Director Joe Johnston already made one of the best superhero movies around with The Rocketeer, so he was the perfect choice for Marvel’s own Saturday matinee swashbuckler set in an alt-WWII past. Chris Evans was brilliant as weedy Steve and super Steve, turning Cap into the MCU’s own Indiana Jones for one of the best backstories around. A mad horror comedy for anyone who ever thought the MCU needed more zombies. The best thing about Iron Man’s third solo outing was how genuinely funny it was – with writer/director Shane Black nailing the tone throughout Iron Man 3 to give Robert Downey Jr. the script he always deserved.
In the same summer that The Dark Knight Rises hit big, Marvel hit bigger with its astonishingly accomplished, carefully built coming-together of its heroes. The biggest compliment to just what Marvel accomplished is how many people rushed to copy it, and failed. The inevitable high-profile example is Warner Bros’ Justice League film. Yet everyone who rushed to make a cinematic universe subsequently failed to appreciate the hard story work that led to this one. Back down to Earth for the team’s fight against Ultron, and the start of their unravelling. Tony Stark makes it clear he’s looking for a way out of the avenging business, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff join the fray, and Vision is born via the Mind Stone.
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Most of us don’t have that much time to spare to watch all the Marvel movies, so we’ve worked up a list of the best Marvel movies you need to catch up on, or revisit for another watch. Give your favourite some upvote love if you think they are MCU movie highlights. A broadly surrealist piece of sci-fi, the six episodes show more of Wanda’s backstory, and her struggling with Vision’s death. More than a couple of new faces are brought into the universe, as well as some welcome returns, and a foreboding future is teased at the end.
Phase four has introduced us to tons of new lovable characters, particularly in stand-out hits like Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight. Any idiot can watch stuff in the order it originally came out. Switch things up to hard mode by watching the films in the order that they happen in the Marvel universe itself, starting with skinny sadsack Steve Rogers getting absolutely tonked and sorting out World War Two. Following the film’s release, Giant Freakin Robot reported that Styles had signed on for five Marvel films to play the comic book womanising adventurer.
- The emotional trailer contained scenes including Gamora as head of the Ravagers, new super-suits and a muscled-up Groot.
- The second Scott Lang adventure pairs him up with Hope Pym, the titular Wasp, against the elusive Ghost.
- Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced that Wakanda Forever would serve as the final chapter of Phase Four of the MCU.
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Having made his first appearance as part of the MCU in The Eternals, two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will headline his own movie as Blade, the vampire hunting bloodsucker previously played by Wesley Snipes. The new television series stars Dominique Thorne as super genius Riri factory-publishing WIlliams, who has created the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man. Once again the movie is littered with an array of Hollywood A-listers including Chris Pratt who returns as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.
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You have to give them credit for trying something new , but it’s got absolutely nothing on Legion, which did the unreliable, mentally unstable narrator thing far better. This may be due to the fact it seems like a gargantuan effort to sit down and map out exactly what films and TV shows to watch and when – but fret not, The Independent has done exactly that. Chances are, if you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ve watched every film and TV show back multiple times. It ends with all the world’s greatest superheroes eating shawarma. If Taika Waititi and James Gunn are the directors who make the MCU fun, the Russo brothers are the ones who give it weight.
There’s only a sliver between them, but Infinity War is the superior film to Endgame. Unlikely his predecessors who enjoyed being a bit mopey, Tom Holland gives the character a real youthful enthusiasm and energy that reminds you that being a superhero would be a thrill. Not that it’s all smiles and rainbow’s Holland’s more than capable of tapping into Peter Parker’s infinite well of self-pity when the moment calls for it.
By the end, the Pym family is reunited, but just before Thanos’ snap vanishes all but Lang. The rift between Stark and Rogers tears the Avengers apart, Bucky’s dark past as the Winter Soldier is exposed, and Spider-Man and Black Panther are introduced. Civil War covers a lot of ground and delivers on the action to boot. Not all superhero stories need to be about the end of the world, and Lang’s story of a dad trying to do right by his daughter grounds the franchise before we head into even grander territory.
Steven Grant can’t tell the difference between waking life and dreams, and soon discovers that he is in fact Marc Spector AKA Moon Knight, a mercenary with several different identities. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man sequel takes the MCU out of Phase 3. He tries to win over MJ’s heart but gets interrupted by Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio.
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Inspired by the gritty political thrillers of the ’70s, the Russos brought in Robert Redford for a spy thriller with grounded action, a solid script and plenty of nuance. The one that feels like it would convert the most sceptics. 50 per cent of the universe comes back to life because a big purple thumb man loses a glove to the Incredible Hulk. No Spider-Man movie is better than Into The Spiderverse, and No Way Home made the mistake of trying. Spending far too long recreating that annoying Spider-Man pointing meme, Tom Holland’s third film still capped his Spidey trilogy with all of the fun and messiness that $200million can buy.