It’s not the best superhero movie ever made but Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most ambitious films to date

FILM REVIEW

by dominic v. cassidy (@lyre_of_apollo)

Black Panther – the latest film from Marvel Studios – is finally out, after being rescheduled to fit in with Marvel’s Nostradamus-esque phased plans. With a star-studded cast, in addition to Ryan Coogler of Fruitville Station and Creed fame being at the helm of the operation, it’s no surprise that the last inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also one of its most ambitious.

It may stick true to the usual globetrotting shenanigans that we’ve come to expect from Marvel, everything about this film feels somewhat smaller in scale, ultimately feeling more introspective. Sure, there are colossal threats aimed at the head of the world but the way the story is told seems to take into consideration how what is happening, well, happened and the chain of destruction that could come from a bad decision.

Considering that this take isn’t the norm at this point in the series, or the action genre in general, the plot can feel slightly muddier as a result and arguably less clear though it doesn’t detract from it being interesting. There’s a repeated complaint about these superhero films and how we’re on the umpteenth one (realistically we’re only at number 18 which is admittedly still bizarre) but Black Panther makes sure that viewers question what they’re watching and taking in, resulting in a movie that ultimately deals with mortality, loyalty and how far is too far in order for the greater good.

Considering Black Panther is a superhero movie some thought should be paid to the action scenes which just drip cool. There are a few fantastic fight scenes throughout the movie, some of which are aided by CGI, but it is at the set pieces where these moments shine, the audience chiming to themselves “cool”, or “wow”, or “holy shit”. They make excellent use of space and camera angles, as well as going in a completely different direction from where an action fan might think they would go, resulting in this aspect being equally as interesting as the story itself.

The easiest thing to praise in the film is by far the acting; where maybe the tension falls short, or some of the story just loops forward, the acting is consistently worth being commended. Chadwick Boseman gives a really nice performance as the warrior king T’Challa and in the moments where he’s not panthering around, you kinda just want to be his pal. With a cast as impressive as this movie has, a lot of the actors do just run away with the scenes, one of these guilty thespians being Letitia Wright, who plays the new king’s kooky scientist/younger sister. Wright absolutely commands every scene she’s in, being equal parts sincere and heartfelt, as well as absolutely hilarious which really brightens what can be quite a dark film. Someone else who deserves praise for their performance would be Danai Gurira who plays the proud warrior part very well, acting as a large strong figure on the screen.

To conclude while Black Panther is by no means the best superhero movie of all time, it is at its core an oddly thought-provoking movie, with more depth than a regular spandex clad romp, and so full of talking points it permeates the movie. With smashing set pieces and great performances put in by the cast this movie is well worth a watch, regardless (or especially) if you want to catch Infinity War in just a few months.

rating 7

Is Thor: Ragnarok The Most Fun Marvel Film Yet?

By Dominic Cassidy (@lyre_of_apollo)

Ragnarok, the third in the solo Thor movies, is by far the best. With What We Do in the Shadows actor and director Taika Waititi at the helm, the movie benefits from having an experienced funny man in charge of things, as aside from being good (thoroughly quite excellent) it is fun. It is the only adjective that comes to mind; the movie is funny, smart and uses the actors to fantastic lengths.

To say the previous Thor films have come short is putting it lightly: the first one was kind of nondescript, feeling really small scale and The Dark World felt too overtly serious a solo romp for a character that is the real comic relief in the Avengers movies. Thankfully, Ragnarok gives the viewer no fear that there will be much in the way of Schindler’s List level seriousness.

The tone of the movie is absolutely perfect throughout, adjusting just enough to fit, while keeping a comfortable goofiness. In this sense, the set design is really just perfect, especially in some of the more exotic locations. It really harks back to the whole 80’s marvel celestials stuff, mad bright colours and random circuits drawn on things, makes the movie just so pretty that you’d be hard-pressed to take your eyes off it.

Story-wise, Ragnarok isn’t anything super unique or that deep but without the pressure of being final or important (i.e Avengers), it definitely had a more, setting up vibe, like a comic book getting ready to go into a big series wide event; which on the way to Infinity War’s release is really refreshing.

