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5 Important Moments From ‘Pokémon: The First Movie’

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 10:00 AM PDT

If you're looking for a blast from the past that still holds up today, look no further than the 1998 film Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. It focuses on Mew's clone, Mewtwo, who plans to take over the world by creating super clones of Pokémon. Yet when he invites Ash Ketchum and other Pokémon trainers to New Island to battle, they thwart his plans and teach him a valuable lesson. The movie has several powerful messages about acceptance and nonviolence. As more people stand up for what's right in today's world, these messages are as relevant as ever. Here are five important moments from the movie that embody these ideals.

The Pokémon Fistfight

Most of the movie's action takes off after Mewtwo's super clones are created. In response to Mew's claim that showing off powers doesn't prove anything, Mewtwo blocks all the real Pokémon and clones' powers and sends them into an all-out brawl against each other. He also begins to fight Mew himself. As the Pokémon fight, the song, “Brother, My Brother” by Blessid Union of Souls plays.

The whole song is inspiring and poignant, but two lines, in particular, stand out: “Tell me, what are we fighting for?” and “Our foolish pride makes us hate this way.” These two lines urge the viewer to consider how ridiculous the fighting is. The Pokémon are fighting because they see their differences as something negative. They think they are supposed to oppose each other. Soon, they see the folly of their ways in this fictional world. But this is something we should question in our own world as well. After all, as the song asks, “Isn't life worth so much more?”

Meowth for Peace

Meowth and Meowthtwo almost fight

Meowth of Team Rocket also gets his own clone, Meowthtwo. During the fight, they meet and bare claws at each other, only to back down before making a “clawful mistake.” This leads to some insightful dialogue between them, as Meowth asks, “How can I trust you? You were born different.”

They end up staring at the stars above, which brings Meowth to an important realization. He says, “We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky! Maybe if we started looking at what's the same, instead of always looking at what's different, well, who knows?” If everyone can accept each other's differences and focus on what we all share, then we can work together to make the world a better place.

Pikachu Takes a Stand

Pikachutwo slaps Pikachu

A key moment in the fight is when Pikachu meets his clone, Pikachutwo. Unlike Meowth's clone encounter, which ended peacefully, Pikachutwo attacks Pikachu. When Pikachutwo reaches the point of exhaustion, he repeatedly slaps Pikachu until he knocks him down. Despite this, Pikachu continues to get back up, but he doesn't fight back.

Pikachu doesn’t say anything, but he sure does make a statement. While he does hold his ground, he doesn't retaliate against his clone. He knows that doing so would only perpetuate the hate and fighting, which would only mean more pain for everyone. As Ash says later, “Someone's got to say no, and refuse to fight, just like Pikachu.” We could all stand to be a little more like Pikachu.

Facing the Consequences

Pikachu tries to wake Ash

The most heartbreaking moment of the movie comes when Ash himself tries to stop the fight between Mew and Mewtwo. As the two Pokémon fire off their powers at each other, Ash runs between them and gets caught in the middle of their attack, which turns him to stone. Pikachu tries to nudge him awake and even uses a couple of electric shocks on him, but it's useless. It's only when all the Pokémon cry together and the tears gather around Ash that he's miraculously revived.

This scene drives home the message that fighting doesn’t solve anything. Mewtwo and all the Pokémon pushed their fighting to the point of self-destruction and death, hitting an innocent bystander in the process. While Ash survived in the end, the real world isn't as forgiving. Blind rage not only affects yourself but those you care about as well.

Mewtwo Discovers Life's Purpose

Mewtwo and Mew look down at the stadium

Mewtwo finally learns his lesson after the Pokémon revive Ash. He takes note of how Ash sacrificed himself for the Pokémon and how they, in turn, set aside their differences to come together to save him. Mewtwo tells Mew that “the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” He then flies away with the clones and erases everyone else's memories of the event.

Early in the movie, Mewtwo was spiteful of the fact that he was “created” as a cloning experiment. It's what drove him to want to take over the world with clones. But, as he finds out, none of that matters. He is free to determine his own purpose in life, and so are we. If we don't let outside factors limit us, then we can change the world.

