Postie Perspectives: A Marvel-ous summer

By Michael Pulis

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This summer is bound to be one to remember for any superhero fans. Film and comic book giant Marvel will be releasing a total of four superhero movies throughout the season, starting with the already released Captain America: Winter Soldier.

The second Captain America film debuted on Friday, April 4, earlier this month, and marks the first of three sequels Marvel plans to release this summer. As a matter of fact, The Amazing Spiderman 2 will release this week on Friday, May 2. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a sequel to the 2011 hit X-Men: First Class, and will release on Friday, May 23. The only non-sequel Marvel plans to release this summer is its Guardians of the Galaxy which will release Friday, August 1.

Captain America: Winter Soldier has been hailed as one of the best Marvel movies in a while, holding an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and having held the top spot at the box office for three weeks in a row, according to the Huffington Post. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter states that it has grossed over $224 million, rendering it the top-grossing April movie release ever in North America. The film stars Chris Evans as Captain America and spotlights Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow as lead roles.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 has yet to officially release in the United States, but many reviews of the movie have already reached the internet. It currently holds a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with mixed reviews. According to IGN, one of the film’s weaknesses is the over-saturation of villains, as there are simply too many for the amount of screen time given to them throughout the film. As with the first The Amazing Spiderman, Andrew Garfield plays the role of Spiderman/Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

As for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which releases on Friday, May 23, the film focuses on members of the X-Men reuniting with past versions of themselves to change history and take down evil. As a sequel to X-Men: First Class, many of the actors return, including famous stars such as Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and more.

Last but not least, Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday, August 1, is bound to cause a stir in terms of Marvel movies. While most Marvel movies tend to have a hint of relativity to our everyday lives, Guardians of the Galaxy takes a more science fiction approach by incorporating outer space and space travel. Also, the main cast essentially consists of a human, a green woman, a tree-man, a buff, super-powered man, and a talking raccoon. Some of the main stars include Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, and Bradley Cooper, but they may not be as noticeable as usual due to the CGI effects used in the movie.

If that’s not enough Marvel this summer, I don’t know what is.

This post was contributed by Intern/Weekly Blogger Michael Pulis.

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