We are Marvel fans. It happened unexpectedly and quickly last summer on a rainy day.
We saw Iron Man in 2008 when it was released and enjoyed it 100%. After that, we didn’t see a Marvel movie in a theater until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — nine years later!
What did we see in the nine years between Marvel films? Not Much! All we did was watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 on TV before going to the theater to see Vol. 2.
Then, last May we spent a rain-filled week in Disney. We were bored. We decided to go to Disney Springs’ AMC Theater and see what the big deal was about this billion-dollar movie Avengers: Infinity War.
Boy, were we confused! We didn’t know who most of the characters were or how they were inter-related. We didn’t know any of the continuing storylines. We especially had zero clue as to who Thanos was. At least the Guardians of the Galaxy movies gave us a primer on the Infinity Stones.
When the final credits and bonus scenes wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War we looked at each other and said “What just happened?”.
This is when our transformation began. We went from clueless to Marvel fans in one summer.
We watched all 18 Marvel movies to date over the course of last summer. Between Redbox, Netflix, and TV we were able to find all 18 movies.
After we were caught up and 100% Marvel fans we could’t wait for the next three movies. Especially when Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel answered some Avengers: Infinity War questions as well as setting up the Avengers: Endgame storyline.
Then the challenge began. Avoiding Avengers: Endgame spoilers when the move was released. We had our tickets for the movie’s second weekend. We did pretty well at this challenge. We each knew two different, key plot points — but we didn’t share them with each other.
We watched Avengers: Endgame on the edge of our seats. This was it. A year of obsessive movie watching being wrapped up. We each have favorite Avengers (Iron Man for me, Black Widow for him). We anxiously watched the story unfold. (Don’t worry we aren’t sharing any spoilers. #DontSpoilTheEndgame)
When the final credits rolled and the last scene shared we looked at each other and said the same thing — “Wow”. There are so many superlatives for this movie and they are all one word — amazing, awesome, sensational, epic, emotional — really, we can go on, but won’t.
That’s our tale. If it had been sunny last May while we were at Disney we never would have “met” Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, The Wasp, or Captain Marvel. We would not truly know or appreciate a Marvel movie’s perfect mix of seriousness, adventure, outlandishness, humor, and emotion. We wouldn’t know to look for Stan Lee and his cameo in each movie. Our lives would be a little adventureless, humorless, and heroless without Marvel.
Now we are full-fledged Marvel fans. We have long conversations about the next movies and details of past movies. July 2 is starred on our calendar — that’s the release date of the next Marvel movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Some good does come out of a rainy day! We can’t wait to see what Marvel does next!
Are you a Marvel fan? What’s your favorite Marvel movie? And remember, no spoilers, #DontSpoilTheEndgame