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With the Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the recent departure of Guardians of the Galaxy from U.S. theaters, I thought it would be a good time to delve deep into the four Marvel movies that have come out this year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve seen all four movies at least twice and came to the theory that each of them are game-changing movies in their own ways. Yes, even the controversial The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a game-changing movie, but not in the ways you might think. Let’s start off with the two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies of 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. Both movies are further proof that Marvel Studios is and will always be the king of cinematic universes. It also showcased many accomplishments, both in the film universe and during the film’s production and release

Hiring the Russo Brothers to tackle a Captain America movie based on what many fans believe is the best comic book run of the character by Ed Brubaker was an incredibly risky decision. While their work on Community has been fantastic, their work on feature films prior to Captain America (You, Me, and Dupree) was anything but fantastic. However the result was in my opinion, the best solo Marvel movie and the second best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after The Avengers. It’s similar to how Jon Favreau made a fantastic Iron Man movie despite coming from a background in comedy. It also proved to be the studios most serious movie and was ultimately the last time I would doubt Marvel’s director choices. (at least until they make a movie I don’t like) So that’s how Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an accomplishment for the studio, but it was also a game changing film in terms of the events that took place within the universe. While I enjoyed Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, most viewers can agree that the humor went overboard. The forced attempts for humor made you lose any feeling of dread for the characters. Winter Soldier fixes this issue while maintaining the humor that is well-known through out the MCU. The film features a sense of tragedy thanks to the twist that the Nazi cult Hydra has been working inside S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since the beginning. It ultimately results in Steve Rogers taking a stand against everything he thought was right about the 21st century. While the movie does end with the good guys winning and the crippling of Hydra, it also results in the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier basically changed the future of the MCU ranging from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series to the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Steve Rogers is also one of the best heroes I’ve ever seen on film in a long time. It might be too early to tell, but I hold him up those who have topped the AFI list of greatest film heroes which include Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. He may be the man from another time, but he is also not oblivious to everything that’s around him. One of the scenes that clarifies this fact is when Nick Fury shows him Project Insight. Steve comes from a time where the nation took action in order to maintain freedom, but he now lives in a time where everyone is being spied on as a method to maintain peace. As you would expect, he doesn’t approve of the idea of three Helicarriers pointing guns at everyone as a means for protection. Once he is branded as an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D. though, he doesn’t simply surrender. Along with Black Widow, Falcon, Maria Hill, Nick Fury and those still loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers attempt to stop Hydra because his idea of freedom is one that he’s willing to die for. It is a better decision than taking the blame for the death’s caused by another man that forces you to go into hiding for eight years like a sad cripple. (oh yes I went there Dark Knight fans)

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