Page to Screen: Captain America — The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger
based on characters by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

I’ve been excited for Captain America: The First Avenger since the first teaser trailer came out. Which surprised me because, while I’m growing ever fonder of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve never been a big fan of Cap in the comics. But the setting and the casting drew me in until I was waiting fervently for trailers and patiently avoiding as many spoilers as humanly possible in order to stave off overhyping myself. And now I’m completely sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it’s a beautiful thing. 

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Page to Screen: X-Men — First Class (2011)

X-Men: First Class
based on characters by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

It wasn’t until the fandom exploded that I wanted to see X-Men: First Class. While I’d seen the first trailer and been mildly interested, I decided to go see Thor instead. And then everyone in my life enjoyed it, the fandom exploded, and I began to feel as if I’d made a terrible decision—after all, while superhero movies and Pixar films are how my father and I bond, I could hardly drag him to X-Men: First Class because I wanted to watch James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have a rad bromance for two hours. Eventually, all the praise wore me down and I set off on my own to the best theater in the area, where I had rows and rows to myself and could have all the silly reactions I wanted to. Moral of the story: going to movies by yourself in the middle of the day is awesome. I highly recommend it, especially when the movie is good.

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Page to Screen: Thor (2011)

based on characters by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby

When it comes to comics, I’m a DC girl. There’s a snarky edge to Marvel that I don’t appreciate—in comic book form. When it comes to the movies, I quite like Marvel’s output. …well, their recent output. Iron Man was a fantastic romp and I quite liked The Incredible Hulk; but then, my thing for Liv Tyler probably had something to do with that. But I wasn’t exactly planning on seeing Thor until a friend of mine saw it three times when it came out. And then the trailer, where Thor behaves as if he’s at a mead hall in a tiny diner, grew on me and grew on me, until I jumped at the chance to see it on the big screen.

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