The events in each of the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date have established a unified world of superheroics, magic, technological marvels and dangers unlike anything dreamed of in our world. The heroes are big and complex, flawed human beings with unimaginable powers and abilities, trying to exist in a normal world when they are not defeating otherworldly foes.
The first step taken in the initial Iron Man film set moviegoers on a path through eight more adventures which took a world that had previously existed on the printed page and exploded it on screen. From the Hulk to Captain America, to Thor, an entire pantheon of heroes is now in place (and there’s more to come). It has been a wild ride and one that seems to get better with each turn.
The milestone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the Avengers film which united all of these characters against a common foe (and oftentimes each other as well). It was a roaring success and also redeemed a certain green-hued Goliath while bringing two other heroes to the forefront- Hawkeye and the Black Widow. The sequel will challenge the strength of the team in many ways. It appears that Tony Stark’s tech has gone wild and the Hulk has as well, and out of this mayhem comes a deadly new threat – Ultron.
Viewers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (another extension of the Marvel Universe) got a glimpse last night of what is to come. And it is a showstopper.