WandaVision Episode 8 is the penultimate instalment in this streaming superhero TV drama series. Entitled “Previously On”, WandaVision Episode 8 – as the title suggests – essentially reveals to us the key events that took place before Episode 1. As seen in the previous episode, Agatha Harkness – a powerful witch – has been manipulating events behind the scenes in order to find out how Wanda Maximoff was able to create the pocket reality that has engulfed WestView.(more…)
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WandaVision Episode 7 is the seventh instalment of this Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero streaming TV drama featuring Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) and Vision. After the dramatic events of the previous episode – where Vision attempts to escape the pocket alternate reality of Westview created by Wanda, WandaVision Episode 7 seems to be an unwelcome and unnecessary pause to reflect and take stock of everything that has gone before.(more…)
WandaVision Episode 6 is the sixth instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. After the mind-blowing surprise ending of the previous episode, WandaVision Episode 6 carries forward the sitcom concept of the series thus far by morphing into a 90s-era TV show, complete with powerpop-based theme song (think : Friends)(more…)
WandaVision Episode 5 is the latest instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. Episode 5 is probably the best episode in the WandaVision miniseries thus far. We believe that this has mostly to do with the parallel storytelling in Wanda’s pocket reality (a.k.a. the Maximoff Anomaly) and the real world (a.k.a. Marvel Cinematic Universe). Perhaps this should have been the approach the series should have taken in episodes 2 and 3.(more…)
WandaVision Episode 4 is the latest instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. After spending three episodes in a bizarre alternate reality where Wanda and Vision were living in TV sitcoms based in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, we finally get to see what is happening in the ‘real’ world i.e. the Marvel Cinematic Universe!(more…)
WandaVision Episode 3 continues the Disney+ streaming superhero TV drama miniseries. As mentioned in our previous review, WandaVision is the first time Marvel Studios has spun off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters into a TV series. Anyone familiar with the MCU – isn’t that everyone? – will be aware of its interconnectivity and perhaps that’s where WandaVision (so far) has held back in favour of a very fanciful storytelling artifice.(more…)
WandaVision is the debut Marvel Studios superhero TV miniseries drama streaming on the Disney+ platform. Of course, we have had Marvel TV series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones etc on Netflix, Agents of SHIELD on ABC and so on. However, this time around, WandaVision is effectively spinning off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters of Wanda Maximoff and Vision into a TV miniseries. Thus far, Disney+ has released the first two episodes of the miniseries and its fair to say that WandaVision is quite different from what MCU fans may be used to in the hit movies.(more…)
Sometimes we wonder if the worst thing to ever happen to geek movies/TV was the massive success of the first Avengers movie.
GEEK OUT! JOHN LANDIS IS BORED WITH THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSEGEEK OUT! JOHN LANDIS IS BORED WITH THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
In a recent interview with Irish Times, legendary director John Landis (The Blues Brothers, American Werewolf in London), whilst praising the Wonder Woman movie, remarked – “I’m bored shitless with the Marvel Universe now”.
Based on the Jack Kirby creations from the pages of Fantastic Four, Inhumans TV series will be produced by ABC and Marvel TV with IMAX Corporation as a financing partner. Which probably explains why the series is set to debut on IMAX screens on September 1, 2017, and run for two weeks, before premiering on ABC on September 22, and airing eight episodes.
ANT-MAN IS GOOD SUPERHERO FUN – NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESSANT-MAN IS GOOD SUPERHERO FUN – NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS
I suppose it’s something we somewhat take for granted but it’s hard to believe that Ant-Man is the 12th Marvel Studios superhero movie! The mere fact that I can write the words “superhero movie” is already a minor miracle considering that these were rare once upon a time. So I enjoy the superhero movie phenomenon as long as I can.
But seriously folks, compared to other action-adventure blockbusters franchises, superhero movies have generally been good entertainment, value for money and relatively well written to boot! Sure, there have been a couple of exceptions but overall, it has been a good run since the first Iron Man.
And that’s the movie that Ant-Man most feels like – it’s the origin story of a man in a suit which grants him super powers – and for most part, director Peyton Reed (who took over from Edgar Wright) has done a commendable job in keeping the movie well afloat despite its problems in pre-production.
