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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Trailer: A Shot-by-Shot Analysis

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It seems like superheroes are out in full force at the moment, as just a week after the Black Widow trailer was released, we have a new trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel, titledWonder Woman 1984. Let’s break this one down to see what we can uncover…

Warning:I’m going to be going through some theories that could be quite spoilerish if they turn out to be accurate, so keep that in mind before reading.

Memories

The Wonder Woman 1984 trailer starts off as we hear Diana (Gal Gadot) saying that her life hasn’t been what is probably expected since we’ve seen her last. We see that a picture of her taken at a place named “Trevor Ranch” — could this be where the family of her love interest, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), resided, or was it named after him following his heroic sacrifice from the first film? We also see that she still has Steve’s watch, which is clearly an important token for her to remember him by. A remix of “Blue Monday” by New Order is used throughout the trailer. Good luck getting it out of your head.

Barbara Minerva

Diana is next shown talking to a character called Barbara Ann Minerva (Kristen Wiig). Minerva is important, as she is far more than just a random friend. In the comics, she is one of the women who takes the mantle of Cheetah, a super villainess and one of Wonder Woman’s arch rivals. Barbara Minerva is an archaeologist who in the comics ends up undergoing a dangerous ritual in a bid to win immortality. This leads her to becoming imbued with the powers of a cheetah, and she becomes a surprisingly worthy foe for Diana.

Neon Lights

Just a quick shot out to these awesome 80s style logos. Very cool and reminiscent of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

Maxwell Lord

Next, we hear the voice of another important figure: Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). Lord is a business man, and he seems to be taking on the role of villain here, which he has done in the comics before. Projecting a sleazy, self-help business man image, Maxwell states, “Welcome to the future. Life is good, but it can be better, and why shouldn’t it be? All you need is to want it.” We see him pop up on multiple television screens as he gives this spiel before offering an obligatory cheesy grin.

When he was first introduced in the comics he was a normal human, but later Maxwell has telepathic powers that allow him to influence the minds of those around him. It would seem apt to have someone with those abilities act as a television salesman, so it is possible that this could come into fruition in the film. It could also be an explanation for another big plot point, but more on that later.

Tiara Time

As Maxwell gives this speech, we see Diana in a shopping mall that seems to be under attack by thugs. We see her awesomely crush the bad guys guns before whipping off her tiara and throwing it batarang style at the mall security cameras.

I think her reason for doing this might be to keep her identity secret. In the present day, she is still (somehow) operating undercover (as shown in Batman vs Superman), so it would make sense for her to try and erase any captured footage of her — which would be much easier in the 1980s.

Everything You’ve Always Wanted

Maxwell continues to narrate, “Think about having everything you’ve always wanted” as we see Diana looking up at a plane in the sky. Following the events of Wonder Woman, wherein Steve sacrificed himself and ended up dying in a fiery plane explosion, she is likely thinking of him here. Lord’s narration also suggests this, as Trevor was clearly the love of her life.

We also see Barbara Minerva here, leaving us to wonder what it is that she has always wanted. In the comics, she is a selfish character with high ambitions, which is what leads her to obtain the Cheetah powers.

Steve Trevor

Trevor’s words from the first film echo, “I can save today. But you can save the world.” We then see him personally giving his watch to Diana (as he did before his sacrifice) before he seems to appear for real and they embrace.

It seems pretty much impossible for Steve to be alive — never mind being alive and looking the same way he did during the war — but it is possible that if Lord does indeed have strong mental powers, he could be making Diana imagine him to distract or torment her. That is just a theory of course for now; it is a comic book movie, so time travel and alternate dimensions are always possible.

Big Dish You Got There

A small shot of a very large satellite dish is shown briefly. Whilst it is impossible to tell what it could be related to, I wonder as to whether it could be Lord’s way of broadcasting out his powers to control people on a much larger scale.

Shiny Rock

Maxwell Lord holds rather intense eye contact with a mystical looking stone in the next scene. It may be that Lord doesn’t have powers at first and then gains them via this artefact? If Barbara Minerva is an archaeologist in the movie — like in the comics — it could be that she obtained this for him and they are working together. Lord also narrates “Now, I take what I want in return” as he holds it. Big bad guy vibes coming from him.

