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Marvel Cinematic Universe

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An Overview of Marvel’s ‘Infinity Saga’ (2008-2019)

I do not care for contemporary superhero movie franchises, their fanbases, their audiovisual styles, or the superhero archetype on film in general; I have tired of their overexposure in the popular culture zeitgeist since at least the early 2010s. Like Japanese animation, I’m aware these movements are passionate and have achieved significant mainstream acceptance, having … Continue reading

Comparing and Contrasting ‘Infinity War’ (2018) and ‘Endgame’ (2019)

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely || Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh … Continue reading

‘Black Panther’ (2018): Hear Him Roar

Directed by: Ryan Coogler || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole || Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Music by: Ludwig Goransson || Cinematography: Rachel Morrison || Edited by: Michael P. Shawver, … Continue reading

‘Doctor Strange’ (2016): The Definition of Generic

Directed by: Scott Derrickson || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill || Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton Music by: Michael Giacchino || Cinematography: Ben Davis || Edited by: Wyatt Smith, Sabrina Plisco || Country: … Continue reading

‘Thor’ (2011): Marvel Movies Are Graded on a Curve

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne || Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins Music by: Patrick Doyle || Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos || Edited by: Paul Rubell || Country: … Continue reading

‘Civil War’ (2016): Not Quite ‘The Winter Soldier’ (2014)

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeeley || Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Bruhl Music by: Henry … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Part IV: The “Problem” with Superhero Films

IV: The “Problem” with Superhero Films In the end, one of the most annoying things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and most superhero films in general is how comic fans take them too seriously and no else seems to take them seriously enough. The end result is that different sets of audiences seem unable to … Continue reading

A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Parts II and III: Precursors to the MCU and the Marvel’s Impact on Hollywood

II. Precursor’s to the MCU and the Modern Hollywood Superhero Craze Superhero blockbusters are not a new thing, nor is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) the first mainstream hit featuring an iconic Marvel character. In comparison to decades past and the incredible marketability of anything comic book-related, nowadays, putting the MCU and the rise of … Continue reading

From Many, One: A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Future of the Superhero Film

As much as someone like Mark Cousins would love to argue otherwise, the multi-billion dollar industry that is the international movie business is dominated by blockbusters. Blockbuster films, high-concept, big budget “event” movies that attract and pander to the masses with their glorious (or mind-numbing) spectacle and entertain (or insult the intelligence of) millions upon … Continue reading

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014): It’s Star Wars, But with Marvel

Directed by: James Gunn || Produced by: Kevin Feige Screenplay by: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman || Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro Music by: Tyler Bates || Cinematography: Ben Davis || Edited by: Craig … Continue reading