Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

Thor: Ragnarok is here and once again the Marvel Madness is upon us! So to help keep the up the hype I have decided to make a list of my personal least favorite to favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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This list will also include my placement of Thor: Ragnarok and I do plan to update this list every time a Marvel movie is released, so be sure to bookmark this page to come back this February when Black Panther is released! But anyway, I surely have some choices that will cause for some debate that I cannot wait to share. So lets get right into it!


17.) The Incredible Hulk

To be fair, I do not believe I have seen this film fully more than once. It was an absolutely bore and really felt like everything that I have seen before. Edward Norton is an alright Bruce Banner, but there is an obvious reason that he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo. Abomination is a forgettable villain and so is the rest of the film

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

The only thing that I could say was more than alright was Bruce and Bettys relationship. It was portrayed pretty well and those scenes definitely did not have me snoozing. The Incredible Hulk is a tough one to get through and that is why it deserves the last spot on my list. 


16.) Iron Man 2 (2010)

While this film does have some spectacular moments in the action department. Everything else just completely falls apart and turns into more of a cringe fest than an actual sequel to an Iron Man movie. To me, the biggest fault of this movie is with the villain, Whiplash. His motives are generic, his accent is beyond awful and his role is not significant and he is just a plain out boring character.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

On top of this, there is the boring sub-plot of Tony's arc reactor issues. There is even a terribly done portrayal of the "Demon in a Bottle" story line. Iron Man 2 just try's to be so much at once and in the end it just all comes together as one jumbled mess.


15.) Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World is very similar to Iron Man 2 as it is just plain out pointless. The Dark World's problems are faced by pointless plot lines, another boring villain and just feeling like a waste of your time.

A huge problem with the first two Thor films are the huge focus on Thor and Jane's "relationship". Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Natalie Portman (Jane) have absolutely no chemistry at all. The love between them does not feel there, Jane's character is just plain annoying (And so are her friends) and it always feels like Thor and Jane are always in some dispute. They just do not work.

 

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

To make matters worse, we have the villain, Malekith. This is no doubt, one of the worst developed and most boring villains I have ever seen on film. I am going to be honest, I do not remember one thing about him and I am a huge fan of the Marvel films. All I remember is his name and how he looked. Oh, and that one kind of cool action sequence in D.C at the end of the film. That is all I remember. I think he tried to take over the world or something? Tried to kill Thor? Something cliche like that.

Thankfully the saving grace of this film is Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki, which is still an absolute joy to watch. Thor and Loki really click throughout the film and part of me just wishes Loki would have been in the entire time. It really would have made it a way more enjoyable experience.


14.) Avengers: Age of Ultron

I was honestly having a hard time deciding where to put this movie. It had so much promise and ended up failing in so many areas. Age of Ultron from the trailers was looking like it was about to be the first TRUE dark MCU film after The Winter Soldier. It showed the amazing villain in Ultron played by James Spader and his destructive plan to finally end The Avengers for good. We all knew that we had a bigger baddie in Thanos down the line, but we were beyond excited to see what Ultron could bring in the meantime.

What we got was.... an action-comedy? The movie was full of laughs and at times very light-hearted. Don't get me wrong, a majority of the jokes in this film land very well, but it just did not mesh well with the overall "dark" tone of the movie. Sadly, Ultron never ended up being the villain that we hoped for. He did not have a lot of screen time just to himself and his whole master plan was just really boring. Sure, the action in the movie was stellar, I will never forget the Hulkbuster/Hulk fight. But it just cant make up for all of the setting up and filler that the movie has to offer. 

Age of Ultron Promotional Poster

Age of Ultron Promotional Poster

On top of that, The Avengers never really felt like a "unit" like they did in the first film. They felt very disjointed as if it wasn't even an Avengers film. Cap and Tony were busy arguing to tie into the at the time upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Thor went off to go do his own things to set up Thor: Ragnarok. The Hulk had his own mid-life crisis which would eventually also tie into Thor: Ragnarok. And everyone else was just...there. Sure, the additions of Quick Silver, Scarlett Witch and Vision were actually really great. But besides the final act, it never felt like a team movie. Also, the Bruce and Black Widow romance?... Yeah, that happened. 

In the end, Age of Ultron just feels like an advertisement for the next wave of Marvel films. It does not land those shocking moments like the first film did. It doesn't really pack any surprises. It just feels like 3 different movies with all the different arcs happening at once. I wanted Age of Ultron to be way higher on this list, but it will just have to settle in the lower half where it belongs.  


13.) Thor

Thor continues his streak in the lower half of the list with his first outing. The thing is, I actually do not hate this movie all that much. For what it is, it is just a alright time. Its a bit light on action, but that is okay as it makes it up with some light humor and great performances from Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins. The reason it ranks so low is the fact that it just plainly is not that special. 

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The "romance" between Jane and Thor is just as cliche and plain and boring as it is in The Dark World. On top of that, there seems to be no true established villain in this movie. It points the finger to the bad guy a few times around in this film and it just becomes a jumbled mess to really find out who Thor should really be fighting against. While I totally understand how this film is about Thor finding his way in the real world without any powers, it just is still a bit unacceptable to not build up a true villain. 


12.) Captain America: The First Avenger

I have never really understood most of everyone's complaints with TFA. I always thought it was a well done and actually a very inspiring origin story. It shows the beginning struggles of Steve Rodgers all the way up until he is kicking the crap out of Red Skull very well. It also packs in a very intriguing love story with the addition of Peggy Carter. On top of all that, it is a war movie and Marvel does not shy way from its historical references throughout the film, which make it all the better.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

The best thing that this film has to offer is its plot twist ending of Steve Rodgers being frozen over into present day. The shot of him being absolutely confused and scared in the middle of Times Square is unforgettable and is definitely one of my favorite moments throughout the MCU. 


11.) Iron Man 

Yeah, you read that right and no, I do not hate this movie. I like it a lot actually, I just believe it is a tad overrated. Iron Man is considered one of the greatest super hero movies of all time and I can see where people get that. It is has a phenomenal performance from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and it kicks off the MCU in a great way with establishing one of its greatest heroes first.

I am in the group where I believe Marvel movies are actually getting better and since Iron Man was the first movie to come out in the series, a lot more have followed and a lot of them being superior. Of course, I can't deny that Iron Man executes the origin story perfectly. We get a clear understanding of Stark's character, while also understanding what he has been through and the film does a great job of being able to relate to Tony Stark, even though he is a billionaire.  

Tony Stark

Tony Stark

Iron Man also has a great supporting cast with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jeff Bridges as the villain, Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger. The reason I ranked this movie so low is not cause of my dislike for it, I really like this film. It just simply does not do it for me enough like the other 9 films in this list do. 


10.) Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange was easily one of the biggest gambles Marvel ever took. Adding a brand new hero this late in the Marvel game was a bit nerve-wracking. You also have to add in the fact that Doctor Strange is no where near as well known as other heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and The Hulk. But, wow, Marvel really blew it out of the water with this movie.

Doctor Strange is an absolute visual treat. Of course, we are in a day and age where visual effects that are more realistic are not too hard to come by. But,  Doctor Strange shows the industry that there can still be revolutionary effects that will make the audiences jaw drop. 

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

The effects are not the only positive, Benedict Cummberbatch is a treat as Stephen Strange and even though is role was minimal I thought that Mads Mikkelsen as the villain Kaecilius was not as bad as some people made him to be. Sure, his screen presence wasn't that large, but I thought he showed himself to be enough of an intimidating foe for Doctor Strange. 

Overall, Doctor Strange is one of the most unique and well-put Marvel films to date. Its got great action, humor, fantastic chemistry between all the cast members and a few suprises along the way to keep every audience member pleased. 


9.) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2 had a lot to live up to. The first Guardians is highly acclaimed in the superhero movie industry, so to even make something close to that would be a challenge within itself. While I do not think Guardians 2 matches the over all quality of the first, I do believe this squeal is a great follow up and is an overall great time.

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Guardians 2 is packed with humor, a great story, fun action and a surprising plot twist. Kurt Russel absolutely steals the show as Ego and there is no doubt that his character will go down as one of the greatest in the MCU. Of course, in Guardians 2 we also see the fantastic addition of Mantis and who could of course forget about Baby Groot. Guardians 2 may not live up to the first film, but it is far from forgettable. 


