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Analyzing the post credit scenes from MCU Phase 2


 

With Marvel Cinematic Universe’s phase 2 finally coming to an end with Guardians of the Galaxy and Age of Ultron on the way I decided to take a look back on the mid and post credit scenes all the movies of MCU phase 2 and how they are different than the ones in phase 1.

How are phase 2 mid and post credit sequences different from the ones in Phase 1. During phase 1, Marvel was a relatively unknown franchise, taking risk with some relatively unknown characters and was building a momentum for Avengers at the same time. Each of the post credit scenes in the phase 1 was a tease for the next movie. Until Iron Man 2 most of the fans didn’t even know about the cohesive cinematic universe that Marvel was planning to build so the post credit sequences had two roles 1 to make the audience aware about their next movie, and 2 To set foundation for their first Avengers movie. And this worked well.

From what I have observed, the after credits only come into play when Marvel is going to introduce a new character or a new movie THAT IS NOT A SEQUEL is on the way. Let me explain how.

Before reading the post you need to assume that from Phase 2 the movies are divided in two directions. The movies that take place on Earth are the only ones leading to Avengers 2 while the cosmic movies are leading directly to the final act in 3rd Avengers movie and Phase 3.

Iron Man 3 – The end credits reveal that the whole movie was running in flashback as Tony was narrating his story to his science buddy Dr. Bruce Banner, sitting in the building that once used to be Stark towers and now is The Avengers Mansion.

Implications – Tony was planning to build Avengers mansion by the time Avengers ended, now we have a fully functional building made for the members of team and Dr. Bruce Banner is already living in it. This can either mean that Dr. Banner finally found home he was looking for or may be Tony is secretly keeping a watch on him (we know that Hulkbuster is going to show up in Age of Ultron.) This scene serves as an epilogue for Avengers as well as a prologue giving a mild tease for next Avengers movie.

Thor: The Dark World – The mid credit scene of Thor’s sequel introduced us to The Collector leading directly to Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The end credit sequence of Thor: TDW shows that Thor has returned to Earth after seeking permission from Loki/Odin. This post credit sequence was a direct tease for Avengers 2 and declaring that Thor now has truly become the protector of Midgard.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The mid credit scene introduced us to the new members of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Avengers is also going to serve as an origin story for these two characters along with a possible hint on the Inhumans movie that will be a part of MCU’s phase 3 slot. The end credit sequence however was probably setting route for Bucky’s path and Captain America 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy – This was one of the most confusing after credit sequence that many fans thought was underwhelming. Well, let’s look upon it in this way. This sequence firstly teases Avengers 3 that will probably feature The Collector who is also on a quest for infinity gems along with it what I can guess is that the Howard the Duck cameo was not about Howard the Duck but instead what was behind him. An empty cocoon inside which Adam Warlock was charging himself and is now gone. The same cocoon showed up in Thor: TDW as well. These end credits are setting stones for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and then to Avengers 3.

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Whatever be the meaning of these scenes for one thing I am sure is that now 4 of the key members of Avengers have united on Earth under one roof. Captain America has left SHIELD and shifted to Avengers mansion, Thor will probably find home at the same place where Bruce Banner is already residing. At the same time Guardians are now on a new quest that will probably lead them to Thanos by the time phase 3 concludes.

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Interesting Facts on Malekith in HULK AND THE AGENTS OF SMASH


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Malekith along with the Dark Elves fromThor the Dark World make their appearance in Hulk and the Agents of Smash and since the episode “For Asgard” airred 4 months away from the film’s realease in November, Malekith and the Dark Elves now hold the record for appearing in the cartoons in MCU versions since seen in the Marvel Cinematic films.

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This version of Malekith he retains his iconic color scheme from the comics and around the end of the episode, he morphs his head into the shape of what he looks like in the real world’s mythology which is really demonically intimidating.

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the only thing disappointing about Malekith in this show is his voice sounding less like Christopher Eccleston and more wimpy toned as he was revealed in the end cast credits to have been voiced by James C Mathis III with the same accent that he used to voice King Cobra in The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Technically the voice over for this episode was done before the first Thor sequel trailer’s release so if Malekith appears in Ultimate Spider-Man season 3 and Avengers Assemble season 2, the casting director of those shows will be sure to have someone with a voice similar to Christopher Eccleston’s do the voice for the character otherwise that person is just as screwed as the one in charge of the voice casting in Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe on two parallel storylines


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MCU’s Phase 1 introduced the major and key players from Marvel Universe on Screen set of events that brought them together by the time Avengers ended.
A common assumption is that phase 2 will follow events from ‘The Avengers’. But somehow from the set of releases it sounds like from here storyline is going to be split in two parts and that will build plot towards Avengers 3 as well.

First storyline continues the from first Avengers movie that we already know it and will consist of the following films;
The Avengers /
Iron Man 3 /
Captain America: The Winter Soldier /
The Avengers: Age of Ultron /
Ant-Man

This storyline is based on Earth, led by Science related events, will feature S.H.I.E.L.D and ultimately lead to the Ultron threat in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

The main characters are Tony Stark, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Although it is released after ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, I think the Ant-Man film may be part of this storyline, especially if the 1960/70’s setting is retained;

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I will call Storyline 2 the Marvel Cosmic Universe, and it will consist of the following films;

The Avengers /
Thor: The Dark World /
Guardians of the Galaxy /
Dr Strange /
(Thor 3?)
(As yet unknown films; Ms Marvel, Nova etc?)
The Avengers 3

This storyline will be set in space and/or on different worlds, expanding the cosmic side of the Universe. It will introduce lots of new concepts, technologies and species and ultimately lead to ‘The Avengers 3’. I assume Avengers 3 will have Thanos as the main villain, and perhaps be a version of The Infinity Gauntlet comic.

