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The Ten Best Endings in the ‘MCU’

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

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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

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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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Is Captain America’s Selfless Heroism His Shining Triumph or a Narrative Failure?

I watched a bit of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night and after watching Infinity War it’s been the first Marvel movie I’ve watched since then that focuses on this patriotic Avenger. As I watched the film and Steve Rogers I began to think to myself, Captain America is basically, in fictional terms, the perfect human being. He’s incredibly strong and fast, he’s handsome, he’s cordial, he does everything he possibly can to protect citizens from harm, he is what you would imagine Captain America being. But is that a good thing or his biggest flaw?

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One of the reasons why I didn’t like him that much in The Avengers (besides the terrible suit) is because he felt too uppity compared to the other Avengers. You see, every other member of the Avengers had flaws and they learned to deal with those flaws and could handle being in the presence of other imperfect beings like they were. Steve, on the other hand, is perfect, remember? He’s the poster boy for patriotism. He’s willing to sacrifice himself for the lives of others. And then you have characters like Tony Stark whose every other sentence is a joke and doesn’t take life very seriously. Steve was practically bursting at the seams with annoyance for Tony and Tony was feeling the same way about the stuck-up Captain America. And I was feeling the same way. Who was this guy who thought he was so much better than everyone else even though he clearly was the lamest of them all?

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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 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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Here’s the Marvel Movie Lineup to Get You Ready for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

It’s only ten days away until Avengers: Infinity War comes out and I kind of can’t believe it. For so long it felt like this Avengers movie was so far away but now that it’s a little over a week until it premieres worldwide I am just ecstatic. So today to celebrate the start of the ten day countdown I am here to share with you the movies that you should watch to start getting pumped for this highly-anticipated premiere. Enjoy!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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While Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t one of the greatest Marvel movies to have been made in the past ten years it is one of the most essential to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as it introduces some fascinating new characters and story developments to the entire mix of things that continues on through the later films such as the introduction of Scarlet Witch.

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This is the first movie that she appears in and it’s the film that provides her the most character development as we see her turn from a Sokovian science experiment looking for revenge to a bonified Avenger ready to save the world. This movie also introduces Vision, one of the most important characters in the MCU to date.

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While Vision hasn’t played any major parts in the films that he has appeared in he is central to the story of Avengers: Infinity War considering that he has an Infinity Stone in his forehead! (Which Thanos is hunting for. Uh-oh Vision. You are in trouble.) This movie also presents how incredibly powerful he is as it highlights the fact that he’s the only other Avenger who can pick up Thor’s hammer. That’s something you’ll definitely want to know.

There’s also the more personal character developments that are important to a couple of the character’s stories such as the blossoming romance between Black Widow and Bruce Banner/The Hulk and the reveal of Hawkeye’s family. These are topics that should be known going into Avengers: Infinity War so viewers will have a better grasp on what matters to these characters and what they’re truly fighting for.

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Why I Believe Marvel Movies Are Better Than DC Movies

For the past five years there have been five DC films and eleven! Marvel films (eight of the eleven Marvel films I have enjoyed immensely.) But it’s not that the fact that Marvel has eighteen and counting movies under their belt that makes them a better franchise all around but DC seems to willingly want to keep their franchise less liked by constantly cranking out mediocre superhero movies. I mean, let’s think about the comparisons of the two superhero franchises.

Marvel’s First Movie: Iron Man

Iron Man came out ten years ago and, for the most part, it was a good movie. Yeah it’s now available for free on subscription services like Hulu and Amazon Prime but that’s not because it’s essentially a bad movie. It’s just old. A movie featuring a character like Tony Stark’s Iron Man could’ve easily been a flop but with the genius casting of Robert Downey Jr. he managed to make the movie not only enjoyable but a global success.

Marvel’s first movie was a home run and an exciting precursor to what was to come.

DC’s First Movie: Man of Steel

Now, I for one, actually really enjoyed Man of Steel. It was an enjoyable film, the music was epic, the story was well executed, and Henry Cavill’s Superman wasn’t wack. A lot of people, however, did not feel the same way. They felt that Man of Steel was, in a word, terrible. This is the first movie that the new DC universe debuted to the world and it was not getting the excited buzz that Iron Man had obtained five years before.

So, what’s the difference between these two debut films? Why did Iron Man work where Man of Steel failed? Well, first off, Iron Man was a better executed movie. It conveyed a story that people could comprehend and when you have a character who’s as lovable as Tony Stark you can’t help but enjoy the movie more. I hadn’t even seen Iron Man and Iron Man 2 all the way through as a child and he had become my favorite superhero because he was that cool.

With Man of Steel I didn’t get that same love for Superman as I did for Iron Man. I enjoyed the movie but I didn’t love the superhero. I think that’s the difference. If Henry Cavill could’ve made Clark Kent as lovable as Robert Downey Jr. did with Tony Stark people would’ve probably met the movie with more praise than criticism.

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Ranking the Ten Best Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With the arrival of Black Panther a couple of days ago there are now 18! Marvel movies that have come out in the last decade. Not only is that amazing but the majority of the films are actually really enjoyable. Marvel has become a franchise juggernaut. In fact, they’re starting to make Star Wars look kind of weak in comparison when you think about how many more films they have compared to the science-fiction franchise (but Star Wars is still the best, in my opinion, so far.) So today, since I have now officially seen the groundbreaking superhero film, Black Panther, I want to share with you where I rank it among nine of its other predecessors. Enjoy!

10. Ant-Man

Three years ago Ant-Man debuted and while it definitely wasn’t one of the best Marvel movies I’ve ever seen it is a fun film to watch. Scott Lang brings the laughs, Hope van Dyne is an awesome heroine, and the movie is entertaining. Now is it anywhere close to the quality of the nine other films ahead of it, no, but against the eight movies behind it I happen to like this film more.

9. The Avengers

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I still remember when I saw The Avengers for the first time. It completely changed my view on what a superhero movie could be. I mean seeing six superheroes fighting together to save the world was really amazing and it immediately turned me into a Marvel fan. Now I saw this movie the other day and I was laughing at how lame it was. In 2012 this movie was the best you could get from Marvel but now after there being so many movies that are light years better than The Avengers it just looks old. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. In fact, it makes me happy to see that it’s so ancient. That means the Marvel films have gotten much better since then and that’s always a good thing.

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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While The Avengers is a better made movie than its sequel I happen to like this movie a lot more simply because the original Avengers’ stories are much more developed and the addition of Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Quicksilver makes the movie that much more enjoyable.

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