Ant-Man: What did I think?

So I saw Marvel’s latest movie – Ant-Man – this past weekend, and here’s what I think: It’s great!

Just like they did with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel tried a different formula with Ant-Man. They’re calling it the “heist film” formula, and that’s pretty accurate. Much of the movie is centered around a heist involving the Yellowjacket suit.¬†Here’s a quick run-down, and I’ll try to keep the spoilers minimal.

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Thor 2: The Dark World

So… We’re now solidly in Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Following Iron Man 3 (which I wasn’t really that great a fan of) comes Thor 2: The Dark World. Personally, I think Thor 2 made up for any faults I had with IM3 – this movie was brilliant. Not perfect – no movie is – but still brilliant. Ok, well actually there probably are a few perfect movies… Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, all 3 Lord of the Rings. But they’re rare. Thor 2 has been out for a few weeks now, so I won’t worry too much about spoilers in this review. Consider yourself warned if you haven’t seen it.

As I understand it, Thor 2 picks up between Avengers & Iron Man 3, so it’s somewhere in that 6-month period and almost two years after the first Thor film. The plot is actually pretty complex – they crammed a lot in this one movie, which is a good thing. I usually write up the plot in these reviews, but this time I’ll be lazy and just link to the Wikipedia page for the movie:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_2

Okay, now for what I thought and all those juicy spoilers I promised. Last chance if you haven’t seen the movie and wanna see it spoiler-free, otherwise keep reading.

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My Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First AvengerI realize I’m a couple of months late, but I wanted to post my review/thoughts on the recent Captain America movie. Part of Marvel’s new “cohesive movie universe” strategy – this film is meant to fit within the same continuity as other recent Marvel films Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor. In fact, the “movie universe” (or, at least, the Avengers-related one) has even gotten its own designation within the comics multiverse now – Earth-199999 – which is about as official as it gets in comics continuity. Because the Avenger-related movies are in a different continuity than the Fantastic Four movies from a few years back (that’s Earth-121698), Marvel decided to use actor Chris Evans¬†– who previously portrayed Johnny Storm in the F4 films – as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Whether or not that was a good decision is something I’ll discuss further down.

Anyway, the film itself is a pretty nice showing for Cap fans. Due to a slight bout of unemployment, I wasn’t able to see it when it initially came out in July, but was finally able to go see it a couple of weeks ago thanks to that beautiful thing called a paycheck. So, without further ado… here we go: Continue reading