Movie of the Week: Captain America – Civil War

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captain_america_civil_war_1By now you guys all know that I’m a huge Marvel fan, right? And also, I’m a HUGE Captain Americaand Chris Evans – fan, but when the trailers for Civil War started coming out, I saw myself siding with #TeamIronMan, and I honestly felt like I was cheating on Steve Rogers or something… I felt bad. Still, there I was, totally convinced that Iron Man was in the right on this one… until I saw the movie last week.

I’m now firmly #TeamCap and the only thing I can say is that the trailers lied!

OMFG!!!! This movie is excellent!

Because the ensemble cast is so huge, I was a little worried that some characters would get lost in the jumble, but that doesn’t happen at all. Every single one of these superheroes gets their time on screen and their chance to shine, and shine they do. The reasoning behind why each of them chooses one side or the other is clear, and it mostly fits with what we know of the characters. And despite what it looks like, not everything is black and white – or red and blue – and there are more than enough reasons for some wavers.

The action sequences were freaking amazing. The movie opens with an Avengers sting, and I swear to you that I could spend hours just watching Cap and Black Widow fighting. The stunts choreography is spectacular. The acting is out of this world! Having so many stars sharing one screen is bonkers, and they all bring it.

I really liked the plot. I love how this movie doesn’t focus that much on the villain – though he gets his screen time and the story is developed well – and instead focus on the internal struggles of each of these superheroes and their battle between doing what everyone says it’s right and what they feel is right.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but I want to talk about a few specific characters. I thought the integration of the Black Panther was very organic, he not only belonged there, but he made sense. Also, I’m so freaking excited for his movie, because he was just awesome!

I was a little scared when they announced that Tom Holland was playing the new Spider Man, but boy, did that kid impress me! I loved the way they introduced him, without having to go into an origins story, but with him still being pretty new to the superhero game. I wasn’t a particular fan of how Tony recruited him, because I felt that from all the players duking it out there, Spidey was the only one that didn’t know all the stakes, and I felt that if he did know them, he wouldn’t be siding with #TeamIronMan. The suit looks amazing though, and he was a delight to see on screen!

I loved seeing Steve, Bucky and Sam together, with the later two competing a bit in the role of BFF/sidekick. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie play well off each other, and that chemistry was amazing.

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I was super excited about seeing Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man join the team. He was so freaking excited to just be there, and I thought he integrated himself quite nicely with the other #TeamCap superheroes.

If there was one character I wasn’t a fan of on this movie it was James Rhodes. I always loved Rhodey, but he was a little too entitles in this movie, and somehow he really pissed me off. And somehow that annoying thing passed to Tony too, and that’s bad, because I love Iron Man.

I thought it was amazing how they showed The Vision‘s vulnerability, with him struggling to understand his role, his existence and his emotions. At the same time that they showed him building a relationship with Wanda, which I felt was important for both of them.

Ultimatly I’m a little scared for what this movie means for the MCU, because several characters are not in the greatest position at the end of it, and I have no clue how that will play out in their future movies. The two post-credits scenes do an amazing job setting up the Black Panther and Spider Man movies though. I’m excited 😀 !

(I had to share this one… come on… that’s arm porn!)

Captain America: Civil War New Trailer

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OMG people!!! I’m freaking out over here! The latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War just came out and wow, just wow.It feels awful and it looks so good!

We see sides being chosen, Scarlet Witch bringing The Vision to his knees, which is super sad given their history. Bucky shooting Tony. Tony fighting Steve. More destruction.

And I think I’m siding with Tony here and I feel like I’m betraying my baby Steve!

Also, SPIDER MAN!!!! And now it’s official: he’s #TeamIronMan!

Captain America: Civil War #TeamIronMan

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After getting the posters for #TeamCap a few days ago, today we get the #TeamIronMan character posters for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

                                

    

So, #TeamIronMan is composed of: IronMan, Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther and The Vision. While #TeamCap is composed of: Captain America (obviously), Winter Soldier, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

Doctor Strange First Look

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Yesterday we got the first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and he looks kind of glorious. 😀 What do you guys think? I’m super excited by this movie, it combines two of my favorite things: Marvel and Benedict Cumberbatch!

Movie of the Week – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wow, I hadn’t posted about a movie in a while… oh well, here it is… When I got back to Portugal, after my trip to Brazil, I managed to include a visit to the Movie Theatre with my friend, to watch (by then, very late) the new Avengers movie.

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Let me start of by saying that I loved the movie. Granted, I wasn’t as surprised and excited as the first one. It wasn’t as good story wise as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But nonetheless, it was AWESOME! And for the life of me, I can’t understand all the hating towards it. Warning, there will be SPOILERS!

