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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years have passed since the battle of New York.  As the world continues to rebuild and deal with the aftermath of the alien invasion, and the knowledge of the superheroes in their midst, Steve Rogers (alias Captain America) has moved to Washington D.C. to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., a counterintelligence and espionage agency.  He is beginning to adjust to modern life and works alongside Agent Natasha Romanoff (alias Black Widow).

During a mission with the S.T.R.I.K.E. team (S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism team) to free a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship from pirates Steve realizes he is in the dark about several of the other sides of what is going on in within the agency he is working for.

When he is finally briefed on Project Insight, a program to be used to preemptively eliminate threats before they become issues, things go from bad to worse.  Director Fury is attacked by an assassin called the Winter Solder.  He is able to warn Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised by outside forces but it isn’t until Rogers, Romanoff and a new friend, Sam Wilson (alias Falcon) are attacked but the same assassin that killed Director Fury that they begin to put the pieces together on who is behind the attacks.

Will they be able to save the day?  Or will the Winter Soldier…and the team behind him… succeed in their mission to create the ultimate preemptive weapon…eliminating any and all possible threats to themselves and world domination?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, War Film, Spy/Espionage

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 136 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is one of my favorites of the MCU films.  It introduces some great characters, we get to see more of HYDRA, what happened to our beloved Bucky Barnes…and we really get to see more of Captain America and how he functions in the modern world.

Between the betrayals, the writing, and the great cinematography this ends up being a wonderful spy and espionage film with all the little working parts getting revealed at just the right moments, from Fury being alive, to the fact that Natasha has other secret missions that are on a need-to-know basis…and sometimes Cap just doesn’t need to know.

I’ve always loved the world of Captain America.  The historical feel of the first film is right up my alley, as was the feel and look of Agent Carter.  This one is definitely modernized but fits into the whole line up of Captain America films.  It has all of the truth and honor that the Captain is constantly fighting for with all of the “war film” feels of the first…even though they aren’t exactly in a war at the moment.

Just a great movie from start to finish and one I rewatch quite often.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Agent Phil Coulson of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is alive and has been tasked with putting together a small taskforce to handle the strange new cases that are popping up throughout the globe in the wake of the attack on New York.  As their team grows, they begin to catch the ire of several different groups from the Rising Tide to Project Centipede.  It is their job to assess, fix and report on the anomalies that are occurring throughout the world…and fight the forces that oppose them when needed.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters by Stan Lee

-Length: 7 Seasons, 136 total episodes, 41-45 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medications and modifications to physical bodies treated as drugs, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell, John Hannah, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Jeff Ward, Cobie Smolders

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so this is one of the few shows that kind of happened during the beginning of things so its going to be a little different in the review than the stuff that I’ve done before.  The current series have about 6 hours of content.  The ones before those were standalones.  This one…this one was changed by the movies.  So, it seems best to try and review the series in chunks between the movies and several of the shows.

Season 1, Episodes 1-7:

I’m so glad that Coulson is ok…no matter how he is ok.  I’m not sure about Ward.  Melinda May is awesome…not sure how she is just the pilot.  Fitz and Simmons are adorable.  They are super enthusiastic about all of the scientific stuff that is going on around them.

Skye is going to be an interesting character.  I love that Coulson captures her.  Not sure if she is the head of Rising Tide…or just helping out with things.  If I remember from when I watched the first bit of this originally, she ends up on the team.

Hmmm…I’m not sure how all of this is going to play out with Mike.  He’s dangerous and the technology to create his powers are unstable.

This is a decent start to the series but I’m not super impressed like I usually am with shows that Joss Whedon (for all of his faults and major issues) has created.  I hope that it gets better from here on out.

The second episode was a little better.  I liked the side characters that were brought in… it was cool to see people that know Coulson before everything with S.H.I.E.L.D.  and it was nice to see the team work together for the first time.  Though May is super scary.

So obviously Skye isn’t in charge of Rising Tide. But she was a big part of what was going on.  It’s interesting to see all the moving parts that are going on in the show.  Are we finally getting to see part of Project Centipede?

I appreciate that Skye sticks to her convictions.  I don’t like Miles. 

The stories seem to be getting a little better as the episodes go on.  We are just starting to see what some of the characters are capable of.

I’m interested to see how some of what I know happens plays out.  Its just a really slow to start show.  I’m glad I didn’t really watch it when it was on.  I’m not sure I would have kept coming back for the episodes week after week.

It would not have been cool to lose Jemma this early.  She is one of the characters that I keep coming back to the show for.

