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How Women Have Evolved in Marvel: Part 1

Marvel has made twenty-two movies in the last eleven years and through this fascinating journey that Marvel has taken us on we have seen an evolution of the franchise right before our very eyes. Take The Avengers for example. In its heyday, it was the talk of the town, the groundbreaking movie that broke creative barriers that people didn’t know could be achieved as it proved that a superhero film could be successful with multiple heroes. It broke records and set a precedent for the Marvel movies that would come afterward. Now it’s just an old example of the first steps Marvel was taking to create this fantastic journey that has led up to the events of today’s current Marvel films. But as great as The Avengers was it’s always a little jarring seeing how much it lacked diversity compared to how the franchise looks now.

The only major women in The Avengers was Black Widow and Agent Hill and the only person of color to participate in the film was Nick Fury. Marvel, at that time, was still heavily centered around white male characters and in the last few years that dynamic has changed a lot, making the franchise that much more enjoyable. So, through the course of the next two days, I’m going to look at how the roles of women have evolved throughout the years to what the MCU is now. Enjoy!

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In the MCU’s first installment, Iron Man, the one major female presence was Pepper Potts whose character was the typical hot assistant that the rich guy, in this case, Tony Stark, couldn’t keep his eyes off of. She was merely a part of the movie’s story as Tony’s imminent love interest and soon to be damsel-in-distress.

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Where Do I Rank ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in the MCU?

Avengers: Endgame was a great film, no doubt about that. In fact, it’s easily one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. But where does it fall in the MCU? Is it my favorite of all time or has another Marvel film not been able to be surpassed? That’s what I’m here to share with you all. Enjoy!

1. Avengers: Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War is, in my opinion, utter perfection. Infinity War, so far, is the Empire Strikes Back of the MCU, meaning it can’t be easily topped. The storytelling is phenomenal, the action scenes are stellar, the romance is actually necessary, and the ending of this movie is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Infinity War surprised me in ways that I couldn’t have seen coming whereas Endgame turned out just as I expected. And that’s why Infinity War is still my favorite Marvel movie of all time.

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Wow, Iron Man Is Dead

Iron Man, the superhero that started this incredible journey, has finally found his demise after eleven years. Yes, I said it. He’s dead. I always knew this day was coming. I mean, Tony Stark has escaped death by a thread since his very first movie. In fact, that’s how he became Iron Man. By barely surviving being captured by terrorists and having something put in his chest, the reactor, he created the first prototype of the Iron Man suit. That was his beginning as the superhero that we all know and love.

For years, his demise has been imminent and yet when it finally happened in Endgame I couldn’t stop the flow of tears both times I watched the movie. Iron Man has been a part of my life for over half of my lifetime. As a child, I would stare at the screen in awe as Iron Man flew across the screen defeating bad guys and saving the day. Now, as an adult, watching him make the ultimate sacrifice to save the galaxy is just…a beautiful conclusion to his story. And yet, it dawned on me of the morning I went to watch Avengers: Endgame that this was truly his last hurrah. That he was officially gone. It’s an amazing realization because this doesn’t happen often. Superheroes don’t die. Think about it.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ After a Second Viewing

So, I just came back from a second viewing of Avengers: Endgame and I have many thoughts. First off, I would like to say it was just as good as the first time I watched it, only this time I knew everything that was going to happen so there weren’t any of the surprise factors. It was actually funnier than the first time I watched the film, which I was very glad to see. One of the reasons why I love Infinity War so much is because it’s a perfect amount of humor, action, emotion, and powerful storytelling at the same time and Endgame manages to do the same.

The only con of watching the film a second time is the movie’s runtime. Avengers: Endgame is the MCU’s longest film at a whopping 3 hours and 2 minutes! The first time I watched the movie those three hours flew by like I was jumping into hyperspace. Today the minutes drug along like a snail.

But one thing I did just like the first time watching the film was cry like a baby. Oh my goodness, once again I could not stop the flow of tears. When this film gets emotional it gets emotional. Wow.

All in all, Avengers: Endgame, like Infinity War, is an amazing movie that is a perfect conclusion to the Infinity Saga. Over the next week, I’ll delve into more of the spoilers of the film but for now, I’ll leave it at this.

After seeing Endgame twice I can say this movie sits at a solid A. It’s not perfect but it is a very good, solid film with plenty of enjoyable moments. If you still haven’t seen it yet I highly advise you to check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

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