A few weeks ago I post a Picture I had started to work on.
It’s Captain Kirk, from the original series.
Here is the finished picture.
While I was waiting for my wife last night so we could sit down and watch some TV, I was just looking at crap on the net and came across this.
A short animation by Paul Johnson, all the drawing and animation have been done by him alone and has taken him over four years’ worth of weekends to complete.
If a Japanese Studio had got the rights in to make a Star Wars film or TV series this is what it could have look like.
Johnson has also created a film poster for his little short film.
If you’re a Star Wars fan or just love sci-fi or animation then this is a must watch.
Also check out some of Paul Johnson art on Deviantart.
I enjoyed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, so I am looking forward to this.
Here is the trailer to the next Mission: Impossible film.
Marvel Studio like to make big gambles, the first was going it on their own and making their own film, with Iron Man. Paramount pictures only distributed the film and did the marketing. The Incredible Hulk film rights are with Universal studios, which is why that film was distributed by them. But Marvel must have some agreement to user the Character in their own films and why The Incredible Hulk (2008) is part of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Marvel next big gamble was to release two films with characters that are little know or without much appeal outside of the United States, to set up a Cinematic Universe that would lead into The Avengers and bring Phase 1 to a close.
At this stage it is no doubt that Marvel’s gambles have paid off in a big way with the MCU now one of the most profitable film franchise of all time. (As of writing this The Avengers is still the world third highest grossing film.)
With Phase 2 already on its way to leading into The Avengers: age of Ultron, Marvel is at it again with another major gamble, this time with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a little known comic set around a band of criminals and mercenaries, led by the half human half alien Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord. (Chris Pratt) So it was a big surprise that Marvel would go down this road.
The film opens up to us seeing Quill being abducted from Earth moments after his mother’s death in the mid 1980’s. We then see Quill twenty years later, he is on his own on an alien planet. Going through an ancient city long dead, in a scene lovingly modeled on the opening sequence from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Quill enters a build to retrieve a mysteriously powerful silver orb and, instead of a rousing John Williams fanfare, the soundtrack erupts with Native American rockers Redbone singing “Come and Get Your Love.” This sets the tone of the film music.
It’s not long after this we are off to the planet Xander, home of the Nova Corps. This planet will play a major role in the film, we also get to meet rest of the Guardians expect for Drax (Dave Bautista) on this planet but it not long until he joins up with the rest of the team.
James Gunn has done a stunning job with writing and directing and bring a great cast together.
Prat is superb as Quill and the role seems to really suit him, he can go from playing someone that is just costing along life nor really giving a care to serious in moments. It’s not surprising that Quill was the inspiration for Han Solo. Gunn has stated that Prat had to lose weight for the role, but given his audition he was prepared to give him the role even if he did not lose the weight.
Zoe Saldana, is quickly becoming the go to girl for Sci-fi and that not a bad thing. She plays Gamora the cold hearted assassin with style.
Bradley Cooper voices Rocket Raccoon. Though Rocket is CGI, he steels most of the scene that he is in.
Vin Diesel voice Groot and was recorded saying “I am Groot” over a Thousand times. Diesel also recorded the line in different languages so that his own voice would be used instead of getting some in to record the line for that country.
Michael Rooker plays Yondu Udonta, he is the man that kidnaps Quill has a young boy, but he also raises him as his own. In the original Comic, Yondu was a leading member of the Guardians.
Glen Close plays the leader of Xander people and is head of the Nova Crops.
Guardians of the Galaxy gives the MCU wider scope outside the boundaries of Earth and Asguard.
It shows that there is a bigger universe out there full of wonder with many potentials stories and a lot of history to explore in future films.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a light hearted film with lot of comedy thrown in with the action. You would not think that a film set in an alien worlds/ space with a 70’s and early 80’s soundtrack would work, but it does and just adds to the fun ride.
The villain Ronan (Lee Pace) looks to have been flesh out a bit more than some of the villains in other MCU films. We also get bit more of Thanos which was hinted at the end of The Avengers.
While Guardians of the Galaxy is part of the MCU, it does not really belong in Phase 2 as it is not connected to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, except for a post credit scene from Thor: The Dark World which helped set this film up, at this point it more of a standalone film.
Guardians of the Galaxy is more of a set up for the third phase in the MCU, particularly Avengers: Infinity War – Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II (2019).
Has Marvels biggest gamble to date paid off? Yes and Marvel keeps going from straighten to straighten with their films. This also shows with it line up of future films with them going to more characters that are unknown outside of your typical comic book reader. (Ant-Man, Which ends Phase 2, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Marvel Girl.)
I give Guardians of the Galaxy a 5 out of 5.
All I can say now is roll on May 1st for Avenger: Age of Ultron.
Rocket Raccoon: We’re the fricking Guardians of the Galaxy!
This came out two months ago, but I not had a chance to post it here.
Ant-Man will be the final phase 2 film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.
John Slattery reprises his role as Howard Stark from Iron Man 2.
