This time our journey involves an expanded role for the Ravagers, the return of Nebula, and the closest thing to a Field of Dreams moment we have had to date in the MCU, so let's jump in.
Like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Ant-Man", I was skeptical of "Doctor Strange" at first. I'm not sure why, because I had not yet been let down by a MCU movie. I knew of Strange because I read the Infinity War comics, so I knew that he was powerful, certainly the most powerful character to date in the Marvel universe, but I hadn't read any of his solo comics. I wondered how the "Master of the Mystic Arts" would translate to the screen and whether audiences would be able to follow the - HOLY CRAP SHERLOCK HOLMES IS IN THIS MOVIE!
Phase Three kicks off with a bang! That's right, today we're getting into the wacky world of the Civil War! (No, not that one. The good one.) I like to think of "Civil War" as "Avengers 2.5" - we get most of the cast of the Avengers (minus Hulk and Thor but plus Spider-Man and Black Panther). It's a sort of ensemble with a gut-punch of an ending, so let's jump right in.
I thought that each Marvel Phase ended with an Avengers movie. That's how Phase 1 worked, after all. But it turns out that "Ultron" was not the end of Phase 2 - that honor belongs to Ant-Man. To be fair, I don't think I was the only one who was a little bit skeptical of Ant-Man. A guy whose superpower is... getting smaller? That seems underwhelming. Also, Paul Rudd as an action hero? I think my skepticism was at least warranted. And I wasn't alone.
If you scroll through episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu (because why wouldn't you?) you will notice a theme in some of the later seasons. There's always an episode or two with descriptions that start with a phrase like "So-and-so casts a spell intending to do X, but it all goes horribly wrong." That's basically how Ultron starts - Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create an AI global defense program because apparently no one in the MCU has ever seen Terminator. That's the plot in a nutshell, and we have a lot to talk about, including a brand new section at the end, so let's get into it.