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Possible ‘Sons of Anarchy’ works

During its seven-season run, Sons of Anarchy became one of, if not the most, successful series on FX, gaining a massive following along the way. With the popularity of the show, it is no surprise that a spin-off series, Mayans M.C., was put into development. Season three recently premiered on FX, however, the original creator of the Sons of Anarchy universe, Kurt Sutter, was fired after Disney took over the brand. Before his departure, Sutter had other projects in the works that now possibly won’t come into fruition. 


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Agree to Disagree: Godzilla vs. Kong

There have been countless “versus” movies where studios pin two popular characters against one another. Aliens vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, and Batman vs. Superman are some of the most notable ones, with Godzilla vs. Kong being added to that ever-growing list. Between these two titans, who is the reigning champion?


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Are Theaters Recovering?

The one-year anniversary of theaters closing has come and gone, and yet things have not gone back to normal. Many theaters have reopened their doors, but studios including Disney, Universal, and Sony have been reluctant to release their major blockbusters in the hopes of being able to have a normal theatrical release after the pandemic subsides. 


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Should the X-Men be renamed?

Ever since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, one question swirling around has been how Marvel will implement the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Information about the Fantastic Four was revealed at the Disney executive meeting in December 2020, revealing that they hired Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, to helm the project. News on the state of Deadpool has also been announced, revealing both the writers and that the third film will still hold an R rating. However, news on the state of the X-Men has remained silent, until now.


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Five movies directed by women that aren’t talked about

Over the past decade, we’ve seen an increase in female directors given the opportunity to direct more high-profile projects including Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels, Captain Marvel, and Mulan. Other films like Booksmart, Little Women, and The Babadook get high praise for their quality, as well as being directed by women. However, there have been many other great films from previous decades that were helmed by women that were exceptional, and maybe even better than ones directed today. However, they have not received the same praise or been even mentioned when discussing films directed by women.


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‘Later’ sparks King’s original magic

‘Later’ brings back some of the strange and bizarre elements missing from King’s recent works. The story is well-paced, and the characters are written well enough that you become attached to them. King didn’t craft Jamie as perfectly as he did with others, but he still works for the sake of the story. With the exception of a few minor issues, this turned out to be King’s best work since Doctor Sleep. 


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‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ surprises with its unique world

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is worth checking out in theaters or when it’s available for free on streaming. However, it’s not worth the thirty-dollar price tag. Its world is fresh and incredible but isn’t able to bring these qualities to its standard formula. It’s great to see Disney explore different cultures and characters, but it would also be nice to see them expand upon their generic plot lines. 


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Is the Spider-Verse happening?

With the Infinity Saga wrapped up, it may feel like Marvel doesn’t have any more tricks up their sleeves. Phase Four recently began with the premiere of Wandavision, giving us a brief glimpse into what the next couple of years will look like for Marvel Studios. Wandavision marks the beginning of a story arc that will carry over into Spider-Man: No Way Home and concludes with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With the introduction of both the multiverse and characters that have been revealed that will be in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s looking like we’ll finally be getting a live-action version of the Spider-Verse, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning as their incarnations of the web-slinger.  However, recent comments from Tom Holland have said otherwise. So, is there any factual evidence for the Spider-Verse?


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Why ‘Black Panther’ should be recast

During the Marvel Studios presentation, Marvel President Kevin Feige revealed that they weren’t going to recast Black Panther's role, nor use CGI to bring the character back. Instead, the Black Panther sequel will be focusing on the other characters from the first film, and further develop the world of Wakanda. While it’s understandable that Marvel wants to respect Chadwick Boseman as much as they can, not recasting the role is a major mistake.


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Upcoming DC Films in the Works

The DC Extended Universe has had a history of announcing line-ups of films only to change their plans a few months later. Whenever a film comes out and something works within it, they generally announce random spin-offs and sequels that never see the light of day. Because of this nature of suddenly announcing films to only wipe them off the schedule, it may get confusing as to what films are and aren’t coming out. To that end, this list will break down the confirmed DC films in the works. 

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