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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tag (created by Christine Smith)

(NOTE: All of January is ThunderbirdQueen and Miss Woodhouseʼs 23: An MCU Blogathon. I will be filling the tag connected with that blogathon later in the month, but I had to do this first due to prior plans. Watch for that later!)


Hello, everyone!

For years Iʼd been hearing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but I started watching the movies in earnest in 2018. In April of 2019 Christine Smith created this tag in anticipation of Avengers: Endgame (2019) and I saw many people fill it out. I decided that I would do that as soon as I saw all of the movies.

Here we are in January of 2021 and Iʼve finally completed that task! The last film that I needed was Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and I watched that on January 5th, so I can now fill this out!

What is more fun that one personʼs answers to a tag? Three answers! Because my sisters and I have had such a blast enjoying so many of the movies together I asked them if they wanted to specially come on here and answer them with me. They said, “Of course!” so here we are!


SPOILER ALERT. THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE MCU, SO IF YOU HAVENʼT SEEN ABSOLUTELY ALL OF THE MOVIES, THEN READ NO FURTHER. YOU WANT TO ENJOY ALL OF THE SURPRISED FOR YOURSELF!

Last chance. Walk away and donʼt return until you have seen all of the films!



Organization:
In order to make this easier to read, I have put the personʼs name in front of anything that she said, and also color coded it. My older sister Em is red. I (MC), am blue. My younger sister Fiona is green.




Guidelines:
  • Feel free to include the above graphic somewhere in your post (but it’s definitely not necessary).
  • Take the questions and answer them on your blog (or social media or wherever!).
  • Tag up to 5 other Marvel fans!

The questions:
How were you introduced to the MCU fandom?

Emʼs answer:
Em: *whispers* I donʼt remember. I honestly donʼt remember what the first movie I watched was.
MC: Well, when were you watching a Marvel movie and you thought, “Wow, this is awesome! I want to see more like this”?
Em: Probably when I was watching The Avengers (2012) for the first time, and I only saw the second half. I guess I know that Captain America was one of the first movies that I saw bits of, but it didnʼt spark my interest in it because you know how I am. Iʼm not a fan of Cap.

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: I donʼt know.
MC: *groans*
Fiona: You tell me! I think it was Spider-man: Homecoming (2017).
Em and MC: You didnʼt see that until after Infinity War and Endgame!
[MC: Fun fact, Fiona actually saw Spider-man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) for the first time on the same day]
Fiona: Oh, I know! You [MC] were watching The Avengers (2012) and I made you a sandwich and brought it in to you. It looked interesting, so I started watching.
MC: See how sweet she is! She makes me food! I remember that exact part, it was when Coulson calls Black Widow and sheʼs talking on the phone while fighting.
Em: I was there, too.

MCʼs answer:
MC: My dad was watching a movie and I was hanging out in the same room. That movie was Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
MC: Also, the correct answer for both Em and Fiona: The first MCU movie that they watched was Doctor Strange (2016).

[MC: I promise that weʼre going to be more organized after this answer.]


Whatʼs your favorite Marvel film?


Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: Oh, no! You canʼt ask me that! ENDGAME! Actually, thereʼs really no question, itʼs Endgame. How could it not be? But if you excluded Endgame, that would be really hard.
[MC: Sheʼs fully told me her ranking several times.]

Emʼs answer:
Em: Iʼm thinking. [*thinks for ages upon ages*] I donʼt want to go with Endgame because itʼs the culmination of all of them, but you need all of the others!
Fiona: But itʼs the best!
Em: Well, yeah. Okay, Endgame because of all the scenes we get to see from the other movies.

MCʼs answer:
MC: ENDGAME. The other movies are good, but Endgame is beautiful in a way that I canʼt describe. It brought together 21 films and connected them. It is phenomenal. I actually want to do a post about why I love Endgame so much, so if that sounds interesting to you let me know.


Top favorite Marvel character?

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: EASY. So easy.
MC: If itʼs so easy, then tell me so I can type it.
Fiona: I...I...I canʼt tell you ʻcause Iʼm laughing. I want to be serious when I say it. *deep breath* SPIDER-MAN! Spider-man is the best person that Iʼve seen alive. Itʼs not hard, thereʼs only one answer.


