Tag: Marvel Cinematic Universe

LOKI SEASON ONE (ANALYSIS)LOKI SEASON ONE (ANALYSIS)

Loki Season One

Loki Season One recently concluded its 6-episode run on Disney+. The first season of this scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), starred Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson. We analyse Loki Season One with a view to comparing the quality of its plot and characterisations against the value of the series in the context of the MCU as a whole.

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LOKI S01E06 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E06 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E06 is the sixth and final instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers. 

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BLACK WIDOW (MOVIE REVIEW)BLACK WIDOW (MOVIE REVIEW)

Black Widow is a 2021 American superhero action-adventure drama film based on the Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie was slated to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

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LOKI S01E02 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E02 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E02

Loki S01E02 is the second instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers. 

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FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E05 (REVIEW)FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E05 (REVIEW)

Falcon and Winter Soldier S01E05

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E05 is the penultimate instalment of a six-part superhero streaming TV drama miniseries. Set six months after the events of Avengers : Endgame, the miniseries continues to expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) after the 5 year blip, and the impact this has on the world, and of course, on the superheroes themselves. 

S P O I L E R S  F O L L O W 

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SUPERHERO MOVIE GENRE (ANALYSIS)SUPERHERO MOVIE GENRE (ANALYSIS)

Superhero Movie Genre

The superhero movie genre is now the dominant genre in the entertainment industry. From a 1% market share in 1998, the superhero movie genre grew to a 20% market share in 2018. Marvel Studios – now owned by Disney – is the undisputed leader in the genre earning over $22 billion at the global box office in about 12 years, since the release of Iron Man in 2008. 

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FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E02 (REVIEW)FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E02 (REVIEW)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E02

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E02 is the second instalment of a six-part superhero streaming TV action-adventure drama miniseries. Set six months after the events of Avengers : Endgame, the miniseries continues to expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) after the 5 year blip, and the impact this has on the world, and of course, on the superheroes themselves.

S P O I L E R S

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THE AVENGERS (MOVIE REVIEW)THE AVENGERS (MOVIE REVIEW)

The Avengers

With the Disney+ streaming platform being available worldwide since February this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) movies can be found in one convenient place. Power of Pop has been a staunch supporter of the MCU since the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk (which is not available on Disney+) in 2008. Thus, we continue our look back at the MCU with probably its most significant movie, 2012’s The Avengers.

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IRON MAN 2 (MOVIE REVIEW)IRON MAN 2 (MOVIE REVIEW)

Iron Man 2

With the Disney+ streaming platform being available worldwide since February this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) movies can be found in one convenient place. Power of Pop has been a staunch supporter of the MCU since the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk (which is NOT available on Disney+ due to distribution issues) in 2008. Thus, we continue our look back at the MCU with Iron Man 2, which was released in 2010.

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 9 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 9 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 9 is the final instalment in this streaming superhero TV drama. Entitled “The Series Finale” (duh!), WandaVision Episode 9 – as the title suggests – concludes the narrative of Wanda Maximoff’s tale as she fully assumes the mantle of The Scarlet Witch. Although there was much online speculation concerning how the series would pan – including the much anticipated introduction of key MCU characters, fundamentally WandaVision operated along the same lines as a typical MCU solo movie.

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 8 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 8 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 8

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.

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 7 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 7 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 7

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.

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 6 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 6 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 6

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)

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 5 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 5 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 5

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.

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 4 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 4 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 4

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!

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WANDAVISION EPISODE 3 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODE 3 (REVIEW)

WandaVision Episode 3

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.

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WANDAVISION EPISODES 1 & 2 (REVIEW)WANDAVISION EPISODES 1 & 2 (REVIEW)

WandaVision

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.

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IRON MAN (2008) [REVIEW]IRON MAN (2008) [REVIEW]

Iron Man

Iron Man marks Marvel’s first self-developed and self-financed film (in a ten-film deal with Paramount) and the way that this Jon Favreau-directed, Robert Downey-starred blockbuster translates the comic book so successfully onto the big screen augers well for the other Marvel films to come.

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GEEK OUT! INHUMANS IMAX DEBUTGEEK OUT! INHUMANS IMAX DEBUT

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.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (ANALYSIS)CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (ANALYSIS)

Civil War poster

Please note that this Captain America : Civil War analysis contains spoilers!

If the critics are to be believed, Captan America: Civil War is the best superhero movie ever made and Batman V Superman is the worst. But what is really at issue here? One is a Marvel movie and the other isn’t. It’s really as simple as that. Simply put, every criticism of BVS can also be validly levelled at Civil War but the latter gets a free pass, every single time. This bias is not unusual for Marvel fans – its comic fans were famously labelled as ‘Marvel Zombies’ back in the 80s for supporting Marvel no matter how awful the stories and characters were.

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