MM Top 5: Things Marvel needs to stop

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nBy Rob Stoakes. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is finally out, and audiences all around the world have been bowled over by its borderline adequecy! Yes, at long last we get to follow the lovable crew once again as they embark on an adventure of middling quality in the most passable blockbuster of the year! Prepare for the most moderate experience of your life! Woohoo! Go Marvel! The Kings of Hollywood!

So, yeah, as you might have guessed, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has left me a little cold. While not exactly bad, it does feel tired, the humour seems more forced than before, and what started out as a promisingly quirky and bizarre series has basically turned out to be a Fast and Furious movie with characters constantly rambling about family and how families are and how we’re not friends but a family and I didn’t have a family and I thought we were your family and I have found my family and aaaaaaaaargh!

And Marvel has been grinding my gears for a while now, so this is a good time to give a list of the things Marvel could stop doing if they want to remain the Kings of Tinseltown. Continue reading

COMPETITION: Win some Marvel goodies!

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyTHIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Guardians of the GalaxyVolume 2, I’ve teamed up with two Hull-based businesses to bring you a competition with Marvel goodies worth over £50.

Fancy your luck? Just carry on reading to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning these amazing prizes. Continue reading

“Mini Avengers, Assemble” Captain America: Civil War review

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By Adam Brannon

Is anyone else getting bored of superhero films? Nope? Just me then. We’re not even halfway through 2016 and there have been three of them. In February, there was Deadpool, a film that despite all the odds, turned out to be smashing – despite its generic finale.

Then, DC tried to compete with Marvel in March with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was fine, if far too long and lacking in any real drama. Now, Marvel is back with Captain America: Civil War. But can it break the superhero tedium that has started to settle in? Continue reading

“This one belongs to James Spader” Avengers: Age of Ultron review

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Joss Whedon  

Music: Brian Tyler/Danny Elfman

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

Poll Results: Your Movie of 2013

It’s been a frantic few hours of non-stop voting as you all decided which “Blockbuster” deserves to be crowned the most anticipated of the remainder of 2013. The poll has now closed and the results have been counted; thanks to all of you who cast a vote.

We’ll start with the films that received 0% of the vote and therefore came in joint last place:

  • Monsters University
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Walking with Dinosaurs
  • World War Z
  • Man of Steel
  • After Earth
  • 300: Rise of an Empire
Monsters University

Monsters University

The above films claimed no votes in yesterday’s poll which for a few is somewhat of a surprise. I fully expected to be counting votes for Man of Steel and to some extent Monsters University. Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman franchise is released later this year and promises to be a huge summer blockbuster, but for one reason or another, you decided it was unworthy of your deciding vote.

Moving on, in 4th place, and with 6% of the vote each are the following films:

  • Iron Man 3
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

The above films each received a small amount of votes. In this section we have some of the biggest (predicted) films of the year, the next chapter of The Hobbit promises to be a big draw for audiences in December, but the lacklustre first film may have overshadowed the hype surrounding its sequel.

In 3rd place, receiving 12% of the vote is The Wolverine. The follow-up to the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine looks set to be a huge smash this year, but after its poor predecessor, I predicted a much lower ranking in yesterday’s poll.

In joint 2nd place, Jurassic Park 3D and The Great Gatsby, which both commanded an equal share of the votes. Jurassic Park 3D has already been released in America to huge success, taking over $19 million dollars at the US box office, with analysts predicting it will push the 1993 classic over the $1 billion mark. Baz Luhrman’s take on the classic starring Leonardo DiCaprio is released in May and should prove a huge success, if the voting here aligns with box-office performance.

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. In 1st place, receiving a whopping 47% of the vote is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I doubt anyone could have predicted just how popular the first film was when it was released last year and it exceeded expectations. The sequel, which is set to be shown in cinemas worldwide in November, promises to be even better with a new director and an arguably better book as its base.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

As a treat, why not watch the Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer below and whet your appetite for what should be the biggest film of 2013.

Thanks for voting!