MCU Rewatch: Phase 2 Retrospective

Welcome to my MCU Rewatch, where I write an analysis of the MCU movies in the order of theatrical release. In this installment, I recap the major events of the movies known as Phase 2 and the things we should be keeping track of.

Ant-Man’s Shifts Priorities From World-Saving to Family

This is just one reason why Ant-Man differs from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Another is the low-stakes presented throughout the film. Sure, the Pym Particles falling into the hands of Hydra is something no one wants, but this movie is ultimately about two fathers wanting to do right by their daughters. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron Feels Out of Sync with the Rest of the MCU

You've probably heard it before and I'll say it again, the idea of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unprecedented feat of filmmaking that I can only assume requires a lot of organization, a lot of discussion of what is canon and what is not, and clearly defined goals for each and every movie that comes out of the Marvel/Disney machine. The directors for these films work closely with the producers to keep the movie in line with not just the Marvel overlords but also the characterizations of each superhero that appears on screen.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a Breath of Fresh Air (in Space!)

The real story to follow is that of the Infinity Stones. So far, we've encountered a grand total of three: the space stone (Captain America: The First Avenger), the mind stone (The Avengers), and the reality stone (Thor: The Dark World). Guardians of the Galaxy introduces the fourth stone, the power stone. And it does it by also introducing a team of bumbling outlaws trying (and only sometimes failing) to do the right thing. After more than ten movies about people on the right side of the law, we get to follow people on the other side.

The Marvel Dream Team Forms in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Welcome to my MCU Rewatch, where I write an analysis of the MCU movies in the order of theatrical release. In this installment, I talk about nothing in particular. This film is perfect and nothing about it should ever change.  Release Date: 4 April 2014 Distributor: Disney/Marvel Director: Anthony and Joe Russo This is the… Continue reading The Marvel Dream Team Forms in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Thor: The Dark World Doesn’t Realize the Real Strength of the Thor Movies

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movies belonging to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) seem to be the most culturally underrated. This is probably because no one seems to realize the strength of the Thor movies lies not in the fantasy genre from which it takes its cues, but the comedic elements littered throughout. Unfortunately, we don't see the Thor movies find their true calling as a comedy with fantasy elements until Thor: Ragnarok. Until then, we have Thor: The Dark World.  Off all the MCU movies to suffer from sequel syndrome, the worst cases are Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'll talk about Age of Ultron in a later essay. As for Thor: The Dark World, I have two major complaints in addition to my earlier statement that the Thor movies work better as comedies. Here they are in detail.