A couple of days ago I wrote a post stating how I believe Bucky Barnes is going to become Captain America in Phase 4 of the MCU but now I feel I have even more proof of that mantle passing eventually coming to fruition. Yesterday I watched Captain America: Civil War and during that climactic fight scene between Captain America, Bucky, and Iron Man there’s a moment when the century old superheroes start pummeling Iron Man like a tag team duo.
At this moment it’s these two super soldiers going to town on Iron Man but what makes this portion stand out is the fluidity of Steve and Bucky’s fighting. For that moment we see the current Captain America, Steve Rogers, give up his shield to the potential future Captain America, Bucky Barnes.
Of course, this may have just been some really awesome choreography between two superhero buddies but I don’t think it’s a coincidence how this thread of Bucky wielding Cap’s shield (for good) has happened more than once in these films.
This was just another observation I wanted to share with you and I thank you for reading. I hope you have a beautiful day.
Throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten year run there have been several directors and writers who have brought these movies and characters to life. The Russo Brothers first Marvel movie debut was Captain America: The Winter Soldier where they displayed a great sense of understanding the character of Captain America and creating a superhero movie on a lesser scale than some of the other Marvel films that had been made at the time.
Only until recently The Winter Soldier was my favorite film because of its more personal storyline and its impactful significance to the overall plot of the MCU. Since The Winter Soldier, however, they have made two other films (Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War) that are clearly some of the greatest superhero movies ever made. But what makes these three movies so perfectly composed and entertaining? Well, it’s simple. The Russo Brothers like cliffhangers.
For example; let’s look at the endings of these three movies.
Continue reading The Genius of the Russo Brothers’ Marvel Movies
Yesterday evening I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier after not having seen it in months. I enjoyed it thoroughly of course, for it’s one of Marvel’s greatest installments in the franchise, but as I watched it I realized something. For a while now I have presented the argument that a movie can’t truly be incredible and memorable without a great villain. Take The Dark Knight for example. Many people herald it as the greatest superhero ever made not because of Batman (even though he was clearly awesome) but mainly because we remember The Joker.
Heath Ledger took the iconic Batman villain to the next level, making us believe in the cynical plans he constantly concocted and shaking us with his dark jokes about how he got his scars just before killing someone. He was, at many times, smarter than Batman and he made for a compelling antagonist that took the movie to a whole other level.
Marvel has started to figure that out over the years. Villains are Marvel’s one blaring flaw. Their constant obstacle that has become a suspected hindrance to the franchise. But of late they have tried to change that narrative by incorporating villains that are actually memorable and worth caring about in the past few years. And that’s where I come to the point of this post.
Continue reading It’s Fact: Marvel Movies Are Better With Compelling Villains
For the past five years there have been five DC films and thirteen! Marvel films (ten of the thirteen Marvel films I have enjoyed immensely.) But it’s not the fact that Marvel has twenty 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 for what was to come.
DC’s First Movie: Man of Steel
Man of Steel, on the other hand, was an entirely different story. 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.
Continue reading Why I Believe Marvel Movies Are Better Than DC Movies
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.
Continue reading The Ten Best Endings in the ‘MCU’
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?
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?
Continue reading Is Captain America’s Selfless Heroism His Shining Triumph or a Narrative Failure?
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!
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.
Continue reading Iron Man vs. Captain America: Who Was Right?