Marvel Phase 3 announcement

Just as the world was buzzing about DC’s news about the release of their upcoming 10 movies, Marvel and Disney striked again and announced their plans for phase 3 movies. And again, Marvel is already winning and no movies are out yet…

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  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War, apparently a very important comic storyline, which will put Captain America and IronMan in opposite sides of the matter.

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  • November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange, though the rumours are not yet confirmed, none other than Benedict Cumberbatch is pointed as taking on the role.

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  • May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2… 2017 can’t come soon enough!
  • July 28, 2017 – Thor: Rangarok
  • November 3, 2017 – Black Panther, this is one of the most awaited superheroes in Marvel history to come to the big screen, and the studio confirmed their support for the character by introducing his portrayer while announcing phase 3. Chadwick Boseman took the stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans and we even got the concept art for Black Panther.

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  • May 4, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War pt. 1, we’ll probably get some closure on the infinity stones, right?
  • July 6, 2018 – Captain Marvel, there have been a lot of Captain Marvel’s throughout the history of the character, but they let something very clear: this movie is about Carol Danvers.

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  • November 2, 2018 – Inhumans

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  • May 3, 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War pt. 2, Phase 3 will go out with a bang!

So, I’m pretty excited about Marvel’s phase 3. The question of diversity, that they have been criticized for so long, is being answered, by introducing Black Panther and Captain Marvel. We still don’t get a Black Widow and Hulk movies, but do we really need to? We know by now that the Marvel universe is now fluid, they can and will make appearances in each other’s films – the Civil War being a great example of that. If it’s done well, we don’t have to miss out on any of our favourite superheroes. =) well done Marvel!

In how many pieces can SHIELD break my heart?!

MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back with a different (and awesome) vibe. A lot of new faces, a new location, new responsibilities. But the real question is: how heartbreaking was it?! The answer?! A LOT!!! MUCH MORE THAN IT SHOULD! Warning, it will contain spoilers…

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1. The first couple of minutes broke my heart for all the right reasons: Agent freaking Carter and two of the Howling Commandos!!! That’s right! The episode opens in 1945, with Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) and Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) – reprising their roles from Captain America: the First Avenger, doing groundwork against HYDRA, setting the newly founded S.H.I.E.L.D., and it’s glorious! – Drum roll for tear number 1, 2 and 3!

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2. Leo Fitz… There’s a constant reminder throughout the episode that Fitz is very clearly not alright. He has trouble remembering words and forming coherent speech, most of the times managing to do so with the help of Simmons… – a lost count of the tears by now, seriously, Fitz is like that man-child that under no circumstances should be hurt, never, ever… and he has, and it hurts. Brilliant job by Iain De Caestecker through the whole episode.

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3. All the new faces, for what? Seriously people, what’s wrong with you? How do you figure: “let’s introduce all these great characters and then let’s kill most of them by the end of the hour.”?! Four new agents were introduced: Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), Izzy Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Mac (Henry Simmons) and Idaho (Wilmer Calderon). But by the end of the hour, and after Hunter performs and amputation on Hartley, two of them are killed. I was shocked, I thought that Lucy Lawless would be, for sure, a recurring guest star, I mean, she’s freaking Xena! – Tears number… (something) – this twist surprised me, it showed that they have balls on that show, and that this season is going to be unpredictable!

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4. No hugs?! I was expecting Coulson to at least give one small little hug to Skye… but no… sad!

5. Melinda “mama” May! Oh yeah, May is in full protective mode. She’s more “human”, I like her even more!

6. It’s all a matter of priorities. Coulson establishes in this episode that he has stepped in his role as SHIELD director, which means that he had to set his priorities straight and think about the greater good and not on what’s best for the people he loves. This is heartbreaking, because you know he has to be like that, but it’s like losing the part of Phil Coulson that I love. Let’s see what the next episode brings.

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7. And it turns out, there was no Simmons there after all… yeah, Simmons left, apparently because she felt that Fitz would be better off without her. Except that he isn’t. He sees her, he only talks to her and she’s just a figment of his imagination, of his need for her… I’m curious to what led her to make her decision, because there better be a good explanation, otherwise, I don’t know if I can forgive her 😦 !!!

ABC picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter!

ABC is riding the Marvel superhero wagon! After renewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC has picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter as a show, coming this fall. The show, from Executive Producers Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus, Jeph Loeb, is set in 1946 and follows the story of Captain America‘s Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers, and going on missions for Howard Stark.

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Well, we know she was one of the founders of SHIELD and we can only hope that Dominic Cooper might appears sometime as Stark senior…

 

Movie of the Week – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Technically, it’s been the movie of the last few weeks… I first saw it the day it went out in Spain, March 28th, and immediately after I left the screening, I realized I needed to watch it again, and I spent the next weeks trying to get some free time to go to the movies… I didn’t manage to go, until I got to Portugal… Last Thursday, after spending a whole day with my nieces, and having dinner with friends, me and a friend of mine decided to go to the midnight screening of Cap2. I loved it even more than the first time (and I’m seriously considering convincing my nephew to watch it for the 3rd time…).

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It’s very different from all the others superheroes movies, it’s less fantastical and more thriller. It’s a political espionage thriller done beautiful, with a lot of things you don’t see coming, combined with a lot of action and hand to hand combat. And WOW! Those combat scenes are amazingly done! Kudos to the choreographers, stunt doubles and off course, the amazing actors who did them.

The Winter Soldier gives a new dimension to all the people involved. The Cap is adapting and has taken the lead, so much so that Fury is not in control anymore. We learn more about Natasha and I wouldn’t be surprised if a Black Widow movie will pop up soon. Falcon is just the best, and in just half a movie grows into someone we just can’t see the Cap without. And with only a few lines, the Winter Soldier steals every scene he’s in. Natasha and Steve also develop an amazing kind of friendship, and I can’t wait to see Steve and Sharon go on some kind of date…

One of the best so far, which is saying something…

A day of doing nothing and MARVEL movies

I love these days. It’s raining outside, I woke up super late and decided to do absolutely nothing! Having watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Friday, and resolving that I should go and watch it again soon, I decided to re-watch Captain America: The First Avenger, because it’s amazing the things you miss the first couple of times you see a Marvel movie, today was the first time I noticed Stan Lee’s cameo in this movie. So now, I’ll go ahead and watch The Avengers, IronMan 3 and Thor: The Dark World. It’s a MARVELous day!

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Movie of the Week – Thor: The Dark World

I loved loved loved the second Thor, I dare say that I liked it better than the first one. Here are some reasons why…

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Nº1 – A lot of action and Zachary Levi!

After the destruction of the Bifrost, Thor and his army are trying to restore peace to the 9 realms, which means a lot of fighting and they’re all looking great doing it! Bonus here: Zachary Levi is playing Fandral now. Although I do prefer Zack with his natural hair colour, it’s better than nothing!

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Nº2 – So funny, Darcy!

I’m a self admitted Kat Dennings fan! She’s the only reason I watch 2 Broke Girls.

That girl is funny as hell. From the moment that she interrupts Jane’s date, or when she goes to get Selvig, or simple the fact that she, an assistant, got an assistant! She just cracks me up.

That said, she has some help on the comedy department from Stellan Skarsgård and Jonathan Howard, who play Selvig and Ian respectively.

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Nº 3 – Marvel comes to London

I guess they destroyed enough of the United States, right? This movie is spent between London and Asgard. And when they bring those shields up in Asgard, I can swear that it looks similar to the images we see of Gallifrey… (but maybe that’s just the whovian in me…).

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Nº4 – Malekith and Heimdall

Christopher Eccleston is amazing as Malekith and that voice, oh man! It’s hard to hear him and not think of The Doctor… =/

And Idris Alba?! I didn’t notice him that much on the first movie… but now…

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Nº 5 – Loki

Not in this order, obviously, because Tom Hiddleston is a scene stealer. This is probably the only superhero movie franchise ever that the villain is way more popular than the hero. And that’s quite alright!

Tom is, as always, amazing in his role as Loki, and he even provides an pretty amazing Easter Egg, disguising himself as Captain America while he and his brother are escaping Asgard.

And, at the end, he finally gets what he always wanted: the throne (although not as himself, but we will have him any way we can). This is not so great when you realize that he most likely killed his own father.

Great scenes when he’s slapped by Jane and threatened by every single one of Thor’s friends.

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Nº 6 – Frigga

Frigga (Rene Russo) is a real bad-ass! She stays with her son Loki, even though her husband does not allow it, she saves Jane and puts a hell of a good fight  against Malekith, scaring him for life, and after she dies, she gets a funeral worthy of bringing tears to anyone who sees it.

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These are just some, but the whole movie is a treat… I’ve seen it a while back now, and I’m dying to have another go at it! Anxiously waiting for the third installment now…