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Nokes: I binge-watched 14 Marvel films in 10 days

Danny Nokes
May 07, 2019 - 11:41 am

We've all been here before. Well, most of us have.

You're sitting on the couch and you decide to try a new TV show on either Netflix or Hulu. You get through the first episode and say, "that was pretty good." 

All of the sudden, you find yourself having finished the entire first season. A couple of days later, you've finished six or seven seasons and you've made it to the end of the entire series.

I know I've certainly been that person before. Binge-watching a 30-minute or even one hour TV show is one thing, but binge-watching movies? That's going to take some extra time and commitment. 

You all know at this point that I'm a huge D.C. sports fan having grown up just 30 minutes outside the city. You all also know that 2019 has not been kind to D.C. sports so far. The Washington Wizards are a flat-out embarrassment, the Washington Capitals were upset in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Washington Nationals are playing well below .500 baseball and the Washington Redskins are... Well... The Redskins. Even after a shockingly competent NFL Draft, putting any sort of faith in the Redskins is likely a fruitless endeavor. Needless to say, I was looking for something to fill the void left by my disappointing teams. 

As I'm sitting on my girlfriend's couch on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, Captain America: The First Avenger was on TV. I had never seen it. I started watching and quickly became captivated.

The night before, Sweet V (my girlfriend) and I were discussing the prospect of seeing Avengers: Endgame, which had just been released in theaters the day before. Sweet V lives in Christiansburg, VA and works for Virginia Tech IMG Sports Marketing. Blacksburg, VA is home to a brand new, massive and beautiful IMAX theater. I get to see Sweet V most weekends, but not all of them. So it seemed like this would be the perfect chance to see Endgame together. Only I had seen just three of the 22 films that are currently circulating in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sweet V had seen most of the movies and was prepared to see Endgame. I was very far behind.

As we came to the conclusion of The First Avenger, Sweet V agreed to give me a week to catch up on as many Marvel films as possible. She wanted to give herself a refresher on some of the movies and would join me in watching each chapter of the Marvel saga. That day, we devised a plan of attack to get the most immersive Marvel experience using the flow chart below:

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As I stated earlier, there are a total of 22 films (currently) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before this project began, the only Marvel movies of the first three phases (Infinity Saga) I had seen were Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. My goal was to give myself as extensive a background on all the heroes as possible but to also get to a point where I could see Avengers: Endgame as quickly as possible and without missing any of the big details.

I found the above flow chart by simply typing "Marvel Viewing Order" into Google. It was incredibly helpful. However, there's one edit I would make to it, which I will elaborate on shortly.

Each night, V and I synced up when we would start each of these movies since she had to stay behind in Christiansburg while I went home to Richmond on Sunday, April 28. It also became clear that we would have to see Endgame the following weekend in separate theaters since V had to work a baseball game on Saturday, May 4.

The Films we conquered:

- Captain America: The First Avenger (4/27/19)

- Captain America: The Winter Solider (4/27/19)

- The Avengers (4/28/19)

- Guardians of the Galaxy (4/28/19)

- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4/29/19)

- Avengers: Age of Ultron (4/30/19)

- Captain America: Civil War (5/1/19)

- Black Panther (5/2/19)

- Avengers: Infinity War (5/3/19)

- Thor: Ragnarok (5/4/19)

- Ant-Man and the Wasp (5/4/19)

- Doctor Strange (5/5/19)

- Avengers: Endgame (5/5/19)

- Thor (5/6/19)

Maybe the most amazing part about all of this was the fact that both Sweet V and I avoided Endgame spoilers for nine days before finally seeing it in theaters.

This was an incredible experience. After seeing Endgame, I can definitively say moviegoers were rewarded based on how many Marvel films they'd seen previously. The more of these you'd seen going into Endgame, the more you understood during the movie.

Here's where my one critique of the flow chart comes in: Ant-Man and the Wasp should be viewed AFTER Infinity War, not before. Without giving away any spoilers from Endgame, you're just going to have to trust me. My critique makes sense considering Infinity War was released in the U.S. on 4/27/2018 and Ant-Man and the Wasp was released in the U.S. on 7/6/2018.

Tonight, my ten day streak of watching a Marvel film will come to an end. While there are still a couple films in the Infinity Saga of the MCU that I've still yet to see, I accomplished what I had set out to do in seeing Endgame and understanding the story leading up to it. 

I grew up loving a few of the Marvel characters including Spider-Man and the Hulk. Having watched so many films in such a short period of time and keeping them top of mind, it made the Endgame experience all that more enjoyable. It was like coming to the end of our own journey.

My Marvel adventure will continue this weekend. Sweet V will be returning to Richmond and I've already purchased us tickets to go see Captain Marvel on Friday night. Not to mention, we also have plans to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming on Thursday night. If we are able to see both movies like we plan (there's no reason to believe we won't be able to), I will have seen 19 of the 22 films in the Infinity Saga of the MCU.

Speaking of Spider-Man, Marvel fans were delighted on Monday when the new trailer for the next film Spider-Man: Far From Home was released. In the trailer, Tom Holland (Spider-Man) warns you not to watch the new trailer if you haven't seen Endgame. I would encourage you to heed his advice.

There is also supposedly a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in development that's set to be released in 2022 according to IMDb. 

It'll be incredibly exciting to see where Marvel decides to take the Post-Infinity Saga beginning with Spider-Man: Far From Home. One thing is for sure, I won't let myself fall behind on these films like I did the first time.