Emʼs answer:
Em: LOKI. Though, he might be tied with Bucky. And Black Widow whoʼs the most awesome character ever.


MCʼs answer:
MC: My man, my dude, my favorite: CLINT BARTON AKA HAWKEYE.



If you were transported into the MCU and had to trade places with one of the superheroes, who would you choose?

[MC: There was some confusion about the phrasing at this question]

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: Okay, well I think... No, I donʼt want to be anyone.
MC: No one?
Fiona: The obvious answer is Black Widow, but there are too many to pick! Either that or Shuri!


Emʼs answer:
Em: Black Widow, because I donʼt want any powers. Itʼs too much responsibility and I just want to be helpful.


MCʼs answer:
MC: Scarlet Witch. She goes through the most emotionally, but she is the strongest avenger! No one matches her power (except maybe Captain Marvel because both of their powers come from Infinity stones). But Wandaʼs power came from the Mind stone, so she can do anything with her mind, including protect herself and the ones she loves. Carolʼs power comes from the Space stone, so she has physical strength, speed, and endurance.



What are some of your favorite quotes from the films?

MC: I am limiting everyone to five, and we will go one at a time. You cannot say something that someone else said.

1.
Em: 
“Doesn't matter what you did, or what you were. If you go out there, you fight, and you fight to kill. Stay in here, you're good, I'll send your brother to come find you. But if you step out that door, you are an Avenger.”
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

MC: 
“The crabby puppy is so cute it makes me wanna die!” 
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Fiona [Started out not thinking of anything, but ended up with a million]: 
“I love you 3000.”
Avengers: Endgame (2019)

2.
Em: 
“Never apologize for being the smartest person in the room.” 
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

MC: 
ʻ“Mr...”
“Doctor.”
“Mr. Doctor.”
“Itʼs Strange.”
“Maybe. Who am I to judge?”ʼ 
Doctor Strange (2016)

Fiona:
“If youʼre nothing without this suit, then you shouldnʼt have it.” 
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

3.
Em: 
ʻ“Hey, letʼs do get help.”
“What?”
“Get help!”
“No.”
“Come on, you love it.”
“I hate it.”
“Itʼs great! It works every time.”
“Itʼs humiliating!”
“Do you have better plan?”
“No.”
“Weʼre doing it.”
“We are not doing get help.”
*a second later*
“Get help!”ʼ
Later, when facing down Hela: “Iʼm not doing get help.” 
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)


MC: 
ʻ“Look at you, still muscly. Howʼs space?” 
“Space is fine.”ʼ
Thor: Dark World (2013)
(Pretty much anything Darcy says is the best)

Fiona: 
ʻ“You look like Mary Poppins.” 
“Is he cool?”
“----,yeah he is.”
“Iʼm Mary Poppins, yʼall!”ʼ
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

4.
Em: 
“I have nothing to prove to you.” 
Captain Marvel (2019)

MC: 
ʻ“Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?”
*Tony is asked about age* “I donʼt know, I didnʼt carbon date him. Heʼs on the young side.”ʼ
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Fiona: 
“We are groot.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014)

5.
Em: 
“Vengeance has consumed you. It's consuming them. I'm done letting it consume me. Justice will come soon enough.”
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

MC: 
“You didn't see that coming?”
~ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)


(And literally anything that Hawkeye and Quicksilver say to each other. Including Quicksilver calling him “old man”. And Hawkeye talking to Wanda, “Iʼve done that whole mind control thing. Not a fan.”. Oh, and we canʼt forget: “The city is flying and we're fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. Nothing makes sense.”)

Fiona: 
“I don't know if you've been in a fight before, but there's usually not this much talking.”
Captain America: Civil War (2016)


Which crew would you want to be part of the most: Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Revengers?

Emʼs answer:
Em: Thatʼs where Iʼm torn. I know which one I want to be on, because there is Loki, but....there is also Thor. And I donʼt like Thor.
[MC: She then had a speech about being an Avenger in Endgame if she made it that long.]

