Having recently jumped on the bandwagon along with 50 million other people in signing up for Disney+, and with free time at home being in abundance, I decided that the moment had finally come to re-watch the entire MCU from Iron Man (2008) all the way to present day phase 3.
Having now made it through 20 or more films over the past 6 weeks, there were very few surprises. Captain America: Winter Soldier remains a thrilling Bourne-esque spy story that marked a shift in tone for the Avenger’s solo projects, and Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World both remain tedious, inconsequential bores. Continue reading →
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 review – by Adam Brannon
UK certification: 12A
To say 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit is a slight understatement. Many had predicted Marvel’s gamble to sink the studio with its unknown characters and very unique sense of style, but it ended up being one of the year’s best films grossing nearly $800million.
Three years on, director James Gunn returns with the plucky group of space stars. But can lightning strike twice? Or have the Guardians had their time to shine? Continue reading →
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent
REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes
If you asked me as a baby what film genre I would think would have more complex plots in the future, I would pee myself. That’s what you get for asking a baby questions about the evolution of cinema.
As a functioning adult who doesn’t pee himself quite as often, however, I am surprised at how ambitious action movies have become. As an example, Avengers: Age of Ultron is 150 minutes long after the studio cut out an hour. It can’t just be about a robot trying to take over the world, either; no, your brain needs to keep a mental chart of all the relationships, motivations and plans within plans. And Avengers 2 is relatively straight forward compared to some other recent fare (hi Christopher Nolan). Continue reading →
Contributor Rob Stoakes takes on his first MM Top 5 with a look at a selection of Marvel characters that should probably join the Avengers – and why they probably won’t even get their own movies.
So, Avengers: Age of Ultron came out last week. However, today, we’re taking a break from movies at Movie Metropolis to look at the comics that spawned the films we know and love, and look at the Marvel characters who would make great cinematic experiences of their own…
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans
I doubt that Joss Whedon and the team down at Marvel knew just how successful 2012’s Avengers Assemble would go on to be. After just a few months of release it became the third highest-grossing film of all time, by no means an easy feat to achieve.
Therefore, Whedon and co had their work cut out trying to build on the solid foundations they had laid when it came to producing a sequel. However, three years and $250m later Avengers: Age of Ultron hits our screens. But is it the follow-up everyone was asking for? Continue reading →