Captain America: Civil War Review

Chris Evans -Steve Rogers / Captain America    Robert Downey Jr.  Tony Stark / Iron Man    Scarlett Johansson   Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow    Sebastian Stan   Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier    Anthony Mackie   Sam Wilson / Falcon    Don Cheadle Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine    Jeremy Renner   Clint Barton / Hawkeye    Chadwick Boseman   T'Challa / Black Panther    Paul Bettany  Vision    Elizabeth Olsen   Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch    Paul Rudd  Scott Lang / Ant-Man    Emily VanCamp  Sharon Carter    Tom Holland Peter Parker / Spider-Man    Daniel Brühl Zemo    Frank Grillo  Brock Rumlow / Crossbones

Chris Evans -Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan
Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie
Sam Wilson / Falcon
Don Cheadle Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine
Jeremy Renner
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman
T’Challa / Black Panther
Paul Bettany Vision
Elizabeth Olsen
Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Emily VanCamp Sharon Carter
Tom Holland Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Daniel Brühl Zemo
Frank Grillo Brock Rumlow / Crossbones

 

Is it really a Civil War?

Captain America: Winter Soldier was a giant box office hit in 2014.  Audiences came out of theaters wanting more Captain America movies. Marvel Studios announced later that year that Tony Stark (Iron Man) would be a character  in the next Captain America Film in order to adapt the Civil War storyline from the Marvel Comics.  The studio added more excitement from audiences when they announced Black Panther and Spider-Man would be added as characters.  Captain America stars Chris Evans as Captain America but also Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-man), and the rest of Avengers including Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes aka. The Winter Soldier).

It’s been one year since the fight with Ultron has leveled Sokovia, and the Avengers are solid cohesive team that are hunting Crossbones (Brock Rumlow, Frank Grillo). They track his location to Lagos and several Wakandas are killed when they attempt to capture him. The United Nations comes agreement called the Sokovia Accords. A governmental panel would have the authority to send the Avengers on missions, and the Avengers have no say where they go.  Naturally, this agreement causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man. The situation becomes more complicated when Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) plants a bomb and assassinates the King of Wakanda.  Captain America must decide to sign the Sokovia Accords or break the law by taking Bucky Barnes into custody, the Winter Soldier and his longtime friend, since vigilantes are outlawed.

The negatives of the film are that Vision and War Machine have little to do in the film. Vision was the coolest character in Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers a downgrade in this film. He has very little screentime, and his motivations for signing the Slovakian Accords are never fully explained. War Machine (Don Cheadle) joins the Slovakian Accords but his motivations are not fully explained either on signing the Slovakian Accords. The audience doesn’t know if it is his history with the government, his friendship with Tony Stark, or if he feels like it is the right thing to do. The other negative about Civil War is the government forcing superheroes to sign the accords. Personally, the introduction to the government wanting to control superheroes feels rushed. The film never fully resolves conflict between the two teams about governmental control.  Marvel Studios and the filmmakers should have waited to introduce this storyline by itself or waited after Thanos shows up in Avengers: Infinity Wars.  The two sides square off once and it’s a disappointment to only see them fight once.

Captain America: Civil War has a ton of positives and there are too many to describe. The two main themes are friendship and revenge. Bucky Barnes and Steve Rodgers have a friendship that stands the test of time.  The Winter Soldier is highly sought after in the movie for reasons. The government thinks he is a terrorist or Black Panther blames him for killing his father.  With all of this going on, Captain America finds himself in the middle trying to protect his friend and his belief puts him wrong side of the law.  Iron Man, Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), and Black Panther are vengeance driven throughout the film. The three characters take specific actions to retaliate something or someone based on their current beliefs or that happened in their past. The revenge plot is really the backbone of the storyline.

Spider-man and Black Panther are perfect additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-man is nailed perfectly by Tom Holland, and he nailed all of Spider-man’s mannerisms, attitudes, sarcasm, and background. Peter Parker is a dumpster driver in the movie. Tony Stark even makes fun of him for that.  Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. have perfect chemistry together onscreen while playing Spider-man and Iron Man. Downey Jr. will appear in Spider-man: Homecoming next year because of the chemistry with Holland. Black Panther was the other great audition.  Chadwick Boseman had a distinct African accent. He would command the audience’s attention while on screen.  He played a vengeful forceful Black Panther.  He and Holland made the audiences buzz about their performances while leaving the theater.

Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a good movie with a lot of suspenseful action. Spider-man is so perfectly played to a T along with Black Panther.  The film does a great job in making audiences understand different character’s point of views. Captain America: Civil War gets a 4 out of 5.

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Review

This picture actually describes the movie Robert Downey, Jr. Tony Stark/Iron Man  Chris Evans  Steve Rogers/Captain America  Mark Ruffalo  Bruce Banner/The Hulk  Chris Hemsworth Thor  Scarlett Johansson Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow  Jeremy Renner Clint Barton/Hawkeye  Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury  James Spader Ultron  Elizabeth Olsen Scarlet Witch  Aaron Taylor-Johnson Quicksilver  Paul Bettany The Vision  Don Cheadle Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine  Cobie Smulders  Maria Hill  Stellan Skarsgård  Erik Selvig  Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

This picture actually describes the movie
Robert Downey Jr.-Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans-Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo-Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth-Thor
Scarlett Johansson-Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner-Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Samuel L. Jackson-Nick Fury
James Spader-Ultron
Elizabeth Olsen-Scarlet Witch
Aaron Taylor Johnson-Quicksilver
Paul Bettany- Vision
Don Cheadle Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine
Cobie Smulders Maria Hill
Stellan Skarsgård Erik Selvig
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

The New Characters are Scene Stealers

The first Avengers movie really succeeded expectations of world wide movie going audiences.  The excitement electrified the theater during the mid-credits scene after the purple alien looking Hulk (actually named Thanos) showed his face.  Iron Man 3, Thor 2: The Dark World, and Captain America 2: The Winter Solider teased audiences with specific references to upcoming Marvel movies and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron isn’t the best Marvel phase 2 movie but it is a stellar blockbuster with lots of humor, cool new characters, and great action and special effects battles.

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron begins with the original Avengers destroying the final Hydra Base led by Baron Von Strucker, played by Thomas Kretschmann.  Strucker used Loki’s scepter, which has the Mind Gem in it, to create two new superpower villains, Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch aka Petro and Wanda Maximoff.  Iron Man and the Avengers take control of the scepter but the twins escape.  Iron Man and Bruce Banner discover the scepter holds a key to Artificial Intelligence so they use it to create a new peace keeping force called Ultron. Ultron rationalizes that humanity is violent by nature and needs to be destroyed.  Ultron allied with Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch start a global war to eradicate humanity with only the Avengers to save the world.

Age of Ultron is overall a great superhero movie.  It’s not as good as Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, or the first Avengers. The reason is the story is weaker than the three films mentioned above. It took an about fifty minutes to an hour for me really become emotionally invested in the movie.  The sequel has bigger action sequences, the team chemistry is more fluent with their banter and working together, and all of the avengers really have their moments to shine. Hawkeye has a bigger spot light shined on him in this film.   He might be the central player in the this film.  The Maximoffs, Ultron, and especially Vision are the movie’s scene stealers.

Quicksilver running toward Scarlett Witch

Quicksilver running toward Scarlett Witch

Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch are really portrayed and developed as characters in the movie. Quicksilver has this ignorance about his personality but is super protective towards his sister. The special effects used to zip around quickly are stunning. Scarlett Witch really has a central role as a catalyst in the movie.  Her ability to wrap people’s minds influences the plot from the first action.  She really torments the Avengers and makes the team doubt themselves.  Her powers are cool and hopefully she appears in Dr. Strange. Elizabeth Olson did say she would be in Captain America 3: Civil War.

Ultron is the best empathic villain ever to be portrayed in a superhero movie. Joss Whedon wrote the character in such a way that audiences will feel for him. His character has a pointview on humanity which people would agree with.  James Spader and Joss Whedon really nailed that observation of humanity with Ultron’s tone, dialogue, and his evil plan.  A minor spoiler is that Ultron shows empathy towards the Maximoffs twins.  He was a damn good replacement for Loki.  The Vision steals the spotlight in this film.

Paul Bettany as Vision.  My favorite character of the movie

Paul Bettany as Vision.
My favorite character of the movie

Jarvis becomes Vision but Vision is a separate independent thinking being with Jarvis’s knowledge and voice as his developmental template.  Ultron thinks he destroyed Jarvis but Jarvis survived.  Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Thor bring Vision to life to combat Ultron. Paul Bettany plays Vision and brings lots of humanistic qualities such as compassion, humor, and wisdom to Vision. Vision is so heroic and worthy that he can do something that no one has been able to do pertaining to a certain god.  Vision really stole the show because everybody automatically loves him after his paragraph of dialogue.

Age of Ultron has a few negative aspects. There two unnecessary character deaths in his movie, not going to say who, but future films would benefit with inclusion on these two characters.  The movie is also one long action spectacle that takes about an hour to become emotionally invested in the film. Joss Whedon never explained how Iron Man became Iron Man after he retired at the end of Iron Man 3.   These negative aspects do not take away from the film but it is the reason why Avengers is better than this one.

Overall, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is a fun superhero film. The new characters and Hawkeye really have a predominant role in this film. I loved the ending of the film. Vision and Ultron were the best parts of the movie.  I will probably do a spoiler blog post on this movie.  Joss Whedon really made a great superhero movie that is a good sendoff for his final helm at a marvel film as far as we know. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron gets a 4.5/5.

Who is Vision?

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Paul Bettany as Vision

Behold The Vision!

Marvel’s cinematic universe continues to expand by adding new heroes or villains all of the time. Most recently, the Guardians of the Galaxy were added to Marvel’s space universe. The film itself was the biggest domestic hit of 2014 until American Sniper over took it last weekend at the box office. The first Avengers film was so successful that audiences have been flocking to Marvel movies and trying to find teases what will come into Avengers 2. Joss Whedon, the director of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, announced that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be part of the cast. Last summer, it was announced Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis, will play Vision.

Who is Vision?

Vision is an artificial intelligent robot created either Tony Stark or Bruce Banner or Ultron depending on what comic book or television series you watch. It’s rumored that Ultron, the big evil robot from the Avengers 2 trailer, will create Vision. Vision is very unique character. He is part of the West Coast Avengers, ( include heroes such as Wasp, Ant-Man, or a few other), Defenders (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a few other members), and more importantly is a big hero of the Avengers.  Vision in all likelihood help connect Ant-man and Daredevil with the current Avengers roster. The character help form a connection between movies and the Netflix’s, TV series called the Defenders.  Fan really want to see Daredevil help defeat Thanos along with Iron Man, Spider-man, Captain America, and the newest Avengers from the upcoming movies. Vision might the be key to everything.

What Can Vision do?

Vision has multiple abilities.

  • Density control ranging from invulnerability to intangibility
  • Mass control ranging from extraordinarily heavy to weightlessness
  • Utilizes phasing into beings/objects then solidifying as a means of molecular disruption, causing pain/damage or death/destruction
  • Flight
  • Solar energy projection (via eyes or solar jewel on forehead)
  • Computer/IT network interfacing
  • Superhuman strength, intelligence, reflexes and senses as an artificial being
  • Capable of self repair and regeneration

Vision is also like Data from Star Trek: Next Generation. He strives to be more human. He has a long relationship with Scarlett Witch. They actually get hitched in the comic book but it might happen in Marvel movies someday.  Scarlett Witch will be played Elizabeth Olson in Avengers 2.  The android is nearly indestructible and really is a complex hero for a machine.

The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out on May 1st, 2015. The movie is already expected to break the billion dollar mark again at worldwide box office. Vision, Scarlett Witch, and Quicksilver will be introduced as key potential members of the future Avengers teams.  Vision needed to be written about because many people are already familiar with Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. He is also getting less attention from major movie media because people don’t realize how important the character is. More importantly, Vision could be that hero who shows up and helps out Daredevil along Spider-man to bring the man without fear into the cinematic universe.

side note: Netflix released a new trailer for Daredevil and below is that trailer.