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: Gosh, thatʼs hard. But not that hard. Guardians of the Galaxy! Right? The Avengers fight. But see, with Guardians of the Galaxy I get Thor, too!
*after rewatching Endgame*
Fiona: Wait, I changed my mind! I want to be an avenger with Spider-man!

MCʼs answer:
MC: “If you walk out that door, you are an avenger.” 
Sure, the team has itʼs differences and a civil war, but at the end they are in it together.




Favorite and least favorite ship?

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: *makes a face* How many ships are there?
MC: A lot!
Fiona: Okay, well my favorite is the Guardians of the Galaxy ship.
MC: *wheezing* Meaning a couple.
*Everyone else dies of laughter*
Fiona: Thatʼs why I was confused! Favorite: Jane and Thor! Theyʼre not even a "ship", theyʼre a thing!
MC: It doesnʼt have to be theoretical, it can be real.
Fiona: They are amazing. I donʼt have a least favorite and thatʼs the end of that.


Emʼs answer:
Em: Favorite: Wanda and Vision (though Iʼm not sure that Iʼm looking forward to the TV show because I have no idea how thatʼs going to work.)

Em: Least favorite: Gamora and Quill. Gamora deserves better, but the options where between that and a tree.

MCʼs answer:
MC: Favorite(s): Tony and Pepper. Steve and Peggy. Gamora and Peter Quill. TʼChalla and Nakia. I canʼt choose! I love so many of them.
[Fiona: Pick one! I love them all but I picked one.]
MC: Fine! T'Challa and Nakia just because they don't get enough love.
MC: Least favorite: Itʼs tied between two. 1. Scott and Hope: Itʼs just really weird and I donʼt like it. Canʼt people be a team without that stuff? But Scott wanting to see Hope again is what caused all of the events of Endgame, so weʼre grateful. 2. Wanda and Vision: To be honest, when Wanda was being forced to kill him in Infinity War I got really sad the last time that I watched it, but other than that it is weird. He is a robot, and she is just a teenager when they start getting together. Still, it is nice to see people who are so equally powerful. And, unlike Em, I am looking forward to WandaVision!


Favorite and least favorite villain? 

Emʼs answers:
[MC: Can anyone guess who she is going to say is her favorite? I have a strong feeling that whoever it is is burdened with glorious purpose
Em: Favorite: As we all know, it is Loki. Heʼs the antagonist, but he is just conflicted! 
Em: I also like Hammer.
Fiona: *whispers* Whoʼs Hammer?
Em and MC: The guy in Iron Man 2 (2010).
Em: I also like Hela kind of because she and Loki are alike because they want to kill Thor.
Em: Define least favorite
MC: You hate their guts and wish that they had never graced the screen---
Fiona: Thanos.
MC: Not your turn!
Em: Iʼm going to go with Ultron because while he was similar to Thanos, he was more evil because he wanted to get rid of all of humanity. He affected the team the most and started the civil war between them.
[MC: She had some very eloquent words here which I couldnʼt type fast enough, so they are lost for all eternity.]

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: Least favorite: Can I have a list?
MC: Sure.
Fiona: ʻCause I hate Peter Quillʼs dad. He is just the worst. I hate Thanos and I just want to chop his head off. I hate the people in the city that took Captain Marvel because theyʼre so mean and evil. Then I hate Squidward, but he works for Thanos.
Em: His nameʼs not Squidward...
Fiona: No, he is Squidward, which makes his name Squidward. Yes, there is more. Oh, HYDRA.
Em: HYDRAʼs not one person...
Fiona: I hate the guy with the glasses who works for HYDRA!
Em: Toby Jones?
Fiona: Yeah! *goes on about him for awhile* Then I hate the guy who works for HYDRA in the elevator.
*debate coming to the conclusion of the guy that Steve threw off of the roof and Sam caught him to get information*
Fiona: Oh, also I just hate HYDRA because they tried to destroy Bucky.
Em and Fiona together: We love Bucky!

