With the release of Marvel’s highly anticipated infinity war, the now-thriving studio is celebrating 10 years of superhero movie-making magic. But with 10 years comes 18 films that have all been leading to this pinnacle moment: the movie where all our beloved superheroes come together to fight an ultimate super villain.
While comic book fans know and understand the care and planning this kind of storytelling takes–that being years’ worth of smaller story arcs that have to simultaneously hold their own as an independent movie AND fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe arc as well. This is something special in cinematic history as no other studio has provided audiences with 10 years’ with of movies culminating in an epic battle movie to decide who lives and who dies. NO SPOILERS!! That’s just how Villains work right? They decide who lives and dies til someone defeats them. And you thought I was spoiling it!
Also, PSA: Speaking of spoilers, if you go see this movie DO NOT SPOIL IT FOR OTHERS!!! Everyone deserves to enjoy this movie first for themselves. Furthermore, take a friend or loved one if you’re emotionally invested in these characters. Trust me. #ThanosDemandsYourSilence
Back to the movies. Now, in a perfect world, I’d say see them all! (And if you have, that’s awesome. Chances are you’ve already seen it too). But let’s be real. If you haven’t been enjoying these movies since they first released Iron Man, then no worries!! Let’s talk about the few movies you really need to see to understand what’s going on when Infinity War starts.
In no particular order (as to not give anything away) here’s my Marvel Movies To See Before Infinity War:
·Captain America: The First Avenger ·Avengers: Age of Ultron ·Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (at least. Both is best) ·Captain America: Civil War ·Thor: Ragnarok ·Black Panther ·Spiderman: Homecoming ·Captain America: The Winter Soldier ·Doctor Strange
So there you go; my main list. I cut eight for you. ::busts out my best Maui impression:: You’re welcome!
If you haven’t seen these titles, chances are likely you’ll be confused about something at some point. So what are you doing still reading my blog post! Go watch these super fun titles and then enjoy the epicness that is Marvel’s latest Titan of a film, Infinity War!
Did I forget anything? If you’ve seen Ifinity War -WITHOUT SPOILING IT- Which Marvel movies do you think should be seen before Infinity War?~Meredith °o°
These dolls are gorgeous and with the release of A Wrinkle in Time in theaters today, I’m sure these dolls will sell really well.
As part of the Disney A Wrinkle in Time Barbie doll collection, this set features the Mrs’ from the movie. Featuring the likenesses of Oprah as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, these dolls are now available on the Barbie website.
Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who are now available for $50 each.
Mrs. Which is available for pre-order and will be priced the same. Bummer that while purchasing the set will save you some extra cash, this set is already on backorder!
So go check out these gorgeous dolls (much better than the Belle fiasco haha!) and then be sure to check out A Wrinkle in Time, in theaters today! Hot tip: if you link your Movies Anywhere account to your Disney Movie Reward account, you can automatically earn points for theater tickets you purchase with your Fandango account!
Which is your favorite Mrs?
p.s. While you’re over on Barbie’s website, be sure to check out their Inspiring Women Series! As part of their Role Models series, they’ve even got fun printables! (Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see Activity Pages on the right side) ~Meredith ºoº
5 Things Not to Miss in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Earlier in March, I had the incredible privilege of attending the world premiere, red-carpet celebration and screening of “Beauty and the Beast” in Hollywood. It was fabulous, and we can’t thank Disney Music enough for affording us such an amazing opportunity! If you’d like to hear more about my actual experience, check out our Beauty and the Beast premiere podcast episode. For now, here are five things not to miss in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
The New Songs
Although this movie stays very true to the original animated version, there are some beautiful songs that Alan Menken has put together that you don’t want to miss! Because the filmmakers wanted to further enhance the characters’ stories and is, after all, a musical, there are several new songs that are sure to delight. My two particular favorites are Days in the Sun and Evermore since they explore the cruel reality of the enchantment under which they live.
I’m also happy to see that they opted for Days in the Sun versus the song Human Again that was cut from the original version. Each character gets their turn to sing about life before enchantment. Although the pop versions of Beauty and the Beast (Ariana Grande & John Legend), How Does a Moment Last Forever (Celine Dion), and Evermore (Josh Groban) are fantastic, the more heartfelt and real performances of these songs within the movie, performed by a most fantastically-talented cast, are so much better. (Sorry Celine! You looked lovely at the premiere!) Finally, Evermore is a great way to truly show the Beast’s feelings. It makes the Beast relatable, and we all appreciate it much more from Dan Stevens who brings the Beast to life.
