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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch Challenge by Guest Blogger and Movie Reviewer Kevin Dean

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch Challenge! 21 Films in one month!

I’ve always been a fan of movies. One of my earliest memories was going to Knoxville with my parents and grandparents to see a new sci-fi film called Star Wars. I was 2 years old. I have a very clear memory of my father having to hold the theater seat down for me, because I didn’t weigh enough to keep it down. I remember standing up in the back seat, as we headed home, because we didn’t know what a car seat was then… my father was driving and my grandfather sat in in the front seat. I spent the entire ride home explaining the movie to them. From that point, I was hooked on movies.

Movies, films and the entire atmosphere that surrounds them has changed greatly in the past 40 years. I remember in the 80s, my dad coming home with a VHS player and having to insert those large VHS tapes in it. Oh, and the rewinding! It took an eternity to rewind those tapes back to the beginning. I remember when our first Video Rental store opened up here in Crossville. It felt like our movie possibilities were endless. Walking up and down those isles looking at every cover, deciding what film I wanted to take home to watch. Our small town finally went from a 2 screen sticky floor theater to a 10 screen tiered seating theater. Bringing in new technology and a better theater experience with it.

During the Christmas of 1989, I received my very first movie and another addiction began. I could watch it anytime I wanted and I did! I nearly wore out that VHS tape. The movie was Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. I went from owning that one VHS tape, to a pretty extensive and wide reaching movie collection. I recently remodeled my parent’s house and moved into it, I converted their “den” into a movie room, and one end of the adjacent hallway/mudroom into a movie library. To say that I am a movie collector is an understatement.

I took you into this brief look at my personal experience with movies for one reason. In all my years and time enjoying films, living vicariously through the vision of others and the performances of actors, I have never seen or experienced anything remotely close to the EPIC, (Yes, I went all caps for that word), EPIC Film collection of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The shear will it took for Disney to have the forethought and wherewithal to be able to pull off such an in depth, multi-film, multi-storyline movie enterprise, just blows my mind. 21 films… 21 individual stories that build, construct, and form a platform to tell a single story. In my opinion, only an entity such as Disney could ever dream of pulling off this, (here’s that word again) EPIC feat.

Now that I’ve blown enough smoke up the Mouse’s rear, I find myself wanting to pay a degree of homage to such a feat. Today is March 26th, in one month the release of Avengers Endgame will occur. My goal, watch all 21 films, in chronological order, between now and April 26th. I will admit, I’ve cheated and started watching a few of them ahead of time. I wanted to allow Captain Marvel to fall in the proper chronological place. Through of a bit of research and *cough* plagiarism *cough*, I’ve compiled a list of the 21 MCU films, listed in chronological order. (The inner OCD voice in my head cheers for joy at the thought and wants me to mention… “AS THEY SHOULD BE!”)

Marvel Movies List in Chronological Order

Captain America: The First Avenger (1943-1945)
($2.99 rental Prime)
Captain Marvel (1990s)
(Currently in theaters)
Iron Man (2010)
($14.99 purchase Prime or TV: Apr 6th 7pm USA network)
Iron Man 2 (2011)
(free with Prime)
The Incredible Hulk (2011)
($3.99 rental from Prime or TV: Mar 31 11am TNT)
Thor (2011)
($2, 99 rental Prime)
The Avengers (2012)
($2.99 rental Prime or TV: Apr 7th, 6pm USA)
Iron Man 3 (2012)
($2.99 rental Prime)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
($2.99 rental Prime or TV: Mar 30th, 9:30pm TNT)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
($2.99 rental Prime or TV: Mar 30th 9pm FX)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
($2.99 rental Prime or TV: Apr 3rd, 6:30pm FX)
Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (2014)
(Netflix, $2.99 rental Prime)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
($2.99 rental Prime)
Ant-Man (2015)
($2.99 rental Prime or TV: Apr 6th, 4:30pm USA)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
($2.99 rental Prime)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2016)
($13.99 purchase Prime)
Doctor Strange (2016-2017)
($2.99 rental Prime)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
(Netflix, $2.99 rental Prime)
Black Panther (2017)
(Netflix, $2.00 rental Prime)
Avengers: Infinity War (2017)
(Netflix, $2.99 rental Prime)
Ant-Man and the Wasp -Happening about the same time as Infinity War
(Netflix, $2.99 rental Prime)

I did a bit of research for you on this. Luckily for me, as a movie collector, I own all these films and can just pop in a DVD, but for those of you who don’t have a movie addiction, I have included in parenthesis under the movie listings some ways I’ve found to watch them in the coming month. The rental prices from Amazon Prime is an estimate, some listed as $2.99 may be $3.99 on their site. I used a third party website database to do my research. Also, don’t forget your local library. They have a lot of these movies there and if I’m not mistaken, they are free to “rent”.

So who’s with me? Who is willing to dedicate (urhmm… 21 movies, average run time of 2 hours, *mumble* carry the two, round up… HOLY poop… that’ can’t be right. I guess it is.. Am I about to dedicate over 42 hours of my life to watch movies? Ew, screw it… YES, Yes I am!) over 42 hours of MCU Disney Magic?

This challenge is real. This challenge is difficult. Am I going to succeed? I don’t know. As in all things, I’m going to do my best. If I don’t complete my challenge by April 26th, will I still be watching Endgame on opening weekend? You bet Thanos’s wrinkly purple rear I will!

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