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Avengers: Endgame Box Office PR Miracle

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Just last Friday Avengers: Endgame released in theaters worldwide.  After months of waiting for the newest sequel since Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans are finally getting to see the latest film in the Avengers series.  Millions of movie theaters have been packed the past couple of days since the latest Avengers film dropped.  In fact, the movie has already been so popular that spoilers are already being dropped around social media.

Luckily there are no spoilers from Avengers: Endgame that will be dropped here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, but one exciting news that we CAN drop here is the PR miracle that happened with the film.  When it dropped in theaters, Avengers: Endgame made a ton of money in sales…as in A. TON. OF. MONEY.

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Since releasing last Friday, Avengers: Endgame already raked in $1.2 billion worldwide.  Not only that, but the film grossed $60 million in preview sales.  Both of these box office records were reached in less than a week.

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Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly anticipated films of this year.  The film showcases the surviving members of the Avengers that work to reverse the damage caused by Thanos back in Avengers: Infinity War. It featured a large ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin, Danai Guirira, and Bradley Cooper.

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Months of patience and audiences worldwide finally got to see the latest Avengers sequel.  All of that marketing (about $200 million in campaign) was all for the greater good to showcase another amazing movie by Marvel, just in time for the Spring.

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Here we are in the midst of Spring and the blockbuster films are in full swing.  Summer is just around the corner, so we will see more films like Avengers: Endgames.

With that, I have no actual spoilers to reveal from the film.  I can only tell you that $1.2 billion in the box office is quite a PR miracle to behold.

            Be sure to check out Avengers: Endgame from Marvel!


Performing Oliver’s Salmon Ladder From Arrow

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Lately there’s been so many great content releasing on Netflix this month that it’s hard to find the time to binge-watch them all.  I am currently in the middle of season five on Arrow and it’s been amazing so far.  Arrow is one of those better superhero series, unlike some of the other programs (I’m talking to you, Iron Fist!).  The plot is easy to follow, dialogue is great to read into, and the overall violence is kickass for being rated TV-14.  Watching the Arrow beat up the bad guys is awesome, but what’s even better is watching him do the salmon ladder.

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Oliver Queen, the main character that becomes the Green Arrow at night, exercises with the salmon ladder as part of his training.  This intense exercise involves him pushing himself up to the top with the bar.  Seeing this superhero push himself to do this each season is incredible to watch (let’s be honest, what America needs right now is a whole episode of Oliver Queen performing the salmon ladder shirtless!).

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As hard as the exercise looks, there is a way to complete it.  The exercise a multitude of body parts including your core, upper body, ribs, intercostals, back muscles, shoulders, triceps, and lats.  You’ll mostly have to work on your upper body strength and perform some core exercise to get into the right shape.

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To start the exercise, you’ll want to warm-up with some pull-ups first.  Doing some pull-ups will get you into the movement of lifting up into the next rung.  As you are pulling up, quickly push your body up higher and move the bar out and up the next level.  Continue with this movement until you reach the very top.

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If these directions sound easier than done, you should practice with some more pull-ups first.  Again, performing pull-ups will help you get used to the movement you use to do the salmon ladder.  Watching clips of Oliver Queen doing it a few times will help as well (watching someone is part of practicing too!).

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This something I really want to try out!  I have been going back to the gym lately and would really like to start attempting this challenge.  While I haven’t been able to perform the salmon ladder yet, I thought it was an awesome part of the Green Arrow’s training.  It’s definitely a cool exercise that will help me bulk up.

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Working out doesn’t have to be so monotonous.  Watching Oliver Queen perform the salmon ladder made me want to try out new exercise moves as well.  You should check out other unique exercise programs if you want to stay in better shape.

Until then, keep working hard on the salmon ladder and don’t give up until you reach the top!

