Here’s an entertaining list of the worst offerings to grace theaters this summer.
The final X-Men outing gives the iconic Phoenix Saga a second try, learning nothing from the mistakes of the past and delivering an ending sure to disappoint even the most forgiving fans.
The filmmakers didn’t seem to want to follow the plot much. Or develop characters. Or stay true to some of the more interesting parts of the comics.
The film presents as something shallow and not really worthy of deep critical attention. Then it feeds the viewers deep issues in rather overt ways.
‘Deadpool 2’ has more action, laughs, and story than the first. It also tosses in enough heart to sweeten things up, without getting too sickening.
‘Legion’ asks: What if a mutant named David Haller (Dan Stevens) hears voices in his head and at least some of them are not the thoughts of humans?
‘The Gifted’ eschews typical network conventions and is better for it. It’s a show crafted with care, not just a lazy means of cashing in on a license.
The edge of extinction storyline begun in ‘House of M’ through the end of ‘Avengers vs. X-Men’ resulted in a slog of increasing irrelevance for Marvel’s merry band of mutants.
Captain America says, ‘Heritage Initiative. They call themselves a ‘think tank,’ but—’ X-Men leader Kitty Pryde interrupts: ‘they’re a bunch of anti-mutant racists.’
Keeping the focus on the action’s effects on the characters keeps characters central, giving us a human superhero story. Other Marvel movies lack this.
The film proffers a bleak, hopeless world in which the only hero to be found—Wolverine—embraces endless violence, and cannot offer redemption.
The newest Wolverine movie transcends genre, delivering stellar performances and a plot full of loss, pain, hope, and redemption. This is a must-see film.
Marvel Comics is trying to memory-hole its brands during the golden age of superhero films. But it actually makes sense.
It’s a total copout to rewrite comic history to make Iceman retroactively gay despite his many female love interests.
Yes, the new X-Men is heavy on characters, but the series looks to be moving in the right direction.
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