Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Tag

Time to blow the dust off Adventure Awaits again! I didn't mean to be absent for a whole month, but I'm happy to report I've emerged from college alive and well.

Well. That status might change once I see Avengers: Endgame this weekend.
In preparation for possibly the greatest superhero film of the decade, the brilliant Christine Smith has invented an MCU tag, which I am blatantly stealing. (Spoilers for MCU films up to and including Captain Marvel will abound! You've been warned.)

Credit goes to Christine Smith

Here we go . . .

Thor // Pinterest

1. How were you introduced into the MCU fandom?

I'm pretty sure I have my brother, Josiah @ The Steadfast Pen, to thank for watching Captain America: The First Avenger and then telling me I'd love it too.

You should've heard me when the plane went down at the end. "That's how it ends?" I shrieked. Josiah didn't say a word and let me sit in agony until Cap wakes up in the present. Needless to say, I became a Marvel fan.

2. What’s your favorite Marvel film?


All of the Captain America movies, obviously, with Winter Soldier barely edging out the other two. Spider-Man: Homecoming is another huge favorite, because finally--FINALLY--we got a Peter Parker that was young enough, dorky enough, and earnest enough without being overly melodramatic. (Sorry, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.) I also love all the Avengers films. And Thor: Ragnarok. And Doctor Strange. And--okay, I'll stop.

3. Top favorite Marvel character?

Preeeetty sure you've figured it out by now.

Captain America // Pinterest

Steve Rogers epitomizes true heroism. But Peter Parker is now tied as my favorite character ever since Homecoming.

"The spider is dead." // Pinterest

Very, very close runners-up (because I can never pick one favorite) include Bucky Barnes, Loki, Tony Stark, Peggy Carter, Shuri . . . the list goes on.

4. If you were transported into the MCU and had to trade places with one of the superheroes, who would you choose?

Um . . . none of them?! I wouldn't last five minutes.

I think I'll borrow Christine's answer and say Ant-Man, because he seems to have the calmest life of the bunch.

Scott Lang // Pinterest

But I'd take Thor's place on Asgard prior to Ragnarok, because it's pretty cool. Oooh, or Hawkeye whenever he gets a chance to chill on his farm with his kids.

Hawkeye // Pinterest

5. What are some of your favorite quotes from the films?

How many am I allowed to pick?

"You get hurt, hurt 'em back. You get killed, walk it off." -Captain America (Age of Ultron)

"Oh, we're using our made up names." -Spider-Man (Infinity War)

"Get this man a shield." -Black Panther (Infinity War)

"He's a friend from work!" -Thor (Ragnarok)

Hulk & Thor // Pinterest

"Elevator's not worthy." -Captain America (Age of Ultron)

"Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, 'No, you move.'" -Sharon Carter (Civil War)

"I promise you brother, the sun will shine on us again." -Loki (Infinity War)

"Language!" -Captain America (Age of Ultron)

"Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?" -Iron Man (The Avengers)

"I've mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still that I become invisible to the eye. Watch." -Drax (Infinity War)

"I recognize that the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-a** decision, I've elected to ignore it." -Nick Fury (The Avengers)

"Don't do anything stupid until I get back."
"How can I? You're taking all the stupid with you."
-Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers (The First Avenger)

"Do you know how to fly this thing?"
"We'll see."
"That's a yes or no question."
-Nick Fury and Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)

"Well done, you just decapitated your grandfather!" -Loki (The Dark World)

"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!" -Yondu (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II)

Okay, I'll stop here. There's way too many more!

6. Which crew would you want to be part of the most: Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Revengers?

The Avengers, hands down!

7. Favorite and least favorite ship?

Steve and Peggy are one of my favs. And . . . hmm. I feel like the MCU excels in bromances and friendship in general, but I can't think of very many romance pairings that I really, really love. Wait--if we're counting the Amazing Spider-Man films, then I adore Peter and Gwen together.

