Guardians of the Galaxy

Runaway Children: Star-Lord and Gamora’s Love Story

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2020

in Essays 

Implicitly Pretentious looks back on Star-Lord and Gamora’s love story.

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Rocket Raccoon & Groot’s Loneliness

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2020

in Essays 

Implicitly Pretentious examines Rocket Raccoon and Groot’s loneliness.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2020

in Comics

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 comic reviewIf you are thinking, didn’t Marvel just reboot this series less than a year ago? You are not mistaken. Marvel Comics relaunches the title once more with Peter Quill and Rocket Raccoon being pulled into the fray by Richard Rider who is seeking any heroes he can find to help stop the sudden appearance of of the Olympian Gods who are making a deadly swath across the galaxy.

While I’m not wild with the art from Juan Cabal, especially the look of Star-Lord (what’s up with the slicked-back hair and skinny jumpsuit?), I will admit I do kinda dig Rocket in a suit. The choice of Peter to answer the call against Gamora‘s wishes, and without her help, also means the full roster isn’t going to be on display (at least not at the beginning of the adventure).

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Avengers: Endgame

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Endgame
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Avengers: Endgame movie reviewMore than the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that began back in 2008 with Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is the coda to the series that climaxed in the last chapter and now offers an opportunity for one last hurrah, for heroes to take their final bow, and for Marvel to usher out one set of lead characters and set the stage anew.

For my money, the most successful films of the past 11 years have been The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Excluding Winter Soldier, a great standalone film which cares nothing at all about larger continuity (it basically wrecked Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after all), both Avengers and Infinity War faced enormous obstacles in pulling together various threads of the MCU into a single story. And both succeeded brilliantly. Avengers: Endgame comes off like their less-successful younger brother. I’m not going to call Endgame the Frank Stallone of the Avengers franchise as it may outshine Avengers: The Age of Ultron, but it’s a messy final chapter that offers plenty of memorable moments while failing to live up to what has come before.

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Avengers: Infinity War

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2018

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Avengers: Infinity War
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Avengers: Infinity War movie review2012’s The Avengers brought together all the elements from the planned Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a payoff movie, and one that was executed brilliantly by Joss Whedon. It also gave us the first on-screen appearance of Thanos (now played by Josh Brolin) whose foreshadowed war on the universe would be put on hold for several years. Until now. Since The Avengers, too many of the Marvel movies have been forced into world building while telling their story. For the first time in years, there is no horizon which frees sreenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors the Russo Brothers to simply tie the elements together as Whedon did six years ago and tell one hell of a story. And you know what? They do a damn good job.

With some notable exceptions (Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Marvel is still completely ignoring their television properties) everyone is on hand to deal with the threat of Thanos who finally gets around to collecting the Infinity Stones which will allow him to complete his life-long quest of killing off half the lives across the universe with the snap of his fingers.

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