2014 Marvel Movies

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier so close I can already taste it (and you lucky people internationally who already have it can hush up) I figured I would give a little run down of what the Marvel movies of the summer. This year, we will be treated to 4 four Marvel movies, though only 2 are officially under the Marvel / Disney banner. From the buzz that’s been leading up to these films, I’d argue that the four of them will be solid if not great movies. When you think about how far comic book movies in terms of quality and respect have come from say 15 years ago, it’s a big deal. Time and time again, we are seeing these comics come to life both on the big and small screen and they are garnering attention. This is the kind of world I want to live in, where comics are not just for “losers” but can be a more respected medium.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release Date: April 4th, 2014
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Buzz: Nearly everyone who has seen this movie seems to give the movie a thumbs up. We should have known that this would have been a keeper when it was revealed that the same directors would be working on the next project, before this one was even close to hitting theatres. Generally that sort of faith is few and far between, but as people started to get their hands on the movie it was clear that Anthony and Joe Russo were on to something. There has been talk of how The Winter Soldier completely reshapes how we will think of the Marvel universe. The events that happen within SHIELD reveal it’s imperfections. All signs are point to Captain America: The Winter Soldier being not just a great comic book movie, but a great movie in general.

Expectations: While the expectations are high with this film, they aren’t nearly as high as some of the other properties. This may be in part because of how intrinsically American Captain America is. While he is a powerful man, that also means he tends to uphold American ideals which can sometimes fall flat in other places in the world. On the upside, he is still a super hero and that is a major draw for people regardless. The movie has already released internationally and couldn’t quite reach the levels that Thor did internationally, but neither did the first movie. I’m fairly sure the movie will perform very strongly in the US when it releases Friday. Just not Iron Man big.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release Date: May 2nd, 2014
Director: Marc Webb
Buzz: People have been in a tizzy with this rebooted series of Spider-Man since it was first announced. While the first film was good, it didn’t deliver on the untold story that it’d promised. Yes, it was an interesting story, but it was an origin story that we’d received recently. Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to finally get into new territory. Until very recently there were some major concerns that they were cramming too many villains into one story. That same flaw plagued Spider-Man 3 and for a while it looked like this film may succumb too. It still may not have found the balance, but from people who’ve seen larger portions of the movie it does seem to be balancing it’s villains.

Expectations: It’s Spider-Man. Unless it is complete trash, this movie is going to sell. The real question is whether it sells as much as the producers hope. I have no doubt in my mind that it will bring in an obnoxious amount of money, but some of the worries may seep in to the sales. If the film turns out to be absolutely wonderful, it will only benefit the movie.

Days of Future Past

Days of Future Past

X-Men Days of Future Past
Release Date: May 23rd, 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Buzz: After a major turn around for the franchise with X-Men First Class, Days of Future Past is determined to continue down that trajectory. One of the great things that First Class did was ground the story and make these people feel like just that, people. They just happened to have abilities that would help them in their journey. That is being left behind a bit with Days of Future Past with Bryan Singer again behind the helm (he directed the first 2 X-Men movies). In its place we are getting one of the most beloved X-Men storylines being brought to live action. In many ways, this will allow Singer to retcon some of the decision that had been made in X-Men Last Stand. While some of the costumes have been criticized, including by me, that shouldn’t take away from the story. It seems that Days of Future Past will be an intense story telling venture.

Expectations: X-Men First Class was by no means a box office bombshell, but it also wasn’t even close to being a failure. It simply made money, but it largely went under the public radar until it’s release. Days of Future Past is a different story as it has been receiving buzz since the beginning. This will likely translate into a solid box office showing. I expect it to surpass First Class. How well it stands up, is important for the future of the franchise. Singer and his crew are already working on getting X-Men Apocalypse ready for the next film. If Days of Future Past doesn’t do well, it could put that story in trouble or at least delay it.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Director: James Gunn
Buzz: Guardians of the Galaxy has everything going against it. It’s one of Marvel’s more outlandish properties. It’s a movie released in August. Oh and most people don’t know who the Guardians of the Galaxy are. Even Marvel fans were scratching their heads when this was announced. On the bright side, they have a fabulous director who is able to bring the outlandish down to earth. There’s also an extremely talented cast on board for the film. The first trailer that was released really highlight the tone of the movie. Clearly they knew that the only way this movie was going to succeed was if they acknowledged that within the writing. Rather than taking itself too seriously it is willing to have fun. As we learn more and more about the film, Guardians of the Galaxy looks like it will be a surprise hit of the summer as it can reach not just comic audiences, but space opera fans and more importantly families.

Expectations: It would be silly to be deluded and think that this movie is going to be the next Iron Man. It simply will not rake in that much money. However, I do think that this movie will do will in a late summer slot and pull in a crowd who want to see something different. While, it’s too early to tell what level of success it will have I strongly feel that come August, there will be a lot more fans of this franchise, allowing Marvel to expand it’s universe even farther.

Which of the Marvel movies are you most excited about?

2 thoughts on “2014 Marvel Movies

  1. I actually think that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a surprise and do better than even Marvel/Disney think it will. The reason, it looks and feels like the original Star Wars. It’s outlandish, fantastical and most importantly willing to have fun. In addition, the GotG leading man has a lot of similarities to a certain scoundrel; Starlord->Han Solo.

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