“You break the rules and become a hero. I do it and I become the enemy. That doesn’t seem fair.”

“And I know he’s here…”

I had a realisation when I heard that line. In the eighth episode of Wandavision, “Previously On”, Wanda Maximoff enters SWORD Headquarters to try and retrieve the body of her lover, the Vision. And something about how Elizabeth Olsen delivers that line. Some mixture of ragged sorrow, aggrieved entitlement and barely contained rage…like a soul that’s been crushed into diamond-hardness by life’s cruelties. It’s absolutely terrifying. And that’s when I realised that Elizabeth Olsen is the best actor in the MCU.

Now, a while back I said that I would be reviewing all of the Disney Plus Marvel shows as part of this series, but, in my defence, that was before I had seen most of them. In fact it was right around the time that Wandavision had me convinced that it was one of the most exciting, radical genre TV shows I’d seen in years. That’s…not how it turned out. The Wandavision finale wasn’t terrible, by any means, but for something that was shaping up to be the MCU’s answer to Twin Peaks to end in just another CGI blob fight in the sky…

Well, I wasn’t angry. But I was disappointed. And it turned out that Wandavision was the highpoint, so let’s just breeze quickly through the rest.

Not bad, really liked the John Walker arc, the Isiah Bradley stuff was cool but the villain was just nails-on-a-chalkboard and the two leads were the least compelling part. C+

Didn’t see it. I mean, I watched it but the whole thing was so underlit I don’t even know what happened. Picked up a bit towards the end with the Kang reveal but the writing needed to be a lot sharper for a show about the MCU’s wittiest character. C-

Damn, Marvel just does NOT like Star Lord, huh? This one’s hard to judge, any anthology show is going to have ups and downs. Overall, I think it balances out to be a B-.

Quit after episode 3. Automatic F.

Okay, a Hawkeye series is a tough lift. Fair enough. But how do you fuck up Moon Knight? I quit this twice. I tried to power through because I love the character but life is too damn short. Two Fs.

And I haven’t seen Ms Marvel or She Hulk yet.

Oh, but it looks GREAT.

So that’s us all caught up.

Multiverse of Madness is basically a thrown gauntlet to the audience. Prior to this, the TV corner of the MCU (whether that was on ABC, Netflix, Hulu or Disney +) was completely vestigial to the films. In fact, prior to Charlie Cox showing up as Matt Murdock in No Way Home, I can’t think of a single instance when the TV properties were even acknowledged in a main series movie (prove me wrong in the comments, folks). MoM though? If you are not at least fully caught up on Wandavision, Loki and What If?

The movie begins with a demon chasing two people through an interdimensional vortex. The two are Doctor Stephen Strange, now sporting a hideous ponytail, and America Chavez, Marvel’s attempt to make fetch happen from a few years back. They’re looking for the Book of Vishanti, a magic tome that grants incredible power. Of course, the correct name is actually the Book of THE Vishanti, a slip up that I’m sure cost Marvel at least 50 million or so at the boxoffice.

They get captured by the demon and Strange, rather than let America fall into its clutches, tries to kill her but is killed himself. In desperation, America opens a portal (her power is opening portals) and she and Strange’s corpse are transported to Earth 616…

No, you know what, I’ve put up with this bullshit long enough and we need to address this. Alright, the whole “616” thing. Why does this number keep showing up in connection with Marvel?

Well actually, yes. In a roundabout way. Maybe. Truth is, the origin of the term is a little muddled. So in 1983 in a Captain Britain story, Captain Britain meets the Captain Britain Corps, a team composed of Captain Britains from across the multiverse.

Rick and Morty didn’t invent shit.

Captain Britain learns that his Earth is designated “616”, and that’s been the name of the main Marvel continuity ever since. Why “616”? According to writer Dave Thorpe, he originally intended 616 to be the designation for an eeeevil parallel universe and thought “666” was too on the nose and so he subtracted 50. (Of course, if you know your biblical history you know that the earliest versions of Revelations actually gives the Number of the Beast as “616”, which to me just proves that Saint John was a massive DC fanboy). But then Alan Moore took over the title and used 616 to refer to Braddock’s home universe without understanding the significance. (Or, quite possibly, he completely understood the significance and did it as a covert “FU” to Marvel). Anyway, doesn’t matter. From then on, the main “home” universe where the vast majority of Marvel stories are set takes place in Earth 616. Here’s the problem. The movies have started referring to the MCU as “616”, since all the way back in The Dark World, before the multiverse even existed. Which is just hideously confusing because, no, the MCU is NOT Earth 616. It’s Earth 199999! This is Earth 616:

Guys? Can we smile for the camera? Somebody? One smile?

