Warner Bros. has set an October 4, 2019, release date for its standalone “Joker” movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Hopefully you guys have seen this by now...Anyway, here goes... This movie was...decent. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. My expectations were relatively low, as I had to consider both the insurmountable hype and success of Infinity War on the reality of this movie’s release. So, I expected to be a little underwhelmed in terms of a Marvel movie going into the theater. And, that’s exactly what happened: the movie perfectly lived up to my expectations by performing subpar—that is, in terms of a Marvel movie, particularly, a phase three Marvel movie.
Every villain in phase three has been excellent: Thanos, Killmonger, Hela, hell, even Ego wasn’t too shabby. For me, Ghost was simply a bland villain. There wasn’t nearly enough screen time for the audience to become fully sympathetic and understanding of Ghost and her motives. This is likely the result of the movie incorporating and introducing so many new elements: ie the quantum realm, Wasp, Janet, the aftermath of Civil War... that Ghost just served as a minor hinderance in the rather simple plot of retrieving Janet Van Dyme from the quantum realm. All that considered, with the amount of time actually allotted to her origin and interactions with others, she still somehow managed to be memorable and fit in with the better half of the MCU’s villain roster.
I think this movie did a great job of building the future of the MCU without blatantly doing so. *cough cough Batman v Superman cough cough*. For example, we can assume that Wasp will be an important hero in the near future, as she was a complete badass in this movie, outshining Ant-Man effortlessly in every action sequence. The quantum realm, though still confusing, was made the sole focus of this film from start to finish, thereby cementing its foundation as the (heavily speculated) center-focus of Avengers 4. Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter, repeatedly expressed interest in becoming Scott’s sidekick, referencing her comic book—and likely future MCU—debut as Stinger, a similarly powered hero as Ant-Man. Overall, this movie was satisfying, perfectly quenching my Marvel-thirst until the next film in March. I give it a 7.5/10
Older concept/promotional art for the Justice League, around the time of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Alternate designs for Flash and Cyborg, as well as the preliminary armor for Aquaman as featured in the ladder film.