didn’t bring the strength and tenacity that young Bev brought (Sophia Lillis). There was no pop to her and I was really looking forward to seeing her rip It up.

Here’s my final gripe….Pennywise. I need to skirt around this as to avoid spoilers, dangit — this is hard to say. Pennywise didn’t drool enough for me; he didn’t use his clipped high pitched speaking tone enough, arrgg… It let me down. This is absolutely not on Skarsgard: his acting was impeccable. It was the writing that faltered here. I’m not crazy about how they portrayed him. That’s all I can say right now.

Now that I’ve got my three gripes out of the way, I can officially say I still loved It 2. The gripes are easy enough to overlook because the positives totally outweigh the negatives. The film had some amazing effects, brutal sounds and hilarious moments. It Chapter Two is certainly good, but didn’t quite do the perfect execution to rate an A.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: It Chapter Two is packed with action, with almost no lulls. I hope that these 3 Peetimes will help you get thorough this monstrously long movie. (Seriously, check your Peetimes on the RunPee app, and tell everyone you know — this film is almost 3 hours long!)

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of It Chapter Two. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material
Genres: Horror, Clowns (duh)

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Who is Who in IT – Chapter 2

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Who is Who in IT – Chapter 2

It chapter 2 poster clown
Editor’s Note: I don’t known what “IT” is, and I don’t want to. #[email protected]

IT: Chapter 2 opens this week, promising bigger scares and more blood than the first part.  (Is that even possible?)  If you’re like me, you haven’t visited these Stephen King characters since the first IT movie came out two years ago.

IMPORTANT: IT Chapter 2 is almost 3 hours long…you’re going to need to know your Peetimes. Okay, let’s get going on the who is who in case you forgot.

I’ve included photos of the before and after of the cast, shown as kids and adults.

Do you remember the child characters?  

So, here’s a refresher on who’s who in “The Losers Club” to get you caught up before Pennywise strikes again:

Bill Denbrough 

  • played by Jaeden Martell as a child
  • played by James McAvoy as an adult
Bill is Georgie’s older brother.  He is the leader of the group, bent on avenging his brother’s death.  He stutters, and has a crush on Beverly.
It scary movie cast horror
Once upon a time…

Beverly Marsh 

  • played by Sophia Lillis as a child
  • played by Jessica Chastain as an adult

Beverly is a tomboy.  She has a strict, abusive father and is part of a love triangle between Bill and Ben.  She has the vision of the group returning to fight Pennywise as adults.

Ben Hanscom 

  • played by Jeremy Ray Taylor as a child
  • played by Jay Ryan as an adult

Ben is the poet.  He is Beverly’s secret admirer who writes her the poem on the postcard.  Ben pieces together a lot of the town’s history.

Richie Tozier 

  • played by Finn Wolfhard as a child
  • played by Bill Hader as an adult (I so approve of this casting!)
Richie is the joker of the group, funny and foul-mouthed.  He and Bill have a huge fight after nearly getting killed at the Well House.  But they reconcile to save Beverly.
cast actors from It chapter 1 and 2
IT – Before and after.

Mike Hanlon 

  • played by Chosen Jacobs as a child
  • played by Isaiah Mustafa as an adult
Mike is the loyal friend.  He is bonded with the members of The Losers Club for life.  He is also the one member who never left Derry.  (We learn this in the previews.) Mike joins the club when the others defend him from Henry and his gang.

Eddie Kaspbrak

  • played by Jack Dylan Grazer as a child
  • played by James Ransone as an adult
Eddie is the hypochondriac of the group.  He is reluctant to go into the sewers.  His arm gets broken during an encounter with Pennywise.  Eddie eventually stands up to both his controlling mother and to Pennywise.
iy chapter 1 and 2 actors
Did you know Coulrophobia means fear of clowns? I bet they do.

Stanley Uris 

  • played by Wyatt Oleff as a child
  • played by Andy Bean as an adult
Stan is the voice of reason.  He is often the most cautious, reluctant to go in the sewers, and opting to stand guard outside the creepy house rather than go inside.
It pennywise the clown
Pennywise CAN SEE YOU. OMG. F#cking clowns.

IT Chapter 2 will be here soon!

Pennywise is coming, but you won’t have to float if you have the RunPee app.  Don’t miss the best parts of IT: Chapter 2 or any of your other favorites.  We always have Peetimes for the latest Hollywood hits, including Ready or Not (an underrated gem!) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

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Was The Infinity War Snap random in who was dusted?

Thanos Snap
Is it really random? Or was there a plan?

A thought occurred to me last night while watching a YouTube video about Thanos’  Snap: were the people who became dust selected at random? At first glance I always assumed so, but maybe not.

I’m not a mathematician, and questions of probability can confound even professors of mathematics.

I’ll lay out my reasoning and you tell me if I missed something in the comments.

We know Dr. Strange observed 14,000,605 outcomes of the conflict with Thanos, and in only one of those outcomes did it end satisfactorily for the Avengers in Endgame.

Dr. Strange voluntarily gives up the Time Stone, and perhaps performs a few other tasks we don’t know about, to set the course for the one favorable outcome.