So please. Say no to misnumbering fictional universes. This bullshit is hard enough to keep track of as it is.

Anyway, Stephen Strange 61…our Stephen Strange is attending the wedding of Christine Palmer, the one that got away. They reminisce about old times after the service and she asks him if he’s happy because it’s her wedding day and you have to let your exe know that he’s losing. He tells her that of course he’s happy. Massive spoilers: he is not in fact happy.

Anyway, they hear screams and they look out to see a massive monster tearing through New York city. Strange battles the creature with an assist from Wong and after they kill it they discover that it was trying to kill America Chavez, who Stephen recognises from a dream where he tried to kill her and she explains that that was real, and that dreams are just you experiencing the lives of your alternate selves whose live took a different path.

Are the rest of you having perfectly normal dreams where you got into your preferred college or married a different person? Because my alternate selves are going buck fucking wild. I really want to know what choice I made that prevented me from growing lizards out of my vagina because that was a bullet I’ll definitely want to dodge again if it comes up. Secondly, was no one in this universe dreaming before Loki started up the multiverse? Because that would drive you crazy. That would make you run around in your underwear randomly punching people…ahhhhhhhh okay.

Wong and Stephen realise that this monster had witch stank all over it so Stephen decides to pay a visit to Wanda Maximoff, still hiding out in the countryside after her sitcom got cancelled. Wanda is at first perfectly pleasant and helpful and tells Stephen to bring America to her, before realising that he never actually told her America’s name. Her ruse rumbled, Wanda reveals her true form, much witchier and more scarlet than usual.

So, honest question, was anyone surprised by this? I’m not saying it’s a bad twist from a storytelling perspective but it’s certainly not unexpected. If you walked away from Wandavision with the impression that it was anything other than a supervillain origin I don’t know what to tell you.

So Wanda has been driven insane by the loss of her children in Wandavision and the corrupting influence of the Darkhold so she’s going to steal America’s reality hopping power and go to a universe where her sons are still alive.

Now, this raised not one, but two questions for me. First, Billy and Tommy Vision-Maximoff were never actually real. Wanda just conjured them out of nothing. So, since she’s now even more powerful than she was during the events of Wandavision, why can’t she just do that again? Secondly, where the hell is Vision in all of these alternate realities?

But it clicked for me when I realised that the Billy and Tommy we see in this movie aren’t magical creations like the ones in Wandavision. They’re just normal flesh and blood boys who Wanda had with some dude who, presumably, wasn’t an android (begin speculating now please).

My money’s on Thor.

Actually, scratch that. If these kids aged naturally then Wanda had these kids when she was still a teenager. I don’t want any of the Avengers to be the Dad.

Anyway, our Wanda kept getting dreams of these kids which is where she got the idea to create them in Wandavision. Which kinda puts her actions in a very different light. Now she’s less a grieving mother trying to get her kids back, and more an inter-dimensional monster trying to steal away children who she’s never even met but thinks she’s entitled to because she dreamed she was their mother.

Realising that he’s screwed the pooch, Stephen retreats to Kamar-Taj where he and Wong summon all the magic users they can to help defend America from Wanda. Wanda was crazily OP even before she had the Darkhold, of course so she just tears through the city’s defences and America has no choice but to blast into another universe with Stephen tagging along for the ride.

They end up in Earth 838, a solar-punk utopia where the air is clean and food is free as long as you don’t get caught. Unfortunately, America does get caught stealing pizza balls from Pizza Poppa, a street vendor played by Bruce Campbell because Sam Raimi looks after his friends. When Pizza Poppa gets a little aggressive, Steven casts a spell on him forcing him to punch himself which, he tells America, will last for three weeks.

Yeeeeeah. That’s murder.

