I have now caught up with the latest Marvel Movies and thought I would give my impression of them without giving too much away, I hope 🙂
Black Widow (2021) The prequal story for Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson, William Hurt, Ray Winston and Rachel Weiss amongst others. This film was teased for years given the popularity of the character in the Marvel Universe. The story starts in 1995, super soldier Alexei Shostakov and Black Widow Melina Vostokoff work as Russian undercover agents, posing as a family in Ohio with Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova as their daughters. They steal S.H.I.E.L.D. intel and escape to Cuba where their boss, General Dreykov, has Romanoff and Belova taken to the Red Room for training. Years pass, during which Shostakov is imprisoned in Russia while Romanoff defects to S.H.I.E.L.D. after bombing Dreykov’s Budapest office and apparently killing him and his young daughter Antonia. (Wiki)
The film covers the back story to the eventual reuniting with her family and a typical Marvel adventure takes place along the way. I must admit the film was a bit weak overall and Scarlett Johannsson was going through the motions, the film needed to be made earlier in the story arc before Phase 3 was completed and while the film was ok I found that I was not all that bothered either way. The character probably deserved better to be honest, as far as Marvel Movies go I would give it a 6/10.
Eternals (2021) In 5000 BC, ten superpowered Eternals Ajak, Sersi, Ikaris, Kingo, Sprite, Phastos, Makkari, Druig, Gilgamesh, and Thena—are sent by the CelestialArishem to Earth on their starship, the Domo, to exterminate the invasive Deviants. The last of the Deviants are killed in 1521, and the group’s opinions differ over their continued responsibilities and their relationship with humankind. Over the next five hundred years, they mostly live apart from each other, awaiting Arishem’s return. (Wiki)
This film has a pretty much top cast in some ways with Gemma Chan, Angeline Jolly, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Don Lee etc and follows the adventure of the Eternals as they are called into action after being separated for a number of years to take on the deviants and then decide that they will fight the Emergence, I don’t want to give too much away but to say that I fell asleep half way through the film so will need to see it again, but barring my missing half an hour this is a mess of a movie in my opinion and the worst Marvel Movie to date in my opinion, I just did not get into it at all or enjoy it at all. I would give it a 3/10.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Around one thousand years ago, Xu Wenwu discovers the mystical ten rings which grant immortality and godly powers. He establishes the Ten Rings organization, conquering kingdoms and toppling governments throughout history. In 1996, Wenwu searches for Ta Lo, a village said to harbor mythical beasts. He travels through a magical forest to the village entrance but is stopped by guardian Ying Li.
The two fall in love, and when the Ta Lo villagers reject Wenwu, Li chooses to leave with him and they have two children, Shang-Chi and Xialing; having found love, Wenwu abandons leadership of his organization and locks away the Ten Rings and the power and immortality it grants. When Shang-Chi is 7 years old, Li is murdered by Wenwu’s enemies, the Iron Gang. Wenwu dons the Ten Rings once again, massacres the Iron Gang, and resumes leadership of his organization. He makes Shang-Chi undergo brutal training in martial arts, but does not allow Xialing to train with the others so she teaches herself in secret. When Shang-Chi is 14, Wenwu sends him to assassinate the Iron Gang’s leader. After refusing to fulfill his mission, a demoralized Shang-Chi runs away to San Francisco and adopts the name “Shaun”. (Wiki)
Starring Simu Liu, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Wong, Fola Chen etc I was hopeful for this film to be pretty decent. The effects and the action were decent, the story not so much, more run of the mill for myself and had me starting to think that Marvel are starting to lose their way as DC did earlier. The story picks up as Xu starts to put his empire back together and again I don’t want to give too much away but if I had waited until I saw this on DVD it would not have upset me at all. I would give the film a 6/10 as it was no better than Black Widow but Marvel have work to do and I hope the next Spider Man movie brings the standard and the excitement back to Marvel, if it doesn’t the journey is over for those other than the die hard fans I suspect.