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    You'd think that after saving the world and nearly dying in the vacuum of space that would be a sign that you deserve a tiny bit of a break to recharge the o’ll batteries, take some time off, go on vacation? Now see that’s what most sane people do, now for guys like Tony Stark, that means make several new versions of your best and most popular toy. And while there are some bugs to work out after a 72 hour straight calibration and maintenance session I bet turning on the tv and relaxing seemed like a good idea. But remember, 72 hours of straight consciousness. So thus he learns about the leader of the 10 rings, The Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley) who knows where the president is and has assured him of one thing.

    Since that little calling card the President decided to repaint the War Machine suit into the Iron Patriot (nice little shout out to when Norman Osborne was in charge of Shield) and of course the irony of the repaint job is not lost on anyone who was paying attention, why the name change? Focus groups, of course. Needless to say after the Chitari invasion, nearly dying in space, non stop working and the Mandarin Tony starts having severe panic attacks. On top of this the Mandrin has been responsible for several terrorst bombings on American soil, one of the victims of the attacks was Happy Hogan, leaving him in critical condition. All of these factors eventually culminated with Tony literally telling the Mandrin his home address as a personal challenge, say how'd that work out again?

    Oh right his house getting blown up, his suit trashed, Pepper's life is in danger and Tony's now stuck in Tennessee having to fix his suit from stuff he found in a local store with help from a snarky equally intelligent kid. After repairs, creating some improv weapons and learning more about the suicide bombers Tony heads to the Mandarin's HQ in Miami Florida to learn the truth. It turns out that the Mandarin was just a performance by Trevor Slattery to divert blame for the real cause of the bombings, testing of the Extremis virus on disabled war veterans carried out by Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pearce) and his think tank Advanced Idea Mechanics (or A.I.M for short). Killian not only used the virus to cure his own disabilities but also in revenge against Tony for snubbing his idea and A.I.M at the 1999 New Years Eve Party in Switzerland. So with Extremis so close to being perfected Killian plans to kidnap the president by having his #2 steal Roddy's Iron Patriot suit in a Trojan horse maneuver, kill him on Christmas Day and have his patsy, the VP take the Presidency and thus monopolize the war on terror.

    Basically his goal is to turn A.I.M into the Patriots thus creating and controlling his new war economy. To force Tony to cooperate and perfect the virus Killian subjects Pepper to the Extremis procedure, figuring that if he doesn't cooperate she'll lose control and explode. But Tony escapes and with his repaired suit takes on Killian and his Extremis enhanced solders with the help of Roddy and his "house party" protocol which allows J.A.R.V.I.S to remote control all of the Iron Man suits. Tony is nearly killed by Killian but Pepper managed to survive the procedure and gained powers in the process which lets her deal the finishing blow to Killian, killing him and stopping his plans. In a sign of his devotion to Pepper, Tony activates the "Clean Slate" protocol which destroys all of his suits and tells he that he's done with being Iron Man. So the movie ends with the Vice President and Trevor arrested, Pepper's Extremis condition stabilizing and Tony having the shrapnel removed from his heart, tossing his old chest Arc Reactor into the sea and declares that even without the suit, he's still Iron Man.

    As a conclusion to the main Iron Man trilogy and in comparison to what's come before, how does Iron Man 3 hold up? Really well in my opinion. As I've been saying Tony's biggest nemesis is himself as well as the demons of his past and those two forces nearly do end up destroying him, from his PTSD issues after the Battle of New York, to his challenge to the Mandarin and his refusal to entertain Killian and his think-tank. I mean Staine, Whiplash and the Mandarin are still threats but the way I see it they're symptoms of the disease that is Tony Starks personal demons.

    Speaking of the Mandarin I know that what they did with him drew more then a fair share of ire from hardcore fans but I'm not a hardcore fan, I knew a little bit of what the original Mandarin's deal was and was interested to see how this movie handled him and, well I honestly didn't see it coming and I was just laughing about how it turned out in a good way. I mean to see this big bad mysterious and honestly intimidating character turn out to be such a drugged out goon was just hilarious. Though Killian being the real power behind the Mandarin was not so good, I mean he's just another douchebag in a suit with an axe to grind with Tony, big freaking whoop, but again a symptom to the disease that is Tony Starks poor life choices.

    Though it was great to see Pepper land the killing blow on this smug little weasel. After having to constantly be the point of stability in the mad schemes of Tony; Pepper actually taking charge was a welcome sight to see. I do like how Pepper is the only person in this movie who has the gonads to call Tony out on his stupid crap. I mean sure, he's Iron Man and a wealthy genius but that still doesn't mean that there shouldn't be someone to scream "are you out of your mind!?" and Pepper is just the person to do that. Because not only does Tony appreciate what she does for him he honestly feels a connection to her and is honestly torn between her and his suits, he honestly has to consider what is more important to him, and in the end he knows he's made the right choice.

    Now after something as big as The Avengers this movie had to keep the momentum going and well, it does in some areas but not so much in other areas. I mean we went from an army of Aliens destroying New York City being lead by a god to a douchebag in a suit with an army of super powered pissed off army veterans. A bit of a downgrade in scale and menace is what I'm saying. But we'll be getting back to the escalation of tension and stakes. Or at least that's what we thought as we head with Thor into the Dark World as we continue the March to Infinity.

    Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

    Iron Man 3 is owned by Marvel Studios, Written by Shane Black and based off the characters created by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Leiber and Jack Kirby.

    Persona 5 is owned by Atlus and Sega.
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    So here we are, the big blowout, the ultimate culmination of Marvels efforts and their big bad gamble. We've had two Iron Man movies, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America so then it was time to bring them together. The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon and staring almost all of the actors from the solo movies. And this was the first of the MCU movies distributed by Disney though they still kept the Paramount logos and credits in the film. You all know the drill here's the review of the original comic where the avengers first formed and I'll go over the differences.

    Instead of Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow there was Hank Pym and the Wasp since Cap was still on ice at the time and Hawkeye and Widow didn't exist yet. Also no Fantastic Four since Fox still owned the movie rights to them at the time, granted the FF were basically given a cameo role but still. Finally we sure as hell didn't find the Hulk trying to be conspicuous at a Circus of all places! But enough of stating the obvious it's time to talk about the big bad popcorn blowout already.

    As the movie opens we see Nick Fury and his #2 Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders and nowhere near as much of an asshole as her comic book counterpart) checking up on Dr Selvik and his research on the recovered Tesseract when Loki returns with a new magic scepter, a sadistic, smarmy new attitude and a desperate need for the box. So he uses the Scepter to enslave Selvik and several Shield Agents, including the aforementioned Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) and secure the Tesseract. However he's on a ticking clock as his new benefactors will give him the Chitauri army to conquer Earth. But only if he activates the Tesseract and its ability to open wormholes, and these are people you do not want to disappoint.

