The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 11 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The original Avengers was the flashpoint for all of the timeline woes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until this point – releasing in 2012 and potentially taking place in either 2009 or 2012 depending on which way you’re counting. By comparison, the rest of Phase Two has been pretty easy. No real conflicting timelines in any … Continue reading The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 11 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 10 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

We’re halfway there. Well, sort of. We’re halfway through the Marvel movies that have thus far been released, but there’s also Captain Marvel and, of course, Avengers: Endgame on the horizon. I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to handle those since I won’t be able to use screenshots the way I have up until now, … Continue reading The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 10 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 9 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Back in 2014, I got to attend a Q&A at USC with Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of the then-newly released Captain America: The Winter Soldier. During the Q&A, a question came up about the lack of a visible date on Nick Fury’s head stone at the end of the film (believe it or not, I … Continue reading The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 9 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 8 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD

We’re beginning to establish a pattern here. After one movie completely derails the timeline we’ve established, we get a nice, easy Thor movie with almost no concrete references to dates. These first two Thor movies are definite low points in terms of quality, but in this one, specific, dumb category, they are a delight. This one’s gonna … Continue reading The Unofficial MCU Timeline, Part 8 – THOR: THE DARK WORLD

ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions

The fundamental problem with the Star Wars prequels is that they’re a good story poorly told. When you lay out the narrative of the prequels on paper, beat for beat, it’s actually pretty compelling. At a time when galactic civilization had stagnated after a millennia of peace, evil quietly emerges, taking advantage of complacency and … Continue reading ATTACK OF THE CLONES and the Tragedy of Good Intentions