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Spider-Man Homecoming, American movie (2017)

Spiderman, Spiderman..Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web any size…erm, sorry about that. This song has been stuck in my head for quite a while now. Can’t imagine why, but it might have something to do with the newest Spiderman movie. Yes our friendly neighbourhood spider is back in action. When I first heard of this project my reaction was one of complete and utter shock. I really thought Marvel (or Sony in this case), had lost their minds for doing yet another reboot of this beloved character. But luckily Spiderman Homecoming doesn’t waste it’s time with yet another retelling of Spiderman’s origin. No it pretty much picks up straight after the events of the third Captain America movie, and it has resulted in one of Spidey’s best movie adventures to date.

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Because of budget constraints Iron Man only has his helmet on for this movie. 

Peter Parker is very excited. After helping out Tony Stark with the fight against Captain America, he is expecting a call anytime now to join the Avengers. Yes…any time now….but the weeks pass by and the phone doesn’t ring. Peter meanwhile goes back to school and slips into his every day boring and, quite frankly, pretty geeky life. In his after school hours, he fights local crime in the guise of his alter ego Spiderman. But then one night he comes across a bunch of thieves that are robbing an ATM with some pretty hightech weaponry. While he succeeds in foiling the robbery, the thieves do manage to escape. Peter decides to find out where the weapons are coming from. Spiderman soon becomes the target of the nefarious arms dealer named Vulture, who is none to happy with Peter interfering with his business. With nobody to help him out, young Parker might have bitten off a little bit more than he can chew. But it might also be his best chance to prove what it really means to be a hero….

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This is not a good movie if you have a fear of heights. 

If I could use just one word to describe this movie it would be the word fun. This movie breathes out a very happy atmosphere right from the start, and doesn’t let up once during it’s two hour plus runtime. For starters there is a lot of humor in this film. While I am not a really big fan of comedies, it just works very well for this movie. There is always room for a great oneliner during a fight, or just some comedic banter in other situations. While the Marvel films were never as dark as their DC counterparts, there were certainly a few that did adress a few darker moments in the Marvel Universe. Here though, that never happens, and while I certainly would not label this one as a comedy, it is truly one of the most lighthearted Marvel films to date.

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This is the part where we find out Spidey is Iron Man’s son….erm, no not really. 

The cast is another reason to go and see this film. Tom Holland’s brief appearance in Captain America Civil War already made an impression, but here he really gets to shine. I can say without a doubt that he is certainly the best actor to have put on the Spiderman costume to date. He has a natural charm and wit about him, and that works very well for this character. Michael Keaton who plays the Vulture, manages to portray a villain that is very human. Yes, he is the bad guy, but it’s not a bad guy that you can’t relate to, or is necessarily very evil. He’s just a man that will do anything to provide protection for his family, and Keaton’s performance is simply outstanding in the way he manages to get that across to the moviegoing audience. And then ofcourse there is Robert Downey jr. as Tony Stark, a role he has played to perfection for the past decade. Even though he appears in only a few brief scenes, they are very important in the development of Peter Parker’s character.

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I’m Batman….whoops wrong movie. 

The story for the film, while it won’t win any Oscars, is good enough to entertain, and provides a decent enough platform for the film’s action sequences. As with every Marvel film, the special effects are fantastic. Without giving away any spoilers, the ferry scene is especially cool, and showcases how much Hollywood has grown in providing very believable CGI. I can honestly say that this was a highly entertaining entry into the Marvel cinematic universe. I keep being amazed at the level of quality that Marvel keeps providing for their movies. I have yet to see a truly horrible Marvel film and with so many movies that will still be coming out in the years to come, I can only hope they manage to maintain this. If you love superhero movies, than this is definitely one you don’t want to miss. It is a fun, lighthearted film, that will let you leave the cinema with a big smile on your face. And that really is all you need, right?

I give Spider-Man Homecoming a 9 out of 10 score.

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Wonder Woman, American movie (2017)

As a kid I loved comic books, even though I started reading them at a pretty late age. I think it was around the age of 12 or 13 that I was first introduced to the world of superheroes, when I bought a whole stack of those comics for a very low price. Pretty much all of these were from Marvel comics, and needless to say, because of that I am a Marvel fan at heart. Lately though I am also beginning to enjoy the DC universe. I think that unless you have been living on a completely different planet, almost everyone is aware that DC is playing catch up to Marvel when it comes to movies. DC’s latest effort to settle the score is Wonder Woman. The movie has been receiving very positive reviews everywhere, and some even say it is one of the best superhero movies ever made. What did I think of it? Let us first start at the beginning and find out what the film is about, before I share my thoughts on it.

