Rambling About Marvel’s The Avengers With Spoilers! (2012)

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Iron Man 1 Review

Incredible Hulk Review

Iron Man 2 Review

Thor Review

Captain America First Avenger Review

Civil War Review

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Infinity War Review

Captain Marvel Review

It’s interesting that I am just getting to watching this movie now! I have actually seen the entire first season of Agents of SHIELD, and part of the second season of that show (if not all of it) in 2013 and 2014. That show had to do specifically with the aftermath of the events of this first Avengers film. Therefore, I knew about what had happened in this movie and about what happened after the movie before I saw the movie! But I finally watched it, and I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite?

For starters, Hulk. After realizing that this was the first Hulk appearance after his 2008 film, it was very easy to judge the choices made with his character. Hulk grew on me in future movies, but this was so different from the original Hulk. The original Hulk was far more in control. He had a personality. Now, Bruce Banner has personality, but Hulk only seems to know how to destroy. Hulk was able to originally recognize Betty in 2008, but now Bruce can’t recognize anyone after the change. The breathing and meditation techniques that Hulk had learned in the first film also seem to have been thrown out of the window in this installment! It was like a brand new character was just thrown into this film, even though Hulk 1 is still technically a part of the MCU. At least when the Rhodey actor change occurred Rhodey kept most of his original personality. This seems to be a completely different Hulk.

One thing that I did enjoy was including the scientist from Thor. I didn’t know why he was even in Thor, but now I see that he was one of the top working scientists at the time. It makes Jane seem even smarter for being able to get his help for her project. Even Loki knew that he could be useful and took him. We also finally get properly introduced to Clint, well semi-properly as he is also taken by Loki. But at least we get to see how powerful he is! Last movie he was just standing in a giant basket during a 5-minute fight and then didn’t even end up getting to shoot anything. I want to know even more about his character.

Stark finally has to work with a real team in this film. He is used to just going off by himself and doing whatever he wants to do, but these tactics won’t work in this case. They have to come together and use the knowledge from the whole team in order to defeat Loki and his army. Just when the team is about to fall apart, Coulson dies. Those who haven’t seen Agents of SHIELD might not know Coulson, but Coulson’s death is so tragic to me as a person who loved that show! But his death was not in vain, as that was what the Avengers needed to truly become a team. Then, they were finally able to work together to defeat Loki!

Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this film in comparison with other films? Yes, it was a good film, but I just didn’t connect with it as much as I connected with the individual films. I loved Infinity War and Endgame as well, so this original creation of the team seems small in the grand scheme of things. But this was how the Avengers started to work together even though some, like Thor, weren’t even from Earth. The team was finally created, and Earth finally had a proper group of defenders. Which is good, because they are going to need them.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rambling About Iron Man 2 With Spoilers

Whiplash is as smart as Tony Stark. If not, a bit smarter in some ways. He managed to make a suit that would severely damage Stark’s Iron Man suit from some sort of basement lab in Russia! Tony Stark did create the original Iron Man suit while in captivity, but he still used his money and tech to create a truly fully functional amazing suit that he uses in later movies. Vanko was able to do this with much less machines and much less money, but a lot of creativity. Not gonna lie, Whiplash was definitely one of the best villain suits I have seen in the movies so far. He even recreated the type of power source that Iron Man used!

As Iron Man’s palladium core was killing him, Vanko was teaming up with Justin Hammer to recreate Iron Man’s suits for private sale. Justin Hammer was probably the stupidest villain I have ever seen in a Marvel film. Even though Vanko had basically the same intelligence of Tony Stark, Hammer treated him as if he was some sort of stupid child. Vanko plays along with this, very well I might add, and acts as if he is just someone who only half knows what he is doing. He isn’t doing what Hammer really wants him to do, but Hammer wouldn’t know because he deosn’t know how to build the machines anyways. Hammer didn’t even pay attention to see what Vanko was doing at all, he just trusted this villain to do exactly what he wanted without any questions asked and without any problems. I hated every time Hammer showed up on screen, the weasly little man he was. I just started rooting for Vanko by the middle, just so Hammer wouldn’t win.

Tony was…..well he was being Tony for most of this movie. Stupid, immature, and 40 years old. He was using the suit as a sort of publicity stunt, and acting as if he was a celebrity. He got drunk, almost hurt people with his stunts, and ruined his relationship with his friend Rhodey in the process. Rhodey took one of his suits to the Army, which was a dumb decision in hindsight, but it got it out of the hands of a clearly unstable Tony. Then, Tony got in contact with Fury, saw that he really needed to change things around in order to defeat a new villain, and got himself together.

I was totally not expecting the battle scene to go as it did. Vanko really thought about every single little possibility, Rhodey and Tony barely made it away! Hammer never even knew what the machines that he paid for were being made to do, and now he’s arrested for putting so many people in danger. Vanko did kill himself trying to kill Tony, but he definitely caused a lot of damage. What he wanted to do was show the public that Iron Man wasn’t invincible, and he definitely did that. If things hadn’t gone the way they had at the end of the fight, Tony would have died. And what wasn’t really explored in the future films was how the public viewed Iron Man after those events.

Sure, he saved a lot of people, but Hammer was one of Stark’s business associates. Now, it is two business associates of Stark that have gone rogue and tried to kill a lot of people. This would have definitely had some sort of impact on Stark’s reputation, but this isn’t even touched upon. The movie also doesn’t discuss how the people really react to Tony after Vanko. The public just treat him like a hero and give him medals, they don’t talk about how so many people, even people in other countries are going after him. It would have been an interesting spin, the public wondering if the superheroes are putting them in more danger than safety, but it isn’t quite discussed until later films.

Oh, and Pepper does get a little better in this movie! Tony wants to dedicate all of his time to making his suits, so he makes Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries. She does have to deal with a lot of the fallout from Tony’s poor decisions, but she does so in a calm and collected manner. There were a few scenes where she had to deliberately be dumb so that Tony would swoop in and save her, but she was definitely better than last film. I’m still mad that she just stood there as the robot’s body was beeping and about to blow up though. Like cmon, she can be a CEO, but she can’t tell when a bomb is literally being a bomb?

Overall, I liked this movie! I liked it a lot. I would deinitely recommend watching this before Endgame, it’s definitely a fun one.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rambling About Infinity War (WITH SPOILERS!)

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So I watched Infinity War a few months ago, and then I watched it again, and then I watched my favorite scenes again. I don’t know if I can say that it is my favorite Marvel movie, as I haven’t even watched all 18 movies of the MCU yet, but I can say that it is definitely up there. Definitely at least above Civil War, maybe at the same level or a bit above Spiderman Homecoming. I loved it! I just hope that Endgame won’t be disappointing when I see it in April or May.

Let’s start with the general plot. Basically, Thanos wants to collect all the Infinity Stones into his Infinity Gauntlet so that he can snap his fingers, and kill thousands. Basically, he thinks that the universe is overpopulated, and he thinks that the reason why there is poverty and suffering is because of this overpopulation. In his head, as long as he kills off half of each of the different species in the universe, they will all be better off in the end. He thinks it would have saved his species on Titan, and he tested it out on Gamora’s species (Guardians of the Galaxy). He thinks of himself as a savior, and he will kill anyone who refuses to give up the stones. All the MCU heroes, including the Avengers, Dr. Strange, citizens of Wakanda, and the Guardians of the Galaxy must work together to defeat Thanos and save the universe.

So let me start off by saying that I loved the action scenes. Almost all of them kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was almost yelling at my computer screen when something went wrong. Nevertheless, these are not PG-13 action scenes. I just, I don’t understand how Marvel gets away with this sort of stuff sometimes. Movies like Eighth Grade that talk about real life and could be actually helpful to preteens and teens get smacked with an R rating. Even though literally any girl most likely goes through what Kayla goes through in the film. But then you see Marvel films, and they get to keep PG-13, no matter what they do. In the first few minutes of the film, Loki gets choked to death, ON-SCREEN. This didn’t bother me that much, as I am 18 and don’t mind seeing intense action scenes like this, but this could be disturbing for a kid to see.

Parents have a habit of letting their kids, especially their sons, watch superhero films that are rated PG-13 when they are in early elementary school. Marvel is basically making R-rated movies at this point, but their mantra is “if there’s no blood, we can do whatever we want on screen and call it PG-13.” I’ve seen Enemy of the State, a great movie that was rated R. I thought it was pretty tame for R, but I didn’t watch it until I was like 16 or 17. If you took out the blood, and a bit of the sexual scenes, this movie could be rated PG-13 by Marvel standards. Parents really need to make their own decisions on whether or not their kid should see the Marvel films, maybe even watching the films before bringing them, because Marvel really pushed it on this one and still managed to get a PG-13 rating. This doesn’t really affect my review, as the scenes didn’t bother me, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Back to the actual movie! I think my favorite interactions were with Spiderman, Iron Man, and Dr. Strange. These are like two genius men and one genius boy, and they are all almost butting heads to figure out how to solve problems. Then the Guardians of the Galaxy show up and it gets even funnier, as some of the smartest heroes are teamed up with some of the…heroes that are sorta smart in their own very unique ways. Alright, I’ll stop. Smart guys get paired up with dumb guys.

This also leads to my least favorite part of the entire film. I absolutely despise Quill. Half of the events in the movie would not have happened if it wasn’t for Quill. There’s a difference between being a “lovable idiot” and being a person with literally only one brain cell. They went through a super long fight, and they almost had the gauntlet off of Thanos, but then Quill ruined it. He was taunting Thanos when Thanos revealed that he had killed Gamora, and then Quill loses it. He hits Thanos, knocking off Mantis, waking Thanos, and making Thanos snatch back the gauntlet. It is literally the dumbest thing ever, and I will never forgive him for it. And then he just turns into dust anyways, so he doesn’t even have any consequences for his actions. Tony doesn’t even get to beat him up for being an idiot.

I have to say that I love Vision and Wanda, they are such a strong couple! They compliment each other, and they fight well together. Wanda was even strong enough to try to take out the Mind Stone from Vision, and she succeeded, but Thanos just turned back time to ruin her hard work. She killed her boyfriend just to see him be brought back to life and then killed again. I was kinda glad that she got to turn into dust and rest in peace, at least for now.

I felt so bad for Wakanda in this film! They literally just revealed themselves to the world like a year or two before the events of this film occurred, and then they are destroyed. If they had stayed in hiding, half of their population would have turned to dust, but they might have still had land to live off of until whatever happens in Endgame happens. But now, those who are left have a completely destroyed land, as Thanos’ followers have ruined it with the alien dogs and the wheels of death.

The Guardians of the Galaxy parts were bearable for me, I could have liked it better if the characters weren’t so annoying at times, but I did appreciate Quill and Gamora’s relationship. Before Quill was dumb, I even supported them and really hoped that Gamora would have been brought back so that they could be together. It was adorable how Groot was going through his rebellious preteen/teenage phase, but then he ended up still being an asset to the team. Then Thor joins, and Rocket’s conversation with him was so enlightening. It’s crazy to think of all that Thor has lost throughout the years, even though he is a god, and think that he barely gets anyone to talk to.

The absolute saddest scene in the entire film was when Peter Parker dies. Not Spiderman, but Peter dies. Peter was Spiderman when he was helping to fight Thanos, but when he felt himself disappearing, he turned into Peter Parker, the fifteen-year-old kid from Queens who doesn’t want to die. I’m sure Tony took this pretty hard, as Peter was basically a son to him, and I can’t WAIT to see how this will affect him in Endgame. Only Gamora’s sister is still on Titan, I think, so hopefully, she will be able to help him through this horrible event

Overall, I love this movie, I would definitely recommend you see it, but you have to see at least some of the previous films to truly understand what is going on. If you have the time to watch a few Marvel movies, then you should definitely watch this one! It was great.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars