Talking Movies: What If…? Thanos and the Masters of Evil

In Avengers: Infinity War (Russo and Russo, 2018) the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin), finally made a significant appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). When the idea of a two-film saga based on the Infinity Gauntlet comic book (Starlin, et al, 1991) was first announced, I, like many others, had many theories about what … Continue reading Talking Movies: What If…? Thanos and the Masters of Evil

Talking Movies [Sci-Fi Sunday]: Ant-Man

January sees the celebration of two notable dates in science-fiction history, with January 2 christened “National Science Fiction Day” to coincide with the birth date of the world renowned sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov, and HAL 9000, the sophisticated artificial intelligence of Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), being created on 12 January. … Continue reading Talking Movies [Sci-Fi Sunday]: Ant-Man

Talking Movies: Spider-Man: No Way Home [SPOILERS!]

Released: 17 December 2021Director: Jon WattsDistributor: Sony Pictures ReleasingBudget: $200 millionStars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, and Benedict Cumberbatch The Plot:After having his secret identity publicly outed, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) finds himself branded a murderer and hounded at every turn. In a bid to return his life to something … Continue reading Talking Movies: Spider-Man: No Way Home [SPOILERS!]

Talking Movies: Eternals

Released: 5 November 2021Director: Chloé ZhaoDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $200 millionStars: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Bill Skarsgård, and Kit Harington. The Plot:Over 7,000 years ago, the God-like Celestials charged their superpowered, immortal creations, the Eternals, with … Continue reading Talking Movies: Eternals

Talking Movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Released: 3 September 2021Director: Destin Daniel CrettonDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $150 millionStars: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Tony Leung The Plot:Desiring a normal life away from his father, Xu Wenwu (Leung), who has led the terrorist organisation known as the “Ten Rings” for a thousand years thanks to his mysterious … Continue reading Talking Movies: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Talking Movies: Black Widow

Released: 9 July 2021Director: Cate ShortlandDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $200 millionStars: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz The Plot:On the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War (The Russo Brothers, 2016), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Johansson) reunites with her estranged sister, Yelena Belova (Pugh), and … Continue reading Talking Movies: Black Widow

Talking Movies [National Superhero Day]: Avengers Assemble

In 1995, Marvel Comics created “National Superhero Day” and, in the process, provided comics and superhero fans the world over with a great excuse to celebrate their favourite characters and publications. Released: 4 May 2012Director: Joss WhedonDistributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion PicturesBudget: $220 millionStars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, … Continue reading Talking Movies [National Superhero Day]: Avengers Assemble

Interplay: Killer Heroes

Before I earned my PhD writing about adaptations of videogames, I studied towards a Master’s degree in the same subject only, for my Master’s dissertation, I wrote about adaptations of comic books and superheroes. As many of you are probably aware, movies based on the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics costume-clad crimefighters are … Continue reading Interplay: Killer Heroes

What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe

Superheroes may dominate television screens these days, but it all started back in the seventies. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) took cinemas by storm and drummed up enough cash to sink a small cruise liner, Marvel Comics had ventured into live-action adaptations of their comics books by licensing their properties to studios like … Continue reading What’s on the Box?: That ’70s Marvel Cinematic Universe