So now that the Star Wars content is slowing down a bit–both the Bad Batch and The Mandalorian seasons are done, Visions 2 is out and watched, and The High Republic Phase 2 is winding down–I can take a breather and catch up on some MCU events that I’ve been putting on the back burner for awhile.
I’ve been opting out of some of the shows from last year, like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. But movies from the original players? I’m in (although I was a little disappointed with Dr. Strange 2 and Thor 4). I did wait for Wakanda and Quantumania to get to Disney Plus (and I haven’t gotten to Wakanda yet), but Guardians had to be watched in the theater. Here’s my brief thoughts on those installments:
Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I’ve always like Scott Lang. He’s your average guy, a former thief, working at the Baskin Robbins after jail time, trying to be a good father to his daughter, Cassie. Certainly not Avenger material in most people’s eyes, maybe not even super-hero material. He’s certainly not a billionaire playboy genius, or an alien god. But his down-to-earth qualities, his humor, and his love for his child is its own brand of super hero to me. Anyway, the Ant Man movies have always been fun, and a lot of it has to do with Paul Rudd’s aw-shucks performance. This one brings Kang and the multiverse into the films in a big way. Scott, Cassie, Hope, Henry and Janet are all propelled back into the quantum realm with one of Cassie’s experiments, they get separated, and realize it’s filled with all kinds of people who are being ruled by the Conqueror. This is one of Kang’s variants, one of many that He Who Remains in Loki warned them about. Janet, Hope’s mom, had spent 30 years in the quantum realm, but when she got back, she didn’t tell anyone about him and his conquering ways, or her involvement in the whole thing. Once there, Janet the bad-ass comes out and she and the others have to work together to save the Quantum realm from Kang. Lots of fun. And one of the end credits is a scene from Loki Season 2!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Besides Dr. Strange and Loki, the Guardians are one of my favorite aspects of the MCU. The sheer zaniness and utter goofiness, along with its huge sense of heart, is what makes me love these guys so much. I never would have guessed I’d love a talking raccoon so much, lol. But I do, and it’s this installment that finally gets into Rocket’s history, and it’s as heart-rending and poignant as one would think. Rocket’s mysterious maker is looking for him because he wants his smart brain, and sends Adam Warlock after him on Knowhere. Rocket gets injured and is dying, but there’s a kill switch inside of him, preventing his friends from saving him. They set off to find a key to the kill switch, and during their adventures, the unconscious Rocket dreams of his past. We meet his first sweet friends: Lyla, Teefs, and Floor, other animals that had been experimented on by the “High Evolutionary,” a mad scientist type who dreams of “perfecting” life forms. This guy has a serious God-complex, and Rocket and his friends are only expendable experimental steps in his master plan. Meanwhile, Peter is still mourning the loss of “his” Gamora, while working with the alternate-universe Gamora who is definitely not in love with him. The rest of the crew–Nebula, Drax, Mantis, and Groot–all work together to save Rocket, arguing and fighting with each other the whole time, but loving each other as well. They’re a true family, lol. It’s that absolute dedication to each other that makes me love them. But honestly, it was the animals that moved me the most. This movie was fun, sad, exciting, hilarious, and just all around a good time, which is what the Guardians do best. A satisfying third and probably final Guardians foray. Oh, and the music is always the best.
And in Loki news, I recently heard that Season 2 will premiere on October 6th of this year. It’s later than I originally thought, and that’s disappointing, but at least we have a release date!
I absolutely loved these two movies; they’re everything I love about the MCU. I’ll try and get to Wakanda one of these days, but I just haven’t been feeling it lately. Plus it’s almost three hours, and seems like a chore right now, lol.
Have you seen these movies? What did you think? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!