I Watched All the Marvel Movies 12 Years Late…and We Need to Talk

Well friends…we did it!!

It’s me, Molly.

We made it through the epic journey that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 23 films, 12 years in the making….or was that just me?

Recently, I took it upon myself to join the rest of the world in watching the Marvel films. From Iron Man to Spider-Man, I watched them ALL. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew they were beloved and that Endgame was the highest-grossing film of all time. I knew it’s all my friends could talk about for most of 2019. But I didn’t think I would fall in love with the characters or even like them that much. But BOY OH BOY was I wrong.

Now that I’m done, I’d like to recap my final thoughts — and more importantly, get YOUR thoughts on the film. Basically, I want to discuss everything the rest of the world has been talking about for the last 12 years:

1. T’Challa is hands down the best superhero.

I’m not saying he’s my sole favorite (He and Iron Man are tied.) but he’s arguably the BEST one right? I love that he shakes things up by healing Bilbo and Buckey even though they’re outsiders, wants to share Wakanda’s resources with the world, and most importantly, uses his power to establish an outreach center. That’s real-life superhero stuff — it’s not just fighting off an evil super villain, but it’s making his community and the world a better place.

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Wakanda Forever.

Who do you think is the best?

2. I cried…a lot.

I didn’t realize how many tears would leave my eyeballs in these films!!! The end of Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 got me real good — but they both pale in comparison to dusting Peter Parker in Infinity War or losing Iron Man for real in End Game.

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HOW did y’all last a year between these two halves of this epic saga? Did you feel empty inside every day waiting for the fate of Peter, T’challa, Bucky, Sam, Strange, Groot, Drax, Quill, Mantis, and Wanda?! I waited a day and that was almost impossible. I commend the strength of each and every one of you.

What moment made you cry the most?

3. I still can’t be on board with Wanda & Vision.

I mean…he’s a ROBOT, right?

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I mean…was it sad when she had to kill him as a side effect of destroying the stone? Sure. Was it a real bummer that it didn’t matter and she put herself through that traumatic moment for nothing? Of course. Did I chant when she said “You took EVERYTHING from me.” and proceeded to wreck Thanos? Duh.

BUT HE’S A ROBOT.  Am I missing something? Guess I’ll have to tune into WandaVision to see if it changes my mind.

(Still better than Jane and Thor though.)

Any MCU romantic relationships you’re not into?

4. Thanos is a Hypocrite

Thanos is obvi a mega baddie, and the scariest thing about him is that thinks he’s doing the right thing by obliterating half of life. But…he’s also a huge hypocrite. If he truly believed in his insane plot, he would end himself, knowing he was taking up valuable resources. But NOOOOOOOO he has to snap his fingers then retire to his dream life tending to his plants.

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OTHER PEOPLE HAD PLANTS TOO YOU SELFISH JERK.

Thoughts on Thanos?

5. I know who Hawkeye is…and he’s pretty legit. 

When I started this, I said I have no idea who Hawkeye is. WELL, I DO NOW. And I gotta say…he’s pretty awesome. But from what I understand, that’s not an overwhelmingly popular opinion?

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When talking to my friends and co-workers, all of them seemed pretty luke-warm towards Clint — and Natasha too in some cases.

I get that they aren’t as fun or quippy as say, Tony, but they’re PRETTY awesome. Clint and Natasha are literally just HUMANS that are really good at fighting. They literally hold their own when battling gods, superheroes, and monsters.

Even if you don’t love them, you gotta respect their skills.

How do you feel about Hawkeye?

6. I still don’t know which is the best Chris.

Going into this, I was team Pratt. As a big Parks & Recreation and Jurassic World fan, how could I not be?!

But then I met Cap and Thor…and I gotta say, Starlord is probably worse than either of them in the grand scheme of things? Maybe? It hurts even writing that.

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One thing’s for sure. I no longer have a front runner for the best Chris.

Who do you think is the best Chris?

7. My favorite movie was Infinity War, my least was The Incredible Hulk.

Out of 23 movies, I really like the vast majority. But my favorite of all was Infinity War, follow closely by End Game. I liked that more of the gang appeared throughout in Infinity War, but nothing beats the final battle of End Game.

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As far as non-big crossover films, my favorites were Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Solider, both Guardians, and Thor: Ragnarok.

As far as the bottom of my list, my least faves were Dr. Strange, the first two Thors, and of course, The Incredible Hulk. Does Mark Ruffalo get to redo?

Which MCU film is your favorite and least favorite?

 

I started a Marvel newbie, and 23 movies later, this is me:

This is who I am now.

I get it, I love it, and I’m glad to be able to participate in pop culture convos with my friends again.

