MCU Rewatch – Thor: The Dark World is secretly a great Loki vehicle

This is an entry in an ongoing series in which I go back and relive the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning. I’m doing this after realising I have only seen most of these movies a single time since release. Click this link to go back and see the archive of the articles in the series so far.

I had been pretty critical of the first Thor when I rewatched it for this series. The dark fantasy aspects of the movie, while unique, stunk of a B-movie bomb just waiting to happen, it ended up getting dragged along with the wave of excitement for a honest to god Thor movie being made. Regardless of how it stands up to scrutiny years later. Despite the star studded cast and massive budget thrown at the movie. The early interpretation of Thor left a lot to be desired.

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Jessica Jones – The Big Farewell to Mature storytelling in the MCU

A sentiment I’ve many film buffs lamenting these past few years is the current trend of mainstream movie veering away from from tackling difficult or challenging subject matter. We live in a franchise driven industry right now, one where everything needs to have as broad an appeal as possible.

Disney is more guilty of this than anyone, culling their own Marvel Cinematic Universe for the sake of of having it slot into a much neater, and more easily marketable form. The cancelation of Netflix’s Marvel series being the first victim of this.

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MCU Rewatch: Iron Man 3 is a forgotten movie with a darker tone

This is part of an going series in which I go back and watch all of the Marvel movies again after realising I’ve only seen most of them once. The links to the entire series can be found here.

The movie after an Avengers always feels like a time to decompress. To sit back, take a breather and experience something a little less intense. Back in 2013, Marvel were still in the process of figuring this out. Instead of a fun little romp, we got an Iron Man movie that creeps into into a story having a darker tone and dealing with subject matter that the MCU doesn’t delve into all that often.

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