What If…? continues to surprise me on a weekly basis and this latest episode really took me for a spin.
It focuses on Killmonger and honestly, I thought this series would turn him into a hero. It didn’t. In fact, it solidified Killmonger’s stance as a villain…and I LOVED IT!
This episode surprised me at every turn and wow, was it entertaining. When it concluded I was like, “Wait, what?!”
As I always say, if you haven’t watched this series because you think it isn’t necessary or worth the time trust me, it’s just as good as everything Marvel Studios has been giving us over the years. In fact, it’s actually kind of brilliant.
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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?
And the winner is…
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.
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Well, the trailer for Hawkeye just dropped and Marvel Studios has gone full-throttle with the holiday season vibe for this series. Check it out.
This trailer was just…awesome. Like any great trailer, it gave us enough story to understand what’s going on but not enough information to ruin all of the fun surprises this series will undoubtedly deliver.
First off, I already thought that casting Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop would be perfect casting and this trailer just reiterated that fact. I just know she’s going to be hilarious and such a bad*** all at once.
Secondly, this show is going to have some of the best action in the MCU. Mark my words.
Third, I love the music and the Christmas theme. It really feels like we’re getting an end-of-the-year present and I am here for all of it.
Four, I loved this trailer. It was fun, funny, and yeah, quite a bit entertaining. I can’t wait to see this story and how it connects with the wider MCU.
All in all, I’m excited for yet another fantastic Marvel Studios live-action series.
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Is Marvel fatigue a worry for Kevin Feige? Apparently not with Marvel Studios announcing yesterday four unknown movies that will release in 2024 with these dates: February 16th, May 3rd, July 26th, and November 8th.
While these films are unannounced I have already taken the liberty to fill in the blanks for the potential last two unannounced movies of 2023 and the four films in 2024.
In 2019, Marvel Studios announced that Blade was coming to the MCU with two-time Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali set to star in the film as the title character. Suffice it to say, I’m very excited to see him as this character and I think it’s absolutely perfect casting once again.
Now Blade also a writer and director signed onto the film; a Black female writer named Stacy Osei-Kuffour (she will become Marvel Studios’ first Black female writer.) Turns out she’s already had some comic book adaptation experience considering that she was one of the writers who brought the critically-acclaimed Watchmen to life on HBO Max.
And now, even though it hasn’t been entirely confirmed, indie director Bassam Tariq is reportedly set to direct the film.
It’s only a matter of time before we start learning more about this film and I have a feeling we will be seeing this movie in 2023.
Well, I watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings again today and honestly, I can definitively say this is the best MCU origin story by a mile and one of the top ten MCU films.
Like I said in my last post, Shang-Chi isn’t a perfect movie. In the humor department some of the jokes feel a bit cheesy or poorly placed in between the awesome action scenes but that’s the only element of the film that takes some points away from the film. The rest of the movie is absolutely fantastic!
Considering that the movie has been out for a week I’m going to head into spoiler territory so I implore you to STOP READING NOWif you haven’t seen it already. Okay, here goes my review.
Marvel Studios just won’t stop giving us fantastic content and the latest episode of What If…? was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time. Last week’s episode is still my personal favorite but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the episode.
I loved that it kept subverting my expectations all the way to the very end while managing to inject enough humor into the story to keep it from being too traumatizing.
Honestly, I’m so glad we’re getting a second season because this show has been fantastic week after week.
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