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Captain America:  The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

By July 2011, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had grown into four movies and clearly announced their intentions to connect them with a then-highly ambitious crossover. They had already introduced almost everyone who would comprise the first incarnation of the Avengers: Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye. All that remained was Captain America, the man who gained superpowers in a government experiment, fought in World War II, and remained encased in ice until the modern day. The character presented some surprising challenges with the story and especially the characters. They had to get it right — and amazingly, they did.


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Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

For a full decade after its inception, the Marvel Cinematic Universe did not have one film with a sole female lead. Black Widow was a founding member of the Avengers, yet had no superpowers and no film for herself. The same goes for Gamora, of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Even Hope Van Dyne, The Wasp, had to share the title with Ant-Man. The world only saw Marvel achieve this in 2019 when they centered a movie on the tale of a female soldier realizing her extraordinary potential. Captain Marvel came far later than it should have, but now that it is here, we can enjoy the thrills of a different kind of hero.


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The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is not called a film universe just because it is good marketing. It is a mega-series consisting of smaller series that happen to intertwine. There are three Iron Man films, three Captain America movies, three Thor flicks, and so on. Some of the newer characters in the universe, such as Black Panther and Doctor Strange, only have one so far.

This makes the case of the Hulk quite unusual: he had one standalone movie in 2008 and never had another. Many fans of the character find this a pity: that first Hulk movie, only the second in the entire MCU, is quite interesting for what it is, and looking back on it as a bizarre and rather a rewarding experience for any MCU enthusiast.

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Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

If you ask a random selection of filmgoers to name their favorite film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many will likely point to the very beginning. More than ten years and 21 films later, 2008’s Iron Man remains among the franchise’s most popular movies. It retains its global appeal not just for being the exciting and accessible introduction to the style of Marvel Studios, but also for its action, humor, and strong performances from the entire cast. Little wonder, then, that the character of Tony Stark is also integral to other MCU favorites like The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and both halves of the Infinity War Saga.

With that said, many of the lead character’s biggest fans tend to overlook the other two standalone Iron Man films. This may be because the first one is a tough act to follow by any standard, and plenty of other characters have taken the spotlight in the succeeding decade. However, casual viewers and hardcore devotees alike can find something interesting in the further adventures of Tony Stark. Iron Man 2, in particular, deserves at least some level of reassessment from those who have not seen it since its release in 2010.


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Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther (2018)

Released on January 29th, 2018 as another installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther was the first solo venture for T’Challa, a character we had been previously introduced to in Captain America: Civil War. Directed by Ryan Coogler, this film was a landmark in terms of Marvel movies, in part due to its predominantly black cast, crew, and production team. This film wasn’t just another Marvel installment, it was a cultural phenomenon that captured the hearts of movie-goers, whether or not they had seen any of the other films.


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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

 Released on August 1st, 2014 as part of the larger overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy was most of the world’s first introduction to the unconventional superhero team of the same name (unless you read the comics, of course). Directed by James Gunn, the film was notable in that it took a different approach to Marvel heroes than we’ve seen before; scenes were punctuated by a memorable soundtrack straight from the 1980s, and the characters and story we were seeing were much less clean-cut and much more rough around the edges.


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Iron Man 2008 - MCU's First Installment to a Multi-Series Saga

Iron Man 2008 - MCU's First Installment to a Multi-Series Saga

We take the MCU for granted now, but in 2008, it was unimaginable. The closest thing we had to an interconnected multi-series film universe was Toho’s Godzilla Vs. films, or perhaps the Universal Monsters crossovers of the 1930s and 1940s. Marvel itself seemed completely unable to do it, having sold off their hottest properties to other studios in an attempt to prevent bankruptcy. 

When they decided to form their own film studio, they could not make anything with Spider-Man, the X-Men, or the Fantastic Four. If they wanted to take off, they had to work with less popular characters, like Iron Man. There were a lot of doubts but while the reaction in 2008 was dramatic, it continues to be a favorite among diehards and casual fans alike more than a decade later...

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Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

To most Disney fans, 2010s Toy Story 3 felt like the emotional end of a movie trilogy that we all grew up with.  But, when Pixar announced in 2014 that a fourth movie was in the works and was slated to release in 2017, we all became excited to see what our favorite toys would get up to next. Now, 9 years after its third installment and 2 years after its original release date, Woody and Buzz are back as Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 finally hits theaters this summer. On June 21st, 2019, join the Pixar characters you know and love with new characters you’ll grow to love in a brand-new adventure that you may not expect. Watch the original teaser trailer for the film below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXYRzerjzU

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Disney Designer Seatbelt Style Accessories

Disney Designer Seatbelt Style Accessories

You might already know that you can find all kinds of fun and chic apparel themed to your favorite Disney characters. You might already have plenty of examples in your own wardrobe. However, did you know that the Mouse House also has its own line of accessories with a totally unique design based on seatbelts? You can extend your Disney love to your tops, bottoms, and everything in between thanks to the Disney Designer fashion line. Check out these examples of accessories you can try out today.


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Walt Disney World Travel Tips

Walt Disney World Travel Tips

With four distinct theme parks, two water parks, and a bustling shopping center, Walt Disney World Resort can be a truly magical place to visit. As with any trip, you should get as prepared as possible so you can make the most of the experience. Straight from the pros at Your WDW Store, here are a few vital travel tips that apply to all the parks at Walt Disney World.


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Disney Die-Cast Cars and Racers

Disney Die-Cast Cars and Racers

When you were young, were you a Hotwheels kid, a Matchbox kid, or just an undiscriminating fan? Regardless of which you were, odds are that if you were a child within the past seventy years, you were — and possibly remain — an enthusiast for toy cars. These playthings have long sparked imaginations, and much of that appeal comes from the imaginations of the cars’ designers.

The die-cast car is surprisingly malleable: you can give it just about any design, and as long as it has wheels and goes fast, kids will enjoy it. That’s why these tiny automobiles come in all shapes and sizes, from real-life vehicles to pure-cool hot rods to the outright fanciful. That’s also why Disney fans take so much joy in finding toy cars modeled after their favorite characters and theme parks.


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Disney Themed Bathrooms

Disney Themed Bathrooms

Every part of your house can be brightened up with some decorations. You can bet that the Walt Disney Company knows this, and they make sure their fans can deck out just about any room in their home with some Mouse House theming. You can also bet that this includes maybe the most functional room in any accommodation: the one with the commode. Here’s some information on the many delightful ways that you can create your very own Disney-themed bathroom.

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