Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow” hits cinemas from May 1, 2020.
With season two of Marvel’s Runaways now streaming first and only on Showmax in South Africa, we asked the show’s cast why we should watch. Here are their five best answers:
Every teenager thinks their parents are evil, but these superheroes’ parents really are
Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other anymore but who must reunite against a common foe – their parents.
James Marsters, who plays Victor Stein, says, “It takes this inevitable tragedy – which is that you give up everything for your kids and then your kids turn around and go, ‘You’re not so great’ – and turns it up to 11. I was joking with Gregg Sulkin, who plays my son. We were shooting season one. He was like, ‘It’s about to come out; I hope people like it.’ And I‘m like, ’Well, the theme is kids who think their parents are supervillains, which is basically every teenager on earth, so it’s probably going to be pretty popular.’”
The teenagers have the superpowers this time
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Runaways offers “the youngest team of superheroes on Marvel’s TV slate yet.” As Virginia Gardner, who plays Karolina Dean, says, “A lot of kids don’t have superheroes they can relate to because it’s usually the adults who have the powers. So a different thing about this show is that it’s normal teenagers dealing with normal teenager things but then they have superpowers on top of it. I know if I read this as a teenager, I would have been really excited by it – to have the teens get to be bad-asses and have superpowers and be the ones questioning authority.”
It’s a diverse cast anyone can relate to
Ariela Barer, who plays Gert Yorkes, says, “There are characters of diverse ethnicity and orientation and personality. No one is alienated when they watch this; anyone can watch this and connect to whoever they want to… The beauty in the amount of representation we have is that no one has to be the perfect representation of each type of person they are – because we have it in abundance, we’re allowed to explore the nuance within it.”
Spoiler alert: Season one featured Marvel’s first on-screen gay superhero kiss
Pride called Karolina kissing Nico “Marvel’s first on-screen gay superhero kiss… That’s right. Two queer superhero women shared a kiss. On screen. And we could hardly contain our excitement… We need more queer superhero women in our lives.”
As Virginia says, “The response has been so great. I’ve had so many people come up to me and say they wish they had characters like this when they were in high school and confused.”
The girls save the guys…
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Runaways is “the first predominantly female superhero team on TV or film.” As Virginia says, “It’s pretty cool to be part of a superhero troupe that is predominantly female – especially because in our show it’s the females who are the ones who actually have the powers. So it’s a very empowering thing to be part of. We get to save the guys a lot of the time, which is cool too. For our generation of girls, growing up with these kinds of role models, it’s a really strong image to have.”
If the cast didn’t convince you, we should add that Runaways was nominated for a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film as Best New Media Superhero Series and currently has an 85% critics rating and a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Binge both seasons of Runaways first and only on Showmax: www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/rv77xdag-marvels-runaways.
Marvel Studios now holds top 2 positions at South and East Africa Box Office
This past weekend (6-8 July 2018), Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War became the second highest grossing film of all time at the South African Box Office. This means that Marvel Studios now holds the number 2 and number 1 film of all time positions at the local Box Office, following Black Panther’s unprecedented record-shattering run since it’s 16 February 2018 release.
In South Africa, audiences continued to assemble in cinemas to witness the cinematic journey ten years in the making, earning Avengers: Infinity War a current total box office tally of just under R73 million with over 874 000 attendances.
Black Panther’s historic box office journey ended in June and now boasts a final box office total just shy of R107.5 million and over 1.43 million attendances, making it the biggest film of all time at the South African box office and the first to cross the R100m mark. This record builds on Black Panther’s list of achievements on the African continent and is the biggest grossing film of all time not only in South Africa, but also East and West Africa. Black Panther is now available to enjoy on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as to digitally rent or buy from retailers and providers across the continent.
Elsewhere in Africa, Avengers: Infinity War has also raked in a total of Kes 66.9m in East Africa, making it the 2nd highest grossing film of all time behind Black Panther. Similarly, in West Africa, the film hit N450m at the box office, making it the 2nd highest grossing international film of all time, also behind Black Panther.
