Marvel Studios revealed its release plans for the next three years today, and went beyond just the usual conference call or press release…they sent out a three-minute trailer, scored by the familiar opening theme, full of classic clips from movies past (including an audience reaction video) and narrated by a Stan Lee recording. The whole production is intended as one big, giant “WELCOME BACK TO THE THEATERS” sign. (You got the vaccine, right?)
Finally! As a celebration for the latest trailer of Black Widow, Here is the good old Titanic Meme.
Those who saw Infinity War know Natasha Romanoff, aka the superheroine Black Widow, perished in the events of Avengers: Endgame. And those who didn’t see Avengers: Endgame still know this fact because they’ve been on the Internet at some point between May 2019 and now.
There’s a lot of things the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done right. It’s made B-list heroes into major stars, it’s brought cult classic characters new life, and has made the first truly successful shared universe in films. But, when it comes to the female characters in the universe, they’ve dragged their feet in giving them the spotlight. While it’s easy to see films like Black Panther and the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp film and thing “Marvel is really representing women well”, it hasn’t always been that way. With the biggest faux pa being Black Widow.
For years patrons of Marvel’s superhero movies have been wondering: where’s the solo outing for Black Widow? Late last year Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Avengers 4 would be the final film to focus on the original cast and that everything would change afterward….seemingly driving the final nail in the coffin for anyone’s hopes.
During an interview with IGN, Joss Whedon was asked about being a part of a potential Black Widow film. He answered thusly:
“Pick Your Side”, it’s the line that is most associated with the Civil War storyline, as both heroes and villains had to choose whether they were going to side with Tony Stark or Captain America. In the upcoming movie of the same name, many of the heroes we’ve met so far in the MCU are finding themselves in that mode of whose side they are on. For Black Widow, a character that has been under some controversy as of late, her position may not be as simple as one things. Actress Scarlett Johansson tells Entertainment Weekly that just because we see her on Iron Man’s side in the trailers and promo art doesn’t mean it’s her stance.
And here we go again! Another post-Secret Wars title has been revealed! This one is big, not only because of the character, but because of who’s making it. Black Widow will once again receive her own ongoing title, but this go round it’ll be helmed by the former Daredevil comic team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, who just ended their legendary run of the character.
Most movies (or at least the good ones in my opinion) are ones with layers. Yes, most people like action, but if the action is hollow with no connection to the characters, then what is it exactly? The opposite is also true though, if the character stories and connections are hollow, or baseless, or pointless, why should we care about them?
Not much to be said about the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, watch it for yourself before you read the article. The trailer was accidentally released ahead of its Oct. 28 premiere on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it seems the powers that be have decided to just go ahead and release it publicly.
Marvel Studios’ finest film to date, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download yesterday (9/09/2014) and now sits on me shelf after I brought it home and watched the movie for the third time.
For a long time, we as a society have been having a debate about freedom versus security. Is it worth protecting our ideals to keep people safe? As our freedoms erode little by little every year, it’s clear which side is winning. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” takes Steve Rogers, the comic book character who represents our ideals more than any other, and thrusts him head first into the midst of this debate. Seventy years ago, he fought a war to preserve freedom… what some have called the last clean war. The last war that needed to be fought. In the present day, after what happened in New York (the beauty of this line is that it describes both Loki’s attack and the events of September 11th), things have changed… and more and more people are willingly handing their freedom over so they can be protected from the bad guys. Is the trade off worth it? Can those in power be trusted with the responsibility? Who decides who is and isn’t a threat to society? These questions are what make this a perfect Captain America story.
Chris Evans turns in his best performance as Steve Rogers, I’ve wanted to see him adjust to the modern era and this film handles it beautifully. Scarlett Johansson should finally silence all critics who have doubted whether she is suited to the role of Black Widow as she really gets to show off the master assassin’s human side… combine this with the trailer for “Lucy” that was attached to the movie, and it’s a crime that there still isn’t a “Black Widow” movie. Sebastian Stan’s turn as the Winter Soldier lives up the hype; a silent and deadly killer akin to the Terminator. And, of course, a great performance by screen legend, Robert Redford as head of SHIELD, Alexander Pierce.