Tag: Marvel

Movie review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man was a surprise hit of 2015. Adopting the Guardians of the Galaxy formula, the movie managed to balance humour with action, diverging from the standard Marvel template just enough to carve out its own niche. The ending of Ant-Man – as well as the film’s box office success – pretty much guaranteed a sequel….


Movie review: Avengers: Infinity War

Superhero movies are becoming increasingly common. It feels like only last week that Black Panther was in cinemas, and on the small screen The Defenders, Runaways and Jessica Jones season 2 have only just been released… Far from being event movies, the frequency of these releases means that audiences are becoming desensitised to the heroic in…


Movie review: Black Panther

Since Black Panther’s inclusion in Captain America: Civil War, comic book fans have been eagerly awaiting T’Challa’s stand-alone movie. Black Panther is a character with a huge cult following – a unique superhero, who stands apart from the standard Marvel fare. But the film has had a troubled history; dwelling in development hell since as…


Top 5 superhero movies of 2017

As I promised last week, this week’s post is all about superheroes, and specifically my top five superhero films of 2017. The superhero concept continues to excite both the SF enthusiast, and the public at large. It is, of course, the latter category that feeds the hero machine that is Marvel – and with a…


Movie review: THOR: RAGNAROK

THOR: RAGNAROK is the latest instalment in the increasingly-broad Marvel Universe, and the third Thor-specific movie. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the superhero genre is becoming ever-more crowded. A movie in this field has to do something different, and offer something unusual, to justify itself. So, does RAGNAROK succeed, or is…


Movie review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was a surprising hit for Marvel. Acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, it proved to be a financial success for the studio. The Guardians were initially viewed as something of a gamble for Marvel – as the gang were made up of lesser-known heroes, there was some anxiety as to whether…


Movie review: DOCTOR STRANGE

  Verdict: While it hardly reinvents the superhero genre, DOCTOR STRANGE breaks new ground with some stunning visuals 2016 saw the release of numerous superhero movies and TV series. DEADPOOL. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. LUKE CAGE. DAREDEVIL (season 2). And those are only the Marvel-affiliated offerings. From DC we had BATMAN V SUPERMAN,…


TV review: LUKE CAGE (Netflix)

Verdict: A Marvel Universe offering with a difference Created in 1972, Cage deserves his place in the pantheon of superheroes: he was the first black hero to be given his own comic book, and his racial identity has always been an important aspect of the character. Cage is a bad-ass alternative Superman – he’s basically…


MOVIE REVIEW: ANT-MAN

ANT-MAN is the latest in what feels like a recent spate of superhero releases. In the last few months, we’ve had AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, DAREDEVIL, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Is there room for this insect-sized hero? In some respects, ANT-MAN is your typical superhero movie. It follows a…


MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS – AGE OF ULTRON

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is the follow-up to 2012’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. Featuring the most enormous super hero cast in all of history (more on that later), AVENGERS is probably the biggest movie of the year – if not the decade… The hype behind his movie has been truly a force of nature. The pressure on the…


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