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Marvel’s Evolution in the Past Six Years

After recently owning Avengers: Infinity War I decided to have a Marvel marathon, starting with The Avengers. It was kind of fascinating seeing the movies literally evolve and get better over the course of the years and it was so awesome in fact that I want to share my experience with you. Enjoy!

2012: The Avengers

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When The Avengers came out six years ago I remember being blown away by how awesome the movie was. The fact that it brought all of these heroes together in such a cohesive way was marveling. Now when I watch it I get nostalgic seeing the beginning of these characters’ relationships and their involvement in this franchise. Iron Man, at that time, was the only character to have two solo movies but everyone else was just finding their footing.

The Battle of New York is still a blast to watch even after all of these years and it’s great movie.

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Ranking the Marvel Trailers from Worst to Best: Part 2

It’s Day 2 of my Ranking the Marvel Trailers from Worst to Best series and I’m so excited to share with you the top ten trailers. Enjoy!

(If you missed it the first part to this series is linked here.)

10. Iron Man 2

Whoa, this is a good trailer. It shows plenty of exciting money shots without giving the viewer any idea of what the movie is about. It’s kind of amazing. And Whiplash actually presents a legitimate threat in this trailer. I like it.

9. Captain America: Civil War

I remember seeing this trailer and being a tad bit horrified. Seeing these heroes that had grown to be friends fighting each other is kind of mortifying. I’m glad the movie ended up being even better than this trailer because that shows how good it is.

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It’s Fact: Marvel Movies Are Better With Compelling Villains

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.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ At Home

I haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War in months so imagine my excitement when I bought and watched it last night in the comfort of my house. It’s always interesting watching movies for the first at home on the small screen because it’s different than watching the film in a giant, loud movie theater. The sound may not be as good or the CGI might look terrible. Or maybe the movie isn’t as good as you remembered it to be because there isn’t any IMAX to make the film decent.

Well, I can tell you that it was an amazing experience watching it at home. For months I have watched the Marvel movies such as Black PantherCaptain America: Civil WarThor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange with the excitement that these individual stories all leads to Infinity War. I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp several weeks ago and its constant levity helped tone down that ultra serious tone Infinity War had blanketed over the entire series. But after seeing it again last night I realized just how incredible Infinity War is.

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Yes! There’s Going To Be A ‘Doctor Strange 2’

If you were like me, wondering whether there was going to be a Doctor Strange sequel or not, well wonder no more for Kevin Feige has announced that there will indeed be a Doctor Strange 2 and I couldn’t be more excited. Doctor Strange was already an amazing character in his feature film and he utterly stole the show in Infinity War. And then he disintegrated. (Boo.) The question that I suddenly began asking myself was whether he would return or not. It seemed inevitable that he would but with Benedict Cumberbatch seeming to not know where he stood in the MCU anymore I was honestly starting to get nervous. Was my favorite Marvel superhero honestly not coming back? Well, I’m glad to hear that he will be returning for a new film in the upcoming years and I couldn’t be more pumped.

The creators behind Doctor Strange have already said they figured out who the primary villain for a sequel would be and that would be the classic Doctor Strange antagonist, Nightmare.

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Nightmare is a demon who torments humans in their sleep, taking them into his Nightmare world within the Dream Dimension and feeding off their psychic energies. That sounds…scary. The simple concept of Nightmare could easily make Doctor Strange 2 the scariest and most disturbing entry in the MCU and could prove to be very interesting indeed.

Mordo is also still out there wreaking havoc on the sorcerer world which could lead to an interesting storyline as well. I’d love to see a Mordo/Doctor Strange showdown happen at least once during the movie.

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I’d also love to see the debut of Clea who is a very important character in the Doctor Strange comics. She is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension and she ends up befriending Doctor Strange. Long story short Doctor Strange and Clea end up becoming a dynamic duo/lovers which would be an interesting plot to Strange’s story. He’s, at the moment, one of the few major heroes in the MCU to not have a romantic partner and wouldn’t it be awesome to see his eventual girlfriend as this equally powerful sorcerer of the darkness? Sounds awesome to me.

All in all, I can’t wait to hear more news about Doctor Strange 2 and I can’t wait to see him return in Avengers: End Game (yeah, I think that’s the official name) next year.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.

Which Infinity Stone Has The Coolest Power?

Since the Tesseract appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger it’s been a slow culmination of the six infamous Infinity Stones that Thanos has been secretly waiting to get in the past seven years and now that they have all been found…and used *wince* I couldn’t help but ask myself which of the Infinity Stones was my personal favorite? Well, as you can see from the picture for this post, my favorite stone is the Time Stone, and for good reason.

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First of all, it appeared in one of my favorite MCU films, Doctor Strange, and so that was a nice surprise.

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Secondly, the Eye of Agamotto is such an amazing relic. It’s actually, besides Doctor Strange’s cape and Thor’s new axe, Stormbreaker, my favorite item in the MCU. I love its ancient look. I love that it is truly shaped like an eye and when it is opened the bright emerald green glow of the gem within its confines is just brilliant to look at.

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Three, it can turn back time! How awesome is that? If I had the ability to turn back time I would probably go back and watch The Force Awakens in the movie theaters another five times. 🙂

The Time Stone is such a powerful stone that it ended up becoming the most important asset in Thanos’s quest for galactic cleansing, for when Scarlet Witch destroyed the Mind Stone (and Vision along with it) all he had to do was turn back the clock and retrieve the stone for himself (which was horrible by the way.) If that doesn’t prove that the Time Stone is undoubtedly the most powerful of the incredible gems then I don’t know what to say. Now we haven’t seen the Soul Stone in action yet. Maybe it can be used to bring people back to life, which would then probably make it actually the most powerful stone in Thanos’s collection but until I see it resurrect Thanos for a Round 2 of fighting or something outlandish like that then the Time Stone will remain as my favorite.

Which stone is your favorite? Feel free to join in on the conversation in the comments below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.

 

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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