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Avengers: Infinity War. REVIEW (non-spoiler)

Marvel has been building this Cinematic Universe for a decade now and we have very much seen the culmination of an 19-movie arc result in possibly the grandest film spectacle of all time!

With this film following on from Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War and several other previous releases, we are immediately thrown into the action as Thanos immediately makes his presence known after finding the Asgardian refugee ship in 2017’s Ragnarok! Without giving too much away, this interaction is then what helps connect The Avengers to the other MCU characters who have yet to come together.

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Back on earth, we catch up with our heroes who are just going through everyday life. The threat of Thanos and his hunt for the Infinity Stones is enough to rally earth’s mightiest heroes to protect the planet and prepare for a climactic showdown. In a film which has SO MANY CHARACTERS, there is never a moment where a presence or personality is out of place or not required.

The cast is rich with MCU favourites, and when you see Doctor Strange and Iron Man in one quadrant and Thor kicking it with the Guardians Of The Galaxy in another, I just straight away thought this is the first true COMIC BOOK film. Watching this movie not only flits between these difference characters with ease like in a comic, but the tone and look are all perfectly complimented for each character and the image we represent them with.

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Looking at the newer cast members, we are introduced to the Black Order or “Children Of Thanos” in Infinity War. While we probably don’t get to learn a lot about them, they are all formidable fighters and more than a challenge for the heroes. If I could point out a particular favourite, it would possibly be Ebony Maw who specialises in telepathy and telekinesis. This character also makes himself sound like a preacher who is happy to honour his “god” Thanos and do all he can to fulfil his plans.

The pace of the film is consistent throughout its 2-and-a-half-hour runtime, we are constantly on GO and there is never a dull moment. At the same time, there is almost no opportunity to reflect on what happened 10 minutes previously as you feel like you are living through this film. When I reached the end, there was this weird feeling of joy and delight mixed with frustration and upset, but that’s what you needed when you got to this point. The ending rallies up a number of emotions and I can honestly say I have never experienced a film like this before. Because of the MCU and its rich history over the last decade, that is why I felt this mix of emotion. Can I just say, this was the perfect ending for the movie and perfectly sets up what is to come in the next 12 months.

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While writing up this review, I really wanted to say which character I thought was the best performed or the highlight of the movie. I would probably have to say Thanos is the star and actor Josh Brolin makes the mad titan one of the more satisfying villains in comic book movie history. While Kilmonger in Black Panther made the audience sympathetic and Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming saw a family man doing all he can, Thanos is doing what he honestly believes is the best for all of existence.

In a film with such a bloated cast, there is very little to complain about in terms of characterisation and enjoyment. Everybody plays their part and no single cast member is wasted. Some characters do get more screen time than others, but maybe this will be balanced out in Avengers 4 next year. The special effects are all top-notch and every little detail is presented perfectly. The BIGGEST congratulations though must go to directors Anthony and Joe Russo who took the reigns from Joss Whedon and have created The Avengers film that we needed. There isn’t a lot of films that can take pre-established characters and throw them together into a situation with worldwide implications, but Avengers: Infinity War shows the stakes are at their highest as every corner of the MCU is pulled into this adventure which will forever alter the cinematic Universe that we have come to know.

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The humour is still fantastic throughout, the laughs do still come in great supply and it never throws us off on the emotional scenes and no death is ever underplayed! The action is unparalleled and breath-taking. Plus, how many films will you see Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy…you get the point! As long as you know some background knowledge on the film franchise, you can enjoy this film thoroughly. If you have been with the Marvel Cinematic Universe since day one, I will give you an air high five as we celebrate what is definitely the pay-off for ten years of dedication to this cultural phenomenon we have lived through.

Well done to The Russo Brothers, THIS was the comic book film to beat them all!

So we still have a year to wait for Avengers 4? I may need to watch Infinity War a few more times before that…and so will you!

Final rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Look out for my future article where I discuss in detail more plot points and theories for the next film!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming. Review. “The world’s changing, boys. It’s time we change too.”

Well done Marvel, you proved that you could make Spider-Man awesome again and that Sony should just give over all the rights to Spider-Man and just let Venom be part of the MCU now…but you can scrap the Black Cat/Silver Sable film as we don’t need it!

First off, it is easy to say that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man we have had yet! Taking on Peter Parker is someone who actually looks like he is 15, why was that so difficult to do in the first place? He has a great presence throughout and his version of Spider-Man is the one we always really needed. I will mention more on Holland a bit later once I tell you a bit more about the movie.

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So, the first thing we get is the introduction of Damage Control (the guys in charge of clearing up the messes from The Avengers), this is what basically brings us our major villain, The Vulture. Adrian Toombs, AKA The Vulture (played rather well by Michael Keaton) is seen as just a man who wants to get what he believes is owed to him. The Vulture is not alone, he does have back-up (Two Shockers and a Tinkerer to be exact) who actually do prove themselves as a challenge for Spidey (well, not so much Tinkerer as he…well, just watch it and you will see).

We also get to see how being Spider-Man influences the everyday life of Peter Parker. He is eager to become an Avenger and finds himself with his own challenges. Feeling neglected by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr. only appears in about 4 scenes, making it clear this is a SPIDER-MAN movie! Though his scenes are all great and necessary, with some funny interactions with his usual wit and delivery), Peter only wants to prove himself a hero and goes through some tough and funny obstacles to get there. It’s when Peter comes into contact with The Vulture does he realise there is some serious danger coming his way.

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While Spider-Man may not be dealing with someone who has multiple arms or joined with an alien parasite, Adrian Toombs is indeed a terrific villain and someone who really grabs you from his first moments. Overall, Toombs becomes The Vulture to get what he thinks he deserves. You do feel bad for him at one point in the movie, but that doesn’t last long.

I will just say it; Keaton’s Vulture is one of the best villain’s in the MCU so far. I would need to do an official ranking of all villains to show you where he stands, so watch out for that one!

