Well here it is. The big one. Everything that a decade of Marvel and eighteen movies have led up to. No ones expectations could be higher, it had so much to live up to… And you know what? It NAILED it. Avengers: Infinity war is what everything was always leading up to. The Avenger are all assembled, with a massive number of them now, all to fight Thanos as he is nearing completion in uniting all of the Infinity stones and wiping out half of the universe. This is probably one of the most exciting movies I have ever seen for many reasons, probably the biggest though being that I got to see crossovers from heroes I only dreamed of seeing together! What is really cool is that no one seems to be left behind. Certain characters may only be in here for what feels like minutes but it always feels like they contributed exactly what they needed to. Because of that though it is also a stupidly long movie. Don’t misunderstand me, that is certainly not a complaint, I could have happily sat through it if it was triple the length… Much like every Marvel movie the comedy is prevalent and there without ever really taking away from the tone of the movie, which is ever-changing. As you switch between heroes you follow the tone and feel of the movie changes on a dime. When we go to the Guardians you get some cool 80’s jam and humor, then it switches to Wakanda and we get the tribal music everyone associates with Black Panther. However, the comedy isn’t there as much as other Marvel movies and you have to go into this realizing it isn’t going to pull punches like other Marvel movies either. Right from the opening scene it proves that there are going to be much darker takes in here than anywhere else and it keeps proving that right up until the bitter end. It’s difficult to write a review for the most anticipated movie in a decade without giving anything away so I’m going to leave it here. After watching this, you will have just as much you want to say as I want to!
Now, I’m not a HUGE Marvel fan so I don’t know everything there is to know about this universe. However, I’m also not insane or been living under a rock, so I’ve obviously seen all the MCU movies at this point (some more than others). What I do know though, just from watching this trailer, is that this movie has the potential to make every other MCU movie look boring by comparison! The biggest reveal of them all is clearly Thanos, a foe we have been preparing for almost 6 years now, that until this point had just been sitting in a chair and made of bad CGI. To me the second biggest reveal was The Guardians of the Galaxy for a split second at the end of the trailer. Something that I have thought a lot about ever since 2014 with the original Guardians movie was how they were going to tie in with the MCU, and if we would ever get to see them fight alongside the Avengers. To me, and everyone else I assume, their movies seemed completely separate from everyone else’s. I don’t know if they will fight this movie, or maybe they showed us the after credit sequence it the trailer! Either way, it was awesome… Another couple of things worth mentioning are emo Captain America, the addition of Dr. Strange, Caucasian vision, and the return of Hulk. Dr. Strange was another hero who’s addition to the group confused me slightly with how it will be done. Where the Guardians are far more advanced, technologically speaking, Dr. Strange’s powers will be almost overpowering in my opinion. I hope they don’t “nerf” him. Human looking Vision took me back for a second, and Thanos taking his forehead rock (yes, I know what it is called) took be back for a moment. I’m very interested to not only see why he is normal looking, but to see if he even lives!.. Oh! Spidey is in this too, obviously. After his hit of a movie, not throwing him in anything you possibly can would just be stupid! A couple changes though. He appears to have Spidey-senses now, which is a damn good thing too because he sucked at fighting without them! He also appears to have a new suit for some reason… I feel like I have been talking about Spider-Man’s new suit ever couple years for most of my life at this point. Either way, I’m not a fan… Out of the whole trailer though, that is about the only thing I’m not a fan of. It was action packed and smart. Teased just enough of what I needed to get me interested while still telling me absolutely nothing overall. It was also darker than most MCU movies seem, which I hope stays true in the actual movie. Either way though we all know I’m going to see this, and we all now you are going to see this, just like everyone else!
Disappointed FEELS too strong a word to describe what I felt after walking out of this theater, but unfortunately, it is an accurate description. Of all the talk about Tom Holland being the best Spiderman yet and this movie being a reawakening for the MCU, I was expecting my jaw to drop at least a little bit. Now, don’t mistake me, this is by no means a cut at the sake of Tom Holland, Holland is a brilliant Spiderman who plays a younger and more true to form Spidey than we have ever seen on the screen. The movie however, and the directions that they decided to take it in are where my gripes come from… I appreciate the fact that this is not an origin story, I would not have walked into a theater for a THIRD Spiderman origin story in 15 years. But, I would like to point something out… Remember in the original Spiderman movie (the movie of which I hold every Spiderman movie up to) when there is a montage of Peter Parker coming in to his own as Spiderman over a few months or more? That’s what this movie is. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a movie about Spiderman coming in to his own as a hero that, in my (not so) professional opinion, was done in just an incredibly boring manner. For one, we never see a struggle between being Peter and being Spidey that has always plagued our beloved super hero. We never see uncle Ben die, or hear much of it. We never see him NOT as Spiderman and its difficult to know what his drive and motivation to BE Spiderman is… Also, his relationship with Liz, though more true to high school romances, is also quite bleak and goes nowhere… His suit, which has received mixed reviews, I’m actually on the negative side of. At first it was cool, however once he “unlocked” all of its abilities I feel it took away from him as Spiderman rather than adding to him. Without his spidey-senses, and with this suit, it basically makes it so that anyone could be Spiderman, and, in my opinion, makes him closer to Iron Man than a true Spiderman. But, with a suit of this stature and a villian like Micheal Keaton, you would think there would be loads of action, right? Wrong! Like, thirty minutes of action! So disappointing… I don’t do star ratings, but out of the six Spiderman movies we have now it falls somewhere around the same lines of the first Amazing Spiderman film.