One thing that ought to be commended for the movie is the actors: Chris Hemsworth absolutely nails the boisterous thunder god and seems really relaxed in the role, just having fun with it. It did feel at points uncomfortable to be seeing Loki on screen again, but Tom Hiddleston’s performance as the trickster god really makes you forgot misgivings as he and his onscreen brother bounce off one another so well.

As always, Jeff Goldblum is absolutely fantastic as the eccentric Grandmaster, bringing a kind of Ralph Fiennes M. Gustave panache to the roll. It would have been nice however to see more development with Cate Blanchett’s Hela as sadly, she just comes across as a nondescript big bad.

Being a superhero movie, the action scenes are fantastic, off the cuff, using CGI very well, and while it may not be photorealistic, it does lend to the very comic book style the movie seems to have, and moves away from something that has plagued the bigger Marvel movies – a problem of being too serious at times, and giving the fight scenes interesting venues.

Finally, while the move is nothing new, the sheer sense of fun at play here definitely makes it one of the better Marvel movies. With the main cast bouncing off of one another so well, it is just sad this sort of thing couldn’t have been carved out for the Norse hero sooner. Hopefully, after the unprecedented success of the more comedic ventures like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ragnarok, this fun practice becomes more of the norm from the folk at Marvel.

rating 7

Captain America: Civil War REVIEW

When news got out that Civil War got greenlit due to Batman Vs Superman, a film that was as dull as it was messy, it wasn’t a surprise that many grew worried about the reality of this massive clash of clans. Not only is the film a sequel to the Marvel magnum opus Winter Soldier but it’s also a successor to the rather disappointing Age Of Ultron.

In addition to this, there’s also the film’s duty to introduce new characters as well as set things up for future installments in the MCU and somehow, whether it’s due to some infinity gem or the Russo brothers natural talent, Civil War manages to do all of this and more, managing to be just as enthralling as its predecessors and then some.

Having the Avengers fight amongst themselves isn’t anything new but it’s never been on this kind of scale. With The Avengers now being seen as dangerous whilst ungoverned, due to events in previous films as well as those in Civil War, the team is now split into two: Team Cap which feels that the Avengers should stay independent and Team Iron Man who supports the government oversight.

The story, for what it’s trying to achieve, isn’t overly complex and has a surprisingly good flow despite the 2hr 27 min run time, managing to establish the motivations of both teams superbly. Often you’ll find your allegiance fluctuating, despite tweeting how you were #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan religiously beforehand, making the film just as engaging as you’d have expected.

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Thankfully there’s no MacGuffin, an issue that I covered in my rant on the MCU, though the “villain” isn’t much of an improvement. While he has some well established motivation rather than just being evil, unlike Lex Luthor in BVS, it feels like the character of Zemo, one with a very interesting backstory, could have been best kept for a future installment due to his minimal involvement in the film.

Civil War is also full of emotion due to the conflict ignited by Bucky Barnes whose past is the catalyst for a lot of action which this film does perfectly. The big clash at an Airport Terminal is undoubtedly the best set piece ever conceived in the MCU which I refuse to spoil due to some pretty surprising elements. Just make sure to pick your jaw up from off the floor afterwards.

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The highlight of the film for me were the introduction of two major characters, the first being Black Panther. Having never made a big screen appearance before, he didn’t disappoint on his debut and left the audience desperate for his big solo venture in 2018. No doubt we’ll get some more info about his origins which may or may not differ from the comics but regardless, the Prince of Wakanda looked badass as fuck.

Then there’s the elephant or, rather, Spider in the room. Yes, the web slinger makes his MCU debut and oh my god. Never before has there been such a faithful adaptation of Spiderman before now as Tom Holland manages to manifest the awkward, teen charisma for his time as Peter Parker but then hits out with his quick witted jibes that had the whole cinema laughing out loud.

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Surprisingly he has a lot more screen time than I expected and may have even had more lines of dialogue than Superman in BVS! Marvel may have messed with beloved characters before but this iteration of Spiderman more than makes up for that.

While the film isn’t perfect by any means, the first half feels a bit sluggish from time to time, Civil War goes some way in combating the fatigue many face when it comes to superhero films. What we have here is a film that asks questions but doesn’t forget what should be the main focus of these films: having fun.

