Reviews / 05.07.2022

After 28 films over the last 14 years, it's highly likely you've made up your mind on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by now. For those still completely on board with the most successful film franchise in cinema history (and, judging by the staggering box office returns of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that's a lot of you), it's time for film #29 and the second of three MCU titles in 2022. For better or worse, Thor: Love and Thunder follows a very similar formula to that of...

Reviews / 04.05.2022

After more than a decade of films that mostly followed the same tried and true formula, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems determined to offer something different, particularly its commitment to completely shattering the notion of reality by virtue of its newfound obsession with the "multiverse" concept. Disney+ shows like WandaVision, Loki, and What If...

Reviews / 15.12.2021

It's not every day a press screening includes surrendering one's phone before entering a cinema featuring security guards in night vision goggles and a title card and preshow video from the cast begging viewers to avoid revealing spoilers to the general public. Then again, it's not every day a film like Spider-Man: No Way Home comes along where revealing the colour of a character's socks could be seen as a spoiler in some circles. With a level of hype unrivalled in 2021 and a hefty bag of secrets no...

Reviews / 03.11.2021

One of the biggest criticisms lobbed at the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its persistence with sticking to the tried and true "Marvel formula." In most Marvel Studios films (particularly first outings of new superheroes), we meet our down on their luck protagonist who soon discovers their hidden superpower which attracts the attention of some ungodly antagonist who forces our new hero to overcome insurmountable odds and ultimately save the day. Now that you've read it, you can see how many Marvel films it applies to, right? To be fair,...

Reviews / 30.06.2021

A new film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe opening in theatres around the globe is surely a sign the world of cinema is beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. After three release date delays and a change in strategy that sees the film debut simultaneously on Disney+ with Premier Access, Marvel Studios' long-awaited prequel Black Widow has finally arrived to give a fallen hero her deserving swan song. Part James Bond spy thriller, part Mission: Impossible action epic with a good dose of tense familial drama, Black...

Reviews / 08.06.2021

Now that WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have firmly established the television spin-off world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's time to turn our attention to the franchise's favourite mischievous scamp. The MCU has delivered a chequered roster of villains over the past decade. While there's been the highs of Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos and Black Panther's Erik Killmonger, there's also the lows of Iron Man 2's Whiplash and Thor: The Dark World's Malekith. But the most enduring villain of this lengthy saga has undoubtedly been...

Reviews / 19.03.2021

After the breath of fresh air that was WandaVision, the MCU returns to its roots with its next blockbuster Disney+ television series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Following in the footsteps of Wanda and co. will prove to be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the hugely popular series revived the public's interest in the Marvel universe after a total void of new content from Marvel Studios for more than 18 months. On the other, it set a new benchmark for daringly unique...

Reviews / 15.01.2021

2020 will be remembered for many, many things. In the world of cinema, it will stand as the year of a hundred release date delays. This also meant it was the first year without a film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2009. Naturally, that was never intended to be the case. But when a global pandemic saw both Black Widow and Eternals punted to 2021, the MCU lay silent for the first time in over a decade. While we still await these two new cinematic entries (barring any...

Reviews / 24.04.2019

The time has come to say goodbye to one of the most successful and ambitious franchises in cinema history. With a three-hour spectacle to wrap up this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is the blockbuster fans have been aching for. It's taken us 11 years and 22 films to arrive at this point. Thankfully, the wait has been entirely worthwhile. Curb your anxiety at the door. Marvel Studios have done it again. With a moving impact few blockbusters could ever hope to deliver and an array...