One of many major focuses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is constructing on what already exists inside it. The inventive groups for its initiatives are continuously working to enhance on what got here earlier than and make every mission higher than the final in some respect. In some circumstances, they’re even in a position to “enhance” earlier films and exhibits.
Having such a long-lasting cinematic universe with so many initiatives permits Marvel Studios to make clarifications and add context to previous movies in new ones. Many followers have mentioned these moments have made some older MCU films extra rewatchable, and in some circumstances even higher to look at again than initially.
Listed below are six MCU films that have been improved by ones that got here out later down the road.
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2 touches on Tony Stark’s relationship along with his household, particularly his late father, Howard. It is clear that Howard was not a superb father, however Tony nonetheless needs he’d had a greater relationship with him. There is a scene within the movie wherein Tony watches an previous video message from him, but it surely is not till future films that Tony’s points and regrets with this relationship are explored extra absolutely.
Close to the start of Captain America: Civil Battle, Tony is proven demonstrating new know-how permitting folks to discover their recollections. The reminiscence he makes use of for that is the final time he noticed his mother and father and says what he wished he’d informed them earlier than they had been killed in what he believed to be a automotive accident on the time (however was truly an assassination mission carried out by the Winter Soldier).
In Avengers: Endgame, Tony truly will get the prospect to talk along with his father yet one more time, albeit a model of Howard from earlier than he was born. Whereas Tony would not reveal his identification to him, he does say what he wished he’d been in a position to in the primary timeline, finds out extra about Howard’s emotions on being a father, and will get some much-needed closure to the state of affairs.
As a prequel serving as the ultimate MCU launch previous to Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel comprises a bunch of nods to occasions that happen in films that had been made earlier than it however happen later within the franchise’s timeline.
A few of these modifications – most notably, the reveal of how Nick Fury misplaced his eye – turned out to be polarizing amongst followers. Nonetheless, one factor that labored rather well was the origin of the Avengers – the crew identify, that’s.
Everybody seen serving within the Air Pressure throughout the movie has a nickname, and Carol Danvers’s is none apart from “Avenger”. On the finish of Captain Marvel, Nick Fury notices the nickname on a photograph of Carol and is impressed to alter his new plan to maintain Earth protected from “The Protector Initiative” to “The Avengers Initiative”.
It’s a small tidbit of backstory, but it surely does permit followers to really feel the presence of Carol’s spirit whereas watching Nick Fury assemble the crew for the primary time in The Avengers.
Iron Man 3
When Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was introduced in 2019, Marvel made it clear proper off the bat that the movie would come with the true Mandarin. The villain was first launched in Iron Man 3, and that film’s model of the character turned out to be nothing greater than an actor named Trevor Slattery enjoying the function of the Mandarin.
This twist angered and disenchanted many, particularly those that had been trying ahead to seeing the Mandarin from the comics on the large display screen. Eight years later, nonetheless, they might get to see one other Mandarin who, whereas not fairly the identical because the comics, was way more of an actual menace to the hero.
The true Mandarin seems to be Wenwu, the daddy of Shang-Chi himself. Not solely does the film introduce the actual Mandarin, but it surely additionally continues the story of Trevor Slattery, who was captured by the Ten Rings for impersonating the Mandarin within the Marvel Studios quick, All Hail the King.
It isn’t essential for one to have seen the quick to understand Trevor’s flip in Shang-Chi, although. The film explains what he’s been as much as within the years since Iron Man 3 and makes him right into a comedic spotlight of Shang-Chi. He even apologizes to each of Wenwu’s kids for impersonating their father, which may be learn as Marvel Studios apologizing to the followers for the Iron Man 3 twist.
For followers who didn’t take pleasure in Iron Man 3’s Mandarin twist, Shang-Chi doesn’t simply make up for it with the actual man, it makes the story of the faux Mandarin higher.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron might be the Marvel film that has been improved essentially the most by what has come after it. A number of movies took what was launched on this story and ran with it, making the movie a extra satisfying watch on reflection.
The nightmare scenes particularly wound up paying off in dividends in future initiatives. Thor’s nightmare involves move in Thor: Ragnarok, which explains why it truly wanted to return true. Black Widow provides additional context to Natasha’s nightmare by displaying the brutality of the Crimson Room in way more element than Age of Ultron was in a position to.
It’s Avengers: Endgame, although, that makes use of these nightmares to wrap up character arcs. Tony’s Age of Ultron nightmare just isn’t with the ability to do sufficient to save lots of his teammates, and as Nick Fury factors out, the worst half is that Tony remained alive whereas all of them died, seemingly leaving the blood on his fingers because of not doing sufficient to cease regardless of the evil was from killing them.
The alternative of this comes true in Endgame, as Tony is ready to do sufficient to save lots of everybody by snapping the Infinity Gauntlet he creates within the movie. However in doing this he loses his personal life.
Steve’s Age of Ultron nightmare exhibits his concern of “the struggle” coming to an finish, seemingly not understanding what to do afterward. This comes within the type of Peggy Carter telling him the warfare is over in a dance membership. Steve mentions now not eager to settle all the way down to Tony on this film, but it surely’s probably he was attempting to persuade himself of this or just couldn’t deal with having to take action with out Peggy.
Avengers: Endgame ends with Steve returning to the previous to dwell out a full life with Peggy and passing the Captain America protect on to Sam Wilson. Due to Tony’s sacrifice and the suggestion he dwell his personal life, he’s now not afraid of giving up the struggle and transferring on to a world past it.
One other Captain America second from Age of Ultron that’s paid off in Endgame is the scene wherein the Avengers try to elevate Mjolnir after the celebration. None of them moreover Thor are in a position to, apart from a quick second wherein Steve is seen with the ability to transfer it ever so barely.
In Endgame, he summons Mjolnir for actual throughout a one-on-one struggle with Thanos, prompting an “I knew it,” from Thor.
Whereas the film doesn’t present a proof on how Cap is ready to wield Mjolnir, the creators have mentioned that he had the power in Age of Ultron however selected to not on the time with a purpose to spare Thor’s emotions.
Just about any MCU origin film is improved upon watching later installments, but it surely’s fascinating to return to the movie that introduces the mysteriousness of the paranormal arts to the MCU after it has been elaborated on in initiatives that got here later.
Avengers: Infinity Battle is a very nice showcase of Unusual’s powerset, particularly his potential to quickly look at thousands and thousands of potential future situations. This and his spell-casting in Spider-Man: No Manner Residence present how far his finding out of the mystic arts has come, and the way way more highly effective he’s as a sorcerer due to it.
It is particularly fascinating to rewatch Physician Unusual understanding the character turns into a extra central determine within the MCU as time goes on. With the Multiverse seemingly set to play an enormous function within the total story transferring ahead, Unusual would possibly simply change into the brand new linchpin of your entire franchise.
One facet of Avengers: Endgame that confuses many is the ingredient of time journey. One algorithm is defined in the course of the film, however these guidelines are doubtlessly damaged by Captain America dwelling his life up to now on the finish of the movie.
It doesn’t assist that the writers and administrators are notoriously torn on how they view the logistics of how Cap’s massive resolution works. At first, it appeared like Joe and Anthony Russo’s imaginative and prescient of him making a branched timeline was the one possibility that made sense. However Loki’s introduction of the Time Variance Authority to the MCU introduced a bunch of recent time journey guidelines together with it that particularly don’t allow branched timelines to exist. The present rapidly explains that the Time Heist the Avengers go on in Endgame suits into the “Sacred Timeline” however makes no point out of Steve selecting to dwell up to now.
It’s not till the ultimate episode that a proof of how Steve’s ending can nonetheless work is offered, albeit not directly. When Sylvie frees the timeline from He Who Stays, branches to it are allowed to stay in existence as a substitute of being pruned by the TVA like they had been earlier than, permitting alternate realities to type and develop.
This scene, like the vast majority of the occasions of Loki, takes place exterior of time and house, which means it’s doable that Steve’s return to the previous in Endgame was permitted to happen by Sylvie’s actions within the present.
The storyline wherein Clint Barton goes from Hawkeye to Ronin throughout the 5 years between the Snap and the Blip doesn’t get quite a lot of focus in Endgame, however Hawkeye permits for a a lot deeper exploration of the character, a lot of which focuses on the Ronin mantle.
The present reveals that Ronin made quite a lot of enemies throughout the years he was lively, and when the mantle resurfaces these enemies do as properly.
Maybe an important facet of this deeper dive into the story of Ronin, although, is how Clint feels about his time working underneath the mantle. He has to wrestle with the implications of his actions, not solely within the sense of coping with Echo, who desires to get revenge for him killing her father however what it means to him internally as properly.
All of this makes the transient Ronin scenes in Endgame extra significant to look at on reflection.
Spider-Man: No Manner Residence might have been the primary MCU film to dive into the Multiverse, but it surely wasn’t the primary Marvel mission to take action. Loki on Disney+ had launched the idea of Variants of the identical being from completely different universes, and No Manner Residence expanded upon this concept, clarifying a couple of issues for followers within the course of.
Like Loki, No Manner Residence demonstrated that not all Variants of a being look the identical, and the film additional confirmed that they don’t all have the identical and even comparable histories. The Sam Raimi Spider-Man and the Superb Spider-Man films being canon to the MCU’s Multiverse signifies that every Peter Parker seen in No Manner Residence has had vastly completely different experiences than the others.
Uncle Ben, as an example, performs a key function within the lives of the Peter Parker Variants performed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, however it’s nonetheless unknown if he ever even existed in the primary MCU timeline. The identical goes for sure pals, villains, and extra.
Whereas most of those “guidelines” had been established to a sure diploma in Loki, some followers discovered the idea of Variants complicated and Loki didn’t at all times make it clear how shut the experiences of the completely different Loki Variants actually had been.
The variations between the folks within the lives of every Peter Parker Variant may imply that the household of the primary MCU Loki appeared and doubtlessly acted in another way from Sylvie’s, for instance.
As extra initiatives that includes the Multiverse are launched, followers will probably be taught increasingly about Variants and the way the idea works.