The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going for a good ten years now and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Over the years, it’s produced some great films, with many coming with certain expectations. But I’d argue that none of them have come with the amount of expectation Black Panther has in terms of representation. After all, it’s the first time a black superhero has been presented on such a grand stage. Black Panther is an important cultural character to many comic fans, and I’m happy to say the film delivers in every way possible. There’s a great story, complex characters, awesome action scenes and plenty of word building that sets Black Panther apart from other superhero films.
When it comes to comic characters, Batman’s story is the most widely told. There have been many versions of The Dark Knight over the years, but people are still finding ways to make the character feel fresh. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight offers an alternative take on Bruce Wayne by telling his story in the Victorian era. The animated movie sees Batman take on Jack the Ripper in an epic Elseworlds tale that mixes history and comics together. Familiar faces are given new backgrounds and Gotham is reimagined as a sinister metropolis of industry and smoke.
Since the DC Extended Universe was created, it’s felt like there was a rush to catch up with the MCU. It’s been criticised for being overly dark, but Wonder Woman proved to be a step in the right direction. Justice League is the next entry in the franchise and I’m happy to say it’s continued DC’s momentum. The film brings together Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg to save the world, which they pull off with a sense of promise.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been built on a mixture of tongue-in-cheek references and world changing stakes. This trend continues with Thor: Ragnarok, which sees the God of Thunder take on the Goddess of Death for the future of Asgard. Along the way, Thor is joined by his self-serving brother Loki, a cynical Valkyrie and a smash-happy Hulk. This turns the film into a surreal, intergalactic road trip that makes Thor: Ragnarok one of Marvel’s best movies in years. Here is a spoiler free review.
It’s been a hell of a year for superhero films, and the momentum keeps going with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Since Tom Holland debuted as the wall-crawler in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, fans have been eager to see what he can do when given a solo film to spin his webs. As comic fans, we’ve become used to watching epic battles and world saving stakes. So, when a film likes Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a window into the mundane side of superhero life, it offers a refreshing change. Here is my spoiler free review.
Ever since the creation of the DCEU, Warner Brothers have struggled to match the standard of the Marvel franchise. With the release of Wonder Woman, it seems they’ve finally got the DCEU on track. Gal Gadot steps back into a role that was the highlight of Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now that she has a film to herself, Gadot puts on an incredible performance that many with remember for years to come. Here is my spoiler free review of Wonder Woman.
The MCU has established itself as a rich universe with characters that are connected to each other. Each movie is designed to set up the next chapter and raise the stakes. But all the universe building can be overwhelming when it’s done too much. So, a self-contained film like Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 is a refreshing change of pace. Here is my spoiler free review.