Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Is Different But Still Awesome

Any film that follows up the surprise smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is put in an inherently difficult position, with the shadow of the original looming ominously. Should audiences be given more of the same and risk it becoming stale, or try something different and potentially lose the magic that made the first movie so beloved?…
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Is Doctor Strange Actually Guilty of a Marvel “Formula”?

Although garnering a generally positive response from critics and audiences alike, Doctor Strange has been criticized of following the Marvel formula too hard, bearing structural similarities to Iron Man (2008) and Ant-Man (2015). But how much merit does this argument have and is it really a fair criticism? (Doctor Strange spoilers included) When it comes to it, Doctor Strange is a superhero origin story and usually this means following certain conventions.…
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How’re Marvel’s Netflix Shows Doing So Far?

With the recent release of Luke Cage, it seems like a worthwhile opportunity to look back at the Marvel-Netflix family so far, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones and in anticipation of next year’s Iron Fist and finally Defenders. So far, everything we’ve seen has been strong, though not perfect and each struggling with pacing to some degree, but each show has managed to bring something different to the table.…
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Agent Carter – One of Marvel’s Finest Heroes

With Captain America: Civil War on the immediate horizon, it’s a suitable time to appreciate Cap’s first and best girl from The First Avenger (2011); Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. Atwell charmed audiences as Agent Carter, leading first to a Marvel One-Shot on the Iron Man 3 (2013) home release and from there to her own series, which recently concluded its second season and created one of the most compelling heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.…
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In Defense of Joss Whedon and Age of Ultron

Despite being responsible for an incredible cinematic achievement in 2012’s The Avengers, Joss Whedon seems more focused on his supposed failures in last year’s sequel, Age of Ultron. Maybe it’s just that we so recently had Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice to show us how much worse it could really get, but Age of Ultron still has plenty going for it.…
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Kick-Ass (2010) – Superhero Worship and Indie Freedom

Earlier this year Deadpool appeared and thrilled the mainstream movie going public with its cutting satire (read: hamfisted masturbatory self-referencing), bloody violence and naughty language. Though it certainty was interesting to see Fox Marvel taking some cheap shots at itself and superhero films in general, a film that this in a more extreme manner six years earlier is Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass.…
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5 Dream Castings for Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently announced that that we would have a Captain Marvel casting reveal in the near future. This movie, currently set to be released March 2019, is a big one for Marvel, considering it will be the studio’s first purely heroine-led film. Of the names being batted around online, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain or Charlize Theron are some of the most prevalent, each for good reason.…
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Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Season Review

There’s plenty to talk about in Jessica Jones, Marvel’s latest Netflix outing, but I’ve decided to take the easy/lazy way out and review the series as a whole rather than on an episode by episode basis. It’s the darkest thing in the MCU so far, featuring one of the most genuinely unsettling villains to defile our screens and a protagonist who would rather drink the cheapest bottle of whiskey she can find than do any sort of heroism.…
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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Like last week’s┬áThe Breakfast Club, Guardians of the Galaxy deals with a group of five misfits who learn that they are not too dissimilar and then take on joint aggressor. While The Breakfast Club kids are facing a less-than-cool teacher, the Guardians have a slightly more powerful foe to deal with (Richard Vernon might not even be a head of department at Sherman High).…
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