For some time now, there’s been something that’s been niggling at the back of my mind. A thought that’s been growing in its weight and urgency by the four month period. As my growing collection of Blu-Ray’s stares, disappointingly at me, I feel the need to go back and work my way through them again, right from the beginning.
The problem is; the longer I wait, the more daunting of a task this becomes. As the sheer number of super hero movies movies goes up and up, my desire to consume all of it seems to drop. At this point, the prime MCU movies are the only ones I’m still seeing.
With Endgame coming up; a movie that feels like a conclusion to story lines that have been building since the very first entry in the 20+ movie franchise, I finally feel compelled to start this series that’s been bubbling away in my brain for some time now. Not just that though, as the rate at which these movies come out, I realise that there are an increasing number of them I haven’t seen again since my initial viewing.
As I fight against the constant threat of utterly burning out of Superhero stuff, I will endeavour to remind myself of why I found myself so invested in these movies in the first place. However, I don’t simply intend to just go over these movies each week, hence the why I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
So, to the idea. Rather than go back and simply review the movies wholesale, one by one as I watch them, my thought was to work through each one and pluck a single talking point about them to delve into. Which is essentially my approach to reviewing things on my blog anyway.
Some will dive into how the movie changed or effected the other movies in the franchise, some will be about cinema in general and others might be about the fans. Honestly, I haven’t thought too much about what I’m going to delve into beyond the first entry, which I’ve already written. I might simply turn it into a character study. Oh the excitement of anticipation.
I’ll come back to this post and link entries as I post them, trying to keep navigation as simple as possible for the ever increasing list of ideas I have regarding these movies:
#1: Iron Man and the blueprint for the coming franchise
#2: Salvaging The Incredible Hulk
#3: Iron Man 2 and First Irrelevant Villain
#4: Was Thor a Mistake in Hindsight?
#5: Captain America: The First Avenger is a Fantastic answer to the Superman Problem
#6: Why The Avengers feels a lot safer today
#7: Iron Man 3 is a forgotten movie with a darker tone
#8: Thor: The Dark World is secretly a great Loki Vehicle
#9: Captain America: The Winter Solider and putting golden age morals into the modern era
#10: Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s most Human Story
#11: How Age of Ultron’s false promise created undeserved backlash
#12: Ant-Man is one of the best character movies to come out of the MCU
#13: Captain America: Civil War still might be the best movie in the franchise
#14: How Doctor Strange expands the lore to create longevity
#15: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels like the most unnecessary MCU movie
#16: Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best realisation of the character on screen
#17: How Thor: Ragnarok revitalised the series
#18: Black Panther is the least interesting part of his own movie
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