Solo-My thoughts-part two *SPOILERS*

As Han and Chewie join Beckett’s crew, we then come to the world of Vandor, which is a snowy planet a bit like Hoth and Starkiller, but this time with a lot more mountains, making I guess you could say, “The Himalayan planet”.

 

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We get a nice bonding scene between the crew, who are out to steal a train cart of Coaxium. There’s some real chemistry between Woody and Thandie here.

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Here we come to the film’s next big set piece, as they attempt a heist of the conveyex, which, like the AT hauler, looks a lot like an offshoot of the Walker family. However, things get somewhat complicated. It’s a fun scene, with a lot near-misses for the characters. But things soon get even more complicated.

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Chewie nearly falls off and gets crushed by the surrounding rock, which I’m not entirely sure, but it could be a slight nod to Lucasfilm’s other famous franchise where a character was stuck between a rock and a hard (vehicle) place….

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A group of marauders, the “Cloud Riders”, arrive. The Cloud Riders are another sort of call back to the old Marvel comics. Although this group-who have armor that looks like a mix between Boba Fett and Phasma-are definitely not anything like the old Marvel versions, except for their use of airspeeders and speeder bikes.

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We see Enfys gets into a brief fight with Beckett. She has a lighted (heated?) blade, so it sort of gives off a lightsaber aesthetic without actually being a lightsaber. She’s also got an interesting theme, a sort of  high-pitched, somewhat Eastern European sounding choral music which sounds a bit like a lighter Duel of the Fates.

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In other words, pretty much exactly like these guys. (although there’s more of this to come)

 

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And the Empire is complicating things too. Stormtroopers-“Range troopers”  on the train itself, which look mainly like somebody “kitbashed” the Rogue One stormtroopers and gave them a bit of a fur coat. They also get part of the old school Imperial theme from ANH.

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….and probe droids (although these look a bit different than their ESB/ROTJ/Rogue One counterparts, far more heavily armed and given more of a sentry/security function), which prove too much of a challenge for Val, who is hopelessly pinned down and destroys the rest of the Conveyex’s rail, and herself. Exit Thandie Newton.

Rio also gets shot and dies, leaving Han to pilot the AT hauler, but the Cloud Riders also get the haul too. Han is forced to jettison their cargo (but rescues Beckett and Chewie), which results in a spectacular, mountain-destroying explosion, which looks and sounds a lot like Jango Fett’s seismic charges from AOTC. Maybe those things had some coaxium in ’em too. Although considerably how valuable they are in this film, I guess the stuff was less scarce before the Clone Wars and the Empire?

 

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With two of his friends dead and the loot lost, Beckett now has a price on his head (Not unlike what will happen to Han later on) and has to face the guy who hired him, Dryden Vos. Vos’s ship shortly arrives, and has a main hall that looks like a cross between Jabba’s sail barge and the more classy Star Wars places like Cloud City and Canto Bight. It’s one of this film’s Cantinaesque scenes, complete with weird singer.

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Vos himself is played by Paul Bettany, who unfortunately comes across as a bit one-dimensional.  BTW that Mandalorian costume back there is just for show, it doesn’t really do anything 🙂

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Bettany was a late addition to the cast, replacing  Michael K. Williams as Vos when Ron Howard took over the film.

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Here, although Beckett tells Han to sort of lay low-similar to Han’s own warning to Rey year’s later (“Don’t stare at any of it”)….but he can’t help it when Qira suddenly, and unexpectedly, taps him on the shoulder…

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Next: Reunions and Lando!

 

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SOLO: My thoughts Part one *SPOILERS!*

Solo is the second of the Star Wars Anthology, or “Story” films. This time, like with “Rogue One” we’re once again in the Episode III-IV gap, but this time at an earlier point, and tells the story of Han Solo, a character whose background has been explored in multiple “Expanded Universe” media (Now mostly non-canon) but mostly ignored by the films apart from the fact that he was a smuggler who worked for Jabba the Hutt, and wasn’t much for causes, just money. At least at first.