The difference between Iron Man and Ant-Man is that with the latter, there is now a vast backstory to contextualise the tale. This applies especially to this Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Ant-Man, where we now discover that Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne had been working with SHIELD (as Ant-Man & Wasp) in the 80s. Also, instead of Yellowjacket being one of the manifestations of Pym’s insanity, it is a separate (villainous character, altogether). All this serves to give greater depth to the MCU.
In addition, there is a marked lighter tone to Ant-Man that is similar to that encountered on Guardians of the Galaxy, which puts Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) right in his element. The means by which Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits Lang as the new Ant-Man is cleverly handled with the first sequence where Lang shrinks down, a wonder to behold! Evangeline Lilly provides Lang with an apt foil – as Hope Van Dyne (Pym’s estranged daughter) and the possibility of another female Marvel superhero (stay for the post-credits scene!).
There is an unevenness about how the film ends, which is not helped by the two post-credits scenes but perhaps that’s the idea – to make us geeks feel like the MCU is one ever continuing story. For what its worth, Ant-Man has earned its right to be part of the tale’s unfolding.
Ant-Man is showing at cinemas now.
GEEK OUT! ANT-MAN INTERNATIONAL TRAILER PROMISES MUCH FROM THE END OF PHASE 2GEEK OUT! ANT-MAN INTERNATIONAL TRAILER PROMISES MUCH FROM THE END OF PHASE 2
Ant-Man opens on 16th July and might be a good indicator of where Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is headed. This new international trailer (from Japan) highlights a little bit of our protagonist Scott Lang’s back story and also some history regarding Hank Pym and the Ant-Man suit.
By all accounts, it appears that Ant-Man is set up to take over from Iron Man in certain ways even as Robert Downey Jr winds down his MCU involvement. This movie is looking funny, exciting and a key MCU jumping point. Expecting the post-credits scenes to be epic!
GEEK OUT! TO THOSE WHO DISLIKED AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRONGEEK OUT! TO THOSE WHO DISLIKED AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
If you have read my spoiler-free review, you would be aware that I loved Avengers: Age of Ultron and consider it by far the best superhero movie ever so far. However, based on numerous online comments, it has become de rigueur to label the movie as a disappointing sequel to the first movie, with the common criticism being that the movie has too much going on. My first reaction to this is — have these people ever read an actual superhero comic book before? Probably not. In that regard, I believe that director Joss Whedon made Avengers: Age of Ultron for us geeks and for that I am certainly grateful!
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In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers speaks to an aged Peggy Carter and tells her “knowing you helped found S.H.I.E.L.D. is half the reason I stayed”.
When Agent Carter was first announced, perhaps many thought that the story of how Carter “helped found S.H.I.E.L.D.” would be told. Instead, what we got was how Carter was marginalised at the SSR but still ultimately played a major role in stopping Leviathan from executing a diabolical plot to kill thousands of innocent people and take revenge on Howard Stark.
This final episode of the mini-series does what one expects it to, and with much aplomb. Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper and James D’Arcy provide the star power as Carter, Stark and Jarvis as required, whereas Chad Michael Murray (Agent Thompson) and Enver Gjokaj (Agent Sousa) are functionary at best. So while Agent Carter was a fun ride into the post-war MCU, hopefully subsequent mini-series will explore more seriously the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Carter’s role in the same.
Agent Carter has done well to make connections with MCU films (unlike say, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and has exploited well the strengths of having a shared universe. Let’s hope there’s more to come.
GEEK OUT! THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE FILMS – LEGIT OR HYPE?GEEK OUT! THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE FILMS – LEGIT OR HYPE?
10 films that have changed the face of the movie industry. 10 films that exist within an unprecedented shared universe. 10 films that have collectively grossed over US$7 billion worldwide. Yes, there’s no doubt that commercially, the MCU films have done fantastically well but what about creatively? Can the films stand up to critical scrutiny or is their popularity a product of marketing hype and nothing more? Let’s investigate.
IRON MAN (2008)
You know the story. Grossing over $500 million worldwide, Iron Man was an unexpected mega-hit for Marvel Studios’ first venture, marking the comeback of Robert Downey Jr and making the movie industry sit up and take notice. The post-credits scene was used for the first time, to introduce the concept of the MCU to movie audiences as Nick Fury said the words “Avengers Initiative” as a promise of things to come. Putting aside the milestones, it’s worthy to remember that this Jon Favreau-helmed film was very well made with strong performances from Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Terence Howard (James Rhodes). The age of Marvel (films) had begun. (9/10)