According to the Washington Post, Chinese internet users now refer to President Trump as Marvel villain Thanos. President Trump has been negotiating a new trade deal that would attempt to reduce the US’s trade deficit with China. Similar to Thanos snapping his fingers, Trump threatened to increase tariffs to 25% on Chinese goods causing a sharp decline in the Chinese stock market on Monday. Continue reading “Thanos Trump Threatens China ahead of Trade Talks”
The theory of overpopulation has been around for centuries. Since then, the rationale has, astonishingly, remained relatively constant; as the population increases exponentially, food production only increases in a linear fashion. As a result, the Earth will ultimately exceed its alleged carrying capacity. Food shortage, war, and general trauma will follow if we do not do something to keep the population in check. But under serious scrutiny, do these doomsday predictions have merit?
By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R
2018 could be the biggest year at the box office ever, and I for one am not betting against that. Already we’ve seen two movies make mega splashes and gross some insanely high numbers (thanks, Disney and Marvel) and we are just getting started. For starters, none could’ve predicted the buzz that ‘Black Panther’ was going to create here in North America, but it was enough to send it on quite the box office run. As a result, in has become the third highest grossing film in North America, behind 2nd place ‘Avatar’ and ahead of 4th place ‘Titanic’, both James Cameron films. In addition to that, Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of ‘Ready Player One’ has gone on to gross over $500 Million Worldwide. Then there is Marvel’s Holy Grail, ‘Infinity War’, which has seemingly smashed all records and will continue to be strong in the box office as it creeps closer and closer to that sacred $2 Billion Worldwide marker that only three films have ever graced.
So yes, this year has been a hit at the box office, but we aren’t even close to done. It starts this weekend with the release of Fox’s highly anticipated ‘Deadpool 2.’ The weekend after, we will have ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ land in theatres, and then after that the big summer flicks just keep on coming. On June 8th we will have the all-female lead cast version of ‘Ocean’s 8’ hit theatres, then following that on June 15th we’ll see Disney and Pixar’s extremely anticipated ‘Incredibles 2’. The latter will surely be a strong candidate for $1 Billion. On the 25th Universal’s ‘Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom’ will hit theatres with a roar.
After the 25th we will see a slight decline in mega blockbusters but there are still surely some other films that will make noise in theatres as the summer progresses. For one, on July 6th Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ will hit theatres and will definitely make some big money as it rides the hype of ‘Infinity War.’ The rest of the summer movie season will offer other movies that have a good potential to gross some good coin such as ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, ‘Skyscraper’ starring Dwayne Johnson and yet another ‘Mission Impossible’.
The dog days of August will offer moviegoers Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ and Jason Statham’s Shark flick, ‘The Meg’ which both appeal to vastly different audiences but are still expected to do somewhat well. Also in August, The Spike Lee directed ‘BlacKkKlansman’ will be released as well as the comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ starring Mila Kunis. August will also be a big time for thriller films with the releases of ‘Mile 22’ which will feature Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey and the horror-thriller picture ‘Slender Man.’
Expect this summer to be one for the ages, with film after film drawing moviegoers into the theatres. Money will be made. This year we could definitely see for the first time since 2015, five films hit $1 Billion in the box office. Do not count out 2018 for being the most money-making box office year of all time Worldwide. Judging by what’s to come, don’t bet against it.
By Isaiah Minter | United States
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the new Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. With the movie already shattering box office records in just its opening weekend, I figured I would offer a spoiler review. Thus, for anyone reading this who has not seen the film, do proceed at your own risk.
To begin, I would rate this movie a solid four out of five stars. Seeing as my list of cons with the film is shorter than the pros, I will start with what I did not like.
As a serious Bruce Banner fan, I had an issue with Hulk appearing for just the intro scene in the movie. I understand the importance of the intro scene where Thanos hands Hulk the worst on-screen beating he’s ever seen, as it established a very dark tone early on. However, preventing the green hero from being seen for the next two hours as a result bugged me. I entrust he’ll have a larger role to play in Avengers 4, therefore I can live with his absence in this movie.
Moving on, the usage of the Dark Order in the movie represented another area of dislike for me. By the end of the movie, all four of Thanos‘s children are dead, each of them killed relatively easily. All four of them are warriors, and I wish their role was not similar to the Decepticons in Transformers: The Last Knight. While the Dark Order’s role is to some degree more elaborate, both groups offered little more than a handful of action scenes before they are defeated with ease.
Lastly, some of the comedy scenes could have been removed. Some bits stuck, others didn’t. The humor on the Milano was well-placed, but other examples, such as Star-Lord’s comedy on Titan, I could have done without. Nevertheless, I am grateful the directors don’t go so far overboard with the comedy that it displaces potential action scenes. Such was the case with Justice League.
No movie is perfect, however, I acknowledge Marvel fans who don’t take issue with any of the cons I have outlined.
Moving on to the pros, perhaps my favorite element of the movie is Thor. His entrance into Wakanda with Stormbreaker is one of my favorite parts of the movie, if not my favorite. His stint with Groot and Rocket on Knowhere I enjoyed as well.
Next, the plot was very enjoyable. Infinity War is over two hours long, and not once was I bored of the movie. I was either thoroughly enjoying an action scene, or on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. The distribution of time among the characters is well-managed, and Thanos‘s on-screen time is utilized well. By the end, he is more than just a hulking purple mass hellbent on genocide, which certainly made both his character and the movie more enjoyable.
Although it was difficult to watch Vision be pummeled throughout the film, I did enjoy his first fight scene. The entrance of Captain America and company gave me the most hope of any scene in the movie. Similarly, the major fight scenes on Titan and in Wakanda were very thrilling.
Lastly, the ending of the movie was both unexpected and spectacular. Going into this movie, I expected several members of the Avengers to die, Tony and Steve in particular. Of course, that isn’t what happened at all, as the original Avengers team remains intact at the end of the movie.
Of all the characters killed by Thanos at the end, Spider-man’s death was the most emotional for me. His final conversation with Tony wet my eyes in the theater.
For the next Avengers film, it will be interesting to see which deaths remain permanent. With sequels coming up for Black Panther and Spider-Man, it’s unlikely that those two heroes will remain dead.
All in all, this movie was a smash hit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I look forward to Avengers 4.