By Mark Laherty
This review will contain mild spoilers, especially for the first hour of the film. This is because I can’t talk about a film if I leave out every important part.
Nowadays, most reviews of superhero movies begin with some preamble about the genre’s global domination, Avengers fatigue, and the regrettable state of the American film industry, especially where Disney is involved. All that stuff is true and especially difficult to ignore in this parade of IPs, but let’s be fair and try to think about Endgame in a what-is-this-trying-to-do kind of way.
By Barry Neenan
After a mere [checks Wikipedia] twenty – twenty?! good god – feature length-films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone where it never has before; Woman Town. Population: A Woman.
By Barry Neenan
Ant-Man and the Wasp. Does it need to exist? This is the MCU, that’s the wrong question to ask. Is it entertaining? Yes! The Ruddtastic adventure delivers again on comedy, but more surprisingly, this little film hides some big emotion.
[Ed: great, prerequisite size joke out of the way. proceed.]
by Mark Laherty
On April 21, director James Cameron made some controversial remarks about the Avengers franchise.
“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon. Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
At the time, there was a lot of backlash to this on social media. A lot of people pointed to a perceived hypocrisy; much of the fatigue around the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes down to the sense that they’re churning out sequels on a conveyor belt. Cameron can hardly take the high ground on that topic since he’s working on four (!) Avatar sequels even though much of the original response to Avatar was muted. It’s also unreasonable to say that families have nothing to do with Marvel movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or any of the Thor films.
By Emmet Jones
In 2008, Marvel Studios started a campaign to finally make a Cinematic Universe for all of their superheroes to co-exist and fight villains. Iron Man set all this in motion, a domino effect to making at least three Marvel Superhero Movies a year, and enough back content for us to fall in love with the characters.