Hi, welcome to part two of our series on superhero movies of the 2000s with the best Superhero Movies in 2016. I admit for a start that there may not be that many movies of such genre to review but of those that exist, they seem to be amongst the best-loved movies of the year. Before we kick off the review, you are welcomed to check out our previous review of the best for 2015 by clicking here.
So without much further ado, I give you our take on the Best Superhero Movies in 2016.
Captain America: Civil War
Steve Rogers is now at the helm of the Avengers, whose mission is to protect humanity. As a result of one of their interventions that caused significant collateral damage, the government decided to set up a command and supervision organization. This new situation causes a split in the team. Steve Rogers remains committed to his freedom to engage without government interference, while others are behind Tony Stark, who against all odds, decides to submit to the government …
Captain America: Civil War substantially raises the bar for a Marvel movie. Let’s be clear, the feature film is not original, neither in its scenario nor in its form. But at least it has the merit of offering a show of good quality, well-paced, and rather well-choreographed action scenes. Solid in its realization and narration, Captain America: Civil War stands out as one of the best Marvel movies.
However, the movie suspiciously felt more like an Avengers movie than Captain America since he had to share the scenes with so many other superheroes. especially Iron Man, who just happens to be the creme de la creme of the Marvel universe at the moment.
The film is not flooded with references or useless scenes, focusing on the innumerable characters that it has to handle. From this point of view, no character seems neglected, which in itself is no small feat. Loaded up to the jaws, the film also introduces the Black Panther, Spiderman and to a lesser extent Ant-Man. And it’s a success. Black Panther has the class, Spiderman forms a dynamic duo of sorts with Stark, and Ant-Man makes his place in the Avengers more than noted.
You will love the interactions between Spiderman and Iron Man.
Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Based on Captain America by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
Starring – Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl
Release date – April 12, 2016 (Dolby Theatre), May 6, 2016 (United States)
Running time – 147 minutes
Language – English
Box office – $1.153 billion
Provides everything that you can ask for in a Marvel movie and more. Fully recommended.
Deadpool is the most atypical anti-hero in the Marvel universe. Originally, his name is Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces soldier turned mercenary. After undergoing extraordinary experimentation that will accelerate his healing powers, he will become Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a boosted black humor, Deadpool will hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life …
Driven by a promotional campaign that shifted at will and a player who will have done everything for the project to emerge, Deadpool arrives on the big screen, reaching peaks at the box office despite its R-rated classification in the United States. A psychopath conscious of his character as a Comic character, Deadpool had enough to make a breath of fresh air on a super-hero cinema. The main thing to note here is that he constantly breaks the fourth wall to talk directly to the audience. That I feel is the main difference that this show brings.
Like the various trailers, Deadpool is full of wisecracks (mostly below the belt) and references of all kinds. It is at times close to an overdose. The constant exercise in mocking is definitely fresh but after awhile it does tend to get repetitious. Fortunately, the film only lasts an hour and forty-five.
The most problematic about this movie is that once all that fat had been removed, there is not much substance left.
The opening sequence. Nicely prepare you for this weird superhero movie.
Directed by Tim Miller
Based on Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld
Starring – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić
Release date – February 8, 2016 (Le Grand Rex), February 12, 2016 (United States)
Running time – 108 minutes
Language – English
Box office – $783.1 million
The show is still watchable but I am not sure if it repeats this formula in its next offering, it will still get the audience as it did now. I feel that it need to work on its plot and not get formulaic. Recommended as it is in a way a very refreshing change but only just.
Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, puts his ego aside and learns the secrets of a world of hidden mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in Greenwich Village, New York, Strange must mediate between the real world and beyond by using a wide range of skills and artifacts to protect Marvel’s cinematic world …
Film after film, Marvel continues to expand its cinematic universe. The introduction of a new character can be an opportunity to bring some freshness. Especially with Doctor Strange, where magic that makes its appearance. Once again, as part of a superhero movie, a new scenario was not explored. If the story is relatively effective, the genesis of the hero never departs from what we have already seen in other productions. The different stages of the transformation of Stephen Strange into Doctor Strange do not, therefore, reserve any surprise.
No better on the side of the big stakes of the film, namely to prevent an expansionist black dimension from conquering the Earth. Here again. Nothing very original in what is told and in the way of telling it, but once again the whole story was still effectively told.
Where Doctor Strange really stands out, it is on the side of its special effects and its action scenes. Kaleidoscopic effects, distortions Inception, some scenes of the film are the real hallucinatory trip (including the first incursion of Strange in the multiverse). It’s beautiful and well-staged fights still manage to capture our imagination. I guess that why we still continue to flock to Marvel movies. If its entertainment you want, then that’s what you’ll get. And in large doses too.
I enjoyed the small touches of humor in the exchanges between Strange and Wong.
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Based on Doctor Strange by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Starring – Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Release date – October 13, 2016 (Hong Kong), November 4, 2016 (United States)
Running time – 115 minutes
Language – English
Box office – $677.7 million