Captain Marvel review “Marvel just about manages to pull it off”

Captain Marvel posterWith a touching tribute to the amazing Stan Lee, it’s clear from the outset that Captain Marvel isn’t going to be your ordinary MCU instalment, or so Marvel Studios would have us believe. The 21stfilm, yes, I can’t quite believe it either, in the long-standing Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is the first superhero film from the studio to focus primarily on a single female lead.

Astounding really that a franchise started by all intents and purposes way back in 2008 with Iron Man and has grossed billion after billion at the box-office hasn’t felt the need to offer a big tentpole movie to a female hero. But history aside, Captain Marvel has finally landed. Are we looking at one of Marvel’s greats? Continue reading

What’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

What's Next for the MCU?It’s safe to say that Avengers: Infinity War was a massive success breaking a number of records and showing us that the superhero genre is here to stay. That being said after that climatic ending, fans are left with a number of questions from earth’s mightiest heroes latest outing.

A lot of questions have been asked and using my vast knowledge of comics, movies and fan speculation, I Alex Lutkin will try and answer a lot of those questions and share my own speculations. Before we begin though this will be going in to deep spoilers of Infinity War, so if you’ve not seen the movie and are still reading please stop and go watch it then come back. You have been warned. Continue reading

The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ranked

Every MCU movie rankedThe waiting is nearly over. We stand on the edge of what Marvel has been working on since what feels like the dawn of time. Of course, the MCU actually first came into existence in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, but ten years is a long time in movie-land.

Avengers: Infinity War promises to shape everything that follows in the MCU and hopes to build on its rather average predecessor Age of Ultron, in almost every way. It’s longer (at 149 minutes), has more characters than anything else like it and is one of the most expensive films ever made, costing an estimated $400million.

Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed the rather fabulous Captain America: Civil War certainly have their work cut out. Here however, I’ve been working on this project for a good few weeks, re-watching all of the MCU and conducting some mini reviews. Without further ado, this is the ultimate, definitive ranking of the entire MCU, perhaps the most vast movie universe ever put to celluloid. Read on to find out the best and worst Marvel movies. The Marvel movie collection is constantly growing, so I’ll be adding to this franchise review as new films are released. And I do believe a spoiler warning is in effect.

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Black Panther review “Is the MCU all out of surprises?”

Black Panther posterThe Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the most successful movie franchises ever made, and it’s easy to see why. Featuring incredible actors, up-and-coming directors and that trademark sense of humour, each film in the MCU has something to offer.

That doesn’t mean they’re perfect however. The MCU has a distinct lack of decent villains, strong female characters and characters from ethnic minorities. In the run-up to this year’s Infinity War, Black Panther aims to turn what we know about Marvel on its head. But has it succeeded? Continue reading

Thor: Ragnarok review “Utterly preposterous”

Thor Ragnarok posterThor is arguably one of Marvel’s strongest characters. Played by the superb Chris Hemsworth since 2011, the God of thunder is one of the MCUs most popular assets.

It’s unfortunate then that he’s been lambasted with the weakest solo films of the entire series, the son of Odin really has deserved much better.

Thor’s inception in the first of his three solo outings was a competent if unremarkable origins story and the less said about Thor: The Dark World, which remains the poorest film of the entire MCU, the better. Now, just in time for Infinity War,Thor: Ragnarok rolls into cinemas. But does it do its leading man justice? Continue reading