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Marvel Comics on Film

#1 Post by Ribs » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:14 pm

This thread is the place to discuss Marvel films in general or else specific ones that haven't generated much discussion on their own. The following films have their own threads:

Ant-Man
Ant-Man and the Wasp

The Avengers
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Endgame

Black Panther
Black Widow
Captain America: Civil War
Captain Marvel
Deadpool
Deadpool 2

The Eternals
Logan
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Thor: Ragnarok
Venom
X-Men: Apocalypse

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Re: Comic Books on Film

#2 Post by Werewolf by Night » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:56 pm

Ribs wrote:Fox has delayed the X-Men horror spin-off New Mutants to February 2019 from its planned April bow
Wow, there have been posters up for this for weeks. I was a huge fan of the run of issues the storyline of the film covers, but after seeing the teaser trailer...zero interest in seeing the movie.

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Re: Comic Books on Film

#3 Post by McCrutchy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:16 am

Ribs wrote:Gore Verbinski has left the Gambit movie, and Fox has delayed the X-Men horror spin-off New Mutants to February 2019 from its planned April bow. Deadpool 2 has now been pushed up to May 18th, only two weeks after Avengers and a week before Solo’s supposed release.
I didn't realize that Deadpool 2 was releasing at such a crowded time. Barring a miracle, there goes its shot at outperforming the first film (which I really enjoyed). :(

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Re: Comic Books on Film

#4 Post by Never Cursed » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:11 pm

With Avengers: Infinity War's release date moved to April 27, there will now be a 3-week (as opposed to 2 week) break between it and Deadpool 2, the following Marvel movie, which releases on May 18.

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Re: Marvel Comics on Film

#5 Post by Murdoch » Mon May 21, 2018 2:07 pm

Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play the villain in Spiderman Homecoming's sequel, raising my interest from zero to will-watch-if-on-streaming.


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#7 Post by domino harvey » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:08 pm

Destin Cretton, director of Short Term 12, to direct Shang-Chi movie. Literally never heard of this character

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Re: Marvel Comics on Film

#8 Post by Never Cursed » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:34 pm

Spoiler for X-Men: Dark PhoenixShow
No disrespect intended to the mod who edited this, is this really a spoiler? You see it happen in the trailer for the movie

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Re: Marvel Comics on Film

#9 Post by Lost Highway » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:29 pm

I haven’t watched Captain Marvel or Avengers Endgame yet, I usually watch these films when they come out on blu-ray. So I’ve decided to re-watch all the MCU films in sequence, ahead of the two (soon three) most recent films. I generally enjoy these films, they do well in terms of characterisation and dialogue. Many of their casting choices are inspired, which is what keeps me watching more than the action stuff. I wasn’t allowed superhero comics as a kid, so films are my primary exposure to the genre.

Iron Man

I still think this is one if the best superhero films ever made and it holds up remarkably well, a great start to the MCU. Robert Downey Jr. should have gotten an Oscar nomination, his performance is a screwball-comedy delight. He and Paltrow play off each other beautifully.

Would it be right to say that Iron Man is the Marvel version of Batman, only without the doom and gloom ? Their only superpowers are limitless financial resources and engineering skills.

As the main villain Jeff Bridges doesn’t get much to do, but he’s the rare actor who has gotten more sexy with age. Initially I missed Terrence Howard as Rhodes but now I’ve gotten used to and prefer Don Cheadle. He feels less of a natural as a military man but I find him to be a more likeable presence in the long run.

Favreau has an eye for design and art direction, the proto-Iron Man suit looks like it leapt off a 50s sci-fi pulp paperback, just like the retro-future of Zathura.

The Incredible Hulk

The one dead end in the MCU, featuring the second and last actor in a major role to be recast. It says a lot for the series that this is one of the two or three worst films in the franchise and it’s still perfectly watchable. The first half is fine, I checked out during the interminable CGI monster brawl towards the end.

It’s a schizophrenic film which can’t quite decide to which degree it’s a sequel to the Ang Lee movie or a new start and therefore feels at odds with the MCU. Thankfully they’ve abandoned the weightlessly leaping Hulk from the Ang Lee film (I miss the Hulk-poodles.) The digital effects for the Hulk have improved a lot since this film, the creature work often looks rough.

Liv Tyler has never been a favourite of mine but she displays a touching vulnerability as the model-turned-cellular biologists. Her performance gives the movie a sense that there is something at stake. William Hurt and Tim Roth do their best with blah-villain roles but they don’t stand a chance.

Unlike the digital creations of later city scapes, it appears they’ve built large sets which gives the film an old-school but also more small scale look. It’s the least expensive looking of the MCU films. Edward Norton is a great actor but he’s a little too earnest. It’s for the best that they’ve recast the role with Ruffalo, who brings his easygoing charm to Bruce Banner, which makes him more of a match for the likes of Downey Jr. and Hemsworth.

Louis Leterrier’s journeyman action approach is bland and the MCU eventually would go after less obvious directors for what is an action franchise.

I think this is the only MCU film where the post-credit scene comes ahead of the credits, which feels odd.

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Re: Marvel Comics on Film

#10 Post by tenia » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:56 pm

I still think Ang Lee's Hulk is that much better than the Leterrier one, despite its more typical second half.
Lost Highway wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:29 pm
As the main villain Jeff Bridges doesn’t get much to do, but he’s the rare actor who has gotten more sexy with age.
A recurring issue within the MCU villain's roster, who mostly fail to offer an interesting antagonism.
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Re: Marvel Comics on Fil

#11 Post by Lost Highway » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:32 pm

Iron Man 2

The follow up to the excellent Iron Man still is a disappointment and the MCU has truly hit its teething-problems phase.

Not much about this works. Turning Tony Stark into a dick again is aggravating rather than the source of meaningful drama. Pepper Potts has to be a shrieking damsel in distress a lot. I can see why they tried to fix MCUs boring corporate villain problem with an outlandish Batman-style baddie but Mickey Rourke barely registers, despite his freakish appearance. The whole whipping-racing-cars scene is stupid as is Rhodes and Tony Stark destroying much of the house during a pointless fight. Scarlett Johansson had not grown into her Black Widow role yet and at this point I was mourning the news that Emily Blunt had turned down the role.

The movie feels overstuffed. Being too concerned with setting characters up for future instalments, it’s loosing sight of Tony and Pepper Potts. Sam Rockwell is pretty funny when given a chance but like everybody else he’s not given enough time to make his character count.

There are fun moments here and there but the movie is a mess.

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