The “Reviews: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Films Phase 1, 2, & 3” blog article continues here. A little note, the series reviews were not mentioned in that piece. See, I didn’t watch everything. You don’t need to, really.
If you follow me on Tumblr, you’ll see that I shared a lot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. content. In fact, I only watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That television show was fantastic. I adored their decision to resurrect Agent Coulson. The friendship between our endearing characters, Agent Coulson, Melinda May, Skye/Quake, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons, is another thing I appreciate. Later, Lance Hunter, Bobbie Morse, and Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie were introduced to us. The whole gang’s chemistry plus the storyline was superb. Oh wait, did I forget someone? 🙂 Okay, fine! Grant Ward should be included as well. He was incredible there.
Unfortunately, as the narrative went on, I lost all interest in it. The best seasons of that show were seasons one, two, and three. It was interesting to see how they related to the MCU movies.
Another excellent season was Season 4, which was broken up into three “pods”: Ghost Rider, which explored mysticism in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside the 2016 film Doctor Strange; LMD, which stood for the new Life Model Decoy program; and Agents of Hydra, which was partially set in a “what if” virtual reality.
But by that point, I was having trouble seeing the show on TV and was also suffering from MCU Overload. So, I focused on the movies. Now I look forward to Phase 4 with a clear head. I simply hope that Disney+ will be available in the Philippines soon. Getting a VPN service is not ideal.
VPNs have a price, usually in the form of monthly membership fees. If you want to use Disney+ in the Philippines, you’ll need to pay for both the Disney+ subscription and the VPN service.
*Update! I’m excited to announce that Disney+ is now in the Philippines. So, I can continue writing this piece.
Series: WandaVision (2021)
“Forget the past, this is your future!”Toast Mate 2000 by Stark industries, WandaVision (2021)
Marvel Studios’ WandaVision is a masterpiece, managing to be both a twisted sitcom and a superhero series while delivering one of the best stories the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever produced. There were an equal number of emotions, which humans are quite familiar with. The roller coaster trip shown in the series is eerily accurate, perhaps because I am still working through acceptance much like Wanda.
Sincerely, a second season is unnecessary. Wanda needed this narrative. It is, in a sense, the first step towards acceptance. She may not be there yet, but I’m confident she will be. 10/10
P.S. I’m glad Debra Jo Rupp was included because I love That ’70s Show. The combination of the plot and nostalgia makes me cry. Additionally, it’s good to learn that Darcy Lewis is now Dr Darcy Lewis. Her interactions with Jimmy Woo were wonderful as well. The two of them should be seen more often in the MCU.
Series: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 (2021)
“World’s a crazy place right now. People are… well, nobody’s stable. Allies are now enemies. Alliances are all torn apart. The world’s broken. Everybody’s just looking for somebody to fix it. It’s a new day, brother.”James Rhodes, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2021)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series is for me a 180-degree turn after watching WandaVision. However, it is a solid program that every Marvel fan should watch. It’s an exciting thriller with lots of action, and it provides a great narrative for our unusual pair. But they do have great chemistry, as I have observed ever since I watched them interact in Captain America: Civil War. I also pondered the whereabouts of our two heroes following The Infinity Saga. 9/10
Series: Loki (2021)
“He created all. And he controls all. At the end, it is only He Who Remains.”Miss Minutes, Loki Season 1 (2021)
The MCU grew even more enormous right when I thought it was already huge. You should really watch LOKI as he assesses his inner self and his glorious purpose. Additionally, pay close attention while you’re there.
You undoubtedly have concerns about the timeline, particularly in light of what transpired in Avengers: Endgame (2019). Your questions can be addressed by the Time Variance Authority (TVA). 😉 However, LOKI raised new issues that call for clarification. I’m happy there will be a second season. 10/10
Film: Black Widow (2021)
Oh my, my. I was able to see and understand Natasha 100% during the first 16 intense minutes of Black Widow (2021).
I made the decision to disagree with those who claim that Black Widow’s solo movie is too little, too late after watching the movie. I thought Natasha’s solo film was released at the right time which was after her sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame.
