EDITORIAL: Batmaniac's Thoughts On Phase 2 So Far
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3 movies down, 2 to go, and with that being said, I want to share my thoughts on Phase 2 so far. In the last couple of days, I've watched Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so fresh on memory, I'm going to discuss what I like and dislike about Phase 2 so far, and what I'm looking forward to seeing from the rest of Phase 2.
Warning! This article contains spoilers!
Phase 2 to kicked off with the highly successful billion dollar blockbuster Iron Man 3, that, unfortunately, met some criticisms, but for what it's worth, I liked Iron Man 3. Do I think it's one of the all time greats? No, but it's enjoyable for what it is.
I'll admit, I was disappointed by the movie at first, but after a few rewatches, and a certain little One Shot, I've come to appreciate Iron Man 3. As always, Robert Downey Jr. is a pleasure to watch as Tony Stark/Iron Man, there's a strong emphasis on the man making the suit as opposed to the suit making the man.
Iron Man 3 is well written and visually exciting, and the first half of the movie is brilliant, but it starts to go down hill after the reveal of who's really the brains behind the 'The Mandarin'. In my opinion, Aldrich Killian wasn't a very good villain, or enjoyable to watch, so I'd say it's definitely the movies weakest point.
While I don't think it's the best addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it certainly has had an impact on the MCU, with the Extremis making it's way to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and I personally hope we get to see more of A.I.M, preferably in some form of bee suits next time around.
All in all, I'd score Iron Man 3 a 7/10. It's not Iron Man's best adventure, but it's his most personal so far, and as always, it's just fun to get more time with Downey's Tony Stark, however, a weak primary antagonist and an over abundance of humour held this movie back.
Following Iron Man was Thor: The Dark World, which I happened to really enjoy, however, I was left wanting more. The Dark World is a good sequel to Thor, and while I don't think it outdoes it's predecessor, it's still a really good movie.
The Thor & Loki relationship is great, as always, and was the highlight of the movie. I loved the Dark Elves and Malektih, but I don't think we got to spend enough time with them. Nevertheless, the time spent with them was enjoyable.
There were some revelations revealed in The Dark World about the Cosmic Cube and the Aether being Infinity Stones, which naturally excites me as a fan, because I know where this is heading. The question is, have we seen any others, and how much is the Mad Titan aware off? The movie also ended in an exciting cliffhanger. What has Loki done with Odin?!
All in all, I enjoyed Thor: The Dark World for the most part, and while I don't think the movie is as good as it could of been, I still think it was great in its own right. I'd score Thor: The Dark World a 8/10.
Warning, spoiler territory!
This movie is incredible. It's Marvel's best so far! It's an exhilarating action packed roller coaster ride of epicness! However, all praise aside, it's also the biggest game changer in the MCU thus far.
Warning, spoiler territory! If you don't want to be spoiled, stop reading now!
Okay, so things really was shaken up in The Winter Soldier. Technically, at this point, S.H.I.E.L.D is no more, thanks to Cap and friends taking down the compromised intelligence organisation that was infiltrated by Hydra since its beginnings.
Now, I know there were hints, but nothing beats watching it all play out. Hydra has been essentially operating for years, disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D, and even though S.H.I.E.L.D is no more, Hydra, from the looks of things, is still at large.
It would seem as though Coulson and the team will be out of jobs, as well as Hawkeye and Black Widow. I guess this really opens the doors to Hawkeye and Black Widow becoming more like superheroes.
I'm excited to see where the MCU goes after the events that transpired in The Winter Soldier, as it's bound to effect the MCU in a drastic way. As for the movie itself, it's brilliant. I done a short review a couple of hours after the midnight screening, so of you're interested in hearing more about the movie, check that out!
All in all, I thought The Winter Soldier was amazing, and one of the best comic book movies & action movies I've ever seen. I'd score The Winter Soldier, what I consider to be Marvel's best thus far, a whopping 10/10!
Up next from Marvel Studios is Guardians of the Galaxy. We haven't seen much from this movie, so there isn't a lot to go by other than the footage we've seen in the trailer, and the limited details we know about the movie.
I think what we have seen so far looks fantastic. The movie looks so different and unique, and it looks like it's going to be a ton of fun. I'm eager to see what effects Guardians of the Galaxy will have on the MCU, as it's out first Marvel Cosmic movie, ever! I'm assuming we will get a look at another Infinity Stone in the movie, as well maybe a look at the Mad Titan himself!
I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie, but what are you're thoughts? Are you excited for Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you reckon it's going to have a big effect on the MCU? Share you're thoughts below.
Age of Ultron, the sequel to the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time. I have to say, I'm looking forward to this movie, and I personally wasn't blown away by The Avengers, like most, but so far, this movie seems extremely promising.
The mid credit scene with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch that Whedon filmed for The Winter Soldier was the best yet. Von Strucker, another head of Hydra, has Loki's scepter, and the twins held captive. It worked well with The Winter Soldier, due to the events that took place. Hydra are still at large, and I'm eager to see what the villainous organisation has up their sleeve next! Von Strucker, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch look awesome, by the way, and of course, The Vision will also be featured in the movie, so hopefully Whedon knocks it out the park and delivers the sequel we are all waiting for, because I can't wait!
The question is, who will create Ultron?
I could go on, but I'd be here all day typing if I went over everything that comes to mind, so feel free to carry on the discussion in the comments below and share your thoughts on Phase 2 thus far, and what's still to come.
Thanks for reading.
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