Meeting vigilantes! Why The MCU Is One Of The Biggest Movie Franchises

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Jarvis, play “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.

Dominique Williams

Writer Jenelle Lum shows her appreciation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She hopes to one day work at Marvel Studios for the franchise.

Jenelle Lum, Editor

It was a Saturday morning in May 2012; I was in line at the cinema buying tickets for “The Avengers” after begging my parents to see it all week. I was familiar with Marvel characters like Hulk and the Fantastic Four, but this was my first time seeing a movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Little did I know this movie was going to change everything – from the way I think about cinema as a whole to the clothes I wear every day. Marvel movies would be part of my life.

After seeing “The Avengers”, I went back and watched all the Marvel movies that came out before so I was ready for the next movie when it came out. I had officially joined the MCU fandom.

The MCU is unlike any other film franchise because each film connects like a puzzle piece. They are precisely written and ultimately lead to major events in their stories in the Marvel comics from which they originate.

Some of the more abstract ideas presented in the films, such as time travel, are clearly explained to the audience and incorporate a balance of action and comedy.

Each film incorporates “end credit” scenes that play after the credits and provide crucial plot details for future MCU films. Shame on those fake fans who ignore them!

I really admire the MCU because the writers are consistent and they ensure a level of quality in every movie. Directors have their own unique styles that work for each individual movie because the characters are so diverse.

Taika Waititi must now direct all the “Thor” films and James Gunn is the perfect director for “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

As far as the quality of writing and directing goes, these films set the bar very high for me. If the writing isn’t Marvel-quality, I don’t want it!

I’m tired of seeing the same type of films and ideas recycled under a new name. Marvel does something new with every movie, big or small.

Marvel Studios is constantly pushing itself to do better by listening to fans, being more inclusive with cast, and experimenting with new ways to tell stories. Films like “Black Panther” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” feature people of color in lead roles and have significant cultural impacts that have not been achieved by many other major franchises.

Like all good movies, the MCU films provide a nice two and a half to three hour escape from life and reality. The special effects keep your eyes on the screen and the mystery and dialogue keep your heart and mind engaged.

Some of my favorite lines of dialogue from cinema come from the MCU, especially from characters like Ant-Man and my favorite villain, Loki. I love when Loki says in “Thor: Ragnarok,” “You had a job. Just that one. I use that GIF all the time.”

Loki in Thor: Ragnarok berates Skurge for failing to keep Thor out of Asgard. Loki relaxes his villain role in this film and plays more of a reluctant supporting character. (Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios)

Being part of the MCU fandom has led me to new friends over the 14 years of Marvel movies. I enjoy connecting with people in our franchise discussions.

I’m glad to see that the fandom has grown so much over the past ten years thanks to the success of the MCU. People used to judge me for watching the latest superhero movies, but now showing passion for pop culture is becoming normal.

Marvel has created a space where people can express themselves and find a character they identify with. It’s rare to find an ongoing movie franchise that has such a variety of characters and a dedicated fandom.

I love the direction the MCU is taking after losing major characters like Iron Man, Black Widow and Captain America in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

The MCU recently moved from movies to streaming shows on Disney+.

The shows are entertaining to watch as they feel like separate adventures with some of the less popular characters. The shows are presented similarly to reading various comic book series.

New shows are coming soon to Disney+, introducing new characters such as “Moon Knight,” in its own series which premieres March 30. I’m excited to see Marvel’s future plans for the MCU, and I’ll be covering them here at The State Hornet.

Until then, “I am Groot”.

Lum enjoys collecting Marvel themed figures like this “Tsum Tsum” Groot (little stuffed animal). She wishes they would sell the abandoned stuffed animals again. (Dominique Williams)
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