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Alan Taylorís Thor: The Dark World is now the eighth movie to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while the filmmakers behind the franchise have done a great job of making sure that each of the titles stand as independent stories, there is still plenty of backstory, continuity and mythology that is helpful to know before walking into the movie theater.
The X-Men series has become one of the biggest and longest comic book movie franchises of all time. Launched in 2000 with Bryan Singerís original, weíve seen two direct sequels and two prequels since Ė and this weekend the universe is getting a little bit bigger. James Mangoldís The Wolverine will be making its way into theaters nationwide on Friday, but what do you do if youíre not totally up to date on your comic book and movie history?
It would be a sincere challenge to find anyone on this planet who isnít at least vaguely familiar with the name Superman. From Ďitís a bird, itís a planeí to the ĎSí on his chest to the flowing red cape, he is the classic superhero and one of the most famous pop culture figures of all time.
Every year Marvel Studioís Cinematic Universe is getting bigger and bigger. The studio has released at least one film every year since 2008, and just last year capped off their Phase One plans with The Avengers. But as any franchise gets bigger it becomes harder and harder for people to get into. Thatís why Iím here to help.
Tonight at midnight the wait finally ends as one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Christopher Nolanís The Dark Knight Rises arrives in theaters. Over the last seven years the filmmaker has created an incredible, expansive world for Batman to live in on screen, with detailed criminal undergrounds, political structures and a wide array of characters for the superhero to interact with.
This feature may look familiar to regular readers of Cinema Blend. For the past two years I have been crafting guides for movies like Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and, most recently, The Avengers, but now we are taking a step away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at diving head first into the universe of everyoneís favorite friendly, neighborhood superhero.
Back in 2008, Marvel Studios began one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived in the medium of film. The plan was to create and release individual movies about Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America and then bring them all together for a team-up film called The Avengers.
In 2008, Marvel Studios embarked on an incredibly ambitious project. Starting with Iron Man, the company began releasing a series of superhero movies based on their own properties that would eventually be tied together in the team-up movie The Avengers in 2012. The drawback, however, is that not everyone in the world is as obsessed with the characters as their key fanbase and while the films do cater to a wide audience...
With characters dating back to 1939, and decades of mythology and history, itís pretty much an impossible task for Marvel Studios to explain every little detail in their films. If they did, the movies would be three hours long and one of the hours would be nothing but exposition.
Iron Man 2 does commit itself to Marvel's Avenger plans with major subplots and character inclusions but some may