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The Ten Most Wasted Characters in the MCU

Marvel has had a ton of awesome characters that have made the MCU’s twenty films better but besides the main superheroes there have been some characters that have been left to the side of the road. These ten characters leave their mark but are never given a good enough story to capitalize on. So, on that note, here they are.

10. Crossbones

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Crossbones is a major character in the Marvel comics but he was turned into a brief annoyance in Captain America: Civil War. I’ve always felt a little bummed that we only got to meet Crossbones at the end of his road rather than getting to see him wreak terror for at least the first thirty minutes of the movie.

I’m not saying I don’t like how the film turned out but I just wish Crossbones could’ve been saved for a later film so he could’ve been utilized more thoroughly into the MCU.

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Snoke Has The Exact Same Storyline as Palpatine from the Original Trilogy

It’s common knowledge that Snoke resembled Palpatine in nearly every aspect throughout his involvement in the current Star Wars trilogy but I only recently realized just how much their stories mirror each other and it’s kind of shocking.

One of the big upsets of The Last Jedi was Snoke getting killed off. People had been wondering for two years straight who this strange deformed man was and some people even began to theorize that it was Mace Windu come back for revenge on the Skywalkers. That was an interesting theory but it turned out not to matter as we watched with horror, and shock, this mysterious character get sliced in two right before our very eyes.

It felt like we were being robbed of a great story just to make another character’s journey even greater and there were a few fans who were less than pleased with this surprising decision to eliminate Snoke out of the picture.

Now I, for one, was okay with it because I thought Snoke was too much like Palpatine anyway but it was a bit jarring to see him dead so soon.

Well, Palpatine had the exact same fate.

Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious

The first Star Wars movies I watched were the prequels and so I knew everything about the rise of Emperor Palpatine but for those who watched the original trilogy for the first time back in the day they didn’t know who Palpatine was. In fact, he was just as mysterious as Snoke as he was introduced for the first time in The Empire Strikes Back as a hologram.

Just imagine how excited people were to see Darth Sidious in the flesh in Return of the Jedi only to have him chucked into the bowels of the Death Star by the end of the movie without a bit of his backstory being revealed. Because it was such a satisfying victory for Darth Vader I don’t think people cared too much about Palpatine’s demise but if there was anyone who wanted to know about the mystery hologram man they were surely disappointed.

The same thing happened with Snoke.

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In The Force Awakens we saw him as this monstrous hologram that talked to Kylo Ren and told him about the threat of a new Jedi rising against him. And then we finally got to see him in The Last Jedi just to have him brutally killed out of the movie to further Kylo’s story.

Either Rian Johnson wasn’t paying attention or he went for a straight correlation between these two characters and that’s a bit surprising. One of the reasons why Star Wars has been so loved up to this point is its abundance of originality. Just the other day I wrote a post displaying how unimaginative the Star Wars franchise has become and this observation I just obtained proves that point yet again.

Hopefully Episode IX won’t be awash in derivative moments.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force be with you.

 

Removing Thanos’s Armor Was Genius

Last year during San Diego Comic-Con the first looks at Avengers: Infinity War were revealed and a lot of it was kept secret to only those at the conference. One thing fans of the comic books were a little peeved about, however, was the fact that Thanos wasn’t wearing his classic golden armor. Now, after watching the film, I understand the brilliance behind the Russo Brothers’ thinking of removing the armor.

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You see, this movie was set to build our relationship with this character. We learned of his complicated but loving relationship with his daughter Gamora. We learned of the sick reasoning for his mission to wipe out half the universe. And we slightly began to empathize with his character just a little bit. But why did I begin to garner a sort of understanding of Thanos? Simple. Because that armor was gone.

Let’s say he had gone through the entire movie wearing that armor. His emotions wouldn’t have been as clear and comprehensible if he had kept on the golden suit. I mean can you imagine the part when he threw Gamora off the cliff in return for the soul stone with that golden helmet on? It would’ve still been emotional but with him stripped of the armor it’s a lot more heart wrenching to watch.

Also, if you look at nearly every hero in the movie they aren’t wearing anything too grand. They’re either garbed in simple clothing or special suits that are pretty cool but not golden suit of armor kind of cool. Making Thanos look like everybody else made him seem somewhat human even though he’s this powerful being. And that’s why I love the Russo Brothers. They really do think about even the most minute details when it comes to making these films. I love it.

So, this was just a simple observation of mine after watching Infinity War the last time I watched it. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

‘Star Wars’ Heroes vs. Villains: Who’s Cooler?

Star Wars has been a classic tale of good versus evil since it arrived over four decades ago in the form of A New Hope. You had the lovable heroes; Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2. And then there was the ultimate villain, Darth Vader, who emitted menace as soon as he walked in a room.

Over the years the Star Wars franchise has kept up that narrative of the heroes versus the villains in new, exciting ways. Lately the movies have tried to blur the divisions between the protagonists and antagonists to keep viewers guessing but at the end of the day there is still the dark side and the light. It’s fascinating stuff.

But then there’s the question; who’s cooler? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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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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Thanos Will Return?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gradually cemented things that we expect to see in each of its installments such as its patented humor, the end-credits scene, and the moment the very end of the credits when it says, “Such and such will return.” Knowing that a certain hero will return always is exciting because we are given a promise that yes, we will see them again. And Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t an exception but there was a twist that I only just noticed yesterday.

I watched the entire credits, including the haunting end-credit scenes that sets up Captain Marvel, and then at the end it didn’t say The Avengers will return or the Guardians of the Galaxy will return. It said Thanos will return. And that’s the genius behind the construction of Infinity War.

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While every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has focused on the heroes at hand the real story revolved around Thanos. He was a villain that this franchise had been building up to for ten years. When he arrived the writers knew they needed to give him a proper introduction and so they created a story that wrapped around him. They wrote him as the protagonist, not the antagonist, and that’s the reason why he wasn’t left in the weeds to get swallowed up by all of the incredible heroes.

I always figured that the writers created the movie with him at the center of the story but the fact that it said “Thanos will return” at the end of the credits confirms that.

This also confirms how fragile the stage is for the heroes moving forward. We know there are a certain group of heroes who survived the infamous finger snap but do we know they truly will survive this next film. It’s scary to think that by the end of Avengers 4 there will be concrete deaths. I’m nervous to see what happens because I’ve grown so attached to these characters.

For me, this was a fun discovery and I can’t to see what other new things I’ll find in the confines of the movie.

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

‘Star Wars’ or Marvel: Who Has The Best Villains?

Star Wars and Marvel are the two mega-franchises dominating the cinema world right now so of course comparisons are going to be made. There are a lot of elements that can be compared between the two franchises but one thing that is a huge staple to a movie is its villain. If the antagonist is memorable the film is unforgettable. If the villain is kind of lame seven times out of ten that movie is going to easily be a mediocre film. Star Wars was built off of the basis of heroes and villains and Marvel has, much in the same way, been built on that same foundation too.

So, today I’m going to compare three of the franchises’ best villains and see whether Star Wars or Marvel comes out on top. Enjoy!

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