Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse Trailer Released

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Via Sony Pictures Animation

Marvel unveiled a fantastic trailer this past weekend at the Sao Paulo, Brazil CCXP (Comic-Con Experience) for a new animated film that will release in theaters titled Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse.

You may have noticed in the trailer that this Spidey doesn’t seem to be Peter Parker. That’s because he isn’t. He’s actually a different character: Miles Morales, a fan favorite Spidey from the comics.

Image via Sony Pictures
Via Sony Pictures Animation

That’s right; more than one person has put on the mask, which is the premise of this film. To make a long story short, in an alternate universe, Miles (for different reasons, depending on which comic story you read) decides to take on the role of Spider-Man after getting similar powers from a spider bite of his own.

While it’s still not known for sure what his origin story will be here, Miles will undoubtedly stumble upon the discovery that there are countless alternate universes…a “multi-verse,” with each having it’s own version of Spider-Man. Hence the title, “Spider-Verse.” This was explored in detail by a 2014 comic story run, under the same name:

Cover art from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 Issue 13

The movie’s art style looks fascinating: a hyper-stylized blend between traditional 3D animation and comic book art style. This definitely looks like it will be one to check out for any fan.

There’s no news yet on a rating: so it will be interesting to see who the target audience is. While Marvel is the current champion of big screen movies, DC has typically fared better than Marvel with their animated features. This movie, however from Sony Pictures might be the first real contender to change that.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse will be released Christmas of 2018.

Geek to the Future’s Official Marvel Cinematic Universe Viewing Guide

Avengers: Infinity War will be, without a doubt, the biggest cinematic event of 2018. The entire Marvel franchise has been building to this moment almost from its beginning. With that in mind, this post will be geared mostly towards those movie goers who are interested in seeing Infinity War, but maybe haven’t had a chance to watch the entire MCU line up and want to catch up before May. Even if you’re a veteran, you might want a refresher. With 18 movies spanning over the last decade, it can be confusing to know where to start or what order.

Below is my guide for the recommended viewing order for the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until this point. Because each movie builds on the last (similar to a series of comic books) the best method is to watch in the order they were released. Of course, if you want to get the absolute most out of Infinity War, I would recommend watching every movie (except maybe The Incredible Hulk).

That being said, not everyone will want to sit through roughly 36 hours of movies before May, so I’ve also ranked each movie by how necessary it is in relation to the Infinity War story. If you’re looking for a “bare bones” crash course through the MCU, just hit the essential movies. Be warned though, Marvel is famous for adding easter eggs and references from previous movies so the more you watch, the more you’ll catch and enjoy.

Also, just to be clear, these rankings have nothing to do with movie quality, only relevance to Infinity War. Virtually all of the MCU is fantastic and worth your time.

Here are the ranking definitions:

“Essential”: The bread and butter of the MCU and a must watch. These movies deliver key back story elements that build up to Infinity War (9 movies total).

“Important”: Try to fit these in if you have time. They will give you a more well-rounded understanding of the back story going into Infinity War, but you’ll still be fine without them (2 movies total).

“Not Necessary”: While great additions to the franchise, these movies are not a prerequisite for Infinity War. Watch them to learn more about each specific movie’s characters (6 movies total).

“Don’t Bother”: This rank is awarded to only one movie in the MCU. Watch if you want to say you’ve seen them all.

One final piece of information if you’re new to watching Marvel movies: make sure you sit through the credits. Every Marvel movie has at least one after credits scene and they usually give nuggets of info that build the franchise further. Ok, let’s get to it!

Phase One

1. Iron Man (2008)

Rank: Essential

Why: While this movie was too early on to set up anything for Infinity War, it is the movie that kicked off the MCU and should be watched for that reason alone.

2. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Rank: Don’t Bother

Why: Marvel was still working out the kinks with its movie strategy. Edward Norton plays Bruce Banner before being recast by Mark Ruffalo, and you can see why…this movie is a mess. Watch only if you really want to see every movie in the MCU. By the way, don’t confuse this movie with the older Hulk movie with Eric Bana…it’s even worse.

3. Iron Man 2 (2010)

Rank: Essential

Why: Full introduction into the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the start of Nick Fury’s “Avenger Initiative.” We also get to see the origin of War Machine.

