With the pandemic still causing chaos around the world, people are finding new ways to entertain themselves. For the last couple of weeks, I have decided to entertain myself my binging all the Marvel movies in order from 2008 to 2019. There are 3 phases and 23 movies in total – according to techradar.com.
These six movies drew me into the Marvel university so hard. The backstories and introductions of our four leading superheroes were terrific. My favorite heroes in the phase were Captain America and The Hulk. Thor and Iron Man were born into wealth, royalty, or both with privileges that allowed them never to have to hear the word “no” or accept the consequences for their wrongdoings. However, Thor was able to humble himself after being cast away by his father and spending time on Earth with Jane. Iron Man never humbled himself!! After almost being killed, he did realize that he wanted to stop creating weapons and focus on peace, but he even did that arrogantly by yelling it at a press conference and not considering the impact on his company. It was during Phase One that I realized that Iron Man was my least favorite of the heroes.
I loved the introduction of other heroes such as Black Widow (Nat), Warmachine (Rhodey), and Clint Barton. They are also fantastic, and I love that Nat and Clint don’t have any superpowers or special suit but are just amazing fighters that can still hold their own.
There six movies introduced many more characters, villains, and, most importantly, the infinity stones. All the leading heroes get another movie except Hulk, which I think is fucked up. I loved the introduction of the Falcon and his super-suit. After watching the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, I was confused as to why this movie was part of the Marvel movie world. This movie introduced us to these fun characters (Gamora, Groot, Rocket, and Quill) and the infinity stones, which is a significant trend in all the films. I also think Guardians is the most comedic of all the movies in phases one and two. We are introduced to Ant-Man as well.
Age of Ultron was my favorite movie in this phase. This movie is where I realized the strong dislike, on the verge of hatred, of Tony Stark. He is still unable to check his ego and arrogance, has no idea how to be part of a team, and thinks his way is always the best. He created Ultron, which caused all hell to break loose. They introduced Wanda and Pietro, the fantastic super twins. Pietro, who is super quick and Wanda who has the power of mind control and telepathy. Nat and Hulk start a romance, we see Barton’s family, and Jarvis forms into a physical being. All the makings of a great movie.
I FULLY HATE TONY STARK! This phase begins with Civil War, where our heroes divide on whether they should be under government control or be allowed to govern themselves. Iron Man and Captain America are on different sides. During the scene of deliberation on the ACCORDS, Tony does not feel the need to listen or consider the opposing side but feels he knows what is best for all the Avengers - another reason to HATE Tony. This movie introduces Black Panther and Spider-Man as well. This “new” Spider-Man really shocked me because I have seen the Spider-Man films with Tobey McGuire, and this new guy is entirely different from those films, but the new guy grew on me. Civil War ends with our heroes still on different sides, and ultimately the Avengers are split up.
In the next five movies, they introduce many more characters and our most crucial villain, Thanos. We learn about Doctor Strange and Black Panther, get into Spider-Man’s story along with his father/son relationship with Tony Stark, find out where Hulk has been, and get into Thor and Quill’s family drama. Basically, we prepare for one of the greatest battles that our great heroes face in Infinity War.
In Infinity War, ALL OUR HEROES COME TOGETHER. Every hero character from every movie we have watched before this movie comes together to fight the greatest villain of all, Thanos. They fight (some to the dead) to keep Thanos from getting all the infinity stone but (spoiler alert) they fail. Thanos wipes out 50% of the universe, and we lose some of our heroes as well.
Then years later, they fight Thanos again, but this time with Captain Marvel and The Wasp in Endgame. They win, and our heroes return. Endgame was a great movie, but it left me with a lot of questions.
The Marvel bug has bitten me. I am in love with these movies. I am super excited about the upcoming Marvel movies that I will come out in the future. Like I was saying on my Instagram stories, I have much more love for Stan Lee and Marvel Studios than ever before. Rest in Peace to Stan.
Speaking of Instagram stories, go check out my Instagram page @simply_shasha_ to check out the highlight stories reel of my reactions and commentary to the marvel movies.
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