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Captain America: The Winter Solider Trailer Review

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Comic book movies do continue to get the most attention from movie goers and today we got the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thor: The Dark World will be released in cinemas in a few days and I assumed we would get a trailer in front of the film but we got it a few days before. This may encourage people to go and see Thor, This trailer being released will be a reminder that Marvel films are still around. Even though its hard to forget.

The trailer for Captain America is very action packed and full of humor and this does match Marvel’s style although from what I expected this film was going to be very different. It may be what I expect when I see it but the trailer suggests otherwise. Kevin Fiege said that this was a like a political thriller but from the trailer it just seems to be the same old action films.

The trailer does not give too much away in my opinion and seems more focused on the visuals than showing story. I know people do not expect great story from comic book movies but I do feel that many deliver fantastic stories and are great examples of story telling. IN the trailer however Steve Rogers suggests that he does not agree with everything that Shield does. We saw a bit of this in The Avengers as well and this may help drive the story a little bit.

The main antagonist for this film is likely to be The Winter Soldier. We do get several shots of him in the trailer but we know nothing about who he is from the trailer. For those who know the comics it is clear but for those who don’t they will be oblivious to where The Winter Soldier came from. It would not take long to investigate the character but I think despite large amounts of comic book fans lots of the revenue for these films come from passive viewers.

Also this film is featuring Robert Redford who is playing Alexander Pierce. It is cool to see Redford to be in a comic book movie. His character works for Shield but many people have suggested that he is really a villain in this. It would be cool to see him as a bad guy but I think he would work well as the head honcho of Shield. Also the villains Crossbones and Batroc The Leaper are in this film. They both appear in the trailer as Shield agents but it is highly likely they will be working as The Winter Soldier.

In the trailer we also see Cap banter with Black Widow and we get to see Black Widow in action. Also a new addition to the good guys is The Falcon. He is played by Anthony Mackie in this film. And of course we see Nick Fury.

Overall the trailer is not what I initially expected but we are not given much to go on. I understand that the first trailer needs to be dressed up in order to attract mass audiences. I do hope this film goes somewhere where the first film did not go. It will also be good to see Steve Rogers develop as a character in the modern world.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for this film? Please comment below and thanks for reading.

Agent Carter TV Show In The Works.

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Marvel has dominated the film industry for the past few years. The Avengers is now the highest grossing film ever and all of its other films do pretty well at the box office. Joss Whedon has been working on the TV series Agents Of Shield which will follow non superhero characters as the battle the strange and unusual across the world. Now it has been announced that Peggy Carter from Captain America who was portrayed by Haley Atwell is going to appear in her own TV series.

An extra on the DVD of Iron Man 3 showed a short film of Peggy Carter in action. Haley Atwell is set to reprise her role of Peggy Carter despite being an older version of herself in Captain America: The Winter Solider. Other than expanding the Marvel universe further having a female to be the lead role in a tv series is good news. There are not that many female superheroes and the ones portrayed on screen so far have not been done in a way to suggest they lead the film. Like Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers was a supporting character and I cannot see her getting her standalone film any time soon,

There are not many lead roles for women in films and especially not in television, Women actors always seem to be part of the supporting cast. The fact Atwell will be the lead in this new TV series may push for standalone female super hero movies. There is already a rumor of a Ms Marvel film in the works. The premise of the show is currently unknown simply because it is early days but I think it will likely be a prequel to Agents Of Shield and may set up further films in the Marvel universe. Agent Carter will likely be fighting super natural forces as well as the threat of communism in this new TV show which will likely be set a few years after the second world war.

What do you think of this show being made? Are you excited to see a female character lead for once? Please comment and thanks for reading.

Justice League Movie. Will It Happen?

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Studios always look to make money with big budget motion pictures which will usually make hundreds of millions if not cross the billion dollar mark. In recent years comic book movies have become popular and keep getting made. Marvel is currently in phase two of its film plan with the success  of phase one which included Iron Man, Captain America and now the highest grossing film ever Avengers Assemble. They have now moved on to Phase two which is including Iron Man 3, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers 2.

DC comics and Warner Brothers also had success with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. With the success of its own films and the success of Avengers Warner Brothers is now developing a Justice League movie.The Justice League movie is being set up with Man Of Steel and initially Warner Brothers wanted Nolan’s Batman in the Justice League.

I am glad that Nolan’s Batman will not be in the Justice League as that version of Batman was grounded in reality and could not exist in a wider universe. I do personally think that Nolan’s version of Batman being in the Justice league would ruin the lore of the trilogy. I do think that Man of Steel was the perfect set up for the Justice League movie but now it has to be handled in the right way.

I do not think that they should make a Justice league movie for the sake of competing with the Avengers, I think that will be a big mistake and it will be far too rushed. Warner Brothers want the film out by 2015 however I reckon it wont get made until 2017 at the latest or maybe not at all. At first Zack Synder did not want his version of Superman in the Justice League and having now given in he has still said he would want a second Superman film before a Justice League movie to explore the character more.

And the way Marvel did it was to introduce all the characters in their own films first and then bring them all together. Rather than just copying this Warner Brothers and DC need to go at a slower pace before tackling the Justice League Movie. Others have said we should get a second Superman Film, a new Batman Film and then Superman and Batman should team up at first. People feel it will be too unbelievable that all these superheroes have appeared coincidentally at the same time.

Its obviously up to the studios who would fund the projects but I think rushing the film will mean less sucess at teh box office and less appeal to people who would watch the sequels. If they take it slower a Justice League movie can work but I really don’t think they will wait that long before making the movie.

What do you think? Should a Justice League Movie be released by 2015 or should the filmmakers have more time to create and explore characters? Please comment and thanks for reading.