For the rest of the cast, they do prove their worth throughout. Marisa Tomei is superb as Aunt May (and the jokes involving the men fancying her are greatly humorous) and I only hope she remains a staple of this universe. There is also great turns from Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend Ned who actually proves his worth as comic relief and a hero. Zendaya and Laura Harrier also give some strong performances with Zendaya’s Michelle getting some good laughs and being a strong character overall and Harrier’s Liz showing great determination and emotion. For the supporting cast, the one I really enjoyed seeing was Jon Favreau coming back as Happy Hogan. Happy is a great character and he was probably given the most to do in Homecoming than any other MCU film he has appeared in.

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This is a Spider-Man that is at home in this world. The characters all feel like natural pieces of this universe and the majority of them make their mark rather well. The teachers in particular bring some good laughs, most of the students are fun too. Having characters like Michelle, Ned and Aunt May shows they are certainly going to become the backbone to Homecoming 2!

For the overall feel of this film, I feel I am about to borrow from what everyone else has said, but I have to agree with them. Spider-Man: Homecoming does feel like a John Hughes movie. The comedy is heartfelt and relatable throughout. The quirky side we get of Peter Parker as a teenager in school is a great contrast to his fearless actions as the web-slinger. Jon Watts is more than welcome to come back for the sequel.

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There is a lot being pushed in this movie towards the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it never feels forced or convoluted (*Cough* *Cough* The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The links towards the future of both Spider-Man and the MCU will indeed be met with enthusiasm and make you want Avengers: Infinity War now! Also, look out for all the little Easter Eggs and cameos throughout.

I could talk about this film all day, but I want to end with telling you that this film beats all expectations and will make you laugh a lot! The action scenes look fantastic and the big fights between Spider-Man and The Vulture do go between comedic and dramatic with little effort. The soundtrack, look and characters of a 1980’s high school film with a superhero and a guy who steals alien weapons!

The best Spider-Man film so far!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Make sure you see the mid and post credit scenes, the final shot is hilarious and thought-provoking!

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Is Spider-Man The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Do we all remember how excited we were when Spider-Man was finally brought into the MCU. We honestly needed him in the film franchise. Not just for the great character that he has been shown to be in Captain America: Civil War, but we also have Spider-Man: Homecoming out in July (co-starring Iron Man too) and we have him in the Avengers: Infinity Wars movie and its sequel, as well as a Homecoming sequel in 2019. While we have waited so long for this to happen, it is fair to say that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is fully integrated into the established movie universe. But, could Sony be about to destroy all of that?

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Announced in the last few weeks, a Venom movie was said to be coming out on 5th October 2018. Now, a Venom movie in the MCU would be good, wouldn’t it? Well tough s**t. Sony are planning to make their own cinematic universe with not just the iconic villain, but also doing a movie with Black Cat and Silver Sable. Sony, why don’t you ever learn?

Now I don’t have a massive problem with them making a Venom spin-off. But considering this is about the 3rd or 4th attempt to do so since 2007’s Spider-Man 3. At that time, people were underwhelmed with Topher Grace’s less than stellar performance. The spin-off would have been a way to bring the then-established Venom to a more favourable view with its audience. If done then, it may have been fine. Ok, so Sony want to make this new universe and really make a mess while continuing on with Marvel and the MCU. At least that will be fine, won’t it?

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Ok, so there has been some chatter this week about how long Spider-Man will be in the MCU. Amy Pascal (the woman whose emails got hacked where she gave her “suggestions” on films that Barack Obama would like and took part in an exchange where Angelina Jolie was referred to as a brat!) has seemingly suggested the partnership for Spider-man in the MCU won’t last for long. If Spider-Man: Homecoming does become a hit (which is very much a certainty), I can see that Spider-Man will be a big part of the MCU and possibly take over Iron Man as the head character of this universe.

Going forward, the best thing we have to look forward to in this deal is the wealth of villains that Spider-Man brings. Already we begin with The Vulture, being played by Michael Keaton. We also have got Shocker and The Tinkerer in the movie. Imagine all the possible antagonists going ahead. Maybe the Sinister Six could come around (but not be stupidly teased like in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) or we could have double trouble with Venom and Carnage. Also, how can we sort this Venom problem?

First thing, make Venom a part of the MCU. No excuses for not having this character as part of the cinematic universe we have come to love over the last nine years. My theory would be that Donald Glover could possibly be a new version of Eddie Brock. Possibly involving an experiment to replicate Spider-Man’s powers, the symbiote is created and attaches itself to Eddie Brock (possibly a former accomplice of Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture) and plans his revenge against Spider-Man. Then we could get this Venom film as a way of exploring this character and maybe see him face off against Carnage after initially being a villain. The 2018 movie should be part of the MCU, a late entry to phase three and possibly set up a major villain to take on the Avengers after Thanos (Carnage could possibly be a huge villain to take his place. Along with Dormammu).

If we can all agree, how many villains can you name that are normally associated with Marvel heroes when you take away Spider-Man’s rogues gallery? Ok, we had Loki, Zemo, Thanos and Ultron. But then again, you have Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Mysterio, Carnage, Scorpion, Chameleon, Sandman, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Black Cat, Rhino, Kraven, Kingpin and many more. In fact, Kingpin has already proven hugely popular in the established universe in the Netflix series Daredevil. We need more of the characters we grew up with and knew really well.

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It is a no-brainer for the Spider-Man properties to stay in the MCU and just get an overall benefit from the collaboration. To see any of these in the MCU would be a massive win. Sony, I know you don’t listen to these comments and won’t change your minds from what I tell you. But, please don’t stop this deal. What you have here is the potential to continually grow this franchise for years to come. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept fresh and highly rated as it has explored many genres, tackled multiple subject matters and striking a deal with two huge companies is indeed another big win.

To put it simple, the MCU needs to continue to evolve to keep itself alive and Spider-Man IS the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has been well received and is always certain to get many people to the cinema. We have probably not got too long left with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Black Widow. The Avengers team has changed numerous times and will continue to do so. I can imagine Phase Three will end with our Avengers being Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, The Wasp, a new Captain America, Hulk and Captain Marvel. That is already a massive change. Who knows, we may even get Fantastic Four in phase four and really expand on another level.

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But for now, I am happy to see how the MCU evolves. There are so many avenues to see. We have The Defenders and The Punisher on Netflix to come later this year. The Inhumans TV series is starting to look great and all the upcoming films too! We need this universe, it has proven to be hugely satisfying and to see people continue to grow up with this world is truly special. Imagine in 20 years time and the same universe is still expanding on TV and film? Marvel created one of the most unique cinematic experiences of all time, and I hope this doesn’t stop for a long time to come. The future needs a good lead…and that lead, is Spider-Man!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming out 7th July 2017 in cinemas.

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Black Sabbath – The Final Show

Black Sabbath – The Final Show – Genting Arena – Birmingham

Saturday 4th February 2017

 

The end of an era! Black Sabbath came back home to where it all started. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were all on top form for their final performance together as one. The band had to come back to their hometown of Birmingham to bring the conclusion to their great tour and to a fantastic 49 year career in the band!

Kicking off their set with the powerful, yet eerie ‘Black Sabbath’, the band begun strong with their last show. The song itself holds such a strange air about it, but it is the perfect start to their big finish. Continuing from this, ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ is then given one last performance to a crowd lapping up every second of it. Being in the middle of the arena, I could get a great look at the audience. It’s not every day you get men in their 50’s-60’s throwing their wrists in the air and holding back the tears, but clearly this show means so much to a lot of people.

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‘Under The Sun’ is next, and this very much confirmed my suspicions that the show would be for the fans who had been with the band since day one. In fact, the newest song played (if you can call it that. I’m not too sure) was ‘Dirty Women’ from 1976’s TECHNICAL ECSTACY album. Then we got treated to extended versions of ‘Snow Blind’ and ‘War Pigs’, these songs were definitely welcomed to the set list and I did not want them to end. The band knew how to deliver, and this was evident with each song that went past.

Throughout the show, there are more classics that just rock you! There was a certain thumping along the whole arena when ‘Iron Man’ comes to life. This song is just so iconic, hearing it in an arena with everyone chanting along and clapping to every beat of the drum…it was breathtaking! Then hearing Tony Iommi pull off that legendary riff with Ozzy proclaiming “I am Iron Man!”. The setlist was then brought to an epic conclusion with ‘Paranoid’. There was so many great tracks, in fact this list really did bring out the best of the legendary band. ‘Paranoid’ was the perfect way to finish the show and bring to an end the legacy that is Black Sabbath.

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To say the band was on great form would be an understatement. The brutal bass notes from Geezer Butler gave the thunderous feel to all them tracks, then the guitar work from the legendary Tony Iommi proves that he still holds himself up there as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Then we have the man who is the voice of Black Sabbath, the one and only, Mr Ozzy Osbourne. From him, you could see a lot of emotion coming out during that performance. He may not have been too clear in his addresses to the audience, but there was no denying his vocals were still as recognisable today as they were in 1968! I also have to say the brilliant Adam Wakeman kept the keys in fine tune throughout the night and then there is Mr Tommy Clufetos! Clufetos rocked the house, his skills behind that drumkit was just unbelievable. Being given a 10 minute solo to help rest the older band members, he wowed the crowd and set the arena alight with his skills…beating them weapons of his to pieces!

The night itself was fantastic, the perfect send-off to the group. There was so much emotion from both the band and the crowd. Ozzy was able to get a couple of laughs from the crowd, but then he was indeed speechless after ‘Paranoid’. He could only say thank you before him and the band stepped off the stage. Never had I seen such a gathering as I did at that show. I spoke to people from the US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and from all around the UK. To see Black Sabbath get to give one last show for the fans and to leave something truly special for everyone was worth every second of being there. Birmingham was where it all began, so it was fitting to have Birmingham as the place it would come to an end. When the DVD/Blu-Ray is released, I recommend you obtain it for your own collection. Well done Black Sabbath, you will forever be part of music history.

Final rating: 10/10 (it had to be!)

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Captain America: Civil War Review: Freedom vs. Justice (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

United, we stand; divided, we fall. In our universe and outside, the law applies but what captivates us is how it’s pulled off. When it’s the man with the money against the enhanced soldier, we shall place our bets cautiously. This is no mere battle, dear friends. This is war.

What can be said about a war among colleagues? It’s a trope many superhero franchises love to pull off: A slings insults to B, B fights against A, and who truly wins in the end can be confusing to many. War rarely ends with an overall win, because things can break and die: people, possessions, and trusting bonds. I wish not to tell too much, but Marvel’s latest flick shows how broad the terms of war can be when there are equalised teams.
Not too far from the graphic novel, Civil War brings together most of Earth’s known heroes that we are aware of thus far (barring Thor and Hulk – the war would be far more brutal with their involvement), and introduces some fresh faces to our eyes; including Peter “On-The-Young-Side” Parker (Tom Holland, Billy Elliot: The Musical), pursuing his teenage superhero dreams with the help of some shocking grant money, and Wakandan native T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman, Gods of Egypt), who seems like such a welcome – and sudden – addition to our team.

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Through twists and Government interference, we see Earth’s mightiest divide on two labelled teams: the team of justice, fronted by Tony Stark and his willingness to allow the Avengers to become controlled by the United Nations; and the team of freedom, fronted by Steve Rogers who defies the preference of being controlled and would rather risk hundreds or thousands to save millions and billions.
As the movie begins, we find out – on screen – who is Captain America’s inspiration to keep the Avengers a free-fighting force: one James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Since 2011, we have seen that the Cap’s long-time friend holds a special place in his heart; but as years passed and Bucky returned, there has been conflict. Bucky is no longer the soldier Steve once knew, completely, but we are seeing more and more of himself here. It was tough to see this chatty charismatic warrior as the manipulated criminal we first met in the solo predecessor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but as it progresses, we can see that Bucky is still Bucky and it becomes believable that his crimes of the past were not his per se.
Besides the title character, Bucky was definitely a stand-out: he speaks out as an anti-hero rarely has before. He can redeem, or attempt to; Bucky brings to me at least the idea that when in an entranced state, it’s more the body causing action than the mind – and a body is not a person. The Winter Soldier was more a body, trapping an innocent soul inside; and this movie outlines how there is an easy divide. Forget the civil war among heroes; there is a civil war among Bucky and the Winter Soldier – with no winner.

I’ll lighten up on the Steve and Bucky of it all, and just say that this movie was mind-blowing.

How everyone had someone to fight, it spoke out that there was never going to be a win or loss; that’s what makes the Avengers the strongest force Earth’s got. They cannot be defeated or overtaken. If they cannot beat themselves, what chance does anyone else have? And whilst we would all walk into the cinema knowing the answer, we would all also walk out amazed, astounded by what really carried on. Never in the MCU has there been such a scene as the scene we shall call “The War”: where from corner to corner, we were seeing combat and weaponry and teamwork – even some surprising events we had never witnessed on the big screen prior – and despite it only lasting probably fifteen minutes, it felt like a lifetime.

Breakout characters in this film, beside the team leaders and the Winter Soldier, I would definitely include Scarlet Witch herself Wanda Maximoff. I might be acting biased, being a supporter of Team Cap, but Wanda was a lifesaver repeatedly in this flick; she puts her strength and determination in her powers to help her teammates. To prevent spoilers, I will not highlight how she acts against Tony’s teammates, but trust me when I say you will think of her as the defence no one wanted but everyone needed.

Overall, this is now my favourite movie in the cinematic universe, and I cannot wait to see what that star-spangled man has in store for us next time he appears.
Whenever he appears. However he appears. I shall wait patiently.

Rating: 10/10

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Captain America: Civil War. “After everything that’s happened, there’s nothing compared to what’s coming!”

Kicking off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this explosive, fun and joyous outing, Civil War truly is the best film to come from Marvel so far! By far! This movie does a great job with multiple characters, intriguing story and making both an Avengers movie and a Captain America flick blend together seamlessly. So much good stuff came from this movie, and it really lived up to the expectations I held for it since its announcement in 2014. Also, when you have a movie where the bad guys take the back seat, how does it feel to see the two top MCU heroes go to war and fight each other instead?

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Starting off with yet another huge incident, The Avengers, led by Captain America (Chris Evans. The actor, not the radio DJ), are called to a meeting with General Ross…I mean Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (Am I the only one glad to see William Hurt back in this role?)! He proposes to them a system which would keep them in check and stop them being self-funded and independent. While Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in favour of a more contained Avengers, Steve Rogers is feeling less enthusiastic and sees that many people may be at risk if they can’t help. This brings a huge divide to the team! Then we go into Cap 3 mode when we pick back up on the story of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier as he is accused of causing a disaster. While Captain America thinks his former friend is innocent, Iron Man just wants to stop the Winter Soldier and bring order back. Without giving too much away, the two factions eventually develop and come face to face with each other. Both seemingly matching each other, this brings possibly one of the greatest sequences ever put to film. Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany is the setting and to see Team Cap and Team Iron Man face off is just…PERFECT! The scene is well crafted, it’s fun, funny, breathless, epic and I really can’t put all my words down for this scene.

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It’s not just about THAT scene, but that was probably my highlight overall. We also get to see great introductions for newcomers T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl, who gets to have a deeper role in Civil War than many may be expecting) and, of course, Spider-Man (Tom Holland). There is just so much I want to discuss, but I can’t give anymore away. But you must make note of the relationships that are clearly developed in the team, the enemies who look to do all they can to defeat the Avengers by conflicting these relationships really is the key to Civil War. But, we all know it comes down to Cap and Iron Man as they clash over their ideals and what they believe to be right. It is emotional to see these two clash! Steve Rogers has been good friends with both Howard and Tony Stark and to see their relationship come to this is hard to take in. The film may not be as dark as Batman v Superman from earlier this year, but this film really saw a bigger impact of seeing the two heads bang.

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I really don’t want to talk any more about the plot, I want you to see this film and you can see why I find all these points interesting and important. The whole cast really are on top form, and to see the iconic comic book story (even if loosely adapted) come to life on screen was more than we could have ever had hoped for. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and all the guys we followed through phase one and two of the MCU all put in superb performances. The biggest presence I enjoyed from the already established characters was Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olson makes her character stand out and you really do feel sorry for her situation in the movie. It is fair to say her part in AGE OF ULTRON was not exactly top on your list, but to see her really struggle in this world with her powers is certainly gripping. Paul Bettany’s Vision gets some great laughs, as does Paul Rudd continuing as Scott Lang. To pick a favourite between Chadwick’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s web-slinger is tough. They each provide their own distinct character and Holland really gives Spider-Man the treatment we all wanted. A REAL kid playing a KID! Spider-Man uses his screen time to win people over and you will be begging to see him in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year. And as for Chadwick Boseman? Black Panther really was a great new addition to the cast and brings a new bend to the MCU, as does Spider-Man. Finally, the directors Anthony and Joe Russo yet again give us a brilliant Captain America movie and prove to us these are the perfect candidates to continue making the Avengers movies! They will be tacking Infinity Wars in 2018, and I know this was the perfect way to say they know what they are doing. This film is just the closest to perfect I have seen a superhero movie get to. The laughs are great, the action is enthralling throughout and I can’t wait to see this for a second, third, fourth, twenty-eighth time!

