I love Spider-Man 2. Unabashedly. Wholeheartedly. With Spider-Man: No Way Home finally out, I wanted to revisit my favorite Spider-Man movie of all time—why I love it as a drama over a comic book action movie, and why, frankly, I’m forever nostalgic for the standalone superhero movie.Continue reading
After watching The Suicide Squad, I kept wondering why there weren’t that many R-rated comic book movies. Turns out there are quite a bit. Enough to, say, fill a whole top ten 😃
Why aren’t there more though? The graphic potential of an R-rating may seem exciting to rabid fans like you and me, but it effectively means less seats which means less dollars. Sure, Deadpool opened big but Iron Man 3, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel opened bigger. The corporate IP game is all about reigning supreme at the box office with the widest possible appeal, which the PG-13 rating ensures. Studios, then, are less and less willing to risk the potential for massive profit when it comes to their billion-dollar superhero franchises.
But every once in a while we get Logan or The Suicide Squad. These ten below are ready to queue up right now and satisfy those mature cravings that the PG-13 superhero can’t fulfill. You might notice some glaring omissions (sorry Snyder fans) but HEY, THIS IS MY LIST NOT YOURS.
This is the hard-R comic book terrain so far and it may point to where studios can go next.Continue reading
There used to be a time when I craved the summer movie. The fun, the sun, the pure escapism. I hate to say it, but I’ve grown increasingly underwhelmed by the recent summer movie crop. I’m wondering if this is a consequence of a superhero landscape that turns months like February, March, even November into prime blockbuster slates, or if this is indicative of a booming streaming culture where most of us are apt to skip the theater altogether. It might even be a case of poorly chosen IPs recycled to cash-in on existing fanbases.
To renew my faith, I’d like to reflect on a cherished theater-going staple by cobbling together a list of my absolute favorite summer movies, ones I had the privilege of seeing while the going was spectacular. Whether summer movie season is at an end or suffering through a morally bankrupt slump, I’d like to key in on the films that made the whole craze worthwhile. Continue reading
“Did you know the MCU would end up here?” a friend asked as we walked (or stumbled) out of Avengers: Endgame, mind blown, our hearts full and souls in tatters. The question is essentially a humble brag for Marvel Studios. Every year it seems like the MCU outdoes itself, and every year my friends and I think back to Iron Man – the one that started this whole thing, the little movie that could. “Not in the slightest,” we’d all agree, and our shared sentiments only affirm just how much this universe has grown beyond our wildest comic book dreams. Continue reading