Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is A Marvel Tale Of The Highest Order

What began with 2008’s Iron Man ends with Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s untitled Avengers movie. Over a decades worth of excellent films, coupled with the gradual buildup to the battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) may have proven to be a bit anti-climactic and disappointing because, if one is cynical, how long can this golden streak last?

Avengers: Infinity War is actually the finest hour (actually, make that two hours and twenty nine minutes) in the Marvel cinematic universe mainly thanks to Thanos. Though the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers, Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) all have their respective moments within this epic narrative, everything would have fallen flat if a compelling villain didn’t take center stage. Like Black Panther’s antagonist Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Thanos has a violent way of doing business, but it is a thirst that is not borne out of world domination or even blood lust. Thanos’ desire to possess all the Infinity Stones and fit them into his power glove stems from a vision to make the universe a more sustainable place, even if millions of different races have to be killed in the process.

It’s Thanos’ grand vision that lords over Avengers: Infinity War, but if you want to see tons of CGI driven action and each of Earth’s “mightiest heroes” humbled beyond belief, Avengers: Infinity War will definitely do the trick. Credit goes to directors Anthony and Joe Russo for keeping the multitude of storylines, set in different parts of Marvel’s world, streamlined and interest. Each of the story arcs, while seemingly beating to the tune of a different drummer, all fit into place.

Even if you’re not a comic book fan, Avengers: Infinity War succeeds as an action driven film that refreshingly refuses to let up (even the end credits scene, without giving too much away, is ambitious), and there will be moments that, if you haven’t read or listened to spoilers, will surely take you by surprise. Well written, action packed escapist fare is few and far between, and it’s also a huge accomplishment that, after years of hype, Avengers: Infinity War lives up to the billing.

Speaking of Thanos, click on the media bar to hear Josh Brolin talk about how he approached playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War:

Avengers: Infinity War made a record $630 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

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Michael B. Jordan Continues To “Grow” With ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler

European Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther"

One of cinema’s most successful collaborations is between filmmaker Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan. Their previous films Fruitvale Station and Creed were critical successes, and now the duo are receiving tons of praises for their work in Black Panther. It’s a partnership that is akin to Martin Scorsese’s early collaborations with Robert De Niro, and hopefully Black Panther is just another step in a long and successful union.

“We continue to grow,” said Jordan who plays villain Erik Kilmonger in the film. “We’re growing together. We raise the bar – we try to one each project that we do. I’m forever impressed by his talent and ability. We have a connection that can’t be broken.”

Click on the media bar to hear Jordan discuss what Wakanda means to him.

Black Panther, co-starring Chadwick Boseman, opens nationwide February 16.

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Chadwick Boseman Promises An “Amazing Experience” With ‘Black Panther’

775106098TM00139_The_Los_AnChadwick Boseman made a splash as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and now the Marvel superhero gets his own movie.

Along with starting off a possible franchise, the film also boasts the talents of Creed director Ryan Cogler and actor Michael B. Jordan. This time out, Jordan plays Erik Kilmonger, a rival of Black Panther (Boseman), and it’s a confrontation that should be one of the many highlights of the film.

“I think it’s because it’s different,” said Boseman on the anticipation behind the film. “People have not seen this before so people are excited about what they have not seen. Obviously there’s a huge confrontation between my character and Michael’s character. I think people are excited about that as well.”

In the clip below, Boseman elaborates on the “amazing experience” that audiences will have with Black Panther:

Black Panther, co-starring Lupita Nyong’o, opens nationwide February 16.

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Chadwick Boseman Gets Revolutionary With ‘Black Panther’ Trailer

blackpanther1Chadwick Boseman’s career went on an immediate upswing thanks to his convincing work as both Jackie Robinson (42) and James Brown (Get On Up). With Black Panther Boseman takes on the role of one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes as T’Challa (Boseman) is a man who places his people before his own comfort.

Directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther centers on T’Challa’s return to the advanced nation of Wakanda after his father (who’s Wakanda’s King) passes. Faced with foes all around him, T’Challa must claim his rightful throne but, more importantly, save Wakanda from heading down a dire path. The film co-stars Martin Freeman and Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan (along with Creed, they also paired up for Fruitvale Station). Check out the trailer, which features a mesh of Gil Scott-Heron’s spoken word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and the hip hop track “Bagbak,” and tell us what you think!

Black Panther opens February 16, 2018.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

Director James Gunn is getting out ahead of the inevitable questions. Speaking on his Facebook page, Gunn stated that he will return to write and direct a third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. The second installment is set to arrive May 5.

After Robin Williams‘ scene-stealing role, it may be hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the Genie in Aladdin, but a new live action version of the animated favorite from Disney may have found their man. According to Deadline, Will Smith is in talks for the role.

HBO Films is preparing an adaptation of the popular book Fahrenheit 451 and according to Deadline, two of the central characters have been cast. Michael B. Jordan will star as the young fireman Montag, who forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon) and struggles to regain his humanity.

Riz Ahmed has joined the cast of The Sisters Brothers, a film that centers on a pair of brothers who are hired to kill a prospector who stole from their boss. Set in the 1850s, Variety reports that the movie also stars Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Rosamund Pike has been tapped to play American reporter Marie Colvin in a still untitled film. Colvin, who lost her left eye in 2001 and wore a distinctive eye patch, worked primarily in conflict zones like Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. The reporter died in 2012 during a rocket attack while covering the civil war in Syria.

Amy Schumer has signed on to star in I Feel Pretty. Deadline reports that the script was written by and will be directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The storyline is being kept under wraps.

Guillermo del Toro‘s Cold War drama The Shape of Water now has a Dec. 8 release date. The fantasy adventure film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

Deadline reports that David Oyelowo has signed on for Only You, a thriller written and directed by Mean Creek‘s Jacob Estes. The film is expected to be a time travel thriller.