Fiona: Favorite: Hereʼs the complicated thing because I donʼt like any of them. 
Em: You know you like Loki.
Fiona: I will say Loki, and the Dark Elves because they are hilarious. Iʼm not sure if I like Mysterio or not, because I hate him so much but he is such a well written villains. Like, the end of Spider-man: Far From Home (2019), HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO SPIDER-MAN? I love Spider-man so much and he hurt him!
*they had a huge discussion about this that I couldnʼt type quickly enough*
Em: I was going to go with Mysterio, too, as a least favorite but Iʼm going to go with Ultron because I donʼt feel bad about killing him because he is just a robot. I want to fix all of the humans, and even Thanos too.
Fiona: Oh, oh, oh, I also like--
MC: Iʼm cutting you off.
Fiona: But I havenʼt said my favorite! *repeats my name multiple times*
MC: Fine, who do you like?
Fiona: *forgot and needed prompting* In Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) the guy whoʼs trying to arrest Scott all the time and says "I'll see you again" and Scott asked, "For--
Em and
MC: *blank stares* Heʼs not the villain...
Fiona: Then who is?
Em and MC: The girl, Eva---
Fiona: Okay, I just love all of the villains in Ant-Man and the Wasp, even “Truth serum” guys.

MCʼs answer:
MC: Favorite: Vulture (from Spider-man: Homecoming (2017)). 
And Ant Man and Wasp people, both Eva and the professor who helps her. They had such strong motivations and they werenʼt evil, just wanting to save Eva. 
MC: Least favorite: Thanos or Peter Quillʼs dad. And Ulysses Klaue. Iʼm very conflicted about Killmonger in Black Panther (2018) and donʼt know if I like him or hate him.


Unpopular MCU opinion?

At the same time: 
Em: Lokiʼs the best! Fiona: Lokiʼs the worst!
MC: I think that those are both pretty popular opinions. *Em goes into speech about Loki*

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: I donʼt have one because Iʼm Lina Lamont.

"I liked it!"
For those of you who don't know what that means, I'm so sorry for you! This is my favorite movie, so go watch Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Emʼs answer:
Em: I donʼt like Thor. Or Cap. But, Capʼs growing on me. I like him better than before, but I do agree with Tony and think that heʼs self-righteous. Mine, properly phrased, is that I rank Cap and Thor at the bottom of the heroes chart.

MCʼs answer:
MC: I donʼt think that I have one either. Maybe the fact that I donʼt like Wanda and Vision as a couple? I know that Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) is one of the least popular, but I really like it because of all the interactions between Hawkeye and the Maximoffs!



Whatʼs your favorite Stan Lee cameo scene?

Fionaʼs answer:
Fiona: “Whatʼs the matter with you kids? You never seen a spaceship before?” That one for sure!
Fiona: Oh, I have two, can I have two?
MC: Thatʼs fine.
Fiona: *Starts talking*
MC: Nope, you canʼt have that one. Thatʼs mine. It will be revealed in a minute.

Emʼs answer:
Em: I agree with Fi, those two are the best! I canʼt think of any others. 
MC: There are a ton!
Em: I know, but those are the best.

MCʼs answer:
MC: The one in Winter Soldier! Where he is working at the museum and says “Oh man! Iʼm so fired!” when he sees the Captain America uniform is gone.


I had a blast filling this out with my sisters! A huge thank you to Em and Fiona for joining me. Thanks to Christine Smith for creating this! As I stole it without any official tagging, I canʼt tag anyone. But, feel free to do it if you want to!

My final thanks goes to all of you who read this! What do you think of our answers? Does anyone love Loki the way Em does, Hawkeye the way I do, or Spider-man the way Fiona does?

Iʼll leave you with a final quote: “Wakanda forever!”

MovieCritic

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Movie Trilogy Review: Iron Man

Hello, readers!

It is time for my first review of 2021, and you will be getting three of them. Weʼre starting off with a bang! That is almost literal, too, because all of these movies have explosions.

In 2020 my goal on this blog was to review more Foreign films, and while it didnʼt happen as much as I wanted, I did talk about 6! They were: January: La Belle et la Bête [Beauty and the Beast] (1946) [French film]. March: Waking Ned Devine (1998), The Secret of Kells (2009), and Shergar (1999) [all Irish films]. May: Okkoʼs Inn (2018) [Japanese film]. October: Spirited Away (2001) [Japanese film].
I had a request for more silent films, and while I only got one reviewed, 7th Heaven (1927), I hope to do more of that.

