One thing I’ve come to respect about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is their willingness to gamble by straying away from the standard superhero genre. Whether it be creating a ragtag underdog team like “Guardians of the Galaxy” or going full-on heist movie with “Ant-Man,” The MCU has never feared a little genre bending. So, what does it opt to do once it finally gets its hands on the coveted “Spider-Man” franchise again? Of course, make a teen comedy out of it! “Spider-Man: Homecoming” successfully manages to be a teen comedy with superhero trappings thanks to a strong cast of characters and the proper grounding of a universe often lacking exactly that.
Sequels for movies that don’t demand sequels are always dangerous territory. Too often they don’t understand what made the original great, sign on writers/directors/actors that don’t fit with the original mold, and focus too much on rehashing the original story. “John Wick Chapter 2” commits none of these sins. It sounds so cliché, but it’s true here: if you liked “John Wick,” you’re going to love the second chapter.
In a year bombarded with half-baked sequels and pedestrian rehashes, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a pleasant surprise. It’s no masterpiece by any means, but when it comes to creating characters I cared about and telling a self-contained story while still laying pipe for future installments in the new franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” gets the job done.
Captain America: Civil War is going to be a divisive movie. Even though it feels like another Avengers movie, there’s something decidedly different about it, both structurally and tonally. It feels like the first step to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) really growing up. Civil War is both reflective and forward-looking, which comes a bit at the expense of the movie itself. While there’s a great story here with one of the most inventive villains in recent MCU memory, what ultimately weighs it down most is what also props it up – connecting more threads to the conclusion of The Avengers as we know them.
Random projects from the MMC Universe.