 

The film starts in Corellia (Pretty much a planet producing a ton of Star Destroyers at this point-we see them being assembled in many shots), establishing Han (presumably in his teens?) working for Lady Proxima, who pretty much controls a bunch of kids/orphans/ne’er do wells in the slums of the planet. She’s kind of like Fagin in Oliver twist, in other words. However, Han manages to get “Coaxium”-a valuable “Hyperfuel”-and plans to leave with his girlfriend, Qira and get off planet. Her den sort of has a slight “Mad Max” look to everything.

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Well, now we know what exactly TPM’s hyperdrive was leaking….

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….and exactly what TLJ’s fleet was running low on. Interesting sort of addition to the lore, I guess.

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Han manages to escape using a bit of a bluff (Similar to one Leia would use in ROTJ) and we get our first chase scene with Han and Qira. Although there have been many, many chase scenes in Star Wars films with fighters, pods, speeder bikes, airspeeders and of course the Falcon, I’m pretty sure this is the first one to actually use landspeeders, pretty much the Star Wars equivalent of a car.

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Although they’re able to make it to a spaceport OK, getting through and onto a ship appears to be the rough part. This is also the only part of the film to really feature your traditional stormtroopers as well…speaking of….

Han and Qira get separated, and she’s taken back to Lady Proxima while Han, out of options, decides to enlist for the Imperial navy as a pilot (This is also the origin of his last name-the old books revealed he came from an old royal family line or something, but here it’s kind of just an Imperial designation, not unlike Finn)….the Imperial propoganda commercial even includes a somewhat lighter version of the Imperial march, the first time I think it’s been used “in-universe” so to speak.

but like Finn, Han doesn’t become a pilot, but actually a Stormtrooper(!) this is actually a break from previous origin stories for the character, which made him a TIE fighter pilot. (Although Han’s imperial background wasn’t mentioned in the earlier films, it was included in Lucas’s own backstory for the character and elaborated on in various “Expanded Universe” stories).

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No wonder he and Finn hit it off-they both have similar backstories-although in a weird way, Han’s backstory also echoes Rey, as he urgently wants to get back to Correlia once he manages to get a ship, much like Rey wanted to get back to Jakku so her family could find her (In both cases, fate-or the force?-has other plans)

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Kind of funny that Han’s look here isn’t all that far off from his disguise in “Return of the Jedi”. Heck, there’s even AT-STs in this scene, too!

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Han notes a group of three troopers who seem out of place, and sees this as his opportunity, especially after telling off his superior officer.  These scenes in particular have a dirty, war torn look that’s actually not something we’re used to seeing from the Imperial side of things, who usually look a bit cleaner (if still a bit worn at times).

 

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They initially reject him, and this leads to Han getting caught and forced to fight a certain Wookie-who else? (It’s also implied Chewbacca actually eats unfriendly humans!)

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Han manages to persuade Chewbacca to help him escape, as he can understand Chewie’s roars and vocalize them to a degree to talk to Chewbacca. Although not much is made of this, or why Chewbacca seems to understand English or whatever the Star wars version of it is for the rest of the film.

It sort of makes a change from the original version of the story, where Han frees Chewbacca from slavery and that’s the reason he loses any future he had with the Empire. Now, it’s mainly just a mutual jailbreak.

 

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We’re introduced to the three criminals again, who steal an AT-Hauler (Used to drop AT-STs, and sharing many design similarities with it’s big brother, with a bit of the folding wings of the Imperial shuttles) and become part of the crew.

 

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The head of the crew is Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, kind of playing the sort of rogue role you usually see him in these days. His partner-both in crime and romance- is Val (Thandie Newton) who, despite her increased profile these days in film and TV (Westworld), doesn’t really do that much.

