Ever since Thanos wreaking havoc in Infinity War, the wave of expectation about the real 'avenger' to avenge The Avengers hasn't even plummeted down. Audiences seem to take the thing seriously and, since that emotionally relieving post-credit scene of Marvel's most emotionally draining movie yet, expectations are soaring high. Only if Captain Marvel—the studio's first solo female movie—could level up to the altitude, will those expectations be quenched.
Movie review Ant-Man and the Wasp: Back in 2015, a small-scale, lesser-known superhero named 'Ant-Man' carrying heavy-scale burden to follow up the Marvel's ambitious (yet convoluted) assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron was almost unimaginable. Stormed with production issue—when the appointed director, Edgar Wright, left due to creative difference and get replaced by Yes Man director, Peyton Reed—Ant-Man was, again, almost an expected trainwreck. Only, it did not end up becoming one; it instead becomes one of Marvel's most prominent standalone movies which blends superhero action, unapologetic comedy and warm family drama.
In 2018, Ant-Man makes a come-back in a similar role to the previous film—to clean the palette after the devastating Avengers: Infinity War. In doing so, Ant-Man and the W...
Review: Giving Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) a Marvel gig is indeed the studio’s biggest game-changer, even bigger than Guardians of the Galaxy. After 17 films in some candy-colored superhero action mode with high-dose of witty comedy, the NZ director finally drops the bass and turns the table—making Thor: Ragnarok a.k.a. God of Thunder’s third tenure an exact opposite of Marvel’s procedural film: a full-time comedy with high-dose of action.
Review: Best part about Marvel’s The Defenders is that it’s not a carbon copy of Avengers, despite revolving with the same all-heroes assembled formula. There’s no need a Nick Fury figure to unite Marvel’s heroes streamed at Netflix. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and the man-boy, Iron Fist (Finn Jones) are intertwined in their own business until sophisticated web of conflicts tangled them. And that’s a good sign, given the individual shows’ uneven height.
To begin with, this assemble isn’t at the same height as Netflix-Marvel’s best—that would be the first season of Daredevil and the cancerous single season of Jessica Jones. Yet, it’s definitely far more superior to the weakest—that would be Iron Fist. The Defenders might be in tie with th...
Review: In establishing his own ‘Sony’ world, the all-new Spidey (Tom Holland) has to swing across Marvel Cinematic Universe, find a more established mentor in Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and make an experimental entrance in Sokovian Accords feud—which made it into Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker’s vlog. Head-started with the Civil War (2016) stunt, director Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown) along with five other writers deconstruct the web-slinging hero’s origin story, infuse it with coming-of-age gusto and redefine the old formula to make this third cinematic incarnation of Spider-Man a frivolously clumsy one.
As you’ve seen in his Captain America’s hijack, Holland’s Spidey is no more than a high school chap—barely 15 and a member of school’s decathlon team. Home...
Review: Recapturing the magic of the original/first film is often an arduous quest, even by Marvel standards. Let’s forget not about how Joss Whedon’s misery, in crafting Age of Ultron to follow up the groundbreaking Avengers assemble, could not live up to the expectation. Given that record, it’s not a big surprise that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 falls flat in its attempt to live up the virtuoso of Marvel’s biggest gamble; what’s surprising: it still makes an awesome fun-tertaining space bravura centering on galaxy’s most favorite dysfunctional ‘family.’
Element of surprise is what’s missed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The Guardians – along with their closest relatives – aren’t unfamiliar faces anymore; same goes to Awesome Mix, the intergalactic vistas, and the typical jokes and...
Review: In a world where superhero TV series comes in either one of these three styles: Netflix-Marvel street-vigilante style, Marvel movie tie-in style, or DC’s over-the-top Arrowverse style, FX’s Legion is an oddball. It doesn’t follow those patterns of style; even, it feels like a non-superhero superhero story. Sure thing is, the whole first season of Legion is a kind of thing you’ve never seen before in television (or even cinemas).
Do yourself a little favor by googling about Legion’s origin and you’ll understand why Fargo series’ creator, Noah Hawley is eager to adopt this X-Men bravura under his wings. First introduced in New Mutants comic book, Legion a.k.a. David Haller (portrayed by Dan Stevens) immediately cements his position as one of the most interesting mutant – not only bec...
Review: Welcome the final-yet-weakest member of The Defenders – Marvel’s street level vigilantes who fight criminals around New York City – Iron Fist! What I am saying in this opening isn’t exaggerating, although Iron Fist is often associated with martial arts master who owns iron fists that, if done properly, can break everything. However, in Netflix’ latest outing, what he breaks is his own potentials.
