Tag Archives: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Review

DESTINY HAS ARRIVED


 

There was an idea…to bring together a group of remarkable people….to see if we could become something more…so when they need us, we could fight the battles…. that they never could. Thus, such an idea was born in the year 2008 with the release of Iron Man, a superhero movie that set-in motion one of the most famous (and profitable) shared cinematic universe in the history of filmmaking titled the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (or simply dubbed the “MCU”). While Iron Man was well-received from critics and moviegoers alike (bringing the iconic superhero character of Tony Stark to life via actor Robert Downey Jr.), it was the start of something that really did usher in the “golden age” of superheroes film, bring together a collective group of actors and actresses in portraying these popular comic book characters on the silver screen. The pool of comic book character to grace the big screen range from some of the more popular ones like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and Spider-Man to some of the more lesser known ones like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Each one of the 18 films (so far) in the MCU series brings a sense of palpable superhero merits to stand on its own foundation on their own solo adventures as well as the team-up superhero features that bring together a group of them to stop an overpowered enemy. The film themselves have taken its viewers on big adventure experience to the next one, from the streets of New York City in Spider-Man: Homecoming, to the fictional / technological African nation of Wakanda in Black Panther, to the battlefields of WWII in Captain America: The First Avenger, and to the mythical land of Asgard in the Thor movies, and to the farthest reaches of the cosmos with the Guardians of the Galaxy films. With the success of these movies (both in its fandom with Marvel fans and in causal moviegoers), the MCU (as a whole) has continued to grow and expanded, especially when Disney acquisitioned Marvel to bring the superhero world into the “House of Mouse”, finding each new installment in their sequential Phases sagas to try to had another layer to the overall complexity to this cinematic world as well as being superhero entertainment to viewers everywhere. While some critics might be a bit miffed by “comic book movies” and in their criticism, the MCU movies have found their “golden ticket” formula of success with public (i.e a mixture of heart, humor, and blockbuster superhero nuances), raking in millions upon millions at the worldwide box office with each new release. Now, after the universal acclaim and huge financial success of Black Panther, Marvel Studios, in conjunction with their 10-year anniversary celebrations, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo prepare for the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the highly anticipated film Avengers: Infinity War. Does super large superhero team-up film deliver on its inherit hype promise or does it flounder and ultimately crumble underneath the incredible high expectations from fans everywhere? Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017) Review

THE GUARDIANS ARE BACK!!!


 

Back in 2014, Marvel Studios released two films underneath its MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) banner. While the first (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) was met with high praise for its more grittier action and grounded narrative from its predecessor, Marvel’s second 2014 film (Guardians of the Galaxy) was literally amazing and “out of this world”. With relatively unknown cast of comic book characters and with only some minor connection to the rest of the already established MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy followed the adventure of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) and his ragtag team of cosmic outlaw misfits (Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot) as they must band together and save the galaxy from the villainous deeds of Ronan the Accuser. Filled with humor, sci-fi action, and a lot of 70s and 80s pop culture songs, the film went on to become a rousing success, collecting roughly $770 million at the box office (worldwide) and gained almost universal praise from critics, fans, and moviegoers. The success of Guardians of the Galaxy was also a big victory for Marvel, proving to them that their audience viewers were ready to expand beyond their already established characters in the cinematic universe; an action that prompted the studio to move forward with other less-known superheroes (I.e. Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel) to the big screen. Now, after the success of last year’s Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, Marvel Studios and director James Gunn are now ready to present the third installment in their MCU Phase III saga, with the highly-anticipated sequel film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With so much inherit hype and excitement from its fans, does Marvel’s cosmic band of misfits succeed in their sophomore film or Is it a far-cry from what made the first one so memorable? Read more

Jason and Adam’s Editorial Debate: Favorite MCU Movie (So Far) (Part 2)

Well, folks. After being on very much long, long, delay, I finally got around to do my part (Part 2) of this editorial.

Welcome the first “Jason and Adam’s Editorial Debate”, an on-going series that me and my good friend Adam Lydard are going to be having with various movie topics. As it goes, either him or I will start one topic and then the other will counteract it with a rebuttal. Its simple, effective, and you guys decided who wins. Our first topic to debate about is on which is our favorite MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) so far. This is part 2 of the editorial debate. Read more

Thor: The Dark World Review

A SEQUEL IN THE DARK WORLD


 

Another movie review from my old blog that has come to light. Enjoy! Whether by Odin’s Beard or by Thor’s Hammer, 2011’s Thor, a fantastical “Fish Out of Water” tale that is part fantasy, part science fiction, part mythology, and part superhero film had its skeptics and naysayers, but ultimately prevailed over them at the box office; so much so that the movie’s two lead actors (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston) reprise their roles as Thor and Loki in the unprecedented superhero team-up film Marvel’s The Avengers that following year. Now, with Marvel studios (and Disney) rolling out the Phase II saga of their MCU, Thor returns to Midgard (Earth) for another cinematic adventure with Thor: The Dark World. With a new director at the helm, is the next chapter in the mighty Asguardian tale worth seeing or should the film be permanently exiled to Svartalfheim (The Dark World)? Read more

Jason and Adam’s Editorial Debate: Favorite MCU Movie (So Far) (Part 1)

Well, folks. Here’s another editorial for you all. Welcome the first “Jason and Adam’s Editorial Debate”, an on-going series that me and my good friend Adam Lydard are going to be having with various movie topics. As it goes, either him or I will start one topic and then the other will counteract it with a rebuttal. Its simple, effective, and you guys decided who wins. Our first topic to debate about is on which is our favorite MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) so far. Read more

The Road to Civil War (What You Need to Know About Captain America: Civil War)

The battle lines are being drawn and superheroes are turned against each other, choosing their side to stand on. Yup, I’m talking about the newest movie from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Captain America: Civil War. With the recent release of the new trailer for the movie, many Marvel fans out there are anxiously awaiting this next superhero installment, which ultimately begins Marvel’s Phase III cinematic saga. It’s a movie that’s brimming with comic book excellent and anticipation, but there’s might be some out there that might by asking “What’s Civil War about?” or “What’s the BIG whoop about Captain America 3?”. So, to those comic book” uninitiated” or those who generally don’t know, here’s all you need to know about Captain America: Civil War.

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