Aftermath

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Why “Avengers: Infinity War” Could Go Horribly Wrong

It mainly depends on how closely the writers will follow to series The Infinity Gauntlet. The Marvel franchise has been building up to the Infinity Wars after the first Avengers movie showed the villain Thanos at the end.

Thanos is a superpower villain who wants to acquire a gauntlet filled with the Infinity Stones. Each one has immense powers and when combined the wielder is unbeatable. That is the problem right there. I said the wielder is “unbeatable”.

In the comic book series, Thanos wasn’t defeated and he annihilated every hero that challenged him. Thor got turned into glass and was shattered. Wolverine had his bones turned into rubber. Iron Man got his head ripped off. The Hulk only survived because Thanos shot him somewhere else. I think Marvel screwed themselves by creating a gauntlet that can give a single person so much power.

In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, we see “1” stone in action. There was a flashback that explained how powerful a single stone can be…..it blew up a planet. In the series The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos made half the people on Earth disappear with a snap of his fingers. Later he yelled and a nearby sun exploded.

So my problem is, there is no way to beat Thanos when he has the gauntlet. In the series they had to try to snatch it from him. The plan to assemble these heroes together wasn’t to beat Thanos; it was to survive long enough to snatch the gauntlet.

But there is more to my complaints than the gauntlet that has literally “infinite” power. The story itself I found to like a therapy session you are witnessing. Thanos, even though he is so powerful, came off as sad in the series.

Thanos was in love with Death herself and did things to try to impress her. He tortured people in front of Death and made half the world vanish just for her approval. Thanos even went as far to build a shrine to her out of a moon.

Death didn’t even speak a word in his direction. It just got sadder and sadder as the story went on because there was nothing he could do to make her happy. It was depressing at times and I wanted to scream “just love him you bitch!” but it didn’t happen.

Most of the series was about Thanos and his failed attempts with Death. Not really the action packed drama that you would hope to see in a Marvel movie, any movie that is about superheroes for that matter.

There is a final 3rd reason why I don’t think this movie will be great if they follow the book series. Thanos didn’t have an army. It was just him battling the heroes, mainly because he didn’t need an army. You’re just watching Thanos get bum rushed by the heroes and then die with little effort on the part of Thanos. In the Avengers movie, Loki brought an army with him that kept the Avengers that were not fighting Loki busy.

I don’t think the writers could follow most of the Infinity Gauntlet series. There is just too much boring dribble that will clutter the bulk of the movie. I would say ways to make the story better, but the fact that the gauntlet is that powerful is too much of a plot point to gloss over. They can’t make the gauntlet less powerful all of a sudden to make it an even playing field, so I think Marvel screwed themselves too early.

Joe Reyes

 

 

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

I was a big fan of the first novel, but this one has barely any reason for happening. There is a great set up that leads to the Hunger Games, but after learning why everything has happened there was no point to it. Only the last few chapters were significance and lead to the final book in the series.
That is the biggest problem I had with this story. It was incredible. Reading 90% of this book was amazing, but it was that last 10% that killed this novel for me.
The spoiler I will give is that there is a revolution brewing and the rebellion wants Katness as the symbol of it. Why is she the games then? They didn’t need her to be in the games to strengthen the cause. It was terrible to string her along to just let her know at the end that “you are very important”. I can’t write further without spoiling it further.
Joe Reyes

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

The story concept and character progressions are what make this a great series. I’m still going to give it a good rating 3/5, but a lot of the time there is unneeded dialogue and drawn out situations. Another problem I had with the series is that they add too many characters and give them each their own chapters and story lines. Some characters are boring to read, but all serve a purpose and show a much needed point of view in the grand scheme of things. The novels and the show are perfectly synced together, but the problem is they both face the same problems of unneeded situations. I recommend this series, but don’t believe it is the incredible hyped up super series that many people are saying it is.

Joe Reyes

 

Hunger Games Review

I was surprised that a book about the gladiatory style of murdering adolescents wasn’t that violent of a story at all. Which was good. I don’t want to read about how Tiny Tim got his throat slit with heavy detail. The Hunger Games is a cleverly written novel that the movie has captured perfectly. Suzanne Collins takes an interesting approach about the government ruling over its people in a new and sinister way.

After a massive uprising against the government, the rebellion was crushed miserably. As penance for the revolution, the government has created the Hunger Games, which is a fight to the death of chosen children from the remaining Districts.

2 children are taken from each District and thrown into the games every year. This is to remind the people of the world “Don’t @#$% with the government”.

The story follows the point of view of Katniss Everdeen, a girl who volunteers to be put into the Hunger Games after her younger sister is picked. She puts on a brave face throughout her times before the game, but the first person view lets you know what exactly is going through her mind. The movie cannot portray those feelings.

The only problem I had with the book, but still makes sense as I write this in the grant scheme of the story, is that one child survives at the end of the Games. I thought it would make sense to have the “pair” of chosen children get to survive the games. But that could just be the makers of the Games creating an even more sinister games.

Imagine killing your neighbor, or your neighbors child? Makes the Games take on a worse look to them.

This was a great novel which sets a solid tone for the rest of the series. Hope you check it out as well. 4/5

Joe Reyes

Stay True To The Books?

HBO does a great job at making hit shows based on book series. There are times when they do stay away from the written story and go on their own path. True Blood had major changes from book to show. What I’m wondering is, if Game of Thrones will make some changes in their upcoming season or stay true to the book.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but major characters die. Story changing characters, which we followed from the first episode meet their end in this season. Now the thing is do they do it? Do you kill off these characters, or find a way to keep them alive to keep them in the show.

So far they have been dead on from book to show. When I was reading the book after watching the first season, I can tell when each episode ends. Even the dialogue in the show is what was written in the book.

It’ll be interesting to see where they go with this season. I think they will kill off the characters because I don’t think they can keep them alive because their death inspires so many more things than them being alive.

Joe Reyes