Aquaman Promotion Provides First Look At Major Characters

Fans like myself have been itching to see some kind of content from the upcoming Aquaman film. Although it’s only 6 months away it feels like we’ve been waiting for an eternity. But with the film only being 6 months away and SDCC only around the corner this was the perfect time to start the promotion train for the film. Today it was revealed that Aquaman will feature on the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. Aquaman will be following in the tradition of the other DC films that have covered the magazine such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman. Usually I wouldn’t write about a story like this but the feature actually provides a lot of interesting information and stills from the film. This week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly provides us with our first look at the likes of Orm, Black Manta and Queen Atlanna.

Here are the shots of the cover that feature Arthur, Mera and Queen Atlanna:

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The other shot that was released of Queen Atlanna features her and Arthur as a kid. Although Aquaman is a set after the events of Justice League we should expect to see some flashback scenes to when Arthur was a child.

Orm and Black Manta

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One thing I was looking forward to the most was how the costumes with characters such as Orm (Ocean Master) and Black Manta were handled. With Justice League we know how Aquaman and Mera will look like for the most part but the villains of the movie is a different case. Both characters look great! I especially love the design of their headwear. While we don’t get the full picture of Orm’s equipment it does look to be accurate with the source material. This can definitely be said about Black Manta’s helmet which looks like it has just jumped off the page.

While both villains are prominent in the film James Wan clarified in the interview that Orm (Arthur’s brother) is the main villain of the film:

“Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick,”

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James Wan on Black Manta’s background and costume: 

“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,”

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This was something that was confirmed by James Wan on Twitter shortly after the release of Justice League but in this interview he explains it further. Fans were not happy with how the scenes in Atlantis were handled in Justice League whenever someone talked. In the scene with Mera and Arthur a bubble would appear which allowed them to talk. It didn’t bother me too much but it also didn’t look that great at the same time. James Wan has gone on to reassure fans that this won’t happen in the Aquaman movie:

Wan said, “People are overthinking it.” The director added that Aquaman’s characters are “just gonna talk!”  According to EW, the approach to talking underwater is “brilliantly simple and naturalistic-looking solution.”

Synopsis for Aquaman:

“Following the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry, the reluctant ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.”

 

Let me know your thoughts on what we have seen so far

It’s also been rumoured that a trailer for Aquaman should be dropping sooner than expected. If that doesn’t happen we’re only one month away from SDCC so don’t get too disappointed.

Aquaman is set to be released 21, December 

Why ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Could Be One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Year

Every Christmas there are no shortages of blockbuster films that grace the big screen and this Christmas is no different. The upcoming autumn season is already stacked when it comes to comic book movies as Venom and Aquaman are set to be released later in the year. If you know anything about me you’d know that as a DC fan I can’t wait for Aquaman. But I can’t lie there’s this little animated film by Sony which is also coming out this Christmas that currently has all of my attention and that is ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. I was planning on writing about ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ when the first teaser trailer was released but I could never get around to doing it. Now with the release of the first official trailer only a couple of days ago I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about it. I’ve already lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it already. Hopefully I’m not getting ahead of myself here but I wanted to write about how ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

The Animation Style

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Look I’m not an animation expert here but this trailer looks amazing! Damn near every shot in the trailer is beautiful. You can literally pause the trailer at any moment and you’ll still be greeted with a screenshot full of beautiful colours that you just can’t take your eyes off. I know there are no shortages of animated films today but this just seems different. Spider-Verse both looks and feels different than your typical Pixar animated film. Not to say that Pixar hasn’t done a great job it’s just nice to have something different for once. One of my favourite shots from the trailer is when Miles is talking and his speech bubbles appear around the screen. It literally looks like a comic book page being brought to life, hopefully there are more shots like that in the film.

Sony

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Sony gets a lot of criticism by fans with the way they have handled Spider-Man in the last couple of years. But to their credit they aren’t giving up on the property yet, especially with Venom coming out just a couple of months before this. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Sony is taking this project in the right direction. I can’t wait to see the final product on the big screen. Sony deserves a lot of praise here especially if they knock it out the park with this one. I like how the cinematic version of the character can be loaned out to Marvel giving them the chance to work on their own universe. I love how they aren’t just sitting on their hands watching the success of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU. This allows them to choose their own path and really just bring the comic books to life. It’s much easier for them to bring in characters such as Spider-Gwen for the first time. I can’t wait to see what other characters will also appear in this film.

