Marvel movie madness: My race to see them all before Avengers: Endgame

CNET | 4/20/2019 | David Katzmaier
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See you April 26.

My head is full of Marvels.

Anticipation - Avengers - Endgame - April - Chunk

In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame coming out on April 26, I've spent a good chunk of my recent evenings watching the first 17 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- just over 36 hours worth.

Before I started this crazy project exactly a month ago, I'd never seen even a Marvel movie all the way through. It's been a lot of fun fixing that cultural blind spot. I've ingested more superhero awesomeness than any mortal should. I've managed to avoid spoiling anything so far, which would make the Russo brothers happy. And I've also been live-tweeting my random dumb thoughts as I watch, because sharing is caring.

Movies - Endgame - Thor - Ragnarok - Avengers

Now, with four movies to go before the Endgame -- Thor: Ragnarok; Avengers: Infinity War; Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel -- I'm in a bit of a bind: which order do I watch them in? I've been following the official CNET watch order so far and it's been great. But some fans disagree (imagine that!). So I asked Twitter.

No matter which order I follow, I'm expecting great things from these four. I've enjoyed all 17 so far in their way, some much more than others. Here's my progress, impressions and tweets, including my personal rankings among the ones I've seen (note: I am not a real expert).

Story - CGI - Hero - Captain - Stage

I really liked it. I was totally unfamiliar with the story. The CGI'd small-to-large hero, the Captain's stage career and the period setting in general were refreshing highlights.

Iron Man

Tony - Stark - Playboy - Character - Awesomeness

Even better. Tony Stark's playboy character threw me at first, but the awesomeness of his gadgets, his personal quest to make real power armor, and the overall humor really won me over.

Not good. It had its moments, particularly during the setup and with the introduction of wacky Mr....
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