Phase 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 →
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…
This isn’t my first blog, but it’s the first time I feel confident about what I’m trying to do.
Almost anything I enjoy in life comes under two main categories; geeking and gaming, so I’ve made a blog for exactly that. This gives me a lot of room for what to write about but I’m interested in writing game reviews and sharing thoughts on topics like the latest wave of Marvel films etc.
I don’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t playing games. I had access to a PC where I played Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen and Sim City and frequently hijacked an Atari 800XL to play Blue Max and Star Raiders 2. My taste for gaming didn’t really take off however until I got my very first console for my 8th birthday; a Sega Megadrive 2 (Genesis for you in the USA). Constant speedruns of Emerald Hill Zone and hacking my way through levels of Golden Axe have pretty much ensured I’ll be gaming to my last breath.
Time to flip the geek n game coin! I grew up watching films like Robocop and Terminator 2 from a young age, always loved Star Wars and eventually branched out to the Alien films and Star Trek TNG, DS9 and Voyager…couldn’t get enough of the Borg. I loved the worlds in which these stories were set and guess I just wanted more. I ended up discovering the Star Wars expanded universe books like the Thrawn Trillogy, books that continued Terminator’s story after T2 and comics that toyed with the idea of an Alien king.
Present day. I’m a very diverse geek and gamer found playing World of Warcraft, Pokemon or the Sims, re-watching Avengers till the credits roll and generally just playing my freakishly large steam collection. I’m really looking forward to playing SC2: Heart of the Swarm, Aliens: Colonial Marines, the DayZ standalone and watching Iron Man 3 at the cinema this year. If there’s an alien, a gun or a retro feel to it then it’s probably got my attention 😉
So that’s me I guess! I’ll have a few more posts coming out over the next week to give you an idea of what I’m wanting to do with the site; a review of DMC Devil May Cry; a post on Marvel’s films; an alternative to zombies on DayZ and something on Jurassic Park 4 if it were a prequel.