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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier trailer

Having personally thought that the first Captain America movie was the weakest of Marvel Phase one, I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing this trailer. Now that I’ve watched it I think that it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Starting with the positive, the suit is so much better than the one in the Avengers and they seem to be addressing Captain America’s reluctance to enter the modern world. That could potentially be really interesting, plus there’s the action which seems to hold up to the usual Marvel standards.

Even though it seems like a smart move to keep Captain America heavily linked with SHIELD, the whole thing just undermines the TV series. Let’s face it, the effects on the show are pretty bad and this movie seems like it’s just going to make the significant difference in budgets even more obvious. It doesn’t make sense, why make a SHIELD TV show if Captain America 2 was basically going to be a SHIELD movie.

Then there’s the Winter Soldier who actually has to sit down and put make up around his eyes before he can go out and cause havoc…

Back on the bright side, it looks like we’re going to get lots more Black Widow and that’s always a plus.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.


The Avengers Assemble Review

Finally, after years of watching Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, recruit people for the Avengers Initiative the time has come to see the results.

The Avengers have certainly taken their time assembling, but the wait pays off in a big way.  Had Marvel simply tried to make an Avengers movie without going through all of the individual ones first the end result would have been no were near this epic, but having gone along for a ride with each of the heroes it was really exciting watching them together, seeing how they interact with one another and learn to work as a team.

Ironically, at the start of the film the Avengers initiative has been cancelled, but when S.H.I.E.L.D. are faced with a new threat Fury once again tries to recruit the world’s best heroes.  From here we gradually get to see each member join up and the team begins to take shape.  There’s just one problem, besides the imminent doom that is, they hate each other.  This hatred leads to a really interesting fight scene between Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.  If you like action you won’t be disappointed as this is merely a small glimpse of what’s to come.  Possibly even better than the action, or at least on equal footing, are the one-liners, which hit right on target every time.  This all comes down to the incredible writing.

One of the greatest assets the movie has is Joss Whedon, who both directed and wrote the film.  Whedon has proven time and time again that he is capable of writing really powerful stories, which is because he has great respect for the characters and is passionate about making them three dimensional.  The cast have spoken in the past about how Whedon spent time with each of them and got their view on the character they played.  It seems his efforts have paid off as each character is shown as to have many layers and motivations.

The relationship between each of the heroes is a very interesting part of the film.  They’re all extremely different people, who see things in extremely different ways.  They clash and Whedon described them as people who definitely ‘shouldn’t be in the same room as each other’ which is how he sees all families.  They are all, in one way or another, outcasts, which helps them understand each other.  Captain America is from a different time, Thor is from a different world, Hulk is a giant rage monster who can’t get close to anyone, Black Widow and Hawkeye are spies and then there’s Iron Man who kind of destroys this analogy.  Maybe that’s way he’s often the catalyst in the characters feuds.

Screen time was pretty evenly distributed considering it is an ensemble cast.  Though each character didn’t get exactly the same amount of time in front of the camera, it didn’t feel like anyone was cheated or unfairly rewarded.  Being regular humans, with incredible skills, it was hard to believe Hawkeye and Black Widow would be able to contribute as much as the other members, but they did and, in the process, proved that they deserved to be on the team.  Black Widow especially, who opened up, slightly, as a character throughout the course of the adventure.  Mark Ruffalo was surprisingly good as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, and though it would have been nice to have Edward Norton back, Ruffalo did a good job stepping into those shoes and, through the use of motion capture technology, has become the first man to play both Bruce Banner and the Hulk.

Now let’s get onto the big question.  What villain is big enough to get all these heroes in one place?  This time around, the heroes must join forces to defend the world against Loki, Thor’s brother.  Though you may remember Thor previously managed to defeat Loki without the help of the Avengers, this time Loki isn’t alone either, he has an army.  It seems fitting that Loki be the first enemy of the Avengers as it was him who accidentally caused them to join up in the comic books.  Tom Hiddleston returns to the role of Loki in this film and does an excellent job.  He was the bad guy and naturally you want them to destroy him, but at the same time it is really enjoyable watching him toy with them and there is a lot of that.  Loki is always ten steps ahead of them and trying to figure out his plan is a fun part of the movie going experience.

If there is one negative thing to be said about the film it is that it makes other films, which once seemed exciting, appear uninteresting.  It’s really spoils fans who will be in constant geek out mode having spasms every time the team are on screen together.  Probably the best comic book movie there is and now fans can look forward to another round of individual films before the Avengers assemble again.

