Well on the weekend I saw the latest installment in the Marvel Movie line, Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier. I can’t describe how much I was looking forward to this movie, and it didn’t disappoint. It made me wonder though, why do I like the Marvel movies so much?
To be honest I don’t really know where it all started, my earliest memory of anything marvel has nothing to do with the comic books, I was never a comic book fan as a child and I don’t really remember my parents ever letting me have them. My earliest memory is of the cartoons that were produced. I am pretty sure my first memory was of Iron Man as a cartoon and I really enjoyed it. It kind of went from there.
Fast forward to the first Iron Man movie, which was really the first of the new “Marvel” series. After a long long period of time between when I first saw the cartoons and then saw the movies, it brought that fascination back to life. I loved the first Iron Man movie, it felt to me like Marvel really understood what making a good movie was about (Robert Downey Jnr was a perfect choice to play Tony Stark) and I grew to love the proceeding movies even more. When Avengers came out (I was in Seattle on my round the world trip at the time) I was like a giddy school girl, wanting to see it days after release. The first Captain America movie was great and I lapped it up.
Late last year Marvel took their first step into Live Action TV shows in quite some time with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (I just call it Shield) and I loved every minute of it. Though not really to do with movies the back story kind of works around it all and I was hooked. When I saw the latest episode of Shield I was a bit shocked by the story line (no spoilers here) I knew about the background of what happened but it was like “where the hell did this come from”. Had I seen Captain America 2 first, it would of made sense. When I saw it on Sunday, things became clear…. it is all linked, even the tv show.
Linking the movies together over several years is a great thing to do for money but stretching it out over time, makes me go crazy. I still say that the 3 worst words in the english language are “To Be Continued” and this is kind of what it feels like (just with a several year gap between movies). I can’t complain that Marvel are doing justice to their own comics and making a movie that is not only entertaining but keeps fans talking about it for hours and days afterwards.
Captain America 2 to give you my thoughts on the movie, it was dark, it was moody and it was action all the time. At one point I did see a tear in Heidi’s eye. If this is the kind of movie that Marvel is going to produce… Bring it on!