Posts Tagged ‘Red Skull’

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.

Captain America 1990- Best Trailer Ever

April 1, 2010

What can I say? Captain America has never looked so real, and Red Skull is so damn evil. The calibre of actors is almost too good. I hope the new film currently in pre-production is half as good as this. Enjoy… I know I did!