I remember over ten years ago, my parents came home from a movie rental place (yes, they were still open) and put Iron Man in the DVD player (no it wasn’t Blu-Ray). As a kid who had been reading comic books since the age of eight, I was blown away. I had no idea what had been started. I have a serious feeling that no one did.
Next came The Incredible Hulk, which was way better than the previous one directed by Ang Lee, and while the movies kept going, the true climax came with the post-credits scene of Captain America: The First Avenger. It was a trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers.
I bought my tickets online the first chance I got, especially after I heard Joss Whedon (the creator of Firefly), was seated in the director’s chair. What I saw blew my mind. Some of my favorite comic book heroes came to life on the big screen. The story paid homage to the old stories but also brought the Avengers into a modern context and with modern film-making techniques, it was a complete masterpiece.
Since then, a plethora of films, some better than others, have come out. That has been an amazing journey from movie to movie, watching my favorite characters grow, learn, and develop. I’ve cheered, laughed, and felt sorrow with each and every step.
Many on the artsy-fartsy crowd have criticized the films as “mindless nostalgia,” “heartless,” or “candy,” with no meaning and no real stakes. They do NOT know what they are talking about. They watched one, hated the genre, and then attacked the art. It’s not that these elitists don’t know anything, it’s that they know so much that isn’t so.
To the fans, to the audiences, to the millions of nerds, these films mean something. They are strong men and women who have extraordinary abilities, coming together to create a family, putting the power they have to work saving others. It is about heroism, power, growth, and character. It was about an idea
A decade in the making, Avengers: Infinity War, is the culmination of that idea in what is now called ‘The Infinity Saga.’ The idea that movies don’t need to be doused in meaningless philosophy, feckless platitudes, or drivel from a director’s “auteur” vision. They just need imagination, strong characters, and a message that says a group of remarkable people can be something more. That is the real meaning behind the MCU.
Now we are to the end. Avengers: Endgame is here. From comments made by Marvel Studios executives, it is becoming more clear that they are abandoning the principles that made these films in favor of political correctness. I do plan to see Spider-Man Far From Home and the Black Widow solo film, but outside of that, I’m not really interested in some of the other titles that have been announced. Hopefully, if the audience response is enough, they will make a course correction. Of course, time will only tell.
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