By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest) (* returning from a much needed break; spoiler alert)
By now, most people will have seen the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Man Tell No Tales. The references to mythical Greek figures (Calypso was the first) throughout the series are prominent because they are more familiar to audiences than other ancient culture’s attempt to sail the seas (discoveries in Egypt notwithstanding). Not every viewer may be aware the group of stars astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) was looking at to locate Poseidon’s Trident is Orion’s Belt. The middle star shows where South is and “the sword” that hangs below it does not always indicate where a lost island lays (as suggested in her book).
This constellation is one of three guides sailors used in the early days to navigate by. The other two are Ursa Major (the Great Bear) and Cassiopeia. Technically, there is a fourth, Crux, the Southern Cross for those sailing in the southern hemisphere.
Will Ant-Man be a dead ant, if the reports from both Slash Film and The Hollywood Reporter are any indication?
Edgar Wright’s Marvel movie about a scientist, Henry Pym, discovering sub-atomic particles that can change a mass’ size can mean either high budget effects or lower than expectation scares in a busy summer movie month. The big question the industry folks are asking is how well will this movie perform in the middle of summer, now that this film has been pushed to July 31, 2015.
On this busy plate is Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, Inside Out on June 19, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 on July 10. No date has been set for Star Wars Episode VII.
But with todays news that PoTC being put on hold, there is finally some breathing room. But as for what that means for the mouse, are they overreaching themselves? Fortunately, they have the sense to pace all these blockbuster titles out throughout the next few years.
The next step for the Avengers to make may include Pym. But until phase 3 of the Avengers saga is developed, what’s next is only a version of the East Coast scene. Fans might end up seeing a formation of the West Coast Avengers to save the day!