Deadpool 2 is a crass, immature, sometimes vulgar movie which also happens to have a huge amount of heart to it. Quietly, I felt that a lot of the reason the first Deadpool was so successful was because of how unexpected it was: a fresh take on the genre that also wanted to rip it down. Going into the sequel, I was always kind of worried that Deadpool 2 would be a lazy, more of the same, kind of movie. I’m happy to say I was wrong.
All the way back in February, I wrote a pretty cynical list of my thoughts on the years upcoming Super hero movies. At the time, I felt like I was getting pretty burned out on them. But between Black Panther and Infinity War, I guess I really don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. Why are you even reading this?
The Avengers: Infinity War was an amazing movie. It was incredible, spectacular, astonishing and other such superlatives which also work as alliteration. It’s not just that Infinity War was a good movie though, it was that it felt unique in being the real proof that we could make the comic book cross over transition to the big screen. And do it well.
The following is going to contain spoilers concerning Avengers: Infinity War.
Disney seems like an insatiable eating machine, taking in other companies at a worrying rate, leading us ever closer to the megacorporation future so many of our favourite dystopian science fiction movies and books predicted. It’s not all bad though, Because Disney’s aquitisiton of 20th Century Fox for a staggering $52.4 last year means that Marvel movie fans get to see their favourite properties back together again. That’s a decent trade for an inevitable cyberpunk future. Right?
While most people’s initial gut reaction would be how the new status quo would affect the upcoming X-Men and Deadpool movies, I’m going to pose a different question: How could the MCU salvage the Fantastic Four from the near unsalvageable position that the previous three movies have left Marvel’s first family. And potentially how soon could the group find themselves in the mix after Infinity War.
The question that was always going to be posed towards Jessica Jones’ second series was “how the hell do you follow a villain like Killgrave?”. The short answer, as it turns out, is that you don’t.
Netflix’s continuity of Marvel super hero shows has consistently been of a grittier tone, dealing with darker subject matter than the comparatively light and fluffy movies won’t go near. Stepping away from the bright, larger than life threats the movie heroes deal with and taking a heavier focus on more mature themes. Themes such as race, obsession, addiction, PTSD and morality. None of the shows delves deeper into these themes than Jessica Jones did. After The Punisher returned to the strengths of these series following a wobble, Jessica Jones doubles down on them.
There’s nothing like low/non-existent expectations to make you enjoy a movie all the more. I really didn’t know what to think about Black Panther going in. If anything I have been overly pessimistic about all of the super hero movies coming out this year. I’m actually glad this has just turned out to be my bad attitude in this case, as when I eventually got to go and see Black Panther, I really enjoyed it.
One of the things that stuck out about it the most to me though, amongst a whole swash of strong points, was the movie’s villain; Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, played by Michael B. Jordan. Anyone who thinks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe even slightly critically will know that the franchise’s movies have a villain problem. More often than not, they’re pretty weak as far as characters go. They might have cool design or seem physically imposing, but them actually being compelling as characters is rarely the case.