One of my all time favorite Marvel villains is finally getting the MCU treatment in Black Widow: Taskmaster. The Avengers baddie has long been on my shortlist of characters that I’ve wanted to see on the big screen, and his abilities seem tailor made for the MCU. Gifted with “photographic reflexes”, Taskmaster has the ability to mimic the fighting abilities of anyone he fights. Sure, he can’t match the strength of Spider-Man or Cap, but being able to pull their same moves on them (and others), makes him a formidable foe, and makes Tony Masters one of the most underrated baddies in the Marvel universe. Brash, arrogant, and loyal only to whoever pays him the most, Taskmaster is a wicked fun villain who’s been due for the MCU spotlight for a long time now.
So why is he so silent in all of the trailers for Black Widow? Read the rest of this entry
And just like that, Spidey is back in the MCU.
In a surprising turn of events (okay, not THAT surprising), Sony and Marvel Studios have renegotiated their deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU for another two movies, and they’ve even got the third film on the schedule for 2021, a mere two years away. After nearly a month passing with the deal seemingly dying, many (myself included) resigned themselves to the fact that the deal was over and done with, and that we’d have to live with a Spidey in a post-MCU world. But it seems like cooler heads have prevailed (or at least realized how much money was being left on the table), and we’re going to get at least two more adventures with the wall-crawler. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve got a new look at Spider-Man: Far From Home in the latest trailer, but one of the biggest revelations isn’t just how the MCU has moved on from the heroic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. No, it’s the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) is apparently from an alternate Earth. According to the exposition from Nick Fury, Thanos’ “snap”, or one of the other ones, caused a few portals to open in the MCU, causing Beck and the Elemental creatures he and Spidey will fight to arrive on our Earth. It’s an interesting spin to the Mysterio character, and could pave the way for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to make their way into the MCU proper.
If it were true. Read the rest of this entry
Captain Marvel (2019)
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Benning
Directed By: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
The 21st movie in the ongoing saga that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel stands as the first film from Marvel Studios with a female lead. Naturally, that means it’s going to be under a lot of scrutiny, more than any other Marvel film before it. Can one movie introduce Carol Danvers to audiences, connect to the larger MCU as a whole as a prequel, tease people for Avengers:Endgame, and overcome the internet trolls review bombing the film before they’ve even seen it? Read the rest of this entry
Ever since he was fired from Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3, the nerd world at large has been wondering just what would become of James Gunn. Would he retreat from the public eye indefinitely? Go back to the smaller genre films that he was known for before Guardians? Or would he jump ship for a rival studio?
Well, this week we got the answer, and it’s option three. Read the rest of this entry
The 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
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
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Directed By: Joss Whedon
To call Avengers: Age of Ultron a massive film is an understatement. Director Joss Whedon’s sequel to the megahit 2012 Avengers has to do many things: please comic fans and “normies” alike, set up the future of the Marvel Cinematic universe, and of course, serve as the follow up to arguably the biggest (and best) superhero film of all time. This is a tall order, and the hype around this film is certainly huge. After delivering one of the most entertaining films of last year with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios has earned enough goodwill from fans that they could pretty much release a two and half hour film of the Avengers having game night and it would still make the same amount as a huge crossover come to life. So how does Age of Ultron stack up with the other Marvel films? Read the rest of this entry