Episode 7 was actually really intriguing.  It was really the first time that we see all of them work together for one common goal.  They’ve done assignments yes, but out of their own loyalty….there hasn’t been a lot of that yet.

Rating:

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REPOST: THOR, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Odin, King of the Asgard, has waged and won a war on the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth.  As the Asgard warriors defeat the Giants in Norway they are able to seize the source of the Frost Giant’s power.

In the present, Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard as his father, Odin, begins to step down from his position in the realm.  As the celebration erupts throughout the land Frost Giants attack the city searching for the source of their power.  Thor defies his father and drags his group of comrades off to fight the Frost Giants on their own land nearly inciting a new war.

As punishment Odin sends Thor, and his hammer, to Earth.  He lands in New Mexico to promptly be run over by astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig.  While they are in the middle of figuring out just what happened to the man they have run into as well as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge they have apparently witnessed, locals have gotten a hold of the hammer.

S.H.I.E.L.D descends on the town, Loki gets out of hand on Asgard…and things go awry.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Redemption

-Creator: based on characters created by MARVEL Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction action and violence, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medical sedatives, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stallan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I wasn’t exactly well versed in Thor and his story in the MARVEL world when I first saw this film but he has become one of my favorite superheroes over the course of his films.  And while I do love Jane and Darcy (who has become one of my favorite characters over the years) this movie isn’t the best of the Thor series…and it’s not one of my favorites of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

The movie is fine in general.  It introduces some of the most important and most popular characters like Darcy, Jane, Thor and Loki…even Phil Coulson… but it isn’t the best of the Thor films.  And honestly isn’t one of the best of the universe.

But it is necessary and there are some parts I really love.  The cinematography is really wonderful during a lot of the film.  The little off kilter moments where the camera is turned just slightly off really lend an air of tension and being off balance, which is really fitting for the manner of the film.

Its an interesting “origin” story type of film.  We get to see the first part of Thor becoming the god that we know he is later in the Avengers.  We get the origin of Darcy (and without spoiling too much her journey is killer awesome!).  We get to see the beginnings of a S.H.I.E.L.D.

In regard to those things, it’s a good film.  But between all of the moments where a lot of exposition is needed and Thor being a spoilt brat… it’s a lot.  And while I’m not sure what else they could have done to make the film different or better.  But here we are.  And obviously it ended up working because we are supposed to get yet another movie in the universe of Thor…and even a TV show… which is really exciting.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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THOR, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Odin, King of the Asgard, has waged and won a war on the Frost Giants to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth.  As the Asgard warriors defeat the Giants in Norway they are able to seize the source of the Frost Giant’s power.

In the present, Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard as his father, Odin, begins to step down from his position in the realm.  As the celebration erupts throughout the land Frost Giants attack the city searching for the source of their power.  Thor defies his father and drags his group of comrades off to fight the Frost Giants on their own land nearly inciting a new war.

As punishment Odin sends Thor, and his hammer, to Earth.  He lands in New Mexico to promptly be run over by astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig.  While they are in the middle of figuring out just what happened to the man they have run into as well as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge they have apparently witnessed, locals have gotten a hold of the hammer.

S.H.I.E.L.D descends on the town, Loki gets out of hand on Asgard…and things go awry.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Redemption

-Creator: based on characters created by MARVEL Comics

-Length: 114 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild science fiction action and violence, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, mild use of medical sedatives, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stallan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

I wasn’t exactly well versed in Thor and his story in the MARVEL world when I first saw this film but he has become one of my favorite superheroes over the course of his films.  And while I do love Jane and Darcy (who has become one of my favorite characters over the years) this movie isn’t the best of the Thor series…and it’s not one of my favorites of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

The movie is fine in general.  It introduces some of the most important and most popular characters like Darcy, Jane, Thor and Loki…even Phil Coulson… but it isn’t the best of the Thor films.  And honestly isn’t one of the best of the universe.

But it is necessary and there are some parts I really love.  The cinematography is really wonderful during a lot of the film.  The little off kilter moments where the camera is turned just slightly off really lend an air of tension and being off balance, which is really fitting for the manner of the film.

Its an interesting “origin” story type of film.  We get to see the first part of Thor becoming the god that we know he is later in the Avengers.  We get the origin of Darcy (and without spoiling too much her journey is killer awesome!).  We get to see the beginnings of a S.H.I.E.L.D.

In regard to those things, it’s a good film.  But between all of the moments where a lot of exposition is needed and Thor being a spoilt brat… it’s a lot.  And while I’m not sure what else they could have done to make the film different or better.  But here we are.  And obviously it ended up working because we are supposed to get yet another movie in the universe of Thor…and even a TV show… which is really exciting.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.