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Retro Review — Avengers: Endgame

Retro Review — Avengers: Endgame

We only have one movie remaining in Phase Three of the MCU. And yes, it’s the one five years after evil has triumphed; This is our Retro Review of Avengers: Endgame.

So, let’s skip straight to the action. Here’s a retro review of Avengers: Endgame, the one where Thanos died. Twice.

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What If the Bad Guys Won?

Marvel spent more than a decade introducing fans to dozens of beloved characters. Then, with a literal snap of the fingers, half of them vanished.

Thanos harnessed the power of the Infinity Gauntlet to achieve his dream. He reduced the drain on life-essential resources by 50 percent.

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Alas, the tactic he employed proved…controversial. The Mad Titan turned half of civilization to dust.

Avengers: Infinity War ended with intergalactic heartbreak. Endgame starts the same way, as we witness the toll that Thanos’ actions have taken on society.

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Hawkeye suffers the worst, as every member of his family dies, which the mathematician in me realizes is only three percent likely to happen.

Here’s a hero I can say for certain wishes it’d been him instead, something the movie explores masterfully later.

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Meanwhile, loneliness and isolation overwhelm most of the other Avengers. They have spread themselves too thin as they try to solve all the world’s problems.

In outer space, Tony Stark and Nebula show hints of camaraderie before Captain Glow Marvel saves the day.

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I vividly recall smiling in the theater as I had accurately anticipated this moment. It still holds up, the veritable light in the eternal darkness of space.

On Earth, Black Widow holds down the fort as the de facto leader, which makes Marvel’s later decision all the more frustrating.

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Still, something I admire is that Tony Stark’s paternal instincts have already kicked in, foreshadowing something upcoming. He laments to Steve Rogers that he “lost the kid.”

Countless worlds have suffered grievously, yet Tony Stark feels the worst about his protégé, Peter Parker.

Time Jump

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Meanwhile, the scariest premise of all, at least to me, involves Thanos and his garden.

This psychopath’s living a simple life as a farmer, tilling the land he protected by killing half of all sentient life. It’s like he’s earned access to the Garden of Eden. Chilling.

The Avengers locate Thanos, who reveals he used the stones to destroy the stones.

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He then claims he’s inevitable and starts a half-apology to his daughter when Thor decapitates him. That’s phenomenal storytelling.

Thor has learned from his past mistake…and it didn’t help one bit. At this moment, the God of Thunder enters his downward spiral. It’s symbolic of all humanity, even though he’s not one of us.

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After a five-year time jump, Endgame delivers its first satisfying emotional moment. To me, that’s one of the hallmarks of the film. We get long-term payoffs aplenty.

Ant-Man somehow escapes the Quantum Realm and finds that time moves differently there. Only hours have passed for him. Seems significant.

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Anyway, the one defining characteristic of Scott Lang involves parenthood. He’s the world’s greatest dad.

Lang fears that his daughter has died, only to learn that he’s been declared deceased. Their tearful reunion brings out my inner Hallmark movie fan.

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Soon afterward, Lang reveals the quirks of Quantum travel to the Avengers. Now we’ve got a ballgame.

The superheroes recognize that one of the scientists among them should be able to unlock the secrets of time travel.

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Of course, we’ll need Tony Stark for that. Hey, remember when I ceded the title of best girl dad to Lang? Yeah, he’s got competition.

For all his many gaping personality flaws, the Iron Man displays a tender heart where his daughter is concerned. He loves her 3,000.

Avengers: Endgame gets emotion right. Well, mostly.

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Timey Wimey

When Endgame came out, people absolutely buried the time travel elements, picking apart the logic like it was an Olympic sport.

What those critics missed is that Marvel took a Doctor Who approach to quantum travel. So don’t overthink it, Poindexter. You want Spider-Man back, right?

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People really should have gotten this from the way the film introduces it. Ant-Man turns into multiple versions of himself and then pees himself.

Does that sound like a scene from a hard science film? Instead, the whole thing functions as a slapstick McGuffin. We don’t care about unlocking time travel.

This story involves Smart Hulk and Fat Thor and Hope-Having Hawkeye.

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Then, we get a videogame quest to collect some colorful power stones before the clock counts down to zero and kicks us back to the start screen.

