WRUP: Further firsts for the Marvel Cinematic Universe edition

    
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We do what we have to do, really.

All right, so now Avengers: Endgame has proven that not only could this franchise survive for a decade, it can successfully reach a satisfying conclusion for a decade-long arc and retire certain characters whilst also providing new directions. So we’re long past the point of “proving you can do a superhero movie well” and “proving you can do a team-up superhero movie well” and “proving that Vin Diesel can act by the sheer emotion he wrings out of five words, two of which he only says once.”

So what else can the next “phase” or whatever (you know it’s happening) prove? Something like this:

  • Proving that you can make a superhero team-up film when all the superheroes are teaming up to do is go down to the corner store and pick up some snacks for movie night.
  • Proving that you can shoot an entire film consisting of Chris Hemsworth arguing with a key grip over who was the best James Bond while a tired director calls for Chris to please get in the shot.
  • Proving that you can make a film in which the climactic battle is a dance fight set to a song which is difficult to dance to, like Spandau Ballet’s “Gold.” Actually, exactly that song.
  • Proving that you can make a film entitled “Spider-Man: A Prairie Home Companion” and have the title actually work within your schematic.
  • Proving that you can make non-terrible X-Men films.
  • Proving that there is apparently no critical mass beyond which these movies cannot reach as we somehow get a feature-length film about Alpha Flight.
  • Proving that someone will keep trying to make Inhumans happen.

If you have other suggestions please do not leave them in the comments of this week’s What Are You Playing. We’re good.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite movie that you would describe as bad? Like “this movie is dumb as heck and I love it”?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I guess I’ll be playing a bit of the new Mortal Kombat at my monthly console party, but I’m hoping there’ll be some Overcooked 2 too. And yeah, I’m playing some Pokemon Go at some point too.

Favorite dumb movie has got to be the old Super Mario Bros movie. It’s actually not that bad, but it’s cheesy as all heck.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I have guests in town the next couple of weeks, so my gaming time is about slim down to not much for bit, but my husband and I are still in Guild Wars 2 – we started season 4 this week – and obviously we’re still working out plans for City of Heroes. I want to play with my kids, fam.

Does Return of the Jedi count?

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m going to do the same as Mia, I’ll be doing my AFK fishing to get the money in Black Desert Online. I’ll be pretty busy this weekend though, my wife and I will be busy building a new set of desks for the office. I’m so excited for that! I’ll probably be farming MGP for Final Fantasy XIV to get the Regalia!

I’m not really much of a movie guy, but I’ll say Final Fantasy Advent Children, the non remastered mode without the extra footage. That movie’s plot was a mess, but I love the battles.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): The Path of the Slayer update in Dauntless has completely hooked me in with all its little carrots to chase, so that will definitely be a primary feature. I’m also probably going to wander around in The Elder Scrolls Online and will peer in to Mortal Kombat 11 now and again.

I, Robot gets my vote. It’s not a particularly brilliant movie, especially when you consider the source material it came from, but if you didn’t know about Asimov, it was a pretty serviceable and dumb fun movie. Also, I enjoy Will Smith. Sue me.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): One of my big pre-expansion bits of prepwork in FFXIV is almost finished, so this weekend will be wrapping that up (or nearly so). I’ve also got to continue my long-running theme of getting to things about a million years late by firing up Bloodborne.

I love bad movies as much as I love good ones; awful movies are a special kind of crazy and dumb and I have legitimately watched some Mystery Science Theater 3000 picks without the episodes themselves. My favorite bad movie is still probably Snakes on a Plane, which is dumb as hell and I love it; I also love both the original and the most recent Power Rangers films.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): Fallout 76 is beckoning me for another try at this multiplayer survival sandbox, and while I know I’m probably doomed to be disappointed, I feel that I must give it another good try. You know, to justify the cost I spent, etc. Other plans involve going through Lord of the Rings Online’s anniversary scavenger hunts and doing some Dungeons & Dragons Online grouping with my guild.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): My game plan for this weekend includes AFK fishing in BDO at the Waterpark and playing a little bit of a several lesser known games so that I can have a better adventure story to share.

