Stories about Marvel

Justice League is a work of two different directors and it shows

I get a lot of grief from fan boys for being super critical when it comes to comic book adaptations. But truth be told, I judge these movies on their cinematic merit rather than having a blinkered view by being a devotee of any particular character. Although I  understand how any movie from the superhero genre could develop a cult-following, but those are just fans who are so happy to have their favourite superhero recreated in flesh and blood on screen that they are willing to overlook all the flaws associated with the craft of filmmaking. So for all you ...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Predictable yet apt and entertaining

Marvel Comics’ superheroes have been ruling the summer box office for nearly a decade now. What started with the first adventure of Iron Man in 2008 has since turned into the most successful franchise in movie history. The Avengers have become a cinematic behemoth as more superheroes have joined the folds of the mighty collective over the years, and have altogether produced more hits than misses along the way. The latest adventure in the series takes us on another journey into the world of Spider-Man. A superhero which has already been the subject of two prior series, and is now getting another reboot in the shape of the ...

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To my three beautiful children, this Father’s Day, please forgive me

Dear Muhammad, Maryam and Zaynab, Life is a system of cycles. One event or historical phenomenon, which takes place, tends to repeat itself albeit after numerous years. Personal histories and legacies are all the same. As we grow up, we love our parents (biological or otherwise) when we are young. This idealism gives way to rebellion once, we as children, start to explore the world around us and subsequently discover boundaries in the shape of rules and limitations set by our parents. The rebellion may or may not increase in each individual case but it is there to some extent. This rebellion stabilises when we are ...

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Black Panther seems to be diversely epic and will fare better than Captain America

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)  doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down anytime soon, despite the fact that many were disappointed by their recent streak of films after Captain America: Civil War. But I suppose that’s understandable when you set such a high standard. Regardless, their upcoming line up of films starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming looks quite promising. But one particular film you should get excited about is Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring a talented cast led by Chandwick Boseman as the titular character, the film follows Boseman’s  T’Challa character. He is forced to return home to the fictional and technologically advanced African ...

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Doctor Strange was strangely standard

I am a bonafide self-proclaimed cumber*****, or as Ben would like it, a cumberbabe, or in my case, a cumberdude. So having Dr Strange hit the screens this week, before Sherlock comes to town by the end of the year, was like Christmas, Diwali, Eid and an unexpected hartal all rolled into one for all us Benedict Cumberbatch fans the world over. Throw in the uber talented duo of Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen – to add to the already inflated nerd-crush quotient – along with the occasionally brilliant pair of Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor to the mix and you have got a sure shot cinematic winner. Right? ...

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The second season of Daredevil is what every superhero geek fantasises about

Many superheroes will cross paths this year on the big screen. Batman V Superman is already in theaters and Captain America: Civil War will be out soon, but the one face-off that should be talked about is the one between The Punisher and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Marvel’s Daredevil season two has finally arrived and the Netflix series is what every superhero/comic book geek fantasizes about.  Photo: IMDB Charlie Cox reprises his role as Matt Murdock, aka the Daredevil. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio also return from the previous season. The new additions to the already fantastic cast are Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) who plays Frank Castle, The Punisher, and Elodie Yung as Elektra. The new cast members do ...

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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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From Ant Man to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, five movies to watch this Eid

Each year Hollywood and Bollywood releases movies that shake the box office and create a buzz among the audiences. Knowing the unpredictable audience, some do well while others don’t. Here are some of the movies that will hit cinemas this Eidul Fitr. Ant Man Photo: IMDb This year you will bear witness the rise of a rather different kind of a Marvel Comics superhero – Ant Man. Directed by Peyton Reed, the movie stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who finds a suit that gives him extra strength, but shrinks him in size of an ant. Rudd is a criminal ...

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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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Marvel’s Daredevil sets new standards for TV shows

Marvel has been on a bit of a roll recently, and by recently I mean the last seven years. While Marvel has gone from strength to strength on the big screen, the same cannot be said for their small screen ventures, and after the middling Agents of Shield and their work in progress, that is Agent Carter, Marvel is all set to expand its television universe as well. Marvel and Netflix have planned to release four stand-alone super-hero shows in the next three to four years. The shows are Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and then a team of all of them in ‘The Defenders.’ Daredevil is ...

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