The old songs do not disappoint; most notably the title song performed by Emma Thompson. She delivers a wonderfully heartfelt performance that brings to life one of this franchise’s most beloved characters. Prepare to be dazzled and charmed! The Gaston number performed by LeFou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans) is just as fun and over the top as the original.Don’t get me started on the Be Our Guest scene. It’s gorgeous! So many more colors than I dreamed we being seeing and no worries, the dishes can still sing and dance! Something There and Belle are also very good and deliver all the heart that the originals did so many years ago. I’ll go ahead and answer your question, you wanna know if Emma is any good, right? Well, I say yes! She’s not an operatic vocalist and she’s not here to trample you with tons of runs like a certain genie in a bottle, but Watson delivers a solid, and very real-life, Belle. It’s evident that this is her singing voice which adds to her own character depth. It would not have been as likable if they had used someone else’s singing voice for her.
The French Opulence
This story takes place in France. The decor and level of opulence, stemming from the young Prince’s desire to collect all things beautiful, is over the top. The castle, in it’s enchanted and regular form, is magnificent to behold. I really appreciated the level of detail. Disney hasn’t cut any corners to make this a beautiful movie! From the opening scenes, they show off the grandeur that was the lifestyle for French royalty. The costumes are beautifully designed! Check them out both in the beginning as well as the end of the movie!The most fantastic bit of opulence is the design and detail of the everyday objects. Yes, I’m talking about Lumieré and Cogsworth. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill candlestick (he’s sure to point that out to you!) and Cogsworth definitely isn’t a Timex hopping around! Design plays a huge role in how the objects are animated. I particularly enjoyed how they made Cogsworth’s face appear and disappear with his gears. With Lumiere, he twirls around to “hide” and become inanimate again which further emphasizes the curved design of his body. It’s all lovely, all of it! Don’t miss it!
This character is so good, he deserves his own spot on this list! And I can’t mention this new character without first mentioning Madame Garderobe since she is his love interest. Their beautiful duets both in dance and song, make this pair of lovebirds a pleasure to watch. To fill you in here, Cadenza (Stanley Tucci) is a musician/harpsichord and accompanies Madame Garderobe (Audra McDonald) during her aria. He also provides accompaniment for big numbers like Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, with a notable touch of comedic timing in the former. His comedic value throughout can’t be beat and kids as well as adults are sure to love him. Stanley Tucci, you are awesome!
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens
Emma is lovely and brings more warmth and charm to Belle than she ever did as Hermione. That’s totally okay because Hermione is not Belle, and she shouldn’t be. She was the perfect Hermione, and she’s really going to shine as Belle too!There’s something to be said for the natural chemistry that she has with her Beast co-star, Dan Stevens. Although the look of the Beast is somewhat off-putting, it works well because it forces the audience to dislike him first just as Belle does, as well as subsequently fall in love with him too.
In short, this movie is a delight sure to please audiences regardless if they’ve seen the original or not. It’s truly a tale as old as time. I’ve got my tickets. Have you gotten yours?
Hey there! It’s now October and that means that people will soon begin their holiday shopping. Today I’ve got a list for you of all the Disney blu-ray releases for this year so finding a great stocking stuffer will be a breeze.
Today I’d like to take a little break from the parks and chat about all the fun Disney movies coming this year. Because as much fun as the parks are, that’s not all Disney has to offer! Let’s not forget that Walt himself got into the animation business first, then live action, and finally the parks. Flash forward around 80 years and here’s what we have to look forward to from Disney this year!
Senior editor at variety, Marc Graser, tweeted out this awesome infographic showing the timeline for upcoming Disney movies. As you can see, there’s lots to be excited about.
And the first movie of 2015 is coming out this weekend!!! Cinderella is the much-anticipated live-action version of Disney’s classic animated feature starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham Carter. What makes this even more exciting for Frozen fans is that this feature length film opens with the new Frozen animated short, Frozen Fever!
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
Next up on May 1st, is the highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron! Being a big Marvel fan, I’m super excited for this movie and I know most Marvel fans are too! It’s got all of the Avengers stars we know and love and is sure to be a big hit.
If you’re excited for something a little different and a whole new story, then next up is a movie starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie you won’t want to miss! Tomorrowland releases May 22nd and looks to be a most fantastical journey!
