‘Loki’ Returns: Season 2 Debut Set for Oct. 6

Disney+ July 31 released a new trailer for the upcoming second season of Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” which will debut on the streaming service Oct. 6.

The new season thrusts the time-displaced God of Mischief into a new set of adventures with the otherworldly Time Variance Authority. The season was teased earlier this year in a post-credit scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, in which Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) were seen investigating a variant of the villainous Kang (Jonathan Majors) near the end of the 19th century.

The cast also includes Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Rafael Casal, Tara Strong, Kate Dickie, Liz Carr, Neil Ellice and Ke Huy Quan.

Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Dan Deleeuw and Kasra Farahani direct episodes. The head writer is Eric Martin. Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Kevin R. Wright, Tom Hiddleston, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Eric Martin and Michael Waldron are the executive producers, with Trevor Waterson serving as co-executive producer.

The first season of “Loki” in 2021 was the most watched Marvel Studios series on Disney+, according to the service.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 8/1/23;
Disney/Marvel;
Sci-Fi;
Box Office $358.95 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of violence and action, strong language, suggestive/drug references and thematic elements.
Stars Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Maria Bakalova, Linda Cardellini, Nathan Fillion, Sylvester Stallone.

The release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 represents the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With writer-director James Gunn jumping ship to lead rival DC’s production slate, the MCU loses one of its strongest creative voices, and the results are becoming evident.

As the MCU flounders trying to regain the narrative momentum it had prior to Avengers: Endgame, Gunn’s concluding chapter to his “Guardians” trilogy caps off what is probably Marvel’s last reliable sub-franchise in terms of consistent quality. (Losing a key player off the bench should make Disney all-the-more desperate to secure a deal with Sony for more Tom Holland “Spider-Man” movies, but time will tell).

Picking up after last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Gunn’s latest tale of the ragtag group of offbeat interstellar adventurers delves into the backstory of the wisecracking talking raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Rocket turns out to be the result of the cruel experiments of the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji), a megalomaniacal geneticist cursed with delusions of godhood who dreams of creating perfect societies. As Rocket was his only creation to ever develop the gift of technological inventiveness, the Evolutionary wants to study him to learn how to use that spark of insight to create the perfect life form.

However, when Rocket is critically injured by the efforts of the Evolutionary’s minions to capture him, the Guardians’ only hope to save him is to steal the Evolutionary’s proprietary technology, setting up a cataclysmic final battle that could destroy the entire team.

The premise provides not only for some emotional character dynamics, but allows Gunn to indulge his penchants for inventive but unconventional visual designs. The film is equal parts bright and colorful and gooey and grotesque, providing for a splendid 4K experience. And of course there are plenty of opportunities for laughs despite the heavy subject matter.

The “Guardians” movies are also known for their iconic needle-drop soundtracks of classic 1970s rock, and while the third film isn’t as memorable in that regard, it still offers a great array of tunes, this time expanding the selection into the 2000s.

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Gunn in the bonus materials delves into how each film in the trilogy relates to the theme of family. With Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord’s mother and father weighing heavily on the events of the first two films as the Guardians come together to form their own ersatz family unit, the third film deals with each coming to terms with their own sense of self — particularly Rocket, whose story is told in flashbacks as he lies dying on a medical bed.

The highlight of the extras is the full-length commentary with Gunn, who provides a lot of insight into the story and characters, and how much it meant for him to be able to close out a franchise that has defined his life for a decade.

Fans will also be interested in checking out the deleted scenes. There are eight included on the Blu-ray, each running about a minute. They include a number of interesting character interactions, including what might be Kraglin’s funniest line (as delivered by James’ brother Sean Gunn) in the series. Also included is the cameo appearance by Pete Davidson that was ultimately cut for stalling the momentum of the final act (the commentary details how Davidson ended up being given a CGI alien head after his dialogue was cut).

There’s also a fun five-minute gag reel, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes that contextualize the making of the film within the trilogy as a whole. The nine-and-a-half-minute “Creating Rocket Raccoon” looks at the process of bringing the character to life, while the 11-minute “The Imperfect, Perfect Family” focuses on the legacy of all the characters.

All told, the behind-the-scenes footage is a bit sparse considering what was being released online during the film’s theatrical run. And it would have been nice if the studio found a way to include the Holiday Special as part of the package, given how much it sets up this film. But maybe it will find its way onto disc eventually as part of a “Guardians” boxed set, since keeping it relegated to a Disney+ exclusive just accentuates the hole that exists in fans’ physical media collections.