P.S. Stay behind for the two big scenes once the main picture concludes and watch out for Stan Lee!

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Captain America: Civil War. What Will Be In The Post-Credit Scenes?

There was a mention this week about the potential for THREE post-credit scenes coming at the end of the next Captain America film. During an interview with the Russo Brothers, they mentioned the possibility that the massive movie will possible include three glimpses once the end credits begin to roll. So what could we see in these scenes? Set-ups for Phase Three films are the likely outcome. I have been thinking about the three scenes and what I would like to see them involve. So I will give what I believe will be involved in these sequences and also the order in which I expect to see them. Remember, I have not seen the film nor do I hold any knowledge of its content with the exception of what Marvel Studios has released.

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SCENE ONE: Spider-Man And The Symbiote Suit!

After the CIVIL WAR, I believe there will be a disillusioned Peter Parker really wanting to distance himself from the heroes…at least for the time being. He will be the most unexperienced, the most vulnerable and maybe the most frightened character at the end of Civil War as he has no idea what he has signed up for. While wanting to keep his distance from Tony Stark, I reckon that New York shall see a certain black substance finding its way around Parker’s neighbourhood and hopefully be a set-up for the almighty Venom. It has been said a standalone Venom movie is in production, but we really need to see him clash with Spider-Man before this happens.

We see Spider-Man heading back to Aunt May’s apartment, he can’t tell her he is this new powered being nor tell her what he has seen. His dark thoughts really start to collect after the big “loss”. It will be this inner darkness that calls the symbiote to Peter and then this may be what begins the origin to one of the most famous villains in comic book history (and won’t be played by Topher Grace!). Spider-Man goes out to do a heroic deed after seeing on the news about a guy flying around new York throwing bombs at people, meanwhile the screen then blacks out as we zoom out of Peter’s room as a black ooze covers his window.

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SCENE TWO: Ulysses Klaue in Wakanda

We was introduced to the villain in AGE OF ULTRON, Andy Serkis will hopefully return and will be taking on T’Challa in the 2018 BLACK PANTHER film. What I would like to see is an angry Ulysses as he plans to take over the world and destroy those who have hurt him in the past. We will also see the lovely robotic arm of Ulysses, with his arm made of…Vibranium. With the most powerful arm in existence and a huge arsenal behind him, he will certainly prove a huge challenge to the Black Panther.

Ulysses should be seen talking about his plans to destroy certain places around the world after learning of the fracture in The Avengers. We also see his lovely new arm in full force as he punches through a wall of concrete in celebration that his plans can finally go ahead. He is warned that T’Challa is still alive, Ulysses Klaue laughs at this and states “He won’t stay that way for long, I will see you soon my old friend”.

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SCENE THREE: Thanos Acquires His First Stone

You may remember from Thor: The Dark World, The Collector was given one of the “stones” to look after. My theory is that as Benecio Del Toro will apparently not be in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, I would think it was because this stone is actually found by Thanos and then put into his Gauntlet. Thanos will remain fairly in the shadows until Infinity Wars, but this could be a good way to show his progression to being this power-wielding mad titan!

The Collector is currently hidden away in some dark location, the only item he still has is the Aether which was given to him by Volstagg and Sif. He hopes to sell it to get as far away from this sector of the Universe as possible and live the rest of his life in luxury. Unfortunately, it turns out the buyer is not who he first thought, and it actually is Thanos. Thanos demands the Aether from The Collector, who gives it willingly. Though, Thanos still kills him and places the stone in the gauntlet. Mirroring The Collector’s comment from when he acquired it, Thanos states “One Down, Five To Go”. The gauntlet then glows, and lets out a blast of red light!

Just a bit more to add to this, I reckon each film leading up to Infinity Wars part 1 (that is six films) could see a Post Credit Scene each with Thanos acquiring a stone in each one. With six films, that would complete his Gauntlet in time for Infinity Wars. Does that sound like a good plan? I think it does.

Captain America: Civil War is out 29th April 2016 in the UK and 6th May 2016 in the US. We will soon find out what is to happen…

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FILM?

With the film just a few weeks away, I was thinking about where the characters will be when Civil War reaches its end credits (and its two scenes after the film). Be warned, I have not seen the film and this is all speculation based on my theories, fan ideas and glimpses from the released trailers. I will break down what all the characters will be doing following the film.

Captain America/Steve Rogers

With this film being centrally still on Steve Rogers (apparently, but this will be crowded!), the biggest personal effect I believe will be to the super soldier. From the evidence in the film, it looks like Bucky is still not 100% himself. With what looks like attempts on the lives of Tony Stark and Rhodes/War Machine, it seems fitting that Bucky may finally face his maker after Cap tries his best to save his best friend. My only evidence for this is that Bucky is still warped from his Winter Soldier persona and there seems to be so many people that want to eliminate Bucky. This I believe will result in the big rift lasting till at least the next Avengers film. Captain America will possibly be looking for revenge against Tony as I believe Iron Man will deliver the killing blow to Buck. Steve will be out for blood, but will probably be in the shadows for a while.

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Iron Man/Tony Stark

As mentioned, I believe Tony Stark will be in some hot water for killing Bucky. I also reckon that Captain America will be hot on his heels for some time as there is a point in the trailer when Natasha Romanoff says “I’m not the one that needs to watch their back”. This could be near the conclusion of the movie and Iron Man may be deeply considering his actions after what unfolds. If the film is anything like the source material, we will see Iron Man really go to extreme lengths to bring his idea of order to life. Also, I reckon this will see Tony pushed more to the side by his fellow Avengers if he does indeed murder the former war hero. Maybe Stark will hope to redeem himself in the Infinity Wars films?

