In the midst of a busy summer, I have managed to explore some new (to me) Marvel cinematic creations. Here are some of my impressions.
I had wanted to watch Thor: Ragnarok ever since it came out but only just saw it for the first time earlier this summer. After hearing so many positive recommendations of this movie from friends, you might think my expectations would have been disappointed, but I found Thor: Ragnarok to be as much good fun as I had hoped. From the opening to the closing shot, the movie is packed with hilarity and adventure. I think the tone of Ragnarok is reminiscent of the first Thor movie with its comedic flair, in contrast to the more serious Dark World. Plus, the rock music soundtrack perfectly complements the film and adds to the action sequences and overall humor of the movie. If you haven’t already, be sure to look up the lyrics to the Led Zeppelin “Immigrant Song” that the movie features as it is surprisingly suited to the characters and story.
Black Panther is another movie I had been meaning to watch and had heard positive comments about. When I finally saw it for myself, I did like it, but I found the character development a bit lacking. The movie spends too much time on Wakanda’s flashy technology at the expense of the characters and even the plot. While I admit Wakandan culture and futuristic gadgets are interesting and worth exploring, I feel like focusing on these takes too much time and attention away from more important elements of the story. Also, I think T’Challa’s antagonist could have been much more compelling; he has a lot of potential but fails to live up to it. All that said, though, I do like Black Panther as a superhero and think he and Wakanda are a valuable addition to the Marvel cinematic universe. I especially like the Wakandan “special forces” the Dora Milaje, and I enjoy how the movie pays homage to African culture and traditions.
Any movie with an ancient Egyptian villain automatically tempts me to laugh, but ancient mutant En Sabah Nur aside, I enjoyed X-Men: Apocalypse. As always, the exploration of X-Men characters’ backstories is intriguing, and I appreciate the depth the latest film series has given characters like Raven (Mystique) and Erik (Magneto). My favorite installations of the latest movies are still First Class and Days of Future Past (in that order), but I think this film shares some of the same worthwhile elements as the first two. If you can endure the somewhat laughable villain, Apocalypse is another enjoyable and interesting addition to the latest X-Men series.
All in all, my Marvel movie summer has been fun, and I’m glad to have finally caught up on these three films. Now, I’m ready to jump into the next one I have heard so much about: Avengers: Infinity War (Bone’s review of this is available here).