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Marvel One-Shot Films That NEED To Happen!

This is something that has been on my mind after watching Thor: the Dark World a little while ago, the concept of there being Marvel one-shot films for minor/secondary characters. And the more I thought about it, the more I heard similar thoughts from other people online. Then IGN came along with this article which practically stole my idea with this article: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/12/01/minor-marvel-movie-characters-that-deserve-a-one-shot-short

Even though that list exists, that won’t stop me from making my own. so here we go with my list of Marvel One-Shot Films That NEED To Happen!

Sif and The Warriors Three

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So as some of you may know, Thor was one of my favourite Phase One films and one of those reasons was Sif and the Warriors Three, I mean sure they were a bit strange and had only a small impact on the first film, but I really liked them. Jaimie Alexander’s Sif was this confident, strong and awesome female warrior and the Warriors Three had their individual aspects to like, Fandral the ladies man and charismatic fencing guy, Hogun the silent but deadly warrior and Volstagg the fat, hungry yet super strong dude. The reason I’m so attached to these characters is because of their comic book aspects that make them stand out and the potential awesomeness they could bring to the MCU.

Unfortunately after Thor film, each of those characters are pushed even more to the side than before in Thor 2 (ESPECIALLY HOGUN, WHAT THE HELL!?!) So with that in mind, I think Marvel should REALLY consider making a Marvel short for these characters to allow audiences to connect with them a bit more. Dive into their personalities, see them in battle a bit more and just hanging around Asgard, possibly touch upon Sif’s real feelings for Thor that have only been looked into a tiny bit. The short could involve them taking on an ancient enemy that they have to take out on their own without Thor which would demonstrate why they’re a force to be reckoned with.

The Howling Commandos

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Another group which I feel were completely wasted was the Howling Commandos. Fuck me, the more I think about it the most it pisses me off. Captain America: The First Avenger had a chance to really create some amazing screen adaptations of some of Cap’s early days and yet butchered a lot of things and the Howling Commandos was one of them. In the film the group is some of just thrown together through one conversation and they don’t really come across as a group or as proper allies because of the groups lack of screen time with Cap, plus most of their scenes are all in bloody montage! Such a waste a great group who have such a massive impact in the comics.

I feel like a Marvel short would be definitely be necessary for these characters, where you see them doing some mission back in WWII with a bit of action and stealth. Possibly give us the group’s individual names and gives us a sense of their personalities and show why they were the group that Cap chose in the first film. And hey if Peggy Carter can get one then there’s no reason why these guys shouldn’t either.

War Machine

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Colonel James Rhodes is one of the cool guys from the MCU (mainly in the first and third film), but I feel like some time with him doing his own thing would be cool. Maybe have an adventure where Tony’s out-of-town which requires Rhodey to take on the threat alone and show off his own badassery. Don Cheadle has proved he’s a useful partner for Tony, but I would like to see how useful he is when it’s just him on his own.

And in truth that’s it, those are the only characters I feel really require the extra screen time in shorts so that you can get a better feel for them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So what are your thoughts on the matter? Drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Captain America: The First Avenger

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #11 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now we’re gonna change things up a bit with a fairly recent superhero film in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Wow, didn’t expect to be talking about this film so soon but I thought why not? It’s my blog! Anyway, Captain America: The First Avenger is one of those films I have seen only 2 or 3 times, I’m always curious to watch it again but then get reminded of how much disappointment I’ll face so I avoid it. So now I’ve checked it out again its time to pass judgement yet again!

In terms of the plot the film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler’s ruthless head of weaponry and the leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the “Tesseract” as an energy-source for world domination.

The story is unique, interesting and good for the most part, though the execution is a bit off. For the first half its pretty much about us getting to know Steve Rogers, who he is, how he’s selected for the super soldier programme and how he’s transformed into the hero that he becomes. The next half is about Rogers’ effort to take out the Red Skull. The first half of the film is nice and there’s a good amount of character development, though it is a little long-winded and then when the pace picks up in the second half there’s not really as much detailed material as there was in the first half. And speaking the action none it is really all that good because it’s over too quickly or worse it happens in BLOODY MONTAGES! Caps donning of his costume, his action scenes, the work together with the hollowing commandos, all of that happens in montage which means none it can be fully appreciated or taken in. Actually that actually applies to a lot of aspects in this film, a lot of stuff happens and the film doesn’t take enough time for things to be processed, so then when other major stuff happens that ties into things that’s happened before you don’t really care about it because it wasn’t there long enough to matter.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly Chris Evans as does well as Steve Rogers/Captain America, he embodies all the right traits of the character and it is a massive turn around after seeing him as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four films. Evans was cool, assertive and was truthful as the character and he has nice screen presence. Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was great. Besides being totally beautiful and being arguably the hottest out of the love interests in Marvel’s Phase One films, Atwell was nice, kind and knew how to kick ass as Peggy, you could see why Cap would fall for her.

