Marvel: The 10 Best Phase Three Films, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Marvel Phase 3 — the final group of films in The Infinity Saga — just wrapped up with the premiere of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Today, we’re looking at all the Phase 3 Marvel films and seeing how they stack up against one another according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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There are eleven Phase 3 films in total, so before we kick off this top-ten list, we’re shouting it out to Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers, maybe your movie ranks last with a Tomatometer score of 78%, but we still think you’re great. So now that we have that covered, it’s time to see how the rest of Marvel’s Phase 3 scores based on critic reviews. Let’s get to it!

10 Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (84%)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gave Chris Pratt another run as the quirky, retro Star-Lord, along with the rest of the unique Guardians. Critics found the film to be stocked with action, full of beautiful visuals, and loaded with spunky humor. However, they also found it to be not as exciting and original as its predecessor.

Even so, the film got itself an 84% and a certified-fresh rating. Audiences were also pleased with the film overall, giving it an 87%.

9 Avengers: Infinity War (85%)

Infinity War had the Marvel gang teaming up to defeat Thanos before he destroyed the universe. Combining an ensemble cast with scary-high stakes, the film came out with a certified-fresh Tomatometer rating of 85%. Additionally, it received a similarly impressive audience score of 91%.

The handful of critics who didn’t like the film found the CGI to be gimmicky and the story to be unoriginal. Hardcore Marvel fans, on the other hand, simply anticipated the next installment even more after this one came to a dramatic and tragic close.

8 Ant-Man And The Wasp (88%)

The exciting sequel to Ant-Man had Paul Rudd’s superhero teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp for all the action. Critics loved it, earning the movie an 88% Tomatometer score.

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The leading duo’s chemistry combined with Rudd’s already charming on-screen presence allowed the film to feel fresh and engaging. Some thought it didn’t match the charisma and unique charm of the first Ant-Man, but most begged to differ. Viewers left it with a 76% audience score.

7 Doctor Strange (89%)

Doctor Strange gave Benedict Cumberbatch the chance to shape the time-travel superhero’s origin stories. He certainly did not disappoint.

While the narrative was original and compelling, it artfully stayed within the bounds of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earning it an 89% Tomatometer rating. While a handful of critics found the titular character to be unconnectable and the film to be an unnecessary addition to an already-huge franchise, it still raked in the love. Its audience score stands at 86% based on over 109,000 ratings.

6 Spider-Man: Far From Home (90%)

The latest film to swoop into the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) taking on his next adventure. This time, it takes place during Peter Parker’s European vacation with his classmates instead of at home in New York.

Critics loved the film for blending young romance and superhero action. It’s more down-to-earth than some films in the MCU, coming off as both engaging and fun. Some called out the film for having messy character arcs, poor visual effects, and a complicated plot. But is it better to listen to those people, or is it better to hear out the others who gave it a 90% Tomatometer rating? Viewers liked it even more, with 96% of audience reviews coming in positive.

5 Captain America: Civil War (91%)

Captain America: Civil War saved theatergoers in 2016 with a blockbuster-worthy plot, courageous themes, and a ton of added depth. It followed Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s competing agendas, which ultimately led them to grow back together even stronger than before in the final few MCU installments.

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With some critics even calling it the best Marvel movie to ever be made, the film scored itself a 91% on the Tomatometer. The generally positive movie-goer consensus earned it an 89% audience score. Some found it to be over-the-top, but it is a Marvel movie. The thrill is just a part of the journey.

4 Spider-Man: Homecoming (92%)

This Spider-Man reboot had a lot at stake, with the classic hero being reimagined for a third time since Sam Raimi’s trilogy and Sony’s two films. Thankfully, it delivered. The action film earned a 92% Tomatometer score and an 88% audience score.

Homecoming was praised for — while being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — not getting weighed down by it. The film stood on its own just as much as it stayed a part of the franchise. A few critics found it to be “just another Marvel movie,” but we’re choosing to ignore that notion.

3 Thor: Ragnarok (93%)

Thor’s second sequel is funnier, more colorful, and more exciting than its predecessors. Everything about it is bright and original, and critics noticed. Sure, some found the jokes to be a bit overdone, but the film still pulled out a 93% Tomatometer score and a comparable 87% audience score.

The cast was charming and the chemistry was magnetic. The difference between this one and the previous Thor installment is very noticeable.

2 Avengers: Endgame (94%)

The grand finale to many Marvel characters’ story arcs was met with praise from critics and audiences. The certified-fresh Avengers: Endgame scored a high 94% percent from critics and 91% from audiences. While the epic conclusion was over three hours long, it managed to entertain and captivate viewers for all of them.

There were a handful of critics who found it to be filled with a lot of nothing, but there were even more critics who found it to be jam-packed with everything they’d been waiting for.

1 Black Panther (97%)

Stealing the show with a 97% Tomatometer rating is none other than Black Panther. Its immersive story full of complex characters, stunning aesthetics, and powerful themes have it topping not just our list, but the lists of critics everywhere.

While not every person loved the film, with some calling Black Panther “average,” they are in a pretty small minority. The audience rating came in at 79% with many believing it to be a thrilling and welcome big-budget blockbuster.

NEXT: 10 Reasons Guardians Of The Galaxy Is The MCU’s Best Solo Franchise

2019-07-13 11:07:59

Brooke Bajgrowicz

Avengers 5 Theory: Endgame Set Up Kang As Marvel Phase 4’s Villain

Avengers: Endgame might have set up the villain for Marvel’s Phase 4, with its time-travel plot paving the way for Kang the Conqueror to be the antagonist of Avengers 5. With Thanos and the Infinity Stones over with, the MCU is in need of a new Big Bad for whatever form the next Avengers movie takes, and Kang would fit the bill nicely.

There’s been a lot of talk about how Marvel will replace Thanos, who proved a major hit as a villain, especially in Avengers: Infinity War, with lots of talk about characters such as Galactus, Annihilus, or even Norman Osborn. There’s no shortage of villain options for the MCU, but since they like to tease things before they happen, it’s worth looking back at Avengers: Endgame and what it might be setting up.

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Thanks to its use of time-travel, one of the biggest hints is to Kang the Conqueror, a villain who is all about traveling through time, and would be a big enough threat to take on the Avengers. Although his rights were with Fox, the Disney takeover means he’s very much in play, and there’s a chance he’s already shaping into the villain of MCU Phase 4 and Avengers 5.

In Kang the Conqueror’s first Marvel Comics appearance, he wasn’t called Kang at all. Debuting in Fantastic Four #19, he went by the name Rama-Tut. Real name Nathaniel Richards (he might be a descendant of Reed Richards), he traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt, becoming the Pharoh and taking the future-Apocalypse as his heir. It wasn’t until The Avengers #8 a year later that Kang the Conqueror would formally appear, fighting an Avengers line-up that included Thor, Wasp, and Spider-Man (all heroes who’ll be present in the MCU’s Phase 4), but then having various identities is kind of Kang’s thing.

Other iterations of the character include Immortus, a future version of Kang who resides in Limbo, and Iron Lad, who was an original part of the Young Avengers team. There’s also Victor Timely, the mayor of a small town Kang established as a place to go for some down time. The reason for having multiple alter-egos is that Kang the Conqueror is a time-traveler, and alongside these versions are multiple duplicates of Kang, with each journey through time creating a new one.

Although Richards doesn’t actually possess any typical superpowers, he is a genius who specializes in time-travel, and possesses a time-ship that allows him to visit any century, through which he’s able to collect an array of different weapons and armors to give himself enhanced abilities, utilizing incredibly advanced technology that no one else has access to or can match. He’s also able to recruit different armies, which leads to him conquering different time periods, and further enables him to go toe-to-toe with superheroes. That, combined with his ability to time-travel better than anyone else, makes him a compelling choice for The Avengers 5.