8.) Thor: Ragnarok

At the writing of this, I have just seen this movie about 12 hours ago, so most of it is fresh in my mind. But I do have to say, this is one of the MCU films that I could see skyrocketing up the list after I watch it a second time.

If you ever were worried that Thor would never have an even slightly above-average film, I have great news for you. Thor: Ragnarok is an absolute blast and easily shows how Thor can be just as cool as all the other Avengers. Ragnarok is full of action and beatiful visuals, it also easily has some of the best laugh-out loud jokes that you will see in any MCU film. 

Thor: Ragnarok 

Thor: Ragnarok 

While Thor is the main star and is absolutely fantastic, the supporting cast is what truly steals the show. Hulk makes a return and he is as ruthless as ever. Ragnarok even seems to set up a Hulk story arc that should hopefully take place over the next few Avengers films, so I am very excited to see that unfold. Along with Hulk the other two standouts in my opinion, were the Grandmaster and Korg. These two light up the house with some of the funniest one-liners and jokes that will make you laugh so hard that you will no doubt miss the next few lines of dialogue.

Ragnarok also does get very serious at some points and the villain of the film, Hela really takes over those brief dark moments. Ragnarok also sets up a lot of future Marvel films without t feeling like the whole entire film is just one huge set up. It really feels complete and it is just an overall fun time. 


7.) Ant-Man

After all the behind-the-scenes drama that this film went through, I would have never thought that Ant-Man would make it this high on my list. But boy, did director Peyton Reed prove us wrong. Pitching a movie simply titled "Ant-Man" is definitely a hard sell. But with its quick humor, fantastic chemistry between all it's cast members and engaging action, you cannot skip over this movie.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Paul Rudd kills it as the troubled Scott Lang and he somehow finds a way to make a man with the ability to shrink to the size of an ant, one of the coolest additions to the MCU. While the film does struggle with its main villain, the Yellowjacket played by Corey Stoll. The film makes up for it with an amazing supporting cast filled with great actors like Micheal Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Micheal Pena. Ant-Man is an all around good feeling and fun film and is one the best the MCU has to offer. 


6.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Coming in at number 6 is one of the darker and more serious films that the MCU has to offer. The Winter Soldier plays a lot on the political/Thriller genre and it works. With the mystery of The Winter Solider on top of the Hydra plot twist, this film keeps the punches coming and it has you on the edge of your seat at every second.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

A problem with some Marvel films is that they only have the "wow" appeal the first time you watch it. Every time after, just feels not as exciting. I have watched TWS at least 5+ times and every time I feel fully engaged as if I am watching it for the first time all over again. The suspense, plot twists and action sequences are the true keys to this films greatness. Who could ever forget the amazing unveiling of The Winter Soldier? It is moments like that, that really solidify TWS as not only one of the best superhero films, but one of the greatest Action movies in recent years. 


5.) Iron Man 3

Yeah, you read that right, I put Iron Man 3 above The Winter Soldier. Let me explain.

I absolutely love Iron Man 3. It kind of borrows from the first Thor movie as most of the time Tony is left without his "powers" throughout the entire film, but this time, it does it right. This then sets up some great development for Tony, which I honestly did not even know that we needed.

Iron Man

Iron Man

After the events of NYC, it was very intriguing to see Tony deal with his PTSD and on top of that, facing off against a villain who wants to destroy and take away everything from him. While I do understand everyone's problem with the plot twist, I believe in the end it made it more of a personal situation for Tony. Something that he did in the past came to haunt him, just like the events of NYC were. It is a great correlation that the film makes and that is why Iron Man 3 ranks at number 5 on my list. 


4.) Captain America: Civil War

The Captain America trilogy is the only set of films in the MCU, where each film kept topping the other. While, you honestly could make the argument for this movie actually being Avengers 2.5, it is still a Cap story and a great one at that. 

Tony and Steve's tensions meet an all time high after a new law is passed that all of the Avengers can only be called to duty when the government says so. Half of the Avengers including Tony like, Steve and the other half do not as much. This then leads to an all out war and an absolutely phenomenal action set-piece at the airport.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

With so many characters on one screen at one time, the movie still manages to introduce two new characters, those being Black Panther and Spider-Man. The two actually mesh into the film almost perfectly and nothing feels too crammed in or messy. Also, the villain of the film Baron Zemo is one of the most underrated villains in the MCU. His master plan is genius and while it is a bit of a convenient plan, it is something so clever and so brilliant that it still shocks me how he pulled something like that off. 


3.) The Avengers

The Avengers for the longest time was at my number 1. Without this film, there is no doubt that I would not have fallen so in love with the Marvel films like I have. This is one of the best team-up films in recent memory and will definitely stay that way for generations to come.

With all of the origin stories out of the way, we finally got to see all of our heroes on the screen for the very first time. Watching them all banter with one another and seeing them all fight together on the big screen just an absolute joy for the nerds and general audience alike.

The Avengers

The Avengers

While a bit slow to start, this film goes full speed ahead and keeps giving you new things to make you laugh and just go "wow". To anyone who has not seen The Avengers I do not even want to spoil the slightest thing, so I will not go into too much detail. But to everyone who has seen it, it is obvious that The Avengers deserves a high spot on this list and that is why it deserves the number 3 spot. 


2.) Spider-Man: Homecoming

I have already written a review on this film, which you can find on the blog! As most of you may know, this is my favorite Spider-Man film of all time. It excels on every aspect that it trys to accomplish. With 2 other Spider-Man entries in the back burner, this film does a great job at really making it different from that others. With a great villain, great laughs and a unique story for Peter to go through, this is easily the best solo outing that Marvel has to offer.


1.) Guardians of the Galaxy

Back in 2012 when this movie was first announced, I was baffled. I had no clue who any of the lead characters were, where they existed or why they were making the movie to begin with. It was obvious from the start that THIS was Marvel's biggest gamble. And just like Doctor Strange, it paid off, big time. 

When explaining this film you could say that it is just The Avengers in space. But there really is just so much more to it than that. GotG shows a story of a bunch of troubled people, with a terrible past coming together to save the day. Not only is GotG one of the funniest Marvel movies, it has the most heart of any MCU film. Star-Lord's backstory connection with his mother is truly a tearjerker and is ulike anything we have seen in the MCU.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

There has been great chemistry in the MCU, but nothing works better than the GotG cast. They all work together perfectly. From Star-Lords and Rockets banter, to Drax's one-liners to the motivational scene they all share in the quin-jet. GotG is filled with everything that will please any fan or general audience member, guaranteed. That is why there is no doubt in my mind that Guardians of the Galaxy is the best the MCU has to offer. 

 

Rad Robot is Heading to Retro Con!

This upcoming weekend Lee and I will be taking a trip to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to attend Retro Con! We have been to a few conventions before this, but this is looking to be like a convention like no other. A huge number of attendees are expected and great special guests will be attending as well! This is shaping up to be huge, so we thought we would make a quik guide for everything you need to know about Retro Con!


When and Where is Retro Con?

As mentioned before, it will be taking place at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Pennsylvania. The dates for this convention are Saturday, October, 14th and Sunday, October 15th! The times for each day are slightly different though. Saturdays hours will be from 10am-6pm while Sundays hours are adjusted to 9am-4pm. 


What is Retro Con?

Retro Con is a convention that is made for everyone who loves a blast from the past! The main focus is geek culture that was set around the 1980's. So properties such as Transformers, He-Man, GI-Joe will all be heavily praised over at Retro Con. Not only are old Toy lines and Cartoons a main focus, but so are classic video games. So even if Transformers isn't your thing but your a fan of retro games, then this will be the place for you!

Retro Con Logo

Retro Con Logo

On top of all of that, the special guest lineup is very impressive. Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz from the classic A-Team TV show will be making a presence! Along with them will be Rob Paulson who you will recognize from classic cartoons such as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, the original TMNT cartoon as well the current TMNT show on Nickelodeon. Arthur Burghardt who you will recognize as the iconic villain, Destro from the G.I Joe cartoon will also be attending. Finally, for the more modern guest, Youtube and Cinemassacre star James Rolfe who plays The Angry Video Game Nerd will be making an appearance on Sunday only!


How Much Does it Cost to Get In?

Retro Cons pricing varies on the day that you would like to attend! If you are looking to go Saturday only than it will only cost you $20 to get in. A Sunday only ticket will run you just $15


What Will Rad Robot Be Doing?

