The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

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The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1

Writer: Saladin Ahmed

Artist:  Minkyu Jung

Cover Art:  Eduard Petrovich

Kamala Khan has become one of Marvel Comics new superstars and she has received her brand new comic, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel.

Writer Saladin Ahmed takes over for G. Willow Wilson, who had written Ms. Marvel from her beginning.  While it is a new voice, the series maintained the special trait that made it different than other Marvel series.  The Muslim background of Kamala Khan is still a major part of the series as is the relationships of Kamala and her family and friends.  A major reveal takes place here and it will shape the series for the foreseeable future.

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 is a perfect jumping on point if you are interested in  Kamala Khan.  The issue had a fresh feel to it and it did not feel weighed down with the baggage of years of issues.  However, the character of Kamala Khan still feels like one of the most original characters in the Marvel Universe.

Awesomeness

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Avengers: No Road Home #5 (of 10)

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Avengers: No Road Home #5 (of 10)

Writers: Jim Zub, Mark Waid & Al Ewing

Artist:  Sean Izaakse

Cover Art:  Yasmine Putri

This continues to be one of the best series in comics.  Marvel has been doing the weekly series recently with the X-Men and now Spider-man, but none of those have been as consistently exciting, dramatic and full of outstanding action as the Avengers: No Road Home.

We continue with the battle on Mount Olympus with the Avengers gaining a bit of an upper hand by focusing on the children of Nyx, the Goddess of Night.  The Immortal Hulk’s arrival tilts the scale even more, but Nyx showed that she was more than a typical threat.

A plan from Wanda, aka Scarlet Witch, leads to her escaping with the crystal shard that Nyx wanted so desperately.  And where Wanda winds up, thanks to Voyager is a huge spoiler for next issue.  So hide your eyes if you do not want to know.

SPOILER

Yes, Wanda winds up with the one and only Conan the Barbarian.

This series is just great and I cannot wait for the next issue to see where this goes from here. It is the highest level I can rate it here…

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Five Feet Apart

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I always enjoyed Cole Sprouse as Riverdale’s Jughead, so I found it intriguing to see him as a co-lead in this Fault in our Stars-esque rip off.

It is not cancer this time that is bringing the two teens together.  It is cystic fibrosis (what they refer to as CF the whole film).  These two are both in the hospital at the same time and they strike up a connection.  Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a control freak and can’t stand by while angsty teen Will (Cole Sprouse) refuses his treatment regimens while sketching everything around him.  They spend time together, despite not being allowed to come withing five feet (the film consistently says 6 feet, which was odd considering the movie title) of each other in fear that they would give each other the infection of their type of CF.

The closer they become, the more they are willing to flaunt the rules and place themselves in jeopardy.

While both Richardson and Sprouse are charming and easy to like, the film does not provide much for them outside of the typical cliches found in these dying teenage film genre.  The film does no favor to either of their lead actors as the situations become more unlikely as the film progresses and the plot is not developed past the surface level of manipulative tear-jerker.

I would say that both Richardson and Sprouse are stars in the making.  I was thinking about what Marvel character they could play.  I thought Sprouse would be great as Bobby Drake, aka Iceman in the upcoming X-men-in-the-MCU discussions and I considered Richardson perfect for Kitty Pryde.

You can tell that I was not as invested in the movie’s story since my mind was wandering to the MCU.  It is not a bad movie and there will be a ton of teenage girls who will love this movie, but the melodrama is at a high pitched level for me.  Charismatic young future stars aside, Five Feet Apart is just another forgettable dead teen film.

2.5 stars

Amazing Spider-Man#17

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Amazing Spider-Man #17

“Hunted Part 1”

Writer:  Nick Spencer

Artist:  Humberto Ramos

Cover Art:  Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado

The ten-issue arc contained inside the pages of the Amazing Spider-man called Hunted started last week in an introduction to the story and part one happens this week.

I am a huge Spider-man fan.  I love Peter Parker and if this ten issue weekly arc is as fantastic as the Avengers: No Road Home has been, then I am going to be one happy Spidey fan.