Just a few weeks later, on June 19, Pixar’s next feature called Inside Out is set to release and I absolutely can’t wait for this one! I’ve always been a huge Pixar fan and this looks like another great movie that follows the Pixar formula. This movie, featuring the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith is sure to be an interesting story as it follows the emotions of an adolescent girl.
Paul Rudd is starring in Marvel Studio’s July 17th release titled Antman. And I’m sure this one will be just as exciting as the Marvel’s previous releases.
Skip ahead a few months to October and we’ll be getting another live-action version of one of Disney’s animated classics, the Jungle Book! And although both the Jungle Book and The Good Dinosaur don’t yet have official trailers, I’m sure they’ll be just as exciting!
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
And Last but certainly not least, and quite possibly the most anticipated movie of the year be it Disney or not, is Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens! This continuation of the Star Wars story features both old and new actors including Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christine, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac, as well as Peter Mayhew and Warwick Davis. Directed by J.J. Abrams, this movie promises to fulfill the wants and needs of Star Wars fans everywhere!
Graser’s infographic also features a few movies set for release in 2016, but I’m going to leave it here. Which movies are you most excited about?? Will you be seeing Cinderella this weekend? Let us know what you think either here or over on our fb page!! And thanks for following along. ~M ºoº
Hey howdy hey, it’s Friday again! And today is all about Marvel. Last week was a big week for Marvel releases with both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Being released on Blu-Ray. And with the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 featuring Marvel, I just had to post about it today!
First off, the Captain America: TWS is a great sequel and offers way more action than the first movie. It also features one of the most epic car chase/sequences ever. (It’s even more epic considering that it’s Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson!) The bonus features included are really good too! I especially enjoyed the little snippet about how they decided what was going to be written on Steve’s notebook. You should check that out if you haven’t. There’s actually different versions based on what region of the world you viewed the movie! All in all, this movie fits seamlessly into the Marvel universe and the outcomes of it’s storyline are featured in my next topic: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I missed out on watching this series when it first aired and when I tried to catch up (several weeks in) I realized that I couldn’t find the episodes anywhere. Hulu was a no go. So, I patiently waited it out until my birthday and thanks to my awesome brother, he pre-ordered my copy and had it for me last Tuesday. Happy birthday to me!!
As you all know, I’ve been pretty sick with this pregnancy and thus haven’t been getting much of anything done. That is, except for watching the WHOLE Agents season! Yep, I used all of my nauseous downtime to catch up on this series in preparation for the season 2 premiere on September 23.
As a series, it definitely gains momentum closer to end of the season, but even the first episodes are exciting and are worth the watch. As most fans of the show must have, I enjoyed the mystery and build-up of how Agent Coulson could have survived after his death in The Avengers 2. I also enjoyed the way the writers maintained the storylines between the show itself, Thor: Dark World and Captain America: TWS. If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies, you’ll definitely enjoy this series! And the bonus features included are fun too! I loved the bloopers!!
And if I haven’t already inundated you with all things Marvel, this coming Tuesday they’re expanding their universe even more! This is the much anticipated update to last year’s original release of Disney Infinity and this update looks to be amazingly fun. We’ve preordered the ps4 version and can’t wait to play. Our preorder through amazon includes the Marvel 2.0 starter set, (not to be confused with the toy box starter set due out in November) the Spider-Man playset, and the Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, and Venom figures, as well as a pack of the 2.0 discs all for $119.99! The pieces individually would cost over $150 and the three stand-alone characters (Captain America, Groot, and Venom) aren’t even available to purchase individually yet! We’ve also pre-ordered the Guardians of the Galaxy playset that includes Starlord and Gamora. Altogether, that’s three playsets and hours of fun to be had with some pretty awesome characters. I’m not lying when I say that I’m as excited (if not more) than Boo is for this release. Infinity was loads of fun and 2.0 promises so much more. Cannot wait!! You can check out where to purchase the Marvel 2.0 edition here.
As a parent, my most favorite thing about this game is that it’s two-player and I can actually complete missions with my child. Even if you’ve never been into video games, this is one that you’ll be able to pick up easily and have loads of fun with your kid(s). I mean really, who wouldn’t love taking on the bad guys together?!!
That about wraps it up for my Marvel post. Have I forgotten something?? What are you lost excited about? Let us know by leaving a comment here, or chat with us over on fb. We love to hear what you all have to say! ~M °o°