This weekend, in anticipation of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, I returned to a favorite tradition of mine – marathoning old movies before I see the new one! The size of the Marvel Cinematic Universe means the last time I watched every movie was my marathon for Avengers: Endgame. Now, saner (and healthier!) parts have prevailed. Instead of ruining my life by trying to watch the twenty-eight different films and nineteen different TV series with thirty-six seasons between them that make up the MCU (at the time of this writing), I’ve just chosen to watch Doctor Strange (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), WandaVision (2021), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Rewatching Doctor Strange a question struck me: whatever happened to Dr. Christine Palmer?
Season One of Loki has come to a close and I have lots of feelings. My relationship with Loki has been complicated from “go.” The first episode left me with more concerns than intrigue, wondering about the direction they were taking the MCU’s overarching narrative. The second episode setup so much! It got me excited! Maybe I was wrong! Episode three was disconcerting as it was just filler. Then comes four-five-six and I’ve been all over the board with how this show has made me feel. Now, with the dust only beginning to settle, I wanted to explore my at-times-surprisingly visceral reaction to the end of Loki Season One. MASSIVE SPOILERS for the Loki finale will follow. A mass of FEELINGS will follow as well. So tread carefully, based your comfort level with exposure to SPOILERS and my raging feels ;D.
This is the third installment in my li’l series where I try to figure out where the Marvel Cinematic Universe should go after Thanos. As I know Kevin Feige and co. are regular readers of the blog, I like to help them out when I can. What can I say? I’m a giver. For ten years all the narratives across the MCU slowly converged, bringing all our heroes together to battle Thanos on his quest for the Infinity Stones. While Covid has delayed the beginning of the MCU’s Phase Four, we’ve still got a new overarching story about to unfold. So what has the gravitas to follow the MCU’s epic, medium-defining Infinity Saga? My first two ideas were character-centric, considering which villain could be intimidating and powerful enough to follow the Mad Titan. This time I’m focusing more on tonal issues. What type of story would be a worthy successor to the Infinity Saga? Turns out the best way to follow Thanos is with a Marvel Cinematic Universe rendition of the WAR OF THE REALMS. Huzzah!
The first eleven years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe held twenty-two films all leading up the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy’s battle with Thanos and his Black Order, as the fate of creation hung in the balance. It was a story built with patience and care and the conclusion in Avengers: Endgame, while not without faults, was brilliantly crafted. But the MCU didn’t end there. No, Phase Four is rolling and one of many questions to consider is…which villain comes next? Who can possibly follow Thanos?? My guess? Onslaught. BOOM. Continue reading
All the creatives and stars of Avengers: Endgame joined in a massive social media campaign asking everyone to be decent human beings and #DontSpoilTheEndgame…for two weeks until Marvel Studios used MASSIVE spoilers for Endgame in their trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It was clear they were seeking to use all the emotions flowing in the wake of Endgame to motivate advanced ticket sales for Far From Home. Marvel Studios was very direct about how Spider-Man: Far From Home served as the epilogue to Avengers: Endgame. I enjoyed the film but was – and remain – frustrated by a plot point with seriously troubling implications.
Note, this has spoilers for both Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (obvs.). Continue reading
Whenever anyone asked me what I thought of Avengers: Endgame my answer was generally some form of, “I loved it! While I thought there were a few serious problems, by and large I thought it was a damn near perfect movie, delivering just about everything I could have wanted from it.” One of the things that bothered me was Marvel’s sidelining several of their prominent female characters (again). Now, I grant we had that kickass scene on the battlefield in the final showdown with Thanos. And I grant Nebula’s story arc was brilliant (but that’s the story for another post). However, the way they left some of their major players off the board – most notably Okoye and Carol Danvers – bothered me. Here I want to consider why Captain Marvel should have had a far larger role in Endgame and wade through one of the most commonly cited (and paper thin) arguments about why she’s such a “difficult” character to handle. Continue reading
I wasn’t planning on writing tonight. But two things changed my mind. First, this was my first day back to work after Thanksgiving break and that means my body still isn’t back to its “work sleep schedule.” Last night I tried to go to bed early which translated into me laying in bed staring at the ceiling wishing I could fall asleep for like two hours. Second, and faaaaaaaar more influential here, WE GOT OUR FIRST TEASER TRAILER FOR BLACK WIDOW TODAY!!!!!!! That’s right, after eleven looooong years of Marvel cinematic magic, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is finally, finally, finally, FINALLY getting her own solo movie AND WE GOT OUT FIRST LOOK AT IT TODAY!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! So yeah, if I’m not going to bed on time anyway, I might as well talk about how excited I am for this. Continue reading
The other day I stumbled upon this article on ComicBook.com about how Kevin Feige has said the upcoming MCU shows on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ will fit in with the movies. As I read it, I found this li’l post developing in my head. Sometimes I like/need to just react to something as soon as I hear it. That’s how this sporadic “…..really??” series works. Sometimes my fears/feelings end up being validated (like how “Marvel Legacy” was a boring reset) and sometimes I couldn’t be more wrong (like when I decried the “Hydra Cap” reveal). But this time it’s Feige and the next phase of stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe I want to talk about. Continue reading
The first generation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – now officially “The Infinity Saga” – has come to a close with Avengers: Endgame. While I’m only beginning to process all the film had to offer, I still can’t help imagining what will come next. More Black Panther! More Captain Marvel! More Dr. Strange! Plus we know there are movies in the works for new characters like the Eternals and Shang-Chi. But, as the name “Infinity Saga” implies, it’s not all about the heroes. The name points towards the reality that the past eleven years and twenty-two films all led to our heroes’ iconic encounter with the Mad Titan Thanos, in an attempt to stop his destruction of half of all life with the Infinity Stones. So, thinking of the future of the MCU naturally begs the question…what villain comes next? Who can possibly follow Thanos?? My (first) guess? Annihilus – the Living Death that Walks. BOOM. Continue reading
Okay so obviously I know the Captain Marvel trailer(s) came out before the one for Avengers: Endgame. And, in the wake of my feelings on Avengers: Infinity War, I’ve been pretty open about being more excited for Captain Marvel than Avengers 4. So you may be wondering why, pray tell, didn’t I write about this trailer when it came out? Well, when I watched it I had a feeling and this feeling informed what I wanted to write. However, to write what I wanted to write, I needed to see if my hunch played out and for that I needed to see the Avengers 4 trailer. Now, having basked in the glory and excitement of both the Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame trailers, I’m ready to talk about our first look(s) at Carol Danvers cinematic debut! Continue reading