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Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Review


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I didn’t see the first Avengers film until it came out on DVD. Or it might even have been Netflix, actually.

It wasn’t a conscious avoidance, and I still hold up the lead-in — Captain America: The First Avenger — as one of my favourite of Marvel’s phase one films. I think, on some level, I just struggle with the tentpole, beauty parade idea of the Avengers films.

I get the idea. It’s nice to bring all the heroes together, and not have the inevitable “What the hell is everyone else doing whilst Christopher Ecclestone mullers London?” questions arise. But there’s something conceited about them, something like playing to the gallery. It doesn’t feel like it’s challenging anything or pushing any boundaries. It’s simply giving the fans what they want.

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But I’m not going to pretend that I’m not looking forward to Captain America: Civil War a lot more than Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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02 “Bridge and Tunnel” (Agent Carter season 1) [SPOILERS]


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The pilot episode of Agent Carter had its ups and downs, as you’d expect of any new TV show. It has the advantage, apparently, of its trail being blazed not only by two Captain America films and the Marvel juggernaut in general, but by a short film. I haven’t seen it, but that goes for a quite a bit of stuff I find.

Anyway, the 1940s setting is clearly something which Marvel are looking to make the most of. No complaints there, as I said about the pilot the first Captain America was for a long time my favourite Marvel film.

Like many pilots, “This is Not the End” was a bit fast paced, like it was in a hurry to get there. The rest of the basics were mostly there, though, so it falls to the second episode to put a harness on the whole thing and bring it to heel.

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Heresy of the Week – Marvel conquered the world by giving the people what they want


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

 With Marvel standing triumphant over the  geek-verse, it bears reflecting on how they have done it. Essentially, by giving the cinema-going, film-watching fans exactly what they want.

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Heresy of the Week – Anything Superman can do, Cap can do better


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

Marvel’s Captain America and DC’s Superman are very similar in ideals and metaphorical function within their various worlds. But whereas Superman has always been assumed the superior character (and possibly the pinacle of superheroes within the mainstream) Captain America has been lately proving himself superior in almost every way.

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Heresy of the Week: Star Wars’ universe needs a spring clean


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

In its apparently ongoing quest to sacrifice all of geek-culture’s sacred cows, Disney has announced to predictable outrage that it intends to ditch the ‘expanded universe’ which has grown up around the six films. But, once again, Disney is exactly right to do so, and if the fandom could calm itself down for five minutes, it might agree.

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