Yas Queen

Some cool fight shots of Diana in her Wonder Woman attire come next. The standout is a particularly awesome slow motion moment where she deflects a bullet with her gauntlets. She looks to be inside the White House fighting off guards here, and it is interesting to note how vibrant the colours in her costume look. The saturation looks as though it has been turned up to eleven to emphasise the colourful nature of the 80s.

Cheetah-fied

The next shot shows Barbara looking a lot more glamourous, and it is possible that her transformation into Cheetah has begun. Patty Jenkins suggests that Cheetah’s look will be part practical makeup and part CGI, but we don’t get a look at it in this particular trailer.

Fireworks

Steve and Diana take a ride in a plane in the next shot as fireworks explode above them. This could be a look from inside the invisible jet, which is rumoured to make an appearance.

Foreign Conflict

Wonder Woman and Steve look to be involved in some kind of foreign conflict, as we them looking over an unknown city as a large wall explodes. Is this an important mission for the story?

Lasso Skills

Diana seems to be even more proficient with her lasso, as she pulls off a few new tricks with it in the trailer, including this spinning whip move on a guard from that White House scene. We also see Steve punch a guy…so is he real after all???

A moment after that, we see Diana running down the street before lassoing something in the air and being propelled forward. This may well be another nod to the invisible jet, or it could just be something that has yet to be added to the scene.

Amazon Ninja Warrior

A few Themiscyra shots are shown next, as we see some horses and riders gallop down a beach. We then get this weird obstacle course thing, and see some of the Amazonians flying through it with ease. Give those ladies a medal.

Definitely Evil

Lord is then shown in a chamber with an eerie blue glow next; again, this could be something to do with his powers. Perhaps he is amplifying them or gaining them in this moment.

Kick Em Where it Hurts

More fight scenes in the White House next, as Diana manages to look fabulous whilst kicking a guard in the stomach. She then does some flippy stuff while using her lasso. She is so awesome.

Do a Superhero Landing

The next shot looks like it is back in foreign territory. As a cargo truck flips, Diana leaps from it. A CGI-heavy moment, but it still looks like this will be an exciting action sequence in the film. We also see Steve punching people again, leading to even more questions. Diana has some interesting narration here: “Nothing good is born from lies, and greatness is not what you think.”

Lightning Lassoing

In the coolest shot in the whole trailer, Diana uses her lasso to swing on the lightning in the sky. Her goddess nature is really emphasised here, and I cannot wait to see this on the big screen. Take that, Thor.

Golden Girl

One of the final shots is of Diana in her full golden eagle armour from the comics. She is likely to need to something more significant if she is going up against Cheetah. Cheetah is a vicious and violent character whose scratches and bites are as powerful as an actual cheetah and then some, so it would make sense for Diana to go full body suit.

Trash

The last shot shows a bit of role reversal from the first film, with Diana having to show Steve around and get him accustomed to a new world. Again, this adds further questions to his existence. Diana shows him around, explaining that everything can be art. He then seems transfixed by a trash can, but it is just a trash can. The memes have already started with this moment, but I just wanted to take a second to appreciate Steve’s fanny pack (or bum bag as we Brits call it). Diana’s outfit is also a nice shout-out to Lynda Carter’s from the old Wonder Woman television show.

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 is looking like a decent sequel so far. The theme of surveillance is sure to be utilised, as suggested by Diana destroying the surveillance cameras and the possibility of Maxwell Lord’s powers taking advantage of surveillance tools to reach a larger audience (not to mention the not so subtle nod to George Orwell’s 1984 novel). This could be an interesting theme for this day and age, where technology and surveillance are more prevalent than ever. There are big questions to be answered in Wonder Woman 1984, and I’m looking forward to finding out the answers to them.

Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on June 5th, 2020. Check out the new character posters below.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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K-Pop Meets Battle Royale With The Upcoming ‘Fortnite’ x BTS Collaboration

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Fortnite has had quite a few collaborations during its time as the reigning king of the battle royale video game genre. The game has collaborated with other gaming properties- such as the Borderlands series- but they have also crossed over into other media platforms from films to comic books. Fortnite has had highly publicised team ups with the likes of various Marvel and DC properties as well as Star Wars and Stranger Things. One of the other media platforms Fortnite has a habit of collaborating with is music and artists. There previous teams ups have involved the likes of Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Marshmello but Fortnite are now venturing into the worldwide global phenomenon that is K-Pop with their latest collaborators: BTS.

The BTS x Fortnite collab will include some new emotes so that you can show off your BTS dance skills whilst shooting people in the face.

 BTS- the biggest K-Pop band in the world and quite possibly the biggest boy band in the world full stop- has announced they will be joining Fortnite to debut a variation of their latest music video. Their hit song Dynamite- their very first song entirely in English- has been topping charts and breaking records worldwide, climbing to the top of the US’s Billboard Hot 100 and the choreography version of the Dynamite music video will be premiering exclusively within Fortnite’s Party Royale mode. The choreography MV will have fewer cuts, showing off the dance skills of the Bangtan boys. The event will take place on Friday September 25th at 8PM EDT (that means a late night for my fellow Brits as it translates to 1AM our time) and again on Saturday 26th at the same time.

You will also be able to download two new emotes that have been choreographed by BTS themselves. These will be available in Fortnite’s Item Shop from September 23rd at 8pm EDT. I myself am a recent convert to BTS’s music thanks to Dynamite (some would say fangirl but I’m sticking with convert) as it is such a carefree, catchy and cheerful song. The world needs that kind of music right now, so I would recommend checking it out below if you’re a fan of light-hearted pop. Have a look at Fortnite’s official website here to see how you can join in with BTS’s Dynamite Party Royale.

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Reality Gets Weird in the ‘WandaVision’ Trailer

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One of the anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe spin off shows for the Disney Plus streaming service finally has a full length trailer. WandaVision– a not so subtle play on words- will focus on the characters Scarlet Witch- Wanda Maximoff- played by Elizabeth Olsen and Vision, played by Paul Bettany. The series takes place following the events of the 2019 MCU film Avengers: Endgame. The show moved up to 2020 following an initial 2021 release date, switching places with the other Disney Plus Marvel show Falcon and The Winter Solider. There’s quite a lot to unpack in what looks to be Marvel most bizarrely intriguing project yet.

The Premise

Not much is known about the plot of the show and the trailer offers more questions than answers. The official synopsis for WandaVision reads as follows:

Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wanda Maximoff and Vision begin to suspect things are not as they seem as the two live their ideal suburban life.

This is about as vague as it can possibly get. The trailer shows the two of them engaged in a 50’s style sitcom, living a content married life. When neighbours ask them about their background, the couple struggle to answer. This suggests that the premise will centre on the two characters trying to differentiate fiction from reality. We also see Wanda and Vision in various fashion styles, suggesting different time periods. Let’s throw in some time travel speculation just to confuse things even more so.

Vision’s Resurrection

One key element of WandaVision is- obviously- Vision who as you’ll know if you saw Avengers: Infinity War is very much dead. He died not once, but twice. He was killed the first time by his lady love Wanda in an attempt to keep the Mind Stone- embedded in his head- out of Thanos’s grasp. He was then killed a second time by Thanos, who used the Time Stone to reverse time and get to the Mind Gem before Wanda could. Thanos rips it clean out of Vision’s skull. So yeah- like I said- very much dead. So how is he here in this odd 50’s sitcom scenario with Wanda? I’m guessing WandaVision will answer that question as it is brought up by a character in the trailer. The female character- played by Kathryn Hahn who confirmed that her name is Agnes-expresses fear that she is dead when Vision awakes her from a nap she is taking in her car whilst dressed like a witch. As you do. These are all entirely normal situations. When Vision asks her why she would think that she is dead, she responds with “Because you are”. Vision’s expression suggests that he is unaware of this, or at least hugely confused. The show is likely to explore Vision’s fate post Endgame but Wanda’s powers are likely to be responsible for at least some of the weird occurrences and possibly for Vision’s resurrection.

