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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Deadpool 2 Loses a Stunt Person in Tragic Accident

Deadpool 2 Loses a Stunt Person in Tragic Accident

An apparent accident on the set of Deadpool 2 has caused the death of a Stunt Person. While on the set of Deadpool 2 a tragic accident has occurred, resulting in a death. Stunt person identified as Joi “SJ” Harris died during a motorcycle stunt. They crashed into a glass wall of the Shaw Tower, according to witnesses. Ryan Reynolds, star of the film, released a statement on Twitter: pic.twitter.com/82bD6JOpYH — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August…

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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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Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom may be getting his own film

Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom may be getting his own film

Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom will be getting his own film from Fox Studios it seems. Word from San Diego Comic Con’s Legion creator Noah Hawley is that he’s developing a Doctor Doom movie. He made the comment during his SDCC panel for FX’s Legion, which he is currently show running. This would be the fourth attempt at a Fantastic Four movie in the past 10 years. It will also be the fourth appearance of…

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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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Spider-Man: Homecoming Likely to Bust $400mil Domestic Cume

Spider-Man: Homecoming Likely to Bust $400mil Domestic Cume

With Wonder Woman still rocketing along toward the $380-$400mil range, the only film that could conceivably harm its box office totals this summer is the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. I set out to do the math and see: what might this new Spidey flick make? Box office predictions aren’t a science. For comic book movies, only two reporters seem interested in trying to make a guess: me, and Scott Mendelson from Forbes. We also have totally…

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

Starting this week, I’m doing a biweekly column, called the Sunday Matinee, that focuses on the more technical aspects of CBM filmmaking.  I studied film in school, and work in the field of production, and I want to bring that knowledge to the reviewing sphere! People love to talk about tone in superhero movies.  I’d argue tone was the major buzzword of 2016, in fact.  That said, I don’t believe tone describes the argument actually being had under…

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