Category: Superhero Movies

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Thor Love and Thunder: Thunderstruck

As has been the case for several films now, Marvel Studios finds themselves at a crossroads in a post-Avengers: Endgame era of their cinematic universe. Many of their most popular characters are gone from the franchise and the massive decade-long arc came to a head several years ago now, leaving fans clamoring for the breadcrumbs of what’s to come in every single new movie, … Read More Thor Love and Thunder: Thunderstruck

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: Strange magic

Marvel Studios, the comic book film division of Disney, has pushed audiences for more than a decade that a bigger plan is always in the offing. It took three phases and over 20 movies for producer Kevin Feige to complete his Infinity Gauntlet saga culminating in Avengers: Endgame and along the way there were times in which things didn’t make a whole lot of … Read More Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness: Strange magic

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Morbius: Big teeth, no bite

Nowadays it seems that studios aren’t really trying as much to hide their greed, especially when as it relates to comic book movies. Just one month after Warner Brothers dropped a fantastic, original, and darker take on a classic comic book hero with The Batman, audiences have to suffer through the complete opposite. Pushed off for nearly two years due to both the COVID-19 … Read More Morbius: Big teeth, no bite

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The Batman: Darkest night

How is it possible to craft a completely original take on a character that has been reset, rebooted and reimagined countless times in print and on the silver screen over decades? It feels as if audiences, especially those soaked in comic book lore, have already seen every possible iteration of reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne and his nocturnal vigilante alter ego Batman. But director and … Read More The Batman: Darkest night

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Eternals: Reach for the moon, land amongst stars

There were five movies of build up before Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Incredible Hulk teamed up to save New York City from an invading horde of aliens in 2012’s The Avengers. But with the ever expanding universe of spinoff streaming miniseries, fill-in-the-blanks back stories and new character creation, Marvel Studios simply doesn’t have time to develop the necessary … Read More Eternals: Reach for the moon, land amongst stars

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Venom Let There Be Carnage: Let there be mild amusement

With originality dwindling in the blockbuster cinema marketplace, it’s often that viewers might feel like they’re watching the exact same film all over again. Three years ago, Sony broke through the comic book ranks with a quirky cult hit spin-off for a classic Spider-Man villain that had a unique charm with an awkward buddy comedy dynamic mixed in with Marvel lore. Returning to the … Read More Venom Let There Be Carnage: Let there be mild amusement

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Black Widow: Filling in the gaps

Marvel has taken a two-year hiatus from the big screen following the climatic events of Avengers: Endgame. Although the studio has produced several successful miniseries in the meantime for Disney+, fans had to wait an extra year for Phase IV of Marvel’s feature film franchise to begin with the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the release of Black Widow, expected to be the final entry in … Read More Black Widow: Filling in the gaps

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Same ingredients, brand new dish

For years, Marvel Studios has dominated the blockbuster landscape with countless feature films debuting superheroes, building team-ups and raking in cash. Its natural comic book rival, DC Comics, has always been behind the curve, attempting to play catch up by fast-tracking their way through Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman films to get to Justice League, their answer to The Avengers, a Joss Whedon movie … Read More Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Same ingredients, brand new dish

Birds Of Prey: Identity crisis

She’s just an ordinary girl who loves her breakfast sandwich. Sure, she also loves money, the ability to do whatever she wants without recourse or retribution and her pet hyena, Bruce. But Harley Quinn – at least as seen through the lens of Margot Robbie’s gobsmackingly fun portrayal – isn’t simply a bad guy. She’s misunderstood. An inevitability following the breakout success of Robbie’s … Read More Birds Of Prey: Identity crisis

Joker: Origins of psychosis and villainy

It can be said that there’s no true originality left in cinema. Everything seems pulled from pieces of movie history, homages or outright rip-offs of films gone by. Audacious and transgressive, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” is clearly influenced by the work of cinematic legend Martin Scorsese, particularly his 1976 classic “Taxi Driver” and the 1983 cult of celebrity dramedy “The King of Comedy.” It also … Read More Joker: Origins of psychosis and villainy

Spider-Man Far From Home: Passing the superhero torch

Spider-Man has some big shoes to fill. Following a 22-movie march to the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has always been building towards something larger. Left in the wake of the second highest grossing film of all time, superhero movies turn once again to a web-slinging wall-crawler to point the way forward. Such is the daunting task before “Spider-Man: Far … Read More Spider-Man Far From Home: Passing the superhero torch

Avengers Endgame: A decade in the making

Finality. Whether it continues its stranglehold over the cinematic conversation for the next eight months or not, Marvel Studios’ latest feature has immediately become the film event of 2019. (Or at least until the next Star Wars chapter drops in December.) For many younger audiences, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has largely come to shape and define their movie going experience through 22 interconnected … Read More Avengers Endgame: A decade in the making