SO, unquestionably this trailer is awesome. The music is awesome, the action is awesome, and it shows just enough to get excited about. It is also without question though that all cool parts of this trailer are featuring the Hulk. It begs the question… Was this movie made, and then they realized that their secondary character is the only good aspect, OR is Hulk actually as large a part of this movie as they are painting for us?.. Things I don’t like, or are just confusing, is the amount of comedy and Bruce acting weird. I like comedy, in fact I love it! So far though it seems like too much is being used and I don’t want it to be over crowded with comedy in a universe that has been gradually moving darker in a good way. Also, what the fuck is wrong with Bruce!? He’s acting weird in this… Either way, it’s Marvel so obviously I’m not going to write it off until I see it.
P.S. Hulk talking is amazing, and I would see this just to hear more of it.
Alright, so, I’m going to go against popular opinion and tell you that I found near no enjoyment out of Logan. I had spent the last few days watching the previous X-Men movies to watch this one and wished I just stopped at Apocalypse. Logan follows Wolverine in the year 2029 after almost all mutants are gone, and no new ones are being born. Now, I will try my hardest not to spoil anything, but, I’m also going to mention some things in this movie I didn’t like… This movie starts with so many unanswered questions and ENDS with even more questions. Not only that but the ending doesn’t even resolve the MAIN STORY LINE. Why is Logan driving a limo? Why are they in a shitty place in the dessert? What happened to all the other X-Men? What about the school? Does the kid even get where she is going?! On top of all questions I had throughout this movie never being answered, the characters seem completely out of character… Yes, I understand the gritty, dark, and real nature of this movie is what takes people by surprise because it’s different. Just because something is gritty, dark, and real, however, does not mean I think it is right for the genre.
The original 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy is, in my “professional” opinion, the best movie of 2014. It blew everyone’s minds as well as their expectations out of the water when it came out, and remained the most talked about and watched movie all year. I was in the same boat as everyone else. I watched it countless times and for a long time it was my go-to “background-noise-movie”. So, naturally, I was excited beyond belief of the prospect of a sequel, but, the closer it got the more uncertain I was. Guardians of the Galaxy was a near perfection and out of left field superhero movie that no one expected from Marvel, and I was worried they would cash in on that and overdue all the old jokes… Thank god I was wrong!.. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 follows your favorite misfit group of galaxy crime fighters. They are working as hired guns more or less, until they end up finding Quill’s dad and a whole bunch of fuckery goes down. I can’t tell you much about the plot or else it would ruin the movie, but, I will tell you what I can about the movie and tone itself… The original movie had so much going for it, the strongest of which were the soundtrack, humor, action, acting, and relate-ability of Star Lord. This movie is not AS good as the first one. I’m not saying it is bad, because it’s not, it’s fantastic, just not nearly as good. It was however much funnier, and somehow much darker at the same time… That right there would have to be my favorite part of the movie. It somehow bounced back and forth, scene to scene, from hilarious to dark and sad. It added much needed depth to the movie as well as the characters… Now, Characters. Chris Pratt obviously killed it as Star Lord, the character he was born to play. Zoe Saldana added more depth to her portrayal of Gamora, playing her part of the will they/won’t they romance very well. Dave Bautista surprised me once again with his impeccable comic timing and stand out acting chops. Bradley Cooper is nearly unrecognizable as the voice of rocket, and Vin says his three words well yet again… The stand out role however is Michael Rooker as Yondu. Yondu has an amazing character and story arc just for him, playing a much larger part in this movie than the last. Rooker delivers as many hilarious lines as he does heart-wrenching. I loved seeing the backstory of Yondu and the difficulties he goes through because of his past decisions… Better than that you get more depth on his relationship with Quill that went unfinished in the previous movie… Not many sequels are good. Fewer are great. It is once in a great while that one is a perfect continuation of the original, and that is what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did.
Thor: Ragnarok, which looks like it is ALSO Planet Hulk is another installment in the largest, and most successful movie universe out there. The Buzz behind this trailer is unlike any other in a while. Even the new Spiderman doesn’t measure up to the talk this is receiving! Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, the same man that directed Green Lantern. Now, I would not be too worried about his limited directing experience in this genre, and his singular failed en-devour. Why? Because this trailer is fucking amazing, that’s why. Marvel shelled out a pretty petty to play Zeppelin, gave Thor his helmet, reminded us of his hilarious sense of humor, and even teased us with a showdown against the Hulk! To me, at least, the Thor movies have always been a kind of hold-over until the next Marvel movie. This, however, I will see in theaters.