Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe truly more reliable than a Galaxy Far, Far Away?
Star Wars Celebration is fast approaching. So is Avengers: Endgame. While we won’t get to see Episode IX in its full entirety for another eight months the highly-anticipated Avengers finale is set to come out in a matter of weeks. Both of these franchises have avid fans waiting to see these two movies and I happen to be one of them.
For a long time, Star Wars has dominated my world but after the recent shift in power thanks to Marvel I’m not as in love with Star Wars as I once was. I’m not saying I’m not a Star Wars fan because I am VERY much a Star Wars nerd, and always will be, but Marvel keeps managing to snag my heart with its amazing films. And every time I think the MCU is going in one direction I look and there are even more changes; like Thor’s cut hair and the new weapon, Stormbreaker, Captain America’s beard and Wakandan shields, Vision’s real-dude look, Iron Man’s new suit, Spider-Man’s Iron-Spider Suit, and so much more! Marvel keeps managing to wow me while Star Wars seems stuck in a mire of its unwillingness to move forward creatively.
Endgame is already breaking records with its pre-order ticket sales. People are even going as far as selling their tickets on platforms like eBay for outrageous prices as high as $10,000! Yeah, that’s actually happening. As we prepare for this cinema goliath I can’t help but compare the two major movie events of the year; Avengers: Endgame and Episode IX. Usually, my excitement is heavily favored toward any Star Wars movie that’s coming out but with Infinity War wowing me in the way that it did last year, Episode IX is second on my most-excited-about list.
But why? How can a franchise that I have loved since before I even knew I was watching Star Wars be dethroned? Simple; reliability.
For the past five years, nearly every Marvel film that has come out has made me extremely happy. From Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Guardians of the Galaxy to Black Panther, Infinity War, and even Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel has delighted me in ways that I didn’t expect.
For the first time in my life, I am entirely confident that a big-time blockbuster, in this case, that would be Avengers: Endgame is going to be an amazing movie. With Episode IX, my confidence isn’t as high.
Going into The Last Jedi I was totally ready to see that movie and when I came out of that theater I was dazed…but not in a good way. It took me a second viewing to grow an appreciation for the film but it wasn’t until halfway through 2018 that I finally started legitimately loving the movie. Now, I loved The Force Awakens instantly. I ended up watching The Force Awakens in the movie theaters five times and I’ve seen the film at least a hundred times. And that’s not an exaggeration.
I loved The Force Awakens for its simplistic storytelling, its perfect melding of old and new, and its conclusion still leaves me covered in goosebumps to this day. With J.J Abrams returning to direct Episode IX I am confident that he will bring the fun, adventurous tone back to the franchise but can he bring something new to the table that we haven’t seen before without alienating fans?
I know Episode IX is going to be good but I would be very disappointed if the film turned out to be a fancy rehash of Return of the Jedi like The Force Awakens was essentially a remake of A New Hope. And from what I’ve seen so far from leaked images and so forth of the film it doesn’t look the movie is delving into anything too different looking.
I mean, it seems that Kylo Ren has his old mask back and Rey has gone back to her Three Knobs look, albeit with a fancier approach. Boring.
You see, I’m excited for Episode IX and I’m sure once I see the teaser I’m going to be even more ecstatic but when it comes to comparing Endgame to this Skywalker saga finale there is no contest.
Endgame doesn’t even have to show anything because the Russo Brothers are that confident in the film they’ve created. Will the marketing strategists for Episode IX be able to do the same thing? Only time will tell.
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Annlyel James is a Senior Correspondent of The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Aside from her role with Future of the Force she also writes for her blog: annlyelonline. Follow her on Twitter where she channels the Force frequently!