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6 Characters Who Don’t Need Origin Stories

Last week, the big announcement came down that filmmaker George Miller is going to make a Mad Max prequel starring Furiosa, telling her origin story. I think this is a bad idea. Furioda arrived in Fury Road fully formed and had a very compelling, very well-done story arc over the course of that movie. Furiosa doesn’t need an origin story.

A lot of different characters don’t need origin stories.

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Deserves a sequel, not a prequel!

What’s the Furiosa origin story going to be? She’s kidnapped from her home and is forced through very ugly circumstances until she reaches the point that she’s a hardened nerve of a human being? Are we going to see the harrowing scene where she loses an arm? Surely Immortan Joe did terrible things to her. Do we really want to watch that? Especially since Charlize Theron won’t be returning. She got to introduce one of the greatest female protagonists in the history of Hollywood, but to follow up, they’re going to recast the part and show us all her ugly, abusive moments? Why not a badass sequel?

Furiosa would have topped this list prior to last week. But since we’re doomed to that prequel, here are six other characters who do not need origin stories.

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So They’re Going to Release the Snyder Cut

I don’t care about the Snyder Cut of the Justice League movie. I can remember mildly enjoying all of Zack Snyder’s DC Comics movies in the theaters, but time has curdled that opinion and I don’t care for Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice or Justice League. So if we’re drawing lines in the sand, I am definitely not one of those fanboys who was desperate for Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League.

I thought the whole idea was as much a joke as this Honest Trailers video on the subject.

But earlier this week, Warner Bros. has announced that they will release the massive, 4-hour Snyder’s Cut of Justice League next year to attract viewers to their upcoming HBO Now streaming service. Gotta have something to offer people to get them to subscribe to yet another streaming service; and someone thought pandering to the fanboys was the right choice.

We’ll see. I’ll probably watch the Snyder Cut some how when it’s out, but I’m fairly certain it’s going to be as bad as the rest of Snyder’s DC output. Such is life.

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Holy Moly! They’re Bringing Back Boba Fett!

Color me surprised! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Star Wars are bringing back Boba Fett for reals finally in the second season of The Mandalorian! Not only that, but he’s going to be played by Temuera Morrison, the actor who played Jango Fett in the prequels!

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He’s not dead!

Jeez louise! This is madness. Great, but madness. It makes total sense, too. Considering all of the things that Disney has made in Star Wars, The Mandalorian has to be everyone’s favorite, right? And it looks like Disney is going all-in on fan-pleasing excitement. They’re bringing in a live action Ahsoka Tano, and now they’re finally bringing in Boba Fett!

There are two important things. One, The Mandalorian takes place after Boba Fett was supposedly killed in the Sarlaac Pit. So this is finally, Disney-canon confirmation that Boba survived and is back to kick butt and take names in the galaxy. Two, they cast the guy who played Jango Fett! Which is important, since Boba is his cloned son! So somebody out there is clearly paying attention to what people want these days: continuity. They could have cast anybody to play Boba Fett and nobody would have batted an eye. But somebody, somewhere, in the depths of Disney, knew they needed to appease fans by keeping the continuity of the whole ‘clone’ thing going. Fancy that.

As a Star Wars fan who loves the minutiae of the lore, this pleases me.

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A More Definitive Hench-Sized Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

If this were a better world, we’d all be watching Black Widow on the big screen this weekend. If this were a better world, I’d have a giant stack of new comics to read and review this weekend. If this were a better world, Best Buy would have the Nintendo Switch in stock. But it’s not a better world. It’s a coronavirus world.

So let’s pass the time by ranking all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies!

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Way back in 2015, about halfway through the MCU as we know it today, I did my first ranking of all the Marvel movies. I’m still fairly happy with the list. But a lot has changed since then. Most specifically, the Infinity Saga came to an end! And now it’ll be more than a year between installments as Black Widow and Phase 4 have been pushed back to November.

So yeah, on this traditional Marvel movie release weekend, join me after the jump to see my personal ranking of all the MCU movies! Keep in mind, I’m a devoted fanboy and I love all these films, even the ones other people say are bad. They’re all great. I just like some more than others.

Keep in mind: this is not a ranking of the quality of the films. This is my personal love of the MCU. Expect full bias and preferential treatment.

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I’m Gonna Give Extraction a Try

Stuck at home with little to do, I’m always up for something new to watch. So how about that new Chris Hemsworth movie on Netflix? It’s called Extraction and it’s on Netflix now.

I’m gonna watch it sometime today, probably. Or maybe I’ll fall asleep on my couch again. It’s really up in the air at this point in self-quarantine.

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