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  1. Right, I understood that the two divisions were separate within Disney. But the TV side has always made at least some effort to reference the films in order to establish the connectivity. AoS was usually the most blatant about it, typically having at least one or two major references to something happening in the films that were releasing the same week as the episode on air. The Netflix shows were more subtle -- mostly offhand comments about "that green guy" or Ben Urich's office displaying copies of the NY Bulletin with headlines about the Battle of New York. But the The Snap from Infinity War, and are too big to ignore. The shows have to either have to address it in some way or make some incredible leaps of logic to disregard it.
  2. This is a moot point now that all of the Netflix MCU shows have been cancelled, but I'm genuinely curious what the writers of those shows would have done in response to the developments of Avengers: Endgame. They could have done maybe one more season ignoring the events of Endgame, but at some point it starts to look awkward the longer the shows stay on the air. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has chosen to ignore Endgame, which is weird considering the current season takes place a year after The Snap. There are still a couple of other shows out there (Runaways and Cloak and Dagger). Wonder what they are going to do about it (if anything)...
  3. Most of the super soldier experiments in the main MCU have been failures. Steve Rogers is the only one that worked out. The others all had pretty disastrous side effects -- Red Skull, Hulk, Abomination are not exactly what you'd call successful outcomes. The super soldiers developed by the Russians/Hydra were also unstable -- they went mad and rebelled against their superiors. Low probability of success, and high probability of catastrophic damage or loss of life if it doesn't work... doesn't exactly provide a great incentive to experiment. On the other hand, if you count the TV side of the MCU, you have Luke Cage and Jessica Jones who seem to have their powers without any side effects.
  4. I was there and I attended their panel on Friday. Since S2 of Cobra Kai had just come out a couple days before, I think most people hadn't had a chance to see it yet at the time (I hadn't), so most of the questions were related to the films. One particular question was about what they thought of the Karate Kid remake. They all gave their respectful answers as you would expect (Will Smith is one of the producers), but Ralph Macchio added at the end "Will they still be talking about that movie in 30 years? I don't think so." I just finished watching the series last night. Great second season, but I have to say that my nomination for the best shot in the whole series so far has to be the last shot from episode 6... you know, the one that references a certain famous line said by a certain character in the tournament from the first movie.
  5. I know about the leaks being out there, but I don't really feel like I'm in danger of being spoiled. Maybe it's just because of the places I frequent online, but other than news about the leaks, I've not seen any site purporting to post the actual leaked footage or descriptions thereof. I feel like I'd have to actively go looking for them.
  6. I believe Max's 1J debuts in the same episode that Hikaru's Super VF-1S debuts. Max has been promoted to squadron leader and is leading the escort group that Hikaru bails out in the souped-up VF-1S. It's also the same episode that he humiliates Miria in the arcade.
  7. Yes! This is exactly what I was talking about. Johnny is not Kreese. He has his own, well-intentioned-if-a-bit-crass sense of honor.
  8. I honestly don't think it's really that hard to have the shows and films be more interconnected. Star Trek did it in the 90s when TNG, DS9, and Voyager were overlapping. You don't need to have tightly interwoven stories and crossover characters. Just a casual reference here and there would be enough to make the shared universe more believable. In DS9, Sisko briefly mentioned the destruction of the Enterprise-D from Star Trek: Generations when Worf joins the show. Worf later shows up in First Contact commanding the Defiant from DS9, and still later in Insurrection, Picard makes a comment about Worf taking leave from DS9 to join them on their current adventure. In Star Trek: Nemesis, the Enterprise bridge crew makes a passing reference to the Dominion War from DS9, and includes a brief cameo from Voyager's Captain/Admiral Janeway. These were mostly literal one-liners that required no effort for the writers to include, and as someone who watched everything, that was more than enough to me to sell the interconnectedness of the films and TV shows. So whenever I hear Marvel execs bellyache about how hard it is to crossover the the shows and movies, I just roll my eyes. It's not because it's too hard, it's because they just don't want to. And given the apparently icy relations between the TV and film side, that makes a heck of a lot more sense than excuses about how it's too difficult.
  9. Agreed on this. I thought the writing in the first season was clever with the way they juxtaposed Johnny and Daniel's circumstances and position in the local community. I think a direction that is more consistent with S1 would be to have Johnny trying to "evolve", but struggling as Kreese returns and intimidates/tempts Johnny to follow old patterns again. Something I'd like to see is that in the end, he doesn't necessarily become a pillar of the community like Daniel, but he finally gets out from under the shadow of Kreese and the old Cobra Kai and finds his own way that's a little more positive, while retaining of the rough edges that make him appealing.
  10. I'm not surprised that the Netflix/Disney deal was structured so that Marvel had complete ownership of their shows. I think Marvel learned their lesson from when they sold off the film rights to all their most valuable properties back in the 90s. They watched a bunch of sub-par productions get made that dragged their brand through the mud. Then they had to wait years for rights to expire (Daredevil), work out deals with the studios that they sold the rights to (Spider-Man), or buy companies outright (Fox) to regain access to all their characters. After all that, you can be sure they are going to keep tight creative control over all their projects going forward.
  11. Money can make anything happen. If Disney thinks there is more value in having access to those shows immediately vs. waiting for the non-compete clause to expire, they can always pay Netflix and make it happen. I think the bigger issue is availability of the cast and crew, who are obviously going to move on to other work and not sit around hoping Disney comes calling. On the off chance that Disney were able to keep the Netflix MCU going, there was an interview with a Hulu executive recently who implied that they would be interested in acquiring those shows. Since Hulu is partly owned by Disney, it would be a logical place for hosting those shows, and it would allow them to do so without tainting the actual Disney brand name with rated R-like content.
  12. Do we have any word on whether the markings on the Legioss will be stickers or printed? The price on the Legioss is a bit high for my liking (though not a complete deal breaker), but it could be more palatable if it turns out that they took a page from Bandai's playbook and printed everything.
  13. You're right, it could be a non-issue for all we know. The version Bandai implemented looks to be a more feasible transformation than the original line art. My skepticism regarding handling had more to do with the original design, not Bandai's implementation of it. That version has each leg being attached to the main body with a pair of pistons that telescope and extend to reach the nose cone, and then attach to the nose cone. Even at 1/48 scale, a design like that looks to be fragile and difficult to handle. So my comment was aimed more at being a stickler for having that exact design. I'd sacrifice some amount of authenticity for having a toy that will handle well. And it could be that Bandai's solution is the best compromise that preserves something like Kawamori's original design while making for a better handling toy. We shall see.
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