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    Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (review) at FORCES OF GEEK


    Produced by Kevin Feige
    Written and Directed by James Gunn
    Based on Guardians of the Galaxy
    by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
    Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista,
    Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker,
    Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki,
    Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone,
    and Kurt Russell



    The lovable bunch of a-holes are back in Vol. 2, the much anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) leads and ends up expanding the team who have garnered a galactic reputation as true Guardians in the months since the last film.

    So much so, that  Peter’s father, a comic book favorite Ego (The Living Planet) played by Kurt Russell sprouts up to reunite with his son.



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    Produced by Kevin Feige
    Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
    Captain America Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
    Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
    Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,
    Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan,
    Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd,
    Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman,
    Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp,
    Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl

    Following up Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War is the latest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Winter Soldier filmmakers, the Russo Brothers.

    In just 8 short years, Marvel Studios has brought the comic book mythology to film, establishing several franchises and then bringing them together.  It’s simple to forget how unheard of a concept that was previously; with 2012’sThe Avengers having Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson share the screen together.

    The Brothers Russo have done it again; with Civil War replacing the action-packed Winter Soldier as the very best in the Marvel filmography. On top of the already large cast, Civil War introduces two major heroes to the Marvel pantheon including the introduction of comics’ first African American hero Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the “They FINALLY Got it RIGHT”! onscreen Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is as pure perfection as Ivory Soap claims (99.9%, last time I checked).

    Captain America: Civil War is pure Ever-Lovin’ Merry Marvel Marchin’ Society joy. ‘Nuff said!

    We’re just now coming out of a post-holiday The Force Awakens/Deadpool/Batman v Superman/Supergirl Season Onehibernation that never seemed to end. Except now that it has. Some of that stuff was amazing, some not so much but mostly we fed off of the superhero movies and television send down the pike to us.

    After leaving Captain America: Civil War, that all seemed like an appetizer for this souped up thrill ride from Wakanda to Berlin.

    With longtime Cap baddie Helmut (Baron) Zemo (Daniel Brühl) as the film’s main foil, the Avengers face challenges more complex than infighting over political differences.

    For a brief moment—a very brief moment—I was vibrating on all the right frequencies with this movie. And then I thought of the rights situation at Fox. The only thing that could have made this film more enjoyable for me would be to see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine take a swat at Cap’s shield and scrape it up a bit. Black Panther does manage to damage the Vibranium shield, so that is something. There are no mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Bryan Singer is doing a fine job with the X-Men franchise but I can’t help but want to see everyone on screen mixed up with a wise-cracking Peter Parker, a no-good Scott Lang and a beautifully crafted Vision.

    Seriously, The Vision looks so cool. I have a note that says only, “The Vision looks cool”. A better writer would have left it at that. While I’m agape at the costumes and visuals, I will also compliment Boseman for his stellar debut as Black Panther and I can’t wait to see more of him. Black Panther costume? Nailed it. Spider-Man? Best one yet.

    There are great little bits of humor to break up the high tension, and the Russo Brothers even snuck in a funny visual homage to their former gig as directors of Arrested Development during the fight scene. 

    Want some romance? Check! Cap finally seals the deal (in a very proper, polite, 1940s way) with Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), with whom we discover has a special connection to Steve. No spoilers here but this is the clever nod to another established Marvel character.





    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Kevin Feige
    Screenplay by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
    Based on Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
    Directed by James Gunn
    Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, 
    Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, 
    Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, 
    Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin

    Marvel Studios, James Gunn and Kevin Feige have done it.

    They’ve taken sci-fi to a new level, brought humor to the game and among the accomplishments too many to list have made unknown characters to the spotlight with great actors to get Marvel Cosmic into movie theaters across the globe.

    The ensemble cast, one who is a raccoon, another a tree, spark on the screen and the space battle action triples from the previous epic-scale Marvel movie, The Avengers


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    The sequel to Thor and the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,Thor: The Dark World converges on the Nine Realms with Chris Helmsworth once again starring as the title character opposite a returning ensemble cast which includes Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Natalie Portman as Earthly love interest and scientist Jane Foster.

    Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander return as Marvel favorites The Warriors Three: Volstagg, Hogan and The Lady Sif (joining them in this installment is Zachary Levi as warrior Fandral).

    Also returning is Stellan Skarsgård, as scientist Erik Selvig, now somewhat damaged from his participation in the events from The Avengers.

    The stellar cast mixed with the fantastical elements of Asgard, the technological advances of the evil Dark Elves makes for a terrific sci-fi fantasy film. Fans of epic space battles as well as swords and hammer swinging are in for a raucous good time.


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