The Amazing Spider-Man has been building to this story for several issues now as Kraven the Hunter and his “son” have been abducting animal themed super-villains for some mysterious intentions.  We start to see the thoughts behind the events this issue.

Of course, Kraven was the villain behind one of the most praised Spidey stories of all time, Kraven’s Last Stand.  This has the same feel to it.  There are some dark implications in the story as well, things that do not make me feel good.  Something particularly directed toward Mary Jane Watson.

MJ’s return to Peter is one of the best things that has happened in years.  I love Peter and MJ together and I want more.

This issue does what all Spider-man books should do… show how much of a hero Spider-man truly is.  Despite being sick as a dog, Peter heads out to search for the missing child of Dr. Curt Conners, and his former girlfriend, Felicia Hardy aka The Black Cat.  However, it is a trap.

Peter is once again placed in a situation where the odds are completely against him and looks to be hopeless.  Yet, we know that Spider-man will find a way… or at least, we hope he will.

Awesomeness

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Triple Frontier

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A strong cast drew my attention to this new film on Netflix.  When a film can boast a cast including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, you know there will be some attention.

Triple Frontier is a heist film, mixed up with a survival tale, with a sprinkle of the Expendables.  Violent and tense, the film does a great job of taking a simple story and making a compelling movie.

Five ex-special forces soldiers reunite to do one final mission which includes stealing millions of dollars from a reputed drug lord in the jungles of South America.  Unfortunately, problems begin happening to the group and suddenly, they begin to question the morality of their actions while trying desperately to survive.

The five characters are played well, and there are concepts that are touched upon, but much of the really deep choices are left out of the script, like bags of money at the bottom of a ravine in the Andes.  I have a feeling that the actors brought much of the character traits to the film themselves and that the script may not have fleshed them out as much as it could have.

However, there is a lot of great action beats here and the group is likable enough to form a rooting interest.  There is a surprise that happened about two-thirds through the film that caught me off guard and really laid out the situation for the group.  I liked the twist, but it did feel that there was not the sufficient pay off for the situation as it should have been.

I enjoyed the film although it is not quite as awesome as it could have been,

3.5 stars

 

Apollo 11

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Wow, this really shows how great a filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was.

Just kidding.  Of course, the conspiratorial rumors of the actual moon landing being faked and filmed on a stage set have been around for years, but I do not know how anyone, even the most conspiracy theorist, could deny the fact of the moon landing after watching the wonderful documentary by director Todd Douglas Miller, that took us where many movie viewers wanted First Man to go… following the lead up and the eventual moon landing of the astronauts of Apollo 11.

This is the 50th anniversary year of the moon landing and this documentary gives you an amazing look at everything as it happened, from the day of the launch right down to the splash down back on earth.

Apollo 11 depends on archival footage, much of it unseen, instead of interviews, recreations and voice overs.  Because of this, this documentary had a feel to it as if you were watching a news account of the event that shaped history for this country at the end of the 1960s.  And none of the visuals used were weak.  It was crisp and clear and made the storytelling that much more effective.

The music in the background of the film was amazing.  It was something that really stood out in most of the scenes in the doc.  The music truly helped audience members feel what was going on in the film, connecting even more than just the nostalgia of the moment in time.

This helps show the three astronauts, Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins, as the true heroes that they were.  One of the biggest things I noticed was seeing how much of a celebrity these men were at the time and how big of a deal this launch was.  The footage of the people coming out to watch the blast off really tells you how important that was.  I could not shake the thought of how much the space program has fallen over the years with the public as any launch over the last 20 years or so was greeted with apathy.  Such a shame.

This documentary does not fail to show you a great story and provide the pride of a country in a race to reach the moon before any other country.  Let’s put the conspiracy theories about the moon landing to rest.

3.85 stars

Wonder Park

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I was not going to go to see this film because the reviews were low and I have been known to skip the poorly reviewed animated movies.  I am not usually their targeted audience.  However, there was an open space of time between Apollo 11 and Captive State so I decided to watch this instead of just sit in the lobby and wait.  I made the right choice.  This film was better than I thought it was going to be, but it was not one of those animated films that will transcend the age of the audience.

