Ant-Man and the Wasp shrunk into theaters a little over a week ago and I’m SO glad I went to see it. It was not only a ridiculously funny and fun movie to watch but its light tone was so perfect after the heartbreaking events of Avengers: Infinity War. But where did it land in the Marvel pool? I had Ant-Man ranked 12th overall in my list but did its sequel get a higher spot? That’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy.
1. Black Panther
Black Panther is such a brilliantly made movie because I’ve watched it, I’d say, at least seven times now and surprisingly it’s getting better with every viewing. The music is so good I can’t help bumping to it and the story is so perfectly woven throughout the film that it still resonates with me as if I’m seeing it for the first time. Black Panther ultimately deserves the praise it received and that’s why it’s my favorite Marvel movie so far.
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Yesterday I wrote a post looking at how women were portrayed in the MCU for the first five years of the franchise and it’s a rather dismal realization at how uninteresting most of the women were. They were mostly sappy love interests who only furthered their male counterpart’s stories and even Black Widow was depicted mostly as eye candy rather than being a powerful hero in her own right. So today it’s Part 2 of this evolution analysis and I’m super excited to see how the last five years in the MCU has ultimately changed the way women are treated in this franchise. Enjoy!
(This is a longread.)
Black Widow starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and for the first time we got to see her in a brighter light as she didn’t have powerful personalities like Tony Stark drowning out her grandeur. And even though she playfully flirted with Steve Rogers for the majority of the movie it didn’t feel out of place. In fact, it felt perfectly natural in the context of their relationship and helped establish a friendship between the two characters that hadn’t been as visible in The Avengers. This was the first time I realized how exactly awesome Black Widow and thankfully her coolness hasn’t diminished since.
The Winter Soldier also established a new female agent in the MCU in the form of Agent 13. Hints were definitely provided that she and Steve had an attraction towards each other but thankfully that was never utilized into the film as a crutch for unnecessary romance. And I loved that she could handle her own in a fight as well. She wasn’t some damsel-in-distress that Steve Rogers had to save at all in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy introduced to the MCU the first female hero of color with Gamora. Gamora is clearly a great character as she was established as a trained assassin of Thanos but unfortunately she never reached the potential that she could have. Throughout the movie we see her utilized into the film mainly as Star-Lord’s love interest and she never seemed to move far beyond that mold.
Continue reading How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 2
When Marvel introduced Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War I don’t think Kevin Feige and the other minds behind Marvel Studios knew exactly the cultural phenomenon they were creating, as Kevin Feige has said that he didn’t think Black Panther would do as well as it ended up doing. Black Panther is the highest rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes with a whopping 97% and is the second highest grossing superhero film of all time just behind Avengers: Infinity War which has made north of $2 billion (an incredible feat.) The reason why Black Panther is hailed with such praise isn’t simply because it’s the first predominantly black superhero blockbuster but it was also a very well written story with complex villains and ideals that shed a light on both fictional and real world problems.
Kevin Feige has already said that he believes Black Panther is the best film the MCU ever made (which I totally agree with) and now he’s considering presenting it to The Academy for Oscar consideration. But should Black Panther be part of the Oscar conversation? I think it should definitely be considered for more than just visual and sound effects, for a lot of hard work went into the making of this film.
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While there are nearly two dozen superheroes saving the world time and time again in the MCU from life threatening villains sometimes they need help from their not-so-super, or sometimes kind of super, sidekicks to get the job done. So, in honor of these lesser advertised heroes, I’m dedicating a post to these characters who have brought me so much joy over the years.
I remember when I watched Thor: Ragnarok for the first time Heimdall was my favorite character from Thor’s world after seeing the movie. His eyes were strange and he was so cool looking as he stood as guard of the Bifrost (I think that’s what he was guarding.) Throughout the Thor franchise his awesome never particularly dwindled and his involvement in Thor: Ragnarok only helped increase his coolness. Unfortunately he was killed at the very beginning of Avengers: Infinity War so it’s a good chance we’ll never see him again but he was definitely an awesome compatriot of Thor’s while he lasted.
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This week has passed and that means it’s time for another weekly Who’s Your segment. Last week I asked you all who was your favorite classic Star Wars character and this week I’m excited to see which Marvel villain is the one you happen to enjoy the most. Here are all of the villains.
Ronan the Accuser
Ronan was a slightly corny villain but that’s what made him so perfect for Guardians of the Galaxy. He was still a worthy adversary though as he nearly destroyed Xandar and was able to wield the might of the Power Stone. Thankfully the Guardians were more powerful than him though. 🙂
General “Thunderbolt” Ross
The anti-Hulk, that could’ve made for a very compelling and intimidating villain. While I don’t remember The Incredible Hulk very well I do remember this villain because he definitely was scary looking. Too bad the movie wasn’t better. *shrug*
Malekith definitely wasn’t anywhere near the most compelling MCU villain but he did provide Thor and Loki plenty of anguish as he managed to kill off Thor’s mother.
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One of my favorite things about movies are the eventual conclusions a film’s story is unknowingly leading to. Some films have predictable endings that you can see coming from a mile away while the best movies leave you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end and then rewards you with a shocking climax that you won’t soon forget. While the MCU at first installed only mediocre entries into their franchise their films of late have been downright phenomenal. True masterworks of storytelling and climax building. But which Marvel movies have the best ending? That’s what I’m excited to share with you. Enjoy!
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of my favorite Marvel films because it’s entertaining through and through and this ending was just exciting to see. The thought of Captain America and Falcon trying to find Bucky after he just went “good” was an exciting prospect and an interesting story lead into Civil War.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
After the surprising delight of Guardians of the Galaxy the fun ending of the film with Peter Quill and co. deciding what their next objective was going to be is just the perfect climax to their adventure. They’ve just saved the galaxy, yes, but at heart they are still a bunch of misfits just wanting to have a bit of fun. Seeing the Milano fly off into space with the Jackson Five’s “ABC” playing is just 100% movie magic.
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Over the last ten years there have been an abundance of Marvel superheroes brought to the big screen and each of these heroes have their own specific strengths and weaknesses. After Avengers: Infinity War it became kind of obvious which heroes were more powerful than others in some really fantastic ways and I’m here to provide you who I think are the ten strongest Avengers. Enjoy!
I didn’t realize how incredible of a fighter Gamora was until she fought Thanos in Infinity War and “killed” him within seconds. I was totally stunned. For two movies straight she was treated as just a sidekick who was an important asset to the Guardians team but not as strong as Star-Lord. It took until Infinity War for her true strengths to shine and that is a shame but when she did shine it was truly awesome. And that’s why I have her on this list.
A superhero who has the strength of an ant and can supersize himself into a giant! is a pretty extraordinary hero and while we didn’t get to see him fully utilize those abilities against Thanos the first time around I’m sure he’ll become an important asset in Avengers 4.
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