Consider the scene in Avengers: Endgame where our greatest heroes were too startled to comprehend the person behind Hawkeye. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are regular people with lives, just like Clint Barton. They have chosen to keep it well hidden. The early phase wasn’t the right time to discover our agents’ past. I believed that the series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Hawkeye as well as the film Black Widow, all debuted at the perfect time.
Phase 4 is actually a great spot because it denotes both the end and the beginning of a new era. 10/10
Series: What If…? (2021)
Seriously, this is both absurd and terrifying. I’m unable to consider what might have happened. But I won’t lie, the what-if scenarios are intriguing. Just because I like the real MCU narrative, I simply reject these tales. 🙂
Film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
“You are the product of all who came before you, the legacy of your family. You are your mother. And whether you like it or not, you are also your father.”Ying Nan, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Thor (2011), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Doctor Strange (2016) showed us how massive the universe is. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) is where the word multiverse was briefly mentioned. And Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) is where I truly felt that this is where we will explore the universe, the myths, and the gateways which lead to the multiverse.
For me, the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings marks the end of an era and the beginning of a more exciting one. 10/10
Film: Eternals (2021)
“We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress, and seen them accomplish wonders. Throughout the years, we have never interfered… until now.”Ajak. Eternals (2021)
I genuinely enjoy the way Eternals tells its narrative. Marvel really understands their thing after how many movies and television shows. In just one film, we could identify with every character. I was saddened when some of them passed away, changed their ways, or learned to accept mortality because they were all well-developed. I must also confess that I am extremely afraid of the Celestial Arishem. Actually, I dread all celestial beings. They are so enormous, strong, and deadly. 10/10
Series: Hawkeye (2021)
“You showed me that being a hero isn’t just for people who can fly or shoot lasers out of their hands, it’s for anyone who’s brave enough to do what’s right, no matter the cost.”Kate Bishop, Hawkeye (2021)
See my review of Black Widow (2021). I stand by what I said. The time is definitely right for all of our agents’ stories to be told during Phase 4. When Clint and Natasha both agreed to make the ultimate sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, I was really worried and then sad. Natasha’s actions intrigue me, and I’m curious to see how Clint views the future. In this series, I found all of my answers and more. 10/10
Film: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
“The problem is you trying to live two different lives. The longer you do it, the more dangerous it becomes!”Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
I was actually ready for this! You should anticipate the unexpected, given everything that has occurred in the MCU. The multiverse, for instance, gets cracked open when a spell goes wrong, allowing guests from other realities to invade Peter Parker’s world.
Which Park Peter? All three of them! This left me fascinated and heartbroken. Nevertheless, they did learn from one another. Amazingly, that is! Can’t wait for the follow-up (hoping there will be one) because the ending was so tragic. 9/10
Series: Moon Knight (2022)
Oscar Isaac is a talented actor. I didn’t see all of his projects, but I did see enough to recognise his talent. So, when I delved into Moon Knight blindly, I was astounded by how fantastic the story is and how flawlessly all of the casts are, particularly Oscar Isaac.
There is no necessity to watch other MCU projects first if you are not a fan. Moon Knight is self-reliant. It can deliver a nail-biting adventure and has so many surprising turns in the story that it merits a second season. You can count on me to watch and support season 2 if the rumors about it are factual. 10/10
Film: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
“Just because someone stumbles and loses their way doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.”Charles Xavier, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Let me clarify that since Phase 4 began, Marvel has a new manner of telling its story that compels you to forget its formula. The multiverse is introduced in the film, which is jam-packed with oddness. What happened to Wanda Maximoff, who is now the Scarlet Witch, is likewise related.
Yes, disregard the Marvel formula. Think about it: SWORD has replaced SHIELD. Fury is watching things from off-world. It serves no use to be astonished; instead, just enjoy the trip and be mad. 10/10
Ms. Marvel (2022)
“Even at my age, I’m still trying to figure out who I am. My passport is Pakistani, my roots are in India. And in between all of this, there is a border. There is a border marked with blood and pain.”Sana, Kamala’s nani (maternal grandmother), Ms. Marvel (2022)
Oh my, Ms. Marvel isn’t just a female-led superhero series. I appreciate that and have high expectations for Marvel Studios to create content that appeals to people of all ages, not just women or the younger generation.
