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Marvel’s Spider-Man, Iron Fist: Now Playing

All about action and some romcom!

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The past few weeks have been crazy for the GadgetMatch team, like always. We’re still recovering from the announcements from IFA 2018 and the recent iPhone launch. Of course, to avoid burnouts, we take breaks and keep ourselves entertained. Here’s what’s now playing for GadgetMatch.

Games to play

Marvel’s Spider-Man
Rodneil: There was so much hype surrounding this game and rightfully so, since Insomniac Games is dealing with one of the most loved superheroes of all time. They had to get plenty of things right and they more than delivered. Insomniac was able to capture the very essence of Spider-Man and translate it into a video game that will please both video game fans and Spidey fans who might want to try the game. It’s a lot of fun to play and you feel exactly like the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swinging across New York.

Movies to see

Bleach (Live Action)
Rodneil: Bleach — both the manga and the anime — was considered one of the top three in its genre during its run. The live action version tackles the Substitute Shinigami arc which is essentially the origin story of how protagonist Kurosaki Ichigo gets the powers of a soul reaper. If you’ve read the manga or saw the anime, you’ll know that this arc flows so seamlessly to the one that follows it that it almost feels like just a single arc. The live action version does a good job of creating some sort of finality in the movie that in case it never gets the green light for a sequel, you wouldn’t mind as much.

If this is your introduction to the Bleach lore, it doesn’t disappoint. For the most part, it’s a faithful adaptation and was translated admirably to a feature film. If you decide to watch the anime because of this, watch only until the end of the Arrancar arc and definitely skip the Bount arc (episodes 64-109). You’re welcome.

To all the boys I’ve loved before
MJ: To all the boys I’ve loved before is the show I’ve been dying to see ever since I heard it’s going to have its film adaptation on Netflix. It’s a feel-good movie that will make you remember what it feels like to have crushes, secret feelings, and writing letters — things that our teenage selves did back then.

Kissing Booth
MJ: What if you made a pact to your best friend that you can’t fall in love with his brother, even if he’s really, really charming (and hot)? Netflix’s Kissing Booth is about a girl falling in love with her best friend’s older brother and in a sudden turn of events, forced to choose between following their friendship’s set of rules or following her heart. It’s a movie about secrets, loyalty, and betrayal, but above all, it’s a romantic comedy to entertain you during your idle hours.

Set It Up
Chay: I’ve been in the mood for feel-good romcoms lately, and Netflix’s Set It Up did not disappoint. Like most romantic comedies, it’s predictable and cheesy, although it did come with a twist I didn’t really expect. I very much appreciate that both protagonists’ personal issues are realistic enough to be relatable to people my age.

TV shows to binge watch

Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Season 3
Rodneil: Attack on Titan was a well-received anime when it first came out and three seasons in, it hasn’t missed a beat. At first it was just about humans taking shelter inside a walled city for protection versus mindless, humongous, man-eating monsters, only to find out later on that the real monsters lie inside the walls lording over the people trying to survive. Season three is still ongoing and it looks like the theme is about uncovering the truth about the Titans.

Insatiable
MJ: Insatiable means impossible to satisfy, which is all about the main character, Patty Bladell, who was once fat and bullied for her appearance, and turned skinny to get revenge by winning pageants and getting a crown. But it doesn’t stop there. It takes a pretty dark turn when the title comes into play, as the show is also about vengeance, bad decisions, and what it means to be really beautiful. To critics, it’s an inconsistent show. But for the audience, we absolutely love it. It’s really, really, fun!

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2
Marvin: If you aren’t a fan of Iron Fist’s first season, the second one may change the way you look at the series. It’s less centered around Danny Rand, who many viewed to be the main problem of Season 1. Even though he’s the primary protagonist, his lessened screen time allows other (more interesting) characters to shine. Plus, the fight scenes are way more exciting this time — no longer a low point of an action-filled superhero series.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Momoland (All Songs on Spotify)
Rodneil: I have officially been consumed by this K-pop group. “Bboom Bboom” went viral this year and they followed it up with “Baam.” Both songs are lively and great so I decided to listen to the rest of their songs and I haven’t stopped since. My favorites are “Curious,” “Bingo Game,” “Hug Me,” and “Love Sick.”

Sana Bumalik” by Sud
Rodneil: The song itself is just okay; it talks about that universal feeling of wanting someone back. To truly appreciate what Sud did here, you first have to watch the music video for their other song called “Sila.” That’s part one of the story they’re trying to tell. While the songs don’t exactly match the narrative of the videos, they do match the mood, and for fans who followed both videos, it’s exciting to see the cast return as we get to see how their story unfolds.

Cities/Places to visit

Anilao
Marvin: Anilao, which is found along the west coast of Batangas in the Philippines, is best known for its incredible diving areas, but little do people realize that it’s a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway, as well. Situated on the tranquil side of the ocean and far away from big cities, its beaches are ideal for long walks and star gazing — not at all for surfing or other extreme water sports. But be warned: It’s a lot easier to find than it is to leave.

Sagada
MJ: Sagada is the best place to visit when you’re on the verge of having a breakdown or you just want to take a break. It’s a quiet, laid-back town situated in the northern mountains of the Philippines. Surrounded by pine trees and fog enveloping the sky and the streets, this place will definitely give you a cozy retreat while wearing your favorite sweater, sipping hot coffee, and doing some soul searching.

Berlin
Chay:
My first time in Berlin wasn’t short of both unfortunate mishaps and fun stories to tell. It’s a city that doesn’t forget and whose most popular landmarks tell its history. It offers pockets of charming places here and there, efficient public transport, and good food. Admittedly I had way more doner kebab and Vietnamese food during my stay instead of German sausages.


