Marvel Studios One-Ups DC Entertainment (Again) With Upcoming Infinity War

I admit, after learning that Marvel Studios isn’t coming to Comic-Con this year, that I was a mite concerned (though Marvel Television and Cartoons are attending) because that meant that DC Entertainment would dominate the convention with news and clips from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (still hate that title) and Suicide Squad.

Though based on some new news from Complex, they’ll need it because it’s rumored that the villains for the upcoming Avengers two-parter, Infinity War, will not only be Thanos, but the Magus!

And seeing that the Magus will possibly make an appearance, it goes without saying that his alter-ego, Adam Warlock, can’t be very far behind.

The Magus

It only a coincidence that I look vaguely like Shazam.

This is the Magus.  He’s an future version of Adam Warlock who’s working to ensure that he comes to be, which means driving Warlock to embrace the darker, more ruthless parts of his nature.

Warlock has been inextricably tied to the Infinity Gems (known as ‘Infinity Stones’ in the movies), so that the Magus (and Adam Warlock) are making an appearance makes perfect sense.

Another benefit is that the two movies are being helmed by the Russo brothers, which if Captain America: The Winter Soldier is any indicator, means that it will probably to be a bit darker, more serious tonally and less humorous than the Joss Whedon-helmed Avengers movies.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

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“”Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Easily Ranks Among The Best Marvel Studios Films.”

Let me get something out of the way:  You know all those critics that say that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was a great superhero film that’s evocative of spy thrillers like “Three Days of the Condor (both which happen to have Robert Redford in starring roles)?”

Well, they’re right.

It’s a remarkable movie, easily the best Phase Two Marvel film so far (and it should go without saying at this point that you should never leave a Marvel Studios feature without sticking through the end credits) but what’s most amazing about it is that how it reinterprets old characters and brings Captain America forward to the present.

In fact, in that fashion it reminded me of Superman’s journey in Zach Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” except that despite the world being very different from that which Steve Rogers knew, he stayed true to himself and his beliefs, and as a result he changed it (with a little help along the way), while the superman that Synder presented wasn’t the Superman I remember and grew up with because he seemed to renounce the very qualities that made him what he was.

This was a trend that continued through the entire film, taking ideas and characters from Captain America’s past in the comics, and reinterpreting and reimagining them in a way that not only satisfied fans–such as myself–that have been following Marvel comic characters for years, but those that have never heard of the Falcon, Black Widow or Nick Fury (which, considering how successful “The Avengers” was, is probably a very small subset of people).

The Russo Brothers may not have a lot of films under their belt, but that’s going to change rapidly.  They seem to understand that an action film doesn’t necessarily have to be wall-to-wall action, that the time spent establishing what motivates characters and laying the groundwork in the long run makes for a better movie.

And does this movie pay off!  Most of aforementioned “groundwork” revolves around Captain America solving the mystery of an enemy that–while the Captain was frozen in ice for over 65 years–was active, undermining the American democratic experiment from within.

And special mention needs to be given to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, who not only seems to have a snappy quip for just about every occasion, but whom whenever he took the skies virtually the entire theater would erupt into clapping.

I didn’t catch the 3D version, because more often than not that it’s a racket that enables theaters to charge significantly more per ticket than a non-3D movie, and truth be told before seeing it I didn’t think it would be as immersive in 3D like “Prometheus” or, to a lesser degree “Pacific Rim.”

That being said, I think that I will see it again very soon, in 3D.  Just to be sure.

 

Five Reasons Why Don Coscarelli Should Direct ‘Doctor Strange’

I happened to be recently watching Don Coscarelli‘s “Bubba Ho-tep,” when I occurred to me that since Marvel Studios is working on a Doctor Strange feature (supposedly with John Hamm as the lead) he would be a perfect choice to direct it.

Off the top of my head, there are five reasons that this is the case.

  First, Coscarelli Knows Strange (Pardon The Pun)

This is the director who created the four movies that comprise the Phantasm series, so his genre bonafides are in order.  And speaking of those films, only two of them, “Phantasm” and “Phantasm II,” are worth seeing.  The others are a bit repetitive and in my view for die-hard fans of the series.  That being said, what all the films are is innovative in terms of their special effects and underlying plot.

What they also share in common is that they’re very unusual movies (even when they don’t particularly work, it’s interesting to see where Coscarelli is going with them).  Then there’s the fact that they’re all made with shoe-string budgets, yet don’t look like that is the case.

And speaking of show-string budgets, if you look carefully at any of the films in the series, you can tell (based upon the way that the Sphere sometimes travels) that there were instances that someone more than likely just chucked it down a corridor.  This could be interpreted as being cheap, but if you keep in mind that they were often working with somewhat minimal resources, you can see how innovative Coscarelli and his effects team sometimes were.

 Humor Matters, And Coscarelli Understands That

In his more recent films, particularly “Bubba Ho-Tep” and the vastly underrated “John Dies At The End” you see that Coscarelli understands the role humor plays in crafting an interesting and fun horror film.  This is a principal that is applicable to any type of movie.  A well-placed joke can do a lot to alleviate tension, and make an upcoming scare even more effective.  Most importantly, you would never mistake either film for a comedy because the humor happens as it does in life, which means it’s of the situational variety, as opposed to slapstick.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier posterSuperherohype has revealed a new poster for Chris Evans’ upcoming Marvel Studios movie (which has been described as a political thriller in the vein of “Three Days of the Condor,” which is awesome because that’s a great movie and ‘Soldier’ also happens to star Robert Redford, who also starred in ‘Condor.’

In the poster, Cap is looking out of the cargo bay doors of (probably) a Quinjet, looking all Captain Americany, while the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier is on his right, and Washington, DC is on his left, implying some sort of choice.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and continues Marvel’s tendency to choose directors that some would consider unusual, seeing that the Russo Brothers claim to fame before ‘Winter Soldier’ was the NBC series, Community.

The trailer should be here Thursday.