It’s crazy to think that it was nearly three years ago when The Avengers was released. With Age of Ultron right around the corner The Young Folks is about to get a little superhero crazy (well okay, I am at least) and with that in mind, I thought it best to take a look at what Phase Two had to offer us!
I know there are plenty of people that believe that Phase One of the Marvel universe was miles ahead of anything Phase Two has done and all it makes me wonder if we were watching entirely different movies. Sure, Phase One had the new value to it. All of the characters were fresh faced and exciting with fans rallying to see their favorites onscreen and the first team up in The Avengers was easily one of the coolest moments of any franchise ever. There’s a tendency to view those first few films with rose-tinted glasses, letting “superhero fatigue” makes us more cynical viewers but there were undoubtedly faults with the first wave of films. Jeff Bridges was a scene chewing villain in Iron Man , Iron Man 2 was little more than a stepping stone for the upcoming world building films, Thor was campy with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki being the true saving grace and Captain America: The First Avenger was seen by some as boring.
That I don’t get but opinions may vary, yadda yadda.
Point being, there were missteps. Some big, some small, but they were there and with Phase two-minus some false steps-we’ve seen a lot of the weaknesses being ironed out and replaced with a confidence and better understanding of their characters.
Ranking Phase Two was difficult because aside from one film and a television show I have zero interest in, there wasn’t much in the way of bad. Regardless, ranking things is fun and it’s a nice way to reflect on what the last three years has given us fans.
Let us know in the comments what was your favorite part of Marvel Universe’s phase two!
P.S. (I will not be talking about Agents of SHIELD because I tried a few episodes, only liked about three characters, got bored and quit, and likely, won’t be picking it up again. If you’d like to read coverage on the show make sure to check out Evan’s weekly reviews in the TV section!)