For Marvel Studios fans, the action and adventure continues as the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and The Wasp, hit cinemas this past weekend and created enough buzz to fly into the number one position at the South African Box Office.
“We are thrilled at the response that Marvel Studios’ titles have continued to receive from cinema-goers across the continent,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “With Ant-Man and The Wasp in cinemas, and both Captain Marvel and the next Avengers film in 2019, we are eagerly anticipating the continuing expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to celebrating with fans.”
On the animated front and with its own super hero theme, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2, continues to entertain families across the country and is already Disney’s second-highest grossing animated film of all time behind Finding Dory, after only 3 weeks in release.
Audiences across Africa assembled in cinemas this past weekend (April 27-29) to witness the unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making, delivering Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War not only to the top of the box office, but also into the record books.
The nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe took in nearly R24.6 million at the South African Box Office, with over 287k attendances for its opening weekend, including Thursday night previews. This debut ranks as the biggest industry opening weekend ever in South African Box Office history. Friday 27 April also saw Avengers: Infinity War take in over R8.4 million, the biggest industry opening day ever at the local box office.
Elsewhere on the continent, Avengers: Infinity War has become the biggest opening weekend of all time in West Africa with over N137.4 million. The film achieved the biggest April and second highest opening weekend (after Marvel Studios’ Black Panther) in East Africa with over kes 23.4 million.
Also in cinemas, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther continued its historic run at the South African Box Office with the film passing an unprecedented R105 million with nearly 1.4m attendances.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther are now in cinemas.
Read the SAMDB review of Avengers: Infinity War.
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
The heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are assembling on a small screen near you, with fifteen epic blockbusters.
From Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 22 April DStv Premium customers will experience an unprecedented cinematic journey with the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel. This super-powered channel, which will be added to the already existing six M-Net Movies channels on DStv, will be available for ten days only on channel 109 and will feature 15 of the most pulsating films from the massively popular Marvel Studios franchise.
During these ten days, the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel will run from 06:00 CAT to 00:00 daily. Each day of the week a film from the franchise, which has overlapping storylines, will be screened in chronological order, i.e. according to how the films were released in cinema. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, viewers can revisit the stories of their beloved heroes all the way through to Spiderman: Homecoming, which will close the channel on Sunday 22, April.
“This channel is a special treat for the legions of Marvel fans—both old and new—who have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favourite Marvel Superheroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of their filmmakers, and deliver thrilling action and visual spectacles with relatable characters,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “The timing of our M-Net Movies Marvels Studios Pop-Up Channel is also absolutely perfect with the franchise currently creating an incredible buzz worldwide”
The release of the recent Black Panther became the biggest film of all time in East, West and South Africa, showing that Marvel Studios is at the forefront of the comic-book-turned-action-pop-culture phenomenon. While the M-Net Movies Marvel Pop-Up channel will give DStv viewers the opportunity to enjoy more gems of the franchise, which has been ten years in the making, it also serves as a lead-up to the new Avengers: Infinity War which hits South African cinemas on Friday, 27 April 2018.
On top of the 15 feature films (see list below) there will also be programming linked to the behind the scenes of the movies, such as: United We Stand, Divided We Fall; The Making of Captain America: Civil War; Guide to The Galaxy with James Gunn and more.
Additionally, avid fans of the blockbuster franchise will be treated to a range of documentaries offering incredible insight into the history of Marvel. These include: Marvel 75 Years From Pulp to Pop; From Asgard To Earth (Thor); Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years; Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 Rebuilding the Suit; Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe just to mention a few!
The fifteen Marvel Studios blockbusters on the channel are:
- Iron Man (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avenges: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Nu Metro’s “BLACK PANTHER in 4DX” Experience
Nu Metro joined cinemas across the continent this past week, as Marvel Studios celebrated BLACK PANTHER’s record-breaking box office success in Africa. This new superhero blockbuster started showing in Nu Metro’s cinemas this past Friday, including their multi-sensory 4DX theatres – exclusive to select Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide.
