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Jonjo’s Best Of 2018!

2018 has come and gone! While we have massive events such as Avengers: Endgame, the return of Mr. Robot and the new core Pokemon RPG to make this year an awesome one, this is the perfect time to reflect on what I thought was the best of the past 12 months!

Which film did I most enjoy? What was the best book I read? Which show on Netflix was my go-to binge? What TV show made a massive impact to me away from the online giant? These questions and more are about to be answered in the First Annual Singing Whovian Awards For Excellence And Quality!

Best Film – Avengers: Infinity War

This was not easy! 2018 brought us such gems as Black Panther, Creed II, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Bohemian Rhapsody which I am sure will all do well when it comes to the award season in the US. But, for me, the culmination of ten years in the MCU being presented in this epic movie could not be ignored.

Beginning with Thanos taking down the Asgardian refuge ship and killing half of those on board, we see him begin his quest to wipe out half of all life as he sacrifices everything to achieve this goal. Iron Man, The Guardians Of The Galaxy and the other Avengers all come out to fight in this film which truly is bigger than any other that has come before it.

Could you get a more sympathetic yet terrifying antagonist than Thanos? Has there truly been a better film series which has managed to bring together such a huge list of characters that fans have loved over the past decade? Anthony and Joe Russo show that Marvel Studios can not only create a brilliant film, but have truly made the biggest shocker since Luke Skywalker found out his Dad was Darth Vader!

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Best TV show – Better Call Saul

Well, who thought this would happen? Could it be possible that the spin-off to one of the most successful TV shows of all time may actually be just as good or maybe even better than its predecessor? The tale of Jimmy McGill took possibly its most dramatic step this year as Jimmy has to deal with the loss of his brother and try to get his licence back to practice law.

With Season Four taking the biggest time jump so far, we see Jimmy and Kim slowly grow apart as the lives they live continue to divide them as the Saul Goodman persona begins to emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Kim tries to support Jimmy the best way she can, but can she possibly save him from the man he is destined to become?

While the couple may be on the rocks, we also get to see Gustavo Fring as he begins to grow his empire with the help of the fantastic Mike as he has to deal with the operations and tie up the lose ends. Also, as the series prepares for its fifth season, will we see the show eventually come up to Breaking Bad or even fully embrace a more sequel-based setting? I would like to see the show meet a satisfying conclusion with the chance to tie up all storylines for the man we have come to know as “Slippin’ Jimmy”.

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Best Netflix Film – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

2019 may be the year we will get the new series of Black Mirror emerge on Netflix, but I can’t see many people would have expected this to emerge. A late Christmas present from the streaming giant was definitely welcome when Netflix announced that Bandersnatch was to premiere on the 28th December…but the biggest surprise was yet to come.

When the film premiered, it was later discovered that you could choose the path that the episode was to follow. Whether it was what cereal that central character Stefan would start his day with, what cassette would be blasting from his Walkman or even how you would finish a fight scene, Charlie Brooker has given us yet another classic.

While we may be waiting till later in 2019 for a full Season Five of the hit show, I can safely say that this special will keep many people entertained for hours while they attempt to get all the endings.

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Best Netflix TV Show – BoJack Horseman

Can you believe we have already had five seasons of this fantastic series? BoJack Horseman is the perfect show to blend comedy, drama, speak about everyday issues such as anxiety and depression and also involve anthropomorphic animals who inhabit the world that is so similar to our own. If you’ve never seen the show before, its main star is a Horse-Man who used to star in a sitcom which was a big hit and he now gets by each day as a semi-functioning alcoholic with more mummy issues than Norman Bates.

Will Arnett continues to shine as the troubled star who has to not only deal with his own personal demons, but he also has to get through the loss of his mother in what is possibly one of the finest episodes of TV that I have ever witnessed. The supporting cast all bring their best performances in this season, whether its Alison Brie as Diane begins to deal with her split from Mr. Peanutbutter or even Rami Malek or Stephanie Beatriz for their roles as the workforce behind BoJack’s new series called Philbert.

