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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Six months have passed since Steve handed off the Shield to Sam Wilson.  As the world readjusts to the snap back to reality he is forced to team up with Bucky Barns on an adventure that has them chasing a rogue group known as the Flag Smashers across the globe.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Buddy Cop, Spy and Espionage

-Creator: Malcolm Spellman for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics

-Length: 2 episodes, 45-60 minutes each

-Rating: TV-14 (moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription)

-Main Cast: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Danny Ramirez, Georges St-Pierre, Adepero Oduye, Don Cheadle, Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp

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

Review (contains spoilers):

Episode 1: New World Order

This is a really fascinating story line.

The idea that a new group has popped up that is something like Anonymous.  It’s the result of the five years between the first snap and everyone coming back.  The chaos of both of those events has caused so many issues in the world from the destruction and the reunification of the world.

I like the idea that Sam really wanted to leave Captain America’s mantel for Steve and that should be that.  Its insane that the government decided to replace Steve with this…guy.  He just doesn’t feel ok to me.  I’m not sure what is up with him.

The costuming for the Flag Smashers did make me a bit uncomfortable.  I understand that the character was created long before what I associate the red handprint on the face with, but it did make me a little irritated that they didn’t decide to modify the symbol.  It could have gone on a breast plate or another article of clothing.  Because what I associate the red handprint on the face with (not in the same place but still) is the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.  The red handprint over the mouth is a huge sign to bring awareness to the women who have been kidnapped, murdered, and are often still missing.  I think the costumer could have done a better job adapting the trademark costume for Flag Smasher into something new and different that didn’t detract from this cause. 

If you would like more information on this issue and how to help with the cause, then please visit: https://mmiwusa.org/ or search for “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”

Episode 2: The Star-Spangled Man

I just don’t trust this guy…the guy who is the new Captain America.  There is just something about him that feels wrong. Off somehow.  Its just not okay on a few different levels. But I’m not so sure what has me feeling this way.  I don’t know anything about how the comics play out so I’m just going on what I feel.

YES….we now have White Wolf!  So excited.  I love that Bucky has given up the Winter Soldier name and become White Wolf!  I’m super interested to see where this goes.  I’m also loving that Sam is getting to spread his wings as the Falcon.  Some of his maneuvers are just beautifully done.

The more that we get the new Captain America interacting with Sam and Bucky the less and less I like him!

But seriously the “couples counseling” moment in this episode was CLASSIC.  Just wonderful.

I’m glad we are quickly getting to put faces with the Flag Smashers. I’m really interested in where they are going to go and connect to ULTIMATUM in the comics.

Oh yay…Zemo…

Episode 3: Power Broker

I’m liking the new Captain America less and less.

Oh Bucky.  Breaking people out of jail.  You know Zemo is going to stab all of you in the back.

It is interesting the bits and pieces we are getting of the Flag Smashers.  They are Super Soldiers, but their cause is fairly relatable.  The world united was probably extremely helpful during the Blip.  Much easier to keep track of things in a few places instead of over one hundred individual countries.  Its their methods that aren’t exactly commendable.

Who is the Power Broker?… obviously its not Selby.  Though of course Sarah had to call at exactly the wrong moment.

Woohoo Sharon!  I hope she becomes a main character in this mess.  I love Sharon and her attitude.  She is fantastic. 

That is a LOT of Super Serum.  Or at least enough stuff to make a lot of it.  And 20 vials is still a lot.

Of course, Zemo takes off after killing the doctor.  And assumes his other identity.  It wouldn’t be a show if that didn’t happen.  He’s still on their side (at least for now) but he’s not trustworthy.

And as always Sharon is awesome.  The boys need to get their act together.

I don’t want to like Karli but she’s kind of sad in a lot of ways.  And, never mind.  The explosion kind of changed my view.  They have done a great job with the story telling as well as the ups and downs of the situation and what is going on in the world.

Where is Bucky off to? Little bread crumbs.  Where do they lead?

*squeal* YES!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 4: The Whole World is Watching

So a little flash back to get us to where we are today.  The deprogramming that Bucky went through in Wakanda.

What is Zemo up to?

Karli is really easy to relate to.  I am really enjoying the fact that we have a “villain” who is relatable.  It really shows the depth of human struggle.  That sometimes your heart is right, but your methods aren’t.

Oh boy.  I just keep liking the new Captain America less and less.  He’s harsh and brisk and just doesn’t seem to really know what he is supposed to be doing.  He has no trust in the people around him.  I feel like that is how he was as a soldier too.

Finally, we get Sam and Karli to talk.  I wonder what is actually going to happen in that conversation.  Its all about HOW it is being done.  The cause isn’t the issue.  And its great that the “good guys” recognize it.

Damn, Zemo.  I’m not surprised because he is all about ending the Super Soldiers once and for all.  But I actually like Karli.  Its hard to see her shot at.  And of course, our new shiny Captain America is going to hide one and take it. Ugh.  I knew I didn’t like him.

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

I just…blah.  I’m not sure I’d actually be mad if Karli managed to kill John.

I LOVE the Dora Milaja.  They are such incredible women.  And not afraid to fight.  Ayo is awesome.  Taking off Bucky’s arm. And capturing the shield.  They handed John Walker a LOT to think about.

