The Defenders Season One Review

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Since 2015, we have been waiting to see the culmination of Marvel’s Netflix Series that started with Daredevil. The Defenders brings together the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist series in a crossover event with decent success. Serving mainly as a follow-up to Iron Fist, the first season of the crossover series was short in length, but I thought that was a good thing. It would be harder to drag a series like this out over 13 episodes. To start with the positives, I enjoyed the way the camera filters changed between the characters. We get the reds for Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the yellows for Luke Cage, the blues for Jessica Jones, and the greens for Danny Rand/Iron Fist. This also extends to the secondary characters from their respective shows and the clothing that they all wear. There was one scene that we thought would focus on Jessica Jones, but everything around her was red. Then we see Daredevil show up to help her out. This was a cue to let the audience know that she was not going to be the focus of the scene. The show also does a great job integrating the main and supporting characters from the other shows into this one. The first meeting of Danny and Luke is hilarious, but one must wonder why it took Danny so long to activate his Iron Fist ability. The other introductions are more fluid, and it made sense how they would bump into each other. The character growth was good and noticeable. Each of the important characters have learned from their past experiences, but some things that still haunt them. Becoming a team helps them going forward, similar to how forming the Avengers helped Tony Stark/Iron Man. The acting was great, overall, and I was surprised by how well done the fight choreography was. Especially, from Finn Jones, since this was lacking in Iron Fist. Now, to move on to the negatives, the show has a few issues. I mentioned that the shorter season was a good choice. However, I do wish the episodes were longer. An additional 20 minutes each would have been great. This would have allowed for them to get through the set up quicker and get into the action. In addition, the fact that they don’t mention the greater Marvel universe is a mistake, a mistake that has plagued all the Marvel Netflix series from the beginning. The Defenders has the least mentions of any of the other shows before it. There is one mention of the “incident” but nothing else. It is unclear how much time has passed since Avengers. People are shocked to hear about superheroes in a world where aliens attacked New York and an army of robots destroyed Sokovia! My point is that they either need to state that this is an elseworlds universe or start making more firm connections with a better sense of timeline in reference to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finding out more about The Hand was great. Seeing all the leaders unveiled and learning their backstory was interesting. However, overall, this was a lackluster group of villains for this show. I was very skeptical when Sigourney Weaver was cast as the main villain for the show because I didn’t think she would bring the right amount of evil to the role of Alexandra. Unfortunately, I was right. We see Elektra in the trailers and her parts in the show are fantastic. Élodie Yung brings back the same conflict and viciousness Elektra had in season two of Daredevil. She should have been the main focus of the show, and The Hand should have been left in the background. I give The Defenders season one a Good 4/5. They left many questions open for future exploration. I hope things are better by the time the studio makes season two.

4 Reasons Why Thanos Is A Terrible Villain For The Avengers

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We all know Thanos is gearing up to take out the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War film, but should we be that excited to see him? Thanos has been set up as the “Big Bad” since the end of the first Avengers film. Since then he has only appeared twice in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He had a small part in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and appeared in a post credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In my opinion, Thanos has proven himself to be a terrible villain for the MCU, and I can list four reasons why. Beware: there will be SPOILERS for the MCU listed below.

4. He Gave Away The Mind Stone

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After Loki disappeared at the end of Thor we see him appear as the main villain in the The Avengers. In between the two films he came into contact with Thanos who provided him with a powerful scepter capable of controlling and opening people’s minds. Loki was sent to Earth to take over the planet and retrieve the Tesseract for his new master. Of course, he fails and is imprisoned back on Asgard. We later find out in Avengers: Age of Ultron that the scepter housed the Mind Stone. This would mean that Thanos gave an Infinity Stone to someone he barely knew so that he could retrieve another Infinity Stone, the Space Stone. This makes no sense because if Thanos is as powerful as we have been led to believe, then he should have retrieved the stone himself. Even if he felt that task was beneath him, why not send a member of his Black Order to retrieve it? Surely, he trusts them more than he trusts Loki.

