Marvel’s Evolution in the Past Six Years

After recently owning Avengers: Infinity War I decided to have a Marvel marathon, starting with The Avengers. It was kind of fascinating seeing the movies literally evolve and get better over the course of the years and it was so awesome in fact that I want to share my experience with you. Enjoy!

2012: The Avengers


When The Avengers came out six years ago I remember being blown away by how awesome the movie was. The fact that it brought all of these heroes together in such a cohesive way was marveling. Now when I watch it I get nostalgic seeing the beginning of these characters’ relationships and their involvement in this franchise. Iron Man, at that time, was the only character to have two solo movies but everyone else was just finding their footing.

The Battle of New York is still a blast to watch even after all of these years and it’s great movie.

2013: Iron Man 3


Iron Man 3 is a good film but I ended up skipping through most of it because it can be a little bit boring to watch.

2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy


I love this movie. It’s entertaining, Captain America is super awesome in this film, it introduces Falcon for the first time, and we get to see more Black Widow. It’s a fun movie that sets up a lot for the future of the MCU.


Oh my goodness, even after all of these years this movie makes me SO happy! The music is perfect, the story is impeccable, the characters are fantastic, and it’s just a really, really good film. In fact, it kind of seems like it gets better with age. This is hands down the best  Marvel origin story film there is.

2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron


You know, I like Avengers: Age of Ultron but it could’ve been so much better. While the first Avengers film is perfectly made this one just feels like an unfortunate failure in comparison. Ultron is a formidable villain who becomes more of a joke than an actual threat. The inclusions of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision are the only things that make this movie a bit larger in scale than the original movie. But overall this film definitely could’ve been light years better.

2016: Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange


Civil War can be a bit boring at times but what makes it so enjoyable is all of the plot lines it’s setting up; the romance between Wanda and Vision, Black Panther’s standalone film, Spider-Man’s solo movie, the fracturing of The Avengers, and Bucky’s eventual healing. It’s a great movie and was very fun to watch in the context of the marathon.


Doctor Strange is as about as different a superhero film can get but it’s so much fun to watch. The visuals are super trippy, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Doctor Strange so perfectly it’s like the role was waiting for him, and the movie is one of my favorites in the MCU. I can’t wait to see the next levels a Doctor Strange sequel can go to.

2017: GOTG Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a beautiful film, there’s no doubt about that, but what it has in visual enticement it lacks in exciting storytelling. Vol. 2 could’ve easily been better than its predecessor but between the unnecessary hollering and the turd jokes this movie loses its pizzazz real fast.


Oh my goodness, I love Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s got so many fun and funny moments, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is so ridiculously lovable, and the ending of this film makes me so happy it’s easily one of the best Marvel movies ever made. This was definitely the beginning of Marvel’s five movie and counting winning streak.


It took a while for the writers to get Thor right but the creative minds behind Thor: Ragnarok did a fabulous job making the God of Thunder super cool. Not only is the movie ridiculously enjoyable because of its laugh-out-loud humor but the story is just fun to watch. I LOVE this movie!

2018: Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War


After three films that are, for the most part, comedic films set with light tones Black Panther is a big change in creative style. Black Panther is a really serious movie with darker plots that lead to some really fascinating conclusions in the film. At one time the thought of a movie like Black Panther was just a dream but Marvel has truly evolved over the years and this movie is total proof of that. Great film.


And then you come to Infinity War and it’s official. It’s the best Marvel movie made so far. Not only does it truly feel like a culmination of all the movies that have come before it but it’s really incredible how amazing the movie is. Thanos is undoubtedly one of the greatest villains to ever be brought to the big screen and it’s such a grand story that spans all of these different characters. To bring so many franchises and personalities together into one mega movie still blows my mind and I can’t wait to see how this two-part Avengers finale ends.


So, that was my experience doing the Marvel marathon. The movies I enjoyed the most were The AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyDoctor StrangeSpider-Man: HomecomingThor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War. Those are the movies that shined the most in the context of the marathon and whose characters made me the most happy.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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