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Avengers Initiative – Planning Your Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Marathon

On Friday, Marvel Studios will release its 10th feature film in the Avengers film franchise – James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In light of that, I’m doing a series of articles here where I take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the One-Shots, TV series, and the films themselves – and breaking down what’s worked and what hasn’t. However, today we’re not reviewing or recapping – we’re talking strategy.

See, anytime I see a movie in a franchise, I have to rewatch the movies that came before it. Before How To Train Your Dragon 2, I rewatch the first; before The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies comes out, I’ll probably rewatch both Hobbit movies, and likely the original Lord of the Rings trilogy as well. I love doing this, because it helps you get in the headspace for the film. Any film in a franchise, by design, builds on the films that came before it.

But this is the TENTH Marvel Studios film, in the ever-expanding Avengers timeline. And for Marvel movies, you can get away with just watching the direct-connection films – the Iron Man films and Avengers before Iron Man 3Thor and Avengers before Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The First Avenger and Avengers before Winter Soldier – and with that in mind, you don’t really HAVE to watch or re-watch any of them before seeing Guardians of the Galaxy.

But where’s the fun in that?

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The Avengers Initiative Progress Report – Marvel’s TV Efforts

Next week, Marvel Studios will release its 10th feature film in the Avengers film franchise – James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In light of that, I’m doing a series of articles here where I take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the One-Shots, TV series, and the films themselves – and breaking down what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Last week, I reviewed the One-Shot short films included on the Marvel Blu-Ray releases. This week, we’re discussing Marvel’s attempts to branch out to television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as with the upcoming Agent Carter and the Netflix Defenders shows.

More after the jump.

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The Avengers Initiative Progress Report – Reviewing the Marvel Studios One-Shots So Far

In just over 2 weeks, Marvel Studios will release its 10th feature film in the Avengers film franchise – James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With that in mind, over the next few weeks I’m going to be taking a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the One-Shots, TV series, and the films themselves – and breaking down what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Back when Captain America 2 came out, I ranked each of the films by which was my favorite (and after Guardians comes out in 2 weeks, I’ll readdress and update that list). Today, I wanted to start off this series with a look at something that has been very hit-and-miss so far: The Marvel Studios One-Shots.

For those unfamiliar, the One-Shots are short films that started appearing on the Marvel blu-ray releases as far back as Thor. They usually feature a side character from one of the films, and offer some sort of fun little story. Or at least, that’s usually the intention.

Spoilers after the jump.

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The Avengers Initiative Progress Report – Ranking the Marvel Studios Films So Far

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier kicking ass at the box office, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at Marvel Studios’ efforts so far, and see how the Avengers-related movies stack up against each other.

Very minor spoilers after the jump.

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