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

“All hail the bricks” The LEGO Batman Movie review

The LEGO Batman Movie review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: U

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyLEGO may have just single-handedly saved the DC Universe. Yep, you heard me right; the construction toy has come to the aid of one of the comic-book heavyweights in spectacular fashion.

Of course, this is not the first time the world’s biggest toy company has released a film. 2014’s LEGO Movie catapulted the popular bricks into the minds of more people than ever before, it was an astounding success, and deserved every inch.

Now, they’re back with The LEGO Batman Movie, a film with so many side jokes and movie references, it’s impossible to spot them all the first time around.

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“Marvel meets Inception” Doctor Strange review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_nDoctor Strange review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

Let’s face it; Marvel rarely gets it wrong when it comes to crafting cracking superhero blockbusters. Sure, Avengers: Age of Ultron was an overstuffed mess but it had ambition and Iron Man 2 was fine when not compared to its predecessor.

Now, one of the biggest film studios in the world takes on its biggest gamble yet – more so than Guardians of the Galaxy was, and that’s saying something! But does Doctor Strange hit all the right notes or are we looking at Marvel’s first true dog’s dinner? Continue reading

“Yet another misfire” Suicide Squad review

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By Adam Brannon

It’s hard to remember such a lacklustre summer blockbuster season. From unnecessary sequels to underwhelming novel adaptations, it’s been one disappointment after another.

After the criticism of spring’s Batman v Superman, DC Comics and Warner Bros. really needed a hit on their hands if they were to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad is their answer, but after an exhaustive marketing campaign, is the final product any good? Continue reading