The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to this; eleven years and twenty-one films have led to a conclusion of epic proportions! Though, it takes a while to get to where it needs to be, due to its three-hour runtime. As much as I would love to talk about ‘Avengers: Endgame’, I feel by doing so would ruin a movie this huge and massive, it has to be seen to be believed. Nothing can prepare you for what is to follow, and how it all ends.
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As of late, Marvel Studios’ newest installment ‘Captain Marvel’ has been the subject of political discussion and controversy. Most of the haters who do not tolerate what star Brie Larson had to say (if she said it) took to Rotten Tomatoes to bash the film, mere weeks before it came out. Yet, it has not stopped the film from being a cultural and financial phenomenon, becoming one of the highest-grossing female-led movies of all time; grossing close to $400 million worldwide, and showing no signs of stopping.
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It has been said before, but after the dull and dreary outcome of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, there was no perfect time for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ to be released. Marvel Studios’ sequel to the underrated ‘Ant-Man’ is packed with enough humor to delight audiences looking for something to feed their craving for a lighthearted superhero movie. In fact, action movies are supposed to be entertaining, especially something released in the middle of summer. I saw ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ a few weeks ago, and I have to say, as an action-comedy, it did not disappoint; I could even go so far as to say that it is a little better than the first!
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The time has come! Ten years of superhero movies, and it has officially come to this! While ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is no doubt making box-office records, I am thinking of ways to describe my experience without giving much away. In case you were worried, I will not dive into spoilers (Maybe once the hype dies down, I will issue a spoiler-filled review). Instead, you will be treated to a premise and mainly thoughts.
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It is easy to see why Marvel’s newest outing ‘Black Panther’ is both a critical and financial success (and not just because it is the eighteenth installment in the still-going-strong Marvel Cinematic Universe). It is the perfect superhero movie for our troubled times; as timely as it is beautiful and thrilling. The inhabitants of the technologically advanced city of Wakanda are not just an ensemble of talented black actors, they are strong characters who hold their own and never back down from a challenge when the time calls for it, yet they are not portrayed as proud, they are as human as we all are, with regrets, challenges, and choices that lead them to where they are. These elements make up the heart of ‘Black Panther’.
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Believe it or not, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is the seventeenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and the franchise does not seem to be slowing down. However, since 2014’s surprise hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Marvel Studios has felt the need to fuse the action genre with more comedic elements. That does not seem to be a bad thing, since audiences still seem to have a blast at the movies every time. I even enjoyed ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ with all the jokes and some of the spectacle it had to offer, more so than the previous ‘Thor’ movies. While ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ had spectacular visuals and humor to even the tension, those movies were quite fine with what they gave us. I will go so far as to say that ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a fast-paced, humorous, and somewhat epic ride, thanks to director Taika Waititi’s energy and Mark Mothersbaugh’s score.
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The “Homecoming” in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is not just a reference to the long anticipated Homecoming dance which takes place near the major climax between our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and the Vulture (A Spidey villain that has never got his due until this film), it is also Marvel Studios’ way of welcoming back one of their own heroes after years of Sony taking over the rights to the famous Web-Slinger, starting with Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy with Tobey Maguire in the red suit, up to Marc Webb’s seemingly gritty, yet poorly received, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ with Andrew Garfield (of ‘The Social Network’, and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’). It truly has been a long time coming for Spidey to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU, for short). Fans have been wondering where the wall crawler has been, or where he was going to show up. Yet, in 2016, prayers were answered and fans rejoiced when footage first surfaced of Spider-Man in the trailer for ‘Captain America: Civil War’. However, there was something different about the “new” Spider-Man. This Spidey had a new look about him; it wasn’t the spider-covered suit from the Raimi trilogy, or the spandex suit in the ‘Amazing’ movies, this suit had a more simple look and feel to it. The question being: Who wore the suit? Why it would be none other than Tom Holland, an up and coming actor who is quickly becoming a household name and a new Marvel hero that is sure to do what ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Quill/Star-Lord did for Chris Pratt.
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