My 2021 goal for this blog is to review as many Marvel movies as I can! In the last few years I've been trying to watch all of them and a few days ago I finally completed that task! I reviewed one in 2020, Black Panther (2018), but youʼll see more this year.

Iʼm not done talking yet because when it comes to Marvel movies, you have to watch them in a certain way. This is one of those “do what I say, donʼt do what I do” because I watched them in the most random order, but I want you to get a good experience out of it.
There are two recommended ways for watching Marvel movies. They are:
In the order which they were made:
Iron Man (2008)The Incredible Hulk (2008)Iron Man 2 (2010)Thor (2011)Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)The Avengers (2012)Iron Man 3 (2013)Thor: Dark World (2014)Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014)Avengers: The Age of Ultron (2015)Ant-Man (2015)Captain America: Civil War (2016)Dr. Strange (2016)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)Spider-man: Homecoming (2017)Thor: Ragnarok (2017)Black Panther (2018)Avengers: Infinity War (2018)Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)Captain Marvel (2019)Avengers: Endgame (2019), & Spider-man: Far From Home (2019).
Or chronological order:
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)Captain Marvel (2019), Iron Man (2008)Iron Man 2 (2010)Thor (2011)The Incredible Hulk (2008)The Avengers (2012)Iron Man 3 (2013)Thor: Dark World (2014)Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)Avengers: The Age of Ultron (2015)Ant-Man (2015)Captain America: Civil War (2016)Black Panther (2018)Spider-man: Homecoming (2017)Dr. Strange (2016)Thor: Ragnorok (2017)Avengers: Infinity War (2018)Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)Avengers: Endgame (2019), & Spider-man: Far From Home (2019).

 If you have never seen a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie, but want to, then this trilogy is the perfect place to start! You can watch the first and second movies with no prior experience of the films. You could watch the third one as well, but you might be confused because it talks about The Avengers (2012) a lot.

I think that Iʼve explained as much as any of you wanted. Before we get further in, Iʼm going to mention one last thing:

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless I give you warning. This is spoiler free! On all of these reviews there are no spoilers for that particular film, or for any other films in the MCU.
I, myself, am wary for reading reviews for movies in a series, because they usually give things away! This review is going to be different. When talking about the second and third movies Iʼm going to be vague to not spoil anything in them or the first movie, but I will be listing any content concerns you may have.



Iron Man (2008):
Based on: The comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, & Jack Kirby.
Tony Stark is a billionaire whose family made its fortune by selling weapons. He doesnʼt care about people and wants to have a good time, though he is a technological genius himself. After a demonstration for Stark technology he is kidnapped and ordered to make that same weapon that he had been showing off. Tony was injured and saved by a doctor who is a prisoner, too. Together they plan to make a suit of armor instead to bust them out of there. If they get out of there, will Tony be able to stop the terrorist attacks? How soon will the shrapnel in his chest reach his heart? How will he make the most of his life?
ʻ“I shouldn't do anything. They could kill you, they're gonna kill me, either way, and even if they don't, I'll probably be dead in a week.”
“Then this is a very important week for you, isn't it?”ʼ

Genre:
Superhero, Action, Science Fiction.
Length: approx. 126 minutes.
Script: 7, there are some swear words, name calling, and names taken in vain, but not the worst that Iʼve ever heard.
Crew: Directed by: Jon Favreau. Written by: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, & Matt Holloway.
Starring:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. “So you're a man who has everything... and nothing.” 

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.
Terrence Howard as Rhodey.
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane.
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
Shaun Toub as Ho Yinsen.

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.
Faran Tahir as Raza.
Paul Bettany as the voice of JARVIS.
Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart.
Gerard Sanders as Howard Stark.
Peter Billingsley as William Ginter Riva.
Cameos: There are cameos from several famous people, but the most notable is Stan Lee because it is the start of a Marvel tradition. We also see Samuel L. Jackson.

