John Ross Bradford
Favorite MCU Movie: Iron Man
Iron Man is my favorite film for more reasons than I can count. Nothing in this movie feels forced - from the visible scale of emotion expressed by Robert Downey Jr., to the rage of Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane that you can almost feel, this movie pulls me in every single time that I watch it. Beyond that, though, watching Tony Stark physically build everything that he puts to use in the film has a certain appeal to me that other films do not. Iron Man is a story about a man who feels the need to step up and fix a problem that he has overlooked for so many years, and you can see so clearly throughout the film that nothing will stop him from doing just that. But most impressively, the first film in the Iron Man trilogy was also the very first building block for what is now the largest superhero franchise in history, yet it manages to tell a very human story that still rivals modern cinema.
Favorite MCU Character: Tony Stark
Of course, my favorite character is Tony Stark, plain and simple. Tony has it all, and I’m not just talking about material possessions. He’s got grit, but he’s also got compassion. He has a level of conviction that can only be rivaled (arguably) by Captain America himself. The most desirable trait in Tony is his will to do what’s right, and the means by which he does so. The blend of creativity and perseverance is nothing short of admirable.
Why I joined The Direct...
I joined The Direct because it’s the perfect meeting place between my two passions - sharing my thoughts through writing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love to make connections between Marvel Comics and the resulting Marvel films, and I hope to be a guide for those who like to look for the little clues and building blocks that Marvel Studios drops along their journey, and the potential they could hold for the studios’ future endeavors.
- Even though Schmidt's appearance being a result of the Tesseract would have been a cool form of foreshadowing for how the Space Stone would eventually zap the villain up into the cosmos, I like that Red Skull's appearance directly contributed to the main character's development instead. The Tesseract has already done enough in the MCU!
- I loved what Ryan Reynolds and the people at Fox were able to do with their limited budget for 2016's Deadpool, as well as how they carried on and delivered another quality film with the sequel in 2018. I will be thoroughly disappointed if Marvel Studios doesn't carry on with this franchise, as there is SO much untapped potential!
- I personally love the amount of passion that James Gunn pours into his work, especially with the Guardians characters. The fact that he was allowed to write all of the dialogue for the Guardians in a film like Avengers: Infinity War shows that Marvel Studios trusts him with these characters, and values the talent that he brings to the table.
- I was excited from the start when I saw Harley Keener in Iron Man 3 back in 2013. I was really hopeful to see a young, prodigy-type kid follow in Iron Man's footsteps. Although that role has largely gone to Peter Parker in the MCU, there is still plenty of room in the half-full Avengers squad for another young inventor. I really hope we see further development with this.
- Oh, man. I used to think that this film was so long overdue, but after hearing this info, it only increases my excitement, and reaffirms my belief that this movie will hit so many different points that Black Widow fans have been wanting to see from Marvel Studios. This project will be WORTH. THE. WAIT!
- I've been wanting to see MODOK in the MCU for a LONG time. As crazy weird as MODOK is as a concept, Marvel Comics include so many different interactions between him and other heroes, such as Hulk and Captain America. And his affiliation with A.I.M. could definitely help Marvel Studios create a unique narrative for his MCU debut, and we all know Marvel Studios is so good at doing just that.
- I'll never enjoy seeing these amazing, exciting Marvel projects be delayed - ESPECIALLY after not having any big MCU material since July 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home. However, I know these delays are for good reason, so I'm most interested to see how the release lineups will change (if at all) for films such as Morbius, as well as the many Marvel franchises that it will allegedly connect to.
- This reveal by Hall actually helps make me make more sense of Iron Man 3 as a film. The Iron Man trilogy is by far my favorite of the MCU, but Iron Man 3 has always felt like a project that is just below the level of the two films that came before it. I never understood the direction they took with the Mandarin, but this helps get a better idea of the conflicting views early on at Marvel Studios.
- When I saw this leak, my attention immediately went to the new image of Taskmaster. I think his presence in the MCU is long overdue, but I believe it will be well-worth the wait. The way Marvel Studios is able to so easily modernize this character, and the way they make his copycat nature so recognizable from characters we already know and love, it will be such a delight to see on the big screen.
- I'm so excited to see the role that U.S. Agent will play in the MCU, especially since his debut is AFTER Steve Rogers' character arc came to a close. I have a feeling that much of this upcoming series will revolve around the tension between Walker and Sam Wilson, regarding who the "new Cap" really is in the eyes of the U.S. government, as well as to the American people.
- There are still many places for Red Skull to fit into the modern day MCU, whether he comes back to Earth or becomes more of a cosmic threat. With Marvel Studios leaning towards further exploring the cosmos and the multiverse in a bulk of their upcoming projects, it would be very cool to see them continue to implement a classic Marvel villain in a setting that is very unfamiliar for the character.