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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Trailer

The first trailer for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel dropped this morning, and it you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll likely have no idea what’s going on.

The trailer has little in the way of any sort of narrative thrust, though you do learn that Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a warrior and has flashbacks of her life on earth and she’s really mean to old women on trains.

A de-aged Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) make an appearance (the technology to make actors younger seems to be virtually flawless, though up to this point we’ve only seen it used on men. I wonder if this is because there’s have been no need to use it on women yet or because of technical shortcomings. I don’t recall it being used on Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man And The Wasp, then again she’s aged so well it’s hard to tell).

As far as first trailers go, it’s a bit overwhelming, and I expect that followup trailers will begin to make sense of the chaos.

Iron Fist, Season Two – Review

I binged–a word I have every intention of continuing the use of–the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist last week and it was…okay.

It course-corrects from first season, which seemed to spend as much time with Joy and Ward Meechum (Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey) as it did with Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones).

One issue that remains–perhaps the most pressing the problems–is the approach to the entire series (one shared with Marvel’s Luke Cage, it’s worth mentioning) in that it keeps doubling down on the realism, when they should be leaning into the more fantastical elements of both characters.

Here’s an example of what I mean. Here’s the trailer for The Five Deadly Venoms which I include because this is the sort of action that should inspire Marvel’s Iron Fist.

And sure, it’s a bit over the top, but that’s the point. It should be! We’re talking about people with abilities beyond those of mortal men.

The filmmakers shouldn’t be be afraid to lean into that (and sure, such an approach would likely facilitate greater use of stunt people, but I think it would be worth it).

The Villainy of Ben Mendelsohn

Is it even possible that Ben Mendelsohn can play anything but a villain? I’m admittedly not too familiar with his filmography–I first noticed the actor from Netflix’s Bloodline (2015-2017) where he was less an antagonist than just troubled–though the next thing I caught him in was 2016’s Rogue One where as Admiral Krennic he was so villainous that if he had a mustache he would likely have twirled it, Snidely Whiplash-style.

He supposedly was in 2012’s The Dark Knight (I assume his role was a relatively minor one because I don’t remember seeing him) though I suspect I’ve seen him more than I think because he’s been appearing in movies since the early 1980’s.

I bring him up because Entertainment Weekly has just released some photos from Marvel Studios upcoming Captain Marvel with Mendelsohn as–you guessed it–a villain.

I’d be worried he was being typecast I’d it weren’t for the fact that he’s so prolific.

Here’s he’s playing the leader of the shape-shifting Skrulls.

Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 2 Trailer

Netflix dropped the trailer for the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist a few hours ago, and it looks… okay.

I don’t mean that to imply that I didn’t enjoy it or Iron Fist’s first season–I did–though I thought the Season Two trailer didn’t necessarily give enough new information to intrigue me (particularly as someone who’s already seen Season One) while the first season had many great moments though overall suffered from the wrong emphasis, by which I mean Iron Fist/Danny Rand felt like a secondary character in his own story.

I hope this time around they embrace the martial arts over the more dramatic aspects of Rand’s story because when you watch a series centered around a master of the martial arts, it should go without saying that there needs to be more martial arts.

A (Partial) Visual History of Iron Man Armor in the Movies

As a huge fan of the MCU’s Iron Man (the image below this text is from my collection) I had never heard of the Stan Lee Museum Popup, though luckily someone a bit more fortunate was able to attend past these pictures to me.

Below are replicas of various Iron Man armors from the films.

Mark IIron Man (2008)

Mark IIIron Man (2008)

Mark IIIIron Man (2008)

Mark VIIron Man 2 (2010)

Mark XLIIIron Man 3 (2013)

Mark XLIIIAvengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Mark XLVICaptain America: Civil War (2016)

Thodey’s armor, despite being based on Iron Man, is visually a different beast entirely with a more purposeful, military thrust more interested in form following function, making Stark’s suit gaudy by comparison.

War Machine

And while the statue’s based may say ‘The Avengers’  War Machine wasn’t in that movie (though he did appear in the Iron Man movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War).

And I’m guessing this variant of his suit is either from Iron Man 2 or 3 (I thought it was bulkier in  Avengers: Age of Ultron and Infinity War.

Venom – Official Trailer # 2

Having just watched the latest trailer for Sony’s–In Association With Marvel!–Venom I have to admit that I like it a lot more than the first.

Though the American accent Tom Hardy appears to be ruining? Not so much.

But don’t misinterpret my meaning. I still think Venom–and the other characters of the SpiderVerse–belong with Marvel Studios though with the deal between Disney and 20th Century Fox essentially done, I’m content knowing the Marvel Studios sandbox has more than enough action figures to play with.

And before anyone even thinks it, the X-Men and Fantastic Four returning to Marvel Studios ISN’T a monopoly. They’re Marvel Comics characters so by way of analogy that’s like saying that reuniting those children separated from their families by our ‘President’ is wrong because…?

And besides, this is Sony so I have to do is be patient because the likelihood is high they’ll overplay their hand, screwing up the good will Marvel has returned to them with Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ant-Man And The Wasp – Review

I predicted that Ant-Man And The Wasp would earn somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million+ on it’s opening and while that didn’t pan out a domestic opening over $70,000,000 is just fine.

That being said, overall I enjoyed it though if I could suggest one change to the producers it would be to tone down the humor because unlike a lot of people like to say, Marvel Studios hasn’t yet produced a comedy.

Though they have produced action movies with comedic overtones (some more than others) though Ant-Man And The Wasp too often tries to hard to be funny when the story would be better served by a more organic, situational thrust to the humor.

Like James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy movies. They’re humorous, but the humor tends to be more based on the clashing of disparate personalities more so than anyone doing anything overtly jokey.

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