Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly MCU Review for April 29



Another week, and more MCU news!  Not a ton of MCU-related news this week, but only because I didn’t include the mountains of press for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hits theaters next weekend.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 TL;DW


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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in U.S. theaters just over a week from today on Friday, May 5.  This will be the 15th movie released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which also includes a number of tie-in comics as well as an entire line-up of television series (on ABC, Netflix, and (soon) Hulu and Freeform).  Considering how well received the first Guardians of the Galaxy was, it’s pretty likely that a lot of people are going to see the second one.  However, it’s entirely possible that people will be seeing this movie as their entry into the MCU.  So to help these people out, here is a “Too Long; Didn’t Watch” summary of the MCU to date, focusing especially on what is relevant to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  At the end I will offer my suggestions for movies that you should watch (or rewatch) before going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and why.  We’ll start from the beginning, with Iron Man.

Note:  There will (obviously) be spoilers.  Also, these TL;DW articles are starting to get loooong!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Episode 19, "All the Madame's Men" REVIEW (SPOILERS)


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You know, I’d almost forgotten what it’s like to watch this show when it first airs, considering my struggles the last two weeks!  In fact, when the episode first started, I half expected the TV to spontaneously combust just to make it a trifecta of missing episodes.  Fortunately, however, the television remained intact, the satellite was unaffected by the weather, and I did not receive any last-minute hospital calls, so my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-watching experience was uninterrupted.

And what an experience it was!  There are a lot of things that this series has been doing well with the Framework pod of episodes, and they are on full display in this episode.  There are some less-successful elements as well, but as a whole it is a very enjoyable episode.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Episode 18, "No Regrets," REVIEW (SPOILERS) and Episode 19, "All the Madame's Men" EXPECTATIONS


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So obviously my plans for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t come together quite the way I expected them to.  I didn’t watch it yesterday; I watched it today.  I’m not going to post a separate article with expectations for tonight’s episode; that will be at the bottom of this (somewhat abbreviated) review.

That being said, the “Framework” pod of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes has not disappointed me yet!  I kind of expected both “twists” in this episode, but they were handled in such a way that I wasn’t too disappointed at being unsurprised.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The New Warriors Line-up


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As I mentioned this morning in the Weekly MCU Review, Marvel and Freeform just announced the full roster for the New Warriors, and it looks pretty interesting.  If you remember from my previous articles about the potential of a group of teen heroes in the MCU, I had only really called 1 or 2 of the heroes they selected, but I’m certainly not upset about that—I’ve gotten pretty good at making wrong predictions on this blog!

With that being said, let’s take some time to familiarize with the heroes Marvel and Freeform selected for the (first iteration of the) New Warriors.

Weekly MCU Review for April 22



Another week, and more MCU news!  There’s all kinds of news about movies wrapping production and scheduling the start of their production, plus a whole bunch of TV news.  Put some ketchup on your eggs, and catch-up on your Marvel news!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, Episode 17, "Identity and Change" REVIEW (SPOILERS)


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Well, it took quite a while (and abc.go.com didn’t want to cooperate with me) but I finally managed to watch last week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  And it was certainly worth the wait.  There are a lot of things going on inside the Framework, and a lot of our favorite characters’ personalities are being explored in new and different ways.  There are a lot of fun moments in the episode, but there are also a lot of serious things going on, as well.