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To Infinity and Beyond: The Marvel Cinematic Universe

ASandoval

Old Man Gamer
(he/him)
Given the catalyst of the plot, that were only missing an MCU Spidey villain, and because multiverse was part of the grift in the last movie, my money's on Mysterio.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Given the catalyst of the plot, that were only missing an MCU Spidey villain, and because multiverse was part of the grift in the last movie, my money's on Mysterio.
If that character remains unavailable due to a persistent case of death, there's always his lead tech guy who got away scot-free.

But yeah, there's still Vulture and we know Gargan exists, so maybe Scorpion?
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Mysterio is dead, but so were the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, etc. Also, the Webb movies had Rhino, and there are two Venom's out there. There are plenty of ways to fill the last spot.
 

Jeanie

(Fem or Gender Neutral)
Normal brain: multiple villains from the Spider-Man movies
Enlightened brain: live-action Miles Morales
Galaxy brain: multiple J. Jonah Jamesons
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
Normal brain: multiple villains from the Spider-Man movies
Enlightened brain: live-action Miles Morales
Galaxy brain: multiple J. Jonah Jamesons
Yep, JK Simmons and Doc Molina is all I need, so everything is else is gravy. If anything the monkey paw is curling and the potential number of villains will take precious screen time away from them but hey, that's a price I'm willing to pay.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Yep, JK Simmons and Doc Molina is all I need, so everything is else is gravy.

Green Goblin: "Jameson! You must know Parker's home address!"
JJ Alex Joneson: "Here! Here's where he lives and all his friends and his girlfriend and his school address!"
Goblin: "...wow. I expected you to be a far better person than this."
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
If they REALLY wanted to blow my mind they'd have Tom Hardy show up in the last 10 minutes all disheveled and tired and having genuinely no clue what the fuck is going on but SOMEBODY'S doing a big action set piece and his brain monster won't let him ignore it.
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
Like I already expect Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

You wanna impress me? Have Brainmonster Mad Max Stroll in all unannounced like "Fuck okay I guess we're doing this now."
 

BEAT

LOUDSKULL
(DUDE/BRO)
Tobey Maguire: Hey you look kinda like a guy I used to work with.

Tom Hardy: Okay?

Tobey Maguire: I fucking hated that guy.

Tom Hardy: ...Sorry?
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
This weeks What If was very true to the original comics; everyone died and everything was worse

On the other hand; Clark Gregg!!
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
I couldn't tell if the audience wasn't supposed to figure it out when Black Widow said "It's about Hope". Because that's a really unnatural way to deliver a final message to your boss that could have easily been "It's about Hope Van Dyne", or even better, "It's Hank Pym."
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
TBF a desperate phone call saying ”Hank Pym is evil” is like getting a desperate phone call saying fire is hot
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I couldn't tell if the audience wasn't supposed to figure it out when Black Widow said "It's about Hope". Because that's a really unnatural way to deliver a final message to your boss that could have easily been "It's about Hope Van Dyne", or even better, "It's Hank Pym."
I mean, I couldn't quite hear her so to me it was either Hope, home or Hulk

I will say I may have just been missing them before but I like all the background Uatus.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
I watch all of Disney+ with Spanish subtitles on so they handily spoiled the entire twist before Fury (or I) had a chance to figure it out :p

I noticed the big Uatu in the horizon and the Uatu eyes in the thunderstorm, but none before. I'll go back and rewatch to see.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Now that is a What If story; absolutely everyone in the entire universe died, and Uatu showed up to call him a dink

Appreciated the detail that while Good Strange had his usual Fractyls and trippy Ditko psychedelia for magic, Bad Strange had Kirby Krackle.

AND SHUMA GORATH AGAIN!!
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Funny thing is, during preview phase, I thought the Dr. Strange episode would be the first, wherein the "base" version would somehow become aware of Uatu and then would peer into all of the What Ifs together with the big bald comic Spectator.

Turns out his episode is the one where the entire reality collapses into nothingness because he was (presumably, and up until the night of the accident) a much better boyfriend to Christine than the original version ever was :p

I loved the Shin Megami Tensei demon parade!
That was very fun.
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
Just got back from Shang-Chi. It's: pretty good! I wasn't blown away, but it's solid, the fight choreography is great, and it's got a bit of a fresh style to it in sort of the same way Black Panther did. There are both mid- and post-credits scenes.

The entire cast is charismatic and entertaining, but I gotta give it up to Tony Leung in particular. He does a lot with a little in terms of what he's actually physically doing, moment to moment -- he puts forth this front of being stoic and unflappable but you can see there's a maelstrom of emotions just below the surface. But shouldn't an immortal thousand-year-old warlord with godly rings and an army of assassins have conquered the world by now? I realize he took a bit of a break when he met his wife, but really dude. Also, I feel like his incredibly bloody past kind of got glossed over to focus on what he's doing right now. "Your family needs you!" ...Do they? Do they really?

Did they ever even say the mother's name in dialogue? Did I just miss it? She's the focal point of the villain's motivations, and I had to look her name up on Wikipedia just now. (It's Jiang Li.)

I'm not really qualified to speak on the topic of Asian representation in cinema, but I do think it's a little unfortunate that the first MCU film with a majority Asian cast leans so heavily on martial arts and dragons and shit. It seems like it was all handled pretty respectfully, but I guess that's not really for me to decide.

Like I said, the fight choreography is bananas, especially on the bus towards the beginning. Acrobatic fights in cramped spaces are always cool, and what is a bus but a hallway on wheels? I also loved all the shenanigans with the rings, like blasting them at the ground to do super jumps. Can't wait to see Shang-Chi bust out more moves in future films.

I feel like the movie forgot Ben Kingsley was in it halfway through. That's fine.

Bruce isn't the Smart Hulk anymore! I was worried that represented the conclusion of his story so I was pumped to see him again. Nice to see Carol and Wong too, of course. And sure, the Abomination, I guess. Also caught a poster for "Post-Blip Anxiety Counseling" in one shot. I continue to want to see more of how the events of Infinity War and Endgame affected the world.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
I haven't been able to read this thread for over a year because I never watched Wanda's Television, but I just finished it. It was really good! I liked it! I'll need to find where in the thread it came out and read through there.

I started on Birdman and Chilly Willy right away and intend to get through Loki right after that, too.

I... I might be able to read posts in here again, ever!
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I haven't been able to read this thread for over a year because I never watched Wanda's Television, but I just finished it. It was really good! I liked it! I'll need to find where in the thread it came out and read through there.

WandaVision premiered on January 15, so you'll want to start at page 8 of this thread.

Glad you're enjoying yourself! Please report back.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
First episode of What If I did not care for; Zombies are never interesting.

Also; read the room everyone; there’s a time and place for quips.
 
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