The MonsterVerse is expanding. After Godzilla vs. Kong became one of the first pandemic era hits, many were wondering what would be next for the budding franchise. Legendary has already announced an animated show on Netflix, and now they’re actively developing a live-action series for AppleTV+. Almost a year ago to the day, Netflix announced that Powerhouse Animation and Legendary Television were developing a series called Skull Island, which will follow a group of shipwrecked people as they try to escape from the titular island. 

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Disney+ Day has come and gone. As expected, there were tons of announcements (though not as many as people expected). One of the most surprising announcements came in the form of a new Disney+ exclusive animated series called Spider-Man: Freshman Year.  This, in canon series from Marvel Studios will follow the exploits of Peter Parker’s first year as Spider-Man as he learns that with great power comes great responsibility (even though Civil War was meant to be 6 months into his career, but who’s keeping track any more). 

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These days the world seems to change on a daily basis and we’re all just trying to keep up with it all. There were many changes to our lives when the pandemic started, social distancing, wearing masks and so on and so forth. But one thing that seems to have gotten overlooked by the general public is our viewing habits. The days of going out to the movies are now long behind us, and people have gotten more accustomed to consuming media and art in the comfort of their own home.

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Leaked photos of Paul Wesley on the set of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 are now out there. The internet was interested in who this new character could be. Trek Culture even speculated that this could be Matt Decker, the character made famous by the late William Windom in the original Star Trek season 2 episode The Doomsday Machine. But Paramount+ has now gone ahead and exclusively revealed that Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley is playing none other than Captain James T. Kirk. 

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On January 7, 2022, Disney announced that the latest film from Pixar Animation, Turning Red, was going to skip its theatrical release, and instead be released exclusively on Disney+ at no extra cost. This move follows similar decisions for the likes of Pixar’s 2020’s Soul and 2021’s Luca. It’s no secret that Disney is putting a lot of effort into building the Disney+ library, but this isn’t happening as frequently as other studios under Disney’s umbrella. Marvel and Disney Animation, for example, are guaranteed to receive exclusive theatrical windows, so why isn’t Pixar getting the same treatment?

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is a runaway success, there’s no doubt about it. It’s Sony’s highest-grossing film ever, the highest-grossing film of the pandemic era, and even if there wasn’t a pandemic, over a billion dollars is nothing to scoff at. Fans were enamored with the film and the hype was at an all-time high. Despite what Andrew Garfield had to say, everyone knew he and Toby MacGuire were returning as their various Peter Parkers to help Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fend off their previous villains.

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“The name’s Bond, James Bond” is one of the most iconic film lines of all time.  First uttered by Sean Connery in Dr. No, it has been said by more than 6 actors, throughout more than 24 films.  Very few characters have had the lasting impact and staying power that James Bond has had in cinema. Each actor has brought a new element to the long-running franchise but Daniel Craig may have made the greatest contribution to the franchise since Sean Connery.

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When I approached my top 10 this year, I wanted to look back and think, “what stuck with me” and more specifically “what made me feel ‘love’”. That’s a really silly thing to think about, but 2021 saw a shift in me in the things I watch or read.

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In 1965, Daiei Films released Gamera, The Giant Monster, about a flying, fire-breathing giant turtle unleashed from the ice that terrorizes Japan until being rocketed off to Mars. With this film, Gamera, the “friend of all children,” was introduced to the world. Created as a response to Toho’s successful Godzilla franchise, which had turned out five successful films by this point, Gamera would struggle to find its footing in the kaiju pantheon. While Godzilla would go on to be one of the most popular film icons in the world, Gamera rarely found recognition outside of the most hardcore circles.

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In any other year, a film like Black Widow would have done huge numbers at the box office. Since this isn’t any other year, the 24th film in the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled in theaters, only making around $368M, and is predicted to unlikely gross much more in its theatrical run. No doubt, one of the facts related to this low box office gross was due to Disney deciding to release the film same day on Disney+ for a premium price. Now Scarlet Johannson, the film’s star, has decided to sue the House of Mouse for a breach of contract.

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