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  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World

    ★★★½

    Previous: Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

    This gets a lot of hate but I very much enjoyed it on this, my fifth viewing. It's a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action film with a fun Dr Who feel to it. This approach works well having seen the Kree and Skrulls in Captain Marvel, and knowing the crazy cosmic-ness that is to come with Guardians of the Galaxy films and Ragnarok. It also builds on the Thor/Loki/Odin relationship and acts as an important stepping stone to Infinity War. 7.5/10.

    Next: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  • Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

    Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

    ★★★★½

    Previous: Iron Man 3

    A very enjoyable short film, this acts as an epilogue to Iron Man 3 as well as wrapping up the trilogy of solo Iron Man films.

    As well as being good fun it also functions as a sly commentary on the internet (over)reaction to the Iron Man 3 twist with it's talk of the 'fanbase' and 'message boards'.

    On it's release it also teased a possible future appearance of The Mandarin which we now know will happen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, further cementing it as the best of the One-Shots.

    Next: Thor: The Dark World

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★★

    So far the Phase 2 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have both been sequels; 'Iron Man 3' was more of the same but with a fun Shane Black twist; 'Thor: The Dark World' took an unexpected but slightly muddled Sci-Fi route. However, the second solo Cap film was a completely different genre from his entertaining WW2 origin and a completely different tone from the other films. Marvel tend to go for the more humorous approach but this was…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★½

    aka Iron Man Three

    My first viewing of Marvel Cinematic Universe films are at midnight cinema showings after avoiding all advertising material so there's a lot to take in and follow. The first time I saw this I enjoyed it but the plot seemed a bit all over the place – especially with certain twists that occur. However, it holds up really well on a second viewing with a well paced interesting story and solid action. The themes are great…