I honestly could not have thought anything would have beaten season four of this fine show, but Arnett and the rest of the stars are all on top form. BoJack Horseman continues to tackle themes that many other shows would never touch, yet we seem to take it in just as much with these animated creations as we would if the people were real. Bring on Season Six!

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Best Playstation 4 Game – Spider-Man

The PS4 has been possibly the greatest console to come out from Sony, with many games that push the boundaries of what we would consider the standard. In the last few years we have had Bloodborne terrify the masses, The Last Of Us bring people to tears and even the latest God Of War show that it just gets better and better.

Truly, the best of all these in my opinions is Spider-Man! The 2018 game which reinvents all we know about the wall-crawler and provides possibly one of the tightest and most enjoyable gaming experiences ever. The game looks visually amazing and it handles almost as well as a certain caped crusader and his series of games set around the famous prison based in his world.

While not the most original idea brought to the console, the execution of the title character and his world is just stunning. The story is indeed a unique one to any Spider-Man canon that has come before it and I am sure there will be millions of people eagerly awaiting the sequel when it his the Playstation 5 in the future!

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Best XBOX ONE Game – Dragonball FighterZ

This is not a console exclusive, its not the biggest title of the year and it may actually not have sold super well compared to others, but I really really really loved this game. Taking on a more hand-drawn style that reflects the anime has really gone in FighterZ favour to produce the most exciting figher of the year.

While it has come out on the PS4 and also amazed me on the Nintendo Switch too, it is the XBOX ONE which sees it really shine with the 4K visuals on the XBOX ONE X and just bringing back the greatest memories of watching the show. When you get such seemless gameplay and beautiful art design like this, how could you not love it?

Including some great multiplayer options and a story mode from original creator Akira Toriyama is indeed the greatest strength of this game. It takes what has come before from titles in the Budokai and Xenoverse series and really puts you into the action in a way that has never been possible before.

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Best Nintendo Switch Game – Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Was there any other choice? Octopath Traveler was a deep tale with some of the best music in video game history, the Bayonetta 2 port was so much fun to play through and Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu was a fun nostalgic trip to Kanto and I loved throwing all my Meltan into the park. While these games scored high for me, I got my biggest joy from bashing buttons as I took either Kirby or Richter Belmont to victory against the 70+ challengers over them 100+ stages.

When this game was first announced, my only experience in the Smash realm was with the Wii edition in the late 2000’s. But with each Nintendo Direct, the excitement just kept getting higher. The idea of throwing these characters from countless franchises to see them fight it out on these wacky stages shouldn’t be so appealing, but it does work well.

Whether you play alone, with friends or with that pro online who kicks your arse every single time, you can’t help but love this game. It’s simple and complex at the same time. It is visually beautiful and straightforward to play.

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Best Book – The Walking Dead Vol. 30: New World Order

I will admit, I haven’t read a lot of books that actually came out this year. The Walking Dead comic series has got a book edition every six months and never fails to succeed in terms of storytelling, intrigue and character development. For a comic that has been going for over 15 years, the concept is still as fresh as ever and the latest chapter has been indeed ambitious.

As Eugene leads the group to Ohio, the survivors are invited to a community that has many people within its walls, approximately 250,000. While the gang begin to learn about the people in Ohio, Michonne discovers that her daughter has come to this settlement and may still be alive.

Like any Walking Dead story, you find that it is the living characters that are dangerous and unpredictable. Where the story will surely only develop further in the next volume, it is good to see more characters enter the fray such as the unhinged ‘Princess’ and the Commonwealth’s governor Pamela Milton (not another Governor!!!!!). Bring on book 31!

