Date: July 24, 2021
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Interstellar News: This weekend is going to be jam packed, and I’m super stoked. Picking up a dear friend from the airport, going on a Twilight tour of the Carolina Tiger Rescue, and then hoping to make it to a friend’s birthday. Sunday is morning movie, brunch at my favorite place, and a Durham Bulls game!
In news related to this blog, I have officially finished Voyager and promise I’ll be writing up all my thoughts on the remaining Season 7 episodes. In this Marvel rewatch, we’ve gotten through Guardians, volume 2. So my next entry will be a double entry on those two movies.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
“Well done. You just decapitated your grandfather.”: I’m not sure why everyone hates on this movie so much. It’s sad and fun and a little wonky, but it’s not Episode II bad. We get a brief view of what all of the main players have been up to and we see who the big bad is going to be. Jane Foster gets to visit Asgard, we find another Infinity Stone (or well, it finds her), and Frigga dies a noble and gut-wrenching death. Loki “sacrifices” himself, Thor learns what it means to be more like a King, and we get creepy dark elves who are trying to bring about eternal night. I love everyone telling Loki they’re going to kill him, Selvig being inappropriate at times because his mind has been addled, and Darcy because she’s a treasure. Some of the deleted scenes from this movie and Thor are compelling and should absolutely be watched. I also loved how not American-central this movie was, because Earth is a big place and not everything needs to happen in New York.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
“I’m with you until the end of the line, pal.”: Another heartbreak here with Cap trying to figure out how to fit back in, finding out what happened to Bucky (a bit), and bits of comedy with Natasha constantly trying to set up Steve with women who work at S.H.I.E.L.D. A brief glimpse of Agent 13, the shock of HYDRA having infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D so long ago, and a dig about going to New Jersey on a fake honeymoon round out the ups and down of this movie. We’re introduced to Sam Wilson here and I love that he counsels other vets and is so damn down to earth. Seeing him here and having just watched The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, you really get the full picture and see the threads that were laid down in this movie. There’s a lot here with Fury keeping all of his secrets, the plethora of battle scenes, and the lines between “good and bad” being a lot more grey than they were when Cap first became a super soldier. There are so many great scenes and great lines, and it along with Dark World really are a big set up for the next two Avengers movies… Age of Ultron and Civil War.