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ Debuts at No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Disney-distributed Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania debuted at No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 20.

The Marvel Studios production, the 31st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the third in the “Ant-Man” trilogy, finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his superhero family transported to the Quantum Realm, where they encounter the villainous Kang. It earned $214.4 million at the domestic box office, about on par with the previous “Ant-Man” movie, but its $476 million global haul is considered a disappointment for the MCU.

The previous week’s top disc seller, Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1, fell to No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. It sold about 38% as many copies as the debuting Quantumania.

Another newcomer, Liosngate’s actioner Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, bowed at No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, selling about 18% as many copies as the top title.

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No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart was Lionsgate’s Jesus Revolution, which was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 disc seller was Universal Pictures’ Knock at the Cabin, which was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sellers was Warner’s new Max Fleischer’s Superman 1941-1943 collection of classic animated shorts. It was No. 21 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 69% of total Quantumania unit sales, with 37% regular Blu-ray and 32% the 4K Ultra HD disc edition. That was enough to make Quantumania No. 1 on the dedicated 4K chart as well. Operation Fortune, with 63% of its total unit sales from HD formats — 38% BD and 25% UHD — was the No. 2 4K seller.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 21 had Knock at the Cabin in the top spot for a second week, followed by two more Universal releases: Cocaine Bear at No. 2 and Champions at No. 3.

Screen Media’s war drama Come Out Fighting was new to the rental chart at No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Plane was No. 5.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/7/23;
Disney/Marvel;
Action;
Box Office $453.47 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $41.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of strong violence, action and some language.
Stars Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Florence Kasumba, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Tenoch Huerta, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livanalli, Dominique Thorne.

The death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020 left a huge vacuum in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Though his character of T’Challa had been positioned to have a significant role in the storylines to come, the studio choose to honor Boseman by not recasting the part. Thus, the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther and 30th film of the MCU would have to be rewritten to account for his absence.

Writer-director Ryan Coogler ably transitions the franchise in a new direction with Wakanda Forever, which also serves as a fitting tribute to Boseman and the impact of his loss.

The film turns its focus on T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), and mother, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), in the aftermath of his sudden death from a mysterious illness. Without the herb to create a new Black Panther, Wakanda is left without a protector, so Shuri turns to strengthening the forces of the Dora Milaje with technology. Meanwhile, Ramonda as queen faces relentless pressure from the outside world for Wakanda to share its most valuable resource, vibranium.

As the nations of the world search the seas for alternative sources of vibranium, they inadvertently disturb another long-hidden nation: Talokan, led by Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who vows to wage war on Wakanda unless they prevent their surface allies from seeking vibranium and threatening his undersea kingdom.

To do this, he demands they turn over the scientist responsible for a vibranium detection machine, who turns out to be M.I.T. student Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). Unwilling to sacrifice a young girl to Namor, Shuri must find a way to fulfill her brother’s legacy and protect her nation from the attack to come.

That’s a lot of plot to cover while setting up several characters for future films and TV shows, a prospect that constantly threatens to weigh down the film’s beefy running time of more than two-and-a-half hours. The film sports top-notch visual effects and production design like its predecessors, but with so many characters ending up in armor or mechanical suits, the final battle at times feels like a big toy commercial.

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The film continues to explore many of the same themes of the first Black Panther, particularly the cultural impact of colonialism. The society of Talokan is rooted in Mesoamerican history, a bit of a departure from Namor’s comic book origins, where he is the king of Atlantis. This change ultimately suits the film (and the MCU) well, as it both strengthens the thematic ties between Wakanda and Namor’s people, while avoiding messy comparisons to DC by ceding depictions of Atlantis to the “Aquaman” movies.

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The Blu-ray includes an informative audio commentary with Coogler, co-writer Joe Robert Cole and cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw, who provide a lot of good insights into how the film was structured and shot.

Behind-the-scenes details are also provided in two featurettes: the 11-minute “Envisioning Two Worlds” takes a look at the overall production, while the six-minute “Passing the Mantle” focuses on how T’Challa’s death impacted individual characters.

The most interesting extra on the Blu-ray might be the four deleted scenes, which run a total of about 10 minutes. These play like mini-movies that expound on character motivations from the film, while also hinting that the political discord within Wakanda might be more severe than it appears.

