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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?


Random Marvel Thoughts of the Week

May 17, 2010

Here’s my take on some various Marvel news from the past week. If you don’t agree then comment!

1. Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. So, Hugo Weaving was officially cast last week to play the Red Skull. Great choice! I think he’s going bring all kinds of evil to the Cap villain. I thought it might be hard to portray a fictional nazi bad guy with a bright red dome, but if anyone can do it it’s Hugo. I’m liking the casting of this movie, Evans as Cap and Hugo as Red Skull. I’m looking forward to seeing this, I’ve always been a huge Captain America fan.

2. My thoughts on Iron Man 2. Okay, so I’m pretty much the last one to write or review this movie. So I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’ll say I was hoping for great things from the sequel and for the most part it delivered. It’s hard to really expand the Marvel Universe in film without losing some of the lead characters. I did really like Nick Fury, and War Machine. On the other hand, I thought that Don Cheadle was kinda soft and wussy as Rhodey. He needed to be more badass! Also, I had a nerdgasm about the scene after the credits. Thor!

3.The End of Siege. So, Marvel wrapped up its final arch of Siege last week. From reading what Bendis is saying this will be the end of the huge crossover storylines that ruled Marvel for the last ten years. I have to say it’s been a great run. House of M, Skrull Invasion, Civil War, and Siege have all been awesome. I was drawn back to comics because of the House of M storyline, and have stayed a dedicated reader since. As The Heroic Age begins for Marvel starting this week with the relaunch of The Avengers, I for one have truly enjoyed what Marvel has given its fans in the last ten years. Thank you for all the great stories Marvel!

So until they recast Captain America as the guy from The Office, make mine Marvel.

Random Marvel Thoughts of the Week

May 2, 2010

Okay, here’s some thoughts on various Marvel news this week.

1. First Picture of Thor. So, Marvel Studios released the first image of Thor this past week. I think Chris Hemsworth will be great as the God of Thunder. The image doesn’t show a lot, but it gives us Marvel nerds a teaser to pique our interest. The Thor movie is slated for release in 2011, and is being directed by Shakespearean actor and director Kenneth Branagh. This is a great choice for director as Thor has always been a different realm of the Marvel Universe. I look forward to his take on the Norse legends and Gods, and I’m sure it won’t disappoint the hardcore fans. Although, my one concern is that this movie might not find a broad audience, like the X-Men or Spiderman franchises, because it might not have the same appeal to casual moviegoers . I hope that’s not the case, and it does well because it may be a measuring stick for future productions. Check out the link below for the first picture of Thor, and some general information about the movie.

2. The reboot of the X-Men franchise. Fox Studios can’t leave our favorite mutants alone. So far, this production seems marred by turmoil. They can’t find a director or a good script to develop. I say leave it alone, and let Marvel Studios buy back the rights so they can develop it properly. There are some things I absolutely hated about the X-Men movies, and I’ll spare you the lengthy list. However, the current talk is to reboot the franchise starting with a high school storyline and origins of the original X-Men team. Seriously, can’t they just focus on destroying the next Wolverine movie right now. Check out the link below for more mind numbing information on the already doomed project.

3. The reviews of Iron Man 2. So far I’ve read and heard some negative reviews of the new flick. Of course, I have yet to see it. I can’t wait to see War Machine this time around, and the expanding of the Marvel Universe in film. I don’t really care what the reviews are saying, because generally sequels are never as good as the first. So until I see it myself I will hold any negative thoughts about the flick and go into it with reasonable expectations.

Well, I guess that’s all for the weekly rant. So, until they make a Dazzler movie, make mine Marvel!

Back Issues to Pick up Now- Iron Man#118 & #282

April 5, 2010

With the release of IRON MAN 2 only weeks away, these two back issues of Iron Man will be on the rise. These two issues have already begun to trend higher in value as both books saw an increase in the last few weeks.

Iron Man #118 features the first appearance of Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes into the Iron Man Universe. Originally this issue booked at less than $ 4, but its value for a near mint copy can now fetch $ 20 or more. Released in 1979, Iron Man #118 is a great issue for those collectors interested in Iron Man. Story by David Micheline, and art by John Byrne and Bob Layton. As we get closer to the release of IRON MAN 2 this book may continue to increase in value.

Iron Man#282 features the first appearance of War Machine. Booked last year at $ 5, its value for a near mint copy is now in the $25 range. With Don Cheadle set to suit up as War Machine in IRON MAN 2 this book is hot! Released in 1992, Iron Man #282 is written by Len Kaminski and pencilled by Kevin Hopgood.  A must have issue for any Marvel Comics’ collector.

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