Month: November 2015

Not every film needs to be a TV series

Okay, so I think this just has to be addressed with the slew of films and film series inexplicably being turned into TV series, not every single one needs a series as you know and in fact, the vast majority never need to become a series, I mean The Notebook has been announced to be in the works and is coming to the CW in the near future and seriously, The Notebook?

I just don’t quite see the necessity for this to be happening, also coming to the CW is Friday The 13th the series. And slated for this autumn we already have Minority Report on Fox which is less than stellar, Rush Hour the series is coming and Ash Vs Evil Dead is already on Starz, joining Scream which has finished its first season on MTV and is already renewed for season 2. I’m wondering what the reasoning behind commissioning all of these shows is as they’re far from guaranteed success for one and secondly, news of them is always met with a collective “whaaaa” around the internet. I get the idea of people wanting to expand on certain film lore and stories and make series of them but we’re about to cross the threshold of plausibility here and it won’t be long before we start getting series like The Thing and Karate Kid and no, just no, stop it.

The thing with these shows like Scream on MTV is that they don’t bring anything new or exciting to their own universe, the show exists as non-canon in relation to the film which is fair enough but why would you want to watch a show based on a film that you may like but with none of the characters from the film and with a different tone and style to it? It really is a bizarre set up but networks seem to running with the trend and commissioning more and more of the series, I get that the sound of a spin off of a popular and entertaining film may seem good at first but when you really break it down, a lot of premises for TV series of films sort of fall apart.

In slight defense of this recent trend (that doesn’t really work imo), right now can be seen as a golden age for TV with a slew of high profile actors flocking to TV and sometimes staying there, the budgets for TV networks are huge and can  rival movies in special effects and in scope with huge casts and now more than ever, there’s lot of creativity in genres that don’t tend to do well as films these days – horror and fantasy. So I can see why going with a TV series rather than another re-boot or pointless sequel could be an option but it just doesn’t quite work for some films and funnily enough the few films you may actually want as series aren’t the ones getting touched, so the situation does kinda suck. Bates Motel is the big exception to the rule, a successful drama based on Norman Bates and a prequel to Psycho, but even it isn’t exactly a stellar drama and okay I’ll give it to the Fargo series, not my cup of tea but it is fairly highly acclaimed and has good ratings.

But come on Hollywood, you’re not out of ideas just yet, we don’t need a Notebook or Die Hard or Fight Club series and a lot of films stand well enough on their own as they are and don’t need that extra adaptation.

And more to the point, some ideas for films just don’t really work as TV show, hence how you can have a great film but a terrible attempt at a TV show from the same material, this trend may not go away for a while yet but hopefully the big networks don’t go anywhere near the all time classics, Jaws the series? Godfather the series? No thank you.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World review

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is an action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, based on the comic book series of the same name, set in an alternate modern world following the adventure of impetuous young adult Scott Pilgrim as he meets and falls for Ramona Flowers, a girl with ever changing moods and hair colour, having to battle her seven evil exes to fully win her over. The film stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Allison Pill, and the actors bring their characters to life with some enthusiastic and memorable performances, almost all of which are pretty hilarious, especially Kieran Culkin, Mark Webber and Michael Cera.

Edgar Wright was the perfect choice in directing the films as his own style shines through in the films’ visuals, plot and writing – which is one of the best parts of the film, the films is pretty hilarious with some very funny, fast paced dialogue, the characters bounce off each other well with lines making the film feel almost like a sitcom at times, which is credit to how well the actors deliver the rather well written lines. And the film is also full of very quotable and funny one liners “Chicken isn’t vegan?”, the characters are also just as memorable as the lines they come out with, with Ramonas’ evil exes ironically being more interesting and dynamic than she is, they’re all larger than life and pose interesting, different challenges for Scott who grows grows increasingly tired of fighting them altogether.

Edgar Wrights humorous and eclectic directorial style is evident in the film which itself looks like a comic book with superimposed writing, ‘Whack’ ‘Thud coming up on screen when characters get hit, while scenes also transition with comic book panelling, the visuals are fantastic and have some cool comic book and video game references peppered through it. The films’ effects are great, from Scotts’ flaming sword to the flashing red portraying characters that are badly hurt and in danger in video game style (reference to Legend of Zelda there) and in HD everything looks vibrant, colourful and is practically jumping off the screen, just like the characters, who are almost all lively and over the top.

Scott Pilgrim also has a brilliant soundtrack, included as a sort of joke in the plot to mock bands in that style, Scotts’ band is actually pretty good and they make some angst ridden songs, the musical side to the film is also important with Scotts’ band being a big part of his life, while scenes like Scotts’ band battling the Katayanagi twins is one of the better scenes in the movie. The films plot flows well from point to point in a natural way as each ex is introduced and the fights never feel too forced, they come about in different ways and don’t feel exactly the same, with each fight concluding differently as well as Scott tries to figure out how to win.

A few factors contribute to the film being a fun and very entertaining ride that’s very well paced and put together, the story is great and it’s one of the funniest films I’ve seen in recent years, perfectly capturing the feeling and tone of a comic book and translating that onto screen very effectively, it’s a film I’d recommend to any comic book film fan as well as to any fan of good comedy.

7.5/10

. Interesting, engaging story

. Awesome selection of hilarious of characters

. Visually great looking film

Captain America Civil War trailer #1

So this was a bit of an unexpected drop, though the trailer was long due, the first trailer for Civil War. We start off with that end credits that we first saw from Ant Man of Cap and Falcon sort of interrogating Bucky aka the Winter Soldier but they’re more trying to get him to join their side than trying to get info out of him, it seems that Bucky’s been on the run and the government has been after him.

The foundations of superhero registration get laid out by General Thunderbolt Ross who is back in action, describing how some people view Cap as a hero but some view him as a vigilante, acting without supervision and going about doing whatever he wanted (though it’s always good), this is the crux of the comic book storyline as well. With superpowered characters having free reign to go wherever and do whatever, the government and people in general got paranoid and wanted them to be registered.

And it’s interesting to see the battle lines get drawn, Falcon being with Cap, Black Widow definitely siding with him if things go down and Bucky as well. We then finally see Tony Stark who backs superhero registration but isn’t overly aggresive about it as he tries to get Cap on his side early on, the action scenes look pretty good and I’m loving seeing more Falcon, as well as the two sides on opposing sides of registration finally square off against each other and Black Panther is also finally here. And even with the plethora of characters, this is a Captain America film after all so that’s why a lot of it seems to be shown from his point of view.

The rosters does look a bit small understandably with notable omissions being The Hulk and Thor of course, as well as no Fantastic Four or mutants but the action looks good for the characters they’re working with – plus we know Ant Man and Spiderman are also in the story but we just haven’t seen them in trailer. I think Civil War will do what fans have really wanted for a while in bringing together multiple characters from the MCU together for a great story, The Avengers did in part do that but of course without Bucky, Black Panther and Spiderman but this is something completely different and there will be some weighty emotional drama here. And importantly we have something completely new for the MCU with superheroes fighting each other  over moral beliefs and ideas rather than fighting an evil supervillain.

And that final scene with Bucky, Cap and Iron Man, wow. I actually really can’t wait to see this film and to see any other possible surprises to come, it’s looking great so far.

Top 5 film Fantasy Worlds

Fantasy is a great genre, in which the imagination can run wild and you can see wonderful, fantastical powers, creatures and things that take place in very creatively designed and iconic worlds that often tend to stay in your memory for one reason or another, here are some of my favourite picks in no particular order.

Middle Earth Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy

Middle Earth is a vividly imagined and awesome designed fantasy world with various races creatures, monsters and magic galore, the quintessential fantasy world and it’s also of course the setting to a great story, Middle Earths scope is vast, so much so that it’s not entirely covered through the films and in general it’s just a really interesting creation from the mind of Tolkien. With the various locales making for some spectacular backdrops as well as being pivotal places for points and a lot of action in the story.Interestingly Middle Earth also looks an awful lot like New Zealand, I wonder why…

Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy

The world of Narnia is a vivid, bright and colourful place full of a vast array of creatures, people and various other beings, full of magic, talking animals and the like, it’s very much a childrens fantasy world but a well imagined one nonetheless with a neat pairing of humans and talking animals (of course) in what I feel is a rather unique way. Also the various creatures featured are pretty distinct and make for a colourful cast of characters for the books and films.

Oz – The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great And Powerful

A land full of weird and wonderful creatures, people, tin men and scarecrows, Oz is vibrant and colourful and really feels like a rather joyful place, despite the wicked witches and evil flying monkeys, almost everything and everyone there just seems really, really happy so it must be great, plus the place has some stellar brick road layers.

Wonderland – Alice In Wonderland

Wonderland, a creatively designed fantasy world from the mind of Lewis Caroll, full of trippy characters and a rather bizarre political system with people that are also cards… it’s weird but also just really different, it’s totally something you might conjure up in your mind if you were on something but nevertheless, Wonderland is a fantastical world that feels distinct to other worlds even on this list with its wacky characters, design and vibe.

The Wizarding world – Harry Potter series

Of course things would be amiss on a list like this without Harry Potter, a world in which magical powers that can do just about anything, good or evil sounds pretty awesome to me, though things may get a bit complicated when you run into death eaters or dark lords. The world of Harry Potter is a brilliantly crafted world with interesting and complex lore from its history, to rules on magic to its colorful array of creatures and characters that populate it, all in all it seems li a pretty fun place to be in and or go to, if you’re not a muggle anyway.

Honourable mentions:

  • The Labyrinth (Labyrinth), Underground Realm (Pans Labyrinth), Jumanji (Jumanji), Fantasia (The Neverending Story), The land of Ever After (Shrek), Neverland (Peter Pan), World of Spirited Away (Spirited Away).

Ranking the X-Men franchise

The X-Men are one of the most recognized and beloved group of characters in all comic books, let alone Marvel and they’ve provided us with some awesome movies over the past 15 years, it’s crazy to think there have been 7 movies already and that there’s still room for more, with the list subject to change with the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse. Here’s my ranking of the films so far.

 

X-Men First Class – 8/10

First Class is the franchises re-boot point in essence and it works well in bringing the X-Men to the past, while still presenting a compelling story, seeing Xavier and Eriks developing relationship come rivalry is great, as is seeing the foundations of the X-Men we’ve come to know and love. First Class brought the rejuvenation that the franchise badly needed, set in the swinging 60s at the height of the cuban missile crisis, I loved seeing mutants not seen on the big srcreen before like Havok, Azazel and Banshee, while we got to see the origins for favourites like Magneto and played fantastically by James Mcavoy, Michael Fassbender, while Kevin Bacon makes a surprisingly good villain as Sebastian Shaw (who also has a pretty awesome power).

X-Men Days Of Future Past – 8/10

Days Of Future Past represents the franchises’ ambition in going to very different places and settings with different X-Men stories and it definitely payed off, the feel of the film was that of classic X-Men with the team battling seemingly impossible odds and using creative methods to do so, with time travel in this case. Seeing a continuation of past Xavier and Eriks’ stories and relationship was great, as was seeing a plethora of X-men mutants in the future, Days Of Future Past brought together things fans had wanted to see and it was a fairly faithful adaptation of the comic story, being an engaging story with some great set pieces and some well emotional points. Mystique almost steals the show as one of the big players this time around and again the cast is on their A game.

X2 – 8/10

X2 is the pinnacle of great action, some of the most memorable and iconic in the X-Men franchise and it’s a fantastic blockbuster, full of great characters, great action and very good story with some pretty tense scenes, the film’s geat because it has that right balance of thrilling action, drama and a compeling story to boot. Stryker is an awesome villain for the plot and poses a threat to mutants as a whole, bringing Magneto and his ideals together with the X-Men which makes for an interesting dynamic, X2 flourishes with a plethora of mutants in the story who all feel unique and get a decent amount of time (apart from Cyclops), a great balancing act and a great film.

X-Men 7/10

X-Men is a great movie, often overlooked when people think about the trilogy, it’s a great starting point for everything and has some great set pieces, great dialogue and is a very well put together film, it does some great world building and set up for things to come with the time it has and the story is great, with a contained feel of a classic X-Men story of Xavier Vs Magneto.

The Wolverine – 7/10

The Wolverine is the best solo mutant film to date and… 1 of 2, to be fare, we’ll see how Deadpool and Gambit turn out, but it’s a solid film, putting Logan in a different setting and a very different situation, we see different sides to the character and most importantly, see him being Wolverine at some of his best with some great action. It’s not the most memorable X-Men related film but a good watch.

X-Men The Last Stand – 6/10

The Last Stand is… disappointing, falling far short of the heighs reached by X2, the film took an awesome X-Men story in the Phoenix saga and rushed it into a final movie in a trilogy alongside the cure storyline which just didn’t work, the set pieces in the film are decent though quite cheesy and there is a feeling of finality to everything but the conclusion is far from satisfying and the plot itself is stretched way too thin to satisfy fans of the series.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 6/10

Origins was an unfortunate film, cashing in on the desire to see more backstory to Wolverine and include more mutants in the story, the films plot simply wasn’t that interesting and had one too many cheesy lines and throwaway characters, including Will.I.Am, seriously remember how Will.I.Am is in the movie? Though to be fair it did have some decent action scenes in it and it had Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, a fun character that he’s now getting to portray properly.

One year of Docthewho (already?)

So yeah wow, time has flown by and I’ve been doing this for just over a year now and I kinda missed my official day for my year anniversary (November 16th) but hey, better late than never. I started off doing this just as a hobby to talk about something I’m passionate about – film (and TV) and it’s just kept going and I’ve come to realize how fun it can be to not just casually talk about but review films and get my opinion out to you fellow film lovers out there.

I’m glad I’ve been able to entertain, interest, bore (hopefully not!) anyone that’s been following me and thank you to everyone that has liked, commented or simply read my posts and long may it continue and trust me it will as I have way, way too many reviews to still put out and countless opinions on things I want to get out there. Also my themed weeks (90s week, horror week) were quite a lot of fun and you guys seemed to really enjoy them so I plan to do definitely do more in the future, 80s week is a sure thing.

So here’s to another year and some great content to come, stay frosty guys.

The Matrix Reloaded review

The Wachowskis bring us back to The Matrix with The Matrix Reloaded, the continuation of The Matrix story with bigger set pieces, a bigger story an certainly more high stakes, a new serious threat arises in the Matrix itself, meanwhile the rebels and Neo are made aware of the threat of the machines who are 72 hours away from Zion itself.

The cast of The Matrix returns with a few new additions, Soren (Steve Bastoni), The Architect (Helmut Bakaitis), Persephone (Monica Belucci), the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), the Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim), Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and the cast is mostly good. Keeanu Reeves as Neo is more of the same from The Matrix with some added emotional edge this time around, though he still brings a mostly stoic, flat performance, Carrie Ann Moss and Laurence Fishburne are great hough, Fishburne especially with some great lines and more of his fantastic delivery as the ever ambitious Morpheus.

Reloaded does a few things very well and and some other things not as well as The Matrix but for in terms of what it does well – story, the film is straightforward and flows well enough, with a split amount of time in the Matrix and the real world, we get a fair amount of time in the real world and see Zion for the first time as well and get a sense of where humanity is and the the world they live in which is highly technological but almost rural and very spiritualist, the Zionists – a possible reference to the actual religious movement, worship Neo and see him as their saviour. And in Zion we do get that rave scene/scene of passion that at did feel like it went on a bit too long for me, though I see why it was included, scenes like this underline a problem with Reloaded that isn’t present with the excellently crafted first film, there are a few scenes that feel a bit extraneous and arguably pointless.

The plot plays out interestingly and it’s straight into the action with the beginning, taking place in the matrix, showcasing Neos’ improved fighting and that he’s now superior to the former basic agents, the scene is well done and is just a snippet of the fantastic action that exists throughout Reloaded. Which is full of a great, extended action sequences from that long car chase with a tonne of collateral highway car damage, to one of the best action scenes of all time (imo) in the Merovingian brawl with Neo against a set of programs, the film excels in its action scenes and ups the ante from The Matrix with more elaborate sequences as Neo realizes what he can do in the Matrix.

Reloaded, while being divisive has of course gotten praise for its’ visuals and action, the fight scenes are choreographed to perfection and the visual spectacle in the film is pure sci-fi and the Wachowskis’ imagination brought to life with some great special effects from Agents’ replicating themselves, explosions galore and some great action, it’s a feast for the eyes for the sure but the action isn’t everything.

Agent Smith is an interesting antagonist and also developing character just as Neo is, they both discover they are anomalies in the matrix, they both discover they have new powers and go toe to toe in increasingly big, spectacular fights, Hugo Weaving plays the role to the level of a theatrical villain and is one of the best parts of the film.

Character development is a key part of the story and something you wouldn’t even think of if you’re ever reminded of Reloaded but it is a big part of the story, Neo definitely develops as a person and continues to believe that he can make the difference, we see him still a bit doubtful and insecure when he visits the oracle about half way through. But we see a different character near the end when he saves Trinity, Trinity meanwhile doesn’t get as compelling of an arc as Neo and neither does Morpheus, though as ever he is still pivotal in a few scenes and has some great lines.

