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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Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Adventureland, one of the classic themed areas of the Disneyland-style parks, is filled with memorable rides and shows. However, there is more to this land than the swashbuckling mayhem of Pirates of the Caribbean and the pun-riddled escapades of the Jungle Cruise.

Located on a massive artificial tree is an elaborate and beautiful home. There you’ll find strange contraptions constructed from bamboo, fancy furniture surrounded by wilderness, and circular steps towards rooms with an enviable view of the park. This walk-through attraction is the most enduring legacy of Disney’s 1960 live-action adventure film, Swiss Family Robinson.


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Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Here at Your WDW Store, we understand that, as improbable as it may sound, there is more to the world and its popular stories than the many wonderful movies of Walt Disney Productions. One relatively recent story in particular, whose first book was first released in 1997, has taken the world by storm. One book series, above all others in the two decades since has entrenched itself as an enduring work of literature. You have probably already guessed what it is: JK Rowling’s seven-book series about the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter.


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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

It’s 1970, and Walt Disney Animation Studios is not sure where to go with their films. Walt Disney himself had died four years earlier. The Aristocats, the last film Walt personally greenlit, was already in production and set for a December release. The studio was faced with the task of creating their first film without any involvement from their namesake, founder, and primary visionary.

Eventually, they decided to create their own version of one of the oldest characters in the English literary tradition. In 1973, they reintroduced a new generation to the hero who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Even now, Disney’s Robin Hood remains one of the world’s favorite takes on the legend.

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Though many of their animated films are masterpieces, there is more to Walt Disney Productions than those movies. Their live-action fare can generate just as much hype as their animated films today. These releases are just the latest in a long tradition dating back to the early 1950s when Walt Disney first stepped outside of his cartoon worlds. Many of Disney’s first live-action efforts have proven just as enduring as their animated films. Few have been more persistently well-regarded than their 1954 adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a thrilling and excellent adventure that still entertains today.


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101 Dalmatians - Behind the Scenes

101 Dalmatians - Behind the Scenes

After so many financial losses, Walt Disney started to wonder if it was time to close the studio and stick with live-action films, television, and Disneyland.

Thankfully, he was persuaded to greenlight one more movie that looked promising (and inexpensive). The result, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, made more money than any of Disney’s animated films yet. Besides being responsible for keeping the now ridiculously lucrative studio open, this movie remains highly entertaining for the whole family.

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Cinderella

Cinderella

The story of Cinderella is truly universal. The earliest recorded version, about a courtesan named Rhodopis, came from Greece in the first century BCE. The Chinese story of Yeh-hsien (or Ye Xian), first published in 850 CE, may be even more ancient. These ancient tales, and many others from a surprising variety of civilizations features at least a few familiar elements: a woman in poverty, a cruel stepmother, magical assistance, perfectly fitting footwear, and a royal marriage. In the 17th century, French writer Charles Perrault wrote the version that most people know today.

However, you may be even more familiar with Disney’s adaptation of Perrault’s retelling, the 1950 animated classic Cinderella. This was their first movie to tell a single story since 1942’s Bambi, with the intervening years seeing the studio combine multiple cartoon shorts into less expensive package films. Disney had not seen major financial success since their first film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and they needed a hit. It’s only natural, then, that they turned to “the sweetest story ever told.”


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Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The 1950s was a remarkably busy time for Disney. Walt Disney diverted his attentions, as well as many resources and his best creative minds, to the creation of Disneyland. To help fund this project, the film studio produced several big-budget live-action movies and ventured into the then-new medium of television.

Despite all these massive undertakings, the animation studio still created five films in that decade. Their ambitious vision for the last of these, Sleeping Beauty, cost them six years of work and six million dollars. The result is a dazzling masterpiece that may be more epic than you ever realized.


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