I’m being snide, but this sequence plays out as a prolonged flex by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

We learn that he has meticulously plotted the location of the various Infinity Stones years before this film, carving the path for this wildly satisfying payoff.

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Thor meets his mother and ex-girlfriend again. Bruce Banner learns how far he has come with dual identity struggles. And Tony Stark briefly reunites with his father.

I’m in awe of all of it, as pretty much everything works…except that one thing.

Throughout the 15 years of the MCU, Marvel has struggled with female empowerment. Even in Endgame, it’s a trouble spot.

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Black Widow nobly sacrifices herself to save the universe…and gets nowhere near the funeral that Tony Stark does at the end.

Yes, her dudes act sad and motivated, but you know what that’s called, class? Fridging.

First Snap’s Free

We get some other stuff about America’s Ass and Nebula’s suffering. However, all of it serves the purpose of leading to the proverbial endgame.

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With the stones collected, the Avengers earn a chance to rewrite history. And that’s why we all showed up on the opening night. We wanted Thanos to get his…and he does. He really, really does.

First, Hulk snaps his fingers and brings Laura Barton and her kids back. The dude almost melts his arm off in the process, a nice touch.

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We also get the tiniest bit of foreshadowing, as Tony provides the coolant to save the arm. But, of course, he won’t have anyone capable of doing that for him in a bit.

Soon afterward, old Thanos arrives, not to be confused with current and dead Thanos. He quickly deduces that he hates the Avengers, even those he’s never met in his timeline.

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Then, they fight. We’re in the endgame now. And it’s amazing.

The core Avengers from the comics, the one with the suit, the shield, and the hammer, square off against the Man Who Killed Half of All Life.

As far as boss fights go, that’s a good one.

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I’m someone who rewatches movies regularly. I’ve probably seen Endgame 30 times by now. However, I’ve watched these 40 minutes more than 100 times.

I’m utterly incapable of turning it off when I notice it on television…or on an airplane. I cannot remember the last flight I had where I didn’t watch it.

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Endgame

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Look, I’m old enough to remember Return of the Jedi when it came out. And I saw Die Hard on its first Saturday in theaters.

I’ve watched movies in front of some passionate crowds. Before 2019, the hottest crowds I ever saw were at There’s Something About Mary and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

That Endgame crowd was next level, though. Even now, I sometimes watch YouTube highlights of people losing their damn minds during the high spots.

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I’m talking about Captain America wielding Mjolnir, the women rising up to lead a surge, Captain Marvel eviscerating a spaceship, and the three moments that will always stand out the most.

As a diehard fan of Captain America: Winter Soldier, I’ve always marked out at “On your left.” So its return here gave me pure joy.

Similarly, Feige and co. saved the first usage of the Avengers’ comic book battle cry for this moment.

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How can anyone not get chills when Captain America says, “Avengers assemble!”?

Thor’s nearly simultaneous cry of fury is an underrated aspect of this as well.

When that Avengers battle music plays, I still lose my mind three years later. I think everyone does.

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Overall, this scene suffers no missteps of note, even though I think the “Is that everyone?” bit is two lines too many.

Still, we build to that phenomenal moment when the Scarlet Witch reveals herself as the biggest badass in the MCU.

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She wrecks Thanos in the fight, forcing him to kill his own troops to provide a distraction. I know this one has been meme’d a lot, but it’s still incredible.

We may underrate Elizabeth Olsen as an actress. In Endgame, she’s the apocalypse walking. But, then, in WandaVision, she’s better at Donna Reed than Donna Reed was.

Final Thoughts

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Ultimately, Tony Stark snaps his fingers and delivers the most fitting fate to Team Thanos. His heroic sacrifice leads to a funeral of loved ones, the kind Black Widow deserved.

Still, the payoffs overwhelm the minor quibbles. Hawkeye reunites with his family, Ant-Man gains a glimpse of the family he’ll have, and World War II heroes finally share a dance. What’s not to love?

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You may have noticed that I’ve mostly skipped the review this time. This one’s more of a love letter, even as I acknowledge the film’s flaws.

In 2008, Marvel released the best film of the year, Iron Man, but people were too busy talking about The Dark Knight to realize it.

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Feige and his gang took a victory lap more than a decade later, one overflowing with standing ovations.

Avengers: Endgame represents the kind of storytelling masterpiece that may never be matched again in our lifetime…and I say that without hyperbole.

