Tagged Marvel

With a Great Reboot Comes Great Relatability in Spider-Man: Homecoming

My first introduction to Peter Parker was by way of a ’90s guitar riff. This was common for me back in the day, as I was prone to watching animated representations of the characters that graced the pages of my dad’s comic books. Since then, there have been several more interpretations of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, some of which have made it onto the big screen. We could probably empty out several web cartridges on whether or not Tobey...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Isn’t Perfect, But It’s a Pretty Great Sequel

It’s great. It’s not as good as the first one. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, that’s a pretty sufficient TL;DR review of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, the latest whiz-bang spectacle from Marvel Studios. James Gunn is back in the director’s chair for the follow-up to his 2014 surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that stars, in the words of its second trailer, “a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and...

Movies to Watch the Week of 2/27/17 Include Logan, Get Out, and Captain Fantastic

Welcome to your weekly movie geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. This installment is for the week of February 27, 2017. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters Logan (March 3) Hugh Jackman is retiring from the role of Wolverine after 17 years, but not before delivering one of his best performances in the best X-Men film to date. An aged...

DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains. But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with...

Doctor Strange Is a Magic Makeover of Marvel Monotony

Doctor Strange is itself a slice of magic. It takes the familiar format of the Marvel superhero origins and subverts them with a fresh and flashy display. The tapestry of fluctuating matter and the colorful trippiness of dimensional traveling throughout the film becomes almost hypnotic in its relentless display of detailed and decadent effects. Stare long enough at it and you might just see past the superhero origin arc to which we’ve all become accustom. If you haven’t seen it...

The Best and Worst Movies of 2016 (So Far)

No matter how you slice it, this summer has been terrible for movies. Blockbusters are bombing left and right as $100 million tentpoles collapse from an underperforming box office. Sequels and remakes are beginning to wear thin on the public, and they can’t take much more of it. In a big surprise, spring and winter turned out to feature both better and worse movies; summer just appears bland in comparison. Before we head into fall with some hopefully better-made...

Stop Overstuffing Superhero Movies Already!

Comic book superheroes movies have become the mainstream film genre of the decade and every studio wants a piece of the pie. To stay with that metaphor, studios take their tray up to the comic book franchise buffet and prepare to return to their table with a full plate of entertaining content. However, in fearing the fans won’t be satisfied, the studios and creatives begin to pile their plates up with as much “food” as possible. They begin to...

The Marvel Universe Comes Alive at the Target Center

Loki is at it again and this time he brings the action to Minneapolis. Marvel Universe Live, produced by Feld Entertainment, playing at the Target Center April 7-10, brings the action and adventure of a Marvel Comics story to an arena-style setting. A mix of the action offered by Monster Truck rallies and the actor athleticism seen at Disney On Ice (both are also produced by Feld Entertainment), Marvel Universe Live is a show for the whole family. It’s best experienced live, of course, but...

Cis Boom Blah: Going for the Joke in Deadpool

According to weekend box-office figures, you’ve probably seen already seen Deadpool. Fox’s film about the Merc with the Mouth has made so much money that unborn children and dogs have probably seen Deadpool by this point, so a review or recommendation would be fairly academic. A review would also be superfluous because even as action movies go, it’s fairly uncomplicated, both in execution and in its marketing appeal—even if you somehow haven’t seen it, you already know whether you’d...

Forget It, Peg—It’s Tinseltown: Agent Carter’s Season 2 Premiere

Agent Carter is back for season 2! With or without recognition from her superiors, Peggy knows her value. And so does ABC—after the positive fan (and critical) reaction to the show’s eight-episode first season, the network commissioned a second, 10-episode series to air (as the first did) during Agents of SHIELD‘s midwinter hiatus. Peggy’s moving to L.A., and she’s bringing the hat with her. If you haven’t been watching Agent Carter—or haven’t even heard of it—read on for some...
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