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Avengers: Endgame fully introduced time-travel to the MCU. Although this had already been shown with Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, it took on a much greater importance here, and by utilizing the Quantum Realm it established a means of time-travel existing without the use of an Infinity Stone (which is handy given they’ve been destroyed). However, along with establishing this new form of time-travel, it also meant creating multiple timelines.

As the Ancient One explained in Avengers: Endgame, every time the Avengers take an Infinity Stone from its place in the timeline, a new branch reality is created. In theory, these are closed by Captain America returning the Stones back to their correct place in time, but it’s not quite so simple. We see Loki take the Tesseract and disappear, while Cap decides to stay in the past of another reality (if you listen to the Russos’ explanation, at least), which leaves two of these branches very much in play. Add in the Thanos from 2014 making the leap to the present of 2023, and there are potentially three (and maybe even more) timelines created in Avengers: Endgame that still exist in the MCU.

That’s on top of the different dimensions that were already established by Doctor Strange (the Dark Dimension) and Ant-Man (the Quantum Realm), meaning that despite how Spider-Man: Far From Home treats it, the multiverse does indeed exist in the MCU, which means there’s scope for a villain like Kang the Conqueror to exploit that and emerge in Avengers 5.

With time-travel and multiple timelines now firmly established within the MCU, then the chances of Kang the Conqueror appearing in Phase 4 are greatly increased, because both of those elements allow for him to turn up at just about any point. Following on from Thanos and the Infinity Stones, then it’s unlikely Marvel will be setting up their next villain in such a direct, all-encompassing way, but since they already have everything needed to introduce Kang then he makes perfect sense as the next antagonist.

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Phase 4 will be switching between expanding the cosmic arm of the MCU (The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Doctor Strange 2) and telling smaller, more street-level stories (Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man 3). In Kang the Conqueror, Marvel would be getting themselves a villain who can do both: as a time-traveler, he fits in with the former, but since he’s also an Earth-origin character without real superpowers, he doesn’t feel too big for the latter.

The Eternals is a cosmic MCU prequel, so there’s a chance of them further developing ideas around time-travel and different dimensions, and likewise Doctor Strange 2. Loki, the Disney+ TV series, is another way Phase 4 can indirectly tease Kang. Looking at the planned Disney+ MCU series, they all have some sense of purpose: Falcon & Winter Soldier is about establishing the new Captain America; Hawkeye will be setting up Young Avengers. Loki is oddly separate from that because he’s just off on his own, but Kevin Feige has promised these shows will have an impact on the MCU. Since Loki will be in a different timeline, then by using that as one of the building blocks of Kang gives it a place in the grander scheme of things. It’s also worth noting that Kang has connections to the Fantastic Four, and with the Fox deal being completed things have fallen nicely into place for him to appear, although Marvel’s First Family showing up in the MCU still feels like it’s a long way off.

It’s unclear as yet just how the Avengers will be shaping up in Phase 4, but Avengers 5 will happen at some point. It’ll need to pull together a group of different heroes and disparate strands, and Kang being the villain can link Phase 4 and Avengers 5 all the way back to Avengers: Endgame, which is the kind of storytelling and world-building Marvel love to do. If he turns up in Avengers 5, then it connects things together, and most importantly gives the Avengers an all-new threat to face who’d be different to Thanos, but still worthy of the team-up.

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2019-07-13 04:07:30

James Hunt

Fixing Marvel Phase 3’s Broken Release Schedule

Marvel‘s Phase 3 has been a tremendous success – but in narrative terms, it could have been improved significantly. Phase 3 of the MCU was the ultimate in serialized storytelling, with each movie taking its heroes one step closer to their final confrontation with Thanos. It’s about to come to a head in Avengers: Endgame, and fans have been conducting rewatches of the MCU in order to celebrate the journey.

In hindsight, though, the truth is that Phase 3 wasn’t entirely consistent. The ongoing narrative hopped through the timeline with impunity; 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was set a couple of months after Captain America: Civil War, and 2018’s Black Panther just a week later. Tonally, Phase 3 ranged from the Oscar-winning drama of Black Panther to the slapstick superhero comedy of Thor: Ragnarok, and yet, oddly, that variation wasn’t truly celebrated. The humor was concentrated in 2017, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok all coming out in quick succession.

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So, as a thought exercise, let’s run through the MCU’s Phase 3 and imagine an alternative order of release; one that works more effectively from a narrative sense, and that really does allow the MCU to embrace its potential.

Phase 3 kicked off with Captain America: Civil War, with the Avengers torn apart. This was a deliberate strategy, continuing the process of deconstruction that Marvel had begun when they had Steve Rogers tear down S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This could only possibly happen at the beginning of Phase 3 – as it requires both Captain America and Iron Man in order to work – and it set the scene for everything that would follow. New heroes like Black Panther and Spider-Man were introduced ahead of their solo films, while Steve Rogers was sidelined for the next few years, forced to operate from the shadows. So Captain America: Civil War has to be a fixed point in all this, staying in 2016.

But from this point on, our proposed order begins to change, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releasing in 2016 as well. This could easily film concurrently with Captain America: Civil War, given there’s no overlap between the cast of the two films. What’s more, it wouldn’t really push writer-director James Gunn too hard – he started writing the script within a month of the first one’s release in 2014. In strategic terms, placing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at this point stresses that Phase 3 shares the focus on the Earth-bound and the cosmic. It also spreads out the humor, preventing it all being concentrated in 2017.

The best 2017 slate would probably look very different to the one Marvel actually released. Doctor Strange would come first, pushed back by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Again, this could easily be filming while Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were in production, given there’s no overlap between the cast.

In this ideal scenario, it would then be followed by Black Panther, which would have started production as soon as Chadwick Boseman had finished up on Civil War. The two-year gap between Civil War and Black Panther had always seemed odd, given that closer releases would surely have maintained the hype more effectively. Furthermore, placing Black Panther here means there’s a straightforward line of continuity between 2016 and 2017’s films. One final advantage is that Marvel would be able to tell how well Black Panther was performing in the box office, potentially allowing them to adjust the script for Avengers: Infinity War a little to take advantage of it.

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Finally, there’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s reasonable to assume that the Marvel/Sony contract stipulated a 2017 release date, but Marvel would be smart to push it back towards the end of the year. Doing this would prevent issues further down the line; Marvel likes to retain the same kind of slot for all films within a franchise, and in 2019 the summer release of Spider-Man: Far From Home has been rather problematic, given how close it is to Avengers: Endgame.

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That brings us to 2018, the 10-year anniversary of the MCU. In this ideal release schedule, Thor: Ragnarok would drop in February 2018, with its post-credits scene setting up Avengers: Infinity War. This would serve to avoid the film’s continuity issues; although Ragnarok is ostensibly set in 2017 (the Hulk has been on Sakaar for two years), its post-credits scene is in 2018, mere moments before Thanos attacks the Asgardian refugees. In tonal terms, this means Ragnarok is moved away from the other more comedic movies, ensuring there’s more diversity to the slate.

Avengers: Infinity War is one of the fixed points of this timeline. However, Marvel would have been wise to swap Ant-Man & the Wasp for Captain Marvel, in large part because the latter was set up by the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel would then have been free to use Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel in their marketing for Avengers: Endgame.

All this would mean that Ant-Man & the Wasp would release in February 2019. Structurally, this would mean both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were preceded by more lighthearted films. It would also have a major advantage from a marketing perspective; Marvel has attempted to keep the plot of Endgame a closely-guarded secret, to the extent that all the trailers and TV spots only draw upon the first 20 minutes. There’s abundant evidence that the plot involves time travel of some kind, and Ant-Man & the Wasp sets that up. In its post-credits scene, Scott Lang is stranded in the Quantum Realm, and his one way out may well be the mysterious “time vortexes” that Janet Van Dyne mentioned. By holding Ant-Man & the Wasp back for immediately before Avengers: Endgame, Marvel would ensure time travel speculation built up at just the right time. They’d be able to control the narrative just a little bit more.