I am also going to have a bunch of teen girls sleeping over for my daughter’s 14th birthday, so I expect things to be noisy and hectic. Nonetheless, I am also hoping to get into some online learning to polish up my GIS and cartography skills.

My family has a tradition of watching Better Off Dead together. You know, the John Cusack teen flick about skiing and stuff? Yeah. Great bad movie.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): With all this talk about superhero MMOs, I’m kind of hankering for some high flying, incredible action. So, I’m going to find out if I can dig up my old Champions Online account and see if the game still exists. Also I had a good time in Albion Online, so I’ll hop in there some too.

As for movies, I liked Spider-Man 3 and The Matrix Revolutions. A lot of people think they aren’t really good, but they are missing some of the deeper plot elements!

Tyler Edwards: Beyond the usual D&D game (which actually didn’t end up happening last week cause people were busy with Easter), I’m not sure. Feel like I’m in a bit of rut lately. Maybe The Division 2, but I have to say it’s really not living up to the original, and I didn’t exactly adore the original. I was thinking of maybe buying a month of Origin Access just to try out a bunch of games. Boy, I miss demos.

As a rule, I’m not one for guilty pleasures or appreciating things ironically. I like a lot of movies other people think are bad, but I usually still think they’re good stories. I will, rather shamefully, admit to enjoying the first couple of Michael Bay Transformers movies. They’re awful in every way, but on the other hand, big robots go smashy-smash.

Pierre, Patron: I’m still enjoying The Division 2. The reason is probably I don’t have a lot of time for gaming lately, and so instead of some kind of bulimic gaming behavior, I savour the game slowly. I’m also progressing through Tales from the Borderlands. I reiterate my recommendation: If you never played it, it’s one of the best games from regretted Telltale Games. Finally, it’s this time of the year when I’m tempted again to launch World of Tanks (happens every year xD). And I must say that I’m enjoying the game much better than last year: Wargaming apparently decided to listen to the players and improved many things in WoT. So this annual guilty pleasure time will probably last me longer than I thought.
Enjoy your weekend MOP readers. And let us know what you’re playing, it’s always a great source of inspiration. <3

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Bruno Brito

Mangas, watched my cat while she had one side of her face swollen by a bee, tried to play mmos but got tired quick, had to do some exercises for my art class, yet i can’t go today because i’m not feeling really good ( also keeping my cat under observation ).

I’ll try to play SWG today, see if i get anywhere.

Just the crap i’ve been producing these days:

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PanagiotisLial1

Nice drawings and hopefully your cat will be much better soon. Mine actually tried to eat a bee once, but managed to intevene in time

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Mordyjuice

I didn’t play anything really, I logged into WoW for about 45 minutes I guess but usually I’d watch a bunch of Youtube Videos and take cat naps. After Sunday Night I’ll have another 2 days, maybe I’ll play something who knows; maybe I can liquidate some cash and watch Avengers Endgame on $5 night at the movies this Tuesday.

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butterpanda888

World of Warcraft for me. That and being an emotional wreck after Endgame.

I really like Battle: Los Angeles though I wouldn’t call it a great movie. Also, I love every Spider-Man movie. Tom Holland may be best, but I do like the Andrew Garfield movies and even the Toby Maguire movies.

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Eboni

I’m playing some FFXIV. I found out you can pay to skip the Main Story Quest and it has been a game changer for me. I’m not sure if I am starting to dislike questing or the quests in that game are just boring (maybe a little from both columns), but every time I got back into the game that MSQ would bore me out of it. Everything that I wanted to do was linked to that freak quest line and skipping it is so liberating lol.

My dumb movie is Suicide Squad. I love that movie, but everyone else seems to hate it.