4. Thor (2011)

Rank: Important

Why: The Thor movies are the least necessary to watch in regard to Infinity War. However, you should at the very least watch the first one to have a basic understanding of the characters.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Rank: Essential

Why: The Captain America movies are some of the most important movies to understanding the MCU. This is Cap’s origin story and helps to set up the plot of Avengers, including what will be the first Infinity Stone.

6. Avengers (2012)

Rank: Essential

Why: Here we have the first look at Thanos, as well as the first Avengers team up. The story has a large impact on future movies.

Phase 2

7. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: This movie is important to Tony’s story arc post Avengers but is not vital in regards to Infinity War.

8. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: This movie introduces a power source called the Aether which is only significant because it will become another Infinity Stone. Watch if you want more back story on Thor, or to watch him battle space-elves.

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Rank: Essential

Why: First appearance of Winter Soldier, and the story has a large impact on the MCU going forward.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Rank: Essential

Why: Introduction to the Guardians and another Infinity stone. Also, surprisingly this movie is where we have learned the most about Thanos and the history of the stones so far.

11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Rank: Essential

Why: Introduction of new characters that will be in Infinity War and events will have impact on the MCU going forward.

12. Ant Man (2015)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: Intro to Ant Man and short glance at a younger S.H.I.E.L.D. Knowing that Paul Rudd plays a wise cracking criminal-turned hero, and can shrink to the size of a…well…ant is enough to get you by if you’re trying to shave off a few movies.

Phase 3

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Rank: Essential

Why: The fallout of this superhero showdown has a tremendous impact on setting up Infinity War. Also we get a small Spider Man introduction.

14. Doctor Strange (2016)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: Introduction to Doctor Strange and another Infinity stone. This movie was a little too Strange for some moviegoers. Knowing he uses magic and has an Infinity Stone is enough to get you by if the Sorcerer Supreme doesn’t interest you.

15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: A great movie that furthers the Guardians’s story but not essential to the overall MCU leading up to May. The character Mantis is introduced who will be in Infinity War. Other than that they’re still funny and still hate Thanos.

16. Spider Man: Homecoming (2017)

Rank: Not Necessary

Why: The full introduction to Marvel’s friendly, neighborhood…well you know. A fantastic movie but knowing that Spidey is the rookie of the group and Iron Man has taken on the role of mentor is enough to get you by.

17. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Rank: Important

Why: Ragnarok was a huge success this year and due to some major turn of events it’s important to know where Hulk, Thor and Loki will be at the beginning of Infinity War.

18. Black Panther

Release Date: February 16th, 2018

Rank: Essential

Why: Already introduced in Civil War, Black Panther / T’Challa is the King of Wakanda and will play a large role in Infinity War. My guess is that this will be the location of the final Infinity Stone…

19. Avengers: Infinity War

Release Date: May 4th, 2018!

Congratulations! You’re now ready for Thanos. It’s all led up to this!

Marvel Proves That While Infinity War May Turn The MCU Upside Down, They Have No Intentions of Slowing Down Any Time Soon

As you have undoubtedly seen and heard by now, the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War dropped this week, which will bring together every hero we’ve seen in the MCU so far:

In 24 hours it received over 230 million views, making it the “most viewed trailer of all time.”

In the blink of an eye, the argument about whether or not Justice League is a good movie lost importance. No one cares anymore. Hell, I’ve been fighting for that movie ever since it came out and I don’t care anymore. Marvel Studios has shown once again why they are currently the undeniable king of superhero movies.

Led by Kevin Feige, the studio has taken its time over the last 10 years to carefully craft a complex and interconnected universe. They are proof of what happens when you put character development and storytelling ahead of simply wanting to make a truckload of money…you end up making 10 truckloads. Each movie in this universe tells it’s own story, however they also contain pieces of a larger arc, and it has all been leading up to Infinity War.

The trailer itself (including Cap’s epic beard) is glorious. I’ve literally watched it around 20 to 30 times myself. It perfectly sets up the dire situation the Avengers will find themselves in: Over the last 20 movies, the characters have one by one discovered the 6 mysterious power gems called Infinity Stones. Any one of these stones has almost immeasurable power, and unknown to the majority of our heroes “the Mad Titan”, Thanos (first seen in 2012’s Avengers) is searching for them.

