The latest Iron Man movie left me feeling conflicted. It was a decent action flick, but it didn’t shine as brightly as Tony Stark has previously on the silver screen. Robert Downey Jr is phenomenal, as usual, and he did the best with what he had to work with. The entire movie felt like one note. The monotony of Tony Stark post-Avengers gets old after the first hour. The effects that the events in New York had on him did add another dimension to his character, but it was drawn out.
I won’t go into any details and spoil the movie, but there are some plot twists I did not see coming. The overall impression of the film wasn’t that of a comic adaptation. It was a cool movie about a brooding playboy with some nifty armor. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. There just wasn’t that much substance for me to consider it a home run.
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Joss Whedon let it slip that a “brother/sister act” has been locked in for Avengers 2. Speculation has obviously focused on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for the spot. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tangled mess of who owns the rights to who. Technically speaking, mutants won’t exist in Avengers movies unless Fox gives up its rights.
I’m crossing my fingers for all of this to come together. The Maximoff twins are two of my favorite Avengers and true classics. They haven’t gotten much airtime in Avengers cartoons and are instead usually portrayed as X-Men villains. It’s an interesting and key part of their story, but it tends to keep their characterization flat. Quicksilver happens to get placed in the villain category more than his sister. Here’s hoping they give these heroes their due. It’s well deserved.
The international trailer for “The Wolverine” was released on Wednesday to much speculation. It’s the latest film to follow the story of Logan aka “Wolverine”, possibly the most famous of the X-Men.
Hugh Jackman reprises his role for a storyline that is set to focus on Logan’s history in Japan. I was instantly excited when I heard this news, because I think the character is best written with his “lost samurai” aspects in mind.
However, one of the things I am very skeptical about is the portrayal of Viper. The notorious leader of the terrorist organization HYDRA, Viper is an iconic femme fatal. In the released stills she has blonde hair instead of her trademark green locks. I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, until I saw the trailer.
The filmmakers seem to have taken a very literal translation of Viper’s codename. We briefly see her peel her skin off her face. I’m now more that a little worried about what they’re doing with her character and I secretly hope she has links to HYDRA, although I know that’s a longshot.
Despite my early disappointment of Viper I’m excited for this movie. Watching this lesser-known facet of Wolverine’s mythos play out on the big screen should prove entertaining. It’s always important to remember that the movies will almost always differ from the comics.