Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 12 – Ant Man

Originally, Marvel Studios seem to indicate that Ant Man would kickstart the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but at some point they changed gears slightly and instead relegated it to the conclusion of Phase Two.  It’s kind of weird because the Phases generally tend to build towards some massive conclusion, and Age of […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 11 – Avengers (Age of Ultron)

It’s deja vu all over again.  Just like the original Avengers was the dramatic culmination of every Marvel Studios film that had come before, so did Age of Ultron build upon each individual film throughout Phase Two, wrapping up the second phase with an especially big bang (with the exception of the epilogue-like Ant Man […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 10 – Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy really isn’t my kind of film.  While I love elements of science fiction, the full-blown different universes, strange alien races thing really doesn’t appeal to me.  Star Wars is an exception of course, but beyond that I’m not drawn to many of those films, and had this not been a Marvel […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 09 – Captain America (Winter Soldier)

Somewhere along the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe shifted, and it’s tough to figure out exactly where it happened.  When things got kicked off at the beginning, there was little doubt that Iron Man was the catalyst of the Avengers and the lynch pin of the MCU at large.  By the time Winter Soldier hit, […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 08 – Thor (The Dark World)

Thor (The Dark World) has the dubious distinction of being the only film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that I didn’t see in theaters.  Granted, I did buy it on Blu-Ray the day it came out and watched it within the couple of days afterwards, but for whatever reason I never found the time to […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 7.5 – All Hail the King

If there was one central theme to the complaining about Iron Man 3, it would be that his most nefarious villain, The Mandarin, was more or less reduced to a joke in the form of Trevor Slattery, an out of work actor who was a caricature and little more in the third Iron Man film. […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 07 – Iron Man 3

I often find myself in somewhat heated conversations with fellow geek friends who enthusiastically sing the praises of Iron Man 3.  I clearly remembered when I first saw it in the theater, I really didn’t like it much, so I was looking forward to diving back into it for this recap so I could finally […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 6.5 – Item 47 and Agent Carter

As the dust from The Avengers settles, I went back and took a look at two more Marvel One Shots, small films that were released with the Avengers and Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray movies.  I’m looking at Agent Carter here, because from a continuity perspective, it seems to match up closer with post Avengers than […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 06 – The Avengers

This is where it all came together for the first time.  Quite possibly one of the most landmark events in super hero cinematic history, the first Avengers film was proof positive that Marvel Studios could actually make this thing work. I’m pretty sure I was in full denial of this fact up until I was […]

Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 05 – Captain America (The First Avenger)

Captain America and Daredevil often ran neck and neck throughout my childhood for the race to be my favorite comic book superhero.  At one point in my collecting youth I had every issue of silver age Captain America from #100 on up (it was in its mid 300’s at the time) and the Gruenwald/Dwyer era […]