Star Wars: Aftermath

The main narrative of Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig was thrilling and exciting. Before the announcement of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, I had never read any of the Expanded Universe books; but a story of a broken Empire and a budding New Republic was very interesting to me. I was so excited for this book (and the overall trilogy of books, for which this is the first). The book didn’t let me down, but it didn’t perform how I thought either.

Like I said before the main narrative was thrilling. It grouped 5 people/aliens/droids together to form an unlikely team against a secret meeting held by top ranking officers in the Empire, who are trying to figure out how to move forward in the wake of the death of the Emperor. The group of 5 where all likable and had you rooting for them; even though some of their actions made you very frustrated (I’m looking at you Temmin). Even if someone’s actions made your shake your head you could understand their reasoning behind it.

There are SO MANY characters in this book, especially when you take into account the interludes, which I will touch on below. ┬áThis is both fantastic and horrible. Since I want to keep the review brief I won’t go into everyone that is mentioned, but in the Main Narrative Wendig does an amazing job balancing the characters and who to showcase when. He also includes some fan favorites and handles them very nicely.

My favorite part of the books were the strategy. Both sides trying to figure out how to move forward in the wake of the Rebel victory. I loved how they were trying to plan their moves and make their strategies, both sides thinking how the other will react.

My only complaint with the book are those Interludes between the main narrative. The interlude isn’t one narrative, but many, covering many locations and characters, many of whom we only see once. It was good having the more interesting and fan pleasing interludes towards the end, but it got tiring having a break from the main narrative so many times. If the narratives were kept in a block then it would have kept the pace of the main narrative much better.

Overall, though, the book was a great read, and only increased my thirst for new Star Wars stuff. If your a Star Wars fan this book is a must read.

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How to Ruin a Spider-Man Movie

How do you ruin a Spider-Man movie?

Have a 19 year old actor play a 15 year old.

Okay, its not the biggest age gap an actor has played, but I’m just hoping Tom Holland can pull of a convincing 15 year old. It helps that he has a baby face to keep him looking young, hopefully that translates well on the big screen.

Don’t loose that baby face! Or grow facial hair, Spider-Man shouldn’t sporting a Grizzy Adams!

Another bit of worry comes when you think about the inevitable sequels. Tom might be 21/22 years old (if the sequel is that soon) playing a 16 year old, even more of a gap. Or they will just fast forward in time so the character’s age matches more closely to the actor’s age, which would mean less time with young Parker. I would much rather want to see a 15/16 year old fight the Sinister Six instead of a 20 something, I can see that in just about any other movie.

The one thing that sounds like it will redeem the movie is that supposedly they won’t rehash the origin story. If that is true then we don’t have to watch Uncle Ben die again, I think Uncle Ben will be happy about that, there is only so many times one man can die.

I am looking forward to seeing Spider-Man in the MCU and can’t wait for the Spider-Man stand alone movie. But first CIVIL WAR!!!!!

Why Peter Parker Should Not Be in the MCU

Since the ‘Comic Book Movie Renaissance’ Spider-Man/Peter Parker has had 5 movies and 2 reboots. Now Peter Parker has a lot more stories in the tank and has a lot more to explore with the character. For one I think they haven’t spent enough time in High School. Those are some of Peter’s crucial, engaging years and they often just breeze through it, enough for the origin story to take hold.

Well all these reasons are enough to keep going with Peter Parker as Spider-Man, but what if they do a complete reboot of the character?

What if they replace Peter with Miles Morales? Who is Miles Morales? This is Miles:

Miles first appeared as a 12 year old who ended up getting bitten by a… you guessed it, a genetically enhanced spider. Miles has an Uncle that is on the wrong side of the law, a father against super heroes, and a loving mother.

My only compliant in the Miles Morales origin story is it ends up making the same beats as the ‘usual’ superhero origin story, albeit with a few different twists. One major ting is how long the initial Origin story is; they could make it into a whole trilogy if they wanted. Another great aspect of his story is the sense of innocence, confusion, coming-of-age for a boy so young. Its fresh and exciting.

Miles offers a fresh face and fresh stories that could bring in a massive audience more then Peter Parker can, because I believe more people can connect with him. Most obvious is the fact that he is of Black Hispanic descent, which can make him more accessible. But also the audience can connect with a character that is riddled with confusion, and trying to come to grips with a situation that is foreign. We are used to Peter Parker having spider powers, but Miles? How is he going to handle it, how is going to hide it, how will he adapt? And most importantly, how is he going to carry on the Spider-Man mantle? Not everyone knows his story, and that in itself will provide a freshness into the franchise.

I think this is a great time to bring Miles into the MCU, when we are expecting a reboot, a fresh start, and a Spider-Man that will shake the MCU.

Also that new suite is SWEET!!!