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No, you are not watching season 7 of Game of Thrones.

On a hidden and mythical island called Themyscira, we meet up with the young girl Diana. Themyscira is home to a race of beautiful Amazon women warriors, created by the gods of Mount Olympus. Even at a very young age, Diana was always eager to learn how to fight, against the wishes of her mother the queen. Eventually though, her mother has no choice but to accept the fact that her daughter is destined for greatness and allows her to be trained to become a warrior. Years later, Diana has grown up as a fully trained fighter who possesses remarkable skills. One day, while out for a walk on the beach, she witnesses a warplane going down in the ocean. Without hesitation she jumps into the water and manages to rescue the pilot, a young man called Steve Trevor. It is not soon after that Diana learns about a great war that is taking place in the world. Steve describes it as “the war to end all wars”. Diana cannot help but be intrigued, but also because she feels that an ancient enemy of her people is behind this war. She decides to leave the island together with Steve, and offer her assistance. But Diana will soon find out that the world she leaves behind is far different from the one she is about to enter….

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And no this also isn’t the Good, the Bad, and the Wonder Woman.

Even though I try to not let myself be influenced by reviews, either positive or negative, I can’t help but get excited when a movie is generating a positive buzz. Wonder Woman was no exception. That is why I was all the more disappointed by the fact that I definitely expected more from this movie. Don’t get me wrong, this film wasn’t bad at all, and there were enough things in it to enjoy. But for a movie that was made out to be one of the best superhero movies ever made, I think I found myself watching a very different film. There were quite a few moments in the movie, where quite honestly, I was bored. I don’t mind the fact that they were slowly developing characters, in fact I welcome that even. But for a movie that lasts almost two and a half hours, I do expect to be entertained during the entire runtime. And that did not happen.

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No Chris, you are not playing Kirk here, so your manly charms won’t work on women.

Let’s get one thing straight though, the one thing that makes this movie well worth the watch, are actors Chris Pine who plays Steve, and Gal Gadot as Diana aka Wonder Woman. Their on screen chemistry is the true highlight of this film, and works incredibly well. Gal Gadot, already impressed in Batman V Superman, even though she had only a very small part in it. Here though she gets her chance to shine even more, and she truly carries this movie on her shoulders. But Chris Pine also does a great job in his role as the spy who wrestles also with some moral questions. I find Pine to be an actor that continues to improve with every role he portrays, and this movie was no exception. The rest of the supporting cast, that included the likes of Robin Wright and Danny Huston, were good, but had relatively minor roles. As such their characters were not really able to form a lasting impression.

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Yes….it is time to be afraid now.

The greater part of the film took place during World War I and that really was a unique setting for a superhero movie. The story took it’s time to develop however, and that, for me, was it’s greatest weakness. Even though I knew what the filmmakers were trying to achieve, in my opinion they did not succeed completely. In this digital age, you know a movie like this will feature CGI. The special effects in this film were at times stunning, but there were also moments that I found them to be utterly unconvincing. Maybe my expectations for this movie were just too high. As mentioned, it really was not a bad movie, and I still recommend seeing it in theatres. The only advice I can give though is to not expect to see the best superhero film ever made. Because that will cause some bitter disappointment. And not even a true wonder can change that fact.

I give Wonder Woman a 7 out of 10 score.

Agent Carter season 2, American tv series (2016)

If you have been following the Marvel cinematic universe, you should know who Peggy Carter is. For those of you that do not, let me give you a small introduction. Peggy was the love interest for Captain America when he was fighting the good fight in World War II. When the Captain tried to save the day, he died leaving behind a grieving Peggy. But ofcourse as we all know Captain America did in fact not die, but was recovered many years later perfectly preserved in ice and fully alive. Carter is a courageous and very independent woman, especially during a time when men found  themselves to be better than women. The character of Peggy Carter was so popular that Marvel gave her her very own television series. I will be doing a review of the second season, which unfortunately also turned out to be the last one.

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They are looking at a flamingo. No…really they are. 