There’s also an amusing two-and-a-half-minute gag reel.

In the 4K combo pack, the bonus materials are available only on the regular Blu-ray. The extras are also available with digital copies of the film.

 

Thor: Love and Thunder

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 9/27/22;
Disney/Marvel;
Sci-Fi Fantasy Action;
Box Office $ 343.15 million;
$29.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $43.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, some suggestive material and partial nudity.
Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe.

Imagine a story that tackles subjects such as cancer, religious fundamentalism and child endangerment, tied together by a tongue-in-cheek intergalactic Viking adventure, and you’ll get some sense of the wacky roller coaster ride that is Thor: Love and Thunder.

Taika Waititi returns to the director’s chair after injecting his signature irreverence into 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, and tries to make Love and Thunder a similarly breezy, lighthearted romp. However, the darker themes this time around end up clashing with an abundance of jokes and situational humor, leading to some jarring tonal shifts as the film progresses through its various plot points. Then again, the guy who won an Oscar for writing a movie about a German boy who has Hitler as an imaginary friend probably thought he could pull it off. Or maybe he just felt like making a two-hour video tribute to his favorite band, Guns N’ Roses.

To be fair, the degree the film works at all can be attributed to Waititi’s skills as a storyteller and his ability to keep such disparate elements from spinning out of control. It certainly has its moments and the cast seems to have had a good time making it. However, the biggest strength of the film is not its story but its visual splendor. Thor: Love and Thunder looks spectacular, from colorful costumes to and exotic locales, to a surrealist black-and-white realm of shadows and monsters (which were designed by the children of the filmmakers, according to Waititi).

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Picking up from where we last saw him in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been traveling with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but finds himself consumed with self-doubt.

He gets a chance to snap back into action when he learns that deities throughout the universe are being slaughtered by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who declares his next target will be the Asgardian refugees now living on Earth.

Upon his return, Thor learns that his former love, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has now gained her own Thor powers thanks to a newfound ability to wield his old hammer. Her transformation into “Mighty Thor” temporarily protects her from stage four cancer, but also negates any treatments her mortal self is receiving, so the illness becomes more aggressive each time she transforms back.

When he can’t defeat the combined forces of the two Thors, Gorr ends up kidnapping the children of Asgard. So Thor, Jane, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Waititi) embark on a mission to enlist the help of Zeus (Russell Crowe), free the children and defeat Gorr once and for all.

It’s definitely the kind of plot that makes more sense to those who have been enmeshed in the MCU for a while. The screenplay adapts a few different story arcs from the “Thor” comics, so reaction to the film may tend to vary based on the viewers’ familiarity with the source material — those who just follow the MCU versions of the characters might enjoy it more, as hardcore fans of the comics usually get more annoyed by changes made in translating a story from page to screen.

Of course, even from the perspective of the continuing adventures of Thor and his supporting cast in the movies, things feel a bit off. It’s nice to see an attempt at resolving the Thor/Jane relationship after she was absent in Ragnarok, and the New Asgard scenes have some fun references in them. But the ending feels like it was constructed in order to fulfill a number of contractual obligations to most of the main actors.

Love and Thunder is a bit of a milestone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Thor becomes the first character to score a fourth solo movie. But as the 29th MCU film, it continues the franchise’s general malaise since Endgame, meandering through an undefined bigger picture while the most-lasting impact of recent entries has been the introduction of numerous children and young adult heroes to seemingly serve as the next-generation of the Avengers when the storylines eventually come to a head again.

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The Love and Thunder Blu-ray includes a standard set of bonus materials (The 4K disc has no extras on its own — they are contained on the regular Blu-ray in the combo pack).

The highlight is a commentary track from Waititi, who reveals all sorts of fun information about the film and kicks up the hijinks when he’s joined by his two young daughters.

Behind-the-scenes information is also presented in three short featurettes: the eight-minute “Another Classic Taika Adventure,” about Waititi’s return to the franchise; the six-minute “Shaping a Villain,” about Bale’s performance; and the five-and-a-half-minute “Hammer-Worthy: Thor and Mighty Thor,” about Portman’s return, and her and Hemsworth’s preparations for the physicality of their roles.

In addition, there are four deleted scenes that run just under eight minutes in total that provide some additional if superfluous context for scenes that are in the final film.