    In the meantime Fury is bringing the Avengers initiative to its culmination, first with Black Widow securing the cooperation of Bruce Banner (now played by Mark Ruffalo) after finding him in Calcutta. Next is Tony by Coulson giving him Selvik's Tesseract research, and finally Steve Rogers. Loki allows himself to be caught by Steve and Tony in Stuttgart, but before he can be brought into custody Thor frees him and attempts to convince Loki to come home, but Tony catches up and the two fight it out before Steve intervenes, breaking it up.

    But this was one of Loki's traps, one to allow Bart to steal iridium to stabilize the energy of the Tesseract and 2, with all of these big personalities together and various unsavory revelations being brought to light along with the Scepter's influence the heroes would destroy themselves.

    But with his brainwashed forces tracking him down to retrieve him once the energy was stabilized Loki did at least manage to get Bruce to lose control of himself, setting the Hulk loose, nearly destroying the Helicarrier and killing Agent Coulson before he left, I mean sending him to Tahiti! Yeah, yeah that's the ticket. Anyway with a little bit of a pep talk from Fury and Widow literally knocking the sense into Hawkeye the Avengers take down the Chitauri, Loki is brought back to Asgard by Thor to answer for his crimes and everyone decides to go out for Schwarma. And all's well that ends well, right?

    Now for some personal trivia, this was the very first of the MCU movies that I've seen in theaters on the big screen and this was honestly one of the best experiences I've had in a theater. Everyone was cheering, laughing and I was right along with them. Now this movie is light on plot but heavy on action, character interaction and witty dialogue. Though after going through the five previous movies which while good set up was still set up, we just wanted to see them all cut loose on some jabronies, fighting side by side and giving us a big comic book blow out and by Jack Kirby's jawline we got it.

    Though the story for this is minimal but honestly after five story heavy movies we needed something a little lighter on plot. A light Crème brûlée after a staggering and filling meal if you will. But just because we had a lighter story doesn't mean we were denied set up for phase two. We had Captain America adjusting to the new world, Bruce after finally getting some control over the Hulk, Asgard now that Loki and the Tesseract were back in custody and Shield and their shady as hell counsel who were itching to fire a Nuke at New York to try and contain the Chitauri. Also some unforeseen but logical situations that might pop up after an actual alien invasion on this earth.

    So now we end Phase one of the MCU and it did what it set out to do. It introduced these iconic (not Ubisoft Iconic) characters in a modern setting (mostly) to new audiences. We got their backstory, motivations, personalities, skillsets and their dynamics. All culminating to a big bad boom! Though if I had to rank the Phase one movies from best to not as good (can't say worst since most of them are really high quality) here's what my rankings are.

    #1 The Avengers (light on plot but at least we didn't have Sean Connery trying to take over the world with a weather control device that he got from meeting with a cabal of evil Teddy Bears.)

    #2 Iron Man (the movie that started this whole thing off and by god did it set this thing off right, first impressions are always the most important.)

    #3 Captain America: The first Avenger ( Iron Man just barely won this out but nevertheless it was a fun pulpy action movie)

    #4 Thor ( Looked amazing but not a whole lot of Thor being Thor and the stuff in New Mexico dragged out a bit too long)

    #5 The Incredible Hulk ( Much better then the Ang Lee version, though still missing Edward Norton)

    #6 Iron Man 2 (Still a decent movie but damn, that Birthday Party scene)

    But now that we've got the exposition out of the way it was time to proceed to Phase 2. And when we continue the March to Infinity by wrapping up the solo adventures of Tony Stark.

    Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

    Marvel's The Avengers is owned by Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige. Based off the comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
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    After some Asgardian antics we move back to the 1940's with the star spangled man with a plan, Captain America! As is tradition I'll point you in the direction of Linkara's review of the very first appearance of the Power Punching Patriot with one of the most iconic and wonderful covers for a first issue you could ask for.

    Now you think that making a compelling movie focused around a guy who punched Hitler right in his goddamn jaw on his debut cover would be as easy as farting but then again you'd be surprised how often when you think its a fart it turns out to be a very loose stool. Now come on we've all bet on a fart and lost at least once in your life don't deny it! Now you might be thinking only of the 1990 Captain America movie which was a nasty piece of work which both the Nostalgia Critic and Cinema Snob can attest to.

    But that's nothing compared to the flaming hot liquid butt fudge that was the Reb Brown made for T.V movies the Spoony One covered many years ago. (I hope he gets back in the game, just take as much time as you need man, these sort of things take time.)

    Ok I couldn't find part 2 of the 2nd Reb Brown review but yeah it's still really bad, trust me! But yeah Captain America while one of the most iconic superheroes ever was handled by some real grade-a holes before Marvel brought him home. Also for some reason they decided to cast Chris Evens as Steve. I mean it worked but let's not forget that the last time he was in a Marvel movie it was as Johnny Storm in those two mediocre Fantastic Four movies. I mean first Chris Evens and now Michael B. Jordon, at this rate it's only a matter of time till Jay Underwood finds his on screen redemption.

    Back on topic, as per usual there were some major changes made from the comic to the big screen. Like for example Bucky Barnes is at or older then Steve and isn't the regiment mascot, Steve doesn't get into the battlefield right away and they skip straight to him being frozen for 70 years or so. As for the rest that's what this review/ recap is for isn't it? So our story begins in 1942 where a Nazi officer named Johann Schmidt (played by Hugo Weaving) acquires a powerful artifact called the Tesseract and brings it back to his lab. Schmidt is the head of Hitler's R&D department Hydra and after he and his head scientist Arnim Zola (played by Toby Jones) decide that Hitler and his third reich were a waste of time and split Hydra into its own unique organization after killing several Nazi officers with a Tesseract powered weapon.

    Cut to America with young Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evens) trying to join the Army and serve his country. But the problem is that he looks like somebody could break his arms like twigs if they so much as accidentally bump into him. While he and his best buddy James "Bucky" Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) attend a worlds fair Steve tries to enlist again but is accepted this time to be the guinea pig of Dr Abraham Erskine (played by Stanley Tucci) and his Super Solder project. After proving his nobility and self-sacrificing bravery to Erskine; Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) and Chester Phillips (played by Tommy Lee Jones) he's chosen for the procedure and becomes a Super Solder.

    But a Hydra agent kills Erskine and flees but kills himself with a cyanide pill after Steve catches him. Not knowing what to do with Steve now that Erskine and his formula are gone Senator Brandit wants to just make Steve into a patriotic mascot to promote the war effort as Captain America. But eventually Steve's had enough and when he hears that Bucky's unit is captured he takes matters into his own hands. With the help of Agent Carter and Howard Stark (played by Dominic Cooper) he breaks into the Hydra base, frees the P.O.Ws and even sees Schmidt who revels his identity as the Red Skull (a side effect of taking a prototype of Erskine's formula) and finally earns the respect of Phillips.