And Zemo is finally gone?  Maybe…

Karli is good.  Calling Sarah to get Sam to take her seriously.  But how much is John going to mess this up for everyone?

Well John took the serum.  That was a bad decision. And now Lemar is dead.  That is going to change everything about John Walker.  He’s no longer fighting the Flag Smashers for the fact that they are terrorists.  He’s now got a personal vendetta.  That is NOT how Captain America does anything.  He does not deserve to wear that uniform.

Episode 5: Truth

Oh, this isn’t going to go well.  Walker is not in a good place.  And Bucky is always ready for a fight.  He’s been looking for a reason to take back that shield.

This is not good.  Whatever that serum is doing to him it is not good.  I can’t believe he pulled off Falcon’s wings and tried to kill both Bucky and Sam by cutting off their heads.  This is atrocious.  I knew I didn’t like him from the start but this is something else.  I know nothing about the storyline this is based on but this is just insane.

I think Sam is realizing he may not have made the best choice in giving up the shield.  I do like that there was a tiny detail that I’m not sure many people caught.  But that entire fight was done with the Captain’s shield held upside down with the star pointing down.  Had the feel of turning the American flag upside down to show the country is in distress.  Very clear message that Walker wasn’t in a good state of mind.

Oh. My. Gods. Val….Val is in the Universe now?!?  This. Is. NOT. Good.

Karli is something else.  I’m not sure how that is all going to play out.  While Walker killed with passion she kills without emotion.  Its interesting how the serum changes you…or enhances your desires and underlying personality.

Hmmm. Sokovia.  What is Zemo up to?  Time for the Dora Milaje to take him.  It is good that he has decided to not kill Bucky.  The Raft is harder to escape at least.

Poor Sam.  There is a lot for him to process.  I hope Isaiah will help.  I’m glad we are getting his story. 

That was a lot to process.  I’m so glad stories like this are coming to the forefront.  We need these stories told.  We need to see these struggles and history confronted.  Because, for as made up as comics are, the stories are rooted in what is actually going on…what has gone on in our history.  Isaiah’s story isn’t unusual.  His confinement. His service.  Everything that happened to him.  Sadly, it isn’t an unheard-of story.

Ooooh.  New wings for Sam. And a montage scene of everyone helping to fix up the family boat.  Bucky and Sarah are kind of adorable…Sam obviously doesn’t think so. Haha.

What is Sharon up to? And why is she talking to Batrok?  Is Sharon the Power Broker?  I’ve had suspicions….but I’m just not sure.  We will see.

Aw.  I love that they are becoming friends.  Its nice to see the two of them get along.  But not as a team.  Its so adorable.  They keep dancing around each other.  Just be friends.

Batrok is now with the Flag Smashers.  Or maybe not.  They are in NYC with a LOT more people on their side.  This isn’t going to be good at all.

Yeah. This is going to be big trouble.

Are those actually wings for Sam? Or is it something else?

After Credits Scene:  What is John making? His own shield?  Are we finally going to get his reveal…not quite?

Episode 6: One World. One People.

So this is the one episode that I watched completely and then am reviewing after.

This story was so important.  So very important.

I can’t speak to the experiences of anyone who is Black (I have a whole article on Racism and the world of Ready Player One here).  But I can say that as part of another community that is marginalized…the LGBT+ and being neurodivergent I can speak to HOW important representation in media is. 

Telling these stories is so essential.  Its so essential for people to hear their voices.  Their stories.

And this show had so many of them to tell. 

That of refugees.

That of marginalized people fighting for their cause.

That of the oppression of Black Americans by so many others from our government to the people around them in everyday life.

The story of forgiveness and redemption.

The reality of the world around us.

I’m absolutely floored by how much went into this show.  So much depth.  So many feelings.  Just completely and utterly beautifully told.

I’m so glad that Sam took up being Captain America (or Captain Falcon).  I love Bucky’s redemption…though I would have been even happier if the final title had said “Captain America and the White Wolf” as Bucky has finally put the Winter Soldier completely away.

What we get next is anyone’s guess.  We are getting Captain America 4! That was announced today.  But we have so many characters introduced in this show.  Between Lady Hydra, U.S. Agent, The Power Broker/a “new” Agent Carter (that was a great combo), new Captain America/Captain Falcon, Bucky/White Wolf….. there is just so much that could happen from here on out. 

And honestly?

I CANNOT WAIT!

Also…Loki better be good after how incredible this and Wandavision were.

Rating:  

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Iron Man 3, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Seven months after the battle of New York against Loki and his alien army Tony Stark is suffering from PTSD and major anxiety/panic attacks.  Due to this restlessness he is struggling with insomnia and this is causing issues with his girlfriend, Pepper Potts.

As the world begins to settle from the attack in New York a string of bombings caused by a new terrorist named The Mandarin start to occur.  The attacks are incredibly baffling to law enforcement and other intelligence agencies due to a near total lack of forensic evidence.  Happy Hogan, Stark’s loyal security chief, is injured in one of the attacks.  Due to this, Stark issues a bold threat… his address on international television and a challenge to The Mandarin himself.  Come and get me.

