Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

Marvel’s continuity shtick, one where various comic book characters and stories exist in one universe, used to be confined within comic book realms. In the early 2000s, there was no such universe and comic book movies were one-shot deals. Sequels were never planned and if a movie isn’t successful enough, then it joins the ranks … More Revisiting Sam Raimi’s Old, Cheesy, Amazing Friendly Neighborhood ‘Spider-Man’

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Perfectly Executed Action-RPG

Right after the opening salvo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which we find Captain America and Agent Romanoff displaying their super-awesome fighting skills against a group of mercenaries in a SHIELD vessel, I wasn’t sure if I was in a movie house or if I just watched a perfectly executed tactical/brawler/action-RPG. Was it … More ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Is A Perfectly Executed Action-RPG

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is One Big Superhero Movie Climax

Avengers: Infinity War opens with a distress call—actually a massacre, off-screen. And it’s only fitting that after Marvel’s most outrageously hilarious movie comes tragedy. I’m referring to Thor: Ragnarok, of course, which ended with Thor, Loki, Heimdall, Hulk and the rest of the Asgardians aboard The Mastermind’s fancy ship. They all survived Ragnarok—saw Asgard burn … More ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is One Big Superhero Movie Climax

Are You Team ‘Infinity War’ Or Are You Team ‘Deadpool’?

Couldn’t we just like them both? Be excited for both? Eggsactly. But where’s the fun in that? Also, these are two very different superhero movies. Two movies that operate on very different levels. So let’s contrast and compare. One is about a Titan’s intergalactic quest for a set of colorful McGuffins, and the resulting powerful … More Are You Team ‘Infinity War’ Or Are You Team ‘Deadpool’?

Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

Hail to the king Wasn’t really planning to watch Black Panther. Afraid that this steady diet of tentpole superhero movies has nothing but replaced my enthusiasm for “something different” with disappointments and lowered expectations. But the hype and raves came overflowing that my Spider-sense started tingling. Black Panther‘s box office success, just like Wonder Woman‘s … More Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

13 Reasons Why I’m (Not) So Excited About Avengers: Infinity War

Can’t say I’m not the least bit excited about Avengers: Infinity War. It is after all an Avengers movie. Something I have always looked forward to more than any other series or sub-franchise in the ongoing Marvel universe. Outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy, of course. One reason I’m not too excited about Infinity … More 13 Reasons Why I’m (Not) So Excited About Avengers: Infinity War

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

Deadpool reminded me of Spider-Man. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, that is. Deadpool was half the movie that Spider-Man was, but with enough adult things—humor, language, sex, violence—to make up for the lacking half. Spider-Man: Homecoming reminds me a lot of Deadpool, but in terms of the adult things—humor, language, sex, violence—the latter was (in)famous for, Homecoming‘s … More Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts, 2017)

What if Marvel gets Tarantino to do a Captain America spin-off?

Here’s what—should Marvel hire Quentin Tarantino and give him 100% free rein: It would be set in the near future where the world is enslaved by Loki and the formation of Avengers never happened. Why? Because a deadly assassin killed Nick Fury in the ’70s. Doctor Strange would send Captain America back in time to stop the … More What if Marvel gets Tarantino to do a Captain America spin-off?

Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)

I’ve Seen Stranger Things Like Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, Stephen Strange went to Asia looking for the cure (unbeknownst to the former doctor, the band resides in England—y’know, Three Imaginary Boys, 1979). Unlike Christian Bale’s Wayne, Benedict Cumberbach’s Dr. Strange has a slick sense of humor (“Just Wong?… Like Adele… Or Aristotle? Drake? Bono? … More Doctor Strange (Scott Derrickson, 2016)