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Review: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a Spider-Fan's Dream Come True

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Serving as both an effervescent epilogue to the weighty and momentous Avengers: Endgame and a thrilling prelude to the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Far From Home is an exceedingly fun, action-packed cinematic spectacle that – like its titular web-slinger – is propelled by heart, humor, and heroism. In the aftermath of Endgame, which reversed Thanos' dusting actions and brought Peter Parker (Tom Holland) – and billions of others – back to life, Peter continues to mourn the death of his mentor, whose heroic sacrifice made his return possible. When a new threat arises while on a class trip, however, Peter must set aside his grief and step up to become the hero Tony Stark always knew he could be.

 Posted July 2 in Marvel, Review | Comments

Review: Simon Kinberg's 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Goes Down in Flames

Dark Phoenix Review

Written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne, the "Dark Phoenix" saga is one of the most enduring storylines in the history of Marvel Comics. First published in Uncanny X-Men #129-138 (1980), the iconic story follows Jean Grey's transformation from gifted mutant into a god-like cosmic entity known as the "Phoenix". In 2006, screenwriters Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn adapted elements of the story for Brett Ratner's sequel X-Men: The Last Stand with mixed results. Now thirteen years later, Kinberg is taking another stab at adapting the classic tale with Dark Phoenix, the twelfth installment in Fox's seemingly-never-ending X-Men film series. A direct sequel to Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), the film is the final installment of the main X-Men saga after The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 20th Century Fox.

 Posted June 6 in Marvel, Review | Comments

Brief New Chinese Trailer for Jon Watts' 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Spider-Man: Far From Home Chinese Trailer

"Stark made you an Avenger. The world needs people like you." Sony has debuted an official Chinese trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next Spidey sequel in theaters in just about a month. This new 60-second trailer is basically a rehash of the recent full-length trailer, with some extra bits of new footage thrown in. Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker, with Jake Gyllenhaal playing Mysterio. Parker and his friends take a summer trip over to Europe, where they get in all kinds of trouble when Nick Fury (and some other bad guys) show up to wreak havoc. This also continues the MCU storyline from Homecoming, and Avengers: Endgame, with one major spoiler appearing in this trailer. The cast includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Samuel Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, and Tony Revolori. Looks like Spidey kept that special suit from Endgame with all the extra appendages.

 Posted May 31 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

A Look Back at 'X-Men' History in Two 'Dark Phoenix' Legacy Trailers

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Promo Spots

"The truth is - mutants are very real, and they are among us." It's X-Men Day! 20th Century Fox has just debuted two special "legacy" trailers / promo spots for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, in celebration of "X-Men Day" today (May 13th). The two videos take a look back at the history of the X-Men, going back through the original movie in 2000 (way back when before Avengers and the MCU) all the way up to today. There have been a total of 11 movies since the first X-Men (including Logan and the two Deadpool movies which do officially count). All this marketing makes it seem like Dark Phoenix is the big grand finale ala Endgame, but we'll see how it all plays out (and they already did Dark Phoenix once before in X-Men: The Last Stand). The cast of this X-Men includes Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, along with Jessica Chastain, Ato Essandoh, and Scott Shepherd. Here's to hoping this one actually turns out pretty good.

 Posted May 13 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Second Trailer for 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Superhero Sequel

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer

"You're a very difficult person to contact, Spider-Man…" Sony has revealed the second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next live-action Spider-Man sequel in theaters this summer. Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker, and this time his foe is Mysterio, being played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Parker and his friends take a summer trip over to Europe, where they get in all kinds of trouble when Nick Fury (and some other bad guys) show up to wreak havoc. This also continues the MCU storyline from Homecoming, and Avengers: Endgame, as it's all connected now. The main cast includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Remy Hii, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, and Tony Revolori. There's some HUGE reveals in this second trailer - the multi-verse concept is mentioned (bring it on), and Mysterio's confusing good/bad flip. Plus - that big spoiler warning about this being after Endgame.

 Posted May 6 in Marvel, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

The First Word Podcast - 'Avengers: Endgame', feat. Alisha Grauso & Amon Warmann

The First Word Podcast - Avengers: Endgame

"You could not live with your own failure, and where did that bring you? Back to me." Welcome back for another Avengers chat. Our latest episode of The First Word podcast is a full-on, spoiled-filled discussion about Marvel Studios' grand finale Avengers: Endgame, directed by the Russo Brothers. For this episode we brought back the same two guests we had on for our Infinity War episode one year ago - Alisha Grauso and Amon Warmann. We discuss all the incredible, jaw-dropping moments, our favorite scenes, a few of our criticisms, Alan Silvestri's tremendous score, and much more in this epic Marvel appreciation episode. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. This is a passionate, joyful chat about Endgame and everything about that made us so happy. Listen in.