June (Brianna Denski) was a creative and active young girl, who was constantly building things for a model of an imaginary theme park called Wonder Park.  Her mother (Jennifer Garner) was very supportive of her child, even when her most recent construction leveled a good chunk of the neighborhood.

However, June’s mother took sick and needed to go away to try and get better, leaving June alone with her somewhat bumbling father (Matthew Broderick).  The angst over her mother’s illness put a halt to her creativity and her imagination as she obsessed with keeping her father healthy.

When she winds up in the woods, something magical overtakes June and she finds herself in the actual Wonder Park, but it was anything but how she knew it.  It was run down, broken and consumed with darkness.  June teams up with the personification of her stuffed animals to try and stop the darkness and return the park to its glory.

The story was painfully predictable, but might not be for the young children in attendance.  There was some nice colors and character designs, the villainous chimpanzombies were cute, and there was some decent voice work, especially from HBO’s John Oliver as a porcupine named Steve.

The story itself though felt extremely rushed and crammed together and, because of that, did not deliver the emotional response most of the time that it was looking for.  Some of the early parts of the story with June and her mother were good and the very ending in the park, while predictable as can be, felt as if it carried a little bit of weight.  Unfortunately, most of the rest of the movie was basically fluff without the depth that could have elevated the idea here into something more than a way to waste 90 minutes with the kiddos at the theater.

While I found this more entertaining than sitting and looking at my phone in the lobby of the theater, Wonder Park is not a great movie by any stretch.  I do think it has some value for the very young movie goers and it flies rapidly through to prevent the parents from being too bored.  Of course, that very rush in storytelling will also make it challenging for the parents to be entertained.

2.6 stars

 

 

Captive State

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I was looking forward to this movie because I had really no knowledge of what it was.  There aren’t too many films that hit the theater where I was uncertain about what it was going to be.

And then I saw this film.

Honestly, I hated this movie.  I was bored within the first ten minutes, I had absolutely no connection to any of the main characters and they kept bringing other people into the film that I had no idea what their purpose was for.  The story was disjointed and confusing and I really was not sure what was going on.  And not in a good way.

John Goodman was here.  He was a Chicago detective after the aliens had arrived and taken over the world.  Chicago was walled off and became a craphole.  There was a resistance inside Chicago, I think, and they were trying to do something.

Vera Farmiga, who I love and never gives a bad performance, is totally wasted in this role.  She has like two throwaway scenes and then ends up in a convoluted climax that tries to tie everything up in a nice little bow so everyone left the theater knowing what was happening.

I came very close to walking out of this movie on several occasions but I made it through to the ending.  The guy snoring loudly in the row behind me made it through as well, but he did not see as much of this travesty as I had to endure (plus, he was with a girlfriend/significant other… can’t you elbow him when he is snoring that loudly?  Geez, you want to snore, go the #@#$ home).

Hated this one.  Skip it.

1 star

EYG Top 10 Movies of the 90s by Year

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Back once again.  I did not do the list from last week with John and Matt playing the live show from London where they did the following:  American actor in British films.  I liked the category, but I did not want to do the research for the list and the Wednesday classic episode about Morgan Freeman was a good one, but I did not have time to do that one either.  So I was exited about this week.

Then they did the Top 10 movies of the 90s by year.  This was hard.  There are so many great choices that ended up not on my list.  The rule was you could only pick one movie from each year 1990-1999 and then order them by preference.  There were a couple of years that I really had to debate.

I will be adding the runners-up at the end of each number.

Here we go…

Image result for scream 1996#10.  Scream (1996).  This was the hardest of all of the years because there were three films that I listed and I had a hell of a hard time choosing one.  This is number 10 because I struggled to choose between the three of this year’s films.  I love this horror/comedy film featuring Ghostface that reinvigorated the slasher genre by deconstructing the genre.  Runners-Up:  The Birdcage, Fargo (these were the other two that nearly made this list.

