(Welcome to Great Moments in MCU History, where we fondly recall great little bits that made us fall in love with the MCU.)
After all these years, it’s fun to look back at early Marvel Cinematic Universe efforts. They’re all so quaint in retrospect, so tiny. Thor loses his hammer and has to fight a big metal guy who breathes fire. (Yes, I know he’s called the Destroyer, but he destroys little more than a block of New Mexico’s smallest town). Tony Stark makes his suit, flies around a bit, and has to fight a slower, chunkier Iron Man. Hulk fights some army guys on a college campus and then has to fight an uglier Hulk.
But we didn’t fall in love with them for their bombastic, non-stop action. Early Marvel films succeeded – allowing bigger Marvel films to mature – due to their casting, their wit, their heart and their willingness to get a little weird with it. This was the age of Nolan’s Batman films, after all. It took guts to make a colorful, pop-Shakespearean Thor film filled with Dutch angles.
Heart is front and center in the first great MCU moment I’d like to discuss: the famous grenade scene from Captain America: The First Avenger.
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One of the biggest surprises in Avengers: Infinity War, besides the sudden deaths of half the superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was the return of Captain America: The First Avenger villain Red Skull. Just as surprising was that Hugo Weaving didn’t reprise his role as the Nazi villain, but was replaced by Ross Marquand. It was assumed that the reason Weaving didn’t come back was because he didn’t sound particularly thrilled at the prospect, but now the actor has revealed the real reason for his absence in the Avengers sequels. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, VFX artists react to the outstanding work done in movies like The Dark Knight and the abysmal visual effects in movies like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Plus, the designer of the new Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Destroyer gives us a closer look at the massive building set, and IT: Chapter 2 stars Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard play a round of This or That at HBO. Read More »
The work of pop culture artist Gabz has paid tribute to some of our most favorite movies of all-time. Previously, he’s tackled the original Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones trilogy, both in the same style. But soon we’ll get to see a variety of different prints from the artist.
Gabz (real name Grzegorz Domaradzki) is getting a solo gallery show from Bottleneck Gallery and Grey Matter Art titled I Am Gabz!. The collection of new prints includes “a wildly ambitious mixture or prints and detailed originals from pop culture touchstones that have personally affected him throughout his life.” We’re proud to debut a few of his new prints that pay tribute to Captain America, Thor and Hulk, three of the original Avengers. Get a look at some of the pieces in the Gabz art gallery show below. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition: Captain America: The First Avenger attempts to establish Marvel’s moral compass.)
Steve Rogers is the moral center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a dynamic that holds true even for films he doesn’t appear in. Broken down to his basics, he’s the benchmark for righteousness in an ever-shifting political landscape, even when that righteousness is called into question. This has been his role in the comics for most of the 21st century, making him a vital addition to a film series so steeped in post-9/11 military parallels.
Captain America’s movie origin, like that of his 1940 comic book counterpart, begins during World War II. It’s an arguably more black-and-white setting compared to the complexities of modern geopolitics — the kind of complexities the Iron Man films try (and often fail) to capture — providing both the Star Spangled Man and the larger Marvel Universe a framework for their outlook on heroism.
That said, while Steve Rogers, the man in isolation, is a beacon of goodness, Captain America, the symbol within a larger narrative context, falls victim to Marvel’s penchant for diluted ideology.
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We’ve already highlighted a ton of the cool movie and TV-inspired toys and collectibles that were revealed at the 2019 New York Toy Fair last weekend. But much like the return of Kenner’s vintage Star Wars figures, we thought some new additions to the Marvel Legends action figure line-up from the Marvel Cinematic Universe deserved to be highlighted on their own.
This year, Marvel Comics is celebrating their 80th anniversary, and in honor of that milestone, they’re releasing some figures of characters who you might not have expected to ever see available to display on your collectibles shelf. They include fan favorite characters like Korg and The Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok, Luis from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger. Get a look at all of the new 2019 Marvel Legends figures from the MCU below. Read More »
We all know Marvel Studios is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while Avengers: Infinity War was one hell of a way to celebrate the unprecedented crossover of all these film franchises, the comic book movie studio has another treat for fans to enjoy this year.
Marvel Studios has announced that all 20 of their movies, from Iron Man to this year’s Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, will return to IMAX screens for a limited run at the end of August through the first week of September. But there’s a specific schedule for the movies that will make it rather difficult for even the most hardcore Marvel fan to see all of them. Find out more below. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Infinity War, a new series where we revisit the first 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask “How did we get here?” In this edition: Captain America: The First Avenger offers Marvel Studios a proper moral compass.)
Steve Rogers is the heart and soul of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether we’re watching his solo outings, his Avengers team-ups, or a combination of the two (like Captain America: Civil War), he’s interwoven with the moral fabric of this fictional world; a dynamic that arguably holds true even for films in which he doesn’t appear. Broken down to his basics, he’s the benchmark for righteousness in an ever-changing political landscape, even when said righteousness is called into question. This has been his role in the comics for the better part of this century, making him a vital addition to their filmic equivalent – a series steeped in real world post-9/11 military conflict right from the get-go.
Captain America’s first big adventure, much like his 1941 comicbook origin, takes place during World War II. It’s an arguably more black-and-white setting compared to the complexities of contemporary geopolitics – the kind of complexities the Iron Man films try (and occasionally fail) to capture – but this backdrop provides both Steve Rogers and the larger Marvel Universe a framework within which to position their outlook on heroism.
Sometimes heroism means fighting on the front lines, like in Captain America: The First Avenger. Sometimes it means lurking in the shadows, like in Avengers: Infinity War. Whatever the case, the answers are never easy and price of freedom is high, but it’s a price the Star Spangled Man is willing to pay.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The Red Skull, Captain America’s arch nemesis, only appeared in one Marvel Cinematic Universe film – Captain America: The First Avenger. Despite rumors that Red Skull might return in films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the character remains sight unseen. Now, a new rumor suggests Red Skull could appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Is Red Skull in Infinity War? Probably not, but let’s speculate wildly.
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This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.
If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?
Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.
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