Avengers: Infinity War Official Featurette

Avengers: Infinity War has begun filming in Atlanta and I know this because Marvel has released a featurette telling me so!

And it looks really, really awesome. I know it’s early days yet, but it’s as if Marvel has built this massive edifice; they’ve shown us some of the rooms and we’ve seen how sprawling a structure it is.

Though there are some rooms that we have yet to see, and the most interesting spaces have yet to see, amd I get the feeling thst they hold something amazing…

To be contimued.

Iron Fist Official Trailer

Marvel Studios was the first studio to create a interlinked series of movies– known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU–based upon preexisting properties (like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk) that culminated in event movies (such as The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) that featured all (or the bulk of) the characters introduced prior.  

Marvel Television?   A bit of a late bloomer.  Their first shows were Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, the latter of which lasted only one season.  

This is while DC Comics has made significant inroads into the television space with shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, with more on the way.  

Though a curious thing happened.  Marvel Television began developing Daredevil as a television series on Netflix and it did well enough to warrant a second season.  

Then came Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and most recently, Iron Fist

And since all the Marvel Television series were on Netflix, as opposed to regular television, there was less of a need to appeal to everyone so they possess a grittiness, an edge the Marvel movies can’t touch. 

Oddly enough, Marvel’s television arm seems to be employing a strategy that didn’t work too successfully for DC Entertainment on the big screen–which is building a more noir-ish world –but appears to be paying dividends on the small one. 

Iron Fist revolves around Danny Rand (Finn Jones) who reappeared after having vanished for over ten years to claim the company started by his parents, Rand Enterprises.

Though the people running Rand Enterprises have somehow become involved with the deadly Madame Gao, and she thinks Danny Rand needs to vanish again… 

Spider-Man: Homecoming Teaser Trailer


A teaser trailer for Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming was released today, and having seen it I almost wish they hadn’t. 

First off, it has a very found footage type of feel (which is to say a bit cheap). 

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it ends with Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) exclaiming, “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” 

And while that quote is out of context, it comes off as a bit too self-reverential for comfort. 

Hopefully the full trailer will bring some much needed context. 

XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage – Trailer

When I caught Doctor Strange last weekend one of trailers before the movie was XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage, which fascinated me because prior to that moment I had rarely seen so much stupid squeezed into a trailer that lasted no more than two or three minutes. 

It reminded me of the time Jason Statham said that he would never star in a Marvel movie because of all the green screen and stunt doubles.

Though in the instance of Marvel Studios there’s a point to all the FX, because until people can fly, turn into green rage monsters or make costumes our of nonexistent metals (with miraculous, unearthly properties), CGI and green screen are the only way to bridge the distance between what’s possible and what isn’t. 

Now, compare that to movies like this one, where the main character isn’t Superman or Wonder Woman, but a guy really into extreme sports. 

CGI may make those stunts look more extreme, but it also cheapens things in exactly the way Statham was talking about, which is by removing the human element.

Thor: Ragnarok And The New Kit

While Marvel Studios has probably one of the most enviable hit-to-miss ratios in Hollywood–14 and 0, including the upcoming Doctor Strange–that’s not to imply that some of their features weren’t weaker than others. 

The first movie based on Thorpatterned loosely on a character from Norse mythology–was surprisingly effective, taking a fairly outlandish character and imbuing him with depth and humor. 

The followup, 2013’s Alan Taylor-directed Thor: The Dark World, while no means bad, didn’t particularly move Thor (Chris Hemsworth) forward as a character, either. This would be less of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that other Marvel Studios characters, like Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) seemed to possess a momentum that Thor seemed to lack. 

What’s also interesting is I felt–at least initially–that Thor was a much more interesting superhero than Captain America, who felt a bit one-note to me.

That is, till Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The sequel to Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok will be directed by the idiocyncratic Taika Watiti(on Hemsworth’s left), who in the image shows his allegiance to the Native Poeple who are protesting an oil pipeline through their sacred lands. 

Though what’s also interesting about this photo is that it shows a new look for Thor that’s less ornamental than previous costumes, and more in line with a warrior esthetic. 

Marvel’s Iron Fist NYCC Teaser Trailer

If anyone had said that Marvel Television, when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC a few years ago, that they would come to dominate superhero television I would have been hopeful, but wouldn’t have treated them too seriously.

Though having seen both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, as well as the first seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, it’s apparent that they’re coming to dominate the television sphere as completely as Marvel Studios has done for superhero movies.

And their latest creation:  Marvel’s Iron Fist, which is going to lead into The Defenders

Power Rangers Are GO (Apologies To The Thunderbirds)

I wouldn’t call myself a fan of the Power Rangers–there are too many things that I can’t quite get my head around about them that get in the way, such as why is it that the lower section of their masks (which are actually helmets by the way) molded like the lower section of a human face?  Wouldn’t it be easier just to show that part of the actors’ actual faces?

And I get that the Power Rangers began as an import from Japan, so the people playing the Rangers during action scenes weren’t the same people who played them in other sequences, but (hopefully?) that issue is being dealt with in the upcoming movie, so it makes little sense to continue with the full-face helmet/mask.

And speaking of that, an actors’ face is one of the most important tools in the craft.

Seeing that you’re removing that from the equation with the Power Rangers (unless they’re going to do like Marvel Studios does with Iron Man) it seems you’re losing a lot of value.

That being said, the the new motion poster they just released is pretty bad-ass.