Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)


Without a doubt, Avengers: Endgame is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2019. In fact, once Infinity War was seen, this became the IT movie that everyone was dying to see, particularly after seeing the highly anticipated Captain Marvel. The thing is though, that many people (the diehard fans in particular) are worried that this movie will not live up to the hype. Well, the initial reactions are that this movie is going to be hitting all the right marks.


Although a bit of a slow start and required the viewer to accept a, to be honest, overused trope for furthering the plot, the latter half of the movie more than made up for it. The movie rewarded longtime viewers and avid comic fans alike with nostalgia through its delicate scenes, choice of dialog, and thematic elements. It could certainly be a summer blockbuster by itself through its action and pacing but again, it really gains its credibility as a great movie if the viewer has watched a majority of the previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe


The story picks up immediately after the events of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, as many sequels tend to do. Like previously mentioned, the premise the film is built on seems a bit flimsy only because it could be viewed as a cliched story building tactic. However, the characters have been well built and draw upon the many years that went into building them and fulfilling the audience’s prebuilt ideas. Those characters are further enhanced by their teamwork with each other, both as actors and characters. The character themselves show that there is still room to grow, despite the many films that have been given, and yet the audience can see how far they’ve come leading to a sense of satisfaction for themselves. Most importantly perhaps, the ending feels complete and rewarding in every sense. A feat remarkably difficult to do considering the decade of anticipation leading to it.


The beginning seems a bit slow but is used to start the pacing of the movie and set a necessary tone to follow. There are many, many elements that are going on but it doesn’t ever seem too difficult to follow, again considering how much time is usually invested for the audience who has seen many of the involved movies. The movie really picks up in one of the anticipated climaxes with heroic teamwork, clever scenes, and shocking twists. As previously mentioned, the ending is resolved fairly both to those involved with the film and those watching it.


I kinda already covered that in part with the ‘story’ part. Each character’s highlights are further exaggerated by the surrounding scene and the incredible acting of others. It never felt like actors playing a part but rather people who were meant to live their part, with us as the audience. Each character has grown through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this movie serves as its capstone of a wonderful era.

Revisit Value

Although a personal note, I haven’t really felt that many Marvel films are worth watching past the first time. It’s difficult to enjoy a story told twice. The only time I really see re-watching this film is either with other people who haven’t seen it, and to see their reactions to the aforementioned rewards or as a movie marathon. I feel confident in saying that this movie is as rewatchable as Infinity War, in each way and sense.


If I was to go off of first impressions, I would give this movie a 9/10. Again, it has a rather slow-feeling start which held it back a bit but the movie is everything its fans, casual or die-hard, hope it will be. And that’s hard to say for something that has been building for well over a decade. In the end, I would give this film an “Everyone” rating because I think even people who haven’t seen any Marvel films can enjoy parts of it. It is an action movie with cool visual effects, and so on. But it is most definitely marketed for the many “Buffs” that have been committed for this long and makes it feel worth it be happy superhero nerd.

So, does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? In short, no it does not – it surpasses it. This is a movie that was well worth the ten year wait, and is definitely one that you will have fun watching. Enjoy!




Press Release

Published May 5, 2017 By Marc Strom

Coming to IMAX & ABC!

The first teaser for “Marvel’s Inhumans” has arrived with rumblings of treason in the city of Attilan!

Debuting in IMAX theaters September 1 before the entire series comes to ABC, “Marvel’s Inhumans” tells the story of Black Bolt and the Inhuman royal family like you’ve never seen before.

Check out the first teaser below, and follow @TheInhumans on Twitter and Inhumans on Facebook for the latest!

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

Teaser Trailer for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Unleashed

Press Release

The official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok has been unleashed. Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Thor: Ragnarok thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy Fight Back in Teaser Trailer

Press Release
Published Dec 3, 2016 By Christine Dinh

It’s showtime. During the CCXP Brazil, director James Gunn shared with his panel audience the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Watch it above. Obviously.

Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits earthbound theaters May 5, 2017. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and keep up with @Guardians on Twitter and Guardians of the Galaxy on Facebook!

