Welcome to Marvel Cinematic Tuesday!
Hi everyone! Welcome to the first MC Tuesday. Every Tuesday, I will post my thoughts on a movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am going in the order of what is the accepted MCU timeline. I am not including shows that fill in storyline gaps. Also, I’m not going to dive into comic book lore, Stan Lee’s life, or what Chris Evans eats for breakfast (best guest…egg whites and wheat toast). There are people out there that are better qualified for that type of conversation.
What I will do is give you my insights into the movie and the world of Marvel. I may refresh your memory on the stories, or highlight something that never crossed your mind. Who knows. I am just trying to prep us for the release of Avengers: Infinity War that will be in theatres May 4, 2018. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
The first movie on our journey is Captain America: The First Avenger. The 2011 movie was directed by Joe Johnston and stars Chris Evans as the Captain. Spoilers!!!!
From dud to stud
If you have never seen Captain America: The First Avenger, let me give you a very quick rundown. Scrawny Steve Rogers wants to serve his country. But he’s too scrawny and has every disqualifiable ailment that will keep someone out of the Army. Then, a scientist notices that what Steve lacks in strength and stamina, he makes up for in wits and character. So the scientist taps Steve to undergo an experiment (I will get back to this) and makes him Captain America.
Random thought: He is so oily when he comes out of the machine. So oily.
At first, Captain America is used as a marketing tool to get the public to buy bonds. The people love him. But you know who doesn’t love him? The soldiers. They verbally knock him back down to being scrawny Steve. This all turns around when the Cap saves some soldiers from the evil Hydra. Cap then goes on a campaign to shut Hydra down.
Leave it to soldiers to get the job done! Speaking of which, this guy looks a little familiar.
I know this guy
As an Army veteran, I used to run into Steve Rogers types all the time. I have met the guy (or girl) who wants to serve his country like there’s no freaking tomorrow. There is also the super athletic soldier who runs fast, does a billion pullups, and flips tires like they are quarters. Another “Steve Rogers” is the apparent leader of the pack who comes up with grand schemes. And my personal favorite, the socially inept guy that never knows what to say to women. So, what type of Steve Rogers am I? None. I am more the sassy, black, female Tommy Lee Jones with less rank and a lot younger.
Speaking of Tommy Lee Jones
In my humble opinion, there is not enough TLJ in this movie. Jones plays Colonel Chester Phillips. Nearly everytime he is on screen, he makes me laugh. He delivers punch lines with a masterful subtlety. I needed his levity because the movie is two hours long and have parts that are kind of boring. Then Jones will come in and call Steve a chorus girl or exclaim that he’s not kissing Steve. This will bring me back from the brink of boredom.
Some good drugs
Let’s face it, the Cap is given the best steroids in human history. He didn’t get the acne, mood swings, or the girly boobs that come along with regular gym candy. With that being said, please do not think I’m advocating steroids usage. I am simply acknowledging that the scientist and Howard Stark mastered synthesizing some excellent roids and a roid machine. But, it did have a side effect. Did you see the bad guy Red Hood’s face? He looks like a giant boil. Yikes!!!
Boil head aside, let’s look at the true star of the MCU.
The star of the MCU
If you are going in chronological order (without TV, comic books, or other stuff besides movies), then this is our introduction to the tesseract. This is a very powerful blue box (not as big as the T.A.R.D.I.S but still powerful). The tesseract will kind of be our anchor as we traverse this universe. There will be times when it is not there. But frequently if there is a problem, that blue cube is the catalyst.
We did it! We made it through our first MC-Tuesday. If you miss my anime posts, I will see you in a couple of days for Anime Thursday. Next MC-Tuesday we will watch a movie with our favorite rich, kind of douch-y guy Tony Stark. That’s right it’s the first Iron Man. Until then, please like, share, and joine me every week on our MCU adventure.