Miles Morales

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One of the biggest reasons why I’m looking forward to this movie is because the focus here is on a different Spider-Man. Miles Morales was a great choice for this project and a great starting point for the character to be introduced to the general audience who hasn’t read any of his comics. However given this movie is about the ‘Spider-Verse’ we will see other version of the character such as Spider-Gwen and Peter Parker. While it looks like Peter is teaching Miles the ropes I feel the main focus of the film will be centred on Miles and his family which I love. This is a breath a fresh air for the character in general. Don’t get me wrong Peter Parker will always be my favourite but I’m all for passing the torch to a new character.

That was my quick thoughts on ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ and how it could be one of the biggest surprises of the year. It looks like I’m not the only one that’s excited about this film as the trailer has gained over 40 million views in the space of a couple days. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but it does look like they have all the right ingredients to make a great Spider-Man movie.

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ is set to be released December, 14

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First Official Look At Shazam!

For months fans have been waiting to see the first official look at Shazam in costume. While we have been graced with set photos already it’s get the full picture when it comes to a character such as Shazam who needs a lot of VFX done in post because of his abilites. I was one of the many who couldn’t wait to get our first official look at Shazam as I was expecting it to be revealed at SDCC tin July during Warner Bros. panel but Zachary Levi (Shazam himself) had other ideas.

Zachary Levi took to Instagram to give us our first look at Shazam with a promotional image for the film:

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Just by looking at this image if you’ve never read a Shazam/Captain Marvel comic you can see that this film will have a much lighter tone. After all this is a kid inside the body of a superhero and I believe this image captures that well. With the way Zachary Levi interacts with fans on Twitter I can really see him pulling off this role, he comes across as a kid himself too with how excited he is about this film. One thing I wanted to point out if you look closely right next to Zachary Levi you can see the arm of someone holding a trident. My initial reaction says it’s Aquaman since this was a Licensing Expo which featured Warner Bros. other properties such as Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts. It would make sense to put Aquaman next to Shazam. The promotion for James Wan’s Aquaman movie should be starting soon since the film is 7 months away. Overall things are looking promising as a DC fan I’m hearing nothing but good things about Shazam, Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2.

Shazam is personally one of my most anticipated comic book movies, I can’t wait to see what David Sandberg has done with this childlike superhero next year.

Shazam is set to be released 5 April, 2019

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Deadpool 2 Earns $125 Million During Opening Weekend

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If you were worried about the success of the first Deadpool movie being a fluke… All those fears are laid to rest as the numbers for the first weekend of Deadpool 2’s run are in. According to Forbes Deadpool 2 has made around $125 million in its first weekend making it one of the biggest openings for an R-Rated movie ever. Although it doesn’t beat the $132 million which the first Deadpool movie earned in its first weekend this is still a huge success. The drop off between the two numbers isn’t that big at all, also due to inflation we could see these numbers increase. If we are looking strictly on a numbers basis Deadpool 2 is definitely a success for the franchise and for the Fox brand. Amongst the movies that were released this year Deadpool 2’s opening weekend is only beaten by Infinity War ($250 million) and Black Panther ($218 million). To be beaten by these two films should bring no shame to anyone currently working at Fox. Especially if the Fox and Disney deal still goes through which only looks like it will be confirmed sooner rather than later. What this does show us is how comic book movies are now the popular medium in cinema. Isn’t that crazy to say? I would have never of thought that comic book movies would be amongst the highest grossing movies ever. As a lifelong comic book fan it’s great to see. Being a comic book nerd/geek is no longer seen as a negative. Comic books and movies are seen as cool now. This was shown with films such as Black Panther and Infinity War. I had never seen so many people who had never seen comic book movie be excited for these films. Hopefully this is a trend that continues to grow and we continue to see Box Office numbers such as these because that ultimately means we’ll get more comic book movies.

Here are the numbers for the first Deadpool movie:

  • Deadpool (2016) Lifetime Gross: $363,070,709 million (2nd all time R-Rated movies)
  • Deadpool (2016) Overall Box Office numbers: $783.1 million

Will it go on to outgross the first movie?

