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.
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.
Well, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is going to be in theaters a little less than two weeks from now and that means it’s time to do another Marvel marathon. That means I’ve got to get through twenty four movies in that time. It’s a bit daunting (especially that I’ve seen some of the Marvel films recently) but this is a personal task that’s always fun to perform before a new Marvel movie.
After starting the marathon on Wednesday I’ve just gotten through the franchise’s first phase and it was quite an interesting journey.
I don’t watch the first Iron Man film often so watching this movie was kind of fantastic. Yes, Terence Howard is still a terrible War Machine but that’s really the only con of the movie. The film is a perfect origin story for the character, the relationship between Tony and Pepper is super cute, and the nods to his journey’s end in Endgame definitely made me a bit wistful.
It was even exciting to see how much the Ten Rings organization factored into the film, especially before Shang-Chi.
All in all, I rekindled my appreciation for this film and I will definitely be raising it in my next Marvel movie ranking.
Endgame; it’s the film that ended three phases and eleven years of incredible storytelling. It’s the movie that made a billion dollars in its opening weekend and became the highest-grossing film of all time. But most importantly, it’s the movie that after over two dozen viewings still leaves me wiping my face free of tears because it is that emotionally impactful.
Last night I was feeling a little hungry for some wholesome Marvel content so I went straight to the good stuff; the last hours of Infinity War and Endgame.
Infinity War delivers a rush of emotions too but they are different emotions. Infinity War inspires immense joy and awe as The Avengers face Thanos’ army and Thanos on two fronts. Ultimately, The Avengers lose and as the movie comes to close one can only feel a sense of appreciative hollowness watching Thanos smile at the sunset after having killed trillions of people in the blink of an eye.
Loki has changed the scope of the MCU forever with a chance for Marvel Studios to take this story in any way it wants thanks to the multiverse being created. With the arrival of the multiverse it seems like anything is possible.
Have you ever wanted to know what Emily Blunt would’ve been like as Black Widow? Or John Krasinski as Captain America? The multiverse could make it happen.
Do you want to see Chris Evans return as Captain America? There’s been rumors that he’s eyeing a return to the MCU and I’m pretty sure after what’s happened with Loki that’s going to happen. Hugh Jackman may have even teased a reprisal of his iconic role as Wolverine in the MCU via his Instagram page a couple of weeks ago.
Or do you want Deadpool to meet The Avengers? We’re in the multiverse now. Anything could happen.
So yes, the Multiverse is open and that means Kevin Feige can run wild with his imagination but there are some things that need to remain permanent and one such instance is Iron Man’s death.
We’re down to the top twenty characters. This is where the fun begins. 😁
Peter Quill is one of those characters that isn’t exactly a bona fide hero-type but being the lovable scoundrel that he is, you can’t help but like him. He’s hilarious but he can be brave and loyal to his team in a very profound way thanks to his ultimately tragic backstory of losing his mother.
I’m intrigued to see where his story will go from here now that he’s lost the woman he loves. Is he still on a mission to find her or has he given up? I’m sure all of these questions will be answered in Guardians of the Galaxy.
19. Falcon/Captain America
When Sam Wilson debuted as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier I was already a fan of the character but of course, it’s his turn as an Avenger that made him even more interesting. From there on out, he never played a major role in the MCU but he would, eventually, be passed the mantle of Captain America.
What then transpired was a long study of Sam repelling this responsibility being passed to him and then eventually obliging and taking on the mantle once it became clear he was the only man fit for the job. Now he’s Captain America and I can’t wait to see where his story goes from here.