‘Captain Marvel,’ ‘Black Panther’ & ‘Inhumans’ Movies Announced By Marvel

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Marvel may have been feeling the pressure to bring the diversity of their comics universe into their Cinematic Universe, but they’ve put their money where there mouth is thanks to a recent slew of announcements. Not only will Captain Marvel bring the first female-led superhero film to their universe, but the fan favorite Black Panther movie has also been made official, with Chadwick Boseman (42Get On Up) in the title role. Not to be left out, Marvel will indeed be bringing a more… mutated side to their movie universe with Inhumans also joining the fray in Phase Three.

The announcement likely to get the most positive response (outside of the core fans) will be Captain Marvel, as the growing number of female characters in Marvel’s existing slate – but all being resigned to supporting roles – has been noted by more and more fans and critics. Guardians of the Galaxy certainly applied even more pressure to do a female superhero right on the big screen, and it’s a safe bet that Carol Danvers’ story – coming July 6, 2018, will fit into that same cosmic side of the shared universe.

Though exact details or a casting announcement won’t be coming for some time, the announcement of a female-led Marvel movie will signal that more changes could be coming sooner than fans may have hoped (and DC’s Wonder Woman may have a direct competitor).

Big changes will be coming with the introduction of Inhumans as well, although that film’s announcement has been rumored for some time, between Vin Diesel teasing a potential (on-screen) role in Inhumans and Marvel producer Kevin Feige making his wishes to bring the superhuman team to the movie universe clear, early and often. The problem faced by Marvel being the exclusive rights to ‘mutants’ held by competitor Fox and their X-Men. And for more than a few reasons, a film like Inhumans helps them around that obstacle.

When both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – originally mutants in the comic books – were confirmed to be joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the need for another race of superhumans became even more pressing. Feige played coy about working the Inhuman origin into their own introduction – paving the way for a full-blown Inhumans franchise – but with the film’s announcement for November 2, 2018, there’s a chance to see it connected to existing characters.

hat’s still unclear at this point, but Marvel has yet another ensemble cast to add to its existing slate, and given the studio’s recent shift towards A-list stars as opposed to younger, lesser-known actors, Inhumans could call on some impressive members.

With Captain MarvelBlack Panther and Inhumans now officially taking their spot in Phase Three, Marvel has put a plan in place to address a growing demand: that their films reflect the ethnic and gender diversity of their audience – one that is growing to every corner of the world. Talent takes precedent, of course, but for now, Marvel has sent the message that they have heard their fans – and their critics – loud and clear.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier



Marvel does it again as the sequel to Marvel’s very-good intro character movie catapults the man and the movie to stratospheric heights.  The best stand alone movie since Iron Man, this is the rare sequel that is not only better than the first but takes the franchise (and T.V. show) to unpredictable places and makes you eagerly awaiting what else Marvel has up its sleeve.  Fantastic action sequences and memorable fighting choreography, Marvel wisely gambled with relatively unknown brother director duo Anthony & Joe Russo – previously known for directing episodes of NBC’s “Community” and the forgettable Owen Wilson vehicle “You, Me & Dupree”; who have obviously studied their 70’s paranoia thrillers.  All of this would not work without a good lead actor and Chris Evans once again shows the dimension and hard work he puts in Steve Rogers/Captain America.  A lesser actor would resort Cap into a flag waving (wearing), one-dimensional patriot but Evans seemingly knows this character inside-out.  He receives great support from Scarlett Johansson and the lethal vamp, Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as the eye-patch wearing Nick Fury, and Anthony Mackie as his winged sidekick Sam Wilson.  Robert Redford is having the time of his life, playing against type as senior S.H.I.E.L.D official Alexander Pierce but the real co-star is the aforementioned Winter Soldier.  Finally a superhero villain that is a real threat (besides Heath Ledger’s Joker), and physically matched to the hero.  Their fight scenes are fantastic and unpredictable.  Just like the movie.

