Movie Review – Black Panther

IMDb Summary

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

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Black Panther is the eighteenth film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and the second film featuring the character since his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War back in 2016. The film is directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. Going in I found it interesting to consider it as a follow-up to Civil War in the same way that Spider-Man: Homecoming was; the respective characters both debuted in that film and the events of it directly affect their first feature. Black Panther was in a unique situation, however, as his origin has not been explored in depth on screen before. To many movie-goes he’s a rather new character. Though excited regardless, I was curious to see how they would craft an accessible first film while building off of the character’s first appearance.Read More »

Movie Review – Ant-Man

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Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd, is the latest Marvel Studios addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The story follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), an ex-con who is recruited by aged scientist and former Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to wear a suit that permits its user to shrink to the size of an insect while increasing proportionate strength. Lang must pull of a heist to steal a replication of Pym’s technology, stopping it from falling into the wrong hands.Read More »

Marvel’s Reinventions: Captain America and Thor

May contain slight spoilers to various Marvel Comics story lines.

Though this is now old news to anybody who follows comic books, some changes in upcoming Marvel Comics storylines has created quite a lot of buzz across the internet. I am referring to the news that the next Captain America is going to be African-American and that the next “Thor” is going to be a woman.

To go into more specifics about this turn of events, Thor the character is not changing gender, but rather a female character — who as far as I know is yet to be identified — will be wielding his iconic hammer Mjolnir, thus granting her “the power of Thor.” Meanwhile, Samuel Wilson — better known by his superhero alter-ego The Falcon — will be taking up the mantle of Captain America due to Steve Rogers losing his super soldier powers and rapidly aging.Read More »