A Star Wars Fan Reviews Marvel Movies: Part 2

Marvel Spider-Man: Far From Home Promotional Poster

Marvel Studios

Marvel Spider-Man: Far From Home Promotional Poster

Lindsey Blake, Journalist

In April, I wrote an article where I reviewed Marvel movies through the lens of a Star Wars fan. However, in that article (click here to read it), I didn’t include all of the Marvel movies. Now that I have finished all of the Marvel movies, I have formed new thoughts and changed some of my opinions. In my last article I ended with “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” so I will begin with “Black Panther.”

I have seen “Black Panther” a good amount of times now, and I truly believe that it deserves a spot as one of the best Marvel movies, in terms of both plot and character development, as well as overall entertainment. T’Challa, or Black Panther, is a really unique Avenger that is easy to like and root for. His sister, Shuri, was also a great character that brought a lot to the film. Overall, this movie is definitely worth the watch and is a good step in the direction of increasing diversity in companies such as Marvel.

“Doctor Strange” was another one of my favorites. It was different than I expected, but in a good way. I liked how Doctor Strange is different from the other Avengers in the way that he doesn’t exactly engage in physical combat, but rather uses his magical abilities.

Next, “Thor: Ragnarok.” My expectations for this movie were pretty low, considering I did not really like the first two Thor movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It was much more well-produced and entertaining than the previous Thor movies. I really liked how they incorporated Hulk and Loki into the film and developed their character arcs. Thor may not be my favorite Avenger, but he definitely is funny.

I had high expectations for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and I was not disappointed. Ant-Man is definitely one of my favorite Avengers, both due to his funny personality and unique powers associated with his suit. The incorporation of the Wasp and her relationship with Ant-Man was entertaining. The balance between superhero and father that Ant-Man tried to achieve was portrayed really well and served as an integral part of the film, as well as made him more likeable overall.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is definitely one of my favorite Avengers movies. This was my second time watching it, as I had seen it a few years ago, though I didn’t remember much but the general plot of the infinity stones and Thanos. I liked how a large amount of the Avengers were incorporated into this movie in different ways. It was really cool to see them all come together to try to save the world, though there was definitely conflict along the way. The pace of this movie was really well set, as it did not go too fast or too slow. Ultimately, I think this movie is hard to beat in terms of the other Avengers movies.

Marvel Endgame Promotional Poster (Marvel Studios)

On the other hand, “Avengers: Endgame” is overhyped. Don’t get me wrong, it is a really good movie. There are definitely tear-jerking moments as well, as I had really grown to like the Avengers and other characters. However, the pacing was too slow. A large portion of the movie is dedicated to the remaining Avengers trying to find a way to go back in time and use the infinity stones to bring back the rest of the world population. It just got boring at times, and I wish that there was more combat or fighting scenes. The ending also bothered me because just when Iron Man had settled down and started a family, he was killed off. I get why that happened, but it still makes me upset. Spider-Man is one of my favorite avengers, so maybe that’s why I reacted so emotionally to Iron Man’s death, as Spider-Man saw him as almost a father figure. I also really like Black Widow, so I was sad to see her meet such a sad fate.

Speaking of Spider-Man, the last movie is “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Though I really did like “Homecoming,” I enjoyed “Far From Home” much more. I am big fan of Zendaya’s, so I was really happy to see that she played a bigger role in this movie. The storyline and characters are very enjoyable, and I am excited to see what they do with the third Spider-Man movie coming out later this year.

Overall, I was not expecting to enjoy the Marvel movies this much. I would still say that I am more of a Star Wars person, but I am glad that I took the time to give these movies a chance. I will be re-watching them for sure.

If you’ve never seen a Marvel movie, I suggest starting chronologically like I did, or with a movie like “Iron Man” or “Spider-Man: Homecoming” if you just want to watch a few of them.