Thor: The Dark World



Another season, another Marvel movie.  i am definitely not complaining- especially after their rousing blockbuster ensemble, “The Avengers”, it seems they can do no wrong.  Thor: The Dark World, is an entertaining diversion.  If only the stakes were higher, the villains more memorable; this movie would’ve been a lot better than what we get.  Thankfully, the actors are so good at heavy lifting.  Hemsworth plays Thor with wonderful gravitas and threatening disposition but once again, its Hiddleston who steals the show as the trickster, Loki.  Unlike the original by Kenneth Branagh, the director of this one, Alan Taylor (TV’s Game of Thrones), knows the genre extremely well and knows how to handle all that CGI.  He also doesnt put an oblique angle on everything like Branagh did- thankfully.  If anything, this movie is much better than the first- its looser, has more humor, better action, and great performances.  Thor: The Dark World, is a step in the right direction for our hammer-wielding hero.

Iron Man 3

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After nearly crashing and burning on his last solo flight in 2010, Iron Man returns refreshed and ready for action in this spirited third installment of the thus-far $1.2 billion-grossing Marvel franchise. In a way a double-sequel, both to Iron Man 2 and to last year’s mega-hit The Avengers, Iron Man 3 benefits immeasurably from the irreverent quicksilver humor of co-writer and director Shane Black, whose obvious rapport with Robert Downey Jr. in his only other directorial outing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is further manifest here. Brandishing at least a couple of killer twists, this Disney release (having taken over from co-presenter Paramount) will be the (early) summer’s first massive hit.  Black, who made his mark with the initial Lethal Weapon script, takes this assignment both very seriously and not seriously at all, which is entirely in tune with the glib determination Downey has always brought to the role of Tony Stark. The star executes almost continual verbal pirouettes, barking out sardonic quips and rejoinders even in moments of greatest distress but, due to his exceptional lingual dexterity, it rarely gets old and never seems condescending to the admittedly cartoonish context.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2



You have to be patient before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starts to pay off. First comes a lot of unnecessary backstory. Who cares what happened to Peter Parker’s parents anyway? A few lines of dialogue would have been sufficient. In an attempt to invest us emotionally in his characters, director Marc Webb takes his time — 142 minutes — and indulges in scenes that cry out to be trimmed. If Electro is going to be such a faceless, generic villain, why spend so much time with his nerdy alter-ego (a miscast Jamie Foxx)?  There are scenes in this sometimes clunky, unwieldy movie,  that give the picture a stitched-together feel, and the seams show. But even though the ride is bumpy, the final destination is more than worth the effort. Once again, Webb’s primary focus is the sweet romance between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and the teenage dream Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).  Most comic-book movies follow a template of increasingly bigger setpieces as they unfold. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is different. It doesn’t have quite that many big sequences, but the ones you do get are long and elaborate and immensely satisfying. Webb knows how to frame the action so it comes into the frame instead of chasing his camera after it, which allows you to follow what’s happening clearly and reminds you of comic-book panels (he does send the camera swooping, to vertiginous effect, when Spider-Man is swinging through the canyons of New York City.  The movie also isn’t afraid to test its hero in a way few movies of this genre dare to do. Garfield, like Peter, seems more confident and in control, but he is also vulnerable and emotional at times, helping to remind you that the character is just a teenager trying to survive adolescence. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has that gloomy, open-ended feel of the second chapter of a trilogy (a shot near the end hints at what’s coming next), and even if the movie is too long for its own good, the filmmakers take some huge chances that are commendable. Not all of them work, but the ones that do strike deep. This is a rare sort of pop entertainment — a cartoonish movie with heart.