We will be presenting and selling our same, creative and amazing art just like we have at our past conventions! We will have everything that you want such as our fun prints, our lovable stickers and our cool on the spot commissions!

We unfortunately do not have the exact location that we are going to be at, but when we do find out we will make sure to post on our Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you are following them so you can get instant updates!


And that is going to wrap it up for our Retro Con information article! If you are heading over to Retro Con make sure to stop at our table to say Hi and check out our art! We love meeting new faces as well as returning ones. Going to these conventions is a blast, but the absolute best part is getting to meet the fans. So we hope to see you guys there!

 

Everything You Need To Know About The New Rad Robot

Hello and welcome to the newly relaunched Rad Robot! We have been in the planning stages for a while with this relaunch and we are beyond excited to finally be able to share this with everyone. We believe this is the next step for our brand and the next step for us becoming who we truly want to be.

 Now we did make a video going over everything that is going to be exaplined in this article, so if you would rather watch what you are about to read in video form, click the link below! If not, here is everything you can now expect from Rad Robot!


What To Expect

Lets get a few things out of the way, the art that everyone has come to know and love is going absolutely nowhere. As long as you follow us on our Facebook and Instagram you are still going to be treated to your daily cartoon goodness. Another thing, Lee nor I will be going anywhere, so yes you will still have to put up with our ugly mugs for a while longer.

But, what is changing is our look and our consistency. As you can see, we have a new logo! Its the same good ol' Rad Robot but with a rework. We also have new formatting with some of posts, new packaging with our items on the shop and new bushiness cards! 

Rad Robots new look

Rad Robots new look

Along with all this we want to pour out a more consistent schedule with the content that you see roll out from Rad Robot. That means the Rad Robot Podcast, Scientific Leesearch, our Let's Plays, blog posts and even our Let's Draws. Our goal is to have these at least once a week. We are done with the whole one podcast every 4 years ordeal. Our goal is to make a set schedule and we definitely plan to have that as time passes on. 

Why We Did This

Well simply put, we wanted to grow in a more consistent manner.  The re-branding helps us fully realize who we are and how we can keep creating more content under the Rad Robot Umbrella.  When you look at the logo, a banner, a sign, our card, our name, it ALL denotes the same thing.  The same feeling.  Fun.  We want to be fun and let you know it.  We are planning on now having more of a consistent schedule with a more universal feel.  We’re continuing to make and shape a world.  Nothing really has changed and it probably never will.  It’s just become more concise with more art, videos, podcast, and more!

-Lee

What Does The Future Hold?

Wow.  What a loaded question.  WE HAVE SO MANY PLANS!  But of course a lot of them are far off.  But in the near future, you can expect more good content that you’ve always gotten from us.  Just more.  We plan on having 2 podcasts every week(lee search and the RR podcast), Let’s plays for fun, broken, awful games, art, comics, let’s draws, and more.  We also have more conventions coming up that we can’t wait to see you at!  But the one thing I’m MOST excited about is were building a cartoon.  A full animated short form cartoon!  That is right!  Were all going to go grey!  In all seriousness everything we have planned is going to be and already has been a lot of work.  But we LOVE it!  We can’t wait to show you everything coming up.  We’re just happy to make you laugh and hopefully along the way, inspire you to make and do the things you’d like to do to.

-Lee

Early concept art for the newly designed Rad Robot

Early concept art for the newly designed Rad Robot

How Can You Help?

By checking us out on our Patreon and Gofundme! Our Patreon will solely be used for all Rad Robot purposes such as tools,cameras, art materials etc. While the Gofundme will be used for helping to fund our original cartoon! So make sure to head over there and help us out! All of your donations are greatly appreciated.

Gofundme 

Patreon


A Thank You

It has been an absolute blast with everything over here at Rad Robot. To making great articles, let's plays, videos and podcasts. This is a job I could have only dreamed of. So this re-branding makes things so much more exciting and I really hope you guys will enjoy it as much as we have. 

But in all honesty, this could have NEVER happened if it weren't for my good pal Lee. His endless work has made this brand into something truly special and I am so glad I am along for the ride. This also could not have worked if were not the support from the audience. So thank you so much for all your support on social media throughout the past year and make sure you stay tuned. Cause things are about to get Rad. 

-Paul


Guys, thank you so much for coming along on this insanely ridiculous ride so far.  I honestly can not believe we’ve come this far at all!  Thank you so much for sticking around!  I love this rebranding so much and I hope you do to! We have so much farther to go and I can’t wait to grow, learn, experiment, try things, create, and make you laugh.  Seriously, when we meet people and they say they love the stuff Rad Robot puts out, man, there’s nothing that compares.  So without further cheesy things, thanks dudes.  Stay Rad.  You da best. (sunglasses emoji)

-Lee

The Struggle of the 2017 Summer Box Office

In no way does this satisfy me to make this article. Ever since I was a kid I have been going to the movie theater on a constant basis. It is one of my favorite outlets and I could never see my life without it. But as of late, things have not been looking too good for the movie theater industry and in some ways, Hollywood as a whole has not been looking too hot either. 

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Dunkirk

Box office earnings for this summer are at an all time low and it way too late to turn anything around. With numerous under preforming films over the past few months, it has put Hollywood in a very sticky situation. But what caused this? What struck a chord with the general audience for them to stay home instead of heading to the movie theaters this summer? While these questions seem complicated, the answer is a lot more simple than you think.


What Movies Under Preformed?

The word under preform does not even describe how badly some of these movies straight up fell on their faces at the box office this summer. To start off, we had King Arthur: Legend of the Sword the movie that everyone asked for! King Arthur released in mid-May and in total grossed a measly $145 million worldwide. For some weird reason, Warner Bros. (Who distributed the film ) gave this movie a $175 million dollar production budget. On top of that, you always want to multiply a production budget by 2 as the production budget you see does not include merchandising, advertising and payment of the actors/actresses. So, with a production budget of $350 million and a return of $145 million King Arthur went down as the Summers first bomb, with many more to come.

Promo Poster for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Promo Poster for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Later that month was Alien: Covenant which had a $97 million budget and went on to only gross $74 million in the US and $232 million worldwide. While it looks like 20th Century Fox made a small return, it was not the return they were expecting.

Throughout the rest of the summer there would be more disappointments such as Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Baywatch, The Mummy, Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and The Dark Tower.

But no movie stung worse than the under performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. The Transformers franchise has always been pandered for the quality of their films. But the reason Paramount continued with the franchise was simply because it made money. The most recent Transformers flick before The Last Knight, Age of Extinction went on to gross over $1 billion dollars worldwide. No matter the quality of the films it seemed the franchise would always be a box office powerhouse. That was until The Last Knight arrived. With a $217 million budget and only grossing $600 million worldwide and only $130 million of that coming from the US, it looks like the general audience has caught on and that now leaves a once box office powerhouse franchise in the dust. This not only hurt companies such as Regal and AMC, but this was a severe sting to Paramount who has struggled to must out a hit for some time now. 


How Badly Does This Hurt Movie Theaters?

It hurts them just as bad as you think. If nobody is seeing movies, they are not making money. 

Lets take Regal Cinemas, one of the largest theater chains in America. Currently as of the writing of this article they are currently at only $15.49 a share on the stock market. That is absolutely abysmal. While that is up from $14.37 a share last week, it is no where near the above $25.00 a share that they should be at around this time of the year.

The same goes for movie theater giant AMC who has been hit just as hard. They are currently at a very low $14.15 a share which is even worse than what Regal was at last week. To make matters worse, at this point last year AMC was at a much better $30.30 a share. With August not able to produce any box office hits, this had made it a very bad month for both AMC and Regal.


What Caused This?

The short and simple answer is RottenTomatoes.com. If you are somehow not familiar with this website, what Rotten Tomatoes does is it puts together every movie critic review for a film and forms a total consensuses of what the critics said about it. The reviews are classified as "fresh" if they liked it and "rotten" if they did not. Then those reviews are combined and the movie is given a score, just like a test grade.

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

While this website has been around for some time now, it has been in the past year or so that it has exploded in popularity. The general audience will now go on rotten tomatoes to see if the newest movie out is worth the price of admission or not. While this format sounds great for the general consumer, it is now a make or break for a movie studio. 