After the events of season 1, Peggy Carter is still at work at The Strategic Scientific Reserve, or SSR for short in New York. Even though she saved the day in the first season her male colleagues still don’t give her the respect she deserves. One of her close friends, Daniel Sousa now works in the LA branch of the SSR, and got promoted to chief. It is not long before the two friends are reunited to take on a murdercase. But this is not a normal murder case, as the body has been found in the middle of a frozen lake, even though the weather at the time is a scorching heatwave. Peggy has to find out the truth, but that truth might be more than even she can handle. With people trying to undermine her work in every way they can, and an old enemy showing up to make matters even worse, the case might be over before it has even begun….

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They are all still in shock because they got cancelled. 

The second season of Agent Carter was almost as much fun, as the first one. Haley Atwell, who plays Peggy, is simply put amazing. She really breathes life into the character, and she is definitely one of the main reasons why Carter is so popular. But the supporting cast is also every bit as good. James D’Arcy, who plays Edwin Jarvis the butler of Howard Stark provides all the comic relief, and his scenes with Peggy are all a delight to watch. The chemistry between those two is absolutely perfect, and it is almost impossible not to smile at some of their comedic banter. Enver Gjokaj also does a great job as the charismatic Daniel Sousa, who has a much bigger role this season. The relationship between him and Peggy is a very interesting one to say the least.

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No….they won’t change their minds to give you a third season Peggy, please hold back. 

The story this time around, though enjoyable and featuring a few terrific and tense moments, was not as powerful as the one in the first season. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it did not have me on the edge of my seat as much as the experience I had during season 1. Sadly, even though most of the storylines are luckily completed, the final scene of the show is a cliffhanger that unfortunately won’t be resolved. The show looks absolutely amazing, and really recreates post war America. But this is also one of the reasons the show got cancelled in the first place, the very high costs of building all the sets. That, and ofcourse the ratings that were not high enough to get a third season.

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Yep that is Tony Stark’s dad. No idea what that thing in the sky is, but it’s probably nothing. 

A real shame if you ask me, because Agent Carter is just a very fun show. Even though it does not feature any superheroes, it gives a very unique background story for the Marvel cinematic universe. To round it out it also provides one of Marvel’s favorite female heroes, even though she has no superpowers. If you have yet to experience Agent Carter, I would recommend you start by watching Captain America: the first Avenger. After this you can simply bingewatch both seasons of this great show. Even though there are only 18 episodes in total (not counting two short Marvel one-shots), this series is an absolute blast to watch. Especially if you want to watch something completely different than the usual superhero stuff and you like strong women in lead roles.

I give Agent Carter: Season 2, a 8 out of 10 score.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2, American movie (2017)

Unless you have been living on a completely different planet for the past few years, it is almost impossible to have missed the enormous amount of superhero movies in the cinemas. Marvel ofcourse has released so many comic books over the past few decades, that it is almost impossible to know every single character contained within these comics. The fun thing about the release of the movies is that many of us get to meet a few of these characters for the very first time. Three years ago, we were introduced to a new team of heroes: the Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a pretty unique Marvel movie, seeing that the team was made up mostly of aliens (and a talking raccoon being one of them, just don’t let him hear I called him a raccoon). Also the action did not take place on Earth but in outer space. It was a pretty big gamble on Marvel’s part. But the gamble worked, as the movie became a huge success. And you know what happens when things are a success right? Correct: enter the sequel.

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The new Nintendo controller now comes complete with a talking tree (batteries not included)

The action in part two sees the Guardians being much more of a team than in part one. Ofcourse there is still the occasional disagreement, but mostly we see a tightly knit group that works well together. When the team has completed an assignment, Rocket steals a bunch of batteries from their former employers. These people are less than amused by this action, and soon set off in pursuit. During their escape, they come across a mysterious individual, who comes to their rescue. Soon after the man introduces himself as none other than Peter Quill’s father. This is the beginning of a new adventure in which the word family becomes ever more important. Just who is Peter’s dad? And what are his goals? The answers to these questions will come, but they might not be as much fun as they may have expected…..

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No……I am your father! Wait, wrong movie. 

