It doesn’t matter if you love or loathe superhero films. The Marvel experiment, with its enormous tentpoles of interlocking stories dominating the international release calendar, has altered cinema forever. Naysayers may consider it a stranglehold, but fans celebrate the dominance of this once low art form. No longer will we be embarrassed to read comic books on the bus!
5 out of 5 stars.
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This is, for better or worse, a significant change in our culture. To undo it, one would need six Infinity Stones and a pocket full of Pym particles to stop Kevin Feige becoming Marvel Studios’ president of production. But only a team as brave and noble as the Avengers, could do it.
Twenty-two films. Eleven years. Three hours and one minute. Fifty per cent of all living creatures. There are a lot of big numbers tossed around with this one and we’ll be talking about it for a long time. For now though, let’s stick with five points.
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There is a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron when the gang are hanging out at HQ and eyeing Thor’s hammer. Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Rhodey and Bruce Banner all try to lift Mjölnir and, of course, they can’t. Then the musclebound Steve Rogers, Captain America, gives it a try. He can’t do it either, but it does budge a smidge. Enough so that, for a second, Thor looks worried.
“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” is inscribed on it. Well, only Thor should possess the power of Thor, right?
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Mjölnir is destroyed by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok but thanks to Endgame’s use of time travel, pudgy, beer-swilling Thor is able to yank the hammer away from Asgard and bring it to the present.
In the battle against Thanos, we get perhaps the greatest fan moment...
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