Tag: Guardians of the Galaxy

Friday Night D&D – The “Heroes” Journey

Friday Night D&D – The “Heroes” Journey

This is another idea that I started formulating while watching a GM 9-1-1 video from Nerdarchy. The question that was asked there was how the GM could create a game where someone else was the hero of the game. Normally this isn’t something that I […]

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers Infinity War Spoiler Edition

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers Infinity War Spoiler Edition

Alright, I’m back with a review that is going to be full of spoilers, so you have been warned by the title, you have been warned by this paragraph, and you will be warned by the gif below. Doctor Who Spoilers GIF from Doctorwho GIFs […]

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Revisit Rewatch Review: Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

But, but, but, but this is new, it isn’t an old movie, this is a brand new movie. Well, we can still review them, and with something as nerdy as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we clearly need to do a review on it. This is going to be the spoiler free review, I’ll likely do one later that has a number more spoilers, thoughts, guesses, etc. for the future.

This is what Marvel has been building towards for 10 years, basically since Iron Man came out and we got the idea that we would eventually have an Avengers team. In the first Avengers movie we saw Loki wield the power of one of the Infinity Gems as he tried to conquer Earth. Since then we’ve run across some in The Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron,  and Thor: The Dark World. And we’ve had little bits and teases of the villain for this movie, Thanos, as he seeks to gain power. We’ve met his children Gamora and Nebula and seen him interact with Loki. Finally, Thanos is putting his plan into place to collect all of the Infinity Gems. Unfortunately, that means that he is coming to Earth to get the gem that Doctor Strange has and that is embedded in Visions head.

That’s it that I’m going to say about the plot. There is so much more going in the movie, but I don’t want to give away what else is happening and the storylines that are intertwined together. The story in Infinity War is extremely well written. When sitting through a two and a half hour movie, the time seems to fly by. You get great returns of characters, you get awesome moments of combat, you have heartfelt reunions, and humor all worked together into the perfect blend. This movie feels like what we’ve been building to for ages through all of the other stories, and while you could watch this without having seen any of the movies before and probably still enjoy it quite well, you are going to really appreciate it if you’ve seen the previous films.

There are two huge things that make this story work:

  1. The villain is amazing. Thanos is scary. Thanos is evil. The main characters can’t easily beat him or get the upper hand on him. Thanos even probably knows he is evil, but he so firmly believes that what he is doing is for the right reason it makes him even scarier. He is how a villain should be written with clearly defined motives besides wanting to be a villain. Thanos has those in spades,  and if you go back to the article I wrote about good villains, even with his almost god-like powers, he is more than just a powerful villain to be beaten like Ares is in Wonder Woman.
  2. It brings so many things together. If you want to see heroes team up who haven’t ever teamed up before? You’re probably going to get it. You want to see storylines that have been hinted at and teased in post credit scenes actually happen? You get those. It’s a masterfully written story that brings so many things together you really feel like every movie, even duds like Thor: The Dark World, were worth it because of this story.

Another really cool thing about this film is that you start to see some of the characters really develop into their own. This is the second time we’ve seen Doctor Strange outside of his own movie. In Thor: Ragnarok, it was a brief cameo, but we get to see Doctor Strange really interact with other characters from the MCU and we get to see him develop even more so as a character. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we get a good idea of who Peter Parker is, but this also really lets him shine and you see him as something different than before and you see him grow through the film. As was hinted at in Captain America: Civil War, we get to see Scarlet Witch and Visions relationship grow and how it’s already grown, and as Black Panther hinted, we have the return of Bucky. These are just some of the storylines and characters that come together and really grow and take on a solid life of their own.

Avengers: Infinity War is not just a superhero film, it is that and it has it’s superhero moments, it is a story that has a ton of depth. It is a comedy at times, it is a tragedy, it is a drama. It has everything rolled into a single story and it is beautiful. It’s a story that is so well put together that you don’t even notice time passing, and it’s a story that leaves you excited and waiting for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see what is going to be happening.

It’s a film that I’m going to highly recommend. It’s likely going to demolish box office numbers, and so I really don’t need to tell you to go see it. I will say, if you’re thinking about waiting until it comes out on Blu-Ray and Redboxing it, you can, but I do think that you’ll lose something. I already know I want to go back to the theaters and see it again, and I’ve heard that it is wonderful in 3D. Consider splurging and going to see it if you weren’t planning on going already, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I will say this, as there are plenty of times movies are over-hyped and don’t live up to expectations, if nothing else, Avengers: Infinity War is a stellar superhero movie and can be enjoyed as such.

