Tripping Through Gateways


As with every sequel, things must get bigger and louder.  Unlike the first film, the danger really comes from within.  Tony is obsessed with changing the way things are done by building a peace keeping for that will put an end to the need for the Avengers.  He has been working on an A.I. to watch over the world and prevent tragedy.  Even as the Avengers are in action, he has Iron… Read More

The Avengers was the culmination of four years of effort on the part of Marvel Studios.  They worked to establish their interconnected Universe building up to this.  People were excited and the Marvel Machine had primarily seen success with their films leading up to this.  The first hiccup was losing Edward Norton.  Ed and Marvel could not come to an agreement for the Avengers.  So Marvel brought in the likable Mark Ruffalo.  The… Read More

The success of both the first film and the Avengers, Captain America was bound to return.  While the First Avenger had a straight forward black and white approach (not to hard when your villains are Nazis) the Winter Soldier is about how far the world has fallen.  Steve’s values are clashing with even the good guys.  He is starting to doubt his missions and his teammates. The one bright spot is his… Read More

Captain America was a hotly debated character for the Marvel Films.  Could a character so tied to American Nationalism be a hero the world loved?  Joe Johnston (who directed Disney’s fun comic book movie the Rocketeer 20 years earlier) was brought in and found a way to make that answer be yes.  Among the choices made were to set the film in World War 2, rather than begin in Present day.  Chris… Read More

I think people were a little surprised that the Fantastic Four got a sequel.  And you gotta admit, doing the Silver Surfer/Galactus saga is a grand idea.  Then they get Doug Jones for the physical body and Laurence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer (this was not actually a great idea in retrospect).  Things are looking good!  Man, who will they cast a Galactus, right?!  Will he be totally CGI… Read More

Oh…the controversy.  The first Fantastic Four film was coming up after the successes of X2 and Spider-Man.  The time seemed ripe to bring forth Marvel’s first family.  This is not the first attempt.  Roger Corman made an absolutely terrible film simply to retain the film rights in the early 90’s.  The film was available on the convention circuit, but was never officially released. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Fantastic… Read More

Captain America: Civil War was a risky gamble.  It has a bloated cast.  I mean, Captain America is joined by practically everyone (Except Thor and the Hulk).  The film was also going to be introducing us to a couple Major Players in Both the Black Panther and Spider-Man.  There was always the possibility that this would be so bogged down, we would have Marvels first failure…the first Marvel film that outright sucked…. Read More

There is a lot about Playing Cool that makes me want to like it.  The cast (both lead and supporting) is comprised almost entirely of actors I like a lot.  The film has some nice ideas it is playing with.  It has some clever visual moments. But the pacing and the storytelling?  That is where it falls flat.  And it keeps it from being a movie I truly enjoyed. That it is… Read More