Think about how badly Game of Thrones spit the bit in a similar situation. Of course, I could say the same thing about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as well.

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After only four years, we can already say with confidence that Endgame will stand the test of time. It’s become an iconic cultural footprint in the zeitgeist.

I’m not just giving this film an A+ on rewatch. I’m saying that the entire MCU from Phase One through Phase Three deserves an A+ for the complete journey.

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Take a bow, Feige. You earned it.

 

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Review Wakanda Forever: Black Panther.

You are kindly invited to a funeral by Marvel StudiosYou should be aware that this is the tale of Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe narrative honors the la

You are kindly invited to a funeral by Marvel Studios

You should be aware that this is the tale of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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The narrative honors the late Chadwick Boseman in every way, even as Marvel moves the plot along and establishes a replacement as the leader of Wakanda

The Black Panther sequel ends up being unusually depressing for this reason. Some of my audience members did cry, sometimes at the most unexpected times

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In terms of the movie, I’m still undecided. I kind of loved it. It broke my heart in other ways

In this ambivalent review of the Black Panther film without the real Black Panther, I’ll go over both the good and the bad

A Loss Story, Either Way

After Boseman’s tragic passing, a discussion erupted online. Fans pondered the Black Panther’s replacement after Boseman

When he revealed that he finished the script the week before Boseman passed away, director Ryan Coogler recently tore people’s hearts out

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Obviously, the project had to start over after this significant loss. Boseman would have made Wakanda Forever significantly different from what we’re currently seeing

King T’Challa returned five years after The Blip, so Coogler insisted that even with Boseman, the story would have involved dealing with loss

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As T’Challa/Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman

In that tale, Wakandans would already be in mourning. But since the film’s opening states the obvious, we see that on screen instead

Now dead is King T’Challa. His absence leaves two voids: one as Wakanda’s ruler and the other as the Black Panther, the nation’s protector

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Killmonger’s destruction of the Vibranium plants required for this transition in the first movie makes it seem as though replacing the Black Panther is impossible. As a result, Wakanda seems hopeless and lost

Vibranium is a word that sounds eerily similar to vibrance, so don’t pass it by. The sequel recognizes that without Chadwick Boseman, we have all lost that

One versus five

Because of this, the sequel allows art to imitate life as four different women lament the centrifugal male figure in their lives

The loss of Ramonda’s only son must be mourned in addition to her recent widowhood. Her extreme overprotectiveness of her last child, Shuri, results naturally from this

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Shuri, on the other hand, struggles with using her rage as a coping mechanism for her grief. Nakia, the only person who could assist her, skipped even her lover’s funeral before leaving for Wakanda

Okoye, the Dora Milaje’s warrior leader, is the next. With everyone’s heart broken, she is attempting to hold the pieces of a kingdom together

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Riri Williams, a fresh new character whom Target hinted at in a series of ads, is the last one we meet

In this tale, Riri plays the role of the outsider who ties the puzzle together

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In some ways, Coogler changed Riri’s name in the dialogue to Shuri. This sums up the character. She is Black Panther 2’s technological goddess

Riri and Shuri, who are sisters from different worlds, are undoubtedly brought together by their shared intellectual interests. However, it is an external presence that truly ties them together

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Even though the word “Atlantis” is never used in this movie, King Namor and his people are introduced for the first time in the MCU. They aren’t Atlanteans at all, presumably to avoid comparisons to DC’s Aquaman

They actually live in Talokan’s underwater realm and, while they are not Wakandans, they are certainly more powerful

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Wakandans and Talokans are accidentally introduced by the United States, and a tense relationship results

The Latin American actor Tenoch Huerta Mejia, who was previously unheard of, and who gets the uncommon “and introducing

. ” credit in the movie, plays a pivotal role in the conflict

Wakanda Forever is a struggle. Namor poses a threat to peace and has no regard for humanity

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In the process, he unintentionally starts a war with five fierce women, the majority of whom are Wakandan

The movie’s issues really start to show here. Throughout the story, Namor’s motivations are inconsistent

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Bloodshed might have been avoided if he had come to the same conclusions sooner rather than later

Additionally, I didn’t find the character to be as interesting as the one in the comics. Namor first appeared in The Invaders, making him older than Marvel itself

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I’m fascinated whenever Namor engages in conflict with or collaborates with the Fantastic Four because he’s such a conflicted antihero

