Category Archives: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Trailer Time: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer #2 (2017) *Pure Marvel Awesome*

The second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming delves a lot more into the plot of Tom Holland’s first solo outing as the webslinger and this looks like it’s going to be a blast and another huge win for Marvel (which I needed after trying to watch Iron Fist: the MCU’s first truly awful bomb).  The mentor/mentee relationship between Stark and Parker that was so much fun in Civil War looks like it’s going to be a cornerstone of the film, making me wonder if this is going to be as much as a Stark film as Civil War ended up being (essentially backdooring Iron Mans 4 and 5).  Michael Keaton is selling the Vulture as a legit villain, and that in and of itself is an achievement.  One of the few concerns I had from the first trailer was the set piece on the ferry felt too much like Peter saving the train in the (as of now only good Spider-Man film) battle with Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man 2.  This trailer completely flips your impression of that encounter.  July looks to be as insane a month as March has been with a major release every week, and  Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.  Coming Soon has a plot synopsis below.

Spider-Man Homecoming, Tom Holland, Peter Parker, Spider-Man

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.

 

Poll: What’s Your Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Film?

Amazing as it was, it’s nice to finally put 2016 to bed and to get on to the business of a new year of movies.  I apologize for being a big behind on reviews, but I should have that caught up by the weekend.  The summer is traditionally where the movie industry showcases their biggest, loudest, splodiest, franchisiest entries, but-let’s face it=summer began last week with Logan.  Summer, now-apparently-runs from March to August, but we’re going to be all crazy traditional and limit this year’s Most Anticipated Summer Film to May – August (we’re wacky like that). Continue reading Poll: What’s Your Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Film?

Natalie Portman’s 10 Best Movies

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is the first millennial to win an Oscar.  She’s the first profile we’ve done on a member of the Star Wars ensemble.  She’s been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing Jane Foster in the first two Thor films.  She was born in Israel in 1981 and started her acting career at 11.  Despite being around since the early 1990’s, the actress is still several years short of 40, and after going trough a slump for a few years (which spawned the famous “Star Wars ruined my career” rant), recent outstanding performances like last year’s Jackie indicate she’s back on track as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood.  I actually think there is a little something to the Star Wars rant in that her best films are generally before or during her time playing Padme Amidala during Star Wars Episodes I-III.  I think it was only after she won her Oscar for the twisted ballet drama Black Swan that she transitioned into taking the kind of adult roles that suit her now the way things like Leon, Heat, and Garden State did at those times in her life.  I’m excited about her next project for 2017, and I think Portman is heading into a new golden phase of her career.
Natalie Portman, Garden State
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Trailer Time: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Trailer#3 (2017) *Savin’ the Galaxy To Classic Rock*

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  has been, by far, the biggest success story of the MCU thus far.  It raised at least six characters from the status of “only known by those of the Chosen Order of Geekhood” to household names.  In 2013, I could shout “I AM GROOT” and be taken into protective psychiatric custody.  Now, people just think I’m childish (which, truth be told, is the reaction I tend to get anyway).  With Awesome Mix-Tape 2 as its background music, the Guardians reassemble in the first full trailer for their second adventures.  Aaaand, it’s awesome.  People are going to go nuts for this, especially Baby Groot, but, the character that’s surprised me the most is Dave Bautista’s Drax: he’s so good. He’s stealing every trailer.  Watch. Enjoy. Repeat. The Guardians of the Galaxy will return on May 5, 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Bill Paxton’s 10 Best Movies

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While the Oscars were embarrassing themselves yesterday, we lost one of the great character actors of the last 30 years.  Bill Paxton passed away yesterday after complications from heart surgery at the all-too-young age of 61.  I am so tired of writing obituaries, so my new policy is that unless it’s someone with whom  I have a special connection (Robin Williams or Mary Tyler Moore, for example), obituaries go on the Facebook page and the deceased’s career will be celebrated in the next Their 10 Best.

From the mid-1980’s through the end of the 1990’s, Bill Paxton was in some of the most memorable films of the era: The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, Apollo 13, and a host of others.  Just recently, he turned in one of my favorite of his performances in Edge of Tomorrow, taking a role that literally does nothing but repeat a speech over and over and making it new each time.  I have never watched Paxton’s successful HBO series, Big Love, but he was a brief part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the “Big Bad” in season one of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.  Like the also recently lost John Hurt, Paxton was seldom the leading man (the exception being what I think is his best performance in A Simple Plan), but he made ensembles great, and he’ll be sorely missed.

Apollo 13, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
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