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.
I've always found that it's best to go into a movie with no expectations. That's why I try not to read too many fan theories or spoilers and I don't dive into trailer breakdowns. I want to be a blank slate for the storyteller instead of bringing my preconceived notions of what I think a movie will or should be. Hopefully at the end I can walk away thinking Wow, that movie told a unique story in a compelling way. Of course, sometimes I walk away thinking .......What did I just watch?
There are some movies that are so bad, they're good. Movies that you can't help, but enjoy despite their glaring flaws. The "Captain America" movie released in 1990 is not one of those films. It's basically "Threat Level Midnight", but worse because it is an hour and a half long and doesn't involve Michael Scott.