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TV REVIEW: Daredevil – Season 2

Netflix and Marvel hit it out of the park with another sublime superhero-full season

*SPOILER FREE*

It seems fitting that a TV show focussed on “The Man Without Fear” was approached by many with nothing but pure dread. To many, Daredevil was a character whose potential was ruined by the Ben Affleck fronted 2003 film, tainting its reputation and making any future adaptation seem highly unlikely. However, Marvel’s collaboration with Netflix last year proved all doubters wrong, providing an astounding, solid first season featuring tremendous performances from the likes of Charlie Cox as the titular lawyer by day, hero by night Daredevil.

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Charlie Cox donning the famous red(?) suit as Daredevil
Not only did we have a strong lead but the supporting cast was one of the best many had seen in quite some time, leaving those who fell into the painfully addicting habit of binge-watching with one question: how can they top this? Whatever voodoo magic or praying Marvel did has paid off as Daredevil Season 2 is bigger, ballsier and, dare I say it, better.

It wouldn’t be a sufficient review without addressing the new characters, of which we have two: The Punisher and Elektra. The former, played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Berthnal, has been done many times before but it has never felt as well done as it has here. The clashing morals between him and Daredevil make for some very intense scenes in the earlier episodes where we get high octane action as well as an endearing and heart touching backstory that helps to flesh out the character.

daredevil-season-2-punisher-0Elektra also gets some redemption after her terrible portrayal in the aforementioned Daredevil flick, being played this time around by Elodie Yung who, to me anyway, is the quintessential actor for this role. While we have some very strong female heroes in the MCU, Elektra’s strength, independence and wit is very welcome and helps the character to stand out in what could have been an overcrowded mess of a show.

Thankfully that isn’t the case though as the flow of Season 2, for the most part anyway, is superb, only occasionally getting a bit clunky due to the transition from Punisher to Elektra. The story this time around feels much more grand and allows for characters like Foggy Nelson and Karen Page to flourish. That’s why I’ve always preferred Daredevil to Jessica Jones as the former has a support cast that is as complex, detailed and talented as its titular star whereas the latter seemed to chug along whenever the focus wasn’t on Jones herself.

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The great thing about Season 2 of Daredevil is that, given past MCU efforts, it could have easily done the same setup as Season 1 and whilst I would have been satisfied with that, I’m glad that the showrunners decided against it. Not having a big baddie like with Kingpin until the last few episodes meant that we got drawn in even more to what was happening with each character, making the big reveal hold more significance due to the potential collateral. Not only that but everything I loved about the first season was improved with the action being as brutal and raw as ever, truly deserving that 18 rating.

Unlike last time we met with Matt Murdock and co., plans for the future look a lot clearer with The Defenders soon going to become a reality rather than a dream. With two great shows under Marvel’s belt and another two left to go, it’s clear that now more than ever the MCU shines brightest on the small screen: make sure you don’t get left behind.

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Thoughts On: Marvel Cinematic Universe

A new cinema powerhouse is fated to face the same demise as any empire: how can they stop it?

It was only a matter of time. When I was watching the latest Civil War trailer, I was happy with what I saw, everything that was happening confirming my excitement for the film’s release at the end of April: Iron Man and Captain America fighting? Check. Black Panther being added to the roster? Check. An inevitable divide within the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Check.

However, it wasn’t until the final seconds of the trailer that excitement levels for me went through the roof, leaving me in a similar state that I was left in back when the very first film for Marvel’s favourite web-slinger came out. I’m of course talking about Spiderman finally getting his big screen reveal.

“HOLY FUCKING SHIT” was my immediate response and the reaction I gave after watching the trailer repeatedly was pretty much identical. Finally we have Spiderman in the MCU, donning a suit that is beautiful fan service to anyone aware of the original style of Spidey’s look in the 60’s animated series as well as his original look in the comics.

However, the more and more tweets I saw about Spiderman, claiming that his look was awful and that he sounded too young, I started to realise how askewed some fans priorities are. Exile me if you want but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from perfect and the empire that it has become won’t collapse because of how cheap Spiderman’s costume looks: it’ll be our resistance to criticising these films.

Before I start listing all the issues I have, it’s important to point out that I do enjoy superhero film and Marvel’s are no different. Guardians Of The Galaxy was hilarious and engaging with a soundtrack that is undeniably perfect for the film and Captain America: Winter Soldier is one of the few films from the MCU that I could recommend to anyone, even those who detest superhero films.

However, if we want to see these films improve then we must realise that they’re not perfect. Nothing is and to live by the opinion that something is perfect sets up the very thing you love to become the very opposite of it and my biggest gripe with the MCU has to be the villains.

A problem that has been ever present in these films since Day 1, villains are seen as a total afterthought in the grand scheme of things. Ask someone to name a nemesis from a MCU film that isn’t Loki and they’ll be struggling, not because of their own bad memory but because of how poorly developed these villains are.

What makes this even more bittersweet is the fact that these villains are played by wonderful actors. Mickey Rourke, Guy Pearce, Tom Hiddleston, it’s a total injustice that Marvel and Disney waste the potential they have. Marvel can make great screen adaptations of villains as shown by Spiderman 2 and Daredevil which has not only irritated myself and many others but even George R.R Martin, author of a little fantasy series you may know that started off with Game Of Thrones, threw his hat into the ring:

“I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.”

How good your villain and hero are is irrelevant however when the plot itself is severely lacking and this is another pitfall that Marvel have yet to address properly.

If you don’t know what a Macguffin then it’s time for a little lesson. A Macguffin is defined as being “a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation”. A Macguffin goes by many names in the MCU, most typically the Tesseract or an infinity gem, and it has resulted in the predictable, formulaic stories we see more in these type of movies.

“Superhero x fights supervillain y to get object z to save the planet/universe” could sum a vast majority of Marvel films and while there has been some tweaks to the formula, Ant Man managed to make it more of a heist film than all out battle, that feeling of Deja Vu never seems to go away.

Speaking of Deja Vu, it seems like oversaturation is a word Disney and Marvel can’t seem to find in their dictionary. Although not all of these films are theirs, the amount of superhero films present no doubt spawns from their actions. Ten Marvel, eleven DC as well as other Fox owned properties are set to be released in the next four years alone with many others still to be announced.

All of this wouldn’t be a problem if directors were allowed to make the film they wished to but the fact of the matter is that isn’t the case. Edgar Wright, director of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, left halfway through Ant Man due to creative differences, no doubt down to how every Marvel film intertwines, something that is undoubtedly cool as it makes the movies feel like they’re important in the grand scheme of things.

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I’m not alone in what I’ve said and I’m not trying to take some hipster approach as I’ve said before that I thoroughly enjoy superhero films but I am aware of their faults. While there is leeway for things like scientific inaccuracies in a world where a man can turn into a huge, green monster, there is no excuse for poor villains, plot and planning.

It’s not too late for Marvel to deal with these problems as all they have to do is focus more on what the director feels is right rather than the producers who seem more concerned on quantity rather than quality. Phase 3 of the MCU is set to kick off with Civil War and it has been teased that this will change the future of these films.

I can only pray that this is the case.

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Deadpool MOVIE REVIEW

Wish superheroes nowadays weren’t all dure faced, serious shits? Then Deadpool might be the film for you. 

If you weren’t able to tell from the countless trailer reactions and previews up on my site then you should know that I was a little bit hyped for this film about a loud mouthed, regenerating merc with as much one liners as he has ammo, so much so that I named it my number one most anticipated film of the year. So of course I should have been disappointed with it since there’s no way it managed to surpass the expectations I had set out for it?

Nope. In fact I’m going to go so far as to say it’s the best film Marvel has ever created since Spiderman 2 (please put the pitchforks down). Thankfully I won’t be just throwing that in for controversy and will justify myself in this fun, not at all Buzzfeed-esque list. (Ooh, click-baity.) So without further ado….


1. A Truly Faithful Comic-Book Adaption 

It would have been so easy to incorporate Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe just to make a few extra bucks. It’s an easy safe net for any new superhero film that may risk being too weird or unfamiliar (see Guardians Of The Galaxy) and when you’re dealing with a character like Wade Wilson, who has a tendency to brutally mutilate his enemies after hitting on them, I can understand any urges Marvel may have had to censor it.

