Month: May 2014

X-Men Who Should Get A Solo Movie

Earlier we got into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but due to legal wrangling, X-Men cannot be apart of it. (I.e., Fox owns the rights to the X-Men franchise, where Disney runs the MCU.) One thing that X-Men: Days of Future Pastreminded us was just how many X-Men (both heroes and villains) there are in the Marvel universe. Many of whom deserve a solo film in their own right. Today, we’re going to check out a few that should get their own movies. —– Magneto One of the most interesting villains in X-Men history, many attempts have been made to make Magneto more of a leading figure in comics. What the character needs more than anything is a movie that’ll solidify who he is in the minds of a generation’s worth of readers. With Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto, this is the sort of image that can be burned into the minds of readers who’ll see Magneto not just as an interesting villain and counter to Professor X, but as a fully-fleshed out character that can hold up his own film. Plus, more Fassbender is good, and more Magneto is good — even if he is a little brutal in his methods. That’s part of the fun, isn’t it? Magneto’s always been a complicated figure — a villain who can make a point, a victim of horrific savagery. A sympathetic character who...

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The Complex Marvel Cinematic Universe

If you don’t care for spoilers, then, well, you should probably click away.    The Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU), with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has revealed just how in-depth it’s willing to go.  With the reveal of Hydra and subsequent catastrophic damage to S.H.I.E.L.D., the top-level storytelling Marvel has been constructing is coming to fruition. And we’ve learned that it affects their television series, too. In retrospect, people now see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — which was criticized heavily in its early weeks — as having a gargantuan task of prepping for this huge shift that would fundamentally change the series. When the name of your primary organization is in the title of your series, and that organization is in shambles, you can’t exactly pretend those things didn’t happen. With an enemy organization now completely integrated into your spy network, and most of that network being destroyed anyway, we will be left with those questions probably for some time. With Guardians of the Galaxy coming up next in the MCU, we may or may not find out what happens with S.H.I.E.L.D., an organization that’s been instrumental since the beginning of this timeline, until much later when the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins releasing episodes. For the uninitiated: While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past are franchises based off of Marvel titles, due to rights ownership,...

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The Rise Of Fantasy

Since the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, fantasy has made not necessarily a comeback, but has certainly surged. The past ten years have shown that technological advances in special effects and production in general allows for set pieces that fill the sprawling continents we’ve come to imagine in the novels we’ve read. One could really point to 2001 as the end of the war film era. After the release of the Band of Brothers miniseries, along with Black Hawk Down, the tentpole blockbuster war film dropped off in popularity — most likely due to America’s extended wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who wants to watch a war film when there are actual wars going on? But we love a good battle scene, and fantasy has filled that role completely. Allowing amazingly shot set-pieces, we’re transported to a completely different world. Lines between good and evil are fairly well drawn, or, at least in the case of Game of Thrones, you can safely pick your favorite House. (And by favorite House, I mean that you’re a Targaryen and all others will die in a fire.) Another part of it can simply be that fantasy appeals to a more diverse range of people. In the age of Twitter, those trending topics show that whenever Game of Thrones is on, there’s going to be a whole lot of people talking about Tyrion and Dany and...

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