Then there’s Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull. I thought before this film came out that this was the perfect casting for this role, Weaving is awesome at playing villains and this was one of the best from the comics. It should have been perfect. The problem is that his interpretation of the character is so dull and one-dimensional. I mean a lot of villains are but Red Skull from the comics is this brilliant supervillian with a smart mind and very evil personality, Weaving’s version of the character was just your common “I want to rule the world with power” kind of guy with no charisma or unique charms and that hurt me.

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Sebastian Stan as Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes was alright but not nearly as good as I was hoping for. Obviously they heavily changed and updated his character for this film, and Stan does what he can with his material but it isn’t enough for me to care about him. The problem is that Steve and Bucky’s relationship doesn’t feel that strong and there’s only a few points where their long friendship seemed real. Then there’s Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, he was amazing. I didn’t expect his role to be so big in the film but every time Jones was on-screen he had such great dialogue that made me laugh and kept me smiling throughout. Also Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark was very good as the younger version of the father of Tony Stark. Cooper’s version of Howard was very reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in terms of his love of the ladies, level of intellect and his love of the ladies. And lastly there’s Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who created the Super Soldier Serum. Tucci was sweet, funny and wonderful in his role, my only issue was that he wasn’t on-screen longer.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is nice, the way the film creates its old-school 1940’s looks is nice if somewhat questionable at times, also the CGI used in the film for the advanced weaponry and moments when Steve Rogers or Cap is doing something superhuman is decent but is never consistently realistic. But let’s talk about the special effects used to make Chris Evans look skinny, I know that character’s meant to look feeble but that was super extreme Chris’ head looked absurd on that little body double. The action is also nice when it’s on but the problem is none of it is there long enough to appreciate because a lot of it is in FRIGGING MONTAGE! As for the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri it is nice and has a heroic sound to it when the action’s going down but other than that it’s just there and isn’t overly memorable.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well for the most part the film follows the source material with Steve Rogers’ history, how he became Captain America, the stuff with Dr. Erskine and the Red Skull. But there were a lot of changes like Bucky being an adult rather than a teenager and the nature of some of the character deaths was changed a lot too.

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So to conclude.Captain America: The First Avenger is a decent effort and has a good cast to help carry the story along. The problem is that it is something special or amazing, it doesn’t have that wow factor about it. It isn’t a terrible film but any means but because of the source material I know that this film could have been so much more and that’s why it is more disappointing that it is good.

Rating: 7/10 (It’s good but it could have been SO much better)

So there’s my review people, only 19 more to go. So have you seen Captain America: The First Avenger and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Hugo Weaving Doesn’t Want to be Red Skull Again

Now when I read this I was a little annoyed but also accepting of what happened, though now it seems like th comic book fan base have blown up about it so I think I’m going to have to give my two cents on the situation at hand here. So here’s the original story provided my superherohype:

Huge Weaving made a good impression with fans when he played Captain America’s arch-nemesis the Red Skull in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. It seems not everything was fun and games though.

In an interview with Collider, they brought up Marvel’s tendency to contract actors for multiple films and if they’d call on him for Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Marvel’s The Avengers 2. “I did that for Captain America.  I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back.  They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3.  I don’t think Red Skull will be there.  And it’s not something I would want to do again,” he said, adding, “I’m glad I did it.  I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to.  I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film.  It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by.  As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great.  It stretches you in different ways.  But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.

Though nothing has been said about the character returning for either of those films, it stands to reason that it could happen, but after these comments don’t count on it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release on April 4, 2014 with Marvel’s The Avengers 2 hitting theaters on May 1, 2015.

Now although this is very alarming news and to some degree fans have the right have a good moan about this situation, at the same time I can’t help but sort of understand where Hugo’s coming from. I really like Hugo Weaving, his work in The Matrix Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are stuff of legend and most people, if not everyone knows him from those roles and most people have nuff respect for him. And when he took on the villain Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger I was hyped for him before the film came out, however the end result wasn’t nearly as good as I’d hoped for. Weaving was good, but as comic book fanboy I know there was much more to the character than what was shown in the film and feel like his character wasn’t nearly as evil, intelligent or as threatening as he should have been. I was disappointed in a way to be honest. So when I read that Weaving wouldn’t be interested in coming back I wasn’t too sad about it, it sounds like a cold statement, but I just expected so much from him and didn’t personally get what I wanted form the film.

Though the part that bugged me was that he said he had more signed on for more films but still said he wouldn’t want to come back and it does make you wonder why do actors sign on to do these things, knowing that more will be coming down the line but then decide to bail when they don’t like how things turned out. It’s not like everyone hated him, loads of people loved Weaving’s performance and want him to return, so what’s th problem? Well the fanboys are in an uproar about his comments about superhero films (which he did say “it’s the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by”) and said he wouldn’t want to return to the character which is kind of insulting to the fans, but heck every actor has their reasons for doing what they do. However should Marvel decide to bring Red Skull back what happens when Weaving just decides to walk away? That’ll really mess up Marvel’s plans and we may end up having another character in the Marvel Universe being replaced by another actor again.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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