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X-MEN REBOOT: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Have you ever gotten 7 deep into a 13 post X-Men reboot series, then got busy with work, then Disney buys Fox and it was all for nothing? The whole thing now pointless and can be thrown into the garbage? Yup, that’s exactly what happened! You can read how it all began (as well as links to the posts) HERE.

For the sake of my sanity, I’m going to sum up the rest of the plan here in one post, just so I can complete the project.

X-MEN REBOOT 9: X-FACTOR

I originally had Dark Phoenix planned here, but the actual release of this messed that plan up. Instead, I was looking to do a Madelyne Prior story, but had yet to come up with the bigger plot of this movie. This was the last film before the big 4-movie climax.

X-MEN REBOOT 10: CABLE/DEADPOOL

This movie begins when Cable and Hope jump into the timeline. After what we saw in X-Force, at the last minute, Bishop was able to jump in right after. Deadpool makes the spontaneous decision to follow right before the portal closes. Deadpool catches up with Cable, but it’s been 5 years. We get many humorous moments as Deadpool and Cable make quite the odd-couple as they both try to raise Hope, who has taken the last name Summers. When Bishop catches up to them, their battle takes them all into various timelines. They all get separated from Hope, and when they finally catch up to her, she’s a teenager, who has had to survive on her own for many years. She’s tough and mature now. She’s also been living in a particularly awful future timeline where a great evil has taken over the world. We only know his/her name: Onslaught. Bishop of course believes Onslaught is Hope Summers. He then gets caught up in a battle with Onslaught that leaves Bishop almost dead. Here he discovers the true identity of Onslaught, but not the viewer, and finally realizes he’s been wrong about Hope all this time. He gets back to Cable, Deadpool, and Hope, telling them they have to go back to the current timeline to stop Onslaught. He whispers Onslaught’s identity to Cable, but the viewer doesn’t hear who it is.

X-MEN REBOOT 11: X-MEN: ASTEROID M (OR ONSLAUGHT PART 1)

After Shadow King, Magneto established Asteroid M with the X-Men that followed him. He wants this to be a safe haven for any mutant that wants to join him, but the humans on earth feel his growing defenses are a threat and tensions are high. In the big battle towards the end, Magneto kills Wolverine and Professor X wipes Magneto’s mind, unknowingly creating Onslaught. We only see a short teaser of Onslaught at this moment, but then the story wraps up. The post-credits scene shows Onslaught handily defeating Juggernaut and leaving him dying at the doorstep of the X-Mansion. At the end, Juggernaut lies in the arms of Xavier, with his last words he says “Onslaught”.

X-MEN REBOOT 12: FANTASTIC FOUR PART 2

The creation of Onslaught releases an inter-dimensional wave that rocks the multiverse. Fantastic 4 and family are thrown to many dimensions, each one is in some stage of Onslaught destroying the world, taking the world over, or has already done so. They must find a way to defeat him, then figure out how to get back to their own dimension so they can defeat him there. I refer to this movie as Onslaught 1.5.

X-MEN REBOOT 13: ONSLAUGHT PART 2

The climactic movie that ends the 13-part story. All the surviving X-Men come together in this huge cast. The movie opens as the New Mutants are battling Onslaught. No one even know who this is at this moment. The battle is quick and the New Mutants are swiftly and easily defeated. Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Sunspot are left dead on the battlefield.

The remaining New Mutants run to the X-Men to tell what they have encountered and all X-Men and X-Factor are called in. A battle plan is formed and they face off against Onslaught. Again, even with the combined might of all the X-Players, they are quickly and easily defeated. This time, Colossus is on his knees holding his dead sister, Magik in his arms (or the other way around).

The Fantastic Four arrive from their inter-dimensional adventure with a plan. The battle takes place on multiple fronts. The plan is working at first, but then it begins to fall apart. Just as all hope seems lost, Cable returns with the now 17-year-old Hope Summers, and they reveal the truth of who Onslaught really is (Professor X). Hope Summers joins forces with Franklin Richards to finally take down Onslaught once and for all. At this point, deaths in this movie would be based on which actor’s contracts will not continue.

 

 

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X-MEN REBOOT: THE NEW MUTANTS

X-Cast – Bishop & Colossus (Teachers), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (from Deadpool), Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Mirage, Warlock, Quentin Quire, and Northstar.

