Superhero movies should be fun. Yeah, for a while there was an obsession with making them grim ‘n gritty, but ultimately they should make us dream about the coolness of having superhuman powers. And that, hopefully, is what the upcoming Netflix comedy Thunder Force will do. With Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer starring as the two heroes, it should at least be funny. Right?
Well, there’s reason for concern. The film is written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who unfortunately has been behind her worst projects including the recent HBO Max comedy, Superintelligence. So maybe it’s a good idea to temper expectations.
McCarthy and Spencer star as former best friends who join forces to battle supervillains when one develops a formula to give powers to ordinary people. McCarthy’s character gains super-strength, while Spencer turns invisible like Susan Storm.
The cast is terrific, too, with Jason Bateman, Melissa Ponzio, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, Melissa Leo, Sarah Baker, Tyrel Jackson Williams, and Bobby Cannavale as a villain known as The King.
Thunder Force hits Netflix on April 9th.
In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.