So lets take all the movies that I claimed under preformed earlier and check their rotten tomatoes score. 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes - 93%
  • Alien: Covenant - 71%
  • Cars 3 - 68%
  • Valerian - 51%
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - 29%
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - 28%
  • Baywatch - 19%
  • The Mummy - 16%
  • The Dark Tower - 16%
  • Transformers: The Last Knight - 15%

The only movie on that list that remains a mystery as to why it under preformed is Apes, but that is a topic for another day. But as you can see, these movies are not preforming well with the critics, therefore they are not gonna fare well with audiences anymore. The era of a movie studio slapping a random blockbuster with amazing SFX in the middle of summer and having flocks of people run up and pay full price to see it is now over. The general audience is more careful now thanks to Rotten Tomatoes and word of mouth. 

But of course you can not hide the fact that streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are also another major reason as to why the general audience is holding back on movies. Why go see a movie that you have already seen is disliked by the critics when you can just stay home and have a huge assortment of choices from TV and film without even leaving your house?


What Can Turn This Around?

The answer here is actually quite simple, make your movies good and make them movies that people want to see. Nobody wants to see a King Arthur movie, so do not give it a $175 million budget. Nobody wanted a Mummy reboot, nobody wanted a fifth Transformers, nobody wanted a fifth Pirates film and surely nobody wanted a Cars 3.

Artwork for Transformers: The Last Knight

Artwork for Transformers: The Last Knight

But not all was grim at the box office this summer. We had HUGE successes like Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Girls Trip and Dunkirk. 

All of these movies blew the competition out of the water. Wonder Woman grossed $400+ in the United States ALONE. Guardians was not far behind with $389 million, Spider-Man swung in with about $315 million, Despicable Me 3 while not outperforming its predecessors still wound up with a great $250 million, Girls Trip grossed over $100 million and finally Dunkirk with over $160 million and counting.

So what made these movies huge box office successes? Well, they were movies people wanted. They were either from beloved franchises, high-praised directors or they were original ideas that were actually very intriguing.

On top of that, they had great Rotten Tomatoes scores.

  • Dunkirk - 93%
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming - 92%
  • Wonder Woman - 92%
  • Girls Trip - 88%
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2 - 82%
  • Despicable Me 3 - 61%

Out of all those movies mentioned, I saw 5 out of the 6 of them, Girls Trip being the one out. I saw them because they were films that I heard lived up to their true quality and they were simply movies that I and many other people would die to see. The first live-action Wonder Woman film? Hell yes. The second Spider-Man reboot that ended up being the best Spider-Man film yet? Of course. Guardians 2, Despicable Me 3 and Dunkirk? Yes, Yes and YES. I can also guarantee that more of the movies that I just listed intrigue you a lot more than any of the films that were listed that under preformed.

So yes, it is that simple Hollywood, make what the audiences want, not what you want.


What Does The Future Hold?

Thankfully, in my opinion, the future does indeed look very bright for the rest of the year. This weekend we are getting the highly anticipated IT, which is tracking to rack in over $50-$70 million this weekend. Looking forward we have highly anticipated films such as Kingsman 2, Jigsaw, Thor: Ragnarok, Daddy's Home 2, Justice League, Coco and a little movie called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

Image of Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok 

Image of Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok 

Looking even further forward to next year we will see huge releases such as Deadpool 2, the Han Solo film, The Incredibles 2, Fantastic Beasts 2, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, Ant-Man 2, Aquaman, Mission Impossible 6, Pacific Rim 2, and the ever so highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.

The only thing that can really hold back any of those films is a lack of quality, but as long as these films stay true to their predecessors and remain just as great, I honestly can really see Hollywood getting back on its feet in 2018. 

-Paul

 

Rad Robot is Heading to Coleco Expo!

If you have been keeping up with our social media pages over here on Rad Robot than you have probably seen the non-stop talk about Coleco Expo! A few months back, Lee and I were invited by Coleco themselves to come join them as a vendor for their convention this summer and there was no way that we could pass it up. Coleco is one of the pioneers of gaming dating all the way back to early 1980's with their gaming console simply titled the ColecoVision which was able to give us classics like Donkey Kong! So to be invited to a convention hosted by Coleco was impossible to turn down. 


What is Coleco Expo?

Coleco Expo is a huge gaming convention that will mostly be focused on retro games and pop culture. There will be tons of vendors selling old video games, art and merchandise!There will also be panelists and special guests! You can check out their full schedule for their panelists and guests on their website over at colecoexpo.com!


When and Where is Coleco Expo?

The convention will be held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ and it will take place from Saturday, August 5th until Sunday, August 6th.

Saturdays hours are from 10am-10pm while Sundays hours will be from 10am-6pm.

Tickets will be $20 for each day or you can take up the 2-day pass for only $35!


What is Rad Robot Doing Here?

Rad Robot is an art company, so what are we doing at a retro gaming convention?? Well, Rad Robot over the past few months has only been growing and becoming a bigger company everyday. So when new opportunity's are given to us that we believe will only help the brand, we take it. 

So having a table at Coleco Expo is truly a treat. We will be there all day Saturday and Sunday selling everything from our hilarious prints, to our fun and loving stickers. Lee will also be doing on the spot commissions of anything that your little heart desires. 

So if you will be attending Coleco Expo this weekend, make sure to stop by and say hi! Lee and I will be located in Artists Alley at Table 50. We hope to see you guys there!

- Paul

 

The Current and Unfortunate State of Overwatch

Now, this is not another post to jump on the current Overwatch hate bandwagon nor am I going to exclaim about how "Overwatch is dying!". I am just as big of an Overwatch fan as anyone else and I want to see the game strive and grow for years to come. But nobody can hide the fact that as of late there has been certain aspects bringing down the game as a whole and something that is lowering the morale of the community.

Overwatch Art

Overwatch Art

Overwatch is one of my favorite, if not my favorite game currently. So I feel it is important that I make my voice be heard in this weird time that we are in. So right now I am going delve into these "certain aspects" and elaborate on the issues themselves along with giving some constructive criticism as to how I fully believe we can fix the game and bring it back to it's glory days.  


Communication With Developers

 

When it comes to fixing a broken or too weak of a hero, it seems to take ages for Blizzard (The Developers of Overwatch) to finally get on top of it. While it is understandable that the process takes a while, the lack of communication at times from the devs to the players is quite frustrating. A huge example of this is the recent patch to one of the beloved heroes, Roadhog. 

Roadhog, about a month ago simply had the ability to kill other heroes with one shot . While this does sound ridiculous, it was not an easy task to pull off and if you got one shot killed by Roadhog, you deserved it. But the Director of OW, Jeff Kaplan came out and said that he does not believe in one shot abilities. So, they simply fixed Roadhog to make him weaker so it is now near impossible to pull off his one shot trick anymore. Players were infuriated. 

Now, when they announced the Roadhog fix they made him playable on the test servers otherwise known as the PTR, so people could go try out the new Roadhog before he got put into the real game itself. After messing around with the new updated version players were still unhappy and made their voice loud and clear. But what did Jeff and the devs do about it? Absolutely nothing, they did not even respond to one bit of critisism. 

Roadhog

Roadhog

So after a few days with the new Hog on the test servers, they put the updated version of him onto the real servers and ever since then he has been nearly unplayable and he is now one less hero the community can pick. This in a way makes the game a little less enjoyable and this is just one of the many examples of this happening within OW in the past.

It can be a bit frustrating. It seems they are always focused on what they believe is right and now what the community wants.
— Murphy Caraballo

So how could this be fixed? I believe a little bit more feedback from Jeff and his team when there is a community complaint would be vital. If a hero is put on the TEST serves, wouldn't it make sense to respond to the critical feedback so it does not make it's way onto the actual game itself? I am not trying to sound too whiny, but it is just such a simple fix that could seriously help out in the long run.


Competitive Play

 

The main problem with Competitive is that the ranking system at times can be a little bit ridiculous. Everyone's main gripe with Competitive as of late is how your rank is solely based on how YOU play and not your teams overall performance. 

Lets say that you are playing Soldier: 76 in a Competitve game. Your team can utterly destroy and claim victory, but if you do not preform up to par compared to other Solider: 76 players, your rank will barley even climb up. It does not make much sense in a game like Overwatch where teamwork is the main aspect of the game. This ranking system is just a bit flawed and honestly causes some frustration from the community who believe the game should simply be based on your teams performance rather than yours.

