There were three Marvel movies that debuted in 2013 – Thor: the Dark World, The Wolverine, and Iron Man 3. 2013 was also a year of teasers and trailers for upcoming Marvel movies in 2014, as fans saw a glimpse of Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Future Past, and Captain America: Winter Soldier, amongst other Marvel movies that have already made their way through the big screen. Is it safe to say that Marvel has done well in terms of keeping up with their successful individual and collaborative franchises? It’s too early to say, but let’s let these films decide.
The Wolverine is the sequel to the first X-Men spin-off, and tries desperately to establish itself as a franchise. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine as he tries to make his way to Japan to fulfil the last request of his friend. Minus the storyline, the action scenes of The Wolverine were fantastic but Wolverine’s ferocity was a bit tame compared to the previous movie, so it was a bit of a disappointment for fans to see this big lion trying to be a big housecat.
Nevertheless, it was a good movie still and it did set up the entire line for the likes of Logan and Deadpool, which you can watch in movies123.be, in terms of how much violence a comic book movie could portray in a movie.
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World brings us back to Thor and Loki in the sequel to the first movie, where the Dark Elves are trying to reclaim their lost weapon that was banished by Odin in a war thousands of years before Thor even existed. Jane, played by Natalie Portman, stumbles upon the portal that leads her to the weapon and accidentally absorbs it into her body. With the Dark Elves after her, Thor must seek the aid of Loki as they try to save the world, and more importantly, Jane. Thor: The Dark World was not exactly as epic as the first movie, given that it bordered close to young adult romance and it was like watching Twilight. Marvel fans were also a bit bewildered at the introduction of the Dark Elves, given that there were no accounts of them in comic books.
However, the movie does deliver a wholesome entertainment for both comic book and non-comic book fans. But some fans believe that the sequel could’ve done better in terms of plot and villain selection.
Iron Man 3
Lastly, we have Iron Man 3. The third instalment of the Iron Man series and an introductory to the Avengers sequel, Tony Stark returns as he tries to resolves his own internal conflict of putting Pepper in danger while battling the likes of Mandarin. Iron Man 3 is probably the best Marvel movie of 2013 simply because it’s Iron Man. The movie, while delivering a not-so amusing character twist in between, manages to stay consistent in terms of story and character development and we see another aspect of Tony Stark and how he becomes more humbled from his experiences in Avengers. Had it not been for the consistency, Iron Man 3 would’ve failed in its own franchise. Luckily, Mandarin was a saving grace (but a wasted opportunity for a fantastic villain).