‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer: The God of Thunder visits Planet Hulk

First day of the work week got you down? Do not fret, true believer, as a trailer for Thor: Ragnarok has just made its way online.

Who said Mondays had to suck?

At a brief 1 minute and 53 seconds, the trailer for the third Thor film wisely chooses not get bogged down in exposition. Instead, we are treated to a flurry of images which provides you a sense of the size and scope this film will have. It also gives us a peek at what kind of tone director Taika Waititi is aiming for.

While the dialogue is sparse, what little is given tells us things aren’t going too well for the Mighty Avenger.

Click below to see the trailer and see the return of Thor, Loki and the Incredible Hulk.

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‘Iron Fist’ Review: Netflix’s latest Marvel offering packs a laughably weak punch

Excruciatingly long, vapid and ultimately pointless, Netflix’s latest Marvel series is a failure in almost every conceivable way.

Iron Fist, the latest superhero series to be birthed by the Netflix/Marvel partnership, had two simple objectives – deliver a compelling character who audiences would want to see stand alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage when the upcoming ‘Defenders’ miniseries premieres and not to rock the boat and undo all the goodwill the preceding series built.

To say Iron Fist failed in its objectives would be a colossal understatement.

Comprised of 13 dry, humorless and at times incomprehensible episodes, Iron Fist tells the story of Danny Rand, a young man who was presumed dead for 15 years after the plane he and his parents were in crashed in the Himalayas, as he remerges in New York City to rightfully reclaim his family’s billion dollar company – Rand Industries. Navigating his way through the treacherous world of corporate America, Danny attempts to prove his identity to childhood friends Joy and Ward Meachum, both of whom have run Rand Industries alongside their father Harold since the Rand family went missing. Interfering with Danny’s attempt to reclaim his family’s legacy are his duties as the Iron Fist, the the martial arts protector of K’un Lun – a mystical city that our hero discovered as a child.

Along for the ride in this hero’s journey is Colleen Wing, a dojo-owning martial artist with a secret which may undo the blossoming romance between her and Danny, and former nurse Claire Temple, who is well-versed in the New York City superhero game as she has rubbed elbows with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Iron Fist will need all the help he can get as his sworn enemy The Hand, a sinister organization of lethal ninja assassins, continues to become a dominant force in New York City’s underground crime community.

(Warning: the below review contains some spoilers)

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: It’s complicated being a high school hero

There are very few givens in life – though death, taxes and superhero movies come to mind. 

To be honest, I’d rather feel the cold, dark embrace of the Grim Reaper himself or be audited by the IRS than subject myself to director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League movie.

However, I take comfort in the fact Marvel Studios and Disney are, as per tradition, gearing up to dominate domestic and international box offices when when they release three – count ‘em, three – films this year. While never Oscar worthy, Marvel Studios’ movies are consistently high quality and always provide a good time at the theater.

First up, and right around the corner, will be the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which opens in the U.S. on May 5. And on Nov. 3, the God of Thunder himself will be returning to the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok.

Sandwiched in between both films, and landing smack dab in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, is everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood wall-crawler who will star in his first feature-length Marvel Studios’ film – Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Check out the trailer and find out what Spidey, Iron Man and Michael Keaton’s sinister Vulture are up to after the break.

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review: Marvel Studios wisely moves to a more mature territory

Captain America: The Winter Soldier,  Marvel Studios’ ninth cinematic installment, is the most grounded and faithful adaption of a superhero comic book to the big screen thus far.

Having been on a roll since 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has become this generation’s new Pixar insofar as the comic book-to-film studio has yet to release a critical or commercial dud since its inception.

Unfortunately for the naysaying cinephiles who have been chomping at the bit to cry foul at a Marvel Studios release, Captain America: The Winter Solider is not only a solid action film in its own right, but a fantastic universe-building addition to Marvel’s pantheon of interconnected films.

Partially inspired by the epic series of Captain America comic books written by Ed Brubaker entitled “The Winter Soldier,” the film begins months after the alien invasion of New York City seen in The Avengers, and features a more hardened and skeptical star-spangled avenger (Chris Evans).

Though still employed by the shadowy and omnipresent S.H.I.E.L.D. organization – think a global NSA, FBI and CIA – Captain America has begun to question the motives and orders of the group’s director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The film opens with a breathtaking action sequence where Captain America, per Fury’s order, performs a black-ops mission with the aid of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) aboard a hijacked cruise liner.

This opening scene is an immediate punch to the gut for longtime Marvel Studios’ fans who may not be familiar with the Captain America found within the Marvel comic book. Though we’ve seen Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, kill aliens in the movies, most viewers will be shocked to see the red, white and blue hero murder his enemies. In the opening sequence alone, we see Cap choke out, stab and smash the skulls of multiple foes.

In a spectacular fashion, Captain America: The Winter Solider dismantles the long-held belief that Fury and his S.H.I.E.L.D. organization can be trusted. Shortly after, movie-goers are introduced to Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) who further plants seeds of doubt in the head of Captain American concerning Nick Fury. Compounding problems for our hero is the emergence of the mythical Soviet assassin turned real, the Winter Solider, who is relentless in preventing him from saving the day.

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