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has recently noted that he considers Spider-Man: Far From Home to be the end of Phase 3 rather than the beginning of MCU’s Phase 4, so it’s worthy of mention here as well. Spider-Man: Far From Home is essentially an extended epilogue to Avengers: Endgame, set mere minutes afterwards. For all that’s the case, though, pushing it back to a later release date would be a smart move. The narrow gap between Endgame and Far From Home has left Marvel and Sony in something of an awkward spot, wary of giving away too much in the trailers and TV spots simply because it would spoil Endgame. A later release would mean marketing for Far From Home would be at a much earlier stage.

All this isn’t to say Phase 3 was a failure, of course; in truth, the MCU has been an unprecedented success, and Marvel deserves credit for successfully reinventing long-form storytelling for the big screen. But Phase 3 was a difficult challenge, in large part because it needed to wrap up everything that had happened in the MCU over the course of the last decade. Moreover, no sooner did Marvel firm up their plans than they reached an agreement that brought Spider-Man into the MCU, and had to switch things up. Given that’s the case, it was always inevitable there’d be some issues.

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2019-04-22 06:04:59

Thomas Bacon

Spider-Man: Far From Home Is The Last MCU Phase 3 Movie, Not Endgame

Marvel’s Kevin Feige has revealed that he considers Spider-Man: Far From Home to be the end of Phase 3. Although the wall-crawler was one of Thanos’ many victims in Avengers: Infinity War, it’s long been an open secret that he’ll be coming back. As far back as June 2017, Marvel figures were confirming that the next Spider-Man film would be set minutes after Avengers: Endgame.

Spider-Man: Far From Home had generally been viewed as the first film of Phase 4, launching the future of the MCU. Indeed, Kevin Feige himself had seemed to suggest that was the case, telling viewers he wanted the highly-relatable Peter Parker to be the one to hold their hands and guide them into what he called the next incarnation of the MCU.

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However, it looks as though plans have changed a little. Speaking with a reporter at a fan event in Shanghai, Kevin Feige was asked about Spider-Man: Far From Home. As always, Feige is secretive in his response, but the little he did say will make fans sit up and take note. “It’s the end of the third phase,” he observed. “You’re the first one I’ve told that to.

This makes perfect sense in terms of the overall narrative of the MCU. Avengers: Endgame is the climax of the MCU to date, an event movie that’s frankly unparalleled in the history of cinema. While Thanos is sure to be defeated, there will be massive consequences for Marvel’s entire shared universe, and Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to explore these. Feige’s comments essentially turn the next Spider-Man movie into an extended epilogue for Avengers: Endgame.

Fans generally assume that each MCU phase will end with an Avengers film, but that’s not necessarily the case. It’s true that Phase 1 ended with The Avengers, but that was largely because Marvel was taking a gamble with the whole shared universe model at that time; had The Avengers failed, the whole idea would have fallen apart. With Phase 1 a success, Marvel actually ended Phase 2 with Ant-Man. At least Spider-Man: Far From Home will make a more logical conclusion to one of the phases.

Curiously, this announcement does mean the future of the MCU is a whole lot more unclear than we had previously been thought. Feige is keeping his post-Phase 3 plans under wraps; Marvel is known to be pushing ahead with both Black Widow and The Eternals, but neither of those projects have been officially announced. Spider-Man: Far From Home, however, had been considered the only confirmed movie in Phase 4, but now it turns out that isn’t the case after all.

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2019-04-20 10:04:20

Thomas Bacon

Marvel’s Original MCU Phase 1 Plan Ended With A Very Different Avengers

Marvel Studios original plan for its shared universe culminated with a very different version of The Avengers. Now Avengers: Endgame brings the storylines of those original heroes to fitting conclusions, it’s easy to view the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe as a masterclass in planning. What it actually is, though, is testament to how often the best stories come from freewheeling.

Indeed, while it may now feel like the MCU was always on a road that ended in Thanos, it really wasn’t always the plan. The Avengers‘ mid-credits tease of the Mad Titan was a last minute decision by Joss Whedon, who had no idea where it would eventually lead, and the firmament of the story wasn’t laid down until years later. Eventually, a variety of random aspects – the Tesseract being the Space Stone, Loki’s scepter being the distinct Mind Stone, the Infinity Gauntlet Easter egg in Odin’s vault – had to be retconned.

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But to even get to that point, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige had been through various iterations of their Avengers Initiative. Make no mistake, the endgame of the MCU’s Phase 1 always was The Avengers – it was part of the original funding for Marvel Studios in 2005 and had a release date set for 2011 before being pushed back a year – but what Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could have looked like was almost very different.

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Iron Man & The Incredible Hulk Were Setting Up A Different Avengers

The first proper inkling of The Avengers plan in the MCU comes during the post-credits scene for Iron Man. The movie itself is deceptively standalone, with only a running gag about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s pre-acronym name (that really is more send-up rather than set-up) to hint at a wider universe. Then, tucked away at the end of the credits in a time where, X-Men: The Last Stand aside, stingers were typically gags, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury emerged from the shadows and offered Tony Stark a place in his Avengers Initiative.

The tease was just that, a tease, and like Thanos four years later a rather last-minute addition without any firm plans. But any doubt this was just a comic wink were tossed aside a couple of months later when, in The Incredible Hulk‘s credits tease (moved to the start, likely out of fear of it being missed) Tony Stark approached General Ross about the team he was putting together.

It’s scraps, but a clear skeleton of The Avengers can be seen. Tony Stark is brought in to lead the team, possibly to track down the awol Hulk in a story akin to The Avengers #1 from 1963. In that simple story, Loki attempted to escape exile by manipulating the Hulk into accidentally destroying a bridge, but inadvertently unites Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and the Green Goliath, who following the God of Mischief’s defeat form a superteam.

Related: Iron Man’s Most Important Moment Wasn’t Nick Fury

Of course, what’s teased in these early movies is not quite The Avengers we got; Tony would be shuffled away from the team and only brought back in at peak desperation, while the Hulk was incredibly different come 2012. What these two 2008 movies imagined doesn’t match up with what was to come, serving as untarnished proof of how things changed.

The Originally Envisioned Avengers Cast Was Different Too

Not only is the early Avengers roadmap leading to a different story, it’s got different people in the driving seat. This is more well-known given how recasting, even when downplayed, is hard to miss. Due to pay disputes, Terrence Howard was replaced as James Rhodes in Iron Man 2 onwards by Don Cheadle, explained away with a simple “Look, it’s me, I’m here. Deal with it. Let’s move on.” Then, in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo took on the role of Bruce Banner and Hulk following creative differences between Marvel and Edward Norton (as well as being part of a noticeable attempt to distance the MCU from The Incredible Hulk in general).

But the changes don’t end there. Emily Blunt was originally set to play Black Widow – she was Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau’s first choice – but had to step down when Fox exercised a contract clause from The Devil Wears Prada to have her star in Gulliver’s Travels. Scarlett Johannson, who did have a screentest previously, then stepped up.

None of these situations would have had as direct an impact on the story as the writers or directors we’ll see (at least not until later, when characters like Hulk and Stark were more tailored to the performance), but all these adjustments did have an impact in development and play a part in reshaping how the burgeoning MCU could have looked.

