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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

May 10th, 2019
 

x"Avengers:Endgame"

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films,

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

The Players: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Brie Larsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Brenner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Released by Disney - Marvel

 

x"Detective Pikachu "

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.

Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.:


The Players:Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton |Bill Nighy,

Directed by Rob Letterman

Screenplay by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit
Released by Warner Brothers

 

x"Captain Marvel"

Reviewed by J. Brad Staal

It's fitting that the MCU's first female led super hero movie was released on International Women's Day. Captain Marvel has a central theme that becomes more clear as the film progresses, nothing is as it appears.

From the shapeshifting Skrulls to the cat, take nothing for granted. Our hero played by Brie Larson is first introduced as Vers (pronounced Veers) but later revealed to be Carol Danvers but you already knew her real name if you had even the basic knowledge of the comic character. They chose to start the story a little ways in and fill us in on her history as we go along. It's a fitting method since even Carol doesn't remember her own history in the beginning.

Even the previews for the film fit the overall theme. They paint the picture as all action and grit. For example my wife went in to the movie with apprehension thinking it was a dark DC style movie. She was pleasantly surprised to find the movie more in line with the normal Marvel mix of action and humor.

This movie takes place in 1995 before all but the first Captain America. So we get to see some history of side characters such as Nick Fury getting his iconic eye patch and even rookie Agent Coulson. I will never understand when people walk out of a Marvel movie right when the credits start. There's a mid credit scene that is crucial to the next Avengers movie and a cute silly one at the very end of them.Overall I would say this is an excellent addition to the MCU, especially because Captain Marvel is supposed to play a big part in the upcoming Avengers movie.

Synopsis

Carol Danvers us really an alien agent Vers whose memories have been lost. She joins forces with Nick Fury and Phil Coulso of S.H.I.E.L.D. and becomes Captain Marvel an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.


The Players: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn Jude Lww Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Directed by Anna Boden
Screenplay by Ryan Fleck
Released by Disney


 
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