Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?

This post WILL NOT discuss the events at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but that likely wouldn’t be an issue, as the box office numbers seem to suggest that you’ve most likely seen it anyway. On Monday, we learned that it beat the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for biggest opening weekend. On… Continue reading Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?

Has Marvel Fixed the Marvel Villain Problem? Let’s See

(No spoilers) The early and middle installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have villains that are considered by many critics to be rather boring. If I list off characters like Iron Monger, Abomination, Whiplash, Malekith, and Ronan the Accuser, you might have difficulty remembering who these characters are or even what movies they’re from. Did… Continue reading Has Marvel Fixed the Marvel Villain Problem? Let’s See

Great Scenes in Bad/Mediocre/Okay Movies

The real heartbreak in a mediocre movie, or a bad movie, or a just okay movie, is seeing the potential that was wasted. Even in the most disappointing movies, there’s usually one thing that you can point at and say, “Wow, this really worked.” So here, I’ve selected a few movies that I think are… Continue reading Great Scenes in Bad/Mediocre/Okay Movies

When People Miss the Point

*SPOILERS FOR BLACK PANTHER* Black Panther opened this past weekend and the conversation around this movie has been lively and spirited. Many black people (and non-blacks) hail this as an important cultural milestone for superhero cinema, and many comic book fanboys saying “But what about Blade? You forgot about Blade!” But there has been a reaction to Black Panther… Continue reading When People Miss the Point

The MCU Villain Problem: But What About Ego?

Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 The Marvel Villain Problem is the name is the moniker given to the succession of uninteresting villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series. I’ve included pictures of a few below, and if you don’t remember the names of them, then I can hardly blame you. I’m a… Continue reading The MCU Villain Problem: But What About Ego?

The Odd Language Barriers in Marvel-Netflix Shows

I hope my readers can forgive the clickbait title – this is a minor gripe that I had in the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil, and I forgot how irritating it was until I started watching The Defenders.  In The Defenders, it was when Sigourney Weaver’s villain, Alexandra, speaks with one of her allies, Murakami. Alexandra is American, Murakami is… Continue reading The Odd Language Barriers in Marvel-Netflix Shows

Teaming Up: The Increasingly Popular Type of Story

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: there’s an ensemble cast in an action/sci-fi/fantasy/superhero movie (especially superheroes). First, the viewers get to know all the characters separately. Then, the characters unite under a common cause, fall apart after some disagreement, and reunite with an even stronger bond to take down the greater evil. This… Continue reading Teaming Up: The Increasingly Popular Type of Story