So after 11 years and 22 films, we finally reach the Endgame. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is something that I don’t think will ever be recreated in my lifetime. It is something that I have only been loosely following and now it has come to this massive conclusion, I feel like an outsider and I want to be part of it. The problem is, I can’t be bothered to watch all of the ones that came before.
My Marvel journey started pretty well. I watched Iron Man 1, Thor and Captain America. All were perfectly fine, Thor was actually my favourite of the first batch. It all started to go wrong early on in Iron Man 2. I felt like I’d now watched the same film four times. I know they have different narratives and characters and all that, but essentially they all built up to this big battle at the end where the baddie loses.
So next up was The Avengers. The amalgamation of all these films into a giant film, and what a film. It was great, spectacular and brilliantly executed. The Avengers has reinvigorated my want for Marvel films.
The next step was Phase Two as they put it, and Iron Man 3 kicked it off. The film was great, and quite refreshing, that was until it became every other Marvel film in the last twenty minutes. The final straw though was the really dull Thor: The Dark World. That really wasn’t very good at all. Which was a shame as I really liked the first one and thought it could been good.
That was it for me, I stopped watching them. Well until all of the hype surrounding Guardians Of The Galaxy hit. Marvel had got my attention and I’m glad they did. It was great fun and refreshing. Yes it did have the same big explosion climax as every other Marvel film, but everything else in the film was so good, it didn’t matter.
Off the back of that I decided to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was quite different in tone to other Marvel films, but still had the same ending as the rest.
This is where I really lost my way with Marvel. I’ve only seen two films that have been released since. The first being Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, which was a huge disappointment. It was nice to see the characters again, but the story was terrible and it contains a very questionable scene where Rocket, Grout and Yondu murder a whole ship of people.
So I missed Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Doctor Strange and Black Panther. I was interested in seeing Ant- Man until Edgar Wright left the project. The last film I’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Thor: Ragnarok. This was only due to the fact that Taika Waititi directed it. I really enjoyed it, even though I had no idea where the characters had been for the last three years.
So after that I’ve missed Ant-Man And The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War and now Avengers: Endgame. I was okay with this. I would have a little read about the main plot points when the film came out, but wasn’t too bothered. That was until Infinity War came out last year. When people watched it they had been so invested in the series, it was such an emotional rollercoaster of a film, and I was annoyed I wasn’t part of it. Now twelve months later, the exact same thing is happening. Everyone is enjoying the emotional rollercoaster of this franchise, and I’m sat on the sidelines, and I feel left out. It’s too late to watch all thre ones I’ve missed. Maybe I should quickly watch Infinity War and then see if it excites me enough to go and watch Endgame. Will have to be quick though, I’m sure I’ll be looking up the details of the film soon if not.