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Rounding this out is Rio Durant, a kind of cool six-armed Orangtuan like alien, who’s a bit like Guardian’s Rocket Racoon, but a little less snarky. He’s voiced by Jon Favreau, who previously voiced Mandalorian baddie Pre Visla in the Clone Wars, and now has been given the helm of an upcoming post-ROTJ Star Wars TV show.

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But like Thandie, his time in the film is limited, despite what the trailers might’ve given the impression of. I’ll get into that in my next installment….

 

Star Wars comics history-Riding Solo

Long before the upcoming “Solo”, Dark Horse made a limited series dealing with some of the more criminal aspects of the Star Wars galaxy-the “Underworld” series (Not to be confused with Lucas’s planned Star Wars TV series which never quite materialized), which has Jabba and a few of his fellow Hutts place a wager on who can recover a valuable artifact-the Yavin Vasillika. Each Hutt sends a team of three-Jabba sends Han, Chewie, and Boba Fett (Who are joined by Lando), while the other two pretty much get the rest of the original trilogy’s bounty hunters (Yes, even Greedo). It’s a kind of fun romp. Those expecting a serious Star Wars crime drama should probably look elsewhere…

 

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The series is done in a sort of cartoony style, but it’s a generally offbeat story anyway, so it kind of works. Naturally, as with any Star Wars story dealing with the more unsavory elements of the universe, there’s of course a lot of double-crossing and manipulation going on.

 

 

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The series is also a sequel-or sort of an epilogue-to the Han Solo novels by AC Crispin, which detailed Han’s troubled past before A New Hope, and possibly might have had a bit of a minor influence on the new movie.

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This is also reinforced by the Vesillika ultimately winding up in the hands of one of Han’s ex’s-a major character from those novels (and also apparently one of the bazillion people who stole the Death Star plans in the “Legends” continuity) and also a rebel commander.

 

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It’s revealed that the Yavin Vesillika is actually a key to open the Yavin temple (hence the name), which of course appears in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Rogue One” as the rebel base….this was kind of one of my bigger issues with the comic-another case of the “small universe” problem that’s often been an issue with the films, although it’s not directly contradicted by the events or dialogue in Star Wars that Han knew there was a rebel base on Yavin already…. (But it’s all irrelevant now anyway, due to these comics being non-canon).

 

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Marvel Studios Phase IV-What can be some new franchises? *Spoilers for Infinity War*

Since 2008, across TV and film, Marvel’s been committing many of their properties to live-action in the shared Marvel cinematic universe. There’s 21 films-with 3 in production (Captain Marvel,  Ant-Man and the Wasp, and of course, Avengers 4) Four TV shows on networks and cable, Seven streaming series, five short films and two webisode series. Phew!…and more coming, naturally.

However, there are some corners the MCU hasn’t looked at yet. The big one of course is Fantastic Four and X-men, who are now more or less fair game once the Disney/FOX merger is complete. But everybody knows they’re going to show up or be worked into MCU sooner or later.

 

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A Black Widow project is also in the works, but that’s pretty much confirmed so there’s not much need to discuss that.

 

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However, there’s still unexplored stuff from what they currently own.

First up, Nova. The Nova Corps are already established in the MCU, as they appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, mainly represented by Glenn Closes’s Nova Prime, John C Reilly’s Rhomann Dey, and Peter Serafinowicz.

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We learn that Xander was Thanos’s first stop in collecting the stones in Infinity War (The purple power stone, the macguffin of Guardians) and presumably destroyed most of the corps doing that. In the comics, a similar attack is what spurs Rhomann to journey to earth, where he transfers his powers to teen Richard Ryder.

 

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(The Novas are basically pretty much Marvel’s take on the “Green Lantern” concept, you could say, although Rider is a teenager kind of like Peter Parker as opposed to Hal Jordan the air force pilot.) Later, a new character, Sam Alexander, also becomes a member of the Nova corps.

So basically you’ve got the setup for Nova right there already, and producer Kevin Feige has said that a Nova film is probably coming (I’m presuming Guardians III might also build on him as well, as well as the destruction of Xander).

