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Who’s Your Favorite Marvel Villain?

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

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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

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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

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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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I Have a Question: Where’s Valkyrie?

Valkyrie became one of my favorite heroines following her debut in Thor: Ragnarok. She was spunky, tough, independent, and most importantly, she wasn’t treated as a love interest for Thor in the movie. There was some subtle flirting between Thor and her but the writers didn’t let their bond coalesce into a full-out love story. I appreciate that. So when Avengers: Infinity War came around I figured there would at least be a small cameo from her (which I was so excited about) but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was no sight nor mention of her anywhere in the film and that leads me to my question: Where is Valkyrie?!

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Valkyrie had a major role in Thor: Ragnarok and really placed her stamp on the movie. She was in the majority of the film which makes her one of the most important characters in the story and that means she should’ve at least been mentioned once or twice come time of Infinity War. That’s like if they hadn’t brought Wong into the movie. That wouldn’t have made any sense considering how close Wong is to Doctor Strange. So the only explanation that I can think of is that she was one of the Asgardians that Thanos didn’t kill.

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‘Black Panther’ Resides In Its Own Corner and That’s Why It Is Such A Great Movie

I’ve watched Black Panther three times since I got it last week on Blu-Ray and I can honestly say, it is a GREAT movie. Every time I’ve watched it it’s gotten better which is an impressive feat from a Marvel film and it makes me completely understand how it ended up having such an incredible box-office run that it’s STILL in theaters nearly four months after it came out in mid-February. The last time I watched Black Panther I came from the film beaming with joy and just marveling at how remarkable the movie’s story is. And then I realized, the main reason for its success is that, while it definitely feels like a Marvel movie, the writers didn’t incorporate too much of the MCU into the film, which they easily could’ve done.

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Like Guardians of the Galaxy it stands in a realm all by itself with barely any outside distractions. There weren’t any last-minute save-the-days from a fugitive Captain America coming to help his newfound buddy, King T’Challa, against the tyrannical rule of Erik Killmonger. Falcon didn’t make any surprise appearances. And Bucky didn’t bust out of his medical-induced sleep to fight alongside his Wakandan friends. The only characters that were brought from the outside world was Klaue and CIA agent Everett Ross, both of which weren’t very important characters in their general MCU debuts but became important pieces to this new story. I think this is the recipe for Black Panther‘s booming success.

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Wakanda feels like another world that’s perfectly secluded for the film so that we get to enjoy the native and cultural significance oozing from the locations, clothing, and characters in the movie rather than having the more mainstream visual sights and characters barging their way into the film. And that also shows how superb of a film Black Panther really is.

Even incredible Marvel movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming had to incorporate crossover characters like Doctor Strange and Iron Man to truly make the films all the more enjoyable. T’Challa and the fascinating world of Wakanda was all Black Panther needed to create a movie so good it exceeded ALL expectations, including mine. And Avengers: Infinity War is a great example of this.

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Having the Avengers and the war against Thanos come to Wakanda wasn’t a bonus to the African nation but only hindered its awesomeness. Seeing Captain America and Black Panther fight side by side wasn’t the visual treat that I expected and seeing the beautiful land of Wakanda being razed in the way that it did was kind of heartbreaking, especially after what the cinematic triumph of Black Panther achieved by creating this magnificent world ruled by beautiful black people steeped in African lore and Afro-futurism. The only great character interplay that I truly enjoyed in the movie was seeing General Okoye, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch fight alongside each other against Thanos’s female warrior, Proxima Midnight. It was a trio I could’ve never seen coming and it was totally AWESOME! Women rule!

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All in all, I love Black Panther for so many reasons but the fact that I can watch it and that it feels so new, fresh, and unlike the other Marvel movies is really it’s blaring triumph. I hope its sequel remains in this seclusive vein and doesn’t include any outside characters (unless they are brand new heroes being introduced into the MCU) because I enjoy following the story of T’Challa, Okoye, Shuri, Nakia, etc. without the distractions of other Avengers stealing their spotlight.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a marvel-ous day.

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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The Ten Greatest Marvel Action Scenes: The Updated Version

Marvel movies are highly based upon the superheroes and their constant struggles to save the world but at the heart of every Marvel movie are the action scenes. From Iron Man to the latest installment, Avengers: Infinity War, the action scenes never disappoint. So, after ten years and nineteen movies what are the ten greatest action scenes of them all? I’m very excited to share them with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

 

10. The Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is a great film because it has one of the best stories told in the MCU but it also has some of the best action as well. That final battle between the Guardians and the Ravagers versus Ronan the Accuser and his army is downright fun to watch and makes the movie totally worth viewing.

9. Escaping Sakaar

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Thor: Ragnarok was a fun movie and this scene embodied the thrilling aspect of the film as Thor, Valkyrie, and Bruce Banner planned a daring escape from the junk world, Sakaar. It’s also one of my favorite action scenes because Valkyrie really shined at this part. She was just as powerful as Thor as she jumped from ship to ship wrecking them left and right with little more than a sword and her appalling strength. Awesome! And the retro music for this scene perfectly provides that wildly different vibe which separated it from every other Marvel film.

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The Five Saddest Deaths in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Avengers: Infinity War was the first Marvel movie to add real stakes for the heroes and finally provide us some shocking moments that made the wait for this film totally worth it and with so many of our favorite heroes dying I’m here to share with you which deaths struck my heartstrings the most. Enjoy!

5. Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange was so cool in this movie. In fact, he was perfect for the film and so when Thanos snapped his fingers and half of all life in the galaxy came to a startling end I was devastated to see Doctor Strange become one of that massive number. To think that we would have to watch Avengers 4 unfold without him, at least for a time was a real heartbreaker for me. I can’t wait until he’s revived so I can enjoy him again.

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The Top Ten Scenes in Marvel

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)

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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

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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.

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