A little over two months ago I began my marathon heading to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that meant I had a LOT to watch.
It began with the animated X-Men series which I watched all the way until about halfway through Season 3. That was an interesting ride with a lot of storylines that were quite fascinating, specifically the Phoenix storylines with Jean Grey. That was intense.
Then I got into the X-Men movies while tackling the MCU films I needed to watch too. That was a lot to finish but it was a super fun ride.
It was my first time watching all of the X-Men movies in a marathon fashion so it definitely provided quite the perspective. Such as the rebooted X-Men movies starting with First Class are way better than the first three X-Men films. Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is the undoubted MVP of those films, from his mesmerizing swagger to his constantly tragic storyline, Magneto is my favorite X-Men character and I don’t think that’s ever going to change.
X-Men: Days of Future Past and First Class were really fun but surprisingly X-Men: Apocalypse, despite its flaws, had me quite invested this time around. Magneto’s story is so heartbreaking in that movie.
It was, however, the final four installments in my marathon that were an utter blast to watch.
First off, I forgot how good Loki is. This show is mind-blowingly fantastic, specifically in its final two episodes. The way the series transforms Loki’s character through profound story development to the point that he literally hugs Mobius! It’s astonishing and truthfully, I got quite emotional.
There’s also his relationship with Sylvie which, no matter how strange, is such an important and perfect development for his character. I’m glad they didn’t make Sylvie a sibling-type because he’s already got that relationship with his brother, Thor. For him to fall in love with her brings a whole new dynamic to Loki’s story we haven’t seen before and the end of the season is tragedy at its finest.
I’m still not over that final shot with Kang’s statue sitting in the middle of the TVA. I need the second season pronto.
Then there was What If…? which is such an amazing series. The creativity, the animation, but most importantly, the Doctor Strange episode is just…so good! It’s so sad and yet it’s everything you want when it comes to a story surrounding the fascinating wizard. I couldn’t help shedding some tears through that episode.
And then there was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (I watched this because it has Sorcerer Supreme Wong in it) and Spider-Man: No Way Home which is honestly two of the best movies in the entire MCU for a reason.
Shang-Chi brings the action in absolutely mesmerizing ways but it doesn’t distract from the overall story which is very engaging.
And Spider-Man: No Way Home is brilliant. Its final hour is some of the best superhero storytelling in any film and honestly, it’s still remarkable that we got this movie. The tears were definitely flowing while watching this film.
All in all, I finished this daunting marathon a week ahead of schedule which is a relief because that was a LOT to try to get through. Now, the next MCU movie I will be watching will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. *inner screaming intensifies*
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.