The ending to the epic extravaganza that was Avengers: Endgame left us with more questions than answers regarding what the future held for the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including who (if anyone) would be a suitable replacement for the late, great Iron Man as the face of the franchise. I saw Captain Marvel's name brought up in a few different places, which I understood based off how successful her solo film was earlier this year, but she didn't feel well suited for the role in my opinion.
Spider-Man, on the other hand, definitely did, especially given his ties to Tony Stark from his first film in 2017 as well as their interactions in Infinity War and Endgame. It honestly only made sense for the torch to be passed to Peter Parker after the emotional passing of Stark at the conclusion of Endgame. If you saw Spider-Man: Far From Home (and if you haven't by now, why the hell not?), then you would know it certainly looked like Marvel was headed in that direction. Obviously, Iron Man wasn't technically in the movie, but he might as well have been considering there were so many references to him throughout.
Coming off last week's heartbreaking news that Spider-Man is out the MCU effective immediately, Spidey being pushed to the forefront of the MCU no longer appears to be a possibility.
For the first time in 15 years, the New York Mets clinched the National League pennant and advanced to the World Series in 2015, only to suffer a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals. Despite the lackluster finish, the Mets had a fantastic season that year, boasting a star-studded roster featuring the illustrious likes of Jacob deGrom, Curtis Granderson, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda and Noah Syndergaard. Although they were unsuccessful in taking home the title, they appeared to have a promising future ahead of them, especially if the nucleus of the team managed to stay healthy.
Unfortunately, it was all downhill for them from there, and they have yet to recover. So, what exactly went wrong?
Well, it's official. According to ComingSoon.net, Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as James Bond to star in Bond 25 (a.k.a. the 25th film in the franchise). Of course, you might be thinking to yourself, "Wasn't that already implied?" It actually wasn't at one point, with rumors running rampant following the release of Spectre in 2015 that Craig was done with the 007 movies due to wanting to focus on other projects.
That was why it seemingly took so long for this announcement to be made, but I'm glad they waited for Craig to be available for filming as opposed to rushing the process and casting someone else instead. After all, as noted, this is going to be the 25th Bond film and thus it should be a big deal. I don't think this would be the best movie to introduce someone new as James Bond anyway, but there's nothing stopping this upcoming installment from being Craig's last in the role. That said, I surely hope it isn't.
I don't consider myself a "professional" writer by any means, but I'd like to think I know a thing or two about putting pen to paper and stringing words together well enough to create a compelling piece of work.
There are many, many questions I'm often asked by people I encounter regularly in regards to writing: Is it difficult for me? Why do I enjoy it and spend so much time doing it? When did my fascination with it start? Would I ever consider doing it for other people? The answer to that last one is no, by the way, so don't bother asking me to write (or "look over") your end-of-the-semester paper for you because I will vehemently turn your lazy ass down every single time.
Above all else, I'm asked what time of day is best for writing. Personally, I'm always writing, so the time of day doesn't matter too much to me and it obviously differs from person to person. But if I absolutely had to choose, I would go with the nighttime without hesitation. Hell, it's past midnight as I type this very sentence, and it isn't uncommon for me to write whole articles at a time before bed when I originally planned on writing a single sentence.
I'm not even going to pretend to know what I'm talking about when it comes to YouTube personalities and celebrities, but you had to have been living under a rock (or at least not be on social media) to not hear about the Logan Paul controversy that transpired earlier this week in what I would argue is 2018's first major viral story. If you don't know who Logan Paul is, you're not alone, because I know very little about him myself, aside from how he's a famous daily vlogger with over 15 million subscribers on YouTube.
He ran into some trouble during one of his most recent daily vlogs where he filmed himself in a Japanese forest that is infamous for hosting suicides. He would have had to have been a complete idiot to not be aware of that before entering the forest, so don't think for a second that the fact the camera was rolling was a coincidence. He knew he was bound to see something as long as he was in that forest, and ultimately, that was exactly what happened.
First and foremost, if you haven't already, check out my spoiler-free review of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on YouTube from last Thursday. That said, if you haven't already seen the movie, well, what the hell are you waiting for? What kind of Star Wars fan are you? In all seriousness, the following post will indeed include spoilers, as it will feature seven questions I have coming out of the movie. And in so many words, I thoroughly enjoyed the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga.
I actually wasn't as hyped for this installment as I was for The Force Awakens, but I found it to be an improvement. In fact, I feared The Last Jedi would merely be a transitional film since it falls between The Force Awakens and Episode IX, but then again, The Empire Strikes Back was brilliant and that came after A New Hope and before The Return of the Jedi. These next seven questions are not at all criticizing The Last Jedi, but rather looking at things I hope are answered in the next installment or at least addressed. Without further ado, let's get started!
Welcome to the very first installment in what I hope what will be a regularly-running blog going forward, What Else Is New?, where I'll basically discuss anything on my mind that isn't wrestling-related. Mind you, there are already a few categories of the site dealing with non-wrestling-related items (Injection of Inspiration and Director's Cut), but I haven't had the drive to update either of them in so long that I figured I would simply start anew and not limit myself to inspirational advice or movie reviews. After all, Injection of Inspiration is now a weekly fixture on my YouTube channel every Saturday, and I'm hoping my movie reviews will follow suit over there as well.
As for this blog, I thought there was no better topic to discuss in my premiere post than Christmas considering we are roughly two weeks out from the anticipated holiday as of this writing. Although I wrote the word "anticipated" to describe Christmas, that isn't to say everyone is looking forward to it. In fact, I will go so far as to call it the most polarizing time of year, because I find most people either love Christmas, or hate it with a burning passion (or just don't celebrate it). Anyone who knows me well know enough will tell you that I am a Christmas "mark" through and through, and I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy the season as much as I do.
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