Posts Tagged ‘Chris Evans’

The Marvel movie I wanted since I was a kid- A Review of The First Avenger.

July 30, 2011

Well, I finally saw Captain America a couple of nights ago. Here’s my thoughts.

1. Chris Evans was a great Steve Rogers. He pulled off the hero/everyday man element of Cap. He doesn’t like bullies, and was willing to lay his life on the line for his friends and country. This character trait of Rogers especially shown thru in the film, as I suspect it’s not an easy trait to portray. In addition, he looked great(my girlfriend especially enjoyed the shirtless transformation into Cap), and he played The First Avenger humbly and effortlessly.

2. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull. This character has to be Marvel’s best villain on-screen to date. In the past, some of the Marvel Studios’ villains have seemed forced or awkward. For example, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Tim Roth as The Abomination, and to a lesser extent, Jeff Daniels as Obby Stane. With Red Skull, Hugo Weaving embraces the purely one-dimensional villain, and seems to have fun playing the Hydra Leader. A great selection for the Red Skull, and I was left wanting more screen time for the villain. I hope he returns down the road, as they left the door open for future appearances.

3. The tie-ins to the Marvel Film Universe. They did a great job of laying down extra back story and tie-ins to the ever-expanding Marvel Film Universe. Loved the references/appearances of Odin, the Tesseract(or the Cosmic Cube as we Marvel nerds know it to be), Howard Stark, and The Howling Commandos.

4. The sneak-peek trailer for The Avengers. Oh man, does it look good. Well, what I could make out anyways. It was hard to really catch anything substantial as all the scenes are like 1 second long. They really know how to create a nerdgasm. This movie should be epic for Marvel nerds and comic book readers, but we’ll have to wait a year to find out how the flagship movie of Marvel Studios pans out. I’m excited.

In the end, this wasn’t quite the movie I had dreamed of, however, to be fair my expectations were fairly high. That being said, they still did a great job at bringing Cap to life. As mentioned in the title of this post, this was the comic book movie I always wanted them to make. Overall, a job well done; however, I would have liked more Cap kicking ass and less US show storyline, or maybe I’m just getting tired of origins storylines.

Overall, better than The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. On-par with the first Iron Man and Thor. One last thought, Isn’t it a great time to be a Marvel nerd and comic book fan?

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Random Marvel Thoughts of the Week

April 15, 2010

 A few things related to Marvel in the news recently.

1. Josh Whedon as confirmed director of The Avengers flick. Apparently, Marvel feels Whedon is the man for the job. I’m not sure that I have Marvel’s confidence. I know that Whedon has an extended resume with Marvel, and has scripted and produced various beloved TV shows (personally, I’m not a fan of Buffy, or the other stuff) but I think it’s a major gamble on the studio’s part. I mean this movie needs to tie in different genres and universes, and I’m worried that Whedon might be over his head. However, before you object with a lengthy list of Whedon’s credentials, I believe he’s only directed one full length movie. Is this a movie Marvel Studios is willing to gamble on? All of the current titles being filmed or developed (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 2) are all leading up to this movie. I really hope this movie does well for Marvel, but I wonder if they maybe should have bought in someone more accredited as a director.

2. Ultimate Spidey cartoon for 2011. Well, this makes sense seeing from what I’ve read the Spiderman movie reboot will be roughly based on the Ultimate Spiderman stories. In the end, I couldn’t really care less, but I hope when they redo Spidey on the big screen they don’t bring back Kirsten Dunst.  She was terrible, and no more emo Parker dance scenes, that was painful!

3. Chris Evans as Captain America. I like this casting choice. I think Evans has the acting chops to pull off Cap, and he was the only good part of those dreadful FF movies.  How many things were lame about those movies? I shouldn’t start listing them or I’ll be here all night. Seriously though, good choice for Cap, and I’m excited to see how this movie will look. I’m a big fan of Cap, so don’t let me down Marvel Studios.

Well that ends this rant. Until they bring back Kirsten Dunst in a Spiderman movie, make mine Marvel!