While Reloaded does seem to dwell on sequel-itis, that feeling of trying to capitalize on the huge success of the first film and replicate it, it’s good sequel with some of the most iconic action scenes and set pieces ever and in The Matrix trilogy, it’s not the perfectly well rounded and compact story that The Matrix is but it’s still an easy re-watch and some great entertainment.

7/10

. Fantastic action scenes and great set pieces

. Plot flows very well, engaging throughout

. Parts of the film feel overly long and out of place (the architect scene, Zion rave)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review

The 2nd entry in the Hunger Games franchise is directed by Francis Lawrence, the cast from the Hunger Games returns with new additions of Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Amanda Plummer, Alan Ritchson, Meta Goldling.

The stakes are doubly high this time around with the victors of Hunger Games in previous years being brought back to the arena for a bigger, Hunger games in the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta are brought in as recent victors from District 12, much to their dismay and also because the capitol is now targetting Katniss as districts have started to rebel against the capitol. Right off the bat, Catching Fire is better than The Hunger Games, with a more steady direction and with the story expanding to the next level in an interesting way, it’s shot very well and the shaky cam from before is done away with, showing us better shots of action and set pieces, while the introduction of former victors is an interesting direction for the story to take. We see more of the Capitol and the concept of the Hunger games itself and learn about previous victors an how they won, representing just how long the Hunger Games have been running for (75 years) and how the victors at least, mostly have lived normal lives since winning, though things in the district are still awful.

The returning cast is great and the performances are good all around, with some heated, more intense performances from Lawrence, Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson, Chris Hemsworths as Gale is still around but not as important to the plot this time around, while Katniss starts to openly rebel against the capitol along with the district, sowing seeds of things to come and it’s great to watch. Tension rises between Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch as the three don’t want to work together or go back into the Games understandably but have to, while Elizabeth Banks as Effy provides some comic relief and a light tone to the story. The inclusion of the Quarter Quell and the new, advanced arena is a nice touch, it brings a bigger element to the concept of the Hunger Games and provides the tributes with more to face in the Games than just each other with each section of the arena having a theme that is either potentially deadly, or something to force the tributes together physically, making them fight. Highlighting the depravity of the Capitol in the idea of the games themselves and in having the extra dangerous Quarter Quell, making former victors fight each other despite their experience or age.

The new arena works well and gives the games that extra element to make things interesting, with the previous winners of the games were an eclectic bunch of people, from the narcissistic, cocky Finnick to the genius but nerdy Betee, this new group of tributes were easily more interesting than The Hunger Games group of kids, more lethal and just a lot better to watch. And it was interesting to see Katniss come up short at times, coming up against people that were physically stronger or faster than her, add to that the new arena which presented a significant challenge for the good guys and it was great for the story. Katniss and Peetas’ relationship grows further and deepens and Lawrence and Hutcherson do sell it more convincingly this time around, while the circumstances of the new arena mean they can’t be staring into each others’ eyes for too long without having to take action, which helped the pacing of the story and kept things moving.

Catching Fire is a good film, well made and an interesting exploration into the world of The Hunger Games, showing more of the world and presenting Katniss and company with a significant, challenging threat and ending on a tense note, it’s a step up and solid improvement from the first film as well.

7.5/10

. Quarter Quell/new arena is a nice touch, makes for an interesting spin on the games/plot

. Great use of tension and suspense throughout the film

. Plot goes to interesting, somewhat unexpected places

The Hunger Games review

May the odds be ever in your favour.

The Hunger Games is a Young Adult dystopian action film, directed by Gary Ross and based on the hugely popular YA trilogy of the same name, taking place in a near future America, which has been divided into 12 massive districts, subservient to a central city hub called Capitol, the capital of the districts. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci.

As the story goes, the Capitol forcibly brings 2 children from each district, to take part in the annual hunger games, a rather twisted form of entertainment for the Capitols’ masses in which the children from all the districts compete in a game of survival, needing to outlast or kill each other to win the game itself, with only victor being able to be named at the end and thus – The Hunger Games, an annual ritualistic tournament/reality show where real peoples lives are part of the game. The Hunger Games sets up the dystopian world of the film quickly and effectively, you see the pain and emotion in the characters as their kids are taken by force to compete and this emotional punch does hit home, with the poverty and desperation of the people in the districts contrasted with the wealth and spleandor of the Capitol. And in a generally strong cast, Lawrence especially shines in the lead role and is a great fit for Katniss, embodying the characters drive to take action and actively do things differently.

