MJ’s Top Favorite Marvel Movies

            Hey, hey it’s MJ,

            So 2020 has been a time, not a great time and let’s be real I am still not going out more than I have to because I don’t want to go to the Backstreet Boys Reunion Tour (Thanks Game Grumps for putting that in my life). I have been going out only when I have to which means I have been watching at lot of YouTube, Netflix, and movies and playing like a lot of Animal Crossing (which I will talk about more in my next post. I have also just been like picking up hobbies which I will also be talking about later in the year because I have been trying to plan out blog posts so I can actually keep myself to a schedule. I’m trying, it’s not working but I’m trying.

            So I am a huge Marvel fan and let’s be honest Endgame wrecked my entire heart, I want to name my first dog Stark, my last car was called Jarvis and my new car is called Vision so I think it’s pretty clear that I am a fan of Iron man. I have like a bunch of Avengers Funko Pops! at my parent’s house because at the moment I don’t have room. There are a few of them I haven’t seen so I can’t say that maybe one of those wouldn’t be on this list. I haven’t seen Captain Marvel (I love the comics I just haven’t seen the film), Ant-Man & The Wasp, The Hulk, or Spiderman Far From Home (which I own but haven’t sat down and watched yet).

            But which ones are my personal favorites? We can disagree that’s why opinions are cool, everyone can have one and my favorites may not be your favorites but we don’t spread hate around here so in the immortal words of Thumper from Bambi, if you ain’t got nothin nice to say don’t say nothin at all. 

            These are in no particular order except when they were release to be honest they are just my favorites. I mean lets be real, I am going to through new Marvel movie withdrawal right now because of everything that’s going on in the world so I wanted a feel good post today. Also spoilers ahead, duh, but some of these movies have been out for almost a decade so come on. Grab some popcorn and hunker down because this one is a long one. 

The Avengers (2012)

So this was a great ensemble film and it was the end of the phase one Marvel films bringing all of those heroes together, you cannot beat the original Avengers film with the original MCU Avengers team. I love the new iterations of the team but you cannot beat the OG six. I loved that film and the soundtrack was great and I still quote parts of that film because it is so good. 

Iron Man 3 (2013)

This is a Christmas movie, fight me. I watch it every Christmas season and I love it so much, it is just such a movie full of character growth for Tony Stark that amazes me every time I watch it. It’s dealing with the fall out of the Avengers and Tony dealing with some mental health issues that continue to come out as the MCU expands. I loved the misdirect of the villain also. Iron Man was one of the first MCU superheroes that I saw and even though Iron Man 2 is panned a lot I still like that one as well. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This one for sure ranks really high on my list of really great Marvel films, it’s just so good. I have for sure said “on your left” to my friends before and we bust out laughing every time. I loved the introduction of Falcon because he is such a great character and balances Cap out so well and I for sure had a jaw drop moment when the Winter Soldier was revealed. Like it’s in the comics but I wasn’t reading comics as much at the time so roll with me. There is an argument in this movie which is for sure a hill I will die on if someone argues against me, I’m not going to talk about it because it’s the internet and I know better because people can get inflammatory. 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

2014 was just a great year for Marvel movies because Guardians of the Galaxy came out as well. I loved them film I think that my best friend and I saw this movie at least three times in theatres, that was our thing when we lived in the same city we would go and see Marvel movies multiple times and it was amazing. We now live like 1,500 miles away from each other so we don’t get to do that anymore which hurts my heart. You can check out her blog if you like book reviews (http://rolloutreviews.com) she’s awesome but I have to say that, she’s my best friend. Guardians was a great film though that broke away from the very serious Marvel Universe mold that was in place to this point also the soundtrack was fire. The ensemble cast all played so well off each other and I left the theatre emotionally compromised by a tree voiced by Vin Diesel which I was not expecting. 

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

2016 was another great year for Marvel movies and I loved this movie so much. My best friend and I saw this at the midnight premiere and the girl who was next to us hugged a pillow and gasped the whole time, if you are like that in a movie theatre; shame on you. I loved it, I have read the comic and I have read the novelization as well. Though the movie is for sure very different from the book and comic but I loved it. I loved seeing all of these characters really show their powers and the dynamics between them. 

Doctor Strange (2016)

This movie is great, the visuals are amazing but it does have a similar story line to Iron Man and I ain’t mad about it. I don’t think I really have much to say about it but it is a great piece of cinema that opens up a lot for the next phase of films that came out after, all of those movies that were leading up to Infinity War and Endgame.

Black Panther (2018)

So good, I loved seeing the introduction of Black Panther in Civil War and then to see the whole technologically advanced society of Wakanda it was so good. There are so many good one liners in the film that just amuse me every time I watch it and there are so many bad ass characters throughout the whole film that just got you so pumped up throughout. Great movie all around.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The guy in the theatre next to me was texting the whole time a terrible person and also don’t do that in theatres either. The first part of the epic third installment of the Avengers was intense and amazing. I need to watch it again but I will eventually. There are so many good one liners in this one as well especially at the beginning. The way it ended I was so upset, I mean I didn’t know how truly upset I would be after the next installment. 

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

I spent like 75% of this movie just upset, I was so happy to have the team back together and the final battle scene was probably one of the most epic battle scenes I have ever seen. That movie wrecked me at the end though and I had a feeling it would because I saw a spoiler of who dies early because I didn’t get a chance to see it for over a week after it came out but I still wasn’t prepared for both of the major character deaths, I was not okay with either of them. It was such a good movie cinematically and the production was absolutely phenomenal.

            I mean there are like 20+ MCU movies and I gave you nine of mine, these are just straight up MCU movies though I don’t count the original Fantastic Four or Deadpool, which I loved both Deadpool movies so much. I have not seen many DCEU movies just because I grew up on DC cartoons. 

            I’m not great at movie reviews but these were movies I enjoyed and I hope that you guys enjoyed a little bit of a break from my normal content because this is what I needed this Sunday. 

            So I will see everyone next time hopefully with my Animal Crossing island and all that (who knows I’m gonna try).

            Have a good start to the week!

                        -MJ

New Infinity War Trailer Thoughts

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of comic books and the entire Marvel Cinematic universe, not a secret at all. Superheroes have helped me through quite a lot in my life so with the release of the new Infinity War trailer I have had some thoughts and some reactions. If you haven’t seen the new trailer it’s amazing, go watch it.

I was texting a friend earlier and she gave me her reactions first after I sent her the trailer so I responded with mine. I gave her a very brief reaction but I would like to expand on some things.

These are MY opinions and you can disagree with me all you want but these are my thoughts on the new trailer.

My overall first reaction was: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! But there were no clear thoughts there so here are some clear thoughts.:

  1. I am not prepared to see this movie.
    1. I love all sorts of superheroes and Marvel has come out and said that we will lose a few in this film and I am not ready to let go of any of these characters who have shaped much of my teenage and adult life.
  1. Oh my goodness
    1. The trailer was amazing, I am excited to see the cinematography for it and it looks so good but so scaring. Like I was excited and nervous for it before but now I need a time machine so I can go into the future and see it, right now.
  1. Gamora is such a bada**
    1. Gamora is probably one of my favorite characters in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and her introduction of Thanos just cements how much of a bada** she truly is. I am looking forward to seeing how they develop her character’s relationship with her adoptive father in the film. I hope she throws her shoe at him.
  1. Grape looking motherf**ker (thank you Tumblr for making me only think of him as a grape now)
    1. We are supposed to hate Thanos and let me tell you, I really don’t like him. I am however looking forward to finally seeing a character that we have been exposed to in limited form in his grand role of the big bad guy in Infinity War.
  1. The protection of the remaining Infinity Stones.
    1. Spoiler; both Vision and Dr. Strange harbor an infinity stone (mind and time respectfully) and there was a moment in the trailer between Wanda and Vision that made me very anxious for what is going to happen in the film in regard to how Thanos obtains the Infinity Stones.
  1. Everyone going to Wakanda
    1. I mean there is not much to say about that, it looks like much of the battle will be fought there or so the trailer makes it seem and I am on board with seeing what Wakanda has to offer after what we saw in Black Panther.
  1. Peter Quill & Tony (the sass!)
    1. I am so excited to see some of the interactions between different teams and characters who we haven’t seen interact before. Just that brief moment about a plan between Peter Quill and Tony had me laughing.
  1. What are you doing to Thor grape?
    1. This is what makes me think that Loki isn’t really on Thanos’ side, even though there have been reports of that. Thor (spoilers if you haven’t seen Thor Ragnarok) already lost his eye, his hair, his dad, and his home planet can we just let him live?
  1. Was that Voldemort?
    1. I think in all honest it was something like a Chitari but it looked 100% like Voldemort and I had a moment to laugh at that.
  1. The look in Steve’s eyes (when he’s facing down Thanos)
    1. It was determination and I think a touch of fear and I don’t know if any of us who think Captain America is pretty great will be prepared for what might happen next.
  1. Peter (Parker) & Dr. Strange
    1. “oh we are going with our made up names” and the look on Dr. Strange’s face like, “no that’s my real name” I had a flash back to the scene in Doctor Strange when he and Kaecilius have a similar encounter.
  2. Wait a minute we are missing some characters.
    1. I am still wondering where Hawkeye is and I was surprised not to see Falcon in this trailer as well. There are so many characters in this film but there are a few who just seem to be missing from the trailer footage and I am really wondering why.

Overall I am feeling a sense of dread but also absolute excitement, I can’t wait to see it even though I will be out of town on opening weekend at a wedding so I will have to avoid the ENTIRE internet until I actually get a chance to see it. I would go opening night but I just don’t think that will be able to happen.

Are you excited?

-MJ