Hot off the heels of Captain Marvel‘smassive opening weekend, Marvel Studios has released another trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
Warning: Do not continue reading if you haven’t watched the trailer!
The trailer cuts together footage of the previous Avengers film, Infinity War, along with new footage from the sequel. There are also some callbacks to the original Iron Man and Captain America films.
The most notable aspects of the trailer are the introduction of Avengers previously unseen in Infinity War. Hawkeye returns to the team after being absent from Infinity War. Ant-Man joins the team, though it’s not explained how he escaped the quantum realm after the events of Ant-Man and The Wasp. And as to be expected, Captain Marvel makes an appearance. Surprisingly, Thanos is nowhere to be found.
Marvel Studios also released a new poster. Only those who survived the snap are shown.
The film drops on April 26th. No word yet on when tickets go on sale.
Well the trailer is here! This morning, Disney dropped the new trailer for Aladdin, revealing a whole new menagerie of classic scenes adapted in live action. And most exciting of all: the songs! Yes, folks snippets from Friend Like Me and A Whole New World are glimpsed here, allowing the sheer scope of the project to finally come into focus. Aladdin looks appropriately epic in scale, both in the breath of the sets, the beautiful costumes, and equally lovely cinematography. It appears this move is just more than Will Smith in blue makeup, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
Speaking of the Genie, he’s finally shown onscreen for more than a few seconds, allowing Will Smith show us his chops. There will never be a true replacement for Robin William’s Genie but Will Smith looks to be throwing himself into the role with gusto. Showcasing charm, wit, and a great deal of energy, the Genie looks plain fun and will likely steal the show, just as he did in the original animated film.
Other glimpses in the trailer include glimpses of the sinister Jafar, the magnificently designed Cave of Wonders, and of course, Mena Massaoud’s Aladdin himself. This live action adaptation looks to be a worthy successor to the original film and we can’t wait for the film to drop in just two months.
Bookstr staff member Becky was nice enough to bring me to an early screening of Captain Marvel. It is very good. I got details.
(Some spoilers ahead.)
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Synopsis: Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is caught in an intergalactic war between two alien races. She must find a way to end the interstellar conflict by uncovering her forgotten past, two issues that are directly intertwined.
Our consensus? Brie Larson’s acting is excellent throughout, as is her interpretation of Carol Danvers. The early plot demands that her character be an emotionless “noble warrior hero” to avoid becoming a liability during missions. Despite her nailing this hard exterior, her personality manages to slip through the cracks in the form of some cutting-edge jokes. Her portrayal of determined yet impulsive drive also gives us a lot to admire.
Larson and Samuel L. Jackson have the buddy-cop dynamic down perfectly. Their exchanges are effortless. By the end of Captain Marvel, you’ll be more excited for her reunion with Jackson’s “Nicholas” in Avengers: Endgame than the revival of the other Avengers. Agent Coulson doesn’t get much screen time, but his presence is a welcome addition to the film. Lashana Lynch and Akira Akbar play mother/daughter pair Maria and Monica Rambeau—alongside Larson, the duo gives the film the majority of its emotional weight.
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Captain Marvel can be considered a strange mix between Memento, Winter Soldier, and the Jason Bourneseries in terms of uncovering mystery and identity against a violent backdrop. There is a bit of Star Wars: Rogue One in there (aside from actor Ben Mendelsohn’s return as a Disney bad guy) given the cool space battles and the covert nature of the protagonists’ missions. Of course, it can’t all be perfect—this point actually brings me to my criticisms of the film.
It feels as though the film lacks intensity and a sense of high stakes, which are required in superhero films. This is probably due to directors/writers Anna Boden’s and Ryan Fleck’s lack of experience with making blockbusters. Fortunately, what the pair lacks in scope, it compensates for with personal moments and great exchanges between the characters. This is a very refreshing and welcomed change after Marvel’s previous track record of sometimes formulaic installments.
Boden and Fleck make sure to include some substantial plot twists and nostalgic 90s references as well, which are certain to appeal to the sentimental among us. Their tribute to the late Stan Lee will also have you choking back tears.
Remember the 90s style promotional website for the film? Image via Movie Web
My ultra enthusiastic and mega-fangirling-during-movie coworker, Becky, made sure to share her thoughts:
I felt badass after watching it. There were no damsels in distress, which was nice to see for once. Every character was likeable. Every character had redeeming qualities, which was a very nice change of pace for Marvel and comic book movies in general (here’s looking at you DC). Also, there was no oversexulization of the women. Like, NO SEXUALIZATION OF THE WOMEN! THE ONLY OTHER MOVIE THAT DID THAT WAS WONDER WOMAN, AND THERE WERE NO JOKES ABOUT THE WOMEN.
Am I happy to have another ticket to see it on Saturday? Absolutely.
As Disney prepares to launch its new streaming service, Disney+, news about the various projects being developed for the service continue to come out. Now, a new show has been announced based on some classic Disney characters.
Disney and ABC will be developing Book Of Enchantment, a television show based on a series of novels by Serena Valentino. It focuses primarily on Disney villains like Maleficent and Ursula and how their stories interconnect in an epic fantasy world. Since the project has just been announced, there is no word yet on casting or filming dates.
Disney+ is expected to launch later this year. Previously announced shows for the service include Marvel series based on Loki and Scarlet Witch, a television version of High School Musical and the newest season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Several movies are also being made for the service, including another Muppets reboot as well as an updated version of Don Quixote.