3. He Did Not Go After The Power Stone Himself

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Here is another example of Thanos sending someone else to do his dirty work for him. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, we find out that Thanos made a deal with Ronan the Accuser for the Power Stone. If Ronan retrieves the Power Stone for Thanos, then Thanos will destroy Xandar for Ronan. Star-Lord ends up finding the stone first, leading into the plot of the film. Two things are wrong with this situation. Once again, why doesn’t Thanos go retrieve the stone himself, or send a member of his Black Order? As a matter of fact, two members of his Black Order, Gamora and Nebula, were loaned to Ronan as additional muscle. Ignoring this fact, Ronan actually sent his ally, Korath, along with some Sakaarans, to retrieve the stone. If I were performing a task for the intergalactic tyrant, then I would make sure to handle it personally, lest I face the consequences of failure. Yet, as we learn later in the film, Thanos is all bark and no bite.

2. He Already Lost Two Members Of His Black Order

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During Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, we learn from Nebula that she and Gamora have other adopted siblings. As we recently found out, the Black Order is made up of Thanos’ forcibly-adopted children. This would mean that Nebula and Gamora are also members of this group. They have both shown great fighting ability and tremendous strength in the two Guardians films and are truly forces to be reckoned with. We do not yet know their strength compared to their other siblings, nor if their siblings have the same hatred for Thanos as they do. That being said, these sisters have since rebelled against their father and they plan to kill him. Gamora joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nebula is off doing her own thing. Why would Thanos even allow his children to leave his employ? Why hasn’t he hunted them down and punished them, or at least sent his other children to perform the task for him? It’s evident that Nebula and Gamora both still fear Thanos and know that taking him out is no easy task. Still, you would think they would want to get as far away as possible, if he is as bad as they say.

1. His Infinity Gauntlet May Be A Fake

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After Avengers: Age of Ultron we know that Thanos will now be taking a more active role in gathering the Infinity Stones. He dawns an Infinity Gauntlet and states, “Fine — I’ll do it myself”. This is weird because we previously saw an Infinity gauntlet in Odin’s vault in Thor. Kevin Feige himself has admitted that there are two Infinity Gauntlets in the MCU when speaking with Cinema Blend.

“There are two different gloves…That was not Odin’s vault that you see at the end.”

Why would there need to be two Infinity Gantlets when there are only six Infinity Stones? Either there are six additional infinity stones that we don’t know about, or one of them is a forgery. In the comics, the Infinity Gauntlet is normally right handed. The more regal looking gauntlet we see in Odin’s treasure vault is right handed, and the more basic gauntlet that Thanos wields is left handed. If we follow the comics, this leads me to believe that Thanos has the fake gauntlet and will not be able to use the true power of the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War. I was luckily able to see the San Diego Comic-Con Avengers: Infinity War trailer and know what Thanos is bringing to the table. However, we do also have the fourth untitled Avengers film to look forward to, so maybe Thanos bites the dust early, or he is like Mandarin in Iron Man 3, and he is just a puppet.

Avengers: Infinity War is due to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.

What are your thoughts on Thanos’ involvement in the MCU? Leave your comments below.

 

Ten Characters Likely To Show Up In Captain Marvel

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Considering that Marvel just had their panel at San Diego Comic Con yesterday it is time to go over who may be in their upcoming Captain Marvel film. They revealed that the film will be a prequel to the current MCU taking place in the 1990s. With that information we can deduce who will probably pop up in the film. We know that the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel will appear in the film, Nick Fury will appear pre eye injury, and the villains will be the Skrulls, and alien race of shapeshifters. Considering the timeline the following people would make sense.

Richard and Mary Parker

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In the comics Richard and May Parker were agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who tragically died on a mission. Considering that this film will take place in the ’90s it would be years before Peter is born, so we could explore a little about his parents. Nick Fury would be their connection to this film as they could be his “go to” agents during this time period such as Phil Coulson and Maria Hill have been in the current period.