Hawkeye/Clint Barton

Why mention Hawkeye now? Just because I can, no reason is needed. If I am being honest, Barton is probably going to be one of the least affected characters from this film. Though initially quitting the Avengers at the conclusion of Age Of Ultron, it looks like he will be roped in easily enough. But, with his own family to look after, Hawkeye will probably just want to go back to them and forget what happens. Will the Civil War affect him? Of course it will. But, with many more characters emerging, maybe this could be the true swansong for Barton to go live a quiet life and leave Cap and co!

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Though Black Widow will clearly be fighting with Cap at first in the Avengers 2.0, she will then move to Team Iron Man as the movie progresses. But from the trailer, it looks like she will soon be regretting her choice. Steve and Natasha clearly have a great working history, whether it is in the Avengers films or their fantastic chemistry throughout THE WINTER SOLDIER film, and I reckon this will cause one or two clashes between her and the leaders of the factions. In the end though, I reckon she will go back to being a spy and want no more to do with protecting the world…at least until a certain titan appears and threatens the world.

Scarlet Witch/ Wanda Maximoff

Originally having a hatred for Stark in AGE OF ULTRON, I am sure this carries over to her choice in some way to join Cap. Where she probably is one of the least established characters in the MCU, I wonder where Wanda Maximoff will be once the credits roll. I have this feeling she will probably want to go into the shadows. I doubt she will see a fate the same as her on-screen brother, but I have a feeling she may just disappear once this film is over. I hope I am wrong and I really hope she gets a more prominent arc (maybe the love of The Vision could be worth seeing on the big screen).

The Vision

Speaking of The Vision, we know there will be a definite swing to him staying on Tony’s side as he is partially only alive (robot, alive, something like that) as Stark did create him. The relationship between him and Wanda will be interesting to see as he did save her in AGE OF ULTRON and the new trailer shows them definitely against each other. What I would like to see is The Vision taking a little journey into space to eventually see the…GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Maybe he will have a part in the next film after he also abandons Tony and wants a new life. Then he accidently gets caught by Thanos and the infinity stone in his head is ripped out to go to the lovely gauntlet.

Ant-Man/Scott Lang

This is one character we definitely know to a degree where he is going. Scott Lang will be teaming up with Hope Van Dyne as she suits up as The Wasp in 2018. Leaving Civil War, I reckon he will no longer go all fanboy around the heroes as he is bound to see a side or two of what they are really like. I think a more serious and focused Ant-Man will be the result of his part of the film. Maybe he could help out Spider-Man with his start as a hero and help him go down a better path after already seeing prison and conflict. Also, let’s hope we also see Giant-Man too!

General “Thunderbolt” Ross

After nearly eight years since William Hurt debuted as the very questionable General Ross and showed he was a great rival to one of the most popular characters in Marvel history. While his involvement in Civil War may not be too huge, it would be great to see him take on Bruce Banner once again and see their conflict happen in a future film. With a possible Hulk film maybe still 4 years away at least, it will certainly be worth the wait if we finally get a Hulk movie which will be fun but also see the two actually reach a conclusion to their rivalry.

Black Panther/T’Challa

After getting a peak of the fictional country Wakanda and seeing the villainous Ulysses Klaue (still a weird way of saying Claw!), we have plenty of teases already leading into his own solo film. Black Panther is definitely going to springboard from this movie and T’Challa will be going into a new realm for the MCU. After he has fought for Tony Stark and had a few fights with Cap and Bucky, I am sure we will then see him become the heroic figure we see in the comics when 2018 comes round. What his future holds is not too clear, but more Wakanda and more Klaue is definitely welcome. Maybe a Black Panther tease in the post credit scene(s)?

War Machine/James Rhodes

He isn’t going to die. I don’t know where Rhodey will go after this movie, but he won’t die.

Falcon/Sam Wilson

While Falcon may not have had much of an impact in the 2015 MCU films (but did have some fun cameos), it will be nice to see where he is come Civil War. I want in the distant future to see Falcon eventually take on the Captain America role once Steve Rogers departs (death or otherwise). Anthony Mackie is definitely a fantastic actor and took a D list superhero and made him so cool. But after the Civil War? I just want him to still be kicking arse and maybe being back-up for maybe Black Panther to fill his on-screen gap after this movie.

The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes

Sorry, I think he will die. Unlike Rhodey.

Baron Helmut Zemo

We know almost nothing about this character so far. We know he is supposed to be the main villain of this film. I believe he will be a character more in the shadows in this movie and possibly be setting up some plans that will come up in Civil War and more that will appear later in the MCU. Zemo is a very popular villain and is someone who is known for manipulating people against his enemies, including Cap. I think this is the character we know the least about for a potential future, and the MCU needs another menacing recurring villain to cause trouble in its future.

Agent 13/Sharon Carter

I actually forget Emily VanCamp was in this film. I don’t think we will get a lot of time with Sharon Carter, except it may show her and Cap in some kind of relationship. Her future, I really don’t know!

Crossbones/Brock Rumlow

A former S.H.I.E.L.D. strike team commander, his allegiance to HYDRA was revealed in THE WINTER SOLDIER and he was able to hold his own in a fight or two. Now, he is Crossbones and looks like he can punch you through 10 walls in a row. I think he will be around after this film, but where he will next pop up is not clear. I reckon a move to the MARVEL/NETFLIX side of the MCU would be a great move. How about see him take on Iron Fist? I can’t see a future on the movies is there for the character, but giving him a chance on the small screen could be fun.

Spider-Man/Peter Parker

The character we really wanted the MCU to have Spider-Man, and now is the right time. After AGE OF ULTRON, the film series did need a bit of a refresher. Ant-Man showed that taking risks in the MCU can still pay off and was clearly superior to the ensemble film that came before it. Spider-Man is a truly popular character, he will certainly be a good way to bring new blood into the established world and set up the potential Avengers 3.0 (which I reckon will be after Infinity Wars it shall be Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America/Falcon, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Widow and maybe Thor because Asgard will be destroyed…maybe!). Spider-Man will go into his own film with a sense of uncertainty after the Civil War events. Peter Parker is certain to maybe be a character in the shadows of New York and only emerge as a hero when the time comes (hopefully it will be against a proper Venom or maybe Doc Ock!). He will not trust his heroes that he grew up seeing and wanted to be like, and I am sure a superior Spider-Man (I apologise for that one) will come to light and set an example of a pure-blooded hero!

