Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened last week to record breaking box office results (for April) and positive reviews. After seeing it last night with the family I’d say it’s well deserved, but that was my impression going in. I could get used to getting what I expect from a movie and being pleased by it. The movie had huge implications for future Cap films, Avengers 2 and… well, if you watched MAOS last night you’ve seen it’ll resonate though pretty much the entire MCU.
There’s a lot to like about this movie, so I’ll get right to it. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! (more…)
As a fan of the Marvel films, I love reading and watching features that talk about the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the reasons why the movies have worked so well is that the Marvel has gone out of its way to keep the MCU meshed together and tie it from one film to the next. Avengers was amazing because Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America were done well and just moved right into it.
However, if you don’t want to see the awesome, you might want to know that there will be more previews to taunt us for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Normally, I try to ignore spoilers and trailers for movies like this because I like being surprised, but yeah… between Rocket Raccoon and Falcon, I just can’t get enough. I guess I’m hooked on a feeling or something…
Marvel has a lot hanging on their box office this year. With RDJ getting too expensive to sustain further solo Iron Man films (phew), they need to be able to create new possible mini franchises like Guardians Of The Galaxy and prove that the other Avengers can maintain profitable film series as well and not end up as one offs if at all possible. Thor: The Dark World proved to be a successful follow up with critics liking it less, while still for the most part liking it, while the general audience liked it more. It slipped into last place for the top ten grossing films of 2013 bookended by IM3 in the top spot.
It’s all on Cap now. The studio is optimistic having already signed The Winter Soldier’s directors on for the third film and hiring screenwriters for a third Thor outing. Some others in the know have had high praise of what they’ve seen of the film as well. Ed Brubaker, creator of the Winter Soldier and one of the best writers to ever work on Captain America, has had nothing but praise for it saying he was “blown away” by the script a few months back.
I’m hopeful audiences will continue to embrace the MCU’s take on these characters (Falcon aaaaaand Batroc?! Boom!) and are ready for a bit of cloak & dagger mixed in with their big screen comic book heroes. I for one can not wait.
Thor right around the Corner, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy coming up. The prospect of more Marvel figures, Winter Soldier, Rocket Raccoon. I’m just going to watch these a few more times before I come up with any jokes or comments. Now get me a Dr. Strange movie!
Spoilers abound in this news round-up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2, so if you’re the type who prefers to stick their head in the sand until a movie comes out then go no further. First up, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a couple of new recruits. Actually, new is a relative term… (more…)
In case you haven’t heard already, the Marvel Studios panel laid out plans for phase 2 of their long-reaching Cinematic Universe. The titles for the previously announced Thor and Captain America sequels were welcome additions after the highly original Iron Man 3. Thor The Dark World and Captain America The Winter Soldier were certainly not the biggest news though as Kevin Feige confirmed the rumours of a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie and even brought the first piece of concept art from the movie to give fans an idea of the design direction for the space focused film.
If LEGO continues to make sets based on the MCU, these films could offer a lot of new material and Guardians alone has the potential for great space sets and very unique minifigs (Rocket Raccoon!). Most interestingly though, may have been Edgar Wright’s inclusion in the panel, cementing the long in development Ant Man movie. Wright screened a test FX reel for the fans and while no formal announcement of release date or casting were made, I’m glad to see this movie is still on track and possibly included in the phase leading to the Avengers sequel. You can read more on Marvel.com and just about every other comic based site which are now frothing at the mouth, like ComicBookMovie.com who managed to get some shots of the newest suit in Tony Stark’s closet. I’ve stuck Iron Man at the end of this post because I’m just not a fan of this look, I’m much more interested in the Iron Patriot suit and some other plot rumours floating around about the other films. *cough* Falcon *cough*
This new suit can be sumed up in the best comment I’ve seen thus far: “Too much mustard.”