What An Exciting 10th Year for Marvel Studios!

Today, Marvel Studios released an amazing video kicking off its 10th Anniversary.

I'm going to tell the truth.

Before I was a Disney fan and before I was a Star Wars fan, I was a Marvel fan,

I've been a Marvel fan since before I could read. I remember my cousins and I would go to the local convenience store and there would be spinner racks of all these colorful, illustrated books. And I ate them up. From Thor's adventures in Asgard to the Avengers saving the world to the Fantastic Four exploring some other dimension, I have loved Marvel.

But, there came a point where I stopped reading them, switching solely the "Distinguished Competition." Why? Because I just hated the 2006 comic book event "Civil War" (the comic book version, mind you, and not the movie which came out 10 years later). Its not that it was a terrible story, but working in the realm of civil rights at the time, I knew that all of this would be a violation of so many laws that it would have been eventually stopped somewhere. Anyway, I digress. But the main reason was that, by the end of the story, I thoroughly hated Tony Stark. Like hated him. And I hated Marvel for making me hate him because I loved him for so long.

So, flash forward to May 2008 and the release of Iron Man, the film to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I scoffed at the idea of them making this film. In fact, I didn't want to watch it. But, out of pure curiosity, I went opening night. And, I remember coming out of the movie starry eyed. Its as if "Civil War" and the two years I abandoned Marvel didn't happen. On the screen, reduced down to the basics, was the hero I had once come to love! I was a Marvel fan again!

Iron Man then gave birth to The Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. These four, along with Hawkeye and Black Widow, would become the cinematic Avengers . This was the culmination of the films so far and something that had never been done before. It was all connected! Taking from the history of Marvel Comics by creating one universe for all its heroes, so did Marvel Studios.

And, since, we've been introduced to characters such as Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and seen the Avengers band together to fight Ultron and each other. And this year, they face the biggest threat this galaxy has ever seen - Thanos and the Black Order!

But first,we have the Black Panther movie coming out very soon and I couldn't be more excited! I've been reading the Black Panther since the 1970s and have seen the fictional African nation of Wakanda grow in its mythology. As soon as I saw the first trailer for this film, I said - THIS IS WAKANDA! They totally got Wakanda with its technologically advanced society and the Dora Milaje as the King's elite guard of warrior women.

It also does my heart good that people are so excited for this movie because Black Panther was the first black superhero in mainstream comics. While he played an important role in Captain America: Civil War, this film will really put him in his environment. The world that we see h in the comics. We will see him both as the king and the hero he is.

And, in this age where I read so many negative comments about diversity in comics, it is exciting to see this film get so many good reviews and that even the merchandise is popular. I live in a fairly white conservative town, even in my Target  is the merchandise flying off the shelf. I had seen this shelf well stocked one day and when I came back two days later, it looked like this:

In May, the month of Marvel Studio's 10th Anniversary, we see, perhaps, the close of the first chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the film Avengers: Infinity War. This film is supposed to shake up the universe as we know it with the fourth Avengers film leading us into a new chapter.

Like the first Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War feels like the culmination of the universe as it is. We will not only see the main Avengers, but all the other heroes that have come since. And, they're going to be needed because, since the first Avengers film, we have been teased with the threat of Thanos who is in search of the Infinity Stones which, as the Collector described them to the Guardians of the Galaxy, can "mow down entire civilizations like wheat in a field." For those of us who are comic book fans, THIS is the comic book event. An event that flows throughout and often redefines a universe.

As a comic book fan, I'm not ashamed to say that I am peeing in my pants with excitement. LOL.

And, finally, in July, we see Ant-Man and the Wasp. I cannot wait for this film. On some levels, I'm more excited for this film that anything. I absolutely adored Ant-Man. I thought it was appropriately funny, yet exciting at the same time. Whereas Ant-Man was filmed as a heist film, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be Marvel Studios' first romantic comedy. It will also be the first time a female superhero has headlined (albeit co-headlined) a Marvel Studios film. I think this is even more important than the upcoming Captain Marvel film. The Wasp is one of the first women superheroes in the Marvel roster. She was an original member of the Avengers. She's been one of its leaders. It's about damn time (to borrow from the film) that she gets to shine.

It is an exciting time at Marvel Studios with the deal with Sony Pictures to allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with the 20th Century Fox sale to Disney being able to introduce not only the X-Men, but the Fantastic Four, Marvel's first family, into the universe (crossing fingers the deal makes it through all the regulation process).

So, as the saying goes, MAKE MINE MARVEL!

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