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Top 5: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Probably one of nowadays most ambitious and lucrative projects and probably one of the most powerful and successful partnerships ever made in the world of cinema, Marvel Cinematic Universe currently features 9 released movies (“Guardians of the Galaxy” not included) and a TV Series. Working in conjunction with The Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios build an universe of endless possibilities with 3 development phases that are related with “The Avengers”’ trilogy.

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Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which was a box-office hit worldwide and is currently the third-highest grossing film worldwide, was the finale of the first phase of the Universe (“Avengers Assembled”) and for its tremendous quality and success it ended up being the beginning of something greater than Marvel Studios could ever imagine. After the huge impact of Whedon’s movie, Marvel possibilities are now endless, even after the third phase of the project, since there are lots of superheroes and several ideas to be explored. But before the grand finale of this Cinematic Universe, Disney and Marvel are seizing the best out of this cash-cow.

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With already 9 released movies, there were really great ones and some particular cases that were far from the audience’s expectations. Since “Guardians of the Galaxy” is going to be released really soon, I’ve decided to present my top 5 of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s movies one should definitely watch. In this list, I’ll present my favorite movies in an arbitrary order that does not reflect which one I enjoyed the most. And to start my Top 5 I’ve picked the first movie released from MCU: “Iron Man”.

5-IRON MAN

With Robert Downey Jr. in the lead, “Iron Man” is an exciting and smart super-hero movie that everyone can enjoy. In “Iron Man” the viewer is introduced to the origins of the billionaire industrialist and inventor Tony Stark, who after being kidnaped, decides to build a high-tech suit of armor and to protect the world as “Iron Man” after realizing that everyone was in danger.

From the hands of Jon Favreau (yes, the same guy from “Chef”), “Iron Man” is filled with special effects, action and lots of charisma. A great way to start the development of a Cinematic Universe and a movie that impressed both critics and moviegoers, “Iron Man” is a quality pop-corn flick and it’s always great to re-watch.

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After “Iron Man”, Marvel Studios released the Hulk and “Iron Man 2” but the next movie that deserves to be part of my list is a movie that didn’t meant so much in the first phase of the Universe but that ended up being a base for the second one. “Captain America: The First Avenger” is the next movie entering my Top 5.

4-CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

Starring Chris Evans as Captain America, this is the story of Hydra’s origins and therefore has a tremendous impact in the current phase of the Universe. In “Captain America: The First Avenger”, we meet this evil organization that wants to rule the world while we watch Evans alongside with the American troops trying to save the world from this powerful threat.

Instead of delivering hours of special effects like “Iron Man”, “Captain America: The First Avenger” is focused on delivering a solid and enthusiastic story just like Bryan Singer did on “X-Men: First Class”. Another exciting movie that is part of Marvel Cinematic Universe and that proves that superhero movies can actually be really interesting.

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The third movie deserving an entry in my list is “Iron Man 3” which means that unfortunately for Thor, none of his movies deserved a spot in my Top 5 and this is only due to the amazingness of the five movies I’m talking about.

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Tony Stark is back and the third time was a lot better than the second time. Funnier and again full-packed with action sequences filled with amazing visual effects, “Iron Man 3” was a big hit for Marvel Studios the past year. This time, Stark finds his life and his personal world destroyed at the enemy’s hands and to save everyone he has to fight even harder. Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Well, in “Iron Man 3” Stark will find at last the answer for this question.

“Iron Man 3” was the first movie released after Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” and it currently ranks as the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

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The next movie deserving an entry for my Top 5 is Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, which is at this moment Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest triumph.

2-THE AVENGERS

At last, the superheroes we saw in the first movies from Marvel Cinematic Universe team up to defeat a powerful enemy. Thor, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow alongside with Nick Fury, the director of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., will have to fight together to save everyone from an eminent catastrophe.

With lots of action, a great plot, thrill and special effects, “The Avengers” is the perfect mix that is capable of pleasing fans, critics and regular moviegoers. A tremendous hit and an exhilarating journey into the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Avengers” is the reason why this all thing began and the huge impact worldwide only gave more power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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At last but not the least, the final movie deserving an entry for my Top 5 is the surprisingly amazing “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

1-CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

After a great first movie and after the tremendous hit of “The Avengers” when the first reviews for “The Winter Soldier” were out, the world was excited for this new movie. After I watched I realized that thanks to Whedon’s amazing movie, Marvel was capable of building a terrific and interesting saga that will keep everyone interested until the grand finale. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the first movie from phase two that actually develops the story and that prepares the viewer for the sequel that Whedon is currently working on, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”. The future of S.H.I.E.L.D. is at stake and only Captain America and Black Widow are able to save everyone from an enemy that has already threatened mankind.

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With the third phase arriving only in the next year with the release of “Ant-Man”, there are still doubts in the air. But in  the end, one thing is for sure, Marvel changed the way of thinking regarding superhero movies and the future is filled with endless possibilities.

 

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Jurassic Park

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After a two months break, without publishing any editions of “Must” and “Projector”, this week will be dedicated to the return of these segments. For this new edition of “Must” I’ve picked one of Steven Spielberg’s iconic movies: Jurassic Park! The movie stars great actors like Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Samuel L. Jackson and is constantly referred as a “must see” for both technical and storyline aspects. A groundbreaking adventure from the 90’s that has conquered several generations and that was digitally remastered for its 20th Anniversary.

After an important discovery by a group of scientists commanded by John Hammond that allowed them to create dinosaur embryos, they decided to build a theme park with the new born dinosaurs as attractions and they called it “Jurassic Park”. In order to guarantee the park’s safety several specialists are invited to a special tour. But when everything was going well, an attempt to steal the embryos causes the shutdown of the security systems and instead of seizing the wonders of this ancient world, the specialists alongside with some members of the park will have to run for their lifes.

“Jurassic Park” won 3 Oscars for Best Sound, Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects which is a clear evidence of the movie’s amazing technical aspects and it currently holds a spot in IMDb’s Top 250. In the past year, an IMAX3D version of the movie was released worldwide, which ended up being my first IMAX Experience and the quality of the effects left me speechless. The visual effects of “Jurassic Park” are truly astonishing and when compared to nowadays achievements they are still capable of impressing me. The 3D post conversion actually improved the experience and worked amazingly well in the dinosaurs’ sequences.

Whether you’re a fan of Sci-fi movies or whether you enjoy dinosaurs, I can assure you one thing, Steven Spielberg joins the best of both worlds in one epic adventure that with moments of suspense and drama will remain in your mind probably forever. A timeless movie with an amazing soundtrack, a terrific achievement in technical aspects and a groundbreaking adventure, “Jurassic Park” is a movie that deserves to be remembered once in a while.

John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!

Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.

★★★★½

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