Movies and TV, Anyone?

He exists on Earth in a different dimension. Marvel has multiple Earths, each existing in a different dimension across the multi-verse. Toby McGuire’s Spidey is from a different Earth than Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Tom Hollands’s Spidey exists on the shared Earth of the MCU. Various animated Spider-Man shows exist in their own Earths. And the comics are not all on one Earth, they too exist in multiple dimensions:

The multiverse was first introduced to the Marvel Comicsduring the 1960s and 70s. In Strange Tales #103 (1962), the character Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four is teleported to an alternate reality for the first time in Marvel history, with the character sent to the Fifth Dimension.[1] The concept of the multiverse was then fully explored in What If…? #1 (1977) and Marvel Two-in-One #50 (1979),[2] with the term “multiverse” first used in the What If…? series.[1] The main reality featured in the comics, Earth-616, was first named in The Daredevils #7 (1983) by Captain Britain creator David Thorpe to differentiate the character from his alternate versions.[3][4]

That’s interesting. Solves a lot of problems, when you just put every character and every version of that character into their own bubble that just has a similar or own version of earth.


I also wonder if NYC is full of spiderwebs, do they have a spiderweb cleaning service or do these webs dissappear after a while?

Spidey’s webs dissolve after a few hours, so it’s not a problem. :wink:

Everyone has done a really good job of exploring the multi-verse thing. There are also futuristic versions of some characters (Spider-Man 2099, Ghost Rider 2099, etc) the sometimes go back on time, or current-day heroes go forward in time. Bit yeah, all Marvel characters exist in the same multi-verse.

In the films, everything released via Marvel Studios/ Disney exist in the same multi-verse, most, but not all, in the same (our) universe. Some non-Marvel/Disney films, such as the Raimi films and some of the earlier Spidey cartoons and Deadpool are now part of the MCU as well, but in a different universe (Deadpool might be the same universe, but won’t be sure till the film comeso out). I’d be surprised if the same doesn’t happen with X-Men and FF once those films come out.

It’s all great fun!

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I am really glad about that, I imagined NYC otherwise to look like an old tomb ready to be discovered by Indiana Jones very soon. :smiley:


My wife and I did a double feature of two films I didn’t think I’d enjoy: Elemental and A Haunting in Venice. Here’s what I thought of both-

Elemental has perhaps the least appealing art style of any animated film in recent memory. The choice to mix animated depiction of elements with real depictions of elements creates an uncanny feeling that never left me throughout the film. This is made all the more jarring by scenes without the elemental characters that often have a photo realistic look. All of this is apparent in the trailers, but the movie itself won me over. You have to concede a bit logically as the world of Elemental gets incoherent quickly, but if you are able to just let the film fudge the rules, there is a good time to be had. The writing is tight and emotional with charming characters both human and unique. The plot which revolves around the love story between a water guy and a fire gal is quaint. Echoing a genre that was running out of fuel 30 years ago- Elemental breathes new life into the Interracial Romance. It is high concept movie with a relatively simple story about two people falling in love against societal odds. I also like that it is a romance movie for kids! I also got to talk to my kids about following their hearts after the film which I liked. Is Pixar back? No way, Toy Story 5 is coming soon.


A Haunting in Venice is another Kenneth Branagh Poirot film, and it basically lives up to the expectations one has for a Kenneth Branagh Poirot film. It is inconsequential and you can’t really solve the mystery but the clues are all there. The movie does have some interesting cinematography, and it is fun to watch Michelle Yeoh and Tina Fey chew scenery. That being said, I really couldn’t be bothered to care about Whodunnit because there is so much noise in this film- both literal and metaphorical. It doesn’t seem to be about anything other than Hercule Poirot solving this mystery. I told my wife to expect an episode of Monk except with a feature length and budget. The thing is that an episode of Monk benefits from its length. I don’t need an hour and forty minutes of Branagh following red herrings. It is encouraging that mystery films are back, but between these and Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc films, there is a lot of room for growth.


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I have to think hard to think of a film that had such an impact on me that I could talk about it in that way. I am not sure there is one. There was something about this video that struck a deep chord with me, I have to admit.

I stumbled upon it through learning about superheroes and shows and comics. Apart from some cool cosplay, I have never seen anything related to transformers.


