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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 Character Interactions I’m Most Excited To See in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

I can’t believe it. I can literally count one hand how many days there are left until Avengers: Infinity War and I am beyond ecstatic! There are so many fantastic reasons why I’m super ready for this film but one of the major reasons why I’m nearly bursting at the seams with excitement is because of the multitude of characters that is going to be in this movie. The last time there were this many superheroes in a movie was Captain America: Civil War and that was one of the best Marvel films ever made with plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. To think that all of my favorite superheroes (Bucky, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Widow, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain America, etc.) are going to be in this movie is just a dream come true. And what’s even more exciting is to think about how these characters, some of which who have never met before, will interact in this film and I’m here to share with you which of these interactions I can’t wait to see the most. Enjoy!

Iron Man and Doctor Strange

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Okay, this has been a duo waiting to be realized since Doctor Stephen Strange came into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Both characters have similar personalities, or at least had similiar personalities (Doctor Strange isn’t a jerk anymore while Tony Stark is still Tony except he has a conscience now.) They both have the dark hair and the goatees, they both have red in their superhero outfits, and they’re both AWESOME! I absolutely can’t wait to see Tony Stark and Doctor Strange interact for the first time because I know for a fact it’s going to be hilarious. Doctor Strange is well, strange, and I think Tony is going to have something very funny to say about his abilities.

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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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Iron Man vs. Captain America: Who Was Right?

It’s a week until Avengers: Infinity War premieres (YES!) and in the time since Captain America: Civil War came out two years ago I have never made a stand on who I thought was right in the movie between Iron Man and Captain America. Frankly, I think they both have their reasons for choosing the sides that they did and they are both noble for making those choices but since Infinity War is almost out and the next phase of these character’s friendship is about to be known I figure I might as well discover which side I thought was right before the movie comes out. Enjoy!

Iron Man

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Okay, here’s the one major blip in Tony’s side of this story for me.

Tony is a very rebellious kind of guy. Throughout his films he’s never been a team player, which has gotten him in trouble multiple times. He even created Ultron without the approval of his teammates and you see how that turned out? So here’s yet another example of him going behind his friends’ backs as he creates the Sokovia Accords with Secretary Ross and it only created conflict within the Avengers rather than a common interest that could’ve brought the superhero team even closer together.

This, I’d say, is Tony’s biggest fault. He reacts off of self-interest and never stops to think if his decisions will hurt people in the process. That can be a problem. Now was he right in creating the Sokovia Accords? Yes and no.

For him he felt that the Avengers were going to be placed under the governments’ control sooner or later so he just wanted to be ahead of the curb and have a say-so in the matter before having to take orders from government officials that he wouldn’t be able to get along with.

What makes it wrong though is the fact that he didn’t tell anyone what he was going to do. He just concocted this plan without the approval of his friends (like he always does) and presented it to the Avengers like a side punch out of nowhere. That was wrong and it left the Avengers feeling kind of hopeless as he forced them to make the difficult choice between joining the Accords and becoming a fugitive within a few days.

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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.

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