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Marvel & Me

I have a very interesting relationship with superhero movies. For the longest time, I swore I didn’t like them and only watched them because of my brother or Dad. ‘Pre’ admitting I actually liked them, I had seen all three Iron Man movies and some episodes of Batman, Green Lantern or Justice League cartoons that my younger brother watched.
The third Iron Man movie was a changing point. I’ll admit, I saw it with a friend because I had crush on him. Who hasn’t done that? So, as I now know, the third Iron Man movie’s story line is chronologically after the first Avengers movie. When I saw it I didn’t know they had an order and had never seen any of the other Marvel movies so when they kept referring to ‘New York’ I didn’t know what that meant.
A couple of years ago, one of my close friends (who is a huge superhero fan) finally convinced me to give in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’d be lying if I said part of this decision wasn’t influenced by Chris Evans. So we (the convincing friend and I) watched all of the existing Marvel movies, that I hadn’t seen, before going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas. After seeing the second Avengers movie, I was a fairly well educated Marvel fan.
To clarify, between the release of Iron Man 3 in 2013 and Avengers: Age of Ultron in early 2015, I watched 7 Marvel movies, bringing my total up to all 11. The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2012), Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
Since then, I have watched and enjoyed Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Spiderman: Homecoming (2017). You may notice, I am missing one. I have not seen Doctor Strange (2016), I was overseas when it was released (though that didn’t stop me seeing Fantastic Beasts!). Really, I just don’t have any interest in seeing Doctor Strange, it seems weird. I know that it’s a pathetic reason, but next I’ll keep talking about how I am still selective about superhero movies.
As the title of this post suggests, I am all about Marvel. While I mentioned a few DC cartoons that my brother used to watch, and maybe I’ll write about my love for the DC TV universe later, I won’t watch the movies. This has really been tested recently as I felt the need to make an exception for Wonder Woman. I don’t want to open myself up to the DC Cinematic Universe as then I have so many more movies to keep up with. Because what really attracted me, and kept me interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the actors and characters, which I find just isn’t there with DC. I haven’t really ever found the anti hero of Batman as interesting as a classic, old time soldier hero like Captain America. I think this also had something to do with the fact that I already knew Batman’s back story.. and Chris Evans.
Like I said, Chris Evans was certainly a factor, I think I’d seen him in a rom com or two but I mainly knew him from the original Fantastic Four movies. While I partly watched originally for Chris Evans, I stayed for Steve Rodgers as Captain America. All the Marvel heros (that we’ve seen so far) are very funny in these movies. I mean, there are so many great one liners. There is no denying the cast of Marvel movies are hilarious, which give something extra to the action that I don’t think DC movies have. My faves are Chris Evans as Captain America (if you couldn’t tell) and newbie Tom Holland as Spiderman, but they’re all incredible. Special mention to Chris Pratt as Starlord and Chris Hemsworth as Thor – all the Chris’!
So, I still have a pretty confusing relationship with superhero movies and TV shows. I’ve never seen a DC movie or a Marvel TV show and don’t have that much interest in crossing over. I mentioned this slightly before, but I love the DC TV shows. Again, I wanted to watch The Flash because of Grant Gustin. I was already a fan, then I got kinda sucked in and trusted all the opinions that said I’d like Arrow. I haven’t seen Supergirl yet, but I really want to!
Are you a superhero fan?


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  1. I grew up with the comic books and it has been very hard to translate that love into the movies and television shows for me. Part of it was that I grew out of the mainstream comic book world and have had a stronger desire to see those that are more indie publications. I have, however, seen Wonder Woman from the DC Movies and my partner is obsessed with the Marvel films so I have seen several of them, but I would not consider myself a fan of them for the most part. I am definitely a superhero fan though, just not them in mass media for some reason.


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