Let me know what you think of Deadpool 2’s early Box Office numbers

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think of it?

Be sure to check out my review for the movie 

 

 

 

Deadpool 2 Review (Non-Spoilers)

Deadpool is back with his second instalment which provides for a lot of fun and a solid follow up to the first movie

After the success of the first Deadpool movie we just knew they had struck lightning in a bottle. Today it still stands as the most successful R-Rated movie in history. And what do you do once you achieve this epic milestone? You create more movies and start your own little universe which brings us to Deadpool 2. Personally I enjoyed the first Deadpool but I have to be honest, it’s not the type of film I can just keep re-watching. I believe I’ve only seen the film like twice mainly because the story is pretty average and once you hear the same jokes again they just don’t have the same impact. But that’s probably just me, I’m not really the comedic type I prefer more of a story when I watch a film. Thankfully I found myself in luck with Deadpool 2. Of course it was going to have its jokes but what else? It’s fair to say that Deadpool 2 brings a lot more than the first one and provides in my opinion a better watching experience than its predecessor.

Story

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One of the main reasons why I prefer this film to the first one is because the story is much stronger here, it’s much more fluid and works well. Granted with the first film I doubt people were going in to watch it expecting this deep complex story. They just wanted to see a film which had been in the works for up to a decade once it was released. Now the story in Deadpool 2 isn’t the greatest you’ll ever see in a comic book movie, in fact it’s pretty straight forward. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing sometimes that’s all you need especially with a character like Deadpool who is going to spend the majority of the movie cracking jokes. The story here was easy to follow and pretty simple. Most of all it was surprisingly… emotional. I Never thought I would be using the word ’emotional’ to describe a Deadpool movie. But the emotional moments really worked in this film and it provided a nice break from the constant funny tone of the film. It was refreshing to see how some aspects of this film could actually be taken seriously for once. Does Deadpool 2 have the greatest story in the world? Of course not but in my opinion its better than the first one and provides more than just a film that is full of jokes.

Now going onto the main characters of the film:

Deadpool

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As for the main star of the show Deadpool again shines in his own film to no surprise. At this point it’s become hard for me to differentiate Wade Wilson from Ryan Reynolds, he fits the role so well. Luckily people in Hollywood are allowed second chances and thankfully he did after his Green Lantern movie. I know this has been said a million times but Ryan Reynolds was really born to play this role. You can tell how much passion he has for the character and the franchise, after all he is the main reason why Deadpool getting his own movie became a possibility. To sum it up you get more of the same from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in this movie. The main benefit with this movie is how his origin is already out of the way and now they can just go full throttle with the character.

Cable

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What a year Josh Brolin is having! He was my favourite character in Infinity War and now he’s my favourite character in Deadpool 2. One of my main issues with the film is how it starts off slow. Although Deadpool is having full killing people I just didn’t find it that interesting. This goes on for the majority of the first act which is the weakest in my opinion. However that all changes when Cable shows up, Brolin’s performance is great. He provides a more serious tone to the movie that is needed but doesn’t shy away from making the occasional joke or two. His chemistry with Ryan Reynolds is great they bounce of each other really well. It would be interesting to know how much of their scenes were just straight improvised because it certainly felt like that at times. Also his character arc which is pretty tragic provides for an emotional turn in the movie that helped balance out the tone. I remember reading a report that with the reshoots they went in and added more Cable scenes to the movie. And thank god they did, he really is the star of the show for me.

X-Force

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Now for Wade’s own team which is pretty much his answer to the X-Men was something I was really looking forward to going into this movie. Unfortunately I left the film disappointed with how the team was handled. As for the members of the X-Force it’s really hard to talk about them without going into spoilers so I’ll leave that for my spoiler review. However I did just want to touch on Domino because I really enjoyed her character and thought she was a great addition to the film. But my main issue with her is the same I have with a number of characters in this film such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead which is that they don’t get enough screen time. The runtime for this movie is 2 hours and it flew by. They possibly could have added an extra 10-15 minutes which could have been used to focus on these important characters who by the end of the film just felt like fringe characters.

