THE IRON MAN
When history starts with the story of our avenging heroes, the tale will always begin with the introduction of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man that was released in 2008. An engineer prodigy and genius who runs the biggest weapon manufacturing company. His change in character is noticed when he was kidnapped by a deadly terrorist organisation demanding his technology. He uses his ingenuity to design a suit of armour in order to escape. With the help of his best friend, Air Force Col. James “Rhodey”Rhodes(Terrence Howard) and his trusty assistant, Pepper Pots(Gwyneth Paltrow), he finds out the roots of his kidnapping and finally announces that he actually a superhero: The Iron Man. This was the first step into the larger world.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk released in 2008 follows a story of Dr.Bruce Banner(Edward Norton), a scientist who had spent years on the run in South America. Due to an experiment gone wrong he was exposed to the extreme gamma radiations. Whenever his pulse raises to a high level he undergoes a transformation into a huge green monster out of control. While he still can’t fully control the Hulk, he discovers an aim and becomes a hero when he stops Abomination from tearing Harlem apart.
THE IRON MAN 2
In this movie released on 2010 he is seen having a fight with the government about privatising world peace. He unknowingly hires a spy named Natasha Romanoff(Scarlet Johansson) to be his new assistant. The palladium power source he has been using for his suit is found to be poisoning him but the discovery of a new element Vibranium proves to be a positive substitute for palladium and stops the self-poisoning. We also see the influence on James Rhodes to steal an Iron Man suit and become a war machine.
After three earthbound adventures, it was Kenneth Branagh’s Thor released in 2011 that first introduced audiences to the cosmos of the marvel cinematic universe. The titular God of Thunder(Chris Hemsworth) is seen on a coronation day but due to the invasion of The Frost Giants and his arrogant nature leads his to a punishment that proves to be very important. After spending some time learning humility and saving a New Mexico town from Asgardian weapon he returns to Asgard to stop his brother Loki who is the main reason behind this. But he could not stop his maniacal sibling from falling into the vastness of space and disappearing.
Joe Johnson’s Captain America: The First Avenger of 2011 featuring Steve Rogers(Chris Evans) as the real first superhero who emerged back in the early 1940s during World War II. After rescuing an entire battalion he winds up to be one of the great heroes of the great war but this puts him in a conflict with The Red Skull(Hugo Weaving), the leader of Nazi deep science division, Hydra who had fuelled his weapon with a cosmic device called The Tesseract. Their plan to drop bombs on all the world’s capital is foiled by him by crashing a carrier into the north pole. He is presumed dead for decades, but the reality is he is only frozen.
The first crossover vision to life was brought to life in 2012 with Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye never did get along very well but they did manage to come together when it was the matter to stand down in front of the overwhelming odds. Though there was a lot of destruction in saving the Tesseract, at the end of the day the Avengers were victorious.
IRON MAN 3
In Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 Tony finds himself on an adventure that challenges what kind of hero he is without his armour. Though with the help of Rhodey and Pepper he is successful investigating about his enemies, at the end of the day Tony decides to remove the arc reactor from his chest choosing to retire as Iron Man but with the further incidents made it impossible for him to keep his promise.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
At the start of Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World in 2013, Jane Foster who is studying cosmic anomaly in England comes upon a material Aether and makes contact with it. This has the effect of bringing Thor back to her side, having spent months to bring peace to the nine realms. Things go worse when it seems that Loki is dead(he’s not), Malekith gets the Aether, and Thor and Jane are stranded but the aforementioned cosmic anomaly saves their skin. Back on earth Thor has a showdown with Malekith trying to stop darkness spreading across the universe and a wormhole-filled battle ultimately seems him victorious.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
In Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier released in 2014 Steve Rogers makes a very important discovery regarding his old pal Bucky who did not die back during World War II and has been instead operated as a brainwashed, cryogenically frozen assassin for decades known as the winter soldier. Ultimately Secretary Alexander Pierce(Robert Redford) and disabled 3 Hydra Heli carriers designed to assassinate anyone deemed a threat to the evil organisation. Following the victory he went in search for his former best friend, convinced he can bring him back to the side of good.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
In August 2014, James Gunn offered Marvel fans a different flavour of blockbuster with The Guardians of the Galaxy- a sci-fi space opera censuring on an amoral thief, Peter Quill, Star-Lord(Chris Pratt), the most dangerous woman in the universe Gamora(Zoe Saldana), a brute with a taste of revenge named Drax(Dave Bautista) , a perpetually pissed-off, genetically modified rodent named Rocket(Bradly Cooper) and a walking ,talking tree named Groot(Vin Diesel). The adventure begins with Peter stealing a little trinket that turns out to be one of the six incredibly powerful infinity stone which is hunted by evil lord Thanos(Josh Brolin) as well as the Kree fanatic Ronan the Accuser(Lee Pace). The group ultimately comes together to stop Ronan and save an entire planet along with Groot being destroyed and reformed. Their records are all expunged and the decide to stick together as a family, ready to face anything that the universe may throw at them.
AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON
Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron happens with Tony Stark not being able to let go. Working with Bruce Banner and manipulating the newly discovered Mind Stone, he creates artificial intelligence Ultron(James Spader) who believes that humanity is a poison which needs to be destroyed so he tries to turn the Eastern European nation of Sokovia into a planet decimating asteroid. Besides the entire group of avengers this time they also find the assistance of Vision(Paul Bettany), a living incarnation of Tony’s digital butler Jarvis created by Ultron ,Wanda Maximoff , Scarlet Witch(Elizabeth Olsen),a telekinetic and energy manipulator, Pietro Maximoff, Quicksilver(Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a speedster.
