The philosopher and teacher C. S. Lewis said, “If you give me ten minutes to chop down a tree, I will spend my first two minutes sharpening my axe.”
You don’t have to be brilliant or significantly creative to know the Bible, but you do have to spend time preparing, studying, praying, and focusing your time and attention on the text of Scripture. Preparation is essential. It is virtually impossible to overemphasize the value of personal study if you hope to know and apply and teach God’s Word. It’s hard work. God has written His will in His Word, and the keener you are in the study and preparation of His Word, the better you will be to teach it to others.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has teased that Marvel’s take on the Illuminati are going to arrive in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” which begins production next month.
Out doing press for “Doctor Strange,” Feige confirmed to CBM that Illuminati characters will come together in the film but would mention names beyond confirming that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is in the film. Both Strange and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) are key Illuminati members in the comics:
“What’s fun about the Illuminati is seeing certain characters interact with certain other characters. I don’t know about that particular storyline, but some of those characters we’ll be seeing together onscreen in the next Avengers… We’re taking it one step at a time. Benedict puts on the cloak once again early next year in Infinity War.”
First debuting in 2005, The Illuminati was a secret society comprised of Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Professor Xavier and Black Bolt. Marvel Studios doesn’t control the rights to most of these characters any more though so Doctor Strange and Iron Man coming together could be it.
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing “Avengers: Infinity Wa”r from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Speaking of ‘Strange,’ Cumberbatch’s co-star Tilda Swinton says she hopes to reprise her role of The Ancient One in future MCU films, telling The Playlist:
“I am constantly dropping hints to Kevin Feige that I finally think he’s beginning to realize I’m not joking about a prequel,” Swinton says. “I want a prequel of the setting up of Kamar-Taj with Mordo, The Ancient One and Wong. That’s what I want and I’m telling you here right now.”
You can check out some B-roll from the film below. “Doctor Strange” opens next Friday and “Avengers: Infinity War” is targeting a May 2018 release.
In the wake of this morning’s trailer release for “Logan,” filmmaker James Mangold has walked through the clip with the folks at Empire and revealed some new details about this third and final solo Wolverine movie.
The film is set indeed set after the epilogue of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but wouldn’t confirm why mutantkind was dying out. Showcasing them in their final days though gives him a big opportunity to differ from the previous films – especially in terms of being more grounded:
“We’re finding all these characters in circumstances that are a little more real. The questions of ageing, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world? I saw it as an opportunity. We’ve seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you’re in retirement and that career is over? The really interesting thing to me, or a place to dig that hadn’t been dug, was the idea of mutants when they’re no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do. Their powers are diminished like all of ours are by age. I think this movie is about family, and sticking together, and about making connections in a world in which our characters might feel very alone.”
A key element of that is the use of Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt. Mangold, who has experience with Cash having made the biopic “Walk The Line,” says it was a deliberate choice:
“Obviously I have a connection and a fondness for Johnny Cash, and his tone and his message and his music. But the real driver in all these decisions is trying to separate ourselves, in an accurate way, from the other superhero movies. We think we’re going to deliver something a little different and we want to make sure we’re selling audiences on the difference. Sometimes even when a movie’s a little different, the studio’s trying to market the movie just like all the others. [Cash’s] music, in a way, separates us from the standard, bombastic, brooding orchestral, swish-bang, doors opening and slamming, explosions kind of methodology of some of these movies.”
He did discuss the scars on Wolverine’s face saying the healing factor of the character has diminished, but still works:
“We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”
Mangold won’t confirm if newcomer Dafne Keane’s role is that of X-23 from the comics (a young female clone of Wolverine), saying:
“I think I will just let speculation run rampant about that. I think what this film is about in many ways is family. From there out I’d let everyone figure out what we’re up to on their own, at least at this early stage.”
Talking about the R-rated violence, Mangold says the film finally gives fans the Wolverine movie they’ve been asking for:
“We’ve been limited in one way or another from giving it to them [the fans], but I think we’ve got the go-ahead to really go for it on this picture. So we’re really trying to deliver what folks have always imagined those kind of battles would look like. There is a lot of high-octane action in the movie. We’re just trying to do it very differently and very viscerally.”
“Logan” opens in cinemas on March 3rd 2017.
In the wake of this morning’s announcement of the Nintendo Switch, the company has also unveiled new videos for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” the long-anticipated next entry in the game company’s biggest non-Mario franchise.
While the company still hasn’t announced an official release date yet, these three new videos surfaced today and give us a best look at the game to date from gameplay footage to the environmental system to combat as you try to discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule.
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