Things I didn’t like

Now for the things I didn’t like about this film because to be honest there were a few things I didn’t enjoy with this film. My main issue with Deadpool 2 is of course the humour. Look humour is subjective what I find funny may not be funny at all to you and for me there were a lot of jokes that did nothing for me in this movie. This was mainly because I didn’t understand the reference/joke sometimes they completely flew over my head. I found myself a lot of times asking myself “Who the hell is that actor he’s referring to?”. “What film is he talking about?”. Granted there are so many jokes in this film not everyone was going to hit but I can’t deny that a lot of them got no reaction from me. Something I already touched on of course is how the first act just isn’t that strong enough for a movie that has the runtime of 2 hours. I haven’t seen others complaining about it so maybe it’s just me. It does pick up as soon as Cable arrives so it does kind of make up for the slow start.

Now I’ve checked Wikipedia and it states that the budget for this film was $110 million. I believe the majority of this budget went to the marketing for this movie. I mean let’s be honest the marketing for both Deadpool movies has been some of the best we’ve seen in years. With that being said the budget could have been used in other areas of the movie especially with the visual effects. I’m not that guy that usually complains about CGI in comic book movies but some of it in this movie was so bad it just took me out. There’s this one sequence with Domino that looks so bad that it looked like the graphics of the last generations video game consoles. Even though Deadpool takes a shot at the visual effects by saying “Big CGI fight coming up” at one point in the movie that doesn’t make me give them a pass. The CGI overall is fine but there are just a few scenes where its really bad and cannot be ignored.

After credit scenes/cameos

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The post credit scenes for Deadpool 2 are great! Some have said they’re the greatest post credit scenes ever, I wouldn’t go that far but they’re the best I’ve seen in a long time. There are two main post credits scenes and then one after the actual credits. I also wanted to touch on the surprise cameos in this film which actually shocked me. Not only were there surprise cameos but there were surprise characters that stuck around for the rest of the film! I can’t wait to see how people react to the surprises in this film. I would advise you to stay off the internet until you see it because you can just never trust some people.

Overall Deadpool 2 is a really good film, there is a lot of fun to be had with the second instalment. Now does the film have its issues? Of course most films do as well. However I found myself liking the film a lot more than I expected. Did I enjoy it more than the first one? Probably not but I do think this is the better movie because of the story and characters such as Cable. If you liked the first one there’s really not much that will disappoint you with the sequel, I would highly recommend it to any comic book fan or anyone that just wants to sit back and enjoy an entertaining film.

Deadpool 2: 8/10

Avengers: Infinity War Review (Spoilers)

“In time you will know what it’s like to lose” – Thanos 

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!

After 10 years of build up and 18 movies finally it’s here! Was it even possible for this film to live up to the expectations and hype that came with this long journey? For me I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a really long time. And did it live up to the hype for me? The Russo brothers having directed Winter Soldier, Civil War and now Infinity War are 3/3 in my opinion. Even after my first viewing I loved this movie and after my second viewing I loved it more than the first time. I would actually recommend watching this movie more than once. Not because its a deep film like Inception that requires multiple viewings. With this film there’s just so much going on, it’s literally an event. You get to enjoy it more and be more relaxed with the second viewing because you’re not constantly on edge the whole time. However given how much goes on in this film with the multiple characters and directions this review will kind of be all over the place. I simply cannot cover every aspect of the film therefore I’m going to talk about the elements I really loved in this film.

With that being said let’s get straight into it:

Thanos

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What better place to start with this review than with the main character of the film. Thanos without a doubt is now my favourite MCU villain and one of my favourite villains of all time. I loved Killmonger in Black Panther but with Thanos from his dialogue, CGI and Josh Brolin’s acting he continues to set the bar high for comic book villains in general. I mean he had to be the the best MCU villain right? This was damn near 10 years in the making ever since we saw that purple creature smile at us in the post credit scene of Avengers. We are shown just what Thanos is all about in the first 10 minutes of the film where he destroys the Hulk and kills both Heimdall and Loki. One of the main reasons why I love Thanos is mostly due to Josh Brolin’s performance as the Mad Titan. Given the character is mostly CGI that doesn’t stop him from providing us with a great performance. The way he delivers his lines and his voice are just chilling at times. Every time he’s on the screen you can’t take your eyes off him, he takes up the whole screen. Whenever he talks you listen to every word and your anticipating what he’s going to say next. The CGI work done on the character has to be praised here too, it would come to no surprise if the majority of the budget for the film was spent on Thanos and it pays off.

