They're riding on the coattails of the Infinity Stones saga and its success, cashing in with cheaper movies (cheaper to make doesn't automatically
mean a lower budget, you can still nicely use the budget to transfer away money to avoid profit taxes, no profit, no taxes; except the regular income
tax but you can set up other foreign listed companies that provide various overpaid 'services' and media products to avoid those again. I suspect
that's why Disney movies are always so expensive, in terms of budget, to lower the profits of the company that is actually listed in the US and pays
US tax rates for whatever profit they're making, i.e the Disney corporation is making).
Black widow didn't need her own movie as much as Hawkeye doesn't need his own movie, but hey, she's a superheroine to tap in to the female section of
the market. And it's woke like Star Trek Discovery with its almost exclusively female cast + pretty boys for relational drama. In the end, the movie
is just another Red Sparrow type movie (the Sci-Fi versions of this type are way more interesting to me, like Æon Flux and Ghost in the Shell). Bond
movie that is meant to appeal to chicks even more than the Bond movies. No sci-fi, no fantasy, no real superhero abilities (that require some
expensive CGI and effects, or at least are time-intensive to make).
Shang-Chi and Eternals have too much Chinese or pro-China influence. Big market to tap in as well. Not expecting much from such an Asian-heavy cast
and Chinese director (for Eternals, just noticed they had another director for Shang-Chi).
Never truly liked Spider man, but the Marvel version at least has Tony Stark's suit to add some gimmicks to that superhero. Still, I would prefer
another Thor movie with the Hulk in it like Ragnarok, or even another Iron Man, Captain Marvel or Dr. Strange over Spider man, their abilities or
powers are just more interesting to me. Spider man was fun in Civil War though and the last one had some really nice eye candy in it.
Dr. Strange had lots of magic/fantasy effects in it = (enjoyable) eye candy (to me). Trying to ignore the blatant promotion and conditioning with
Eastern Mysticism and the related New Age philosophy that is based on it.
Thor… girl power
Yeah, romance film, also doesn't look like it will have a heavy Sci-Fi element to it. As long as the majority of the movie didn't take place on earth,
I would be more OK with it. Then it would have a bigger Sci-Fi element, when it's not on Earth, like the previous movies (except for the first, which
is a bit half-half, or perhaps 60:40 in favor of earth; then again, if you use my style of fastforwarding, it's 50:50 again, depending on how much of
the earth scenes you skip). Not looking forward to this one, and I doubt even if the majority of the movie didn't take place on earth, there will be
much Sci-Fi and fantasy in it because it's already described as a romance film (on wikipedia for example).
Black panther…over hyped, overrated
Yeah, and the hero itself also doesn't have very interesting abilities or powers. Wakanda's technology is interesting though from a Sci-Fi
perspective, so I'm hoping the 2nd movie will be better, but it needs better actors in major roles. Denzel Washington perhaps? Morgan Freeman? James
Earl Jones, Eddy Murphy, Laurence Fishburn? (is it too late to swap out the actor for the Black Panther himself? I mean, you got a kick-ass
actor/actress for Iron Man, Bruce Banner, Star-Lord, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Fury, Dr. Strange, etc. and Thor and Captain America very much 'look the
part', I'm also familiar with all of them from other movies, but the actor that plays Black Panther is a complete unknown to me; nor do I enjoy his
acting performance all that much)
I kinda liked Captain Marvel, had some things happening in space with spaceships and other futuristic weaponry and machinery. That's my genre. Hoping
for more space and less earth in the next one. Probably won't happen (it's more expensive).
Ant man has a gimmick I like, especially when he grows big, that scene in Civil War is sooo funny. As it is in Ant-man and the Wasp. And my
expectations were low going into these movies, they were quite doable.
Guardian 3… has to be better than number two
Agreed, still enjoyed 2 more than most of the Marvel movies on earth though. Sci-Fi is more my genre. And the 2nd time I watched it, it was more
enjoyable than the first time. Causing me to end up with the following ranking for Marvel movies (which I already shared in my own thread but to put
some of the things I said above into context):
Guardians of the Galaxy
Thor: Dark World
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Age of Ultron
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The First Avenger
Shang-Chi and Eternals on par with Black Panther (hoping Eternals at least will be better).
Spider-Man: No Way Home on par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (it'll probably slot in below Spider-Man: Far From Home in my ranking list
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness perhaps will be better than the Iron Man series, at least that's what I'm hoping for. It has potential for
lots of eye candy.
Thor: Love and Thunder, yeah, what can you say, may be even worse than Black Widow, at least that one had some action and easily skippable emotional
drama. May end up being the worst one for a while. At least it'll get Black Widow of its last spot in my list cause I was extra harsh on it because I
felt that movie never should have been made (and if you do Black Widow, then why not Hawkeye? I'll tell you why... if I hadn't already more or less
done so in this comment).
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is probably going to be better than the last one. How much? No idea. Depends on the earlier mentioned factors (casting
The Marvels, if not too much on earth, above Captain Marvel.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, hmmm, does that mean no growing big? Than probably around the first Ant-Man.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, this one will have to save the franchise for me, putting all my hopes in it to outdo the first one, which will put it
3rd in my list. Have to wait almost 2 more years for it, while struggling my way through the other ones (at least my expectations of those will be
low, hopefully making them more bearable, managed my way through Black Widow that way, not my type of movie).
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