 

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She-Hulk is Jennifer Walters, cousin of Bruce Banner. She’s also a lawyer. However, during a case, she was shot, and Bruce, who was visiting, gave her a blood transfusion.

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Which of course, due to the gamma-irradiated blood, led to her developing her own green skinned transformation.

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However, unlike her destructive cousin’s alter-ego(s), She-Hulk retained her identity (and for the most part, the ability to switch back into human form and back again without stress/anger, although this was temporarily taken away from her-although she often preferred her She-Hulk appearance, which, apart from being taller and green, wasn’t quite as distorted as the Hulk’s features), and was able to be both an effective lawyer and superhero, and became a long time member of the Avengers and one of the occasional reserve members of the Fantastic Four, as well as on a few other teams. Also, long before Deadpool did it, she often broke the fourth wall.

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Although there’s been some recent changes to the character which have made her more like her cousin, due in part to a massive injury and the death of her cousin during the second “Civil War” crossover (although she seems to be getting “better” recently, restored to her green self but still looking a bit more like her cousin)

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Question is, how would a She-Hulk movie work? While the Hulk in the current MCU is realized using CG, She-Hulk’s largely a different case for many reasons.

I’m thinking perhaps they could do something like Chris Evans in the first Captain America film-use CG to have She-Hulk be ‘shrunk’ in human form, while having the same actress-a tall woman, of course, and painted green (Hey, it worked for Gamora) be the regular She-Hulk.

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Fan’s choice has been Angie Harmon for years, but we’ll see I guess, if they decide to go ahead with one.

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On a side note, there were some publicity shots taken for a She-Hulk TV movie in the late 80s/early 90’s with Brigette Nielsen (An actress who was fairly prolific in the 80s for co-starring in action movies such as Cobra, Beverly Hills Cop II, Rocky IV etc.) that Bill Bixby was interested in creating. Pretty sure it only got as far as a few publicity shots.

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Also, it’s a bit unclear, but it’s possible She-Hulk’s rights are sort of tangled…although not 100% confirmed, the reason we haven’t had a Hulk solo movie since the Disney purchase-despite the popularity of the Mark Rufallo take-is that the rights for a solo outing are still tied to Universal.

 

 

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The Thunderbolts were kind of an interesting concept for a team-basically, in 1996, the “Onslaught” crossover happened, in which a giant monster that was basically a mix of Professor X and Magneto caused a lot of mayhem. At the end of the conflict, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four were presumed dead (They were actually resurrected/ transported to another world with new ‘memories’, in the “Heroes Reborn” imprint-long story), leaving Earth pretty much stuck with the X-men and some of the more street-level heroes like Spider-Man & Daredevil around, as well as a Hulk who had become separated from Bruce Banner again (and becoming more savage and destructive than the relatively sober “merged” Hulk).

Into this vacuum emerged the Thunderbolts, seemingly out of nowhere, as a new superhero group. However, they were in fact, the Masters of Evil, a supervillain group once responsible in part for trashing Avengers mansion in the 1980’s, as well as other battles with the Avengers over the years, who were posing as heroes to deceive the world.

 

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However, the Thunderbolts discovered that they kind of didn’t mind being heroes, and many of the team actually decided to stick with the heroism (minus the deception). They also welcomed a new leader in Hawkeye, as well. (Hawkeye’s comics incarnation was, himself, briefly a villain).

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….and of course he helped Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join the team (Although Quicksilver didn’t quite last that long).

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The team has of course gone through many shakeups over the years, with many different leaders (even the Green goblin at one point!) The current incarnation of the group is led by the Winter Soldier, so either he or the Hawkeye connection could work out well in film.

The only major problem is that a lot of the MCU villains are dead, and a lot of the main characters in the comics-Songbird, Atlas etc…. haven’t been introduced yet. I suppose that they could sort of introduce them in one movie. Worked with Guardians.

 

Technically, we’ve had a similar concept in the DCEU’s “Suicide Squad” as well, although the movie’s quality is up to the reader…

 

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Avengers: Infinity War-Where do we go from here? *SPOILERS*

“There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could.”-Nick Fury

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Infinity War has been released; and it’s possible that the Marvel universe has changed dramatically, although it’s also fair to say that a lot of the deaths-in particular the ‘ashes’ deaths created by Thanos getting all the stones-won’t stick-especially since most of the deaths are those of characters who are still relatively new to the new MCU-Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther all have had successful solo films that could branch into future sequels-especially true in Spider-Man and Black Panther’s case (and sequels of course have already been greenlit).Also, with all the Guardians ‘dead’ except for Rocket, I’m pretty most of them will be restored by the also greenlit Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Although Gamora might be absent, seeing as she died a different way. This could perhaps mean a new female lead for the series. Although the comics briefly used the X-men’s Shadowcat as the leader, she was mainly a stand-in for her fiance at the time, Star Lord (Hence, “Star Lady”) who was jailed; and of course there’s the whole thing of the X-men not yet incorporated into the MCU yet….

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…or maybe a certain Captain who Nick Fury just summoned to Earth to maybe help with the conflict….

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Anyway, the Avengers aren’t in great shape either, but it’s worth noting that, despite all their losses, the original lineup-provided Hawkeye didn’t die offscreen-is fully intact, although Hulk doesn’t want to emerge from Banner quite yet (although Banner still could perhaps easily restore the Hulkbuster armor, and it’s possible the green Goliath could still make an appearence).

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It’s also possible that maybe-maybe-Vision isn’t as far gone as we think-his body is, after all, still intact minus one mind stone, although it’s possible Shuri was somehow able to isolate his persona from that. The androids was incapacitated in the classic Kree-Skrull war storyline (Which we might see in some form in “Captain Marvel”.)….and Ant-Man was brought in to fix things (Although this was the Hank Pym version). So maybe Scott Lang-who perhaps still has a part to play-will be doing something similar.

 

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There’s the possibility however that the revived Vision will lack some of his humanity, something that happened in the “Visionguest” storyline in the late 80s/early 90s.

The resulting Vision had a white look for about five years before returning to his familiar look, and also did not have any real emotional links. His relationship with Wanda/Scarlet Witch fell apart and-despite eventually getting emotions again-never really recovered in the comics. But we’ll see if this happens in the films, if he’s even revived at all.

 

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As for the refugees from Asgard….well, I think the writing’s on that wall from the last Avengers movie. People at the time assumed that this was going to be a reference to Thor Ragnarok, but it looks like it was this instead, with the Asgardians all in “Hel”.

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  • Heimdall: Is it him? Is that the first son of Odin?
  • Thor: Heimdall, your eyes?!
  • Heimdall: Oh, they see everything. They see you leading us to Hel. Wake up!
  • Thor: I can still save you.
  • Heimdall: We are all dead. Can you not see? You’re a destroyer, Odinson. See where your power leads.

Add to that, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are extremely busy actors at the moment, and I believe in several interviews they’ve stated they’re not likely to come back, at least for now.

 

…..although there’s still one lady unaccounted for…

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There’s also the guestion of new players on the field. In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2″‘s post-credits sequence, we’re introduced to the cocoon of Adam Warlock.

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Warlock plays a big part in the original Infinity Gauntlet storyline….in fact, he pretty much ends the whole thing. However, I doubt they’ll bring him in. He was important to the original Guardians storyline in part because he had a history with Thanos already in the comics, whereas in the MCU he’s not technically ‘born’ yet so it’d be kind of weird to have him stick around.

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….and of course Captain Marvel. Both the Carol Danvers incarnation and her predecessors have tangled with the Titan.

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….and then there’s Nebula. In the comics, Nebula is reduced to a corpse-like state by Thanos at the beginning of the saga. This isn’t all too dissimilar from what happens to her in “Infinity War” with her cyborg implants all removed and messed up in order to coax the location of the soul stone from Gamora.

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Thanos keeps her as a sort of grotesque pet, but when deciding to use the gauntlet to become omnipotent (but apparently not omniscient) he has an ‘out of body’ experience, that leaves of course his body prone-and the stones perfect for the taking….

 

Oops.

 

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This puts Thanos in the unlikely position of actually siding with the heroes (Who eventually are resurrected entirely). However, Thanos manages to use Nebula’s own inexperience and madness against her, and ultimately this leads the gauntlet falls to Warlock (in the original storyline, that is).

Thanos retires to a peaceful life for a time, although he eventually returns to his villainous ways, especially  by the time of  2013’s “Infinity”, a storyline which used the Black Order we saw in Infinity War. However, “Infinity War” does sort of show that Thanos, although kind of nuts, does feel a sort of remorse for his actions. So maybe Farmer Thanos isn’t too far off an ending….

 

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….as for the stones themselves, either they might get destroyed, or perhaps they’ll fall into new hands. In the comics, each stone was given to the Infinity Watch-a line-up which included Thanos for a while as well!

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….although eventually-and perhaps this is a more likely outcome-they were split among Marvel’s “Illuminati”, a group of Marvel’s “smart” heroes or major leaders. (Although in MCU, Dr. Strange already has the time stone of course). Although Namor, Professor X, and Reed are absent from this lineup in MCU, and I’m not quite sure they’d use Black Bolt given the ‘meh’ the Inhumans TV series got,…

 

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the Marvel series’s lineup of Illuminati has changed over the years anyway…so you can easily substitute Bruce Banner, T’ Challa (or Shuri, even) Hank Pym etc.

But we’ll see what happens. MCU doesn’t always follow the comics, but it certainly borrows many ideas from them, or flips them around. Nevertheless, it’s one hell of a cliffhanger in “Inifnity War”, and we’ll see how it all eventually ends next summer.

 

Lost World novel/film differences part II-The Hunters

Perhaps the biggest difference between the novels and the films are the human enemies-The Lost World’s film adaptation and Jurassic World (and also implied in Jp3) cast Ingen itself as the villains. Although run by  the well-intentioned Hammond and later Masereti in the films, Ingen ousts John Hammond from the board in “The Lost World”, leaving it in control of Peter Ludow, who wants to use the Isla Sorna dinosaurs as assets in the Jurassic Park: San Diego project. To do this, he hires a group of hunters and mercenaries to help re-capture the animals and have them transported to the mainland (It looks like Jurassic World II: Fallen Kingdom might have a similar goal in mind).

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Masereti is outmaneuvered by Wu and Hoskins, likewise, in “Jurassic World”.

 

 

However, in Michael Crichton’s TLW novel-and indeed, many of the comics and video games released around the time-the villain is actually Ingen’s rival Biosyn…

 

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…..the company that hired Nedry to steal the embryos (A feat which required him to also, in effect, sabotage the park).

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Although the mercenaries in “The Lost World” seem to be a couple of dozen (and apparently all dead save for Roland Tembo), The Lost World novel’s Biosyn team is limited to three. They also enter the island by boat as opposed to Ian’s team landing by air (In the film it’s the opposite).

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Like Ingen’s team, their basic plan is to steal Dinosaurs-although really just eggs for the most part, instead of getting the animal wholesale like Ingen’s plan. They’re led by Lewis Dodgson, who hired Nedry in the first novel and film, and who eventually suffers the fate of Peter Ludow in the film, although in the actual Rex nest as opposed to the hold of the US Venture.

 

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Although cut from the film, it’s actually Ludow who is responsible for breaking the young Rex’s leg while drinking. It’s Biosyn’s trio who do this in the novel of course.

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The second Biosyn character is Howard King. A cowardly character somewhat resembling Genarro in the first film (Gennaro in the first novel was a far more heroic character). After a debacle in the Rex nest, King is killed by Raptors in the long grass, something which kills off many of the mercenaries in the film version.

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His somewhat graphic death is described more in detail though, with some similarities to the fate of Udesky in Jurassic Park III. Although unlike the likable Udesky, nobody tries to save King (although they’re horrified at what happens). This scene in the novel also has the Raptors start to develop a taste for candy bars.

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Finally up is George Baselton, a sort of crank scientist working for Biosyn helping a bit with propaganda. The closest match he has is Robert Burke in the finished film.

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Baselton’s death is actually a bit of Crichton poking fun at the first movie adaptation (although Crichton co-wrote the film) in which the characters were able to evade detection by the T-rex simply by not moving. Baselton tries this, it doesn’t work out at all..

 

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The way his death is described however is fairly close to Eddie Carr’s fate in the movie (although certainly it’s also close to Burke’s fate as well).

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The Lost World: Novel/Film differences Part one-The Gatherers

The Lost World was Michael Crichton’s follow-up to Jurassic Park, and naturally, it quickly received a movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg-but like with Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”, several changes were made between page and screen. Both novel and film deal with Ian Malcolm and others stumbling upon a second Dinosaur island-Site B, or “Isla Sorna”-which was the large-scale laboratory and factory complex for Jurassic Park, and are filled with a lot of Dinosaur awe and action, but apart from that, novel and film differ quite a bit. Let’s start with the characters-the good guys, or, as Steven Spielberg put it, “The gatherers”.

 

 

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Ian Malcolm

First things first, Ian Malcolm ‘sort of’ dies in the first “Jurassic Park” novel, but Michael Crichton, perhaps encouraged by the popularity of Jeff Goldblum’s take on the character, or realizing that maybe Alan Grant or some other new protagonist wouldn’t really be able to communicate the complex issues communicated in the novels, “resurrected” Malcolm, revealing that although he suffered a leg injury, he managed to somehow escape Jurassic Park before it was sterilized, and despite Muldoon implying he was a goner.

In the TLW novel, Malcolm begins to see evidence from one of his colleagues, Dr. Richard Levine, that there’s another Dinosaur island out there, although he’s initially reluctant to tell Levine of his involvement in Jurassic Park. Nonetheless, he’s intrigued, and when Levine goes missing on Isla Sorna, he likewise goes to the Island, with two other men-Dr. Thorne and Eddie Carr, scheduled to join Levine’s expedition-to find Levine and discovery the mystery of Isla Sorna.

There’s a bit of a divergence here. Like in the book, film Malcolm goes to the island to search for a missing paleontologist-but in that case it’s his girlfriend Sarah Harding. Likewise, film Ian went public with the events of Jurassic Park, to initial public disbelief (which has faded by the time the Dinosaurs were public anyway by film’s end).

Ian’s attitude is also completely different once he arrives. In the film, he’s desperate to get off the island, something which is accelerated even further when it turns out not only is Sarah on the island, but his daughter Kelly as well.

In the novel, he pretty much is in no hurry whatsoever, somewhat relishing the opportunity to study these creatures, much like Levine…and also to study a theory of extinction he’s developing in his head….until the latter events of the novel, where he suffers yet another T-rex related injury, and the Raptors start attacking everyone, leading Sarah to call for an evacuation helicopter. In the novel, he also surmises that the Dinosaurs are dying anyway, due to Ingen’s poor feeding techniques which have led to an outbreak on the island, and that perhaps the Dinosaurs-which were nurtured in a lab and not naturally grown-may be a poor basis for his study anyway (as he notices the Raptors are particularly vicious).