How Iron Man 2 Started A Pivot

It’s at Iron Man 2 in 2010 when you can see a distinct change in the MCU Phase 1 plan. The movie’s wider-universe arc changes course for Tony Stark, with Black Widow assessing his performance and deciding he was unfit as a team member. This undoes both credits scenes in the previous movies, which due to the non-linear timeline of MCU Phase 1 (Iron Man 2, Thor and The Incredible Hulk all happen around the same time, dubbed Fury’s Big Week) created something of a plot hole. This was plugged by Marvel One-Shot The Consultant, which showed Stark’s approach to Ross was actually a ploy by S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick the General into keeping Abomination locked up (these post-movie retcons were a thing until the early days of Phase 2).

Related: Only One Of MCU Phase 1’s Post-Credits Scenes Make Sense

By the time of Thor in May 2011, key aspects of The Avengers are being introduced that fit with genuine setup, although there are still several confusing aspects. That movie’s post-credits scene features Selvig being approached by Nick Fury deep in Project Pegasus about working on the Tesseract (which had already been teased via drawings in Iron Man 2), only for a presumed-dead Loki to emerge in a reflection in control of the physicist. This is closer to The Avengers – Loki does mind control Selvig and the Tesseract is the core MacGuffin – but for the God to already be on Earth directly contradicts his later introduction. Whatever the confusion there, when Captain America: The First Avenger released in July 2011, everything seemed cohesive; Asgard namedrops, Stark supporting roles and Tesseract teases all slot neatly in the narrative.

The reasoning behind this rather convoluted switch-up – especially considering how Tony would be called upon again in The Avengers‘ first twenty minutes – is down to the bigger production picture. Zak Penn had been working on a script for The Avengers since 2006 and been adjusting the plan constantly over the next half-decade as directors enacted influence and characters began to fully form. This is where the fluctuations, especially regarding Tony Stark, appear to have come from; Penn’s first draft was submitted in early 2010, a few months before Iron Man 2‘s release and almost four years after he stated. But things fundamentally changed shortly after once the movie found a director.

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Why The Original Avengers Script Changed

We don’t know much about Zak Penn’s script for The Avengers, especially not its various iterations that reportedly included Red Skull and were open to failures of Phase 1 standalones. But we can safely say it’s rather different – at least tonally – from what was released. While it’s commonly said that Whedon “rewrote” Penn’s original draft, that phase makes his now-infamous changes to Justice League look minor. By the director’s own admission (via GQ), “There was a script. There just wasn’t a script I was going to film a word of.” When he signed on officially in April 2010, it was as writer-director, and he set about the former aspect of that immediately, dismissing Penn’s screenplay entirely.

Per Whedon, the narrative brief for his script was simple: the Avengers are fighting Loki, they fight amongst themselves in the middle, and there’s a big battle against the villains at the end. Presumably – and, considering that isn’t an insufficient summary of The Avengers #1 – this will have been a similar brief to what Penn was working on. This means that, while the narrative drive was different, the core building blocks were surely there from the start (give or take a Johann Schmidt).

Related: Joss Whedon’s Avengers Films Never Understood Captain America

The big problem Whedon had with the initial script wasn’t story, however, but character. He found Penn’s version lacked a proper spark between the various heroes, something that the ensemble-favored writer knew would be the film’s make-or-break aspect. Had an earlier draft been used, it’s quite likely that The Avengers would have been a more conventional affair; the finished movie was a refreshing success because it was full of Whedon-ism and was opposite to what blockbuster filmmaking was at the time (it released just three months before Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises).

How Joss Whedon’s Avengers Could Have Been Different

Joss Whedon didn’t just come on and write The Avengers as released, of course. He went through countless different ideas in the year between joining up and camera’s rolled, many of which he discussed openly when the film released.

At one point, when it looked like Scarlett Johannson may not return due to the terms of her hasty Iron Man 2 contract (hence why casting is an important concern), he wrote a key role in for Wasp, a founding member in the comics. This never went further than the iterative process, but could have had major ramifications; it would not only have introduced Janet van Dyne (presumably) three years ahead of Ant-Man and six before her actual debut, it would have altered the story those movies – at this point the first was still going to be Edgar Wright – could tell regarding the Hank Pym-Hope van Dyne-Scott Lang relationship.

Another draft paired Loki with Ezekiel Stane, son of Iron Man‘s Obadiah, after Whedon worried whether Tom Hiddleston could convince as a singular primary villain. While not much more is known, a connection to Tony Stark’s original antagonist would have surely shifted the scales towards this being something of an Iron Man 3 With Pals. Indeed, this attests to a general uncertainty about Thor – Penn had previously tried to downplay the God of Thunder – and his place in the team, somewhat ironic given his position as the most popular Avenger by the time of Infinity War.

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One hero whose role was – subtly – adjusted rather late in the day was Captain America’s. He’s the undoubted leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes come the end of The Avengers, but several key scenes from the start highlighting him as a man out of time (including context for Ashley Johnson’s waitress and a Stan Lee cameo) were cut, backloading his role. While it’s never been directly commented on, this may be a result of The First Avenger being the second-lowest grossing film in the MCU both domestically and worldwide (behind The Incredible Hulk) and thus representing a careful play with the character until he had the likes of Iron Man to spar with.

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How These Changes Shaped The Entire MCU

It’s easy to look back on a time when industry professionals questioned whether bringing multiple characters from different franchises together could work and feel like it’s all the production tribulations of an era with no relevance to the modern day. But it’s all these choices that have led to the more synergized shared universe and comic book focus that defines current movies in the first place.

Of course, different actors would have led to different stories. Terrence Howard’s continuation would have likely pushed War Machine into a more focal position given his initial Iron Man deal had him as the star. It’s harder to gauge with Edward Norton given how his single credit is now a black sheep, although given his drive for creative control, it’s unlikely he’d have been as good a fit in the Marvel machine as Mark Ruffalo (and there’s no denying that Ruffalo made Bruce Banner a true star and gave Hulk some greater personality, opening up new story opportunities).

The most pervasive impact of these changes is, ironic given how blatantly turbulent the story process was, how Whedon altered the tone. Kevin Feige ensured the Phase 1 Marvel movies had a comic book feel, but it was only with Whedon’s snappy dialogue where the interactions between the heroes, and what would come to be known as “Marvel humor“, was truly popularized. We know this from the director’s complaints about the original Avengers script, and can see it in the movies that followed. After Iron Man 3 had Shane Black comedy, the movie’s hewed considerably more Whedon, with self-deprecation the order of the day; by the time James Gunn, who perhaps best defined the balance, delivered Guardians of the Galaxy, the rule held.

Related: It’s Not Enough For The Marvel Cinematic Universe To Be “Fun”

But don’t let that distract from how Whedon marked a bigger seismic change. He pushed out Penn who had been with the MCU since the very beginning, and with it removed the bastillion of narrative consistency. Penn had been attempted to tie the universe together into a coherent way with The Avengers, and while a lot was already wrong with continuity early on, it’s possible him continuing forward could have seen Marvel put greater stock on the true interconnectivity: today, while movies exist in the same world, the micro-continuity is full of errors.

And without Whedon coming in, there may not have been any Thanos. While Infinity Gauntlet was certainly a prime story ripe for plundering in a shared universe of movies based on Marvel Comics, it didn’t become the endgame until The Avengers and the unplanned decision to put the Mad Titan in the mid-credits scene. Before then, Thanos was a relative unknown (it was years later when the correct pronunciation of his name was roundly accepted) and the subsequent retcons in the Infinity Saga make the road to the Avengers look positively planned.

Marvel may have come out of the gate swinging with Iron Man and by the time came to actually assemble The Avengers had built up enough audience positivity the endeavor actually had a shot at making it work, but that exponential rise of Phase 1 was far from an orchestrated masterplan or even an intended acceleration. Every step along the way was into unknown territory, and for all the formula, those distinctions are right there in the movies.

Next: The Original Marvel Studios Plan Would Have Led To A Very Different Infinity War

2019-04-19 10:04:16

Alex Leadbeater

Marvel’s Phase 4 Has A Five-Year Plan

Life continues for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Endgame, and the upcoming Phase 4 has a five-year plan so far. The upcoming Avengers: Endgame will not only be the culmination of a narrative that has been building up for over a decade, but it will also mark the end of the MCU’s Phase 3.

The film that will kickstart Phase 4 is Spider-Man: Far From Home, to be released this summer. After that, the future remains slightly uncertain. Although there are a couple of films in pre-production, none of them have release dates yet; but we can rest assured as Marvel Studios does have everything planned for Phase 4, and they know how long they will cover in terms of years.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Directors Hype Epic Conclusion to the MCU Grand Experiment

Speaking to io9, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that they have been working on a five-year plan for Phase 4. With the recent Disney/Fox acquisition, many fans are wondering if characters like the X-Men will make their debut in the MCU. It was this question that prompted Feige to share what they’ve been planning for the near future. Sadly for those who are hoping to see the X-Men in Phase 4, that will most likely not happen – or at least not in the already planned five years. Although Feige didn’t share any details on the titles we will see in this upcoming Phase, he did speak about the overall mentality they have. He said:

“The slate that we’re building over the next five years [is] not apples to apples. It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct. But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is ‘How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?’ [Then] ‘How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.’ That’s really exciting too.”

The studio is currently working on a Black Widow solo film and is also preparing the cinematic debut of The Eternals and Shang-Chi. There will also be sequels to films that debuted in Phase 3, such as Doctor Strange and Black Panther. And, of course, there’s also Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will reportedly begin shooting in February 2021, so it could still fit into the five-year plan.

Like with most things in the film industry, everything is subject to change, and the plans for Phase 4 can extend beyond five years, or even include those newly acquired characters at some point. The MCU is approaching a turning point, but it’s exciting to know that the upcoming phase will continue to explore the stories of some of the heroes fans already know, while also bringing other characters that may not be widely known, like Shang-Chi. Even more exciting will be to see how these new characters (as well as those that haven’t even been announced yet) will blend with the heroes of previous phases.

More: Marvel’s Shang-Chi Reportedly Filming in Australia

Source: io9

2019-04-08 08:04:32

Adrienne Tyler

Angelina Jolie in Talks for MCU Phase 4 Movie The Eternals

Angelina Jolie may be heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to star in The Eternals. Even though Marvel Studios is just weeks away from launching Avengers: Endgame and ending Phase 3 as a result, Phase 4 of the MCU is already taking shape. We’ve known for some time that Spider-Man: Far From Home will help usher in the next wave, but the studio has also been developing several new properties to introduce: including The Eternals.

Based on the Jack Kirby comics, The Eternals is reportedly going to be a story that could span thousands of years in the MCU. The film is going to be directed by Chloe Zhao, who previously was in consideration to direct fellow Marvel flick Black Widow. She’s been attached to the project since last year, and the film has continued to slowly make progress ever since. Character breakdowns surfaced last year as well that helped give an idea of what characters will be featured in the movie, and now we may know who’ll be the first star.

Related: Casting Marvel’s The Eternals Movie

According to THR, Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in The Eternals. There are no details on her role at this time, but the Oscar-winning actress would be a huge start for the ensemble cast regardless. This will be Jolie’s first comic book movie, and her decision to jump aboard the MCU comes after recently working with Disney again on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Jolie’s career has taken many turns over the years, so she’s done everything from being the romantic interest, to becoming an action star, and taking true dramatic turns in front of the camera. Jolie has also focused more on directing and producing in recent years too, but this will not be one of those instances. Marvel’s ability to get Jolie involved with the MCU is a huge get on its own, yet her star power should be a major help to generate interest for a lesser known property like The Eternals.

The biggest question that her casting leaves us with is obviously what role she’ll play. There are four female characters from the aforementioned breakdowns, but only three that Jolie is likely in line for: Sersi, Thena, and Elysius. Sersi is traditionally one of the lead characters in Eternals comics, and Jolie being the first cast member to possibly join does help make this role seem like the right choice. However, such a role would possibly keep Jolie around for multiple films that could require much of her time. Roles like Thena or Elysius could be smaller parts that still allow for longevity, so if Jolie is looking to join the MCU but still have a flexible schedule, these would make more sense.

No matter what role she ends up taking, Jolie’s resumé speaks for itself and would make her a great start to The Eternals‘ cast. Marvel is reportedly also looking to cast their first openly gay male lead for the film, and with the amount of characters that’ll be featured, Jolie is just the first of many new MCU additions. All will be decided in the coming months too, as The Eternals will start filming this fall, as it’s expected to hit theaters in late-2020.

More: Every MCU Phase 4 Movie In Development

Source: THR

2019-03-27 04:03:38

Cooper Hood

MCU: 20 Phase 1 To Phase 3 Mistakes We All Missed

When Iron Man was released in 2008, fans would have never dreamed about the Marvel Cinematic Universe growing into what it has become. When Nick Fury mentioned “the Avenger initiative” to Tony Stark, it was unheard of for characters from other films to grow into a shared universe. Now, ten years later, the MCU has gone on to gross over $17 billion worldwide across its twenty films. The gargantuan nature of the MCU cannot be overstated as it changed the way people go see movies.

Across the different “phases” of the MCU, fans have been able to witness their favorite heroes come to life. From origin stories of Iron Man and Captain America, to watching The Avengers assemble all the way to “the snap” heard around the world, each phase has given fans something special. With films like Black Panther and Infinity War holding near perfect critical scores, it would be difficult to think that there is something wrong with any of the films. While it is easy to be spellbound by how great the films are, it is easy to spot mistakes if fans look close enough. While some fans consider the biggest mistake to be Thor not aiming for Thanos’ head, production errors have existed all the way since Phase One. By reviewing films close enough and not getting caught up in the supernatural elements, various continuity, scientific of logical errors are able to be seen within any of the MCU films – it just takes Hawkeye-like precision. Avengers Assemble, here are 20 Phase 1 To Phase 3 Mistakes We All Missed:

20 Phase 1: Iron Man – Tony “Reins” Supreme

As the MCU kicked off, fans were incredibly excited to see what this universe was going to hold. In the opening minutes of seeing how Tony Stark’s story would unfold, grammar nerds all came out of their hiding places to point out a glaring error. It is a blink-and-its-gone type of error, but it cannot be unseen.

When introducing Tony Stark’s accomplishments, a magazine cover says that he has taken “the reigns” of Stark enterprises. While this is very exciting for Tony, it is not the proper way to say this. Tony would either be “reigning” over the company or taking the “reins.” These words are homonyms, which are words that sound the same but have different meanings. Fans were excited to see Iron Man on the big screen for the first time, but someone should have caught this error in production.

19 Phase 1: The Incredible Hulk – Banner’s USB Drive

Even though Bruce Banner has not received another standalone MCU film since this one, fans still love the character. The scientist-turned-monster is someone that people can relate to, and one that has continued to grow through the MCU. Despite being based around a scientist’s journey to hold in his anger, it does have a glaring scientific error.

In an attempt to hide his work from prying eyes, Banner swallows a USB stick. Following a full day of running and avoiding anger triggers, he eventually regurgitates it whole. Considering that the USB spent the entire day inside his stomach, it would have been mostly deteriorated by stomach acid and rendered unusable. Perhaps it is mistakes like this why Disney decided to do away with the Hulk franchise back in 2008.

18 Phase 1: Thor – Thor’s Mud Stains Disappear

When the MCU introduced fans to Asgard, it opened the doors to worlds other than Earth. In the first live-action version of Thor, the film was incredibly well-received; however, it was not without its own continuity errors.