Most shows for BLACK PANTHER in 4DX have been reaching sold-out status since the film released over the weekend – further affirming its position as South Africa’s highest-grossing movie at the moment.
The experience of watching Marvel’s new superhero blockbuster in 4DX includes realistic simulations of the dynamic car chase-, flying action- and other adrenalin-fuelled scenes in the movie. One of the most popular 4DX seat motions – the feeling of joining a ‘car chase’ onscreen – is applied with spectacular effect for BLACK PANTHER, resulting in one of the best multi-sensory experiences in 4DX history.
One key difference from a general car chase-simulation is that 4DX deploys innovative new technology, following a more natural pattern that would occur in an actual situation – giving the viewers the sense of driving the car themselves.
Other 4DX effects give viewers the feeling that they are flying in a real spacecraft. Black Panther’s combat skills based on various martial arts and animal imitation – as well as his bulletproof suit, claws that can cut all metal, multi-function lenses, special boots and stealth cape – are all conveyed in 4DX through various environmental effects to make moviegoers a part of the Black Panther-action in Wakanda.
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER is the first ever solo outing on the big screen for this revered superhero, after the character was first introduced in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. It is based on the popular comic book; and stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role; along with Michael B. Jordan, Africa’s acclaimed acting export Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, as well as various local and Pan-African acting talent.
Iconic South African actor John Kani returns to star as King T’Chaka in BLACK PANTHER (after he also made a brief appearance in CIVIL WAR), the king of the fictional nation of Wakanda and the father of T’Challa. isiXhosa and other African languages can be heard throughout this new release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Andy Serkis sporting an Afrikaans accent for his role.
Other South African actors joining the international cast are Atandwa Kani (John Kani’s son), who takes on the role of a younger T’Chaka in flashbacks throughout the film; as well as Connie Chiume. She plays the role of a Mining Tribe Elder and got the role after auditioning for it right here in SA, beating out all the men who auditioned (as she was the only woman vying for the part).
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
BLACK PANTHER is now showing at all Nu Metro cineplexes nationwide – including 4DX, Xtreme, VIP and 3D cinema formats.
Read the SAMDB review of Black Panther.
Read more about 4DX cinema.
What is 4DX?
4DX features full-length movies in live action – a ground-breaking cinematic experience that stimulates the senses using high-tech motion seats and special environmental effects including wind, fog, lightning, water, scents and lots more. These effects are synced perfectly with the action on-screen to create the most exhilarating, unmatched cinema outing – only at Nu Metro.
With 4DX at Nu Metro, cinemagoers can feel the wind in their hair, they can feel sprays of water or blasts of air during sudden, unexpected action scenes; and they can smell the scent of the scenes on-screen – and be taken on a movie adventure like no other.
Movies are now no longer bound by their visual and aural limits. 4DX is the next step in the movie-going evolution, taking audiences on a journey into the full feature film. Find 4DX at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront (Cape Town), The Pavilion (Durban), Menlyn Park (Pretoria), Hyde Park Corner (Johannesburg), Emperors Palace (Johannesburg) and Cornubia Mall (Umhlanga/Mount Edgecombe).
For more cinema info, showtimes and to book tickets at Nu Metro (including 4DX) – call 0861-CINEMA (246362) or go to numetro.co.za
*Premium pricing applies to 4DX; loyalty discounts are not applicable.
Audiences across the continent flock to see the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returning home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, roared into cinemas across the continent this past weekend and, in doing so, lit up the box office. Cinemas across the continent played host to guests dressing up, dancing and singing as the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe played out with a distinctly celebratory African story.
The film, which has become a cultural phenomenon both at home and across the globe, took in over R16.8 million at the South African Box Office with nearly 200k attendances for the 3-day opening weekend 16-18 February. This debut ranks as the third biggest industry opening weekend ever in South Africa (and the second biggest industry opening weekend ever, excluding previews) as well as the biggest opening for a Marvel Studios film ever in South Africa. In addition, Black Panther scored the highest Saturday Box Office of all time in South Africa, with takings of over R6.9 million on 17 February.