Strange reasons that their only way to stop Wanda is with the Book of the Vishanti but he doesn’t know how to find it. So, the pair decide to find this universe’s Stephen Strange to see if he knows where it is. On the way, they find Memory Lane, a business that scans your mind and plays holograms of intimate memories that anyone on the street can watch (and you thought the tech industry had a problem with respecting privacy in our universe). Stephen sees a memory of Christine gifting him a watch which, I learned in the course of this review, costs $27,000 in real life. That is too much for a watch. I guess it’s a status symbol, in that “idiocy” is technically a status. Anyway, this watch is now broken from Strange’s crash so it doesn’t even work.

We also learn some more about America here. When she was a child she accidentally activated her powers which caused her mothers to be sucked into a vortex. America’s been looking for them in the multiverse ever since. Also, incredibly minor nitpick but I hate the way Strange asks her who they are and America answers “my moms. Mis madres.”

Bilingual people don’t actually do that. If you speak English but don’t speak Irish, I’m not going to say “I’m Mouse, is mise Mouse” unless I’m showing off that I can speak Irish and that I know you can’t.

You know. Like an asshole.

Anyway, they discover that doctor Strange is dead in this universe, having apparently given his life fighting Thanos. At the Sanctum Sanctorum they meet the new Sorceror Supreme, Karl Mordo.

Strang is wary because Mordo apparently went insane and tried to kill him. Offscreen. Sounds like it might have been interesting to see but whatever. This Mordo seems pretty chill though, and invites them in for tea. Mordo tells them that Darkhold has a spell that will allow Wanda to possess her counterpart in this universe and come after them herself. Stephen asks for Mordo’s help in getting the book of Vishanti and Mordo’s all “sorry, do you take one lump of sleeping drug in your tea or two?”

They wake up in the Baxter Foundation under the supervision of Christine Palmer 838 who tells them that they’re being quarantined until she can make sure they’re not crawling with Multiversal Covid. Mordo then arrives and takes Stephen to meet the Illuminati, a group of superheroes who chose to name themselves after a legendary sinister cabal bent on world domination (did no one run that by PR?)

Anyway, the Illuminati are Mordo, Captain Carter, Reed Richards, Maria Rambeau as Captain Marvel, Charles Xavier and Black Bolt because dammit, Anson Mount is awesome and deserved a chance to do it right. The Illuminati tell Stephen that Stephen 838 used the Darkhold to defeat Thanos but was corrupted by it and went mad with power and the Illuminati had to put him down like magical Old Yeller. Before they can decide whether or not to just extra-judicially murder Stephen (what noble heroes), Wanda attacks while possessing the body of her 838 counterpart.

Wanda’s attack on Illuminati Headquarters is pretty damn great. It’s a great gut punch to introduce all these cool bits of fan-service (Mister Fantastic! Professor X!) and then force us to watch as they are brutally murdered. There’s one scene where Christine is trying desperately to break America out of her cell while in the background a bloodstained Wanda is just ambling up the corridor and I actually muttered “oh shit” in the cinema. She is terrifying. Plus, how better to establish that your villain is an irredeemable monster than by having her break Patrick Stewart’s neck?

Also, I just realised that Patrick Stewart has portrayed the death of the same character onscreen four times now, that’s gotta be a record, right?

Anyway, Christine, Stephen and America flee from Wanda and find the Book of the Vishanti that the Illuminati were guarding. But, Wanda catches them, destroys the book and uses America to banish them to another universe before returning America to the MCU.

Christine and Stephen find themselves in a universe where there’s been an incursion (that’s where two universes crash together) and decide to find this universe’s Stephen Strange to help them get home. Unfortunately, this universe’s Strange has gone a little banana-pants.

Sinister Strange used the Darkhold to try and find a universe where he and Christine were together but apparently, even the infinite possibility of the multiverse can’t make that ship happen. I mean, what would you even call it? Stralmer? Parange? Garbage.

Anyway, they fight and Sinister Strange dies the only appropriate way a wizard can die. Falling from a great height and being impaled on something. Also, I hate to be buzzkill, but our Stephen started that fight and he’d have a damn hard time avoiding a murder charge.

