Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Trailer Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLWsK1ZFunA Here it is, the very first official trailer for Marvels upcoming release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Let’s get right into right. So we start off with back and forth between Cap and Black Widow, apparently the new power couple of the Marvel Universe. I liked it, I think Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have some pretty good chemistry and I’m interested to see how their relationship will play out throughout the movie considering some pretty major plot points hinted at which we’ll get into later. Cap jumps out of the back of plane, again, this time sans parachute and into the water which I’m guessing is leading up to the scene talked about in interviews where Cap single handedly seizes control of an enemy boat.

 

Right off the bat and throughout the trailer we get a pretty good look at Caps new Shield Issued suit, which I just love. I think it’s a major improvement over the quite frankly ridiculous outfit in The Avengers.

 

Next up we get a few shots of DC where the movie will be primarily set and our first look at acting legend Robert Redford as Shield top brass giving Steve a pep talk. Whilst I really enjoyed this trailer it does seem like you can deduce the entire plot already. I may be wrong but here’s what I’m thinking in broad strokes. Cap is adjusting to his new life as an active Shield operative in the modern world, far gone are the black and white days of WW2 where good and evil were clearly defined, now Steve must fight in a world where the government sees fit to sacrifice certain civil liberties for the greater good, which obviously doesn’t sit well with Cap ‘This isn’t freedom it’s fear’. Robert Redfords character will obviously be Caps antithesis, his polar opposite and eventually Shield itself will turn against Cap (the elevator scene).

 

Shield much like Tony Stark have obviously been responding the post alien invasion climate by stock piling a metric fuck ton of hellicarriers underneath DC, and I’m guessing that it’s not The Winter Soldier who brings down the hellicarrier we see in the trailer but Cap himself. Honestly I would not be surprised if they end up tampering with The Winter Soldiers origin and make him one of Shields dirty little secrets much like the tesseract arsenal in the Avengers, again making Cap question his allegiances. Clearly the Falcon buddies up with Cap but what about Black Widow, does she stand by Cap or with Shield? I’ve got to say this is easily the most excited I’ve been for a Marvel movie since The Avengers. Especially given that this movie has been described as the most crucial leading into The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

A few last points, the elevator scene looked great I love that they’re really making Cap a serious threat, the fist fight with The Winter Soldier looks intense, Falcon wow. Everything looks great. Really can’t wait to see more

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X-Men Days of Future Past – A Nerd Divided

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So I just finished watching the footage from the X-Men DOFP Panel and I found myself at first really, really excited and impressed but also kind of annoyed at the same time. Let me explain:

I love the fact that they’re taking a seriously bold move, it’s something that this industry really needs more of. Arguably Marvel kicked off the trend with The Avengers which was really the boldest move in recent cinematic history and this is 100% a reaction to the success of that movie. 

X-Men First Class is hands down my favourite of the X-Movies. It really invigorated the franchise for me and pretty much succeeded in accomplishing everything it set out to achieve, and it has Michael Fassbender in it and everyone knows Michael Fassbender makes everything 10x more awesome. 

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After that film I was sure we would never see the original cast on screen again, bar Hugh Jackman as Wolverine of course, so when they announced they were bringing together the 2 casts and resolving the 2 timelines I was stunned. It just doesn’t seem like something that would actually happen, it just sounds like an idea that people would talk about 10 years from now like ‘Hey wouldn’t it have been sooo cool if they did this?’ But here we are. 

They have the perfect set up with the time travel story line, Bryan Singer is back on board as director. It’s the perfect storm. So why am I annoyed?

Quicksilver.

Quicksilver is going to be in Days of Future Past in 2014 played by Evan Peters.

Quicksilver is going to be in Avengers Age of Ultron in 2015 played by someone who is NOT Evan Peters.

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I mean come on. You have soooo many characters already can’t you just letJoss Whedon have him? Would it really be so detrimental to your movie? I get it, I’m not really that naive to think this is remotely how things work but it just bugs the shit out of me. 

It’s also due to the fact that I really do think that Fox and Sony should just drop this shit already and give all the characters back to Marvel. Like Now. RIGHT NOW. No joke. I think with Disney behind them now they have a real shot to get every single character back as soon as physically possible.

So I’m sure X-Men Days of Future Past will be a pretty amazing movie but it’s very existence is just a constant reminder that things just aren’t right in the world until every movie featuring a MARVEL character is produced by MARVEL STUDIOS. 