What I loved:

  • This movie was a Clint Barton fest and I was delighted by it. Hawkeye hasn’t been the center of attention in none of the other movies because he doesn’t have powers or lots of money, but here we see how much the team needs him and it’s glorious. Jeremy Renner was amazing.
  • The Vision is from now my favorite new Avenger, yup, no doubt about it. He’s like an upgraded version of JARVIS, he flies and he can create clothes… what’s not to love? Paul Bettany, who was present from the beginning of the MCU as JARVIS, was absolutely amazing as Vision and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • Speaking of JARVIS, I will miss him most of all…
  • Thor and Tony comparing their wives (girlfriends, whatever), in a game of who’s better and more accomplished was hella cute and such a break from the usual system.
  • I really loved that Sam and Rhodes were at the party and I was really glad when War Machined showed up to fight. It would have been nice however to see Falcon there as well, given the wings and the fact that they were in the air… it would have helped.
  • Oh Captain America, poor baby, my heart breaks each time that he has a scene with Peggy Carter…
  • Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were pretty great. I was a bit wary about Quicksilver, given than just last year we saw a version of this character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I have to say, that even though Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was amazing and lots of fun, I kind of liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version a bit more. I think they made Quicksilver more human, which makes sense, given that he was never without his sister.
  • Bromances all around! I love the Bruce/Tony bromance, but my heart gave a little jolt when Thor sided with Tony!!!
  • There were some amazing fight scenes!!! =D
  • The New Avengers!!! Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon! Can’t wait to see them in action on Civil War!!
  • I really loved that Natasha was made Clint’s BFF and that his kids call her Aunt Nat… It was adorable…

What I wasn’t especially fond of:

  • The plot was really complex, which made the story seem confuse at times. I don’t know what they could have done differently to fix it… everything was important.
  • I wanted to slap Bruce Banner really hard… First, I don’t think they should have gone there with Natasha and Bruce, yeah they have some kind of weird chemistry, but they shouldn’t have implied that she would abandon everything to be at peace with him, I don’t think that’s in character for her, and it really bothered me.
  • Nick Fury. What the hell was he doing there? They did not need him, his lines could have been said by Maria Hill and his named dropped and that would be ok… no need to bring him there (especially because he’s supposedly dead!).
  • There weren’t enough outside shots of Iron Man. Most of Iron Man scenes were done inside the suit and I felt that the suit did not see much action.
  • Oh, yeah, Pietro dying?! Not OK people… not OK at all!!!

I guess this is it, I need to watch it a second time though 😀 !!!

Marvel posters: Ultron

Today Ultron’s poster for the new Avengers: Age of Ultron came out. And it looks kind of awesome. So, is this it?! Are we still expecting some more posters? Maybe The Vision? I personally would like Maria Hill, Falcon and War Machine on some posters… but that’s just me…

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Spider-Man is coming to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe!

This is a great piece of news to wake up to! After a long negotiation, Marvel has announced yesterday that they reached an agreement with Sony that will allow Spider-Man to come to the MCU.

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As Marvel announced, Spidey will be making an appearance within the MCU and then he’ll get his own solo movie, coming out July 28, 2017, and it will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal (Sony). That said, the Spider-Man franchise is not leaving Sony, but if you can’t beat them, join them, and that’s what Sony is doing with this one. You can see the full announcement, made in the Marvel’s website, below.

Ah, they will also incorporate some MCU carathers into the Spidey movie.

When this was announced, the first thought is that Spidey will probably make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, the Cap 3 is looking more and more like Avengers 2.5.

My second thought is that it won’t be with Andrew Garfield (as The Wrap confirmed) but I do hope they won’t recast Peter Parker.

I don’t want to see a 3rd actor being Parker in 10 years! It would be a great opportunity to introduce the new Spidey, Miles Morales, to the movie universe, right?!

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“Marvel’s Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal

(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man. 

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: “Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”

“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.”

Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed as Doctor Strange!

It’s nothing that the internet hadn’t been talking about for a while now, but last night MARVEL has confirmed that the role of Doctor Strange will be taken on by none other than Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Doctor Strange will be released November 4, 2016 and will be directed by Scott Derrickson and screenplay by Jon Spaihts. It will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

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“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

There are a lot of complaints going around the web, I have to be honest, I have no idea how Doctor Strange is supposed to be, I don’t know the character. But either way, I do believe that Ben is the man for the job, just as he is for every role he has taken so far, because let’s face it, he’s probably one of the greatest actors alive today.