The Evolution of Doctor Strange

When Marvel announced they were bringing a new superhero to the MCU called Doctor Strange I was like, “Who?” Like I always say, I don’t read the Marvel comics and I didn’t know the major characters in the Marvel universe except for Captain America and Iron Man and so this new superhero named Doctor Strange was, well, strange for me. I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t know why his superhero name was Doctor Strange, and I was just confused. Then they announced that the superhero was going to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch and I was even more shocked. Benedict Cumberbatch? The actor who played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness and Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? He was going to be a superhero? I didn’t think Marvel could make it work. And then I watched the movie and I was an instant Doctor Strange fan.

He was charismatic and funny, thoughtful and heroic, and he had hands down the coolest superhero cape ever created! Doctor Strange was such an amazing character that I was counting down the days until Thor: Ragnarok so I could see him again. And now he’s finally returning in Avengers: Infinity War and I couldn’t be more excited. So today on this segment of The Evolution of it’s time to look at how he has evolved since the beginning of his story.

Doctor Strange (2016)

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At the beginning of Doctor Strange Mr. Strange was one of the worst people you could meet. Yes he was a rich and very important doctor but he was also mean and incredibly narcissistic. In short; he was a pain in the butt. He thought he was too good for those lesser than him and he looked at life with no thankfulness whatsoever. He thought he was God’s gift to man and that ultimately backfired on him as he got himself into a near death accident and lost the use of his hands. The only sense of compassion in him appeared when he interacted with Christine, an old flame of his who dumped him because, well, he was a jerk. In those brief interactions with her you see that he could be a good person but his obnoxious, nasty attitude kept getting in the way.

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When he went to Kathmandu to be healed he still acted like he was above everything and everyone and knew the secrets of the universe but that would soon change. After The Ancient One showed him things that he couldn’t possibly understand the beginning of his transformation as a person began. He learned to listen rather than speak, he discovered that the universe didn’t revolve around just him, and he learned that he needed to take that revolting attitude of his down a notch.

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The Evolution of Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always been a fan favorite and even before I knew the difference between Marvel and DC Comics I knew who Spider-Man was. So imagine my surprise when they brought Spider-Man into the MCU. I couldn’t be more excited. Here was this superhero that I had known since I was a child standing alongside awesome characters like Iron Man and Black Widow and fighting Captain America! Awesome! And since his incredible debut in Civil War he has only gotten cooler which is so exciting. So today in the decreasing countdown for Infinity War it’s time to look at his evolution so far.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Spider-Man’s involvement in Civil War wasn’t huge in the slightest but just his presence made the movie ten times better. Tom Holland easily took the title for coolest Spider-Man and he brought something that hadn’t been introduced in the MCU at that time; a teenage superhero. His naivety made the airport fight a blast to watch and to see his interactions with the other more seasoned veterans was simply one of the joys of the film. This film also set up the mentor/apprentice relationship between him and Tony Stark which was another fun thing to watch. All in all, bringing to the MCU was one of the most brilliant moves Marvel has made so far.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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In Homecoming we get to see Peter Parker in his element as an honest teenager who’s facing the woes of teenhood as he’s juggling his feelings for one of his fellow high school students, Liz, while also trying to be an Avenger caliber superhero at the same time as he tries to stop an illegal weapons dealer (who also happens to be Liz’s dad…shocking!) from possibly causing mischief for the world.

The perfect thing about this movie is it’s kind of a coming-of-age story for Peter without all of the origin story content that we’ve seen a million times. I mean, we all know Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and his uncle died. We don’t need to see that happen for the third time in the past decade. (The writers of Batman movies haven’t gotten the memo yet. I don’t think they will ever stop showing us how Bruce Wayne’s parents got murdered. Ugh.)

I love how at the beginning of Homecoming they really portray him as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man but by the end of the movie he is a bona fide Avenger with a new suit and everything. That’s one of the greatest scenes, to me, out of all of the Marvel movies and it’s such a prideful moment for Peter as he walks away from the Avengers facility as a full-blown hero which he wanted to be since Civil War.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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When Peter Parker returns he’ll be ready to stand alongside the Avengers yet again but this time he won’t be facing a little illegal weapons dealer. He’ll be facing Thanos and that will definitely be the ultimate test for him. I’m excited and scared to see what happens.

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The Evolution of Black Panther

One of the reasons why Captain America: Civil War was such a fantastic film was because it brought Black Panther into the mix. This was a character that I had no idea about and when I discovered him in this movie I was totally blown away. He completely stole the show away from Captain America and Iron Man as the new coolest superhero of the bunch and since then he’s only gotten cooler! And now with Infinity War coming out soon Black Panther’s involvement in this franchise is only going to grow larger and so in anticipation for this incredible movie coming out in less than a week! it’s time to look at his evolution so far. Enjoy!

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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When T’Challa first came into Civil War he was just a young Wakandan prince with a father who had years, maybe even decades, of life and leadership still in him. He was learning the ways of diplomacy and seeing the workings of the world outside of the peaceful borders surrounding Wakanda…and then his father was murdered. That’s when the world turned upside down for T’Challa.

He utterly loved his father. To lose someone in the way that he did was just a devastating turn for him and he began plotting his revenge. For the rest of the movie his only mission was to avenge his father’s death by killing Bucky, the man who had been framed for the terrible act but this is where the character of T’Challa shines the brightest in this movie. When he discovered that it was actually Zemo who killed his father he had a choice. He could’ve avenged his father by killing Zemo but then he realized he wouldn’t have been any better than Zemo in that situation.

Zemo was bent on revenge, so focused in his quest for vengeance that he hadn’t even cared about the type of murderous monster he had become. T’Challa, however, did care. He didn’t want to fall down the same rage filled path Zemo had taken because he was better than that. T’Challa has a heart as strong and perfect as vibranium and he wasn’t going to let hate taint that.

He had such a change of heart that he volunteered for Bucky to take refuge in Wakanda where his scientists and doctors could help the former Hydra assassin. He didn’t have to do that but that’s how good of a person he is. It’s a perfect development for his character that leads into his next movie, Black Panther in such an impeccable way as the strength of his character and his beliefs is tested in ways he never could’ve imagined.

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This Is Definitely the Best Poster for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ So Far

The marketing for Solo: A Star Wars Story has officially begun to ramp up and a few days ago they brought out a new poster for the film which actually is the greatest poster they’ve made so far. Here it is.

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So this is the international poster for the movie and I love the Rogue One vibe it’s giving as it’s stacking all of the characters in a hierarchy type of fashion and it’s kind of really cool. I also like the sunrise color scheme. It hints that the dawn of a new big shot in town is coming and that will obviously be Han Solo. Awesome! I also love seeing all of the characters as well. It’s obvious that the four most important characters will be Han, Qi’Ra, Chewbacca, and Lando, which is super exciting. I have to admit, this poster is getting me a little pumped for this movie.

I’ve also just recently gotten the main gist of the movie which is this; Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) is putting together a sort of Avengers of smugglers for a big-shot gangster, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) to perform a heist job that’ll obviously pay them a lot of money. That sounds ridiculously awesome because there’s never been a story like that in Star Wars before. Maybe this movie is going to be really good after all because that sounds like an awesome plot. And I’m sure this movie will be full of shocking-but-not-that-shocking betrayals that’ll reveal how Han truly became his namesake; Han Solo.

All in all, I’m actually starting to get excited for this movie. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

The Evolution of Vision

I still remember my immense surprise when Vision appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I had seen the commercials, I had seen the trailers, and they hadn’t hinted at Vision’s involvement in the slightest so imagine my surprise when this new hero who’s so powerful he could pick up Thor’s hammer showed up. My jaw dropped! I don’t know anything about the comic books so Vision was a brand new character for me and it was truly one of the greatest surprises in the MCU. Since then, however, he hasn’t exactly diminished in awesomeness but he hasn’t been fully explored yet, which is kind of a shame considering how cool of a character he is. And now with the events of Avengers: Infinity War quickly approaching it seems like his chances of getting a major part in this story is dwindling fast. So, before the movie premieres next Friday, let’s look at his evolution through the years. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Like I said before, when Vision came to life in Age of Ultron it was definitely an exciting moment for me because it was such an awesome surprise. First of all, it was cool seeing Tony Stark’s AI pal, Jarvis, come to life in this AI human robot thingy. Secondly, he had an Infinity Stone in his forehead! Wow. And then he was just ridiculously cool. Can you imagine how Vision felt though?