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The Avengers Trailer

Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America walk into a bar, what do you get?  One really cool looking movie.

After a long wait, fans of the upcoming Avengers film finally get a proper trailer.  It’s hard not to get excited when you see all the characters, from the movies that led up to this, interacting with each other, then you see Mark Ruffalo and it’s like ‘why are you here?’.

Robert Downey Jr. is great as Tony Stark and seeing him with the other, more serious, characters is really interesting.  He’s the comic relief and really does take over the trailer.  There’s clearly friction between him and Captain America and also Thor and Captain America, who seem to fight each other at one stage.  So basically no one likes Captain America and they should just refreeze him (joking of course). 

There’s one line that Tony Stark says to Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk aka Mark Ruffalo) at the end of the trailer is brilliant, ‘Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled and I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster’.  It’s nice to see that the movie is taking the genre seriously, but isn’t trying to turn it into something dark.  It’s a hard balance to find and they seem to have done it well, learning from Iron Man 2.

The plot follows the team as they try to defeat Loki, Thor’s brother, who has decided to try take over Earth after failing to conquer Asgard in the Thor film.  Tom Hiddleston has reprised his role as Loki.  It has yet to be announced what kind of creatures are helping Loki, but he definitely isn’t working alone.

The movie will hit cinemas in May 2012 (or April 2012 if you live in France, Hong Kong or Hungary).  Check out the trailer (below) and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Thor Movie Review

Marvel’s latest pre-avengers film hit cinemas recently.  Was it all just a mindless action flick or does it also have a good plot?

The movie takes place in three worlds; Asgard (Thor’s world), Jotunheim (a land populated by ice giants) and Earth (the place where you’re computer currently is).  Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to |Earth after he leads his friends into battle with the ice giants, thus breaking the peace.  Thor lands on Earth only to be run over by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her research team.  Knowing that she’s onto something, S.H.I.E.L.D agents confiscate Jane’s research.  They also seal off the area around Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which you may remember from an after the credits scene of Iron Man 2.  Back in Asgard Thor’s father Odin becomes sick and falls into a coma and Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes over, with a confusing plan that doesn’t make all that much sense.

The graphics were great, especially the weather effects.  There are plenty of explosions to satisfy action fans.  I liked how a large amount of time was given to show how Thor got banished, but after the movie was over I couldn’t help but think that time could have been better spent.  The actors were great.  Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth were excellently cast and the two have so much chemistry together.  Ultimately, the audience is left dissatisfied at the end.  I went with two other people and they both agreed that the end was disappointing.  This disappointment was increased when I told them the news that Portman would not be appearing in The Avengers movie.

The movie differs from the original comic series.  Portman’s character, Jane Foster, has been given a modernised role.  In the comics she is a nurse, which made sense because Thor was trapped in the body or a doctor named Donald Blake.  In the movie Thor gets to keep his own identity when he arrives on Earth.  I think this decision really paid off as much of the humour comes from his lack of knowledge of Earth customs.  The name Donald Blake is actually used in the movie briefly so keep an ear out.

While the ending wasn’t exactly fulfilling, the rest of the journey was exciting and full of action.  Some of the plot was hard to follow; it kind of felt like it was rushed or just not thought through enough.  The actors have been signed on to reprise their roles in two more Thor films, which will hopefully be made.  I’m not entirely sure how the ending will fight in with the Avengers film, but if they can find a way to bring Captain America into it, despite that fact that he should be an old man in the time period the movie is based in, I’m sure they’ll fit Thor in too.  Just a note, there is a scene after the credits, I missed it and if you do too you can read about it online.

What do you think?  Do you like the changes they’ve made to the plot?  Did you like the ending?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

Source Code

Source Code was released in cinemas on the first of April.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan star as Captain Colter Stevens and Christina Warren respectively.  The plot reminded me of Groundhog Day, the film, so I’ve brought back Grandma Groundhog to guest star in the Source Code poster.

What would you do if you only had eight minutes to live?  I’d probably spend it thinking of something cool to do.  Luckily, the characters in Source Code have better ideas on how to spend their last few minutes.

The movie is about an army helicopter pilot who, after getting injured in Afghanistan, is put into a project called Source Code.  Source Code allows him to enter the body of someone to relive their last eight minutes.  His mission, in these eight minutes, is to find out who blew up the train, so he can prevent a future bomb attack.

Naturally, he doesn’t get it the first million times and after a while he begins to get attached to the girl he, the person whose body he’s invading, is travelling with.  However, he can’t save her or can he?  Probably not.

The movie is directed by Duncan Jones, who previously directed Moon.  If you haven’t seen Moon then you’re missing out, Jones is a very talented director and the movie is one of the greatest underrated films of all time.  From watching the trailer, it looks like Jones has done it again.  Source Code looks great, though the story may get a bit repetitive.  Movie goers have said that the time loop is annoying at first, but the second half of the movie makes up for that.

What do you think?  What would you do if you only had eight minutes to live?  Are you happy that Grandma Groundhog has made another appearance?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe, you don’t need a wordpress account to subscribe, just an e-mail address.

The Avengers

Today is a special day; it’s the last of the three part superhero marathon.  To finish up we’re going to discuss the upcoming Avengers movie.  We’ll also be talking about some members of the Avengers that didn’t get their own section, either because they aren’t getting a solo movie or because their solo movie is already released.

Many heroes have joined the Avengers over the years, but the original members were Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The Wasp and Ant-Man.  However, the timeline was rewritten to make Captain America a founding member in place of Hulk.  The Avengers were formed when Thor’s adopted brother Loki accidentally gets all five heroes in the same place at the same time.

Iron Man is the story of a rich man who decided to become a superhero.  The concept for Iron Man was to create a character that nobody would like and make them like him.  To achieve this, they made him everything that was hated at the time.  The Cold War was happening so they made him a rich weapons manufacturer, in a time where everyone was poor and sick of war.

The recent Iron Man movies have been a complete success and characters from the films will be appearing in the Avengers movie.  Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson will all be returning, but War Machine will not.

The Hulk was an incredibly bad movie in 2003, but in 2008 they went back and did it again, with better results.  Rumours of a sequel start spreading around, but they were delayed because of the Avengers movie.  The Hulk will not only be in the Avengers movie, he may also have a few sequels after it.  There is a downside to this uplifting story of a green man, he has been recast.  Edward Norton played Bruce Banner in the 2008 film, but he will not be returning, the following statement was released;

‘Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,’ said marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige in a statement.  ‘The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented cast.  We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfils these requirements and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.’

They went with Mark Ruffalo.

Hawkeye is also set to be in the Avengers movie.  He will be played by Jeremy Renner.  Renner has announced that the costume will not be the one from the comics, it will be something more ‘reality based’.  Here’s what I think of that.

Hawkeye started out as a villain, but then joined the Avengers as their ass kicking, arrow slinging companion.  Like most of the heroes in the upcoming film, he does not have superpowers.  However, he is a great archer and has several ‘trick arrows’, a lot like DC’s Green Arrow, who was created over 20 years before Hawkeye.

Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, and he won’t be working alone.  Cobie Smulders will be portraying agent Maria Hill.  Cobie was one of the front runners to play Wonder Woman, but unfortunately the movie, which would have been directed by Joss Whedon, never got made.

Whedon will be directing the Avengers movie, which is set to hit cinemas on the 4th of May 2012.  Whedon is a great director, who really cares about the characters in the movie, so it is in good hands.  The Avengers looks like it’s going to be an amazing cinematic event, lucky we don’t need to wait too long to get a taste of the action as Captain America and Thor are both being released this year.

This may be the last part of my superhero marathon, but still check back tomorrow for another post.  Leave a comment and vote below or you’re supporting the destruction of lids on coffee cups.

Captain America: The First Avenger

As you may already know, today will focus on another one of the heroes that will unite in The Avengers movie.  Yesterday it was Thor and today is Captain America, which comes out on the 22nd of July.  A while back I wrote about Captain America, in that post I explored his history in detail and made fun of his adorable boots, by comparing them to the boots of Dora the explorer’s monkey sidekick.  Rather than repeat myself I’ll just link you back to that post, so if you want to read that click the link.

The movie shows Steve Rogers, a potential soldier who is deemed physically unfit to fight in World War II.  He then volunteers to be part of a science experiment known as Project: Rebirth.  The experiment turns him into a super soldier and with the help of his sidekick Bucky, Steve, nicknamed Captain America, fights Red Skull and the other forces of Hitler.

An interesting point of the story is the relationship between Steve and Bucky.  Both orphans, they are like brothers to each other.  Once Steve becomes Captain America, a rift forms in their relationship as Steve suddenly becomes a leader.  The comic story is different, as Bucky is much younger than Steve this jealous does not develop.  Ironically, despite the title of the film, Captain America was not one of the founding members of the Avengers.  The founding members were; The Hulk, Thor, Wasp, Ant-Man and Iron Man.

Until very recently, no footage had been released.  However, 3 million dollars were paid to have a short trailer air during the Super Bowl.  The movie is said to be like Iron Man, but also have some dark elements to it.  Watch the trailer and let me know what you think.  Don’t forget to leave a comment and vote below, if you don’t vote then the forces of darkness, that live inside the minds of the elderly, will try to destroy the very town that you live in.

3000 Hits, UCAS Return, Snakes on YouTube, Army Mishaps and Joining Al-Qaeda

Lots of things happened today; I passed the 3000 hit milestone, my UCAS application was sent back to me, I played Snake on YouTube, I found out the Microsoft Word recognises YouTube as a word, I have reason to believe that removing the army’s don’t ask don’t tell policy was a bad idea and I read that we are all one click away from joining Al-Qaeda.

I’m going to start with the 3000 hits.  Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to read my blog.  I hope that you find it interesting and useful.  Two new categories will be introduced over the next few days in an attempt to clean up the, not entirely well thought out, categories that I currently use.  These categories are Movies and Seasonal.  I will not be getting rid of the genre categories (Horror, Action, etc), but all movies, regardless of genre, will be in the Movies category.  Seasonal is being made to reduce the amount of articles that needlessly end up in the Random section.  I noticed, over the Christmas period, that I had no other place for holiday related articles, other than the random page.  It seems strange as holidays are on fixed dates and are therefore one of the least random things I can think of.

Not much to say about my application, there was a problem I hope it’s fixed now.

Now for Snake, I’m not sure how many people already now this, but if you pause a YouTube video at 0:00, hold down the left arrow and then hit the up arrow you can play Snake.  You can even play the video in the background if you want and are fast enough to click play.  It works on every video on YouTube, but it won’t work on embedded videos.  This basically means that you won’t be able to play it on site, like this blog, that feature YouTube videos.  It can be a distraction, but it’s a fun little Easter egg.  Funny thing is no one seems to know how long it’s been there; maybe it has been around since the creation of YouTube.

I read an article today about an incident that happened at an army base in the UK.  An army office, that was in charge of 20 soldiers in Oman (relatively funny pun that I won’t be using ‘OH MAN what was I thinking’, says the drunken soldier), got drunk kissed one of the soldiers and put his face between the ass cheeks of another, who is only 19 I might add.  Basically all of them got drunk and he end up being dared to lick the 19 year olds arse, it was the 19 year old that dared him.  He then proceeded to vomit and urinate in view of shoppers.  Needless to say his military career is over.  Captain Alex Johnston will no doubt be missed by all 20 of the soldiers, especially the 19 year old.

The last part of this multi-topic article is about accidently joining Al- Qaeda.  According to actress Winona Ryder we are all just one wrong click away from joining the terrorist group.  She says that she does not use her computer because ‘googling is a terrifying thing’ for her.  She fears that she might unintentionally join Al- Qaeda.  A lot of reporters seem to be taking her serious, and maybe she was, but to me it sounds like she was making a joke.  Plus you never know this Al- Qaeda button may be right in front of you and you don’t even know it.

Happy 3000 hits.  Thank you all for reading and don’t be afraid to leave comments, I love comments, even if you just want to complain about something I’ve written.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Since 1941 Captain America has stood out as an American patriotic hero, in shiny red boots (not entirely different from those of Dora’s apprentice).

For the majority of his fictional life Captain America’s secret identity has been Steve Rogers.  Got the hand it to Steve a less man would have hung up his boots long before now, but that’s not how Steve rolls.  Steve fights for justice and he’s fought his way onto cinema screens and in 3D no less.

Chris Evans will be playing Steve, and has bulked up (a lot) to make sure he does the part justice.  In fact CGI is being used to take muscle away from Evans for the scenes before he becomes Captain America.  Encase you’re not a fan of the comics, don’t worry Steve doesn’t get his powers from a radioactive spider, kryptonite or an obscene amount of money, no he volunteers to become a super soldier.

The movie also stars Hugo Weaving, Samuel L Jackson, Dominic Cooper and Sebastian Stan.  The funniest casting of the film will have to me Stan has Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s teenage sidekick.  I got a feeling some alterations to the character may have to be made as Sebastian Stan is almost thirty, and is only two years younger than Chris Evans.

The movie is paving the way for the Avengers movie, which will be directed by Joss Whedon, who is one of my all time favourite directors.  Avengers will take characters from other Marvel movies, like Iron Man, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk and unite them as the Avengers, just like in the comic books.

Captain America is scheduled to be released on the 22nd of July 2011, The Avengers will come out the 4th of May the following year and will also be in 3D.