I do believe it is flawed. On top of that, your placement matches are a complete waste of time as it just ranks you lower than where you ended last season no matter how good you do. It makes it even more frustrating that there are plenty of throwers and trolls in CP to make the experience even less enjoyable.
— Overwatch fan Trevor Davenport

Now you might be not be able to tell, but I am not a game developer and I am never going to be. So, making a solution to this is something that is more on the difficult side to think of. But the one solution that goes around the community a lot could be plausible. Simply, if you win you gain 25 SR and if you lose you get detracted 25 SR. That simple. But of course it seems too easy and would definitely need more to it than just that. 

So here is to hoping Jeff and the Team are listening to us on this one cause this is a problem that can not be fixed without them.


Toxicity

 

Finally, the biggest issue with Overwatch, toxicity. To get real for a bit, toxicity is something that is absolutely unavoidable throughout life. Whether it is a toxic friend, a toxic relative, a toxic loved one or simply a toxic player on Overwatch. Toxicity runs throughout a lot of people in the world and they can be the worst.

So what defines the "toxic" people of Overwatch? They simply join Competitive matches to make you and your teams entire Overwatch match a living hell. They will sit in a corner on the map and absolutely contribute nothing to the team just so they can see your team fail. They will put on their mics just to bully or harass you and your teammates. Or even worse, they will join a CP game and right as the match starts, they will leave the game. Leaving you and your team to a 6v5 disadvantage resulting in you guys losing and your SR dropping to bottomless pits of hell.

What’s Overwatch?
— Lee Angerstein

Like I said, toxicity in anything in life is unavoidable. But with Overwatch, it is super common. In this current Competitve season, toxicity has reached a new high and it is almost making CP completely unplayable. 

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

The toxicity has gotten worse this season and it has honestly lost me a couple of games recently.
— Karl Protil

The Toxic/throwers will never be able to all leave at once nor is there a complete solution to it all. The best you can do, is to simply ignore them. Trolls feed off of reactions and ruining your experience. If you simply do not do anything, they will get bored and move on to soething else.

On the other hand, Jeff Kaplan has come out recently and has discussed that a new punishing system for leavers and throwers is in the works over at Blizzard. What this could be is absolutely beyond me. Maybe they will add a new system where in CP you must be on or near the objective for a certain amount of time and if you are not, you will be kicked. This would then solve the issue of trolls joining in games and not even touching the objective once. But like all my ideas, it is a bit too complicated. 

But we will have to see what they have in store and of course I complained about them in the first section, but I do have to give them props for finally tackling this situation. Even if it took way longer than it should have.


Closing Thoughts

 

No matter the issues, Overwatch has grown such a large fan base that its life is guaranteed to last at least through the next few years. But for the true veterans of the franchise, these past few months have not been the easiest. 

But the best that we can do as a community is speak out and let our voices be heard. If our frustrations with the devs can be made clear, they will most definitely change their attitude.

Overwatch Art

Overwatch Art

I have been gaming since the age of 3 and never has a game gotten me hooked like Overwatch. It is a game I can sit down and play with my friends every night and as frustrating as it can be, it never gets old. So to see this game go down a bad route, is something I can never let happen. But with as large and loud as the Overwatch community is, I honestly have no worries that these problems will never be solved. 

But in the meantime, you can catch me on competitive racking up wins like there is no tomorrow all due to one simple trick. What is that trick you ask?

Attack Torbjörn.

Attack Torbjörn ALWAYS wins.

-Paul  

UPDATED: Ranking The Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally been released to the public and Lee and I are still feeling the Spidey fever! Last week I ranked my least to favorite Spider-Man films, but today I applied my ranking for Homecoming. This article is an updated version of last week's article with some very few changes. Hopefully we can all get along with where I have placed these films (especially #4) and without further ado, here is number 6!

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

6.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Oh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what an out of place film you are. While I personally do not believe the entire film is a mess, the majority of it is all buildup for a franchise that never came to be. Which is what makes it so weird, cause now we have this film that laid all this groundwork for all these films that never happened. I have many complaints about this movie but the main thing that really bothers me with this film is the Harry Osborn and Peter Parker relationship. Their relationship is meant to be a slow buildup, starting off as best friends, into rivals, than enemies. This film pretty much skips the whole friends and rivals aspect and goes right into Harry hating Spider-Man and going after him. It just does not mesh well.

With that stuff, on top of the horribly played out Electro, the introduction of a bunch of characters, scattered plot lines it just makes this film an absolute mess. While you'll see later that I believe Spider-Man 3 is an enjoyable mess, this is not an enjoyable one in the slightest. But thankfully for this movie there are some silver linings, Andrew Garfield is no where near a disaster and I believe his portrayal of Spider-Man outshines Maguire by a long shot and the suit in this movie is easily my favorite live-action Spider-Man suit. Another plus is the Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship. Especially, with THAT scene in the end of the film (The film is still relatively 'new' so i'll keep away from spoilers.) it makes this relationship very unique from the original trilogy, even if it is not as strong as the first.

 There is so much more I can go on about this movie, but, that is for another day. But overall, this film ranks at the bottom of my list and will most likely forever remain there.

5.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

This film to me is the hardest one to discuss about. This movie just makes me feel very weird. As someone who grew up watching and adoring the original trilogy, this was a little difficult to accept at first. But after seeing it a handful of times, I finally came to my conclusion. It is a Spider-Man movie that is just kind of...there. 

As said previously, Andrew Garfield is a true treat and he brings the true wit, humor and charm that we all love about Spider-Man. His Peter Parker on the other hand, is very meh. Garfield does not look like a geek and honestly does not truly act like one. It just feels out of place. Speaking of out place, there is the main villain in the film, The Lizard. From his portrayal to his god awful sinister plan it just does not fit this type of movie. I personally feel like The Vulture could have been a great starting off point, but thankfully we will be getting that with Homecoming.

One last thing, this movie just honestly seems like a straight up remake of Spider-Man (2001). The main tagline to this film was "The Untold Story" and besides the bigger emphasis on Peter's parents, there really was not anything that was brand new and that was a bit of a shame. But, that is also what makes this movie just okay. It really does not do anything wrong, cause it just goes off the same beats as the first movie. I just criticize it because it brings nothing new overall, this film is just, okay. It is in no way a disaster. If it was not for this movie being a reboot, I feel I would have appreciated this way more. 

4.) Spider-Man 3 (2007)

This is where I seem to disagree with a lot of people. First of all, in no way is this a perfect film, or even is it a well put together one. To me, it is just a fun time. Watching this film the first few times, I just left with a very "meh" feeling. The over abundance of villains, emo Peter Parker, too many plot lines being meshed into one movie, I totally get it. But as I got older I started to appreciate it a bit more. But still, this is one of those superhero films where you just have to turn your brain off and you will find yourself enjoying it a lot more. Of course, you could do the same for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but however the more I watch that film, I still find myself with a bad taste in my mouth. But back to my point, Spider-Man 3 still involves Toby Maguire and it is still a Sam Raimi film. It still has that charm that the first two movies had, even though it was overshadowed by many plot lines. The action is fun, McGuire is still an amazing Peter Parker and it left the trilogy at a good enough spot in my opinion. So, that is why I put Spider-Man 3 in the middle of my list. 

3.) Spider-Man (2002)

Describing the importance of this film could take pages to write. The success of this movie set up the whole landscape for superhero films. While Spider-Man (2002) might not hold up fully, it is still a great time and one of the most important movies in modern day cinema.

 In my opinion, I see it as the first true superhero origin story and it is still one of the best ones ever created. One thing that I adore about this film, is Peter Parkers development as a character throughout the movie. He starts off as an awkward high school nerd who can barley even mutter out a word to a girl, but by the end of the film, he transforms into the man he never thought he could be. A man who is fearless, strong and is able to take care of the people he loves. While of course, there is many more qualities to Parker, that is something I always thought was taken care of very well. Also on the positive side, the love relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is done very well. My favorite scene between them takes place early in the film while Peter is taking out is garbage and Mary Jane walks out of her house after she got in a fight with her father. They both walk up to each other and you finally start to see Peter open up as well as Mary Jane. It is a very sweet scene and it is one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.

Finally, the villain in this film is an absolute classic. Norman Osborne/ Green Goblin who is played by William Dafoe absolutely steals the show. While his suit is a bit...dumb. His alter ego after taking the "goblin serum" stays true to the Norman Osborne character that we have all come to love. He is full of hatred, he wants full power and most importantly he wants Spider-Man dead. Also, the final action sequence between the two is a fight you wont forget.

