In a world, where Marvel continues to make very well executed, but cookie-cutter factory-approved movies, exists a rare example of something that is more of a risk than their prior creations: Doctor Strange. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, along with an incredible supporting cast, the film takes us into a world of magic, “wizards”, and sassy one liners – the kind that Marvel needed more than they ever thought they did.
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 overlooked founding member of the Avengers, Janet Van Dyne AKA The Wasp!
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!
It’s confusing, I know.
Between Marvel exponentially expanding their cinematic universe and DC playing quick catch up, the world of superheroes on screen and off is growing dangerously close to critical mass. What’s a fan to do about all these films? Has this officially become too much of a good thing?
This week, I decided to slow down, take a deep breath, and examine what has been going on, what is going on, and what will be going on for the next few years on the big screen, as well as highlighting the differences between the two major superhero studios.
Adaptations of comic books are the fastest-growing division of fiction in the world of television. Though series like Smallville and other animated series have flourished in the past, the CW’s success in its adaptation of The Green Arrow and Marvel’s recent big screen successes have launched a new age of TV shows derived from comics. Arguably, Arrow has been the most successful in terms of both viewership (relative to its network) and critical acclaim. Despite minor success with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, Marvel never seemed to be in the same league as DC as far as television was concerned. However, with the breakout hit Daredevil on Netflix, Marvel has finally created a tonal and qualitative match for Arrow.
This week in TV, Maleficent is back from the dead on Once Upon a Time and she’s the key to Snow and Charming’s dark secret. Then, on Jane the Virgin, Jane makes an important decision about her future while on Agents of SHIELD, the entire team learns about Skye’s new superpowers.
This week started the bigger Ronnie Raymond arc on The Flash and finally revealed Oliver’s true identity to one of the few remaining characters who didn’t know he was the Arrow. On Sleepy Hollow we peep Frank’s unlikely alliance with Henry and how he may not be the only one joining the dark side. This week also brought us a rather serious Jane the Virgin and the most action-packed Agent Carter yet! Read our spoiler-filled thoughts below!
Ohhh boy well now THAT was an episode! Agent of SHIELD’s mid-season finale wrapped up some of the main storylines of the first half of the season while leaving others at a satisfying stopping point. Warning: the rest of this article contains spoilers for not only 2×10, but also spoilers for some Marvel comics and speculation for future Agents of SHIELD episodes.
We’ve only got ONE episode left until what’s sure to be a thrilling mid-season finale to the second season of Agents of SHIELD! This week’s episode was a “part one,” of sorts, with an epic build-up to the much-foreshadowed alien city, increased stakes, and “End of the Beginning”-level cliffhangers. So, yeah, you could say there’s some intense stuff to talk about!
And after two loooong weeks off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned and wasted no time in getting stuff done! We pick up right where we left off, with Coulson becoming ever-more obsessed with his carvings and Ward’s escape from federal custody. Apologies for the late review, but I’m still excited to talk about the MAJOR developments we’ve got going on! Keep reading for my thoughts on the episode but beware of spoilers!