When his home is attacked, he and Pepper are nearly killed, the Iron Man suit saving her life.  Tony manages to escape in one of his prototype suits to hunt down The Mandarin himself.  Little does he know that a scientist from his past is about to resurface…and along with him a myriad of other problems…

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

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

-Length: 131 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual innuendos and nudity, moderate violence and gore, terrorism, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol and drugs, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

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

-Main Cast: Robert Downing Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley

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

Review (contains spoilers):

I think the whole crew did a great job with this movie.

Downing depicted his PTSD and anxiety attacks like a pro.  They are real and visceral and occur at times when it seems illogical or plain bad timing.  Which is exactly what happens in real life when you suffer from these things.  Attacks like that and having your PTSD triggered is really damaging to your life and the relationships you are in.

Mandarin, the terrorist, being a façade is a great little twist too.  When I first saw the movie I hadn’t even though of that as a possibility but it does really make you think about the depth of that “face” you see on the news.  If that is really the person behind what is going on in the world.  And what gives a terrorist true power…the person in charge or the people who follow them

The ending is quite poetic as well.  With him giving up the suits and his ARC Reactor. And finding Tiny…because Tiny is the best.  It doesn’t change that Tony is Iron Man.  It just means that he ready for balance in his life.  Which is what we get to see in later movies with Iron Man in them.

Lots of conflicts and a lot to unpack about Tony’s life and journey along with the morality of what goes on with the Extremis treatment (and how it goes down in the comics is a whole other issue to unpack).  Overall I like this movie a lot of everything that wen into all of that.

Post Credits Scene:

Its great how they formatted the whole film with Tony himself telling the story.  It’s a nice little touch that he was actually telling it all to poor Bruce Banner who was asleep….poor guy.  He’s not that kind of doctor.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Wandavision, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Just over three weeks have passed since Thanos was defeated and half the universe was snapped back into being.  Wanda and Vision are pursuing an idyllic life in the rural town of Westview, New Jersey.  But things may not be what they seem as the couple’s world changes bit by bit from vintage black and white sitcom to modern television.  What is going on with Wandavision?  And is everyone safe?

General Information:

-Genre: Mixed Sitcom, Superhero

-Creator: MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters and story created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, and John Buscema

-Length: 1 season, 9 episodes (episodes vary in length from 29-49 minutes for a total of around 6 hours)

-Rating: TV-14 (mild violence, mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes, superhero action, use of witchcraft and the occult in the context of superpowers, very mild innuendos of sex in the context and style of vintage sitcom tropes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription)

-Main Cast: Elizabeth Olson, Paul Bettany, Debora Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed, Katheryn Hahn, Teyona Parris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, Evan Peters

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

Review (contains spoilers):

Episode 1: Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience

Such an excellent rendition of 1950s sitcom cinema. From the sets to the costumes and even the time period effects the whole episode just screamed vintage television.  Everything seemed to fit the 1950s like they were intending but with some twists.  It is so nice to notice the small details like the costumes that set the two of them apart from the others around them.  I hope that they are going to continue this through the series.

I am loving the fact that they have made the effects fit the aesthetic of the episode!  They are on the side of cheesy which is exactly what they would have been in the 1950s. From the flying plates to the entire kitchen exploding.  All practical effects. The costumes are completely on point.  Most of the other characters are in darker colors and patterns but Wanda and Vision are in lighter and/or solid colors.  It’s a very subtle way to show that they are somehow different or Other in the world they are in.

There is a subtle red tint to the whole episode.  Like the black and white isn’t the true black and white of old television.  I wonder if this was intentional or not.  I do like that they changed the aspect ratio of the episode to take on the feeling of watching it on an old 3:4 television.  It adds to the authenticity of the episode.

The set is also incredibly familiar.  Like it was pulled directly out of a sitcom from the 1950s.  Leave It To Bever…or maybe The Dick Van Dyke Show.  I’m not sure exactly but it is incredibly familiar.  They just did such and incredible job with putting everything together.  If I wasn’t familiar with the characters, it honestly could have been on television during that time period.

There seemed to be a little break in the illusion at the end of the episode at the dinner party.  Something is defiantly going on.

Also the fact that there are commercials is so great.  Little nods to things like Vision being called a human toaster and Stark Industries.

Episode 2: Don’t Touch That Dial

I loved the 1960s Bewitched vibe going on in this episode. 

The costuming and sets are still on point and it is really cool to see how they continue to set Vision and Wanda apart in their clothing.  From the pants that Wanda is wearing to the fact that vision is in slacks and a sweater.

The commercials are great too. More mentions of side bits and characters.  Baron Von Strucker as a pocket watch.  Interesting choice.

I’m also really interested about how the overarching story is going to play out since we got to see some of the out of place items in color.  The move to color television near the end of the episode is interesting too. I had to look it up and found it interesting that in Europe color TV was mostly standardized in the 1960s.  The symbol on the side of the helicopter was familiar too.  I’m not sure where I have seen it…maybe in Captain Marvel…or another more recent MARVEL film.

The moments throughout the episodes that are inherently 1960s are just lovely and are very distinguishable by those who are familiar with this era of cinema.  From the laugh tracks to the music playing to the animation of the intro and Vision’s insides to the effects that Wanda uses to make the magic act more “normal” for everyone.  Its really interesting to see the cracks that are forming in whatever is going on in the world. From the cut in on the radio and the blood to the little moments in the act that they have to cover up.

