2013 | Shane Black
Iron Man 3 is the first in the franchise to not rest entirely on the performance of its wonderfully charismatic leading man. Hardly the main attraction in the Marvel universe, Marvel Studios were making a massive gamble by revealing Iron Man as the first in their cinematic lineup. A leading actor with no big successes to his name and a director mostly known for his acting credits, the first film in the trilogy was a breath of fresh air in a stale comic book adaptation environment. Helping to increase the standard expected of comic book adaptations, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 faced an even greater challenge: following up the enormous success that was Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
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2014 | Marc Webb
The sequel to Sony’s inexplicable 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an overlong, melodramatic mess helmed by a director with a pop image which will ensure no film in his catalogue so far will ever be considered timeless. Everything, from what the characters wear, to its jarring soundtrack, and even the cast feel like they have simply been chosen because they are popular now – Emma Stone included. That’s not to say that any member of the cast isn’t good at what they do but they all feel – Stone especially – as though they were chosen to popularise the Spider-Man image, rather than immortalise it. Continue reading “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | C-“