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7 TV Crossovers More Ambitious Than ‘Infinity War’

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 10:00 AM PDT

With Avengers: Infinity War just days away from hitting cinemas, the internet has already labelled it the most ambitious crossover event in history. Well, we're not so sure.

Crossovers have been happening a long time before Avengers broke the box office, and they'll still be going when the Marvel reign dies down. And, unlike the current roster of superhero films, many crossovers lack the advantage of a shared fictional universe. They get by with sheer talent and plenty of ambition.

Supernatural/Scooby-Doo – “Scoobynatural”

Supernatural Scooby-Doo Scoobynatural crossover
Sam and Dean with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers.

Supernatural is a gritty and frequently gory show where the end of the world is never more than a few mumbled incantations away. Scooby-Doo is a cheerful little cartoon with a bunch of teenagers and a talking dog investigating mysteries. Trying to mash the two together should have been impossible. But The CW did it anyway.

After years of taking the monster masks off criminals, in the Season 13 Supernatural episode, “Scoobynatural“, the Mystery Inc. gang is faced with taking on an actual ghost and finding shocking proof of the afterlife. Shaggy suffers real injury for the first time, Dean scoffs a tower sandwich, and Castiel evens takes part with his trademark jacket becoming a makeshift parachute. Between goofy physics, ghastly ghouls, and that oh-so-cheesy ending, “Scoobynatural” was a wonderful addition to both series.

Power Rangers In Space/Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – “Shell Shocked”

Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet on a mountain
The Space Rangers join forces with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Modern hero shows have the advantage of CGI to smooth out fights scenes and impossible characters. The ’90s had none of that and still managed to pull off a fairly decent hero team-up. And the Power Rangers In Space and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation crossover is no exception.

In the episode, “Shell Shocked“, while the Space Rangers are out searching the galaxy for their missing mentor, they encounter a team of brainwashed turtles intent on taking them down. Struck by a convenient lightning storm to free the turtles, the two teams joined forces to take on the typically villainous Astronema.

With more spandex than a bobsleigh team, “Shell Shocked” is possibly the pinnacle of ’90s live-action fiction. It made no sense and was largely considered non-canon, but it plunged on anyway.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/The Jeffersons/Diff'rent Strokes – “I, Done”

In a crossover that spanned not just three shows but three decades, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air managed to set the bar pretty high when it comes to crossovers. After many years of antics, The Fresh Prince decided to gently bow out of the Banks mansion being put up for sale to a pair of interested buyers.

Not only do George and Louise Jefferson from The Jeffersons return (who previously appeared in the fifth season episode “Will Is From Mars”) but rival buyers Mr Drummond and Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes also drop by to consider acquiring the property.

Though the sale eventually goes to the Jeffersons, “I, Done” was a touching goodbye to one concluding show and a tribute to two that had already ended.

Family Guy/The Simpsons – “The Simpsons Guy”

Family Guy Simpsons courtroom
'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' characters settling a legal dispute

Family Guy has always been open about breaking the fourth wall, but the 2014 episode “The Simpsons Guy” had them breaking out of their comfort zone and heading over to Springfield for a crossover.

With both shows being far from what most people would call 'refined', “The Simpsons Guy” managed to keep a balance between the two comedy styles while throwing out countless references as they went. Managing to include Roger on the Kang/Kodos spaceship and starting a lawsuit between Duff Beer and the Pawtucket Brewery, “The Simpsons Guy” merged the universes enough that there’s still an opportunity for another crossover if the fans and creators should feel so inclined.

The Arrowverse – Crisis on Earth-X

Crisis on Earth-X Main Cast Arrowverse
Most (but not all) of the heroes involved in Crisis on Earth-X.

Okay, I know I said most crossovers lack a shared universe but Crisis on Earth-X was an exception. Yes, the DC film universe has gone less than swimmingly, but Greg Berlanti has pushed the boundaries of what modern television shows can handle.

Besides spanning four shows and calling on heroes across different times and universes, the Crisis on Earth-X crossover left resounding changes in all series involved. It broke records, addressed real problems, and wasn't afraid to face the horrors of humanity's past or dark possibilities of our present. Really, The Avengers should be taking their cues from these guys.

