REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 2: “Mean Right Hook”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 2: “Mean Right Hook”

The second episode of Marvel’s The Defenders makes a strong argument for the benefits of having a shorter, eight episode season. Its brisk pace and tighter construction means the main plot is continuing to move at a brisk pace, but “Mean Right Hook” manages to move the  story forward but still retain enough of a sense of mystery so that things remain intriguing. The first episode concluded with Manhattan suffering a freak earthquake caused by…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 1: “The H Word”

REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1, Episode 1: “The H Word”

Marvel’s The Defenders is the culmination of the ambitious partnership between Marvel Studios and Netflix, functioning in a way like “The Avengers” for the small screen. As we look at the first episode in our series of reviews of the first season, the first question is, will this eight episode miniseries be as successful as it’s aiming to be, or is it a continuation of the slide in quality of the Netflix shows seen in…

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“Marvel’s Runaways” Casts Julian McMahon in Mysterious Role

“Marvel’s Runaways” Casts Julian McMahon in Mysterious Role

According to an exclusive article in Variety, Hulu has announced actor Julian McMahon has been cast in their upcoming series Marvel’s Runaways. The series tells the story of a group of teens who discover their parents are in fact members of a powerful and sinister group of super-villains known as The Pride. Forced to go from a loosely connected group of kids who can barely get along into a team fleeing from their evil parents, the kids…

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Marvel Debuts New “Thor: Ragnarok” Trailer and Poster at SDCC!

Marvel Debuts New “Thor: Ragnarok” Trailer and Poster at SDCC!

The Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con is always a highlight, and this year’s instalment was no exception with a bevy of news coming out regarding upcoming projects including the studio’s next film, Thor: Ragnarok. The cast of the third instalment in the Thor franchise took the stage alongside this chapter’s director Taika Waititi. We already know from the teaser trailer released earlier that Thor: Ragnarok revolves around Hela, the Norse god of Death…

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BLACK PANTHER’s Chadwick Boseman Talks Wakanda’s Politics

BLACK PANTHER’s Chadwick Boseman Talks Wakanda’s Politics

For Black Panther, escaping politics is impossible. For a character who shares a name with one of America’s most radical racial political movements, trying to avoid the topic entirely would have been both difficult and unwise. Instead, star Chadwick Boseman has gone on record regarding the politics within the world of Wakanda. Wakanda in the Marvel Universe has always been both commentary and reflection on the real world.  The real world has seen every attempt…

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REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming – An Amazing Spider-Man Is Back in the Neighborhood

REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming – An Amazing Spider-Man Is Back in the Neighborhood

After effectively stealing the show in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Against the odds this reboot of the franchise manages to take everything exhilarating and ebullient about Holland’s initial appearance and launch Spidey’s new adventures with heart and style. Spider-Man has long been my favorite super-hero, and I have to admit that I’ve never thought any of his cinematic exploits really captured him in…

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REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A Fun Mix-Tape that Covers Familiar Ground

There’s a lot to love in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, particularly if you loved the franchise’s first instalment. That initial adventure of Marvel’s cosmic reprobates was among the best the studio has produced; a hilarious, irreverent space opera that initially looked risky and weird but wound up being a weird, thrilling and hilarious surprise with a ton of heart. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits all the same buttons as that first…

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Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel’s The Defenders Gets A Trailer!

Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team. Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick,…

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Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Brace Yourself for the Teaser for “Thor: Ragnarok”

Of all the first phase Marvel Studios franchises, the Thor series has had the bumpiest road. Even with the considerable charisma of both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as leads Thor and Loki, each instalment has struggled to come alive and thrill audiences. Part of that may be its uneasy melding of fantasy elements and more straight forward super heroics. It wasn’t confident enough to try for lofty, and possibly alienating, high fantasy, but neither…

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Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

Marvel and Netflix Reveal “The Punisher” Coming in 2017

With the release of an evocative poster, Marvel and Netflix have confirmed what until now had been mostly rumour, that “The Defenders” isn’t the only Marvel/Netflix show to look forward to later in 2017. The poster confirms that The Punisher will drop on Netflix later this year, after this summer’s super-team spectacular “The Defenders” sees its 8 episodes released on the streaming service. A series starring the Punisher was a no-brainer following Jon Bernthal’s acclaimed…

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