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?*
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray, 3D 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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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 6th brings and end to the doldrums of June with the 16th installment of the MCU, as well as two additional well-reviewed films. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/6/2017): Spider-Man Homecoming, A Ghost Story, City of Ghosts
Robert Downey Jr. managed to do what few actors have: overcome his personal demons and even use them to become one of, if not the, most popular actors in the world. Downey was an acting prodigy, and earned early praise, most notably for his astounding performance in 1992’s Chaplin, but then was laid low by drug and alcohol problems. He began his climb back with small parts in great films like Bowfinger and Good Night and Good Luck and the massively overlooked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, as well as contributing to David Fincher’s masterful Zodiac in 2007. However, it was the next year that his ascent culminated when he took on the role of Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man (a character who he essentially IS) and jump-started the most successful franchise in movie history: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. His character has been the fulcrum of that universe (he’s appeared in some capacity in nine of the 16 films at time of writing), and it’s hard to imagine what the MCU will look like when Downey finally hangs up the armor. Before 2008, Iron Man was a B-level hero at Marvel with little public recognition. Now the character is as recognizable worldwide as Spider-Man, Captain America or Wolverine.
Continue reading Robert Downey Jr.’s 10 Best Movies
I’m always amazed when I go to a Marvel movie and people leave when the credits start. DON’T THEY KNOW???? By now, they should know that Marvel uses at least two post-credits scenes to set up future films (or merely to enjoy the deliciousness that is schwarma). Since Nick Fury walked into Tony Stark’s life at the very end of 2008’s Iron Man, post-credit scenes have become a fairly common way of setting up the next film in a franchise or turning your own film right on its head. What Culture put together a list of “10 Post-Credit Scenes That Changed Everything”. Watch. Enjoy. Oh, and when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finished in May, for the love of Pete, stay in your seat!