It took me a week, but I finally got around to binge-watching Luke Cage. It takes me a while to sort out my feelings usually, but…I loved it. Mike Colter as Cage is one of many stars in this exceptional cast of color. The dialogue is occasionally corny, which the show itself acknowledges. If it has one big problem, it’s trying to fit the wide array of Harlem culture in a mere thirteen episodes.
When it comes to the Marvel films, most people have a good idea of who the characters are. However, as the MCU begins its next big phase, we as an audience are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters who are not going to get their own films to flesh them out. For viewers who have not read the comics, it can be confusing (and downright irritating when you meet those fans who have and are condescending about it). At the end of the day, you don’t have to read the comics to enjoy the films, or the Cinematic Universe as a whole. However, it can be helpful to know the comic origins of the characters who won’t be getting their own stand-alone films. Fortunately, I have read the comics and I have no qualms in helping my like-minded MCU fans fill in blanks and learn a little more about the characters they are seeing on the big screen.
This week, we’re taking a look at the under-appreciated, always amazing, and deadlier than her namesake….The Black Widow!
The hype was strong this past week as rapid-fire announcements were made about Black Panther‘s expanding cast. Unfortunately, we have to wait two years to see Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan accompany Chadwick Boseman on the big screen. To keep the hype train going, Marvel confirmed the actors and characters for a closer MCU installment, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Welcome Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Good versus Evil. The North versus The South. The Rebels versus The Empire. These are just a few of the great battles throughout history, non-fiction and otherwise. They were intense, blood filled, but someone came out on top, and whatever side you chose dictated quite a bit about yourself. Now in 2016, we have many other sides to chose, but the most important of all (in the nerd community that is) resides in the simple question: Are you Team Cap or Team Iron Man? Personal choice aside, both teams have an argument to be made. But until you see the evidence (aka Marvel’s latest release, Captain America: Civil War, directed by the Russo Brothers), the choice rests on your own inner nerdy core.
Warning: If you consider even the tiniest of mentions a spoiler, even if they are in the trailer, you might want to wait to read this review!
As if men in mechanical armor, super serum soldiers, flying androids, master assassins, shrinking men, telekinetics and web-slingers weren’t enough, Marvel felt the need to give us another big announcement, in the form of a teaser trailer.
Looks like we’re bound for the Sanctum Sanctorum. Let’s break this trailer down as we all try to steady our breathing for another blockbuster addition to the MCU.
Back in 2011, a little movie called Thor came out to much fandom love and admiration. One specific cast member, who played the film’s central villain, Loki, took the hearts of many Tumblr users and internet dwellers a like. But what exactly is it about Mr. Hiddles (as I like to call him) that makes him such a fan favorite among the interwebs? Well, with the release of his new film Crimson Peak almost upon us, I found it appropriate to discuss what the heck this skinny, charming dude from the UK seems to have that the rest of Hollywood’s male catalog lacks.
The promos are heating for Marvel’s Jessica Jones! Daily Geekette has been looking forward all year to the next MCU series, slated for a Netflix-only release. Today, the latest teaser for the show dropped. While Jessica (Krysten Ritter) puts together a wall of photographs in a P.I. office, we’re treated to a slither-y voiceover from David Tennant. I predicted Tennant’s ability to induce skin-crawling feelings back when he was announced as the villain, Purple Man, and this teaser doesn’t disappoint.
When it comes to the Marvel films, most people have a good idea of who the characters are. However, as the MCU begins its next big phase, we as an audience are going to be introduced to a lot of new characters who are not going to get their own films to flesh them out. For viewers who have not read the comics, it can be confusing (and down right irritating when you meet those fans who have and are condescending about it). At the end of the day, you don’t have to read the comics to enjoy the films, or the Cinematic Universe as a whole. However, it can be helpful to know the comic origins of the characters who won’t be getting their own stand alone films. Fortunately, I have read the comics and I have no qualms in helping my likeminded MCU fans fill in blanks and learn a little more about the characters they are seeing on the big screen.
This week, I will be covering all things Vision! Here’s what you need to know about Marvel’s favorite synthezoid…
How is this movie real? Seriously. My mind was blown at the fact that what I witnessed was funded by a major film studio, since it took a lot of risks. Just over a year ago, DG expressed concern about Edgar Wright backing down from what had been his passion project due to creative differences. That combined with the apparent fridging of a major female from the Marvel comicsverse made for what most thought was a doomed film.
Truthfully, I went in not entirely certain of what to expect besides Paul Rudd being quip-y. I got so much more than I bargained for. If you want a superhero flick with a lot of laughs, I implore you to consider Ant-Man. The special effects were great; I loved the use of macro photography to achieve the unique look of the ant-level scenes. Although framed by serious scientific implications for the MCU, the movie didn’t take itself too seriously. Much the same approach of the first Captain America film, but on larger scale (size pun unintended). While CA: TFA took countless punches at Nazis, Ant-man is a heist story with science-based hijinks. Surely by now you’ve glimpsed the simultaneously epic and hilarious Thomas the Tank Engine fight scene from the trailer?
Despite its weaknesses (which I wouldn’t be surprised were a result of rewriting Edgar Wright’s screenplay), I enjoyed Ant-Man, and I’ll give it a B-.
It was already an exciting week for Daredevil fans – filming of season two commenced, as actors Charlie Cox and Elden Henson were spotted in East Harlem as Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. Now we can officially look forward to our favorite avocadoes-at-law and…what’s this? A blast from their past?
In a season one flashback to their college days, Foggy gave Matt some good-natured ribbing about enrolling in Spanish just to be near a certain “Greek girl”. Keen-eared fans instantly caught the reference to Elektra Natchios, an anti-heroine known for her martial arts skills as well as her tumultuous relationship with Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
That easter egg is about to pay off: Élodie Yung joins the cast as the much-anticipated Elektra.
Speculation and spoilers for Comics-verse Elektra below the cut.