Thanos is one of Marvel’s most powerful villians. He has something called the Infinity Gauntlet, which will allow him to harness the power of all 6 stones at once. The only thing he is obsessed with more than power is death, and judging from the trailer, there will be plenty of death. This will be an epic all out war, which will take 2 movies to resolve. The title for the next Avengers movie after Infinity War has still not been revealed due to spoilers, and is so far just being referred to as Avengers 4.

Recently, Vanity Fair published an insightful article that celebrates the last decade of Marvel movies, but also sheds at least a little light on this 4th Avengers film. While, I highly recommend putting in the time to read it, as there’s some fascinating stories of the studio’s behind the scenes history as well as a cool photo shoot with every major character; there are also some small spoilers revealed:

”After Avengers 4, an ambitious multi-franchise crossover movie slated for release in 2019, at least some of the original characters who sit at the center of the billion-dollar Avengers team will be hanging up their capes and shields…[Feige] promise[d] a definitive end to the franchise that built Marvel. Avengers 4, he said, will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale.”

This is huge news. Whether they are killed or simply retire, some of the Avengers (most likely Evans and/ or Downey included) will end their roles. Not only will their contracts be up, but Marvel understands that in order to stay on top, they have to constantly grow and evolve their strategy. While it’s difficult to imagine the Avengers without the current key players, Feige is pulling from the same playbook as the comics, with heroes dying or for various reasons deciding it’s time to stop. Could we see the Winter Soldier or Falcon taking over the mantle of Captain America? Maybe Tony will retire from hero work, and become a full time superhero mentor? The possibilities are exciting, because while Avengers 4 will mark an end to the overall infinity stone/Thanos story arc, there will be more stories for Marvel to tell:

“Marvel is “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.”

No matter what happens in Avengers 4, it looks like we are still only in the middle of the MCU’s lifespan, with numerous new characters and stories to tell. For now, the Infinity War trailer is one of many examples of how Marvel has crafted a complex movie universe that so many people, comic and non comic readers alike, are deeply invested in.

Excelsior!

New Movie Posters for Marvel’s Black Panther

Marvel released some awesome character posters today for the upcoming Black Panther! Although T’Challa was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, this will be a similar release to Guardian’s of the Galaxy in that most movie goers won’t know much about the characters beforehand. I know I am not very familiar. Black Panther was created in 1966 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, and has the distinction of being the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

These posters look fantastic and I’m excited to be fully introduced when the movie releases on Feb 16, 2018.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/ Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger

Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia. Judging from the post, she will be T’Challa’s love interest

Danai Gurira as Okoye. She is well known as Michonne on Walking Dead.

Winston Duke as M’Baku.

Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi

Angela Bassett as Ramonda, mother of T’Challa

Leticia Wright as Shuri, T’Challa’s sister (The glove is pretty badass).

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. He was last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Forest Whitaker as Zuri

Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, last seen in Captain America: Civil War.

Review of Thor: Ragnarok aka Asgardians of the Galaxy

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Irdris Elba, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum

Trailer: Click Here

Marvel has clearly dominated the superhero movie genre for almost a decade now. Looking back on all their successes over the last 9 years, the Thor movies have collectively been the least profitable for the almost 20 movie franchise. So naturally as any business would, Marvel decided they needed to take things in a different direction to try to add a little electricity to the god of thunder’s box office numbers. What we were given with Thor: Ragnarok is undoubtedly a fun ride, but something akin to the Transformers movies: There’s a ton of laughs and action, but it’s not really that cohessive of a movie.

On the plus side, it is great to see a Thor movie that almost entirely takes place away from earth, and is definitely a step in the right direction. What Thor brings to the Marvel table is a world that is steeped in the sci-fi fantasy genre. The previous movies tried to center their plots around Earth (most likely to try to make Thor more relateable) however both ended up suffering because of it. Ragnarok has a fantastic foundation: giving us a Thor story that takes place on his own turf so to speak…and then ruins it with the movie’s biggest issue: excessive, forced comedy.

