A few hours ago I wrote a piece for MoviePilot about Spider-Man’s return to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and overall I am pretty happy about the way things have turned out. Technically speaking, it’s not quite Spider-Man returning to where he belongs, but under the circumstances it’s probably as good as it’s going to get.
That being said, there are caveats. The most significant in my eyes being that Avi Arad is still going to be involved with the franchise, though in an Executive Producer capacity–prior he was a producer. The problem is that Arad supposedly forced Sam Raimi to shoehorn in another villain to Spider-Man 3 (a move that pissed off Sam Raimi so much that he hired Topher Grace to play Eddie Brock/Venom for no other reason than Arad DIDN’T want him in the role) resulting in the the weakest of Raimi’s three Spider-Man movies, critically speaking–though in Arad’s defense, it was the highest grossing Spider-Man movie.
Another is that Kevin Feige is producing with Amy Pascal, the former Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), who also produced Marc Webb’s tone deaf The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Despite TASM2 Webb is a pretty talented director, though perhaps not the right person for the franchise) and let Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and their mediocre magic-blood filled writing virtually ruin the franchise.
Though hopefully Feige will be able to keep things under control, after all he has done exceedingly well guiding the course of the MCU (that being said, part of the deal is for the next Spider-Man to be produced by Sony–Feige and Pascal remaining as producers–with Spidey meeting with his compatriots from the Marvel’s end of the street, which begs the question: With the contracts for many of the heavy-hitters in the MCU expiring (such as Robert Downey, Jr./Iron Man and Chris Evans/Captain America) then who is Sony expecting to turn up in their movie?
Though the best news of all is that this pretty much puts the kibosh on any Aunt May spy dramas that were under consideration by Sony.
When Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, said that Marvel’s Daredevil would be a more street level interpretation of the character, he wasn’t kidding. The trailer looks gritty and nothing at all like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Marvel’s Agent Carter.
I think that it’s neat that so far every Marvel series each has its own distinctive look and feel.
Seriously, why does Marvel Studios even bother with trailers, especially for a property like The Avengers? They already have my money, and I am sure the same applies for millions of other people.
Just don’t give away any more of the movie (which the new trailers don’t seem to be doing) because I am still smarting over when the commercials from the first movie, that featured the Hulk saving Iron Man after he blew up the Chitari installation. It didn’t make the movie any less awesome, but it did rob me of a little joy.
In reference to my first point, I am not kidding. If I didn’t literally didn’t see another trailer for Age Of Ultron it would make no difference at all. In other words, short of something physically stopping me from doing so, I have every intention of seeing this movie.
James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was without a doubt one of the best movies of 2014. Marvel Studios’ motley group of space heroes was certainly a surprise, though like any other movie there were things that could have been improved. For me, the first would have been some sort of explanation about how StarLord’s mask worked (perhaps it encased the wearer within a small envelope of atmosphere, which would explain how he could go into space without anything protecting his body but a leather suit and duster).
The second thing that bothered me a bit was the scene where we first meet The Collector, Taneleer Tavan (Benicio Del Toro), and he was speaking to his Attendant.
Their conversation began with him asking if her people had elbows.
“I don’t have to remind you what happened to the last Attendant who disappointed me?” said The Collector.
Now here’s what the Attendant should have said:
“You mean that Attendant that’s been a foot behind me the entire time? The Attendant that there’s no possible way that I could’ve missed? You mean that Attendant?”
Seeing what her fate was a few scenes later, perhaps it would have been better if she had been a bit more defiant while she had the chance.
Oh. My. God. Can this movie look any more awesome? At this point, no movie matters more and it has somehow managed to move from mere celluloid, to an event.
If this movie doesn’t earn at least $500 million its first weekend, it won’t earn a penny.
Daredevil, The Man Without Fear
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil (the first entry of Netflix’s launch of Marvel superheroes, soon to be followed by A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, culminating in The Defenders) will premiere April 10.
And as typically the case with series that appear on Netflix, the entire first season will probably air in its entirety.
And I for one can’t wait.
I caught the Ant-Man trailer–for some reason it’s still being called a “teaser”–and I have to say, it looks awesome. You’ve got Paul Rudd in his Ant-Man costume, running about, riding an ant and looking bulked-up.
As I said, it’s pretty awesome.
You also see Corey Stoll strolling down a corridor, and I have to say that I have never seen him look more bad-ass. You also see Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), looking gorgeous.
Interestingly enough, I get a very Iron Man-vibe from the trailer; not an accident, I assume.
I also am willing to bet that most people are going to quickly forget that Edgar Wright was even considered to direct.