I joined The Direct because I believe in entertainment journalism. My passion for entertainment news started with my fandom for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that propelled me to pursuing a career in the broadcast field. The MCU has raised me from boyhood, from being a little seven-year-old watching Iron Man, to being a freshman in college driving home 325 miles to see Endgame with my closest mates at our favorite theatre. These characters and these stories are incredibly special to me, and I want to help ignite that passion with my readers. With the MCU now being over a decade old, there are some audience members who were not alive when it started. I see this as an opportunity to help foster fandom within a new generation of MCU viewers. My goals with this platform are to inspire discussions on MCU topics, to create consistent and compelling content, and to eventually bring discussion-driven podcasting to The Direct.
My favorite MCU movie is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I attributes that to it’s gritty, realistic, and political approach to the often fantastical Marvel Universe. I saw this movie in theatres opening night when I was just 13 years old, and no matter how many times I revisit it, I still find it magnificently compelling.
While I have many honorable mentions, my favorite MCU character is Captain America. Watching Cap's seven-film arc is absolutely fascinating. He consistently evolves, from being an obedient boy scout, to a man determined to expose the machine, to being villainized by society, yet still standing by what he believes in. I attributes many of his proudest personality traits, such as the ability to see the good in people to the commitment to doing the right thing over the popular thing, as traits I learned from Steve Rogers.
- Let's GO! This is the best news I've heard in a long time. As someone who's never been able to attend SDCC in person, I am absolutely stoked to watch whatever's in-store live. The real winner here is my laptop, who likely won't be getting any viruses from searching 'Hall H leaked footage' this year. Everyone wins!
- Admittedly, I was not the biggest fan of Ragnarok. I know! Call me crazy. Waititi's directional style is an acquired taste, but after seeing (and loving) his work with The Mandalorian and Jojo Rabbit, I came to appreciate Ragnarok. That being said, Love and Thunder is one of my most anticipated Phase 4 flicks. Let me reserve my tickets ASAP!
- I am truly blown away by Marvel's communication skills, and how much care they put into each individual character. It is fascinating to hear about the meetings the directors have together to ensure they do justice to each other's characters. Man, what I would give to be a fly on the wall for that Gunn/Russo Bros meeting! As for Guardians 3... I. Can't Wait. Need me some Adam Warlock ASAP!
- Interesting to note that with Black Widow getting pushed to November 6, this will be the longest gap in theatrical releases for MCU movies (it will have been 493 days since Spider-Man: Far From Home) since the time between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 (693 days). Crazy to think it's been over a decade since we've had to wait this long!
- The Eternals is quickly becoming a must-see flick for me. While I love the crossover appeal of the MCU, I am stoked to see a bunch of new characters that don't necessarily have to be linked to the Avengers. The inclusion of more Celestials only heightens my anticipation, November can't get here soon enough!
- My Loki excitement levels are off the charts. I personally loved how the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp revolved around the direct consequence of Ant-Man fighting alongside Captain America in Civil War, and the idea that the entire storyline of Loki will deal with the repercussions of 2012's God of Mischief portalling out of New York with the Space Stone is intriguing. Sign me up!