In this series, exploring the variety of romantic archetypes found in literature (illustrating the variety of romantic experiences we find in life) using only Spider-Man comics, I’ve looked at some sweeping romantic experiences. Your first love! Your Soul Mate! Your “What if…” person! Love offers us great variety in experiences when we seek it. But SOMETIMES romantic exploits carry a far more significant risk. SOMETIMES we find ourselves looking at a friend – someone we’ve always clicked with, someone we enjoy being with, someone we fit with so naturally – and wondering if there could be something more to that relationship. Then SOMETIMES we try to claim the Siege Perilous and make that friend a significant other. This is not for the faint of heart. However, Spider-Man and Captain Marvel are courageous individuals so, like so many of us before them and since, they braved this harrowing quest fraught with great risk to see if they could find that something more with each other….or if they’d end up falling right back into the Friend Zone.
The first eleven years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe held twenty-two films all leading up the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy’s battle with Thanos and his Black Order, as the fate of creation hung in the balance. It was a story built with patience and care and the conclusion in Avengers: Endgame, while not without faults, was brilliantly crafted. But the MCU didn’t end there. No, Phase Four is rolling and one of many questions to consider is…which villain comes next? Who can possibly follow Thanos?? My guess? Onslaught. BOOM. Continue reading
All the creatives and stars of Avengers: Endgame joined in a massive social media campaign asking everyone to be decent human beings and #DontSpoilTheEndgame…for two weeks until Marvel Studios used MASSIVE spoilers for Endgame in their trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It was clear they were seeking to use all the emotions flowing in the wake of Endgame to motivate advanced ticket sales for Far From Home. Marvel Studios was very direct about how Spider-Man: Far From Home served as the epilogue to Avengers: Endgame. I enjoyed the film but was – and remain – frustrated by a plot point with seriously troubling implications.
Note, this has spoilers for both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (obvs.). Continue reading
Whenever anyone asked me what I thought of Avengers: Endgame my answer was generally some form of, “I loved it! While I thought there were a few serious problems, by and large I thought it was a damn near perfect movie, delivering just about everything I could have wanted from it.” One of the things that bothered me was Marvel’s sidelining several of their prominent female characters (again). Now, I grant we had that kickass scene on the battlefield in the final showdown with Thanos. And I grant Nebula’s story arc was brilliant (but that’s the story for another post). However, the way they left some of their major players off the board – most notably Okoye and Carol Danvers – bothered me. Here I want to consider why Captain Marvel should have had a far larger role in Endgame and wade through one of the most commonly cited (and paper thin) arguments about why she’s such a “difficult” character to handle. Continue reading
When Captain Marvel opened on 8 March 2019 it was kind of a big deal. After a decade of dragging their feet, Marvel Studios was finally putting the solo spotlight on one of their female superheroes. Brie Larson was bringing Earth’s mightiest hero – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel – to life! This film would also mark the entrance of the Skrulls into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Skrulls, a shapeshifting alien race, have plagued the (comic) Marvel Universe since the ‘60s. As happened with Black Panther/Avengers: Infinity War the year before, it was a shame Avengers: Endgame came out so soon after Captain Marvel. Attention from this brilliant film was quickly redirected first to speculation about, then reaction to, and finally analysis of Avengers: Endgame. But there is so much in Captain Marvel that warrants a closer look, one point in particular being the Skrulls themselves. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. It’s time for me to add stress and pressure to my life by trying to wrap all daily obligations around a now TWENTY-ONE FILM movie marathon before seeing the twenty-second entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame. Last year I said the MCU was getting too large for this. I can’t marathon their entire catalogue three times a year with each new entry. But I also admitted I’d have to do this at least once more because Avengers: Endgame is the closing chapter of the MCU’s first generation. If I marathoned it all for Avengers: Infinity War, then I had to for Avengers: Endgame. I figured I’d discuss my preferred viewing order now too. Why is it the best? Um, well it’s the one I’ve chosen for myself and why wouldn’t I pick what I like best for myself? Do you agree, dear reader? Well, there’s only one way to find out…read on and let’s get our Mighty Marvel Movie Marathon on together! Continue reading
I went into Captain Marvel with pretty high expectations. While I felt the marketing Marvel did for the film was subpar, this was still the Marvel movie I was most excited about this year. It was also the one I had the highest expectations for. Yes, I will be in line for Avengers: Endgame with everyone else, ready to see how the first generation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end. But Captain Marvel’s the movie I was waiting for. With that in mind, I wanted to talk a little bit about the film (no spoilers) but also about the MCU in general After my first (and second) viewing of the film, I found myself contemplating how Carol Danvers was brought to life on the big screen and also what the future of the MCU will look like with her and Black Panther at the fore. Continue reading
Okay so obviously I know the Captain Marvel trailer(s) came out before the one for Avengers: Endgame. And, in the wake of my feelings on Avengers: Infinity War, I’ve been pretty open about being more excited for Captain Marvel than Avengers 4. So you may be wondering why, pray tell, didn’t I write about this trailer when it came out? Well, when I watched it I had a feeling and this feeling informed what I wanted to write. However, to write what I wanted to write, I needed to see if my hunch played out and for that I needed to see the Avengers 4 trailer. Now, having basked in the glory and excitement of both the Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame trailers, I’m ready to talk about our first look(s) at Carol Danvers cinematic debut! Continue reading
Reading Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians Of The Galaxy a few weeks ago yielded an epiphany of sorts. I realized, or rather remembered, I shouldn’t look for comics that feel like James Gunn’s oh-so-perfect film. Rather, I should embrace the Guardians as they are in the comics which will always be a different animal. That’s how it works. The comics inspire the films but each is unique unto itself, shaped by the vision of its creators. I’d never went backwards before, from the movie to the comics, and I guess I wasn’t ready for the differences when encountered from this direction. But I fell in love with Abnett and Lanning’s Guardians, no matter how different they were from Gunn’s, because they were great characters involved in exceptional stories. Naturally I couldn’t wait to meet their next incarnation, Brian Michael Bendis’s take on the team! Continue reading
As we get closer and closer to Phase Four, there’s more and more speculation about what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look like. I spend a lot (but not like an unhealthy amount) of time thinking about it. Heck, I wrote a post about it a month or so ago. Kevin Feige has said Phase Four will be, “completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.” Then, a few weeks ago, Marvel revealed they have six untitled film projects coming out for 2021 and 2022. It would appear I have more to say as I dream about my perfect choices to fill those slots. This time I’m talking about a Captain Marvel/Alpha Flight film (or films!) set in space. Continue reading