Thor: Ragnarok

The saga of my brother and I watching all of the Marvel movie sagas found its latest iteration in Thor: Ragnarok.

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The cast and crew … but mostly the cast

More fun then the other Thors and with a hero who seems to be enjoying the ride as well, this film was great.

We watched it together on March 3, 2018

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Avengers: Infinity War

We were finally able to check this one out and I continue to be impressed with how even though the offerings get bigger and bigger, Marvel is still able to keep everything coherent and flowing.

Avengers Infinity War logo

Assemble while you can …

My thoughts in bullet point form, spoilers follow:

  • Thanos was well done. I understood his motivations and those reasons made sense according to his warped view. It also made sense that it would take all our heroes to be able to bring him down (see “moon throw” for reference)
  • Three (two good one bad) different takes on the “sacrifice the one you love for the greater good” – Star Lord/Gamora, Scarlet Witch/Vision and Thanos/Gamora. It was interesting how many times they went to that theme
  • When the logo itself half turned to dust at the end, that was cold. Kicking you while you were down
  • I thought there would be more hope at the end, maybe as the camera pans back from Thanos giving the satisfied “I won” sigh and watching the sunset we might see Dr. Strange’s cape flapping off to the side or something like that
  • Dr. Strange being the man in this film worked really well for me
  • I found I was ready for Tony Stark to bow out. It was fine he didn’t, but again, I was ready for it
  • Who’s to say Ms. Marvel didn’t turn to ash right after getting the message from Nick Fury?
  • While I’m asking questions, since he can shape all reality while not just make everything half it’s size, then the universe would have enough resources? Or for that matter, just make more food? Answer: because it’s a movie and I get that
  • Great character interaction across the board, but Rocket/Winter Soldier was the best

Dr. Strange, second time around

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Making his magic work, the second time around

My brother and I watch through the Marvel library when we can and Dr. Strange was the chosen viewing for July 20, 2017.

I enjoyed it better upon this second viewing; I felt as if I could understand the character more and give him a little more room to breathe.

The ending is very strong, and that makes the whole thing work for me.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy pleasantly surprised me; my brother and I watched it together and I felt that out of the plethora of other Marvel films this one seemed most aware of itself.

guardians of the galaxy posterThey all crack jokes, and usually a secondary character or bystander or even evil henchman will comment on the fact that what is going on is crazy, but the mains do it in this film and they do it with flair.

The “pleasantly surprised” refers to the fact that I knew nothing about these characters going in and very early on they had me engaged. I write that last part like it’s no big deal, but it is!

Pulling the audience in is the unstated goal of every film, and it’s not easy to do.

We watched it on May 23, 2017

Captain America: Civil War

We saw Captain America: Civil War on May 7, 2016.

The movie was tough to watch at points because I’ve become so invested in these characters that seeing them in pain was rough.

Marvel Civil War

Another reason things were so intense: the air conditioner broke during the film and everyone was cooking in their seats.

Nothing like a little heat to keep you on the edge of your seat, right?