Anyway, Stephen has no choice but to use the Darkhold to possess an alternate version of himself to rescue America. But where could such a thing be found? Well, as Stephen points out, the alternate doesn’t have to be alive and there is a perfectly good Stephen corpse just lying around. So now we get ZOMBIE STRANGE.

It’s a cool twist but I can’t help but find this hilarious. See, around a decade ago The Onion had a running joke of Republican voters gravitating to ever more bizarre candidates like a 19th century prospector, a ball of pure flaming rage or the reanimated corpse of Ronald Reagan. And damn, if Zombie Strange isn’t a dead (ha) ringer for Zombie Reagan.

Anyway, Zombie Reagan flies to Mount Wundagore where Wanda is preparing to sacrifice America and take her power. With Wong’s help, Strange is able to free America and tells her that the power was in her the whole yada yada yada. America fights Wanda but realises that far more power was in Wanda the whole time than and that she can’t beat her. So, she defeats her through the power of guilt. She opens up a portal to Billy and Tommy’s home in Earth 838 where they are fucking terrified out of their little minds by Wanda. Realising that she’s become a monster, Wanda brings the temple crashing down around herself and destroys all copies of the Darkhold throughout the multiverse.

Back in the wrecked universe, Stephen tells Christine that he loves her and that he wants to take her back to see his universe. She declines, because obviously, but says that it would have been “one hell of an incursion”.

When you really don’t know if she’s talking about your dick and you’re too scared to ask.

The movie ends with America being trained as a sorceror in Kamar-Taj and Stephen repairing his ridiculously overpriced watch, symbolising that he’s ready to put his past behind him and begin a new chapter of his life.

And then he suddenly grows a third eye.

***

Better than Doctor Strange in just about every way but I was damn cold on that movie so that’s not saying much. Multiverse of Madness is about as good as Phase 4 movies get but, well, that’s kinda the problem right? I don’t know, after 28 films maybe I’m just getting tired.

Scoring

Adaptation: 16/25

The story is a bit bloated. The fan-service of the Utopian Earth is nice and all but most of this multiverse isn’t really that mad.

Our Heroic Heroes: 17/25

Strange is pretty sidelined for much of the movie and I’m actually okay with that. I’ve always thought the character works better as a supporting part anyway. That said, I find this Stephen Strange more interesting than the Tony Stark knock off on the first one. This is a more contemplative, introspective Strange, trying to remain detached and cool while doubts over the path his life has taken cloud his mind.

Our Nefarious Villains: 25/25

There have been cool Marvel villains, tragic Marvel villains, compelling Marvel villains.

Scarlet Witch is the first one I consider genuinely scary. Olsen just blows everyone out of the water here.

Our Plucky Sidekicks: 15/25

Okay, fine, when Patrick Stewart rolled in to the theme of the 90s X-Men cartoon I made sounds that got me banned from the cinema. But the supporting cast is pretty flat overall.

The Stinger

Oh, Strange is apparently fine now. He goes about his day when suddenly he’s approached by a blonde woman who opens a portal in the middle of the street and tells him he needs to help her fix an incursion unless he’s chicken. And he just goes with her.

And the audience went…

So let me get this straight, Marvel. Blade gets introduced with one line of dialogue offscreen.

You get Charlize Frickin’ Theron to play a character and give her a big onscreen introduction and she’s not playing, I dunno, Emma Frost? Sue Storm?

She’s playing Cleo? FUCKING CLEO?!

The second stinger

Pizza Poppa, his faced bruised after weeks of self inflicted violence, is finally freed from his curse.

And the audience went

Are there X-Men yet?

We have X-Men in the MCU! I mean, in one of the infinite parallel dimensions that make up the MCU. But still, progress!

FINAL SCORE: 73%

NEXT UPDATE: 15 September 2022

NEXT TIME: With the X-Men series finished, it’s time to tackle a new series of movies, one very close to my heart.

We’re going to review all the Batman movies in order, starting with the first.