Getting ‘Iron Fisted’ with Marvel’s Iron Fist

Over the past year, Netflix has collaborated with Marvel to release more superhero-type shows.  Series like Daredevil and Luke Cage have infiltrated the Netflix library.  While I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies or TV series, these were actually pretty decent to watch.  The newest Marvel series that I recently got into was Iron Fist and so far…the series has just been god-awful.

Before I can get into the snooze-fest that is Iron Fist, allow me to provide some background to the show.  Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand a.k.a the Iron Fist, a martial arts expert who calls upon the power of the Iron Fist.  After surviving a terrible plane crash within the Himalayas fifteen years ago, Rand returns to New York City to reclaim his family company Rand Enterprises.  When a threat emerges within the city, he must choose between helping his family’s legacy and his personal duties as the Iron Fist.

That’s the quick background, now here’s my first issue with this show: the pacing.  Iron Fist’s pacing moves just as slow as a glacier, revealing a tiny bit of detail about Danny Rand’s past within each episode.  I know that Danny Rand was taken in by powerful monks within the Himalayas where he gained the Iron Fist, yet I still don’t know exactly HOW he received his powers (speaking of power, his super power seems WEAK compared to the powers of Matt Murdock!).  He drops some details of his ‘horrifying’ training that he got from the monks where he was forced to carry buckets of water miles from his campsite.

How else was your training that sadistic?  Did they force you to eat a pig heart as a daily meal?  Was there some other monk sticking razor-sharp needles into your body?  And while we’re on the subject of your trainer, what’s his background story on why he trained you?  For the love of god, give me something more terrifying!

Not only is the storyline moving at a snail’s pace, but it’s also downright mundane.  Here’s a crucial piece of the story: Danny Rand discovers that Ward is working with another group to ship in -wait for it- HEROIN into New York City.  That’s the ‘danger’ that Rand Enterprises is hiding from the city – synthetic heroin being smuggled into The Big Apple.  It couldn’t be some dangerous monster from a foreign land, it HAD to be heroin (I guess we needed yet ANOTHER reminder of the heroin epidemic happening here in America!).  Even after watching the scene of Ward chasing the dragon in his executive office, I still lost interest in the series.

If I wanted to see the heroin epidemic in action, I could just take a stroll around the Boston Common during the weekday.  It’s preposterous that they went political by bringing out the heroin epidemic into the fictional superhero universe.  Why couldn’t they draw up something more original than synthetic heroin?  This is a superhero series from Marvel, not New Jack City!

Here’s my last problem with the series: the fighting/gore content.  For the love of God, the fighting is just TERRIBLE.  It looked more like choreographed dance lessons than actual fighting against the enemies.  Not only are the fight scenes horrendous, but there’s BARELY any fighting happening at all!  Could you also throw in a few torture scenes as well?  There’s nothing that’s too sadistic that makes me want to hate Danny’s adversary even more (BTW who the HELL is Danny’s adversary exactly?).

There was one gory scene where Madam Gao impales one of her assistants and sticks him inside the truck that Danny escaped out of.  Even after that, I was still growing bored with the childish fights that happen in the series.  I’ve seen more gory action on Supernatural and that show is rated TV-14!  You know that Iron Fist has to be THAT bad when it has less gory content than Supernatural.

All in all, Iron Fist was a disappointing series to watch.  Even after baking up with some Mango Kush before starting an episode, I still grow easily bored and resort to playing Brick Breaker Star on my phone.  This series should be renamed to ‘Iron Fisted’ being that watching this dreadful series is like taking an iron fist up your ass (‘Iron Fisted’ would make for a GREAT porn title!).  If they picked up the pace, brainstormed a more original plot, and added some more violent/gory content, then I may have gotten more into this series.  For now, I hope that the series picks up better with the next season (if they choose to renew it!) so that I don’t get ‘Iron Fisted’ while binge-watching this dull series.


Deadpool’s Viagra Spoof

Streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu have become the dominant choice for watching your favorite programs.  Do you ever see DVDs or Blu-rays being sold around electronic stores?  If you thought to yourself, “no I haven’t”, then you are not alone.  DVDs and Blu-rays have become a thing in the past now that people are streaming their favorite TV shows and movies.


