A Star Wars Fan Reviews Marvel Movies


Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Promotional Poster

Lindsey Blake, Journalist

I have never been a big Marvel fan, or a fan of superhero movies in general. It’s not that I particularly disliked them, I simply never had the interest in watching most of them.

However, recently my family decided to start a Marvel movie marathon where we would watch all of the Marvel movies in chronological order. I had never seen a majority of them, with the exception of a few such as “Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

I was not quite sure how I would like the movies, as I tend to get bored easily and really did not see myself enjoying watching 20+ movies about people with superpowers saving the world. I am a fan of Star Wars, though, and I suppose they are slightly similar, though there is the never-ending debate about whether Marvel or Star Wars is better.

I have yet to finish all of the movies, but so far in this movie marathon I have watched “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Captain Marvel,” “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Spider-Man Homecoming.”

Before I get into my reviewing, I would just like to re-iterate that I don’t know exactly what I am talking about and am more of a Star Wars person, so take this with a grain of salt. I only payed close attention to those that interested me.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Captain America movies. I wasn’t expecting much from them, but I found myself enjoying them and actually paying attention, especially for the first one.

Sometimes all of these male characters, or more specifically superheroes, get jumbled together and almost lose their uniqueness, but I found Captain America to be a likable character, despite him having the least unique name out of everyone (I mean, come on…). I also really liked Chris Evans’ portrayal of him, I felt like it was a good fit.

My mom, Kristen Blake, said “I liked the friendship between Bucky and Steve and how it developed across the multiple movies.”

She also liked how “the underdog got to be the one to help everyone.”

Some of you might be mad at me for this next one, but Captain Marvel was a major disappointment to me. I had seen her in Endgame and thought she was a cool character, and she is one of the only female Avengers, so I was looking forward to how her movie would be. Unfortunately for me, I found it terribly boring.

In fact, I thought it was so boring that I barely payed attention to it at all. I can recall almost nothing from the movie besides the fact that it seemed like they put nowhere near the amount of effort they did into other Marvel movies into it. I am honestly not surprised that they messed up one of the only female-led Marvel movies, though. Hopefully “Black Widow” coming out later this year will be better.

I enjoyed both “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” I have a love-hate relationship with Iron Man because he is really funny sometimes, but then he also has a ginormous ego, is annoying, and tends to cause lots of problems. It is undeniable that he is smart though, and he probably is one of my favorite avengers.

Penny Potts was another favorite character of mine, though of course she isn’t an Avenger. She balances out Tony’s sometimes wild nature, which he really needs.

I am guessing that this is an unpopular opinion, but I really disliked the Thor movies. They bored me and the animations and plot lines were almost a bit cringey. I also personally just wasn’t a fan of Thor’s character, though he is funny sometimes. Natalie Portman being in it did slightly redeem them for me.

I had already seen the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I hadn’t seen the second one yet. I think they are both extremely entertaining and are unique compared to the other Marvel movies, making them more interesting. Baby Groot was definitely the highlight of vol. 2.

Spider-Man Homecoming Promotional Poster (Marvel Studios)

Next up, “Ant-Man.” I honestly had no idea what to expect with this one, and I had no prior knowledge of it besides the fact that Paul Rudd plays Ant-Man. I thought the concept of Ant-Man’s suit as well as the ants helping him was really cool, and a lot more interesting than some of the other avengers. I also like Paul Rudd as an actor, so this was definitely one of my favorites.

I asked my dad, Jason Blake, who I watched the movie with what he thought of it. He said “It was not what I expected in that it was interesting that they picked a kind of low-level criminal to be Ant-Man.”

He continued that “Something I liked about it was the in-depth plot about how he was selected and tricked into finding the suit by burglarizing the inventor’s home. It was a very entertaining movie.”

Finally, “Spider-Man Homecoming.” This is a little weird, but I had already seen “Spider-Man: Far From Home” when I watched Homecoming for the first time. I really enjoyed both of them, the second more so because Zendaya had more of a role in it.

I have always been a fan of Spider-Man. I love the Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland versions. I am excited for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and will definitely be watching it.

Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised so far while watching the Marvel movies. There were definitely some disappointments along the way, but most of them are entertaining. I will keep watching the rest of them, and we’ll see if any of my opinions change!