“But Mouse, you already reviewed Batman 1989.”
“No. Not that one.”
“What? You mean the Adam West movie?”
“No. There is another…”

25 comments

  1. Thank you for the review.

    I just checked the filmography, and it appears the first four Batman films are: Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman, and Batman. But since you already said you weren’t reviewing Batman and Batman, I guess you’re going to be telling us about Batman, rather than Batman and Robin. Good to know. 😏

  2. Phase 4 has been a mixed bag, but I appreciate that they keep trying different things. “Go BIGGER” worked right up to Endgame, which was awesome, but after that you kinda need to deflate a bit. You ain’t topping that one for sheer scope. So we’re getting smaller, more personal stories like this one and Black Widow, stuff like Shang Chi and Eternals that seem mostly to be planting seeds for later, and the shows are more about exploring the little corners of the universe that would otherwise go neglected. To me there’s more hits than misses, but still a few misses.

    But Loki was the best season of Doctor Who we’ve gotten in years, don’t know what to tell you.

    I like this one, with caveats. I never would have thought an Olsen would become one of my favorite actors (Full House left scars on my psyche that will never heal), but here we are. Strange has grown on me since the first movie – Overly Sarcastic Productions has a great video on his character arc and how it relates to stoicism that warmed me to the character a lot. And I am all about Sam Raimi’s particular brand of weirdness, and all the fanservice nods. I kinda feel those ingredients never really come together into a better whole, but there’s plenty of stuff to enjoy.

    You’ve mentioned Twin Peaks in a couple of reviews that I recall – have you ever thought about doing a review/reviews of it? It’s one of my favorite franchises ever, and I’d love to read your thoughts on it sometime.

  3. So apparently Sam Raimi had no idea that Wanda was going to go through a mental rollercoaster of guilt, disillusionment and entitlement for WandaVision when he was writing MoM, bit of a miscommunication behind the scenes. Which explains why Wanda goes on a murderous rollercoaster of entitlement, disillusionment and finally guilt.

    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this film. Sure it allows Raimi the chance to go balls-to-the-walls crazy which he excels at. But there’s so many odd choices that are just too…off. It’s a shame that Wanda ends her journey as a Karen Monster murdering everyone in her way for “muh children.” The arch enemy bit with Mordo occurs offscreen and we don’t even have anything with “our” Mordo. A huge number of fan favorites are brought in for the Illuminati, and then are killed off for shock value. Hell, even the bit where Strange finds out that there’s no universe where he and Christine are together seem to exist for no other reason than to kick the poor guy in the nards.

    It’s decisions like this that lend credence to the feeling that Phase 4 and indeed the MCU is just rudderless. Trying to be daring but just as quickly walking back.

  4. Are you talking about the 1943 batman serial? Interesting if true. Watched that on Rifftrax, cliffhanger city. Anyway, ALL the batman movies…if that includes what I think it does, that will probably take at least as long as the X-men movies. Great review too, enjoyable read.

  5. Alright I gotta know why you didn’t like Hawkeye, it was maybe my favorite of the Marvel shows (haven’t seen Moon Knight onward yet)

  6. You don’t really need What If? for this movie. Sure, Captain Carter is established in that show, but without it, one could just surmise of an alternate timeline where she became Cap instead of Steve anyway.

    Anyway, I liked this movie. pretty surprising to get a horror MCU movie.

  7. “Also, I just realised that Patrick Stewart has portrayed the death of the same character onscreen four times now, that’s gotta be a record, right?”

    Last Stand, Logan, Multiverse of Madness…what was the fourth time?

  8. Since I like MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS a great deal, my remarks on the subject may go on a little longer than usual.

    I would, however, like to preface them with the most important point of all – This movie has Charlotte Theron wearing purple like the Queen she is, rather than wasting her on white or misusing her in blue, so your argument is therefore INVALID sir.

  9. Moving on from my own form of colour blindness – I see a beautiful lady in purple and I’m promptly blinded by splendour – I most definitely agree that the Scarlet Witch is right up there with Thanos (and may even top Loki himself) when it comes to ranking Marvel Villains.

    I’m truly sorry to see her relapse into the maddening desperation of her grief after WANDAVISION suggested she might be able to move past her rather horribly long list of personal tragedies, but you can tell Wanda’s turned Full Villain when you observe that her reaction to learning of America Chavez’s existence is NOT to start the application process for the role of America’s new mom (I’m almost sorry the movie itself doesn’t explicitly point out her refusal, conscious or unconscious, to recognise that she & America could have done each other a heck of a lot of good if Wanda had reached out with something other than a talon).