I absolutely loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It had a very cool storyline, great music, fantastic characters and most of all it had the word fun written all over it. This second part certainly contains a lot of these elements. The Guardians themselves are still every bit as enjoyable as they were in the first movie. Baby Groot really takes centre stage in this one, and there are some seriously funny scenes involving this very popular character. The already pretty big cast is joined by a couple of new heroes, most notably Mantis who has some of the craziest scenes in the film. Veteran actor Kurt Russell did a great job in his role as Peter’s dad. Kurt is just one of those actors that can handle pretty much any role, and it was fun to see him play this kind of character.

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Never leave your home without a big gun.

The story of the movie itself though, was one of the weaker points. Basically the film deals with three different plots, that eventually come together. There is a lot going on at the same time, and that sometimes made it a bit hard to follow. I certainly felt at times that they tried to put too many things in the movie, and if they had let a few things out it would have been a more streamlined film. There is enough action in this movie to fill a galaxy though, and some these scenes were very enjoyable to watch. Coupled together with some great special effects, humour and terrific music, you still get a film that definitely has enough entertainment value.

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Really, you should take a breath mint. 

If you liked the first movie, you will enjoy this one as well. While it isn’t as good as the first part, there is still plenty to enjoy in this sequel. Just like almost every Marvel movie to date, it pays to not leave the theatre after you have seen the credits for the movie. I am not going to give away spoilers here, but suffice it to say that there is more than one scene before the credits finally come to an end. In closing I would just like to say: I am Groot! What’s that? You want a translation for that? Oh well, just go find Rocket, he will tell you.

I give Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 a 8 out of 10 score.

 

 

Deadpool Omnibus volume 1, a Marvel Comics Book (2012)

Last year’s Deadpool movie was seriously one of the funniest superhero movies that has ever graced the cinemas. The real kicker is that even though I really like superheroes a lot, I had never even heard of the character before the movie (and if Deadpool were here, he would probably dismember me for saying so). Even though he is now one of the most popular Marvel characters I really had to play catch up with a lot of comics in order to find out more about him. Last year I had received a very cool collection of the 2012 version of this briljant comic for my birthday. (And thank you again for giving me this wonderful gift, you know who you are). Collecting issues 1-12 from the 2012 Deadpool series, this one has been a blast from start to finish.

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Never accuse Deadpool of taking half measures. 

In the first half of this book Deadpool has to deal with the dead Presidents of the United States of America. Yes, you read that correctly, that really is the plot of this insane story. Some of America’s greatest Presidents have been brought back to life, and are hellbent on bringing death and destruction throughout the world. All that stands in their way is Deadpool who has been enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop them. After this crazy story, the second half of the book deals with the aftermath of this, and has Deadpool trying to stop the demon Vetis from trying to take over hell. At the same time he is also trying to save a friend who has been accidentally trapped inside his head. Yup, this really is every bit as nuts as it sounds.

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Yep, Thor also makes a brief appearance.

This book was seriously enjoyable. Everyone who has seen last year’s movie, knows that Deadpool is completely insane. And in the comic book he is even worse. Talking to readers, talking to himself, and pretty much never shutting up will at times bring tears to your eyes from laughing. Most of the art for this book comes from the hands of artists Tony Moore and Mike Hawthorne. Both of them do a great job of bringing this book to life. The art looks great, although this one is definitely not for the faint at heart. Some of the panels contain some very bloody and gory scenes with Deadpool slicing up his enemies (or getting sliced up himself).

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Hmm, that hole in his head definitely looks painful. 

Needless to say I loved this book. Both the art and storylines were great, and my only regret is that the last issue ends with the dreaded sentence: “to be continued….”. Besides that, there is simply nothing here that I disliked. Everyone who enjoyed the Deadpool film, and wants to find out more about “The Merc with a mouth”, should consider buying this book. It is a highly enjoyable read, and will have you thirsting for more by the time you have finished it.

I give Deadpool Omnibus 1 a 9 out of 10 score.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, American movie (2016)

With Marvel’s big lead in the superhero movie war, it seems like DC has a nearly impossible task to catch up. Most of the attempts that DC have brought out so far have been met with resistance throughout the fan community, and have quite frankly not been as great as the Marvel movies. Last year’s Batman v Superman was to have been the movie that would begin the counterattack on Marvel. Putting two iconic superheroes against each other in a fight of epic proportions. Well, that is at least how the movie was marketed. But was the movie really as epic as everyone was led to believe?

