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WandaVision – How Marvel Continues After End Game

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*WARNING: SPOILERS*

WandaVision is the latest installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series follows Marvel Avenger characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision living a seemingly perfect life as a married couple in the suburban town of Westview. The show is produced as a satire of classic television sitcoms with a marvel twist. Each episode is set in a different decade beginning in the 50’s, jumping in and out of present-day. The show is both a glance at life for the MCU post Avengers End Game, and the backstory of how Wanda became the “Scarlet Witch” – Wanda’s official title announced for the first time, only previously used in the comics.

Dottie is introduced in episode two, played by actress Emma Caulfield, as the Queen B of the Westview housewives. Caulfield says about shooting the series, “It was a blast capturing the different decades. The authenticity level was well, next level.  Everyone working on this project is a master of their craft.”

Historically, comic books have captured a primarily male demographic, but the MCU has expanded their demographic to women by giving female superheroes leading roles and dynamic backstories. WandaVision is a great example of this. Speaking with Caulfield, I asked why she believed WandaVision was successful at capturing a female audience:

“It gets super boring to see women in distress or inconsequential, or one dimensional. At the heart of this show is a fierce, complex and interesting woman who is complimented by her male counterpart, not overshadowed by him. I want to watch that show. I’m on the show and I want to watch that show.”

The show came to a close in typical Marvel fashion with cliffhangers and suspense, toying with the possibility of a second season. And good news for those who are new to Marvel – you don’t have to be familiar with the entire MCU to understand and enjoy WandaVision.

All episodes have been released on Disney +.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Review

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Was Deadpool 2 worth watching? It’s Deadpool! Of course it’s worth watching Ryan Reynolds take hold of his sarcastic comedic self and turn it into a lovable potty-mouthed badass superhero. If you thought having just one installment of Deadpool was enough to fulfill your geeky comic books dreams, then you are wrong. Deadpool 2 is just as good and fulfilling as the first for some of the same reasons and also for different ones.

We should just start out by saying that Ryan Reynolds is oh my lord Deadpool. Not just playing a persona, but is the actual superhero. It’s hard to imagine a better actor to bring to life the super tight red suit wearing sarcastic character that we rejoice in. Just like the first, the comedy has you laughing at dirty jokes in a way that is gross, but delightful. I mean who wouldn’t find funny Deadpool’s weird romance for Colossus. Besides, you know Ryan Reynolds (aka Deadpool) can’t resist making jabs at the other characters in the Marvel cinematic universe. Especially his spiel about the X-men mansion always being empty. Hint you might want to pay attention to these scenes.  

Compared to the first film, you get quite teary eyed while watching Deadpool take off his snarky comedic mask to show some real emotion. This film is a lot more romantic than expected. So much so, you could totally say Vanessa and Deadpool are #couplegoals. Let’s not forget Josh Brolin as Cable which gives off some serious Terminator vibes. Trust me, the film is in no way short of unexpected turns and surprise appearances. Wink Wink. Who can forget, Deadpool’s regenerative abilities. Which you will see again, but in a way that makes you question what your eyes are digesting on the screen. The action is just as gory and realistic as the first, maybe even more so. It seems as though the film plays upon common film cliches like the tear driven romantic storyline, becoming a better person to save a life, trying to move on, turning over a new leaf and finding a purpose. But, Deadpool makes it sooooooooo much more fun to watch. The film is not necessarily at the height of the first, but it’s just good ole dirty fun. There’s always room for some more Deadpool.

Don’t miss the post credit scenes, oh they’re a real hoot.

 

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Iron Fist Review: Barely Had Any Power in Its Punch

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This latest Marvel Netflix show before the culmination of these Marvel shows with The Defenders was definitely built on a significant amount of fan hype and justice for the comic book character. Unfortunately, the martial arts superhero show barely had any power in its punch coming off with some decent action sequences and a good supporting character but overall leaving a very lackluster, dull, and structure-less taste.

 
This Netflix series centers on the return of Danny Rand to New York City after being missing for 15 years; he has transitioned from a billionaire’s son into a Buddhist monk who tries to reconnect with his family and his company, Rand Enterprises. However, once he discovers a dark force damaging everything that surrounds him, he must use his mastery in martial arts and the power of the Iron Fist to stop them. This series could have possibly gone a unique route that differentiated itself from the other Marvel Netflix shows and Batman-like superhero stories where a white billionaire becomes the superhero, however, it follows almost the same path as those other.
 


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star, Finn Jones’ portrayal of Danny is somewhat decent but irritating. Even though Jones is able to show Danny’s selflessness and determination in each episode, his characteristics are uneven. He becomes very aggressive, stubborn, and single-minded and these characteristics do not seem to meld well with his more positive characteristics leaving his character development half-fleshed out. Other characters such as Joy and Ward Meachum, siblings and heads of Rand Enterprises, played by Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey are not fully developed with Pelphrey’s Ward being trapped in a repetitive family conflict and having dull characterization. Stroup’s Joy has some development but yet again development it is not fully cooked. The siblings’ mysteriously malevolent father, Harold Meachum played by David Wenham barely seemed to have direction and even though Wenham showed some good aspects of a damaged father his instability left the character without any true development or significance.
The one good supporting character of the series was struggling sensei, sword-wielding heroine, and love interest, Colleen Wing played by another Game of Thrones star, Jessica Henwick. Henwick’s portrayal had some decent development and her caring, determined, and damaged personality could be seen. Henwick was also able to have good action sequences that highlight the effort she put into the character. The problem is that viewers might want to see more of Colleen and less of Danny, which leaves an imbalance in the story.
In terms of story, there seemed to be structure with the early episodes, which encompassed the first half of the season, feeling dull and tedious to watch. There was not a clear villain or a clear central focus to the story and it would have random spurts of action. The last half of the season also felt dull and was left with no significant climax to the story. Dialogue was also very weak and seemed underdeveloped.
The show’s action sequences appeared very rehearsed and it was clear that Jones had memorized certain fight patterns, which did not give off the impression of a fully realized martial arts master. This left the show’s quality in action sequences seem unrealistic and not equivalent to the quality of other Marvel Netflix shows.
The weak quality in character development, story structure, dialogue, and action made me feel disappointed that the show could not reach its full potential, which leaves it with a C-.
 
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