The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding to Disney+. During the Super Bowl and new teaser dubbed “Big Game” Spot was released which gives us a look at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki. All are coming soon to the digital service.
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This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Incredible Hulk.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started off with Iron Man in 2008. You all know that, I’m sure. Just as you know that the second film was Incredible Hulk, released just over a month later. Unlike the other Marvel movies, Bruce Banner is play by Edward Norton in this film, the actor’s only appearance as the jolly green giant. This movie is also slightly harder to find than the rest of the MCU movies because it’s the only one that Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to, as Universal own the distribution rights to the Incredible Hulk – as well as first refusal on any Hulk movie (which is why you haven’t seen a Hulk movie since this one).
When I first saw this movie I remember thoroughly enjoying the near two hours I sat in the theater, thinking that Marvel had gone two for two with their opening salvo.
Back to the bullet points!
- Don’t expect to see the humour from Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. This movie has odd lighter moments, but for the most part it’s much closer to a straight action film featuring a very reluctant hero.
- Edward Norton plays a very good Bruce Banner. The years of running and hiding are etched into his face and body – do I prefer him to Ruffalo? I don’t know – each man takes a very different approach to the character, neither of which I dislike.
- Emil Blonsky. I haven’t read a lot of comics featuring Emil Blonksy or the Abomination, but the former marine’s decsent into a power hungry, uh, abomination felt quite believable as the movie progressed. You knew it was coming, it was never a surprise to anybody – except Thunderbolt Ross. But watching a slightly powered up Blonksy thinking he can go toe to toe with the Hulk is…. pretty awesome.
- The Hulk looks awesome. I enjoy the look of the Hulk in the later MCU movies, but there’s something savage and raw about how this Hulk looks on screen.
- The CGI holds up. Ten years is a long time in the world of technology, and the advancements are often noticeable in the films of yesteryear verses today. Not so here.
The movie does have its moments where it doesn’t quite measure up, though. The inherent charm of the early (and most of) the MCU movies is missing, but given that this is only the second movie that’s to be expected. the MCU hadn’t found its identity just yet. The chemistry between Liv Tyler’s Betty Ross and Edward Norton’s Bruce Banner is spotty at times, but it’s far from being a reason to avoid the movie.
There’s been a lot said over the years about the MCU, and a lot of people have, and will continue to, overlook this film because, they’ve heard it’s not as good as the rest of the movies released around this Phase in the MCU. It is. But as I mentioned before, it’s also harder to find; it isn’t on Disney+ right now, and I haven’t seen it on Netflix in awhile (bear in mind I live in Canada so this may be different for you).
Thankfully, I still have the DVD I purchased when the film first came out – one of only two MCU DVDs I have since I started going for Bluray with Iron Man 2. If you can find it, then it’s well worth checking out one of the most underrated movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Spider-Man‘s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s a chance of a return.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra also said “it’s a long life” cryptically hinting there is a chance for a return down the road.
Vinciquerra also stated that there’s “no ill will” between Marvel and Sony after the failure to reach an agreement and it’s been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio due to the fan reaction to the news.
Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige being stretched thin with the next phases of the MCU bwas part of the issue.
Sony is going ahead with their own Spider-Man universe as the company is in production on a sequel to Venom, a film based on Morbius, and “five or six” television series set in the Spider-Man world in the works.
Vinciquerra pointed towards Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Boys as to evidence their future endeavors will be fine and the studio is “pretty capable of doing what (they) have to do here.”
In the same talk, Vinciquerra stated Sony Studios wasn’t for sale and touched upon the studios’ decision to stay out of the streaming wars. That decision allows them to be “more transparent” to creators by not becoming “beholden to any platform.”
TV writer Tom Ciaccio and Cayden Mak of 18 Million Rising webswing by to talk about the latest MCU movie. Wherein we discuss:
- The Post Blip Economy
- What makes a Spider-Man story
- Unionizing tech workers
- Seeing the world through weapons colored lenses
- Give the trans actor lines you cowards!
- “At every movie now people are always waiting for Sammuel L Jackson to pop out after the credits”
- Young Justice S3
Cayden Mak is Executive Director at 18MillionRising.org, where he has been rabble-rousing and nerding out in various roles for the past seven years. Outside of work he keeps busy with local organizing projects in Oakland, California, where he lives with his two cats. On Twitter @Cayden
Tom Ciaccio is a television writer and producer whose recent credits include truTV’s HACK MY LIFE, Bravo’s THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA, and the forthcoming web series, LO: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ULTIMATE MAN’S EX-GIRLFRIEND. He grew up in Queens but has yet to be bitten by a radioactive anything. He is on twitter at @tomteevee
(and I’m https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn)
It should be no surprise that after the success of Thor: Ragnarok it looks like director Taika Waititi will be back for Thor 4. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director has inked a deal to write and direct the follow-up film.
But, that will come at a cost. The long in the works Akira from Warner Bros. will get pushed back. The film was to be released May 21, 2021, and a worldwide search for actors is going on.
The two projects conflict and one has to go, so Akira is losing out. It’s unknown if the project will go forward with Waititi or not but according to the report, Warner Bros. would like to and have him pick up the film after Thor 4.
The last time we saw Thor was in this year’s Avengers: Endgame where he was leaving Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy for adventures unknown.
