With the newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and Ant-Man teaser released this month, I wanted to recap the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 2. I guess spoilers if you haven't seen these...
Iron Man 3
Director/writer Shane Black was an inspired choice, knowing the humor and action requirements(and for wrangling Robert Downey Jr). The Extremis story arc was interesting and an interesting villain bait-and-switch. Plus, Brian Tyler's entry into the Marvel world is worth noting.
Thor: The Dark World
It was nice to give Thor a bit more action and less Asgard exposition. Thor works well as a team player, but his standalones feel routine. Thankfully they added more scenes with everyone's favorite, Loki. The villain is bland and his arc is forgettable. Good Tyler score again.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
It seemed odd to jump right into a political thriller with Cap after his WWII set previous film. But with some of the best action scenes, the writers and directors should get credit for not only making a great superhero film, but a thrilling film. Minus 2 points for the buzzing sounds of Henry Jackman.
Guardians of the Galaxy
So many moviegoers walked in going "WHO?" and walked out loving a talking raccoon and a 3-worded tree. You're right, that does sound weird when you put it that way. With an odd blend of 80s nostalgia, comedy and action, Guardians became an instant fan favorite.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon returns as the stakes get higher in this obviously darker follow-up. The trailers have been impressive showcases of action and drama, and Whedon's non-action scenes are sometimes the best in the film. We'll have to wait to May to find out!
After the disappointing loss of director Edgar Wright, I honestly don't know where this one is going. They're clearly going with the Guardians style "we know we're funny" side. With such a C-list character, will it bring the audience or will anyone care?
Phase 3 has some more sequels and other expansions. Whether you want it or not....you get:
Captain America: Civil War
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
Any thoughts on Phase 2 or things you'd like to see in Phase 3?