MCU Catch-Up Post

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.

I am soooooo ready for this!

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!

My Entertainment Weekend Update

Hello friends, and happy weekend!

So, no Andor episodes to comment on anymore. 😦 But, now that the series is over, I decided to revisit Rogue One again, and yeah, it’s just as good as I remember. And perhaps, if possible, a bit sadder, since I know so much more about Cassian now. And I think it’s official: the Battle of Scarif is my favorite Star Wars battle, hands down. I enjoy the battles in Star Wars for the most part, but almost always my eyes start to glaze over after awhile. Not this one. The battle on the beach, as well as the battle above the planetary shield, is tense and exhilarating. Hmm, maybe I’ll do a list post with favorite Star Wars battles.

I finished Season Three of Poldark a few days ago, and decided to take a break from it for a week or so and watch other things. I love it, but I need a break from the constant drama, lol. There’s a few things on my Amazon Prime watchlist, but I’m not sure what I’ll watch yet. I’ll report back next week.

The covers for Phase Two have been gorgeous so far.

In books, I got my copy of Convergence and have been reading it. I’m about halfway done and I’m really enjoying it. It mostly concerns the “Forever War” between the two planets Eiram and E’ronoh, and a Jedi delagation trying to help with the peace process. Jedi Knight Gella Nattai is trying to find her place in the Order; Axel Greylark, the troubled son of one of the Chancellors, has been sent there by his mother to watch and report back to her. Both Gella and Axel must protect the princess of E’ronoh and the prince of Eiram, who have vowed to end their planets destructive war through a marriage between them. But there are those who don’t want peace, on both sides, and it doesn’t help that the Path of the Hand has gotten involved as well. I’m eager to see how it turns out, since there’s still trouble between these two planets a hundred years later as evidences in one of the Phase One books, which I believe was Into the Dark.

Obi-Wan looks back on some key moments in his life.

I’m not much of a comic book reader, but when I saw an omnibus edition of the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi comic, I had to pre-order it. It comes out on December 13th. I don’t think the comic brought anything super important or earth-shattering to the canon, but look, it’s Obi-Wan. So it will be read and take its place on my shelf.

We got a cover reveal for the Cal Kestis novel coming out next March:

Looks like trouble ahead with Fifth Brother.

I’m eager to get to know these characters, as I’m not a gamer, either. But I’ve always been intrigued by Cal’s story, and had always hoped for a book. Wishes sometimes do come true!

In Marvel, I watched the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer that just dropped, and I’m ready for this. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here:

By the way, I haven’t seen Wakanda Forever yet, but I will watch it when it inevitably drops on Disney Plus soon.

That’s it this week. What’s been entertaining you? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!