Let’s Talk… The MCU

Okay, I might be abusing the powers on this one, but hear me out: they started as comic books right, and I review books! So, even though I have literally never read a comic book (except for the collection of Calvin and Hobbes my brother owned) in my entire life, it fits the theme of the blog, right? Look, it’s a stretch, but I’m the one with the power here (probably a mistake), so here are my thoughts.

Let me preface this post by saying, I have literally binge watched all the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies (minus The Incredible Hulk, which really is because Disney+ doesn’t have it) in the course of a week, so I need to bring this chapter to a close. Also, I am writing this on August 30th, 2020, two days after Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther, died of colon cancer. (Crazier: I was in the middle of watching Black Panther when the news broke. It changed the way I watched the last movies, and it gave me a whole ‘nother level of respect for the man). I watched all the movies in “chronological order” as listed on techradar. Which, I have some opinions on the order now that I watched them, but we will get to that. Also, I’m going to do my best not to spoil, but like, that’s hard. Even the actors have a hard time not spoiling (*Cough,cough* Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland *Cough, cough*). So anyway, here is me being power hungry and telling you about something that has been almost my entire life for the past week.

Before watching any of these movies this week, I had only seen Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and the Avengers. I had never seen an Ironman or Captain America movie, which now that I have experienced the MCU feels blasphemous. But I digress. Anyway, right off the bat, Captain America became my favorite avenger. I mean, he was the first one! And sure, RDJ is Mr. Marvel, but you can’t deny America’s *ss, am I right? (They say it in Endgame, this wasn’t just me being creepy, though I recognize how it sounds now, okay I’m getting out of this parenthetical now) Anywho, I decided pretty early on into this viewing that I was putting all my eggs into the CA basket. And up to the Guardians of the Galaxy, he was unmatched. And really, it was GotG 2 when the new favorite was crowned. Say it with me folks, Baby Groot.

As someone who has a twitter, but never seen the Marvel movies until now, I never really understood the whole Baby Groot thing (which, I’ve never seen a Star Wars movie, so I don’t get the whole Baby Yoda thing either, come at me Internet). But like, I get it now. Please, I am begging you, if you would like to send me any Baby Groot merchandise, please slide into my DMs. But regardless, Groot is now my man.

Now, when it comes to the movies you should watch and now watch, here’s my hook-up. Watch: you need to see GotG, both volumes. Truly, they are incredible, beautiful, and funny. Watch: Black Panther. There is no better explanation than it is set in Nigeria, with POC actors and the main actor filmed all these movies with Stage 3 cancer, so like, watch it! Oh, and remember how I said I wish they order was different? I personally would have watched Black Panther right after Civil War, but you do you boo. Don’t watch: Thor: Ragnarok. I have no idea why they decided to do this, but they started making Thor into a comedy character instead of a superhero. It really wasn’t a good movie, which is disappointing because Valkyrae is a bad*ss. Watch: the Spiderman movies. I was sure going in that these movies had to be overhyped, but they were really really good. I personally think Far from Home was better than Homecoming, but man, these are really good.

I don’t know what is coming for the MCU. I know that we are FINALLY going to get a Black Widow movie, but with COVID continuing to be an issue in the US, I’m not sure when we are going to get it, or if the movie will be part of the Disney+ Premier subscription (which I am also SO excited for Mulan). Starting this year (hopefully), Disney is also working on TV shows for the characters as well, but we are still not sure with everything going on in the world. What I do know? I am now a Marvel junkie, and until we can get a new movie, I am going to be trying my best to be patient.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!