Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hit or Miss: Latino Review

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With recent conflicting reports of whether Marvel Studios is planning on re-obtaining the live action rights of Spider-Man or not making the rounds of the Internet, I think it is important to remember that every thing not explicitly stated by their respective studios should be taken with several grains of salt.

Yesterday it seems the notorious website Latino Review gained another huge scoop that would shake up the world of comic book movies. Dave Gonzalez (@Da7e), you know the one with the better track record of being right, dropped a bombshell: Spider-Man would be showing up in Marvel Studio's, "Avengers: Infinity War Part 1". Of course, other tidbits say that Steve Rogers was going to be killed by Crossbrones in "Captain America: Civil War" (not unlike what happened during Marvel Comics conclusion to "Civil War" several years ago), and for some stupid reason are still pushing that yes, the Hulk will get shot into space and probably either team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy (which James Gunn has denied) or probably start Planet Hulk (which Marvel and even Mark Ruffalo have denied). So basically, everything fans want is going to happen... but that seems awfully convenient.  But hey, how can I argue when Latino Review swore back in March 2013 that this Planet Hulk true? Why would they continue to keep arguing that this was going to happen for so long? Of course, when Marvel Studios revealed their whole Phase 3 line-up late last year, it seemed that these rumors should be put to rest.

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Now, just because I don't believe any of this bullshit about Spider-Man and the whole shape of Phase 3 that doesn't mean I can't at least acknowledge that there has been quite a few things they have got right, which of course is mostly just casting announcements. They were absolutely correct when Benedict Cumberbatch was going to play Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but then they completely dropped the ball saying he was going to be in Star Wars Episode VII, but then they redeemed themselves again when they spoiled he was going to be Doctor Strange for Marvel which thankfully was officially announced later on (and ended those stupid fan castings). We also must not forget how correct Latino Review was on stating that none other than Khal Drogo himself Jason Momoa was indeed going to be playing Drax the Destroy in Guardians of the Galaxy. I kid of course, as it turns out that Dave Batista gave an amazing performance in that role which has led to much bigger things such as being a baddie in the upcoming James Bond film, 'SPECTRE'.

Sometimes Latino Review is correct, such as when they successfully scooped up who was going to play Victoria Hand in Agents of SHIELD (I'm still mad she didn't last long!), of course they were 100% right on the money when it came to Bradley Cooper being cast as the voice of Rocket in Guardians. Of course, we can't forget to mention their Wonder Woman scoop, which was right on the money.

But over the past several years, it does seem that Latino Review has had more misses than hits, such as how
I mean how can we forget the time that LR said the post credits scene in Iron Man 3 was going to involve Tony Stark receiving a transmission from outer space, deciding to leave Earth and teaming up and becoming one of the Guardians of the Galaxy?

And I already know what a lot of people are going to say that a lot of these were just rumors or that these things really were going to happen and changed at the last minute... and that might be a possible scenario but just because Latino Review gets a few things right, that does NOT mean they're going to be right all the time but those who read their tweets about scoops must always have a doubt and try not to get too excited. I'm not saying we as fans should not speculate because speculation is usually pretty fun, but when a bunch of people start pulling shit out their asses, throwing it to the wall, of course sometimes some of that is going to stick but I think less people need to invest into what Latino Review is saying and we should trust more reliable sources like Variety or The Hollywood Reporter (which I still firmly believe LR might have a plant or insider with one or both of these papers).

One thing that I found to help better cope with these types of announcements however, is to simply rely on official reports because really lying about things isn't any way to keep fans. But hey, you don't have to listen to me.