Thankfully this isn’t the case as Deadpool is as potty mouthed, violent and weird as ever. Wearing it’s 15 rating with pride, the film never lets you forget it with some truly cringe inducing moments with bones breaking, brains splitting and heads suddenly no longer being attached to bodies with extremely gruesome detail.

This isn’t just an excuse to have a bit more blood on screen though as it helps for the viewer to better understand the relationship between our titular  character and his prostitute girlfriend Vanessa as well as experience the true pain and torture Deadpool had to endure to get where he is. Violent and heartfelt, this is near enough the perfect Deadpool film. We’re forgetting one thing though…..

2. Side Splittingly Funny

The main factor that draws in people to Deadpool is his self referential humour that doesn’t so much break the fourth wall rather than totally destroy it. In the comics we have him pointing out the cliches and pitfalls of the medium and Deadpool in this film is no different.


The funniest moments and the narrative rely heavily on the fact he is aware he’s in a film, one being where Deadpool points out the size of the set before bringing up the fact that he’s only seen two of the X-men because of budget issues. Other moments are a bit more subtle (“I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to them”) but all of them add up to further enhance Deadpool’s uniqueness both in its humour and execution. We’ve got last one point though and it may be the best reason yet to go out and see this film…

3. Marks A New Age For Comic Films

Right bare with me on this point before you laugh me off as going insane or something along those lines. Think back about the history of superhero films. Back before the 2000’s we had some awful adaptions of our favourite heroes bar a few batman films and by the time Spiderman hit our screens we had what I’d call the cheesy phase of comic films where they were still finding their footing and sometimes even hit it bang on (X-Men being a great example).


We had the dark, gritty era brought on by Christopher Nolans batman films before we endured the onslaught of interlinked films like Iron Man and Captain America where we seemed to have perfected the formula which, love it or hate it, works. As far as I see it, without any dramatic change we’re gonna hit a superhero fatigue and with Deadpool I can see a whole new range of mature, vastly different comic book films.

With Deadpool being sold out at certain times and converting those who previously had no idea who he was, it’s inevitable that this will be another franchise in the making but if a chimichanga loving, mercenary for hire can become a success then what’s stopping DC giving Deathstroke his very own film or Marvel getting even more obscure characters to have a shot?

 Deadpool has been both a critical and commercial success and for good reasons: the pacing is flawless, it’s true to the source material, it packs as much heart as it does laughs and it’s not unafraid to wears its shortcomings on its sleeves. So go grab a ticket and enjoy yourself, though not as much as Deadpool does when left alone with a unicorn teddy.

9/10

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X-Men: Apocalypse trailer reaction 

Christmas has came early for nerds everywhere. While Father Christmas is only a fortnight away, we’ve already had the Civil War trailer, a proper glimpse of the Batman vs Superman film, more hype for The Force Awakens and now? A trailer for the follow up to one of the best comic book movies ever.

The X-Men prequels/reboots/(I’m not sure any more after the events of Days Of Future Past) have definitely made up for the slip up that was The Last Stand all those years ago in the original trilogy. Even before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a thing, Fox struck gold with Bryan Singer’s blockbuster tales of super mutant teams (no, not the Fallout variety) facing the government, other foes and, most importantly, one another.

“You are all my children and you are lost because you follow blind leaders.”

The name in the title if you hadn’t guessed refers to Apocalypse, one of the X-Men’s greatest foes who has been mentioned in other media (like the Legends video games on the Xbox) but in the films he’s only had one brief mention in the after credits of DOFP. In an age where most trailers drip feed us info, this new one tells us a surprising amount: his motives, what he’s capable of, how the X-Men team dynamic will change, etc. With most big screen adaptions of Marvel villains being mediocre at best, it’s exciting to see what could be our first proper, memorable threatening villain since Loki.  The X-Men team dynamic I pointed out? Not only did we get to see the likes of Cyclops hit out with his full power optic beams, oh how I’ve missed them, and the other horsemen of the apocalypse but we also saw in the trailer how our titular villain is able to control and manipulate the characters. With they’re already being a blurred line dividing between the two sides, it’ll be a treat to see how it all falls down.

The past two X-Men movies have been not only some of the finest comic book movies ever but some of the best action movies of the past decade. While the third movie in a superhero trilogy tends to turn out quite underwhelming (Spiderman 3 I’m looking at you), from what we’ve seen 2016 couldn’t feel as far away as it does now: bring on the calamity.

Also can we briefly talk about that final trailer scene with James McAvoy donning a baldy? I NEED THIS MOVIE NOW.

Big love, Liam x

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Captain America: Civil War trailer reaction 

 

It’s been four months since the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2 ended with an ironic big bang as Ant-Man managed to make the ridiculously named superhero somehow cool, in no small part to Paul Rudd playing the titular character. We’ve had plenty time since then to reminisce about how all the movies in this act played out with some greats (Guardians Of The Galaxy), some meh’s (Avengers: Age Of Ultron) and some that we’d much rather forget, or probably already have in the case of Thor 2.

However, the stand out film of Phase 2 was Captain America: Winter Soldier. I will admit that Cap’s first entry all those years ago was a bit of a mixed bag but it was still an enjoyable flick and was still far from being bad whereas Winter Soldier just completely blew it out the park. Full of conspiracy, amazing characters such as the eponymously named Winter Soldier and some incredible action scenes, all backed up by arguably the best MCU story I’ve seen, the Russo brothers directed film sticks out in my mind as being the best Marvel film to date.

And just when I thought Marvel had out done themselves this year by providing two of the best TV shows I’ve witnessed in quite some time, they dropped this beauty.

Before you start shaking your head and stating the obvious, yes, I know we got told about Civil War more than a year ago but this is first time (second if you count the after credit scene from Ant Man) that we’ve seen actual footage of the film which, I hate to add to the already out of control hype train, will be the most important film in the MCU so far.

The first reason for this is unsurprising if you’ve seen the trailer, posters or have read the comic that it’s loosely based on: Captain America vs Iron Man. We’ve seen fights between heroes before like Thor and Iron Man at the start of The Avengers but nothing quite as big or as divisive as this. After a disaster caused by the newly led Avengers causes collateral damage to the city, politicians want a governing body to be made so that they can decide whether or not the Avengers will be called in. This divides the heroes of the MCU into two: one camp lead by good ol’ Cap America who believe there should be no government interference and another lead by Iron Man who want there to be governmental oversight. With how cataclysmic the fight in the comic was and if the beautiful wide shot scene we saw near the end of the trailer between Iron Man, Captain America and Bucky is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.

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Secondly, we’ve got some exciting new characters getting involved with this phase 3 entry. There’s T’Challa, best known by his hero name Black Panther, who we saw kick ass in the trailer, more specifically Bucky’s meaning he’ll be on Tony Stark’s side for this. Not surprising seeing as he’s the ruler of an African nation who will no doubt want Bucky to pay for his crimes while he was brainwashed by Hydra meaning we’ll no doubt get some confrontation between Black Panther and Captain America as well which has got me feeling light headed.

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Although we never saw him in the trailer, Spider-man will also be making his arrival into the MCU with this entry though unfortunately we never got to see him at at all during the trailer. With a new actor playing him this time round, 19 year old Tom Holland, here’s hoping it’ll be third time lucky for Spidey fans since I know all I want is Holland to provide the naturally shy and geeky Peter Parker that we saw portrayed by Toby McGuire and the witty, sarcastic Spider-man that Andrew Garfield pulled off so perfectly.

The only gripe I have with Civil War at the moment is that it feels far smaller in scale in comparison to the source material which would obviously be the case due to Fox owning the rights to certain characters as well as the justifiable worry of a Spiderman 3 scenario happening where there’s too many characters all at once. Once I’ve seen the film for myself I’m sure that the smaller cast of characters will make up for it with some crucial character development as well as setting up what we can expect to see throughout the rest of Phase 3.

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“I’m sorry, Tony. You know I wouldn’t do this if I had another choice. But he’s my friend.” “So was I.” Them chills.

Civil War could very well fall under the pressure of the films it follows. It could be as underwhelming and predictable as Age of Ultron. It could get Phase 3 off to a horrendous start. The way I see it is that it won’t succumb to any of this. Civil War, and you can hold me to it, is going to be the biggest and best MCU film yet.