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That was my list, did you agree with any of my picks? Are you upset that I didn’t include Red Dead Redemption 2 on my list of games or that I left Venom out of the running? Let me know.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Is Spider-Man The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Do we all remember how excited we were when Spider-Man was finally brought into the MCU. We honestly needed him in the film franchise. Not just for the great character that he has been shown to be in Captain America: Civil War, but we also have Spider-Man: Homecoming out in July (co-starring Iron Man too) and we have him in the Avengers: Infinity Wars movie and its sequel, as well as a Homecoming sequel in 2019. While we have waited so long for this to happen, it is fair to say that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is fully integrated into the established movie universe. But, could Sony be about to destroy all of that?

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Announced in the last few weeks, a Venom movie was said to be coming out on 5th October 2018. Now, a Venom movie in the MCU would be good, wouldn’t it? Well tough s**t. Sony are planning to make their own cinematic universe with not just the iconic villain, but also doing a movie with Black Cat and Silver Sable. Sony, why don’t you ever learn?

Now I don’t have a massive problem with them making a Venom spin-off. But considering this is about the 3rd or 4th attempt to do so since 2007’s Spider-Man 3. At that time, people were underwhelmed with Topher Grace’s less than stellar performance. The spin-off would have been a way to bring the then-established Venom to a more favourable view with its audience. If done then, it may have been fine. Ok, so Sony want to make this new universe and really make a mess while continuing on with Marvel and the MCU. At least that will be fine, won’t it?

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Ok, so there has been some chatter this week about how long Spider-Man will be in the MCU. Amy Pascal (the woman whose emails got hacked where she gave her “suggestions” on films that Barack Obama would like and took part in an exchange where Angelina Jolie was referred to as a brat!) has seemingly suggested the partnership for Spider-man in the MCU won’t last for long. If Spider-Man: Homecoming does become a hit (which is very much a certainty), I can see that Spider-Man will be a big part of the MCU and possibly take over Iron Man as the head character of this universe.

Going forward, the best thing we have to look forward to in this deal is the wealth of villains that Spider-Man brings. Already we begin with The Vulture, being played by Michael Keaton. We also have got Shocker and The Tinkerer in the movie. Imagine all the possible antagonists going ahead. Maybe the Sinister Six could come around (but not be stupidly teased like in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) or we could have double trouble with Venom and Carnage. Also, how can we sort this Venom problem?

First thing, make Venom a part of the MCU. No excuses for not having this character as part of the cinematic universe we have come to love over the last nine years. My theory would be that Donald Glover could possibly be a new version of Eddie Brock. Possibly involving an experiment to replicate Spider-Man’s powers, the symbiote is created and attaches itself to Eddie Brock (possibly a former accomplice of Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture) and plans his revenge against Spider-Man. Then we could get this Venom film as a way of exploring this character and maybe see him face off against Carnage after initially being a villain. The 2018 movie should be part of the MCU, a late entry to phase three and possibly set up a major villain to take on the Avengers after Thanos (Carnage could possibly be a huge villain to take his place. Along with Dormammu).

If we can all agree, how many villains can you name that are normally associated with Marvel heroes when you take away Spider-Man’s rogues gallery? Ok, we had Loki, Zemo, Thanos and Ultron. But then again, you have Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Mysterio, Carnage, Scorpion, Chameleon, Sandman, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Black Cat, Rhino, Kraven, Kingpin and many more. In fact, Kingpin has already proven hugely popular in the established universe in the Netflix series Daredevil. We need more of the characters we grew up with and knew really well.

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It is a no-brainer for the Spider-Man properties to stay in the MCU and just get an overall benefit from the collaboration. To see any of these in the MCU would be a massive win. Sony, I know you don’t listen to these comments and won’t change your minds from what I tell you. But, please don’t stop this deal. What you have here is the potential to continually grow this franchise for years to come. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept fresh and highly rated as it has explored many genres, tackled multiple subject matters and striking a deal with two huge companies is indeed another big win.

