‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

'Angry Birds' the Movie? Get a Sneak Peek

Chuck, Red and Bomb in "The Angry Birds Movie"
Chuck (Josh Gad), Red (Jason Sueikis) and Bomb (Danny McBride) are featured in The Angry Birds Movie (Sony)
The first Angry Birds game was released on Apple's iOS in December of 2009. Soon, everyone was talking about it. By October 2010, 12 millions copies of the game were purchased from the Apple App Store and new versions of the game were being offered. Store shelves began to be filled with Angry Bird t-shirts, board games and stuffed animals. Then the inevitable happened. The game became over-saturated and audiences had moved on. It was about this time that Rovio, the Finish company who created the game, announced that a new animated movie based on the game would be produced with little fanfare. Nobody seemed to care. 

Green Piggies from "The Angry Birds Movie"
Today, the company and Sony have released the first trailer and picture stills from the 3D film and you know what? It doesn't look bad. This could be the first movie based on a video game that didn't stink. 

The Angry Birds Movie will answer the question all of us have been asking for years: We are these birds so angry anyway? Here's the scoop: Red and his friends are flightless birds who all live together on a remote island. It is so remote, it doesn't appear that they are even aware of any other species. One day, the island is visited by some mysterious green piggies. It's up to Red (voiced by Jason Sueikis), who has a temper problem, Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) to figure out just what this mystery pigs are up to.

Red in "The Angry Birds Movie"
While the film boasts of also including the voice talents of Bill Hader, May Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Keegan Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale and others, any animation fan can tell you that just because a movie company uses a big star, it doesn't mean that they will be good at voicing animated characters, but for now, lets give them the benefit of the doubt.

The movie doesn't come to theaters until next summer, so we have lots of time to discuss it. In the mean time, please enjoy the trailer below:


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