He mostly comes across as a haughty jerk in Wakanda Forever. Although they are hollow, Coogler gives the character some scenes of sympathy. That irritates me because Killmonger, one of the top three MCU villains in my opinion, was presented in Black Panther. Black Panther has two talent gaps as a result of this

Boseman is one, whereas Michael B

The second is Jordan

Namor is just not as interesting as Killmonger. A poor analogy

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In fact, I found myself thinking about relationships throughout the movie at various points. You typically date a few people you know won’t last long after a breakup

Get over your ex types, they are. The same sentiment can be applied to Namor and the whole film. Making a Black Panther sequel without the Black Panther presented Coogler with an impossible task. He unquestionably gave it his all. And allow me to be clear on this: I’d give Wakanda Forever a 7

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Overall, 5 out of 10

Simply put, it isn’t Black Panther

Marvel Studios. When we see the same actors onscreen without Boseman or Jordan, the echoes of that movie seem like vivid dreams of loved ones who have passed away

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I’m avoiding a few spoilers here and will elaborate on this topic a few months from now

Nevertheless, it perfectly captures how I felt about the sequel in general. I would probably awe at Wakanda Forever’s caliber and emotional resonance if I hadn’t seen Black Panther. We would have loved Wakanda just as much in 2018 if this tale had been our introduction to it

It’s not, though

So I didn’t

Accepting What Wakanda Forever Is. Consider the same scenario for a widow using the dating analogy once more

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When you meet a potential partner, you realize you need to start dating again. But you’re aware that they’re not quite as good as the partner you found to be worthy of marriage

At some point in the future, they might be. Simply put, you’re not prepared to feel that way about someone else once more

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That’s a brief summary of my experience with Wakanda Forever

There were so many things I liked about the movie, especially Riri Williams. In this movie, Dominique Thorne steals every scene just like Letitia Wright did in Black Panther

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Recall that at the time, fans had already demanded that she succeed T’Challa as either the leader of Wakanda or the Black Panther. In this role, Riri brings that kind of, uh, vibrance

Martin Freeman also makes another appearance and lends his endearing everyman charm. Even more so, he makes a shocking revelation that I find genuinely delightful

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When it comes to M’Baku, Winston Duke is back and once again excellent

The women of Wakanda are given priority in Coogler’s narrative on purpose. Picture from Vanity Fair

Due to this, M’Baku is relegated to supporting roles and serves primarily as comic relief. Keep in mind that he wasn’t just T’Challa’s friend; he was also an enemy

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His grief would therefore manifest itself differently from that of the four Wakandan women. It belongs in another narrative

However, I’m still holding out hope that he’ll somehow have a bigger role in the upcoming Wakanda series on Disney

But even so, I can see why he’s not crucial to the story. The final words. Coogler was faced with that difficult decision

He was in mourning after recently losing his friend. But the future of a franchise and hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake. Consequently, Coogler was forced to improvise a new plot

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The one he created is incredibly captivating

Just not the one we all would have chosen, it’s different

I attended a funeral that Marvel invited me to, and the entire time I was grieving and emotionally empty even as I was in awe of the people who had been more severely affected than I was

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For November 14th, 2022, see the MarvelBlog.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally arrived in theaters after four turbulent years, the passing of the franchise’s leading character, and a turbulen

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally arrived in theaters after four turbulent years, the passing of the franchise’s leading character, and a turbulent sequel production

That will be the only topic covered in this week’s MarvelBlog News for obvious reasons. Everything depends on it

Wakanda Forever Gets Off to a Flying Start

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Start by going over the fundamentals. On Thursday, the North American premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took place

With regard to Friday’s box office, Thursday sneaks for the sequel brought in an impressive $28 million

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That’s significant because it’s below the sum that Thor: Love and Thunder attained, which suggested a lackluster weekend

However, Friday also happened to be Veteran’s Day, which caused a surge in ticket sales

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The sequel to Black Panther drew a sizable American audience on that holiday. Due to the holiday boost, Friday’s sales were $84 million. In terms of box office receipts, that ranks as the tenth-best Friday ever

When analyzing the Saturday and Sunday numbers, a few additional variables are taken into account. Yet Wakanda Forever accomplished what seemed insurmountable

Box office revenue on that first Friday was higher than the $75 made by Black Panther in 2018. 9 million dollars, plus $25. 2 million in revenue on Thursday