Thanks for following along on this insane journey with me!! Please share your Marvel thoughts in the comments!

 

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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12 Replies to “I Watched All the Marvel Movies 12 Years Late…and We Need to Talk”

  1. I have so enjoyed following you on your Marvel adventure! I watched all of the movies for the first time in May/June and I am OBSESSED! So much to say because I love these characters so much so apologies for the long comment:
    1. Captain America is my favorite hero. I was so sad when he came back as an old man in End Game but happy he got to live his life with Peggy. But does that mean there is an alternate Cap out there that we could call on in future movies??? Loki is my favorite antihero/villain and I can’t wait for his show on Disney+!
    2. I cried SO much. When reformed Loki died in Infinity War and then Tony in End Game. I could not handle it!
    3. Thor and Jane were the worst. Wanda and Vision were a close second worst.
    4. I HATE THANOS! He was such a hypocrite. He didn’t solve any problems by doing what he thought needed to be done.
    5. I love Hawkeye! And Black Widow! They do not get the love they deserve. They are so awesome! I was rooting for them to get together in the first Avengers. Better love story than Thor and Jane.
    6. Chris Evans is the best Chris for me. But, like you, I went into this Marvel adventure thinking Pratt was the best. It’s been quite the ride with all the sexy Chris’s.
    7. I can’t choose just one favorite so my top 5 are: Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the first Guardians, Thor: Ragnarok, and End Game. Least favorites were Dr. Strange, The Incredible Hulk, and both Ant Mans.

    I’ve rewatched some of my favorites multiple times but I NEED more! Now I understand the excitement and torture of having to wait for a new movie!

  2. Have you seen Deadpool? I lmao in that movie, it’s the best for me. 😄 But I also love everything Spider Man’s on, and I love his relationship with Tony Stark ❤️ (RIP).

  3. Enjoyed your report on the Marvels, Molly! My husband and I are going to have to watch them. We’ve booked a cruise in 2022 that, rumors are, will have a Marvel aspect. Looking forward to watching them now! Thank you!

  4. I did the same and just watched all the Marvel’s for the first time in March/April. I had mostly the same thoughts. However Ironman is my #1 and I agree with Incredible Hulk(least fav). And, yes, I think Mark Ruffalo should get a redo or at least his own stand alone. Chris Pratt is still my favorite Chris. I loved Starlord. It was fun to go along the journey with you, thanks for sharing.

  5. I agree about Thanos, if you remove half of life it will repopulate in say 50 years, not really changing the universe at all.. also he seemed Sad when those close to him were killed yet they only had a 50% chance or surviving the click!

  6. Welcome to the club, and thanx for sharing your trip, it was a fun ride through new eyes.

    1) In the movies, gotta be Iron Man, perfect casting, perfect execution.
    2) As a dad it was Ant Man realizing his daughter thought he was dead and then finding out he missed five years of her life.
    3) That’s a debate that has been going on by comic writers themselves for years. He has been written as a completely sentient “Synthezoid” capable of all human emotions and interactions. That’s the side I’m on. Other writers have broken them up because “Wanda can’t be in love with a toaster.”
    4) Yes, Thanos is a hypocrite. He’s an evil selfish villain who justifies himself. All those “As a kid you identify with the Avengers but as an adult you identify with Thanos” people don’t get it. However, Infinity War was so well done, you understand the justification to himself, but you’re not supposed to agree with it.
    5) Woo! I started regularly collecting comics in the early 80’s with the “West Coast Avengers” that Hawkeye led. He’s been a favorite ever since. I like him more in the comics (he’s one of the most different in the films) but the movies used enough of the source material to make him awesome as well.
    6) Cap was a truly iconic performance, but I think I like the fact that Chris Hemsworth’s sense of humor turned what is usually a serious character in comics into comedy gold.
    7) My daughter’s favorite is Black Panther. For me, the original Avengers was the movie I’ve wanted to see since I was 12, so it holds a special place. I don’t really have a least favorite, its mood based, there’s light ones, dark ones, intense ones, and even the lower ranked ones have characters I’ve liked and known my whole life. Example- sometimes I’m in a Hulk mood and then that film exactly what I needed.

    Thanx again for sharing your trip, and welcome to our world!

  7. Thanos got rid of half of *all* living things, and the producers confirmed this meant animals and plants too.

    So, half the population, but only half the food…surely this mean nothing really changed?

  8. Glad you finally joined team Marvel.
    RE: Thanos and his motivation. The change of motivation from the original comic story to the movies was one of the weakest, lamest, and stupidest parts of the adaptation of the saga to the big screen. It literally made no sense.