Some Marvel Moments Didn’t Age Well, But These MCU Movies Did

Marvel movies are beloved by fans of all ages. Whether viewers have been reading the Marvel comic books for decades or are relatively new to the superhero genre, there seems to be something for everyone in the MCU.

Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 and with the advent of Phase 4 on the horizon, fans have a lot to look forward to.

The future holds a lot of great things for fans of superhero films, but recently, fans gathered on Reddit to discuss past Marvel movies and which ones have held up particularly well upon repeat viewings. 

Which Marvel movies do fans think aged really well?

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Sometimes, watching a movie for a second, third, or even twelfth time can reveal hidden gems and special moments that weren’t apparent at the first viewing. This seems to be the case with many of the more high-profile Marvel films. In a recent Reddit thread, fans discussed some of the best Marvel movies, ones that have managed to stand up to multiple viewings and in fact, seem to only get better.

Many fans pointed to Captain America: The First Avenger as a film that is truly “timeless.” Some posters stated that the time period helps to set the movie apart from the rest of the MCU and the story itself is a true “underdog” tale that everyone can identify with in some way.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is another movie that earns top marks from Marvel fans – many in the thread claimed that they didn’t like the movie much when they first watched it, but now “not only is it better than the original, but it’s one of the best movies in the MCU.”

Certain Marvel movies are more controversial

Perhaps the most controversial movie discussed in the Reddit thread was Avengers: Age of Ultron. The 2015 film came at a strange time in the MCU, and was responsible for directly setting up the events of later films like Avengers: Infinity War.

It was significantly darker than the rough-and-tumble action film The Avengers and featured a lot of conflict and intense character development.

In the Reddit thread, fans debated this particular film heavily. As one poster stated, “it’s the movie that best shows the original Avengers as a team in more ways than one,” while another said that “I also loved on a second viewing, Ultron himself as a villain. I used to think he was a disappointment because of the trailers, but without the trailer expectations, ‘Age of Ultron’ is a DAMN GOOD FILM.”

Not everyone agreed that the film is so great  — as one fan said, “I dislike the movie even more now that we have superior Avengers sequels like Infinity War and Endgame.”

Critics of Avengers: Age of Ultron pointed to things like “lazy writing” as reasons why it simply doesn’t hold up as well as other movies in the MCU. 

What’s next for the MCU?

There are a lot of big things happening in the next year for fans of the MCU. Between major new films like Black Widow and The Eternals, as well as brand-new shows that are set to hit Disney+, Marvel will be slowly rolling out Phase 4 in waves, as millions of excited fans wait and speculate.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed many release dates, including the upcoming Black Widow standalone film, it is just a matter of time before fans will be able to debate all-new moments, characters, and movies.

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