The Marvelous 10 Years!

By Mahima Nandakumar
“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more…” think of Nick Fury saying this or Kevin Feige, it will make the same impact. And now as the world stands after End Game, we can say that they did become so much more. We are going to take a look at what Marvel did right to make half of the world’s population it’s family (yeah, they did also turn them into dust).
You don’t need an article to tell you the origin story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is probably the most popular success story after Apple. And names like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Joe and Anthony Russo and many more have already taken it’s place in history. But one must analyze the progress they have shown since the first Iron Man movie; to achieve this level of success the MCU brought great brains and best resources together. The easiest example of this would be to look at the actors who we now recognize as a major superhero, many of them starred in B grade movies before beginning their journey with Marvel. The first and foremost ‘right decision’ they made is to invest in potential and not an already established and famous entity.
The MCU has been consistent in delivering great films back to back but that doesn’t mean that they get a 22/22 score, there are a few bad films. Iron Man 3, Thor The Dark World and Avengers Age Of Ultron aren’t really the fan favorites. But, even then they didn’t give up, they held on to these characters like they were actual people, like how you wouldn’t walk away from a dear one in the time of a crisis. They recruited people who could fix it and get the journey going. MCU always had a macro-perspective, which now, in the end of what Iron Man started, makes the whole picture so beautiful.
If you talk about Avengers End Game, it’s like talking about the whole 22 films. The End Game is a tribute to fans, it’s a tribute to everyone who worked on and off screen for these larger than life films. With End Game, the MCU did not deliver what we expected, it gave us more than that. It acknowledged the past works, it honored the original six avengers with a closure that no one could even dream of, the MCU basically stood in front of it’s audience and said ‘you have spent time and money on making this what it is today, so you deserve this ending!’. In a world where majority of people rely on movies to take off from reality, how many times do we receive that honor?!
They don’t demand respect, they earn it; they don’t take advantage of their fan base, they value them.
Last but not least, if you have watched at least 10 of the 22 films, you will be having your own memories and experiences with this universe and End Game is a must watch because that’s not just a movie but a story that you will share with your future generations. The next phase might be bigger and better, the ending is just a beginning for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we enter with them into that world with 100% trust, but it will be impossible to forget these characters and movies for anything new. The sadness might stay for a while but so will the highs. And that’s the biggest victory of the MCU, they didn’t just present you with spectacles, they told stories that made an impact!
P.S : Man… I wish Kevin Feige ran the world!

Wakanda Forever

Hype can go one of two ways for a film. The good way is when the film is able to match up to the hype and sometimes even surpass it. The bad of course is when the film turns out to be underwhelming. With Black Panther, there was a lot of excitement and hype that had been built around it. In many ways, with all that that is going on in the world today, the film became important to many people and transcended the connection that a film usually does. What should have been just a movie, became a matter of pride for many. It is understandable why this has transpired. To be honest, films such as this rarely if ever get made, and that too on this big a scale. If I’m not mistaken, it is only the second Black superhero film to be made. The aspect of representation was a key element of this film and hence a lot was riding on it. So, did it deliver ?

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It absolutely did. One thing that struck me in particular was the balance that director Ryan Coogler was able to find. The balance I’m referring to can be summed as: a mix of tradition and modernity. The modernity comes from what is being portrayed, the tradition comes from how it is portrayed. Sure there are many similarities that you can find with other film, but the sheer joy of seeing this type of story in a new setting, makes it worth the ride. The film doesn’t become too emotional and has moments of genuine humor as well. This kind of balancing act is quite tricky to pull off so kudos to the entire team for pulling it off. As a fan of cinema, I can only hope that we get to see more such films. It is a relief to watch something that feels new rather than it feeling like a recycled version of something we have seen earlier. If this is the beginning of a new era in Hollywood, the start has been awesome. Here’s to Black Panther for opening up new avenues. All hail the king!

Until next time, bye.