No regular posts until after midnight as I am pre-gaming for my screening tonight of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hopefully, I will have enough energy once I return from 2.5 hours of staking out my seat and 3 hours in it to write the kind of review you all deserve. THIS IS WHAT I DO FOR YOU GUYS! I’m not saying I’m taking a fairly accurate replica of Mjolnr with me to fend off seat stealers, but….I may ….have already….said too much. Avengers: Age of Ultron starts showing tonight and goes forth to smash Avatar’s record tomorrow! SUMMER MOVIE SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!
PS – I know Joss Whedon has said there is no post-credit scene, only a mid-credit teaser. Before you freak out, that would mean last time we WOULD have gotten Thanos and would NOT have gotten Schwarma. I will stay through the entirety of the credits so you know if you have to or not. You’re welcome.
The reviews for Avengers: Age of Ultron are hovering around the 70% mark now, and I’m hearing a lot of panic last-minute. Let’s remember that Rotten Tomatoes gave Thor: The Dark World a 66% and I think that’s one of the strongest films Marvel has produced. The film, though, that I’m hearing it most compared to is Iron Man 2 (in a negative way). Here’s the thing: I liked Iron Man 2. It made Whiplash cool and introduced Black Widow. It was also tasked with doing what I think (and this is speculation) Age of Ultron will be tasked with doing. It had to set up A LOT. Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were the first two MCU films and their success made it necessary for Iron Man 2 to set up a ton of characters, plotlines and themes that would be explored not just in that movie, but in phases to come. If you watch the film now, you can see how much of a pivotal film it was. You could compare it to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which JK Rowling used heavily to set up plot points that would resonate throughout the rest of her epic and, when reread, those books are much more powerful in retrospect.
That being said, my favorite scene in Iron Man 2 is the pure Marvel porn that is Tony and Rhodey versus Whiplash and his drones. You have the trademark banter, You have an amazing fight that shows everything those two sets of armor can do at that point. I giggled like a little kid through the whole thing.
I have passes tomorrow to see Age of Ultron and we’ll see what we see. I compared it to Harry Potter, because this is a franchise unlike any other. It’s a cinematic comic book with each movie an issue in a giant overarching story. Some chapters may stand out more than others, but in any huge story there are going to have to be chapters where you lay a lot of groundwork. Let’s not forget, also, that after Ant-Man, we have Captain America: Civil War, which will feature most of the characters in Age of Ultron AND MORE, so we’re closing out Phase 2 and also beginning what will be a very dark Phase 3 before the climactic battle that will be Avengers: Infinity War.
Here’s one to look forward to this summer! Ian McKellan plays an aged Sherlock Holmes in the 1940’s, trying to solve the one case that’s eluded him his entire career. It’s directed by Chicago’s Bill Condon and stars Milo Parker and Laura Linney. No firm US release date has been announced past it being slated for Summer 2015. Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective remains one of the most versatile and endlessly fascinating characters in all of fiction, and I can’t wait to see McKellan add this to his already distinguished career. Mr. Holmes opens wide on July 19, 2015.
The next big video game release on the horizon is the final installment in what has been one of the most epic RPG sagas in recent gaming history: The Witcher. Based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the games follow Witcher (monster hunter, basically) Geralt of Rivia as he travels the land, slaying beasts, completing quests and the whatnot. Boasting some of the strongest graphics on any console on which it’s published, The Witcher III promises an immense game world. Just to give you an idea how immense, the two planned expansions for the game; THE ADD-ONS; are said to take 30 hours to complete. Plan on spending a lot of monster slaying fun with Geralt when the game hits consoles and PC on May 19, 2015. Achievements (and trophies) below courtesy of xboxachievements.org, which is THE go-to site on the net for such things. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)
Brand-new look at the final installment in Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham trilogy: Batman Arkham Knight. This trailer focuses on the Bat-family, showing how players will be able to transition seamlessly from playing as the Dark Knight to also playing as Robin, Nightwing or Catwoman. Arkham Knight will release on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on June 23, 2015.