The Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe #6) (MCU Phase 1 #6)

Hooo boy. When I first saw this movie (in theaters, in the before times), I was pretty much blown away. It was a big budget, box office smasher of a movie, bringing together an entire series of super hero movies in one giant box office smash. It was something that had never really been done before… and they managed to actually pull it off. And not only that (knowing what I do now), it was the start of something even bigger.

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Captain America: The First Avenger (Marvel Cinematic Universe #5) (MCU Phase 1 #5)

Now that is how you do a super hero movie. For anyone that’s somehow missed it, Captain America is the story about how a little guy from Brooklyn with a heart of gold and a steadfast determination to serve his country in World War II gets just that chance: taking a super soldier serum to get buff, becomes a showgirl for a while (because of course), fights Nazis, and gets frozen in the ice.

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Thor (Marvel Cinematic Universe #4) (MCU Phase 1 #4)

Thor is an odd sort of movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On one hand, it’s our first foray into the more ‘magical’ side of the universe, with ancient Gods and the like. Although in this universe, we’re led to believe that it’s really just highly advanced science. On the other hand, despite a worlds spanning plot (literally, 3 of them), it still feels oddly … small. Plotwise… it’s weird.

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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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