Shaking Up the Universe

July 2014 was a busy month for Marvel Entertainment. The ridiculously lucrative company announced that the next Thor would be a woman, and that Sam Wilson would take over for Captain America – making him, as Steve Colbert noted, Captain African America. And this all came shortly after Marvel said they would be killing offContinue reading “Shaking Up the Universe”

Guardians of the Galaxy

If you’ve been following this blog for a little while, you’ll know that the Mysterious Mr. C is a big Marvel fan. And though it took me some time to get onboard, I also enjoy the universe of movies the studio has created. As such, I knew that we were going to see Guardians ofContinue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Professional television reviewers – like the Washington Post’s Hank Stuever – typically provide their critiques of a show before it has even aired. While I certainly understand why they do this, it’s always seemed a little unfair to me because it can take some time for a show to find its footing or its audience.Continue reading “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Warning: There are some spoilers in this, so proceed at your own risk! Having grown up with the animated Spider-Man series in the 1990s, Sam Raimi’s trilogy a decade later was my first film introduction to everyone’s friendly neighborhood web crawler. But while I remembered most of the different characters, not much else stuck withContinue reading “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Though I have long been ambivalent about the films of the Marvel universe, thinking they were often high on special effects and somewhat low on plot development, I have long known that Captain America is the Mysterious Mr. C’s favorite Avenger, and that we would go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier on opening weekend.Continue reading “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”