Captain America: The First Avenger, was an okay film but really did not site to well with the other Marvel films, but this was to be expected as it was an origins story tell where Captain America came from and setting him up for The Avengers movie that came out afterword’s.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is different and one of the best films that Marvel has put out to date. However Captain America: The Winter Solider is different to the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films. (MCU) reason for this is that Captain America: The Winter Solider, dose not try to be a superhero film first. In fact it more like a 70’s cold war thriller with superheroes thrown in.
The story is set three years after the events of the Avenger and Steve Rodgers is still trying to get uses to living in the modern world. He has settled into life as a soldier working for the security agency S.H.I.E.L.D. – though he’s also something of a celebrity and a curiosity. He doesn’t have a secret identity. He doesn’t need one. He’s always Captain America, in or out of the costume.
Everything changes for Steve and he starts to question the things he has been told, as event around him change and people reveal their true intent.
As I have said before Captain America: The Winter Solider is a different film to the other MCU films with it cold war thriller type story but also introduce new characters with their own origins story. Lucky these character don’t need a whole film to tell these stories and they are done without too much fuss. While these characters could hold a film on their own.
Chris Evans, is still perfectly cast as Steve Rogers/ Captain America, he really get to shine here, it a shame that he wants to step away from acting to take on a more directing career, but I am hoping that Marvel and Disney will talk him round to keep playing the character as long as he can.
Scarlett Johansson is back playing Black Widow, here she has larger role to play with in the story. It also refreshing to see that there is no sexual tension between her and any of the other characters. It more of a strong female role, the sort you would see Joss Whedon write.
Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury. Jackson has had more to do here that any of the other MCU films he has been in to date and it really is time Marvel gives him is own standalone films, which no doubt fans will want to see.
Anthony Mackie play Sam Wilson a Veteran that helps Cap and Black Widow, he used the flight name of Falcon.
From the start the film is action pack and the pace does not slow down with lots of twist and turn. The Winter Solider has everything you expect from a cold war thriller, twists, betrayal, resurrection and redemption. Doing this sort of story marvel has taken a big gamble, as this not the sort of story you would expect from a superhero film. But it has paid off and really work for a Captain America film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier sets up quite a few changes for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which further speaks to Marvel’s confidence in what they creating with their MCU.
The biggest changes to the MCU is most notable in Marvels Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D after the mid season break of season 1 and continues with season 2. However it effects on the big screen is still yet to be seen, but not doubt we will see something with Avenger: age of Ulton later this year.
If there was any doubt that Marvel can create a Universe on the big screen as well as the small screen, even after Phase 1 ending with The Avengers. Captain America: The Winter Solider has proven Marvel knows what it doing.
With a stellar cast with some big names and some not so well know
Marvel is now ready to taken an even bigger gamble with the third Captain America film as it will be doing the Civil War arc, which effect the whole Marvel Universe in the comics. It should be a fun ride, which will be even better that Marvel has now come to an agreement with Sony to use Spider-Man in their films. (Spider-Man will be making his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War in cameo form.)
Captain America: The Winter Solider has to be one of Marvel best films to date and there is not much more you can do to improve it. I give this film a full 5 out of 5.
Steve Rogers: Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?
It has been over six months since my last film review and with Avenger: Age of Altron just around the corner I thought this would be good place to jump off and get back into do it.
Thor: The Dark World, is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 and set after the events of the Avengers. It tells the story of an ancient evil coming back to turn the universe into darkness.
The film operate on a larger scale than the original with more comedy and drama than its predecessor. With a script written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; you can see the influence of Joss Whedon all over it, but this could be because Whedon has been doing the final pass on all script of Phase 2, leading into his second Avenger film. Though this does not hurt the film in any way.
All the main cast return except for Clark Gregg who played the ill-fated Agent Phil Coulson.
(Though if you have seen season 1 of Marvel: Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D, you will know what happened to him after the Avengers.) Joining the cast is the talents British actor Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, lead of the Dark Elfs.
Tom Hiddleston is outstand as always and steals every scene he is in. it just a shame that we don’t get to see more of him as Loki. Hiddleston gets to play with some very heavy drama scene but we also get to see his comedy side with a blink and you miss him cameo from Chris Evans as Captain America.
Chris Hemsworth still proves his is the right choice for the role of Thor. However his character really does not get a chance to grow except for the scene he is in with Loki.
Thor: The Dark World is a fun movie and it shows that Marvel really know what they are doing when it come to their characters and universe that they are setting up on the silver screen. That is not to say that the film does not have any issues there are some, but nothing that take away from the story.
The only major issue I have with the film is with the main villain of Malekith, he is not really flesh out and comes across very one dimensional, which is a great shame given how good of an actor that Christopher Eccleston is. But then at it hart Thor: The Dark World is not about the big bad villain but two brothers putting their difference aside and even coming respecting each other is some way.
I give Thor: The Dark World a 4 out of 5.
Odin: Some believe that before the universe, there was nothing. They’re wrong. There was darkness… and it has survived.