• The hits just keep on coming for Marvel

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    Behold, gods of modern mythology: Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).  PHOTO COURTESY OF MARVEL STUDIOS

    Behold, gods of modern mythology: Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
    PHOTO COURTESY OF MARVEL STUDIOS

    My Avengers: The Age of Ultron and Child 44 reviews were supposed to come out last week but gave way to stories and features on the May-Pac fight. One was a boxer, one was a fighter. One worked it down to a science, one gave it his heart.

    Now, down to business.

    Marvel has truly been on a streak ever since it came out with Iron Man in 2008, it’s just been one success after another (OK, maybe the 2008 Hulk was not at par with everything else.) They’ve released: Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Whew.

    The newest Avengers film has grossed $630 million dollars worldwide as of this writing, likely more than the May-Pac fight. Take that sports! The geek shall inherit the earth.

    Before the May-Pac pay-per-view parties, it was all about the Avengers: The Age of Ultron screenings everywhere, such as this one organized by PLDT Home’s Disney on Telpad service, which saw TMT Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor Tessa Mauricio-Arriola and her best-costumed sons Greggy and Rai (rightmost). Welcoming them were the screening’s gracious osts PLDT vice president and head for Home Voice Solutions Patrick Tang (center) and vice president and head of Home Marketing Gary Dujali at the Shangri-La Cineplex.

    Before the May-Pac pay-per-view parties, it was all about the Avengers: The Age of Ultron screenings everywhere, such as this one organized by PLDT Home’s Disney on Telpad service, which saw TMT Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor Tessa Mauricio-Arriola and her best-costumed sons Greggy and Rai (rightmost). Welcoming them were the screening’s gracious osts PLDT vice president and head for Home Voice Solutions Patrick Tang (center) and vice president and head of Home Marketing Gary Dujali at the Shangri-La Cineplex.

    It’s pretty much just a matter of liking this movie—liking it very much or loving it. The fans loved it for all the little Easter Eggs and hints and possibilities for future character stories and connections this opened. Others may have found the plot a bit too confusing compared to the first Avengers movie which had a simpler plot and comedy thrown in. Along with a bonus Loki.

    There’s more where that came from: Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 have release dates set from 2016 to 2019, along with a list of new Marvel titles. These are the stories of the gods of our age.

    Where The Avengers: Age of Ultron has its exuberant moments, Child 44 sits bleak, serious and dreary all throughout. The line, “There are no murders in paradise” is seen at the start of the film and that’s how it was in Soviet Russia in the years after World War II, under Stalin. Murder is a disease of capitalism and it does not exist in Soviet Russia.

    What really is the price they pay for paradise? Paranoia, the rule of the iron fist, suspicion, prosecution. Tom Hardy plays Leo Demidov—an MGB agent (and rising star within the ranks) who eventually must choose between the state and his wife and at the same get to the bottom of series of, yes, child murders.

    Child 44 looks interesting on paper with a great cast apart from Hardy: Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance, Vincent Cassell and Joel Kinnaman. But it’s dreariness from start to finish, its uneven flow from scene to scene and its shift from one subplot to another makes for a challenging 137 minutes at the cinema.

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