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers

Including a new Amazon Original

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Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.

The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.

Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.

Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:

  • Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
  • Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
  • Demon Slayer
  • Jujutsu Kaisen O

Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.

To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.

Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.

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Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

A sequel and a spin-off is coming

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Netflix isn’t shy to spend the big bucks on big names. Last year, the platform gambled on a blockbuster called Red Notice featuring A-list celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. This year, the big budget went to The Gray Man, a thriller from MCU stalwarts, the Russo brothers.

Much like the former, The Gray Man opened warmly towards audiences, amid colder reception from critics. The latter doesn’t really matter to Netflix, though. Hearing the applause from the audience, Netflix has decided to jumpstart more titles situated in the universe.

Announced today, the Russo Brothers, Ryan Gosling, and writer Stephen McFeely are returning for a sequel to the original film. Further, Netflix has also greenlit an untitled spin-off film set in the same universe as the original. It will be written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, potentially hinting at a more comedic take on the universe.

The original film was based on a book series written by Mark Greaney. Netflix has a wealth of content to adapt for its platform. Similarly, the Russo brothers are well acclimated to cinematic universes, having directed the most ambitious team-up movies in film history, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

For its part, Netflix is adamant to create its own hit cinematic universes. Besides The Gray Man, the platform has also invested in follow-ups to its popular titles such as The Witcher, Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Army of the Dead.

In the meantime, The Gray Man is available for streaming now on Netflix.

SEE ALSO: Now Playing: The Gray Man

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MCU unveils plans for Phase 5 and 6

The Infinity Saga is officially over

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Years after the end of the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still alive and kicking. More movies and series are coming out to set up what’s next for the future. Besides the slate of post-credits stingers, Marvel has another one tried-and-tested method to stoke the hype: San Diego Comic Con. During this year’s event, the MCU once again unveiled unannounced titles and offered more peeks at already announced ones. Without further ado, let’s unravel what’s coming to the Multiverse Saga.

What remains of Phase 4

With a bunch of Disney+ shows and theatrical releases already in the bag, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is winding down Phase 4. The recent lineup of titles both introduced new characters and dealt with the aftermath of Thanos.

The final titles for Phase 4 will do more of the same, while ushering in the start of Phase 5. During this year’s SDCC, the MCU revealed new trailers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (coming to Disney+ starting August 17) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (coming to theaters on November 11). Wakanda Forever will notably end Phase 4.

Oh, and if the main MCU entries are too much, Marvel also revealed a new trailer for I Am Groot, a series of shorts featuring Baby Groot. It will start streaming August 10 on Disney+.

Phase 5 builds on the future

While Phase 4 focused on bridging old Marvel with the new, Phase 5 shifts attention to the future. It starts off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, coming to theaters on February 17, 2023. There are no trailers yet, but we have a poster. Plus, Marvel confirms that both Kang and MODOK will be villains for the feature.

After Ant-Man 3, Secret Invasion will drop sometime in the spring of 2023. The thriller will feature Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and the Skrulls as the world takes on an invasion of alien shapeshifters.

Then, James Gunn is unleashing the third volume of this cosmic saga, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will feature the return of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon’s (Bradley Cooper) origins, and the debut of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter). It shows on theaters starting May 5, 2023.

The Marvels will premiere on July 28, presumably featuring Kamala Khan from the recently concluded Ms. Marvel series.

The next film will take a while, though. Sprinkled between and around them, Disney+ has a flurry of shows to stave off any superhero cravings, including Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos.

Blade is also coming to cinemas on November 3, 2023. Finally, on May 3, 2024, the Captain America franchise comes back to the big screen. This time, Sam Wilson is at the helm in the aptly titled Captain America: New World Order.

Then, in a blockbuster announcement, Marvel has confirmed that Charlie Cox is returning as Daredevil in his first MCU show, Daredevil: Born Again. Vincent D’Onofrio is also returning to the franchise. It premieres during the spring of 2024.

Finally, Marvel is capping off Phase 5 with Thunderbolts, coming to theaters on July 26, 2024. It will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and (presumably) Wyatt Russell’s John Walker.

Phase 6 brings out the big guns

Though it’s still quite some time away, Marvel has already announced a few big titles coming to Phase 6. Much like Phase 3 from the Infinity Saga, Phase 6 is a doozy, featuring big names and catastrophic implications for the distant future.

First up, Marvel has confirmed that Fantastic Four is coming to theaters on November 8, 2024. Marvel’s first family is finally debuting. Fans already got a taste with John Krasinski’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness. This time, it’s for real. With the family’s debut, the studio might also be ready to unleash its other recently acquired titles like X-Men.

Finally, presumably the climax of this multi-title arc, Phase 6 will feature a two-parter Avengers movie. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will show on May 2, 2025. Meanwhile, Avengers: Secret Wars will premiere on November 7, 2025.

While the name doesn’t indicate much, Secret Wars means untold implications for the multiverse. The first Secret Wars comic event introduced Spider-Man’s Black Suit, which eventually evolved to become Venom. The second one, which concluded in 2015, saw the death of the entire multiverse, merging Marvel’s comic books into one smooth timeline. Only time will tell if the MCU’s Secret Wars will feature the same implications.

Also, don’t expect Phase 6 to be just a three-title phase. Marvel will likely announced more for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as time goes by.

SEE ALSO: Marvel’s Midnight Suns available for pre-order; release date announced

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