If you skipped our written review, we’ve got you covered with a take you can watch! Spider-Man: Far From Home has a lot of challenges in not only does it have to answer questions from Avengers: Endgame but also cap off the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe phase while setting up the next one.
The film does all of that and more.
We’ve got a SPOILER FREE review of the film.
To celebrate their 300th Honest Trailer, the Screen Junkies have taken on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe!
It’s difficult to review Spider-Man: Far From Home in its totality. Doing so would spoil so much of what makes the film great. The movie is easily the best Spider-Man film to be released. We’re not counting Into the Spider-verse for that debate. It also challenges the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s really that good.
The film picks up post Avengers: Endgame. Not only does it directly address events from that film, but it also answers many of our questions stemming from it. So many scenarios are thrown out about the impact of the snap. So many quick comments. And so much of it is addressed with humor and realism. And that’s the brilliance of the film.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is able to add massive amounts of worldbuilding and details through simple quick sentences. It’s a movie that’s smart in how it delivers information to the audience. It’s also clearly aware of the weight on its shoulders.
Here’s a spoiler… for Avengers: Endgame…
The film deals with the fallout of the death of the heroes, particularly Tony Stark. It questions what’s Tony’s legacy and who will take up the mantle? And that responsibility is thrown on to the shoulders of Peter Parker. Tony saw something in him and that’s addressed here. Helping explore that is Happy Hogan who takes on a more involved role that’s almost fatherly.
The film itself is about elementals who have come from another dimension to destroy our planet as they’ve done to others. Enter Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, a mysterious person from a different Earth. He’s a soldier out to stop the elementals who destroyed his world.
It’s also the summer and Peter and his fellow students are off to Europe. There, Peter wants to tell MJ how he feels about her.
You’ve got action, you’ve got mystery, and you have a very cute high school romcom all rolled into one.
The film does an excellent job of using all of its cast. Other than a few students who don’t get much to do, even secondary characters get added depth. Flash Thompson has more added to his character out of two small moments than all of the previous Spider-Man films combined. That’s how smart the film is. We know more about him due to a text he sends and an interaction at the end and it all makes us understand his character. Those two moments are maybe 30 seconds combined and involve one sentence.
Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are the writers for the film and Jon Watts directs, just as they did for Spider-Man: Homecoming. They clearly get these characters and this world and nail it in every way. Throw money at them and keep them around for as long as possible.
Every actor shines too with Zendaya particularly coming out of her shell from the first film and Tom Holland really showing some depth in acting with emotional moments. Jacob Batalon, as Ned, is given so much more to do and is so entertaining with every line delivery. Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove delivering so much humor to moments. Jake Gyllenhaal feels like he’s just having so much fun with what he’s given. He chews the scenery in a great way. Everyone is amazing and shines. There are no weak parts.
The film’s greatest strength is in every small detail in the script and on the screen. It has a lot on its shoulders with so much to do and it succeeds. It wraps up the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe phase and sets up what’s next. Boy does it. It does the impossible at every turn and delivers a summer popcorn film with humor, depth, and heart. The film has it all and I can’t wait to see it again in the theater.
Overall Rating: 10
What the hell, people? I feel like I’ve been saying for a decade, “True fans stay through the credits.” Not just because we want to see The Avengers eating shawarma or watch “that Ayesha chick” talk about Adam Warlock, but because now that’s just something we do! And now someone said “There’s no extra scene at the end of Avengers: Endgame” and you’re like, “Welp, that’s it, then!”
No no no no no no no no no.
First of all, it’s totally misleading to say “There’s no extra scene at the end.” It’s also patently false to say (as numerous sites have reported), “There’s nothing at the end of the credits.”
There’s something. I won’t say what, but stick around for it.
Why? Because. . . True Fans Stay Through the Credits.
Think about it. 11 years. 22 movies. I know you have to pee because it’s been 3 hours of excitement and you ordered that giant movie-sized Dr. Pepper, so go and then come back. But stick around. Because True Fans Stay Through the Credits.
Not only is it a great way to pay respect to the literally thousands of people who worked on this movie, but you might learn something. Like, wow. . . lots of people have assistants. Or, oh, I didn’t know the name of that song that they used and now I do. Or ask, “What’s a key grip?”
And here’s the best part– you know where literally the only place in public where it’s ok for you to discuss what just happened in this movie is? In that theater. Right there. Not in a restaurant or coffee shop afterward. Not in the bathroom or on your walk out of the theater.
Keep your butt in that seat and use those credits to process what you just saw. You’re going to have feelings. People die. People don’t die. Torches get passed. Evil and good are in the balance. Things get blown up!
And? Think about this for one second, True Believers– this is the last Stan Lee cameo we have.
This movie leaves you with so much to process, so much to talk about– and talk you should and talk we must. So do it there in your theater seat!
Because you’re going to have to shut up about it until you get someplace private. It is literally the perfect place! Because you know with 100% surety that everyone in earshot of you just saw what you just saw.
And? Because True Fans Stay Through the Credits.
Stay through the credits and pay very close attention to the end. Then go speculate about what the heck that meant.
It’s Endgame time! Who’s going to see it today and how many times will you see it this weekend? While you check your tickets, here’s your comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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