2.) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Here we are at number two, Spider-Man 2. This film has received nothing but praise from fans and critics alike. It is looked back on as the pinnacle of the Spider-Man films and is still talked today as one of, if not the best superhero film ever created. Now, I did not put it at number one simply because everyone else loves it, I absolutely adore this film as much as everyone else and that is why is deserves such a high spot. 

Everything in this film works almost flawlessly. The continuing relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is still just as great as the first film. While there is not really a "relationship" between them in this film, it is a huge buildup with a great payoff at the end.

So, you thought Willaim Dafoe killed it as Green Goblin? Well, Alfred Molina takes it a step further as Doctor Octopus/ Otto Octavious. His character is slightly different from the source material as Otto is truly not a bad guy at all. He is a school professor who is passionate about what he does, he loves his wife and is very willing to teach Peter Parker the ways of Science. But the aftermath of his experiment in the film is what changes him into a true monster. Molina destroys the role as he able to balance both personalities so flawlessly. He is such a joy to have in the film and will forever be the definitive live-action Doctor Octopus.

But to me, what makes this film one of kind is Peter's story throughout the film. Balancing your life between being a normal person and being a superhero does not seem easy and Peter surely does not make it look any better. Spider-Man 2 replicates a very realistic and emotional approach to the superhero genre. It really exemplifies the true moral of the whole Raimi trilogy  "With great power comes great responsibility". It shows that just because Peter has all these cool abilities does not change the real life that he still lives. He still has to care for his aunt, he still has to go to school, he is still in love with the girl of his dreams and most importantly, he has to care for himself. Never have I seen a superhero film really focus on this subject and nail it as well as Spider-Man 2. 

(Also, that Train action sequence is one of the best choreographed scenes in modern film making. Like wow.)

1.) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

No other Spidey film on this list has been able to check off all the boxes that a Spider-Man movie needs until Homecoming. It does almost everything right in every aspect that we have come to love with our favorite web-head. We finally get the true Peter Parker.  We finally see the awkwardness, the wittiness and the true heart of Peter that we have all come to love in the comics. He is also accompanied by the best supporting characters in any Spidey film yet.

His buddy Ned is a hoot, as he delivers some of funniest lines. There is Aunt May who is younger this time around, but she has not changed. She is still the Mom in Peters life and is there to support and care for him in every aspect. Also, there is Liz Allen who plays Peter's love interest who is a fine addition, that eventually develops a very interesting arc towards the 3rd act. Finally, there is Michelle and Tony Stark. Michelle is the weaker of the bunch as her character unfortunately falls on the irrelevant side even though it seems the film tries to push her as something much more. But, Tony Stark was a treat. He did not overstay his welcome as some of the trailer intended, but instead, he added a lot of depth to the film with his very few scenes and the movie could not have gone full circle without him. 

 On top of the great supporting cast, we get an amazing villain out of Michael Keaton's Vulture. While he is not fully true to his character, he is a relateable and scary villain and is easily one of the best throughout the MCU (Which in reality is not saying too much). He is a villain full of surprises and seeing him gives me hope that Marvel will be able to nail down the rest of Spidey's villains throughout the future.

Finally, Spider-Man himself is as true to his character as possible. Everything from the way he moves, to his hilarious comebacks and personality. It is done perfectly. While I could have done without all the Tech of the new suit, it was still a fine addition. But the one aspect with Spidey that is done masterfully, is how they portray him of being a kid. People have to remember, Spider-Man might be strong  and can swing through cites and do all this cool stuff. But he is only 15 years old. He is still a kid who is learning is way, is developing as a human and is learning new morals with every day of his life. Homecoming nails this to a T, especially with one scene in the 3rd act, it truly shows that Spider-Man is still a newcomer and he will have to find the true strength within himself to prevail through it all. 

I have gone on the longest about Spider-Man: Homecoming because I personally do believe that it is the pinnacle of all the Spider-Man films to date. With the true adaption of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, it's great supporting cast and a spectacular villain, this is the true Spider-Man film that we have always been wanting and that is why I am ranking Spider-Man: Homecoming as my #1 Spider-Man film.

(Also, if you have not seen Captain America: Civil War make sure you do, or else you might find yourself very confused as to what is happening throughout the beginning of the film)


So, there you have it, my least to favorite Spider-Man films. This was a lot of fun to create and I plan on doing a lot more rankings such as these in the near future. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite Spider-Man films are!

-Paul

Ranking The Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man: Homecoming is on the horizon and Lee and I could not be more excited. Due to my anticipation I decided I would rank all of the Spidey films up to this point from my least favorite  to favorite!  Hopefully we can all get along with where I have placed these films (especially #3) and without further ado, here is number 5!

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5.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Oh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what an out of place film you are. While I personally do not believe the entire film is a mess, the majority of it is all buildup for a franchise that never came to be. Which is what makes it so weird, cause now we have this film that laid all this groundwork for all these films that never happened. I have many complaints about this movie but the main thing that really bothers me with this film is the Harry Osborn and Peter Parker relationship. Their relationship is meant to be a slow buildup, starting off as best friends, into rivals, than enemies. This film pretty much skips the whole friends and rivals aspect and goes right into Harry hating Spider-Man and going after him. It just does not mesh well.

With that stuff, on top of the horribly played out Electro, the introduction of a bunch of characters, scattered plot lines it just makes this film an absolute mess. While you'll see later that I believe Spider-Man 3 is an enjoyable mess, this is not an enjoyable one in the slightest. But thankfully for this movie there are some silver linings, Andrew Garfield is no where near a disaster and I believe his portrayal of Spider-Man outshines Maguire by a long shot and the suit in this movie is easily my favorite live-action Spider-Man suit. Another plus is the Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship. Especially, with THAT scene in the end of the film (The film is still relatively 'new' so i'll keep away from spoilers.) it makes this relationship very unique from the original trilogy, even if it is not as strong as the first.

 There is so much more I can go on about this movie, but, that is for another day. But overall, this film ranks at the bottom of my list and will most likely forever remain there.

4.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

This film to me is the hardest one to discuss about. This movie just makes me feel very weird. As someone who grew up watching and adoring the original trilogy, this was a little difficult to accept at first. But after seeing it a handful of times, I finally came to my conclusion. It is a Spider-Man movie that is just kind of...there. 

As said previously, Andrew Garfield is a true treat and he brings the true wit, humor and charm that we all love about Spider-Man. His Peter Parker on the other hand, is very meh. Garfield does not look like a geek and honestly does not truly act like one. It just feels out of place. Speaking of out place, there is the main villain in the film, The Lizard. From his portrayal to his god awful sinister plan it just does not fit this type of movie. I personally feel like The Vulture could have been a great starting off point, but thankfully we will be getting that with Homecoming.

One last thing, this movie just honestly seems like a straight up remake of Spider-Man (2001). The main tagline to this film was "The Untold Story" and besides the bigger emphasis on Peter's parents, there really was not anything that was brand new and that was a bit of a shame. But, that is also what makes this movie just okay. It really does not do anything wrong, cause it just goes off the same beats as the first movie. I just criticize it because it brings nothing new overall, this film is just, okay. It is in no way a disaster. If it was not for this movie being a reboot, I feel I would have appreciated this way more. 

3.) Spider-Man 3 (2007)

This is where I seem to disagree with a lot of people. First of all, in no way is this a perfect film, or even is it a well put together one. To me, it is just a fun time. Watching this film the first few times, I just left with a very "meh" feeling. The over abundance of villains, emo Peter Parker, too many plot lines being meshed into one movie, I totally get it. But as I got older I started to appreciate it a bit more. But still, this is one of those superhero films where you just have to turn your brain off and you will find yourself enjoying it a lot more. Of course, you could do the same for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but however the more I watch that film, I still find myself with a bad taste in my mouth. But back to my point, Spider-Man 3 still involves Toby Maguire and it is still a Sam Raimi film. It still has that charm that the first two movies had, even though it was overshadowed by many plot lines. The action is fun, McGuire is still an amazing Peter Parker and it left the trilogy at a good enough spot in my opinion. So, that is why I put Spider-Man 3 in the middle of my list. 

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2.) Spider-Man (2002)

Describing the importance of this film could take pages to write. The success of this movie set up the whole landscape for superhero films. While Spider-Man (2002) might not hold up fully, it is still a great time and one of the most important movies in modern day cinema.