Elsewhere on the continent, Black Panther has become the biggest industry opening weekend of all time in both East and West Africa, with the film continually trending on social media in the run up to the release and over the weekend.
This past Friday, Johannesburg played host to the Official South African Premiere of Black Panther, and welcomed Lupita Nypong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), local veteran actors Dr. John Kani (King T-Chaka) and Connie Chiume (Mining Tribe Elder) from the film, as well as South African personalities and celebrities taking to the blue carpet. The 700 guests were treated to a special recorded message from Director Ryan Coogler and Black Panther/T-Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman. Danai Gurira, who turned 40 just two days before, was serenaded by the packed auditorium as they sang Happy Birthday in Wakanda’s official language, isiXhosa. Local artist Loyiso Mkize also presented his specially-commissioned artwork on the night, entirely inspired by Black Panther.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in now in cinemas everywhere.
Read the SAMDB review of Black Panther.
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. “Avengers: Infinity War” releases in S.A. theatres on April 27, 2018.
Experience an emotional roller coaster as emojis unite, ninjas break free and horror reaches new heights
There’s something for both kids and adults at Ster-Kinekor this month. The BIG screen is going to come alive with new releases and everyone will want to watch and get a piece of the action, so book your tickets now to watch horror at its most harrowing, the craziest fun, tear-jerking drama and the darkest mysteries unravel on screen!
First up on 1 September is Marvel’s Inhumans, which will show exclusively at IMAX theatres for two weeks before hitting television screen. The Dark Tower releases on 8 September and IT releases at 15 September, with a special and deliciously terrifying pre-screening on 9 September at selected Ster-Kinekor sites nationwide, including special events at Eastgate, Mall of Africa. Next up is Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which will release exclusively at IMAX on 22 September for two weeks and move to Ster-Kinekor sites nationwide on 29 September. The in-house cinema activities at selected Ster-Kinekor sites showing Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not to be missed! Next up, you can revel, be entranced and have a good laugh with your kids with both The Emoji Movie (3D), which will release on 22 September and The Lego Ninjago Movie (3D), which will release on 29 September and be screened at Ster-Kinekor sites nationwide.
This movie is not for the faint of heart but promises to be a feast for senses for horror movie buffs. IT is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The film is set in the Town of Derry, where the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody remains. The film is intended to be the first instalment in a planned duology. In a place known as “The Barrens”, a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. The kids are bonded by their determination to kill it. The horror and terror can truly be appreciated on the big screen as the kids walk through a scary tunnel and peer through the sewers where IT lives, even if you wanted to look away when the horror unfolds, you won’t be able to take your eyes of the screen. Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård star as Bill Denbrough, and Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, respectively, with Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Finn Wolfhard in supporting roles.
The film’s time is 135 minutes
For the first time in history, a television series filmed partly with IMAX cameras, will debut in IMAX theatres before the television premiere.
Experience the first chapter of Marvel’s Inhumans early in IMAX cinemas, which will only screen exclusively at IMAX for 2 weeks. It will then premiere on M-Net channel 101 on 29 September and runs for eight episodes.
The series sees the Royal Family of Marvel’s Inhumans splintered by a military coup. They barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
Central character, Black Bolt (Anson Mount) is the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.
The run time is 100 minutes
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
This film is a British-American action comedy spy film directed by Matthew Vaughn based on the comic book The Secret Service.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, tells the story of agents of Kingsman heading to the United States to join forces with Statesman, Kingsman’s American counterpart, after Kingsman’s headquarters is destroyed by The Golden Circle, a secret New World Order organisation.
The Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US. Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), is a Kingsman secret agent and the protagonist of the of the film. The crispness of the images will capture the heartache on every agent’s face as they watch their worst nightmare unfold, so much so, you will want to reach out and touch them.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Halle Berry and Elton John. If you love spy movies and action, you don’t want to miss this!
