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Ultimate Marvel marathon: Watching Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, ahead of Endgame

Ahead of Avengers: Endgame, we watched all 21 MCU films from Iron Man to Captain Marvel — to recap on all the things we missed and loved about Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Swetha Ramakrishnan and Pradeep Menon April 17, 2019 21:35:35 IST
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Ultimate Marvel marathon: Watching Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, ahead of Endgame

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Apr 17, 2019 - 10:46 (IST)

The Ultimate Marvel Movies Marathon

11 years and 21 films later, Avengers: Endgame is just a few days away. What a marvelous feat of vision and execution the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, enriching pop culture in a manner that is without parallel. Now nothing can make Endgame come any sooner, but there can’t be a better way to get into the mood for the final battle with Thanos than going back to the beginning and retracing the entire journey to how we got *here* - breathless with excitement for the conclusion of the truly epic saga.

So, here’s presenting the Ultimate Marvel Marathon, where we watch every film in the MCU - from Iron Man to Captain Marvel - in the greatest Marvel Studios throwback you’ve seen. We look at the crazy moments and little details that we may have missed or forgotten over time, all of which have contributed to the iconic status the Avengers and other characters hold around the globe. 

From intriguing trivia to legendary scenes, from cinephile musings to fanboy excitement, expect it all in the Ultimate Marvel Marathon. Join us, won’t you? 

Apr 17, 2019 - 22:01 (IST)

The Power Stone makes an entry

Of course, the Orb is revealed to contain the fourth Infinity Stone to appear in the MCU - the generic-sounding Power Stone. Earlier in the film we also get a better explanation for the Infinity Stone concept, courtesy Benicio Del Toro as the Collector.

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:57 (IST)

Guardians... has a mix of old-school nostalgic goodness and just outright pizzazz

The dance by Peter Quill in the middle of the climactic fight with Ronan in Guardians... pretty much sums up the nature of the film. It’s both a disruption for Marvel, as well as something that fits in beautifully into the bigger puzzle.  

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:55 (IST)

Bradley Cooper nails it as Raccoon

Rocket the raccoon isn’t just bad-ass, he’s bad-sass. His sheer attitude isn’t merely one of my favourite things about this film, it’s one of my favourite things from all of MCU. And Bradley Cooper voices Rocket’s personality as well as RDJ plays Tony Stark (or as Vin Diesel plays... a tree.)

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:39 (IST)

Bradley Cooper nails it as Raccoon

Rocket the raccoon isn’t just bad-ass, he’s bad-sass. His sheer attitude isn’t merely one of my favourite things about this film, it’s one of my favourite things from all of MCU. And Bradley Cooper voices Rocket’s personality as well as RDJ plays Tony Stark (or as Vin Diesel plays... a tree.)

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:32 (IST)

Guess who's back? Stan Lee

The last few films have had rather forgettable Stan Lee cameos. In Guardians..., he appears as an old perv on Xandar (at least according to Rocket the raccoon.)

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:20 (IST)

Thanos and the Orb

From Yondu’s outlaws to Kree villain and full-time genocidal maniac Ronan to even random bounty hunters, everyone in the film seems to be after the mysterious object known as the Orb. But of course, the one who covets it most is none other than the Mad Titan, Thanos. He has a longer appearance in this one and is now voiced by Josh Brolin. Of course, we do find out in time why he wants the Orb so bad.

Apr 17, 2019 - 21:11 (IST)

Last film of the day: Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy yanks you out from the more familiar setting of The Avengers (Earthly, with a smidgen of Asgardian) and flings you far away into worlds like Xandar and Knowhere. Even with all the self-aware humour in the previous films, this one takes the cake for hilarity. It’s intriguing and funny from the beginning!

Apr 17, 2019 - 18:48 (IST)

Very little to complain about in Captain America: Winter Soldier

What. A. Ride. There’s very little to complain about in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it ends on an absolute high. What a great villain the Winter Soldier is, pipped only because Steve Rogers is such a good guy and great friend.

And Bucky Barnes is only just remembering his past after being a HYDRA puppet for so long. Plus, it teases so many new Avengers - Stephen Strange is casually name-dropped, the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are glimpses in the mid-credits scene, not to mention Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon, who gets to play with the big boys for a bit.

The Russo brothers went on to take the franchise to greater heights, but their first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still my favourite.

Apr 17, 2019 - 18:47 (IST)

The action sequences in Winter Soldier are just a thing of beauty

They’re rugged and intimate while also being so large in scale. Like the one that begins in a crowded, claustrophobic elevator, before ending with Cap bringing a plane down with shield. The HYDRA infiltration coming to light adds a new dimension to the whole things. Suddenly, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D versus shield.

Day 2 updates:

Marvel's The Avengers (2011) is where everything began, really.

Loki is dropping several truth bombs about humanity!

Thor-Hulk need their own film; there's more chemistry here than we imagined.

The Avengers is a holistic film that takes its time to lead up to the epic battle sequence in New York

True movie magic is in a scene shortly after the iconic New York battle scene, where seemingly in one single take we jump from one Avenger to the other, pummelling the Chitauri.

Thanos' introduction in The Avengers is legendary. Josh Brolin hadn't been signed on by then, so he looks different.

Up next, Iron Man 3. Iron Man has PTSD after the New York battle scene and Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin is in top form.

Iron Man 3 has quite a bit of real-world messaging with its themes of global terrorism.

The Tennessee portions in Iron Man 3, when all Tony has is a rambunctious kid and his wits for company, are a good break from the relentless mayhem otherwise.

Iron Man 3 isn’t one of the big picture films, in that the larger MCU story doesn’t hinge on so much on this; but it’s a sweet little follow up to The Avengers.

We're down to the third film of the day - Thor: The Dark World

Women have hardly gotten any real space in the MCU so far, and this was more starkly apparent in the early years. That’s why Natalie Portman in Thor: The Dark World is a breath of fresh air.

Next up - Captain America: The Winter Solider, a film that has a quietly intriguing air about it right from its opening frame.

Captain America’s growth as a character is visible only in the big picture.

Marvel films always borrowed from real life, but Winter Soldier comes frighteningly close to showing us a world that’s not too far away, for real.

Guardians of the Galaxy takes the cake for hilarity. It’s intriguing and funny from the beginning!

Bradley Cooper voices Rocket’s personality as well as RDJ plays Tony Stark (or as Vin Diesel plays... a tree.)

Guardians of the Galaxy has a mix of old-school nostalgic goodness and just outright pizzazz

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On day one of our power-packed Marvel marathon, we watched five films: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America.

On day two as well, we'll be watching five films: Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Stay tuned as we bring to you easter eggs, details we missed, moments we cherished from our favourite Marvel films and miscellaneous other opinions in the Ultimate Marvel Movies Marathon, ahead of Avengers: Endgame.

For all updates from day one, click here.

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Avengers: Endgame is only 10 days away. The last film in a massive 22-film extravanganza — Phase 3 of Marvel Cinematic Universe — comes to an end in 10 days. It's been a long, emotional and sometimes exhaustive journey for fans following Marvel films, from Iron Man in 2008 to Captain Marvel, which releases just last month.

Excitement levels are high, and a Marvel movie marathon is a great way to sustain it till the final film releases. In this 'Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon' we hope to take you through all the tropes, scenes, dialogues and characters that made you fall in love with MCU, as we wait with bated breath for Avengers: Endgame. 

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