Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark unwittingly creates an A.I. monster. Ultron vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. The Avengers must reassemble to defeat him and save mankind…if they can!

Iron Man 2 (2010) starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 (2010) starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson

In Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark. Now that his secret identity has been revealed, Tony’s life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit… but for Ivan Vanko (“Whiplash”), it’s revenge!

Captain America the First Avenger DVD cover

Captain America: The First Avenger

 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Haley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan

Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra
Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra

First and foremost, I’d like to point out the obvious: Captain America: The First Avenger works because of Steve Rogers. Long before his transformation, he’s a likeable character that the entire audience is rooting for. He’s also multi-dimensional.

Captain Marvel (2019) starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

Captain Marvel (2019)

Synopsis of Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel takes you on a spectacular adventure from the 1990s, tracing the path of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When a galactic war reaches Earth, she meets young agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the center of a maelstrom, leading to her ultimate destiny.

Predictions on Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame – thoughts, prognostications, and predictions

No spoilers – I have not seen the leaked footage, nor do I have any inside information. I have read the various Marvel Comics that Infinity War was based on — but the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe) is quite different. These are thoughts, hopes, and predictions – in no order:

Man-Thing (2005) starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor

Man-Thing movie review

Man-Thing (2005) starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor

If you’re a fan of the Man-Thing from Marvel comics, be forewarned. The movie version has almost nothing in common with it.  With the exception of the names of some of the characters, and (partly) the visible look of the monster.

Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

review of Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow(2008)

Next Avengers - Heroes of Tomorrow

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is set in a possible dystopian future of the Marvel Comics universe, where the  Avengers arch foe, the robotic Ultron, has succeeded in finally defeating the Avengers, killing most of them, and taking control of half of the planet.   Iron Man (Tony Stark), however, survived the initial attack. He manages to rescue the children of the Avengers and hide them away. He then raises them together as a family, training them as he thinks their parents would have. Preparing them for the day that Ultron finally tracks them down.

Ultron’s attack

That day comes when the Vision (another surviving Avenger — a robot with the powers of density control, here being used to render himself intangible and having acted as a spy for Tony) arrives, heavily damaged by Ultron’s forces.   While Tony tries to repair the Vision, the children follow him into his underground laboratory and accidentally discover robotic versions of their parents — the Iron Avengers — created by Tony, and unintentionally launched by the children.   The Iron Avengers follow their programmed orders and are off to attack Ultron; this is futile, as Ultron quickly reprograms them to be his servants, and follows their trajectory back to Tony and the children.

Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow

Iron Man

Iron Man (2008) starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges

I pick ‘Iron Man’ as the blockbuster movie of the summer of 2008 — read why I think Robert Downey Jr. will own the role of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, the ‘Iron Man’ of the title