Tessa Tompson likes to drink more than Thor as Valkyrie

There is a dangerous trend right now in superhero films that in order to be “good” it has to be funny. With the success of movies like Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy it’s understandable how we’ve arrived to this thinking…but that doesn’t make it true. While Deadpool and the Guardians movies are hilariously good movies, it is detrimental to think that all movies have to fit into that same mold.

It feels out of character for Thor and Hulk/Banner to be making jokes or to do “funny” things constantly. That’s not how they are in the comics, and more importantly that’s not how they’ve been in previous Marvel movies. It is so very obvious that their personalities have been changed to resemble those found in the Guardians movies (because they made a lot more money) and as a result, what makes both characters interesting and unique in the Marvel universe is quite literally “dumbed” down in Ragnarok. What we are left with are not Thor and Hulk, but goofy caricatures of what they should be, reminiscent of the Adam West version of Batman.

The other issue with the excessive comedy is that the tone of the movie is all over the place, and as a result, many scenes that are supposed to carry more weight, don’t. This movie is centered around stopping Ragnarok, which is essentially the end of the world. Sounds like pretty dark stuff, right? Well it never feels like it. We are constantly hit with story beats that are suppose to be dramatic and intense, and before we have time to process whats going on…it’s back to cracking jokes. Many of the dramatic scenes even have multiple jokes running through them. It’s just too much. There are events that happen that should shake Thor to his core, but instead he responds by joking around with his best friend Hulk or constantly talking about being a hero. The urgency and intensity just gets lost in the laughs.

The old saying “everything in moderation” comes to mind. While many people thought Batman v Superman was too dark, it is still possible to go too light. Comedy is not the only thing that makes a movie good, however that is what Marvel thinks now looking at the box office numbers.

Thor: Ragnarok is not a bad movie. It has some fantastic characters and an interesting story. (Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum are both perfect for their roles). However, the excessive and out of place comedy takes you out of the movie and negates any weight the movie tries to impose on the viewer. Nothing matters except having a good time. If this is Marvel’s direction now with all of it’s movies then I am extremely nervous about how the upcoming Infinity Wars movie will be handled. It is meant to be a much darker story, and if they try to turn it into a comedy because they think they will make more money, it is going to be a disaster. I don’t want all of my movies to have the exact same tone. Variety is the spice of life.

Final Verdict:

6.5 forced jokes out of 10.

Marvel’s latest Thor movie has a solid foundation, but is held back by excessive, forced comedy.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Side note: I ended up seeing this in 3D because there wasn’t a price difference and the theater was less full. There is literally no reason to see this in 3D.

Director: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton

Trailer: Click Here!

Spider-Man Homecoming is the third version of the wall crawler to hit the big screen. Even though Tom did a solid job in Civil War, there was a legitimate fear of Spider-Man fatigue and that the movie would bomb, becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first failure since the beginning of it’s run back in 2008 with Ironman. However, not only is Homecoming on track to do well over $200 million opening weekend; it’s arguable the best Spider-Man film in years, if not ever.

Tom Holland nails both Peter Parker and Spider-Man: the sarcastic and humorous quips, the teenage awkwardness, it’s all there in the perfect amount. I don’t think there was ever a moment when I wasn’t laughing or at least had a smile on my face. The movie is hilarious from start to finish, but a better description is full of joy. It fills the movie and is infectious. You can tell that Tom loves playing Peter and Peter loves being Spider-Man. The movie opens with Peter coming down off the high of fighting alongside (and against) the Avengers during the events of Civil War. All he can think about is getting the next call to help out his mentor, Tony, again.

Above anything else, Spider-Man is a teenager who has to balance having superpowers with the stresses of being a teenager in high school. That is this movie in a nutshell. There isn’t a threat of some world ending destruction. The movie takes things a couple notches down to focus on Peter and his development into a hero. It’s a nice change of pace from the gravity of the last several Marvel films. There is an excellent villain, however he’s a small timer compared to the likes of Ulton, Dormammu, or Loki. As Tony puts it, Peter is still just a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.

The Rest of The Cast

Robert Downey Jr is used sparingly in the movie, which was a good choice. There was a concern for awhile that he would overshadow the film in an effort to draw movie goers. This did not happen, I’m glad to say. Pretty much what you’ve seen in the trailers already is about it. Happy Hogan, played by Jon Favreau is actually in the movie more than Tony. He’s basically in charge of making sure Peter doesn’t get into too much trouble…and doesn’t bother Tony. Both a great for the amount they are in the movie.

Michael Keaton played a fantastic villain as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture. He’s a lower level villain who isn’t on the radar of the Avengers. Perhaps one of the most believable marvel villains so far; he’s a blue collar worker, striving to provide for his family the best he can. He sees Spider-Man as a direct threat to his family and will do anything to protect them. He’s a villain you can relate to. I won’t spoil anything, but the way his character is written is genius and fits perfectly with the name “Vulture.” Keaton brings a lot of depth the character and it is fun watching him work.

Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, is Peter’s best friend. He is hilarious and brings a lot of laughs to the movie. It’s questionable whether he is actually a good friend to Peter sometimes; he’s very selfish in a couple scenes. Overall, he was a good change a pace from having yet another Harry Osborne show up just yet, and will hopefully be in the next film as well.

Zendaya who, I’m not going to even lie: I’ve never heard of until this movie (apparently she’s a thing) played Michelle. A fun character to watch, and although she doesn’t really have any friends, she enjoys to pick on Peter and Ned for being nerdy and awkward, even though she is guilty of the same. There’s a reveal at the end of the movie which raises some questions for future movies. It remains to be seen if it will be a smart move and I’m not sure if I’m on board with it yet.

Marisa Tomei continues her role as Aunt May. It was a little weird to think about Aunt May as being younger and hot, but it fits with this version and makes for some great jokes throughout the movie. Also a bit of a departure from the norm, she’s more of a “cool” parental figure to Peter. However, there are still moments where she stresses over what Pete is up to in his spare time.

Tony Revolori plays the bully Flash Thompson. In another change up that worked well, Flash isn’t a jock this time around, he’s actually someone that runs in the same social circles as Peter. Flash is also usually white, and it was nice to see some more ethnic diversity in the casting than there usually is: not just with Flash but with the rest of the cast as well.

Laura Harrier plays Peter’s love interest, Liz. She does a decent job, but is the least interesting out of the main group of supporting cast.

Spidey Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Another aspect the movie hits out of the park is it’s placement in the MCU. It feels so organic, like Peter has been there the whole time. He’s been living his life watching the events of MCU unfold in the world around him. Homecoming is a fantastic look at the Avengers from the viewpoint of supporting characters. Even Toomes: his whole motivation centers around being the “little guy” and Tony or the rest of the Avengers really not caring how their actions affect him and his family. It’s just such a smart angle to take that adds yet another layer to the MCU.

There are so many easter eggs and references in this movie it’s ridiculous. Little nods here and there that really help to tie the MCU together and make it feel real. The MCU is getting close to 20 movies and is starting to hit it’s stride with world building and complexity. Each new movie doesn’t feel like a separate story; more like a continuation of the same overall story from a different character’s point of view.

Ironman “Lite”

While it is a brilliant move to use Tony as the spring board for introducing Spidey into the MCU, there is a small gripe, but worth noting. It’s not a deal breaker by any means; it just doesn’t feel like it fits. I’m talking about the Spidey suit; it has way too many features, especially the computer AI. Obviously, since we know that in this version Tony has made the suit for him, it’s only natural that it would bear some similarity to how the Iron-man suits function. But Peter is a genius and coming into his own as a hero by the end of the movie so hopefully he’ll realize he doesn’t need the fancy Jarvis-like AI and design his own suit. What I would love to see in future movies is maybe his spidey-sense starts to develop and it clashes with what “Karen” tries to tell him. That could be an easy transition.

Spider-Teen

The only other negative I can possibly find for this movie is that because it’s still ultimately an origin story, we don’t start to see a full fledged Spider-MAN until the end of the movie. You leave the movie hungry for what he’ll be able to do in the next movie. It may be annoying to some, and it was to me at first until I started to think about it more. Once you embrace it, it’s honestly one of the movie’s strengths. Part of the charm of Spider-Man is that he’s a kid, he’s an everyday, average person. He doesn’t always have it together or have all the answers. He’s awkward. He makes mistakes. That’s basically what this movie gives us. Very few superhero movies give us this perspective of what it’s like to be an average person and then suddenly have powers. It’s a fresh change of pace. At one point Peter is told, “You really need to get better at this part of the job.”