Scott Lang(Paul Rudd) is introduced in Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man(2015) hanging pretty close to the bottom rung of the society.As it turns out , the scientist Dr. Hank Pym set up an entire burglary as the test as he need’s Scott’s help. Darren Cross(Corey Stoll), is close to discovering the secret behind his ultrasensitive shrinking technology and he needs Scott to wear a specially designed Ant-Man suit to take it from him. With the assistance of Hank’s daughter, Hope Van Dyne(Evangeline Lilly), Scott trains to shrink down to insect size and communicate with them. It’s a successful mission in the end with Scott gaining the permission to begin again as a hero.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CIVIL WAR
Captain America strongly believes that he is the only one who can safely bring the winter soldier in but trying to do sohe technically breaks the international law in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Civil War of 2016. This leads to a massive showdown in Germany — with Ant-Man, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) all recruited for the fight and it all ends in disaster. Sokovia survivor named Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) planned to reveal that The Winter Soldier killed Tony Stark’s parents, creating a divide among the Avengers, and his plan very much succeeds, as the blockbuster ends with half the heroes beaten and defeated, and the other half on the run as fugitives.
Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange introduced a brand new flavor to the mix fantasy in 2016. In it we first meet Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as a world-renowned brain surgeon whose ego and arrogance levels compete with Tony Stark. His entire life is dedicated to his work — but all of that gets flushed away when a horrific car accident damages the nerve endings in his hands. Under the tutelage of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Wong (Benedict Wong), the hero begins training in the mystic arts, and before long begins to master them. Utilizing an amulet known as the Eye of Agamotto, which is actually the Time Infinity Stone, Strange is able to defeat Dormammu, and takes up residence in New York’s Sanctum Sanctorum as a protector of the Earth from dangerous magical forces.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 released in 2017 picks up just two months after the end of the previous adventure, and finds the titular team enjoying their newfound fame and success. While Star-Lord (who discovers he’s half god), Gamora, and Drax join Ego and his assistant, Mantis (Pom Klementieff), on a journey to Ego’s home world, Rocket, Groot and the captured Nebula find themselves dealing with Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the Ravagers who aim to collect the bounty on the Guardians’ heads. An epic battle ensues that sees Ego destroyed, but Star-Lord sacrifices his powers, and Yondu sacrifices himself, leading Star-Lord realize who his real father was all along.
In Jon Watts’ Spider-Man Homecoming of 2017 sees the web-slinging hero return to his more humdrum normal life. He is desperate to prove himself as good enough to join The Avengers, but Tony Stark who designed his suit refuses to let him off the leash. He fortunately has an ally in his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), and by the end of the film he is legitimately able to save the day by stopping a plane loaded with Avengers equipment from being stolen by Toomes. He also very much grows from the experience, as he has the maturity to turn down Tony Stark’s offer to join the Avengers, and instead remains a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok starts when the God of Thunder discovers that his brother, Loki, is actually alive and ruling Asgard pretending to be Odin in 2017. Together they only find the real Odin just moments before his death, and that particular event leads to the introduction of Hela (Cate Blanchett), the evil sister that Thor and Loki never knew they had. A quick attempt to stop Hela results in Thor’s hammer being destroyed and the hero being stranded with Loki on Sakaar, a garbage planet where the Hulk happens to have become a gladiator superstar. With the help of the green monster and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), an alcoholic former Asgardian, Thor and Loki escape from under the thumb of Sakaar’s oppressive ruler, The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), and return home to try and save their people from Hela. Thor loses an eye in the final battle, but also realizes that Asgard is about a community and not a place allowing him to let his homeland be totally destroyed after rescuing as many of his people as he can.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther(2018) brings the regal and heroic T’Challa back home to the African nation of Wakanda. Killmonger believes that the throne of Wakanda rightfully belongs to him, and he challenges T’Challa in ritual combat for the crown. T’Challa is eventually able to rescue his nation from Killmonger’s grip, but also learns something from his cousin’s efforts. After centuries of isolation, he decides that it’s time for Wakanda to open itself up to everybody.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
The movie that caused the maximum devastation among the audience was Joe Russo and Anthony’s Infinity War of 2018. The 19th movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that brought together all our superheroes in order to save the world by acquiring all the six infinity stones and the most heart-breaking defeat of all times by the evil lord Thanos who was successful in erasing 50% of this entire universe. On the mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
THE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
In Peyton Reed’s The Ant-Man and the Wasp of 2018 ,Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.
Captain Marvel directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in 2019 featuring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful marvel character. Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.
AVENGERS: END GAME
In Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame of 2019 shows the fact that the Infinity Stones are stolen from the Avengers at various points in the timeline, even if they are returned, implies there are multiple timelines that were created from those changed moments. In other words, parallel universes would branch out from Steve, Tony, and Scott’s jump to Battle of New York in 2012; Steve and Tony’s jump to New Jersey in 1970; and from Rhodes, Clint, Nebula, Scott, and Nat’s jump to 2014. Ultimately after following the spellbound plan they successfully managed to bring back the six infinity stones from the past sacrificing the lives of the black widow and tony stark. Seeing the death of our most wanted character with an age old Captain America did bring tears to our eyes marking the end of a decade of our mightiest avengers.
Huge respect to all of these heroes who were constantly a part of our upgrowing years and made up our childhood, adolescence and teenage so special. A message to the decade witnessing the earth’s mightiest heroes ……….. “ I LOVE YOU 3000” !