In all honesty, this series gave me more than I anticipated. I adore the coming-of-age narrative with its themes of culture and family. The program was very heartfelt. There is a lot of truth in this series that people need to see, so I hope many or more people watch it.
Since I thought they had already shared a lot, I don’t mind if there isn’t a second season. If the big screen is where we see Kamala Khan again, I’m fine with that as long as the Ms. Marvel cast as a whole is present.
Film: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
You know, the Thor movies are all unique from one another. It makes sense because characters cultivate. However, each of Thor’s movies is very different from Iron Man, Captain America, and other MCU movies.
Yes, Thor’s life has been both colourful and heartbreaking. But the differences between each other go too far, so I feel like Thor is changing a lot. Even though I enjoy his movies, nothing compares to the impact of Thor: Ragnarok. 8/10
Series: I Am Groot (2022)
“I am Groot!”Baby Groot, I Am Groot (2022)
Who could possibly resist Baby Groot? On August 10, 2022, I Am Groot debuted on Disney+ with five animated shorts as a part of Phase Four of the MCU. I want more because it was sweet and funny. It’s fortunate that five more short films are being made.
Series: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022)
“So maybe, you can stop using She-Hulk as a protective shield and trust us with Jen.”
She-Hulk 2022 is entertaining. Hulk and She-Hulk get along well because they are cousins. However, I can see from those chuckles that Dr. Bruce Banner is doing his best to move on after losing his friends. And I came to many realizations when Jennifer Walters made the decision to live her life.
She is a superhero, so no one holds her in high regard. The ones on the opposing side are labeled as villains because some people were painted as heroes. And despite our heroes’ efforts in Endgame, nothing really changed. They did not make sacrifices for the world to be this terrible.
In reality, this is how things really are. Following 2020, when most people were better, people are once more displaying their terrible sides.
Film: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
“T’Challa is dead. But that doesn’t mean he is gone. When the illness took your brother from us, I had to lead a wounded nation and a broken world. But I still took time in the bush.”Queen Ramonda, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
The sequel, Wakanda Forever, is great. Yes, I agree that Black Panther is a favorite among viewers and mine, too. But I won’t ignore how fantastic the sequel is. Additionally, I was deeply affected by Shuri’s journey, and I’m glad that’s how it turned out. In order to release the baggage and raise yourself when the time is right, you must experience each emotion.
Additionally, Chadwick Boseman’s passing is treated with the same respect and gentleness. But T’Challa’s absence was inescapable. You might feel that something is both missing and overdone at the same time. That caused me to forget about Ironheart. I hope she has yet another fantastic opportunity to introduce herself.
“Yield. And Wakanda will protect your oceans. We will protect your secrets. Yield and your people will live. Vengeance has consumed us. We cannot let it consume our people.“Shuri, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Marvel Studios Special Presentations
Werewolf by Night (2022)
“The known universe, with its heroes and marvels. But what of the darkness?”Narrator, Werewolf by Night (2022)
I was smitten by Werewolf by Night (2022). Marvel’s first TV special is also one of the studio’s first forays into outright horror, which makes it stand out from earlier MCU entries. And it wasn’t just because everything was almost entirely presented in black and white with the exception of the enigmatic Bloodstone’s red glow. Although Werewolf by Night (2022) is neither funny nor scary, I enjoy the lighthearted departure from the usual Marvel fare.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
“Maybe because I’m his sister, I feel like I should give Peter a happy Christmas. He’s so sad about Gamora being gone. Maybe if we gave Peter a really wonderful Christmas gift, it would make him happy.”Mantis, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
On November 25, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special debuted on Disney+. It was strange, entertaining, and a fitting end to Phase Four of the MCU. I am aware that people have opinions about Phase 4. Enjoy this special because it was an odd ride and Marvel will undoubtedly have something intense in store for us all in the upcoming Phase.