Least favorite ship? I'm not sure on that one either. I guess Bruce and Natasha.

8. Favorite and least favorite villain?

Favorite: LOKIIII. But I do get tired of the fangirls who excuse his crimes just because he's "misunderstood." He is that, but he also made some horrendous decisions. If he wasn't so charismatic, I doubt he'd be nearly as popular as he is. The reason I love Loki's character is because he's complicated--he has the potential for good and evil, and we see him waver between the two.

Loki // Pinterest

Least favorite: Abomination from The Incredible Hulk. First of all, that's probably my least favorite Marvel movie, and second, Abomination is just plain ugly to look at.

9. Unpopular MCU opinion?

Ultron is a fantastic villain. I'm not sure why people give him--and the whole movie--a hard time. He was perfectly chilling, the way he learned and planned and spoke as an AI.

"Everyone creates the thing they dread. Men of peace create engines of war. Invaders create Avengers. People create... smaller people? Er... children! I lost the word there. Children. Designed to supplant them. To help them... end."

Plus we have the bonus of Ultron being Tony Stark's fear-fuelled creation. Yay for internal conflict becoming external conflict!

10. What’s your favorite Stan Lee cameo scene?

CHRISTINE, STOP MAKING ME PICK. I laughed every time Stan Lee showed up on screen. It's going to be so different not to see him anymore.

But okay, if I have to choose, it's the "Tony Stank" comment in Civil War, but I also love the "Did it work?" line when he tries towing Mjolnir in the first Thor movie.

Thanks for letting me steal the tag, Christine! It's the perfect way to reminisce on all the Marvel adventures we've been given thus far . . . right before I go have my heart shredded for three hours in the theater.

Who's ready to see Avengers: Endgame? Have you seen it already? (Let's keep the comments spoiler-free for that movie if you have!) And tell me YOUR favorite Marvel character and Marvel quote!


  1. YOU DID THE TAGGGG!!!!! :D I actually WANTED to tag you, but I know you've been so busy, I didn't want to put that pressure on you. BUT YOU DID IT AND IT MAKES ME HAPPYYYY.

    So much Marvel fangirly goodness in this post! And it looks like we have so many of the same opinions. YES to Captain America and Spider-Man. UGH. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! As well as Bucky and Loki and Tony and Peggy and Shuri and just SLKDL:JLJSDF. ALL OF THEM.

    You picked some of the BEST quotes. ELEVATOR'S NOT WORTHY. AGH. I can't believe I didn't put that one in my post. Marvel is just the master at clever dialogue. There's too many good quotes to choose from!

    I 100% agree on all your Loki thoughts. It gets really tiring when people keep justifying his actions, but he's still such a compelling, complex character. I LOVE how you put it: "...he has the potential for good and evil, and we see him waver between the two." YES. That is exactly it! I think that's what draws us all to him. He's a fascinating character all around.

    I don't even remember Abomination from The Incredible Hulk. o.o Honestly, I don't really remember that movie at all. I only saw it once yeeeears ago. I should probably rewatch it sometime but...I'm never motivated to. XD

    I SO agree that Ultron was a fantastic villain! He's of my FAVORITE MCU villains. I seriously don't get all the hate he and that movie in general get. *shrugs*

    Thank you for doing the tag! I absolutely loved seeing your answers! :D Best of luck seeing Endgame! I don't know when I'll get to see it but I'm scaaaared. D:

    1. I COULDN'T RESIST. Especially this weekend of all weekends! I looooved your questions--and totally meant to comment on your post first, I just ran out of time. >.< I'll pop over there when I can!

      CAP AND SPIDEY ARE THE BEST. There aren't many other fictional casts whose interactions I love as much as the Avengers and Co. <3

      There ARE too many quotes to choose from, so it's no wonder you missed the elevator line! (Love that one sooo much. xD)

      I don't know if it's the writer in me or just general curiosity about how people tick, but Loki IS just a super intriguing character. And witty, which helps us all like him. XD

      I wouldn't have remembered his name without Googling it... I've only watched it once, and it was NOT my favorite. :P (Especially after we get Mark Ruffalo as Bruce. The other actor, whatever his name was, wasn't as good.)

