Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Cinematic Universe #22) (MCU Phase 3 #10)

Wow. That’s one heck of a climax. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos won. He snapped and half of the universe died–let’s ignore the logistics of that. In Endgame, there’s a chance–a very small chance–that they can fix it all. All they need is a little – Tony Stark: [discussing the “Time Heist”] I believe the most likely outcome will be our collective demise. Scott Lang: Not if we strictly follow the rules of time travel.

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Captain Marvel (Marvel Cinematic Universe #21) (MCU Phase 3 #9)

Captain Marvel is a bit of an odd movie. It’s a straight up superhero origin story with a bit more of a cosmic twist than many we’ve seen (other than Guardians of the Galaxy… and Thor…) It’s something of a prequel–in that it’s chronologically set before any of the other Marvel movies other than the beginning of Captain America. It’s got a hero in Captain Marvel with a grab bag of vaguely defined glowy energy powers with memory issues who has to go on a journey and power up to her final form.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (Marvel Cinematic Universe #20) (MCU Phase 3 #8)

Ant-Man and his daughter are adorable. Especially with Luis' help. Luis is wonderful. Everyone playing Luis as he describes everyone. And Paul Rudd playing Janet van Dyne. Add to that the interactions with/introduction of Jimmy Woo. Scott Lang: Come on, Woo. I’ve got three days left. Why would I try to escape? Jimmy Woo: Sorry, Scott, but rules are rules. You trip the perimeter alarm, we search the place.

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Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel Cinematic Universe #19) (MCU Phase 3 #7)

All that. Ten years. 18 movies. Dozens of huge name actors and crossovers, all leading to this. The Avengers gave us a team up, but Infinity War turned it all up to 11. The battle scenes are insane (especially that final battle in Wakanda, especially especially the return of Thor), the villain–Josh Brolin as Thanos–is powerful and ACTUALLY GETS A CHANCE TO WIN , and I absolutely love seeing the interplay between all of the characters.

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Black Panther (Marvel Cinematic Universe #18) (MCU Phase 3 #6)

That’s a very solid movie. The casting is top notch, the style is wonderfully afrofuturistic, and the plot/motivation is interesting enough. Starting with the plot/motivation, I think that the choice to have Wakanda separated from the rest of the world, all through centuries of slavery and inequality is certainly an interesting one. And I’m not at all alone. Nakia: I came to support you, and to honor your father.

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Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Cinematic Universe #17) (MCU Phase 3 #5)

Ooh, that poster. le kiss Thor was … fine, a weirdly downscale introduction to a kind of strange character early in the MCU. Thor: The Dark World went the other way, being too bigt and ambitious and suffering somewhat for it. So going into Thor: Ragnarok, I wasn’t sure what we were going to get. An absolute gem of an 80s sci fi/fantasy action superhero comedy that just works. Right from the very intro, you know it’s going to be a different sort of movie.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Cinematic Universe #15) (MCU Phase 3 #3)

After the surprisingly awesome Guardians of the Galaxy, it was really a question of: could they do it again? The answer, a resounding… sort of? Don’t get me wrong, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has some pretty awesome moments. The opening battle in particular is spectacular (I love the contrast of dancing Baby Groot against a big smack down in the background). And we get all piles of additional humor based around Drax’s literalness, Rocket being a racoon, …

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Doctor Strange (Marvel Cinematic Universe #14) (MCU Phase 3 #2)

Wong: While heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers, we sorcerers safeguard it against more mystical threats. Man, that is a visually stunning movie. The first battle with building magically twisting all over (a la Inception), the glowing magic rings, the magical doodads. I am ever thankful that superhero movies have gotten popular enough that studios will spend the big bucks on special effects. They really do look great.

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Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Cinematic Universe #13) (MCU Phase 3 #1)

Captain America: Civil War isn’t really a Captain America movie. While it deals with the Winter Solder to some extent, as much as that it’s an Iron Man movie since he killed Stark's parents... . But really, it’s an Avengers movie. Everyone shows up, takes sides, and eventually ends up a great big superhero fight. And It… Is… Spectacular. In my opinion, it’s the best MCU movie to this point, beating out any of the solo outings and even the first two Avengers movies.

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