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The Making of a Franchise: Why Some Succeed Where Others Fail

by Janie Walenda It feels like everything is a franchise nowadays.  Every movie sets up a sequel, and more often than not, it gets one.  Few franchises, however, are truly successful.  Most fizzle out thanks to underwhelming sequels that drag on far beyond where they should.  What about those few franchises that are both long-lasting and successful overall? What makes them succeed where so many fail?  First and foremost, the movies are usually connected.  Though seemingly obvious, ...

Disney+ and Spiderman and Ghostbusters! Oh My!

By Janie Walenda It is nearly impossible to keep up with movies and TV shows nowadays, so let me help by recapping the past few weeks of Hollywood news, including the latest box office figures, “Spiderman: No Way Home” leaks, recent casting announcements, and Disney+ Day. While the box office is still nowhere close to the state it was in 2019, it is gradually returning back to normal. After just two weekends, “Eternals” has already earned 118.7 million dollars, surpassing “Dune.  ...

‘Eternals’ is Simultaneously Compelling and Dull

By Janie Walenda Editors Note: [The first half of this review is spoiler-free; however, the second half contains spoilers for Marvel’s “Eternals”] “Eternals” has been surrounded by quite the firestorm of press.  While the MCU’s latest project totes the franchise’s lowest critic scores, it’s backed with strong opening box office numbers, audience scores, and support for the diverse cast.  Ultimately, enjoyment of the “Eternals” is going to come down to personal taste.  ...

Like Its Anti-Hero, ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ is Chaotic, Violent and Better Than You’d Expect

By Chris Karenbauer [Editor’s Note: This review contains mild spoilers] “Eddie, you feel like home to me. Like family,” said Cletus Kasidy, the main antagonist in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” It embodies the relationship between Kasidy and Eddie Brock as well as between Brock and Venom. Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most well-known adversaries. The creature Venom is an alien who finds a symbiotic host in Eddie Brock. It’s been a while since the first movie’s release ...

‘What If…?’ Sticks the Landing to Deliver An Epic Finale

By Janie Walenda In true MCU fashion, “What If… The Watcher Broke His Oath?” is not only a continuation of last week’s episode, but it also brings in characters from each of the previous episodes for an epic team-up. Similar to the zombie episode, the best part of this episode is the team.  The Guardians of the Multiverse have great comedic and dramatic chemistry, and I would love to see them team up again in the future.  The initial team that the Watcher and Strange Supreme put ...

‘What If…?’ Retrospective: Episode Three Tells a Dark but Hopeful Tale

by Noah Tang The third episode of “What If…?” pivots from the relatively light and cheerful tone of the first two episodes. It tells the story of how five of the six original Avengers are brutally murdered during the events of Fury’s Big Week, the seven-day period in which the films “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “The Incredible Hulk” all take place. In the original timeline, this week was crucial in that it encompassed the formation of the Avengers. However, this alternate ...

‘What If…?’ Retrospective: Episode Two Honors Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy

By Noah Tang Episode two achieves a pleasantly surprising mixture of the “Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchises, exploring what would have happened if T’Challa became Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill. In this timeline, Yondu Udonta delegates the task of finding Peter Quill to Kraglin and Taserface, who botch the job and take a young T’Challa by mistake. Surprisingly, the young Wakandan prince is not at all frightened by this experience and takes up Yondu’s offer ...

The Multiverse Unravels in ‘What If…?’ Episode Eight

By Janie Walenda Full disclosure: I’ve never seen “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”  I remember the Pinocchio song in the trailer, and I’ve seen maybe twenty minutes of the film total.  That being said, I was excited to see Ultron return in “What If…Ultron Won?”  He proves to be an intimidating villain, just as capable as Thanos of carrying more than one movie.  This episode brings us a true age of Ultron, instead of the three days we got in “Age of Ultron.” We open the ...

‘What If…?’ Retrospective: Episode One Starts off Series with a Satisfying Story

By Noah Tang Throughout its run so far, Marvel’s animated series “What If…?” has revisited key points in the MCU, examining how the timeline could have proceeded had one choice been different. The episodes we have seen have shown that some alternate timelines unfold similarly to the main continuity while others diverge greatly from it. The first episode, “What If…Captain Carter Were the First Avenger,” revisits the events of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the change ...

‘What If…?’ Episode 7 Brings in Party Thor

By Janie Walenda There’s no denying how important Thor and Loki have been to the MCU as a whole.  Loki remains the MCU’s most iconic villain and remains a major character in this universe even after his tragic demise in “Infinity War” (thankfully, multiverses allow for such paradoxes).  While the “Thor” movies have had their ups and downs, Thor himself has only grown in popularity, as evidenced by his upcoming fourth movie.  This sibling rivalry defined much of the early MCU, ...