A Look Back: The Marvel Cinematic Universe The First 11 Years

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On April 26, 2019 the conclusion of the aptly dubbed “Infinity Saga” will be released onto the masses in the form of Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With a run of box office hits spanning over ten years, opinions vary on the state of Marvel movies, with opposition stating ‘superhero fatigue” as an issue due to the fact that Marvel Studios has released 21 (22 if you count Avengers: Endgame) films in just 11 years. On the other side of the argument, you have those who flock to these movies yearly, who are more than satisfied with the content being released. Whichever side of the argument you fall on, it simply can not be denied that Marvel has done something never before seen in the history of cinema. They have managed to craft an interconnected, consistently expanding cinematic universe over the course of the last 11 years, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. So without further ado, lets take A Look Back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe by starting from the beginning, one last time…

The year is 2008 and up until this point, while movies like am Raimi’s original two Spider-Man films and the first two X-Men movies were popular and critically acclaimed, they were not near the level of impact that the MCU is at today. In 2005, Christopher Nolan would release his first entry into the Dark Knight Trilogy with Batman Begins reigniting the Batman movie craze, which would then be followed up by the record-breaking sequel which was also released in 2008, The Dark Knight. Batman had always been a household name though, along with Superman and to some extent Spider-Man. However, on May 2, 2008, that all changed.

Prior to the release of Iron Man, Marvel Studios had undergone some changes with studio head Avi Arad stepping down as both Studio Chair and CEO, leading to the appointment of Kevin Feige as President of Production at Marvel Studios in 2007, just as Iron Man began filming. Had anyone guessed that a movie based on a very obscure (to mainstream audiences) superhero, being played by Robert Downey Jr., who just years earlier had a very public fall from grace due to alcohol and drug abuse, would succeed and launch the most financially successful film franchise of all time they would be called crazy. And yet, that is exactly what happened. Jon Favreau came in and delivered one of the most surprising movies to ever be released, launching the Marvel brand to new heights.

Downey Jr.’s casting has become widely regarded as one of the best film castings of all time, as well as one of the major reasons as to why Iron Man works so well. For many, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, with their lives echoing each other. Characters like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Jarvis (Paul Bettany), and James Rhodes (Terrence Howard) all still exist in the MCU, with Rhodes now being played by Don Cheadle. While the film’s plot does center around the dated War on Terror, dating it to the 2000’s, it still manages to hold up 11 years later.

This film also introduces what has become a mainstay in not just MCU films, but also many blockbusters since; the post-credits scene. For non-comic book fans, this most likely left many people wondering why Samuel L. Jackson showed up and who he was, but for any hardcore fans who heard the name “Nick Fury” they knew something big was happening. This was not just some throwaway line in the movie used as an Easter egg, rather a tease of what was to come, planting the seeds for the future of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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That Coin!

“That coin” Doc mentions is in reference to a new one issued by the Canadian mint to celebrate the 1969 passage of Bill C-150, one of the first efforts to decriminalize homosexuality (among other things) in Canada. The coin is a nice piece of work, designed by prominent gay artist Joe Average, who lives in Vancouver and whose art has been elevated to “iconic” in Canadian LGBTQ culture.

Tabled by the Pierre Trudeau government, it was careful not to be seen as “condoning” anything. After all, we had taken down laws against adultery and fornication, but that didnt mean that Canada necessarily thought fornication and adultery were good ideas. So the government found itself walking a thin line, but making sure that everyone understood this was a bill whose time had come. As noted in the tabling speech, “yesterday’s order, if unresponsive to change, becomes tomorrow’s oppression.”

The bill itself was problematic on a number of fronts for Parliament. In addition to making us “legal”, it also banned abortion and made divorce easier, and many Conservatives (as well as some Liberals) saw this as an affront to decency. Some of the debate that preceded the bill’s passage sounds scarily contemporary, especially in light of Alberta’s recent election, where a number of candidates rode on an anti-LGBTQ platform… and won. Perhaps the most biting moment was one that wasnt supposed to be caught on microphone, a “joke” (in the loosest sense) made by Robert Muir. John Diefenbaker had just done a bit of finger-wagging at then-Minister-of-Justice John Turner: “Mr. Speaker, it is with deep concern that I view a young member of this House with a distinguished past and, I hope, a distinguished future advancing the arguments he adduced yesterday. It must have been difficult but after all, in the shadow stands the prime minister (Mr. Trudeau) keeping watch upon his flock. What has the government done for the people since December 13 last?”

Muir’s response? “Make them all homos!”

But that was far from the most absurd moment. There were references to rabbits. Someone suggested that the bill limit the number of people engaged in same-sex relations to two because “three’s a crowd!” Debate on the bill was held for weeks by a group of Catholic Creditistes of Quebec. When anything would do to delay debate, one went so far as to suggest that the whole thing was a Communist plot to prevent reproduction in Canada so as to facilitate a later invasion.

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Earth Mother Madness

You know what mom always says. “If you don’t recycle that bottle we’re stopping this whole planet!!!!”

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The Life of Laura Schneider

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An easy way to clean your mattress

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According to this article, you should “neutralize your body language.” I am not making this up.

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Six ways your Google Assistant can help you spruce up for spring

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As we bid adieu to winter layers and welcome longer, warmer days, here are six ways your Assistant can help with spring cleaning:

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The Exhibition! (3)

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My Cubicle. My Castle.

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I swear I asked for an apple.

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Finding a place to charge your EV is easy with Google Maps

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If you’ve ever driven to an electric vehicle (EV) charging station only to find that all ports are occupied, you know that you could end up waiting in line for anywhere between minutes to hours—which can really put a damper on your day when you have places to go and things to do.

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EL ASOMBROSO SPIDER-MAN, VOLVIENDO A CASA. RESEÑA Y ANÁLISIS SEMIÓTICO -Parte 2 de 6.

EL ASOMBROSO SPIDER-MAN #31. Mientras se debate interiormente sobre las intenciones de Ezequiel, Spider-Man se enfrenta a un nuevo peligro.

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Marvel or DC: Who has the better business model?

It was in the year 1996 where the comic book shops saw a huge jump in their sales of comic books, and it was all because of Amalgam Comics, a saga in which two brother gods clashed to decide which of the universes they created was better than the other. Why was this storyline highlighted? The almighty beings were nothing more and nothing less than the representation of Marvel and DC, and the saga was the confrontation of the most iconic characters of both publishing houses. The main arcs of the story had Batman facing off against Captain America, Superman facing The Hulk, Storm against Wonder Woman, and so on.

It was a meeting of giants never before seen, but in reality, it was only the latest episode of the eternal rivalry between DC and Marvel. Twenty years later, the “battle” continues. As we observed in 2016, two super productions (“Batman Vs. Superman” and “Captain America: Civil War”) battled out box office numbers for the number one spot; the decision of that is yet to be decided.

Beyond the rivalry of their characters, the real question one should ask is: Which of the two firms has the best business model? Here some possible answers.

A little history…

ACTION COMICS #1

Modern comics were born in the late 19th century, but they had their Golden Era during World War II. In 1938, a small publishing firm called Detective Comics or DC would launch “Action Comics,” a series that would narrate the adventures of the first modern and possibly the most recognized superhero on the planet, Superman. In the following years, this brand would have a fantastic roster of characters like Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman.

Meanwhile, a modest rival firm called Timely Comics would introduce a super soldier known as Captain America.

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