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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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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Civil War‘s Big Airport Scene Is More Than Just A Good Time

With Captain America: Civil War released on DVD and Blu-ray this last week, this movie was obviously on my mind. It’s been widely regarded as one of Marvel’s strongest films so far and I know that when I think of the movie, the big hero vs hero battle at the airport is one of the first things that comes to mind.…
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Fantastic Four (2015) – Film-a-Day 167

The remake of Fantastic Four is a film which I, like most people, didn’t bother to go see in the cinema. After so many bad reviews from both critics and friends, I decided that I needed to see for myself what was so bad. And it is terrible. The original series whilst fun was pretty lame and the knowledge that the franchise was only rebooted so Fox could retain the rights to the characters sets the film in bad stead before you even begin.…
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How Secret Does A Secret Identity Have To Be?

It’s one of the most common traditions of superheroes: the secret identity. It’s been such a staple of the genre for so long that it seems almost like a prerequisite, a justification for putting on the mask. I’m not arguing against the use of the secret identity in a superhero story but has the trope started to reach a stage where it actually negatively impacts the story?…
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Captain America: Civil War is Amazing and Devastating at the Same Time

Marvel’s Phase Three finally kicked off with Captain America: Civil War and sets the bar extremely high. The Russo Brothers’ follow up to 2014’s The Winter Soldier is a thrilling and intense story that succeeds on the strength of its characters. Heroes fighting heroes manages to be both incredibly entertaining but also emotionally devastating.…
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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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