Costumes:
8, the Iron Man suit is an iconic look, so points there. There are a few times when people are not wearing a lot of clothing.
“Iron Man. That's kind of catchy. It's got a nice ring to it. I mean it's not technically accurate. The suit's a gold titanium alloy, but it's kind of provocative, the imagery anyway.”
Cinematography: 9, I like the way that we start with a scene then flashback to see what lead up to that point.
Cinematography by: Matthew Libatique.
Music: 8, itʼs a little intense for my personal taste, but it fits Tonyʼs vibe to a T.
Music by: Ramin Djawadi.

Quotability:
7, I donʼt quote it on a regular basis, but if I watched it more frequently Iʼm sure that I would.
“I'm sorry. This is the fun-vee. The hum-drum-vee is back there.”
Content: 7, there is some suggestive content here including a “bed room” scene, but is only there for a few seconds. I think this is the first movie that I watched that I didnʼt mind it and thought that it was necessary to the story because it highlights Tonyʼs character (You are never going to see me say these words again). It shows him as a “playboy” and shows you a starting point to be able to measure his journey in the end. There is fighting involving violence, and death by killing.

Notes:
There is a post-credits scene, so be sure to watch that!
Originality: 9, as the beginning of an era of superhero movies, this one surely stands out! While the plot can be predictable in places, it matters so much to Tony and affects him that you are invested the whole time.
Good For: fans of superheroes, fans of the actors.
Age Range: This is rated PG-13 and I fully agree with that.
Overall Score: 8.5!
Worth watching?: Oh, yeah! It is one of the first Marvel movies that I saw and it explains so much about Tonyʼs backstory and life in general. It has good messages and a solid story.

Will I watch again?
: Of all of the Marvel movies, this is one of the ones that I can see myself coming back the most frequently. It doesnʼt get old seeing Tony grow, evolve, and create. This is totally in my top ten Marvel movies! It is pretty awesome, and I recommend it.




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Iron Man 2 (2010):
Based on: The comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, & Jack Kirby.
Tony Stark is having to make a lot of decisions. The army and other companies want to buy his technology, but he knows that they will use it as a weapon instead of a peacekeeper. Nick Fury is examining Tony to see if he is fit for a plan that Nick has for a team of superheroes. Tonyʼs troubles arenʼt over, as a man starts designing similar tech in order to get revenge on Tonyʼs father. Tony feels himself growing weaker each day as his suit poisons him and he is scared. What will happen next?
“Contrary to popular belief, I know exactly what Iʼm doing.”

Genre:
Superhero, Action, Science Fiction.
Length: approx. 125 minutes.
Script: 7, one word is beeped out, but beside that there is a handful of other swearing.
ʻ“Did you just make that?”
 “Yeah, where do you think Iʼve been for three hours?”ʼ
Crew: Directed by: Jon Favreau. Written by: Justin Theroux.
Starring:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. “Not everyone runs on batteries, Tony.”

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.
Don Cheadle as Rhodey.
Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko.

Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Rushman.
Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
John Slattery as Howard Stark.
Garry Shandling as Senator Stern.
Paul Bettany as the voice of JARVIS.
Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart.
Eugene Lazarev as Anton Vanko.
Cameos: Once again, there are more cameos than you can count, but my favorite is Stan Lee!
Costumes: 7, there is some clothing that is short or low. But the armor is still cool! 
Cinematography: 7, I donʼt remember anything special about it that stuck out to me. 

Cinematography by:
Matthew Libatique.
Music: 6, it has managed to be both more and less intense at the same time, but without the uniqueness that the first one has. Pretty forgettable.
Music by: John Debney.
Notes: There is an post-credits scene, so stay tuned for that!
Quotability: 8, my line that I quote to describe my life is when Tony says, “I think I did okay!” then there is an explosion.
Content: 7, there is violence, blood, and explosions caused by fighting. There is death, including suicide and killing. In addition to that there are a few suggestive comments and people getting intoxicated.

Originality:
8, it didnʼt make me think while watching it, “Iʼve never seen this before!”, but thinking about it afterwards it was pretty original.
Good For: fans of superheroes, fans of the actors, anyone who likes seeing good sequels.
Age Range: Itʼs rated PG-13, but I think that depending on the person it could be watched by a 10 year old and be fine.
Overall Score: 7.

