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The women of the MCU have made a great impression over the years.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most expansive and colourful places in the world of movies. Throughout the years, a number of compelling stories have been told, but there's been a noticeable lack of representation for both women and people of colour. Fortunately, that's all changed this weekend with the release of 'Black Panther' in the US; a movie made up of predominantly black talents, and one that currently sits with a perfect score of 100% on reviews aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
Kevin Feige promises a bright future for the women of the MCU
When it comes to the female superheroes we've been introduced to however, there has been a real lack of focusing on their individual stories. That looks to change with the release of the Brie Larson-led film 'Captain Marvel', and with Scarlett Johansson finally getting her own solo 'Black Widow' movie.
The Marvel Studios president is always looking to the future.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe [MCU] is without a doubt one of the most popular and successful movie universes to exist within the modern day entertainment industry. Bringing comic book and superhero fans films such as 'Avengers', 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and next month's 'Black Panther' - which has recently garnered some fantastic critical reviews - it's clear that Marvel Studios and their president Kevin Feige know exactly what they're doing.
Kevin Feige serves as president of Marvel Studios
This year, three films from the MCU will be put out into the universe, with a total of 11 superhero flicks set to drop before the end of 2018. With all that have come before and all that are still to come, there's always the challenge of keeping comic book movies fresh and interesting. That's something that Feige realises, and he hopes to keep on top of bringing unique approaches to the MCU to avoid their releases becoming stale.
The Marvel Studios head says it's been an overwhelming time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a slew of incredibly successful films building up the foundations of the superhero genre. Straight from Marvel Studios and their president Kevin Feige, an array of brilliant talent both behind and in front of the camera have done incredibly well to make huge numbers of household names out of some of Marvel Comics' most impressive characters.
Kevin Feige is excited about the future of the MCU
Recently, 'Thor: Ragnarok' has been making huge waves in the international box office, whilst fans are getting increasingly excited about the release of 'Black Panther' next February, which will be the first superhero film to feature a black lead. Following that, the Avengers will come together once more for the highly anticipated 'Avengers: Infinity War'.
The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.
Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.
Continue reading: Thor: Ragnarok Review
The Marvel President is "very happy" to be in a place where people are asking for a solo flick, however.
When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a lot of big players and superheroes that have become household names, thanks to the hugely successful films they've all been a part of. As one of the biggest juggernauts in the movie world, the MCU shows no signs of slowing down, but that doesn't mean each of the characters will get solo outings.
Mark Ruffalo stars as Hulk in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Black Panther have been given the opportunity to tell their stories on the big screen away from collaborative 'Avengers' releases, but that isn't a courtesy that will definitely be extended to Mark Ruffalo's adaptation of the Hulk.
Feige wisely avoided igniting a rivalry between the two companies.
The DC Extended Universe is without a doubt going through a major uplift as of late, following the hugely successful release, critical and commercial response to 'Wonder Woman'. Taking in over $800 million in the box office across the globe, the film quickly became the DCEU's most-loved flick, largely in part to its lead in Gal Gadot and female director Patty Jenkins.
Kevin Feige has nothing but praise for DC
'Wonder Woman' came just at the right time for the DCEU, which was facing critical negativity following the release of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad', despite both making hundreds of millions of dollars in the box office and being enjoyed by fans.
Continue reading: Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Has "Great Confidence" In DC Films
The Marvel boss is clear in that Phase 3 is coming to an end, and 'Thor: Ragnarok' plays a huge part in that.
The impact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had on the world of movies is something astronomical. Ploughing on through what they call their third phase, they've got a big screen release this weekend with 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and another a little later in the year in the form of third solo Thor movie, 'Thor: Ragnarok'.
Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor in 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Chris Hemsworth is the man leading the charge as the titular hero, but finds himself here held captive on a different planet entirely, without his hammer and forced into battle against former friend the Hulk. Will he be able to make it back to his home planet of Asgard and prevent the impending doom of Ragnarok? That's something we'll find out when it hits the big screen, but for now, Marvel Head Kevin Feige has been teasing a little bit of what we should expect.