 In my opinion, I see it as the first true superhero origin story and it is still one of the best ones ever created. One thing that I adore about this film, is Peter Parkers development as a character throughout the movie. He starts off as an awkward high school nerd who can barley even mutter out a word to a girl, but by the end of the film, he transforms into the man he never thought he could be. A man who is fearless, strong and is able to take care of the people he loves. While of course, there is many more qualities to Parker, that is something I always thought was taken care of very well. Also on the positive side, the love relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is done very well. My favorite scene between them takes place early in the film while Peter is taking out is garbage and Mary Jane walks out of her house after she got in a fight with her father. They both walk up to each other and you finally start to see Peter open up as well as Mary Jane. It is a very sweet scene and it is one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.

Finally, the villain in this film is an absolute classic. Norman Osborne/ Green Goblin who is played by William Dafoe absolutely steals the show. While his suit is a bit...dumb. His alter ego after taking the "goblin serum" stays true to the Norman Osborne character that we have all come to love. He is full of hatred, he wants full power and most importantly he wants Spider-Man dead. Also, the final action sequence between the two is a fight you wont forget.

1.) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Here we are at number one, Spider-Man 2. This film has received nothing but praise from fans and critics alike. It is looked back on as the pinnacle of the Spider-Man films and is still talked today as one of, if not the best superhero film ever created. Now, I did not put it at number one simply because everyone else loves it, I absolutely adore this film as much as everyone else and that is why is deserves such a high spot. 

Everything in this film works almost flawlessly. The continuing relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is still just as great as the first film. While there is not really a "relationship" between them in this film, it is a huge buildup with a great payoff at the end.

So, you thought Willaim Dafoe killed it as Green Goblin? Well, Alfred Molina takes it a step further as Doctor Octopus/ Otto Octavious. His character is slightly different from the source material as Otto is truly not a bad guy at all. He is a school professor who is passionate about what he does, he loves his wife and is very willing to teach Peter Parker the ways of Science. But the aftermath of his experiment in the film is what changes him into a true monster. Molina destroys the role as he able to balance both personalities so flawlessly. He is such a joy to have in the film and will forever be the definitive live-action Doctor Octopus.

But to me, what makes this film one of kind is Peter's story throughout the film. Balancing your life between being a normal person and being a superhero does not seem easy and Peter surely does not make it look any better. Spider-Man 2 replicates a very realistic and emotional approach to the superhero genre. It really exemplifies the true moral of the whole Raimi trilogy  "With great power comes great responsibility". It shows that just because Peter has all these cool abilities does not change the real life that he still lives. He still has to care for his aunt, he still has to go to school, he is still in love with the girl of his dreams and most importantly, he has to care for himself. Never have I seen a superhero film really focus on this subject and nail it as well as Spider-Man 2. 

(Also, that Train action sequence is one of the best choreographed scenes in modern film making. Like wow.)

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So, there you have it, my least to favorite Spider-Man films. This was a lot of fun to create and I plan on doing a lot more rankings such as these in the near future. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite Spider-Man films are!

-Paul

 

 

E3 2017: Sony Press Conference Full Reactions

E3, the greatest week of the year for all hardcore gamers alike. It's a week with nonstop news, updates and reveals on the years biggest games. There is absolutely nothing like it. While of course, getting to see some sweet demos of brand new software is great, nothing is more special than watching an E3 developer press conference. An E3 developer conference is very simple, a huge developer or company (Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft) comes out on a huge stage in front of a crowd full of journalists and shows off their new software or tech. These conferences usually last about an hour and are always glorious. (Sometimes..)

That ladies and gentlemen is probably the one and only time that you will see Miyamoto ever so calmly frustrated. 


Last time, we reviewed Bethesda's and Microsoft's outing at E3. Today, we will be going over Sony's E3 briefing, while keeping the same format of discussing what I thought stood out and what did not.


      SONY

PROS

1.) 2018 Looks Very Bright For Playstation

A lot of the big AAA games Sony had to show off on Monday night seemed to all have a very common trend. A 2018 release date. Titles such as God of War, Shadow of the Colossus and Spider-Man are all pegged for a release in 2018. While we were all pretty that God of War was a sure bet for this Fall, it is good to see that Sony wants to fill up the whole year in 2018, rather than waste it on this fall. When do I think it will be released? I am gonna bet that Sony wants a game to fill up the same spot that Horizon: Zero Dawn did this year, a late February to early March release. Horizon has been selling astoundingly, so I am sure Sony wants to have a new AAA game every year for that time frame.

For SotC(Shadow of the Collossus), I can easily see this getting pushed back to late Fall 2018, it just sort of seems too good to be true for that title to be released so smoothly with no bumps in the road. We did get a pretty lengthy trailer with quick clips of game play. But from what I am seeing, SotC is not playable on the show floor at E3, so that is not the best of signs if they want the game out in less than a year.  So, I would say expect a delay on that.

Finally, for Spider-Man, I can't even express how excited and pleased I am with this title. The game play they had to show off looked great and made me giggle like a little kid. What is even better is that Spider-Man does look pretty far along in development as we got a good look at some footage, with a full HUD, voice acting and a ton of new game mechanics. I am hoping for a release sometime around next late spring/ early summer. I am going with this due to the fact that we are going to see the release of Avengers: Infinity War in early May, so to see that game line up with the movie in some sort of way seems like a possibility. But, Sony might be holding Spideys game for a huge Fall/ Holiday release for next year, so we will have to see. 

Spider-Man PS4

Spider-Man PS4

 

2.) Sony Is Not Forgetting About VR

The PlayStation VR is a huge success for Sony. The headset has gone on to sell over 1 million units and consumers are craving for new titles to play and Sony delivered on that. Titles such as Bravo Team, Moss, Star Child and The Impatient made debuted at the briefing. While I believe Star Child and Bravo Team were okay in its on respect. The standouts of the show for VR were easily The Impatient and Moss.

The Impatient at first glance seems like your typical VR horror game, until you start reading into it some more. For those of you Until Dawn fans out there, you are in for a huge treat. The Impatient is a prequel set in the Until Dawn universe, set 60 years before the game takes place. Supermassive Games, who were the creators behind UD, are back to give us this very interesting VR experience. As a huge fan of Until Dawn and (sometimes) horror games, I am 100% down for this. 

On the flip side, Moss looks to be one of the more unique titles in the PSVR library. Personally, I am in love with the simplistic, yet very different aesthetic of this game. From what we see, Moss is going to be a puzzle game featuring the cutest mouse who can probably destroy you if you were to ever mess with him. Moss seems like a fun journey with intense puzzles, that will require the VR headset. As an owner of PSVR, I am always looking for new games to play, as there is not too many out there on the market. But Moss is one I will be picking up and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Moss for Playstation VR

Moss for Playstation VR

CONS

1.) Detroit: Become Human Continues To Be Shown With No Release Window

Now, in no way am I complaining about this title. Detroit is looking absolutely phenomenal and is easily going to be one of the biggest games on the PS4. It's stunning yet disturbing story telling is nothing I have ever seen before in gaming. There is a huge emphasis on the choices you make and how truly impactful they will be. Of course, we have seen that in games such as the aforementioned Until Dawn, but it seems Detroit is taking it to a whole other level.

So, why is this being put in my Cons section? There is simply no release window. Assuming this is a 2019 title, that means that now this game is going to be overstaying its welcome at E3. If Detroit were to return next year, it would be it's third E3 appearance. We have had games such as No Mans Sky return to E3 countless times before it was released, but after a while it gets tiring to see the same game over and over again. It sometimes will honestly just lower the amount of hype going into a games release. Personally, I believe Sony should have stayed quiet on Detroit and saved this all for PSX (Playstation Experience) later this year, or just saved everything for next years E3. 

2.) There Is No Flagship AAA Exclusive Game For This Fall

This is easily my biggest complaint coming out of this conference. Nothing from this briefing showed anything huge for this Fall that is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It really is a bummer, but I guess we will just have to wait for next year to see most of the big AAA games that we are looking forward to. I was really betting on God of War to be this Holidays big PS4 game, but as mentioned before, it looks like we will have to wait a bit longer for that. My guess, is that Sony is really banking on the Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC to make a huge impact this Fall (which it will) on top of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which releases later this August. 

