For years, many fans made assumptions regarding the chronology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the exception of period-specific narratives found in films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, MCU fans would naturally interpret a real-time sense of chronology between each new release. However, Spider-Man: Homecoming confused some fans of the MCU regarding when the film and the current state of the MCU takes place.
During the opening scene of the film, we see Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton) working following the destruction of the Avengers’ battle in New York. We then see a text that reads, “Eight Years Later” taking audiences back to present time, showing that the events of the first Avengers were a solid eight years prior to the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Cinema Blend recently spoke with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige regarding the nature of the MCU’s chronology:
“All of that debate has made us go, ‘Okay, at some point, I’m not sure exactly when, we’re going to publish a timeline and see what it all is.’ It wasn’t meant to flummox anybody exactly, and I’m not sure I’d do it again the same way, but it does all connect to where we placed it. Other than very particular instances where there’s a newspaper, or verbal reference to years, we never date the films. And I think there’s a presumption, ‘Well if the movie came out in November 2017, it must take place in November 2017’ — which is not the case.”
Feige also elaborated on how the timeline can be interpreted regarding Tony Stark’s revelation that he is Iron Man at the end of his first film in 2008:
“The specifics of the timeline, looking at… I’ve loved timelines, I love the Star Wars timeline, with the Battle of Yavin, everything is either After The Battle Of Yavin, Before The Battle of Yavin. We’re doing that, and the origin point for us is Tony saying, ‘I am Iron Man.’ So everything will be years after that, years before that — to the Big Bang, which is where it starts! It will look very cool and complex like Doc Brown on a chalkboard by the time it’s published.”
So overall, specific dates within the MCU are kept vague. Although certain films have time jumps from previous entries and their placement within a specific chronology is not explicit, the fact that these different stories and characters somehow coexist with minimal contradictions is an achievement.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is now available on Digital HD and will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday October 17, 2017.
Source: Cinema Blend
The Worst Comic Book Movie Villains Of All Time
There’s an incredibly vast range of superheroes in comics, and films have often done a spectacular job at bringing them to life. A lot of superhero films focus on the hero and those that do so often get it right. Even with changes in certain character traits, superhero films can still thrive and accurately reflect why people loved these people in the comics. While the heroes may be the stars of their respected works, villains play a major role in developing them and having their own character traits and arcs in said works is also very important.
A lot of films have made good efforts at bringing their villains to life, but many times these characters are often pushed to the side. The filmmakers sometimes change so much of the character that they don’t even feel like the ones we know from the comics. This has unfortunately happened a few too many times and it’s time to look at how poorly these characters were adapted so that these mistakes can hopefully be avoided in the future.
Here are 7 poorly adapted villains in superhero movies. Click Next to continue