If you haven’t read the intro to my reboot plan, check that out HERE.

As of now, the cast looks to be Magik, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, and Warlock. Magic and Wolfsbane have already been cast and I think Maisie Williams will be an excellent Wolfsbane! I would love to add three more to the team: Negasonic Teenage Warhead (for the Deadpool Tie-In), Quentin Quire (he will be important in the larger X-Story throughout the years, and this is the perfect place to introduce him), and Northstar (de-aged as a teen here, and him being the first openly gay character in Marvel comics is important).

At some point there has to be a cameo with Deadpool in a scene with Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Any other cameo would be nice too (maybe even a scene with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner).

I understand that some of these characters were not actually New Mutants in the comics, but I’m okay with that. Northstar brings important diversity to the X-Cast, and would be the first openly gay hero in Marvel cinematic history. This is the perfect movie for that to happen in, and he’s the perfect character to fulfill this roll.

It’s a large cast, I know. But I really want to use this movie to draw in a whole new, younger audience. I wanted Boomer to be here too, so I did make cuts! This cast of teens will be in school, learning their powers and limits, but still have the typical teen angst. There needs to be a larger cast to accommodate the teachers and make it feel full enough to feel like an actual classroom. But in the grand scheme of things, most of these movies will have a large cast. This has to be worked out in the right way. Ocean’s Eleven had a large cast and it was done right, so it can be done.

Colossus from Deadpool will be brought in as a teacher/mentor along with Bishop. The common theme of the teachers is their constant stressing of the importance in proper training of their powers and learning teamwork. Colossus will be stern and firm, very serious. The students will constantly be trying to get him to laugh, but always fail. Bishop will be more soft and caring. He takes a close one-on-one interest in the kids, learning about them and guiding them. This will play a larger role in the movie plan later down the line. 

While the teachers play a role, this film is really about the kids. It’s all from their perspective. The main X-Men team exists, we know they’re out there battling, but we’re watching it through the New Mutant’s eyes. Outside of the teachers, the main X-Cast only shows up in limited, brief cameos. I’d would like to see a scene of them watching the blackbird through the window, off to a mission, with awe in their faces.  

As this team of young heroes are learning their powers and how to work together as a team, they will be growing up and working on all sorts of issues. Cannonball struggling with his capabilities to lead the team and the burdens that come with it. Northstar struggling with being both a mutant and gay. Magik struggling to connect and fit in with her peers. Quentin Quire struggling with anger issues. 

The team eventually begins to drift into two camps. Quentin, Northstar, Wolfbane, and Warlock are careless, but feel they are ready to be out there. Cannonball preaches that they should be focusing on their training, and the others fall behind him. This leads to a bitter divide and when the big bad is introduced to the plot, Quentin Quire leads his side to strike out on their own. 

Quentin’s team quickly find themselves in a battle that’s way beyond their current capabilities. They are defeated in a brutal, one-sided battle. In the end of this battle, Warlock lays dead on the ground. 

Quentin abandons the team after this, blaming everyone but himself. Rather than having learned an important lesson, he just becomes more angry. The rest rejoin the New Mutants and work even harder to learn so they can avenge Warlock’s death. They all train really hard, and go back into battle, finally defeating the antagonist.

In the end this large team of 8 will become a more streamlined team of 6. Being the next X-Film to come out, this will jump-start the future of X. Bishop is established in this film, and he plays a vital role in the overall story these movies lead to. Bishop, Northstar, Sunspot, and Dani Moonstar (Mirage) establish a great diverse cast, which is so important.

Next up will be X-Men Reboot: Dark Phoenix

 

5 WAYS TO IMPROVE NETWORK TELEVISION

It seems that most of the big water cooler television shows are taking place on cable channels these days and it’s becoming harder for shows to survive on network television. I would like to take a network and rebuild in a baseball rebuilding way. This makes no sense right now, but it will, I promise.