    This starts a campaign of Captain America and his Howling Commandos busting down Hydra bases and pissing on Red Skulls shoes, that is until Bucky fell to his death on a mission. But thanks to Zola spilling the beans Cap finds the location of Red Skulls main base and his ultimate weapon. So he and his forces attack the base and Cap chases the Red Skull to the deck of his ship where after accidentally touching the Tesseract the Red Skull is either destroyed or forcibly teleported into the sky by a mysterious blue column of light. But Steve has to steer the ship off course before it reaches New York and the onboard missiles detonate, so he crashes the ship into the Arctic freezing himself in the process. So the story ends with Howard recovering the Tesseract, Peggy is left behind with her ABC spin off show and Steve is recovered by Nick Fury in 2011 more annoyed about missing his date with Peggy then anything.

    To sum up Captain America The First Avenger is definitely one of the shining jewels of the MCU. A great period story and character piece of one of the greatest heroes of Marvels library. Of all the phase one Marvel movies this was definitely one of the more refreshing at least aesthetically. Sure Asgard looked amazing but you can tell that was mostly in CG (really good CG but still CG) the 1940's esthetic really was on point in this one, from the buildings, the music and general decor were just aces in this movie. But this is no surprise considering this was made by Joe Johnston who worked on The Rocketeer and the first two Indiana Jones movies, so he knows a thing or two about capturing the period of a setting.

    Another of this movies best strengths is setting up the character of Steve Rogers and why he is Captain America. Erskine knew that in order to not make the same mistake as Red Skull he knew he had to find a man who had a noble and righteous heart. When he asks Steve why he wanted to enlist he wasn't just looking for some glory hound thug who wanted to kill Nazis he was looking for someone who knew what it meant to be weak and wanted strength not to attack, conquer and invade but protect and support. If he wanted a Solder there were plenty, but what Erskine was looking for was a Knight. though clad not in armor but clad in the idea of what America should stand for, life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Steve was definitely that Knight. His self sacrifice and willingness to do the right thing no matter the cost is made crystal clear in this movie. Even when he was flung into the future and everything he knew and loved was changed and gone forever this first thought was how he failed to keep his promise to Peggy. Though with that said as this was a great character piece for Steve Red Skull was just a standard megalomaniac with a fancy power source. We don't know much about him aside from how he thinks himself on par with the gods, big woop we've seen this type of bad guy 1000 times before. Now again Red Skull and that beam of light thing is an insurance policy and since the end credits scene give a key plot point away I think its time to indulge in a bit of speculation.

    I mentioned this when I reviewed Hulk and Thor, they set up characters and left their fate ambiguous. Basically it was a hedging of bets to see which of these villains would work better with audiences to see who would be the big bad in the first Avengers movie, also just in case any scheduling issues popped up. So they set up The Leader, Loki and Red Skull and left them in unknown straights just to see which of these three would take center stage and we all know that Loki was the one they went with. Mostly due to how well Tom Hiddleston went with audiences, we actually saw him in Thor's end credits scene and also possibly due to the fact that Loki was the villain in the debut Avengers story.

    So now with all of the key players at the table it was time to run it or go home empty. We've had five movies setting up the members of the team, the world they live in and now they needed a big enough threat to bring them all together. So did this bold gamble of a movie franchise work? Well obviously it did but hey that's hindsight for ya. Nonetheless come in next time as the March to Infinity continues with the end of Phase 1, The Avengers!

    Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

    Captain America The First Avenger is owned by Marvel Studios, Paramount pictures and The Walt Disney Company. Based on the character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
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    After Tony’s drunken antics and a brief detour to Wakanda we bring the hammer down with the Norse god of Thunder, the Mighty Thor!!! As per usual I’ll send you to where you can see a review of the origins of Thor’s comic book counterpart right here.

    Notable differences is that Donald Blake is completely removed from the movies except for an Easter egg and there’s no alien rock monster things. Our tale begins with Thor (Played by Chris Hemsworth) who is about to be named the new King of Asgard when Frost Giants managed to sneak into the weapons vault attempting to reclaim an artifact called the Casket of ancient winters. Though the giants were killed by the Destroyer Thor's not happy since his big day was ruined and proved to Odin (Played by Anthony Hopkins) that Thor's as ready to take the throne as a psychotic Chihuahua. So after his temper tantrum he, his brother Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) and his friends Lady Sif and the warriors 3 (played by Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano and Josh Dallas respectively) head to Jotunheim to crack some skulls and take some names. But surprise, when they kicked down Laufey's front door and shat on his foyer floor you can guess what nearly happened.

    That's when papa Odin came riding in on eight legged horseback to pacify Laufey and bring the five schmucks back. After Thor made it clear that he puts the ass in Asgard Odin puts his foot down, by striping him of his power, Mjölnir and places a spell on the hammer making it so that only one who is worthy of the power of Thor may lift it, and to top it all off banishes him from Asgard. Meanwhile Loki discovers and confirms that he was stolen from Laufey by Odin as a baby and raised as his own. Thinking that he's nothing more to Odin then another spoil of war Loki is not exactly happy. He then usurps the throne when Odin falls into the Odinsleep after the stress of confessing Loki's heritage.

    As for Thor he lands on Midgard (earth to you and me) in the care of three researchers Jane Foster, Dr Erik Selvig and their intern Darcy (played by Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård and Kat Dennings). While with them Thor hears about Mjölnir landing outside the New Mexico town they're at and goes to get his power back. As well as getting Jane's wormhole research back from Coulson. After Thor fights his way though S.H.I.E.L.D goons he tries to lift the hammer, but now it's time for Odin's humility lesson as he can't lift the hammer. After being taken into custody Loki appears before him and lies to him, telling Thor that Odin is dead and with his last decree he made his exile permanent.

    Meanwhile Loki plans to bring Laufey and his army to Asgard so that he can kill them while Laufey tries to kill Odin, proving his strength and right to the throne. Sif and the Warriors aren't putting up with Loki's crap however and sneak down to earth to bring Thor back thanks to Heimdal (played by Idris Elba) mastering the ancient Norse art of the loophole opening the Bifrost bridge for them. So Loki sends down the Destroyer to kill Thor to cover his tracks. However Thor after admitting that he was acting like a spoiled and angry child, sacrifices himself to save Jane, thus proves himself worthy of the power and defeats the Automaton. After words he returns to Asgard and fights Loki, after Odin tries to save the both of them from falling into the abyss Loki falls himself rather then be saved by his false family and imprisoned for his crimes.