When Thor is exiled out of Asgard and sent to Earth, he is without his mighty hammer. Upon locating Mjolnir, he cannot lift it out of the mud himself despite spending several minutes to do so. Eventually, covered in mud, Thor is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., but when taken into custody, the mud stains that should be all over his shirt and jeans are not nearly as vast. It is almost as if he changed clothes in between scenes or something.

17 Phase 1: Captain America: The First Avenger – Dry After Coming Out Of The Water

It seems that Captain America also experienced the same production issue as Thor as natural elements do not seem to stick to his clothing. While Steve Rogers is certainly a super-soldier, there is no reason that he should be immune to water.

Following Steve’s transformation, he is instantly placed into a chase with Hydra agent Heinz Kruger. The chase takes them through streets and eventually to the Brooklyn Pier where Kruger attempts to escape in a submarine. Not to be outdone, Steve dives into the water and pulls Kruger out onto the dock, but once they are out of the water, neither of their clothing is dripping wet, only lightly damp. Considering they were both submerged, they should have been soaked.

16 Phase 1: Iron Man 2 – Justin Hammer Picks Up M134 Gun Like It’s Nothing

When looking at a ranking of MCU villains, Justin Hammer would not be placed very high on this list. In fact, his plot to dethrone Tony Stark as a munitions dealer plays second fiddle in Iron Man 2. However, it seems that the production team accidentally oversold how strong Hammer is.

While showing off his wares to Ivan Vanko, Hammer comes across an M134 Gatling Gun. In an attempt to show how much weaponry he has control over, he picks up the gun so Vanko can see it. However, it seems as though proper research was not done because Hammer should not have been able to easily lift this particular weapon. M134 Gatling Guns weigh close to 100 pounds without ammunition, so someone like Hammer would likely have struggled at least a little to lift it up.

15 Phase 1: The Avengers – Incorrect German Grammar

Once all of the Avengers had finally assembled, it brought a new chapter to the MCU as superheroes from different films had never come together in a shared universe before. When The Avengers was released in 2012, it was a ground-breaking moment in film. Perhaps this is why any mistake in the film has not been noticed by most fans.

While Loki is searching for Iridium to carry out his plan, it takes him to Stuttgart, Germany. While this is the first time that Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor share the screen together, some fans were not distracted enough by the star power. In the distance, German linguists noticed a sign with incorrect grammar. Instead of a sign saying “Reserviertes Parken” it says “Reservierten Parken,” which is not grammatically correct.

14 Phase 1: The Avengers – Steve’s Hair Doesn’t Move While Riding

When all is said and done by the end of the MCU’s Phase One, The Avengers are able to disassemble and go about their business. As a result, Nick Fury is confident that they will reassemble when the world needs them so he allows them to leave. However, it appears that some of them should have been watched closer.

While watching Steve Rogers leave S.H.I.E.L.D., he is traveling on a motorcycle. Even though he appears to be traveling at a very high-speed down the road, his picture-perfect hair is not moving in the wind. While Captain America is certainly perfect in most ways, even he must succumb to the laws of physics that would have his hair move in the high winds.

13 Phase 2: Iron Man 3 – Air Force One Windows Are Actually Bulletproof

As Phase Two begins, fans are thrust back into the world of Tony Stark. Following The Battle of New York, Tony faces new foes with new powers, but despite how great their powers may be, some additional research would have excused a fairly big error.

As Aldrich Killian’s plan begins to unfold, he takes hold of the Iron Patriot armor to take down Air Force One, and unlike the Iron Man armor, the Iron Patriot mainly uses bullets as weapons. While the film depicts the suit as being able to take out windows and pieces of Air Force One, this would not be the actual case as it is well-documented that Air Force One is completely protected and is bulletproof.

12 Phase 2: Thor: The Dark World – Sif’s Disappearing Head Wound

This entry of the MCU does not get a lot of praise and is usually cited as one of the weakest films in the series. Due to its criticisms, fans do not pay a lot of attention to this film, which causes them to miss any errors that it shows.

The first fight of the film features Thor, Fandral, Volstagg, and Sif defending Vanaheim in one of the final battles of the Nine Realms War. Thankfully, they are victorious and return to Asgard. However, they are not fully unscathed as Sif is left with a cut on her head. Yet, the wound has magically disappeared by the time the group returns to Asgard. Asgardian soldiers are certainly much stronger than humans, but they do not have the ability to heal themselves at will. It looks more like someone in the makeup department wasn’t paying attention to continuity.

11 Phase 2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Bucky’s Birth Year Is Wrong

During Captain America’s second feature film, he is faced with living in a world without his best friend, Bucky Barnes. Due to him being frozen following World War II, he has not had time to properly process Bucky’s demise; however, when he goes to visit his WWI memorial, he must have been surprised by the information.

Prior to the world knowing him as “The Winter Soldier,” Bucky is regarded as a war hero for his sacrifices. His memorial plaque reads that he was born in 1916 in Brooklyn and continues to describe his life. Yet, the bottom of the plaque reads that his life spanned between 1917 to 1944. If Barnes was idolized as a war hero, couldn’t someone have at least done enough research to get his birth year correct?

10 Phase 2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Cap’s Car Is In Park

It seems that Steve Rogers does not have a lot of luck with motorized vehicles while on the silver screen. While the other pieces of his films are excellent, people seem to drop the ball here.

While Rogers and Romanoff are fleeing following a fight with “The Winter Soldier,” they wind up driving together to recruit Sam Wilson. During their conversation in the truck, a brief shot of the dashboard reveals that the vehicle is actually in the “park” position. Movie-magic would have viewers believe that Rogers is actually driving, but with the car in park, it reveals that the actors are being towed by another car for this scene. Suspending disbelief while watching the MCU is easy, but not when errors like this are caught.

9 Phase 2: Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Quicksilver’s Wounds Change Size

At this point in the MCU, none of the main Avengers have passed away during battle. In fact, with the exception of Agent Coulson, none of the “good guys” have lost their lives. However, Age of Ultron changed all that when Pietro Maximoff shields Clint Barton from a bullet. While it was a big loss for the group, fans would have seen a mix-up on screen if they were watching closely.

After a couple camera shots fly over Pietro’s body, his wounds change in size and scale over time. While it stands to reason that the stains of his vital fluid may increase, they actually get smaller depending on which angle he is being filmed at. In what should be a very emotional moment, this takes fans out of it once they notice.

8 Phase 2: Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Cap’s Shield Gets Cleaned During The Fight

It is often cited that Captain America is one of the strongest Avengers. Despite not having mechanical abilities like Iron Man or god-like strength like Thor, he is the most capable in hand-to-hand combat out of his group; even to the point that he fights face-to-face with Ultron despite being unmatched. Thankfully, he always has his trusty shield during battle. In fact, this shield is so helpful that it even appears to clean itself between fight scenes.

During their fight in Sokovia, Rogers is determined to take out Ultron on his own on top of a truck, but he gets his shield banged up in the process. However, when The Avengers regroup to fight Ultron together, Cap’s shield is surprisingly clean. Steve is obviously a clean-cut kind of person, but even he does not have time to buff out his shield in between punches.

7 Phase 2: Ant-Man – The Pym Particle Concept Doesn’t Make Sense

Ant-Man was a surprise hit for the MCU. As a late addition into The Avengers, fans were not initially sure how to take in the pint-sized hero. However, according to Marvel fans, Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Scott Lang has been a very welcome addition. On the other hand, science majors do have a bone to pick with the film’s central concept.

The concept of “Pym Particles” is reducing the space between atoms in order to shrink an object, and by increasing it to enlarge them. However, this does not account for the object’s weight, so even if something has been shrunken down, it will still be its original weight. This means that Lang would still be his grown-man weight and would not be able to ride ants, and Pym should never have been able to hold an army tank in his pocket. This may take all the fun out of Ant-Man, but scientists had a big problem with this one.

