We’ve known for decades that comics are a perfect basis for both films and series. But that in 2021 there would still be original and deviant expressions based on my favorite form of ‘literature’… well, I wouldn’t even have dared to dream that! In that regard, 2021 has truly been a Marvelous, Millarculeus and DClicious year so far in terms of entertainment value!
Patton Oswalt’s Robot Chicken-esque animated series starring the Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing in the first few episodes is really fucking funny and wacky. The gags are blowing in your face every second and some of them are almost shockingly hilarious, almost like the early seasons of South Park. But the quality and the joke density quickly goes down and then I got a kind of fatigue while watching this series: you really have to try your best to like this, you know. Not only the series, with its skinny Marvel sauce and high speed, but especially MODOK itself. At the beginning of each episode, he is another nasty, mean little man who gradually learns a lesson along the way that makes him a little less annoying, only to start the next episode all over again as an asshole.
I definitely had fun with MODOK, especially during fine episodes like The MODOK That Time Forgot! and If Saturday Be… for the Boys!, but not enough to recommend this to everyone.
This series starts as a wonderful fairytale with a post-apocalyptic edge, about a super sweet boy with deer antlers who is going to steal your heart anyway. The original approach and lovely atmosphere, interspersed with pandemic horrors, kept me glued to the first episodes. But when at one point the series mainly focuses on how this world deals with the aftermath of a catastrophe, and doesn’t introduce a lot of new angles, it was a bit of a magic for me. In fact, it started to get a little bit in the Young Adult direction, and I’ve seen enough Hunger Games and movies with titles that sound like a cleaning agent in my life for that matter. Hopefully Sweet Tooth will be able to pick itself up again, but for now I don’t think it is much more than ‘doing the best’. And that is a Groningen compliment that no one will feel flattered by.
Captain America is my favorite character from the MCU and I was very curious to see how the gap that Steve Rogers left behind would be filled. Well, I couldn’t have asked for a better replacement than Sam Wilson, and his story of what it’s like to be a black man following America’s white poster boy is extremely captivating and moving. I found everything that had to do with the Flag Smashers less interesting, no matter how well-intentioned and up-to-date this ‘terrorist’ group was portrayed. In addition, Falcon and the Winter Soldier has a somewhat strange structure, with a few huge highlights, but also too often (parts of) episodes that are not interesting and exciting at all. So in the end a bit of a mixed bag for me, with parts that I almost immediately forgot, but also a few moments that will stay with me forever and have changed the MCU forever.
After not seeing an MCU movie for a year and a half, it was a little crazy not to check out Black Widow in IMAX. In fact, I automatically entered that room and found out after 30 seconds that we had walked into The Quiet Place II! It also turns out that only 22 minutes of this movie was filmed in IMAX format and there’s more to Black Widow. It feels like this movie should have been released 5 years ago, not just in the MCU timeline, but also in impact: it would have been much bigger before the release of movies like Endgame, Black Panther, and maybe even Thor: Ragnarok. Still, as Jacco also mentioned in his review, it’s a very fun spy movie with an interesting family dynamic in which Florence Pugh and Scarlett Johansson really are the fucking shit. Killing Eve can suck at these spy bosses! It might feel a bit too much like the MCU version of a Bourne movie, complete with a motorbike chase scene through a European city and a baddie explaining his plan through CNN footage, but I was still on the go. entertained and, SWALLOW, (SPOILERS FOR THAT LONELY PERSON IN THE BACK WHO HAS NOT SEEN ENDGAME YET) we’ll miss her, won’t we?
As I mentioned in my blog a while back, WandaVision wasn’t exactly what the doctor recommended when it came to highly anticipated MCU content. The set-up of various types of sitcoms starring Vision and Wanda Maximoff throughout television history, with an underlying mystery to keep butts in chairs, really shouldn’t have come until after the releases of The Eternals and Black Widow. But hey, pandemic and everything, so we just went with it, and I have to say I had a great time with the comedic skills of Elizabeth Olsen, Kathryn Hahn and Paul Bettany. Well in the end the underlying mystery didn’t turn out the most surprising and WandaVision is more standard MCU than I expected, but the WandaVision is still a nice trip for Marvel Studios and a very nice start to their Disney+ series.