 

Image result for big lebowski#9.  The Big Lebowski (1998).  I only just recently saw this and that is the reason for it being lower on this list.  Actually, I had avoided this because I am not a big fan of stoner films and I thought this one would be like that.  However, I found it incredibly funny and I enjoyed it completely.  The Dude is one of the iconic characters of all time and I wish I had seen this way before I did.  Runner-Up:  Enemy of the State

 

Image result for apollo 13#8.  Apollo 13 (1995).  I love this Ron Howard directed film.  It tells an unbelievable true story of the greatest failure ever from NASA.  Starring Tom Hanks as real life astronaut Jim Lovell, the late, great Bill Paxton plays Fred Haise, Kevin Bacon plays Jack Swigert and Gary Sinise plays the “still-not-sick” Ken Mattingly.  This film grabbed me at the start and I was totally on board the entire time.  It was awesome to see smart people dealing with crises with intelligence.  Apollo 13 was one of my favorites of the 1990s.  Runner-Up:  Toy Story

 

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Image result for dr richard kimble#6.  The Fugitive (1993).  Dr. Richard Kimble’s wife had been murdered by a one armed man, or so he claims.  Unfortunately for Kimble, the police did not really buy that story, arrested him and convicted him of murder.  One bus/train accident later, Richard Kimble was on the run as the fugitive.  And what makes it worse… Tommy Lee Jones was a U.S. Marshal was after him… and he did not care that Kimble was innocent, or so he claims.  The Fugitive was an epic film.  Runner-Up:  Schindler’s List

 

Image result for shawshank redemption#5.  Shawshank Redemption (1994).  What an amazing film.  Andy Dufresne and “Red” Ellis Boyd have one of the top friendships in movie history and there was so much drama surrounding all of the prisoners.  Had I done that Morgan Freeman list that I nearly did, this one would have placed at the top.  Freeman is perfect in this role and you are completely engaged by him.  Runner-Up:  Pulp Fiction.

 

Image result for Terminator 2#4. Terminator 2 (1991).  The classic Arnold action film where we see the return of the Terminator, only to discover that he is back to save Sarah Connor and John from a brand new (and downright freaky) Terminator, the T1000.  It really seemed as if nothing was ever going to stop the T1000 from accomplishing its mission to kill John and Sarah and that brought serious stakes to the film.  It really was a tremendous movie.  Runner-Up:  Silence of the Lambs

 

Image result for the fifth element#3.  The Fifth Element (1997).    Leeloo Dallas multipassChicken, GOOD!  This is one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies that sneaked under the radar.  The Fifth Element was such a fantastic science fiction film by director Luc Besson.  There is so many classic moments and scenes that I could not do it justice.  I do the “Chicken, good” line to this day.  This is full of excitement, drama, humor, a great relationship between Leeloo and Korbin Dallas, a star turn from Chris Tucker, a blue diva singing opera unlike any opera you’ve ever seen, and NEGOTIATIONS!  Creative.  Original.  Perfect.  Runner-Up:  Good Will Hunting.

 

Image result for a league of their own#2.  A League of Their Own (1992).  Another brilliantly quotable movie.  Everybody remembers “there’s no crying in baseball” but there are some I remember even more than that.  When Jimmy Dugan asks the umpire, “Anyone ever tell you that you look like a penis with a little hat on?”, I absolutely die, but what was even better was Dugan said “You misunderstood me!”  LOL.  Then, the quote “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.” is on my classroom wall.  I love this movie and it may be my favorite baseball movie of all time.  Runner-up:  Aladdin.  

 

Related image#1.  The Sixth Sense (1999).  I never saw the twist coming.  And I am really good at sniffing these things out and when it caught me off guard, it took a decent film and, for me, transformed it into a brilliant one.  Haley Joel Osment is utterly spectacular as Cole, the little boy who saw dead people.  Bruce Willis gives a wonderful performance, understated and subtle, way more than we were used to seeing him give.  Toni Collette gets forgotten some times, but she was amazing here too (Oscar nominated).  Even with the twist revealed, you can still watch this movie by looking for the clues that were sprinkled through the film by M. Night Shyamalan.  They’re there.  It is a wonderfully written, acted and shot film.  Runner-Up:  The Matrix

 

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Hellboy (2004)

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Dark Comics’ Hellboy is set to return to the big screen this year with a new version of the movie featuring David Harbour in the titular role.  Because of that, I figured that it was time for me to see the Hellboy original film featuring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro.

