Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

The title of this review is possibly a weird way to begin, but we must set the scene. In this case, it’s the fact that before this movie even came out, critics and incel man babies decided to review bomb it, in order to get the Rotten Tomatoes rating score down. And they succeeded. Eternals is currently 47% at the time of writing. An abject … Continue reading Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hawkeye as a character. Perhaps it’s how Jeremy Renner played him. Or perhaps it’s because he only had limited screen time in the movies and had to compete with superhumans and gods and other equally impressive individuals (at the end of the day, he’s just a man). Whatever the reason for my trepidation I went … Continue reading Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: teaser trailer thoughts

So Marvel, in their quest to keep our eyeballs on their content at all times in 2021, have just dropped the teaser trailer for their next movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I have to admit, it looks epic. A cross between Dr Strange and Black Panther – in terms of tone, mystical elements, family saga, funky technology and cultural roots. Our … Continue reading Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: teaser trailer thoughts

Top ten women of the MCU (as of March 2021)

Now Marvel have started to get into TV in a big way I wanted to do a little list of characters played by women that I think are the best. And by best I mean the ones I like… the coolest ones.

Let’s get into it. The below are in no particular order, but just as thoughts came to me. I don’t know where thoughts come from, they just appear. (Bonus points if you know which movie I’m referencing.) Continue reading Top ten women of the MCU (as of March 2021)

Ant-Man and the Wasp: it’s quantum baby!

The first Ant-Man was a welcome surprise – funny, inventive, and it had a lot of heart. What would the sequel offer, more of the same? Go bigger? Go smaller? It’s worth mentioning that in the first film the story touches on the quantum realm, the place where Ant-Man can go if he shrinks to sub-atomic levels. Well, for Ant-Man and the Wasp the story … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp: it’s quantum baby!

Infinity War: the pathos of Thanos

So, Avengers: Infinity War from Marvel Studios. The biggest of epic battles to end all epic battles (although not quite, as there’ll be an Avengers 4 in 2019, but more on that later). So, yes, there’s Thanos (Josh Brolin), a really bad guy. The worst. He’s purple, with a big chin from the planet Titan. He’s from Titan, not just his chin. That would be … Continue reading Infinity War: the pathos of Thanos

Thor: Ragnarok – he’s come a long way, baby

The first Thor came out back in 2011, if you can believe that. And at the time it was a bit of a punt by Marvel who, until this point, had only really – successfully – thrust a decent Iron Man upon the world. Because Captain America: The First Avenger was to come later in 2011; but first the studio had some Aussie beefcake most people … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok – he’s come a long way, baby

Spider-Man: Homecoming – review

So Spidey is back – and now with added baby-faced Tom Holland. Back in the day Tobey Maguire had three goes at the role with Sam Raimi directing: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Then Andrew Garfield had a crack with Marc Webb in charge: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). And each, arguably, suffered from the law … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming – review

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review

If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain… then you’ll have liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Which came out of leftfield at the time and was (yet another) risk for Marvel studios, banking on unknown characters that were not hugely connected to the existing Avengers universe. And Chris Pratt, as a leading man, was also a gamble. A mostly funny, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review