    Moving on to the film itself:-

    – So far as I can tell, the first example of the MCU television shows affecting the film serious would be Mr James D’Arcy’s cameo as Jarvis (The fleshy inspiration for the later AI) in AVENGERS ENDGAME – he’s the fellow driving Howard Stark around in the 1970s, having never previously appeared on the Big Screen.

    – I’m a little peeved they misused the comic book baseline instead of the MCU’s more proper designation, but given that designation is so long I can’t even remember the whole number off the top of my head, it’s hard to blame them (Also, it’s quite possible that ‘616’ is the number assigned to the MCU by Earth 838, not the one true designation).

    – I like Doc Christine enough to imagine that Doctor Strange is there as a gift to her husband, rather than a punishment to the mage himself (Since the new Mr Christine is clearly a fan)

    – I’m not going to lie, this film’s theory about dreams makes me wonder what THE SANDMAN would make of that sort of thing (Hopefully his Byronic Majesty can do something about that particular problem and possibly kick Nightmare in the slats while doing so).

    – I’m quite fond of the internet theory that Wanda unveils herself not because she cannot explain away her knowledge of America’s name, but because she’s so confident in her own power she simply can’t be bothered to waste time on a lie.

    – I suspect that Wanda doesn’t conjure up her Billy & Tommy once more because she wants someone REAL, because she thinks of herself as a sane person driven to extremes and sane people don’t dive back into a delusion, no matter how sweet.

    – It bears pointing out that Wanda’s sense of entitlement may also stem from her record of trucking on as a hero despite hideous losses: she’s lost family, country, friends and love while saving the universe: as far as she’s concerned the universe OWES her.

    Which is a crazy attitude, but more pitiable than the other interpretation.

    – Hexing someone to punch themselves in the face for three weeks isn’t murder, it’s grievous bodily harm at worst (Also deeply, deeply petty but this is Bruce Campbell in a Sam Raimi superhero film, he might even be Spider-Man’s mortal nemesis from the Spider-Maguire films!).

    – I imagine that America’s line about her mothers would have made more sense as “My mother and mi madre” (On the understanding that she refers to one mother in English and the other in Spanish to help make it clear which mama she’s talking to or about).

    – Sad as it is to have not yet seen the Big Strange/Mordo fight, my grief at never yet having seen Science Bros Vs the Science Villain formerly known as “Mr Blue” is far, far greater.

    Wizard duels are all very well, but dagnabbit, I want to see Bruce Banner fail to fly an Iron Man suit and Tony Stark briefly Hulk out in their first adventure together post-AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

    – I get the impression that the Illuminate worry about publicity only insofar as they scrupulously avoid it; also that the name might have been acquired in a fit of “We’ll do what we have to do but we don’t have to like it” jaundice, rather than enthusiasm.

    – Also, no film that puts the lovely Hayley Atwell in a super-suit can be called entirely wasted (Especially since the casting for Mister Fantastic strongly hints at a Susan Storm Richards who looks like Emily Blunt in blue spandex).

    – I remain deeply, deeply disappointed that Earth 838 has so little fan art to it’s name: whither my pictures of Mr Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine wearing a mask? (Presumably to cover his delight at finally getting that yellow spandex outfit we were promised all those films ago).

    Also, I really want to find out whether the local Tony Stark really DOES look like Mr Tom Cruise after all (and I wouldn’t be sorry to see a Balder the Brave based on Mr Daniel Craig; I’ve thought he looks like a Viking for years now, yet his career is sadly empty of mead halls & holm gangings).

    – Palmer/Strange should clearly either be “Christephen” or “Fortune” (As in “Cross my palm with silver and I’ll tell you yours”).

    – I’m a little sad that you don’t seem to have enjoyed the moments of genuine visual flair in this film enough to call them out (Doc & America being ripped across the Multiverse, the Duel of Notes, the Harrowing Cloak amongst others); it’s not hard to see that you didn’t really engage with this particular Marvel picture.

    – Also, it bears pointing out that Wanda is a whole movie’s worth of crazy by herself: too much visual lunacy would have probably caused audiences to normalise this, rather than concentrate on the Tragedy of Wanda.

