Reviews and Editing
by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal
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
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of
magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting
out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster
kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.
More of a kid's film than the serious srerial form 1941,
Shazam is much better than the 1970's daytime TV program.
Billy Batson is a delinquent foster kid who becomes theprotege
of the wizard Shazam and finds himself coping withhis new
persona as a superhero while fighting a dealy threat to mankind
- Dr. Sivana who is possessed by demons and determined to
The History of ShazamThe first appearance
of the original Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics was in Feb.
1940 and the Captain Marvel character was called "Captain
Thunder." The cover art for the first issue showed Captain
Marvel throwing a vehicle at a wall, and was inspired by the
cover of Action Comics #1, which shows Superman lifting a
car. This led to a lot of litigation.Created by Bill Parker
and C.C. Beck, Captain Marvel was basically Superman—then
the most popular superhero—but if his alter ego were
the kid who reads the comics instead of a square-jawed beat
reporter from the Midwest. And if said superhero had a command
of, rather than a vulnerability to, magic. Eventually, DC
Comics filed a copyright lawsuit against Fawcett Comics, on
the grounds that Captain Marvel and Superman were too similar.
Fawcett discontinued its title in 1953, and Captain Marvel
lay dormant for 20 years, until DC licensed the character
in 1973, and relaunched Captain Marvel alongside Superman,
under his own title: Shazam!
The Players: Zachary Levi, Djimon Hounsou, Mark Strong Asher
Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer
Directed by David F. Sandberg
Screenplay by Henry Gayden
Released by Warner Brothers
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
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