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POINTS OF INTEREST-The Spider-Woman Controversy

I was going to completely ignore this until I found out Marvel pulled the Milo Manara covers. Usually Marvel doesn’t care that people are bitching and they just publish the books anyway, but with a character like Spider-Woman, they can’t afford to do that. Spider-Woman isn’t as big as Spider-MAN, usually complaints from fans have a hard time killing a giant. I’m sure you all remember how people reacted to Superior Spider-Man & One More Day.

The thing that bothers me about this being such a big deal is that we can’t raise this type of interest to get people to support a struggling character. Superheroines haven’t yet had their time to shine. DC does alot better than most publishers with their female heroes but even they struggle to give their female heroes comparable relevance to their male counterparts. If you actually read the stories, many of these characters are written well enough to compete but it seems like so many people are worried about aspects of the character that are the least significant. I’m not going to go down the road of telling people how they should feel about the depiction of the character, but could you at least give the story a try? Can we put more importance on how she’s written rather than how she’s drawn?

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Film Review-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

Summary: Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

Cast:

  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
  • Vin Diesel as Groot
  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket
  • Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser
  • Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Djimon Hounsou as Korath
  • John C. Reilly as Corpsman Rhomann Dey
  • Glenn Close as Nova Prime Irani Rael
  • Benicio del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Laura Haddock plays Quill’s mother, Meredith
  • Seth Green as the voice of Howard the Duck


I expected this to be a joke but it wasn’t and I can only hope that Marvel doesn’t ruin this in the future. There are alot of things that were done right here but quite a bit that needs to be improved on as well. Unlike the Avengers film every character had to be introduced in a single film. That part of it is fine but I think Drax & Gamora were short-changed because of it. The problem I have most with this film is doesn’t actually have anything to do with the film itself, but has more to do with the team the way it was came together in Earth-616. The original team was a group of heroes from different heroes from different planets and this version is kind of just a bunch of Intergalactic Criminals & Bounty Hunters, I don’t see why this would be the group of characters tasked with protecting the Galaxy. They are kind of a “Space Avengers” team and I thought that both the original team and another Marvel team known as the Annihilators make more sense filling that role especially since members like Mantis, Moondragon, Cosmo, Martyr, Adam Warlock & Bug were dropped. Cosmo is in the film but as far as I can tell he’s just a dog in the movieverse & The Nova Corps is present but no sign of Richard Rider or the true power of the Corps.

At any rate though, for what this team is a decent film could be made and an interesting story can be told and it was. Chris Pratt was perfect as Star-Lord. I don’t know if it makes sense that THESE characters would be lead by a careless human but that adds to the comedy of this film and there is plenty of it. Every character even the least fleshed-out characters have their funny moments. The origin of this team and how they got together was very well handled. Of course this team came together during Marvel’s Annihilation which was a VERY good story arc but they had to condense it and that’s fine. Bradley Cooper was amazing as Rocket and i’m glad that he’s actually gaining momentum as a favorite because he’s a character that I always liked and for a character that doesn’t say much accept for “I Am Groot”, Groot was awesome. I would give Vin Diesel the credit but Groot was CG so aside from the voice he didn’t do much. Like the other good Marvel Movies this was as as good of a action film is it is just a good movie and the glimpses of Thanos make me wonder how action scenes he’s involved in will go.