      I LOVED AGE OF ULTRON SO MUCH AHHHH. Honestly, I wasn't even all that aware until somewhat recently that other people... didn't like it?

      I have seen Endgame. I shall say nothing. O.O

  2. love this post, Tracey! i saw Avengers: Endgame last night, and #nospoilers, it was amazing. <3 can't wait to hear what you think of it :).

    CAPTAIN AMERICA YESSSS. Bucky is my favorite character, but Cap is a very very close second. And "The Winter Soldier" is my favorite Marvel film, no question. :)

    ALL OF THOSE QUOTES yesss. Marvel has amazing quotes, xD. Ultron is such a great villain! i don't get why people dislike "Age of Ultron" so much...maybe bc of the cringey Bruce / Natasha pairing.

    love this tag! i did it a couple days ago---it's perfect timing with Endgame coming out yesterday. :)

    1. Thank you! I just saw Endgame yesterday. AHHHHHH--I have no words! O.O It was fantastic, though, I can say that much. Very satisfying.

      And then Cap and Bucky TOGETHER are even more epic. TWS is so, so good. <3

      They DO. XD I don't know why people didn't like that movie either! I thought it was fabulous and definitely need to watch it again. I didn't really *hate* Bruce and Natasha together, or at least it didn't detract from the movie for me, but eh... they're not my favorite pairing.

      I need to go read your post! :D

  3. Oh, my your tag is amazing!!!

    Those quotes, though, are amazing! I just love the new Spiderman, and that's saying a lot, because I loved Toby Maguire and didn't think anyone would ever be able to compare to him. I love: "Oh, we're using our made up names."

    It seems like it's pretty agreed upon from all these tags that noone approved of Natasha + Bruce ;p

    I can't wait to see Endgame, but will probably wait until it comes out on DvD, because my brother buys every Marvel movie, and that's cheaper for me ;D

    1. Christine had some great questions!

      I love them so much. The humor, especially. XD Oh boy, I liked Tobey Maguire in that role back when I first saw the movies... but then I liked Andrew Garfield way more. And now that we have Tom Holland being the perfect Spidey, no one else compares. XD

      It certainly seems that way! XD

      Awww, I hope you survive the wait! Hopefully it's spoiler-free, though that's probably asking a lot from the internet. :P

  4. Interesting post, despite the fact I haven't seen any Marvel movies. (Except Spiderman Homecoming. Yes, I loved it.)
    I really should watch them, but my family is strongly not into superhero movies.
    Glad you're back!

    1. Thank you, Azriel! Ah, then you've seen one of the best, because Homecoming is awesome. Hope you get to see some more of the MCU!

  5. You picked so many great quotes!
    I agree with your opinion on Loki. I forgot about The Amazing Spiderman, Gwen and him were adorable.

    1. I spent waaay too much time browsing around to find them. XD

      Yes! Gwen and Peter were so cute together and that second movie wrecked me. (I'm still bitter over not getting a third, lol.)

  6. THANK YOU! Ultron is amazing! I love him! And I wholeheartedly agree that this Spider-Man is the absolute best. The others didn't quite cut it. Toby Macguire didn't look like Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield deserted the role because he has "bigger more artistic movies to play in." Tom Holland is like, This is the best thing that's ever happened to me in my entire life. XD

    1. RIGHT?! Ultron gave me CHILLS, especially in that scene I quoted.

      Hahaha, so true! Tom Holland pretty much IS Spider-Man. And both Tobey and Andrew looked much too old to play a high schooler. XD

      Have you seen Endgame yet??

  7. YUS!

    I agree. XD

    YES! Opening night! :D

    1. YAY! I saw it a few days after opening night. Sooo goooood! :D