Wanda being pregnant at the end is really interesting too.  I know that Vision and Wanda have two children in the comics…eventually.  I’m kind of surprised it is happening this early in the show.

And what was with the beekeeper….and the rewind.

Episode 3: Now In Color

Woohoo. We have hit the 1970’s.  So many little homages to this era of television and wonderful little tropes like the overflowing washing machine and sink, getting the nursery ready, the pipes in the ceiling bursting…

The commercial in this one is funny too.  Hydra Soak.  So silly. 

I loved the little “camera trick” of Wanda putting something in front of her belly and SUDDENLY no one could tell she was pregnant. The doll from the Brady Bunch makes an appearance.

And the sets continue to change along with the clothing.  The Brady Bunch house makes a BIG appearance here.  So distinct. The effects are still right up there with the practical and fitting the time period that the episode is set in. 

 And those moments when Vision is on the verge of figuring out what is going out are just getting worse and worst. I’m honestly not sure what will happen when or if he actually figures out what is going on.  She wound it back again… like she doesn’t want Vision to figure out what is happening.

And who is Geraldine.  She seems like she doesn’t quite fit with everything that is going on around Wanda and Vision… the other characters have a certain affect to them.  They seem rehearsed. And when something goes “wrong” they panic.  But Geraldine.  She seems out of place.  She knows more about Wanda…and Pietro.  And apparently Ultron.  Who is she and who does she work for?

And now we are in wide screen… what is going on?

Episode 4: We Interrupt This Program

Oh goodness…now we get to see what is actually going on outside of Wandavision.  I’m beyond impressed with all of the subtle little things that they show is doing to show different times and different styles.  The morphing of the margins to indicate what realities we are in.  Its nice to have gotten the background of what is happening in the real world.  But now I have questions…

Monica RAMBEAU?!?! As in MARIA RAMBEAU’s DAUGHTER? As in CAPTAIN MARVEL??? And S.W.O.R.D????

And the town doesn’t WANT him to go in?  What the hell is that about?

And what made the force field…was it Wanda or something else?

Are the episodes continuing beyond what we are seeing?  Darcy does say “once an episode”… and “Monica has a speaking part NOW..” like there is way more that we aren’t seeing.   Do we see all of the important details, but Wanda is broadcasting to the outside world? Why are we only getting one season of 6 or so episodes?  I want to be as invested as Darcy is on this. I want to see more of the details of what is going on.

This very much feels like it’s a way for Wanda to deal with that happened to Vision.  As we clearly see with the moment of her truly seeing Vision dead….

This is really just bonkers.  But the twins are really cute.

Episode 5: On A Very Special Episode….

1980s here we come. Maybe with the early 1990s thrown in.  Defiantly enjoying the cracks that are happening and seeing how Wanda is dealing with the grief that she is obviously struggling with.  The last five years since the first snap.  Losing her twin brother…losing the love of her life…. The final battle with Thanos.  It’s clearly taken a toll and we are seeing how she is dealing with it.

I’m still really loving the nature of the sitcom and how, as we move through the decades, we are getting more and more of that feeling.  Very Who’s the Boss vibes in this one.  And we get to see a lot more of the issues that Wanda and Vision are having despite the fact that things seem to be going alright overall.

Reality is kind of starting to hit really hard for Wanda.  It’s really interesting to see all of the little breaks that are going on and just how dangerous Wanda really can be.  I’m really worried about what is going to happen when Vision finally sees what is going on with the whole world they are trapped in.

Wanda is insanely powerful.  She is literally rewriting reality. Very smart for Monica to try and use the technology from the time period the “show” is in to try and infiltrate the Hex.  The amount of power she has is off the charts…and Monica stands up for her which is incredible.  She knows that Wanda is just grieving.

Poor Vision.  He can’t remember who he was…who he is.  She obviously isn’t all powerful if she can’t give him back that.

She RECAST Pietro?  Nice little nod to the times MARVEL has done things outside of Disney…

Episode 6: All-New Halloween Spooktackular!

The late ‘90s Dennis the Menace and Malcom in the Middle vibes in this one.  I love the “breaking the 4th wall trope”.  it’s something that we have continued to use in cinema to this day especially in television.  The whole “reality tv” or “kids’ program” idea that is going on with this shows that the kiddos are going to be so much more important in the long run to this whole show.  I hope that they are actually alive and not just a figment of Wanda’s imagination.

The COSTUMES! They are in the costumes from the comics!  I love that they made a nod to this in the show.  The original Scarlet Witch Costume is one of my favorites…and is one of the most covered of the female superhero outfits.  And Quicksilver’s is great.

The Claymation “go-gurt” commercial is incredible.  And is a little terrifying.  But I defiantly remember commercials like that.

The further that Vision goes out of the center of town the less of an active hold that Wanda has on things.  Its basically a ghost town out there with everyone doing just enough to stay alive.

Something about Hayward is hinky.  I’m not liking the fact that he is hiding things from the team.  He obviously has more to him than meets the eye.  That coupled with the fact that he won’t listen to and kicks Monica, Jimmy and Darcy out of the facility do not bode well with what is going on overall.  Does he even care about what is actually happening or just on getting Vision back?

Agnes is also suspicious.  There is something about her that doesn’t seem right…its off… I’m not sure why.  But now Vision has so much more information than Wanda ever intended.  I’m not sure if this was all just an act or if Wanda really has a good grip on her as a person.

Is this Monica’s Origin Story?  It would be super interesting if they compacted everything she goes through to become Spectrum (and eventually taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel).

Oh no.  Vision cannot step past the barrier.  This isn’t going to end well for him if he tries.  We get to see the twins get some of their powers as well.  That is an interesting twist to see.  The fact that they writers included them at all, let along gave them their powers.

Now to see just how powerful Wanda really is… dang…. That is one way to save Vision…

I’m also super interested in how Darcy is going to help with everything along with Monica and Jimmy.  It’s just a very multi-layered situation that is going to take a lot to unfold.  I really am not liking Hayward. 

Episode 7: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Modern Family!  Not my favorite sitcom but kind of cool to have the feel of the Office… very typical of the sitcoms that went on in the early 2000s.

I love that the kids are in the colors their comic counterparts are dressed in.

Wanda is obviously incredibly stressed.  Its clear she can’t hold onto the whole world she is built (and now expanded).  She is about to lose it.  The things under her control are starting to revert or change through the time periods she has created shows for.  She isn’t broadcasting any more. And she is super depressed.

And, of course, the commercial will be about depression meds… oh yay.  Nexus.  Very Doctor Strange.

Ooo…Billy can’t hear Agnes.  She’s “quiet”.  That is interesting.  The “Ralph” trope is great…and hilarious that it is still going on.

Did we just get Spectrum’s origin story?  I hope so.  Monica is badass.  Carol was right when she told Maria she got the bravest kid.

Go Darcy!  I hate that she has to be the one to tell Vision what happened to him and his past.  That is not something I would want to have to do because its so much.  He and Wanda have been through so much.

Hmmm…. who and what is Agnes up to? Where are the kids?  And what is in the basement?

Oh yay… this is very occulty. And magic spell ish.

“Who’s been messing up EVERYTHING? It’s been Agatha all along!”  Catchy tune.

An after-credit scene: Pietro is a bad guy too…or at least being manipulated by Agatha.

Episode 8: Previously On

It’s the “flashback” sitcom episode.

I guess we are going to get a lot of different backstories here.  I like that we are still getting some of the traditional sitcom tropes even in the “real world”. Every good sitcom that is getting cancelled has a “flashback” episode.

Agatha is definitely not a good witch.  She has stolen her magic in the worst way possible.  By betraying her coven.  That is so not okay.

It’s remarkably interesting that the rules of magic apply in the MARVEL world.  I don’t know much about how magic works in the comics, but the ideas seem to be the same as what I’ve learned as a Pagan.  Only witches that make the protection spell (be it out of runes or standard spell work) can use their magic within the circle.  Quite noteworthy that the writers of both the comic and the show might have pulled from real witchcraft to get the rules.

Wanda is on another level.  If Agatha (who has been studying for over 300 years) cannot fathom the amount of brute power that Wanda has.  She must really be full of raw strength and talent.

Now we are going to get Wanda’s origin story.

Yeah…this is going to hurt.  We know the basics from the movies but to actually see how loving her family was.  How much they cared about each other and tried to make the home happy and warm despite what was happening outside in their country.  It makes sense how and why they were radicalized.

Agatha has some interesting takes on who exactly Wanda is.  But I’m not sure how correct she is with the observations.

 Its not clear in the movies if Wanda had powers before Hydra and Strucker got ahold of her.  All we know to this point is that she was experimented on and somehow ended up with the powers she has.  The Mind Stone works in mysterious ways.  It could have given them to her by unlocking part of her brain that we all have inside.  Or it could have just opened the door to drawing what she was predisposed to be.

Oh maybe we will get to see what actually happened on that tape that Hayward manipulated.

That is beyond manipulative.  Not just the fact that the video was manipulated to show Wanda as the aggressor.  There was so much more going on.  He had to have planned out the timing and having Vision being decommissioned at that exact moment.  There was FIVE years to do that.  We know Wanda was snapped away…so why did it take S.W.O.R.D FIVE YEARS to decide to decommission Vision.

So much raw emotion.  I can’t believe that she and Vision had bought land for a home.  Away from everything else.  They had plans.  They wanted to grow old together away from everything.  Their love was and is one of the things that I hate got taken from us with Thanos and his stupidity.

Agatha knows just where to hit Wanda too… there is definitely more than meets the eye with her and this idea of a Scarlet Witch.

After Credit Scene: WE GET WHITE VISION????? WHAT THE HELL?!?!

Episode 9: The Series Finale

This is going to be fun.

We have several battles going on.  Vision vs. White Vision.  Wanda vs. Agatha. Monica vs. “Pietro”.  The Boys vs The Military.  Jimmy vs. Hayward… which may be my favorite battle in the show.  We will see how everything pans out.

And we have now seen RALPH… another little “sitcom is ending” trope.

The boys are coming Wanda! 

Ah….so much in this episode.  I guess I’m going to have to go battle by battle overall.

Wanda and Agatha first: Agatha is horrible.  She is great at manipulation.  She is great at physical magic and psychological torture.  At least Wanda tries to be good and let people out of the Hex. And tries to destroy Agatha.  The magic is incredibly strong.  And we are finally getting Scarlet Witch…the real one.  Damn.  Get wrecked Agatha!  This is why you don’t teach people lessons… then they can use that knowledge against you.

Vision and White Vision: Oh.  Vision with the LOGICAL argument.  The Ship of Theseus argument.  One of my favorite logic arguments. What truly makes something that thing?  If the ship is being destroyed by rot and being replaced plank by plank when no original plank remains will it still be the Ship of Theseus?  And if the rot were taken from the planks and the ship reassembled free from rot is it the Ship of Theseus?  Are they both the ship and yet not the ship?  So what make the ship real.  What makes us real?  Fascinating argument and leaves room for Vision to return…and to be with Wanda later.

Monica and “Pietro”/Ralph: Monica just needs to take him out…and there she did.  Bam.  Where is she off to next.

The Boys and the Military: So well done… and I love that Monica showed up and helped to save them.

Jimmy and Hayward:  I love that Jimmy bluffed his way to getting ahold of Hayward.  Thank goodness the FBI was able to get to where he needed him.  WOOT! Darcy finally made it!

I cannot get over the fact that we all knew Wanda was going to be Scarlet Witch but she never actually was called that until now.  Her costume is INCREDIBLE…and her powers more so.  She’s beyond powerful.  I wonder how that will play out in the future.

Oh this is going to hurt.  One last bedtime.  One last goodbye. As she sets everything to rights.  I hate that the boys aren’t “real”….they were just her creation just as her Vision was.  Thanks. I didn’t need my heart today.

After Credits Scene:  I’m psyched that Jimmy is doing well with authority.  And that Darcy just took off.  Hopefully, we get to see more of her.  Ooooo…that’s a good set up for Monica. Major implications that she is going to become Spectrum and show up in Captain Marvel 2.

After Credits Scene 2: Wow.  Nice set up for Doctor Strange and the

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Avengers, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

After Tony Stark becomes Iron Man and Thor crash lands on Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. decides it is time to pull the Tesseract out of storage (and finding as well as defrosting Captain America).  In doing so they have allowed the item to reach is full potential.  As Dr. Erik Selvig performs experiments on the Tesseract, Phil Coulson notices that is emitting an unusual form of energy.  It is only when a wormhole opens and Loki appears, attacking and destroying the facility, that Director Nick Fury realized how deep they are into the problems with the item.  Both Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) and Dr. Selvig are amongst those compromised by Loki as he leaves the facility.

In response S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury calls in the “Avengers Initiative”, a new group comprised of the best superheros the galaxy has to offer.  Agent Natasha Romanov, aka Black Widow, goes to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk).  Coulson attempts to get Tony Stark to join up. And Fury approaches Steve Rogers to take up his Captain America mantle once more.

In the midst of everything, Loki attacks an event in order to get the iridium that he needs to stabilize the Tesseract’s power.  When he attempts to gain control of the crowd Captain America and Iron Man intervene.  As they, along with Black Widow take Loki in hand, their jet is attacked by Thor. He takes Loki to talk him down from his insane plan of interplanetary conquest.

It is in these moments that they are found by Iron Man and Captain America who do not seem at this point to know they need to work together in order to deal with the problems that are being caused by Loki and the Tesseract…and those that are behind everything.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero

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

-Length: 143 minutes

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

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

-Main Cast: Robert Downing Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson

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

Review (contains spoilers):

I remember seeing this film in theatres and how much fun that I had.

My best friend and I were able to attend The Avengers Initiative at an AMC theatre.  If you are interested in hearing about that experience you can read about it in the article: The Avengers Initiative: AMC Theatres Exclusive Release of MARVEL’s The Avengers

Because of that I do think this film holds a special place in my heart.  While not perfect by any means, every time I watch it I remember that day with her.  So, I may be a bit biased about how good this film is. 

The characters coming together is the most intriguing part of this film.  They are all so different and are so used to doing things on their own that it is incredible to see them stop being so stubborn and work together to fight the bad guys. 

And Loki is a great villain because all he really wants is power.  But that means he can be easily manipulated.  MARVEL’s cinematic universe really starts to hit their stride here.  It is a fairly common theme in the upcoming joint movies that those who desire power can be manipulated by others to doing what is helpful to them…and not the one who was seeing the power.

The introduction of two of my all-time favorite superheroes in existence also happens in this film. Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye).  While I am very disappointed that they modified Hawkeye so he wasn’t hard of hearing, I do love Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Clint Barton. However, it has been announced that in the upcoming television show “Hawkeye” we will have a Clint Barton who is deaf or at least hard of hearing.  And we will have other characters introduced that are diverse in the comics (such as Echo who is being portrayed accurately with an actress who is Native American and deaf!)

Overall, this is one of my most watched Avengers movies.  And a lot of it is because of the nostalgia of watching it.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Captain America: The First Avenger, created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

A group of scientists in the Arctic uncover an old frozen aircraft. As they begin to explore the wreck, we flash back to 1942 where Nazi Lieutenant General Johann Schmidt (and his men) steal something known as the Tesseract.  This relic is supposed to possess untold and godly powers.

Meanwhile, Steve Rogers is rejected in his attempts to join the army for the fifth time.  World War Two is raging in Europe and his best friend has signed up to fight.  As Steve and James “Bucky” Barnes take two ladies out to the Stark Enterprises World Exhibition, Steve tries to enlist one last time.  It is only when he is overheard talking to Bucky about representing his country that Dr. Abraham Erskine steps in and vouches for Steve’s enlistment.

As he moves into the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Steve begins his training.  When the group arrives, they are told they are all part of the new “super-soldier” experiment that is being conducted by Erskine, Colonel Chester Phillips and a British Agent, Peggy Carter.  It is only after training and several tests, including tossing a dummy grenade into the crowd, and seeing how the group of soldiers reacts that Steve is chosen for the experiment.

They move forward with the experiment and bring Steve into the facility to begin conducting the first steps of the “super-solider” transformation.  Howard Stark has been brought into the situation to assist.  When the serum works on Steve Rogers the whole group is attacked by a German spy.  Rogers goes after him and it is only when the man is captured that everything begins to unfold.  It seems that Hydra (the Nazi Scientific Division) is determined to steal the serum for themselves.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, WWII War Film

-Creator: Created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics

-Length: 124 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (Mild nudity, flirting and kissing, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, 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 Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci

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

Review (contains spoilers):

This is one of my favorites of the Marvel films.  I love pretty much anything that is a period piece and is done well.  Which this is.  There are so many lovely details which are so wonderfully crafted throughout the movie from the costumes to the makeup to the fact that Steve is an artist.  They really did pay attention to the details and the source materials on this one.

The story line is fascinating and there are so many moments in it that are exquisite. Details that haven’t been figured out until years later.  Like Bucky was actually drafted and didn’t enlist of his own accord.  And other details that are just wonderful touches such as Captain America punching Hitler in the face (this is one of his most well-known illustrations and one of my favorites) to Steve being an artist (in the comics Rogers actually drew the Captain America comic strip as a way to make money).

The romance and comradery that Bucky and Rogers have is unmatched…though Rogers and Peggy Carter are a close second.

The moments on Red Skull before he reveals his true face are just spectacular, but it is all subtle.  From the little bits of red that show through the makeup and the rubber face he wears to the artist’s palette covered in varying shades (and an astonishing amount) of red paint.  The crew did a fantastic job with everything.

Peggy Carter is one of my favorite characters.  I can’t wait to watch just how amazing she is in the show Agent Carter.  I took a shine to her the very first time I ever watched the movie in theatres.  The costumes made for her and the attention to things like her makeup are something that is so different from what is normally created in modern film.  The artists really took the time to research not only the styles that were available and common but how makeup was applied (with green undertones and pale matte coverup).  What fabrics the clothing was made of.  Just overall perfect details unlike many modernly made period pieces.

The decisions made in the level of comic book action versus actual war film was brilliantly done as well.  You can tell that the costumes and designs for Hydra are drawn right from the comic book.  While they have details that are drawn right from the 1940s architecture, vehicle and weapon design, and fashion they are distinctly other.  It is such a nice difference between Hydra and everyone else.

This is just such a brilliant film and anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong.

Rating:

Rating: 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.
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Blade II, based on characters from the MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two years have passed since Blade defeated Deacon Frost and his plot to rule the vampire world.  As his search for his mentor Abraham Whistler continues, Blade discovers that Whistler is no longer human…but a vampire after having not killed himself upon infection.

Meanwhile a pandemic has hit the vampires.  A new “Reaper” virus is turning normal vampires into primal, ravenous, and mutated creatures with terrible effects to their consciousnesses. Because fo this the vampire overlord sends two of his minions to strike a deal with Blade, the newly cured Whistler, and Scud (Blade’s new sidekick). As the trio is drawn into the underbelly of the vampiric world, they are required to assist a pack of highly trained vampires who were meant to hunt Blade himself.

When the nightclub they are investigating is overrun with Reapers the pack discovers that not only are the infected vampires ravenous but they are also immune to basically everything that kills a normal vampire.  As member after member faces these animals it is more difficult for Blade to figure out just where this disease came from.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from the MARVEL Comics

-Length: 117 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, moderate use of drugs, moderate to severe frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss

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

Review (contains spoilers):

This was just an incredible film.  I absolutely loved it.  But I also love films that are bloody and gory (yay horror films).  The introduction of a disease that is decimating the vampires is fascinating and a great trigger for Blade to begin to infiltrate the underbelly of his enemy.

I LOVED Nyssa as a character and was really upset that she died.  While it would have been interesting for her to end up as a love interest for Blade, he doesn’t really feel like the kind of character who needs or wants this kind of relationship.  I would have loved to just see her as a new partner for him.  They worked really well together and made a good team.

The dynamic of the pack was beautifully done and while we don’t get a ton of screen time with most of them the directed body language and overall comraderie amongst the pack is great.  You can see the relationships within minutes of meeting them.  Who was in charge.  Who was a couple.  You basically get to read the group the way Blade did.  And that is great directing.

I wish for the third movie to be as good as the first two but based off of the reviews I read this is the best of the three with the first coming in a close second…and the third…is a movie, I guess…

Well, onto the next film but this one will be entering my general rotation of films when all of this is over.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Blade, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked.  She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant.  As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.

Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost.  Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene.  Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.

Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite.  As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems.  As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue

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

Review (contains spoilers):

This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight.  Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural.  I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before.  It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.

The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film.  Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals.  Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.

We get a ton of action.  A great female lead.  Plenty of gore.  Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes.  An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES.  A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.

The action sequences are great.  The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998.  The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic.  The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.

Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie.  Do not watch if you don’t like gore.  Or needles…there are a lot of needles…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Iron Man 2, created by MARVEL Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Six months after Iron Man was introduced to the world things start to go awry.  It should be an exciting time for Stark Industries with the announcement of their year-long Stark Expo: a scientific and inventions expo that is taking place throughout the world.  But that is tainted by a congressional summons that calls the viability of the Iron Man suit into question.

On top of that Tony Stark’s health is failing as the arc reactor that was and is keeping him alive is slowly poisoning him.  As he falls deeper into his depression as attempt after attempt to find a substitute fails he begins to become more and more reckless while trying to put legacy in place such as placing Pepper Potts in charge of Stark Industries as CEO.

When one of his most reckless decisions to date, driving in a race in Monaco, also pulls a new villain out of the wood work Tony must face up to the fact that his life and the Iron Man program, along with the fate of the world, is once again in his hands…

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Revenge

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

-Length: 124 minutes

-Rating:

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

-Main Cast: Robert Downing Jr., Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Jon Favreau, Samuel l. Jackson

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

Review (contains spoilers):

Its been a while since I have seen this film despite Iron Man being one of my favorite superheroes.  There are just too many things to watch that Marvel and specifically MARVEL Cinematic Universe has created and with more and more shows and films on the horizon I’m not sure when I will get the chance to really watch these early films again.

But that being said one of the things that I think is so effective in the Iron Man world is that his villains are really just smart and pissed off people…right on Tony’s level.  They aren’t supervillains who have specific powers, or magic, or anything but their intelligence and the fact that they want revenge.  It really makes for an interesting human dynamic that Stan Lee often seemed to push into his stories (even those where other factors are at play).

This film is really interesting to watch this many years later. There is such a level of grief and depression that permeates the whole film that I didn’t really understand when the film came out 11 years ago.  Its in a lot of the little things that Stark does throughout the movie.  Some are big like appointing Pepper as CEO or racing in Monaco… others are small. Subtle. Like making sure that Rhodey has access to the suit. Or drinking too much… its just there throughout everything he does.

The introduction of Black Widow is nice too.  I enjoy the fact that the characters that eventually become essentials to the overarching Avengers timeline are introduced slowly throughout the films.  Natasha (Natalie in the film) adds a level to the film that just helps to enhance the whole feel of the film.  The subtle jealousy of Pepper, how she TKOs Happy in the boxing ring…just nice little additions to the film.

Like I said.  I love these films.  The CGI and other graphics and animations hold up even a decade later.  I love the dynamics of the characters and how fully fleshed out they feel.  And the writing feels well thought out and complete.  Not cheesy like other superhero films.

Great second film for the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Iron Man, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Stark Industries has passed hands from Howard Stark to playboy Tony Stark.  On a trip to Afghanistan with Lieutenant Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes to demonstrate the new “Jericho” missile that his defense contracting company has built Stark’s convoy is ambushed by one of his own company’s missiles.  He is captured after being injured and with the help of a doctor who is also in the hands of the terrorists is saved from his eminent death- shrapnel from the attack is still slowly making its way to his heart.

With the aide of the doctor Tony manages to escape and get back home shocking everyone by attempting to shut down the military contracts that Stark Industries currently holds.  He upgrades the piece of technology that is keeping him alive.  A take on a piece of energy producing equipment that Stark Industries had developed and pushed to the side.  As he takes on the issues with his company Tony becomes more and more aware of all of the dangers his weapons have caused.  And how the people around him may have been helping for their own benefit.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Reluctant Hero

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

-Length: 126 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore both real-world and science fiction, 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: Robert Downing Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shawn Toub, Gweneth Paltrow, Faran Tahir, Paul Bettany, Clark Gregg, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson

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

Review (contains spoilers):

Iron Man is by far one of my favorite comic book super heroes and it was so amazing to see this come to life on the big screen.  I’ve always loved stories of the rich, naïve, jerk finding out that his money or company or whatever is doing something horrible and he decides to use that fortune to do something good for the world around him.

I love the superheroes who choose to be them…not necessarily those who have the mantle thrust upon them like the mutants or the fact that they are alien…

This movie and Robert Downing Jr. perfectly sum up exactly how Iron Man is in the comics I’ve read.  He is cocky, swagers…is just overall a great character who changes and grows throughout the movie.  I love that in this film the bad guy is more of just a betrayer and not necessarily someone who seeks out to be a super villain.  He falls into it.

It is a great introduction film into the Marvel Cinematic universe.  There is just enough intrigue between Pepper and Tony, the background for his character is set up.  The story line is wrapped up in one film which was great incase it flopped.

Overall, a very solid film with great graphics, cinematography and writing.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.