From Cave to Space: Iron Man’s Legacy

When Marvel Studios was casting for Iron Man in 2006, Jon Favreau—who was hired to direct the first film of the nascent movie studio just months before—wanted to cast reformed Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. to play the titular character. Kevin Feige (then only second in command in the Marvel Studios hierarchy) strongly supported…

Nick’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be another huge year for movies. From huge blockbuster sequels and spin-offs, original sci-fi flicks, dramas, and horror, there’s something for everyone to be found at your local movie theater this year. Here’s a list of the movies that I’m most excited about. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part…

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Sometimes Smaller is Better

After the universe-ending spectacle that was Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp serves as a great palette cleanser for audiences of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s no giant battle (the climax of the film is a car chase), the villain has no plans for world domination, and the stakes are smaller and more personal. Hope…

Deadpool 2 – The Action Soars While the Jokes Fall Flat

Is it possible to make an R-rated movie that seems catered to 12-year-olds? I don’t know, but Deadpool 2 certainly tries. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is a foul-mouthed, mutant mercenary who fights for what’s right but is never afraid to get his hands dirty, all while endlessly quipping and breaking the fourth wall. By nature, this…

Avengers: Infinity War – What Just Happened?

Was anyone really ready for this movie? Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years and eighteen films of storytelling and world building from Marvel Studios. We’ve met countless memorable characters and gone on countless memorable adventures with them; from a cave in Afghanistan, the fields of Africa, Malibu and New York City, to…

To Infinity – Black Panther

What can even be said about Black Panther that hasn’t already been touched on? There are hundreds of think pieces and articles, written by much smarter and better informed people than me, that go into full detail on why this film is such a big deal and so important. Black Panther was an immediate worldwide…

To Infinity – Thor: Ragnarok

Ragnarok was left sitting in Marvel’s lot for a good while after The Dark World was released, and early concept images and logos for the film looked to be continuing with the same tone and look as the previous Thor films. When New Zealand director Taika Waititi came on board, all of that changed. Waititi…

To Infinity – Spider-Man: Homecoming

It is a miracle in itself that Spider-Man was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It really only became possible after Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out to be a complete disaster. Marvel Studios would learn from the mistakes of the past Spider-Man franchises, ensuring Homecoming would become the best Spider-Man story since Sam Raimi’s…

To Infinity – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy’s second run starts with one of the greatest opening sequences put on film. The Guardians are together to face off against a giant space monster, and it seems like we’re in for a thrilling action sequence to kick things off right. Instead, Baby Groot takes center stage, joyously dancing around…

To Infinity – Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is a very frustrating film. It sets itself apart from other Marvel films by being about the embracement of new ideas, the opening and expansion of the mind, and the rejection of all that we’ve known and thought before. It’s the spiritual over the physical, the teachings of Eastern ideals and philosophies as…