To put it simple, the MCU needs to continue to evolve to keep itself alive and Spider-Man IS the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has been well received and is always certain to get many people to the cinema. We have probably not got too long left with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Black Widow. The Avengers team has changed numerous times and will continue to do so. I can imagine Phase Three will end with our Avengers being Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, The Wasp, a new Captain America, Hulk and Captain Marvel. That is already a massive change. Who knows, we may even get Fantastic Four in phase four and really expand on another level.

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But for now, I am happy to see how the MCU evolves. There are so many avenues to see. We have The Defenders and The Punisher on Netflix to come later this year. The Inhumans TV series is starting to look great and all the upcoming films too! We need this universe, it has proven to be hugely satisfying and to see people continue to grow up with this world is truly special. Imagine in 20 years time and the same universe is still expanding on TV and film? Marvel created one of the most unique cinematic experiences of all time, and I hope this doesn’t stop for a long time to come. The future needs a good lead…and that lead, is Spider-Man!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming out 7th July 2017 in cinemas.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron. New Trailer!

Friday 24th April is when the UK will receive the release of the epic blockbuster ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’. Within the last few hours, a brand new trailer has been released and features ever more footage from the movie and teases us further. When Tony Stark looks to boot up a peace-keeping program, he inadvertently releases the being Ultron, an AI who is set on bringing the end to all human existance. The Avengers must team up to take on their greatest challenge yet, while at the same time survive being in each others company.

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader and many other cast members! You do not want to miss this very exciting event for 2015!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Eleven Films You Will Be Watching In 2015

These films are to come out during the year 2015. A mix of action, drama, comedy and animation is here. Whether you want a comic book film, a laugh-out-loud experience or to travel to a galaxy far far away, this is the list for you. So, what eleven films will you definitely are seeing next year?

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Need I say more? The first film became the third highest-grossing film of all time, heralded critical acclaim all over the world and saw some of the most popular comic characters of all time finally come together in this massively epic story. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest are back to save the world yet again. This time, instead of battling the trickster god Loki, the team are to take on the mad robot Ultron (James Spader) as he looks to eradicate the human race. Be prepared for lots of action, humour, mayhem and possibly the biggest movie to come out this year!

Ant-Man

Completing Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man already has its work cut out for it as not only does it have to contend with carrying on the MCU after Age Of Ultron, but also it needs to establish a new rotation of characters the world. Edgar Wright may have left the project, but indications show that the combination of Peyton Reed and Adam McKay may just pay off and bring us a gem. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in this movie which chronicles one of Marvel’s oldest franchises and finally brings Ant-Man to the big screen.

Spectre

Bond 24 now has a title, and the idea that SPECTRE is involved is very exciting. The group, known since the first official bond film in 1962, will be taking centre stage in the latest outing for Daniel Craig. Playing Bond for the fourth time, Craig is about to face Christoph Waltz as he becomes Franz Oberhauser (though many assume this a red herring and that he shall actually play Blofeld who was a staple of the classic Bond films). With the filming just started, it is a long way to October 2015 and we can’t wait to see if this film can top Skyfall!

Fifty Shades Of Grey

I don’t get why this film is made. I know many women are going to go and see this and drag their boyfriend/fiancée/husband to see it. Coming out on Valentines weekend, the film is looking to really take the business and going to the cinema will be a plan for some men to keep their partner happy. Northern Irish actor Jamie Dorman plays the male lead to Dakota Johnson and looks to be one of the most explicit films of the year. If a woman has read the book and liked it, you can be sure they will be sat in the cinema in February watching it.

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Next, we say goodbye to actor Paul Walker as his last film is out in 2015. After being delayed following the death of Paul and still having shots to be done, re-writes were put in place and filming was complete using Paul Walker’s brothers and helping bring the movie to a conclusion. Vin Diesel, The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez and more return for the new instalment. Will the franchise continue following the loss of Paul Walker? Who knows? Will you be seeing this film when it comes out? Yes!

