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Top 5 best original characters of the summer 2014 movie season

Quicksilver's scene from X-men: Days of Future Past

So you may be asking yourself, “Where the heck has The Media Fire been?” The answer? He doesn’t really know himself. First I never got around to actually writing my review of The Maze Runner. Then this annoying thing called “school” came up. So I’ve been kinda busy for the past little while. So I decided to do something fun and talk about the 5 original movie characters from this summer that entertained me the most. Be they funny, scary, or just plain awesome.

#5 – Valka – How to Train Your Dragon 2

Though she wasn’t the first new character introduced in this movie (and she certainly wasn’t the best kept secret), Valka still proved to be an great character. Not only is her character design just strait out awesome, in fact the first time she came onscreen I thought to myself ” A wild Mayuzaki character has appeared!”, but we really see that where Hiccup got all his Dragon skill. She’s the only other character who has gotten as far as Hiccup has into the minds of Dragons, and then went the extra mile and quite literally left him in the dust. The way that she has become part of the Dragon community is so evident in every scene. Plus, that dragon that she rides is just pure awesome.

#4 – Hound – Transformers: Age of Extinction

It’s a shame that the Michael Bay Transformers movies have to keep putting in what they call “humor” and what we call “racist stereotypes” into movies. Because the sad part is that they can actually pull of some funny humor. As evidenced by Hound, aka the character that deserves his own movie. Every time this guy was onscreen he was just freaking amazing. I always like characters with stupidly amazing amounts of weapons, but Hound could probably top them all. This guys has a cigar that’s a gun. A FREAKING CIGAR! Am I the only one who thinks that the line, ” I’m like a fat ballerina who takes scalps and slits throats!” should go on a shirt?….. Yes?…. Well crap.

#3 – Rocket – Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer

You know, I was actually slightly disappointed that Rocket didn’t get enough screen time, because it did take a while for Bradly Cooper’s performance to really get going. But when he got going, HE REALLY FREAKING NAILED IT. Rocket is a character that’s hilarious, sad, compelling, and a jerk, all at the same time. And it is amazing. I wouldn’t mind if they put Guardians 2 on hold and just went ahead with a Rocket and Groot movie. Please Marvel! Please!

#2 – Quiksilver – X-men: Days of Future Past

Why the heck was this guy only in the movie for 15 min? Not just from an entertainment standpoint, but logically it would have made sense if they had kept this guy for the whole movie. But yea. The best scene in the whole movie was definatly Quicksilver taking out a whole room of guards while listing to “Time in a Bottle”, (or whatever that song was called) it was hilarious and perfectly showed that character of Quicksilver. Araon Taylor Johnson has some big shoes to fill in Avengers 2.

#1 – Koba – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
(ok, I may be cheating with this one because he was in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but screw that, Koba was awesome)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

And now for the only character this year that scarred the crap out of me. Koba was not only the scene stealer in DotPotA, (try saying that 5 times fast) but was probably the most complex and terrifying villains to ever be put to screen with motion capture. The most interesting thing about Koba was that even though I was horrified by the actions that he did in the movie, I don’t think I doubted the motivations behind them for a second. We knew what this guy had been through, we knew how twisted he had become. And I think that’s why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was such an effective movie. There was no blatant “bad guy” who was evil just for the sake of being evil, there was just a misunderstood guy trying to get revenge from people who had literally scared his life. It will be disappointing if Andy Serkis doesn’t get an Oscar, but I’m going to downright furious if Toby Kebbell doesn’t get best supporting actor. Oh, and the fact that Koba gets to duel wield machine guns on horseback doesn’t hinder his awesome factor.

What do you think? Who were your favorite characters from the summer movie season? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next time. Good to be back!

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Sam Wilson
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