    So Thor denies the throne until he can prove himself worthy of being king, while still pining for Jane. However Dr Selvig meets with Nick Fury after the credits so that Fury can show him a powerful artifact called the Teseract, which draws the attention of the Loki possessed Selvig. (Again Marvel hedging their bets as I'll explain later.) Also Hawkeye was in this movie but who cares about that? Besides he was just a foot note he doesn't't even fire an arrow in this movie I honestly just had to mention him out of obligation.

    Now before I talk about the movie itself I feel the need to talk about the director, Kenneth Branagh. For those who don't know Branagh is most well known for his adaptations of the Bard's work, most notably the 1996 version of Hamlet. If you haven't seen the movie, do so not only because it's a classic but also you can see how Branagh likes to do epic stories like this. That being big, grand and sweeping which, when dealing with larger then life characters and locations like Odin, Thor and Asgard is required to give the proper scope. Also since his background is in Shakespeare he seems to be a better fit for this project given the comic book source material.

    If anyone has studied Norse Mythology extensively the comic book and movie incarnations may make you want to eat your own noses. Similar to how actual secret agents laughed their asses off when watching the James Bond movies for the same reason, how much the writers left out and exaggerated. The point is that since the comic counterpart leaned more towards the stylization of the Bard then Tacitus Branagh seemed to be the best choice for director. It more then payed off as certain scenes wouldn't nearly have the proper weight to it without Branagh's direction. Scenes and locations just feel big and without someone who can handle these big sets and scenes the movie wouldn't nearly be as successful as it turned out.

    Also given their Shakespearian update; the characters tend to draw parallels from some of the Bard's characters like for example Tom Hiddleston described Loki as "like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier." Thor himself starts off as a boorish, violent war hungry ass, and eventually realizing that he was an ass and starts to turn himself around after discovering how to become a proper king like Henry the 4th. Now there are some parts that felt like they could have been improved upon. Darcy could have been left out and honestly not much would have changed, Hawkeye could have actually fought Thor before he got to Mjölnir instead of that one random guy, you know actually gives ether guy something to do in his MCU debut instead of just standing there? Also maybe there could have ben a bit more action with Sif and the Warriors fighting the Destroyer, not too long but maybe just enough screen time to make the 7 year old boy in me smile.

    But honestly those are the only complaints I can think of in what's in all honesty a very solid movie. Though just because we're leaving Thor and Asgard behind for now doesn't mean that the Aesir are done being involved in the MCU. As Nick Fury said "Legend tells us one thing, history another. But every now and then we find something that belongs to both." While next time we may not be dealing with gods we'll still be seeing serious monsters and those who slay those monsters to protect their homeland. As next time the March to Infinity will have us marching into Berlin along side Steve Rogers, Aka Captain America.

    Special thanks to my Patreon backer Jesse for his support.

    Thor is owned by Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios, directed by Kenneth Branagh, produced by Keven Feige based off the comic by Larry Leiber, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
    Hellsing Ultimate is owned by Kouta Hirano and Studio Madhouse, and licensed by Geneon, Madman Entertainment, Manga Entertainment and Funimation.
    Hellsing Ultimate Abridged is owned by Team Four Star.
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    Another year, a brand spanking new MCU movie for us to salivate over. Though I'm still waiting for that one movie that topples this constantly growing tower of success. I mean it has to come at some point, the law of probability and what not. But it's clear as crystal that this isn't the one because by Bast's yarn ball is this a good movie! With that being said it's not perfect but nothing ever is.

    Since this is still so new I'l try to keep spoilers to a minimum. After the events of Captain America Civil War where the King of the fictional African country Wakanda T'Chaka (played again by John Kani) was killed by the brainwashed Bucky Barnes during the signing of the Sokovia accords his son T'Challa (played again by Chadwick Boseman) dons the armor of Wakanda's warrior king; the Black Panther. Now that he's in charge he has to figure out what the future of his country is going to be, stay isolated from the world to protect their cultural identity and their massive stockpiles of Vibranium or expose Wakanda's super advanced technology so they can help the world with major relief efforts.

    However there's a bit of old business to take care of as Ulyssees Klaue (reprised by Andy Serkis) has resurfaced after Age of Ultron and has become priority #1 for T'Challa. However one of Klaue's partners Erik Stevens (played by Michael B Jordon) may prove to be a danger to not just Wakanda but the entire world as well. The Black Panther may be able to stop Klaue and Erik but not before learning some dark truths about his father that could help shape the future of Wakanda. But with the help of his family and loyal subjects T'Challa will find a way to save his country, people and the world.

    Let me get the positives out of the way and trust me there's a lot of them, the cast is fantastic, they really bring the characters to life and there's not a bad one in the bunch. Wakanda looks absolutely beautiful, I honestly haven't been this enraptured in the depiction of a fictional city since I first saw Rapture from BioShock. The story is competently written with various epic and emotional scenes that really make you feel for these characters and their world. The action sequences are fast, hard and awesome and any scene with Okoye (played by Danai Gurira) is a treat. Seriously she's on par Revy from Black Lagoon in terms of DON'T MESS WITH HER!!!

    Also this has one of the best villains in the MCU with Erik AKA Killmonger, despite the fact that he calls himself Killmonger. But trust me he does earn that name and Michael B Jordon's performance knocks this character out of the park. Sure he's not as powerful as Loki or Ronan or as nuts as Ultron or Ego but trust me he has the most sympathetic and believable backstory for a villain in the MCU. (At least in the main movies I've heard that The Purple Man and Kingpin are not to be trifled with.) My absolute favorite scene in the movie is when he goes back to his childhood home. I won't give the context behind that scene but trust me he owns that scene.

    This now makes the second botched Johnny Storm actor that the MCU has redeemed, congrats Michael this combined with Creed means we can officially forget that Fant4stic ever happened. The action sequences were awesome and varied not only demonstrating T'Challa's capabilities as the Black Panther but also showing off the tech of his Wunderkind little sister Shuri (played by Letitia Wright) who not only makes Tony Stark look like a joke but is also just a precious little cinnamon bun. I honestly wish I could keep talking about what I think worked for this movie but then again as with most of these still in theater movie reviews I want you to be at least a little surprised. That being said this movie does have a few quirks that I couldn't really avoid. Mostly how this movie tends to borrow a few plots and backstory tropes from Thor Ragnarok.

    Mostly the "Father/King wasn't as saintly as our hero was lead to believe by a being from their dark past coming to destroy their kingdom" trope. The "newly crowned king wonders what direction their new kingdom should go" trope. Last but not least the "hero loses source of their powers/symbol of their powers and gets their ass kicked by the monster of their father's unintended design" trope. Also there's M'Baku (played by Winston Duke) who does the whole "I won't help you initially but will totally save your ass at the last minute" routine. But just because they're similar doesn't mean that the execution is the same.