The biggest problems I have with this film is somewhat how it looks & the poor depiction of Gamora & The Nova Corps. Gamora in terms of the comics is my favorite character. She’s supposed to be the “Most Dangerous Woman in the Universe” but that didn’t come across in this film. She seemed almost useless at times. She seemed to like Peter Quill more than what made sense and she even flinched when she thought she was going to get hurt which for someone like her doesn’t make sense. Gamora apparently has a reputation for kicking alot of ass at Thanos’ request and when she gets trapped in the Kyln with the rest of the intergalactic criminals one of them is going to shank her and she actually appears scared. That part bothered me so much. I know it seems small but it was a big deal. Gamora didn’t really have an identity in this film accept for her rivalry with Nebula and she looks terrible. Zoe Saldana Dave Bautista look really bad as Gamora & Drax. They are going to have to figure out a way for their markings and whatever body paint they use to look better on them. Zoe Saldana is gorgeous and Gamora is supposed to be a looker herself so she shouldn’t look as bad as she does. She’s just an ashy green Zoe Saladana. She looks sick and dirty. Ronan the Accuser looks bad as well but not because he’s blue and in fact if they had followed a little bit more how he looks in the comics they would have been fine. His costume looks good but his face is weird. It looks like he’s crying ink.

The Nova Centurions were flying around in warcrafts which I find annoying because the Nova Centurions of the comics are like Green Lanterns. They are heroes with their own power. They seemed so helpless.

THE GOOD

  • The Environments & the CG characters like Rocket & Groot are well done.
  • The Casting was amazing. The only choices I had a problem with is Djimon Honsou as Korath the Pursuer & Michael Rooker as Yondu. That’s not what I pictured Yondu being from reading the comics and I found his character incredibly annoying. John C.Reilly is technically a terrible Rhomann Dey considering the source material but if this is what they are going with, i’m fine with it. I enjoyed his character in the film.
  • Enough action and comedy to keep me thoroughly entertained
  • I’m curious to see how Thanos’ story will progress. This film got me excited for that. He looks really good and I think Josh Brolin was a good choice.


THE BAD

  • The Nova Corps isn’t what I expected.
  • Gamora was grossly underutilized and she looked terrible
  • Some of the make-up jobs were ridiculously bad


I give this film a
9.1 out of 10
STELLAR

Film Reviews: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)

Summary: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Cast:

  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
  • Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
  • Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
  • Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13
  • Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
  • Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury


If not for the fact that I believe Chris Evans is an overrated Captain America and find it hard to take Scarlett Johannson seriously as Black Widow, and if Falcon wasn’t such a garbage ally I would seriously contemplate this being better than Avengers and the best Marvel Film so far. You will almost have to nitpick to find flaws in this film.

The story in this film is really interesting. Although there are some plot holes, I loved how Hydra was introduced, the writers made them a viable enemy of shield right from the start. The Winter Soldier’s interactions with Captain America make this the first really good hero/villain rivalry. Winter Soldier isn’t just a formidable opponent, Cap is good enough to make it an almost even battle between them and he’s so good in this film that he wasn’t carried by the plot he was the driving force in it.

I’m not too fond of Sam Jackson’s, Nick Fury anymore. He’s gotten kind of stale for me and my issues with ScarJo’s Black Widow were only amplified by how much more screen time she had here than usual but they didn’t really drag the film down. They had their moments.

The attention to detail is what I like most about this film. I like the fact that Batroc the Leaper made an appearence, I loved Cap’s new costume, I like the fact that they are setting Brock Rumlow up as Crossbones. The Falcon wasn’t very useful in this film but he did his thing. Anthony Mackie wouldn’t have been my first choice but he certainly plays that part well and I like that they took the Ultimates approach to the character, every superhero doesn’t need a goofy costume.

The writing kept this film so true to Captain America, it was just exciting to watch as a fan of the character and the comics. The action scenes are better than anything i’ve seen in any of these comic adaptation films ACCEPT for Avengers, The Easter Eggs and the attention to small details and aspects of Cap’s character were fun to watch and this was just overall just a good movie experience. The end has me wanting so bad to know what the following film and even the next Avengers film has in store.