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No sane person anticipated that Black Panther 2 would surpass the $202 million opening weekend haul of its predecessor

Disney and Marvel were after all marketing a Black Panther movie without the character’s internationally renowned actor. A tough sell, that one

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In light of this, a domestic opening weekend gross of $180 million must be viewed positively by all parties

Disney predicts a $330 million opening weekend worldwide gross for the movie

The International Problem in Peril

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You’ll notice that North America accounts for the lion’s share of Wakanda Forever’s revenue. That is not an accident

The international box office is still a hazy proposition for all Hollywood films, as was already mentioned here

Due to the pandemic’s lingering effects, some countries haven’t fully resumed their normal operations. Others simply don’t have the same level of theatrical demand as they did in 2019

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Comparatively, Black Panther’s sequel’s opening weekend gross of $370 million was outperformed by $40 million. That wasn’t a reasonable expectation, though, to reiterate

The fact that Wakanda Forever’s international box office BP2 has doubled that of recent films The Batman and Black Adam is what matters

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I used Thor: Love and Thunder, the most recent MCU film, as the boundary for this title

Thor 4 made $303. During its first weekend, 2 million people watched it globally. Additionally, foreign countries accounted for more than half of its overall global total

Oddly, the economy back then was stronger than it had been for Wakanda Forever

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Both films were shown in China, which had a significant negative impact on sales but not on the overall result

Hollywood films do not do well in China. The market is more important for its ancillary income like merchandise and potential licensing

Due to all of these factors, Wakanda Forever legitimately faces one of the reviews that is the most open-ended of any tentpole movie I can ever remember. And I used to make a living by writing about box office

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Critics will draw attention to how poorly it has performed in comparison to the original and selectively compare it to other Marvel movies

The $250 million production budget of the film will be used as evidence by fans of the franchise to claim that it will probably make money when it is released in theaters

Personally, I had kept tabs on early ticket sales and tracking and prepared for the worst possible outcome here. Therefore, I consider Wakanda Forever’s performance to be a strong demonstration of franchise power

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I find it amazing that BP2 made 10% more money on opening weekend than Thor4

Black Panther’s reputation was strong enough to triumph over insurmountable odds

The statistics of Wakanda Forever Let’s talk about a couple of the sequel’s outstanding issues

First off, Wakanda Forever was a huge hit with both critics and viewers. BP2 has an 84 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 75 percent rating among Top Critics as of the time of this writing

In the meantime, the movie hasn’t experienced review bombing (yet?)

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Therefore, with a 95 percent Audience Score, it is absolutely brilliant. Wakanda Forever boasts a Metacritic score of 67, which is higher than the most recent Doctor Strange or Thor sequels

The grades on IMDb and Cinemascore are somewhat at odds

IMDb currently rates BP2 at 7. 4 out of 10, which is respectable but unremarkable. However, Cinemascore, whose ratings are based on opening day attendance, gave the movie an A

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Without a doubt, Black Panther received an A. Therefore, this isn’t quite as good. Still, an A is significantly superior to the Bs received for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder

Recall that Cinemascore uses an odd curve

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Anything that doesn’t receive an A- isn’t a good film that will probably last longer. But a movie that gets an A ought to get good buzz

And A titles are incredibly uncommon, highlighting how significant of a cinematic accomplishment Black Panther was. These statistics taken together show that viewers liked Wakanda Forever, probably even more than they anticipated

Final Reflections

Unfortunately, the box office picture overall is more cloudy, at least for the MCU as a whole

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The global opening weekend of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brought in $450 million. The two subsequent releases haven’t come close to matching this total since then

In the meantime, the MCU’s reputation has suffered. Despite the fact that I disagree with the evaluation, I frequently read remarks from respectable people who disparage Phase 4’s general quality

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Phase 4 unquestionably comes to a successful conclusion with Wakanda Forever, but Marvel still needs to do some convincing to get viewers to return to the theater

However, it’s possible that this is a general industry issue rather than a Marvel problem

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The era of the mega-blockbuster is either coming to an end or is currently in decline. Either way, you could present evidence to support your claim

Hollywood needs to put out more quality films, according to the head of AMC Theatres. Marvel obviously accomplished that just now and received a positive outcome

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But rather than a home run, I’d call it more of a double.