6 Phase 3: Captain America: Civil War – Tony’s Disappearing Ring

One of the ongoing jokes about Tony Stark is that he has yet to solidify his relationship with Pepper Potts, and since she is certainly his better half, this would be a good move on Tony’s part. However, it seems that Robert Downey, Jr. forgot this while filming some of his scenes.

During several shots where Stark’s hands are visible out of his Iron Man suit, a wedding ring is clearly seen, but in other scenes, he is not wearing one. It seems that RDJ might have forgotten to remove his wedding ring before some takes, and it was never caught by the production team. Downey, Jr. even posted about this mistake himself, making fun of the situation. Not even Iron Man can catch everything!

5 Phase 3: Captain America: Civil War – Falcon Can’t Count

Prior to the Civil War breaking out, The Avengers are still working together as a team, and when working together, they each take their areas of expertise in order to accomplish their mission. Captain America takes care of hand-to-hand combat, Hawkeye is a sharpshooter, and Falcon takes care of aerial attacks; however, it would be helpful if Sam Wilson could keep track of what he is dealing with.

Part of Wilson’s job is to update everyone on how many enemies are still out there. While in battle in Nigeria, Wilson takes count of “seven hostiles left” and immediately takes out three on his own, but he then announces that there are “five hostiles left.” It seems that the United States military did not provide all their paratroopers with mathematics courses prior to beginning their service.

4 Phase 3: Doctor Strange – Medical Protocol Mistakes

As another late addition to the MCU, fans were not sure what to expect with Doctor Strange. Thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch was a great addition to the group, and his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Strange was very well-received. Perhaps it would have even been well-received by the medical community if Dr. Strange followed some basic hospital protocols.

When Strange is first introduced, he is getting ready to perform brain surgery, but he fails to follow basic sanitary techniques prior to entering surgery. Instead of putting on his face mask and then washing his hands, he does it the opposite way. This leaves his hands open to contamination after touching his mouth area. Since the film is much more focused on the supernatural, most fans did not notice this error, but anyone who has had to work in a hospital before instantly noticed this sanitary faux pas.

3 Phase 3: Spider-Man: Homecoming – Continuity Error Between Peter’s Vlog And Civil War Battle

Following a start-and-stop career with Sony, Spider-Man finally made his first appearance in the MCU in Civil War. When the first trailer dropped and featured Peter Parker interacting with Iron Man and Captain America, fans were ecstatic. Then, when Homecoming was released and it replayed those moments from Peter’s perspective, fans got to relive the excitement again, but if they were listening closely, they would have heard some differences between the two movies.

When it turns out that Peter was video-blogging his first Avengers battle, the lines spoken by Tony Stark do not match between both films. Between the moment where Peter grabs Cap’s shield, to where he says “hey everyone,” there was originally dialogue about the Spider-Man suit. However, these lines are missing in Homecoming‘s recording. Peter does tend to talk a lot, but there is no reason his recording shouldn’t have picked them up.

2 Phase 3: Ant-Man & The Wasp – Nothing In The Pym Lab Is Out Of Place After Being Shrunken

Taking place alongside Infinity War, Ant-Man & The Wasp explains what Scott Lang was up to during Thanos’ invasion. While more answers will be provided in the next installments, this was a good update on Ant-Man. This film took fans on a wild ride while introducing new characters and Pym experiments, but there were still plenty of questions that came out of this film’s scientific choices.

The idea of having the Pym Laboratory be shrunken down and carried in a suitcase was helpful to drive the film along and having the lab be stolen and retrieved was also what helped drive the movie along in its first act. However, once the heroes retrieved the lab and grew it back, it seemed strange that nothing was out of place. If the entire contents of the lab had just been fought and contested over, wouldn’t furniture be knocked down or papers be out of place? It seems that film-makers may have forgotten to take this into account.

1 Phase 3: Avengers: Infinity War – Peter’s Bus Escape Does Not Set Off An Alarm

While it still remains to be seen how Peter Parker will continue his academic career, Infinity War catches him on the way to a school field trip. Instead of standing by while Thanos’ Children invade Earth, he leaves his class behind to help The Avengers. While incredibly noble, Parker didn’t take into account if he would be missed on the trip, or that he would have been caught had the school bus been up to code.

When Peter sneaks off the bus, the emergency exit window should have set off an alarm, but he is undetected instead. Emergency exit alarms are standard issue on any school bus, and the “warning” sticker is even visible in the scene. While it would have made for a short film if he had been told to sit down, bus driver Stan Lee should have been aware of the window opening.

Are there any other mistakes that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have made on screen? Let us know in the comments before Endgame!

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2019-01-22 01:01:27

How The MCU Is Setting Up SHIELD’s Replacement For Phase 4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be setting up a S.H.I.E.L.D. replacement in Phase 4; could Nick Fury now be working for the organization known as S.W.O.R.D.? Fury vanished from the MCU in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, finally returning for a brief moment in Avengers: Infinity War. Tie-in comics have revealed that he’s been operating as an independent operative for the last few years, working with Maria Hill to deal with crises after the splintering of the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.

And it looks as though Fury will play an important role in the future of the MCU. Captain Marvel is essentially Fury’s origin story, which will set the scene for his inevitable return in Avengers: Endgame. Both Fury and Hill will then star in Spider-Man: Far From Home, next year’s Spider-Man sequel that’s set minutes after the events of Endgame. Given this is the first MCU Phase 4 movie, it’s generally believed that the small role indicates just how significant Fury will be to the MCU going forward. There are even rumors that Fury could then star in his own TV series on Disney Plus, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Related: Every Marvel TV Show Coming To The Disney Streaming Service

But what role will Nick Fury play in the MCU after the dust has settled from Avengers: Endgame? The evidence is building that he’s working with a new organization – and it’s possible that they could even be S.W.O.R.D., another one of Marvel Comics’ secretive organizations.

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Nick Fury Has A New Organization In Spider-Man: Far From Home

As noted, official Captain Marvel tie-in comics have revealed that Fury and Hill have been working independently for the last few years. They’ve been acting as global troubleshooters, using resources Fury had hidden away against this eventuality while he was Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It looks as though he still had a lot of connections; there was a reference to Klein, a S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalist who apparently now works for a company called Transpo and has been helping cover Fury’s tracks. One scene in the comics also suggested that Fury is still in touch with James Rhodes, aka War Machine.

But Avengers: Endgame looks set to change Nick Fury’s status quo considerably. A batch of set photos from Spider-Man: From Far Home showed a fleet of S.H.I.E.L.D.-style cars pulling up to surround Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, What’s more, descriptions of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s first trailer have stressed that Fury gives Peter Parker some alternate costumes over the course of the movie (he’s left his actual Spider-Man suit back in the United States). One of these, a stealth-type Spider-Man suit, is reminiscent of a costume S.H.I.E.L.D. gave to Spider-Man in the “Secret War” event in the comics. So it looks like Nick Fury is back in a position where he’s playing with considerable resources – presumably acting as a key agent (if not leader) of an all-new organization. Their remit appears to be fairly similar to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s, given they recruit Spider-Man to help deal with the threat of mysterious elemental forces wreaking havoc in Europe.