Here he is, this strange red skinned Infinity Stone bearing being who can make the illusion of clothing at will and can process everything in his brain like a computer and yet he’s still slightly humanoid at the same time. He has a heart (I think) and he has feelings just like a human and yet he’s SO different at the same time. When he joins the Avengers his immediate mission is to stop Ultron and that must’ve been kind of hard for him. I mean, if you really think about, Ultron was kind of his dad and so of course he wouldn’t want to kill him but he had to do what he had to do.

At the end of the movie he was inducted into the Avengers and he would soon discover that more obstacles would lie ahead.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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In Civil War Vision didn’t have a lot of character development because he’s kind of difficult. He’s half robot/half human, he’s extremely powerful, so powerful in fact that if he really wanted to he could vaporize everybody to dust, and so to make him seem a little normal along with the other Avengers the Russo Brothers made Vision start to receive feelings for his fellow Avenger, Scarlet Witch, which was destined considering they had a romantic relationship in the comic books.

For Vision he could find the humanity within himself through his relationship with Wanda. With him beginning to care for her he was starting to understand what it meant to be a human and that was the greatest development that could happen for his character.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Now he’s returning in Avengers: Infinity War with a new look; the Paul Bettany edition, and I don’t what’s going to happen to him (even though it’s kind of obvious considering the glowing spot a.k.a the Mind Stone on his forehead) but I hope he finally gets a compelling story this time around. We’ll see. I have a bit of advice for him though. He better let Wanda know that he loves her before he’s gone for good because his time is definitely numbered.

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Rey Has An Awesome Signature Move

Rey is one of my favorite characters in cinema history for so many reasons but one of those blaring reasons is because she is such a great fighter. Through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi she has displayed countless times her incredible combat skills but I have also noticed recently that Rey has her own, very awesome, signature move that is a rather cool staple to her character and I am so excited to share it with you. Enjoy!

I Call it The Rey Kick

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During the confrontation between Rey and Unkar’s thugs on Jakku she handled herself very easily against them but one of the most memorable moments of that fighting sequence for me is when she kicked one of the thugs away. It always makes me so happy when she kicks that assailant away and I’ve loved that part of the fight ever since the first time I watched the film. So, that’s the first example of her using her now famous kick.

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Then when she fought Kylo Ren she used her kick again to, well, kick his butt. 🙂 Awesome!

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And then during the epic Praetorian Guard fight she displayed her awesome kicking ability yet again as she kicked one of the Guards away. Rey is so cool and I’m so excited that I discovered this fantastic connection between her and all of her close-combat duels. I hope that her kick purposely is her signature move and that we’ll see her literally kicking some more butt in Episode IX.

I thank you for reading this short observation of mine and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

The Evolution of Scarlet Witch

When Scarlet Witch was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron I was excited for a couple of reasons. One, she was another female superhero who had been added to the then meager list. Two, she was very cool. I really liked her. And ever since her debut I’ve grown to like her character more and more and now I’m legitimately excited to see her in Infinity War. So today I’m going to share with you her evolution throughout the couple of movies that she has been a part of. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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Wanda Maximoff had experienced a traumatic life. She had lived with her parents and twin brother for a majority of her younger years but then lost them in an explosion that was caused with weapons bearing Stark’s name. She wanted revenge and allowed a Hydra scientist to tamper with her DNA and make her an enhanced being through the power of the Tesseract. I can’t imagine how torturous that ordeal must’ve been for her but she and her brother survived the experiment and began their revenge tour on Stark and co. a.k.a The Avengers.

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At first she was a compatriot of Ultron as she thought the AI robot would provide her and her brother the revenge against Stark that she wanted but when she found out Ultron was planning to make all life one Earth extinct she had to act. This shows the tremendous good in Wanda. If she had been truly blinded by hate and anger she would’ve stayed on Ultron’s side, despite the eventual outcome to life on Earth, and reveled in the Avengers’ defeat, which would’ve of course been terrible. But she didn’t allow that and sided with the Avengers instead, despite having to fight alongside Tony Stark, the man that she had hated for so long.

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But even then she was very unsure of herself. I mean, she had partially helped bring the monster, Ultron, to life by freaking Tony out to the point that he created the life-erasing machine. But Hawkeye, who is kind of like the sensible father to all of the Avengers, helped make her understand that yes, she had done some wrong things, but that didn’t matter. The world needed her and it was going to be the choice that she made on the floating Sokovia that would actually matter. Long story short, she took his advice and became an Avenger, her twin brother unfortunately died which was a huge growth for her considering that she would then have to continue on without him, and she became the hero that she was always meant to be.

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