Marketing DVDs and blu-rays have become tricky now since sales have been plummeting each year.  People have to work harder with marketing the latest film releases for DVDs and Blu-ray players.  They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Marvel proved that wrong with the latest ad for the DVD release of Deadpool.


Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a promo video of himself in a hilarious advertisement spoofing the Viagra commercials.  The film releases for DVD and Blu-ray edition on May 10th.  Reynold’s pokes fun of the Viagra and Cialis commercials that advertises medicine for men dealing with erectile dysfunction.


This advertisement starts with Deadpool hanging out on a farm with his lovely lady to go apple picking and complete some woodworking.  The couple are then seen cooking food in the kitchen and getting their dinner ready.  After eating their dinner, the couple are seen in two separate bathtubs and looking out to the world.  Deadpool is a raunchy hero, but he makes up for it with his playful charm around people.


Marvel’s Deadpool released on February 12th 2016 and gained nationwide fame around Valentine’s Day.  Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a former special forces operative who works as a mercenary in New York City.  He was subjected to experimental regenerative mutation to cure his lung cancer, which provided him healing superpowers.  His newfound superheroes transformed him into his alter-ego Deadpool.


Deadpool broke the box office with $762 million, making it the 4th highest grossing movie from Marvel.  The film was also famous for having an R-rating for its theatrical release.  Fox Studios confirmed in April 2016 that Deadpool was greenlit for a sequel in the future.


Marvel’s latest stunt for the Deadpool DVD/Blu-ray edition adds to the growing PR success for one of Marvel’s best movies.  Deadpool already received positive reviews from fans during the theatrical release and Deadpool is keeping up his sarcastic tone with the Blu-ray TV advertisements.  As I mentioned before, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Marvel worked around that idea with their hilarious Viagra ad spoof.

Superheroes and Antihero

We are all too familiar with superheroes through reading comics by Marvel and DC comics.  Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, aiming to rid the world of evil.  Growing up in America, we always looked up to a superhero that would fight the bad guys before chaos erupts the area.

A superhero is someone who possesses extraordinary talents or superhuman powers.  The ultimate moral goal within every superhero is to protect us from all of the evil in the world.  Some common traits that we associate with superheroes include having a strong moral code, extraordinary powers, concealing with a secret identity, donning a distinctive costume, having a gallery of archenemies, a detailed backstory, and having an underlying motif/theme.  Each trait is very similar to many of the superheroes we follow through comic book.  Some familiar superheroes we know include Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, and other notorious characters.


On the other side of the spectrum are the antiheroes.  Antiheroes are protagonists who lack conventional heroic qualities such as courage, idealism, and morality.  Many antihero figures possess darker personality traits including dishonesty, disagreeableness, and aggressiveness.  It wasn’t until the late 1950s where literature started creating antihero characters in stories.  Early works of literature portrayed antiheroes as alienated figures that were unable to communicate with the world.  Some familiar antiheroes in works of literature included Severus Snape, Raoul Duke, and Jay Gatsby.


Antiheroes have been portrayed in television and film within the past few decades.  In fact, the first antihero character on TV was Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files.  James Gardner portrayed what would become one of the most iconic characters in television history.  Hollywood introduced us to a myriad of antihero figures including Walter White, Don Draper, Tony Soprano, Dexter Morgan, Nancy Botwin, Frank Underwood, and many other conniving characters.


So when it comes down to superheroes and antiheroes, I enjoy learning about the antihero characters.  Antiheroes seem like evil people, but I understand how they constantly learn to improve on themselves by helping out those less fortunate.  Many of these characters have a crazy backstory and they work to help others.  Walter White only supported his family by creating methamphetamine because he felt unappreciated in his career.  Learning about the origin of the antihero character is intriguing because it is interesting to see what kind of life they lead.