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Theater or Renter: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters July 22nd raising the question:  will I watch it in the theater, rent it, or don't even care?  Before making that decision lets watch the trailer above.

I will probably see this in the theater mainly for the awesome cast.  There are many concerns over the look epsically for Captain America who looks more like a plastic action figure in the trailers.  I suspect this is due to the studios foolish choice of making 3D special by making everything look wierd in 2D.  This is one of the major flaws that hurt Green Lantern and will probably be a big problem with Captain America as well.  

The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. However, Captain America must stop Red Skull, Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination. (via Wikipedia)


Iron Meh 2

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
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Review of Iron Man 2

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

Iron Man 2 not as bad as Spider Man 3 but falls into same quality category as Electra and Daredevil.  It sits on the fence and was focused group to death.  If only it would have had a strong story line or just abandoned that and been all action it would have been a much better film.  This is a renter.


  1. Scarlett Johansson stole the show with Black widow she is amazing.  Her action scenes were not only great action full of fun gadgets but they bring in an erotic element.
  2. Samuel L. Jackson was brilliant as Nick fury he rocked.
  3. Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko has an interesting character who is worth watching.  Rourke's homework paid off I love all of the small nuances he gave to the character.
  4. Wonder twins power activate: When Iron Man and War Machine would shoot at each other at the same time I laughed and thought "wonder twins power activate

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Intro credits were a disappointment.  Marvel is known for telling an amazing pre-story in their roll in credits and even the Loosers has an amazing intro it should have been a warning for the movie to follow.
  2. Slow Intro:  the movie was boring and horrible until the fight scene between Iron Man and War Machine at Tony Stark's party
  3. Effects were a hit and miss probably because it took 8 special effects companies.  The whole race car scene was atrocious, the physics were horribly off and many parts looked plastic like.
  4. Whiplash first fight didn't make sense why didn't the car crush him and when Tony Starks car crashes they had a piece of shrapnel's vector was off flying through his head damaging the car behind him but not effecting him at all, they even have his head hit the pavement which should have killed him but no effect.
  5. Smashing someone with a car against concrete wall should spill guts especially if repeated.  Though Tech Wolf pointed out that maybe Whiplash is actually Omega Red and then it makes sense
  6. Sam Rockwell complete disappointment
  7. Robert Downey Jr. appears to have "phoned in" his performance which is sad he is usually a brilliant  actor who did not even hold his own in the scene with Samuel L. Jackson.
  8. The final explosions in the movie looked like fireworks
  9. Rhodey was a dusche in the movie
  10. The writing is horrible:  the A plot line between Justin Hammer and Tony Stark was weak and should have been a B or C line.  Tony Stark's father and Shield should have been the A plot line
  11. I found the use of Captain American's shield offensive

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SF News Bites: Captain America’s Prep, Teen Wolf TV Director

Captain America Comics#1 (March 1941). Cover a... Image via Wikipedia

Captain America’s in prep:

Joe Johnston gives some updates on Captain America:

    • “We’re in prep,”
    • The film, he says at this early stage, will begin “in 1942, 1943″ during World War II. “The stuff in the ’60s and ’70s [comic books] we’re sort of avoiding.

I like hearing that they are at least considering beginning Captain America during World War II.  I wonder how much of the film will be about the super soldier program?

(via /Film)

Teen Wolf TV Director

Teenwolf:  The television series remake adds Russell Mulcahy to direct the show based on the original movie. (via SciFiPulse)

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The First Avenger: Captain America “Raiders meets Rocketeer and Saving Private Ryan”?

Captain America
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[Louis Leterrier describes The First Avenger: Captain America as] “a period piece”like Raiders of the Lost Ark but “with more gadgets…” He later clarified, “It’s Raiders meets Rocketeer and Saving Private Ryan.” Which makes sense since Captain director Joe Johnston was the art director on Raiders, and the director of The Rocketeer (/Film).

Wait, what?  Is Leterrier serious?  As soon as I saw this headline one thing stood out screaming, "STOP!"

  • Raiders of the Lost Arc, great movie!
  • Saving Private Ryan, great movie!
  • The Rocketeer?!?  Did anyone like it?

I loved the idea of The Rocketeer, but after I saw the movie... um... uh... let's just say rocket packs were removed from my imagination for a while.

Even with the jaw dropping bad movie added to the high concept description,  The other 2 make me want to see this flick.  Let us all cross our fingers and hope it is more Raiders than Rocketeer.

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The Avengers Reborn into Heroes of Tomorrow

The Next Avengers Heroes of TomorrowThe Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is fifth in a series of animated Marvel Comics movie by Lions Gate Entertainment.  It will be released on September 2, 2008.  The first sneak peek of the film was featured on the Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme animated movie but was under the name Avengers Reborn which sounds much cooler.

I'm excited to see this one because they did such a great job with the other movies.  That said I also have some concerns.  This movie has a PG ratting instead of the usual PG-13 rating that the other movies have.  I hope that they didn't dumb down the story or make it too kidsy to get the PG rating.

Plot / Story: The Avengers united to protect earth against evil and after defeating earths enemies they returned to their personal lives. They fell in love, had children Captain America and Black Widow had a son, Thor had a daughter, Black Panther had a prince, Hawk Eye a son, Giant Man and Wasp had a son.

Ultron arrives on earth wanting total domination but the Avengers stand in his way. One by one with his knowledge of their weaknesses he defeated each avenger. They hid away their children from Ultron to have hope for the future.

Now with the hope of the future in their hands Iron Man and The Hulk must raise and train the children so that one day they may unite the Next Avengers and overthrow Ultron.

  • Voice Actors: Tom Kane, Dempsey Pappion, Aidan Drummond, Brenna O'Brien, Fred Tatasciore
  • Director: Jay Oliva
  • Studio: Lions Gate

As a little side note Giant Man is the scientific genius Hank Pym also known as Ant-Man.  So no worries he and Wasp have a son.

The Official Site sadly void of information

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The Avengers Program Who Will Make The Cut

Get your copy of The Avengers animated movie here The rumblings of a special team being put together has received some new light recently.  With mixed results from the super soldier program Marvel sheds some more light on their Avenger project.  They really proved their capabilities to handle this project with Iron Man and The Hulk.  So now we are left wondering who will be in the avenger movie? The lineup has changed some as they are working on the individual film but Favreau tells us that "The ones Marvel is talking about now are Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man."

He left out Nick Fury, I hope it is only a slip up because Samuel Jackson was awesome as Nick Fury in the cut scene after the credits in Iron Man.  He didn't get to show up in Hulk other than in name.  Then again I don't expect him to have his own movie but I hope to see him have some cameo roles in the future films.

Iron Man was in theaters in May

Hulk just came out in theaters

Thor is scheduled for June 4 2010

Ant-Man doesn't have a time set yet for the film but he could be placed into the Iron Man 2 film scheduled for April 30 2010.

The First Avenger: Captain America: May 6 2011

It's all still a ways off so we will have to see what changes between now and then.  One of my concerns is how much will the Avengers movie cost if they have a full cast of headlining actors & actresses?  This could be the limiting factor on any Avenger movie where they will have to do something either getting them to share more of the cut of the film or to have a smaller number of superheros in any given film.  I found it interesting when Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' president of production, put forth the idea of "heroes can cross into each other's adventures and occasionally team up if there's a foe too great for any one of them to handle."  This could be a way to have Avengers films with out having to have more then a few headliners in any one film and to maintain a sense of setting consistency.

I applaud Marvel Studios for taking on such a large project in a fan friendly manner and for not trying to cut corners.  I do not envy them for having to make some very hard choices regarding how to fit in a ton of superheros into an avenger film which is what I would love to see yet staying within budget for talent costs and to have enough money left over to make sure that the effects look great.  Good luck, and God speed, I eagerly await the next project.

(via USA today)