Spoilers follow for Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Make sure you’ve seen these before reading further!

The question is: how did Dr. Strange know Tony Stark/Iron Man would not be dusted?

The simple answer: Dr. Strange watched the outcome and knew Tony survived after a certain chain of events occurred.

Right? Then the snap itself does not randomly select lifeforms to dust. If an event — Tony surviving The Snap — always follows a chain of previous events, then it is a determined event, and not random.

If the snap itself randomly selects, then each snap will select a different set of lifeforms to dust. Therefore, all Dr. Strange could know is there’s one chain of events that ends well for the Avengers, as long as Tony doesn’t get dusted.

Remember, based on the outcome of Avengers: Endgame, the only solution Dr. Strange saw was for Tony to be the one, and the ONLY one, to reverse The Snap.

What do you think?

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Avengers: Endgame Re-Release Extra Footage Explained

avengers endgame logo with the A
The End(game) of an era.

In an attempt to knock Avatar (2009) off the Biggest Box Office high horse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened their vaults and added some extra footage to Avengers: Endgame in a ‘re-release’.

Normally a re-release happens after a movie has been gone awhile, but with MCU fever still running high, Marvel Studios added six minutes of goodies to the end of Endgame before it ever left the theaters.

What follows are spoilers for the extra footage only of Avengers: Endgame, if that wasn’t obvious from the title. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t worry – this article won’t spoil any actual Endgame plot.

The Original Endgame Extras

First off, here’s what extra scenes appeared in the original theatrical release: none. Or, at least, nothing like the full-on bonus scenes we’re used to, the extra bits giving us a laugh or hinting to what’s to come next  in the MCU.

It does make sense to get “nothing”, when you consider how Endgame is the end of the Infinity Saga. (Spider-Man Far From Home is considered an epilogue.)

So, for those who saw Endgame opening week, the only things playing over the credits are:

1. A lovely bit where the Original Six Avengers sign off with their actors’ signatures over a few memorable call-back images.

2. Then nothing until the very end, when we hear an audio-only extra harkening back to the first Iron Man film in 2008. We wrote about that hammering sound here.

And that was it.

3. Until a few weeks later, when the studio added a nice long trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The New Bonus Scenes

In  the July re-release, here are the extra six minutes Endgame got. This starts after the rolling credits end and the ‘hammering’ audio clip concludes:

  1. A loving tribute to Stan Lee. Since Endgame is the last movie to use Lee’s vast array of cameos (remember the long-haired hippy driver in the 70s flashback scene?), it makes a lot of sense to use some behind-the-scenes footage remembering this amazing man, and his contribution to the world of comics. It’s a sweet-natured look at Lee filming some of his best cameos, in a nice little video. Well done, Marvel, well done. RIP Stan Lee.
  2. Second, we have an introduction by Endgame director Anthony Russo, thanking the fans for sticking around. He says: “As you may have noticed, we packed a lot into this movie. There are a lot of characters, a lot of action, a lot of emotion, and I think a lot of fun. But, believe it or not, we shot some scenes that needed to be cut. I know, the movie could have been even longer!”
  3. Next, we get an unfinished bonus scene with the Hulk. We see what he’s been up to since we saw him last: saving people (here from a burning building), right before taking a call from Steve Rogers. Clearly, this is meant to happen right before the “Hulk Lunch Scene.” While the Hulk himself is an animated version inserted into real footage, he’s still got Mark Ruffalo’s face.
  4. The last thing is a fully-finished scene introducing the coming jeopardy in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Nick Fury and Maria Hill show up in Mexico to a town ravaged by a cyclone “with a face”. They meet Mysterio, who tells Fury and Hill, ” You don’t want any part of this,” cuing the next action scene.

One More Extra Goodie

I also got a nifty Avengers: Endgame commemorative poster, just for showing up again. Marvel, I love you 3000.

So, Is This Working to Get Butts Back In Seats?

I’d say, most definitively, yes. I went to the theater Saturday night (July 15th) and the screening room for Avengers: Endgame was PACKED. There were only a couple of empty seats left in the front. And the audience was very much into the spirit of things: laughing at the jokes, gasping in horror at the shocks. Endgame fever is clearly still running high. I’m glad to see it.

Did Endgame Beat Out Avatar?

Will Endgame knock Avatar off the throne? It kind of doesn’t matter. The Infinity Saga has been an incredible ride for 11 years and 23 movies, with even the worst film (The Incredible Hulk) being far from bad. At RunPee, we’ve had to grade each entry on a curve, because they are so consistently good. The only useful grading system is to weigh their merits against each other. If they all get an A, then how can we talk about which are better? (The short answer is to rank them in tiers of bottom, middle, and top, which we also covered here.)

So it’s already won. Knocking Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Titanic out of the running was exciting, and it would neat to be part of a world-wide event ousting Avatar. I don’t see any other movie coming close to this honor — but since we’re talking the cream of the box office crop, they, and we, are all winners.

It’s not over until it’s over, and it seems that Marvel Studios will do #WhateverItTakes. We’ll keep our eyes out for you and give a final report when all is said and done.

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Avatar – plot too simple? Actually, a good idea.