Reviews: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Films, Phases 1, 2, & 3 a.k.a. The Infinity Saga.

Because life is so challenging, I haven’t written a movie review in months. There is COVID-19 to start. Then we experienced a death in the family. After a few months, the war happened. Now, economic challenges are ahead. So watching movies and reading books to avoid reality is not one of my choices.

That’s when I realised I needed a break. So I slowly started watching films and series. Let me tell you that watching in theatres even at home feels different. Gone are the feeling of anticipation and excitement. I don’t look for Easter eggs anymore. However, as I watched the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films and series, I began to see how closely they matched our current stage in real life.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ indeed marked the end of an era. In this post, I’ll share my quick thoughts on all the ones I watched with the link to the full blog post.

Also, I wrote reviews for the MCU Phase One and shared them on my previous blog. But that blog has long since vanished. I blame Thanos! I shall thus pen a fresh review. Don’t worry, it’s still fresh in my mind.

P.S Here’s my love letter – To the Biggest Cinematic Saga Ever Told!

The Infinity Saga

Phase One

Iron Man (2008)

I was still a college student when Iron Man (2008) was released. But I eventually managed to watch it with my Abuelita after saving up. Anyway, I’ve been reading my Abuelito’s comic books, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark truly appeals to me. I thoroughly appreciated the movie. It was action-packed and interesting. I had the impression that they were moving toward something, though I have trouble visualising it. 8/10

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008) both have the same colour palette and mood, which I appreciate even though these two are different. The Incredible Hulk also boasts a ton of fantastic, intense action moments. Additionally, the post-credits scene woke me up and convinced me to watch Marvel movies. 9/10

Iron Man 2 (2010)

We witnessed a significant change from Iron Man in Iron Man 2 (2010). (2008). This one is more colourful, reflecting the Iron Man and Marvel logo colours. The actors have terrific chemistry, and the action scenes are fantastic. It felt like everything is completely in place. 9/10

Thor (2011)

I found Thor (2011) to be rather more edgy and colourful than Iron Man (2008) and The Incredible Hulk (2008). How could it not? Asgard, the beautiful world of the gods, Jotunheim, the dark realm of the Frost Giants, and the Bifröst, a blazing rainbow bridge, were all introduced. The film also introduced even more endearing characters, including Heimdall, Agent Coulson, Loki, and Darcy. Thor is fantastic, but he’s not THE Thor yet. Thankfully, they modified his appearance in the next films. 9/10

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America is a character I don’t know very well. But I really started to admire the character after seeing Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). As I kept hearing recognisable names, it also sparked my attention. Oh, and the post-credit was vital! I was very optimistic about Marvel’s future films. 9/10

“Cut off one head, two more shall take its place. Hail HYDRA!”

Red Skull

The Avengers (2012)

First, the film did not fail to impress. Second, the post-credit scenes in The Avengers (2012) kept coming and teased the audience. This marked the beginning of the epic superhero assembly. And wow, was I prepared for the upcoming movies. P.S This movie also taught me to watch the credits all the way through. 10/10

Phase Two

Iron Man 3 (2013)

This movie is both entertaining and heartbreaking for me. Do you recall when he entered the wormhole and discovered the Chitauri fleet in The Avengers (2012)? It is frightening for a person to see something like that. So I understand why Stark made so many suits. I believe that this movie served as the start of Stark’s grander creations (which helped Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the future). 10/10

“You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys, but one thing you can’t take away – I am Iron Man.”

Tony Stark

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor’s look was changed in The Avengers, which is fantastic. At that point, Chris Hemsworth took the lead, and by the time Thor: The Dark World (2013) was released, he had completely taken over the role. He did a good job of portraying it.

The second Thor, in contrast to the first instalment, is bluish but on the gloomy side, which is appropriate for the plot. Additionally, due to the advent of the Aether (or “Reality” Stone), there were also patches of dark crimson. These added to the film’s enigma and intrigue especially since this is the third time we’ve seen a stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012).

I genuinely liked all of the action and humour, thanks to Darcy. Her personality is incredibly endearing. The news that it would be her last appearance, though, made me sad. 9/10

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

You will undoubtedly fall down the rabbit hole attempting to understand the timeline if you are an Agents of Shield fan. I tried it, so I know this. However, I must confess that it was a lot of fun.

Since The Avengers (2012), there have been several connections, particularly during the Captain America movies. In addition to working closely with Nick Fury, Natasha Romanoff, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Steve Rogers also encountered HYDRA. So it’s refreshing and entertaining to watch Steve Rogers adjust in this movie, but it’s also difficult to watch him deal with his past. It’s also important to note that this movie has some seriously amazing stunts! 10/10

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) is about nostalgia. The classic pop music, funny dialogues, and thrilling action sequences topped with visual splendour were a huge hit. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 is one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Click for the full review.

Age of Ultron (2015)

Judging from the character developments, the introduction of new characters with fierce powers and the film’s shift from an amusing, action-packed film to a darker tone, I can say that “Avengers Age of Ultron” is quite a satisfying sequel.

Some viewers say it lacks humour and that there are too many heroes. Well, you can’t expect to save the world and make jokes. Receiving threats and saving the world changes one’s entire being. We can see that from where the events of Loki’s mischief ended, the main characters experienced different kinds of fear, especially in the “Age of Ultron”. Click for the full review.