    In conclusion, one really enjoyed this film and am very sorry you didn’t find it at all engaging: I’m interested in seeing which films will appear on your Batman watch list (Though by the sound of things you seem to be aiming at the whole Franchise, rather than a single series.

    Best of luck with that and Best Wishes to your family & yourself.

    Also, as a post-scriptum, may I please ask how you would rank the individual episodes of WHAT IF?

  10. I had to count it out. Not counting serial (I think of these more as shows than movies) Be-Leaguered (too short) and Super Heroes Unite (More Video Game cut scenes than movie) there are-

    42 Batman movies

    3 Batman/Superman movies.

    3 Justice League Movies where Batman (or Owlman) is the protagonist, and one of these is the worst DC movie I have seen (I have seen 97 now). Good luck especially when you get to 2021.

  11. I’m… not sure whether the best way to generate interest for the MCU X-Men and Fantastic Four was to kill Professor X and Mr. Fantastic like so much cheap cannon fodder.

    Besides, by now Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier is like the Kenny McCormick of superhero cinema. That’s a bit pathetic I think.

  12. I always find it funny when people complain about ‘character assassination’ for Wanda in this film, even comparing it to Daenerys in Season 8 of a show that shan’t be mentioned. But look at everything Wanda has done since she was introduced to the MCU:
    * She wanted revenge on Tony Stark, believing him responsible for her parents’ death. So her plan was to mind rape him and The Avengers because they work with him. She can’t have been ignorant of how The Avengers protect the Earth from other forces, so she was happy to take out Earth’s strongest protectors just because of her own pain. She only draws the line when she discovers that Ultron is going to destroy the whole planet. So she was fine with ‘some’ people suffering but not everyone.
    * She was horrified at accidentally killing a bunch of people in Civil War, but had no problem using her powers offensively against the other side in the airport battle. Dropping a bunch of cars on Tony…not her best look. Again, not wanting innocent people to be hurt, but happy to hurt those who are in her way.
    * Didn’t want Vision to die even though it would stop Thanos from getting the stone. She was happy to let the Wakandan soldiers lay down their lives, and her comrades too, if it meant she could still have her man. And she didn’t join the fight until it was clear they were losing. Again, some suffering, but not all. Obviously that’s not exclusive to her, since it was Cap who said “we don’t trade lives” but worth remembering.
    *When confronting a Thanos who didn’t actually do the same things as the one she wants, she still goes out of her way to make sure he suffers because good enough in her mind.
    *Enslaves an entire town because of her grief, and dodged all consequences because of it.

    Wanda’s whole characterization in the MCU has amounted to stopping short of hurting innocent people, but having no problem making those she feels have wronged her suffer because of her pain. So the Darkhold amplified a character flaw that was already there, especially heightened by her grief and trauma catching up to her. And even then, when she’s shown empathy by her alternate counterpart, she’s able to break free of its influence and make amends the way she has always done. Personally I loved her arc in this film. Some complain about her turning evil ‘offscreen’, but she didn’t simply turn evil. She was under the influence and snapped out of it towards the end, returning to the same Wanda she’s always been. Were she becoming an unapologetic villain who turned her back on good, more development would have been needed, but we knew everything we needed to about her. And there’s no denying that Elisabeth Olsen KILLED it in this movie. She’s never been ‘bad’, but has always felt a little uncertain in the previous entries; like the writers were unsure of what to do with her so she’s making the best of whatever script she gets. And now she got to cut loose and deliver one of the best performances in an MCU film.

    As an aside, She-Hulk is actually quite alright. It’s thankfully something a little different; basically focusing on what a superhero would be like as a lawyer (Jen specifically refuses to become an Avenger in the first episode). With some Rick & Morty style humor to it. People complain about some of the things she says and the way she behaves but…like…that’s the character. Jennifer Walters speaks bluntly and thinks she’s always right, as well as happily drinking and sleeping around but is still a good and kind person.

  13. I don’t know if you already explained this, but now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed that they have a “Deadpool” movie in the works, I’ve wondered if you’ll grade it on the same scales as “Deadpool” 1 and 2, as other MCU movies, or in some combination of both.

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