Rounding out the extras is a three-minute gag reel.

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Due on Digital Sept. 8, Disc Sept. 27

Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will hit digital retail channels on Sept. 8, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 27. The movie, co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, will also stream on Disney+ Sept. 8.

The movie generated more than $738 million at the global box office, including $333 million in North America.

Thor: Love and Thunder finds the God of Thunder (Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit), from a screenplay by Waititi & Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Thor: Love and Thunder was produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum.

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Bonus Features

  • Gag reel includes fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew
  • Audio commentary by director/writer Taika Waititi.

 

Featurettes

  • “Hammer-worthy: Thor and The Mighty Thor” traces Hemsworth and Portman’s journeys to becoming Thor and The Mighty Thor, respectively. The costars speak about the preparation behind embodying their legendary roles and describe how they combine their unstoppable forces.
  • “Shaping a Villain” introduces Love and Thunder’s primary antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher (Bale). Shining a light on the man who brings the character to life, this piece highlights his recruitment and process. Then fellow cast and crew reveal personal anecdotes.
  • “Another Classic Taika Adventure” looks back on Taika Waititi’s journey taking over the Thor franchise and reinventing the God of Thunder. Revisit the moment Taika was announced as the new custodian of Thor and follow Taika through the production of Thor: Love and Thunder.

 

Deleted Scenes

  • Looking for Zeus — Thor, Valkyrie and Korg run into a few characters while seeking an audience with Zeus.
  • Wasting Time — Star-Lord and Mantis convince Thor to help their cause.
  • A Safe Vacation — A nonchalant Thor chats with a panicked Star-Lord and Mantis in the middle of chaos. An explosion thrusts Korg into the scene.
  • Fighting For You — Zeus gifts Thor a special tool after overhearing a heartfelt conversation.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/26/22;
Disney/Marvel;
Action Fantasy;
Box Office $411.2 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of violence and action, frightening images and some language.
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams.

Now deeply entrenched in its fourth phase, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is meandering a bit. While the first phase established a core group of heroes, and phases two and three built up to the battle against Thanos, phase four seems to be about introducing a new generation of Avengers to carry on in the aftermath of that fight.

Thus, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the 28th MCU film, features the debut of America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager from a parallel reality who has the power to travel between the worlds of the multiverse. Living out her own personal version of “Sliders,” America accidentally opened a portal that caused her and her parents to be lost in separate worlds. Unable to control her powers, she continues to search for her parents and find a way home.

But wait, this is a Doctor Strange movie, isn’t it? The movie begins with America being pursued by a malevolent force that wants to steal her power. Defending her is an alternate reality version of Strange, as they seek a magical artifact that will defeat their attacker. When their quest seems hopeless and Defender Strange is killed, she manages to end up in the MCU, where our Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) carries on her fight.

Hoping to recruit some magical reinforcements, he turns to Wanda Maximoff, who is in a self-imposed exile following the events of “Wandavision” in which she dealt with the grief of Vision’s death by turning a small town into a sitcom reality and giving herself two sons, ultimately learning that she’s the embodiment of an ancient force called the Scarlet Witch.

Strange gets more than he bargained for asking for Wanda’s help, leading him and America on a world-hopping adventure that gives the film a chance to indulge the audience with all sorts of fun cameos.

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Given that Strange had just appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which offered its own dalliance into the multiverse, the natural assumption going in would be that this movie’s story would have carried on from those events, but Strange’s experiences with the multiverse in these consecutive appearances are largely just coincidental.

Still, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is fun for what it is, a mostly standalone adventure infused by director Sam Raimi with a strong dose of horror elements and some imaginative uses of the premise (though not using it quite enough), before finally giving way to some awkward post-credit sequences to set up future movies.

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The Blu-ray includes a fun and informative commentary from Raimi, writer Michael Waldron, and producer Richie Palmer, as they discuss the challenges of making the film and other possibilities for the story.

Also included are three short behind-the-scenes featurettes. The 11-minute “Constructing the Multiverse” is a general retrospective on the making of the movie with interviews from the cast and filmmakers; the three-and-a-half-minute “Introducing America Chavez” focuses on the origins of that character and bringing her to life; and the five-minute “Method to the Madness” explores Raimi’s impact on the film.

