The Russo Brothers deliver the ultimate capstone to 22 MCU films with Avengers: Endgame which is already a multiple record breaker for box office results with less than a week in theaters. This means that most of your friends and ALL of their friends on Instagram have already seen this movie at least once. You really should head out and see it right now before someone mentions something and ruins it for you!
Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) headline a 1990s-set buddy-cop picture for Marvel Studios to introduce one of the most powerful superheroes in the MCU - Captain Marvel. The 21st entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first female-centered Marvel Studios release and is is heavy on mid-1990s music cues, pagers, CD-roms, and slightly awkward computer-aided reverse aging technology.
Marvel's cinematic universe reaches a (box office record) breaking point with Avengers: Infinity War which seemingly stars one in three actors working in Hollywood today. The Russo Brothers (Captain America: Winter Soldier) work to deliver a universe-shaking comic book crossover event after 18 prior Marvel films. The result is entertaining, fast-paced, and fun and delivers a wild ending which tees up next year's Avengers 4.
Dr. Strange, the 14th (!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, boasts an impressive and well-pedigreed cast, amazing visuals, and a complete lack of comic-book-required-reading. This sci-fi, fantasy trip is fun, loose, and whip-smart. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines as the titular hero who is shown the powers of the universe (and infinite other universes) and who must gather his strength and new skills to battle Mads Mikkelsen, the third actor to portray Hannibal Lecter who has gone on to star in a Marvel film. Tilda Swinton rocks full-Bowie to play The Ancient One and steals most of her scenes. The action is tight, the effects impressive, and the music even memorable. Check it out. Also, check out Danny's written review HERE.
Marvel returns with their latest superhero opus, Captain America: Civil War which may or may not actually be an Avengers movie in disguise. Featuring nearly every Marvel character to which Marvel Studios has the film rights (and introducing Spider-Man for which Sony owns the rights), this big budget, big running time film plays with your allegiances on the Avengers team. Who will you side with? Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
A sequel to the third-biggest box office hit of all time, The Avengers: Age of Ultron seeks to be the biggest, baddest, most "ultimate" comic book movie ever made. With a cast swelling to more than a dozen heroes and villains, this mega-movie is poised to dominate the box office and be all that your 8-year-old nephew will talk about for the next 7 months. Watch it so you'll have something to talk to him about. Then listen to the podcast so you'll have something to talk to your adult friends about.
The August box office record holder for biggest opening weekend gets a sniff from the guys this week. Danny wrote a review of Guardians of the Galaxy last week which you can find here but to really dig into the latest Marvel Studios film, check out this week's episode. Does Mike get past his distaste for big, blockbuster spectacles? Does Danny stop geeking out long enough to take a full breath? Find out and then sound off in the comments section below.