As Far As The Movies Are Concerned, SHIELD Is Over

It’s commonly assumed that Fury’s new organization is a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D.. In reality, though, that doesn’t currently seem to be particularly likely. It’s important to remember that Marvel Studios and Marvel Television operate independently now, and that frankly relations between the two Disney subsidiaries don’t seem to be good. As a result, Marvel Television tend to only have access to properties that Marvel Studios have no plans for. And Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has now been renewed for two more seasons by ABC, which will air in 2019 and 2020. That strongly suggests Marvel Studios has no interest in S.H.I.E.L.D. at all; as far as the films are concerned, S.H.I.E.L.D. might as well have shut down completely in the aftermath of 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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It’s possible that Marvel Studios will simply create a brand new organization from scratch, one that serves a similar purpose to S.H.I.E.L.D.. After all, the MCU is gradually moving away from its comic book roots, allowing writers to do their own thing (in addition to leaving Earth behind to go more cosmic); Avengers: Endgame has been described as an entirely original story, for example, while there’s certainly no comic book precedent for anything that’s been described in Spider-Man: Far From Home. But Marvel may not need to take that approach; instead, they could take inspiration from another organization in the comics, S.W.O.R.D..

Page 2 of 2: Could Nick Fury Be Working For S.W.O.R.D.?

S.W.O.R.D. Could Enter The MCU In Phase 4

In the comics, S.W.O.R.D. is the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. They were created by Joss Whedon in his popular Astonishing X-Men run, and were envisioned as an agency who handle “external” matters. While S.H.I.E.L.D. concern themselves with home-grown, human threats, S.W.O.R.D. is interested in aliens and – yes – elemental beings. They’re typically run by Agent Brand, a half-mutant, half-alien with a serious attitude. Under Brand’s leadership, as Whedon quipped, S.W.O.R.D. make S.H.I.E.L.D. look like the Girl Scouts. But that’s largely because they’re working on a scale even S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t like to dream of.

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The Avengers movie saw the general public learn about aliens in the universe for the first time. Since then, a number of major incidents have surely left the world terrified; the Dark Elves struck London in Thor: The Dark World, and Thanos and the Black Order attacked both New York and Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War – which resulted in Thanos’ snap, aka the Decimation. It’s logical that humanity will seek to find a way to protect itself – and an organization like S.W.O.R.D., presumably reporting to the United Nations and thus democratically accountable after a fashion, would be ideal. What’s more, Nick Fury would probably fit in quite well with S.W.O.R.D.; he’s been at the forefront of protecting the Earth from alien threats since 1995, after all. Fury wouldn’t be trusted as Director after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., of course, but he would still work as a high-ranking field operative.

How S.W.O.R.D. Could Appear In Spider-Man: Far From Home

There’s just one catch; the film rights to S.W.O.R.D. are generally believed to sit with 20th Century Fox. That always seemed likely, given the organization was introduced in the X-Men comics, and has continued to play a major role in that franchise; in fact, Agent Brand even dated the Beast for several years in the comics. And this was confirmed by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. VFX supervisor Mark Kolpack back in 2017, when rumors began to circulate that season 5 could introduce the MCU version of S.W.O.R.D.. “As cool as that would be,” Kolpack said, “that is part of the X-Men universe.” The rights will revert to Marvel upon completion of the Disney/Fox acquisition, but until that time, Marvel will be unable to use S.W.O.R.D..

There may be a way around this problem, though. The Disney/Fox purchase looks almost inevitable at this stage, and indeed there have been reports it could close by January 2019. This seems a little more unlikely at present; the deal is currently being examined by international regulators, and Brazil’s antitrust regulator Cade has raised some concerns. It has until March to recommend remedial measures, which Disney and Fox will presumably acquiesce with in order to get approval. Still, for all this will hold things up a little, the fact remains that the acquisition is still expected to be completed in early 2019 – well before July, when Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released.

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It wouldn’t actually be too difficult for Marvel to edit S.W.O.R.D. into the film. Let’s assume, for example, that no explicit dialogue says the name of the organization Fury is working for. That would mean Marvel could edit it in pretty easily, using simple CGI to add the circular S.W.O.R.D. logo to some of the uniforms or vehicles. Attentive viewers have already noted that Spider-Man’s stealth suit has a convenient circular shoulder-panel that’s perfectly suited to adding a CGI logo on during post-production. So Marvel could edit S.W.O.R.D. into the film, leaving Fury’s organization mysterious at this point but setting the stage for them to become increasingly important.

Captain Marvel And The Future Of S.W.O.R.D.

It’s interesting to note that S.W.O.R.D. would fit well with the little we know of MCU’s Phase 4. Prior to his departure from Marvel earlier this year, James Gunn revealed that Marvel was working on a number of cosmic scripts. Those plans are no doubt in a state of flux; they were intended to be launched by Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently on hiatus. Still, progress on The Eternals strongly suggests that Marvel still want to take the MCU in a cosmic direction (with The Eternals even replacing the Guardians of the Galaxy), and S.W.O.R.D. would work tremendously well in this context. Meanwhile, it’s generally assumed that Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will be a major figure in Phase 4 and beyond. Significantly, in the comics, Captain Marvel has become closely tied to S.W.O.R.D.; in fact, she even replaced Agent Brand as Director of the organization, and runs its Alpha Flight rapid response program.

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All this means there’s tremendous story potential for S.W.O.R.D.. What’s more, this idea would essentially turn Nick Fury into the Agent Coulson of the MCU’s Phase 4 – the field operative who helps the heroes out and organizes them. It would explain just why Fury seems to be such a prominent figure in the post-Avengers: Endgame MCU, and even provide the potential for a Nick Fury TV series on Disney Plus to explore S.W.O.R.D.’s day-to-day operations, or perhaps even how it all came together without anyone noticing.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home First Teaser Poster Spotted At Licensing Expo

Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home gets a teaser poster as the promotional image is spotted at the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 event in London. Thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Since then, Holland’s wall-crawling superhero has headlined his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming and teamed up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Next, Spidey will return for Avengers 4, then the beloved Marvel hero will kick off Phase 4 of the MCU with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Despite Peter Parker becoming the victim of Thanos’ snap as part of Infinity War’s cliffhanger ending, we know the web-head will return somehow – whether that means Avengers 4 will use time travel, though, remains to be seen. Holland and stars of Homecoming returned to work this summer as Spider-Man: Far From Home has been filming across Europe. Set photos from the Spider-Man sequel have offered looks at MCU characters joining the Sony movie, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill. Now, a promo poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home has also surfaced.

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Instagram user Dirtees posted a group of photos from the floor of the Brand Licensing Europe 2018 expo in London, United Kingdom this week. The fourth photo in the post (which can be located by clicking through the series of photos below) features a hanging promotion image for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It appears to be an image of Spider-Man from Homecoming that was repurposed with the Spider-Man: Far From Home movie logo. Take a look at the image below.

Of course, Sony can use images of Spider-Man from Homecoming for the Far From Home posters because Peter Parker is expected to be wearing the same superhero suit. Previously, Holland confirmed Spider-Man will wear the Homecoming suit in the sequel, despite upgrading to the Iron-Spider suit for Infinity War. However, based on Far From Home set photos, Spider-Man will also don a stealth suit that’s all black. Fans have theorized this suit is inspired by Spider-Man Noir, but how exactly Spidey gets the black suit for Far From Home remains to be seen. All we know for now is that Peter Parker will trade in his red and blue costume for something more covert (or, perhaps it’s a separate mode built into the old suit by Tony Stark).

Unfortunately, this Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional poster doesn’t reveal anything new from the movie – neither in terms of the web-head’s suit nor otherwise. That said, with Far From Home set to hit theaters in July 2019, we aren’t too far off from Sony kicking off marketing for the Spider-Man sequel. While there are two MCU movies due in theaters before Far From HomeCaptain Marvel and Avengers 4 – their close release dates mean the marketing pushes for each film will inevitably overlap. Plus, given how secretive Marvel Studios has been with Avengers 4, it’s entirely possible we’ll see some official artwork for Spider-Man: Far From Home even before the Phase 3 capper releases a trailer. For now, fans will have to wait and see – and make due with Holland’s occasional social media reveals and the Spider-Man: Far From Home set photos.

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2018-10-10 02:10:45 – Molly Freeman