Magnum, P.I./Murder, She Wrote – “Novel Connection”/”Magnum on Ice”

Murder She Wrote Magnum P.I. crossover
Magnum meets Fletcher.

It's like some strange cutting room floor romance, a pair of potential star-crossed lovers that never came to be. Magnum, P.I., starring Tom Selleck as a handsome semi-retired private investigator meets Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury who finds just one body too many to be convenient. Somehow, these two mismatched shows came together in the episodes “Novel Connection” and “Magnum on Ice“.

When two murders ruin Jessica Fletcher’s holiday, she feels obliged to solve them and she’s swift to clear the accused Thomas Magnum of being the culprit.

Though their writing styles differed and both characters had different methods, the charm and ability of the two lead actors set the episodes – and both shows – above the rest of their genres.

Honourable Mention – Friends/Mad About You

Helen Hunt and Leila Kenzle were uncredited for legal reasons.

Though never receiving a full-length crossover episode, there had been enough connections drawn between both Friends and Mad About You to put the shows together. The main connection between the two was Lisa Kudrow who plays ditzy Phoebe Buffay in Friends and her 'evil twin' Ursula Buffay in Mad About You.

In “The One With Two Parts” (Part 1), Mad About You's Jamie Buchan (Helen Hunt) and Fran Devanow (Leila Jenzle) drop by Central Perk and mistake Phoebe for Ursula. The shows also bumped borders when a mishap in the Mad About You episode “Pandora's Box” sparked the lights going out in New York City that crossed over into the Friends episode,”The One With The Blackout”.

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What the MCU Has Meant to FANDOM, and ‘Infinity War’ Star Elizabeth Olsen

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 08:05 AM PDT

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a huge celluloid undertaking that has numbered 18 films and counting, introduced scores of comic book characters to movie fans, and generated many billions of dollars at the worldwide box office.

The interlocking storylines of those movies have also built towards a battle with supervillain Thanos in the 19th feature — Avengers: Infinity War — so to celebrate this momentous occasion, FANDOM staff and contributors have written about what the MCU means to them. Kicking off with one of the stars contributing her thoughts…

Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlet Witch

It's been the first time I've felt part of a community as an actor after drama school. At drama school you have this beautiful connection with an ensemble of people, and you don't really get that when you have a freelance job. This has become a community. Because of going back to it, it does feel like we come from a community who support each other. I've now worked with [Jeremy] Renner and [Tom] Hiddleston on other projects that had nothing to do with this. And [Josh] Brolin. So it's all connected in this nice little community.

Chris Tilly, Managing Editor

Chris reckons they've got both the casting and tone right..

There’s so much to love about the MCU. The casting is top-notch (as I wrote about here), so-much-so that I can’t now read Iron Man, Captain America or Thor comics without thinking of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

The tone is almost always right. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, Christopher Nolan was in the midst of his incredible Dark Knight trilogy. Which as the name suggests, was dark. And sure there are serious moments in Marvel. But more-often-than-not, MCU movies offered an alternative. Something that’s light, colourful, and above all fun.

But the thing that most amazes me about the MCU is quality control. I can only think of a couple of turkeys along the way, with the majority of the features hugely entertaining from start-to-finish; big-budget b-movies that pretty much guarantee a good time at the cinema.

Graham Host, FANDOM Contributor

Graham is all about Agent Coulson.

To me, it’s not the big heroes or dramatic sacrifices of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that made an impact. They were great, sure, but my favourite will always be Phillip ("His first name is ‘Agent’") Coulson.

Coulson embodies everything the Avengers stand for. He does things by the book where possible, off the book where not, and has a tendency to get back up when knocked down. Between asking Captain America to sign his trading cards, the iconic "Don’t touch Lola" and even getting an Energy Shield put into his prosthetic hand, Coulson shows us not only that normal people can be heroes, but it’s even okay to be a nerdy fan whilst doing so.

Lauren Gallaway, TV Editor

Lauren loves the chemistry between characters.

The MCU is my favorite franchise of all time. What they have done over the last 10 years dwarves any other film series, even ones I love like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. The chemistry between the characters, the humor, the passion, the creativity — everything about the MCU is perfect and I feel lucky to be alive at a time when all these great films are in theaters. We may not see the likes of a franchise on this scale for a long time to come.

