The Fantastic Four just can’t seem to pull it off on the big screen. This latest installment, directed by Josh Trank, is the fourth film and third reboot from Fox Studios in its ongoing effort to build a franchise around these characters. Unfortunately, the film falls far short of capturing the thrills, humor, and sense of adventure that has been the hallmark of Marvel’s First Family for more than 50 years.
Given the torturous history of its production. I was unsure what to expect going into Ant-Man, the latest installation in Marvel’s vast universe of films. In development for more than a decade, with multiple script rewrites and a very public change in directors, there was a lot to be nervous about. Sitting in the theater last Thursday, however, my fears were quickly allayed. Rest easy, true believers; Ant-Man is pretty darn good.
From the opening scene, “Avengers:Age of Ultron hits the ground running, and doesn’t let up. The sequel to 2012’s triumphant Avengers tentpole, and the latest chapter in Marvel’s epic (seemingly endless) superhero franchise, is a fun albeit bloated spectacle that still finds time for levity and sadness.
Marvel kicked off its multi-series deal with Netflix last week with the premier of Daredevil. Without hyperbole, this is the best thing Marvel has ever done.
The series, which debuted its first two episodes on Jan. 6, is great fun. It’s stylish, snappy, often humorous, and everything I’d hoped the often-bland Agents of S.H.I.EL.D. would be.
Arrow and Flash may be problematic, but that’s partly because they can and do take bigger risks with their characters, and are willing to dig deeper into relationships, romantic or otherwise. That said they don’t get a pass just for swinging big.
• T’Challa T’Challa bill, y’all! Who’s the richest superhero? Hint: It’s not Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. (Not to nitpick, but Magneto hasn’t governed Genosha since Professor X’s psychic twin decimated the island with a Sentinel attack in New X-Men #114. And while we’re at it, the Black Panther is not currently the ruling monarch of Wakanda;…