It might bring the question of choosing if you’re Team Captain America or Team Iron Man but at the end of it all, the winner will hopefully be the fans.

So what are your thoughts about the Civil War trailer? Excited? Dissapointed? What’s your favourite moment? 2016 is undoubtedly going to be the biggest year for comic books ever with Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Civil War and more so let me know what your favourite is down in the comments below and I’ll see you tomorrow for more fanboying goodness.

Big love, Liam x

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Ant Man Review

Have you noticed the running trend of superhero movies facing massive production problems? If you catched my Deadpool trailer reaction post you’ll remember that it’s been in production for close to a decade and the journey for Ant Man has not been any smoother. Ant Man started development all the way back in 2006 with Edgar Wright, better known as the guy who created Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead (better known as those two films that are always on ITV2), taking helm of the project. He was the perfect choice as director but as script drafts were completed and test footage was taken, creative differences with Marvel resulted in Wright leaving and Peyton Reed replacing him. It’s been established since his departure that Wright’s decision to leave was due to the film having to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe which no doubt limited what he was able to do.

Fans of the big (well not so big) superhero were left wondering if the film they’ve been anticipating for years was going to be any good. The fact that Wright, who had great success adapting the Scott Pilgrim vs The World books, left had some wondering if anyone would be able to do it, let alone the guy who directed Yes Man. You can’t really blame them either as to the average person, Ant Man is a guy who can turn really small and that’s about it. The trailer that was released a few months before the films release in July managed to calm some down but it was cliched (insert main villain talking sinisterly in the background and a pan shot of the city skyline) leaving some to think this would be Marvel’s first big flop (if you don’t include any of the Thor films or Iron Man 2).

They were wrong.

Marvel's Ant-Man Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) amongst his ants. Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2015

So who is Ant Man? In this film he’s Scott Lang, an ex con who was jailed for burglary and is trying to become a better person so that he can see his daughter. However he realises that the outside world doesn’t treat ex cons so nicely and he soons goes back to his old ways which leads him to Hank Pym who is *surprise* the first Ant Man. Pym is a scientist who created the shrinking technology which allows ant man to shrink down to the size of….well…an ant. However after resigning from S.H.I.E.L.D over 3 decades ago ago and being forced out by his own company by Cross, who is close to replicating Pym’s technology and renaming it the yellow suit, Pym chooses Lang to take on the role of Ant Man to stop Cross at all costs.  “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over. What do you want me to do?” “I want you to break into a place and steal some stuff.”

What ensues is a heist film which is a welcome change to the “fight the big baddy” plot that most marvel films follow. The humour in Ant Man is consistently on point though what else do you expect from a screenplay that was penned by Edgar Wright. Some of the funniest moments come from Michael Pena’s character Luis whose constant ramblings about “so this guy told my cousin” stories never failed to make me or the rest of the audience laugh out loud. At the start I thought he’d be a bit of a mistreated character and used only to progress the plot but he plays the comic relief role perfectly with every word he says being comedy gold, I’d be devastated if we didn’t see him when the inevitable Ant Man 2 comes along.

Main star Paul Rudd also deserves praise for his role as Scott Lang. The actor is best known for comedic roles like in Knocked Up and Clueless and this definitely helps in delivering quips throughout the movie but he handles the sentimental moments perfectly, very similar to Chris Pratt’s Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s no surprise that Rudd’s performance reminded me of Pratt as GOTG was also a film that was hyped up by many as being Marvel’s first flop before it’s release. It was absurd, it was crazy and it was bloody hilarious and proved all doubters wrong, surprising everyone and was undoubtedly one of the best films of 2014.

Michael Douglas was also fantastic as Hank Pym as was Evangeline Lilly as his daughter hope and I couldn’t flaw their chemistry as even though the whole “daughter hates her dad” cliche has been overplayed, it works well in the context of the story and explaining why Hank is no longer Ant Man. Even some of the less important characters such as Luis’ buddies Dave and Kurt, played by rapper T.I and David Dastmalchian respectively, were great additions to the cast and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a few chuckles from them.

