This is a question that has been plaguing me since Infinity War. It’s a question that I thought I would never ask myself but after years and years and years of consistently good-to-great content from the MCU it was a question I had to start honestly asking myself. But it’s a question I never answered…until now.
(This is a longread.)
Think about it. Star Wars has been wholly consistent over the past four decades. In 1977, George Lucas created an instant global phenomenon out of a film that mashed the qualities of a great fairy tale (a young boy goes on a life-changing adventure with a wizard, saves a princess, and becomes a hero) with the imagination of a sci-fi fantasy epic unlike anything else that had been created before.
Like Tolkien, he created a world with languages and creatures and characters that were as defined as historical figures, worlds, and animals in the real world. It was incredible, it was hypnotizing, game-changing, and it spawned a franchise that literally has millions of fans across the globe, me included.
It’s Father’s Day and that means it’s time to look at some of the greatest father figures in cinema. Enjoy!
Scott Lang a.k.a Ant-Man
There aren’t a lot of fathers in the MCU but the most prominent and consistent father/child relationship is Scott and Cassie Lang. Scott cherishes his daughter more than anything in the world and his daughter wants to be just like her dad. It’s an ultra-cute dynamic that has continued over the course of three movies (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame.)
Now, it’s very likely that the next Ant-Man film will see our first superhero father/daughter team-up which is truly an exciting prospect!
Instead of sharing my thoughts on the latest episode of The Bad Batch I have something else to talk about. Something that I feel is far more important.
This will be a longread.
I’m a Star Wars fan and fanatic. I have been since I was a little girl. The power of the Force and the familial bonds/drama sucked me in like a whirlpool and it took a long time for it to let go. Then Marvel Studios happened.
Since 2014, it seems like Marvel Studios hasn’t failed me yet. That year we got Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, two of the greatest superhero movies ever made and a true testament to the genre. They were the first Marvel films I owned.
Since then, this cinematic universe has managed to never disappoint as it continues to raise the stakes and introduces new characters that manage to steal my heart.
Star Wars, on the other hand, has been a mixed bag. The first two movies under Disney, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, were two scintillating wins back to back. It seemed like Star Wars was back and better than ever. And then…we had three losses in a row.
The Last Jedi has become one of my favorite Star Wars movies but it took me over a year to fully appreciate it. It didn’t take me a year to know that Thor: Ragnarok, the best Marvel movie in 2017, was that good.
Then came Solo: A Star Wars Story, a decent film that I ultimately can’t seem to get the urge to watch anymore. It’s boring, I’m not a fan of Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, and even Donald Glover can’t infuse enough cool to become a truly believable Lando Calrissian. The best thing about that film is Qi’ra and even she can’t get me to watch that movie.
And then there was The Rise of Skywalker. My feelings on that dumpster fire of a Star Wars finale are clear.
My love for Star Wars had tanked greatly but Marvel Studios kept me happy at every turn. In fact, that very same year The Rise of Skywalker came out we got Avengers: Endgame, another fantastic superhero flick and a fitting end to over ten years of superhero excellence. It was, however, The Mandalorian that saved me and made me believe that Star Wars was still worth cherishing.
The latest episode of The Bad Batch was this season’s shortest and yet it never failed to disappoint. The relationship between Hunter and Omega is becoming a major staple to the show, even if it does feel kind of like it’s piggybacking the success of The Mandalorian, but to make sure things wouldn’t get stale they brought back a fan favorite: Fennec Shand.
Fennec made her debut in the first season of The Mandalorian and instantly became a fan favorite with her bad*** moments. And then we thought she was dead forever, until she came back for a surprise return in the second season and surprised us even further by getting a major role in the upcoming Mandalorian spinoff.
Now she has returned for The Bad Batch and it seems she is going to be around for a minute. It was very exciting to see her in this episode but most importantly, the episode focused on the subtle implications of Fennce Shand being more than a ruthless killer but rather a person with a heart.
We see her focusing on her objective, capturing Omega, but there is a sort of tenderness to her actions with Omega. Maybe she’ll become a bit of an ally later down the road. We’ll see.
All in all, the episode was pretty darn entertaining and my favorite of the season so far. Let’s see what happens this week.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.
So yesterday’s episode of The Bad Batch was fun. It was simple with a bit of touching moments between Hunter and Omega, invoking that same sense of familial comfort that Favreau and Filoni were able to perfectly create with Mando and Grogu in The Mandalorian.
And I think that’s going to be the main focal point of this newest animated series. The bond between these clones against the adversity the galaxy will bring, the shocking turn of Crosshair and how he will be a major thorn in the Bad Batch’s side, Omega’s story and how she will grow closer and closer to this group of clone misfits, and eventually, toward the end of the series, we will see some of these characters die.
It’s bound to happen because, well, we’ve never seen The Bad Batch beyond this point. Will they all die? I’m not quite sure but I think it’s kind of obvious that Filoni is going to kill Hunter and rip our hearts out in the process. Why do I think this is going to happen? Because he’s already killed so many lovable characters before; Steela Gerrera, Satine Kryze, Kanan Jarrus, and even though Ezra’s technically alive, he still made him sacrifice himself at the end of the show, disappearing for three years now.
So yeah…I have a bad feeling about this.
I’ll give the second episode a solid 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t the best thing I’d ever seen nor was I expecting it to be but it was enjoyable, engaging, and yeah, I got a little stressed out.
What did you think of the second episode? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.
Last December the second season of The Mandalorian ended but we got a secret spinoff announced; The Book of Boba Fett. It was a shocking announcement. Fans, including me, thought The Mandalorian had concluded and that this was the third season. Then we discovered that it is, in fact, a spinoff. Since learning about the news there has been little to anything said about The Book of Boba Fett. And that’s partly because Marvel Studios has completely distracted us with its two series, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And then there has been the casting and production news for Kenobi and Andor which have also thrown us off the Book of Boba Fett scent.
But guess what, fellas? It’s still coming this Christmas and in several months we may start to finally get some casting news for The Book of Boba Fett and a trailer. Will we see The Bad Batch set up something for this Mandalorian spinoff? It’s very possible considering that we were introduced to Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian before she makes her animated debut in The Bad Batch.
Until then, here are some ideas of who I think could be in this show.
Even though she hasn’t been officially listed on the cast list on IMDb I think it’s pretty obvious that she’s going to be in The Book of Boba Fett.