Worth watching?:
Yes. I liked seeing the characters, especially some that are introduced to the MCU for the first time in this movie. I know that a lot of people donʼt like this one, but I thought it was good! I would say that it isnʼt as resounding as the first movie, but I enjoyed how it took some “causes” from the first film and looked at the “effect”. To tell the truth, I kind of forgot what it was about, but the whole time watching it I enjoyed it.
Will I watch again?: I should because my memory is rusty! Maybe I wonʼt watch it as many times as the first one, but I will definitely see it again.
“No, itʼs your fault, I just wanted to say sorry.”




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Iron Man 3 (2013):
Based on: The comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, & Jack Kirby, and Extremis - by Warren Ellis & Adi Granov.
A new threat looms on the horizon with the Mandarin, a terrorist who releases violent videos of him killing people and making threats. When Tony Stark gets annoyed with it, he challenges the Mandarin to “come get him”, which leads to the belief that Tony is dead. Stuck in Tennessee, he works with a kid, Harley, to try to stop The Mandarin before any more harm is done. However, Tony is suffering from PTSD and anxiety attacks. Will he be able to overcome, or will they get the best of him? What will happen when he meets The Mandarin face-to-face?
“A famous man once said that we create our own demons...” 

Genre:
Superhero, Action, Science Fiction.
Length: approx. 130 minutes.
Script: 7. Same as the other two in the series.
Crew: Directed by: Shane Black. Written by: Drew Pearce & Shane Black. 
Starring:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.
Don Cheadle as Rhodey.
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian.

Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener.
Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen.
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
Paul Bettany as the voice of JARVIS.
William Sadler as President Ellis.
Miguel Ferrer as Vice President Rodriguez.
Rockey Dickey Jr. as Rose Hill Deputy.
James Badge Dale as Savin.
Stephanie Szostak as Brandt.
Adam Pally as Gary the Cameraman.
Dale Dickey as Mrs. Davis.
Cameos: There are a multitude of them, but especially be on the look out for Stan Lee. 
Costumes: 6, in a couple scenes people arenʼt wearing a lot.
Cinematography: 7, nothing groundbreaking, but I liked elements that they worked in. Sure, some where kind of terrifying, but still.

Cinematography by:
John Toll.
Music: 7, same as the others, yet verging on unremarkable.
Music by: Brian Tyler.
Notes: Donʼt skip the credits as there is a post-credits scene! Also, there is a reference to Downton Abbey which I thought was great.
Quotability: 6, I watched this for the first time fairly recently, so I could say N/A,
Content: 6, there is are some suggestive comments and actions (but only briefly), and violence involving lots of fighting and explosions. It includes some science fiction technology that is creepy because of what it does to humans.

Originality:
9, I was so invested the whole time! It kind of reminded me of something that you would see on Star Trek (who am I kidding, I never watch Star Trek), but I enjoyed it.
Good For: fans of superheroes, fans of the actors, anyone who likes seeing good sequels.
Age Range: This one is also rated PG-13, and I agree with that because there are some really scary parts. I know that it is CGI, but it still was startling, so you might not want to show this to someone younger than that.
Overall Score: 7.5!

Worth watching?:
Yes! Tony and Harley working together was so cute! Tony is pretty rough, and him having a hard time is not a good excuse, but it is understandable.
Will I watch again?: You bet!




Overall Trilogy Review:
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Script: 7. Costumes: 7. Cinematography: 8. Music: 7. Quotability: 7. Content: 7. Originality: 9.
Overall Score: 8!
Worth watching?: Certainly. I have so many reasons why listed above.
Will I watch again?: I will! It took me ages to be able to watch them all, so I don't know when my next opportunity will be, but one day.
Bonus thoughts:
This is a good example of a trilogy! It has the main character going through different situations and conflict each time while having a good beginning and ending. One of my favorite MCU trilogies!



For the blogathon:
There almost always is a method behind my madness! I'm reviewing this for ThunderbirdQueen and Miss Woodhouse's 23: An MCU Blogathon!
They are hosting it all month long, so go check out the other entries! This is the perfect opportunity for me to start reviewing all of the Marvel movies!


What do you guys think? Do you like the Iron Man trilogy? Is reviewing three movies all at once too much? Or do you like it? Thanks for reading!

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"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles