[TCN’s Cultured Spotlight] Vol 5: Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios has seemingly changed the way movies are being made these days. It seems ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe was built, every other movie studio or production company is attempting build their own cinematic universe. Many have tried and many have failed, but there are a few others who are finally finding their footing. Welcome to Vol. 5 of TCN’s Studio Spotlight, today we will be discussing Marvel Studios.

The MCU began when Iron Man released back in 2008 and it changed everything. Iron Man eventually led to The Avengers finally making it to the big screen and giving us four amazing and emotional Avengers movies. Not only has Marvel Studios given us a great cinematic universe, they’ve also given us some really good tv shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs over on ABC. We also can’t forget about the shows over on Netflix that unfortunately got canceled. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow movie was supposed to release earlier this year, but unfortunately has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 is actually the first year that we won’t have a MCU movie release in theaters. We do have numerous movies that are currently under production. The upcoming Spider-Man 3 with Tom Holland is currently being film, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness has recently began production, and the WandaVision Disney+ show will arrive early next year.

If you haven’t been paying attention to movies for the last twelve years, here are a few of Marvel Studios movies:

  • Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Antman
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Avengers

Iron Man. This movie started a cinematic universe that we’ve never seen before. Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark was perfect casting. The way he accepted the role was great and he made Iron Man Iron Man. There are definitely some What If’s about this movie. As in what if Tom Cruise had played the role opposed to RDJ? We will never know.

Captain America: Civil War wrapped up probably the best trilogy in the MCU. In this movie gave us a lot and set up the future of the MCU without most of us realizing it at the time. We get to see the iconic CIVIL WAR story brought to life, although it featured some major differences from the comics. We were introduced to Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man and to the late Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther.

Thor: Ragnarok was definitely one of the more enjoyable films in the MCU. It had humor, a phenomenal cast, great cinematography and set up Avengers: Infinity War. The only negative I could find about this movie was that it was hard to take serious at times because of all the humor, but that didn’t ruin the film by any means. In this movie, we get a look at the Ragnarok event that is supposed to destroy Asgard. There’s a fun MCU aspect that inevitably bring out the best version of Thor.

There aren’t any words to describe the impact this movie has had. Avengers: Endgame exceeded expectations and went on to become the highest grossing movie of all-time. Robert Downey Jr delivers his best Iron Man performance and caps off an amazing 11 year run as Iron Man. There is too much stuff to cover in this movie to put here, but Endgame will hold special place in comic book fans hearts for a very long time.

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