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The Shift in Marvel


Devoted followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) cannot help but observe a noticeable change in the tone, quality, and overall enjoyment of the films. Earlier Marvel movies, which set the stage for what has now become a cultural phenomenon, exude a unique charm and depth that the more recent additions appear to be missing. Here’s why the earlier Marvel films have a unique appeal that the newer ones seem to lack.

When it first came out, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) changed everything. It began with “Iron Man” in 2008 and built a complicated, interconnected plot that led to big crossover events like “The Avengers” (2012) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019). Not only were these movies well-liked, they were cultural phenomena that brought beloved comic book characters to life in a deep and funny way. Heroes like Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America had deep backstories and character arcs that made their journeys interesting and touching.

The earlier films were filled with riveting emotional depth. The portrayal of Tony Stark’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in “Iron Man 3”, Steve Rogers’ sense of displacement in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, and Thor’s quest for self-worth in “Thor” were all incredibly intimate and easy for audiences to connect with. These movies delved into the vulnerabilities and inner conflicts of their characters, which heightened the impact of their triumphs.

In action movies, of course you need a hero, but you definitely needed a villain, and trust the bad guys were also memorable. Loki’s naughty but tragic personality and Thanos’ scary philosophy on balance gave the story more depth and made the stakes feel real and personal. Action, comedy, and drama all worked well together to make a great movie that both critics and audiences loved.

One of the standout features of the early MCU was its impressive storytelling and gradual progression towards a grander narrative. Movies such as “The Avengers” in 2012 represented the culmination of extensive storytelling and character development. The gradual and intentional progression generated a feeling of excitement and gratification that was truly fulfilling. Every film seemed like a fragment of a bigger picture, adding to a captivating and carefully crafted narrative.

The older Marvel movies often get overlooked due to the grandeur of the newer films. However, the introduction and development of these characters had a genuine and authentic quality. The characters in the MCU were portrayed in a way that made them relatable and believable, despite the fantastical nature of the story.

On the other hand, many recent Marvel films place a greater emphasis on visual effects rather than meaningful content. Although visually impressive and filled with thrilling action, movies like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “Eternals” can sometimes feel overwhelmed by excessive CGI and complex storylines, which detracts from the character-driven narratives that made the earlier films so captivating. The emphasis on introducing numerous new characters and expanding the universe occasionally detracts from the cohesiveness and emotional impact of the narratives.

There’s nothing wrong with new ideas and expansion, but the best thing about the older Marvel movies is how well they tell stories and develop characters. The first movies were groundbreaking because they had strong characters and stories that hooked people right away.

People often think that the earlier Marvel movies were better because they set the tone for the MCU with their deep stories and attention to detail. Not like other superhero movies, they really got into the characters and showed how complicated they were while still having lots of action and adventure. Think about how Iron Man went from being a spoiled brat to a selfless hero, or how Captain America tried to find his place in the modern world. The character arcs were deep and relatable, which made the viewers feel like they knew the heroes.

It’s important to remember what made the MCU popular as it grows: how the characters changed, how the stories were linked, how much respect was shown for the originals, and more. Some new movies have lost this focus, which can cause “superhero fatigue,” a condition in which too many stories make it hard for each one to stand out. But if you look back at movies like “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it’s clear that Marvel does great work when they balance big battles with deep, personal moments.

For the most part, fans love the older Marvel movies because they set a high standard for storytelling and character development. The stories weren’t just about superheroes fighting bad guys; they were also about normal people with superpowers dealing with real problems. This made the stories more meaningful. It’s important to keep these parts alive in the MCU as it changes so that the magic that made Marvel a beloved franchise stays.

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Savannah Lewis
Savannah Lewis, Staff Writer

Savannah Lewis is a junior. This is her first year on staff. Savannah enjoys writing, listening to music, photography, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends. If you want to tell your truth contact her at [email protected]

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    ElBobboJun 3, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    Bottom-lining the situation, Marvel lost it’s luster when Disney obtained them and decided volume was more important than quality. See also Star Wars and The Muppets