Many Marvel fans that I spoken with over the last twos years, like them, I have taken advantage of the Marvel Universe break by watching the films again. The Black Widow was supposed to be release in May of 2020. Marvel Studios have delayed the film multiple times. The film will finally dropped July 9th. That’s not why we are all here now…I took the time like many others to re-watch all the Marvel Films. I thought there are some great moments in these films… it’s a good time to look back and appreciate the love and loss.
10. Farewell to Stan Lee
Let’s face it Captain Marvel wasn’t exactly one of Marvel’s best outings. Without Samuel L. Jackson carrying the movie it would have not worked so well. Brie Larson was just a tad bland for anyone’s cares. The movie does have some great insights to the Outer Space world of the MCU. The Kree/Skrull thing is classic. Captain Marvel was the first film after Stan’s passing and the intro was touching and necessary beyond words. Even though Stan would have two more cameos, this one hit the hardest. All we can say is thanks for the memories Stanley Martin Lieber. Excelsior!
9. Coulson’s Death?
This is the moment that brought the Avengers together as a team. Phil Coulson’s supporting roll in the first several films gave us the ground work to believe our heroes are human and down to earth. Granted Fury(nobody calls him Nick) pushed them in the right direction to kick Loki’s butt. It was also our first really Marvel death that hurt. Of courese Whedon and his team brought Phil back to life in Agents of Shield, so you could say the loss was meaningless…to a point. That moment, even after watching it several times, still has a sting. It also made Loki a better bad guy to loathe.
8. One World, One People
The planet as whole has been suffering the effects of the Covid Pandemic. It’s something, whether you believe or not, is something that affected us all. “We finally have a common struggle now.” “The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.” “You can feed a million people with a phone call.” I don’t know about you but I still get chills listening to Anthony Mackie’s speech in the last episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier. “How did it feel to be helpless?” Above the capes and costumes, this moment should have a greater impact on anyone that watches this show. It should have us question our every day moments…and how we treat each other. “How are you going to use it?”
7. Odin’s Death
Thor Ragnarok was easily the best of the Thor Trilogy. Our buddy Thor had to make his way through many trials to find his long lost All-Father Odin. His demise was short but we felt the loss greatly. Anthony Hopkins nailed the roll from the moment he put on the eye patch. Plus his death brought about the primary antagonist in the film. I can’t imagine losing a parent. So, think about the fact that Thor and Loki had their father for centuries. It was one of the things that would continue to bring the two together. Let’s hope it’s one of those Marvel losses that continues to weigh heavy on the brow of the King.
6. Peter’s mom
While the loss of a parent is going to be my theme at the moment…this one still sucks. Meredith Quill had a mere 5 mins in the opening of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Her death was instrumental in giving the earth grounded personality that was embodied by Chris Pratt’s Peter(Starlord) Quill. She essentially also gave us two of the best soundtracks ever produced in any film. Ok, so James Gunn did that…but.. Tell me you didn’t buy both the CD’s, digital or Vinyl. She supports Peter in both the first flick and second, once her cause of death is revealed. I did not enjoy hating Kurt Russell, but it had to be done. It was still hard to see her pass from cancer…it’s something too many of us have to see in our life times.
5. Captain America uses Thor’s Hammer
WOW!…Did you see that? Captain America just unloaded so whoop ass upon Thanos. He even dropped a butt ton of lightning too. Not all of our moments of the MCU have to be grim. You have to be worthy to weld Mjolnir. Thor though it might have happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when each character tried to lift the hammer of Asgard. So seeing Captain America take it for a glorious spin was just fantastic. It had only happened a couple times in the comics. Steve Rogers wasn’t even in the Captain America uniform when he used it the first time. It was great surprise to the film goers and Thor alike. It also gave Thanos a taste of America’s kick ass.
4. Black Widow’s sacrifice
I hate to bring this one up. As we were watching Avengers: Endgame the first time, we knew something bad was going to happen. We already knew how the soul stone had to be aquired. I couldn’t imagine them killing off Hawkeye. He had a family. The Black Widow character had suffered hard over the last 5 years during the blip/the snap. We hate when our heroes die. Even if Natasha was an antihero of sorts. The moment makes a lasting impression through out the remainder of the film. We see her die. We see Clint’s reaction when he returns to the present. We see The Hulk’s reaction when he can’t bring her back…it’s all sad. We enjoyed the character’s strong presence in these last few films. It’s good thing we get a little more in couple days.
3. Avenger’s Assemble
This one of those movie moments that has a lasting impression. It mirrors what could happen in the comics as well. When all of our fallen heroes return in the final battle against the Mad Titan Thanos. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and The Guardians of the Galaxy reappear to every one’s excitement and delight. We knew the final moments of this flick were going to be tons of fun. In the past year though, the scene has had more of impact since we get to see the Black Panther return. Chadwick Boseman passed last year of cancer, so we wish he had really come back to life. Granted the fact that Captain(Chris Evans)America gets to finally say the “Avenger’s Assemble” battle cry makes the scene even more of an impressive moment.
2. Infinity War SNAP
I know. I know…I’m going out of order here. The Snap/The Blip still has lasting power. Thanos did what primarily what he set out to do and wipe out half of all living things in the universe. We witnessed in shock and horror, our heroes literally falling to dust. It is continually difficult to watch, even if you seen it multiple times. It did what Marvel Comics had done for years. It showed the flaws in these characters that make them relatable. In truth the Marvel story line could have ended here. The bad guy had won. It was dramatic necessity that made Avengers Infinity War a fabulous film. It’s even hard to say the sequel is superior in any sense.
I am so damned predictable. “I am Iron Man.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man. Justly so, the story essentially ends with Tony Stark. It was a sacrifice we could have all seen coming, especially Doctor Strange. Tony was always clever and he had to eventually get the better of Thanos. This one hurt more then the snap itself. Iron Man had more to lose with this sacrifice then any other point in his story arc. He was a hero to the end. His genius will definitely be missed in this universe. So with his last words, I say, “I love you 3000.”