The Big Three: Week #3

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X-Men: Apocalypse

As doors are closing for the X-Men franchise, more are opening. The big comic book news of the week focused on Jennifer Lawrence’s future departure from the series. It looks like after X-Men: Apocalypse, the star will be exiting the franchise for good. It makes enough sense. She is the most in-demand young female actress. She makes a boatload of cash on these things. FOX probably wants to shift focus away from Mystique and Wolverine and onto the younger team that they are assembling.

Speaking of the younger team, there was some big casting news on the X front. It seems relative unknown Lana Condor will be playing the part of fan favorite X-Man Jubilee. Most known for her part in the animated series of the ’90s, Jubilee has the mutant power to create miniature explosions that closely resemble fireworks. She dressed like a true ’90s character with a signature set of purple glasses and a yellow trench coat. Also rumored this week was the possible return of Wolverine and the debut of Channing Tatum as Gambit which would make plenty of sense considering both characters have been members of Apocalypse’s group of field generals known as Horsemen at one time or another.

I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #XMEN #Apocalypse

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Fantastic Four

Is anyone surprised at this point? Instead on in an official picture or a new trailer, a fan leaked the first image of Ben Grimm post transformation into the Thing from the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Fans are torn. The early marketing for film has gotten a lot of criticism for looking too serious and not fantastic enough. There has also been a relative blackout on any information or images of the film’s villain, the Latverian ruler and possible blogger Dr. Doom. However, this image of the Thing makes the character look excellent. An all CGI character is a change from the Chiklis version which was a practical suit, but this Toby Kebell Thing looks comic accurate and interesting. Hopefully we will see more good things from the reboot, although I hope Fox has the sense to release them themselves.

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Deadpool

It has been week for Deapool. Earlier in the week, we got confirmation of a couple of roles. Obviously Ryan Reynolds is “reprising” his role as the titular mercenary. We knew Morena Baccarin was selected for the role of Deadpool’s love interest, but until this week there was only speculation as to who exactly what would be. It turns out she will play Vanessa Carlisle a.k.a. Copycat, a mystique-espue mutant who has a history with the Merc with a Mouth. She was originally a prostitute before meeting Wilson who dated Copycat before learning that he had cancer.

This week, Ryan Reynolds also tweeted the biggest piece of Deadpool related news since the announcement of the film itself. He tweeted a picture of the costume complete with the perfect tagline“With great power comes great irresponsibility”. True to character, Deadpool is sitting on a bearskin run in front of a fire posing suggestively. The costume itself is perfect. I cannot stress how comic accurate this costume is. It almost looks like a still from the recent Deadpool video game, and that’s a great sign.

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Matthew Nando Kelly is an incredibly cool and handsome staff writer for Pop-Break who was allowed to write his own bio. Aside from weekly Flash reviews, he writes about film, television, music, and video games. Matthew also has a podcast called Mad Bracket Status where he discusses pop culture related brackets with fellow Pop-Break writer DJ Chapman. He loves U2, cats, and the New Orleans Saints. He can also occasionally be found writing lists on Topless Robot and his twitter handle is @NationofNando
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Matthew Nando Kelly is the cool and tough Managing Editor of Pop Break who was allowed to write his own bio. Besides weekly Flash recaps, he has a podcast called Mad Bracket Status where he makes pop culture brackets with fellow writer DJ Chapman.