    While the plot of Thor Ragnarok was more focused on action and comedy Black Panther is more going for emotional drama and playing these tropes more straight to the films advantage. But having seen these tropes several times before I can't really help but notice them and point them out. Also as noted before Killmonger kind of steals the movie for me because T'Challa while not a bad character is kind of overshadowed. Not only with Wakanda being a much more interesting character (again much like Rapture) and his awesome supporting cast leaves us with a hero that, while still interesting, likable and a good guy he just kind of pales compared to everything else. Again I want to state that I have nothing against the character or Chadwick Boseman but when you compare him to Michael B Jordon acting the ever loving hell out of his role you can't help but see who comes up short.

    Another point in this films favor is that this is a pretty standalone movie, I mean aside from Everrett Ross (once again played by Martian Freeman) showing up and helping out there's not much to connect to the MCU aside from Klaue and the end credits stinger. Though since we see the Wakandan military showing up and kicking ass in the previews of Avengers Infinity War they might retcon in some connection. Like maybe the vibranium meteorite was sent down by Thanos or the heart shaped herb that the Black Panthers draw their powers from were mutated by an Infinity Stone or something silly like that. But yeah definitely go and see Black Panther you will not be disappointed.

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    Black Panther is owned by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler. Based off the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
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    After the only solo outing of the Hulk it's time we checked in on Tony Stark so we'll do just that with Iron Man 2. Now from what I've heard this movie and Thor: The Dark World are considered to be among the worst of the MCU movies so far. While this movie isn't awful there are quite a few problems with it, but at least we can all agree its nowhere near as bad as Batman V Superman. Now while Iron Man is the main focus of this movie, (looks at poster) duh it does introduce Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow played by Scarlet Johansson so here's where she was introduced in the main comics universe.

    So Widow is already working for S.H.I.E.LD and there are some Easter eggs from this comic that made it into the movie such as the name on Ivans fake ID being Boris. On to the movie itself; its been six months since Tony revealed himself as Iron Man and the US government want their hands on the armor but he isn't having it believing that they'll only use the armor for their own ends. So he makes them look like complete jackasses at an inditement hearing and walks off to reinstitute the Stark Expo to continue the legacy of his father; Howard. While he's on his "establishing a proper legacy" kick he makes Pepper Pots (still played by Gwyneth Paltrow) the CEO of Stark Industries. Not only does he believe she deserves it but it's insurance in case he can't solve his latest problem.

    Not the government goons I mean an actual problem, see the Arc reactor that's keeping him alive, it's slowly killing him since the palladium core the reactor runs on is poisoning his blood. So he figures that his days are numbered and decides YOLO! So he's boozing it up constantly and generally making a jackass of himself. On one of these stunts he's attacked by Ivan Vanko (played by Mickey Rourke) as revenge for his father Anton who was betrayed by Howard Stark and tossed into the gulag. Ivan is dealt with but he's busted out of prison by Justin Hammer (played by Sam Rockwell) who wants Ivan to perfect his own version of mass produced Iron Man suits to sell to the US army.

    With what he believes is his final birthday party Tony gets completely plastered which pisses off Pepper and especially Roddy Rhodes (now played by Don Cheadle) who takes the MK 2 Iron Man suit, kicks Tony's ass with it and takes it back to the Air Force so they can outfit it with Hammer's weapons. After Fury chews Tony out for his drunken stupidity Tony figures out the Arc Reactor problem with an old recording of his father and the diorama for the Stark expo, it being a disguise for a new element Howard was trying to make but couldn't due to the tech of his Era. So he created the new element, saving his life and goes to confront Hammer whose drones and Roddy's new War Machine suit were highjacked by Ivan to kill Tony. Widow eventually tracks down Ivan's server and gives control of the War Machine suit back to Roddy, so the two Iron Men destroy the drones and defeat Ivan once and for all. With that all wrapped up Tony tells Pepper that he was dying and she gives Stark Industries back to Tony and Roddy keeps the War Machine suit, while Coulson is resigned to New Mexico. In the end credits stinger he's observing a crater and reporting to Fury that "he's here" while we see a hammer in the center of the crater.

    Now looking at this movie in retrospect to the rest of the MCU so far is Iron Man 2 really the worst of them? Well yeah there are some parts that are chores to get through but there is also some decent stuff to keep you interested. The worst parts are of course the birthday party sequence during the second act, by Stan Lee's pencil case is it annoying to see Tony acting like such an unhinged d-bag. While nowhere near as painful as the Napoleon scenes in the first Bill and Ted movie it's still not fun. Granted we know why he's doing this, to forget the fact that he's slowly dying and he's trying to cope but man it's still frustrating.

    I was honestly hoping that Roddy would smack the shit out of Tony and well surprise surprise, he did. It was also incredibly gratifying hearing Fury chewing Tony out for not only that PR shit-storm of his but also that Roddy stole MK 2 and brought it back to the Military. Another gripe I had was Hammer, he was mostly just a nebbish twerp trying desperately to beat Tony and failing miserably. Thankfully Ivan was the bigger threat of the two, Hammer just thought he could take advantage of Ivan's intellect and vendetta against the Stark name. While it did work he just didn't figure that giving a super intelligent psychopath with an axe to grind access to billions of dollars in robotics, programing and weapons technology would bite him in the ass.

    Just a reminder, Hammer is supposed to be the CEO of a multi million dollar weapons company. Sadly another part of this movie that felt wasted was Black Widow. I mean she was just supposed to keep an eye on Tony and what does she do? Why influence Tony into doing his meltdown at the party of course! Lady you were supposed to make sure he didn't cause Fury any migraines, not try to trigger a brain aneurysm!!!

    Ivan Vanko was.... pretty good. Mickey Rourke was great in the role but the character he had to play was competently written at best. If I had to rank MCU bad guys so far he'd be at least second place with General Ross at the top and Stane at #3. Now before anyone asks, no the Vanko that becomes Whiplash in both the movie and the comics has nothing to do with the original Crimson Dynamo. (Though since the Anton Vanko of the comics was created before the release of the movie I guess he was just introduced in the comics to set up his MCU counterpart Ivan.) Back on track, Ivan did have decently presented motivations for trying to kill Tony, his father destroyed his father Anton and thus Ivan wants revenge, simple but effective.

    But the real villain of this whole fiasco is Tony himself. No he doesn't turn evil or anything its just that a lot of shit is hitting him all at once and he doesn't open up to anyone to try and help him. Let's see he has his artificial heart slowly killing him with no available substitute to try and replace it, his reopening the Stark Expo bringing his daddy issues to the surface. (Though at least he handles this better then Rusty Venture.) The government breathing down his neck and trying to take his Iron Man tech and his drunken antics instead of helping him cope help dig a deeper hole for him.

