As much as I enjoyed the humor in Shazam!, it’s the film’s heart that ultimately won me over. This could have been a two-hour ride of rip-roaring fun and silly superhero antics, and it is, and that might have been enough, but Shazam! is so much more than that.
Captain Marvel is an alright film. It entertains with funny jokes and pretty visuals like most Marvel movies do, but it has a lot of problems. Chief among these problems is the characterization, or lack thereof, of the titular hero, but as criminally underdeveloped as protagonist Carol Danvers is, what interested me most about Captain Marvel were its main villains, the shapeshifters known as the Skrull.
Unfortunately, season two of The Punisher largely fails to capitalize on its enormous potential, and this is mostly due to one of its villains.
Aquaman is visually impressive, but there is nothing beneath the surface of this movie. When the script for Aquaman was being drafted, I honestly believe that the writers challenged themselves to create the most generic, tropey, cookie-cutter, formulaic superhero movie that they could dream up. And oh boy, did they succeed at that challenge.
Venom is an exceedingly dumb movie, but it’s also an exceedingly fun movie.