Rebuilding can take a couple of years, but the payoff will be a perennial contender (for the playoffs) for the highest ratings. If I were in charge…

1. The first thing I would tackle is to rebuild the trust of the audience. Much of this idea is taken form an earlier post of mine, https://thehollywoodrant.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/tv-shows-trust/

Investing time in a show, especially a serialized show, that gets cancelled at some point during or after the season, leaves all the viewers with an unresolved cliffhanger. Repeated infractions like this has destroyed my trust. I’m to the point that I won’t even watch a new show until I know it’s successful and will return for a second season. To rebuild the trust, I will promise the audience a 1 or 2 hour movie to wrap up the hanging plot threads of all cancelled shows.

2. Many AMC, cable-type shows divide their seasons in half. While this does give us a long break in the middle that we might not want, it gives us fewer reruns. Some shows even go straight through the half season with no reruns. This is great for me because reruns ruin the momentum of a show. Having a mid-season finale and a mid-season premier gives the viewer more “holy shit” episodes per season. So here I would put all shows on this format and have no in-season reruns.

3. Instead of in-season reruns, I would build in four live episodes. These would be placed one week before the season premier, mid-season premier, and 1 to 3 episodes before the season and mid-season finale. These episodes will be like the Talking Dead. Almost a complete ripoff. There will be a live audience and a panel of actors from the show, as well as a host. They will recap what has happened so far, answer questions from callers and the audience as well as tease what is to come. There will be behind-the-scenes information, stories, and clips. This will give current viewers something more exciting than a rerun as well as bring newer viewers up to speed.

4. Fear the Walking Dead bridges the gap between seasons of Walking Dead. More of this! Obviously this can’t be done for every show, or even a few of them, but doing it for the network’s biggest shows (1 or 2 max) is a good idea.

5. Finally, the reason this should compare with a baseball team’s rebuild: patience. Give a few years to slowly build back that audience. Look at the Chicago Cubs, whose rebuild began four years before their Wold Series Championship. You have to allow time for the audience’s trust to grow. Allow the good ideas to build an audience, and give them more seasons.Don’t be so quick to cancel a show that shows promise. Give shows like this a bit more time to grow. Even Seinfeld wasn’t a big hit in its first season. The Grinder was a good idea, and a funny, unique sitcom. There was a cult audience out there that loved this show. It was not the next Seinfeld, but it could’ve definitely grown bigger.

5 WAYS VERIZON CAN IMPROVE YAHOO!

I get a lot of entertainment surfing the web, so by that, I will fit “5 Ways Verizon Can Improve Yahoo!” into this entertainment blog. So here we go:

  1. I understand the need to monetize, but looking at the Google news feed, you will see little to no advertising. Now, switch over to the Yahoo news feed, and you will see more advertising than news. As if the giant banner ad, the entire right hand side column, and the occasional automatically playing video I never asked for weren’t enough, they also squeeze in clickbait, or “sponsored” news into the feed. It’s absolutely ridiculous! Anyone that compares the two will quickly turn their back on Yahoo. It’s no wonder no one cares about them anymore.
  2. The article overlay. Click on an article and a pop-up of the article will appear. This was an awesome concept, but the whole article needs to be there for this concept to work. I don’t want to read part of the article (sometimes it’s just a sentence…the same sentence I read in the article caption), then have to click “read more” to load up another page to read what I clicked for in the first place. Either do this right or don’t do it at all.
  3. Stop tying in news feed articles you think I want to read, with what I search for in the Yahoo search bar. I don’t want to see a bunch of articles about Kristin Stewart because I searched for “Kristin Stewart’s nude scene” that one time. This makes me scared to search for anything on Yahoo as I think to myself “am I really so committed to this search that I want to see a hundred articles about it over the next two years on my news feed?”
  4. The left hand side column to shortcuts (finance, style, sports, etc.). I don’t want this. It adds unnecessary clutter. It’s also permanently there, no matter how far I scroll, and I can’t customize it. I will never click on the “style” shortcut, so why can’t I take that option off?
  5. There used to be a feature where you can click on a little button on the article in the news feed and opt to never see articles like that again. Bring that back. When this was available, I clicked to never see any Kardashian articles in my news feed, and it worked like a charm. What an awesome feature!

I’ve always been a fan of Yahoo! but like many people, I’ve turned my back on them. I check my Google News feed daily, but Yahoo has become a rarity. It can be fixed, but at this point, it will never be as successful as Google. Why not try something different and unique? Either way, stop making it annoying and a burden to use your site. Changing the 5 things above would be a good start.