My take on the laaaaaaange version of Justice League is well documented, so check out the review here and here’s even another video on why me and Dennis went so well on this movie/miniseries:
DC’s animated feature films can be truly fantastic or quite meh, there’s not much in between. Fortunately, one of the latest DC Animated Movies does a lot of good, with its offbeat cel shaded style, fantastic action and original approach to the familiar characters. Matt Bomer, known for Doom Patrol and The Sinner, plays The Flash who is transported back in time to World War II during a battle with Superman against Brainiac. There he encounters an extremely badass Wonder Woman with a strong accent who tries to lead the Justice Society, consisting of the old-school Flash, Hour Man, Black Canary and Hawkman, to victory against the Nazis. The result is one of those animated DC flicks that are better than most live action DCEU movies, with a tight flow, an airy atmosphere thanks to regular jokes, and just enough breathing room for the various characters to keep them engaged. This is superhero entertainment of the highest order and maybe, one day, DC Animated Movies will make their way to the cinemas. Because there are plenty that belong there just fine, as far as I’m concerned!
Unfortunately, there’s no second season of Jupiter’s Legacy, and while this isn’t a Firefly or Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance-format scandal, I think it’s a real shame. I find this story very interestingly different from other superhero outings, mainly because of the mix of genres that Jupiter’s Legacy offers. This Millarworld series is about a family of superpowered people in the present day, while regular flashbacks go back to the 1930s where the same characters have a very different adventure. The interaction between these two periods has a somewhat slow build-up that you have to go through, but a very effective one that has a very special ‘end game’ in both eras. You know somewhat where the story is going, but never exactly, so I always looked forward to the conclusion of the whole while there were enough surprises on the way to keep it interesting. Jupiter’s Legacy has a fairly serious style that contrasts somewhat with the soapy finish and super gory, ‘graphic’ action, so this series takes some getting used to in many ways. But as a round story this really grabbed me, it really did something original that I like in a second
I’ve dubbed Invincible “the Castlevania of superhero animated series” and that’s a huge compliment. As far as I’m concerned, Castlevania really is one of the coolest, sexiest and most spectacular forms of animation I’ve ever seen, and Invincible is very similar in style. Both are extremely violent, can be really pitch black in terms of themes and have a comparably fantastic cast. Okay, on that last point, Invincible really goes MILES much further, with names like Zazie Beetz, Walton Goggins, Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Jon Hamm, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Mantzoukas and JK Simmons it really doesn’t make any sense anymore who Amazon Prime have pulled out all the stops for this. But not only the star count in this series is shocking, the plot twists really knocked me out too! IF YOU ARE ALREADY CONVINCED, DON’T READ ANY MORE AND DON’T WATCH THE TRAILER!!!! This series deconstructs the superhero genre even further The Boys already did, with world building so well-known that it gives you a false sense of security, then turns everything upside down. So don’t think that the first episodes are representative of the eventual development of this series, because handsome human being who finds this series predictable!
Loki has it almost all for me: a fantastic cast, very special music, more Marvel Eastereggs than a dozen MCU movies put together and a beautifully consistent style. In addition, the story goes really quite meta, multidimensional even, while breaking right through time and space. I’m not spoiling anything by saying that Loki has far-reaching implications for Phase 4 of the MCU, making it more of a must-see for fans of the universe than WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Tom Hiddleston’s irresistible charisma leads the viewer through some overwhelmingly beautiful worlds destroyed before your very eyes, while a purple color palette and otherworldly music offer just the kind of alienation a sci-fi approach like this needs. The dialogue is sharp, especially when Owen Wilson steals scenes from Hiddleston, and the humor is supportive, serving the characters, just as it should be in an MCU joint. In addition, the series has a whole host of fantastic supporting roles, from Jonathan Majors and Wonmi Mosaku (both of Lovecraft Country fame), to Richard E. Grant, Guga Mbatha-Raw, Sasha Lane (her first role since American Honey). , Tara Strong (voice actress with a track record comparable to that of Nolan North and Jennifer Hale) and up-and-coming talent Sophia Di Martino. With this fantastic series, we’re really on the brink of a new Marvel era, and I’m all fucking on board!