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Top MCU Film Villains.

The best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to date, in my opinion, would be chosen by a unanimous vote from any group of (sane) peopleWe’re o

The best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to date, in my opinion, would be chosen by a unanimous vote from any group of (sane) people

We’re only now beginning to recognize the lasting influence Thanos and Loki have had on the film industry several years after the fact

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Even now, all MCU spinoffs face criticism because of (potentially unjust) comparisons to Thanos and Loki made by their villains

I wondered what this thought process was. Who are the greatest MCU movie villains to date, if those two bad guys are removed from the list? Rumlow, Brock

Kevin Feige is incredibly effective, which is something I admire

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He rejects the idea of useless parts. Brock Rumlow, for instance, is first introduced to us in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Because he is Crossbones, an assassin who enjoys collecting weapons and is a fairly common supervillain, comic book fans immediately recognize him as bad news

Image: Hollywood’s heroic side

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By introducing Rumlow as someone who idolizes Captain America, Feige and the movie’s directors, the Russo Brothers, solve this issue

Seriously, the entire time Steve Rogers performs, that guy is overcome with awe

Of course, that makes the altercation between the two in the elevator much more personal. The fight ultimately involves Rumlow and his hero, Rogers, despite the fact that there are a lot of other guys on the elevator at the time

This shows that Rumlow will go to any lengths, including murdering his hero, to carry out a mission

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Later, the character makes a second appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where he once more sacrifices millions of people in order to complete his mission

The distinction between good and evil is becoming increasingly elusive in our day and age

Brock Rumlow exemplifies this to a T. Barnes, Bucky

USA Jacket is shown in the picture

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Diane de Poitiers, a famous French noblewoman, once said, “To have a good enemy, choose a friend: he knows where to strike

“. The fundamental idea behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that

Steve Rogers is a hilariously flawless hero who is completely incapable of doing wrong. When that person squares off against a foreign terrorist who also happens to be his best friend, how does he respond? picture via Pinterest

In this movie, Bucky Barnes plays a relentless, destructive force of nature

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The fun comes from watching the noble Rogers gradually expose the hero hidden inside the villain by tearing away at Barnes’ impenetrable exterior

This movie is a masterwork of narrative

Vanko, Ivan Given how polarizing Iron Man 2 has been over the years, I might receive cards and letters for this one

Justin Hammer is probably considered the better villain in the movie, even by those who like it

I completely understand that as a longtime fan of Sam Rockwell

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But that viewpoint is demonstrably incorrect

Ivan Vanko’s performance as Tony Stark’s evil counterpart is the key to Iron Man 2’s entire plot. Despite the fact that Vanko did not have a fortunate upbringing, the two men have similar intelligence and work ethics

Vanko begins working on a riskier version of the weaponized suits after Stark establishes proof of concept. He then adopts the name Whiplash

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Regardless of your opinion of the film, it is impossible to deny that the scenes depicting Whiplash’s coming-out celebration during a Formula 1 race are compelling

Pic from SyFy Wire. Vanko’s disdain for cake eaters like Hammer also reflects Stark’s own contempt for bureaucracy

The men are eerily similar to one another, giving them a good reason to dislike one another

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As an MCU story, it’s In a Mirror, Darkly

The next two villains put a different twist on the same idea

It’s a tainted mentor/protégé relationship’s domineering nature. Peter Parker is still in shock following the death of his father figure in Spider-Man: Far from Home

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Here comes Mysterio, a multiverse-hopping superhero who resembles a more composed version of the late Tony Stark. Parker quickly puts his trust in this man, which is unusual for someone who is currently on a school trip

But when we are young, everyone is stupid

Later, we discover the truth about Mysterio, whose irate tech character would likely be more sympathetic today given the recent Twitter shenanigans

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Even though it is not as deep as.