I have never seen the first Hellboy (I believe seen pieces of Hellboy 2), so I found it on Netflix and set out to watch the Dark Horse property.

I found this to be a bit of a mixed bag.  I was not a huge fan of the first part of the movie, but I do believe it picked up dramatically as it continued.  The story was fairly complicated and difficult to follow and I disliked the main villain, Rasputin (Karel Roden).  However, Hellboy was unique and clever, with a wit that helped keep this movie engaging and fresh at all times.

Based on Mike Mignola’s work in the comics, Hellboy takes some time getting going, but the pay off is worthwhile.

I enjoyed the work of John Hurt as Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm, the man who rescued young Hellboy from the Nazis who intended on using the demon to turn the tides of World War II.  Hurt is warm and caring and provides a perfect counterbalance to the young “monster” he rescued and trained as a super hero against the world of the paranormal.

While this was not my most favorite film ever, I enjoyed more of it than I did not.  I expect the sequel will be better yet. It has helped make me more interested in the new version and that is part of the reason for this watch.

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Old Man Quill #2 (of 12)

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Old Man Quill #2 (of 12)

In the Court of the Crimson King

Writer:  Ethan Sacks

Artist:  Robert Gill

Cover Art:  John Tyler Christopher

Okay, I had no intentions of buying the Old Man Quill series.  I mean, Old Man Logan came out during a period I was not reading comics so I basically missed it, though I knew of the character and enjoyed the take on him in the current X-Men continuity.  I absolutely loved Old Man Hawkeye, but I always had more of a connection to the character of Clint Barton than I did for Peter Quill.

Plus, I have never been much of a fan of the alternate futures or timelines that are not part of the real Marvel Universe.  Those types of stories never appealed to me.  They weren’t my thing.

Of course, I get Marvel #1s in my pull list so I gave Old Man Quill #1 a read and …dang it… this was way better than I had thought it would be.  Enough so that I got number two, and… it was better than number one.

Looks like I am reading another old man story.

With the remaining Guardians of the Galaxy arriving on an earth that Quill can barely recognize, Quill, Drax, Rocket, Gamora and Mantis make their way across earth in an attempt to stop the Universal Church of Truth, who were the group to destroy Spartax.

The down-trodden Peter interacting with his “family” in the Guardians really makes this series special and watching these hardened and bittern Guardians deal out justice in a brutal and violent manner is something awesome.

We get Dr. Doom in the series as well, as Doom has stepped up and spread his dominant hand across the planet.

Great writing so far and the art is solid for the story being told.  I did not want to be buying Old Man Quill, but I am, and I am enjoying it!

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The Kid (2019)

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Vincent D’onofrio directed this new Western featuring the legendary encounter between Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke).

This encounter has been shown on film before but this time, the main focus of this film is on a different Kid than Billy.  Rio Cutler (Jake Schur) is a young adolescent boy who shot and killed his father as his father was beating his mother to death.  Running from his vengeful uncle Grant (Chris Pratt), Rio and his sister Sara (Leila George) accidentally come across Billy the Kid and his gang.  Unfortunately for them, this is just prior to Sheriff Pt Garrett’s arrival and capture of Billy.

Spinning a yarn about why they were there, Rio and Sara accompany Garrett as he is on his way to take Billy the Kid back to stand trial and to be hanged.

Along the way, Rio struggled to deal with what he had done, while seeing the two Western icons as potential role models.

The Kid is quite violent and bloody in many spots as the consequences of these bullets are obvious to the audience.  The film does not shy away from the idea that actions have consequences and the main theme of it is important of what you do next is a key one.  There are some strong ideas at play here, some covered better than others.

