Marvel Cinematic Universe

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"WandaVision" part 1, part 2, part 3 (or: A Magical Mystery Tour Through Television History)
Wanda takes a town hostage and does homages to sitcoms from every decade of American television. It's actually pretty great.

Spoiler rating: 4 to 5


"Thor" (or: Shakespeare in the ComicVerse)
Yeah, I'm backtracking again. But this is just a short summary hitting all the main points we need to remember before I get to "Loki".

Spoiler rating:3

"Loki" part 1, part 2 (or: Once More Unto the Multiverse)
In the first foray into the multiverse...which was supposed to be the second probably...the story continues from AltLoki escaping in Endgame and introduces an organization and characters that will probably continue into other parts of the MCU. And a bunch of Lokis. 

Spoiler rating:4 to 5

"What If..." part 1, part 2 (or: Alternate Plotlines)
The writers go down some alternate plots from comics that they couldn't do in the main MCU for obvious reasons. 

Spoiler rating:3

"Iron Man 3", "Shang Chi" and "Hawkeye" (or: Ten Rings and Two Archers)
We do a brief run through a couple things before we really get into the multiverse insanity. I kind of regret not doing a full recap of "Shang", but the other two...this is enough.

Spoiler rating:3

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" (or: All Aboard the Good Ship Fanservice)
Y'all know what this one's about already. Avoiding spoilers because you didn't want to risk catching Omicron just to see a movie in a packed theater was literally impossible.

Spoiler rating:4 (assuming you managed to get this far without the major character death being spoiled)

"Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" (or: Army of the Evil Dead)
The MCU issues its first horror movie and it is CAMPY. And also a hot mess thanks to rewrites, large chunks of it being reshot and a pandemic screwing up everything.

Spoiler rating:3

"Thor: Love and Thunder" and The Incredible Hulk" (or: The MCU Falls On Its Face)
Yeah. I'm mostly covering these for reasons of completion and ranting about the fanbase. And because "She Hulk" makes more sense if you know the Edward Norton movie everyone tries to forget.

Spoiler rating:2

"She-Hulk part 1, part 2" (or: Girl Superhero Bad Says Fanboys)
The chick from "Orphan Black" takes on the part of Female Deadpool, paving the way for Deadpool in the MCU and angering the dudebros who still firmly believe that this series should cater ONLY to them. It's uneven, but nowhere near as bad as they claim.

Spoiler rating:3

"Ant Man" and "Ant Man: Quantumania" (or: Science is Basically Just Magic, Right?)
We back up to do a brief summary of the first Ant Man so the brief summary of the third one can make more sense. Because apparently we are determined to callback everything now.

Spoiler rating:3

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" (or: White Boys Are Triggered Again)
The MCU writers do their best to stitch together fragments of storylines after a pandemic and Chadwick Boseman's death fuck up all their plans. It's messy, but not as bad as the people who were just angry about Namor being brown and Shuri becoming Black Panther claimed.

Spoiler rating:3

"Loki" (Season 2) part 3, part 4 (or: Once More With Glorious Purpose)
Apparently the entire arc of this story was meant to be told in two seasons. This is the second and the whole thing gives this character an arc that parallels Tony Stark's with an "Endgame" level finale. 

Spoiler rating: 5 (I mean it)

"Captain America" and "Iron Man 2" (or: Playing Catch Up Again)
I do a quick jog through the two movies I said I would never do because "What If" is testing my memory. 

Spoiler rating: 2

NEW --> "What If...season 2" part 1, part 2 (or: More Alternate Storylines/Characters)
A collection of alternate stories, shifted and continuing plots from from last season and a brand new character. 

Spoiler rating: 3