The main characters will be Thor, Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, with spin off aliens likely to be introduced.

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So, in summary;

Phase 1 – introduce new characters, show shared universe, lead to Avengers
Phase 2 – Finish Iron Man’s story arc, continue Thor and Cap’s arc, introduce new characters, lead to Avengers 2 and 3.
Phase 3 – Finish Thor and Cap’s arc, introduce new characters, lead to Avengers 3.

Marvel Studios is doing a marvelous job with it characters and recent plots and this is a brilliant way not to make things monotonous for audience. Lets see what is in the store.

Thor: The Dark World movie review


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Thor: The Dark World’s plot revolves around 9 realms, convergence and Aether for an average moviegoer it hardly makes any sense unless they are also a science nerd. What matters is Thor is back on big screen with hair silkier than before and still no helmet.

Thor: The Dark World’s prologue begins with a prologue that reminds of Lord of the Rings. Good guys fighting bad guys over a powerful object that if in wrong hands will destroy the world. Bad guys who seem no longer exist and everyone is living peacefully until something happens that brings the powerful bad guy back, Voldemort anyone?

Movie begins with Loki cuffed and is presented before Odin who sends him to Dungeons, while he is locked away we finally get to see Jane Foster whose whereabouts in Avengers were still not revealed. Natlie Portman didn’t want to return for the sequel and she showed this by acting as less as possible. Apparently she was angry over Marvel hiring Game of Thrones director for the sequel and while he had perfect opportunity to kill her he did not. This would have made the movie a bit more interesting, an angry Thor raged over his beloved death would have been much better to watch.

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Jane Foster’s one dimensional character is outshined by Kat Dennings’s character Darcy Lewis who is funny, a bit irritating and sarcastic. Brings death to her character and proves that she is a better actor than Natlie Portman. She is better in every scene she is and this time a new addition Ian the Intern turns out the new irritating addition to the cast as well.

 

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In The Dark World, director Alan Taylor fully embraces the fantasy elements of Asgardian lore, skillfully deploying them to play against the Earthbound segments and playing up the difference for comic relief. Taylor knows this territory very well. His fellowship on the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones does not go unnoticed here. He brings the epic reach of that fantasy series to the otherworldly parts of this film only with a much bigger budget for painting on a much larger canvas. Thor contains some of the most gorgeously rendered images in the Marvel cinematic films to date, from the majesty of Thor’s home in Asgard to a sparkling starlit funeral over Asgardian waterfalls, both melancholy and magnificent. Then to the bleak and storm-swept landscapes of Svartalfheim, home to a race of Dark Elves.

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Tom Hiddleston steals the show with his infectious charm. You can see that the grin he wears for most of the film is part out of the mischievous nature of the character, and partly from the actor’s enjoyment in playing the role. He really revels in every line, not only keeping you guessing as to Loki’s loyalties, but also providing some of the movie’s truly hilarious moments.

Most of the movie takes place in Asgard unlike the first film. The confusing part was that there was no reference to how the magic rainbow bridge that was broken in the first movie has been repaired. The action scenes are good, the final battle across London and  various other realms is inventive.It just dodges the Man of Steel, two really strong people throwing each other about. The attack on Asgard and the prison is good, and Idris Elba still manages to look bad ass in gold armor and coloured contacts. There was a couple of good cameos and a stinger you didn’t have to sit through all the credits for.

This sounds too much like a negative review that it is not, I liked the movie. It was very close to the source material unlike Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. The main villain was underused for the talent he is, Marvel needs to have a villain whose name is not Loki.

Rating 4/5

Thor: The Dark World…Who is Malekith


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Thor: The Dark World hits theaters tomorrow taking us away from Earth into other Realms where magic and science meet. This movie other than having the regular cast members has a new addition in Rogues gallery who is leader of Dark Elves Malekith played by Christopher Eccleston.

Malekith was introduced in Marvel comics during Walt Simonson’s run on The Mighty Thor in the 80s. Malekith is master of Dark Magic, probably the same magic that brought Thor on Earth in Avengers. He is fueled with revenge and wants to bring Asgard down due to an ancient rivalry and because of Thor’s affection for Earth, he threatened Midgard as well.

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In his first encounter with Thor he formed an alliance between enemies of Asgard and unleashed Casket of Ancient Winters. With Malekith’s introduction again in regular Marvel Universe and Thor movie tie in books it is clear that he is more ruthless than usual with killing and slaughtering his way through all the realms. He is darker than ever and looks even angrier. His followers of Dark Elf army will kill and die on his commands.

At a point in comics he had alliance with Loki to bring back Surter. Bringing Malekith excites a lot of fans because we might get to see Surter the legendary fire demon lord in Thor threequel.

Surter or not Malekith is one powerful villain and an excellent addition to Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ll have to wait for few more days to watch him on big screen.