THE GOOD

  • The Villains of this film were very good. They weren’t good enough to overshadow the heroes but they were good enough to be an interesting contrast.
  • This film has what Nolan’s Batman films failed at. Great fight choreography. Don’t tell me the main hero is supposed to be this great martial artist and then shown me scene after scene of blurry cowl and flapping cape. Street level heroes should ALWAYS look good in combat.
  • Very well written story that was also well executed by the cast
  • From costumes to the environment this film looks great


THE BAD

  • Chris Evans,Scarlett Johansson & Samuel L.Jackson aren’t THAT BAD but I can’t help feeling like if they were casted better than this film would be pretty much perfect. I know Sam Jackson is what the Ultimate Nick Fury is based on but i’m sorry they “white Nick Fury” is a better character. Sam Jackson is too old to even give off the illusion that he is half the agent that Nick Fury should be. Johansson & Evans weren’t terrible, there were even moments where I was proud of how well they played certain situations but overall they just aren’t Cap & Black Widow. How I feel about Black Widow may change when she gets her own film. Maybe I’m not seeing enough of her to really judge her properly.


I give this film a
9.2 out of 10
NEARLY PERFECT

Film Reviews-THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)

Summary: When Thor’s love interest gets cursed with a powerful object, Thor must protect it before an army and it’s ruthless leader try to get their hands on it to take over the remains of Earth.

Cast:

  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Anthony Hopkins as Odin
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig
  • Idris Elba as Heimdall
  • Christopher Eccleston as Malekith
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim / Kurse
  • Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
  • Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
  • Zachary Levi as Fandral
  • Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
  • Jaimie Alexander as Sif
  • Rene Russo as Frigga


I hate this film for many of the same reasons that Iron Man 3 bothered me. The biggest similarity in terms of what I didn’t like is at what point was Thor actually going to be the hero? Thor sucked so bad in this film it’s ridiculous. I’m glad that they found a good Loki in Tom Hiddleston but  I didn’t show up at the theater to see, Loki: The Dark World. I came to see Thor: The Dark World. Loki carried this entire film. Had he not been part of the main plot this may have been one of the worst films i’ve EVER seen.

Malekith was an extremely lack luster villain and the thing with the Aether just gave the writers a reason to bring Jane Foster back into the picture who at this point I could really care less about. Thor is the god of Thunder and seeing what he can do, I assume Jane knows that. This bitch actually had the nerve to be mad because Thor didn’t contact her? What type of arrogant shit is that? Pretty much anything in this film that doesn’t involve Loki is incredibly boring and a waste of my time.

THE GOOD

  • The film looks stunning if nothing else. They really put these environments together. I’m still not a fan of the more futuristic Asgard but it looks great for what it is.
  • Although I still don’t like the fact that Heimdall is played by Idris Elba I was excited when he actually did something for a change.
  • I don’t like how heavy the Loki appearance was but Tom Hiddleston is REALLY good in that role.


THE BAD

  • The part that sucks about how Thor was written initially is that the writers have to continue to fit in Thor’s love for Jane Foster and what i’ve learned from watching many different superhero related films is relationships are boring and a waste of my time.
  • Thor was very unimpressive in this film
  • Malekith was so weak as the antagonist that he was easily overshadowed by Loki


I give this film a
4.9 out of 10
EMBARRASSINGLY BAD

Roll Call-The Cast of Iron Man 3

Those Moments-Tony’s Backup!

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Film Review-IRON MAN 3 (2013)

Summary: When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

Cast:

  • Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts
  • Don Cheadle as Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes / Iron Patriot
  • Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
  • Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
  • Stephanie Szostak as Brandt
  • James Badge Dale as Savin
  • Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
  • Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery
  • Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener


I don’t know what’s worse about this film, the fact that they took one of the best written stories in comics (forget just in Iron Man’s History) in Extremis and trashed it, The fact that they took the Mandarin whom is one of the most powerful and dominant villains in the Marvel Universe, The fact that we saw several variants of Iron Man’s armor destroyed or the fact that all the potential and momentum that was built up from the previous films was flushed down the toilet.

