Stories about Marvel Comics

The Umbrella Academy: If Marvel won’t give us superheroes, Netflix successfully will!

Netflix is getting rid of shows based on Marvel Comics, mostly because Disney’s own streaming service exclusively streams Marvel content. This has, however, left a huge superhero gap in its line-up of originals. In this day and age when superheroes are a roaring success, regardless of anything, it would be foolish to not jump on the superhero bandwagon in order to keep viewers engaged. Netflix’s new original series, The Umbrella Academy, is a clear indication that Marvel or no Marvel, Netflix won’t be letting go of superheroes anytime soon. Based on the comics of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics, ...

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Daredevil’s season three goes back to basics and it’s as good as it gets

The month of October was a crucial one for Netflix’s mini Marvel Universe. The executives at Netflix decided to axe not one but two Marvel TV shows within a week’s gap. Marvel’s Iron Fist was the first one to get the boot and was soon followed by Marvel’s Luke Cage. Reports have suggested that these two Defenders were shown the door because of a two-third drop in their viewership. Amidst all this chaos in Netflix’s Marvel Universe, their man without fear, aka Daredevil, rose to save the day. The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil premiered on October 19th and ...

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is highly entertaining but lacks the ‘Marvel oomph’

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel release after Avengers: Infinity War. This is the third Marvel entry to feature Ant-Man, after Ant-Man (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). Paul Rudd and the rest of the cast return to reprise their roles, while Peyton Reed returns to direct this sequel too. Only this time around, Reed was involved right from the start instead of taking over from Edgar Wright like he did in the prequel. I strongly believe that those who spoil good movies should be punished, which is why I will try keep myself from committing this sin ...

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Despite Tom Hardy’s good looks, the ‘Venom’ trailer will not pull anyone to the cinema

I will put my hands all the way up for everyone to see and candidly admit that I have no idea who this Venom person is. I don’t know about him and frankly, I don’t care either. But now, since I have been asked to review the first official trailer of the aforesaid, I am desperately scrambling to catch-up on this particular comic book character. Well, for starters, Venom is a Marvel comics’ character and a symbiote. For the uninitiated, that is a sentient alien being with an amorphous, liquid-like form who requires a host, usually human, to bond with ...

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Can Ant-Man and the Wasp surpass its prequel, or will it be a case of one and the same?

Back in 2013, when Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-Man, a relatively unknown superhero, fans were quite sceptical about watching an entire movie about a man whose powers were comparable to an ant’s abilities. But fortunately, Rudd’s dedicated performance, a well-written, comical script and a talented supporting cast helped the movie gain worldwide praise and rack in plenty of moolah. Three years later, the trailer of its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp finally dropped. Rudd, like he did in the prequel, has co-written the screenplay. Most of the cast has returned for the sequel with Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified), ...

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Deadpool is unapologetic, in your face and fantastic!

Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool is an American anti-superhero movie based on the popular Marvel Comics character, Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). It is a story of Marvel’s most peculiar, nonconforming and atypical hero. Wade Wilson plays the protagonist and the story line of the movie revolves around him trying to win back his former girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). The initial scenes of the movie focus on Wade meeting the love of his life. Everything seems to working out fine, up until he is diagnosed with cancer. During this point in time, he’s approached by an individual who promises him he can ...

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Fantastic Four: When Fox Films tries to play Marvel and fails miserably

Fantastic Four starts with the same wonder and enchantment as films from my 80s’ childhood, like The Extra Terrestrial (ET) and The Goonies, but swiftly loses any further similarities to these classics and succumbs to an overly simplistic action-based plot that fails to take stock of what is important here – the characters (ironic seeing as this reboot is meant to be an origins story). As with many prequels, we think we are here to understand a little more about what drives these superheroes we have come to love while also exploring a journey that we should already feel a part of but instead we don’t get to fill in the ...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – The epitome of a superhero movie

After the events that unfolded in New York in The Avengers prequel, the superhero club – including Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and Hawkeye – regroups itself and these heroes combine their forces to battle another formidable foe in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The much anticipated sequel has all the factors of a fantastic superhero movie. However, there are also the signs of how the Marvel Universe is attempting to blend and crossover characters from its different realms. Photo: IMDb The movie begins with the Avengers fighting to take hold of Loki’s sceptre from another villain, Wolfgang von Strucker, who plans to use it against the world ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy will exceed all your expectations

I went to watch this movie with little expectation, quite frankly. I was dragged into the movie theatre with reassurances from my friends that this was the “movie of the summer”. I quickly took out my phone and Googled the movie, cringing at the prospect of sitting stationery for two hours. I tried my best to come up with a believable excuse to get out of it but all efforts proved futile. One thing was for sure: a movie featuring Dave Batista and Vin Diesel would undoubtedly be a train wreck. Chris Pratt, for me, was going to be this film’s ...

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Comic history: There’s a hero in all of us

Since the advent of literary print there is one word that comes to mind whenever you hear of comics: superheroes. Superhero comics burst onto the scene with the introduction of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the late 1930s. Superman represented the hero we all wanted to be: someone who had the power to move planets, and yet, chose to do good for the world and its people. Batman portrayed the humanistic flaws; how our tragedies and mistakes could be used as motivation to become a hero. And Wonder Woman, who was a symbol for feminism and political hierarchy. These formed the trifecta of DC comics, along with Marvel, and they ...

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