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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Surprises With Some Unexpected Yet Welcome Sexual Tension

Not the new feature I expected from a Call of Duty game.

SPOILERS ahead for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

I’m a few hours into the campaign of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. One of the playable protagonists, Alex, has just been taken captive to go meet the commander of a liberation force and another major playable protagonist, Farah.

Their opening conversation was tense and curt, which is to be expected given how the pair are sort of forced to team up to fight a (fictional) war against Russia.

After a few more missions and exchanges though, I noticed something slightly weird going on between Farah and Alex. The initial business-like coldness was gone and replacing it was some unexpected warmth.

I thought it was just a case of “video game soldiers growing to respect each other after experiencing some tough moments together.” But then little things started catching my attention whenever there was a scene between them. The little changes in their voices during conversations, the way they said each other’s names, the longer-than-expected gazes exchanged, and the open body language, all of which was amplified during a great little D&M moment between the pair.

It was at that point I literally blurted out loud: “Hold up, why is there sexual tension in a game like Modern Warfare?”

The developers were clearly going for “mutual respect” in developing Alex and Farah’s relationship, which is why the sexual tension stuff is so unexpected. While it’s obviously a by-product of the development process, it’s also a testament to the great motion-capture performances of the actors and the stunning visual work that Alex and Farah’s relationship went deeper in ways I didn’t expect.

You can wax lyrical all day about the warfare themes, violence and controversial bits in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but any thoughts about those topics were immediately discarded in favour of seeing Alex and Farah get closer. Instead of wondering how the conflict will resolve itself or what the game is trying to say, I was waiting for the moment where Alex and Farah would just goddamn kiss or something.

It’s a bizarre thought to have when playing a Call of Duty game and yet it was also an unexpected surprise as it brought a much needed level of emotion and humanity to Modern Warfare that helped even out the more brutal moments.

But alas, that Alex/Farah ship I was pushing so hard for ultimately sunk in the most brutal way possible at the end of Modern Warfare‘s climax where Alex sacrifices himself to the mission.

Sure he gets to have one final moment with Farah and it more or less makes sense in the context of the entire story, but I felt irrationally robbed that she and Alex never got that climatic moment where they confess to each other. It’s stupid and yet I’ve never been more emotionally invested in a Call of Duty game like that in my life.

I’m probably in the minority when it comes to shipping Alex and Farah, but regardless of where you stand on the pair’s relationship, it goes to show that despite Call of Duty having been around for so many years now, it is still capable of throwing up surprises where you least expect it.

To the Modern Warfare developers, please give me some Alex/Farah DLC missions or something because I need closure on this goddamn it.

The Greatest Spider-Man Movie Ever Is Getting The Bonkers Sequel We All Want

Time for another re-watch.

The GOAT team have a soft spot for most of the Spider-Man films that come out (except for the Andrew Garfield ones) and while we dig what Tom Holland has done with the character, the greatest ever Spidey film is undoubtedly Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

It’s warm, emotional, the animation looks utterly brilliant, retells the old “great power comes great responsibility” Spider-Man story in a refreshing way and has one of the greatest movie soundtracks in recent memory. It even has Nic Cage in it for god’s sake.

That’s why it pleases me to no end to report that Into the Spider-Verse is getting the sequel it deserves. According to a tweet from the official Spider-Verse Twitter account, the sequel is going to drop on April 8, 2022, which is a bit of a wait but hey, I’ll gladly wait however long it takes for the film to be great.

Beyond that, we actually don’t know what’s in store for us with Into The Spider-Verse 2 other than it’ll pick up where the first film left off. Since no details have been confirmed, let’s indulge in some baseless speculation and question asking instead.

Will we see Spider-Gwen, fat Peter Parker and all the other Spidey counterparts meet up with Miles Morales again? Will there be other Spider-Man appearances from different universes? Is Tom Holland going to make an appearance of some sorts given the Marvel/Sony deal that’s going?

Are we going to get a pay-off for that great post-credits scene in the first film where we got introduced to Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara? Does the multiple flashes of the Miles Morales Spider-Man logo in the teaser clip suggest we’ll see different versions of himself this time around?

What’s the music going to be like? Is Post Malone going to write another banger on the level of ‘Sunflower’ for the sequel?

So many questions yet literally no answers.

With the April 8, 2022 release date set, we’ve got more than enough time to speculate. In the meantime, it just means we’re due for another rewatch of Into The Spider-Verse, not that you really need an excuse to watch it again anyway.

The Witcher Has Henry Cavill Naked In A Tub, That's All You Need To Know

As far as I'm concerned, that's Rivia's arse.

After several months of waiting and tasty teases of Henry Cavill as buff Legolas Geralt of Rivia, Netflix has dropped a hefty final trailer for The Witcher that reveals its much-anticipated premiere date.

But everything new we’ve learned about Netflix’s take on The Witcher – including the release date – is secondary to one particular moment in the trailer: Henry Cavill is naked in a bath tub.

That’s right. Henry Cavill. Naked. Bath. Tub.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s Rivia’s arse.

After wondering for ages whether the creative folks over at Netflix were going to recreate or pay tribute to the infamous “naked Geralt in a bath tub” scene from The Witcher III as the show is based on the books rather than the games, we finally got our answer and I am not disappointed.

Hell, the whole season of The Witcher could just be Henry Cavill dressed as Geralt going around visiting all the bathhouses in the land and I’ll still watch the hell out of it.

An entire season of this please, Netflix.

Besides naked Henry Cavill in a bath tub, the rest of the Witcher clip is actually pretty damn cool.

At the risk of sounding too optimistic, the production values and world-building look stunning, there’s some kickarse sword action, crazy fantasy stuffs, and even some funny quips.

But perhaps the biggest cause for optimism is Henry Cavill. Not because he’s naked but because he absolutely nails Geralt’s voice, look and physicality. All those years of being a massive fan of The Witcher has paid off handsomely for him and us because if of the show sucks, it certainly won’t be because of him.

As for when we get to see Henry Cavill naked in a tub and whatever else happens on The Witcher, the show premieres on December 20, making it the perfect early Christmas present.

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