Continue reading: Kevin Feige: 'Thor: Ragnarok' Builds Directly Into 'Infinity War'
This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion, but there are plenty of reasons not to miss this one. Most notably, this is the first Spider-Man movie that's part of Marvel's Avengers franchise, which places it in a larger story with lots of cameo possibilities. But more importantly, young British actor Tom Holland seems to have been born to play the role, infusing the entire film with cheeky teenage energy. And it's also one of the funniest, most complex blockbusters of the year.
The film opens with overexcited home videos Peter Parker (Holland) made of his adventure with the Avengers in Civil War. Now he's plunged back to the dull reality of being a high school student living with his sparky Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). He has a crush on classmate Liz (Laura Harrier), but faces rivalry from the school's alpha male Flash (Tony Revolori). And after a night out playing superhero in his Spider-Man costume, his nerdy best pal Ned (Jacob Batalon) is a bit too thrilled to discover his secret alter-ego. Meanwhile, Peter is annoyed that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Happy (Jon Favreau) are ignoring his calls, especially after he warns them that he has seen winged bad guy Toomes (Michael Keaton) dealing illegal alien weapons around New York while plotting something nefarious.
Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) cleverly maintains a nimble teen perspective throughout the film, which makes it feel more like a comedy than an action movie. And instead of snarky one-liners, the laughs come from character-based humour, most notably Holland's brilliant reactions to everything that comes along. One memorable sequence, which kicks off the final onslaught of action, is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time, perfectly balanced thanks to a knowing revelation, Watts' subtle direction and Holland's hugely engaging performance. And each breathtaking action set-piece pushes the character forward in positive ways.
Continue reading: Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
The Marvel Studios head was blunt in his answer.
There's no denying the incredible success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen. Whether you're a huge fan of Captain America, an Iron Man loyalist or something in-between, you'd be hard-pressed to say you've never sat down and enjoyed at least one of the instalments in the current version of the MCU.
Kevin Feige doesn't reveal TOO much about the upcoming 'Infinity War' movie
Introducing an Avengers team like no other, the MCU has served to deliver action-packed films in the past few years for both children and adults; movies injected with humour that still allow a great storyline to flow through them. Now, as we move ahead, talk turns to next year's release, 'Avengers: Infinity War'.
Continue reading: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Will Be Final Chapter For Some Characters
It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, which jolted the Marvel franchise to life with its fresh comedy and freewheeling adventure. This sequel is still a lot of fun, but it's also far more controlled, a conventional, plot-based step of the Marvel universe. And all of the characters are angry about everything and everyone. Thankfully, there's also an emotionality that sneaks into the final act.
Now working as a team, the bickering Guardians just manage to complete their latest mission when Rocket (Bradley Cooper) makes an enemy of a tenacious high priestess (Elizabeth Debicki). Her fleet chases them into an encounter with Ego (Kurt Russell), a god-like being who claims to be the father of Guardian leader Peter (Chris Pratt). So Peter takes Gamora and Drax (Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista) to check out Ego's planet, while Rocket and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) fend off both the priestess and Peter's old mentor Yondu (Michael Rooker), who arrives with a large posse. And then there's Gamora's perpetually furious sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), who's on the rampage, determined to get revenge against everyone who has slighted her.
There's an underlying rage that drives everyone's actions, and the constant screaming matches become exhausting as the film progresses. The worst offender is Rocket, who expresses his perpetual aggravation in a stream of tetchy tirades. Thankfully, the dialogue is sharply written, with wicked insults to keep the audience smirking along. And there's also a nice sense that all of this fury is masking a deeper affection these misfits have for each other, which boils over in some remarkably strong dramatic scenes. Pratt and Russell are both terrific, seizing every chance to play with the comedic and dramatic notes. There are nice moments for Rooker, Saldana and Gillan, plus some witty cameos. And while Baby Groot is almost painfully adorable, it's Bautista's hilariously open-hearted Drax who steals the show.
Continue reading: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review
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