In 2008 audiences watched Tony Stark escape from a terrorist organization calling itself the Ten Rings. Most audience members (including yours truly) did not know the full canonical history of that name. Then I learned that in the comics the rings belonged to an Iron Man villain named... The Mandarin. Not exactly the most progressive title. But after the Iron Man trilogy ended, it seemed like both the Mandarin and the Ten Rings would be shelved in the MCU, until actor Simu Liu discovered that you should be careful what you tweet:
Today we are diving into a spy thriller. Our story begins with a Cold War era family of apparently ordinary Americans. In reality, however, these are Soviet spies in deep cover on a top secret mission to infiltrate the United States and steal its secrets. That's right, today I will be profiling the FX network's hit show "The Americans"! Wait, that doesn't sound right. Is that right?
Written by David Holland I've been enjoying this recent animation kick that I've been on. We started things off with two Avengers films, but this week we are going back to tell Iron Man's origin story. This is a story unlike any Iron Man story in the MCU, and they told it without needing to… Continue reading Marvel Movie Reflections Issue #39: The Invincible Iron Man
Sometimes you watch a sequel and you're just like "Wow... that was so much better than the first one." That's what happened to me with "Marvel's Ultimate Avengers 2". I thought the first one was fine but had a lot of room to grow and boy did the second one grow.
In my mind, animation is the natural home for superheroes. You don't have to worry as much about big budgets or special effects, and the medium is a natural fit for adapting the kinds of stories told in a lot of comic books. It also helps that I grew up in the Golden Age of superhero animation: "X-Men", "Spider-Man", and "Batman: The Animated Series", which is the best adaptation of Batman onto the screen, no I will not be taking questions, thank you for your time. Sorry, that's not the point. The point is that animation seems like the perfect place for an Avengers movie, and this film serves as a sort of soft launch before the massive undertaking that would become the MCU.