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What do you think will happen to the characters? Who will survive (apart from those who have got their own films still to come in Phase Three)?

Captain America: Civil War is out 29th April 2016 in the UK and 6th May in the US.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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TRAILER REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War

SPIDER-MAN! We finally get to see Spider-Man, but I will get to that. Remember, this is primarily a fight between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). This trailer has been a long time coming, and we are just 7 weeks away (the perks of being in the UK) until the MCU storms back into the cinema. Kicking off Phase Three with possibly one of the biggest films they have ever made, Marvel are looking to really bring the fans in with such an epic picture. Though this will be primarily a Captain America movie, the excitement from this trailer really does come from the expansion of the other players. So, let’s have a deeper look at the trailer.

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SPIDER-MAN IS HERE

Well this is the biggest point in the trailer. After many months of speculation and many doubts, we finally get to see Spider-Man make his debut into the MCU. With just the brief few seconds that Tom Holland gets to show his take on the character, it looks like this will be a truly faithful adaptation. The expressive eyes is truly new (well, Deadpool uses it too. But come on, Spider-Man came first) and the suit looks like it has been brought up to date and kept to its original look. With just a quick bit of agility and a few words, we have lots to look forward to when the film comes out.

THE AVENGERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW MUCH DAMAGE?

It’s true that the MCU has seen a fair amount of destruction in its time. Whether it was the crumbling remains of New York, Washington covered in pieces of helicarriers or even blowing up a whole country! We will truly see the effect that The Avengers have made on the world. It should be argued that things could have been worse without the heroes, but there now seems to be a need for balance. I reckon this will not be the end of that damage, and General Ross is brought in to prove he is a character we can all love to hate AGAIN (Yes I thought William Hurt was great in THE INCREDIBLE HULK).

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WHERE IS ZEMO?

With only about two seconds of Crossbones making his hard-hitting return, we have yet to see the supposed main villain in this movie. Where the film is centrally focused on the clash of ideologies of Captain America and Iron Man, we have also been told that there will still be traditional villains making an appearance. The return of Crossbones is very much evident, but we have not seen a thing on Baron Zemo yet. What will his presence bring to the film? Will he be kept back to make a more major appearance later? We will find out in the near future. With all that is already going on, can we get anymore characters in?

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BLACK PANTHER DOESN’T TAKE S**T FROM ANYONE

It is quite clear that T’Challa/Black Panther will be brought in strong for his MCU debut. Chadwick Boseman, much like Tom Holland, will be watched carefully by fans and will be hoping he makes for a great debut. Though little information is available for his part in the film, it is clear that he has picked a side and seems determined to fight for what he believes (and seems particularly interested in Bucky). His suit is made of Vibranium, the same material which Cap has for his shield. So…don’t F**K with T’Challa!

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THERE ARE A FEW LINKS TO THE ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR STORYLINE

We may not be getting a straightforward adaptation of the 2006 storyline, but there are still a few things that have translated over. The idea of having an act which monitors the activities of the heroes is definitely still in full force. Though we have no real hidden identities in the movie, I reckon we will see a radical change as Spider-Man will definitely be a central force and maybe the key to the films conclusion. Also, there seems to be a big fancy prison for those who will step out of line, but probably not in the negative zone.

IT IS CLEAR THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER

We are set to see years of work bringing this team together about to fall apart. Before we head into the mystic realm, back into space and to dimensions beyond human reach, we will see a huge shake-up on the central playing field. With Captain America leading a rebellion and some potential deaths along the way, we will see the hugest change in the film universe since S.H.I.E.L.D. was taken over by HYDRA. Also we will see the end of the Captain America “trilogy” and possibly a turning point for all the characters. And what of those who aren’t in this film? We will see what happens to Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury and many more later in Phase Three.

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WHERE DO SPIDER-MAN, BLACK PANTHER AND THE AVENGERS GO NEXT?

We know that July 2017 will see Spider-Man in a solo film set in this universe, and what affect will be bestowed upon the web-slinger after the Civil War is over? Will he be angry? Will he be driven away from The Avengers? It is hard to say at this time. Also, Black Panther will arguably get a great chance to shine when his film comes in 2018. We will get to see more of Wakanda and expand our world a bit further than the USA. Then there is the Infinity Wars, we will need to bring everyone back together to take on their biggest ever threat. But if a death or two is on the cards, can we be sure the new editions will be able to step up and fulfil their destiny as Avengers 3.0 (And then see the new Avengers take phase four and keep the franchise fresh).

Captain America: Civil War will be in cinemas in the UK from 29th April 2016 and US from 6th May 2016.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With Captain America: Civil War just a couple of months away, the start of Phase Three will see some huge changes come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With favourites such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Spider-Man about to debut in the world, there is plenty of excitement growing for the upcoming movies. But, we should not forget the past. The 12 films in the series so far have proved just how far the series has come. With a great majority of films doing a splendid job, tight casting and some of the most memorable scenes in cinema through the 21st century. The MCU is definitely going to leave a huge mark on cinema history forever. Let’s see how the films so far rank from worst to best…

  1. Iron Man 2

Maybe the obvious choice, but it had to be. First off, we get Mickey Rourke after he wowed in The Wrestler and Sin City being given very little in terms of character development and being made to look too much like a slimmed down Iron Monger suit. We finally get Samuel L Jackson making his first full appearance as Nick Fury, but where exactly does he go for a majority of the film? Then we had Terrance Howard being replaced (though I did grow to like Don Cheadle a lot more from Iron Man 3 onwards). Though not a bad movie on its own, it is certainly misguided.