 

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Sarah Harding

Julianne Moore’s Sarah is a combination of two characters from the novel, her namesake and Richard Levine. Novel Sarah is an animal behaviorist, and although a former girlfriend of Malcolms and aware of the expedition to Site B, doesn’t initially believe the Dinosaur stories until she sees them in the flesh. Her way to the island is a bit different; instead of going early to the island (like Levine), she hitches a ride with the villains Dodgson, King and Baselton, unaware that they’re bad guys from Biosyn who want to steal Dinosaur eggs and use them for their own Dinosaur genetic experiments….they throw her overboard once they’re close to the island, but she manages to survive and reunites with Malcolm and co. Like in the film, she assists in tending to the injured young T-rex, and is attacked as well. She seems a bit more ‘badass’ than their film counterpart, as well, although Moore did have some pretty good scenes here and there.

Levine’s inspiration for the character is the paleontologist aspect, as well as the character’s somewhat over-the-top giddiness, occasional frustration and sometimes clumsy field work (The NIKON camera incident for instance, and the bloody jacket, although neither happened to Levine, Levine still makes many other errors, including one incident that gets his initial guide killed).

The combination also makes Sarah an expert in “Paleontological behavior study” which sort of mixes her two professions together (and is “sort of” a real thing, although of course based a lot on theory and conjecture since we don’t have actual living Dinosaurs apart from their evolutionary descendants, birds!).

Book Sarah also gets to ride a motorcycle against Raptors (and around a herd of apatosaurs), something used in concept art for the film but ultimately left out for her….

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We just get this random guy instead.

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Although Jurassic World would also use similar imagery, but the Raptors working with the main characters (well, at least at first).

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Eddie Carr/Nick Van Owen

 

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Now here’s where things get a bit more complicated. There’s no “Nick Van Owen” in the novel, but there is an Eddie Carr. However, novel Eddie is the assistant to Dr. Thorne, a character that does not appear in the film…..however, many of film Eddie’s technical skill-the rifle, the trailers, High Hide etc. are Thorne’s work in the novel, and Eddie is mainly his assistant. It’s also Thorne who helps to rescue Ian and Sarah from the T-rex trailer attack, much like Eddie in the film. Some of novel Eddie’s mannerisms are incorporated into Nick Van Owen; his sense of humor to a degree (although not his environmentalist background) and perhaps most importantly, Eddie’s the one who saves the infant T-rex and brings it to the trailer, much like Nick in the film. However, whereas Nick survives in the film, both versions of Eddie die; novel Eddie falls over the high hide during a Raptor attack and becomes Raptor food; Film Eddie is torn apart by the Tyrannosaurs during the rescue attempt.

 

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Kelly

Kelly is another character that’s kind of a mix between other characters. Two of Levine’s students, Kelly and Arby, stow away on the trailer much like Kelly does, although unlike movie Kelly, there is no family relationship to Malcolm. There’s also no rush at first for them to leave the island, until the Raptors attack; and Kelly also finds herself looking up to Sarah much like her movie counterpart, and also saves the day; although in the novel, it’s not gymnastics, but her locating a crawlspace and boathouse (after the rescue helicopter decides to leave) that allows the characters to escape-and just in time, too.

 

Hammond

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…..is still dead in the book-verse; despite Malcolm’s miraculous recovery, Hammond stays dead, as he was killed off in the original novel….Hammond in the original novel is portrayed as a very greedy man who is unwilling to believe anything could possibly go wrong; while the movie version displays this arrogance for a bit, the novel version is a far colder, dangerous man and in many ways is more of a villain than Nedry, and gets killed by falling into a ditch and getting eaten by compsonathus, while the movie version repents of his park, although he still wishes to preserve the Dinosaurs in Site B (although not in a park), and before his death, tasked Masereti with reviving Jurassic Park with Jurassic World.

Some of Hammond’s greedy traits from the first book are incorporated into TLW’s villain, his nephew Peter Ludow…

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but his death in the JP novel is pretty similar to Dietar Stark’s demise in TLW (Although Dietar’s death also shares some similarities with Peter King’s death in the novel; I’ll go on about that in a separate article).

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