*Spoiler Warning: I will be fanboying over a few Marvel films, so if you haven’t seen them, perhaps don’t read this post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!*
This post may just be the most nerdy thing I have ever written, but I’d like to write a post discussing the recent surge in superhero films and how very pleased I am that this has become the huge phenomenon that it has.
I remember, back when I was maybe eight years old, that every now and again I’d walk up the road to the local newsagents with my parents, and I would pick up a comic for me to read. Of the ‘superhero’ comics that I can remember, I used to read The Amazing Spiderman, sometimes the X-Men comics and on rare occasions, some of the Asgard comic universe (Thor etc.). I loved reading about superheroes fighting crime, about the strange and wonderful things that they could do, it was just so… cool. And, somewhat more recently, I have been reading a number of Deadpool comics, alongside some of the offerings from DC Comics in the Watchmen series, and it has brought me right back to being an eight-year-old, sat on my bed, reading about my favourite superheroes’ latest adventured. So, being the twenty-year-old ‘man-child’ that I am, the recent emergence of Marvel as something of a cinematic giant pleases me greatly.
Marvel seem to be going from strength to strength these past few years. From the flurry of Avengers related films to the release of some quite popular videogames, (see their tie-in with the LEGO universe for a brilliant gaming experience!) they seem to have become a somewhat unstoppable cultural force. The Marvel cinematic universe is a constantly expanding entity that gives fans a universe to explore, experience and fall in love with each time a new film is released. They’re awesome, humorous and exciting, and I just love them to bits.
My three all-time favourite Marvel films (so far) are:
1 – Guardians of the Galaxy
Man, this film was good. It was self-ridiculing, action-packed, filled with top-level, well-written characters, and contained perhaps the most evil collection of villains I think I have ever seen in any Marvel film. Oh, and Chris Pratt is just unbelievably adorable in everything he has been in. Seriously, this film is what re-ignited my newfound interest in all things Marvel and is a mainstay in my personal list of all-time favourite films. Definitely take an hour and a half at the end of a tough day to watch this funny, heart-warming and surprisingly self-aware film, I promise you won’t be disappointed!
2 – X-Men: Days of Future Past
This was a tough one to call. I like most of the X-Men films (although I have yet to see X-Men: First Class) but for me, this film stood out as one of the most gripping and entertaining of the series. Many of the cast return as their previous characters, with some great new additions, and the concept behind it is mind-blowing to say the least. Add in some awesome sequences and, in my opinion, you’ve got yourself a winner. Plus, the very first time I watched this film was in a hotel room in Amsterdam, one of the most unusual and interesting cities I have ever visited, so this film will always carry with it a level of personal and sentimental significance. Also, who doesn’t love the constant love-hate relationship between real-life best friends Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen? I for one look forward to it each and every time I watch a new X-Men film, and am looking forward to the next instalment (X-Men: Apocalypse) which is scheduled for release in 2016!
3 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
I saw this at my local cinema the other day, and allow me to quickly say: this film was amazing. And it’s still out in cinemas so if you haven’t seen it yet, head on down to your local cinema and prepare to be amazed. It’s very rare that you’ll find so many superheroes in one film and it works (although, admittedly, the X-Men franchise does a pretty good job of keeping them all together) and the cast is just brilliant. Robert Downey Junior’s performance as Tony Stark / Iron Man is hilarious as ever, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is as ‘godly’ as ever, and even the new additions to the Avengers’ cast (without giving too much away) make a nice variation on the standard ‘Avengers’ team. Coupled with some genuinely funny, laugh-out-loud moments, this film is definitely worth a watch and would definitely be a recommendation of mine to anyone wanting to see a ‘good honest superhero movie’!
Well, I suppose I had better sign this one off, otherwise I’ll just end up fanboying all afternoon. If you’re reading this, feel free to comment on the bottom of this post which is your favourite superhero and why, I’d love to hear from you!