The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tag

Endgame is here!

And I’m going to go see it Saturday evening!!! (Mostly because we didn’t want to have to avoid the internet and all the peoples for more than a day so as to avoid hearing/seeing/smelling spoilers) (Smelling? How’d that get in there? How would that even work?)

Anyway, BEFORE I go see Endgame, I wanted to steal this lovely tag my dear friend Christine created… because I wanted to answer the questions now, as I don’t know how Endgame will change my outlook on the MCU.

I’m scared, guys…… I don’t want to go……

Too soon?

Always.

Always too soon.

Anyway, the rules of the tag are simple:

  • Feel free to include the above graphic somewhere in your post (but it’s definitely not necessary).
  • Take the questions and answer them on your blog (or social media or wherever!).
  • Tag up to 5 other Marvel fans!

On to the questions!

1. How were you introduced into the MCU fandom?

My origin story proceeds as follows… *grin* I was just a normal kid growing up in the 90s. We didn’t have cable, but we did get a few of the network channels on our television. They didn’t all come on clearly at the same time, mind, some days certain channels would be more static-y than others, it depended on the wind, probably. BUT, we got a few channels, and most of them had some sort of Saturday Morning Cartoon program each week. It was the only time we were allowed to watch TV, and thus a great privilege that we kids looked forward to every week.

I am a night owl and not at all a morning person. But you can bet I’d be up bright and early at 6:00am to watch The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh every Saturday morning.

But that’s neither here nor there.

My favorite shows as a kid were Spiderman and X-Men. I wasn’t familiar with many of the other Marvel superheroes, but I loved those two quite a lot. So, when the first X-Men movie came to theaters in 2000, you can imagine my excitement! I sat in the theater and enjoyed every minute of the movie… sure, it didn’t quite hearken back to the stories I remembered from the cartoons, and certain aspects of the storyline frustrated me… but for the most part, it swept over me in a nostalgically blissful experience that transported me back to my living room and my childhood. (But X2 and X3 (PARTICULARLY THE AWFULNESS THAT WAS X3) failed to live up to that same magic.

Then Spiderman! Even though they aren’t nearly as good as more recent movies, I still enjoy the Toby Maguire Spidey. He wasn’t “my” Spiderman from the cartoon… that is apparently a difficult balance of character to strike in a live-action (they did a FANTASTIC job with it in Into the Spider Verse… but again… not a live-action). And I even liked the third movie (mostly because I liked James Franco and I’m a sucker for both tragedy and a great redemption arc).

I wasn’t all that excited about Iron Man, not knowing anything about the character, but I went because my husband wanted to see it. Honestly, the first time I saw it, I really didn’t like it. But it’s grown on me with rewatching, and I do love Tony… though he’s one I feel the writers have done a poor job with over the years. More on that in a minute.

And since then, I’ve seen every one of the Marvel Films in theater with the exception of Ant Man (which I regret, because it’s SO fun) and some of these more recent X-Men movies (I have seen all of them, just not in theaters).

2. What’s your favorite Marvel film?

Seriously?

Seriously? You’re going to ask me THAT?

This question is haaaarrrrd! Whine whine whine.

Well, it’s kind of a toss-up between…

Avengers 1
Doctor Strange
Thor
Guardians of the Galaxy 1

I don’t think I can narrow it down any further than that. Don’t make me!

3. Top favorite Marvel character?

Hawkeye.

It’s always Hawkeye.

Something about archers, man.

After him… it changes depending on which movie I’m watching. But Thor is probably a close second. I just love how he always does the right thing, and he always has this cheerful, optimistic outlook on life. Even in Ragnarok and Infinity War, when literally EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE seems to be bent on ruining Thor’s life… he’s still upbeat and friendly and kind. Even in Thor 1 when he was kind of being an arrogant jerk, he was still likeable and had this kind of adorable childlike wonder about life, the universe, and everything.

If I had to be trapped in an elevator with any of the Avengers, I’d probably pick Thor. Because not only would he be able to get us OUT of said elevator the fastest, I think he’d be the most pleasant and non-broody company of all of them.

Spidey, as you know, has always been a favorite of mine, and Tom Holland does SUCH A GREAT JOB with him and comes the closest to carrying off the “feel” of the cartoon spiderman. I just love him to pieces.

I also love Cap. Doctor Strange because he’s AWESOME and Benedict Cumberbatch… I mean… seriously. Ant Man. Black Widow. Bruce Banner (I just want to hug him, okay?) Coulson. Pepper… there are a lot of great characters in this franchise, probably one of the reasons it’s done so well.

And then there’s Iron Man. In some of the movies, he is the clear favorite, but then there are other times when I just want to wring his neck. I liked him in Iron Man 1 + 2 and in Avengers 1 + 2, but then his character spiraled down into a weird, gloomy, Batman-esque brooding sort of place – except that instead of turning that pent-up brooding loose on the villains, he turned it inwards on HIMSELF and on his TEAM, which I haven’t enjoyed watching. One of the reasons I enjoyed Infinity War so much was because I got to glimpse Tony being “Tony” again, and I realized suddenly just how much I’d missed him – I’d kind of noticed the downward spiral in Iron Man 3 and Civil War and disliked it, but seeing him acting like himself again in Infinity War threw the contrast into Stark Relief (haha punny!) and I realized anew what I’d been missing.

4. If you were transported into the MCU and had to trade places with one of the superheroes, who would you choose?

Gonna have to go with Doctor Strange. I don’t have the reflexes or strength or hand-eye coordination necessary to be most of the other characters… but fantasy is a genre in which I am well-versed. And due to aforementioned lack of reflexes, fighting skills, and strength, I think his magic might be my best bet against dying during the opening credits.

My second pick would be Spidey, because of all the skills you need to be an Avenger, rock-climbing is actually something I’m not terrible at.

5. What are some of your favorite quotes from the films?

So many! Get ready for GIFS!

I could go on and on… but those are a few of my favorites. At least, the ones I could find GIFs for.

6. Which crew would you want to be part of the most: Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Revengers?

Avengers all the way. Though being like Thor and sneakily sneaking into ALL of the crews would be cool. I’d probably do that if I could…

7. Favorite and least favorite ship?

Hmmm. The one thing Marvel doesn’t do super well is ships, honestly. Most of them feel forced or stiff. My favorite is probably Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. This would have to be in part because they’ve had the longest amount of both time and screen time to develop their relationship, and also because they just aren’t stiff and weird around each other.

My least favorite ship is Natasha and Clint. I never liked that idea because they just never struck me as being a good fit. So I was THRILLED when we found out in Age of Ultron that she’s like a sister and he actually has a supportive wife and adorable family and that just made Hawkeye even BETTER as a character and I loved it so much.

I also think Sharon and Steve is weird. Just… very weird.

Though it only appears to have been a thing in my own little universe, I really ship Natasha and Steve. I loved their interaction in Winter Soldier and I enjoyed their friendship and banter and thought that they would make an interesting, fun, and cute couple being friends first and all that. Oh well.

That said, I don’t mind Bruce and Natasha. Poor Bruce always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to being a tragic hero, so a little happiness isn’t out of the question.

I also like Ant Man and Wasp a lot.

8. Favorite and least favorite villain?

My favorite villain… probably Thanos, actually. He’s been the only villain to actually live up to the hype, and being one who did NOT know going into Infinity War that the movie would leave off on a cliff-hanger, I actually quite enjoyed the fact that he pulled an “Empire Strikes Back” and WON. Of course, I want a lot of his victory to get reversed in Endgame, but as villains go, I hated him in a “yow he’s a good villain and I want to see him suffer terribly now” sort of way, and for a villain, that’s the best sort of reaction.

In lock-step with Thanos would be Loki. I have a bittersweet sort of love for the tragic arc his story takes and the way that Thor would just really like him to actually BE his brother, but Loki has a fatal flaw that will never let him accept the hand stretched out to him in brotherly love. *sobs*

And I thought Dormammu was pretty good for a nebulous, wants to destroy the planet sort of villain, which isn’t usually my favorite, but I LOVED that Doctor Strange actually used his brain to defeat him and that the movie didn’t just end with a big fist-fight that somehow solved all the things.

My LEAST favorite villain, hands-down, is Baron Zemo. He was the lamest, most unbelievable villain yet and I absolutely loathed him. But not in a good way. In a, “Wow, that was super lame.” sort of way. And that’s too bad, because the cartoon/comic book character of Baron Zemo can actually be a compelling villain, but they wasted all his potential by making him categorically unbelievable.

9. Unpopular MCU opinion?

Spring-boarding off the last question… my hatred of Civil War and my opinion of Baron Zemo’s lameness as a villain seems to be something not very many people share.

I LOVED Doctor Strange. Really, really, really… it’s in my top five (as seen above).

I actually also really loved Age of Ultron. I mean, other than the fact that the name is a bit misleading, since it’s not really the “Age” of Ultron, but more like the “Day and a Half” of Ultron, and everything got wrapped up a little too quickly (an issue MOST of these movies struggles with is making a villain big enough and bad enough that the audience actually believes the good guys might lose, and yet ALSO allowing the good guys to defeat said villain in 2-3 hours is clearly not something the MCU writers are good at… another unpopular opinion of mine is that most of the villains are defeated too easily -  note that across the MCU, the villains are all either random greedy/power hungry people OR they are related in some way to one of the Avengers) ANYWAY, again, I really enjoyed Age of Ultron and don’t really get the hate people have for it… but again, Hawkeye is my favorite, and Age of Ultron is the closest he’s gotten to having a movie be mostly about him… so… *grin*

Also… I’m not ridiculously in love with Bucky. I mean, I think he’s a great character and all, and his story arc is compelling and well-written and I like him just fine… I just… [shrug]

Neither have I ever been in love with Loki. I think he’s a fantastic villain. Truly. And I love the tragedy of his story arc. But I am ALWAYS rooting for Thor to win.

But my most unpopular MCU opinion would probably be that… I really, honestly like the DC movies quite a lot. I wouldn’t say that I like the DC movies “better” per se, but I also can’t really say that I like all the MCU movies better, either.

10. What’s your favorite Stan Lee cameo scene?

Probably the one in Thor when he’s using his truck to try to pull Mjolnir out of the crater. But they’re all fun.

Tagging: 

Deborah @ Road of a Writer | Kyle @KyleRobertShultz | and… YOU! I sadly don’t actually know which of my other blogging buddies is an MCU fan… so if you are and you need something fun to put on your blog, consider yourself tagged!

Or just tell me your answers in the comments! Am I the only one who ships Steve and Nat? Am I the only one who hates Civil War with the undying passion of a thousand fiery suns (with the exception of Cap’s fantastic speech that is also one of my all-time favorite quotes ever)? Which movie is YOUR favorite? These are things I NEED TO KNOW!

~ jenelle

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iamcharlesbakerharris

I’ll have to do this tag myself! It looks like fun! :D

Clintasha is my FAVORITE Marvel ship and one of my all-time OTPs. According to my headcanon, they’ve been married this entire time. ;-) Thank goodness for fanfiction, am I right?

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Christine

YOU DID THE TAG. YAY!!! I LOVED reading your answers! This was great!

I love Hawkeye too! He needs more love. He’s just so awesome. Thor is great as well! I love the point you made on how he’s always this upbeat, sweet guy, no matter what’s going on (and, well, a LOT goes on for him *sniffles*). But, seriously, everyone is so great! Marvel outdoes themselves with loveable characters.

ALL those quotes! Yes, yes, yes! Marvel quotes are the best quotes. “Elevator’s not worthy.” XD

Baron Zemo seriously was super lame. I agree. And, actually, I’ve seen a whole lot of people say the same. People seem to like Civil War, but thought the villain was just NOT compelling enough. So I don’t think you’re alone in that! I certainly agree. Though I did like CW quite a bit (even though it destroyed ALL my feels). But the villain…meh. His part just wasn’t executed well at all.

Anyways, I loved hearing about all your Marvel thoughts! :D

Now it’s time for… *takes deep breath* Endgame. HERE WE GO! O__O

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jenelle

One of my all-time favorite moments in the movies is when Cap actually moves Mjolnir a little bit. There has been a lot of discussion over that one, but I really liked Joss Whedon’s take on it. I read an interview where he was responding to fans being upset about the idea that Cap wasn’t worthy and he said something to the effect of, “You can either move the hammer, or you can’t. The slight movement of the hammer meant something important. But maybe Cap knew how much it meant to Thor, so he stopped.” So that’s my headcanon for that. :) LOL

Thanks for creating this tag! It was so much fun.

Really? Other people didn’t like Zemo? All I’ve heard are people who thought he was a great villain. I am glad to know I am not alone! I have such mixed feelings on that one. On the one hand, I hated the way the good guys were all fighting each other, and I hated everything about Tony in that one, he just wasn’t “TONY” if that makes sense. But I loved seeing them all together, and Spidey and Hawkeye were in it, so that was fun, and Cap’s speech, which is one of my other all-time favorite moments from the “series” so… I can’t just wave my hand and pretend it doesn’t exist, either. SO CONFLICTED!

Endgame.

I’m staying away from all the social medias today and tomorrow because I don’t even want a hint. I don’t want to know who liked it or whether or not people laughed or cried or ANYTHING. I want this to be a stunning, epic finale… but I’m WORRIED!!! But… here we go anyway!

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