This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review & Recap of ‘Avatar’ on Disney+; Henry Cavill will leave DC Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s ‘Witcher’ series for ‘Warhammer 40k’ series

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In this week’s episode of Media Play News podcast hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley lead with a review of Avatar: The Path of Water as well as a quick summary and a comparison with the original Avatar (available to stream on Disney+).

Bottom line: The sequel successfully builds on the story of the first movie, but the real draw is the stunning visual effects. In Charlie’s words: It’s like a documentary filming takes place on an alien planet because the CGI is so perfect and the ecosystem is so vibrant that the film will effortlessly transport you to Pandora. Charles was equally impressed, expressing his disappointment with the original but applauding. the path of water. Both hosts are looking forward to the next installment in the franchise. As far as box office performance is concerned, at the time of recording, the film has grossed $900 million worldwide and still easily ranks #1 domestically. It faces little to no competition in theaters until the next release from Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February.

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On broadcast, it’s been a busy time for actor Henry Cavill. Production disagreements and friction between showrunners/writers and Cavill on Netflix’s “The Witcher” have led to his departure from the series, to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth in the upcoming season. Simultaneously, due to twists in DC’s strategy (led by James Gunn and Peter Safran), Cavill will also not reprise his role as Superman in any upcoming films, despite his character’s recent cameo in the film. black adam post credits scene. But with a trick up his sleeve, Cavill has announced his new role as executive producer and lead on Amazon Prime Video’s “Warhammer 40k” series, a sci-fi property popular with tabletop RPG gamers. Cavill himself is a huge fan of the IP and while little is known about Amazon’s plans, there is universal positive buzz surrounding his announcement.

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