One of my favourite Thanos moments in this film is the whole soul stone sequence. His relationship Gamora, the acting from both the actors and even the CGI down to the tears of Thanos are amazing. As for Thanos’s goal we all knew he going into this movie that he wanted to collect all six of the infinity stones but why? Is he a bad guy just because or is there more to it? And yes there’s more to it. While I don’t agree with his ideas and goals it does provide for an interesting character. Thanos is someone that wants to help balance the universe, to make it a better place where people can thrive and it does sound like a great idea until the method that is uses is straight up genocide. Granted I don’t think we’re meant to be cheering for Thanos throughout this film at all, but what it does provide for is the best main villain of the MCU that I have seen so far.

Character Interactions

One of my favourite things in this movie is how the characters are handled with this huge cast. Overall there are over 30 characters in this film and the Russos had to find a way where everyone had their screen time and chance to shine and they accomplished that extremely well by splitting up the heroes into various groups.

Group 1: Guardians of the Galaxy + Thor

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This without a doubt is my favourite group dynamic in the whole film. Having Thor interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy was great, especially with this new Thor that had changed with Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. They just bounce off each other so well, I found myself laughing throughout the whole scene where they first meet. Eventually the group does split with Thanos, Groot and Rocket Raccoon going to make Thor’s new weapon and I found myself enjoying this new group dynamic even more. The tree, a rabbit and a god. I never thought I would have enjoyed this group that much. And a lot of that has to do with Chris Hemsworth’s acting in this film, his comedic timing is great. Even during the more emotional scenes where Thor is talking to Rocket about the people he has lost the two interact very well. Thor was definitely my favourite character coming out of this movie and that was solidified with the moment he lands in Wakanda and he just starts wrecking people, you get the feeling of ‘Yep this guy is really a god’.

Group 2: Doctor Strange + Iron Man + Spider-Man

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The second main group while it wasn’t my favourite there’s still a lot to be enjoyed here. First of all seeing Doctor Strange and Tony Stark interact is great, this was the main two character I couldn’t wait to see come together going into the film. Mainly because they are both so similar in their egos and how they both walk to the beat of their own drum. These two huge personalities were bound to clash and when they did it was great, and you throw Spider-Man and Star-Lord into the mix it just gets even better. I love Spider-Man in this movie Tom Holland just gives off such a realistic performance, this is exactly how you would expect a kid to act if he was standing next to Doctor Strange and Iron Man. Also one of my favourite scenes in the movie is where Tony’s group meets the rest of the Guardians and they share a scene where they are fighting each other. It also provides for great interactions with Drax and especially between Tony and Star-Lord.

The rest of the characters

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As for the rest of the Avengers they kind of suffer due to the screen time given to the two main groups. Captain America my favourite character while he gets a great entrance scene doesn’t really have much to do in the film along with those who accompany him such as T’Challa. Although the film explores the relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision them along with the likes of Bruce Banner, Falcon and Bucky are just there until they get to the final act in Wakanda. Maybe this film had too many characters to juggle resulting in us not being able to spend the time we wanted with certain characters but I do think for the most part the Russos got it right with the 2 main groups.

The Black Order

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While Thanos is of course the main villain of the film he’s not the only protagonist the heroes have to come up against. Of the Black Order my favourite character is easily Ebony Maw, I was kind of gutted that his character got killed off so quickly. I loved his powers, and mostly his dialogue. I love how he gave Doctor Strange a fight for his money, I would’ve loved to have seen him go up against Doctor Strange in a solo movie but unfortunately that won’t be happening anymore. Proxima Midnight on the other hand was just ok however CGI work done on the character didn’t really look good at all. I do wish the Black Order were made to look more powerful but then again there’s so much going on in this film that they had to be sidelined for the other main characters.

