FAVORITE MCU MOVIE: For a long time I would have said Captain America: Civil War because it had all the elements I loved best about the MCU in abundance. Most of my favorite characters were in it, there was a lot of humor but also a lot of moving dramatic scenes - I especially loved the contrast between the big, funny airport fight scene and the dark, intimate one at the end of the film - and a conflict presented in a way that made everyone involved sympathetic and relatable.
But these days, that title has been rivaled by 2018’s one-two punch of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. The former is what I would hail as the best solo movie in the MCU; since the title hero had already been introduced, they were able to sidestep the typical origin story we’ve seen in so many superhero movies and get right to a more meaty plot. I also appreciated the variety of female characters introduced in the film and that they were different than the other women we’d seen in the MCU up to that point; for once, it was the ladies who were providing most of the funny quips! Infinity War was a very intense experience for me the first time I saw it (particularly the ending) and I found it very effective in what it was trying to achieve. It was great seeing so many characters interact for the first time and I think it might be the Marvel movie that made me laugh the most.
I’m not sure which one of these installments I would consider to be my favorite, but they are my top three favorite MCU movies.
FAVORITE MCU CHACARTER: My favorite MCU character is Tony Stark AKA Iron Man! He didn’t initially catch my interest when I was first being introduced to the franchise and its characters but when I saw him in the movies I discovered why so many people loved him. Like many fans, I enjoy his sarcastic humor but what makes him my favorite is how relatable I find him. It’s difficult for me to fully explain but I often see problems coming before others do and am always determined to prevent or fix them in a way that keeps everyone safe and happy, but my efforts often go unappreciated or berated. I also suffer from anxiety like he did in quite a few of the films. Even though it’s all fiction, seeing Tony deal with the same issues on screen made me feel less alone in my personal struggles. And while I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been a person who was as ignorant or had as much disregard for things that he did pre-Iron Man, I love the story of him immediately turning his life around to develop a sense of responsibility and be one that helps the world instead of causing harm to it!
WHY I JOINED THE DIRECT: I've loved doing entertainment coverage over the past few years and there is so much to dive into when it comes to the MCU!
- It seems like they may be planning on filming certain scenes that were supposed to be shot in Czech in Atlanta or another domestic location, since it was previously reported the original plan be finishing up filming there after overseas. Hopefully they have a good idea of how to do things and it's not just thrown together haphazardly.
- Infinity War works better for me than Endgame. The former feels so tight and so intricately put together as it juggles so many characters while the latter falls apart in some places and has a few aspects that don't really make much sense when you think about them. Consolation points for the amazing Portals scene and final battle, though.
- The Avengers was a big achievement not just for Marvel, but storytelling via film in general. It was a game-changer for sure. But in most cases I would probably pop on Thor: Ragnarok over it, and I think a lot of that comes down to the trend of MCU franchises really finding their footing and just having hit their stride by the third movie (unlike a lot of others which peak at the first then drop.)
- Both these movies have great battle scenes and epic moments. And, of course, both tasked the Russo Brothers with huge challenges. Thinking in that sense, I voted for Civil War since I thought they did a better job with character arcs during the tough task of balancing the opposing viewpoints in Civil War than completing certain characters arc and wrapping up certain loose ends in Endgame.
- For me this is a choice between a movie with very high highs and very low lows or one that's more even in overall quality but without a lot of truly amazing standout moments. I would ultimately give Endgame the edge since its strongest aspects - most notably the score and the final battle scene - aren't just some of the best in the MCU, but all of blockbusterdom in general.
- I really love both of these movies but I think there's a certain charm to Captain America: The First Avenger that hasn't been replicated in any other MCU movie (maybe because of the time period it's set in?) and I still think it's the best of all the origin movies so I had to vote for that one. (It was also the first MCU movie I ever watched in full!)
- I think it's a good sign that Cate Shortland recognizes how Natasha's character may have been reduced to amp up her sex appeal in the past at the sacrifice of some potential characterization and that she wants to make sure the latter is the focus in her solo film, and am looking forward to hopefully seeing new sides of the character in the movie.
- It always seemed unlikely to me that this movie would deeply connect with any of the other Marvel Studios projects in the near future, especially considering it takes place several years prior to the "present" in the MCU timeline. Still, it's reassuring to have this kind of statement come from a reputable source.