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Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray Review: 'Part of the Journey Is the End'

The film's strength is the connection fans have to the characters/actors.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, which currently stands at 23 movies (now known as “The Infinity Saga”) is the biggest film franchise of all time in terms of worldwide box office. Yet, the interconnectedness of the characters and stories, an element brought over from the Marvel comic books, has made the endeavor seem more like a TV series. While Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final chapter, it feels more like an epilogue in comparison to the scale, scope, and consequences of Avengers: Endgame. It opens with a brief reminder that Avengers: Infinity War concluded with the heroes having failed to

Marvel Studios Celebrates the In-Home Release of Avengers: Endgame with the We Love You 3000 Tour

Special guests from Marvel Studios and the MCU will visit nine U.S. cities greeting and treating fans at each tour stop.
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Press release: In celebration of the in-home release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios and directors Anthony and Joe Russo have teamed up to launch the “We Love You 3000” Tour as a way to thank the fans who have invested so deeply in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), making it the single most successful franchise in film history. Special guests from Marvel Studios and the MCU will visit nine U.S. cities — beginning in San Diego at Comic-Con International on July 20 and ending in Anaheim at D23 Expo 2019 the weekend of Aug. 23-25— greeting and treating fans at

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame Releases on Digital 7/30 and on Blu-ray 8/13

Marvel Studios' climactic conclusion to 22 films and one of the top films of all time.
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Press release: Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, the climactic conclusion to an unprecedented, 11-year cinematic journey in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, delivered the biggest opening weekend in history and is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time. On July 30, Avengers fans around the world are invited to assemble once more for the in-home release of Avengers: Endgame on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere, followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13. Fans who bring home Avengers: Endgame will gain hours of

Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous (pun intended) Superhero Movie

It was fun seeing so many characters interact, which helped distract from the plot issues.
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Starting with Iron Man (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone onto to become a multimedia behemoth. It's been so successful that other movie studios have tried to create their own shared universes, but none have matched what Marvel has created. The 19th film in the franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, keeps that streak alive with over $2 billion at the worldwide box office. This was due in part to fans' anticipation of seeing what was billed as the biggest crossover event ever, and it was fun seeing so many characters interact, which helped distract from the plot issues. With the

Five Cool Things and The Grateful Dead

This week found me reading some cool comics, watching some non Doctor Who-related Peter Capaldi TV, and more.
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As noted in last week’s entry, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year's at my in-laws spending time with my wife’s family. They are lovely people but not very pop-cultural savvy. We tend to spend our time playing board games and chatting with each other rather than watching movies and television. Luckily, I always get a few comic books for Christmas and as you’ll see I’ve already read a few of them. The Avengers: Age of Ultron(comic book) In the comics, Ultron has existed since the late '60s and appeared as one of the great Avengers' villains periodically

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two is the Pick of the Week

This week brings us a couple of obscure Criterions, a hungry serial killer, silly little yellow creatures and lots of super heroes.
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When I picked Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as my Pick of the Week back in April of 2013, I noted that I wasn’t really a comic-book movie fan. That’s changed in the interim. I've since read many of the books upon which the films are based, which has given me a much greater understanding of the characters and their motivations. I’ve also learned to put aside my art-house critic hat and engage in the terrific fun these movies are having. That’s the thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they are not always really great films, but they

Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review: Plenty of Bang for Your Buck, but Too Much Bunk

Joss Whedon simply tries to give us too much and ends up getting in the Avengers way.
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As the 2015 summer movie season kicks off, there are indications that some films will drift off into obscurity immediately following their opening weekend with nothing more than a whimper (Pixels). Luckily, Avengers: Age of Ultron starts things off with not just one bang, but hundreds of them. Age of Ultron opens with us finding our heroes already in a battle as they search for Loki's staff, which has somehow fallen into the hands of HYDRA. The staff is retrieved, but then Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly releases an evil computer program (Ultron) set on destroying the Avengers. The

Avengers: Age of Ultron: Marvel Rests on Their Laurels with Lumbering Popcorn Film

The bloated runtime leaves little time for characterization, but a whole lot of time for things to go BOOM!
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If you've been one of the Marvel true believers for years then they've never made a bad movie. And, for the most part, I'd agree. There's just as many mediocre Marvel films out there as genuinely great ones, but Avengers: Age of Ultron stings the most because of how much it rests on what works and the fact that they're Marvel. It almost seems that that sentiment is acknowledged in director Joss Whedon's sequel, when a villainous henchman says nothing can defeat the Avengers because "They're the Avengers," and too often that adage is utilized to keep the plot rolling

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three Titles Revealed

I don't know about you, but Make Mine Marvel.
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This morning at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President/producer Kevin Feige announced the slate of films planned for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sent shockwaves of joy through the Internet. Over the next five years, movie-goers will be able to see: Captain America: Civil War | May 6, 2016 The team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, return as Captain America and Iron Man face off. Doctor Strange | November 4, 2016 The Sorceror Supreme enters the MCU under the direction of

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

"It's the end. The end of the path I started us on." - Tony Stark
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Thanks to some anonymous jerk who spoiled Marvel's plans (likely some entitled idiot fanboy, but how fun would it be if there was corporate espionage taking place), fans don't have to wait for next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to see the new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scheduled for release on May 1, 2015, the heroes reunite to take on the evil robot Ultron (voiced by James Spader), although the great bit of the trailer is Iron Man in a specially designed suit to handle the Hulk. Give it a look and tell is what you think of

Thoughtful & Abstract: Changes at Marvel Comics Fail To Impress

The reboot of the Avengers' core characters, while not surprising, is disheartening.
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In which Shawn (@genx13) and Kim (@KimFreakinB) consider the news about changes coing to a couple Marvel Comics characters: Shawn: This past week brought the announcement of a few changes coming to the Marvel Universe this Fall. It's funny what changes in the comic industry make the mainstream news and which ones go unnoticed. First, we're talking about fictional characters. Second, over the past 75 years, comic companies have proven that no change is permanent. I think the current changes caught the attention of Social Media because of a confluence of events. The week around San Diego Comic-Con always brings

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One: Avengers Assembled is the Pick of the Week

Mat has assembled his latest column for your reading pleasure.
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I am not much for comic book movies. This is likely due to me not having read many of the superhero comic books. This causes me to not get many of the fanboy details, which in turn makes the films not much more that big action flicks with dudes wearing tights. I was however very impressed with the way Marvel developed Phase One of its Cinematic Universe. By making separate films for the individual characters before assembling them all into an Avengers movie they not only continually built up hype for the franchise but they were able to develop each

The Avengers (2012) Movie Review: A Good Action Movie

Who would have thought that bringing together a bunch of popular characters in one movie and handing the reins to a cult hero would yield such positive results?
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In this modern era of blockbuster cinema, where movies based on comic book superheroes, The Avengers still manages to reign supreme above the rest, at least in terms of box office. This is perhaps based upon the shrewd way Marvel built up to this movie. It served as the culimination of a process beginning with the first Iron Man and building from there. Many of these characters were already established, bits of information was dealt out in post-credit sequences, and in the end a group of dispirate superheroes were assembled. The Avengers wastes no time getting down to business, even

Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection is the Pick of the Week

The super spy gets a super box.
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I've always had something of an odd relationship with James Bond. My parents were never huge fans of the franchise so I didn't necessarily grow up watching him. I think I discovered the films during my pubescence at say 12 or 13 years of age but at that pont I mostly watched for the girls. I can remember staring longingly at the opening sequences with their naked silhouettes and strategically placed lettering, but then the actual films tended to bore me. Well at least until some Bond girl showed up in a bikini and then I was all eyes again.

Marvel's The Avengers Coming to Blu-ray on September 25

Movie Recon and Friday Night Videos team up to bring you this article.
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Before this past summer, writer/director Joss Whedon developed a cult following of fans from television series, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Then he worked on a small film that came out earlier in the year you may have heard of called The Avengers, which was so successful at box offices around the world, only James Cameron has made a film (two actually) that have grossed more (not counting adjustments for inflation). Naturally, the release of The Avengers on home video has many of its fans salivating to get their hands on it, so the studio has released

Cinema Summary: My Summer Movies of 2012, Part 1

The "S" in "Summer Blockbuster" stands for "suckfest" this year.
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The season opened solidly on May 4th with the debut of the much anticipated Avengers. Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers is all that it should be. Perhaps not all that it could be, but it gives the audience exactly what it wants and leaves it wanting more. Whedon excels visually as he knows how to milk the most from a scene simply by showing our heroes together. In a story that is simple enough for the youngest of fans to get, yet contains enough depth to keep most adults interested, Thor's brother Loki brings an army of aliens to

Free Comic Book Day!

The 11th annual event provides exclusive free titles from across the full spectrum of comic books.
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Free! Gratis! Absolutely no charge! Today marks the 11th annual nationwide Free Comic Book Day, a fantastic event that presents a wide variety of exclusive titles from all of the major comic book publishers. How do you get ‘em? Just visit your local comic book store and look for the free stuff! The free titles prominently display a uniform Free Comic Book Day logo on the cover, and most stores house them near their checkout counters. Although it might seem like the event is timed to coincide with the US theatrical release this weekend of Marvel’s The Avengers, it’s always held

The Ultimate Marvel Marathon: 15 Marvelous Hours of Movies

One epic day spent in a movie theater.
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Yes, sitting through six movies over the course of 15 hours could be considered crazy by many people, yet there were many crazy people doing just that as Marvel, Paramount, and theatres throughout the country, presented all five of the superhero films that preceded The Avengers, which then premiered at 12:01 a.m. on May 4th. With lanyards being issued upon entering the theatre, Avengers-themed 3D Glasses handed out, and the marathon held together with big-screen introductions to each film by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Coulson (Clark Gregg), the day became an Avenger event, where the audience is made to feel like

The Avengers (2012) Movie Review: Merry Marvel Mayhem

Joss Whedon delivers an epic superhero team-up full of action and laughs.
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After years of planning and audience baiting through individual Marvel superhero films, the massive Marvel team-up finally arrives in U.S. theaters tonight. Thankfully, the film delivers, offering a great team, sufficient focus on each individual, as well as a perfect and classic villain. It’s a true popcorn film, an unapologetic comic book movie that never forgets its origins, giving it broad appeal and a smattering of welcome, uncheesy humor thanks to director/co-writer Joss Whedon. The movie gets off to a bit of a shaky start, mostly due to some surprisingly wooden acting from Samuel Jackson, Scarlett Johanssen, and Cobie Smulders.

Avengers (Videos) Assemble!

Get in the mood for the big movie with these clips.
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At midnight, Marvel's The Avengers will be unleashed at movie theaters across the United States, certain to dominate the box-office receipts. If you don't have the time to take part in the Ultimate Marvel Marathon where theaters will be screening Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, and Thor leading up to the big debut, the videos below may help satisfy your Avengers desire until you can get out and see it. Marvel's The Avengers Trailer: In this clip, writer/director Joss Whedon provides commentary during a scene where Iron Man and Thor face off: Taking a page
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