Rounding out the extras are a two-and-a-half-minute gag reel, and three deleted scenes that run a total of about three minutes — one is a flashback to Strange’s days as a surgeon, while the other two expand on Bruce Campbell’s guest appearance as a street vendor.

 

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Set for Disc Release July 26

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution will release Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 26. The film will be available for digital purchase a month earlier, on June 22, the same day as its previously announced premiere on the Disney+ streaming service.

Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Stephen Strange, Marvel’s master of the mystic arts, fresh off helping Spider-Man deal with an incursion of alternate realities in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In Multiverse of Madness, he meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. But she is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Doctor Strange to vow to protect her. However, when he turns to fellow magic user Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) for help, he discovers a danger he never expected, sending him on a journey through parallel realities to protect his charge.

The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by Sam Raimi. It has earned $391 million at the domestic box office, and $912.6 million globally.

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The home video editions will include an audio commentary by Raimi, screenwriter Michael Waldron and co-producer Richie Palmer, plus three featurettes:

  • “Method to the Madness” — The film’s production team and other Marvel employees discuss their love of Raimi and all the details of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that make one of his quintessential films”.
  • “Introducing America Chavez” — A profile of the character from the comic books, and the actress who plays her.
  • “Constructing the Multiverse” — Waldron delves into the challenges of crafting the story.

 

Also included will be a gag reel and three deleted scenes:

  • “A Great Team” — a journalist questions Doctor Strange’s integrity;
  • “Pizza Poppa” — a street vendor played by Bruce Campbell is relieved when a spell cast by Doctor Strange ends;
  • “It’s Not Permanent” — Bruce tries to accuse Doctor Strange of being an imposter.

 

Availability of the bonus materials with the digital version will vary by retailer.

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Study: Phase 4 of Marvel Cinematic Universe Least Favorite

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the least-favorite MCU phase so far, according to critical scores identified in a new study.

The findings come from the Critic Ratings Study, which analyzed the film ratings across three popular review platforms — Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb. 

The study found that films and TV shows featured in Phase 4 — starting with “WandaVision” and running through to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — are proving the least popular with fans so far, when compared with Phase 3, Phase 2 and Phase 1.

In fact, when compared to Phase 3 of the MCU (starting with Captain America: Civil War and ending with Spider-Man: Far From Home), Phase 4 has reported a 22% drop in ratings. 

Still, Phase 4 includes the highest-rated MCU film so far, Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10), but it’s Eternals that pulls the average score down considerably as the lowest-rated film in the MCU to date (5.7/10). 

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Of the TV shows included in Phase 4, the highest-rated was “WandaVision,” while fans weren’t so keen on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” or “Hawkeye.”

MCU Phases, best to worst:

  1. Phase 3 (Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home)
  2. Phase 2 (Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man)
  3. Phase 1 (Iron Man to Marvel’s The Avengers)
  4. Phase 4 (“WandaVision” to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

 

Phase 3 was the highest-rated period of Marvel films, with each film featured reporting an impressive average critic score of 7.9/10. 

Highest-rated MCU films, by cumulative IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10)
  2. Avengers: Endgame (8.6/10)
  3. Iron Man (8.6/10)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War (8.5/10)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (8.5/10)

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Moves to No. 1 on Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home took over the No. 1 spot on both Redbox’s disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended April 17.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe entry has earned more than $804 million at the domestic box office. It had been No. 6 on the digital chart a week earlier.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s animated sequel Sing 2 dropped to No. 2 on both charts after two weeks in the top spot.

Paramount’s Scream relaunch dropped a spot to No. 3 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

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The No. 3 digital title was Paramount’s Infinite, a sci-fi film with Mark Wahlberg.

No. 4 on both charts was Universal’s Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson comedy Marry Me, while No. 5 was Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 17:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  2. Sing 2 — Universal
  3. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  4. Marry Me — Universal
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  6. Death on the Nile — 20th Century
  7. The Matrix Resurrections — Warner
  8. Last Looks — RLJ
  9. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  10. The Requin — Lionsgate

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 17:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home — Sony Pictures/Marvel
  2. Sing 2 — Universal
  3. Infinite — Paramount
  4. Marry Me — Universal
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife — Sony Pictures
  6. Scream (2022) — Paramount
  7. Clifford the Big Red Dog — Paramount
  8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage — Sony Pictures
  9. Death on the Nile — 20th Century
  10. Dog — MGM

 

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