The MARVELous Universe

Destiny Montgomery, Editor in Chief

I have many obsessions: sweet tea, books, “Dance Moms” and most importantly: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, there are 25 movies and four Disney+ series. Not all of the movies were released in the timeline order, so Disney+ has a feature where fans can watch the movies in the specific order. The first movie in the timeline order: “Captain America: The First Avenger,” was released on July 19, 2011. Spoiler alerts ahead:

Chris Evans plays an amazing Captain America. In the beginning of the movie he is very scrawny and small and keeps getting rejected from the military. He luckily gets selected through the military by Dr. Erskine to be a test subject for the super soldier serum (Project Rebirth). After the test Steve Rogers is immediately at full “soldier” potential. 

Dr. Erskine is assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany’s HYDRA, which was lead by Johann Schmidt, who later becomes known as the Red Skull. In the beginning of the movie, he stole the tesseract which is a very powerful cube that holds the space stone, one of the six infinity stones which are the main focus in 24 of the 25 movies called the infinity saga. 

Throughout the movie, while the United States is fighting in the war, Rogers is mostly just being used as a show prop to help save bonds. I personally can’t understand why they wouldn’t put him in the war like he asked, obviously the serum worked so why not? I guess it has to be this way in this timeline. 

When Rogers hears that his best friend Bucky Barnes, my personal favorite, might be dead, he has Peggy Carter and Howard Stark take him near the location where Bucky might be at. Eventually, Rogers ends up finding Bucky and the rest of the 107th. 

Rogers, Bucky and the rest of the 107th end up making a sort of pact with each other to stay together through the war. While looking at a number of prototype shields, he is only attracted to one plain, circular shield made out of a metal called vibranium. 

In another big part of the movie, when trying to chase down a train with Arnim Zola aboard, Bucky sadly falls off the train. I cried so hard because Bucky is the best. 

Rogers and his team make a plan to trap the Red Skull at his headquarters. After a battle with the HYDRA soldiers, the Red Skull flees to his hangar, which is powered by the tesseract. Rogers takes off after it and manages to get into it and fights Red Skull. While he is firing a tesseract charged gun at Rogers, the shots deflect off of his shield into the center where the tesseract is. The Red Skull lifts it and suddenly a portal opens and he is sucked into it. 

Rogers, knowing he won’t be able to land the plane safely, risks his life and crashes the plane knowing he defeated HYDRA. 

Rogers awakens in a 1940s themed hospital but soon realizes that something is off. When he goes outside it is now 2011, and SHIELD Director Nick Fury shows up to inform him that he was frozen in ice for 70 years. 

I thought this movie was awesome! For it to take place in 2011, I think the graphics and CGI are amazing. I also am in love with the 1940s and 50s aesthetic, so it is just genuinely a pleasing movie to watch. 

I give this movie a 7.5/10.