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Batman v Superman luckily does not take a lot of time to reintroduce the backstory of Batman. We see a short flashback scene, and after that we get taken straight to the action that takes us back to the events of the movie Man of Steel. While the city is being almost completely leveled by the fight between Zod and Superman, we have a desperate Bruce Wayne racing through town to get to a few employees of his. Unfortunately he is too late and a lot of people lose their lives or get injured. Looking up, Bruce sees Superman flying away, and you can see the hate flaring up in his eyes. Two years later both Superman and Batman have their own problems. The Man of Steel is trying to get by in a world that is divided, where one part sees him a saviour,and the other part as an alien menace that needs to be taken care of. Meanwhile back in Gotham, Batman can’t let go of his hatred for Superman, and begins to devise a plan to take care of him. He believes to have found one when an alien rock called Kryptonite falls into the hands of the man called Lex Luthor. But what both Superman and Batman don’t realise is that behind the scenes, Lex is pulling the strings. But it maybe too late for them both, as the war between them is about to start…..and the fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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When the casting of Ben Affleck became public knowledge, pretty much everyone cried their outrage. Nobody believed him to be able to play the part of the iconic superhero. But I really have to admit that he did a fine job. Was he as good as Christian Bale? No, but quite honestly those were very tough shoes to fill. But I do think that Affleck really played the part of the Dark Knight very well. Another surprise was Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman. Even though she has a very short role, she plays it great, and leaves a lasting impression. Lastly Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was at times briljant, but also overacted in a few scenes. Reprising his role as Superman, Henry Cavill is an actor I just don’t like for this part. But that may be just me, as there are also people who think he is one of the best actors that was ever chosen to play this role.

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The movie itself clearly is an attempt to establish the DC universe and serves as the beginning of the Justice League. In other words the DC version of the Avengers. There are some things in this movie that work well. There are some terrific action sequences, which are a blend of practical and special effects. The acting as mentioned above also is very good. But the movie is called Batman V Superman, and it is on this part that the movie falls short. The “fight of the century” lasts only for a few minutes, and is pretty much over before it even starts. And the way it is finally resolved was a bit hard to take. Not to give away any spoilers, but it is almost like a switch is flipped and everyone became the best of friends.

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Still I did quite like this movie. It certainly has enough things in it to entertain, and delivers a fun ride throughout it’s two hour plus run. As far as the set up for Justice League goes, I do think it could have done a better job on that department. And for a movie called Batman V Superman, I think it has to be the most misleading title ever. As long as you keep an open mind, and don’t expect too much from this superhero movie, you will enjoy it enough though, to make it worth the watch.

I give Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a 7 out of 10 score.

Logan, American movie (2017)

All good things eventually come to and end. I don’t think that when actor Hugh Jackman signed up for the part of playing the role of Wolverine 17 years ago, he expected to play this beloved superhero for so very long. With this movie, he puts an end to that seventeen year run, having decided to finally quit playing the role. A real shame as I don’t think anyone will ever be able to play this character as well as he did. Ofcourse eventually the role will be recast, that is pretty much inevitable. Still I hope they are going to wait a while with this, as I don’t think the moviegoing audience is ready to see someone else play this part. As we are coming to the end of an era with this movie, the question on everyone’s mind was if this movie would be a worthy ending. I can honestly put everybody’s fears to rest and say: “hell yes”.

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Logan takes place in the year 2029, where mutants are almost extinct. Wolverine is but a former shadow of himself, having aged a lot, and drinking heavily. He works as a limo driver taking on as much work as he can get in order to get medicines for his old friend Charles Xavier. One day a mysterious woman contacts him saying that she needs help badly. Travelling with her is a young girl who is in big trouble. Going by the name of Laura, a group of very bad people are on the hunt for her. It is not clear exactly why that is. Even though Logan at first rejects helping them, eventually he gets caught up right in the middle of it all. Now on the run, Wolverine will have to use all of his old skills to keep both the girl and Charles safe. However, it soon becomes apparent why Laura is being hunted. And that truth is more incredible than he could ever have imagined…

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I had already heard great things about this film, when I went to see it, but I had not expected it to be this good. I dare say that this is one of the best Marvel films to date. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start by saying that this movie is brutal. It really deserves it’s R-rating, seeing the violence in this film is at times really off the charts. But that really suits this film, and ofcourse Logan’s character. Hugh Jackman is simply amazing. I think this is his best performance as Wolverine after he started playing this role so many years ago. We get to see a totally different and vulnerable Logan , and that is what made this movie so great. Laura, being played by newcomer Dafne Keen, is another reason why this movie is so fantastic. This being her first movie role, I was simply amazed by her physical prowess as well as her acting skills, especially since she is so very young.

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The entire atmosphere of this film was very dark, and completely different from all the other X-men movies. And that was what I liked about it. The story was great, and it was nice to see an entirely different take on a character that we have grown to love and care about for so many years now. The action sequences were fantastic, and the most brutal fights ever featured in a Marvel movie so far. But besides featuring action, it also took it’s time to explore the characters and in that it succeeds equally well. Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine is one you don’t want to miss out on. It is everything you would want to see as a fan of this X-man, and I highly recommend this movie. It is sad to know that we will never see Hugh reprise his role again, but as I previously stated, all good things must come to an end.

I give Logan a 9 out of 10 score.

Agent Carter Season One Declassified,Marvel tv series book (2015)

The character of Agent Carter was first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Captain America: the first Avenger. Played by actress Haley Atwell, Peggy Carter was a female who had no special powers, but who could stand on her own nonetheless.   Being a woman in the late 40’s where everything was dominated by men, was no easy task. But Peggy was not in any way hampered by the fact that she was a woman, in fact she pretty much outsmarted every living man in those days. And I guess you could say it is a character that I have developed a small crush on, ever since I first saw her in action in that movie. And I was not the only one, the character became so popular that she eventually got her own tv series. Agent Carter ran for two seasons, and after that was cancelled, mainly because the costs for the show were incredibly high.

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Agent Carter was a tv series set after the second world war, and continued the story of Peggy after losing the love of her life Captain America. It was a really fun show, with a lot of cool things on offer for people who are fans of the Marvel Universe. Even though this show is not a superhero series, it contains so many little easter eggs for Marvel fans, that it is easy to miss things. Luckily we now have a book that features the entire first season of Agent Carter in all it’s glory : Agent Carter Season One Declassified.

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If you are a fan of this series,  this book is an absolute must buy. The book comes in a very sturdy slipcase, and the first thing you will notice is the very pleasing layout of the book. Contained within the book are an enormous amount of high quality pictures, featuring both images of the series as well as a lot of behind the scenes images. For this alone, the book is well worth the buy. You will spent a lot of time looking at the photographs, and you will probably look back into them even when you have finished reading this tome. The book itself is divided into four chapters, and also includes a foreword by Haley Atwell herself.

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The book deals with everything from how the series came into being, episode guides, and ofcourse some insightful things about the making of the series. The book is well written, although the chapter that tells the story of how the series was made I found the least interesting. A lot of the time that dealt with a lot of technical aspects, that I usually tend to find pretty boring. Another thing that I found at times a bit lacking was information about the photographs themselves. I would have liked to have had some info about exactly what was in a certain picture, but this is a minor issue.

All in all though, this is a very cool book, and if you are interested in the show I highly recommend tracking this one down. Even though the series has unfortunately come to the end of the road, this book let’s you relive the entire first season again.

I give Agent Carter: Season One Declassified a 8 out of 10 score.

The Flash Season 1, American tv series (2014)

Superheroes are hot. Where in the past reading comic books and talking about it was something that was pretty much reserved for geeks (and I am proud to be a geek, thank you very much), these days superheroes have become incredibly popular in todays culture. This is partly because of the enormous succes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Marvel expanding and integrating pretty much all of their superheroes, it is something that has become really unique. Marvel’s biggest rival, DC, has so far unsuccessfully tried to do the same with their superhero franchises. Last year’s Batman vs. Superman, a movie I quite enjoyed, was not received very well by most of the moviegoing audience. This year, they get to try again with Wonder Woman and Justice League. However as unsuccessful as they are on the big screen, DC has been very succesful on the small screen. Arrow has been one of their most popular shows, and when a show has that many fans, it is almost inevitable that a spinoff series at one point will get a green light. And so we now have The Flash, but is that series as good as Arrow?

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The Flash focusses on Barry Allen, a young man who through an accident, becomes the fastest man on Earth. As a young boy Barry loses his mother in a strange incident. His father is accused of the murder, and is sent to jail. In the first season, Barry tries to find out who is behind the murder of his mother. He receives help from the mysterious but kind dr. Harrison Wells and a team of friends at S.T.A.R. Labs. But as the season progresses, and Barry gets more comfortable in his role as the new protector of the city, The Flash, he will find out that not everything is as it seems….With new and more powerful enemies appearing every day, The Flash will certainly have his hands full. Will he find out who is the real enemy though?

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Arrow is a show that is very dark, and even though it has it’s funny moments, overall the series has a very serious tone to it. The Flash is the complete opposite of that. The best way to describe the show is just by simply one word: fun. The Flash just simply puts a smile on your face whenever you watch it. I would not go so far as by calling this show a comedy, there are too many serious events happening to call it that. But it does have a very light tone to it, and that is refreshing especially when considering that The Flash has it’s origin in Arrow. The cast of characters is one of the show’s stronger points.

Barry himself is played by Grant Gustin, an actor that I myself had never heard of before, but I doubt that there is someone out there who could have been better suited to play the part. Grant just seems born for the role, and it really shows in the way he plays the The Flash. The other actor who is worth mentioning is Tom Cavanagh who plays the role of doctor Harrison Wells. His sense of calm, and mysteriousness is for me one of the highlights of the entire show. The other castmembers are also very good in their own ways, and only add to the strength of this series.

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This first season has a lot of great and wonderful episodes. Sure there are a few episodes that are not as good, but pretty much every tv series has it’s ups and downs. Another thing that is a lot of fun is the fact that many characters from Arrow make guest appearances. It really is great to see how these two shows work so very well together, and now with both Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow joining the same universe it can only get better. The Flash is a perfect example of how a spinoff series can definitely grow to be as good and sometimes even better than the original. For those of you that thought Arrow was too dark at times, I highly recommend checking this series out. You can watch it even if you have never seen Arrow as the series only references some small things that happened in the aforementioned show. Basically this is just a fun series, which should appeal to pretty much every superhero fan out there.

I give The Flash season 1 a 9 out of 10 score.

Arrow Season 3, American tv series (2015)

For those of you that might have been worried that my blog has died, I am here to put your minds at ease: no it has not gone dark. The past few weeks I have had something on my mind, which unfortunately at times robs me of the fun and energy to write a post. It is nothing serious, but it keeps circling around in my head. So my apologies for that, but I have tried to keep up with everyone’s blogs as much as I could. But enough about that, before this turns into a post about me, let’s do another review. Where Marvel shines on the big screen, it is pretty much the DC universe that rules the small screen. One of their most succesful series to date has been Arrow. It is not very hard to see why this is. The superhero show has fantastic special effects, great action, and a really appealing and ever growing cast of characters. The third season was definitely no exception to this rule.

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This third season of Arrow was all about identity. Oliver Queen has to face his worst enemy to date in the form of Ra’s al Ghul. When someone close to Oliver gets murdered, the Arrow crew will have to put everything on the line to find out who is behind it all. Even if this means forming alliances with some of their worst enemies. But it is not only that, Oliver himself will have to turn into something else. Even if that means that in the end he might end up losing all he cares about, and those who are his friends….

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Arrow season 3 has been the darkest season to date. And it is because of this that this entire season felt different than the previous ones. Besides it being dark, we also have a lot of new characters that made their entrance in this season, most notably Ray Palmer played by Brandon Routh. Now most of you will remember Brandon for his role in Superman Returns (a role I still think he played very well), and you can see the absolute joy he has in playing the character of Palmer. His chemistry with Felicity, really works, and I also thought the superhero character he ultimately turns into, is very cool.

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The story for this season, as mentioned earlier, was very dark, and that’s why it was great that there were at least a few lighter moments as well. Most of the comedy relief this season comes from Felicity (played by the amazing Emily Bett Rickards). Her character is just a joy to watch, and she just instantly lights up a scene when she enters it. Thea Queen, played by Willa Holland, was a character I did not enjoy this season. I am sorry to say that her turning into a sword fighting type of hero, just did not have me convinced. All in all though, this season is highly enjoyable. With numerous guest appearances by the Flash, it really seems that the DC television series universe is growing into something just as cool as the Marvel cinematic universe. If you have yet to discover Arrow, you are in for a treat (ofcourse start with season 1). Everyone who already knows the show will find this season to be every bit as good as the previous ones.

I give Arrow season 3 a 9 out of 10 score.