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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

Captain America: Civil War Review

AN EPIC MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER


 

Throughout the years the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown into a dominating force, seizing lucrative opportunities at the box-office as well as establishing its cannon of superheroes in its cinematic universe. Since Iron Man back in 2008, Marvel Studios has given millions of its fans and moviegoers, incredible and imaginative blockbuster stories of good and evil, but has given us (the viewers) characters that are well-rounded, who are more than just simple caricatures from the comic books, but ones that are fully realized in a creative and theatrical way. Dozens of iconic characters have graced the screen (Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, The Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.) as all of these characters have detailed and intricate backstories within their own solo movies, with some coming together in superhero team movies (i.e. The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron). Of these characters, two have striking leadership qualities and constantly at odd with each other (ideology-wise). Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is constantly measuring himself against his father’s legacy and finding himself at the epicenter of chaos and destruction, while Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers has steadfast belief of right and wrong and battling against the politics and the needs of an ever-changing modern society. Now, at the beginning of the 2016 summer season at the movies, the sparks ignite between the two titular heroes with the highly anticipated movie Captain America: Civil War. Is this truly the “best summer blockbuster movie ever made” (as some are calling it) or has the inherit hype of it all blown this Marvel feature way out of proportion? Read more

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

WINTER IS COMING


Captain America: The First Avenger debuted back in July of 2011 and was met with critical success. This adventure during World War II told the story of Steve Roger’s origins; becomes the first “Super Soldier” and his battle against the vile Red Skull and his Nazi-like faction Hydra. Grossing over 370 million at the worldwide box office, the film carried an inherit hype; acting as a precursor to mega blockbuster hit Marvel’s The Avengers that following year with actor Chris Evans reprising his role of the patriotic Captain America. Now Cap’s sequel is here and ready to face a new illusive threat in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Is this sequel the best movie to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or has time officially run out for the infamous “Man Out of Time” avenger? Read more