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Marvel Cinematic Universe Reviews — Part 2 · 2:43pm Feb 28th, 2017

Part 1 of my reviews is here.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Good film. Quite a lot of good comedic moments, and finally a decent villain. Pepper kicks butt. And Tony's friendship with Harley is adoreable. Probably the best of the three Iron Man films, but doesn't beat The Avengers for me.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Some good plot twists, and great witty one-liners, but overall, I don't think this was a fantastic film. Maybe The Avengers set too high a bar for me.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

So this one deals with a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. Samuel L Jackson gets some good action sequences at last. (Okay, so he did okay in The Avengers too.) Lots more Scarlett Johansson too — yay. Gotta wonder why they had to sort out this mess themselves — why no help from Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, etc? Though I'm told this might have been set concurrently with Iron Man 3, in which case, Tony Stark was a little busy. Anyway, better than the first Captain America film.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I was skeptical of this, but it was silly and a lot of fun. Not much else to say, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Self-aware AI thinks the best way to save humanity is to almost destroy it. Skynet anyone? I dunno. Good action sequences, but I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as the other Avengers film. The villain was kinda dull — nowhere near as fun as Loki.

Ant-Man (2015)

This sounded awful, but 4 minutes in, I was convinced. Paul Rudd brings an effortless charm to every character he plays, and Ant-Man was no exception. Michael Douglas was also great in his role as Dr Pym. It was a fun film, on a much smaller scale than most of the other Marvel films, but because of the father–daughter aspect, I was at least as emotionally invested in the success of the hero than I am with the usual save-the-entire-world storylines.

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Comments ( 5 )

Iron Man 3 will always be great.

Self-aware AI thinks the best way to save humanity is to almost destroy it. Skynet anyone?

That reminded me of the Reapers from Mass Effect... maybe I've been playing the trilogy way too much in wait for Andromeda.

You're the first person I've come across who actually prefers Iron Man 3 over the other two.

Idk. The first one was pretty good too — almost as good as the third.

The second one just felt like a repeat of the first, but bigger. (And for a sci-fi superhero, the science bits were remarkably unscientific.)

Ultron's unrelenting sarcasm was definitely a saving grace. I think Ultron was pretty good, honestly, it's just Loki is a really tough act to follow.

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