Marvel at the Cinematic Universe – Phase One

Well_look_who_finaly_assembledPhase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is comprised of six films; Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. Each of the first five films act as jigsaw pieces forming the Avengers film.

These films don’t just introduce our roster of super heroes that will save the world, it builds the world for them to save. Between cameos and subtle nods to Stark Industries and S.H.I.E.L.D we discover that everything is in fact connected allowing us deeper investment in the franchise as a whole.

The films settings vary considerably taking place in the modern world, world war two and the world of Asgard. All roads lead to the Avengers battling an alien invasion force’s attempts to conquer earth on behalf of the Titan Thanos and whilst our heroes will be victorious it’s clear that our world will never be the same. Continue reading

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Marvel at the Cinematic Universe

Marvel’s franchise of films has dominated the box office year after year. With sixteen films so far and an array of TV shows making up what we call the Marvel Cinematic Universe I’d like to explore it’s various components released so far an speculate on what we may see in the future.

As I write this I’m wondering how exactly am I going to review such a vast collection, I think the process needs to be somewhat organic. I plan to use this post as an anchor point journeying through each phase (of which there are three so far), reviewing each film individually with an accompanying prologue/epilogue for each overall phase.

I’ve come to think three phases we have so far as the acts of a story; Setup, Confrontation and Resolution. Phase One focuses on origin stories for our heroes, Phase Two steps beyond this and allows the characters to develop in a mixed and often volatile environment where as Phase Three will resolve the ever embedded ark of Thanos’s plan to collect the Infinity Stones and presumably rule the galaxy.

So let us begin our journey, the first phase awaits…

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