San Diego Comic Con and Hall H saw the announcement, and confirmation of everything we will see for the next two years of Marvel movies and Disney+ shows. It’s Marvel Phase 4. It’s time to get goddamned weird.
Venom is not a good movie. Venom is not a well made movie. It fails to understand plot structure, basic theme escapes it and the characters are somehow awful, uncompelling and forgettable all at once. Venom is a fascinating trainwreck in slow motion that I watched with my mouth agape and my hands clawing at my face.
Spider-Man is the best superhero game that exists right now. It earns this title for so many reasons. Not just the superbly realised world of New York. Not just the simple yet challenging character action combat. Not even the intuitive webswinging that anchors the whole game. Spider-Man is the best superhero game because it understands the genre better than any so far. It is a game about being a hero, and doing good.
This Infinity War review is spoiler free. For the quick version, it’s an entertaining solid film. There’s an unusual central viewpoint, a good use of the majority of the (quite large) cast and some clever through lines on 10 years of films to this point. If you like any of the Marvel Movies to date, then this film has something for you.
It’s impossible to divorce Spiderman Homecoming from the circumstances of its creation. After Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 1&2 were excellent, 3 was merely okay and then the miserable Amazing Spiderman 1+2 came on to the scene, it was hard to deal with the fact that the world’s most popular superhero wasn’t going to be good on the silver screen again. Then, Sony and Marvel managed to come together just before Captain America: Civil War to bring the webslinger back to our screens as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, we get a Co-production, where Sony and Marvel have combined efforts to get Peter Parker back to come “home” with Marvel. The strain on the production to get everything under one umbrella shows. Spiderman Homecoming. It’s a little rushed, slightly scrappy, but it’s a good Spiderman film nonetheless.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is a prettier, more subtle film than it’s predecessor. Lacking in surprise this time, it more than makes up for it with heart.
I hear you’re a Nazi now Captain? Well. Sort of. Captain America being a Nazi is both technically incorrect, and irrelevant to the wider concerns of the audience.
The Avengers are relics of the past. The defenders? Who even cares. The New Warriors though. That’s a super-powered team with some big name recognition. Time to meet the New Warriors Cast.
Are you ready to get weird? Marvel hopes you are. Thor Ragnarok’s teaser trailer dropped today.
Squirrel Girl is getting a TV Show in 2018 thanks to Marvel and ABC. Okay. Gotta keep the hype in control.