A Most Satisfying Conclusion: Marvel's 11 Year Journey to 'Endgame'

Avengers: Endgame

"Where you there at the beginning?" That's the question we'll all be talking about over the next few years, thinking back to everything that Marvel Studios has accomplished. With the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame opening in theaters worldwide today, it feels as if we have truly reached a milestone in superhero cinema. This is a big moment… An epic moment, to be more accurate. Yes, we all know that the MCU will continue and Marvel Studios will keep making more and more movies (and TV shows), but Endgame is truly the end of an era. A deeply satisfying conclusion to 11 years of Marvel Studios movies, 21 of them before this, which have all lead to this moment - to this 3 hour superhero extravaganza. That's an unprecedented feat in cinematic storytelling. And even if you hate these Marvel movies, it's impossible to deny just how impressive it is for them to pull off this culmination and collection of characters coming together for one big showdown.

Review: The Russos' 'Avengers: Endgame' Makes All the Right Moves

Avengers: Endgame Review

Directed by brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame is the fourth installment in the Avengers franchise and the 22nd Marvel Studios feature to date. The 181-minute movie represents the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, which first began with the release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man in 2008. Since then, Marvel Studios movies have grossed a combined total of over $18 billion worldwide over the last 11 years. The previous Avengers entry, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, has already earned over $2 billion at the box office, making it the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time. To say this follow-up is eagerly anticipated would be an understatement, but does Marvel's Endgame – a finale 11 years in the making – live up to the unprecedented hype and unrealistic expectations? Yes it does. And then some.

 Posted April 24 in Marvel, Review | Comments

Sophie Turner Embraces Evil in Third & Final Trailer for 'Dark Phoenix'

Dark Phoenix Trailer

"She's not Jean anymore." 20th Century Fox has revealed the third & final trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next X-Men movie focusing on Jean Grey as she becomes the "Dark Phoenix". This might just be the best trailer yet, saving the best for last, after a few other mediocre trailers released in the last year. This movie is still connected to the previous X-Men series, and brings back most of the actors from the most recent films, but it also looks like Fox is positioning this as a grand finale (following in the steps of Avengers: Endgame opening earlier in the summer). Young actress Sophie Turner replaces Famke Janssen as Jean Grey. The cast includes many old and new members: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, plus Jessica Chastain, Ato Essandoh, and Scott Shepherd. This epic action in this does look pretty dang cool, but it also looks like they're desperately trying to pull this together after so many major reshoots and delays. Maybe it'll be okay?

Looking Back at 21 Movies in One Final 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

"Heroes… it's an old-fashioned notion." We're just over a week away. The final countdown is on. It's almost here. Are you ready? Disney has debuted one more final trailer for Avengers: Endgame, and it's the best one yet. This is technically a TV spot, but it runs a full 2 and 1/2 minutes, making it pretty much a trailer even though they're technically not releasing any more. This one combines bits of footage from all 22 Marvel movies so far, every last one of them, bringing them together for this epic cinematic event. And it's exciting as hell. Engame stars everyone in the MCU: Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and many more. Fire it up and enjoy this glorious trailer before the movie opens next week.

One More Preview for 'Avengers: Endgame' Announcing Tickets On Sale

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

"You could not live with your own failure… where did that bring you?" Disney has released one more 60-second "Special Look" preview for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the conclusion to this grand saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we all know, this is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War - and the full trailer just debuted a few weeks back, though not much has been revealed. Disney is keeping this one a big secret and not showing much until it opens at the end of this month. Engame stars everyone from the MCU: Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and many more. Tickets on sale now, check your local listings, they're doing back-to-back showings of both Infinity War + Endgame at many theaters.

Full-Length Final Trailer for Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' Revealed

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

"The world has changed… none of us can go back." It is time. One month to go. Disney has revealed the first full-length official trailer (and potentially final trailer) for Marvel's Avengers: Endgame, the conclusion to this grand saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we all know, this is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War - and the first teaser trailer debuted last December. They still don't reveal anything big in this full trailer, and it all seems to be from the first act of the movie. But it still looks epic. Engame stars everyone from the MCU: Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Tessa Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, and many more. I like the mix of the old legacy footage, and the bits of new footage. And the Captain Marvel tag at the end. Bring on the End.

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