, the depth of this betrayal still cuts deep

Ironmonger

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In 2008, I steadfastly jumped on the Iron Man bandwagon while the rest of the world gushed over The Dark Knight, ultimately naming it the year’s top film

The complex relationship between Tony Stark and Obadiah Stane, his late father’s partner, was essential to the movie’s quality

Iron Man requires a little bit more scrutiny in light of what we know about Howard Stark in order to understand how the man could have so drastically misjudged his partner

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To permanently take over Stark Enterprises, Stane planned Tony’s abduction. That’s

.

pretty extreme. Once more, the normally carefree playboy was affected by Stane’s level of betrayal

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Tony had looked to Stane as a father figure ever since Howard Stark passed away. That person hired mercenaries to abduct and kill Stark

Stane’s first thought was, “I’ve gotta steal that!” after Stark created an Iron Man suit in a cave. Obadiah Stane and Iron Monger from the Marvel Legends series. Hasbro is shown in the picture

His next thought was, “My suit is better,” which came later. I’m going to use it to murder Tony Stark

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“. In retrospect, Howard Stark made lousy moral judgments

Even now, I’m unsure if Jarvis made a good butler. Yes, there were times when Avengers: Age of Ultron was a bit of a mess

Joss Whedon, the film’s flawed director, and Feige disagreed on a number of production-related issues. Today, most people support Feige because of the passing of time

Best MCU Movie Villains

However, we cannot discount what James Spader accomplished in the role of Ultron. a close associate of Robert Downey Jr

Spader has proven to be Tony Stark’s sin monument since they were teenagers and the ideal counterpoint. After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the remains of an Ultron Sentry can be seen in a display case in the ride line

Avery and Rebecca Kaplan are shown in the picture. Finally, the inventor produced something he had no control over

Stark was alarmed when it started to act independently

An Isaac Asimov superhero tale then came to pass

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And it was fantastic! Because of Ultron’s fierce independence, he was able to capitalize on humanity’s innate anxiety about the potential rise of machines

Karl Zemo

Name as many MCU supervillains as have actually triumphed

Helmut Zemo is the lone survivor

Best MCU Movie Villains

Zemo didn’t engage in a frantic scramble to seize power, in contrast to many other villainous characters in the MCU. Instead, Zemo devised a strategy, carried it out flawlessly, and ultimately destroyed the Avengers

Tony Stark was convinced by Zemo that the Stark matriarch had been murdered by Bucky Barnes

Tony feels conflicted about Howard, but he has soft feelings for his mother

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The strongest heroes on Earth dispersed as Zemo laughed, Cappy defended his friend as expected, and Tony sought retribution

Later, he danced

Jon Watts is a complete genius and someone who most likely has a fascinating tale to tell

Best MCU Movie Villains

He came up with Peter Parker’s worst nightmare, and that’s the only reason I can think of for it. What if the girl accompanying Spider-Man on his homecoming date was a supervillain’s daughter, Watts wondered

Please ask Watts about his own experience at the homecoming dance if you ever interview him. Please tell me. Vulture, however, functions well as a character for two reasons

First, he was wronged by the government

Best MCU Movie Villains

He was working with people he trusted to run a successful business. Then, a superhero incident forced the company to suffer business losses, which ultimately led to their jobs being lost

The character used some of the tools to start a life of crime because he had no other option

His moral code was peculiar, though. The rare movie villain who respects his opponent enough to offer a compromise is Vulture, in fact

Best MCU Movie Villains

Parker’s superpowers made Vulture very happy, and his daughter, Liz, enjoyed the relationship. The bad guy enjoyed knowing that Parker was taking good care of his daughter

Parker was attempting to prosecute criminals on his own behalf

Therefore, he voluntarily gave up his dating life in order to catch the bad guy

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Why Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds is due to its Shakespearean elements

The protagonist must make a decision that will have devastating effects on all the families as they become more connected

Best MCU Movie Villains

This story is successful because Vulture adds the necessary element of plausibility to prevent the whole thing from reading like a subpar Riverdale episode

Killmonger. The best MCU movie villain to date, absent Thanos and Loki, would likely be Killmonger, in my opinion. This character is perfect in every way

First of all, he is correct. He should be resentful of having witnessed his father being taken from him as a child

Best MCU Movie Villains

Killmonger is also risky. It’s unsettling to think that all those scars on his body represent war fatalities. Superheroes are not allowed to kill in the MCU. On the other hand, this supervillain doesn’t just do that

He murders a lot and does it with pride. That is horrifyingly perverse

Killmonger is family, just like in a number of the other stories presented here

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He is the cousin of the current King of Wakanda and an estranged prince

In other words, the character has all the necessary components to become a classic supervillain. Everything is also made better by the fact that Killmonger is on par with Black Panther in combat. Moreover, Michael B. Jordan practices his performance to the nth degree

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