“I once had strings, but now I’m free… There are no strings on me!”

Ultron

Ant-Man (2015)

The 2015 MCU film Ant-Man is entertaining, but it differs greatly from the previous ones. That’s actually not a bad thing. The cheerful atmosphere and numerous likeable individuals were enjoyable. The focus of this movie was on those who lacked authority in all its forms.

Scott Lang wanted to make amends for his past wrongdoing and prove to his daughter that he was a good father. It was lovely to see him doing it with his old pals and some brand-new ones (including the ants). Additionally, this movie debuted another intelligent individual or family in addition to the Starks. 9/10

Phase Three

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Like the rest of Marvel’s films, CACW also had humour, great action sequences, and surprises. As expected, it was very well put together. But this time, Marvel added a little more – a roller coaster of emotions. There was sorrow, grief and betrayal.

From the mighty Avengers, we saw how they were split in two. We saw how each decided to choose a side. We saw their strengths and weaknesses. We saw how they stood for what they believed in. It was difficult to watch our two mighty heroes fight one another. It was heartbreaking. Click full review.

Doctor Strange (2015)

Doctor Strange holds a very special place in my heart. I received two tickets to see it in Shangri-La Plaza. All thanks to Cadbury Dairy Milk and Nuffnang PH. Along with the bags of Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk Christmas Flavors, there were games and prizes.

The film made that already fantastic movie night even better. The film took me to new dimensions and made my MCU world even larger. It was both mind-blowing and insanely puzzling. I like it! 10/10

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

The charm that grabbed our hearts from the first film is gone. And that is not a bad thing. Really, it isn’t! While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 gave us a fresh and fun concept, Vol. 2 gave us more than classic pop music, funny dialogues and thrilling action sequences. It’s also about the character’s issues and development.

Following the release of Doctor Strange where we were introduced to the unseen world by the Ancient One and learned about the mystic arts and unbelievable possibilities, Vol. 2 proved that this is true and that the galaxy is greater than we think. Indeed, the MCU is gearing up and preparing us for Infinity War. Everything is coming together. Click for the full review.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

The audience wasn’t ready for an expanded universe just yet. But with the existence of the MCU blockbuster films, I think people became more open to seeing several major characters and villains in one film. We all must thank everyone who was and is still involved in the MCU. They did a great job with the consistency and timing which paved the way for a great introduction to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Click for the full review.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Both the character of Thor and the movie underwent significant growth. You get a distinct colour and atmosphere from every movie. With its vibrant colours, synth-heavy music, and generally dreamy cosmic mood, Ragnarok is the best Thor film. In addition, Thor opened our eyes to new possibilities and worlds. Marvel is moving in the right direction. 10/10

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Black Panther (2018)

I again saw a very well-put-together superhero film that’s more than just well-directed action scenes and comedy. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is indeed a breath of fresh air not only in the MCU but in the current superhero movie game.

I say that because Black Panther is not pretentious or confused. It clearly knows what it wants and that is to introduce the secret African utopia called Wakanda, the home of the Black Panther. Click for the full review.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

We were just a few seconds into the film and I already felt the gravity of the situation. As seconds and minutes passed, my mind could not comprehend what was happening anymore because my fangirl heart is being played upon. But I accepted everything that was given to me including the mild comedy and the extreme heartbreak because of their careful storytelling and fast pacing. Yes, it was fast but was properly executed. Click for the full review.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

I encountered a lot of likable characters in Ant-Man (2015). Jimmy Woo, an FBI agent, will be added to the roster. He is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who is now an FBI agent of the Californian section. He is also Scott Lang’s parole officer in 2018 who oversaw Scott Lang’s continued house arrest in the sequel.

As a whole, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a good movie, exactly like the first one. Additionally, the movie introduced new technologies, which gives you the impression that the finale will feature something intense. After all, it was released following Avengers: Infinity War. 9/10

Captain Marvel (2019)

In the film Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers/ Vers/ Avenger already knows she’s capable of big things. So instead of the long introduction, the film jumps right into the action.

Yes, some people think this is quite underwhelming and wanted a stronger movie. But you have to see the Cinematic Universe as a whole. Since this was released after the devastating events in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and towards the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), it is only right for the last solo superhero film to have a different approach before the end game. Click for the full review.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

In the Endgame, our heroes were so defeated that moving on and starting anew was challenging. The pace was understandably and hurtfully slow in those scenes. But because all their characters are well-developed, the decisions they made onwards were fitting. Never did I once question our heroes’ judgement. And when those life-changing actions were finally executed, the MCU became incredibly and impressively massive. Click for the full review.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Let me begin by admitting that I found Spider-Man: Far From Home difficult to watch. It follows the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, which brought back many painful memories. People standing in line stared at me as I walked out of the theatre with red eyes.

In any case, Spider-Man: Far From Home is entertaining, action-packed, and thought-provoking. You see, Stark’s technologies were featured here which was not shocking. But you can see how Tony was affected by everything. Next, a brief introduction to the multiverse was given. It wasn’t that clear but the bomb was dropped.

Also, the fact that Fury is in the film made me realize that the real one is around and keeping an eye on everything. Nevertheless, the finale was tense. It signals a major event is about to occur when J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) reveals Spider-Man’s identity. 9/10

[To Tony Stark] I’ve got my eye on you.

Nick Fury

Photo from Marvel Studios Facebook Page

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