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Avengers Infinity War: high drama or cheap shell game? (Movie Review)

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Here we are for the third Avengers film and the 19th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series. (“Who knows what adventures The [Avengers] will have between now and when the series becomes unprofitable.”) The MCU has been an above-average experience for me with a high point of Winter Soldier and the least enjoyable experience being Age of Ultron. Now, we get to finally see all of the different corners of the MCU come together, which turns out to be a lot of fun. But at the same time, does this story give us high drama or are the cornerstones of the plot indications of the whole thing being just a cheap shell game? Spoilers follow!

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Captain America: Civil War movie review (Quick Reviews ep 7)

It’s finally here! Captain America: Civil War, is this week’s episode of Quick Reviews. Also: check out reviews The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie review (Quick Reviews ep 5)

Continuing our run up to Captain America: Civil War, here’s this week’s episode of Quick Reviewsa review of the second Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier.
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Captain America: The First Avenger movie review (Quick Reviews ep 4)

 

I’m sure you’ve seen the Captain America: Civil War commercials on TV and, in preparation for what is (for me) the most anticipated movie of the year, I bring you the fourth episode of Quick Reviews, a look at the first Captain America movie, The First Avenger.
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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review

I was entertained by Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I also have to rip it to shreds.  There’s a lot to like, but honestly, it’s a bladder punishing two hours and twenty minutes that carries too much bloat.  
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Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is all kablam! BOOM!

So… yeah. Wow.

It seems as though Avengers: Age of Ultron is the beginning of the end of the Age of Heroes (or whatever it’s called in the Marvel Movieverse) and the beginning of a Civil War era… at least, it looks like the heroes are fighting amongst themselves in the trailer. Read the rest of this entry

Uncanny Avengers #1 cover is awful most of the time

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This is the cover for Marvel Comics new flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  See, it’s half X-Men (who are uncanny), half Avengers… That’s not the point.  The point is, they look like they’re melting – especially Cap and Thor.  It’s one fugly cover. 

You’d like to think that Marvel gave a big job to somebody and they fucked it up, but on the same day this issue was released, Marvel released multiple alternate covers for the same issue.  Like they always do.  Here are just a few examples:

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So why didn’t they plaster one of these all over the place instead of that crap factory way up top.  I don’t get it.  Marvel makes weird decisions.

Super Hero Balls

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Like this morning’s post, this is probably not what you expected from this title.  Every time we go into CVS, we make a stop over here in the toy aisle, but never actually buy anything.

I like that Black Widow (right corner of Avengers ball) is doing a silly looking kick, but poor Batman – getting stuck with Plastic Man is a raw deal.  (FYI:  Plastic Man predates Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four.)  I wonder why no other members of the Justice League were available to appear on this ball.  Look, they didn’t even bother to put Plastic Man on the other side of the ball.

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Avengers vs X-Men – Marvel’s 2012 Event

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Avengers vs X-Men promotional material that Marvel apparently waited to send out until after the damn thing had already started.

Even if you’re not especially interested in super heroes, you’ve probably heard of the X-Men. They’ve spawned a quintet of successful films (well, at least commercially successful – I’m looking at you, The Last Stand) over the last ten or so years, propelling Wolverine to levels of popularity that I thought were impossible and Hugh Jackman to a household name. The Avengers have their first movie coming out this summer, and if you’ve been immune to the marketing blitz so far (pretty sure there was an ad during the Super Bowl), have no fear, because you’ll be up to your ass in The Avengers before you know it. And this summer, they’ll be fighting each other in the comic books.

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Comic Book Heroes Punch Bad Guys In The Face

Of late, I feel I have spent no small portion of time explaining to non-comic book folk that being a comic book good guy is all about the subtle art of punching bad guys in the face.  I’ve always believed in this idea, but I never expected to see it published in an actual comic.

Behold! I present to thee Avengers #22:

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There it is, in black and white (as well as other colors):  confirmation.  And I think I speak for many when I say I’m looking forward to Cap punching bad guys in the face this summer, so everybody wins!

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Iron Man 2 Movie Review

iron man 2Given that Iron Man 2 is coming to DVD and Blu Ray on September 28, I thought it was as good a time as any to take a critical look at Robert Downey Jr. as the Armored Avenger.  Be warned:  the following review contains spoilers (yeah, spoilers for a movie that made $128,122,480 in its opening weekend at 4,380 theaters) and is a giant ‘whatever’ fest.  But read on…

You can’t talk about Iron Man without gushing over its star, so let me get that out-of-the-way.  Robert Downey Jr. is the man, and he’s great in the Iron Man movies; whatever you think about the Iron Man films, you can’t deny that.  The man has talent, and I can’t think of another instance where an actor had the opportunity to play a character he had so much in common with.  Maybe the movie version is a bit sillier than the comic book version, but it works. Read the rest of this entry

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