Category Archives: Marvel Cinematic Universe

My Favorite Scene: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Who Is Worthy?*

For a number of reason, Age of Ultron got a lot of flak from MCU fans for, essentially, not being The Avengers.  The film had the thankless task of being a set-up film, masked as a climax film.  This is really Civil War Part One.  This is the inciting event whose consequences come home to roost in Captain America: Civil War.  But the film also had to introduce fractures into the team, introduce a slew of new characters, set up Phase 3 films, and still manage to tell the story of the Avengers fighting their biggest traditional foe.  I think it works very well in the larger context of the MCU, and would have just fine on its own had Disney not made one of its very few forays into meddling with the MCU.  They felt the film was too long (they have since made longer) and made director Joss Whedon choose between neutering Thor’s storyline, which was the thread connecting the film to the overarching Infinity Gems  plot, or cutting the entire sequence at the Barton farmhouse (not much of a choice because cutting that sequence breaks the film).  How did that work out?  AofU still made a bunch of bank, and angered director Joss Whedon is now directing Justice League and Batgirl for the DCEU. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) *Who Is Worthy?*

Black Panther Trailer #2 (2018) “Wakanda Forever!!!”

Black Panther is one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe.  He’s a monarch to the most isolated and technologically advanced nation on earth.  He’s a religious leader.  He’s a super hero to the outside world, and he’s the bearer of a mantle that stretches back to the founding of his nation.  Captain America: Civil War only gave us a glimpse at T’Challa’s burden.  The first trailer for the film introduced Wakanda, but the second gives us more of an idea of the plot, introduces the dynamic between T’Challa and his sister, his mother, and his American liaison (Martin Freeman).  It also re-establishes Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw, the film’s villain that was set up waaaaay back in Avengers: Age of Ultron and T’Challa’s main rival: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).  This film is going to blow people’s minds.  Having Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther as the lead-ins to Infinity War was a brilliant idea.  But then, it’s Marvel.  It’s what we’ve come to expect. Continue reading Black Panther Trailer #2 (2018) “Wakanda Forever!!!”

Jeremy Renner’s 10 Best Movies

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner has become one of Hollywood’s most consistent leading men over the last decade.  Since hitting A-list status with back-to-back Oscar nominated performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town, Renner has continued to pump out both quality dramas like Wind River, American Hustle, Arrival, and Kill the Messenger.  He’s also part of both the Mission Impossible and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises, contributing to some of the biggest blockbusters of the last few years.  He’s a solid leading man and action star with a talent for portraying everyman characters in the tradition of Harrison Ford.
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The Punisher Season One Trailer #2 (Netflix – 2017) “The Truth Must Be Taken”

The second trailer for Netflix’s fifth Marvel series: The Punisher is out and, fittingly set to some Metallica, Frank Castle is back.  I’ve been reading a lot of interesting things about the take they’re going with on Frank; that they’ll be looking into the effects of his family’s killing and his crusade, but also getting into the head of a man who, while he has a code, is a mass murderer; walking capital punishment.  But what his crusade becomes beyond revenge for his family and his mental status overall, we got to see a little of in Daredevil Season Two, and I think this is going to be the best exploration of the character yet.  Netflix is still being coy about the exact release date, but Den of Geek is reporting it as November 2017.  Read Coming Soon’s plot synopsis below.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date

Spider-Man: Homecoming Blu-ray, 4K and Digital Details

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray director Jon Watts’ blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). The three releases will be available for purchase on October 17. 

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