Ben and May Parker

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If Richard Parker shows up it would make sense for his older brother Ben and his wife May to make a quick cameo. This could be a small role in the film just to add some familiarity. Considering Tom Holland has showed interest in Tobey Maguire portraying the character of Uncle Ben, it would be great if they cast him. Giving a nod to fans of the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.

Peggy Carter

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Considering she is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D., it would make sense for her to appear as one of Nick Fury’s superiors. She has made a cameo during the beginning of Ant-Man which took place in 1989, meaning she could still be active within the organization during the ’90s.

James “Rhodey” Rhodes

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This would be a great addition to the film even if it’s only in a small role. Colonel James Rhodes is a military officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. Carol Danvers was also a member of the United States Air Force, so it would make sense if they knew each other during their youth. Maybe it was her disappearance that made him so dead set on finding Tony during the events of the first Iron Man, as he couldn’t lose another friend.

Hank Pym

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Having quit S.H.I.E.L.D. in 1989 it would be cool if Nick Fury had to contact Hank Pym to get some information from him during the film. Possibly calling in a favor that needs someone who can shrink. This could allow us to see more of him in the  suit and his interaction with other S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel aside from Howard Stark and Peggy Carter.

Alexander Pierce

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Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury were once good friends. Maybe, this film could show fans the infamous Bogata mission that convinced Pierce to promote Fury to head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Also it would be great if we see him manipulating and recruiting other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to join Hydra. Perhaps he tries to convert Richard and Mary Parker only for them to reject him. Leading him to have the Winter Soldier murder them sometime in the early 2000s. That would give Peter and Tony even more in common.

Reed Richards

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Now we’re delving into more wishful territory. With the realization that the Skrulls are going to be the main villains of the film it would be great to get a clip of a young Reed Richards to let fans know that Marvel and Fox have reached a deal. I’m pretty sure the Skrulls belong to Fox and those characters are major villains for the Fantastic Four. It just seems like the possibility is there.

Victor Von Doom

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This is even more wishful thinking as I doubt it would happen. Reed and Victor used to be friends during their college days. It would be nice if they were shown as fellow students at M.I.T. with a young Tony Stark. Or at least we could get a mention of Latveria in the MCU.

What are your thoughts on the Captain Marvel news from San Diego Comic Con? Is there anyone you would like to appear in the film? Leave your thoughts below.

Why Fox Should Partner With Marvel On The Next Fantastic Four Reboot

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With Spider-Man: Homecoming coming out this past weekend I think its time we revisit the topic of The Fantastic Four joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox has done a moderate job handling the series; with two and a half of the three films they released being pretty watchable. There is an unreleased original film from the 1990s, but it is best not to mention that mess. Clearly though, The Fantastic Four is a property that Fox could use a little help with. Fox is currently doing very well with their X-Men franchise and they should stick with that. The best bet for them financially, in regards to The Fantastic Four, is to broker a deal with Marvel/Disney to allow their characters to appear in the MCU. The deal has worked out very well for Sony and Spider-Man and could work out just as well for Fox. Also, the plethora of characters that would come with bringing The Fantastic Four into the MCU would be a fan’s dream come true.

Marvel Studios Chief, Kevin Feige, recently spoke to AlloCine (via Newsarama) about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the Fantastic Four happened to come up.

“We have no plans with the Fantastic Four right now. No discussions about it.”

I would take those comments with a grain of salt, and here’s why. It is very normal for a studio chief, such as Feige, to make those comments. Even if he was working on a deal, he may not be allowed to say anything about it. Also, if they truly are not working on a deal, then it doesn’t mean that a future deal cannot be made.

If the studios did manage to work together, they could potentially make a great film. There are things that each of the studios does very well, and bringing those minds together would be beneficial to The Fantastic Four franchise. We have seen that Fox knows how to cast great actors in their Fantastic Four films, even if said films are not as critically praised as Fox would like. Two of their Human Torches have even been cast in the MCU. I still think Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan did fantastic jobs as Johnny Storm (no pun intended). Check out the images below.

Doctor Doom vs The Avengers

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In addition, the characters that would be introduced to the MCU would be phenomenal. The most wanted being the villain Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom. Like T’Challa/Black Panther, Doom is the king of a technologically advanced country secluded from the world. Unlike T’Challa, however, Victor is a ruthless dictator, ruling Latveria with a literal iron fist. Even though I enjoyed Julian McMahon’s version of Doctor Doom in the 2005 and 2007 films, a lot of fans did not. Even less liked is Toby Kebbell’s version in the 2015 film, which I agree was horrible. They never delved into the character deep enough to explore his royal roots and his villainy. Bringing Doctor Doom to the MCU would bring a great caliber villain that the MCU is lacking. I know Feige has stated before that their stories are meant to focus on the heroes, but it is never too late to make a change. Not only is Doctor Doom a challenge for The Fantastic Four, but also, he would be a formidable foe for the Avengers.

The Silver Surfer wielding the Power Cosmic

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Another formidable foe or ally to come from the deal would be a herald of Galactus, known as The Silver Surfer. The Guardians of the Galaxy films have already set up the Marvel Cosmic Universe and The Silver Surfer would fit right into that world. I don’t see him getting his own film, but he would easily be a supplementary character, like Vision or Scarlet Witch. His inclusion in the MCU would be great for any cosmic or earthbound story. Lastly, with the possibility that the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will defeat Thanos in the Fourth Avengers film, there should be a new Big Bad to take his place. Galactus would be the obvious choice to fill that position if The Fantastic Four did join the MCU. This planet devouring Celestial is even more powerful than Thanos.

It just makes a lot of sense for Fox and Marvel to make this deal. Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to $117,027,503 its opening weekend, which is great, when compared to the $91,608,337 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made its opening weekend. We have seen more elements of the cosmic universe brought forth in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We have seen Tony Stark selling Avengers Tower (hopefully to the Leland Baxter Paper Company) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We know that the next phase in the MCU will be Phase 4. It all makes perfect sense to me to introduce Marvel’s first family in the upcoming phase of films. Only time will tell, I guess. Phase 4 starts with the Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in 2019.

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Where We Have Already Seen Spider-Man Use His Spider-Sense In The MCU

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Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense from Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

“My Spidey Sense is tingling” is as classic to the character of Spider-Man as ” With great power comes great responsibility”. The Spider-Sense has been one of the main abilities in every iteration of the web-slinger in print, television, and film. The Spider-Sense alerts Spider-Man to incoming danger even if he can’t see it. Only very few characters, such as Venom and Scorpion, have been able to get past this early warning system undetected. However, this ability was indeed left out of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Speaking with CinemaBlend, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts explained why they opted to leave out the Spider Sense in this film.

“I feel like we have seen a lot of Spider Sense in the previous films, so we didn’t really lean into that as hard as they have in the previous films. But I do think it is a really interesting thing to explore.”

I did get to see an advanced screening of the film last week and didn’t notice his lack of the ability in the movie until afterwards, but thought nothing of it. I assumed they thought they would focus on his technologically advanced suit, which is pretty darn amazing.

However, I wouldn’t be concerned as we do know that Spider-Man does indeed have the power in the MCU. We saw him use it in Captain America: Civil War when he’s first introduced to Ant-Man and when fighting against The Winter Soldier and Falcon. At 1:30:36 we see that Spider-Man begins to notice something isn’t right about Cap’s shield. Next we see Ant-Man grow and kick Spider-Man in the jaw. Then at 1:32:48 into the movie we see Spider-Man’s eyes enlarge as he realizes something is coming. Then we find out that The Winter Soldier threw a sign at him, which Peter easily dodges and sends flying right back at him! Check out the stills below.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters this Friday!