    That last part is important because this movie borrows elements from the "Demon in a bottle" storyline which directly confronted Stark with his alcohol dependency. While the movie does have Tony's alcohol problems and Hammer from the story it goes in a different direction. Now I haven't read that story but from what I can gleam the tone is considerably different. While Demon in a bottle had Tony's alcoholism in the foreground Iron Man 2 had it as a background element. Also in later movies Tony is still having a few drinks but seems to be in more control so the alcoholism isn't the disease in this case its a symptom for Tony's psychological issues. I mean with your death literally just a few possible months or even weeks away and your not so great memories of your dick of a father bubbling back up you'd try to find someway to cope too.

    Regardless of my opinions Iron Man 2 is a decent movie in retrospect and helped set up more building blocks for the rest of the MCU to come. Not just character wise but also in terms of world building. While the Hulk was starting to become more known to the world at large and with Tony revealing himself to be Iron Man and bringing with it serious government attention and with it the ramifications of beings with technology and powers beyond that of the average man. So with three movies and three of the main Avengers set up it was time to raise the stakes and scope of this strange new universe. So come join me as the March to Infinity takes us across the Bifröst bridge into the realm of Asgard. Though we'll be sure to stop by a diner or something.

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    Iron Man 2 is owned by Paramount Studios, Marvel Studios and Fairview Entertainment Based off the original comic by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, Don Heck and Jack "The King" Kirby.
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    Continuing from the tin beer can is the big green galoot; The Incredible Hulk. Now going into this movie there were some advantages and disadvantages, while the Hulk was most likely the most recognized Marvel hero due to the 1978 tv series it also had the stigma of the previous Hulk movie directed by Ang Lee. To make it short and sweet it was a mess, the Nostalgia Critic gave this gamma green turd a proper smashing so check it out here.

    Also for the debut story of the Hulk here’s Linkara’s review for context.

    The main differences here is that there’s no Rick Jones (except for a blink and you'll miss it Easter egg in the opening credits). There's also no Russian spy nonsense, no Gargoyle and we get straight to the iconic green Hulk instead of the the half way grey Hulk. Now since the Hulk has the two previous mainstream-incarnations Marvel most likely decided that they didn’t need to retread old ground. So they wisely decided to give a clip notes version of the events of the Ang Lee movie and just cut to Bruce played by Edward Norton hiding out in Brazil trying to find a cure for the Hulk while learning meditation and breathing techniques to keep him suppressed.

    Eventually General Ross played by William Hurt learns his location due to the Stan Lee cameo and sends down his special troops to bring him in. But Bruce loses control, goes green and escapes the Solders. However the field leader Emil Blonsky played by Tim Roth wants another crack at the Hulk so agrees to undergo an injection of some bootleg Super Solder serum resulting in him becoming the Abomination. So with a knockoff Hulk on the loose Bruce embraces the beast and takes the Abomination down before he retreats from society again not to learn how to suppress the Hulk, but control him. Which all ends with Ross drowning in his latest failure when Tony Stark pays him a visit telling him about the new Avengers initiative and that he wants the Hulk. I can just tell that there was a lot of trepidation going into this one especially given how the last Hulk movie turned out, but it obviously payed off.

    We have the drama of Bruce trying to control himself but also a decent balance of action to keep the drama from overwhelming the movie. The pacing does seem to be better then Iron Man as we never stick to one location for too long. General Ross is a pretty hateful villain, wanting to turn a man suffering into a weapon just for the sake of the military, where they don't even have an appropriate force that something like the Hulk would be needed for. On top of that he's willing to kill or imprison for life anyone he deems an obstacle to his goals. Though with that said the "real villain" Blonsky is a little stock, he starts off as an old solder thriller junkie that wants a shot at the Hulk since he's a real challenge, goes crazy, starts splicing himself and becomes the Abomination, pretty much the template for this kind of villain.

    Now I'm not saying the archetype is the problem it's just the execution is a bit lacking. It's the motivation behind the villains that helps make them convincing but a stock motivation with a stock archetype makes for a, well stock villain. Speaking of lets talk about Tim Blake Nelson as Samual Sterns. This character, while playing a major part in the movie being the one Bruce is talking with to try to find his Hulk cure and completing Blonsky's transformation into the Abomination was a bit of a hedging of bets. We'll get into more detail once I cover The Avengers but anyone who knows the comics know what this guy was put into the movie for, to set up him becoming The Leader.

    We see some of the Hulks blood get on an open head wound of his, he starts to mutate and then he's out of the movie, BYE! Now this was obviously setting him up to be a new bass guy in a potential future sequel but that never came to pass so congrats at failing Chekov's gun on that one guys, though they could have set him up for another reason, again a story for another time. But of course my favorite part of the movie was the Lou Ferrigno cameo when Bruce was trying to find his old research data at the university. As Bruce said "you're the man". Oh and yes they do use a remix of the "lonely man" song from the tv show, god I love little touches like that.

    Now funny enough the MCU Hulk seems to have the same problem as his original comic book run. While this is the only solo Hulk movie (so far) the original comic run only lasted for 6 issues, and both seemed to do better in crossovers, kinda wacky how that turned out eh? Wrapping up I think The Incredible Hulk was an all around good movie, it did its job well and gave us some cool action scenes, especially with the final fight against the Abomination. Though the CGI was a little distracting cause I never got the impression that the Hulk was really there. But then again I might have been spoiled due to both future MCU movies and the John Wick movies so that could just be bias talking.

    So now with the promise that Fury made starting to seem plausible and the continuing success of the Hulk movie fans were starting to wonder if they were really going though with this. An entire movie universe of interconnected stories where we'll finally see a live action depiction of some of the worlds greatest heroes on the big screen? Where will they go from here? Captain America, Ant-Man, Thor? Well maybe they'll just have to settle for Tony acting like a jackass, borrowing loosely from the story that dealt with his alcoholism and blandly introducing Black Widow? Eh, guess that'll have to do, and I'll give you my thoughts on that next time as we continue the March to Infinity.

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    The Incredible Hulk is owned by Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios based on The Hulk created by Stan Lee and Jack "The King" Kirby
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    Let me get one thing clear right off the bat. Any other play though Stanley dies like the sniveling, groveling little worm he is! I mean he floods an entire section of Rapture, leaving everyone to die a horrible, terrifying death and yet he tries to play the victim and have me clean up his mess so that Lamb doesn't find out?! NO times 1000000000000 on that front amigo! As for the level itself Sebastian the Crab can take that big song number of his and shove it up his carapace after seeing Dionysus Park.

