Blu-ray Review: ARRIVAL

While the sheeple of Earth may never truly know if life outside our own has made first contact, I’ve always pondered over how the scenario would play out on a global scale. And in the crazy times we live in, that thought has crossed my mind more frequently than ever. Thankfully, Arrival has made first contact. Continue reading

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The CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Teaser Will Leave Your Pants Moist [w/ 129 Screenshots]

In a surprise turn of events this evening, the first Captain America: Civil War teaser was unleashed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans we’re invited on the show to introduce the trailer. Three official one sheets were also released by Marvel Studios thereafter. It’s been a long time coming since Civil War was first announced, and the teaser delivers more than just the promise of its name.

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If you know me, then you know I’m not big on watching trailers for action blockbusters I’m looking forward to seeing. The marketing always gives away the big money shots and I’d rather see them on the big screen for the first time than see them out of context in a trailer. But after my disappointment in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which had some incredible trailers cut for the film too, I couldn’t help myself. I needed assurance that this next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would provide more than popcorn entertainment. Age of Ultron is like dumping out your toy box onto the floor and smashing all your action figures together. And while Ant-Man is a lot of fun, the movie didn’t feel inherently connected with everything else going on in the MCU.

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Joe and Anthony Russo directed the hell out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so not all faith was lost before watching the Civil War teaser. But as we’ve seen time and time again, with any trailer, just because they’re amazing doesn’t mean the movie will be. However, I’d like to remain optimistic. Like The Winter Soldier, Civil War presents big ideas told through very personal connections. Our heroes, who have tirelessly fought against supervillains, will now square off against one another. And it’s a testament to how well Marvel has sown the seeds with larger than life characters we’ve grown to love to reach this point. When Captain America says to Iron Man, “Sorry Tony, you know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.,” and when Tony replies, “So was I,” that hits me right in the feels.

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Captain America: Civil War may not exactly resemble the story drawn for the limited comic series conceived by Mark Millar, but some of the basic concepts have been translated into this film to convey a similar message. Since Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to use the X-Men or the Fantastic Four, and haven’t integrated many of the other villains and heroes that Marvel has fleshed out over the decades, it makes it very difficult to retell the original “Civil War” story. But General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) makes it abundantly clear the line that will be drawn on both sides:

“Captain, while a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who prefer the word ‘vigilante’. You’ve operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That’s something the world can no longer tolerate.”

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As it’s conveyed in the trailer and as we’ve seen in promo art, team Rogers consists of Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and Sharon Carter aka Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp); while team Stark will be comprised of Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), The Vision (Paul Bettany), and for his first appearance in the MCU the King of Wakanda, T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who looks absolutely badass.

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Unfortunately, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will be sitting on the bench leading their own adventure in Thor: Ragnarok. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), at this point, is in hiding.

if all those characters weren’t enough, we still haven’t the slightest idea how the villains – Brock Rumlow aka Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) fit into all of this – as well as Martin Freeman’s unconfirmed role. AND if those characters weren’t enough, and many were probably looking out for clues, Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland) will make his big MCU debut too. I did not find a single hint of his existence, but that doesn’t mean a tease isn’t hidden within somewhere.

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Despite having characters pouring out of the woodwork, I think the brothers Russo have a good direction set up based on what we’ve seen in the Civil War teaser. The duo developed an awesome political spy thriller in The Winter Soldier, so I’m curious to see how they twist the superhero genre this time around and how they’ll manage to balance all of the characters.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for Captain America: Civil War, courtesy of Marvel Studios:

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. 

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

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Cast and Plot Confirmed as Production Begins on ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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As they say, “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.” It’s only been a week since Avengers: Age of Ultron made its big debut in theaters and already Marvel Studios is back to work as production begins for Captain America: Civil War. Most of the cast has been confirmed since the big Phase 3 studio event last year, including the likes of Hawkeye and Black Widow, but there have been a number of new faces that will emerge in the third installment of the Captain America franchise. See the full roster and official plot synopsis after the break. Continue reading

‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Sherlock’ Star Martin Freeman Joins ‘Captain America: Civil War’

'The Hobbit' and 'Sherlock' Star Martin Freeman Joins 'Captain America Civil War'

That’s right, Bilbo Baggins himself will be walking in to yet another war as the actor Martin Freeman was confirmed today by Marvel that he’d be joining the cast of Captain America: Civil War. The third Cap movie has quite the stacked cast of characters already, including the star-spangled man with a plan, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, the Winter Soldier, Falcon, Baron Zemo, Crossbones, Black Panther, and possibly War Machine, Nicky Fury, and the Vision. No official statement has been made as to who Freeman will play, but we have some speculations. Continue reading

Review: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Have we reached a superhero movie plateau? That’s a question I’ve been struggling over since I left Avengers: Age of Ultron with deeply polarizing thoughts on the film. Writer-director Joss Whedon has spent an impressive amount of time shaping the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to culminate to this very moment that I would consider to be the biggest nerdgasm cinema has ever achieved thus far. It’s a spectacular ballet of many moving parts. And as breathtaking as the movie may be, Age of Ultron definitely has the feeling that this marvelous house of cards producer Kevin Feige has built could come crashing down at any second. Continue reading

Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye to Appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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It’s a fact that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will be in a more prominent role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there has been much speculation as to whether or not the expert marksman would be showing up in Captain America: Civil War. Now there seems to be a definitive answer. Hit the jump for more info.

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Third ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Provides a Clear Vision [139 Screenshots + 30 GIFs]

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In just a little over four hours, fans were able to unlock the third Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer this morning, which was originally suppose to release on Thursday this week. This second, full-length trailer provides audiences with more back story on Ultron and how his dubious plot affects our heroes. As one of the greatest big bads in the Marvel Universe, this trailer certainly sets up the movie to live up to expectations. Check out the trailer after the break. Continue reading

Third ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Provides a Vision

In just a little over four hours, fans were able to unlock the third Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer this morning. It was originally suppose to release on Thursday this week. This full-length trailer provides audiences with more back story on Ultron and how his dubious plot affects our heroes. As one of the greatest big bads in the Marvel Universe, this trailer certainly sets up the movie to live up to expectations.

We’ve seen tons of Avenger-y action between the Hulk and Iron Man, well pretty much everyone versus Tony Stark really. However, we haven’t been privy to much about Age of Ultron‘s plot. As a comic book reader, and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes enthusiast, I am fully aware of what Ultron is capable of. This trailer sums up the intense conflict fairly well and provides just enough not to get into too many spoilers.

And as an added bonus, we finally get to see more of the twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, in action. We haven’t seen much of their involvement other than a few quick shots. In the trailer it looks like they’ll be involved with Ultron helping him in some manner before they realize their own stupidity and join up with Cap and the other heroes.

It’s a pretty awesome trailer all around, giving also our first glimpse of Vision at the tail end. Still, there is no clues as to how he comes into existence or how he’s involved amongst the chaos. However, I am comfortable with leaving everything as is and going into the film with just this information. I’m ready. My body is ready. Bring it on.

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Here is the official plot synopsis:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes aka War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, James Spader as Ultron, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver, and Paul Bettany as Vision. This film is set to release May 1, 2015.

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Epic Second ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer is Epic (110 Screenshots)

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While sports fans were watching one of the most historical college football games of our generation, during the big show a new trailer for a little movie entitled Avengers: Age of Ultron was released. The stakes have never been higher as the fate of humanity befalls upon our heroes yet again, but only this time it may be their fault. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed in a much darker direction. Join us after the break to watch the trailer. Continue reading

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Clip: An Unexpected Guest Crashes the Party (59 Screenshots)

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It’s been only a week since the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron released, but Marvel and Disney want to spice up the pot with an extended look at the film. In it we find our heroes testing their might to prove who is worthy enough to pick up Mjolnir aka a superhero d*ck measuring contest. But there is an unwelcome guest that sees their efforts futile. Watch the clip after the break. Continue reading