Pitch Perfect 2

Ok, I have not seen Pitch Perfect, but I know how popular it was when released. Anna Kendrick led the 2012 musical-comedy with Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rebel Wilson as part of its cast. The songs were instant hits which spawned the song ‘Cups’ which hit No. 6 in the US single charts and won lots of awards. Compared to Glee, the show was positively seen for its fun characters, comedic tone and having a top soundtrack. If you like music in your comedy movies, this is definitely for you!

Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane brings back the foul-mouthed, ridiculously cute Ted for a second outing in 2015. With his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) by his side, the two are set to make more laughs and make as big an impact as the first time. Mila Kunis may not be in this one, but with a cast including Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, David Hasselhoff and the return of Sam J. Jones (AKA Flash Gordon). This movie looks to get even funnier and bring about even more stand out moments.

Jurassic World

Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! More Dinosaurs! Chris Pratt leads the cast of this upcoming sequel to the classic Jurassic Park and it looks good. Hybrid Dinosaurs look set to be the big bad in this film as the park, which is now fully functioning, looks to become in trouble again. Following the years of being in development hell, the movie is finally about to see the light of day and early footage looks impressive. With a new cast, updated CGI and the award winning combination of director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly, I think we will be in safe hands when we return to Isla Nublar.

Terminator Genisys

Is it a remake, a reboot, a sequel, a prequel or something else? The answer seems to be yes. Keeping to the same basic story, the story of a future where machines have taken over the world and are in war with the human race. John Connor sends back his friend Kyle Reese to protect his mother Sarah. On arriving in the past, she is already being looked after by a protector, the T-800. Showing an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, he is back and ready to fight any and all dangers. Showcasing elements made famous in Terminator 1 and 2, this movie looks set to change all that we know before and create a new legacy. Will Terminator Genisys be worth the effort and turn out good? We will find out. The trailer looks rather decent.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars had to come back. Being one of the most successful franchises of all time, J.J. Abrams steps behind the camera of Episode VII to give us the world post-empire and see what happened with Luke, Leia, Han and the others after Darth Vader was defeated. Set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi, the new film follows a new threat and will unite heroes old and new to take the threat on. Though not out until December 18th 2015, we recently got a glimpse of what to expect in an 88 second teaser trailer, and we were most certainly teased. Look out for your favourite characters, intense action and that John Williams soundtrack which just had to be there.

Minions

No explanation needed. The Minions are probably the most popular animated characters since The Simpsons. They are cute, simple, harmless and funny. This film is a prequel to the hit Despicable Me films and follows three of the minions as they look to serve the most evil person they can find. Being around since the dawn of time, they always look to do the best they can for their master. With this guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and hopefully keeping the humour which had the adults laughing along too, don’t be surprised if Minions was to become the hit film of the summer holidays.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Our first official trailer, and what it means to Agents Of Shield!

A short while ago it was announced that Avengers: Age Of Ultron would be debuting its first official trailer on Tuesday 28th October 2014 on ABC in America during that nights episode of Agents Of Shield. The show itself has been struggling in the ratings since its return, although the critical reception has been higher than its first series, the show looks to be in trouble if ratings continue to drop. This was almost seen as a lifeline and would have had plenty of people glued to the TV to see the first footage of what will be 2015’s most anticipated movie. But then this happened…

The trailer had been leaked online early (Actually about 6-12 hours ago). Marvel, obviously not wanting to leave the fans with a rough trailer being passed around, officially unveiled their trailer and also took to twitter to jokingly state “Dammit, HYDRA.” at the news of the leak. So, I doubt Agents of Shield will air the trailer now, but maybe they use something else to get a crowd in? So we now have the full trailer (which you can watch here, it is bloody good! James Spader is definitely going to be brilliant as Ultron!) which you can enjoy from now until April 24th when Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released in the UK (Yes, one week before the US. Sweet!). Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron follows the cast of 2012’s Smash Hit The Avengers as the heroes are brought together to fight their toughest enemy yet. When Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron, Ultron then decides the human race is the enemy and looks to eradicate them from existence. The heroes will need allies old and new to help defeat this threat as the whole world is in danger.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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