Over the last 5 years or so, comic book based films have burst into the collective consciousness of theatre goers everywhere. By Batman and Superman, to anti-hero protagonists like The Punisher and Deadpool, these films are revolutionizing the idea of a personality”Universe” where all the movies, heroes and villains, and settings take place within one giant world. It can be daunting to try and figure everything out but fortunately it’s possible to learn a lot through these 3 basic concepts. Here’s the beginners guide to superhero films.
Iron man begins the creation of the Marvel Universe in which you’re introduced to Tony Stark, the genius billionaire scientist who is revolutionizing the army with the creation of his new weaponry. In this first movie, you see the growth of Stark Industries and the creation of Iron Man. As the plot twists and turns between fighting terrorism on a global scale, betrayal within his own ranks, and battle with the authorities and other superhero associations, you start to build the cities and world in which we find lots of the comic book stories.
Captain America: The First Avenger
After Iron Man 1 and 2, The Hulk, and Thor, You’re introduced to the concept of the Avengers with the introduction to Captain America in his first movie. Steve Rogers, the main character, wants to do his duty and help America fight their war against the Nazis. He is rejected over and over again until he’s accepted into a super soldier program that turns him into Captain America. Leading the battle against the HYDRA corp, Captain America takes on evil and becomes the first Avenger from the series.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy would go on to become a huge blockbuster hit. Incorporating many of new characters from the Marvel Universe, this film also expands the potential for worlds as well as incorporates a new flavor of humor and brevity to it. It ties and links the world of Thor into other movies and maintains many storylines from different films. With its comedy, incredible weaponry, jokes, and amazing soundtrack- Guardians of the Galaxy took the Universe to a complete different direction and depth.
Not all Marvel story lines come in theater movies. Some became quite popular series’ on internet film streaming sites. Daredevil became an instant hit with its hard hitting plot lines, back stories, and fantastic acting. Taking place in new cities and expanding the protagonists’ worlds and preferences, these different sets of show did a excellent job setting up for later movies.
Spider-Man Homecoming, although not the latest film, seems to be the most recent in terms of building the Marvel universe. Peter Parker is trying to utilize his new found spidey senses for good. But with great power comes great responsibility and Peter begins to realize that being Spider-Man is more than simply using your abilities, it takes maturity, self-control, discipline, and decision making skills that no mere adolescent – regardless of super powers and capabilities- can make by themselves.
If you love comic-book based movies, use this manual to get you watching in the appropriate order to maximize your understanding.