Dane DeHaan is excellent as Billy the Kid. He is charismatic and likable and, with this portrayal, you can understand why the young outlaw was able to accomplish what he did.  Ethan Hawke is very strong as he always is as Pat Garrett.  Hawke shows his struggles with doing what is right while sticking true to his core values.  The relationship between these two characters is one of the more intriguing parts of the movie.

What did lack at times was the relationship between the two icons and the boy, Rio.  I can see Rio as idolizing them and connecting himself with both of them, but, especially with what occurs, I am not sure that the relationship from the adults really fit well.  And it felt as if it were just a plot contrivance when Rio goes to Garrett to confess.  I am not sure I believed that they had a close enough relationship for Rio to take the chance he did.  Maybe he felt as if he had no other option.

Certainly, Billy the Kid sees himself in Rio and perhaps he wishes that he could be at a place in his life where he could have chosen another path.  Garrett did not seem to have the same connection with Rio outside of a caring adult to a child.

The sister becomes nothing more than a plot point though.  At first, she is the one getting in Rio’s head about telling what happened, and then, after she is taken away, she becomes the MacGuffin for Rio.  On the same weekend as Captain Marvel flies high with female power, The Kid does not have much of its own.

D’onofrio does a great job with the shots of the film, bringing that feeling of an authentic Western to The Kid.  The shootouts are dramatic and filled with tension and the message is strong.  I enjoyed the film for the most parts, though it felt as if there were some connective tissue missing in the plot and between the characters.  It was a decent Western to watch on a rainy afternoon, though.

3.3 stars

Avengers: No Road Home #4 (of 10)

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Avengers: No Road Home #4

Writer:  Al Ewing, Jim Zub and Mark Waid

Artist:  Sean Izaakse

Cover Art:  Yasmine Putri

This is the fourth week of the Avengers event called No Road Home.  It has been the best Avengers story arc in a long time.

This week’s issue gives the background of the series main villain, Nyx, which means we get some Greek mythology in the works.  And Hercules has his mind clouded by the children of Nyx and he attacks his friends in the Avengers.

And above all else, there is such an epic final page of the issue.

This issue has some amazing pages of art work from Sean Izaakse.  There are some beautifully rendered pages, featuring the contrast between the colors of the world of Mount Olympus to the shade/darkness of the arrival of the Goddess of the Night and her children.  The art stood out to me more this week than it had yet in this exceptional run of Avengers comics.

It makes me excited to see next week’s issue even more than I already am.

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The Art of Online Trolling

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I have grown so tired of the garbage being spewed from some of the trolls online about Captain Marvel, Marvel Studio’s latest film that was released to the public Thursday night.  There has been a targeted campaign by many to attempt to damage this film because there is a perceived feminist agenda in it and it seems as if the specific web site has a bone to pick with Marvel Comics.

Cosmic Book News has been posting negative articles about Captain Marvel for weeks.  Every chance it had to post an article that could be seen as divisive, this web site did it.  Using out of context quotes from film star Brie Larson to stir up anti-feminist rhetoric and drawing the worst possible conclusions from minor news bits, Cosmic Book News has specialized in hyperbole to misrepresent the state of this film and the overall health of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Most of the time, you look at this ridiculousness and laugh it off, but the review that they posted on their site written by Matt McGloin does not even pretend to be unbiased.

Let me state immediately that everyone has the right to dislike this movie if they do so.  However, when you spend more time trying to bring down a woman because she is not the kind of woman you want her to be, then there is a problem.

There will be Captain Marvel spoilers contain within this post.  Be aware.

Let’s look at the review itself.  He starts the review off by saying that placing Captain Marvel as the face of the MCU is not a good thing.  That is an opinion and he is welcome to it.  Then he states the following:  “Overall, Captain Marvel comes off as a rather dull and lackluster movie, and joining Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, it is another spit in the face of Marvel Cosmic fans.”