Final Verdict:

8.5 Hot Aunt May’s out of 10.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fantastic edition to the MCU and has a ton of heart and humor. Some are calling it a superhero version of The Breakfast Club, and that is a fitting description. It was a brilliant choice to scale back the stakes and focus on the development of it’s newest hero-in-training. There are a couple surprises with the story and a few great cameos. As always, there are after-credit scenes. The second scene is without a doubt one of the best end credit scenes ever in a Marvel movie.

At the end of the day, Tom Holland has solidified his place, not only in the MCU, but as THE Spider-Man for the next several years.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 REVIEW 

Release Date: May 5th, 2017

Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillian, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russell.
Rating: PG-13: There is a little language and some crude jokes

Trailer 1 / Trailer 2 Trailer 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the sequel to the 2014 Marvel blockbuster. The first thing that I noticed about this movie is that it is even more gorgeous to watch than the original. The shots of outer space, on the various planets, even the action scenes are detailed, colorful, and beautiful. While I did not see a 3D showing, that is undoubtedly the intended format.

The movie picks up 3 months after the events of the first movie, with the group taking on jobs from whomever will pay. This is a common “space pirate” theme. The opening credits scene will have a familiar feel if you’ve seen the first movie, and is equally, if not more so entertaining.

Vol. 2 focuses a lot more time than the previous film fleshing out most of the main characters, and you learn a lot of their motivations that shaped them into who they are. Of course, the most time is spent on Peter (Chris Pratt) and his relationship with his dad, Ego, played perfectly by Kurt Russell.  The definition of “family” is the main theme running throughout the movie.

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Kurt Russell plays Peter’s father, Ego.

There’s a new race introduced that act as one of the antagonists, called the Sovereign. They serve their purpose decently enough, but are easily the most forgettable part of the movie. This movie takes a slight departure from having a villain who is simply “evil for the sake of being evil” that happens so often in comic books and it works well.

If you want just a straight up action movie, you may leave a little disappointed as there is much more character development this time around. However, I thought it was great. These characters, while in the same universe, are not as well known as Ironman, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of the Marvel crew. If you’re a movie or comic nerd like me, you already know the Guardians will be teaming up with the Avengers in Infinity War, so it was a smart move investing time now to dive into their past and motivations. While the Guardians are still that wacky team of space pirates that make a lot of jokes, this movie does a great job of expanding them beyond that to characters who have just as much depth and importance as Marvel’s main superheroes.

Something that came to mind while watching this movie is how far the acceptance and enjoyment of comic book movies have come since I was a kid. It use to be that if a movie studio wanted to make a movie based on a comic book (and also make money), they would have to leave out or change parts of the original story to make the movie marketable to the widest audience possible. Fast forward to May 5th, 2017 and we have a movie that will undoubtedly make a shit ton of money with an insane cast that includes a talking, walking, dancing baby tree, a smartass raccoon with a tendency to steal for no reason, a cyborg, and a god/living planet. Marvel has become the masters of making any of their characters fun and enjoyable for almost anyone to watch.

This movie is definitely funnier than the first movie. Baby Groot steals the show with his cute innocence (dumb baby). Drax actually has most of the jokes this time around. The fact that his race doesn’t understand metaphors and are “completely literal” is pushed to the limit. I had tears laughing at some of his lines.

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Mantis is a new character and fits in well with the rest of the Guardians.

There are some great cameos in this movie. Stan Lee’s cameo is a cool nod to a popular fan theory relating to him being The Watcher (if you’re not sure who that is, it’s interesting to look up). If you’ve seen any of the Marvel movies you know to stick around after the credits, and this one is no exception with 5 scenes that take place throughout the credits sequence. I won’t spoil it, but one of the scenes introduces a new character from the comics that will surely be in future movies. The credits themselves are fun to watch as well and are filled with several tiny easter eggs.

Final Verdict:

9.5 dance-off’s out of 10

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a great follow up to the 2014 original. More laughs, more character development, and much more baby Groot…and who can be upset about more baby Groot?