Well Marvel friends, my MCU Chronological Viewing Challenge is well under way. If you missed my mission and checklist, you might want to check out this post first, and maybe it will inspire you to start the challenge for yourself! If not, that’s totally fine, because I will be updating you on the finer points of each of my viewings as I go. Today is part one, which consists of Captain America: The First Avenger and both seasons of Agent Carter. I’m mostly going to share my opinions and reactions, but I’ll also make sure to point out any major plot points, and most importantly, any connections to the upcoming Avenger: Infinity War. Let’s do this!
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Basics: Released in 2011, this is not the first movie made in the MCU, but it is the earliest in terms of a chronological story. The film was made by Paramount Studios and stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Stanley Tucci, and Hugo Weaving. At the time of publishing this post, Captain America: The First Avenger is available to rent on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
Important Plot Points: This film details the “creation” of Captain America. We follow Steve Rogers on his journey from scrawny military wannabe to ripped AF American hero. Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) aka Tony Stark’s dad plays a role in the creation of Cap, and we also get to see some of Howard’s other crazy inventions and playboy shenanigans that all greatly resemble the later interactions we have with Tony. Basically, like father like son. This is also the first glimpse we get of the Tesseract, which in this film is the fuel for the main weapon Cap and friends are trying to diffuse. We will see the Tesseract again in several other MCU offerings.
End Credits Scene: Nick Fury comes to chat with Steve after he has woken up from his frozen coma and realizes he is now living sixty years in the future.
My Reactions: This was not my first time seeing this movie, and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did in earlier viewings. Captain America is easy to love, plain and simple. He’s a good guy who always takes others into consideration. And the main plot of this movie is all about him fighting pseudo Nazis, and well, that’s always a good thing. It doesn’t hurt that Chris Evans is beautiful. It also doesn’t hurt that he is surrounded by a supporting cast that rocks. Stanley Tucci is one of my favorites, Hayley Atwell (more on her in a second) is a complete badass, and the villains are appropriately creepy and ruthless and terrible.
Rating: 9 out of 10, I will definitely watch this one again.
The Basics: The first episode of Agent Carter premiered in January of 2015. Despite critical acclaim, the show only lasted two seasons and is comprised of just 18 episodes. The series finale aired in May of 2016. The show was filmed in Los Angeles and released by ABC. It stars Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, and Chad Michael Murray. As of this posting, both seasons are available on Hulu.
Important Plot Points: In terms of the big picture of the MCU, I don’t think there are tons of important events. Season one of the show follows Agent Peggy Carter as she tries to clear Howard Stark’s name as he has been falsely accused of treason. Season two sees Peggy taking down a villain who has created a dangerous substance called Zero Matter. As far as I can see, neither of these plot points really tie in to anything we see in the later movies and shows, but of course, that could change as I watch more movies. I will update this post if anything comes up in the future that relates back to the plots of Agent Carter.
My Reaction: I fucking love this show. If you have been listening to the podcast, you know that I have very strong feelings about this show being cancelled so early on. It needs to come back, and if Disney/ABC are smart, they will reboot this show for their new streaming network, whenever that actually comes to fruition. There is so much to love about this show, from the kickass female lead, to the costumes, to the music, to the fact that both main villains are females. Seriously. Everyone should watch this show. I really, really hope that there is some kind of revival of Agent Carter, especially because the series finale ended on a total cliffhanger. Go watch Agent Carter, and then go tell Disney to get their shit together and bring it back.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10, highly recommend and I will watch it again!
This whole experience started off with a bang! I loved both of these offerings, and it was just the right way to kick off this challenge. Not going to lie, the next section of the checklist is going to be the hardest for me to get through, so I’m glad I was able to start off with a movie and a show that I loved. Stay tuned for more!