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Gunns and Roses

james_gunn_marvel_studios_rehireI try to keep this column a “politics-free zone”, mainly because there’s so many awful things out in the world lately that I like to think of this column as an escape. But with the recent firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, I feel like I need to put my two cents in. Were Gunn’s tweets, which, while written ten years ago, offensive and unfunny? Absolutely. But his firing for his past actions sets a dangerous precedent for not only Hollywood, but our modern culture as well. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Ant-Man_and_the_Wasp_posterAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed By: Peyton Reed

After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Where Does The MCU Go From Here?

18lpba4iranvwjpgThe following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You’ve had two weeks now, so you’ve got no excuses if you start reading this without seeing the movie!

By all accounts, Avengers: Infinity War is a pretty resounding success. While not as critically acclaimed as the previous Marvel Studios films, it’s still sitting pretty at an impressive 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s had a pretty immediate hold on the pop culture landscape since release. Of course, it’s also the highest opening weekend of all time, beating out The Force Awakens. But the real question remains after the credits roll is this : what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read the rest of this entry

The Evolution of Tony Stark

024b71bcd146eeeed10410d1c8906b6aI’ve recently begun the massive undertaking of rewatching the Marvel Studios releases in preparation for Infinity War, and while I’m only three movies in, that’s still enough to make me take pause and recognize one of the coolest aspects of the MCU: the gradual evolution of Tony Stark. Read the rest of this entry

AKA Sophomore Slump

imageAs it stands right now, I’m nine episodes into the second season of Jessica Jones, and I gotta say, it’s not very compelling. While the first season was a surprisingly complex and invigorating narrative, so far the second season has devolved into subplots that are uninteresting, drawn out, and not even focused on the title character. Krysten Ritter is still fun to watch, but everything else just seems…off. Which leaves me to ask: what went wrong? Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Black Panther!

MOVIE REVIEW!

Black_Panther_film_posterBlack Panther (2018)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita N’yongo, Danai Gurire

Directed By: Ryan Coogler

MINOR SPOILERS

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has a lot to live up to. As not only the first Marvel Studios movie to feature an African-American lead, but also the director’s first major tent pole movie, there’s a lot to expect from the film. But amazingly, Black Panther lives up to the hype, presenting a movie that’s not only worthy of the character, but also one that could (and should) start a movement similar to the one Wonder Woman started last Summer. Read the rest of this entry

Now What?

aHR0cDovL3d3dy5uZXdzYXJhbWEuY29tL2ltYWdlcy9pLzAwMC8yMTUvNTQ1L2kwMi9Gb3hNYXJ2ZWwyLmpwZw==It’s happened. Disney has bought Fox, and therefore can now work the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, and whatever the hell else they want into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s pretty damn excited to be a comic book fan right now, as something we never expected to happen has, well, happened!

But what now? Read the rest of this entry

To Infinity War and Beyond!

AvengersInfinityWar_TrailerHoly crap, did you see that Infinity War trailer?

Go ahead; I’ll wait for to see it. No, for real, take a look. Read the rest of this entry

Have You Taken A Pamphlet?

Thor-Ragnarok-Reviews-KorgSPOILERS FOR THOR: RAGNAROK FOLLOW!

By pretty much all accounts, Thor: Ragnarok is another major success for Marvel Studios. The mixture of comedy and the world of the God of Thunder, under the watchful eye of director Taika Waititi, was a combination that somehow worked really well critically and with audiences. There’s a lot to like about Ragnarok, from Chris Hemsworth’s great comic timing, to the Hulk’s excellent action scenes, but the one thing that’s stuck with me the most is one of the smaller characters: Korg. Read the rest of this entry

When Worlds Collide?

Avengers_vs._X-Men_Vol_1_0_Cheung_Variant.jpgA major bombshell has just hit the nerd community: Disney was allegedly in talks to acquire 21st Century Fox.

Now despite what all the headlines are saying, this is far from a done deal. In fact, according to Bloomberg, the talks had been on and off for the past few weeks, but are now dead. But this still means that there’s a chance, regardless of how big, that we could finally see the Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and the X-Men cross paths with the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the talks are dead now, but now that the topic has been brought up, I can’t imagine that Disney wouldn’t try again to at least get the Fantastic Four and X-Men rights back. It would take some creative finagling, but if Marvel’s proven anything, it’s that they can get finaglin’.  Read the rest of this entry