The directing for the film is mostly good though the shaky cam employed in the film can be a bit jarring at times though that didn’t take me out of the film too much and the action for the most part is as frenetic and tense, with some good set pieces that are pretty few and far between. The plot works really well because it was written well by author Suzanne Collins and it translate well to screen, the pacing is good, you really get a feeling of the type of world the characters live in, in which the Hunger Games is an actual thing that exists for peoples entertainment, making you wonder what type of world would accept such a thing. In terms of the games themselves, the action is a big portion but so are the emotional beats in a few scenes, driven a lot by Katniss and her perspective on events and her relationship with Peeta, seeing things from her point of view is a great touch as we get to see her narrative and can empathise with her situation, her feelings of betrayal and sadness.

Lawrence and Hutcherson have good chemistry and bounce off each other well despite the film not portraying their relationship that convincingly. Katniss is a great character and a strong, inspirational figure played very well by Lawrence and she’s at arguably her best in The Hunger Games and less so in the sequels, going against the rules, opting to save others and fighting against authority, namely the capitol. The Hunger Games is a great entry point to the best Young adult film series out there (imo) and is a solid enough film with great pacing, good storytelling and a well crafted group of characters thrust into an exciting and thrilling but morally questionable situation.

7/10

. Good cast, great performances from Lawrence, Hutcherson

. Good execution on intriguing premise

. Shaky cam took away from action scenes

. Peeta and Katniss’ relationship isn’t conveyed as believably as it is in the books

Top 5 MCU villains

Marvel gets a bad wrap with its villains being rather weak and predictable but to be fair some of them are quite distinct characters and a few of them are classic comic book villains, who just haven’t gotten the best material on film but that being said, here are my top 5 of villains in the MCU.

 

1. Loki

Undoubtedly the best villain in the MCU to date, Loki is complex, borderline likeable and actually charismatic as well, there’s more to him than just destroying the world and importantly that makes him interesting, though as a villain he’s also more than capable, cunning and can play people against each other – something any villain should consider when going against multiple Marvel heroes. Played fantastically by Tom Hiddlestone, we really need to see more of him and will in Thor Ragnarok thankfully.

 

2. Ultron

Ulltron is a great Marvel character and disappointingly didn’t get the best treatment in Age of Ultron, reduced to a wise cracking villain who doesn’t stick around for long enough I feel, he’s super intelligent, can re-build, upgrade and multiply himself and can inhabit any computer anywhere so yeah he’s a pretty formidable foe. Though you might not think that watching the film, that being said, base on what he can do, despite his film role somewhat hampering him to bouts of comic relief, he is one of Marvels better villains and devised a fairly smart world ending plan, as evil villains do.

 

3. Red Skull

Red Skull has kinda been left to the side and not seen since Captain America: The First Avenger but he is a great, classic villain and arch-nemesis to Captain America with his narrow minded ideals and single minded approach to essentially rule the world. He’s interesting just because he’s so uncomprisingly bad and also because of his appearance I suppose, giving the US forces and Captain America a run for their money in the first Captain America film, making Cap take drastic action to foil his plan. Red Skull’s an active villain in the modern day in the comics and in several Marvel TV shows but we’re yet to see him in another film and hopefully we will sometime soon.

 

4. Ronan The Accuser 

Ronan is a single minded Kree with aims of dominating others with his powers and though he’s rather unremarkable in his personality and motivations, he’s formidable with the power gem and his aims to usurp Thanos, while misguided were an interesting take on things. The Kree are an interesting and important race in the wider Marvel universe and seeing Ronan was cool, though he definitely could have been given a more dynamic personality to rival the Guardians in Guardians of The Galaxy, though rivalling someone like Peter Quill in personality is something pretty nigh on impossible.

 

5. Yellowjacket 

Darren Cross is… kinda evil, portrayed well by Corey Stoll in Ant Man, he’s sort of the anti-Ant Man, using his powers and shrinking tech for bad, though he’s a bit of a one note villain, you can almost understand why he does what he does. One of the more grounded Marvel villains as he’s just a normal person with access to technology that makes him more formidable, Yellowjacket isn’t exactly the most menacing guy but I have to say I do like the colour scheme on that suit.