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Is Marvel Better than ‘Star Wars’?: Part 3

Over the past four days I have asked myself the question that is the title of this post. In the past two parts I have evalluated the soaring highs and depressing lows of each franchise. I have even shared my personal experiences with each franchise, providing greater insight into what Marvel and Star Wars means to me. But now the time has come. Which franchise is better?

*drum roll*

And the winner is…

Star Wars!

I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe with every fiber of my being. At face value, the MCU clearly defeats Star Wars just by its incredible achievement.

Over the span of four decades, Star Wars has provided us 11 movies and only maybe four of them can be considered by all to be great films.

Meanwhile, the MCU has provided 25 films in thirteen years and there are at least ten movies in the franchise that are favored warmly by the fandom.

However, even though the MCU is a far more cohesive story there’s nothing quite like Star Wars.

The level of iconicism that is Star Wars is staggering. It literally changed the world, permeating our very souls with its brilliance and inspiring generations of fans. Would the MCU even exist if there was no Star Wars? I don’t think so.

And personally, as much as I cherish the MCU and every moment of joy it has given me, it will still never match the level of euphoric exhilaration that Star Wars can give me.

Take this story for example.

I remember the indescribable feeling I had when The Force Awakens was coming out. I remember my father, the day before its premiere, taking us to our local movie theater early in the morning. It was a chilly grey morning and as we walked up to the theater doors and peeked inside I remember seeing this poster.

The feeling of unexplainable awe that washed over me in that moment is something I will never forget.

I also remember the day that I saw The Force Awakens teaser for the first time. My family and I had gone to Washington D.C. to see family for Thanksgiving and as we sat in our hotel room on the beautiful morning of Thanksgiving Eve, the teaser dropped.

My family and I piled onto the same bed and watched the teaser on our laptop and yes, my mind was blown. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. We watched it over and over again utterly astounded that yes, Star Wars was back.

It’s those little personal moments like that that makes Star Wars a franchise unlike any other. And even though the MCU will continue to grow and amaze us all on a yearly basis I assure you, my heart will skip a beat when The Book of Boba Fett trailer eventually drops.

There’s not a single upcoming MCU trailer that can get me that excited. Well, my heart might skip a beat when the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer drops in January. (Had to slip in that trailer prediction.) 😁

So yes, Star Wars still reigns supreme, no matter how much I complain.

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

Is Marvel Better than ‘Star Wars’: Part 2?

A couple of days ago I wrote the first part of this 3-part series where I look deep within and determine which mega-franchise I love better, Marvel or Star Wars.

General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

In Part 1, I detailed the critic and audience reaction to each Star Wars film as well as my personal preference for each movie and the emotional rollercoaster that has been Star Wars for most of my life. As a Star Wars fan, it’s unfortunate to say that I’ve experienced more pain and depressing heartache with this franchise than unbridled joy and yet it is those bright spots–the lightsaber duels, the profound lessons that have actually helped me in my real life, the heroes and villains, and that incredible music–that keeps me invested in these stories.

Just look at my journey while watching The Bad Batch. Each week was a detailed account of my growing anger/disappointment with the series until by the end, I had given up caring about writing a weekly review for the show. And yet! I watched the whole thing. All sixteen episodes.

So yes, Star Wars may drive me batty sometimes but I am one of the most loyal fans that there is.

Now, Marvel Studios’ journey has been an entirely different ride altogether. It’s only been in the game for thirteen years but it has dominated a little over half of my life. I literally came of age with this franchise and these stories. My relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a whole other level and I’m about to share my feelings of this franchise in great detail.

(This is a longread.)

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Is Marvel Better than ‘Star Wars’?: Part 1

This is a question that has been plaguing me since Infinity War. It’s a question that I thought I would never ask myself but after years and years and years of consistently good-to-great content from the MCU it was a question I had to start honestly asking myself. But it’s a question I never answered…until now.

(This is a longread.)

Think about it. Star Wars has been wholly consistent over the past four decades. In 1977, George Lucas created an instant global phenomenon out of a film that mashed the qualities of a great fairy tale (a young boy goes on a life-changing adventure with a wizard, saves a princess, and becomes a hero) with the imagination of a sci-fi fantasy epic unlike anything else that had been created before.

Like Tolkien, he created a world with languages and creatures and characters that were as defined as historical figures, worlds, and animals in the real world. It was incredible, it was hypnotizing, game-changing, and it spawned a franchise that literally has millions of fans across the globe, me included.

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It’s TIme To Update My Ranking of the Marvel Villains

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my Marvel villains roster but a lot has come out since then and after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings I felt it was the perfect time to revisit this list. (Btw, I will be including some What If…? villains into this story as well because there are a couple that really stood out to me.) Okay, here we go.

30. Malekith

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Malekith is still the worst MCU villain; the Dark Elf jibberish he speaks is ridiculous, and the entire design of the character is just not cool.

29. Karli Morgenthau

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I wanted to like this character and while the writers tried to paint Karli in an empathetic light she and her scrappy band of Flag Smashers ultimately became some of my least favorite villains.

She brought nothing to this show and when she died I felt nothing.

28. Director Hayward

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I think Director Hayward is undoubtedly the fandom’s most-hated villain and it’s easy to understand why. He is just so unbelievably dislikable and after seeing him manipulate the story about Wanda I disliked him even more!

27. Ghost

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Part of the reason why I don’t watch Ant-Man and the Wasp anymore is because I don’t like Ghost. But when she does return in the future I’ll be happy to see her.

26. Ivan Vanko/Whiplash

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“I want my bird” is the only thing that makes this character half-memorable.

25. Ronan the Accuser

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While Guardians of the Galaxy will always be one of my favorite Marvel films Ronan is just…corny. And he’s even worse in Captain Marvel.

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Where Does ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Rank in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I’m fresh off of a three-week Marvel marathon and I’ve seen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings so it’s time to do a major revamp on this MCU ranking list. Some movies and series will stay where they are in the list but I have definitely garnered new feelings for several of this franchise’s installments. So, with no further delay, let’s see where Shang-Chi ends up.

28. The Incredible Hulk

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It’s still at the bottom of the list and most likely, always will. But at least we will be getting Abomination’s return in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and She-Hulk, meaning this ugly duckling of the franchise is finally starting to become a bit more relevant again.

27. Thor

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I’ve acquired a slight fondness for this movie since the last time I watched it. It’s got one of the most emotional and best acted scenes in the MCU between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins and it’s funnier than expected too. But…and that’s a very large but, it just isn’t that great. It never has been.

26. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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I know some people love this movie but I’m not one of them. It’s a visually impressive film and Ego is a decent villain but this movie just doesn’t strike me as fun, funny, or fantastic.

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Is The Latest Episode of ‘What If…’? Hinting Towards Scarlet Witch’s Future?

If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.

What If... hits new heights with Doctor Strange episode

This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.

WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.

Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”

Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.

Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”

SPOILERS AHEAD for WHAT IF…?

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