Marvel has over two dozen superheroes in their reservoir now but remember the time when there only a select few heroes to get excited about? Iron Man was the first hero to be introduced in this franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Captain America was the sixth hero to make his debut. Together they have gone on incredible adventures, saved the world a handful of times, and they have even fought each other when things went sour. Basically they’ve been through a lot. After ten years and ten combined movies Iron Man and Captain America seem to be the elders of the franchise as new faces and heroes make their own first appearances. So today, on this weekly segment of Who’s Your Favorite I’m asking you which of these ridiculously cool characters is your favorite? Here they are.
When Iron Man came out ten years ago I could’ve never imagined all of the incredible movies and heroes that would spawn from this superhero franchise. Looking back it’s amazing how far this franchise has come and while there are now over two dozen different superheroes to enjoy it’s still good to recognize the characters that made this franchise so awesome in the first place. So, on this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite I’m asking you which classic Avenger is the hero that you absolutely love? Here they are. Enjoy!
The Hulk has always been a cool character because he’s such a unique superhero. I mean, he’s a scientist named Bruce Banner who accidentally induced himself with too much gamma radiation and on spurts becomes a giant-green-rage-monster. That’s sounds so awesome…and it is. The Hulk is not only sometimes frightening and intimidating but he’s also quite hilarious as well. I mean, who knew The Hulk loved fire? Lol.
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?
In the past ten years Marvel Studios has presented seventeen! movies, all with their own style, own stories, and there have been countless incredible scenes between them all. Today I’m going to share with you my ten favorite scenes that have come from the movies that have spanned nearly half my lifetime. Enjoy!
10. Vision Comes To Life (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t one of the best Marvel movies but it had one of the greatest surprises for me; Vision. One of my favorite things in a movie is a surprise you don’t see coming and I definitely didn’t see this coming. I remember watching the movie and as Thor electrified the case holding Ultron’s experiment robot with lightning he was residing in I was waiting to see what would happen. When Vision popped out of that container not as a villain but rather as an ally I was shocked.
And then…he grabbed Thor’s hammer and handed it to him! Mind blown! I was utterly stunned. Who was this remarkably powerful superhero that I had no idea about? And he had Jarvis’s voice! It was profoundly one of the greatest surprises I have ever seen in a movie and it’s why this is one of my favorite scenes.
9. The ‘Doctor Strange’ Ending
Doctor Strange was filled with mind bending visuals, hilarious moments, and great action scenes but my favorite part of the movie is literally the quietest moment of the film. Doctor Strange has helped save the world, he hasn’t officially taken the role of the Ancient One but he now stands guard over the New York Sanctum, and it’s just a really silent moment as he realizes the responsibility he now has. The cinematography is beautiful, the music is special, and as the camera zooms out and you see the Sanctum against the backdrop of New York I always get chills. And now, after Avengers: Infinity War, this scene is all the more magical as we now know what takes place in Doctor Strange’s journey a couple of years down the road and that’s an exciting realization.
A couple of days ago I wrote a post ranking the styles of Marvel’s finest, kickbutt heroines in the MCU and now it’s time to turn the lenses on the men of the franchise. Enjoy!
Thor has never, up to this point, been one of the most fashionable heroes but Thor: Ragnarok has changed that narrative by providing him a brand new, much more awesome look. He also has a pretty cool suit as well which has seemed to got cooler looking through the years.
This is the God of Thunder I’m talking about. That red cape can be seen from a mile away and it impeccably represents his heroism as he flies across the sky destroying his foes and looking quite heroic while being that incredible hero everybody loves so much.
Star-Lord isn’t one of the most stylish people in the galaxy but he has quite the fashion sense when it comes to his clothes. The ravager coat, the dark brown pants, the expressive alien text shirt, it all perfectly matches the cool 80s’ centric personality of Peter Quill.
I mean, look at this outfit. If that isn’t nice looking I don’t know what is.
Romance is a staple in superhero movies; from Superman’s iconic romance with reporter, Lois Lane to the love story between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, love is a main factor in a superhero’s life and this is very apparent throughout the MCU. From Iron Man to the franchise’s latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, romance has helped humanize the characters and add greater depths to their stories. Now some romances have been very lackluster (Thor and Jane Foster/The Hulk and Black Widow) while other love stories have made the films actually better and I’m here to share with you my favorite ones. Enjoy!
5. Vision and Scarlet Witch
The best romances are the ones that escalate over time and the romantic relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch definitely did that. In Age of Ultron there was only a tad hint of chemistry between the two characters. In Civil War, which supposedly was a year later, the relationship between Wanda and Vision increased to something beyond mere friendship and started delving into the realm of love for the two. And then when we meet them again in Infinity War two years later they are legitimately a romantic couple.
Not only was the romance between them palpable and realistic, considering that it took a while to find a foothold, but when a love story can bring me to tears that’s when I know it’s a romance that has touched me. And that is why their love story is on this list.
4. Captain America and Agent Peggy Carter
The relationship between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter is one of the sweetest and most relatable romances in the MCU. Peggy was fond of Steve even before he got his incredible upgrade and then after taking the serum his heroism (and handsomeness) escalated Peggy’s view of him exponentially. The reason why this is one of my favorite romances is because Peggy wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was just as tough as Steve and just as benevolent and heroic as well. The fact that he “died” was a heartbreaking development in their relationship that would never fully come to pass.
I hadn’t even seen The First Avenger and the reunion between him and a much older Peggy Carter in The Winter Soldier made me cry. The regret on his face is so real and the elation from Peggy to know that he actually survived was enough to make anyone shed a tear. They definitely, to me, had one of the best romances in the franchise.
Leading up to Avengers: Infinity War I made a series called The Evolution of where I talked about most of the heroes that would appear in Infinity War and how they had evolved throughout the years and one of the things I was most excited to see in the movie was the development of these characters. Some of the heroes had worthy involvements in the movie while others slightly disappeared within the crowded roster in the film and I’m here to talk about which characters I felt shined and disappointed in the movie. Enjoy!
Did: Doctor Strange
One of the reasons why I was so excited to see Infinity War was to see Doctor Strange again and I’m glad the writers included him heavily into the film in the major role that he deserved. Doctor Strange was already an amazing character but by the time he was in full hero mode his standalone film was over. I was happy to see him shine so brightly within this movie time and time again and he helped make my movie experience that much better. (Doctor Strange is AWESOME!)
Didn’t: Captain America
Captain America is one of the most prominent heroes in the MCU (maybe the most prominent next to Iron Man) and so it was a major shock to see him treated within the film in such a lackluster fashion. When he first appeared in the movie as he saved Scarlet Witch and Vision from Thanos’s Black Order minions he was the Captain America I’ve grown to love over the years; heroic and awesome. Then for the rest of the film it seemed like his coolness diminished more and more. I was shocked.
Here was Captain America two years after Civil War and he was barely given a storyline. He was just there looking heroic and fighting aliens. I’m sure, however, with the field of heroes being condensed in this film he’ll probably have a much bigger role in the next film.
And is it just me or were his new shields kind of lame? (In fact, I thought they were special Wakandan gauntlets the first time I saw them, not shields.) They looked awesome in the trailers and commercials but in reality I’m already missing his patented stars and stripes shield.