HBomberguy rocksssss

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Gotta admit, TR;DR. Can you provide cliff notes?

There are some movies that I can certainly pin-point as stables in my personal evolution, and that still really resonated with me.

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Hm, hard to give cliff notes, because the part that struck me was how he personally reacted to it over the course of his life and I have no idea how to put that in words, but for the film:

  • it is really bad
  • and extremely silly
  • But it’s not bad that it has these silly moments, because the silliest moments are the core of the film.
  • The silliness is in having hope in a situation that is beyond hope, it might be the people you least expect that help, in doing the right thing even when it hasn’t worked in the past, in trying to find friendship in strange places and in trying to change the world that seems unchangeable.

All in all, a message we as a world could use right now.

Also that the series with its theme of “we get taken apart but then just put back together again and nobody really dies” was turned on its head when first an entire planet with people on it gets wiped out and eaten, several known characters die, one horribly with smoke coming out of his eyes and mouth, and then Optimus Prime dies and kids are in tears and running out of the cinema. So it made an impression on the kids and that it was done because they wanted to sell a new line of toys and they had to get rid of the old ones and that they did not know that Optimus Prime was such an icon and he may not have been one before they made him die in this film.

Sprinkled throughout the video are quotes from Nitzsche and how the big threat in the film is a nihilistic force that’s neither good nor evil, it just eats planets to stay alive. Which makes it a special villain that stands out because “we had enough of those who just want world domination”.

And maybe the fact that nostalgia is a way of thinking about our life and what had an impact on us and changed us and how looking back we can think different about media that was, maybe still is, important to us.

That doesn’t do the video any justice, but it’s the most important facts I can remember.


nihilistic force that’s neither good nor evil, it just eats planets to stay alive.

So like Galactus then? Cool. I really like that idea.

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There was a comparison with another hero, that might have been Galactus. A guy with horns on his head or helmet? There were a lot of character names in the video, so I could not keep up with them.

clearly you don’t possess the touch or the power, then.

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But I know the power of friendship: Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong

and I think I know “The Touch” too?


Some continuing thoughts on Fionna and Cake through episode 8:

I am enjoying Fionna and Cake, but the change of format really has me yearning for old school Adventure Time. OG Adventure Time has magnificent pacing. Finn, Jake, or any resident of Ooo would face a dilemma, change in some way, and solve the problem in roughly 12 minutes while still making time for levity and poignancy. They played with the format a little throughout the run of the show with episodes like Stakes, Islands, and Elements (all of these stories take less than two hours to resolve). The Distant Lands episodes again changes the format with stories coming in around 40 to 60 minutes. Fionna and Cake will end being over 4 hours long and while I enjoy more time with Ooo, I don’t know if this story needed this amount of time. Fionna is learning similar lessons to Finn except now much slower. We’ll see next week whether or not they close on something interesting and new, but as it stands, this feels like a rethread. Adversely, we don’t spend enough time in any of these alternate universes to make them matter. Heck, this last episode we spent time in a world where the Lich won, but the show doesn’t stop long enough to have the audience feel the emotion that would accompany such a loss. Even when that BMO (the character, not the Grouvee poster) dies, the show does not stop because it is time for the gang to meet Jerry!

I like Fionna and Cake. It is funny, looks great, and has lovely music. There have been plenty of strong moments core to AT that show up in F&C. Gary and Marshall, Betty meeting Simon- these moments resonate in a way the original show did. I’m hopeful the show lands the plane somewhere insightful and touching, but I’m kinda expecting an Avengers: Endgame portals opening kind of thing.

Given Warner Discovery hasn’t licensed this out for distribution in Canada yet, I may need to rely on my sea legs to go out and plunder me a viewing copy.


Wild that it wasn’t set up for a wide release. Its almost like the folks at Warner Discovery don’t know what they’re doing.


It took forever to get Distant Lands as well.


Is this somehow related to the Knights of Ni?

This is all the information I have about this. If anything, having seen the scene it is used in, I think the “bong” part might be the relation to the phrase more than anything. They had to be stoned writing this whole movie.

But Monty Python references are always great!

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Huh. Never heard of it. Thanks for the info.

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