Marvel’s Phase Three has been well underway since the last two years providing us with great movies such as Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Spider-man Homecoming. Given the great moments Phase Three has already provided us with it’s far from finished with four films still to be released from now until 2019. This article will show you upcoming Marvel projects in both films and TV shows that you should be looking forward to from the back end of 2017 to the start of 2018. (This will not include Avengers Infinity War Part 2 and Captain Marvel) Continue reading What to look forward to from Marvel between now and next year
Without question the Dark Knight trilogy will go down as one of the best film trilogies ever. It’s Certainly one of the most successful we have seen grossing up to $2.5 billion worldwide across the three movies. This trilogy had wiped out the pain and nightmares of the Batman & Robin and Batman Forever films. So this trilogy not only revolutionised the character of Batman but the comic book film genre as a whole. However just like with everything in the world nothing is perfect and having recently re-watched the whole trilogy over the summer I’d like to give my personal view on how I would rank the individual movies.
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
After the heights of the Dark Knight this film had a really tough act to follow. With that being said I can’t hide the fact that this film is still probably one of Nolan’s worst films to me. Now don’t get me wrong if this film was made by another director it would most likely be their best film ever, it’s just that I have such high standards for Nolan. With this film I felt that Christopher Nolan was lazy here especially when it came to the minor details of the story writing.
He left a lot of plot holes throughout the film when in previous project he would fill in with great detail. In Dark Knight Rises you start to have plot holes exist such as how did Bruce Wayne make it back to Gotham from the prison when Gotham was cut off from the rest of the country? How did Batman survive the bomb explosion with seconds to go on the timer? These issues transferred to main characters such a Bane who was a huge problem for me throughout this movie. This is nothing to do with Tom Hardy but I didn’t like the way Bane was used in this film. From being like a minion to his sister Talia al Ghul to the way he talked. I’m sorry but I found it hard trying not to laugh every time Bane opened his mouth. Not to mention the fact he created a bomb that would blow up in six months. Which I understand he wanted to see Gotham in ruins by turning it upside down, it just lacked the right execution.
As I was watching this films climax I thought it was great that Batman would make the ultimate sacrifice saving Gotham. My feelings suddenly changed when it felt like Nolan had tricked me with Batman surviving. I hated this ending because it didn’t make sense with the universe Nolan had built. This was a universe where batman was just an idea, anyone could be the Batman such as John Blake’s character which was heavily teased. So with Bruce Wayne’s Batman dying it would have been the perfect ending for the trilogy. I do feel like this decision may have been influenced by the studio executives that didn’t want their audience to see Batman die.
2. Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins is a film that I have come to appreciate a lot more as I’ve gotten older. Mind you I was around the age of 10 when I first saw this film. Now having a better understanding of Batman from various comics and previous films this is the best portrayal of the origins of Batman. This was the first serious take on Batman in a while, given the last time we saw Batman on the big screen it was in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin (1997). With this film and it’s focus on the origins of the character it was almost like a re-introduction of a new Batman to a different generation that didn’t grow up on the likes of Michael Keaton and Adam West.
We see the journey Bruce Wayne takes as a person who at first sets out for revenge for the death of his parents to someone who develops a moral compass whose main aim is to help clean up corruption in Gotham. The scene where Bruce Wayne is training with Ra’s al Ghul showed how in a split moment why he became the Batman as he refused to punish the criminal. This showed that Batman was not a punisher type of character and instead of killing people that did wrong he brought them to justice.
What I love about what Nolan does with Batman’s origin is showing us the link between bats and Bruce Wayne. From an early age Bruce had a fear of bats from watching that play in the theatres to having nightmares about them. The choice of Scarecrow as the main villain was great too as he linked with the main theme of the movie which is fear. Instead of embracing fear what made the Scarecrow such a threat to Batman was that he would use people’s fear against them. So Batman overcoming Scarecrow shows the full development of his character in how he embraced his main fear to the point where Scarecrow’s main ability was useless against him. So in 20 years’ time when someone asks me what to recommend to them if they want to get into batman I would tell them to start with this film. (mind you by the way hollywood works we might have 5 more Batman origin films by then)
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
Is anyone surprised that the Dark Knight is number one? This is a film that should be in everyone’s top ten films ever list regardless of what genres. Honestly I could write about this movie for hours (I’ll leave that to a future date). The Dark Knight in my opinion is Nolan’s best work ever even after watching his other critically acclaimed projects such as Memento and Inception. The story telling here is second to none from the character and their motivations, to the building of Gotham as a universe that felt so real. It really enforced how Batman was an idea and anyone could be a hero as shown with performances by John Blake to the convicts on the boat in the final act who choose not to detonate the bomb. There are so many great scenes that come to mind when I think of this film such as The Joker and Batman highway chase scene. I still remember my Jaw dropping and being on the edge of my seat when Rachel Dawes died, I couldn’t believe they took that kind of step in a comic book film.
Now people say that with Batman his villains can be more interesting than the caped crusader himself. That’s hard to disagree with when you have the likes of The Joker and Two-Face in this film. Two-Face who gets overshadowed by The Joker (for obvious reasons) is a great villain by himself in this movie. To see him transition from this hero like persona of Harvey Dent to this conflicted, angry and broken character is incredible. Not to mention the look of the character himself is amazing, much credit is deserved to the make-up artists and costumers in this film.
Although I have heaped a lot of praise on Nolan for this amazing film I think it’s time we talk about the real star of Dark Knight which is The Joker. Heath Ledger in my eyes will go down as being the best Joker ever in my opinion. His performance alone makes this the best film of the trilogy hands down. Everything about him fully embracing the character by coming up with The Joker’s appearance and mannerisms is something to stand in awe of. Every time he was on screen from that opening bank scene you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Given the character’s motivations of trying to create chaos and seeing Gotham burn he was so unpredictable you didn’t know what he would do next. The only sad note about the Joker in this film is that Heath never lived to see his creation play out on the big screen.
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With all of the rumoured DC projects that are set to be put in motion one announced this week has caused quite a stir with comic book fans on the internet. The latest project added to the already crowded DC slate of films is a Joker origin movie. The film is set to be directed by The Hangovers Todd Phillips and to be produced by the legendary Martin Scorsese. What is also confirmed is that Jared Leto will not being returning to the role as the studio are opting for a younger Joker to fit in the 80’s setting. It’s safe to say Leto is not happy with this decision who responded “I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world”. One has to feel sorry for Jared Leto given his issues with how little there was of him in Suicide Squad. Also what would make him somewhat angry with the studio is that with this ‘younger Joker’, Leonardo DiCaprio is said to be on the shortlist to play the role. Wouldn’t Leto be preferred as a young Joker compared to DiCaprio? Well I’m no expert I guess with CGI and make up Hollywood could make anything work today.
Now what has been discussed the most about this potential film is the Joker’s origins. If anyone is familiar with the Joker it’s that he has no origin really. That’s part of the mystery with the Joker and why we love him so much. Heath Ledger brought this across the best in the Dark Knight by every time changing the story of how he got his scars. No one knows anything about his past and upbringing which what makes him such an unpredictable villain. Now there have been hints at the Joker’s origins with Alan Moore’s iconic The Killing Joke. This novel was a great take on the character on the Joker by actually making him somewhat of a sympathetic figure and all it took was for him to have one bad day to make him who is he. In comparison this showed the similarities of the Joker and Batman in how the night Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered he was always destined to become the Batman. This is the worry with Comic book fans, if we get the origins of the Joker does he as a character lose his lure? Can’t this be a character in which we never fully understand and is left to a mystery?
With that being said a Joker film described as a crime Drama set in the 80s under the direction of Martin Scorsese does sound like a great movie either way. It’s just whether it can be executed correctly and keep intact what we have always love about the Joker Character.
It’s safe to say that as comic book fans we have been spoilt this year. The likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman were released to high praise from fans and critics worldwide. One film that I feel deserves a lot more credit and attention is Logan, which was released February earlier this year. Given its early release it’s easy to see why it may not be on everyone’s mind right now. But fear not as I am here to remind why Logan is not only the strongest comic book movie that was released this year. But one of the best films this year, overall.
Finally it has been confirmed the long awaited news that Patty Jenkins will return to the director’s chair for Wonder Woman 2. This maybe the one of the biggest coups Warner Bros. has made in years as Wonder Woman has gone on to be one of DC’s biggest film in years. Rumours of Patty Jenkins negotiations surfaced earlier this year but seemed to die down soon after. It was clear that Jenkins’ held all the cards during the negotiation process and rightly so. According to the Hollywood Reporter Jenkins’ is set to earn a staggering $7-9m for the project making her the highest female filmmaker ever. Fully deserved too in my opinion.
Wonder Woman 2 is set to be released in 2019
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Thanos is set to wreak havoc upon the Avengers when their worlds finally collide in next summer’s blockbuster Avenger’s Infinity War part one. Every Marvel film from the first Avengers to Civil war felt like at the time the biggest film ever but Marvel have outdone themselves again with Infinity War being their biggest film ever. Now if there’s one criticism that I have of Marvel films its they don’t take enough risks. I’m not sure if it has any connection with the Disney deal but Marvel have become quite predictable whereas DC killed Superman I want to see Marvel try the same with one of their beloved characters. I feel that to solidify the threat of Thanos he will have to leave an impact on the Marvel cinematic universe that would be felt forever. If anyone is to die in Avengers Infinity War I believe one of these 5 characters could see their last outing.
Hawkeye is a character where it makes a lot of sense that this could be the last time we see his as an Avenger. When it comes to Hawkeye many feel that that we have gotten the most out of the character as possible and what else is left for him. Will we ever see a solo Hawkeye movie come to screen? in my opinion it’s very unlikely. It looked inevitable that Hawkeye was set to depart the Avengers one way or the other in Age of Ultron. We spent a good amount of the film with Hawkeye and his family as he was considering leaving the team to spend more time with his family. The only reason why Hawkeye seems to still be around the Avengers is because his life was saved by QuickSilver and he owes it to the rest of the team to stick around. If it was not for that heartfelt moment, I think Hawkeye would have hung up his crossbow and arrows to spend time with his family on his farm.
Thor dying would definitely shake up the Marvel Universe and would certainly show Thanos as a genuine threat by taking out the God of Thunder. Now the future of Thor does depend on the events during Thor 3 Ragnarok which will be released this November before infinity war, so we will get a clearer picture then. Thor Ragnarok is crucial for the character’s future as we get answers for questions such as will there be a fourth Thor film or could that be it for him? Another reason why the death of Thor could be a possibility is that his presence was not missed in Civil War to be honest but that may just be a personal view. This does show that there can be Avengers films without Thor. Most importantly when it comes to the topic of Thor dying fans would want to know the impact his death would have on fan favourite Loki We’ll have to wait and see.
The death of Captain America would certainly draw a few tears in the theatres around the world especially from me if it were to happened. Chris Evans cannot play the role of Captain America forever and it’s unknown about his contract situation with Marvel or how long he even wants to continue playing this role for. Some may ask “well what about Iron man, why can’t he die?” I too was asking the same about Iron-Man’s future in this franchise yet seeing Iron man’s role in Spider-man homecoming shows that his character still has a crucial role to play upcoming Marvel films. One storyline from the comic books is that Captain America’s partner The Falcon eventually becomes the Captain of America. Marvel to their credit has done a great job at pushing diversity for their star roles so maybe Captain America will be in Infinity war two, just not the Chris Evan’s version.
The death of Vision is a no brainer and should be featured on any similar list. Vision’s death seems most likely for the simple fact that he is made of an infinity stone. To complete the infinity gauntlet all the gems are required, this means Thanos would certainly need to take the infinity gem from Vision which would indeed kill him. If not kill him then could vision could potentially become a threat to the Avengers as he could be controlled by Thanos through his Infinity Gem. Given that this death does seem so obvious amongst comic book fans it could be possible that the writer’s find a way around it and throw us a swerve leaving him to survive you never know.
Yes EVERYONE just imagine that, leaving the theatres with the whole avengers gone and not knowing what will happen for part two. Ok I understand that this is most unlikely theory to occur of all my predictions and would be a huge risk for the film writers to take. My personal take would be that what if most of the avengers die (like we saw in Tony Stark’s vision in Age of Ultron) and its up to the likes of Doctor Strange arguably the most crucial member to save the universe as he did in his standalone film by turning back time.