Luke Cage is Coming

Luke Cage is Coming

Luke Cage is Coming

Bob McFadden

The Marvel Cinematic Universe became a cultural phenomenon with its feature films, but these works are frequently criticized for repeating the same formula every time, for having pitifully underdeveloped antagonists, and for putting the importance of crazy airport action sequences above storytelling and character development. Agents of SHIELD came along with the opportunity to dive deeper into its storytelling, as it would put out more hours of content than all of the previous installations of the MCU combined by the end of its first season. Unfortunately, the show initially fell victim to many of the same criticisms, and both expectation and viewer-ship waned.

It wasn’t until Netflix came along that the live-action story-creating potential of this universe was realized. The Marvel Netflix shows have been an interesting and largely successful experiment so far. While they are certainly created for a different breed of audience, with much more violence and mature themes than would be profitable on the big screen or permissible on broadcast TV, it is undeniable that they are carefully crafted works of art in their own right. And on Friday, September 30th, we will all be able to binge-watch what may end up being the most fun show to come out of Marvel TV so far.

The Netflix series includes a throwback to Luke Cage’s classic costume, including the tiara.

The Netflix shows are definitely hard to stop watching. When one episode ends, it doesn’t matter if it is three in the morning, you watch as your cursor mysteriously drifts itself towards the “next episode” button, leaving your body barely aware of what is happening as you continue to dive deeper into the season. Each episode ends leaving you wanting and needing more. Hopefully, Marvel TV is able to maintain a high level of quality, even with their push to get more and more of these series out more quickly.

And more than I was with any of those series, I’m excited to see Luke Cage. Daredevil takes his job way too seriously, and Jessica Jones carried the burden of some very serious subject matter, but Luke Cage is literally unbreakable, so it should be a good time, right? (I mean, yeah, he was seriously injured when he got shot in the head in Jessica Jones, but… he got better!) Luke Cage avoids the Daredevil problem by being reluctant to take on the role of a superhero, much different from Matt Murdoch who is addicted to it. And he avoids the brooding problem of Jessica Jones by… music!

We get to have swagger. A compelling hero and compelling villains. We spruced it up a little bit and added some music but it was going to be fun either way.

Cheo Hodari Coker

Luke Cage showrunner

Cheo Hodari Coker, the executive producer and show-runner of Luke Cage, cites music as an enormous source of inspiration for the show. Coker, who is most well-known as the writer of the 2009 Notorious B.I.G. biography, tells fans to prepare for “the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel universe.” We can expect this to start right from the first few moments, as Coker personally wrote the first two episodes of the series. Each episode of Luke Cage is named after a Gang Starr song, and the season plays out much like an album, with episodes instead of tracks.

Season 1 Episodes

  1. Moment of Truth
  2. Code of the Streets
  3. Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?
  4. Step in the Arena
  5. Just to Get a Rep
  6. Suckas Need Bodyguards
  7. Manifest
  8. Blowin’ Up the Spot
  9. DWYCK
  10. Take it Personal
  11. Now You’re Mine
  12. Soliloquy of Chaos
  13. You Know My Steez

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge are responsible for the show’s musical score, and if the trailers are any indication, Luke Cage will breathe and bleed hip-hop. So far, trailers have included tracks such as an Isaac Hayes rendition of “Walk On By,” (which was sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan); Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”; Miike Snow’s “Heart is Full (remix)” featuring hip-hop duo Run the Jewels; and Nas’ “Made You Look” from his 2002 album, God’s Son.

On September 26, 2016, the final trailer for Luke Cage dropped, and somehow made the show look even cooler. The Wu-Tangification increases with a Method Man cameo, as the member of the Wu-Tang Clans surreally swaps hoodies with Luke Cage after Cage gets holes shot in his. This newest trailer, released yesterday, can (and should) be viewed, right here next to this text.

Not everyone in Harlem is bulletproof; Pops seems to pull an Uncle Ben.

The official trailer above includes Night Nurse, or Claire Temple (played by Rosario Dawson). We have seen her before in Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and she seems to be acting as the string that currently links all of the Netflix series together. (Much like Phil Coulson did for the early MCU.) Claire will probably have her most significant arc yet in Luke Cage, as her comics counterpart was primarily associated with Luke Cage. It’s funny that we will see the nurse the most here, as she shouldn’t have much healing to do. Hopefully she meets a better end than Coulson in the Avengers. (Just kidding, it has already been confirmed that she’ll be popping up in Iron Fist next year. Don’t worry.)

While on the topic of the cultural tone, it goes without saying that Marvel’s first series led by a black hero lead comes at a time where it provides a welcome relief from some of the images prevalent in the media today. Hundreds of pieces have already and will continue to be written by people much more qualified than I to speak on the subject, but it goes without saying that an unscathed black man sporting a bullethole-ridden hoodie is a powerful and inspiring image for many. “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” said executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker.

This is a show that celebrates black culture rather than apologizing for it. It takes place in a Harlem that actually looks like Harlem, instead of trying to filter it through a whiter lens. Mike Colter, the actor who plays the role of Luke Cage, noted “We’re just trying to tell a story. We have no agenda. But I hope the black community can feel good about the series.”

Power Man comes along to join the MCU in just a few days, to break a dude’s hand into powder with his face. Tune into Netflix on September 30th!

The official synopsis for Luke Cage is as follows: In this groundbreaking new series, audiences will witness the evolution of Luke Cage (previously introduced in Marvel’s Jessica Jones) after he has relocated to Harlem and is in the process of picking up the pieces following his failed relationship with Jessica Jones. Like the preceding Marvel series on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage is a gritty, action-packed drama, grounded in the real world with heroes who focus on saving their neighborhood and have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

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Villains Vault – Red Skull

Villains Vault – Red Skull

Villains Vault - Red Skull



Johann Shmidt

  • Red Skull
  • Rote Schädel
  • Teacher
  • Dell Rusk
  • Cosmic Cube
  • Dust of Death
  • Enhanced Agility
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Enhanced Healing
  • Enhanced Reflexes
  • Enhanced Speed
  • Enhanced Stamina
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • Immortality (through cloning and the Cosmic Cube)
  • Genius
Arch Enemy:

Captain America


The villain that would become the Red Skull started off life as Johann Shmidt, born to Hermann and Martha Shmidt. Young Johann was born in blood and pain shortly after his mother was forced into early labor and dying due to the abuse she sustained from Hermann. Due to grief that Hermann felt over having killed his “saintly” wife, he took his own life, leaving the now orphaned Johann to grow up in an orphanage. When Johann was seven years old, he ran away from the orphanage, making his living as a beggar and thief. Eventually, when he was a young man, Johann was taken in by a Jewish shopkeeper and given a job. Over time Johann developed feelings for the young daughter, named Esther, and he tried to force himself upon her. Esther refused his advances, and Johann flew into a literally murderous rage, killed Esther, and ran away.

Shortly after this, he came into contact with Adolf Hitler when Johann as working at hotel that was visited by the dictator. Over the course of a brief conversation, Hitler decided to take young Johann under his wing, and guide him into becoming the “perfect Nazi.” Depending on who you ask, Shmidt either went through personal training developed by Hitler, or more likely, was subjected to an early version of Project: Rebirth conducted by Dr. Abraham Erskine under extreme pressure from the dictator of Germany. Due to some complications from the untested process Johann was disfigured and his face ended up looking like a red colored skull, resulting in his new moniker “The Red Skull.” Upon the “successful” completion of his training, the Red Skull became the right hand man of Hitler, and started a research division that was helpful in creating many new technologies and strategies that helped further the Reich’s goals.

Over the course of the war years, the Red Skull came in to repeated conflict with Captain America, and his allies. Due to Captain America thwarting so many of his plans, and helping to stop the advance of Nazi Germany, Red Skull has come to hold a deep and abiding hatred for Cap. This hatred has come to be so strong that one of the main goals that Red Skull has in his many lives is to not only destroy Cap physically, but to also destroy his reputation so that he will be reviled throughout history. Shortly before Cap disappears near the end of World War II, the Red Skull also disappears. This could be due to him having fallen victim to the Cosmic Cube, or going into hiding with the fall of the Third Reich.

Whether it is acting on his own, or as the leader of HYDRA, Red Skull has repeatedly shown up again and again over the years…more so as Captain America has reappeared. Johann has been reborn both through the power of the Cosmic Cube, through cloning, and through the robotic genius of Armin Zola. No matter how many times it appears that Red Skull has been defeated, you can never count him out since he simply doesn’t know the meaning of the word “enough.”

Further Reading/Viewing:
  • Captain America Comics # 7
  • The Terror of the Red Skull
  • Red Zone (Avengers vol 3, Issues 65-70)
  • Captain America: Reborn
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (movie)


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