I somehow avoided the MCU for 13 years until now…

Disclaimer: I am not a movie person. I watch the same 5 movies over and over again (10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club, She’s The Man, and A Cinderella Story), and it doesn’t bother me that I’m missing out on a large, vaste, variety of movies. So what I am about to share with you is a big deal. Thank you. 

Disclaimer 2: There will be spoilers. You have been warned. 

It all started with a text message from my friend and classmate Will saying “Are you free at all tomorrow to show me how a radio station works?👉👈” on November 6th.

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I was at a concert and he was at the movies, watching Eternals. I only knew that was a Marvel movie because Harry Styles is in it and I’d seen a post where 3 of Taylor Swift’s exes are now in the MCU. But other than that, my knowledge of the MCU was extremely limited. I knew who some of the Avengers were, I knew *some* movie titles, and I’ve seen like three MCU movies. But that’s it. I was absolutely clueless to the rest. I still sort of am. But it’s not as bad as it was three weeks ago.

And Will took advantage of that.


Yikes. That sounds weird.

What I mean is that he has always wanted to watch the series with someone who hasn’t watched the movies before and get to experience watching through them.

Yikes. That also sounds weird. Anyways, you get the point.

So after screaming LANY’s lyrics the night before, and then giving Will the rundown of the radio station on the Saturday, we got Chipotle (my first time ever, very delicious), and went to his place and started watching Marvel.  

We’re obviously doing it in release order, to get the full experience, so we started with Iron Man.

I loved it. I was hooked.

We then watched Hulk.

Again, I loved it. Which apparently was a good sign because not many people like the Hulk, so knowing that I enjoyed it, was a good sign for the direction of this movie marathon.

At this point, more people started getting involved. A bunch of Will’s roommates started to join us, and our friend Bailey joined in too.

We wrapped the day up with Iron Man 2. Again, I loved it.

And everyone loved watching and hearing my reaction. Or hearing me try and guess what was going to happen next.

The following day, we watch Thor and Captain America. Again, I loved Captain America and to be honest, I don’t care much for Thor.

Going back to the reaction thing, when Bucky flew off the train, Will looked at me kind of strangely and said:

“You didn’t have a reaction. When someone sort of important dies you have an audible reaction.”

Me: ‘Wait what??? I zoned out.”

*rewinds 20 seconds, Bucky flies off the train*

Me: gasps

And that happens often. I either make notible sounds OR I am too shocked to speak. Happened when we watched Thor: Ragnarok and Hulk walked into the stadium. I could have had a swarm of flies enter my mouth, my jaw dropped so much.

Once a movie ends, I had to close my eyes so I couldn’t see what movie was coming up next. I was oblivious to everything when we started, and they’re keeping me oblivious all the way through.

Seriously. They won’t tell me anything. If they want to talk about the next movie or ask a question that refers to something we haven’t seen yet, they look at me and say:

“Sylvia cover your ears”

Which I do, proceed to say “la la la la la la la la” a bunch of times and completely miss what they had to say and nothing gets ruined.

OR when we were at Trivia one time, the “Guess the Movie” round was all MCU movies. I wasn’t allowed to look at the screen at all.

Jeez. It sounds kind of bad that “I’m not allowed” to see/hear things. Trust me, it’s all mutual for the surprises. It’s been super fun being absolutely clueless to everything and then getting thrown for a loop as unexpected twists and turns happen throughout the movies.

And I’ve held up my end of the promise on that. Surprisingly, I have had NO interest in looking up what movie we are going to watch next. Or what might happen to a certain character in a future movie. I have absolutely no interest in doing that, which is shocking because I ruin series and books for myself ALL THE TIME. I often say “curiosity killed the cat, and it will also kill Sylvia.” Hopefully it won’t actually but the number of surprises I’ve ruined for myself is a little ridiculous.

Sidenote: This actually helped me not spoil a book I recently read. I had no interest in reading ahead. Go me. It’s nice having things as a surprise!

So, since starting the MCU marathon, we have watched 17 movies. 16 of them being the first time for me ever. (I had seen Spiderman: Homecoming before). I promise I am also getting school work done. (It might involve me finishing assignments in the middle of trivia night at Personas but it’s getting done!)

Which one’s are my favourite?

Well, I’ve liked all of them. Some more than others, but I would say my top 5 would be (in no particular order) both Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now these are subject to change within days. According to Will and the guys in his dorm, the best is yet to come.

And I’m excited.

My favourite characters are easily Groot and Rocket. Out of the entire MCU, those are my favourites. Rocket says something and I giggle like a 5 year old, and I just love Groot.

I thought we were going to get through all 23 movies in like 2 weeks, which didn’t happen. I have had to put off watching the movies a couple of times due to school, which has annoyed the other movie watchers. Just recently we had a six day gap between movies because Trivia Night, going out, work, homework, and preparing for interviews and events took precedence, which annoyed a lot of the movie watchers, to the point where Gunnar, one of Will’s roommates, was saying that they should just watch the next movie without me, which was a big no, because, no to sound conceited, this movie marathon is for me, not them.

But good news! We are back on track to watching the movies again, and we will definitely be on track to watch the new Spider-Man that’s coming out in mid-December, which I am not allowed to watch the trailer for.

When we were watching the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, I said I would be Groot dancing around as the world is falling apart around me. I thought it was funny.

Gunnar followed up with:

“That’s us in the background as we’re waiting for you to watch Marvel”

That was even funnier. Everyone laughed. Here’s the opening scene for reference.

This movie marathon has so far been tons of fun. The films are out of this world, the sound tracks are incredible, and the company for watching them have been great.

If you have the chance to watch the MCU with someone who hasn’t seen them before, take it. It is worth it.

If you want to hear/read more about my adventure through Marvel, follow me on Twitter.

But I gotta go. Black Panther is up next. (I guessed the movie, no one spoiled it for me. Don’t worry!)






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