There is no doubt that Horizon: Zero Dawn will be raking in a bunch of sales this holiday season. But it is just a bit odd that Nintendo and Microsoft have a few exclusives to themselves this Holiday and Sony is left with nothing. Maybe Sony has a few tricks up their sleeve? Unfortunately, I believe it is a bit too late at this point. But Sony has done crazier things in the past. 

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

I believe this year for Sony was way more quiet than usual. This year seemed to be 2016 Part 2. All of the games that made major splashes at last years E3 such as God of War, Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human and Spider-Man all carried over to this year. Don't get me wrong, all of these games look fantastic. I am especially looking forward to God of War and Spider-Man. But it would have been nice to have some sort of extra surprise.

Shadow of the Colossus was a nice little treat, but it is not a sequel, nor is it a new IP. It is just a remake. I will be all over it when it releases next year, but I just really wanted something else. Maybe we were just spoiled too much these past two years from Sony at E3. Or maybe, Sony is holding back everything for PSX later in December. But from what it seems, next year can truly be something special for Playstation at E3. I have my predictions, but that will be saved for another article. 

What did you guys think about Sony's E3 2017 briefing? Let us know!

Next up on the E3 conference analysis, Nintendo. Stay tuned!

-Paul

 

E3 2017: Microsoft and Bethesda Press Conference Quick Reactions

E3, the greatest week of the year for all hardcore gamers alike. It's a week with nonstop news, updates and reveals on the years biggest games. There is absolutely nothing like it. While of course, getting to see some sweet demos of brand new software is great, nothing is more special than watching an E3 developer press conference. An E3 developer conference is very simple, a huge developer or company (Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft) comes out on a huge stage in front of a crowd full of journalists and shows off their new software or tech. These conferences usually last about an hour and are always glorious. (Sometimes..)

Yeah, lets try and forget about that.


As of now we have had Microsoft and Bethesda go up for their conferences. So, I will be making my short analysis on the two conferences from last night!


BETHESDA

PROS

1.) Fallout 4 VR and Doom VR

I am absolutely in love with VR and I am an even bigger fan of the latest Doom reboot. While I am not too keen on the Fallout series, I believe this is a great announcement for Bethesda. VR is slowly making its way into the mainstream and with Bethesda putting spin offs of its core IP's into the Virtual Reality spectrum is a great move. Unfortunately,  it seems that these games are only heading to the HTC Vive. But hopefully we will see these be released on Oculus and Playstation VR in the near future.

2.) Sequels to Wolfenstein and The Evil Within

The Evil Within and the recent reboot of Wolfenstein were both critically and commercially successful for Bethesda. So, for them to go ahead and announce these sequels is absolutely no shock to me and I believe it is a great move. Bethesda has been pacing themselves very well with their lineup of FPS games of late. Games such as Wolfenstein: The New Order, Prey and Doom have shown that they are capable of producing great FPS content. For, The Evil Within 2, it is always good to have a new horror game out there. It is a genre that is in need of help and with the recent release of Resident Evil 7 and soon to be The Evil Within 2, it seems the horror genre is on the right track.

 

CONS

1.) No Release Date For Skyrim on Switch

Now, this might be getting a little picky. But to show off a full trailer, with new content and mechanics yet you still do not show the release date? A bit odd. They are still keeping their word of a Fall 2017 release, but with them not saying anything does get me a bit worried. As a huge Nintendo fan, I do not see the big N going ahead and talking about this on their E3 stream. So, If Nintendo wont do it and Bethesda did not reveal a date. Should we still expect the port to be hitting this fall? Time will tell.

2.) No Big Surprises 

If any company needs a new flagship open-world IP, it is Bethesda. While of course, they have Elder Scrolls and Fallout, there needs to be something new in the mix. Fallout 4 is already a few years old and the new Elder Scrolls is still a long way out. So, maybe add something new to keep things fresh? I might be asking for too much, but Bethesda is one of the gaming industries most talented developers and for them to pull that off should not be the hardest task.

 


MICROSOFT

PROS

1.) The Focus on Games

While to me, most of the exclusives Microsoft had to show us were very underwhelming, it is good to see them make such a huge push on software. Microsoft is always at the butt-end of every joke due to their lack of exclusives. While I believe the joke still holds up, it is relieving to see that they are really pushing for these exclusives. 

2.) The Xbox One X

Yes, I like this console. A lot.  I believe Microsoft has a genius plan going on with the whole "Xbox Family". You know will have three different versions of the Xbox One. You now can have the regular Xbox One for casual gamers. The Xbox One S for the gamers in the middle of casual/hardcore. Then, finally, we now have the Xbox One X. An almighty console behemoth. The most powerful console ever made. This console is for the absoulte most hardcore gamer and I could not be more excited. Except, there is a catch.. 

CONS

1.) There Is No Game That Makes The Xbox One X Worth It

This is the catch. Out of the 40+ games that Microsoft had to show off yesterday, not one of them had me or anybody going "I need to buy an Xbox One X". On top of that, nothing they showed justified the hefty price tag that the One X has at $500. You will of course have the hardcore Xbox fans lining up on November 7th to get their hands on this powerful console. But what about the general audience? No casual gamer is going to want to cash out $500 just to play their Madden or Call of Duty in a slightly better looking resolution with slightly better power.

I am not bashing Microsoft for the way they explained the One X. They actually made it very clear and simple. They let everyone know that the One X is NOT new console. It is still the Xbox One, just a better version of it. Think of the iPhone 6, the One X is simply the iPhone 6s. 

I am not the huge Xbox fan that I once was as a kid, but I always will have a soft spot for them. Here is hoping to next year, when they will hopefully land on their feet and get themselves back in the console race. Cause, oh boy...they have a lot of catching up to do.

-Paul

 

Meet the Rad Robot Blog Team!

Hello and welcome back to the Rad Robot Blog! We are still restructuring the layout of the website and the blog, but in the meantime we thought we could take the time to share some stuff about ourselves. We hope to have content popping up here in the coming weeks, but until then, here are our introductions!


Hey guys!  What's up?  It's me Lee!  I'm the creator of Rad Robot and all it's goofiness.  I thought I needed to make a brand that could be the umbrella for which all of my art and creative ventures fall under and this is what I came up with!  Hope you're all enjoying it!  

Anyway, about me, well, I'm an artist who's been drawing since I had the strength to wield a pencil.  Ever since I was given my first Spider-Man comic book from my mom when I was super small, I knew I wanted to draw.   I try to draw and put out creative things every day here at the Rad Robot studio.  These things include art, comics, cartoons, podcasting, editing, making weird noises, annoying Paul, and constantly moving furniture(because I can never settle on a layout).This blog is where we will be giving you more behind the scenes looks as well as little articles about things we love and are inspired by.  If I'm not working at the studio, I'm usually skating around, playing video games, or talking about obscure Star Wars characters that really don't matter at all.  Except to me.  To me they all matter.  I love you Droopy Mcool...anyway.....I'll catch you dudes soon.  Hope you enjoy what we make!

-Lee


  

    Hey guys, my name is Paul and I am a co-host at Rad Robot! I help run most of the social media pages around here as well as co-host two amazing podcasts, live stream on our Twitch channel and help Lee get coffee when he needs it (which is always). I have been working at Rad Robot for a few months now and it has been an absolute blast. I am here a few days a week and making a few posts for the blog throughout each month is what I am striving to do.

 

So, what will I mostly be writing about? I plan to write news stories and opinion based pieces that have to do with anything nerdy that inspires me. Anything that has to do with Nintendo, Playstation, Overwatch, Superheroes, Sports and Movies are my specialty. I already have a few ideas in mind for some articles that I would love to write, so, I absolutely can not wait for them to come to fruition.  

 

I also currently attend Rowan College at Burlington County where I am pursuing my degree in Journalism. I have always loved to talk and write about my passions, whether it is my love for video games, movies or pop culture. But I have never really had an outlet or place to do such thing, so with this blog I hope to accomplish that and I really hope you guys will join along!

- Paul

Left: Paul  Right: Lee I wouldn't mess with us either...

Left: Paul  Right: Lee

I wouldn't mess with us either...

Welcome To Our Blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the official blog for Rad Robot! Over here on the blog, you will soon be able to find updates on News, convention schedule updates, fun art and entertainment based articles! This blog will be made up of both members of the Rad Robot team, Lee and Paul. We absolutely can't wait to get this started and you will be hearing from us soon!

-Paul (Assistant to the Regional Robot Manager)