  1. Thor: The Dark World

Now, in my defence I think this film is very funny and the chemistry between the cast was great. It definitely gave us a better look at Asgard and was the first MCU film to really feature alien planets prominently. Though, the lack of menace from Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith and the story was almost non-existant. It did seem the film was just throwing ideas at a wall, hoping something would stick. Though seeing Stellan Skarsgard running around in the nude at Stonehenge is definitely something fun and unexpected, it couldn’t save the film.

  1. The Incredible Hulk

Don’t make Edward Norton angry…oh, they did! Clearly a huge improvement on the unrelated 2003 ‘Hulk’ by Ang Lee, this film still had a lot to prove. Luckily, the biggest improvement was the actors who stepped up. While Edward Norton may not be the favourite Hulk anymore, he certainly made a good attempt at being Dr Bruce Banner. With Liv Tyler being the heart, Tim Roth proving to be a top villain and William Hurt giving us the true General Ross, what could go wrong? Well not much, but from this film we could see it seemed almost unrelated to the MCU, save for that little post-credit scene which I still believe is a flash-forward to ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

  1. Iron Man 3

After The Avengers did the best job possible for superhero movies, it was then left to Robert Downey Jr. and his friends since 2008 to somehow continue after this peak. While it was not as good as the 2012 team-up, it certainly did keep the entertainment levels up. Breaking the previous formula slightly from the first two films, we see Tony Stark go against someone with powers. The extremis-powered Killian was certainly a good match for strength and proved to be a greater danger and a better villain than some that came before.

  1. Thor

We get to meet Thor, God of Thunder and our first true “alien” for the Avengers. But also, we get to meet Loki. Possibly the best villain the MCU has shown, Loki really gets to have fun and he really gets to show his descent into evil with emotional consequences. The fight between the “brothers” is certainly a highlight for the MCU and to see the legendary Sir Anthony Hopkins take the part of Odin was too great to be true. The film may not be perfect, but it is a fun piece and will be regarded as taking a huge step in the development of the MCU.

  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Bringing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together for the second time was no easy task, and the ripples of it still resonate nearly a year later. Joss Whedon had previously done so much for the MCU from taking on The Avengers and giving his touch to phase 2 overall. Though Whedon has said about his struggles with the movie, he certainly did give 110% and maybe put in a bit too much into the runtime of the movie. Setting up many elements for phase three, bombarding many characters into the film and not giving them the necessary breathing space, it was a huge task. Though the film is great, I am sure we could have had a few changes. Ultron was great though!

  1. Ant-Man

Funny name? Think it’s a gimmick? Well, it isn’t. Many didn’t know that Ant-Man actually came to comics before many of the Avengers you may know, and it was a worthy wait to see him finally come into the MCU. Bringing a huge amount of humour and truly creating a different character for the screen, it was indeed a lot of fun to finally explore the world from a different perspective. Plus, how many comic actors can really make a character who is a thief become a popular film hero? Paul Rudd really made this character his own, and I am sure Civil War will see him shine again!

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

We had Iron Man, we had Hulk and we also just had Thor. To complete The Avengers, we needed the super soldier from the 1940’s. Going back in time, we get a few ties to the other avengers in regards to the serum which would later be adapted and create the Hulk, or even Howard Stark meeting Cap before his son would by 70 years. Also, we get to see a character that possibly is the most vulnerable of all the heroes we had seen so far. Plus, the iconic Red Skull is well achieved by Hugo Weaving, and we need Red Skull back! Plus we got Peggy Carter, and she is awesome!

  1. Iron Man

Iron Man kicked off the MCU, and he made the Marvel world cool again. The bad taste of Spider-Man 3, X-Men: The Last Stand and Fantastic Four made the mid-2000’s a bit dull for comic adaptations. Iron Man though, proved you could be fun and serious. Robert Downey Jr. made himself the coolest guy in Hollywood by taking this B-list Marvel character and making him challenge and better many heroes that came before. Also, it showed that big stars wanted to be in superhero movies, a trend which still continues today.

  1. The Avengers

The results of years of work paid off in a huge way. The highest-earning superhero movie of all time, and for a great reason, and some of the greatest fun I have ever had at the cinema. Seeing the return of Loki, we saw the god come to earth to claim it as his own. The Avengers then assemble and bring everyone on their A-game to make a brilliant work of art. Also, who knew that a superhero movie could be that funny, and the biggest laughs coming from the Hulk of all characters? Definitely a spectacle in cinema.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The film which many people apparently dreaded (many people felt mixed on Cap, and few were originally interested in his next solo outing). Coming out in the UK in MARCH! Yes, that is MARCH. It seemed too early of a date to become a blockbuster, but we was wrong. Captain America came back on fighting form and within minutes, proved himself to be one of the most popular characters in cinema today. Chris Evans took the superhero to new heights and brought in “The Dark Knight” of the MCU. It was gritty, intelligent, tough, fun and had heart throughout. The reveal of Bucky may have been obvious from day one, but nobody cares when you leave that film thinking “Captain America is F***ING AWESOME!”. He may not fly, have weapons coming out of his arms or can turn green, but he certainly knew how to fight his critics.

  1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

Where do we begin? This film was almost doomed from the start. An unknown group of heroes, a director known more from Slither and the live-action Scooby Doo films (Yep, he wrote them. No joke!) and how about the idea of a sentient tree and talking raccoon being friends? Well, you was wrong! This film was just incredible. It was a hug punch of adrenaline into the mainstream and showed that risks should still be taken in Hollywood. The film was just a delight for the eyes, the music from the 1970’s was a perfect complement to the visual treat and the acting was second to none! James Gunn is currently making the sequel, due to be released next year. If it is half as good as this movie, I will be very happy indeed.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove