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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man

To read the rest of the reviews in my backwards MCU retrospective, you can do so here:

Ant Man
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
The Avengers
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor
Iron Man 2
The Incredible Hulk

Moving on:

Preamble

When I went to see this movie in 2008, the screen cut out. It was just at the final battle and everything cut. They got the screen back up eventually, and my friend and I even got a free ticket out of it, but even if that didn’t happen I doubt it would have affected my experience in any way. That post-credit stinger with Nick Fury saying “I want to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative” blew my 18 year old mind. Over 11 years of jadedness later I can’t really get that kind of excitement for comic book movies again, but I still remember that feeling of elation that washed over me. Comic books as I knew them were finally coming to the big screen.

I don’t think anyone could have predicted exactly how this movie would affect the industry and shape it to this day. For better or for worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the dominant force of Hollywood in this current zeitgeist, and it all started because this film was just such a surprising hit. It’s credited as reviving the career of its star, thought to be a complete box office liability due to his history. It helped shape where the MCU went, and Marvel owes it a lot for what a powerhouse The House of Ideas is now.

But is it any good? Let’s discuss.

I Am Tony Stark: Shaping the Perfect Modern Hero (at the time)

It’s hard to sum up just how important Tony Stark is to this film’s success. That and Robert Downey Jr.’s inescapable charisma. Right from the opening scene where he’s making the soldiers feel comfortable and winning them over, we see that Tony is a man with swagger, pomposity and yet he likes people and relating to them, even if it can for the service of own ego. It’s that likeability that’s important for his arc, because he also starts off as an amoral arms dealer who is incredibly self-serving and thoughtless.

Probably one of the most important scenes early on is the one where the reporter confronts him about his arms dealing. He effortlessly deflects her criticisms like he’s had to bat them off a lot, likely because he has. He probably has that kind of media training most tech billionaires get. What’s great here, though, is that deep down you can sense he doesn’t really buy his own bullshit about humanitarianism and defense, he’s too smart for that. The thing is he does not care at all and doesn’t have the ability to care until he’s gets an ugly wake-up call later on. That’s a great place for him to start, because throughout the movie we’ll see this image of himself get utterly shattered and a new man emerge-same ego, different priorities.

The theme of legacy comes up a lot, and what’s fun about Tony is that he doesn’t take his own too seriously as we see by the awards ceremony at the beginning. He doesn’t bother showing up, and even gives the trophy away after Rhodey hands it to him. It also demonstrates that he has a complicated relationship with the people in his life, who he both clearly values and completely takes for granted. He stands Rhodey and Stane up to gamble and schmooze, yet the guy is so goddamn charming he manages to talk his way into his friend’s good books every time. At least, ironically, when he changes for the better.

One of the best examples is his dynamic with Pepper. His friends all represent something different in Tony, and Pepper is his conscious and heart. She’s even the one who removes his old “heart” and installs a new one in the fakest looking chest ever made! They have a cute little back-and-forth and really work well as a team, I like that Pepper is a little more self-aware that her life is defined by Tony. This is why they don’t confirm their “Will-They-Won’t-They” straight away because they’re not fully formed people by the end. As concerned as Pepper is about Tony, she’s the one that keeps him grounded and arguably has the most influence on his actions, little as that is because he’s still Tony Stark. I like how active and involved she is in the plot and she slowly begins to trust his new role as a hero when she realises this isn’t some self-destructive path he’s on and it fulfils him.

Rhodes is Tony’s sense of duty and responsibility, which is probably why he’s such a terrible influence over the decorated officer at the beginning. Despite their wildly different personalities, Rhodey cares a lot for Tony and tries to make him see the best part of himself. He’s the most receptive to Tony being Iron Man and manages to be loyal and helpful without ever feeling like a pushover. If Pepper is the connection to Tony’s humanity, Rhodey is the connection to his morality. Which is why we don’t get to see him suit up in this movie, because his role is guiding Tony to that path, as he literally does before the film’s climax to get a new arc reactor. Don’t worry, Terence Howard-you’ll get your chance.

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There are two other characters that represent something huge in Tony, but I’ll get to them later. I just wanted to break down how well balanced this cast are in their MO of fleshing out the young Mr. Stark. This is what makes him a self-centered, arrogant, thoughtless jackass at the beginning but still caring and sympathetic in his own way. But that’s what makes him a well fleshed out character. What makes him so likeable and distinctive? Well, he’s funny. Really, really funny.

If you know anything, anything, about the behind the scenes shenanigans of Iron Man, you know they started shooting it without a finished script. So how did they get around this? Imrpov’d like a motherfucker! What gave Iron Man such a distinctive edge was something later mastered in Phase 2-the humour felt natural and true to the character. You really buy that Tony is this witty motormouth spraying off bullshit to make people laugh cause that’s what RDJ was actually doing. It makes him and the film so much more endearing, and it makes these movies stand out. 11 years ago it did, anyway.

Honestly one of the best things about this film is seeing Robert Downey Jr and Gwenyth Paltrow play off each other. They bring such different energies, yet they’re witty and acerbic enough to knock the other back a peg. It’s really balanced, and it’s a major reason these two are so strong as a couple and why they lasted so long. It’s definitely the most fun I’ve seen Gwenyth Paltrow having, on top of how much they give her to do here.

But it’s almost a magic trick Tony plays on those around him and the audience. We see it in the flight with Rhodey, where he’s trying to make Stark take this stuff seriously and Tony coerces him into getting shitfaced. It shows what kind of charisma the man has and how it led him into a life of being protected by affluence and inherited wealth. Now let’s talk about how that all fell down so he could fly.

I Am Plato Man: The Cave and Enlightenment

Come on, I haven’t gotten weird and philosophical in this series in a while. Give me this bone.

I think most people know about Plato’s allegory of The Cave. It’s about spending your entire life seeing nothing but shadows which  are merely projections of what is real, where true enlightenment can only be found by leaving this cave and gaining knowledge and insight. This is, likely, a terrible summation of the metaphor, but it fits Tony like a glove. The irony is that he began to realise the projections of his empty, partying life after he entered a cave.

What singles this out is that it twists Iron Man’s origin into using this allegory for Tony’s growth almost in the opposite. His eyes are opened by what’s inside the cave-his tech being manipulated for nefarious purposes he never considered. The resurrection imagery is very on point, he keeps his heart alive with an electromagnet, which leads to his new suit, the Iron Man, powered by a miniaturised arc reactor used to keep him alive. As metaphors go, it’s a tad on the nose, but hey, comic book movie.

We even have a built in philosopher for our mangled Cave comparison, and that is Yinsen. He is the third important person for Tony, and easily the best mentor character in the MCU. Yep, they peaked in the first film. Shaun Toub adds a lot of quiet humanity and intelligence to the part, incisive and logical where Tony is boisterous and observant. But he represents a side of the jaded billionaire who wants to be a better person, and to have a better life. We see this in the conversation about Yinsen’s family, and the revelation on his deathbed that they were killed-he has more than Tony has ever had whether his family are alive or not. This is something that echoes throughout his entire tenure in the MCU, and why his mentor figure’s final line resonates so strongly:

And this is what he’s determined to reach, by doing what every enlightened philosopher does when exiting their Cave-blowing the absolute shit out of the terrorists who imprisoned him there. This is what changes in him-why his friends think he’s lost it. He isn’t just realising he’s a bad person blindly ignoring his war profiteering-his life is empty and he needs to change that. He says as much to Pepper that he knows in his heart what is right now.

What’s great about this sequence, and what impact the cave stuff has, is that it’s long. Marvel films tend to be overstuffed with way too much going on they don’t slow down and have time for character growth. Because of the film’s hyperfocus on Tony, that’s what this film has. We get scenes that set up the threat with the Ten Rings terrorists, his slow bonding with Yinsen and eventually his emotional reliance on the other scientist, and all of it feels earned. None of it rushed, a natural conclusion to the arc that starts Tony on this epic journey into heroism.

So we’re now passed the Cave, but what about the next part? He’s become the hero, now he needs to build him.

I Am Action Man: Production and, well, Action

So the second act deals a lot with building and mastering, and it’s effects heavy as Tony hones his suit and his newfound obsession with hero-being, so this is a great time to talk about one of the best things about this film, the effects. Have some of them aged? No doubt, movie’s been out a while. Do they still make this world feel immersive, physical and genuine, like it really is about a rich dude building a supersuit? You betcha. And it says a lot about Tony-he’s a fast-thinking tinkerer.

I’ve praised Marvel for their sound design before, but this is where it really starts and gives this film some character. Every clank and clink is noticeable, every wiring, buzzing and clipping together the construction and later application of the suits makes them feel like real weapons. They’re impressive and awe-inspiring, and I love how much time is spent to Tony just testing them out. This film more than any other you get the sense of what a genius engineer he is.

These scenes are funny but add a sense of immersion and authenticity to the surroundings. How much the tension is built is on you wanting Tony to win. And when he does…damn. As exhilarating as any action sequence. Watching him in his first flight as we see that iconic helmet POV for the first time, with the camera gliding airily and freely around him. Man, it’s up there with Superman’s flight back in 1978, enrapturing and awe-inspiring. I even love him going up to sub-zero temperatures as well. Changed man or not, he’s still the arrogant blowhard he always was. It’s a nice set-up for the climax, and also is kind of funny as this is absolutely not an issue in other movies, so hey, boy learns!

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As for the actual action scenes, this is probably the only time I will say this for any MCU movie, but they’re all excellent. The assault on the armoured car at the beginning is quick and shocking. There’s a visceral sense of panic, and the movie even opens with an ominous shot of the Afghanistan mountains to really give the audience a sense that they are completely at the whims of these terrorists. I love how Tony is being pushed around and ordered by the soldiers-it’s not a situation he’s used to being in, and his defenselessness is a great contrast for when he suits up later. It ends with the shot of him recognising his tech-it’s brief and passes quickly as it’s edited in with the chaos surrounding them, but I love that for such an important moment it only has time to linger on Stark as this one spark completely crashes his worldview. Great cold open, really gets us anticipating the rest of the film.

The next one is the birth of Iron Man in the tunnels of the Ten Rings hideout, and this scene is a highlight. The start is intense when the guards realise what is happening and rush to stop Tony and Yinsen-Jon Favreau is really great at building tension up in short bursts like this. We get Yinsen’s highly effective sacrifice, and having the first fight be close-combat really shows off the strengths and limitations of the suit, which is effective storytelling and action set-up. My favourite moment is the bullet ricocheting off the helmet and hitting the guy in the skull. It’s not as effective once he gets out, but there’s some awesome moments and the camera is given more room to breathe. Though, and let’s be fair her, that fall into the desert should have killed him. Ditto when he was testing out the rocket propulsion in his lab later on. Tony Stark is less human than we realised, apparently.

Next is Tony’s going to the Ten Rings’ hideout. This goes on probably a little too long, but it’s got some iconic shit like Iron Man walking away from the explosion. The scene with the father and son is another awesome display of a mini-tension, the way Tony takes out the terrorists instead of the hostages was great, as was leaving that one guy to their mercy. It starts to lose me after the warships nearly attack him and it seems to only be there to force Tony to admit to Rhodey that he’s Iron Man, but it’s well shot and full of great little moments-I just love how the Iron Man flying scenes are shot. It’s the only one I have niggling issues with as it’s too much too fast, but even then I don’t hate it.

And yeah, big take: I actually really like the climax! Yeah, this is where people say the film loses them, but this is before the “The same but bigger” villain archetype got way overplayed in the MCU, and I like that Stane just mods Stark’s original design. It shows that he’s just feeding off the Stark’s genius rather than being an innovator himself. Adding the subplot with Pepper trying to get out of the building and later assisting Tony in the fight adds an extra layer of tension as she’s a vulnerable party we have a connection to. It also gives Coulson something to do, who I have neglected to mention before now, but that’s because he’s not really that important outside of world building.

I love the physical differences between the two suits, it really shows how Tony needs to be smarter to beat him especially with the added disadvantage of the weaker core after using the older arc reactor (that scene where he’s nearly dying at his home with it removed is also great and seeped in tension-more fun resurrection imagery too!). Tony has to use his brains to defeat Stane-first by using the suits’ weakness to freezing in higher altitude pressure, then by short circuiting the larger arc reactor paralysing Stane and risking his own life in the process. They use the street to add a potential civilian count (normal people in the crossroads stops being a thing in later MCU movies), it’s really well paced with every action beat happening one after the other in quick succession, and has some of my favourite direction with Pepper running down a hallway from Stane like she’s in a horror scene (apparently close quarters hallway scenes are this movie’s comfort zone). Also nice twist that Stane built a bigger suit instead of just using Tony’s original one. It’s a really well constructed and satisfying climax.