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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Hey guys I’m back! I know it’s been a while and I’m sorry. I got caught up in the corporate life and forgot about my true passion, critiquing movies. With that out-of-the-way its time to review Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was so lucky to get into this advanced screening and it was definitely worth it. Sony and Marvel managed to do the unthinkable. Of all six theatrically released Spider-Man movies this is by far the best! Yes, it actually dethroned Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in my book, but only slightly. I was on the edge of making that decision until the final scene of the movie. Tom Holland returns playing Peter Parker so well. He personifies the teen angst that comes with being a high school superhero. He wants to be an Avenger so bad that he pretty much starts neglecting his obligations at school. Besides detention this neglect barely affects him due to his genius. I mean we never see this guy do homework at all in the movie. The other students in the movie are given the perfect amount of screen time to give us insight into their characters. With the standouts being Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Michelle (Zendaya). I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from these characters moving forward. Speaking of standout characters Michael Keaton more than delivers as Adrian Toomes/Vulture. I enjoy the character as he was in the comics, but the changes made to him so that he fits into the MCU are perfect. His Vulture suit undeniably puts Falcon’s bird costume to shame. From start to finish he hits all the marks as a villain. You understand what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. He’s not your mustache-twirling villain from days old. He’s smart, funny, hardworking and values family above all. In the category of dethroning this movie puts out a great villain possibly above the caliber of Loki, the Winter Soldier, and the Red Skull. This movie does a great job at building on what the MCU has already established all while keeping it on a small-scale similar to what they are doing on Netflix. There are way to many Easter eggs to count and I probably didn’t even catch them all. The only negatives I can think of is the fact that the keep glossing over how Peter got his powers and what happened to uncle Ben. I’m nitpicking, but they can say what happened so that people who don’t know his origins understand. I’m not saying they have to show us how it all happened, but a decent explanation would help. Also for those who were worried that this is Iron Man 4 don’t, Tony Stark gets about as much screen time as Peter Parker did in Captain America: Civil War. Speaking of Captain America make sure that you stay until the very end of the credits. I give Spider-Man: Homecoming an Excellent 9.5/10 because teamwork makes the dream work!

Iron Man 3 Review

 

All I’m saying is Marvel better not pull another stunt like they did with Edward Norton and Terrance Howard! We need more RDJ in our MCU because Iron Man 3 was great. Now I’m not saying I want to see an Iron Man 4 or beyond because I’m a trilogy type of guy and I’ve had my fill of Iron Man solo films. Still we need to see RDJ back as Tony Stark in The Avengers 2 and possible cameos in other future MCU films. Now to get back to the point Iron Man 3 was possibly the best Iron Man movie I have seen yet. Was it a better movie than The Avengers? No, sadly it was not. Did it have a better story than The Avengers? Yes the story was way better! I feel Shane Black did a great job in taking over the dynasty that John Favreau left behind. It was filled with action, comedy, and suspense. All are necessary for a great comic book film. I thought the story was the strongest of any MCU film I’ve seen to date. It completes it full circle by taking us back to a convention that Stark attended in 1999. Now for us true fans we remember this convention being mentioned by Yinsen in Iron Man and it was nice seeing him again during the New Year’s Eve scene. It is this very sequence of events that thrust Tony into the events of this film. This film mostly revolves around the Extremis super-soldier serum and not robo-suits, which is great. The thing I liked most about this film was the characters. We see RDJ once again playing the fun loving Stark very well, although this time he’s not as loose and crazy. He’s more sheltered, afraid, and off kilter. After seeing aliens attack earth he’s not been the same. Another one of my favorites is Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. His interpretation is far different from what we know from the comics and I praise the direction they decided to go with him. The trailers barely touched on who this guy really is, and that was a smart choice by the studio. Now my favorite character from this film was Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pearce. His role Is far from the cameo that he told us it was. Seeing his character change from a gimpy nerd into a badass villain was spectacular. Sadly our boy Rhodes and our girl Potts are given smaller roles this time around, buts it still works. The one character who I thought should have gotten more screen time was Maya Hansen, played by Rebecca Hall. I felt like we needed to here her speak more and learn more about her. For the second smartest person in the film you think she would have had more to say. The film was only missing one thing, the “it” factor. I don’t know what “it” is, but this film didn’t have it. That overwhelming feeling you get knowing you’ve seen a masterpiece was missing. It is for that reason that I have to give Iron Man 3 an Excellent 9/10! Hopefully Banner can find out what the story was missing ha-ha.