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Nate Woodard

Still in St. Petersburg. May have to cut our vacation short as there’s some serious flooding happening in town and the in-laws will likely have to relocate until the water recedes. It’s kind of a bummer, but the wife and I had a great week! The weather has been really nice. We’ll see what the rest of the weekend brings. May be booking a flight back home tomorrow. Anyway, the wife is not so politely telling me to put the phone down, so goodnight to you all and have a good rest of the weekend folks!

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Paragon Lost

@Mia DeSanzo… love that bad movie.

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Hirku

CASH!

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Danny Smith

3 levels for PLD in FFXIV, 2 ranks in Warframe to be done with Nightwave and i picked up Fallout 76 for £6 at my local GAME because there have more copies of that sitting at the counter than those shitty redbull mini cans they sell to kids buying point cards for v bucks. I’m in for a bad time but i just have to see it for myself.

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cursedseishi

Proving that you can make a film in which the climactic battle is a dance fight set to a song which is difficult to dance to, like Spandau Ballet’s “Gold.” Actually, exactly that song.

… I mean… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 had Starlord starting off the climactic fight in it with a dance off. James Gunn is back on Vol. 3, so while this may be a joke I could also totally see exactly that as a cap-off for that movie… Plus the music does fit in with the period of time the rest of those songs are all pulled from. We could always try asking Mark Ruffalo though, just in case he’s been poking his head around that particular movie lot.

Speaking of Gunn though, for that bonus question…? Literally anything Troma. Toxic Avenger? Yep. Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.? Come on, man, that car flip scene is literally iconic to the Troma-verse. They are horrible. They are stupid, schlocky messes… And present day me loves them as much as ten year old me did.
But I’m going to give a shout out to Andrew Ross’s answer for “Super Mario Bros.” if I had to select just one. I love the Mario games, especially the SNES-Gamecube RPGs, but… I also really love that movie. Enough to have bought it without a second thought from a garage sale the second I saw the beat up VHS box. It’s schlocky and can be rather particularly dumb… but… Dystopian Mushroom Kingdom covered in literal mushrooms? Two rather big named and rather prominent actors as well as John Leguizamo? The Goomba Dance with Toad?

I’m horrible. And I’m going to watch that movie again now. And while I do? FF14 as long as the internet holds up with the weather. Machinist hit 60, I’ve got at least 3 gauges taking up real estate on the screen, and much like the steam-punk aesthetic almost all of it does nothing except stay there to look complex and fancy. Other than leveling that, I’m finishing Paladin to 70 and taking White Mage through the Deep Dungeon. Because there are too many rough tanks at the moment, and not enough alcohol for me to remind the tenth or eleventh one in a post-40 dungeon that there are job quests beyond 30 and your class doesn’t stop at Marauder and Gladiator… And no, your aggro problems aren’t the healers fault don’t blame them.

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nobleeinherjar

There’s probably some FFXIV in the cards. I still need to finish MSQ, but I might try to work my way through Sigmascape instead.

I’m having a crazy amount of fun with MTG Arena. It’s a super convenient way to play a game I’ve loved since childhood. I just wish there was an option to enable chatting. That’s probably my biggest criticism of the game right now.

And I finally made the jump from Sims 3 to Sims 4. I could write a whole essay on 3 vs 4 and what each game does differently or better (and what Sims 4 still lacks compared to its predecessors). But having a smooth, stable game without having to take a lot of precautions to prevent crashes and corruption is a huge plus, and I’m having a lot of fun. More than I expected, to be honest. I’m surprised how much emotions makes up for some of 4’s flaws.

Bonus answer: A lot of answers could go here. I love dumb movies. But I’ll go with John Woo’s Broken Arrow.

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Utakata

This week: Things I learned about myself from the internetz.

1) I am a, “Middle aged fat dude pretending to be a chick with pigtails…”
2) I make things up. Presumably all the time…
3) A lot of folks don’t like it when one criticizes their version of Vanilla Wow.

…while I gather the latter is thing that gets them through the night, alright. So I am not going to tell them what or what they shouldn’t like. There’s is no point to that exercise beyond the pointless flame war. And I rather be playing games. Anyrates…

The former two, I leave up to the subjectivity. That is, I’ll let them think whatever they want to think about myself. Kinda like with the latter. With exception of contesting how far they’re going off base with that. That is, they’re are likely right that I am not actually a Gnome. Or my head doesn’t sport anthropomorphised appendages (as mush as I wish that where true…I could do with an extra pair of hands). However, if they claim that I am a dragon instead or card carrying Republican, I might say something about that. As I am totally being misconstrued, even beyond what my imagination that is willing to accept. Anywhoose…

Also this week: I got a nasty prompt from the WoW character creator, that I’ve reached my allot number for my account at 50 toons. So I’ve been making amends to delete and clean up my account of characters I’ll never use and their respective inventories. As it turns out, that’s a taller order than me…internetz version or my actual version. Anyroads…

…have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Bruno Brito

1) I am a, “Middle aged fat dude pretending to be a chick with pigtails…”

I find that extremely hard to believe, since you’re more pleasant to talk than all the “nice” guys i’ve met around the internet.

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Utakata

Why thank you! <3

…to be fair though, this was at one time ongoing joke between my one of guild leads and myself. That is, I was some 500 lbs middle aged male biker posing as small pink Gnome. I find it amusing how closely this claim matched to that description minus the additional adjectives. The difference here though is that this claim was made without any sense of humor and out of spite over an argument that I appeared to be having the advantage. /sigh

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but don’t beat yourself about it. There’s nothing wrong with you, and some people will be dicks just for the sake of it. You’re a better person than anyone like that.

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PanagiotisLial1

For one thing, even as a joke it was sort of bad. I also dislike a lot when people bring up anything looks-related to “label” a person. We all are what our personality is and not what our look is

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Utakata

You have a point though. I mean, the inside joke aside…it does pander to troupes and stereotypes that eventually lead us down a road of anti-intellectualism in the narrative. And we all know where that will get us (see: bigot). So yes, we have to be extremely careful here.

And as well as we need to deal with this elephant in the room: So what if it turned out I was some, “…middle aged fat dude pretending to be a chick with pigtails?” Which is really no different than what if it you turned out to be a small pigtailed Gnome adorning a plated medieval helm and suit? As long as we’re not doing harm to anyone, why is this even an issue? o.O

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Bruno Brito

it does pander to troupes and stereotypes that eventually lead us down a road of anti-intellectualism in the narrative. And we all know where that will get us (see: bigot). So yes, we have to be extremely careful here.

I don’t know if i believe in this, honestly. I mean, i avoid stereotyping just for the sake of it, but when things are in good fun, and in between friends, i see no harm when it doesn’t involve third parties. I don’t believe in slippery slopes, everything stops somewhere,and people don’t just “slip” into immoral territory. There’s a prior motivation behind it.

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Skoryy

I imagine you just as nice in real life and also with pink pigtails.

Me, I just wish I was as skinny and less follicly-challenged as my characters!

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Bruno Brito

When i was skinny, i had a hard time even standing up, used to feel like i was going to pass out at any second.

Don’t feel bad for having a bit more, i’m like that too nowadays, and i feel way better. Don’t put yourself down for outsiders standards.

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Skoryy

The problem is that its more than a bit, but I appreciate the sentiments. XD

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Bruno Brito

Still not a problem. If it’s something of a health issue, it’s only up to you if you wanna solve it or not, even if it is a problem to be solved, on the first place.

I know saying it’s easier than doing it, but don’t beat yourself up about it. Everyone comes in all shapes and sizes and flavors, and they’re all valid.

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Sylkesh

1) I am a, “Middle aged fat dude pretending to be a chick with pigtails…”

Impossible: you’re a chick with pigtails, indeed! We all know the truth here! <3

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Utakata

And a Gnome one at that! /wiggle pigtails <3