By AERON ECLARINAL
“There was an idea. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles we never could.”- Nick Fury, Avengers (2012)
These are the words that was said by Nick Fury way back in the first Avengers movie. That idea was the key in saving our world in the film’s perspective. In the movie, they set aside their differences, fought aliens and triumphed against Loki, the god of Mischief. That was hell of a success. However, in my own perspective, that idea gave a sense of hope to me.
For me, the premise of bringing together a group of remarkable heroes from different franchises helped the audience to thrive in challenges that we face every day including me. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the MCU as they call it, changed the way moviegoers and fans alike watch movies. Having it in a shared universe seems to be a far-fetched idea back then but Marvel Studios made it work in a spectacular way. There are simple nods here and there from one movie to another. There are blink-and-you-miss-it kind of references that only true fans will decipher. Also, there are clues that are being thrown at you blatantly because it is connected to the next movie.
From Iron Man to Ant Man and The Wasp, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has an overarching success in terms of box office and critical reception from critics and fans alike. It is like watching series of episodes from a full blown season and it lets out different kinds of emotions. I can still remember the time when the first Avengers assembled and the geek inside me was so happy to get the chance to see these heroes come together. I recall the time when I was dumbfounded when Hydra was infiltrating SHIELD all along in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I still couldn’t get past the sadness of seeing the Avengers broke up in Captain America: Civil War and the effects of the snap that altered the course of MCU history forever when Thanos snapped his fingers and half of the universe was dusted in Avengers Infinity War. Going through the past 10 years of universe building, Marvel had me invested with these characters. Thus, the stakes are high. The emotions that the audience feels are raw and moving.
This shared movie universe helped me in more ways than one. Back in college, I can still remember when I presented this exact universe as my final presentation in my Visual Communication subject. I was so ecstatic because I managed to pull it off. The feeling of showing your interest to a select group of people meant a lot to me. That 20-minute presentation was surreal because I was able to connect Marvel into my academic life. That is only the beginning. It served as my Launchpad to be able to insert perspectives from Marvel universe to my academic papers (without my professors knowing it). It gives me an excitement to write assignments then because I know that I can somewhat channel the Marvel universe within it.
It is not just the movies that helped me to become better. The music of the Marvel Cinematic universe is what I listen to when I’m doing something academic related. Heck, I’m even listening to one right now while I’m typing this (Captain America: Winter Soldier theme, look it up!). Another fun fact is I also listen to the soundtrack of their movies while I’m writing our thesis back in college. It is a full on package wherein different elements of this shared movie universe managed to bring a positive change in my life. I’m grateful for that.
Tony Stark said in the first Iron Man movie that we lived in an imperfect world and that is the only one we got. He is correct. We live in a world where conflict is imminent. Trouble is part of one side and the other side is the resolution. The resolution that this cinematic universe gave me is that we don’t give up. Even if the odds are stacked against us, we just don’t give in.
I recall Stark saying to Steve back in Avengers: Age of Ultron that they will lose when the endgame arrives (Infinity war reference *shock emoji*) but Steve told him that they’ll do that together. You win some, you lose some but the important thing is you do it together. That’s one of the most important thing I learned and I’m still living up to that.
“Compromise where you can, but where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, to look them in the eye and say, no, you move.”
– Sharon Carter (Captain America: Civil War, 2016)
This is another example of a quote that greatly affected me. With the advent of social media, we are easily led to believe in different stories. Opinions of others affect one’s decision even your own. This quote helps to fight that notion. Even if the whole word doesn’t agree with what you believe in, you take a stand and hold the fort.
Marvel Studios is more than just a movie studio. They have their own way of being grateful to all the hardworking crew who worked in the movie by showing post credit scenes at the end of each and every movie which teases the next movie/s. It is what makes Marvel unique in their own game. I had this wishful thinking that my name would be up there someday. A Marvel fan like me can only wish so much.
After 10 years and 20 movies, Marvel developed a bond with its viewers and they have no signs of stopping. As we finish the first 10 years of the MCU and embrace the next decade of Marvel movies enthralled in this cinematic universe, I’m looking forward for more. The MCU created a world for us to escape for a little while. That’s what we need right now; to be heroes on our own right. Let the MCU inspire us to better and make the right choices as we go along with life. Captain America said that we may not be perfect but the safest hands are still our own. It is true. Even if we don’t have a magical hammer, a vibranium shield, or a powerful tech suit, we must thrive to do the right thing and that is in our hands.
These films are more than just superhero films. These films changed my life and I’m proud to say that. As far as watching all of these movies again to escape into their reality, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Through the lines of Captain America,
“I can do this all day.”
Aeron Mer Eclarinal is an avid follower of the geek culture. He has passion in radio broadcasting and he follows the latest trends in the comic book genre.