Marvel News Overload

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So let’s not bury the lead here this one is a biggie. Did not see this one coming. All I know about Ultron is that he’s a pretty badass robot created by Hank Pym (Antman) for some sort of experiment which goes wrong leading said robot to proceed to terminate the Avengers. So what’s going on with Thanos? Well Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige did previously drop hints that Thanos would be saved for the 3rd Avengers movie BUT we did also find out that Thanos will be appearing in the Guardians of the Galaxy. So there’s that to chew on aswell. 

At the Marvel Panel they pretty much had some sizzle footage for all their upcoming Phase 2 movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, apparently shaping up to be the comedic action team up romp set among the stars that many had expected with James Gunn at the helm. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, featuring some footage of Cap going all Jason Bourne on some Shield operative in an elevator, Robert Redford dishing out some advice about the modern world and a nice reveal of the titular antagonist. And Thor: The Dark World which seemingly put an end to the previous speculation that Loki could have a possible redemption path….SPOILERS well unless chopping off Thors good hammer throwing hand counts as redemption then NO.

So not a lot of news news apart from the title reveal but still a lot to keep fans going until 2015 and all good stuff. Looks like Mavels winning streak is set to continue for quite some time. 

Thor: The Dark World will be released 8th November 2013

Captain America: The Winter Solider will be released 4th April 2014

Guardians of The Galaxy will be released 1st of August 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released 1st of May 2015

Iron Man 3 – Review

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Yesterday me and my girlfriend went to see Iron Man 3. Ever since the release of the first installment back in 2008 I’ve been a big fan of the series, I caught the first flick on the big screen 3 times and it’s sequel twice, so my anticipation was high. I’d intentionally avoided most of the trailer, tv spots and early reviews as I tend to find too much exposure to pre-release hype diminishes the actual viewing experience, but I had a general idea of the direction. I’m also a big fan of director Shane Black and specifically Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, an action/comedy/buddy flick, set at christmas featuring Robert Downey Jr, so I also had a general idea of what to expect in terms of artistic tone and I was not disappointed with what I saw. 

Easily the best Iron Man movie so far, the movie finds itself in an unusual position, not only is it the direct sequel to Iron Man 2 it also follows the events of The Avengers which plays a big role in the character development of Tony, who finds himself suffering from severe panic attacks which is understandable for a guy who just flew a nuclear weapon in a giant worm hole in the sky above New York opened by an army of evil intergalactic space aliens. So how do you create an appropriate threat for the man of Iron now that he’s fought Avengers level threats? The answer is to cripple Tony’s confidence, take him back to basics, essentially fighting himself back out of the proverbial cave with a bunch of scraps. 

What Shane Black has achieved is the funniest Iron Man movie that also features stunning action sequences, something that was somewhat lacking in the previous installments. As always the dialogue is witty and expertly delivered by Downey, but what really had me laughing out loud was a particularly inventive sequence featuring a not quite complete Iron Man suit.

The big third act finally has been pretty much spoiled by every single trailer they put out but it still manages to deliver in terms of sheer ‘Holy Shit OMG’ awesomeness. 

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I loved the relationship between Tony and the little boy and was genuinely touched by the heart warming ending. I’ve seen a few reactions by people wondering how Tony will feature in future installments specifically Avengers 2 now that he has removed his chest piece and destroyed all his suits, I would point out that it the chest piece isn’t required to use an Iron Man suit, War Machine uses one, Iron Monger used one in IM1, Whiplash used a suit in IM2, Pepper Potts uses  the suit briefly, so Tony will still be able to use an Iron Man suit when required. As to the destruction of his entire arsenal, He’s Tony Stark, come on, of course he’s gonna make more suits. He even says right at the end of the film, I am Iron Man. And essentially I always will be no matter what happens to me. And in case you had any doubt at all, the movie even spells it out for you in the end credits, Tony Stark will return. Speaking of end credits the stinger, the amount of people who stayed glued to their seats in anticipation of the now famous Marvel stingers was really a testament to their appeal. I really enjoyed this one, the relationship between Tony and Bruce was something I really enjoyed in The Avengers and I’m really glad they’ve decided to build upon that. 

Now just as few things I do have an issue with, The Ten Rings? As revealed in this movie The Madarin was nothing more than a tool used to manipulate the public, created by Aldrich Killan, that in itself I have no problem but it does raise one important question, what was going on in the first movie when the Ten Rings kidnapped Tony? Are we to now believe that Aldrich Killian was behind it all along? Or has Shane Black just created a pretty sizeable plot hole in the entire Iron Man series? 

That being said I really dug the movie and I’m super excited for the future of the Marvel cinematic Universe. Interestingly enough I noticed that Marvel just happened to drop the first Thor 2 trailer just as IM3 comes out in cinemas, coincidence, I think not…..