Iron Man 2 (Marvel Cinematic Universe #3) (MCU Phase 1 #3)

I vaguely remember Iron Man 2 being a much weaker movie than the first Iron Man, but you know, it’s actually really good. The action is great, especially the fight scenes with the electro whips and between Iron Man and (not yet named) War Machine. Good stuff. Characterwise, Don Cheadle is a great replacement as Rhodes; you can feel Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man at the top of his game (with nothing to lose because he’s dying); and I still think Paltrow makes a great Potts.

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The Incredible Hulk (Marvel Cinematic Universe #2) (MCU Phase 1 #2)

Bruce Banner: [in a poor Portuguese] Don’t make me hungry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.

Tough Guy Leader: [in Portuguese] What the hell he is talking about?

It’s a bit of bummer that The Incredible Hulk is stuck in sort of a legal loophole and isn’t available with all the rest of the MCU on Disney+ (A̸̜̓L̶̬̽L̷̗̋ ̵̦̂Ĥ̴̖A̵͓͋I̴̝̓L̵̺̓ ̶͖̄T̶̿͜H̶̬̊È̷̡ ̸̜̋M̸̮̔O̷̜͒U̶͇̓S̵̺̏Ë̵̝́). On top of that, it’s the only main MCU superhero that they’ve recast (so far). Conversely though, it’s actually (surprisingly) a good movie.

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Iron Man (Marvel Cinematic Universe #1) (MCU Phase 1 #1)

Way back in 2008, I don’t think anyone had the slightest idea how far the Marvel Cinematic Universe would go. Taking a less well known superhero (face it, before this few knew who Iron Man was), attaching him to a talented but troubled actor (Robert Downy Jr was an amazing cast) and make a fairly stock standard action movie and… build a media empire that would span more than 12 years and 20 films (so far…).

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