Annihilation differences

Alex Garland‘s weird, wonderful adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s Annihilation hits theaters this week. Anyone who read the novel and watched the trailers could’ve guessed Garland took liberties with the source material. Below, we examine some of the major Annihilation differences between book and film. There are a lot of them.

Major spoilers for both book and film follow.

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marvel women

The future is female. Or at least, it could be, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige coyly suggested.

Demands for more female representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have dogged the movie studio since its inception, but it will still be another year before we see our first solo female Marvel superhero movie hit the big screen. Captain Marvel will hold the mantle of the MCU’s first female-led superhero movie, but could a whole slew of female-led Marvel movies be in our future?

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Women are finally getting their time to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it couldn’t come soon enough. After years of stealing the scenes from under the titular male superheroes, the female superheroes may finally get their all female Marvel movie — at least, that’s what Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson hopes.

In a story that seems like it was plucked straight out of a Marvel movie, Thompson had led a legion of Marvel actresses to demand that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige consider an all-female movie. Now, with Captain Marvel in production and a Black Widow movie on its way, this idea might actually come into fruition.

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Tessa Thompson heist movie

Tessa Thompson, an actress who is great in everything she appears in, has an exciting new project. Thompson will portray real-life figure Doris Payne, a woman who spent six decades as an international jewel thief. Give us this movie immediately, please.

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annihilation early buzz

Annihilation promises to be a cerebral science-fiction tale that could rival the acclaim of last year’s Blade Runner 2049 or even 2016’s Oscar-nominated Arrival. But why — with merely three weeks until the star-studded movie’s release — have we heard so little about it?

Alex Garland‘s adaptation of the best-selling Jeff VanderMeer novel has been shrouded in mystery mostly out of necessity. But worryingly, the reviews for the ambitious sci-fi film will remain under lock and key until the day before the film’s release. Thank goodness, then, that social media reactions have started flooding in this week. So far, the critical reaction to Garland’s follow-up to his stunning directorial debut, Ex Machina, has been over the moon.

Below, we’ve rounded up the Annihilation early buzz.

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New ‘Annihilation’ Clip Goes Into The Shimmer

Annihilation clip

We’re less than a month away from the release of Alex Garland‘s mysterious new movie Annihilation, and a new clip from the film takes you inside the nightmarish world of The Shimmer – a strange, dangerous area that’s slowly expanding and altering everything in its path. It’s all very weird and intangible, but one thing is for sure: entering The Shimmer isn’t going to be pleasant. Watch the Annihilation clip below.

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Annihilation Featurette - Natalie Portman

Not too long ago, we released our collective list of /Film’s 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2018. Even though films like Avengers: Infinity War and The Incredibles 2 ended up near the top, our #1 film ended up being Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi thriller Annihilation.

Starring Natalie Portman, the film is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s first novel in the author’s Southern Reach Trilogy, and it follows a group of female scientists and scholars as they head into a strange phenomenon that has appeared on Earth known as The Shimmer. A new Annihilation featurette explains a little more what appears to be happening in The Shimmer, and it doesn’t sound great for the human race. Read More »

Sorry to Bother You review

Writer/director Boots Riley has dropped a bomb on Sundance with Sorry To Bother You, a searing social satire and the most eccentric directorial debut in years. Mark it down now: no other movie in 2018 will come close to this one in terms of balancing far-out weirdness with a compelling, meaningful story. Riley has plenty to say (maybe a little too much, in fact), and his outstanding cast of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, and more ground this startling, mind-bending story that’s overflowing with WTF moments. Read More »

Tessa Thompson Kick-Ass

Netflix bought comic writer Mark Millar‘s Millarworld company last summer, but two Millar properties were not included in that deal: Kingsman (which saw a movie sequel released last year) and Kick-Ass. The latter is getting a new monthly comic series in 2018 with a brand new protagonist: the mantle of Kick-Ass will pass from Dave Lizewski to Patience Lee, a black woman who served in the military and is the mother of young children.

Now Millar says that if he could pick an actor to take over the Kick-Ass mantle from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he’d choose Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson to play Patience Lee in a new movie. Read the writer’s Tessa Thompson Kick-Ass comment below.
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thor ragnarok bloopers

We don’t deserve Taika Waititi. Not only is the man constantly immaculately dressed, he’s a boundless ball of joy and energy who turned his Thor: Ragnarok set into one big ‘ol dance party.

Take this Thor: Ragnarok gag reel. Rather than introduce it like your standard special feature video where the actors do talking head interviews about how much fun they had on set, Waititi primps and preens in front of the camera, taking the viewer on a dramatic tour of the set while he pokes fun at bits of set dressing. It’s so incredibly extra, and exactly what Waititi — who built up hype for his film by releasing those hilarious Team Thor mockumentary shorts — would do.

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