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The 2018 Superhero Watch: Reflections on the Marvel Cinematic Universe


  • The 2018 Superhero Watch: Reflections on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    Avengers: Infinity War. Since this is the tenth anniversary of the MCU, I thought a good place to begin my reflections on my Superheroic Cinematic Odyssey would be here, with the biggest franchise in the world.

    Guardians of the Galaxy,

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ID:	607The question, then, is what has made the MCU work so well? There are several reasons, of course, but I think it has to start with casting, and with the casting of the first Iron Man Iron Man

    It was maybe even a bigger shock when lightning struck again in the form of Chris Evans. A lot of people were skeptical that the guy who had played the Human Torch just a few years prior would be an effective Captain America. But look at him now. The poise, the posture, the persona is leadership

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ID:	608Although a lot of the casting in the MCU is spot-on, these two stand out to me as being two of the top five superhero performers of all time. (The other three, for the record, are Christopher Reeve as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.)

    could have been left completely unrelated, but linking them together almost immediately. As a result, the entire first Avengers not have the rights to Spidey or the X-Men when they started. If they had, they would have started there, and it seems highly unlikely that things like Guardians of the Galaxy would have ever been made.

    This is not to say the MCU has been flawless. As many have pointed out, they have a villain problem. Far too many of their villains have been bland, unmemorable, and had cookie-cutter motivations for their misdeeds. Even Black PantherIron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Ant-Man. Captain America: Civil War was a great movie not because it had a great villain, but because the conflict between the two heroes was so compelling.

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ID:	609Thor: Ragnarokand Infinity War.Spider-Man: Homecomingchange

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ID:	610more Iron Man 3. Avengers Infinity War. At the time, I ranked Iron Man 3 as my least-favorite Marvel film, but I like it a lot more now, moving it ahead of even Iron Man 2. (My least-favorite MCU film now, after the rewatch, is Thor: The Dark World, for those of you keeping score.)

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    Infinity WarAnt-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4. and, if you're feeling generous, check out his books on Amazon.

    • Blake M. Petit
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      Gough and Simmons are both great in their roles. If I were to start expounding on supporting characters, I'll have to throw in Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gary Oldman as Comissioner Gordon as being other perfect choices.

    • Craig Reade
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      Kidder absolutely yes. Oldman is nothing like I would have pictured Gordon, but he's such a brilliant actor, he still pulled it off.

    • Blake M. Petit
      Blake M. Petit commented
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      I'll certainly be writing about the Superman and Batman movies in their own reflections later on, but now you've got me thinking about a piece specifically about the supporting players...
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