‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

'The Lego Movie 2' By the Numbers

Breaking down the bricks of "The Lego Movie 2" by the numbers.
The cast of  "The Lego Movie 2" (Warner Bros.)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since everything was awesome, at least in the world of Lego as seen in the original Lego Movie. Since then Lego-themed movies have been released, none of which have been as popular, lucrative or received as much praise from critics as the original.

Now the gang is back in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part but everything appears to be less awesome as Bricksburg has become Apocalypseburg and is getting worse when this world is threatened by Lego Duplo invaders from outer space. Still, just like is real life, Legos can always rebuild.

It takes a lot of physical and CGI Legos to create a movie. Here is a breakdown on how that looks:

2: The number of characters Chris Pratt, Stephanie Beatriz and Alison Brie play in the film. (Pratt plays Emmet and Rex Dangervest, Beatriz plays General Mayhem and Sweet Mayhem and Brie plays Unikitty and Ultrakitty)

3: The number of times Will Arnett has voiced the role of Batman in a Lego movie.

9: The number of feet tall the Megabash model was used in the film.

11.7: The number of feet tall of the Queen’s giant cake.

25: The number of sugars Emmet takes in his coffee (with “just a touch” of cream).

36: The number of ships in the armada at the end of the film.

39: The largest number of feet of fabric used in the film. (Used as water surrounding General Mayhem’s landing of her ship, the Formidaball, at the Queen’s palace.)

Breaking down the bricks of "The Lego Movie 2" by the numbers.
Metal Beard, Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi
and Ultrakitty. (Warner Bros.)
40: The number of shapeshifting Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s different looks in the film.

76: The number of official Lego colors used in the film including transparent and glitter bricks.

251: The number of bricks needed to build the character of MetalBeard.

400: The largest number of asteroids filmed in a scene for the film.

523: The number of unique characters in the film.

835: The number of glitter pieces in Sweet Mayhem’s wings.

1,011: The number of unique props seen in the film.

1,107: The number of glitter pieces in Balthazar’s hair.

1,438: The number of vehicles seen during the opening shot of Bricksburg (including a jet, a biplane and a helicopter.)

2,672: The number of Lego bricks used to bring the film’s characters to life at once.

3,433: The number of unique Lego brick types used in the film.

3,993: The number of glitter pieces in Balthazar’s cape.

5,201: The largest number of items used in one set for the film.

6,530: The number of unique Lego models used to create the film.

Breaking down the bricks of "The Lego Movie 2" by the numbers.
A happy ending after all. (Warner Bros.)
42,315: The number of the greatest amount of lights used in a shot of the film.

120,884: The number of pedestrians used during the opening shot of Bricksburg.

143,109: The number of hairs on Unikitty’s boa.

49,496,833: The total number of grains of sand in Apocalypseburg.

1,248,968,392,251: The number of polygons in a shot.

1.5 million: The largest Lego brick explosion in the film.

11.7 million: The number of Lego bricks at the Duplo Sorting Site.


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