Huh?  This is such spin that it is silly.  How exactly does James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok “spit in the face” of fans of Marvel Cosmic?  These are universally beloved MCU films.  On Rotten Tomatoes, Guardians of the Galaxy has a 91% critic rating and a 92% fan rating while Thor: Ragnarok has 92% critic and 87% fan ratings.  How do they spit in the face of the fans?  Is it because there is too much humor?  That is the criticism these movies face among the minority of people, but that is completely subjective as well.

The next point made is to make a quick comparison to Disney’s Star Wars.  The hatred from these trolls feels like the same kind of hatred Rey received in the Disney Star Wars.  What does Rey and Carol Danvers have in common?  Hm, they are strong women who are not using their sexuality as part of their character.  These are the same people who were mad when Ms. Marvel changed from her revealing costume into her current uniform.  That caused a lot of backlash too because how dare Marvel try to be SJW and give some respect to their characters.

Then the biggest criticism of the film comes in his review.  Of course, it is the “feminist male-bashing elements” of the film.  He then lists these horrible elements of the story that crush the poor male ego.  Let’s look at them:

“Carol’s dad is mean to her.”

Are you kidding me?  Carol’s dad is shown for maybe 20 seconds in the entire movie and this is male bashing.  How many super heroes had a perfect upbringing?  Most of them had troubles and problems with their parents, whether they have been killed or are abusive.  The Runaways parents were super villains!  Bruce Banner was abused by his father.  Daredevil’s mother deserted him.  I could go on.

Carol’s baseball teammates are mean to her (tried to beam her).

Another scene that might have been five seconds.  And the scene wasn’t about males trying to hurt her.  It was about her standing up and continuing on despite the challenge.  Everybody who has played baseball has been knocked down or hit by a pitch.  It is part of the game and being able to step back into the box shows the perseverance of the human spirit that the movie was going for.

When Carol crashed into the Blockbuster, she blew the head off Arnold Schwarzenegger (a male) of the True Lies standee, not Jamie Lee Curtis (a female).

This is a joke.  It is more to emphasize the connection to the 1990s than it is for any sort of male bashing.

Carol is hit on and insulted by the motorcycle guy.

And something like that never happens.  I will admit that this scene was a bit cliche and if that was what he was criticizing, I would not have a problem with it.  However, to use it to say that the movie is male bashing is a stretch.  

What is wrong with calling a girl a young lady? Talos calls Maria a young lady a couple of times, which she gets mad about. Huh?

I do not remember this scene, but perhaps she is upset about the freakin’ alien being who had arrived and made an implied threat against her.  Monica also is the one to convince her mother to go on this mission to help the Skrulls and Monica wanted the Skrulls to stay with them at the end of the movie so any problem she may have had with Talos and his family seem to have been worked out.  However,that does not support Mr. McGloin’s theory so he does not mention it. 

Also what about Maria, a single parent, leaving her young daughter to go and fight in space? She actually listens when her 11-year-old daughter tells her to go do it? Seriously?

How is this male bashing?  There should be more parents who listen to their children’s thoughts and concerns.  The world would be a better place if they did.

Nick Fury is scanned by the Kree and told he is not a threat and is basically worthless. The Kree actually says “human male.” Note: The Kree didn’t scan Maria Rambeau, a female, who was right next to him.

This was another joke.  You left out the part that just prior to the Kree scanning Fury, they scanned Goose the Cat and proclaimed him a high threat.  Had they really wanted to push the male bashing, wouldn’t they have scanned Maria and say that she was a threat when Fury was not?  This was a way to say that Flarkens were more dangerous than human beings.  So it is Human Bashing.  How dare they!!!  I am offended.

Update: Fury is shown washing dishes.

Really?  You’ve got to be sh_ting me.  Men can’t do dishes?  Why, cause that’s women’s work?  My guess is that Nick Fury had probably washed some dishes prior to this in his lifetime.  Not to mention that Captain Marvel was there with him washing the dishes too.  That part does not fit Mr. McGloin’s agenda so it is left out of the criticism.

The end sees Ronan (a male) state they are going to come back for that weapon. Emphasis on, “The Woman.”