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    Now that we have the basic history of how the MCU came into existence it’s time to get to the nitty gritty and talk about the movies themselves. In no particular order I’ll mostly be talking about the major plot points, how the films still hold up from my perspective, what they borrowed and changed from their comic book source material and summarizing the major ramifications for the overall universe. So now we start with the one hero that started it all, Tony Stark aka Iron Man. For those who are unaware of how the main universe version of Tony Stark was introduced, here’s a link to Linakra’s review of Tales of Suspense #39.

    In quick summation Iron Man is about Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr who is kidnapped by a terrorist group called the 10 rings while demonstrating his newest weapons in Iraq. While he was abducted his chest and heart are pierced by shrapnel from one of his missiles in a nice big irony blast that was sold to the 10 rings under the table by his VP, Obadiah Staine played by Jeff Bridges. Once in captivity Tony is ordered to recreate his latest missile for the terrorists, while he agrees to do it he actually works with another prisoner named Ho Yensin played by Shawn Toub who managed to finish making the prototype Iron Man suit at the cost of his life. Tony escapes, destroys the weapons the terrorists have, makes it back to the states and immediately shuts down all weapons development at Stark Industries.

    He then goes to change his life and legacy, to create the first of the Iron Man suits and destroy all of his weapons that the 10 rings have which the dude most certainly does not abide by. So Staine salvages the remains of the prototype armor to create his own version called the Iron Monger which he plans to mass produce and create the next big arms race. Once Tony defeats Staine and removes his weapons he reveals his identity as Iron Man to the public which elicits a visit from Nick Fury played by Samuel L Jackson who has a proposition for Tony, the Avengers initiative.

    As you can tell there were some major changes from the original comic to the movie, for example the war was moved from Vietnam to the Middle East, thankfully removing Wong Chu and his improv wrestling ring. Tony is no longer talking about transistors and doesn’t have to be inside of the suit 24/7 though he still has to keep the arc reactor in his chest. He also is starts off as a pretty blatant war profiteer and kind of an obnoxious asshole, keeping the original concept of his character intact. That being make the audience sympathize with someone who should be hated, mostly due to how he develops and learns from his time in captivity.

    For this movie being the one that had to be the foundation for the entire universe it had to knock it out of the park and believe me it accomplishes that and then some. Tony has a very believable arc, from hedonistic asshole to a hero trying to take responsibility and redemption for the damage his weapons and the Stark name has caused. Sure it's the Moses story but well, Joseph Campbell monomyth, blah, blah, blah but hey why fix what isn't broke? He sees first hand how his weapons have done far more harm then good and how those he once trusted were basically blowing smoke up his ass to keep the business of war going. Most likely if not for this change in his life Tony would have more then likely developed S.O.P or something just as ridiculous.

    But then reality came calling and now he seeks redemption and is actually taking responsibility for his genius, not just using it to make the biggest bombs and fastest guns but actually making something to make the world a better place. As for the movie overall, yes this still holds up 10 years after it was released. The writing is textbook brilliant, the casting, on the nose. Now I've never read any Iron Man comics but when I hear Tony Stark I immediately think Robert Downey Jr. Its a character/actor match up that's on par with Mark Hamill and the Joker, Kevin Conroy and Batman, Nolan North and Deadpool, Patrick Warburton and Brock Samson, Johnny Depp and Jack Sparrow and Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams I honestly can't imagine anyone else playing these characters.

    The effects look great, the Iron Man sequences look like they are actually there on screen and the emotional moments hit their mark. Though I do have some nitpicks with it. Mostly I felt that the first act with Tony being held captive went on just a tad too long and, while this is more in hindsight then the film itself, why was Terrence Howard replaced with Don Cheadle? Was it a scheduling conflict, contract renegotiation or did the studio think that Don was better suited for the role then Terrence? Now don't get me wrong I have nothing against Don Cheadle I've seen Hotel Rwanda I know he's a great actor but I just want to know why.

    Though it's honestly funny looking back on this movie 10 years afterwords since this was seen at the time as just another Marvel movie nobody could have predicted what this movie started. Not just for Marvel but Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry as a whole. Sure we had that one S.H.I.E.L.D guy Coulson dropping hints, but I bet that nobody could have predicted seeing Fury after the end credits making Tony the offer and for that matter that they were actually going through with it. For those who don't remember back then, end credit stingers barely paid off, now imagine everyones surprise when this movie not only kept this promise but went far beyond that. And go through with it they did as we'll see next time on the March to Infinity with the big, green Goliath himself, The Incredible Hulk!

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    Iron Man is owned by Paramount Studios, Marvel Studios and Fairview Entertainment Based off the original comic by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, Don Heck and Jack "The King" Kirby.
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    (Full disclosure not a wrestling fan just heard the catchphrase enough from people who are wrestling fans so it stuck and is far more then appropriate for this situation. Also due to the urgency of this Article the second March to Infinity Article will be moved to next week.)

    Yes ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls and that technicolor rainbow in-between we have yet another skid mark trying to make this amateur content creators life just that much worse by trying to steal what is mine. This newest blight on my life is SABAM_CS, as far as I could tell they are a copyright company operating out of Belgium and the claim in question was for Elizabeth's theme Medley from my Lets play of BioShock Infinite that has been on my channel since July 23rd 2017 which was issued to me on January 25th 2018.

    Now if I were just given the option of just removing the song then no harm no foul I would not be even writing this article for you all. But as you can see here, a content claim, from a country that I'm pretty damn sure has no legal claim on this music wants to put adds that I will not be seeing a penny from.

    Needless to say this smells like the same crock of shit that CoPeerRight Agency - Italy tried to tell me was Hershey's chocolate last year.

    Now I know that this whole "Lets Play" business has plenty of us walking on legal eggshells when it comes to what we do and the soundtracks that are involved, especially when it comes to BioShock Infinite and Kingdom Hearts. But I am a reasonable man I know fully well when I am in the wrong and gladly accept that. Like for example my AMV of Horizon Zero Dawn where I inserted the theme to Yor Hunter From the Future.

    Now in this case the Content claim came up immediately after the video finished uploading from the people who most likely properly owned the right to the song.

    Though I did try to look up the group behind the claim and while Roba Music Verlag GmbH does indeed look like a legitimate publisher who could own the rights to the Yor theme. When I tired to look up Caburn Music all I could find was some rapper from Africa. Also I may just end up taking the thing down anyway if it doesn't get enough views, nobody gets the joke or if keeping it around is more trouble then its worth.

    Nevertheless I gladly left it alone because I knew that they could have full rights to the song I used but were willing to leave it alone for everyone to see. But not in the case with SABAM_CS if they did own the rights to Elizabeth's theme (which I'm sure they don't seeing as how they're operating in Belgium and had nothing to do with the development of BioShock Infinite) I think my big butt is once again in the right. I'll be sure to update once this whole debacle resolves, either with them ignoring the counterclaim within 30 days or the drop the false claim and I get to take yet another small but satisfying victory lap.

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    Hey you all remember the massive amounts of hype around this level? Remember that this level got its own dedicated trailer for Bioshock 2's advertising campaign? Remember how creepy it looked from the trailer, how amped we were for this level? Yeah it's just another level, woooooo. Also it's tight, cramped and has some serious feels if you know where to look. Also we finally get to tangle with the Rumbler Big Daddy and yes this thing kicks like a horse, not as bad as the Rosie's were last game but still just use Telekinesis and you're good to go. Though why do all of the Spider Splicers have the same character model and Yuri Lowenthal voice in this game I don't get it?

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    Bioshock 2 is owned by Take2 interactive, 2K Marin, and 2K Australia.
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    Ten years, ten long crazy years since the debut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now for the ten year anniversary what else can I do but recount all of the main MCU movies and see if they still stack up in the lead up to Avengers Infinity War. So for now let us begin, the March to Infinity. Lao Tzu once said that "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" so where else to start our journey then from the beginning. This particular journey begins with four men, Avi Arad, David Maisel, Isaac Perlmutter and Ron Perelman.

    Please note that I may be inaccurate in this recount of events mostly due to it just pertaining to the origins of the MCU but if you want more detailed information please watch SFDebris' "Rise and fall of the Comic Empire" series through the link here.

    Also be sure to check out his reviews of Madoka Magica including every episode and the movie Rebellion on his website (Shameless plug) which explains why I don't think Rebellion is the worst part of the Madoka franchise and why Homura, while justified was still wrong and will most likely be the main antagonist when Concept finally shows up. Back on topic, to keep a long story short due to several creative and editorial conflicts resulting in several of Marvels top talent jumping ship to form Image comics in the late 80's and early 90's Marvel was in serious financial trouble and eventually bought by Perelman. Perelman was not a comic book fan and only saw Marvel as a new cash cow to drain milk from its teat. Such decisions by Perelman included raising comic prices, putting more emphasis on gimmicks, hollow foil covers and basically making comics more to attract collectors and "hardcore" fans and not the casual readers who were the lifeblood of the industry since the 60's, thus creating the speculator boom of the early 90's that nearly killed the comic book industry.

    Basically Marvel was bought out by a less funny and less successful version of Big T Larrity.

    So obviously with this radical regime change that isolated the market that had been keeping the comic industry afloat for so long for the sake of short term profit, Perelman made things far worse then they were before. Now think of it this way for those who don't know that much about the market, say you buy a regular sized cup of coffee every day except Friday where you get a large coffee instead. Then one day your local shop rises the price of a large coffee from 2.99 to 3.99, then you decide to just stick to the regular or even downgrade to just small to keep your coffee fix while not bleeding your wallet dry. That's basically what Perelman caused, the reason comics these days are 3.99 was directly because of him. Hell because Perelman shat the bed so fiercely the marketing department was eventually given higher priority for final approval over the creative department, thus leading to the Spiderman Clone Saga to try to make lightning strike twice after the X-Men storyline Age of Apocalypse.

    All of this eventually lead to Marvel declaring bankruptcy in 1996. This is where Avi Arad and Isaac Perlmutter enter our story. After Perlman had Marvel declare bankruptcy he began deals with Arad and Perlmutter to incorporate ToyBiz into the Marvel umbrella as sole toy manufacture and distributer for Marvel. Eventually this resulted in Arad and Perlmutter managing to get Perlman and most his supporting CEO's out of Marvel so those two were in complete control of the dying comic company. Arad and Perlmutter proceeded with a new plan to turn their characters into movies and while Blade, X-Men, Ghost Rider and the Sam Reimi Spider-Man movies were major successes, because their movie rights were owned by different companies Marvel barely saw a dime to recoup their costs. But the major thing to take away from these was that those movies proved that the properties could be profitable.

    Then comes along David Maisel with a radical and dangerous proposal, why not cut out the middle man, produce the movies under your own studio and not only that make it into one single universe just like the comics they were based off of? Now not only would this finally give Marvel their own studio with full creative control but that also meant maximum profit after barely seeing a dime from the properties that were owned by Fox and Sony. So with the plan in motion they waited for several of the movie rights of some of their famous characters that were sold off by Perelman to revert back to them. And after a dangerous gambit with Merrill Lynch and distribution with Paramount the first Iron Man movie went into production. If this didn't work and make the profit they were hoping for then Marvel would lose all the character movie rights to Merrill Lynch and they'd be doomed.

    We all know the results, Iron Man was a major critical and financial success and with that the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase one went full steam ahead, creating the MCU we know today and Marvel pulling itself out of the gutter. Eventually being purchased by the Mouse Empire for 4.3 Billion dollars in 2009 thus as far as I know saving the company. So that's the abridged version of the events that lead to the MCU, If I was wrong about any of that please let me know in the comments. Next time we start on the good stuff with a guy that everyone is supposed to hate that started a movie experience that most of us still love as we begin the march to infinity.

    Sources for clarification

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    Honestly Paupers Drop is my favorite level in this game. We get a genuinely creepy, claustrophobic location, a hostile atmosphere and its just the right level of length and width of the design of the level itself so that it doesn't overstay its welcome and we don't get bored of the place. Also Grace herself is a better antagonist, we understand her motivations, they're reasonable and the cold sadistic joy she takes in sending Splicers to kill Delta is pretty damn believable. Also this is the only level in the game that has the Rosie Big Daddy, pretty much the only Big Daddy that consistently gives me a challenge.

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    Honestly since the developers already created an amusement park why couldn't they have incorporated some of the elements from the Rapture Carnival from the first game's DLC as parts of Ryan Amusements. I mean as I said only one ride, a gift shop and a restaurant makes for a pretty crap attraction. I mean if Ryan is going to scare kids into never wanting to go to the surface he could at least make some other attractions to generate some more revenue.

    Also since this is connected to the Atlantic Express this is one of the oddest parts of Rapture. So what did Ryan really prioritize indoctrination of Rapture's children instead of Oxygen and food? Also how did Sinclair wind up here to begin with? we know that Lamb is monitoring all of the Bathyspheres as demonstrated with Sammy and his girlfriends failed attempt to leave and the Atlantic Express station was under her control so how did Sinclair get there in the first place?

    Bioshock 2 is owned by Take2 interactive, 2K Marin, and 2K Australia.
    Power Rangers is owned by is owned by Saban Entertainment, Haim Saban, Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment, Toei Company, Ltd. and MMPR Productions, Inc.