The Ending

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Now for the most talked about aspect of the film, the ending! I really struggled to take in the ending for a long time after my first viewing. I just didn’t know what to say, the theatre was so quite when the credits started rolling, I never experienced that in a movie theatre before . We all knew Thanos was going to collect all of the infinity stones but I for one didn’t expect the snap to happen especially at that point. When the snap came I had completely forgot about it and it caught me way off guard I loved it! What proceeds the snap is shots of the Avengers disappearing slowly one by one, with no music at all making it even more powerful. The ‘deaths’ that stood out to me were Doctor Strange’s, Groot’s and of course Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s acting in that scene was great and yes we all know that a Spider-Man sequel will be coming out next year but that didn’t stop me from being invested in his death scene. The main controversy surrounding this scene is how many of these deaths and the ones throughout the film are permanent? I believe that the deaths that took place before the snap will be permanent (Vision, Gamora, Loki and Heimdall). If you pay close attention apart from Nebula and Rocket those who are left are the original Avengers. We have already seen the leaked photos from the set of Avengers 4 with the original cast in their old costumes which means they go back in time to save everyone. Doctor Strange said he saw only one outcome where they win and this is it in Avengers 4. Tony had to survive because somehow he will save everyone or play a key role in Avengers 4.

Overall I thought Avengers Infinity War was a great movie, it handles the tone really well. While for the most part this is a dark movie it does have light moments too which are definitely needed. Where it falls on my MCU list it may fall just under Winter Soldier at number 2. However it’s hard to judge this film against the other solo movies, one thing for sure is that Infinity War is the best Avengers movie yet.

Avengers Infinity War: 9/10

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Did it live up to the hype? Where does it rank for you?

 

 

5 CHARACTERS WHO COULD DIE IN AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

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Avengers: Infinity War Release Date Gets Pushed Up!

One of the biggest comic book movies ever has not got a new release date. Initially set to be released on May 4th in North America Avengers: Infinity War will now be released a week earlier on April 27th worldwide! This was done to match up with the release dates of the European markets which is a smart decision in my opinion, especially great for trying fans to avoid spoilers because people like me were going to see it a week earlier (not that I would spoil it though). Like Marvel does they have their own way of doing things and they announced this new release date publicly in a twitter conversation between Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Studios Twitter account. RDJ asked “Any chance I could see it earlier?”.

Here was their response:

 

Just like that they announced a new release date for their biggest movie ever! While I loved seeing Marvel films early because I live in the UK I love this news. Honestly it was hard for me not to talk about films that released a week earlier without going into spoilers.

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Black Panther Review (non-spoilers)

Click the link below to check out my review for Black Panther!

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Black Panther Review (non-spoilers)

Finally it’s here! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this movie for decades. I can’t remember being this exited for a solo Superhero movie in a long time. While I was already looking forward to this film before seeing the King of Wakanda on the big screen for the first time in Captain America: Civil War. I was already anticipating his solo film mainly for one reason… Ryan Coogler. Long story short but one day I decided to watch a film on Netflix called ‘Creed’ (directed by Ryan Coogler) not knowing what the hell to expect and I loved it! When I heard Coogler would be in charge of Black Panther and the fact that he was also bringing Michael B. Jordan with him (one of my favourite actors) I couldn’t be more hyped for this film. Well I think I’m talking too much here I’m guessing what you guys want to know is did it live up to the hype? In every way possible yes it did! I’m not overreacting when I say this is one of the best comic book movies ever.

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Everything about Wakanda is beautiful in this film with how its depicted from the way it looks and how it feels. Ryan Coogler does a great job at really immersing the viewer into the world of Wakanda. If you have never picked up a Black Panther comic you maybe worried about being lost in this world. Well I came into this film almost as a beginner to the country of Wakanda and I left feeling like an expert who knew everything to do with Wakanda but still knowing that we had only scratched the surface with this film. I have to give huge credit to the writers Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for guiding me through this beautiful fictional country. I just love the way Wakanda is depicted in this film, its scary how far ahead they are compared to the rest of the world in the MCU. I found this really refreshing to see because we all know that Africa isn’t just what they show us in the news and media. Its not this continent that is full of countries that are poor and lack development. Here you have a blockbuster film celebrating african culture and tradition while showing us its just as wealthy and advanced as other continents around the world.

As for the story without going into major plot details I really enjoyed it and I found myself more invested in it compared to previous MCU instalments. After the events of Captain America: Civil War T’Challa is left to take over the throne from his father which isn’t as easy as it sounds. We get to witness him become the protector of Wakanda but that doesn’t come without its challenges. There’s this underlying theme throughout the movie with Wakanda being so advanced and wealthy should they come out of hiding to help people who are suffering around the world. I won’t spoil it for you but I love the way the film handles this issue with the ending. I must say the ending of this film is beautiful, just the message behind it. It comes off as so inspirational and I just had a huge smile on my face when I was walking out of the theatre.