Wanda’s Powers

There is no doubting that Wanda is one of the most powerful Avengers due to her telekinetic manipulation abilities. However, the show looks like it will be delving into just how powerful she really is. Could it be that Wanda is altering the fabric of time and space itself to create a happier alternate reality for herself? Her character has done this before, in the House of M comic book series.  Wanda has arguably had one of the more tragic stories of the MCU heroes. She lost her parents at a young age. Her home was destroyed and her brother Pietro/ Quicksilver was killed in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She accidentally caused multiple civilian causalities, leading to her blaming herself and being put under home arrest in Captain America: Civil War. She then had to kill the love of her life- Vision- in Avengers: Infinity War as she was the only one powerful enough to do so. Not only that, but she had to watch him die a second time when Thanos turned back time. She also got dusted in Infinity War, only to come back in Endgame and almost defeat Thanos singlehandedly. Safe to say, she’s had a bit of a bad time. Losing all the people that she loves more than anything is sure to have an effect on a person. So what could happen if that person has incredibly strong powers? Powers that could possibly create all new realities? Why wouldn’t you want to invent a happier, sitcom style life if you had experienced all that she has?

Monica Rambeau

Another interesting part of the trailer is the appearance of Monica Rambeau. Rambeau is a character from the Marvel comics who was portrayed as a child in 2019’s Captain Marvel MCU film, being the daughter of Carol Danvers’s best friend Maria Rambeau and having a close aunt/niece relationship with Carol. In the comics, she takes over the mantle of Captain Marvel after obtaining energy based powers and has also been known as a hero under the aliases of Photon, Spectrum and Pulsar. In WandaVision, Teyonah Parris takes over the role as a grown up Monica. Her role in the show isn’t clear but we see her fall from a portal in front of government agents. Has she already got her powers at this point or is this how she obtains them?

References

There are references aplenty in the trailer. From a reference to the aforementioned House of M comic series – where Scarlet Witch goes a bit mad and loses control of her powers, bending reality to her will- to Wanda and Vision appearing in their classic comic book outfits, the show is obviously taking inspiration from Marvel comics throughout the decades. There are also some general pop culture references as well, such as their 50’s paradise looking an awful lot like the I Love Lucy show from 1951 and the use of The Platters version of the 1944 song Twilight Time. The general premise is pretty 50’s too, with Wanda and Vision having to hide their true selves- that of a superhuman and an android- to protect their perfect life. Older sitcoms like I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched adapted this kind of plot device so that optimum hilarity would ensue as characters would go to extreme lengths to hide their extraordinary true identities.

WandaVision is looking really interesting from what we have seen so far. It certainly seems to be diverging from Marvel’s normal film and television structures. If the show stays strong in its distinctive style, it may be one of the most unique things to come from Marvel in a long while.

WandaVision is coming to Disney Plus exclusively in December 2020. Have a look at the trailer below.

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Sad News DS Fans: The Nintendo 3DS Has Been Discontinued

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After almost ten years in service, Nintendo’s portable 3DS console has officially been discontinued according to Nintendo’s official website. This applies to all the various models of the console: the 3DS, the 2DS, the New 3DS, the New 2DS, the 3DS XL, the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL.

The 3DS was an innovative handheld gaming console upon its release in 2011, combining 3-D technology and gaming without the need for special 3-D glasses. The 3D effect was obtained via an optical illusion with the systems screen- a stereoscopic effect that could be turned on with a slider. I remember the awe I felt the very first time I used the 3DS. It felt like a whole new era of gaming encased in a small and sleek package.

Although not hugely popular when it was first released, sales of the console grew a few years after. Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, sales of the 3DS have been steadily declining so it is not a huge surprise that Nintendo have made this decision. However, it is still a sad moment for DS fans as it means the end of solely portable consoles for Nintendo. I have a lot of fond memories from my 3DS and my plain old DS. I still remember getting the original DS for my birthday in 2006 and spending the rest of the day playing Nintendogs. Good times.

So raise a glass, bid farewell and press F to pay your respects to the 3DS and the DS console in general. You will be missed, dear friend.  

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