R.M.V Mitchell, FANDOM Contributor

R.M.V appreciates the fact that Marvel movies feature heroes of all races and genders.

My first real exposure to the world of comic book superheroes were the X-Men and Spider Man cartoons of the 1990s. Comics were a rare treat for me, and the vastness of their myriad worlds was, frankly, a bit overwhelming to an outsider. The cartoons changed that. They plucked fruitful stories from that ripe and bountiful orchard and turned them into delicious smoothies, perfect for a young palate itching for stories of adventure. I grew to love Professor Xavier's band of mutants, and Spidey's clashes with Lizardman Doc Ock and his other foes became favorite playground fodder for me and my friends.

I love the MCU because, much as those cartoons gave me access to a realm of stories I had never experienced, these movies serve as a welcoming gateway to a new generation of fans of all ages and backgrounds. Now, by expanding their commitment to films starring heroes of all races and genders, the MCU will without a doubt inspire a new generation of true believers committed to using their heroic talents to change the world.

Adam Salandra, Entertainment Editor

Adam loves the comedy in Thor: Ragnarok.

I have to admit I'm a little new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it has quickly become my new obsession. Growing up as a Batman fan, I just assumed I had to live my life in a DC bubble. But catching up on the MCU recently has proven to be an incredible experience.

The comedy in films like Thor: Ragnarok is on par with some of my favorite comedic movies from the past decade. And the stories are so rich and engaging, I can't believe I wasted so many years without it.

One of my favorite film tropes is when a bunch of different characters are connected and come together in unexpected ways, so I can't wait to see all my new friends join forces in Infinity War. The only problem now is that I just got to love these characters and now I'm potentially about to lose so many of them.

Carlos Rivera, FANDOM Contributor

Carlos loves seeing characters like Star-Lord onscreen.

For me, the MCU represented a return to my childhood days of reading my uncle’s collection of comics. I fondly remember how he took the time to explain the powers and origins of every character in the Avengers and X-Men franchises.

That's why seeing some of my favorite characters on the big screen as an adult like Star-Lord and Dr Stephen Strange is so magical to me. It is the geek equivalent of meeting your favorite idol or artist in person.

Also, being able to get as much merchandise as I can find (and afford) of my favorite MCU characters is something I am extremely thankful for!

Drew Dietsch, Entertainment Editor

Drew is a fan of the bizarre characters and concepts.

When I was a kid, you couldn’t have convinced me that Hollywood would make a movie with the Vision in it. The Marvel Cinematic Universe might appear to be a grounded approach to superhero cinema, but it still manages to interject utter weirdness like a red-faced android into its world. And we buy it! We accept that a talking raccoon and a sentient tree can help save the world from a living planet. If the MCU has done anything that is objectively positive, it’s making general audiences much more acceptable to bizarre characters and concepts. As long as the MCU never loses its wacky heart, it’ll continue to be the success it’s proven itself to be.

Rowan Girdler, FANDOM Contributor

Rowan likes that the heroes are symbols of hope.

The MCU snuck up on me gradually. The first Marvel film I saw in cinemas was The Avengers, which blew me away, but it took another couple of years for me to catch up and start watching every MCU film that came out. Now my friends and I have a tradition of seeing every new Marvel film together and I write about them online.

The thing I love most about the MCU is that it gives people superheroes to root for. Marvel's heroes are bright, bold symbols of hope in a day and age where dark and cynical antiheroes are the vogue. Some might say that's childish, but I say it's the child within us that needs heroes the most.

Brian Campbell, FANDOM Contributor

Brian loves that the films have been building towards Infinity War.

At the end of Iron Man, Nick Fury declares to Tony Stark he is part of a larger world. At the time, I had no idea it would lead to what we're about to experience in Avengers: Infinity War. It is amazing just how interconnected the lives of our heroes have been over the course of these films. Creative storytelling has always drawn me to the Marvel comics. It is a dream come true to see this creativity magnified for both the big and small screens. I love having FANDOM to share my passion for all things MCU.

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