Prior to Iron Fist, we’ve fought with other Defenders meaningfully – Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil deals with laws and disability; Jessica Jones over empowerment; and Luke Cage over black people issues around Harlem. Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Ser Loras Tyrell from Game of Thrones) found his way back to New York from his alleged death (which isn’t real; since he’s been residing and training i...
Review: Imperceptibly, it’s been 17 years since then-relatively-unknown Oz actor, Hugh Jackman, was casted as Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men. The character’s popularity among fans and Jackman’s nuanced performance have made Wolverine more popular to the extent that this character has become the backbone of X-Men cinematic universe making a trinity with Professor Xavier and Magneto.
After appearing in all X-Men films including 2 spin-offs, it’s high time Wolverine received the highest appreciation as a superhero icon: one last chance for a heart-warming farewell. (more…)
Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has expanded at accelerating pace to some level we can fathom where it leads anymore. Along its long run, all Earth’s mightiest heroes in Avengers have contributed to numbers of on-screen collateral damage more than any franchises have ever done. They even acknowledge it in and exploit it as the cause of Civil War, which is a clever move.
Yet, as one character in Marvel’s latest tenure Doctor Strange said, “Avengers protect Earth from physical dangers.” As it highlights the physical attacks hence the collateral damage, how about the supernatural or metaphysical attack? That’s where the Sorcerer Supreme gets his solid slot in MCU.
In fact Doctor Strange is another biggest gamble Marvel ever done since Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears mostly as a st...
Review: Since 2000 – 16 years prior to X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men franchise has initiated a huge tidal wave of comic-book superhero movies into a stronghold of sub-genre. Consistently blending in metaphor, real-world issues, historical patrons, sci-fi flexibility, and abundant of interesting characters, X-Men stand-alone cinematic universe has also evolved into the most standfast, stable, and sustainable one among similar others.
With 5 canon movies and 3 spin-offs, X-Men has a large and deep universe with longest time-span to unofficially make two ‘timeline sagas.’ The original, present time saga consists of Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000) and X2 (2004) and concluded in a letting-down Brett Ratner’s The Last Stand (2006); while the clean-slate, retro saga was initiated with Matthew Vaughn’s Fi...
Review: Initiated 8 years ago and assembled formally 4 years ago, world's mightiest heroes---The Avengers is in a brink of division in Phase Three of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) kicked off by Captain America: Civil War. Cap's latest outing isn't merely a direct sequel to The Winter Soldier; more, it's a universal sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron---call it Avengers: Disassembled---and an introduction to a larger MCU.
In aftermath of New York battle and Sokovia incident---where, for the first time in MCU, collateral damage is taken into account---citizens of the world demands supervision to Avengers' actions as manifested in a decree called Sokovia Accords. Justice-driven Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) stands immediately against the accords; meanwhile, guilt-ridden T...
Review: You probably haven’t seen a “superhero” who had a Liam Neeson nightmare as in Taken trilogy; or one who did 127 Hours to escape; or one who kept spurting out raunchy jokes for more than 100 mins; but Deadpool is going to make you witness one.
Sure thing you might hear about Deadpool is: he’s an awesome and definitely fan-favorite snob who loves breaking the fourth wall to nudge audiences; and, definitely, not the one we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (although Ryan Reynolds is ‘that’ Deadpool). Lucky, this Deadpool brings the cocky, energetic, self-aware Merc with foul mouth at his very core. But, even if you never heard any single thing about Deadpool, that won’t be an issue – because Deadpool loves to do us a courtesy to narrate his own origin story. (more…)...
"The world sure seems different from down here, doesn't it, Scott?" Hank Pym whispered through Scott Lang's ears from afar.
Last chunk of fast-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2 doesn't buzz big---remember, Age of Ultron precedes this one. Instead, it swarms like a horde of ants, like literally ants. Without getting any bigger just like how its tagline sounds, Ant-Man strongly affirms that same rule applies---literally.
Following the tumultuous production---long-hiatus in development hell until Edgar Wright's sudden pullout due to creative differences---Ant-Man's finally approaching, not as an A-lister Marvel Superhero, not as anybody, but I saw it coming. Guardians of the Galaxy made it, why don't I give Ant-Man a try? (more…)
"I'm going to tear you apart... from the inside!" said Ultron to the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Since the first Avengers (2012) being the quintessence of Phase One, Marvel Cinematic Universe had gone wilder in all following standalone films in Phase Two. Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World were all grittier but deceiving, Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought conspiracies involving S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA into spotlight, then the penultimate, Guardians of the Galaxy was the wild horse; enough to call them the grittiest phase so far in the shared universe. Avengers: Age of Ultron, posing as a climax to the second phase, reassembled all the heroes from its predecessor, added a little reinforcement, and lived up the hype in a darker, pop corn bravura.
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