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Before watching Black Panther I knew one of the strongest aspects of the film would be the acting because of the star studded cast that came with the film. Honestly I could be here for a long time just talking about how great each performance is but i’ll pick out a few that stood out to me. First with the star of the show Chadwick Boseman who plays King ‘T’Challa’. I thought Boseman was great in this role, he really gives you a sense of what it’s like to go from a Prince to a King with all the highs and lows that come with that transition. Boseman does well at playing multiple T’Challa’s in this film. Let me explain… You have of course the T’Challa ‘the King’, the hardened diplomatic leader who tries his best for his people as we see in scenes where he is talking with the other tribal leaders in the council meetings. Then you have the T’Challa who when has the Black Panther suit on gives off this almost over-confident persona, in a good way. This is the T’Challa who is very confident in his own abilities and sometimes feels like he can complete the mission by himself. Then of course you have the family man T’Challa, the more emotional and heartfelt one. You see this in scenes when he is interacting with his mother, love interest and younger sister. Chadwick Boseman really showcases a wide range of abilities while performing this role proving any doubters wrong that he was a great choice for this iconic character.

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Now to address one of the main issues that the MCU has faced for a number of years which is not having strongest main villains in their films. I tend to agree with that argument because apart from Loki and The Winter Soldier I find it hard to really care for the main villain in the MCU so far. Well its safe to say that has now changed for me with Michael B. Jordan’s performance as ‘Killmonger’. Now I maybe biased because he is currently my favourite actor but I can’t praise him highly enough for his role in this film. It’s not only his performance here, the writing for his character is one of the strongest I’ve seen in a long time. Without going into spoilers ‘Killmonger’ has a really tragic background which fuels the motivations for his ultimate goal. One thing that makes a great villain in my opinion is that even if you don’t like them you can understand their motivations. Killmonger does at certain points come across as a sympathetic figure but its his ruthlessness that he shows when trying to take the throne that makes you hate him. Overall ‘Killmonger’ is a very interesting character, written well and Michael B. Jordan’s performance just tops it off.

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As much as I loved Michael B. Jordan’s performance he was not my favourite. Letitia Wright as ‘Shuri’ stole the show for me. Her character is compared to Tony Stark which is understandable but honestly she makes him look like an amateur. You really believe that she is the smartest person in the world. ‘Shuri’ might be the most crucial character in this film because without her mind and technology skill ‘T’Challa’ would definitely have his work cut out for him. I cannot praise Letitia Wright highly enough with her performance too. She looked like she was just having fun when shooting this film and every time she was on the screen she would get a reaction from the audience. I must add that the way women were portrayed in this film was great too. Nearly every female character was smart, strong and stood up to any man especially when it came to conflict.

With that being said this film is not perfect and there are some issues that I have with it that cannot be overlooked. With Ryan Coogler directing Creed I was looking forward to the action in this film and apart from the challenge scenes a lot of the action came across as generic and just ok like we’ve seen throughout the MCU. One glaring issue I had with the film was with the CGI. Granted the CGI in this film isn’t horrible but it isn’t great either. With the action scenes in particular where T’Challa is in the suit it looks too unrealistic almost taking me out of the film at certain points. One last thing I would like to add is for as much as I have praised the cast in this film its almost to the films detriment. I feel T’Challa really gets overshadowed by the characters around him, they just felt more interesting to me than the star of the show. But that maybe a good thing overall because Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa is a strong character who is surrounded by numerous strong characters too.

Look I could talk about this movie all day and I can’t wait to get into the spoilers later in the week. I love this movie, in a time where some people complain about Marvel’s cookie cutter formula this breaks the trend for me. This is a comic book film that touches on aspects such as politics, race and helping each other. I cannot recommend Black Panther highly enough. As for where I rank this film MCU… Its definitely top 2. Right now it’s a tie between this and Winter Soldier for the number 1 spot. I may have to watch it again before putting it over Winter Soldier. For the future my only worry for the next Black Panther film is that they have set the bar so high how do they top this? However with Ryan Coogler at the helm this franchise can only get better.

SCORE: 9/10

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