The Dark Tower
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious story from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. The Dark Tower is a mixture of action, adventure and fantasy tells the story of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Tom Taylor stars as Jake Chambers, a New York boy who becomes Roland’s apprentice.
The film’s run time is 91 minutes
The Lego Ninjago Movie
Six young ninjas, Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. The teenagers are “hired” by an old master Master Wu, and become ninja heroes at night, defeating monsters and riding vehicles and dragons to protect the far-away land of Ninjago and its capital city. By day, these teenagers are ordinary students struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. Meanwhile, the warlord attempting to conquer Ninjago, Lord Gammadion, must cope with the fact that one of the ninjas is his son.
The film stars the voices of Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon, Jackie Chan as Master Wu, the wisecracking leader of the group, Lord Garmadon’s brother and Lloyd’s uncle. Olivia Munn is the voice of Misako, Lord Gammadion’s ex-wife and Lloyd’s mother.
The Emoji Movie
Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. The 3D computer-animated comedy film is based on the emoji symbols.
It stars the voices of T. J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera and Sofía Vergara. Gene lives in a teenager’s phone in Textopolis, a digital city inside the phone of his user Alex. He is the son of two meh emojis named Mel and Mary, and can make multiple expressions despite his parents’ upbringing.
Upon receiving a text from his crush Addie, Alex decides to send her an emoji. When Gene is selected, he panics, makes a confusing expression, and wrecks the text centre. Gene is called in by Smiler, a smiley emoji and leader of the text centre, who concludes that Gene is a “malfunction” and therefore must be deleted. Watch the animation come to life and team up with Gene and other emojis in a race to beat Alex to a store to have his phone erased.
This animated film’s run time is 87 minutes
Enjoy the IMAX release of Marvel’s Inhumans and Kingsman: The Golden Circle only at Ster-Kinekor’s seven IMAX theatres across the country, situated at Eastgate in Johannesburg, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.
IT, The Dark Tower, The Emoji Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie will screen at Ster-Kinkeor sites nationwide.
For booking information visit www.sterkinekor.com or the Ster-Kinekor app. Follow us on Twitter at @sterkinekor and on Facebook at Ster-Kinekor. To secure your tickets, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437). Ster-Kinekor Club and Discovery members receive discounts among other benefits.
That rag-tag bunch of misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and continue to search for Peter Quill / Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt – (Guardians of the Galaxy, Passengers) parentage, and this time the story is set to the nostalgic music of Awesome Mixtape 2.
Accompanied yet again by the likes of Gamora (Zoe Saldana – Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek Into Darkness), Drax (Dave Bautista – Marauders), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper – War Dogs, Joy)and a Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious, xXx: Return of Xander Cage), the group manage to find themselves in trouble, from the very beginning of the film, where we get distracted by a dancing Baby Groot, while the rest are engrossed in battle for a new nemesis, Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki – Everest).
We meet other new characters, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to expand, with Ego (Kurt Russel – Furious 7, Deepwater Horizon) and Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone – Ratchet & Clank, Escape Plan), and of course, the return of other characters who’s stories take a twist or two, such as Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan – Oculus).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings back much of what we all loved about Vol. 1, the music, the shy dance moves, the awkward silliness of some of the characters. It also brings us a new mixtape of music, laying the grounds for an excellent soundtrack for fans to buy, and best of all, the wise-cracks and humour return.
Couple that with a talented A-list cast, great visual and practical effects, a lot of stunning cinematography, and you have the makings of yet another hit movie.
The 4DX experience of the film will depend in great part on the subjective preferences of each audience member. There is great deal of rather aggressive movement, which may not be the the liking of every cinema goer. While this certainly does add another dimension to the film, screening in 3D at the 4DX, there are those who like to just lean back and observe, rather than become a part of the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a surefire hit, having already garnered many positive comments from paid sneak-peeks over the recent long weekend. This is definitely one to see if you’ve been following the long arch of the MCU, and prepares one just a little more, for the coming Infinity War.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens 5 May 2017 in South African cinemas.