So, does this movie have problems? Well, I mentioned its aging, let’s talk more about that.

I Am Problematic Man: What Iron Man Represents

So I made the comparison to Richard Donner’s Superman before, and I think Iron Man is the closest a comic book movie has ever come to replicating the feel of that, just for a contemporary audience. The thing is, however, that 1978’s Superman feels timeless, Iron Man really isn’t. They make some uncomfortable jokes here and there (one’s a trans panic one) and its depiction of women can be a little skeezy. I get that Tony’s a womaniser, but it’s honestly a little offputting having flight attendants turn into strippers for a sight gag. Also the MySpace reference. Oof.

Ignoring all that stuff, however, is another interesting angle that kind of took me out of the film. See, both Superman and Iron Man are escapist fantasy figures, most superheroes are. The difference is that Superman appeals more to working class homegrown sensibilities-his skills come from his birthright as an alien, so he has that immigrant connection as well. Tony? He’s rich, and he’s righteous. He’s the self-made man fantasy and the film never really questions whether Tony needs to prove this to the audience. He’s the right hero because he has all the best shit and he decides to be a good person. It’s not something that really plays as well, and it distinguishes him from other heroes as they don’t tend to come from a lap of luxury, and even Batman gets somewhat challenged in his movies about whether he’s the best choice to save the day. Tony just is because he’s super smart and he’s great and right and perfect at everything, not because he can afford a stellar education and all these cool toys. He’s the fantasy of the American Dream, and that kind of unbiased examination doesn’t play as well as it may have in 2008.

(like, I’m aware you could make this argument for superhero movies in general, but this one seemed to fed into it with 100% sincerity that probably wouldn’t play now, so that’s where I stand)

I guess we need to address the elephant in the room, and that’s the rather dated depiction of Middle Eastern terrorism in this film. I mean it’s a fictionalised group called the Ten Rings, but they’re obviously heavily inspired by an image of the Taliban and other terrorist cells in the region at the time. It’s not like I think these groups need a more receptive image in the media, I mean fuck ’em, I’m just saying creating these kinds of stereotypes usually plays to their advantage, and this one especially melted away after Osama Bin Laden’s assassination when they were found in, well, houses. I do think this leads nicely into another point I wanted to make, however: Phase One of the MCU seems really heavily inspired as a reaction to the Bush Administration.

Kevin Feige is the shoe thrower

The Incredible Hulk (the only other film distributed when Bush was still President) has a much, much more negative depiction of the military than this film. The idea of creating bigger weapons to wipe out unseen but ever-present threats was absolutely a concern post-9/11. Iron Man 2 had a subplot about the US State Department attempting to overreach to get Tony’s tech for their own purposes. The idea of overriding personal liberties for fear of foreign retaliation was kind of a huge thing after the Patriot Act. Thor is about a proxy war started by a man trying his best to make his father proud. I mean…I don’t feel the need to speak more about that. Captain America: The First Avenger is a throwback to old-timey war propaganda with a more jaded edge to it focusing on the realism and heavy toll of such a taxing war, which would absolutely resonate with a country entering its eight year of war by that stage (and hahahaha hoo boy did that war…..end). Avengers has the least connections as we’d been well passed Bush by that point, but government overreach to combat a foreign threat even at the cost of their own citizenry, and said citizens with special skills uniting to combat that kind of paranoia….it feels apt, even if it’s a little bit of a stretch.

Having said all that, using Afghanistan as a backdrop for Tony’s backstory is a logical step, and having him mow down remorseless and monstrous terrorists was incredibly cathartic for the audience who saw this. Hell, it’s still fun now! Don’t take this movie having aged slightly as an affront to its quality or legacy, I just felt the cracks begin to show over 11 years later. That’s not necessarily a flaw in the film, that’s just time.

I Am Iron Monger….Man: The Villain

Okay, let’s talk about Obadiah Stane finally, played by the always awesome Jeff Bridges. Obadiah is the fourth important facet in Tony’s life, and he represents his company and his father’s legacy. It’s he who makes Tony realise that just batting away Stark Industries’ weapons manufacturing may not be as simple as announcing a press conference. Tony was too shortsighted to realise that because he’s never had to stand against his company before. And that actually puts Stane in an interesting position, because even though he was treated with complete contempt by Tony, he and Stark Industries actually benefited from the man being a thoughtless shithead. Tony is the one thing Stane can’t control, and it drives him crazy throughout the runtime.

