Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 04 – Thor

Throughout the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I remember Thor being the first film that I wasn’t necessarily all amped up about.  As a younger comic reader, while I was a pretty avid fan of Captain America and Iron Man’s individual stories, the Avengers as a group never really appealed to me.  I […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 3 1/2 – The Consultant and Thor’s Hammer

Wedged in among big screen releases, Marvel Studios took an interesting turn in 2011 and starting doing what they called One Shots, which were short, direct-to-video stories, mostly focused around SHIELD, designed to support the larger narrative and tell little stories with some of the supporting characters. I’m focusing on two of those One Shots […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 03 – Iron Man 2

In Looking back upon the genesis of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s easy to see where things could have potentially gone off the rails early.  Many fans point fingers at The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 is being two of the worst of the MCU films, and one might think that a more reactionary […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 02 – The Incredible Hulk

Invariably, when someone ranks their favorite films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, by some strange circumstance, The Incredible Hulk ends up ranked close to the bottom, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why.  Even upon a rewatch a few years after I watched it the last time, this film ranks it […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 01 – Iron Man

Captain America: Civil War is hitting theaters in around a month, and is being touted by Marvel Studios as the kick off for the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III. In the ramp up to that event, I figured I’d go back and check out Phase I and Phase II in order (the films only of […]

Critics vs. Audiences – whose voice is loudest?

In case you were sleeping in a dark cave somewhere, you know that last week Hollywood unleashed their latest superhero juggernaut Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  It hit audiences like a firestorm, and the critics, by and large, hit back. Currently sitting at around 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s safe to say the launching […]

Seven minute “supercut” leads into Captain America: Civil War

I’m already anticipating how much writing motivation this film will provide me, considering the final infiltration sequence in Loose Strands was directly influenced by Captain America: Winter Soldier.  The best way to make sure your body is ready for Civil War is to watch this amazing seven minute supercut.  It’s like an extra long trailer for […]

Daredevil Season 2 Trailer leaves no good deed unpunished

Yes, I’m a shameless comic book superhero fan, and I believe that my love in comics at an early age is what drove me to be the voracious reader and writer that I am today. Two of the biggest influences to me as a kid were Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil and the explosive entrance […]

Deadpool is not your father’s superhero movie

Actually, scratch that. It IS your father’s superhero movie. But it’s defintely not your kid’s superhero movie. Littered with blood, four letter words, and even some nakedness, Deadpool is 20th Century Fox’s latest film in their dubiously connected X-Men Cinematic Universe, and it delivers on almost every level, as long as you have a sense […]