After phase one and phase two, I am very interested in how exactly Marvel is planning to bring the story to a close in Endgame because, in the current state of the MCU, it is practically impossible to have a truly standalone movie without the other heroes butting in. Movies like Civil War and Homecoming fully embraced it, CW became pretty much an Avengers 2.5 while every aspect of Homecoming from the villain’s origin to the hero’s journey directly stems from events in the MCU’s past. Then there are movies like Dr.Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel which found workarounds like time lags or secret kingdoms to justify being standalone, origin stories. It almost feels like the MCU’s bubble is close to its bursting point and Endgame absolutely must end some of the existing arcs and sort of “reset” the MCU so that future characters have enough space to grow on their own terms. (more…)
Sherlock Holmes II (1908), part of a Danish silent series, is regarded to be the very first full-length ‘sequel’ movie ever in the history of cinema. Given most silent films of the era are considered to be ‘lost’, it is quite difficult to know with absolute certainty, but there seems to be at most one or two ‘sequels’ each year since then. ‘The Fall of a nation’ in 1916 is often touted to be the first Hollywood sequel. They wouldn’t really catch on until the 1970s and 80s when movies like Superman and Godzilla proved to be very profitable for franchising. Today one can barely find a movie that is not a sequel, remake, reboot or spin-off of something else.