TelevisionTalk: Full Metal Panic!

TelevisionTalk: Full Metal Panic!

Hello 90s, I’ve missed you! Time to review the first season of a crazy anime that most of the time just was so 90s it hurt, literally. Full Metal Panic! (yes, there is an exclamation point in the title) is an absurd anime. It came out […]

Movie Musings: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Movie Musings: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It should come as no surprise that Peder and I have been waiting with bated breath for this movie to come out since…well, pretty much since we watched the final post-credits scene of the first one. We had high hopes for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (I mean, […]

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 4)

Comic Books – Marvel: Meeting the Line-Up (part 4)

We are to my final part of this. I could continue for a whole lot longer, but I only have so many more that I know about.

Gambit: Gambit is just awesome in my opinion. He is the raging Cajun Remy Lebeau. He is one of the X-men, but has also branched out to lead his own team at certain points in time. But his past is pretty shady, he was a member of a thieve’s guild and his past comes back to haunt him from time to time and he struggles with being good.

Kitty Pryde: Another X-men, she plays a huge part in a lot of the X-Men stories. She is also known as Shadowcat. That name comes into play with the fact that she can shift through solid material, which makes for some interesting scenes and her falling through the floor in a compromising position.

Image Source: https://walter.trakt.us
Image Source: https://walter.trakt.us

Luke Cage: Cage runs in Hell’s Kitchen most of the time and is fights in the grittier part of the Marvel universe. His skin is nearly impossible to break which makes him one of the toughest characters.

Jessica Jones: Another character who can be nearly invulnerable at times. She runs in Hell’s Kitchen as well, and has super strength. She also ends up married to Luke Cage. This makes for an interesting dynamic at times, especially after they have a child.

Iron Fist: A master of mystical kung-fu, he can punch anyone out. He partners up with Luke Cage a lot of the time in Hell’s Kitchen.

The Guardians of the Galaxy: My biggest suggestion is to just watch the movie. Peter Quill is their partially human leader. The group he leads is fairly questionable with Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. They are really a rag tag bunch and they tend to be a little more comedic.

Image Source: http://schmoesknow.com/
Image Source: http://schmoesknow.com/

Captain Marvel: A human who was affected by DNA of the Kree (and alien race). She gains super powers, in that she is faster, stronger, and can fly. Taking up the mantel of one of the Kree, the current Captain Marvel, is Carol Danvers who has a really big fan following.

And last but not least…..

Squirrel Girl: Yes, this is kind of tongue and cheek. She can communicate with squirrels. That is her super power. Much like Ant-Man can talk to ant’s, she can talk with squirrels. Yes, it is as absurd as that, but people really love her. She shows up in the New Avengers in the early 2010’s.

Which hero have I missed, there are many, that you really love? I will eventually come back to Marvel to talk about the VILLAINS! But at this point, I’m wrapping up Marvel and moving onto DC’s heroes. If I seem a little bit more cynical about DC, it is because I enjoy their movies less, but I can talk about that in a later post.

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Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics: The Heroes that We Love

Comics are an iconic nerdy activity. Reading the stories of Superman and Spider-Man and waiting for the next issue to come out is quite the image that we can place in our mind. But now that superheroes are becoming more mainstream, we have movies coming […]

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Woo hoo, we have our first teaser for Doctor Strange. Being kind of a comic book nerd, I’ve read some of his older comics (there isn’t a current Doctor Strange title), and watched some of his animated movies. I really like his character, and in […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Casting

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Casting

Image Source: Screencrush
Image Source: Screencrush

Thanks to James Gunn on twitter, we know some cool casting news.

And yes Kurt Russell has joined the cast, as have , Elizabeth Debicki, and . They are all amazing.

https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/699963996422574080

. is playing Mantis. As for the rest, you’ll have to wait.

https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/699965727269371905

How Many People in the Action Marvel?

How Many People in the Action Marvel?

So, the Russo’s are saying, we can see a whole lot of people fighting against Thanos, and just in the film in general. We have so many characters we’re dealing with.  We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters […]