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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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Heresy of the Week – The mainstream media still don’t get comics


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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:

The almost-hysteria which has greeted the latest incarnation of Marvel superhero Thor — as a woman — shows only the ignorance of the mainstream media who have leapt upon it as some kind of oddity

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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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Thor: The Dark World – A Review


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I Thor-t I might open this review with a pun, but sadly I couldn’t think of one.

So Thor. The first Thor film got a bit of criticism for being simply a lead in to The Avengers. As Honest Trailers put it, it was the film that “only exists so that non-nerds will recognise the blonde guy in The Avengers“. Which is hard to argue with, really.

But it was directed by Kenneth Branagh, because if you have more money than God why not hire a famous Shakespearean actor.

Now Thor: The Dark World doesn’t have to deal with patronising introduction duty, what could the unleashed and Branagh-less film deliver?

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