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The Evolution of Doctor Strange

When Marvel announced they were bringing a new superhero to the MCU called Doctor Strange I was like, “Who?” Like I always say, I don’t read the Marvel comics and I didn’t know the major characters in the Marvel universe except for Captain America and Iron Man and so this new superhero named Doctor Strange was, well, strange for me. I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t know why his superhero name was Doctor Strange, and I was just confused. Then they announced that the superhero was going to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch and I was even more shocked. Benedict Cumberbatch? The actor who played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness and Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? He was going to be a superhero? I didn’t think Marvel could make it work. And then I watched the movie and I was an instant Doctor Strange fan.

He was charismatic and funny, thoughtful and heroic, and he had hands down the coolest superhero cape ever created! Doctor Strange was such an amazing character that I was counting down the days until Thor: Ragnarok so I could see him again. And now he’s finally returning in Avengers: Infinity War and I couldn’t be more excited. So today on this segment of The Evolution of it’s time to look at how he has evolved since the beginning of his story.

Doctor Strange (2016)

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At the beginning of Doctor Strange Mr. Strange was one of the worst people you could meet. Yes he was a rich and very important doctor but he was also mean and incredibly narcissistic. In short; he was a pain in the butt. He thought he was too good for those lesser than him and he looked at life with no thankfulness whatsoever. He thought he was God’s gift to man and that ultimately backfired on him as he got himself into a near death accident and lost the use of his hands. The only sense of compassion in him appeared when he interacted with Christine, an old flame of his who dumped him because, well, he was a jerk. In those brief interactions with her you see that he could be a good person but his obnoxious, nasty attitude kept getting in the way.

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When he went to Kathmandu to be healed he still acted like he was above everything and everyone and knew the secrets of the universe but that would soon change. After The Ancient One showed him things that he couldn’t possibly understand the beginning of his transformation as a person began. He learned to listen rather than speak, he discovered that the universe didn’t revolve around just him, and he learned that he needed to take that revolting attitude of his down a notch.

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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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The Evolution of Thor

Thor was, for a long while, one of my least favorite Avengers simply because he was kind of lame, if I’m being honest. I knew Thor from the cartoons and the God of Thunder was quite epic in those cartoons but when I saw the live-action version of the character he just didn’t seem very cool to me, at all. First of all, he was too pretty to be the character in my opinion and he just didn’t ooze that stern epic quality that I had grown accustomed to knowing when it comes to Thor but throughout the years I’ve grown to like him more and more and now when he returns in Avengers: Infinity War I am legitimately excited to see him. So, as I count down the days until the release of the epic blockbuster, here’s the story of his evolution throughout the years. Enjoy!

Thor (2011)

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I remember going to go see Thor in theaters back in May of 2011 and I was excited to see it then but when I walked out of that movie theater I was extremely disappointed. The story of Thor becoming, well, Thor wasn’t what I expected and it just wasn’t a great movie. Now I did highly enjoy the first part of the movie when Thor was still in the other realms of the galaxies but as soon as he crashed to Earth the movie slowly began to turn upside down for me. After a while I was just waiting for the film to end. But in terms of Thor’s story this film presented him with one of his greatest challenges as he had to discover what it meant to eventually become the king of Asgard. Still, unfortunately, this movie was pretty boring and it wasn’t a great debut for the God of Thunder.

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Is Comedy Marvel’s Secret Sauce or a Hindrance?

I love Marvel movies. They have provided me SO much happiness in the past six years and I kind of can’t imagine a movie year without a Marvel blockbuster being in the mix. So, a couple of days ago, I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier ’cause I haven’t watched it in a long while and I truly forgot how much I love that movie. It’s such a perfectly made film with so many unexpected twists and turns (Nick Fury’s “death,” Steve Rogers becoming a fugitive, Secretary Pierce was the main villain, the Winter Soldier was Captain America’s friend, Bucky, etc.) and it’s one of the least funniest installments in the Marvel franchise and yet it’s my favorite Marvel movie. So that brings me to the question of this post; Is Comedy Marvel’s Secret Sauce or a Hindrance?

Before I give an answer let’s compare some of Marvel’s greatest movies.

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Ranking the Marvel Villains: From Worst to Best

Marvel, throughout its decade long run, have had some memorable villains and then some rather lackluster antagonists at the same time. Unfortunately, Marvel is more known for having terrible bad guys with one-dimensional agendas rather than having enticing antagonists that really push these heroes to the test. Thankfully, after the last few films the villains in Marvel are getting a better wrap than they once did but there’s still work to be done. So, on that note, I’m going to provide you my ranking of the seventeen Marvel villains so far.

17. Malekith

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Malekith is definitely the worst Marvel villain. When I watched Thor: The Dark World I was flabbergasted by how laughable his ideals and his plan for universe domination was. Malekith was 100% corny and I have nothing more to say.

16. Ronan the Accuser

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I literally just watched Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday after not having seen it for quite a while and Ronan was definitely not a great villain. He was powerful, nothing more, but his corny aspect was perfect for the film and at least he was a rather formidable foe.

15. Yellow Jacket

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Yellow Jacket was laughable. He was cynical, wanted to become the hero of humanity, and everything that a cliché villain is. Yellow Jacket is as forgettable as they come and that’s why he’s so low on this list.

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The Ten Greatest Marvel Action Scenes

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, Black Panther, the action scenes have either been superb or sometimes a little lackluster but at the end of the day most of the action scenes have been very, very enjoyable. So, after ten years and eighteen 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. Spider-Man and the Washington Monument Rescue

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This is a great action scene because it’s the first time Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming had to really become a hero as he saved his school mates from eminent death as they experienced an elevator accident in the Washington Monument. It’s also a visually enticing scene as Spider-Man scales the Monument all the way to the top. The view from the top will give you vertigo, it’s so high. All in all, it’s my favorite action scene of the movie.

9. The Chase Through New York

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Doctor Strange is one of my favorite Marvel movies because it is one of the coolest and riskiest Marvel ideas they brought to the big screen. Doctor Strange is not an easy character to bring to the blockbuster world. His world of realms, magic, and psychedelic visuals could’ve been a huge mistake for Marvel to introduce into their movie timeline but they prevailed by arranging a stellar cast to tell this story and making a highly enjoyable film. And the action scenes, wow, the action scenes were out of this world, sometimes literally. I remember watching this scene in IMAX and simply being blown away. I have watched this movie over a dozen times and I still haven’t seen everything in this part.

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Ranking the Marvel Heroines; From Worst to Best

I didn’t jump on the Marvel bandwagon until 2012’s The Avengers came out. I remember being excited about the movie considering that it was going to bring all of these major superheroes together but I wasn’t watch-it-on-opening-day excited. In fact, I think I saw The Avengers about a month into its box-office run but when I did eventually see the film I was stunned. The movie was not only fantastically entertaining, it was perfect, and it’s the moment when I became a Marvel fan. The one thing Marvel didn’t have for quite some time, however, were heroines except for Black Widow and Agent Peggy Carter. They were the sole Marvel heroines until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy which is kind of ridiculous.

Now jump four years later and there are Marvel heroines left and right to be excited about. In fact, next year we’re going to finally get a female-led Marvel superhero movie in Captain Marvel and I’m so excited to see it. Marvel Studios just can’t seem to fail and that’s why I know it’s going to be a great film.

So, today I’m going to share with you my ranking of all of these incredible Marvel heroines. Enjoy!

12. Agent 13

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I wish I could say I like Agent 13 but honestly, I don’t. She had a small but interesting role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but her role in Civil War as Steve Roger’s love interest was more of a hindrance to the movie than a bonus.

11. Gamora

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I used to love Gamora. At the time of Guardians of the Galaxy she was the only major superhero lady besides Black Widow and she was awesome! I loved how she continuously staved off Star-Lord’s romantic advances, I loved her fashion style, and I definitely loved her butt-kicking ability. Then she returned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and all of her awesomeness felt flushed down the drain. She barely did anything in the movie but talk and swoon over Star-Lord for a huge portion of the movie. In fact, she had zero fighting scenes. That’s pretty lame. Now I’m sure she’ll be given a larger role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War but until then she stands as one of my least favorite Marvel heroine.

10. Nebula

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Nebula, like Gamora, was much cooler in Guardians of the Galaxy rather than its sequel. In the first movie she was a cyborg nightmare, a villain worth being afraid of, but in the sequel they softened her and it was kind of unfortunate. I understand that they had to make her turn good but she lost all of that fire that made her so awesome in the first place. And like Gamora, zero fighting scenes. That’s a shame.

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