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Marvel Movies Marathon — Watching Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War, ahead of Avengers: Endgame

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.

Swetha Ramakrishnan and Pradeep Menon April 19, 2019 21:34:04 IST
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Marvel Movies Marathon — Watching Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War, ahead of Avengers: Endgame

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Apr 19, 2019 - 10:54 (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? 

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See our full Avengers: Endgame coverage here.

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:30 (IST)

We're in the Endgame.

So there we have it. Not only is Captain Marvel the most powerful weapon that earth has, but Carol Danvers is also the reason why the Avengers Initiative gets its name - it was Danvers’ call sign back when she was a pilot. That end-credit scene when she finally answers the call from Fury’s pager (?) has to give you goosebumps. Because now, we’re in the endgame.

We can't wait for 26 April. 

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:27 (IST)

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter

Once Captain Marvel realises that the Skrull war was actually a separatist movement, with the Skrulls merely looking to be a people with a home of their own, she realises what her true mission must be. Her endorsement of the Skrull quest for self-determination is a big political statement for the real world, that sort of went under the radar. It’s the reason why I personally rate this film quite highly. That, and the cat.

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:26 (IST)

The lack of a romantic track in Captain Marvel is refreshing

The whole flashback-wiped memory device is done-to-death, but that’s where Brie Larson manages to make things interesting. She’s no tormented soul. She just runs with it, chasing answers to the images that flash before her eyes.

Hers a goofy but charming presence that evolves through the film. And one of my favourite things about the film is that she’s the only lead Marvel character yet to not get a romantic track on the side, apart from mere hints of chemistry with Law’s character right at the start. 

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:14 (IST)

The lack of a romantic track in Captain Marvel is refreshing

The whole flashback-wiped memory device is done-to-death, but that’s where Brie Larson manages to make things interesting. She’s no tormented soul. She just runs with it, chasing answers to the images that flash before her eyes.

Hers a goofy but charming presence that evolves through the film. And one of my favourite things about the film is that she’s the only lead Marvel character yet to not get a romantic track on the side, apart from mere hints of chemistry with Law’s character right at the start. 

Apr 19, 2019 - 21:04 (IST)

And we're on our last film of the day: Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel seems so removed from everything we’ve seen so far. The little connections go more into the Guardians of the Galaxy storyline, because of the Kree-Skrull conflict background. Jude Law is great random addition into this story (or maybe I’m partial because he’s British.) 

Things get really interesting when Vers (what she thinks her name is) crashes into planet C-53, also called Midgard, also called Earth. And then, she runs into a young Nicholas J Fury! Unsurprisingly, it’s the first time he’s meet an alien but he bonds right away. Then, he bonds with a cat. He seems to really start trusting it...

Apr 19, 2019 - 18:37 (IST)

Ant-Man 2's shock-worthy end credits scene

Obviously, the most significant aspect of this film is that shock-worthy end credits scene. The foursome - Hope, Hank, Janet and Scott - are fiddling with the quantum realm, Scott still inside, when suddenly no one’s responding from outside. We know who did that! To know how Ant-Man manages to get out of there, we’ll have to wait for Endgame.

Apr 19, 2019 - 18:34 (IST)

Ant-Man 2 is too basic

Michael Peña narrating his stories, introduced in the first film and perfected in this one, is a thing of beauty. Genuinely innovative comic writing and execution, in a manner that only cinema can allow you. While Ant-Man 2 is basic, particularly after all that we’ve seen in the lead up, but it manages to be fun throughout. Also, it’s possible the quantum realm will have some significance in the battle against Thanos.

Apr 19, 2019 - 18:07 (IST)

Hannah John-Kamen makes for an intriguing villain

In recent MCU films, the antagonists’ motivations have become increasingly grey. You almost always end up seeing the point of their quest. Same goes for Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp. But this film has the misfortune of coming immediately after Infinity War, so everything in Ant-Man 2 seems smaller, pun definitely not intended.

Apr 19, 2019 - 17:35 (IST)

Next film of the day: Ant Man and the Wasp

My favourite thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp? Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie is back! For me, that girl is an Avenger. She’s integral in so many way to Hank Pym, the Wasp and Ant-Man’s quest to bring back Pym’s wife.

Day 4 updates:

Thor: Ragnarok is a gift that keeps on giving, because of Taika Waititi's vision for the film.

Hela is the most powerful woman we’ve seen so far in the MCU, and Cate Blanchett plays her with the greatest mix of sass and style you’ll see.

Second film of the day: Black Panther

The boss women of Wakanda are all introduced early in the film - Okoye (Danai Gurira, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Shuri (Letitia Wright) and of course, the Queen of Wakanda (Angela Bassett).

Black Panther doesn't have the best action sequences in MCU: that would have to be Civil War and Winter Soldier.

Avengers: Infinity War picks up almost immediately after Thor: Ragnarok end. This last set of films is collectively the best run that MCU has had so. They’ve all contributed so beautifully in creating the legend of Endgame.

The entry of the film belongs to Steve Rogers (and team). All the Chrises are finally in one film!

When Tony Stark tells Peter Parker, in his spanking new and totally awesome Spidey suit, “Kid, you’re an Avenger now,” you totally feel it. You can sense the stakes escalating.

The Russo brothers referred to Infinity War as a heist film. They were right.

And we're on our last film of the day: Captain Marvel.

Not only is Captain Marvel the most powerful weapon that earth has, but Carol Danvers is also the reason why the Avengers Initiative gets its name - it was Danvers’ call sign back when she was a pilot. That end-credit scene when she finally answers the call from Fury’s pager (?) has to give you goosebumps. Because now, we’re in the endgame.

We can't wait for 26 April.

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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 watched five films: Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy.

On day three, we covered six films! Avengers: Age of Ultron, AntMan, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spiderman: Homecoming.

Join us as we cover the last leg of our marathon with 6 more films today: Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the WASP, Captain Marvel.

 

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