Captain Marvel Review – Not The Best Marvel Movie, Yet A Fun Time At The Theater

Captain Marvel
Source: Marvel Studios

Captain Marvel is the newest film in the Marvel franchise, meaning that it is just one film closer to the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame.  However, this is not just a stepping-stone movie – a placeholder if you will until we get to the main event.  It is a film that manages to stay as engaging and as entertaining as Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, or Dr. Strange was when they first debuted.

Carol Danvers, the superhuman Captain Marvel, is played by Academy Award winner Brie Larson.  While many criticized her when the trailers came out as being very one-note, she fully proves that she can carry not only this film, but will be capable of can acting alongside future Avenger teammates Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America).

Alongside Larson is Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as the soon to be S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos.  While Jackson and Law turn in performances that as good as you would expect, Mendelsohn surprisingly is the stand out star next to Larson.  His character has a pivotal shift that you would not have expected, and he manages to convincingly portray every turn his character takes.  I would like to go into more details on this but then we are getting into spoiler territory – so just know that you will walk away from Captain Marvel loving his character and hoping that he will have future appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Fantastic 4 Sequel to be “Brighter”

But wait! Didn’t Fox take the announced Fantastic 4 sequel off their schedule?

Yes they did.  But that doesn’t seem to have stopped the creative teams at Fox from trying to make a sequel to the 2015 abysmal box office bomb, Fantastic Four.

Writer-Producer, Simon Kinberg, who wrote the screenplay for the 2015 Fantastic Four, spoke with Den of Geek about several matters surrounding the franchise.

Kinberg is done defending the 2015 movie and admits:

“We didn’t make a good movie,” Kinberg said, “and the world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly.  And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does.  We actually have a pretty good batting average all things considered.  But I think we bade many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”

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Captain America: Civil War Trailer 2

“Hey Everyone,” the new Captain America: Civil War Trailer was just released by Marvel Studios.  And if you stay until the very end of the trailer, in Marvel movie fashion, a big reveal is made. We finally get to see Spider-Man! Check out the trailer.

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Ant-Man Sequel Might Have a Director

With Ant-Man having exceeded all expectations its no surprise that Marvel Studios is continuing with a sequel.  The film was able to score an 80% Critic rating and an 89% Audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  On top of that it made quite a bit of money, reaching $454M at the worldwide box office.  Now, with the 2018 release date of Ant-Man and the Wasp approaching, the studio is reportedly hoping to bring director Peyton Reed back to helm their tiny superhero film once again.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reed is in final negotiations with the studio to continue sitting in the director’s chair and get the film ready to hit theaters for July 2018. However, in order to make that date Marvel moved around it’s Phase 3 movie dates in order to make room for this Ant-Man sequel.  With this switch-around it was also announced that there would be three unspecified movies under the Marvel banner coming in 2020. Continue reading “Ant-Man Sequel Might Have a Director”