X-Men: Days of Future Past



The latest installment of 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” franchise isn’t just made to give you your ticket price’s worth of entertainment on the big screen; it’s also made, in no small part, to invigorate the series from the ground up, and it mostly succeeds. Gone arsmoothly launched the franchise, Bryan Singer.  The cast combines fan favorites from the first round of “X-Men” films, brings in the better players from “X-Men: First Class,” and includes some new faces. Thee Brett Ratner and Matthew Vaughn, replaced by the director who smartly and  script,  turns the 1980s classic comics storyline of the same name into a time travel cause-and-effect tale that also clearly allows for future movies in the franchise to continue unfettered by the chains of what has gone before. It’s actually surprising that “Days of Future Past” works as a film at all, considering that it’s really just Fox spending something like $250 million to shake a comic-book franchise canon’s etch-a-sketch.  But as far as summertime comic-book blockbusters go, “Days of Future Past” has a lot going for it. It’s cleanly and clearly shot and cut, with wit and humor lightening the bombast and ballast that can weigh these films down. It’s also an appeal to our better selves — a call for tolerance, co-existence and pacifism, an appeal made by characters who can hurl a baseball stadium at you with their minds or pop scary animal claws out of the back of their hands. And it’s also a film about, yes, moral choice and its ramifications — where a character’s decisions matter, and matter a lot, for what comes next among the widescreen action set-pieces and fantastic fights.  Evan Peters plays a new character, Quicksilver, a super-speedster who’s young, dumb and born to run, and his sequence is full of wit and off-kilter charm in both the dialogue and the shooting.  When “Days of Future Past” isn’t swaggering, though, it can and does stumble. One familiar character apparently has a new mutant ability, clearly glued on without rhyme or reason to make the plot move, so lazily and badly you can see the welds; there are unnecessary scenes; and great actors like Dinklage are squandered. Yet even when it seems mercenary and muddled, “X-Men Days of Future Past” is enjoyable and well-made and actually about character, a necessary shot of adrenaline born of both inspiration and desperation for a franchise that desperately needed one.  The great irony is that you could close out the franchise here on a story level, but that’s the last thing that’s going to happen in a moviegoing business environment where selling audiences the next big sequel you’re planning on releasing two years from now is just as (if not more) important as selling them the one released here-and-now. “Days of Future Past” has the storytelling and the spirit to be entertaining and engaging, but that feels more coincidental than anything compared to what the studio’s trying to do. It’s a brilliant gameplan for a studio: Manipulate time and space so you can finally make your big money-making series infinitely re-bootable, infinitely re-castable and assuredly profitable, until it sounds like, and is, a kind of prayer: Forever and ever, X-Men.

Guardians of the Galaxy



Once again Marvel, has done it again!  Spinning gold out of an endless catalogue of characters; Marvel/Disney has succeeded in taking D-list characters and have made the best movie of the summer while reaping in millions of dollars and leaving all other studios scrambling to replicate its success.  What is most surprising about ‘Guardians’ is how confidentely Marvel/Disney gambled to take a story not many comic book fans know.  It goes to show that audiences still crave new stories instead of the same old rehashed superhero tales – I’m looking at you Spider man and Man of Steel.

Cleverly directed by James Gunn – low budget director of Slither and Super – Gunn gets a superhero sized budget and does not let it engulf him.  His signature style and wit are still intact and shows why he was the right man for the job.  The cast is pitch perfect, masterfully held together by Christ Pratt from Parks and Recreation.  A breakthrough performance; Pratt holds everything together with humor, heart and brawn.  He’s the new Han Solo.  Zoe Saldana is feisty and dangerous.  WWE wrestler David Bautista nearly steals the movie as super-literal revenge-filled Drax the Destroyer.  Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel provide the voices for Rocket, a genetically enhanced machine gun toting raccoon  and Groot, a walking talking regenerating tree that only says 3 words.  Cooper is hysterical and adorably vulgar and Diesel gives one of his best performances by just repeating the same words over and over.  Its quite a heartfelt performance.  The entire cast steals the movie from the plot which has to deal with a forgettable, megalomaniac villain and makes you forget that this is just a small piece in the vast landscape of cinema that Marvel is producing

With excellent CG, a fantastic cast and zany sense of humor, Marvel/Disney has made one of their best stand alone features and are coming off an amazing year after pulse-pounding Captain America: Winter Soldier.  Not quite as satisfying as “The Avengers”; they had Loki.  Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next installment of this generations Star Wars.