The funny thing is Stane seemed like a better foil before the reveal that he’s a villain. I mean look at the insincere way he greats Tony when he gets back-it’s more noticeable in repeat viewing, but they really nail how he’s secretly not very happy he’s back. He rushes Tony off the stage after the press conference, tries to claim his announcement was due to shock. Then he confronts Tony with reason, uses his father, gets broken down to insult him and eventually beg him to reconsider. Eventually, he even goes behind his back and uses the firm to have him be deemed incompetent. He’s the perfect figure against Tony’s desires without ever having nefarious schemes because he’s just a greedy asshole who never cared about Tony despite their relationship.

Two problems emerge with Stane as a villain. First off, his relationship with Tony is pretty undercooked. Compared to how strong his bonds are with Rhodey, Pepper and later Yinsen (a man he knew for about a week), having this man who was a close associate of his father and it barely blips on his radar when he finds out he’s dirty and planned to have Tony killed. I think the two having a better rapport may have made this reveal hit better. As it stands, it’s just there because our lead doesn’t care, so why should I?

Second issue is his scheme is kind of…stupid? He wants to remove Tony in order to replace him as CEO, and he’s selling arms to terrorists. That’s all fine. But he also hires said terrorists to kill him? I mean, I get that it gives him cover, but he could easily stage a car crash or something way less convoluted than what he actually plans. It’s not like his use of the Ten Rings was really all that effective-they tried to use Stark to create a weapon, that’s why he’s still alive. There must be an easier way to kill Tony and cover your tracks that don’t leave encrypted files that are accessible from the computer in the guy you tried to kill’s goddamn office, anyway…

Like, I think that scene where he’s at Tony’s house and he removes the core is great. And the final fight is cool, he just comes off as way less interesting once his villainous ways are revealed. Still, he acts as a good lesson for our hero-in-training over here, who has his final “rebirth” after he puts in his old “heart” newly revived. Stane stands in for his company, and he can’t control his company by barking orders while playing hero, he needs a more hands-on approach to define Stark Industries as a force for good. And how does he do that? Well…

(and yes, I know this was ad-libbed on the day, but it works so well thematically)

I Am Misc. Man: Post-Credit Scene and Miscellaneous

Already mentioned the post-credit scene, but it bears repeating. Tony comes home after the press conference announcement to find Nick Fury, Samuel L. Motherfucking Jackson, awaiting him. This was a cool tidbit if you know the Ultimate comics as their Fury was designed after Jackson. Anyway, he tells him he’s not the only superhero and he should join the Avengers Initiative. Simple, yet so effective, one of the best post-credit stingers they’ve done. Also that line about not the only superhero is more effective come Captain Marvel.

Some other bits and bobs I noticed:

-Didn’t mention this above, but the score is great. It’s actually used really effectively in certain scenes. MCU scores kind of all roll into one another, so good job Ramin Djawaki on going against the curve there.

-I’ve complained about the MCU’s obsession with realistic superhero fodder, and it gets especially ridiculous when Gods come in, but it’s effective enough here. I just really hate superhero fiction taking itself so seriously, and they were more aping the success of the Ultimate comics line at the time. What’s funny is that the Ultimate Universe got folded into the main Marvel Universe after 2015’s Secret Wars and only fringe elements remain from it.

-Love the opening with Back in Black. Stark listening to metal when he works is such a cool trait too, it makes him feel more human. It’s something that they even call back to in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

-I’m convinced Tony says “Don’t post this on social media” in Infinity War because of how dated the MySpace gag ended up  being and they wanted to avoid that. It’s a cute callback all the same.

-I already talked about Terence Howard being recast in my Iron Man 2 review, but I will say he pulls off disciplined military man better than Don Cheadle. The thing is Cheadle handles it fine, and he imbues Rhodey with so much more personality that it ends up not mattering all that much.

-The reporter character is such a prop for the plot, and she also gets slut shamed by Pepper which is yikes. They bring her back in the sequel, but in a severely reduced capacity.

