Marvel Counters DC Comics, Announces Everything
At an event organized Tuesday Marvel Studios announced the release dates for their Phase 3 movies. Below is the current schedule of Marvel releases.
Avengers: Age of Ultron — May 1, 2015 (Announced before)
Ant-Man — July 17, 2015 (Announced before)
Captain America: Civil War — May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange — Nov. 4, 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — May 5, 2017.
Thor: Ragnarok — July 28, 2017.
Black Panther — Nov. 3, 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War (Part I) — May 4, 2018.
Captain Marvel — July 6, 2018.
Inhumans — Nov. 2, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War (Part II) — May 3, 2019.
More than anything else this confirms a lot of the rumors that have been going around the past couple of months. The biggest, at least to me, is Captain America 3 being based on the Civil War storyline. While it may be a bit premature for the full fledged Civil War story I think it sets the perfect stage for the third phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
The other big news to come out of the event were the new heroes announced. The first major new hero will be The Black Panther who will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War and he will be played by Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up). In all honesty I don’t know much about the guy so it’ll be interested to see what he does with the role. We also have the first female-lead superhero with the Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel. Last, and most interesting, is the inclusion of The Inhumans. To me they’ve always kind of been a group Marvel wants to make big but never really did. With their similarities to X-men I’m curious to see how well they are received. Then again a tree that says three words become a huge hit so I’m sure they’ll be fine.
We didn’t get anything new or surprising and that’s a good thing. While the predictability may irritate some it shows that Marvel Studios know what they’re doing. Can’t wait to see this buildup to the much teased Infinity Gauntlet story.
With the only other news being the Terminator Genysis’ ridiculous plot reveal I’ve decided to go back to the TV review well and cover DC’s latest TV show, Constantine.
I’ve been a fan of the Vertigo/DC series Hellblazer since I was a teen. At first for OMG ADULTZ content I’ve grown to enjoy it as a cool, dark occult story. Heck I enjoyed the Constantine movie from years ago. Naturally after hearing it would be a show I was hyped. I mean television has improved greatly these past few years and it’s proven with Walking Dead and Arrow that TV is the perfect platform for comic books. Happy to say that the show generally lives up to my expectations.
From the very start of the show the tone is set. Recovering in an asylum John Constantine leaves his self-inflicted isolation when a demon possesses another patient. It captures the source material quite well by portraying the events more like a horror movie than anything else. That isn’t to say it’s all serious though. Matt Reeves’ Constantine has the quick one-liners fans expect. In fact I think he has the John Constantine character down pat. Besides looking like the character he portrays both the cynical attitude and the world-weariness quite well. While not as gritty as the comic (which honestly couldn’t be done) I think Matt Reeves as the centerpiece for the show is great. Too bad I can’t say the same about the rest of the cast.
That isn’t to say that the supporting cast is bad. Just at this point I can’t really think of any reason to care about them either. While a bit quirky, particularly his undead friend Chas, they are more religious-horror tropes than actual characters right now. Obviously this can be improved upon but two weeks in I can’t say I care about anyone besides Constantine. The other big flaw comes from some bad special effects. While the show gets atmosphere down pretty well the CGI can look pretty bad at times. I know it’s unreasonable to expect better from a TV show but it can look silly at times.
Constantine is in interesting place right now. Despite having a gritty source material more appropriate for an HBO or AMC it’s currently sitting in the NBC Friday death spot and a TV PG rating. Despite this road block the show works surprisingly well due to Matt Reeves as John Constantine. The show can improve in a lot of ways, particularly in the production department. Still this early in it’s run it works as a monster-of-the-week style horror show. If Grimm can get 30 seasons hopefully NBC gives this a shot to grow. I think it can become a great cult show.