John Pollock and Wai Ting review the fifteenth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). We discuss James Gunn’s sequel to his 2014 surprise hit, the comedic talents of Dave Bautista as Drax, Yondu’s fantastic babyface turn, the incredible emotive abilities of a CGI raccoon, and how Awesome Mix Vol. 2 stacks up against the original.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review the tenth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). On the week of Endgame’s release, we discuss Marvel’s first deep dive into its cosmic side as we learn more about the Infinity Stones and the world of Thanos. We discuss the risks Marvel took by dedicating a movie to its least known property to date, the casting of a relative unknown in Chris Pratt as lead while relegating stars such as Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel to voice-acting roles, as well as the show-stealing performance of WWE wrestler Dave Bautista.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review the seventh Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Iron Man 3 (2013). We discuss why director Shane Black took over for Jon Favreau, the performance of Robert Downey Jr. as a PTSD-suffering Tony Stark following the events of The Avengers, the controversial swerve involving Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin, and more.
John Pollock, Wai Ting and special guest Brent Chittenden review the sixth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, The Avengers (2012). We discuss the culmination of Marvel’s Phase One with a look back at its most ambitious crossover at the time, helmed by writer/director Joss Whedon. We examine the performances of every major character and discuss how well the film holds up in 2019.
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the fifth Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). We discuss Marvel’s surprising decision to hire Chris Evans for the role, the concept of using science to enhance muscle mass, the special effects used to create a scrawny, pre-serum Steve Rogers, as well as the performances of Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving.
John Pollock and Wai Ting discuss the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the controversy surrounding Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as James Rhodes, the introduction of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the use of antagonists played by Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, and the reasons why this movie might not be as fondly remembered as its predecessor.
In this review of the second Marvel Cinematic Universe film, John Pollock and Wai Ting discuss Edward Norton’s role as both lead actor and writer, his romantic chemistry with Liv Tyler, the controversy of Marvel replacing him with Mark Ruffalo for subsequent films, and the circumstances of the film’s release only five years after Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003).