Ronan was definitely not used well in this movie, but it could very well be setting him up for a sequel.  And him calling Carol “The Woman,” well, that did sound as if Ronan did look down at her because of her sex, but that is a character trait of Ronan.  He looked down on both Nebula and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy so…oh, I forgot… that film was a spit in the face of the Marvel Cosmic fans.

Then, Mr. McGloin criticized Brie Larson for having no charisma.  While I do not agree with him on this, at least that is a critique that is not simply about the sex of the character and he has a right to make this criticism.  However, he then continued on to say that the fact that she barely smiled (which she did many times in the movie) made her look miserable.  Are you critical of Batman for never smiling?  How about Wolverine?  Does she have to smile because she is a woman and you want her to look more attractive?  That is pretty sexist.

Then he complains about making Mar-Vell female.  Annette Bening, who plays Mar-Vell in the film, is a magnificent actor and works fine in the role.  This Mar-Vell is different from the comic book character and, I am sorry, but when you adapt something for the movie screen, some things get changed.  I personally thought it was a neat switch to make Annette Bening Mar-Vell as I thought, as I am sure everyone thought, it was going to be Jude Law.

To be fair, the remainder of his review were ideas that, while I disagreed with, were reasonable criticisms and not just pulling the tiniest of facts and reshaping them to try and fit his agenda.  He does accuse the songs chosen of pushing an obvious agenda, and if anyone knows anything about pushing an agenda, it is Mr. McGloin.

He finished his review with a line stating that the MCU has one foot in the grave.  Really?  I mean, really?  Captain Marvel is heading toward a big opening weekend after making over 20 million on its Thursday night previews.  Avengers: Endgame has just been reported to be tracking around $282 million for opening weekend. It could go down $20 million and still set the all-time record for domestic opening weekend.  The MCU just received their first Oscars thanks to Black Panther.  The MCU is preparing to get back the Fantastic Four and the X-Men characters.  I do believe that they are a long way from having one foot in the grave.

I wonder if he intends to continue his barrage of negative articles into Avengers: Endgame.  The big criticism people have had is that Brie Larson said this movie is intended to be a feminist film.  SO what?  Carol Danvers is a powerful female character.  There is nothing wrong with making a movie that empowers a woman to be a hero.  Is she too powerful?  Maybe.  If you do not complain about Superman being too powerful, then you are a hypocrite for complaining about Carol.  I disagree wholeheartedly that this movie bashes males.  I am a proud male and I did not feel undervalued even once while watching the movie.  Some people are threatened with women and will not get over it.  I don’t know Mr. McGloin so I cannot comment on anything but his writing.  From that, it sure seems that he is trying to whip up the hatred for this film because of his own agenda.  That’s too bad.

I loved this movie.  I made up my own mind.  See Captain Marvel and make your own decisions.

 

Meet the Skrulls#1 (of 5)

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Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5)

Family Unit

Writer:  Robbie Thompson

Artist:  Niko Henrichon

Cover Art:  Marcos Martin

With the Skrulls playing a big role in the new Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel out this week, it makes sense that Marvel Comics has jumped in with a new limited series based on the green-faced, shape-shifters called Meet the Skrulls.

The story starts off introducing us to the family of Skrulls who have a mission from the Skrull Empire and have been undercover on earth for years.

With a discussion around the dinner table, we are introduced to all the members of this family, the Warners.  We see not only the problems that come from a secret spy family infesting the world at large, but we also see the problems within a small family that everybody can relate to.  Everything from sibling rivalry to bullying in touched on in the first issue and it is great.

I get a definite vibe from this issue as I did with the Tom King Vision series which was such a tremendous limited series.  If Meet the Skrulls is anywhere near that wondrous series, then we are in line for some really enjoyable comics.

We also have what the issue is dubbing “Project Blossom” which appears to be a plan to suss out the Skrulls in hiding and kill them.  We see this in the first few pages as an agent from Project Blossom attacked and killed a seemingly innocuous Skrull family and it worked so well to set this antagonist as a danger to our main cast of apparently villainous family members.

There was lots of interest here and I am excited to see where it goes next.

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