First thing is first, I hate how they took a bystander like Killian Aldrich and turned him into a supervillain. I was hoping to see another one of Iron Man’s villains well played and what I got was Ben Kingley in a costume & the guy and a fairly insignificant character to the Marvel Universe. If the Mandarin wasn’t going to be utilized properly, I would rather if they didn’t use him at all. The idea that they attempted with Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin being the front for the real operation was clever but that idea should have started in the first film. The story didn’t have alot of time to develop in just one film so it was poorly executed.

The thing that bothers me most with how poorly this storyline was handled is that this film depicted the Extremis Virus as more of a threat to Iron Man than it actually was. Granted he was almost killed by Mallen because his current armor at the time was too slow to keep up but as soon as Tony perfected his new armor with the help of the same virus he completely owned Mallen and killed him with little effort. When Iron Man called his other armors in, I thought that’s when the film would get better but it didn’t. All of those armors were destroyed and Pepper of all people ended up saving the day…

This film is so bad that it’s almost disrespectful to Iron Man, especially since as far as we know this is the end for Iron Man’s solo adventures. Iron Man is almost not the star of this film. He’s cooler as Tony Stark, and Pepper saves his ass when his armor was pretty much ineffective. When I go to see an Iron Man film, I’m going to see IRON MAN be the hero.

THE GOOD

  • The concept of the Mandarin being a front for a bigger picture was a good idea. It wasn’t executed very well but it was a very interesting idea. I was genuinely stumped as to how he was going to fit in the film.
  • I like the idea of the hero being destroyed before he returns to his former glory. In this case this was also poorly executed but I nobody wants to watch a superhero film where the hero is invincible. It makes it hard to give a sh_t about what happens. It removes all the suspense.
  • Iron Man’s Armory & his new ability to control multiple armors and call other armors to him.
  • The casting is perfect aside from the Don Cheadle issues I had from the last film.
  • This film showed how clever and skillful Iron Man can be on the fly without his armor.


THE BAD

  • Although I liked the idea of the Mandarin, I was annoyed that they didn’t actually do the character any justice. It was like The Dark Knight Rises when you find out that Talia is really pulling the strings. It completely takes the impact of what you saw from Bane away. Bane is a good Batman villain, like the Mandarin is one of Iron Man’s greatest villains, they deserve be presented that way. Villains suck in most of these comic adaptation films and this is just one more added to the list.
  • Iron Patriot is a cool edition but again this relates to the same problem I had with this Mandarin story not developing in previous films. There wasn’t enough time for this part of the story to actually have an impact on the appeal of the film and Don Cheadle spends alot of time without armor and since I already have issues with him as James Rhodes it’s even worse.


I give this film a
5.5 out of 10
INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTING

Film Review-IRON MAN 2 (2010)

Summary: With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father’s legacy.

Cast:
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts
Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes
Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff
Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer
Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

This is the Iron Man film I was waiting for. Now when I first started seeing trailers for this, I didn’t think it would be any good because Whiplash didn’t appear to be a formidable villain. I hadn’t ready and appearances of Whiplash before the film but he just doesn’t seem like a character capable of hanging with Iron Man just based on what his talents are supposed to be.

The reviews of this film seem to be pretty harsh as well, many giving this a lower score than the previous Iron Man film, but for me this was top 3 for Superhero related films created by Marvel Studios and was my absolute favorite until the release of The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, & Guardians of the Galaxy.

What I like about this film is, IT’S A GOOD ACTION FILM. If you take away the fact that this is Iron Man and I know who this character is, this is just an action-packed film. It’s just as beautiful as the original accept with a more formidable villain. Obadiah probably had more of a drop on Iron Man because he was a long time employee of Stark Industries but Whiplash found a way to even the odds and spawned some of the coolest action sequences I ever saw. There are parts of the action sequences that bothered me because alot of that stuff couldn’t have happened without massive casualties but I understand why Marvel didn’t want this to end up being Rated-R.

The biggest problem I have with this film is the fact that they touched on the Demon in a Bottle story arc and this was one of the best and well written written stories in Iron Man’s history. The writers of this film didn’t do it much justice.

The Addition of War Machine was predictable but it was cool to see Iron Man with an ally, it would have been better if they didn’t use Don Cheadle but this film is so good that it doesn’t even matter.

THE GOOD

  • Robert Downey Jr. Delivers Again
  • The Action that I wanted so badly was granted
  • A little glimpse at how Tony Stark’s progress with developing Armor has evolved.
  • Great work, taking a villain I thought was cheesy and making him formidable.  Sam Rockwell was also very good as Justin Hammer although he wasn’t much like the one from the comics. He raised some interesting issues about Iron Man that worked well in the story.


THE BAD

  • Don Cheadle as War Machine & Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was exactly what I was talking about with these casting choices in my previous review. Just because they are good actors doesn’t mean they work here. James Rhodes comes off to me in the comics as this athletic and dominant physical specimen, he also comes of as a stern authoritative figure, which doesn’t come across in Don Cheadle’s depiction. I didn’t mention Black Widow at all in the review itself because I just found her to matter so little in the story which is understandable because she is only here because Marvel needed her to appear before Avengers. Scarlett Johansson doesn’t nail the action scenes in this film. I know EVERYONE needs stunt doubles when they are doing films and all actors/actresses can’t do action but some of them actually appear to be able to do the stuff you see them pull off in films. This isn’t  one of those instances and it really needs to be. Neither was bad enough to ruin the film, but this IS a part of the film I didn’t like.
  • The failure at the Demon in the Bottle story arc. I would rather if Marvel never touched on Tony’s Alcoholism if this is what they were going to do with Demon in the Bottle. It was done so poorly that it almost couldn’t have even been considered and issue for him.


I give Iron Man 2 an
8.9 out of 10
ACTION-PACKED!

Film Review-IRON MAN (2008)

Summary: When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.

Cast:
Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane
Shaun Toub as Yinsen
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Of the Trilogy of Iron Man films this wasn’t the best but if you read comics origin stories will always be the least interesting of the series because you already know the basics about the character. These films are really for people who aren’t familiar with the character and for us comic readers it’s usually just the film you HAVE TO watch because if you don’t you want understand the following film. There’s always going to be changes to the story when it translates to film but Marvel Studios knows their own characters well enough to not make an egregious amount of creative liberties.

The best parts of this film are how well Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark & how good it looks. I’m glad that Marvel held out on allowing any studio to make an Iron Man film because if this hadn’t come out in the 2000’s it would have looked terrible. I don’t like how they went from Tony’s original armor straight to one that looks like the Extremis Armor he wears in the comics, and it’s even worse when you see the films version of that particular armor but I understand it. I think many of Iron Man’s earlier armors would have looked really bad in movie form.

What this film needed more of is action. It’s supposed to be an action film. Again I understand why this is because it’s an origin story. They had to tell Tony’s story before they did anything with Iron Man but that doesn’t make it any better. The story is told well but Iron Monger was a lackluster opponent and against Iron Man he didn’t offer the same action factor that we’ve already seen in other comic related films and even most character origin stories. The first Blade film, The first Captain America, Spider-Man & Incredible Hulk was good on action.

THE GOOD

  • Robert Downey Jr. didn’t play Tony Stark, he WAS Tony Stark. I hate this idea that certain movie goers have where they think that if you just put a good actor in a role that he will do fine. These characters already exist and I think that attitude allows Marvel and the other studios that have the rights to their films to get away with poor casting choices. Gwyneth Paltrow & Jeff Bridges are the same. They don’t play Pepper Potts & Obadiah Stane they ARE those characters.
  • The Iron Man suits and Stark Industries looked amazing. This is a beautiful movie if nothing else.


THE BAD

  • Terrance Howard as Rhodey is exactly what I was just talking about in terms of poor casting choices. Just because he’s black and a good actor doesn’t mean he was right for the role of James Rhodes.
  • There isn’t enough action


I give this film a
7.6 out of 10
OK