Although it may have had a rocky production and the first 30 minutes of the film feel kind of slow and sluggish, the rest of the film more than makes up for it. I’ve seen the film twice already and wouldn’t hesitate to watch it again and it’s easily the best Marvel film I’ve seen all year (sorry Age of Ultron). If you haven’t seen it already then you should change that because Ant Man is in for the running for my favourite film of 2015.

So what are your thoughts on Antman? Loved it? Hated it? What was your favourite moment? Leave your thoughts in the comments below since I’d love to see what you thought of it. Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @blinkclyro for some more fanboying.

Deadpool Trailer reaction

14 years.

That’s how long it’s taken for a Deadpool movie to see the light of day though when you realise that the folk at Fox had to make a film about a chimichanga loving, violence enthusiast who loves to break the fourth wall (what kind of weirdo would do that eh?) they had a bit of a challenge on their hands. Just like the humour of the titular hero (?) , the production of a Deadpool film has been all over the place with Artisan Entertainment making a deal with Marvel back in 2000 when superhero films were all but dead after the likes of Batman and Robin had made the genre a laughing stock. 4 years later and New Line Cinema, the home of the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit franchise, attempted a Deadpool spin off with Ryan Reynolds but due to director David Goyer disinterest in the film the project got called off which is a disappointment seeing as the man eventually did screenwriting for the Dark Knight trilogy which revitalised superhero films. The following year 20th Century Fox gained interested in producing a Deadpool flick but following that the only sort of thing that happened was an appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine where they sOWED HIS MOUTH SHUT? THE MERC WITH THE MOUTH HIS MOUTH SOWED SHUT CLOSED? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
And then we got this.

Talking to enemies in Spanish before beating them all up while singing Juice Newton. Showing an assault gun wielding merc a crayon drawing of Deadpool beheading him. Meta humour by the bucketload. All of that within 2 minutes and it’s no wonder why this “leaked” test footage set the internet on fire with hype. Deadpool has always been a favourite of mine, definitely ranking in the top 3, so when I heard about this I got more excited than I should have. I’m usually hesitant to do so since I want to keep neutral though if you’ve read anything about Biffy on this blog you’ll know it’s a bit difficult for me to control myself. Not only did we get this test footage with Fox telling us that a film was in production but that it would also be coming out February 2016 AND would share a cinematic universe with the amazing X-Men films.

After a period of teaser images and an April fools video that you can check out here, we got this teaser here on Monday.

The very next day, we finally got our first meaty, or Quorn yeno I ain’t judging we’re all friends here, chunk of the long awaited film.

First things first, the faithfulness to the source material is extremely relieving. Everything about this film screams Deadpool and it’s great to know that Ryan Reynolds will be reprising his role as the titular character. From start to finish the trailer was a shoutout to the fans for pretty much making this film a reality. If it hadn’t been for the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the test footage then this might have not seen the light of day and it’s good to see that director Tim Miller has recognised this. The R rating alone means we’ll get an uncensored Deadpool, not restricted like 12A superhero pals and the trailer showed just how unafraid the crew are on making this a violent film. No doubt we’ll have folk protesting against the film’s release but it’s not as if we haven’t had this a thousand times before.

I’d like to say I haven’t watched the trailer so many times that the amount is scarily near triple digits. I’d like to say I wasn’t laughing my arse off at TJ Miller’s quips about Deadpool’s appearance. I’d like to say I didn’t let out a huge smile when I saw his flatmate Blind Al (guess why she has that name). I’d like to say that I didn’t do all these things but I’d be a massive liar. I’ve jumped on the hype train. I haven’t so much jumped on the hype train as I have bought every seat on said train, put on a worker’s cap and shouted “FULL STEAM AHEAD”. I’ve bought the train. I identify as the Deadpool movie hype train. I’m in crippling debt. Send help.

Deadpool image #2

So what are your thoughts about the Deadpool trailer? Excited? Dissapointed? What’s your favourite moment? Leave your thoughts in the comments below since I’d love to see what you thought of it. Mine has to be the ” the cancer is only in my liver, lungs, prostate and brain … all things I can live without” bit, the little smirk at the end gets me laughing every time. Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @blinkclyro for some more fanboying.