It’s just seventeen weeks until the beginning of the end. That’s right, the Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe’s amazingly triumphant experiment in movie story telling, traversing ten years and (by the end) twenty-two movies, is drawing to a close. As the experiment, conceived in the idea of telling a three-act story spread over ten years and almost two-dozen movies, nears its conclusion, I intend to recap the wonder and majesty with a trip back over the entire series, via each movie, in preparation for the arrival of Infinity War (here in the UK that’s April 27). That’s one movie per week, plus Black Panther, which arrives in Cinemas on February 12, and Thor: Ragnarok, which releases on DVD a few weeks later.
It’s difficult to imagine that the journey started in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk is now almost concluded. What’s in store for phases 4-6, if Disney/Marvel sticks to the same story-telling structure (which they’ve already suggested they may not), is anyone’s guess, especially now that Disney has bought 21st Century Fox and have recovered both the X-men and Fantastic Four franchises. All we know so far is that the new sequence will start off with Spiderman #2 and will likely heavily feature Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Antman/Wasp and possibly Doctor Strange. We also know there will be a Guardians of the Galaxy #3. Speculation is that we’ll see cameos from the main phase 1-3 heroes, but no stand-alone movies. Personally, I’d love to see Iron Man join up with the Guardians!
Regardless, back to our current reality. Sixteen weeks and eighteen movies (although one is in the theatre) means that each weekend, beginning this Saturday, I’ll be re-watching and reviewing a movie from the series, in Chronological order of the story (as best we can tell). First up is Captain America: The First Avenger. Here’s the order I’ll be watching in:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man 1
- Iron Man 2
- The Incredible Hulk
- Avengers Assemble (End of Phase 1)
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy 1
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Ant Man (End of Phase 2)
- Captain America: Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Spiderman: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther (February 12)
- –> Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)
This will be my first time watching these movies so close together in the order of the story and I’d love for you to join me. I have the movies I’m particularly looking forward to watching again (Ironman 1, Guardians of the Galaxy 1, Civil War and, yes, Thor 3, come immediately to mind). Which movie are your favourite? Least favourite? What about your most and least favourite hero/villain (I love the depiction of all the characters, but I’ll miss Tony Stark the most in the new phase)?
So… Avengers Assemble!