-And who can forget JARVIS! Paul Bettany having a longer gig than he probably realised. He’s more a background accessory here, but his role will grow as we all well know

-Also the helper arm is here! And Tony keeps abusing him! My favourite gag is when he uses the fire extinguisher after Tony slams into the wall

-I love how beat up Tony looks after he’s captured. The contrast between this Tony and cocky, well stylised well-dressed Tony is great visual storytelling.

-I don’t think Yinsen mentioning meeting Tony matches Iron Man 3, but I’d have to watch both back-to-back to be sure.

-The torture scene is fucking brutal, they would not show it so viscerally in later MCU movies.

-Tony hammering the helmet is such a great image, really iconic.

-Great, great subtle reference here: in Iron Man, Pepper awaits delighted to see a disheveled and ill Tony Stark getting off a hangar plane being supported by a friend. In Endgame, Pepper is relieved to see a near-death Tony Stark getting off a spaceship being supported by a friend.

-It’s implied that SHIELD have been around a lot less longer than when it’s revealed they were founded later. It’s funny given Tony’s dad connection to the org.

-Ah, the Burger King bit. Great, great reference to Robert Downey Jr.’s real life and has one of the most devastating callbacks in Endgame.

-There’s a lot of contrast between Tony’s newly made, state-of-the-art American tech and the terrorists scavenging and repurposing stolen American tech for nefarious ends and…yeah, it’s a tad uncomfortable.

-There’s a lot of great attention to detail that carries over to the later films. Watching Tony test everything and seeing the schematics and betas really makes you buy into all of it.

-“Proof that Tony Stark has a heart” cute and wonderful symbol of Tony and Pepper’s relationship, comes back into the plot in a clever way too. And, well…later.

-Stan Lee cameo: he plays Hugh Hefner at the benefit gala. He “reprises” this part in Iron Man 2.

-I didn’t talk about the meet cute with Tony and Pepper at the dance. I like it. It is cute. I get distracted by how contrived the reporter having those images of Stark Industries weapons is, though. Guess we need to forward the plot somehow.

-The suit up is great, another visual motif that stays with the franchise

-The dude Jeff Bridges famously shouts at now has a funny history in the MCU: he reprises this part in Spider-Man: Far From Home! That’s right, Peter Billingsley had a walk-on cameo as he’s friends with Favreau, and he ended up being the actor who had the longest gap between movie appearances, as he appears in the first MCU movie and doesn’t return until the 23rd.

-I love the perfect translation right there on the computer, probably the most fictional technology in the entire MCU

-Gwenyth Paltrow is great throughout the film, but her acting when Tony tells her to flip the switch on the arc reactor is way off.

-The above is kind of false  tension too, because Tony just got pushed away and he was fine, but whatever.

-As Robert Downey JR is now finished with the part, and if you count his appearing in the trailer for Avengers in Captain America: The First Avenger’s post-credit scene (as that trailer stays attached as the post-credit scene in future releases) he is tied with Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson as appearing in the most MCU movies at the time of writing, with 11 of the 23 films under his belt. If you do not count that trailer, he is third.

I Am Iron Man: Conclusion

It’s almost weird to write about this film. What can you say about Iron Man that hasn’t been said? How important it is to how blockbuster filmmaking speaks to this day? Well, I can say that it’s an excellent character study on a beloved and longlasting figure, with a dynamite central performance that elevated it all. Cue that in with a simple but effective redemption story, great dialogue, character dynamics, action set pieces, visual composition, wonderful world building and internal logic to how it all works  and confident, daring direction that hit on a goldmine that has never stopped giving.

Every film is a mini miracle, and it truly is a miracle that Jon Favreau created such a modest movie that birthed an empire. I still love it and it remains one of the strongest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s got some dodgy aging and certain plot beats don’t work as effectively as others, but it’s still an enjoyable and really tightly produced flick, and I’m forever glad to revisit it once the mood catches me.

Final rating: 8/10

Let’s see where it ranks among the first two Phases:

  1. The Avengers
  2. Iron Man
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Iron Man 3
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger
  7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. Thor
  9. Ant Man
  10. Iron Man 2
  11. Thor: The Dark World
  12. The Incredible Hulk

Well, Avenger still holds the gold! Wonder if that will last if I do Phase 3. If.

And that’s that! I have reviewed every movie in the first two Phases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! That means I’m done with this crap, right?

Right?

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Right…?

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